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Posted in: U.S. Navy flagship carrier USS Ronald Reagan leaves its Japan home port after nearly 9 years See in context

When the nuclear-powered USS George Washington replaced the conventional USS Nimitz at Yokosuka, wasn't there a similar controversy between Washington and Tokyo concerning if a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was a nuclear arsenal?

Tokyo seems to have succumbed to Washington, that insisted that a nuclear-powered warship was no different from a conventionally powered one, citing nuclear power plant. as an example.

That reminds me of the late former PM Yasuhiro Nakasone, who had visited Washington in 1983 and suddenly became a fervent promotor for nuclear energy after the return from his U.S. trip. Japan started building nuclear power plants one after another thereafter.

 Now, some poster here argues that nuclear fusion in the core of a nuclear power plant and nuclear warships are the same, whereby arguing against nuclear-powered warships making Yokosuka its permanent home base is nonsense.

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador to Japan visits southern islands at forefront of China tension See in context

China is very assertive, and so its assertiveness must be checked by all means before it's too late. So must the U.S. be thinking. But, at the same time, the U.S. seems not to want to be directly involved in any conflict with China, letting JSDF to deal with such conflicts, if any. 

In other words, U.S. forces’ deployment to Japan is just a make-it-believe justification for the defense of Japan. They are deployed here ultimately to not let the genie out of the bottle. So, what’s the use of building Futenma’s replacement, a completely new base, in Henoko, Nago City, Okinawa?

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador to Japan visits southern islands at forefront of China tension See in context

Why did U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rham Emanuel visit Yonaguni Island despite the fact that there is no U.S. base planted on the island. However, JSDF has recently built a missile base there and, as expected, he made the first-hand observation of the base as if it was a U.S. base. It may be natural for him to make such a visit, for Japan was virtually under U.S. occupation and if indeed JSDF and USFJ were all part of the same gang.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy flagship carrier USS Ronald Reagan leaves its Japan home port after nearly 9 years See in context

USNinJapan2,

A kitchen knife is a very useful tool for cooking. But it can be an awesome weapon if attached to the head of a spear. Are the kitchen knife and the spear all the same?

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Posted in: U.S. Navy flagship carrier USS Ronald Reagan leaves its Japan home port after nearly 9 years See in context

USNinJapan2,

According to Japan's three non-nuclear principles, Japan will not possess nuclear arsenal, manufacture them, nor let them in.

Do you insist to say that none of these principles applies to nuclear-powered warships like the USS Ronald Reagan, nor nuclear-powered submarines which often call at the White Beach Naval Base in Okinawa?

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Posted in: U.S. Navy flagship carrier USS Ronald Reagan leaves its Japan home port after nearly 9 years See in context

Desert Tortoise,

You seem to say that nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are not military arsenal, and so it is quite permissible for them to make Yokosuka their permanent home base? LOL.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy flagship carrier USS Ronald Reagan leaves its Japan home port after nearly 9 years See in context

Good grief. The nuclear-powered Ronald Reagan leaves Yokosuka, but another carrier, also nuclear-powered, the George Washington, will come soon there to replace it, thus making Yokosuka a permanent U.S. naval base in this Pacific region. Japan's three non-nuclear principles and, above all, its sovereignty, are virtually nonexistent.

U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Rham Emanuel, was there to make farewell handshakes with the crew members. A good job, Mr. Ambassador.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. move ahead in co-developing hypersonic weapons interceptor as regional threats grow See in context

It was the next-generation fighter jets that Japan signed with the U.K. and Italy to jointly develop. This time, it is the hypersonic missiles that Japan signed with the U.S. to co-develop.

Hey, there is something unforgivable going on in the Japan-U.S. relations to make Japan an abominable military country once again. Have they forgotten the national pledge inscribed on the Hiroshima epitaph that partly says, "We will never repeat the same mistake"?

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Posted in: Three dead in New Caledonia as riots rage after Paris approves voting change See in context

New Caledonia, a French colony? This is anachronism indeed, the last remnant of jungle-law colonialism, when other colonies by Western powers seem to have been all liberated.

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Posted in: Drone filming Japanese MSDF ship went undetected: source See in context

They have a countermeasure to prevent such an intrusion, by defusing the drone's AI system, don’t they?

