voiceofokinawa comments

Posted in: Southwest Japanese islands added to UNESCO World Heritage list See in context

Commodore Perry,

It's true that the U.S. base of the Northern Training Area, aka, Jungle Warfare Training Center, has kept the forests in Yanbaru from commercial exploitation and development. So, do you want to say that Okinawa should owe thanks to the benevolent U.S.A? Lol.

By the way, do you know that your eponym, Commodore Matthew Perry, was contemplating to invade and occupy Okinawa to make it a U.S. beachhead to advance to Asia? You still keep that same 19 century mentality of imperialism, don't you?

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Posted in: Southwest Japanese islands added to UNESCO World Heritage list See in context

It's true that the U.S. base of the Northern Training Area, aka, Jungle Warfare Training Center, has kept the forests in Yanbaru from commercial exploitation and development. So, do you want to say that Okinawa should owe thanks to the benevolent U.S.A? Lol.

By the way, do you know that your eponym, Commodore Matthew Perry, was contemplating to invade and occupy Okinawa to make it a U.S. beachhead to advance to Asia? You still keep that same 19 century mentality of imperialism, don't you?

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Posted in: Southwest Japanese islands added to UNESCO World Heritage list See in context

The northern part of Okinawa Island, a mountainous region with lush forests, shows its beauty in a most salient way in mid-March through early April. The region, known locally as Yanbaru, is a habitat for precious rare animals and birds.

Unfortunately, however, a large part of it has been used by the U.S. military for jungle warfare training. Jungle warfare training for the defense of Japan?

In 2017 the U.S. returned about 4,000ha of the total 7,500ha of this training base, in exchange of which Japan had to build six so-called "helipads" for vertical take-off and landing aircraft such as Ospreys and Harrier jump jets.

These aircraft are still a great menace to precious rare animals because there is no demarcation for them between off-limits and non-off-limits areas.

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Posted in: Typhoon hits China's east coast See in context

I think beaches, highways and major bridges were closed due to high winds and high waves, and not due to a SOE.

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Posted in: Typhoon hits China's east coast See in context

Typhoon In-fa is the same typhoon as hit Okinawa last week that we call Typhoon No. 6. "In-fa" is an international designation but, since no one here is familiar with the international system of typhoon's nomenclature, I suggest a parenthesized "No. 6" be written beside "In-fa", as "Typhoon In-fa (Typhoon 6)" for Japanese readers of JT to easily identify it.

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Posted in: Typhoon heads for eastern Japan; Olympic rowing events rescheduled See in context

In Japan typhoons are called by numbers in the order of their formation in the year. The typhoon that made landfall on Miyako Island, Okinawa Prefecture, the day before yesterday was Typhoon No. 6 while that approaching Honshu now is Typhoon No. 8. So, if you were told they were Typhoon In-Fa and Typhoon Nepartak respectively, no one here would understand what you were talking about.

I would suggest then that the names of typhoons be written in both ways, with one name in parentheses.

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Posted in: 316 people are shot every day in America. Here are 5 stories See in context

Will killings by gun be reduced if gun control were tightened further or if guns were prohibited all across the board? But, even if there were no guns at hand at the time of killing, the murderer could grab whatever he could use to kill: his own fist, a kitchen knife or a baseball bat. So, guns are not the real culprits to blame.

It is people's sick mindset, not guns, that accounts for the high rate of gun-involved homicides in the U.S., I think.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S., South Korea reaffirm cooperation on N Korea See in context

A maxim in Okinawa says, "One can see Kerama (offshore islands lying west of Naha) but he can't see his own eyelashes."  Indeed, you can't see what is right under your nose.

There are very many cases around us that this maxim aptly describes. For example, like former U.S. President Donald Trump, people often point their finger at Wuhan Institute of Virology for the leak of the novel coronavirus and demand for a thorough investigation of it. But the USAMRIID at Fort Detrick in Maryland, U.S.A., is not at all inferior to Wuhan for a possible leak.

In China, in fact, 5 million people have signed a petition asking WHO to investigate Fort Detrick.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S., South Korea reaffirm cooperation on N Korea See in context

According to this report, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said,

"When countries take actions that run counter to the United States' interests or that threaten our partners and allies, we will not let those challenges go unanswered." Sounds natural.

