1) He did not break curfew intentionally,
I'm sure his CO will use that excuse when he reports to his CO.
Nothing illegal or immoral about getting drunk.
Immorality is a personal judgement. Being drunk while committing of a crime aggravates the act, not excuses it.
To break into a home you must make an attempt to undo security measures.
So you do not think it a crime to walk into someones house simply because you find the door unlocked? Just because Americans are afraid of home invasion, B&E's, robbery, their neighbors, and the growing disrespect for personal property does not mean that all societies do. Is your home a prison? If you forget and leave your door unlocked, what would you think about finding someone in it when you got home?
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globalwatcher Nov. 19, 2012 - 10:40AM JST
Well, sure...the American media was reporting on the problems of another country. Do you believe that they are equally honest and unbiased about American politics? If you do, I should warn you that you are being deceived just like the Japanese people.
That said, my comment to which you replied was about Japanese politicians, not the media. So...
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Because it's in bad taste and incorrect as well.
LOL. Perhaps a better show of pride of service would be not to break curfew, get drunk and break into people's home. Start there, we'll work on the wordplay later.
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Something is certainly suspicious about this whole incident.
Yes, many were saying the same thing about the rape last month and the teen getting beat up days ago. But, it turns out, the stories were correct for the most part. However, calling something suspicious is a good way to try to stifle concern about it.
Personally, I believe there is something suspicious about the supposed crackdown and curfew by the military brass to which at least some in the military pay no heed. That seems really suspicious.
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Oh and he isn't a soldier, he's a Marine. To those who were and those that are, it's a HUGE difference.
Who cares except those in the service? Why would you correct this comment from someone not in the service who has no reason to know it much less care about it?
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A+ for realizing the politicians are pathetic. D- for not calling out the bureaucracy for being the root of the problem.
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Thanks Media for telling us what to think.
Indeed. The media is as corrupt and irresponsible as the politicians and bureaucrats. "Rumors" on the internet are often more reliable. In that regard, Asahi, Yomiuri, NHK, et al. bear their own responsibility for the condition in which Japan finds itself.
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The public doesn't know enough about the TPP to have an opinion. The details of the negotiations are secret by agreement of the participants. If the election is going to be about the TPP, the politicians should allow the voters to review the pact before the election.
That said, the Japanese government estimates that the overall economic gain for Japan is equal to about a 0.05% increase in GDP per year over a 10 year period. In essence, the benefits of joining all accrue to the same old special interests, including the US, while the average Japanese family will still face higher taxes and falling incomes.
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The failed model called Japan, Inc. is coming apart at the seams. Short-term will be much pain. Long-term will come needed reform...if the public finally has enough and demands it.
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I said nothing about race, only nationality. But it is interesting that race came to your mind. Perhaps you are projecting your own feelings in your response. And, quite frankly, you seem better than that on the whole.
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alliswellinjapan Nov. 14, 2012 - 09:08AM JST
The bureaucracy is well-established in Japan as the real source of power. As for business guys, they already exert much influence over policy making, mostly to secure taxpayer subsidies (in many and diverse forms) for their mature and profitless businesses. It is telling that anyone who wants to change the dynamics of power in Japan is demagogued. Ozawa is a topical example.
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How can these leaders exercise any moral or legal authority?
Or command the respect of their allies?
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In 1972, when Okinawa was returned to Japanese administration, the US Cold War planners anticipated that the Senkakus would function as a "wedge of containment" of China. They understood that a "territorial dispute between Japan and China, especially over islands near Okinawa, would render the US military presence in Okinawa more acceptable to Japan." (Kimie Hara, "The Post-War Japanese Peace Treaties and Chia's Ocean Frontier Problems," American Journal of Chinese Studies 11, No 1 (April 2004: 23)
Bringing the story up to present time, this is what seems to be happening. The US military is making use of the problem to install FUD into Japanese people and encourage them to accept their presence.
