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Posted in: Abe's offering to Yasukuni shrine sparks criticism from Seoul See in context

Enshrined at Yasukuni are not only unkown fallen soldiers but also the very people who led Japan to war in the 1940's and the consequent devastation. It's quite understandable for the Korean people to boil over this, but, more than that, it is the Japanese people's obligation to examine if Abe and his corhotrts' action was/is apprpriate enough. In this sense, Yasukuni is solely Japan's own domestic issue.

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Posted in: China to send vice president to emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

A U.S. Vice President is relatively well-known. The Vice President under the Obama administration was Joe Biden. The incumbent Vice President under the Trump administration is Mike Pence.

But the Chinese Vice President is not so well-known. His name is WANG Qishan, in case you didn’t know. Even so, a Vice President is in a different class from a Transportation Secretary Trump. intends to send to the enthronement ceremony.

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Posted in: China to send vice president to emperor's enthronement ceremony See in context

In ancient times, kings of China’s tributaries, such as the Ryukyu Kingdom, had to rule their own country with the authenticity conferred on by the Chinese emperor. Japan alone in East Asia was an exception to this tributary system.  

So it’s very interesting to see modern China send Vice President to Japan just to observe an enthronement ceremony.

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Posted in: Missile interceptor drill held in Tokyo following N Korean launches See in context

They conducted an interceptor drill in six years? 

In those six years North Korea has developed a new type of missiles that could evade the SDF's interception by making the missiles orbits' unpredictable. How much did the Japanese government pay for these white elephants?

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Posted in: At Fukushima plant, a million-ton headache: radioactive water See in context

When this nuclear disaster occurred, everyone thought the government would rethink its nuclear-power policy right then and there and look for alternative energy. But it didn’t. Not only that, Abe played the role of a salesman when visiting foreign countries, trying hard to sell Hitachi-made nuclear-power plants.

Strangely enough, in hindsight, right after the accident, U.S. government officials and so-called japanophiles came to Japan in hordes, who urged the Japanese government not to abandon its long-cherished nuclear-power policy. Was the U.S. military-industrial complex behind the scenes, deeply involved in Japan’s nuclear-power policy from the very beginning? And so they encouraged the powers that be to stand firm on this?

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Posted in: At Fukushima plant, a million-ton headache: radioactive water See in context

What a tragedy! You can't keep installing tank after tank there to contain endlessly flowing radioactive water. It’s like a goose trying to stop the flow of a river by drinking it.

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Posted in: As N Korea expands arsenal, Japan's missile defense shield faces unforeseen costs See in context

Here's a piece I posted on the thread of "Japan sees cost for land-based millile defense doubling iitial quote" run on JT: July 24, 2018:

This is another case of a white elephant after the Henoko relocation in Okinawa. The system's accuracy rate is unknown or very unreliable at best as tests to shoot down incoming missiles have shown on many occasions. And more so if multiple missiles were coming in simultaneously.

( Cf. North Korea has developed missiles whose projectiles are as irregular as can be to avoid interception.)

Furthermore, in six years the system may become obsolete as Japan4life assumes.

The government must know all this, and yet it is intent on purchasing the Aegis Ashore missile system. Why? Nothing can explain this absurdity except that the Abe government is wagging the tail to Washington not to offend it, as always. A spineless, sycophantic bunch of people they are at the helm of the nation!

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Posted in: As N Korea expands arsenal, Japan's missile defense shield faces unforeseen costs See in context

The tests are required to show the system is working properly, according to Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer. Held in Hawaii rather than Japan, they would cost about $100 million per launch.

When you sell a car with an auto-driving system, the car must be functionally perfect and reliable with all the system working perfectly.

So isn't it absurd that Japan must purchase untested two Aegis Ashore systems whose reliability must be tested later with testing costs entirely borne by Japanese taxpayers for $100 million per test  launch?

 A real comedy played by the two great clowns, indeed!

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Posted in: Johnson says tempers need to calm after Brexit furor See in context

Johnson says "only Brexit could resolve deep divisions among lawmakers and across the country" That's a funny argument. Isn't it the very Brexit itself that is all the cause of this furor of divisions? ’

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Posted in: Koizumi's 'sexy' words on climate change ring hollow for some in Japan See in context

Can Koizumi pick up the slack for the Abe administration when his father, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, is an avid anti-nuclear power advocate while Abe is a pro-nuclear, diagonally opposed to the elder Koizumi in that regard?