Note, however, that Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the PRC could have said exactly the same thing:

"When countries take actions that run counter to China's interests or that threaten our partners and allies, we will not let those challenges go unanswered."

 

What would come of such jingoistic bickering?   it would only boil down to arms confrontation. Fruitless and nonsense.

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Posted in: British carrier strike group to make port calls in Japan in September See in context

zichi,

Just two off-shore patrol ships

Deploying two patrol ships means nothing for the recovery of the lost sphere of influence but the symbolic gesture shown by it is huge and enormous.

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Posted in: British carrier strike group to make port calls in Japan in September See in context

The Britishers' old dream come true seems to be coming true.

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Posted in: South Korean president to skip Olympics See in context

The Japan-ROK relation is dictated too much by emotions on the part of South Koreans. It's like "One who hates Peter harms his dog." Or as the Japanese proverb says: "One who hates a monk hates his ceremonial robe, too." What is a corresponding proverb in Korean?

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Posted in: South Korean president to skip Olympics See in context

The Japan-ROK relation is dictated too much by emotions on the part of South Koreans. It's like "One who hates Peter harms his dog."

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Posted in: Internet misinformation fans COVID vaccine hesitancy among Japanese young people See in context

Ordinary vaccines take about five to six years to be determined safe. But the new vaccines are around in the market after only a one-year period of testing. No doubt, there are many unknowns about Covid 19 vaccination. 

So, there's room for wild speculation about it. Fearmongers take advantage of this fact and propagate unfounded rumors of it with impunity. I, for one, have been vaccinated twice already as recommended.

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Posted in: Over 60 dead, dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe See in context

P. Smith,

Climate change is caused by global warming which is in return caused by human activity, a pursuit of comfortable modern life. So if floods are caused by climate change, it's ultimately the human activity that is the most responsible for causing these floods and disasters.

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Posted in: Over 60 dead, dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe See in context

Torrential rain is causing floods and disasters everywhere in the world - in Europe and Asia. Tragic indeed.  Is this the result of global warming?

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Posted in: U.N. nuclear agency to help monitor Fukushima water release See in context

Good grief. 

I hope IAEA will do a good job of monitoring Fukushima Daiichi for its safe release of treated water to the ocean, thus eliminating concerns by local fishermen and neighboring countries.

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Posted in: Massive soil mound on slope believed to have worsened Atami mudslide See in context

The traditional way of thinking about man versus nature in Japan was that man was part of mother nature, being made alive and nurtured by it, whereby destroying natural environment was traditionally thought to be a profane criminal act.

That thinking changed dramatically after the Meiji Restoration in which everything Western was thought superb, thereby must be copied and aped. Until recently, the anthropocentric Western culture thought that nature was there entirely for man to exploit it in whatever form it may take.   

Today, Japan is a champion of the world's worst destroyer of nature, no doubt.

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Posted in: Rescuers search for at least 80 missing in Atami mudslide See in context

It's just turned out that the mud slide at Atami had started at a spot upward on the mountain side where an Odawara-based developer had made land-fill work in 2007 to develop housing lots.

He said the company had no responsibility for the disaster because the land-fill work was officially sanctioned by Atami City and also because the housing lots had withstood disastrous torrential rainfalls in the past. (See Kyodo news headlined: "Responsibility denied by former real estate company official"「盛り土の不動産管理会社本幹部、責任を否定」)

At any rate, this was not a natural disaster at all but a man-made calamity without any doubt.

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Posted in: 2 feared dead, 20 missing after large mudslide hits Atami See in context

Japan is brimmed with too many natural disasters caused by typhoons, disastrous heavy rain, earthquakes, volcanic eruption and tsunamis. So, it must always be prepared to deal with such perennial disasters.

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Posted in: Trudeau denounces vandalism of churches, monarch statues See in context

The U.S., Canada and Australia share an ashamed history of atrocity and brutality against indigenous people to forcefully assimilate them to the norms and mores of new comers. Maybe, that kind of things has been characteristic of human races’ geographical expansion and migration to a frontier world.                       

So, one cannot blame but these three countries for the mistreatment of an ethnic minority.