But then your antagonist will develop a countermeasure to it. At any rate, a future war will be fought mainly with AI-controlled war machinery and cruise missiles.

What's the use then of building Futenma's replacement in Henoko, Nago City, Okinawa, with Ospreys to transport troops in mind?

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Posted in: Indonesia's Mt Ibu erupts, spewing ash clouds See in context

There is a mountain called Ibu on the northern part of Okinawa Island. Is there any etymological relationship between the two? Mt. Ibu on Okinawa isn’t volcanic, though.

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Posted in: Nuclear waste disposal site survey to go ahead in Saga town See in context

Nuclear power initiatives anywhere started without enough attention paid to how to deal with resultant nuclear waste. It was like building a house without a sewage system.

Hence, the Saga town episode.

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Posted in: Japan court OKs family name change for man in same-sex relationship See in context

The catch is: How would that be coordinated with the current trend that calls for a woman's right to retain her original family name even after marriage?

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Posted in: Japan court OKs family name change for man in same-sex relationship See in context

If same-sex marriage were allowed, wouldn't it be natural for the wife-side of the couple to be allowed to adopt the surname of the husband?

The catch is: How would that coordinate with the current trend that calls for a woman's right to retain her virgin name even after marriage.

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Posted in: Japan, Germany may hold 1st joint land force exercise next year See in context

Ken,

I feel like "replacing" is an inaccurate word to use since the US is in NATO...

You are right in saying that France and Germany are not replacing the U.S. because the U.S. is also a member of NATO. Note, however, that I'm not saying the U.S is not replacing Germany and France in NATO but rather that the latter two countries are replacing the U.S. for the hegemonic role the U.S. has played since the end of WW II.

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Posted in: Japan, Germany may hold 1st joint land force exercise next year See in context

No more Cold War.

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Posted in: Japan, Germany may hold 1st joint land force exercise next year See in context

Germany and France are two major members of NATO. So are the UK and Italy. And so seeking access to these countries means Japan wants to join NATO. 

NATO seems to be replacing the U.S. as a dominant power of not only this Pacific region but the whole world. The Ukraine war may be considered in this context.

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Posted in: Kishida calls for speeding up debate on revising Constitution See in context

Agent Neo,

As long as Japan's surrounding countries do not renounce war, it will only be laughed at if we wave around Article 9 of the Constitution.

Are you laughing at Japan's post-WWII constitution? Article 9 of which says:

ARTICLE 9. (1) Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

(2) In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be sustained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

What's really wrong with this? Every country, the U.S., China, Russia, North Korea, and all, should emulate the anti-war spirit struck home in it.

Which is what the Japanese people learned hard from World War II.  Or do you praise Japan’s actions during the period leading to the war?

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Posted in: Kishida calls for speeding up debate on revising Constitution See in context

Japan's war-renouncing constitution is a role model for all nations to emulate to make the world a truly peaceful place to live in. Rather than endeavoring to make Japan an ordinary country so that it could engage in a war just like other mediocre countries, it should rather persuade other countries to emulate Japan. Has Japan ever tried that?

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Posted in: U.S.-Japan missile development project to cost over $3 billion See in context

Why did the U.S. let Japan join the joint development project for the next-generation jet fighters with the UK and Italy, fully aware that Japan can't participate in such a project because of constitutional constraints? So, there was a catch in it.

Japan's security or constitutional constraint is nothing to count for the U.S. only if the U.S.'s own security is firmly guaranteed, and cheap at that.

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Posted in: Nippon Steel delays closing of acquisition of U.S. Steel until late this year See in context

US Steel has been an icon and backbone of the American steel industry and dream for the past one hundred years. So, it must be sad for the Americans to see the company fall in the hands of a foreign company. 

The catch is: Could the company be saved by simply opposing the deal? Could the labor keep their jobs by simply opposing it? Something drastic, either ideologically or concretely, must be done to address this state of affairs.

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Posted in: U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington leaves for Yokosuka See in context

TaiwanIsNotChina,

Are nuclear reactors propelling the engines of aircraft carriers and submarines considered the same as those of power plants?

Technologically speaking, they may be the same, but from a war's perspectives, they are completely different, I assure you.

