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Posted in: Biden arrives in Japan for summit, Quad meeting See in context

There are two problems I want to point out here.

First: Biden's Air Force One arrived at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, one of the exclusive U.S. bases in Japan. The base can be said to be an extension of Andrew Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. A sort of the backyard of the U.S. So, what does it tell about the current Japan-U.S. relations? 

Second: Biden wants to bolster the Japan-U.S. alliance further by encouraging Japan to increase its military capacity in the face of China's rise and assertiveness. But how will he coordinate it to Japan's pacifist constitution that outlaws war as a means to settle international disputes involving the state. Maybe, he doesn't mind whether his suggestion will violate the Japanese constitution or not.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. coast guards to boost cooperation See in context

Desert Tortoise,

So how do you respond to the question I raised?

Does the cooperation between the two organizations, JCG and USCG, mean that JCG wants to assume more of the role of the Navy (or MSDF) just like USCG?

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Posted in: Divers find no sign of missing people in sunken boat off Hokkaido See in context

I was afraid that some were trapped in the boat's cabin, unable to escape. Since salvage company divers found no trace of humans there, all the passengers must have jumped into the sea from the boat before it sank. But where did the missing twelve go? Hope they will be found soon.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. coast guards to boost cooperation See in context

Japan Coast Guard is genuinely a police organization annexed to the Ministry of Land and Transportation whereas US Coast Guard is not only a police organization but also a bona fide military service on a par with other four services: Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.

Does the cooperation between the two organizations, JCG and USCG, mean that JCG wants to assume more of the role of the Navy (or MSDF) just like USCG?

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Posted in: Japan to double Ukraine aid to $600 million See in context

An April 19 JT article reported that Japan would aid the Volodymyr Zelenskyy government by sending material goods such as gas masks, hazmat suits and drones. This article says , money-wise, that amounts to $300 million. It further days Japan will double the aid money to $600 million. In other words, more masks, hazmat suits and drones. 

Why drones? Is Ukraine in need of drones for the delivery of mails and commercial goods, which is at a development stage in Japan? The drones must be killer drones made by the U.S. to destroy Russian tanks and convoys deployed to Ukraine. 

Japan's "Three Principles of Controlling Arms Exports" prohibits it from selling arsenal to a third country. So, it's assumed that Japan will buy killer drones from the U.S. and have them sent to Ukraine directly.

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 50 years of end to U.S. rule amid protests See in context

#FYI, the crime index or crime rates of the United States and Japan for 2022 are 48.16% and 22.12% (Tokyo: 23.59%; Okinawa: 21.39%)respectively, according to NUMBEO (https://www.numbeo.com/crime/rankings_by_country.jsp?title=2022&region=021).

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Posted in: U.S. military may let SDF share ammunition depots in Okinawa See in context

Recently, SDF missile contingents were deployed to Yonaguni, Ishigaki, Miyako and other islands in the archipelago. Judging from the case of Miyako, all these missile bases must have ammunition depots within the bases or in their vicinities.

So, it's quite strange that the Japanese government has asked the U.S. to allow SDF to share ammunition depots with U.S. forces, to which the U.S. seems to have consented.

Former PM Shinzo Abe's casual suggestion that Japan share use of atomic weapons with the U.S. may tell something very significant ㏌ this context, since Kadena Ammunition Storage Area is assumed to still have nuclear weapons storage facilities that have remained intact and reusable since Okinawa's return to Japan in 1972 for the day when the necessity of their use occurs.

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Posted in: U.S. military may let SDF share ammunition depots in Okinawa See in context

Is it surprising for JSDF to share ammunition depots with USFJ Okinawa? Isn't JSDF a subsidiary or contingent of USF on a par with USFJ after all? In a different vein, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested that Japan share use of nuclear weapons with the U.S. Are storage facilities for nuclear weapons still there at Kadena Ammunition Storage Area, intact?