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Posted in: No ET, no answers: Intel report is inconclusive about UFOs See in context

The speed of the sound is 340m/s. The speed of a bullet (44 Magnum) is 360m/s. If a HGM flies 27 times faster than the speed of the sound, resistible to an extreme heat caused by air friction, that 'll be an ultimate weapon the mankind has ever developed.

It seems that the former Soviet Union-turned Russia and the U.S. have been in the cut and thrust competition to develop such a weapon. That’s why the U.S. intelligence is unable to completely reveal this top military secret.

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Posted in: No ET, no answers: Intel report is inconclusive about UFOs See in context

What's the difference between a UFO and an HGM, both of which feature similar characteristics in speed and maneuverability?

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Posted in: No ET, no answers: Intel report is inconclusive about UFOs See in context

The intelligence report inconclusive about UFOs? 

So there’s some truth in what Russian President Vladimir Putin was saying, that is, that Russia has developed a Vanguard hypersonic glide missile that can fly at low altitude with a cruise speed 27 times faster than the speed of the sound and change course in mid-air to avoid America’s missile defense systems such as Aegis at sea and ashore. That was the UFO that Putin was talking about..

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Posted in: One dead, 99 missing after Florida beachfront condo collapses See in context

Maybe, the ground water contains much salt from the ocean which hastens the erosion of the foundation and the building itself.

My condolences to the bereaved.

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Posted in: One dead, 99 missing after Florida beachfront condo collapses See in context

If the report that the land under the building had been sinking for years is true, as gokai_wo_maneku texts and yamada1043 details, then there's no doubt that the subsidence caused the collapse of the condo. Beachfront ground is too dangerous to construct a high-rise, especially if the ground is reclaimed land.

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Posted in: Former president says U.S. failed in Afghanistan See in context

Zaphod (June 21  08:11 pm JST),

Actually, "Your own country first" instead of "UN first", "Globalist elite first" or "CCP first" is the policy of every responsible leader. Or should be.

Trump's "America First" was unique in that he always thought of things in terms of shameless financial profits, not in terms of philosophy. He was/is a real-estate tycoon anyway.

If such thinking was allowed, then 19th colonialism, when the law of the jungle dictated everything, would be highly valued.

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Posted in: Former president says U.S. failed in Afghanistan See in context

The Afghanistan War was started by U.S. President George W. Bush as retaliation against the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the twin buildings of World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon building in Washington.

Surprisingly, Bush started another war in Iraq while the war against the Al-Qaeda were still going on in Afghanistan, justifying it by saying initially that Iraq was giving a haven for the Al-Qaeda terrorists and later retelling that Hussein of Iraq was secretly stockpiling weapons of mass destruction.

The Iraq War or the Second Gulf War ended in two months with Bush declaring in a high-profile fashion that "the mission was successively accomplished." In the meanwhile, the war in Afghanistan has been endlessly continuing.

Deaths on the part of the Coalition were 3,562, of which U.S. troops’ deaths accounted for 2,437.

One must never forget, however, that civilian casualties superseded that number 30 times more, accounting for more than 100,000.

President Joe Biden is cleaning up his predecessors' mess, of course. I hope his decision of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will benefit the Afghan people first and foremost.

By the way, the "America First" policy is not former President Donald Trump's patent at all. U.S. foreign policy had been dictated by that principle long before Trump verbalized it. It may be time for U.S. policy makers to sincerely reflect what the "America First" policy has done to the world, Okinawa in particular, for the past 75 years.

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Posted in: Nuclear reactor problem a new headache for designer and China See in context

Accidents such as Chernovil, Three-Mile Island and Fukushima recur one after another however careful humans may be against such accidents.

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Posted in: Nuclear reactor problem a new headache for designer and China See in context

"The events at Taishan therefore challenge Beijing to explain the facts to its population, even as China has in recent weeks very publicly criticised Japan's handling of its management of the Fukushima waste water cleanup,"

I am opposed to nuclear power plants built anywhere in the world. There are too many unsolved problems inherent in a nuclear power plant other than just how to discharge reactor cooling water. The problem of how to dispose of spent nuclear fuels, nuclear waste, hasn't been solved at all.

One poster said on another thread that there should be no concern because state-of-the-art nuclear technology has solved all these problems

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