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Posted in: Would you like to see a referendum held on Okinawa so that Okinawans themselves can decide whether or not they wish to host U.S. military bases? See in context

Just look at google map, the living standards of the people of Okinawa vs the American inhabitants are vastly different! US military personnel has big plot of land to live while locals live in small houses.... American bases take up too much space! Let along the threat they pose to local population, they are dangerous people!

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Posted in: U.S. military lifts some restrictions on sailors in Japan See in context

Should we still relax rules for sailors?

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Posted in: U.S. military lifts some restrictions on sailors in Japan See in context

A glance at the litany of crimes reveals a correlation between U.S. military action in Asia and violence directed against women in Okinawa. During the Vietnam War era, 17 women were murdered by military personnel who were on R and R leave, were training for combat, or were somehow already involved in the war effort, which in Okinawa included daily B-52 sorties originating from Kadena Air Force Base. Eleven of the victims worked serving soldiers as bar hostesses or sauna attendants - occupations that helped keep the GIs happy and thus maintained their willingness to kill in other Asian countries. It was in this way that the military's violence in Southeast Asia - often initiated in Okinawa - boomeranged back to Japan's remote island prefecture, where Okinawan women became the victims of deadly attack.

Suzuyo Takazato, a member of the Naha city assembly and a longtime women's activist in Okinawa, has made it her lifework to educate people about militarism and violence against women and to organize concerned citizens around the issue. Speaking at a demonstration after the rape of the 12-year-old schoolgirl, she denounced the idea that all U.S. soldiers needed was a little more sensitivity training: "Education does not help because the military itself is a form of structural violence. A soldier may be a good son to his mother, or a good husband to his wife. However, once he is integrated into the military, he...is trained to inflict violence.... Teaching humanity in the military is a gross contradiction. The military is a place for teaching brutality."

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Posted in: Yen surge threatens Japanese companies: Abe See in context

Yes please sink the Yen. It was the Americans who asked us to appreciate the Yen, we followed and we got 20 years of recession. Isn't our allies great!

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Posted in: Elementary school teacher caught lifting man's wallet on train See in context

They not paid enough?

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Posted in: Japan announces $7 billion plan to develop Mekong region See in context

Why not use this money for Kumamoto or cleaning up and looking after the people still effected by nuclear disaster?

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Posted in: Yakuza quick to mount rescue operations in Kyushu See in context

The Yakuza are those we can trust, they are the first to every major disaster.

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Posted in: Trump candidacy continues to stir angst in Japan See in context

Trump as a point but he wont be the president, he's only the rah rah guy.... Hillary will take it but I'm not sure who much better off the world would be....

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for murder of 6-year-old Kobe girl See in context

Such a sick man should not roam freely in our streets.

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Posted in: Mother denies throwing 5-year-old son from 13th-floor apartment window See in context

5 year old kids dont climb out windows!

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Posted in: Woman slashed while on her way home in Saitama See in context

Crime from under performing economy....

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Posted in: Japan protests over alleged rape by U.S. sailor on Okinawa See in context

Some comments say that the Marines don't want to be in Japan, yes, well let them go home. A deployment in Japan is a holiday for these military people. They should all go home and leave Japan! I was in American Villiage in Okinawa last year, a young Marine, in front of me at Starbucks was complaining to his girlfriend asking her "Why do these people don't speak English, there are 40,000 American's here....".

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Posted in: Philippines to lease Japanese planes to patrol disputed sea See in context

Let me guess the cost of the lease...... ummmm 1000 Yen per aircraft?

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Posted in: SDF poster seems to be repelling more people than it’s recruiting See in context

Obviously, I don't support militarization, its going to get a lot of well looked after Japanese kids killed.

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Posted in: Japanese submarine to visit Philippines See in context

Philippines..... nice.... Will make some happy sailors! Enjoy!

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Posted in: Company president gets five years’ probation for killing employee See in context

Wonder if i can beat up my boss and get off with it......

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Posted in: Defense cooperation See in context


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Posted in: Man robs date after choking her See in context

Thats really bad..... Women need to be careful and please no sex on dates.... we are a conservative society!

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Posted in: Clinton slams unrealistic Sanders 'promises' in debate See in context

Hahahah the two party dictatorship!

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Posted in: Clinton takes Iowa; campaign turns to New Hampshire See in context

Clinton will run for Democrats but will not take the presidency.... Its Republican's turn.

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Posted in: Becky loses sponsors, regular TV appearances over affair scandal See in context

Are we still obsessed with virginity?

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Posted in: Japan tells U.N. it has found no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery See in context

Again..... obvious question is why

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Posted in: Memo to U.S. citizens: Pay your taxes or you may lose your passport See in context

The war of terror needs to be financed in one way or another.....

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Posted in: Islamic State 'brand' spreading worldwide See in context

I wonder how much the brand is worth?

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Posted in: World's oldest man, Yasutaro Koide, dies at 112 See in context


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Posted in: Star of dolphin-killing film 'Cove' detained at Narita airport See in context

OMG..... there goes freedom of expression!

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Posted in: Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over diversity of nominees See in context

No Afro American, No Asians, No Hispanics.......

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Posted in: Man arrested for kicking woman down, stealing her bag See in context

Hope she is ok....

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Posted in: 37-year-old woman arrested for attempting to kill 3-year-old daughter See in context

Need for the government to put more funding into domestic issues such as mental health and care for the elderly rather than buying weapons for destruction.

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Posted in: 'Sizable percentage' of world leaders probably crazy, Obama tells Seinfeld See in context

Obama is clearly a smart guy but it may also hold true for a sizable percentage of his administration..... coocoo

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