The U.S. may turn many of hitherto U.S. exclusive-use bases in Japan, particularly in Okinawa, to joint-use facilities with JSDF. By so doing, the U.S. can claim they have reduced the number of U.S. bases in Okinawa and that the burden on local residents has been reduced significantly. 

The integration of Japan's Self Defense Forces with U.S. Forces will accelerate by leaps and bounds in the future without any doubt.

It is a tragedy that Okinawa should be trampled like that constantly.

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Posted in: Peace march held in Okinawa ahead of 50th anniversary of return to Japan See in context

A deja vu image, this photo.

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 50 years of end to U.S. rule amid protests See in context

A deja vu image, this photo.

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 50 years of end to U.S. rule amid protests See in context

painkiller : Today  07:32 am JST,

In fact, the crime rate related to American troops is lower than the crime rate committed by local Okinawans.

Can you boast by saying that the crime rate related to law enforcement officers in the U.S. is lower than society at large? LOL. 

American troops are here supposedly to protect locals and their neighborhoods; they are here as sorts of diplomats and law enforcement officers mandated by the U.S. government

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Posted in: Okinawa marks 50 years of end to U.S. rule amid protests See in context

In 1965, the ratio of Okinawa's burden of hosting U.S. bases vis-a-vis mainland Japan was 60%; today, it's increased to 73%. Why this increase? It's because many U.S. bases in mainland Japan had to be closed due to vehement protests by local residents against them. But where did these closed bases go? To California, Guam or Hawaii? No, they were transferred to Okinawa.

The return of Okinawa to Japan had been a long-time wish of Okinawans. They suffered too much under the harsh, colonial rule by the U.S. military. Okinawans naively thought that if Okinawa was returned to Japan all their suffering would go away in no time and that they could live peaceful and dignified life under Japan's pacifist constitution.  Of course, that was an illusion.

Even after the reversion the bases remained as rock-solid as ever before; in some cases, functions were more strengthened and streamlined. The pollution of various kinds kept endangering people's life the same as ever before.

Chobyo Yara, the last Chief Executive of the Ryukyu Islands and the long-time voice of the reversion since before he became Chief Executive, went to Tokyo to appeal to the general assembly of the Diet that the reversion must be without U.S. bases, but the general assembly led by LDP steamrolled a resolution in line with the U.S. government's wish before he arrived at the Diet building..

At the ceremony Gov. Denny Tamaki read an appeal, which was the replication of Yara's of 50 years ago. That means Okinawa's base issue hasn't changed at all for the past 50 years.

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Posted in: Mixed-race Okinawans begin to find voice amid tensions over U.S. bases See in context

You can't choose what parents you should be born from. So, it's not the children's fault how they were born. If there were any problem, it must be the system or the state of affairs Okinawa is put under.

I hear the U.S. military authorities in Okinawa are encouraging young service members to meet local girls and get married. Sooner or later the newly-wed couple returns home to the husband's country, the U.S.A., after his retirement from military service. Soon the young couple get divorced and the girl returns to Okinawa with a child, discouraged and exhausted.

 Such cases must be many in number.

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Posted in: Japanese writer who documented WWII Tokyo firebombing dies See in context

A poster commented on another thread some time ago that Okinawa’s burden to have to host so many U.S. bases was also the end result of the Pearl Harbor Attack, insinuating Japan alone was to blame for starting the war and that the U.S. had every right to maintain bases in Okinawa, using them for whatever purposes for how long.

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Posted in: Japanese writer who documented WWII Tokyo firebombing dies See in context

So, can one say Imperial Japan was solely responsible for that war and that Japan reaped what it sowed? The atomic bombings of Hiroshima/Nagasaki and the fire-bombing of Tokyo are Japan's own making?

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Posted in: Japanese writer who documented WWII Tokyo firebombing dies See in context

Isoroku Yamamoto, IJ Navy Admiral and the mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack strategy, fully knew about the enormous difference of national power between Japan and the U.S. He had been enrolled at Harvard University and later served as a naval attache for the Japanese embassy in Washington, D.C. He was against war with the U.S. and worked hard for Japan not to go to war. But war became unavoidable and imminent when all diplomatic talks came to a standstill. 