Excellent work Bertie.
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I don't think these kind of infractions should be called "sex scandals".
A former commander of US and NATO forces at war (and recently CIA head) and the current commander of forces at war (was soon to be named supreme allied commander, Europe) have been taken out because of these events. That pretty much crosses the threshold from "affair" to "scandal." Of course, it sounds better to call it an affair if you are absolutely bound to protect the reputation of the US military. Check out the sex scandals at the US military academies. It all makes sense now. The fish rots from the head.
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Someone's laughing all his way to the bank, and it ain't us.
"It's a big club and you ain't in it." - George Carlin
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With all of the sex scandals happening to senior US military (ex-military in Patraeus' case) officers, perhaps the problem begins at the top and not with these young servicemen. The fish rots from the head. How can enlisted men be expected to act differently than their commanders?
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＞Yes, and the Japanese public are so well served by their own pension funds and banks. Why would Japanese households want to deal with foreign financial services, which might actually give them a return on their investments?
How has that worked out for American savers? Japan has a lot of problems but America holds no solutions. Even now it is repeating the mistakes of the Japanese.
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bilderberg_2015 Nov. 13, 2012 - 04:20PM JST
Japan doesn't need to join the TPP to accomplish this. It can do it with legislation, something for which I advocate. Unfortunately, the TPP is full of content that has nothing to do with free trade and lower import prices.
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In the end it'll be the farmers who'll be responsible Japan fading into economic insignifigance.
Farmers are merely the public face of opposition. The real problems with the TPP are the investor-state dispute and IP provisions along with the financial services which will effectively expose Japanese savers, insurance companies, banks, and pension funds to Wall Street. Plus, it would be nice if the Japanese people knew the details of this secret agreement written by US corporations.
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An election defeat would mean Noda, who took office in September 2011, would become the sixth Japanese leader to leave the prime minister’s residence after spending roughly a year in office.
And yet the bureaucracy, the real power in Japan, remains intact throughout, shielded by the bumbling and inept politicians.
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Waiting on you.
I made my suggestions to Fadamore. If you want to comment on them as I wrote them, please do so. You can include any thoughts on yabits' well-written comments. Otherwise, I will not write "something that could be published as a regulation" to satisfy your your somewhat exaggerated ego. I reiterate, please ignore me if you are only going to nit-pick everything for hours on end while simply regurgitating pro-American talking points and spouting arrogant opinions about which I could not care less.
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RealJapan Nov. 13, 2012 - 02:20PM JST
Now we are in complete agreement. Thank you for the conversation. I will remember it in case we ever disagree in the future so that I do not become disagreeable to you.
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RealJapan Nov. 13, 2012 - 01:55PM JST
We have no issues between us. I would add a review afterward (sure this would be standard procedure) to ensure that this somewhat embarrassing punishment does not cause the 24-yo to despise Japanese and hold a grudge before reinstating him to duty (if the military doesn't punish him further).
The sign of good management is the ability to turn a bad experience into a positive simply by how quickly and effectively the problem is handled. The US military seems to think that being defensive is the best course sometimes. It shows a lack of adequate skills IMO.
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I, in turn, will either point out the existing regulation covering it, or will show why the regulation would either not work, or would result in worse incidents.
All of them together would be effective. Now, proceed to list them.
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RealJapan Nov. 13, 2012 - 01:20PM JST
Yes, we are agreeable. Don't you understand my argument about the sincerity of forced contact with the teenager? The sincerity of the contact means a lot more than the contact itself.
As for community service, two-fold; one that seems like real punishment like cleaning the streets for a week in public view. After that, something that interacts with the population in a helpful way (like helping old ladies make anti-Osprey signs...jk).
What are your ideas?
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yabits Nov. 13, 2012 - 01:06PM JST
Thank you for a reasoned voice that does not sound like it came from the PR office of the Defense Department. Enjoy your stay and wish your son well.
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