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Posted in: Koizumi's 'sexy' words on climate change ring hollow for some in Japan See in context

I've been hoping young Koizumi isn't a chuffer. Isn't it true that his popularity, especially among young Japanese, has exceeded his talent unreasonably well?

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Posted in: Compensation order over Okinawa base noise upheld, but amount cut See in context

I remember that one day in the pre-reversion days Kadena Airbase authorities conducted a very philanthropic bus-tour of the base for former villagers that had lived in what is now the base. 

But what they received from the participants was not words of thanks but surprises at the change, even sobbing and fits of crying from women participants.  

I think this philanthropic project of bus-tour for former villagers discontinued once and for all thereafter.

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Posted in: Compensation order over Okinawa base noise upheld, but amount cut See in context

Chop Star,

I hope none of these people moved to their current domicile in the past 70 years. If so, they deserve nothing.l because they made the choice to move near an airbase.

What a distorted, colonial proconsul's view on your part! Shame on you!

Like in the Futenma air station there were several villages in the area where Kadena Air Force Base is situated now. The base dissected old Chatan Village and the villagers living north of Kadena Air Base had to form a seperate municipality of their own now called Kadena Town.

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Posted in: Compensation order over Okinawa base noise upheld, but amount cut See in context

This is really a strange arrangement. The source of noise pollutions is a U.S. air base, and yet.it is the Japanese government, ultimately the Japanese taxpayers, that must pay the damages.

This state of affairs is only possible when two countries are in a WW II victor-loser relation. Japan was defeated in the war and is a subservient vassal of the victorious U.S.A. today.

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Posted in: Post-typhoon blackout in Chiba reaches Day 4, affecting 330,000 homes See in context

Probably, it’s time Japan started work on underground cable installation. The skies over cities, large and small, in Japan are full of electric wires like cobwebs, making cityscapes ugly and chaotic.

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

Alex80,

Certainly, it may be a drop in the ocean. The contaminated water will be diluted in the mass of ocean waters in years and become harmless, as you quote scientists as saying. But will waters off Fukushima be as harmlessly diluted as waters off California or in the Atlantic Ocean?

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Posted in: TEPCO will have to dump radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific, minister says See in context

So they have finally given up. You can't keep installing tanks there to contain endlessly flowing radioactive water. If TEPCO dumps the water into the ocean, the world community would not be reticent and condone it.

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Posted in: South Korea calls for ban of 'rising sun' flag at 2020 Olympics See in context

For your information.

Every country has a flag to symbolize itself. Japan officially decided in 1999 that its national flag was the red circle on a white rectangular background with the ratio to each other concretely specified.  This is called nisshoki (日章旗)or "the sun flag".

A moot point here is about another unofficial flag called kyokujituki (旭日旗)or“the rising sun flag”with rays emanating from the red circle.

Both flags were used by the Imperial Japanese Army, but the rising sun flag was used mostly by the Imperial Navy. Today, a bit altered rising sun flag is used by MSDF on its ships.

Both flags were used by Imperial Japanese Army.  So must nisshoki or “the sun flag” be banned also?

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Posted in: Governor says he was told Okinawa's U.S. Marines can move to Guam from 2024 See in context

Yubaru,

A pressing issue right now is Futenma.But do you want me to rekindle or regurgitate the land issues that shook Okinawan society during the occupation, such as in Isahama District in Ginowan and Maja District on Ie Island? 

You seem to know the fact that the land was confiscated illegally and blatantly by force, that is, by bulldozer and at bayonet point before the eyes of protesting farmers and wailing mothers.

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Posted in: Governor says he was told Okinawa's U.S. Marines can move to Guam from 2024 See in context

Yubaru,

I'm saying the Marines are not the Navy on the basis of data at hand: U.S. Code 10 Section 5001, the fact that Marine generals participate in the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff on a par with a Navy admiral, as well as the Pentagon's home page. If you say my opinion is biased for it's based on a misconception on my part, you have to explain why it is wrong to use these data.

Only Futenma is at issue here. If you say other bases have a more or less similar history, it means you have admitted illegality inherent in all these bases, not only Futenma.