Asked by then Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe if Japan was capable of fighting against the U.S., he answered that the Navy could get a ruckus for the first one year but after that nobody knew what would happen. Even some of the Kamikaze pilots who actually took part in the Pearl Harbor attacks had some doubt as to the outcome of the attacks and the course of the subsequent even with these military achievements. The sequence of events afterwards went as they worried. 

Yamamoto was wrong in believing that the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor would crush American citizens’ will to fight, inflaming their antiwar sentiments ever more. He thought Japan could take advantage of this opportunity and negotiate peace in Japan's favor. He was completely wrong in this point.

It's said that the U.S. intelligence already had deciphered IJA's cryptograms and reported their findings of IJ naval force's movement to F.D.R. point by point. But FDR made short shrift of them, letting the attacks happen.

After announcing war against Japan on the radio from the Oval Office in the White House surrounded by intense-faced subordinates, in a film footage, he alone seemed relaxed and was all smiles by throwing the legs on the table. It may be that Japan played in FDR’s hands without knowing it.

So, can one say Imperial Japan was solely responsible for that war and that Japan reaped what it sowed?

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Posted in: Japanese writer who documented WWII Tokyo firebombing dies See in context

WA4TKG: May 13 05:47 am JST,

You REAP what you Sew.

True, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor by surprise. But what if Japan played into the hands of Franklin Roosevelt, who was looking for excuses to enter the war at the time? Wasn't Pearl Harbor a godsend for him? The war-weariness mood of the nation dissipated instantly and the U.S. citizens supported Roosevelt's war policy all across the board.

If the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima/Nagasaki and the incendiary bombing of Tokyo are the answer to Pearl Harbor, killing hundreds of thousand civilians, wasn’t the retaliation way manifold?  Can you say, nonchalantly, "You reap what you sewed"?

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Posted in: Okinawa urges PM to scrap U.S. base move plan before key anniversary See in context

James,

Scrapping the relocation plan just means they stay where they are. The US has no intention of leaving Okinawa.

Commodore Matthew Perry, who pried open the door of a secluded Japan, recommended his superiors that Okinawa be occupied and made a beachhead for the U.S. forces to advance to the Asian continent.

This is nothing but evil imperialism -- trying to usurp other countries and regions just for its own sake. Do you ever advocate the law of the jungle that was taken for granted in the 19th and early 20th centuries?

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Posted in: Japanese writer who documented WWII Tokyo firebombing dies See in context

W4TJK,

I posted my comment with you in mind. Do you have anything to say about it? I think Japanese war criminals were executed in the locality where war crimes were committed or in Tokyo where  the retaliatory Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal took place.

Has anyone from the victor side been subjected to such a trial?

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Posted in: Japanese writer who documented WWII Tokyo firebombing dies See in context

Curtis LeMay and Robert McNamara were masterminds of the carpet bombing of Tokyo with incendiary bombs. They knew what would happen to crowded match box houses in the city and talked with each other about a possibility of being executed for the war crime if the Allies lost the war.

Strangely enough, after the war, LeMay was awarded a highest medal of honor by the Japanese government for his contribution to the creation of JASDF. That means the U.S. military and JSDF are all part of the same gang, smacking of erstwhile militarism and colonialism.

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Posted in: U.S. intelligence officials questioned for misjudging Afghanistan, Ukraine See in context

Avril Haines, the U.S. director of national intelligence, said that “will to fight” and “capacity to fight” in tandem were difficult to predict.

I think Russian President Vladimir Putin also thought his military would sweep over Ukraine in a few weeks. He was wrong. The Ukrainian army and people's will to fight with the invading Russians became heightened and united all the more. Of course, will to fight alone can't sustain the war. You need weapons and hi tech ones at that today.