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Posted in: U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington leaves for Yokosuka See in context

Japan is supposed to have recovered full sovereignty as the result of the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty. But this peace treaty is said to be just a facade to obfuscate the reality and the U.S.'s real intention was to have Japan sign another treaty known today as the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty. The Peace Treaty was signed by all members of the Japanese delegation, but the relevant Security Treaty was signed only by Shigeru Yoshida, who said that if something went wrong, he would take a full responsibility all by himself. Thus, Yoshida and the rest of the delegation must have sensed there was something wrong with the draft of the security treaty.  They were shown the English draft only the night before.

That nuclear-powered ships like the USS George Washington can make Yokosuka its permanent home base with impunity and also that nuclear-powered submarines can make free port calls at Yokosuka in the Tokyo Bay and the White Beach Naval Base in Okinawa attest my assumption that Japan is still under U.S. occupation. 

Several years ago, U.S. Marines Okinawa gave a tour of the Northern Jungle-Warfare Training Center on Okinawa to the officers of NATO forces, promising them that they could use the facilities anytime for free. Today's local newspapers report that a Netherland marine contingent is training for jungle-warfare skills at the said training center.

Well, could it be possible and permissible if Japan was a fully independent sovereign nation?

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Posted in: China coast guard confronts Japanese politicians in disputed East China Sea area See in context

Isabelle,

If someone were to suddenly lay a claim to Beijing -- as China did with the Senkakus in the 1970s -- China would, quite rightly, refuse to enter "consultations. 

Beijing is a clear-cut case, but Senkaku is not. It's a gray-zone case. That's why dialog is most needed to clarify and solve the problem.

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Posted in: U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington leaves for Yokosuka See in context

The ship may not be nuclear-armed, as you say. But the aircraft it carries may be. 

I am thinking of the Tyconderoga incident in which a nuclear bomb-carrying jet fighter accidentally slipped off the carrier's deck in the Pacific Ocean off Okinawa, having been unable to be recovered so far.

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Posted in: U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington leaves for Yokosuka See in context

Desert Tortoise,

As always you twist and misconstrue the words of others. I made no such claim. I stated that the ship was nuclear powered, not nuclear armed and thus does not violate any existing Japanese laws prohibiting the presence of nuclear weapons within the territory of Japan. Full stop. Do not extend that to imply anything else.

Of course, you didn't say it directly, but you insinuated it for sure.

When Okinawa's administration was returned to Japan in 1972, all nuclear arsenal, their missile bases and storage facilities, were cleared of because of Japan's Three Non-Nuclear Principles.

The catch is that both countries had signed a secret agreement to the effect that the U.S. could bring back those nuclear arsenal whenever the U.S. deemed it necessary.  

Such is the relationship between the two countries as I see it.

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Posted in: U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington leaves for Yokosuka See in context

Desert Tortoise,

You say the vessel was nuclear-powered, not nuclear-armed, thus insinuating that the U.S. was free to deploy it to Japan with no regard to Japan's constitutional restraint.

Note, however, that the vessel was a military aircraft carrier for wars. Of course, the U.S. must have notified its deployment to Japan for protocol. But a poor, sycophantic Japan had no choice but say "Agreed" for its deployment to Yokosuka?

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Posted in: China coast guard confronts Japanese politicians in disputed East China Sea area See in context

It's truly regrettable that such an incident has occurred. But Chins at least seems to be ready for consultations with Japan over the sovereignty of the Senkakus/Diaoyudaos.

I want the Japanese side not to reject China’s offer across the board and simply say that the Senkakus are Japan's territories historically and under international law. 

Dialog is most needed at this critical moment either officially or through private channels.

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Posted in: China coast guard confronts Japanese politicians in disputed East China Sea area See in context

It's truly regrettable that such an incident has occurred. But Chins at least seems to be ready for consultations with Japan over the sovereignty of the Senkakus/Diaoyudaos.

I want the Japanese side not to simply say that the Senkakus are Japan's territories historically and under international law. 

Dialog is most needed at this critical moment, either officially or through private channels.

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Posted in: U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington leaves for Yokosuka See in context

The George Washington was the first-ever nuclear-powered carrier that was deployed to Yokosuka, Japan in 2008. How could it be possible for a nuclear-powered U.S. warship to make Yokosuka its permanent port when Japan had three principles, under the pacifist constitution, to control production, export and import of weapons, much less the nuclear arsenal.

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