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Posted in: Governor says he was told Okinawa's U.S. Marines can move to Guam from 2024 See in context

Yubaru,

I said it before, and to repeat myself here, if the JSDF were a military, PM Abe would be the head of it, as Commander In Chief. Just as Trump is to the US Military. … You are obliged to understand this first, then the rest falls into place.

If I understood what you wrote here right, would it follow that the Marines were part of the Navy?

The Pentagon explains the difference between the Navy and the Marine Corps as "sister services", both of which are attached to the Department of the Navy. The Marines are attached to the Department of the Navy for historical reasons as well as for the sake of convenience. It can be attached to the Department of the Army because they fight a land war like the Army once setting foot on land.  Anyway, the Navy and the Marine Corps are not in a vertical relationship as they are to the Department of the Navy. The Commandant of the Marine Corps is not subservient to the Chief of Naval Operations of the Navy.

You haven't explained the reason why two Marine generals can participate in the Joint Chiefs of Staff on equal terms with generals from other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces if you think the Marine Corps is subsumed under the Navy. 

You haven’t touched on the U.S. Code 10 Section 5001, either, which stipulates the Marine Corps and the Navy are different entities.

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Posted in: Governor says he was told Okinawa's U.S. Marines can move to Guam from 2024 See in context

Yubaru,

And btw, dont try and tell those here who are actually in the Marine Corp or Navy what service they are in, or who they belong to. it just makes anything you write look really, really bad, as like you have no idea in the world what you are talking about!

The Japanese words " kaigun(海軍)" and "kaiheitai (海兵隊)" are semantically very closely related. Both expressions start with "kai", meaning "sea", and correspond to English "navy" and "marine corps" in that order. The English words also have a semantic element related with "sea". For this reason, many people are apt to conceive of the Marines as the Navy.

But, as I pointed out many times, the Navy and the Marine Corps are defined by the U.S. Code 10 Section 5001 as different entities (services). It is because of this, two marine generals can participate in the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff on a par with a Navy admiral. If the Marine Corps is subsumed under the Navy, how is this possible? A Marine general even chairs that body, surpassing a Navy admiral.

It's true that the Marine Corps is currently attached to the Department of the Navy. But the Department of the Navy isn't a service; it's an administrative body headed by a civilian secretary. 

The Commandant of the Marine Corps doesn't report to the Navy's Chief of Naval Operations. If the Marine Corps is subsumed under the Navy, he must, but he doesn't.

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Posted in: Governor says he was told Okinawa's U.S. Marines can move to Guam from 2024 See in context

Yubaru,

True, no one except me has argued against Futenma's relocation from this perspective. If Futenma can be judged as an illegal facility as I think it is, then the complexity surrounding the relocation issue disappears instantly. That is, since the U.S. side has no legal right to demand for Futenma's replacement for starters, Futenma will be returned to us without any condition attached.

I must admit this opinion of mine isn't shared by many, including the Prefectural Government. 

So I publish my opinion here and there both in Japanese and English newspapers, trying to expand the circle of people who will share this opinion of mine. It's kind of hard to break an already established preconception or misconception, though, just as the Marines-are-the-Navy misconception.

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Posted in: Governor says he was told Okinawa's U.S. Marines can move to Guam from 2024 See in context

Yubaru,

All these comments that you have made here, have been replied to countless numbers of times, by myself and numerous others.

I've argued occasionally that Futenma is an illegal facility because it sits on private land illegally confiscated in violation of Article 46 of the Convention Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, that states: "Family honour and rights, the lives of persons, and private property, as well as religious convictions and practice, must be respected. Private property cannot be confiscated." 

Nobody has given any reasonable counterargument to this. You once said the incidence occurred many years ago, so that the U.S. occupation forces' irregular action is exonerated by now. One poster said Japan had waved all claims under the 1971 Okinawa Reversion Agreement whereby there's no such thing as the illegality of a base. Another poster urged me to take the case to the International Court of Justice if I thought I was right.

Your argument that time vindicates the irregularities the U.S. forces committed doesn't hold water at all. Is this what you think you have answered my question many times? In the U.S. is there the statute of limitation for a murder case?

The 1971 Okinawa Reversion Agreement doesn't vindicate the case. Why? A contract between a thief and a fence dealing with stolen goods is absolutely void under criminal law, however explicitly the contract may be written. A bilateral agreement doesn't transcend an international law.