During World War II, the Japanese soldiers and people's will to fight was very strong and the nation was firmly determined to fight the war to the last person. Toward the end of the war, they ran out of material capacity completely. Fuel was also depleted to the bottom to fly fighter airplanes and sail war ships. 

Even so, people's will to keep fighting was very strong. The wartime government organized neighborhood systems of tonarigumi, which often carried out exercises to fight with the incoming Allied forces with bamboo spears. And you know the rest of the story.

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Posted in: Japan vigilant against Chinese navy activity involving aircraft carrier See in context

The 2006 Road Map for U.S. Forces Realignment in Japan said, besides the Futenma relocation and other issues, that about 8,000 III MEF personnel and about 9,000 dependents would relocate to Guam. The cost for the relocation was to be borne partly by Japanese taxpayers in the amount of 1.5 trillion yen. I think Japan has already paid the money.

 

Since 16 years have passed since 2006, I also think the construction of the infrastructure in Guam for the relocated military personnel and their dependents has been completed. But I wonder if the relocation has started or actually been carried out.

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Posted in: Okinawa urges PM to scrap U.S. base move plan before key anniversary See in context

FYI. Below is my comment on another thread.

Can China’s assertiveness in the East China Sea be the reason why U.S. bases in Okinawa must be fortified and strengthened? In particular, is it a must for the Henoko new base, a so-called replacement for USMC Air Station Futenma, to be built by all means?

Is the Henoko relocation the only solution for the Futenma issue? To me, this new base seems a white elephant or a junk for a Marine expeditionary force to deal with the volatile situation in the East China Sea involving China's naval activities.

The reasons why I think so are three-fold:

One: the most active elements of the Okinawa-deployed Marines are to relocate to Guam, that is being made the hub of the U.S. military in the western Pacific.

Two: Tokyo and Washington have recently agreed that primary responsibility to defend outlying islands rests with JSDF, not USFJ, so that Japan, in compliance with this bilateral agreement, has built missile bases on major islands in the archipelago west of Kyushu. At the same time, JSDF has installed their own Marines that often engage in joint amphibious military exercises with U.S. Marines. Maybe, the U.S. Marines are imparting their knowhow of amphibious warfare to JSDF.

Three: military technology seems to be advancing so fast that there is no room for the Marines to be engaged in conventional warfare.  The reason why the Russian forces in Ukraine have trouble advancing to hinterland may be because of this.

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Posted in: Japan vigilant against Chinese navy activity involving aircraft carrier See in context

Can China’s assertiveness in the East China Sea be the reason why U.S. bases in Okinawa must be fortified and strengthened? In particular, is it a must for the Henoko new base, a so-called replacement for USMC Air Station Futenma, to be built by all means?

Is the Henoko relocation the only solution for the Futenma issue? To me, this new base seems a white elephant or a junk for a Marine expeditionary force to deal with the volatile situation in the East China Sea involving China's naval activities.

The reasons why I think so are three-fold:

One: the most active elements of the Okinawa-deployed Marines are to relocate to Guam, that is being made the hub of the U.S. military in the western Pacific.

Two: Tokyo and Washington have recently agreed that primary responsibility to defend outlying islands rests with JSDF, not USFJ, so that Japan, in compliance with this bilateral agreement, has built missile bases on major islands in the archipelago west of Kyushu. At the same time, JSDF has installed their own Marines that often engage in joint amphibious military exercises with U.S. Marines. Maybe, the U.S. Marines are imparting their knowhow of amphibious warfare to JSDF.

Three: military technology seems to be advancing so fast that there is no room for the Marines to be engaged in conventional warfare.   The reason why the Russian forces in Ukraine have trouble advancing to hinterland may be because of this.

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Posted in: Japan vigilant against Chinese navy activity involving aircraft carrier See in context

Seems China has begun naval exercises actively and assertively. Last week, a Chinese research ship passed through the strait between Yakushima and the northernmost island of Kuchinoshima of the Tokara group probably surveying the seabed for their submarines.

And this time. A flotilla of war ships headed by the aircraft carrier Liaoning sailed through the strait between Yaeyma and Miyako islands.

Can this be the reason for why U.S. bases in Okinawa must be fortified? In particular, the Henoko new base, a so-called replacement for MC Air Station Futenma, must be built by all means? To me, this new base seems a white elephant for a Marine expeditionary force to deal with the volatile situation involving China's naval activities.

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Posted in: Okinawa urges dropping base transfer plan ahead of 50th return anniversary See in context

Yubaru,

Please answer curtly.

Is dealing in stolen goods between fences legal if they decided their dealing was fair and legitimate? Your post suggests that it is. For you said all the issues, i.e., all legal matters, have been settled (through agreements and negotiations).

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Posted in: Okinawa urges dropping base transfer plan ahead of 50th return anniversary See in context

Yubaru,

YES! All the issues have been settled

LOL! Is dealing in stolen goods between fences legal if they decided their dealing was fair and legitimate?

painkiller,

Maybe someone can sue the US.

You are like saying, after committing homicides, "Maybe, someone can sue me. I really don't know if this killing spree is a crime or not." What a nonchalant, indifferent and unsavory attitude!

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Posted in: Okinawa urges dropping base transfer plan ahead of 50th return anniversary See in context

Yubaru,

you blather:

The landfill at Camp Schwab is and will be completed, and MCAS Futenma will finally be closed and returned.

Probably so. But the fact will remain that the construction of the base, a relocation of Futenma, was forged ahead illegally and undemocratically against people's sincere voice and wish. The illegal, unjust and undemocratic nature of the base relocation will never be rescinded by whatever you may say. Futenma is an illegal property and so will be its replacement in Henoko. 

You also say:

There is nothing "illegal" about Futenma, but that's not the point really.

Let me recap the facts about Futenma -- how it came to be. Right after the Battle of Okinawa was over, the U.S. occupation forces began constructing many air fields all over occupied Okinawa including Iejima Island in preparation for the invasion of mainland Japan. Kadena Air Base was expanded on an already existing IJA base. How were these air fields built and expanded? Take Futenma Air Station, for example. The U.S. occupation army encroached upon a large swath of private lands with impunity, swallowing up five villages, while the area residents were herded in camps like POWs for safety reasons.

The U.S. occupation forces' action was a blatant violation of Article 46 of the Convention Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, which states: “Family honor and rights, the lives of persons, and private property, as well as religious convictions and practice, must be respected. Private property cannot be confiscated.”

Can agreements and treaties in later years between Japan and the U.S. rescind or exonerate the illegality of the occupation army's freewheeling action? Can the illegality of dealing in stolen goods dissipate if two concerned parties come to an agreement in dealing?

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Posted in: Okinawa urges dropping base transfer plan ahead of 50th return anniversary See in context

Seventy percent (70%) of all U.S. military bases planted in Japan concentrate in Okinawa, that is mere 0.6 percent of the total land area of Japan. For starters, let's USMC Air Station Futenma be closed and returned with no strings attached. No condition to build its replacement.  No Henoko relocation!

The U.S. has no innate right to demand for Futenma’s replacement. Futenma is an illegal property per se where the U.S. Marines are squatting in violation of international law and justice.

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Posted in: Okinawa seeks Tokyo's help lowering tensions with China See in context

painkiller,

Drive through Kadena Air Base and the abundant greenery contrasts with the cement jungle in Chatan and Koza.

I think you want to point out that Rt. 50 turns greenery and well mowed along the fences of Kadena Air Base in contrast to civilian sectors that are overgrown with weeds. But have you ever thought that the budget for maintaining U.S. bases clean comes from Japanese taxpayers' pocket money? 

He (the reporter) forgot to mention traffic accidents caused by locals, …

Traffic accidents or crimes committed by locals shouldn’t be discussed at the same table. They are different matters on different planes. You are like saying robbery committed by foreigners is not punishable because there are many Japanese who also commit the same crime and hordes of them at that.

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