I believe when the time ripens, yes, the case must be appealed to the International Court of Justice.

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Posted in: Governor says he was told Okinawa's U.S. Marines can move to Guam from 2024 See in context

Yubaru,

It is that simple, you just refuse to accept that fact, and no matter how hard you try to play word games, it wont change it.

Your logic is no different from a hooligan's. The hooligan may say, "Accept the reality that we're a dominant force, that can do whatever we want to do. No logicality nor rationality is here to play."  

Again simple answer; no!

 OK, then, what's your reasoning to claim that the land Futenma sits on wasn't confiscated illegally.’

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Posted in: Governor says he was told Okinawa's U.S. Marines can move to Guam from 2024 See in context

Yubaru,

You're simply stroking the surface of the problem. The real question here is:

The bulk of the marines to be transferred to Guam are the most active, combat-ready personnel. The marines to remain in Okinawa will be command units and logistics groups. The vehicles or vessels that will transport the Guam-based marines to a potential battle ground, Futenma's 14 Ospreys to be transferred to the Henoko new base in Nago, probably as well as the USS Wasp, that is now based in Sasebo, Kyushu, will be in Okinawa..

Simply saying Futenma will be closed and returned to Japanese control won't answer the question raised here.

Besides, isn't Futenma an illegal property sitting on illegally confiscated private land? Can an illegal squatter demand for a replacement for the land and hut he squats to be provided for at another place?

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Posted in: Governor says he was told Okinawa's U.S. Marines can move to Guam from 2024 See in context

The bulk of the marines to be transferred to Guam are the most active, combat-ready personnel. The marines to remain in Okinawa will be command units and logistics groups. The vehicles or vessels that will transport the Guam-based marines to a potential battle ground, Futenma's 14 Ospreys to be transferred to the Henoko new base in Nago, probably as well as the USS Wasp, that is now based in Sasebo, Kyushu, will be in Okinawa..

Under these circumstances, what's the use of building a new base for the marines by reclaiming pristine waters off Henoko? The raison d'etre of the marines to station in Okinawa is gone completely and so they, all of them, should pack up and go home.

Is there anyone who can answer this question?

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea spat an economic lose-lose for both countries See in context

Resentment against Japan's harsh rule of Korea from 1910 to 1945 runs so deep in the mind of the Koreans that it might be almost impossible for the two countries to come to a genuine reconciliation and friendship how many times Japan may apologize or how much compensation it may pay.

I'm becoming more and more pessimistic.

What lesson does this teach us? The posterity must recompense for the mistakes their forefathers committed, forever. The powers that be must know this and therefore they must act very fairly and prudently as far as foreign relations are concerned. Did Japan do right things in pre-war Korea?  The nonchalant hubris on the part of a dominant country today may be a heavy debt for later generations.

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Posted in: U.S. Marines chief acknowledges worries on Japan-S Korean ties See in context

One should not mix up between the Navy and the Department of the Navy. There's a sea difference between the two. The Navy is a military service headed by an admiral while the Department of the Navy is an administrative body headed by a civilian secretary.

It's true that the Marine Corps is attached to the Department of the Navy and so when dealings must be done with Congress, the Marines must deal with them through the Secretary of the Department of the Navy.

Note, however, the fact that the Marines are subsumed under the Department of the Navy doesn't mean the Marines are subsumed under the Navy. Both are independent services even though they work very closely together when engaged in invading enemy land. Yubaru characterizes this by implying the Navy is like a taxi company offering transportation vehicles to the Marines.

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Posted in: U.S. Marines chief acknowledges worries on Japan-S Korean ties See in context

Yubaru,

Of course, you can claim the Marines are the Navy for whatever reasons there may be or may not be.  But that claim is based on your wishful thinking and not on facts.  Can you answer the questions I posed to The LongerTermer znc extnker?  I asked:

(1) The Navy and the Marine Corps are defined as separate services in U.S. Code 10 Section 5001.  Can you deny this and claim, No, the Navy and the Marine Corps belong to the same service.  (2) They have independent chains of command with respect to each other, don't they?   (3) They have different systems of rank naming, don't they   (4) Marine generals participate in the Joint Chiefs of Staff on a par with generals from other services. Even a Marine general serves as chair of this supreme military body. 

As for the last question, how could this be possible if the Marine Corps isn't independent of the Navy?

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