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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Extanker,

I don't deny your claim that the military must train constantly to keep up their utmost tactic abilities. The catch is must it be done within Japan with costs shouldered by Japanese taxpayers only? 

The Japanese taxpayers are shouldering 74% of base maintenance costs for U.S. forces in Japan, believing they are here only for the defense of Japan and the Far East. So if their training and using bases are for purposes other than this, this would really be a breach of trust.

Or do you think the Navy would just nail some plywood to the top of an old rusty boat and trust it to land multi-million dollar high performance aircraft on? There is a reason a modern US aircraft carrier costs 13 billion dollars.

Do you think refurnishing an abandoned super tanker will cost as much as building a real carrier? If it does, I suggest you build a mammoth barge to be used as a mock carrier, not to mention, with your own money. Why should Japanese taxpayers be bothered with financing things like this?

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Posted in: Trump says he asked Abe to pay more to host U.S. troops See in context

Here it comes, again. Abe has already rejected Trump's request to increase Japan's share of the U.S. military presence five times more. This time around, too, Abe will certainly reject it, which Trump may be fully aware of and expect. 

In order to appease Trump, though, Abe will forge ahead with landfill work at Henoko, with the total cost of new base construction expected to amount to 2.5 trillion yen.  And how about the transfer cost of the Okinawa-stationed Marines to Guam, let alone the purchase of Mageshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture and the construction of FCLP facilities there for the U.S. Navy?

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Sorry, the topic here is about FCLP to be conducted by the U.S. Navy's carrier-based FA-18 Super Hornets now stationed in Iwakuni. But my post isn't too far-fetched.

Here's my suggestion. Instead of spending money and energy for FCLP, they can re-make abandoned super tankers as mock field carriers, that could be tugged far off the coast. Some super tanker has the length of 458m with the width 69m.

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Extanker,

Athletes must train constantly to always keep their utmost skills. So with soldiers. That's what you want to say?

OK, but is it necessary for the Marines to train their skills always in Okinawa?  In other words, their training bases in Okinawa can be moved to the U.S. mainland without any hitch where they can train their skills to their heart's content.

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

No Busness,

You are right. The U.S. military presence in Japan is the end result of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and a resultant defeat. In other words, U.S. troops are in Japan as victors of WW II. No doubt, Japan has been under the occupation even to this day.

But note that the U.S. government says the U.S. troops are invited guests, stationed here according to provisions stipulated in the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty. In your opinion then, as in mine, that treaty is nothing but a farce, shenanigans to hide the true state of affairs.

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Posted in: Gov't to buy island in Kagoshima Pref for U.S. military drills for ¥16 bil See in context

Yubaru,

And why wasnt this considered as a potential move for Futenma?

Henoko was the target for Futenma's relocation site from the very beginning when the return of the base was promised in 1996. 

This was attested to by Richard P. Lawless, former Deputy Undersecretary for the Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Defense Department, who betrayed in a recently broadcast interview with national broadcaster NHK that the U.S. side had Henoko always in mind for a relocation site from the very beginning.

But the initial landfill plan was botched because of the forceful opposition by canoeing protesters and activists. The turmoil caused by the Futenma relocation issue seemed to have calmed down at last.  After a while, however, the U.S. government started saying they wouldn't stick to the Henoko plan and that the relocation site could be anywhere in Japan.

Tokyo must have been flustered at this.

When Tokunoshima in the Amami group surfaced as a candidate site, a large anti-relocation rally was held on the island with some political big shots from Tokyo participating in. Yuriko Koike (incumbent Governor of Tokyo), Defense Minister until just before, took part in the rally, loudly shouting an anti-Tokunoshima slogan, together with a large throng of the island's protesters.

Tokunoshima was of course rejected by the U.S. side because they say it was located too far from the Marines' training base in Okinawa. The distance between Okinawa and a putative relocation site must be 120 km, they said.

Someone suggested Mageshima along the line, but it was out of the question because the distance is way over 120 km or, more concretely, 450 km.

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Posted in: Former Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone dies at 101 See in context

Nakasone once said Japan would make use of U.S. troops stationed in Japan as guard dogs so that there wouldn't be any conflicts in East Asia. He might have uttered these words to palliate the nation's concerns that he had conceded too much to Washington as regards security, nuclear power and such.

Nakasone also vainly boasted how smart the Japanese people were. Looking at the current affairs in which the U.S. Forces Japan have every right to use bases and facilities in Japan with impunity, one cannot help but think otherwise.

Japan's nuclear power policy initiated by his government must also be scrutinized in detail.

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Posted in: N Korean media call Abe 'imbecile and political dwarf' See in context

It’s quite permissible here to criticize one’s own national leader. Is it so in North Korea?

But if criticism goes beyond a certain permissible line, that’ll be a different story. North Korea’s criticism of Shinzo Abe is not merely a criticism. It’s an insult.

“Insult” is defined in a dictionary as “gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness resulting in shame or embarrassment”

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Posted in: Pope wants to officialize immorality of nuclear arms possession See in context

USNinJapan2,

So, in your opinion, the U.S. must be praised because the U.S. was the trailblazer of the nuclear weapons era by dropping two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Posted in: Pope wants to officialize immorality of nuclear arms possession See in context

Japan doesn't possess nuclear weapons. Its policy based on the so-called three non-nuclear principles, "no possession, no production and no introduction", must be highly commanded.

The catch is Japan relies on the U.S. nuclear umbrella despite this non-nuclear policy. If the possession of nuclear weapons must be condemned, so must Japan's relying on and coming under the U.S, nuclear umbrella. How do posters here think about it?

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Posted in: Abe urges China to maintain free and open Hong Kong See in context

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday urged China to maintain a free and open Hong Kong as police continue their crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in the semi-autonomous territory.

Is Abe trying to teach Wang Yi how important it is to be free and democratic? But look at what he is doing in Henoko, Nago City, Okinawa.

The majority of Okinawa residents are opposed to the relocation of USMC Air Station Futenma to Henoko, demanding instead Futenma be returned unconditionally.  And yet Abe, in sheer disregard of democracy, forged ahead with landfill work in Henoko to build two V-shaped runways on the reclaimed land plus port and other cutting edge facilities, hence called a "new base" by us.

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Posted in: U.S. troop presence in Japan a concern for Russia: Lavrov See in context

Yubaru,

You can read, but not comprehend, on this alone we will agree!

That's not a convincing argument. It's simply a parting shot. Nothing more. Shame on you!

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Posted in: U.S. troop presence in Japan a concern for Russia: Lavrov See in context

Yubaru,

Oh nowhere in any of my replies have I stated my opinion on either side!

But aren't you of the opinion that the U.S. military presence must be kept in Japan, especially in Okinawa as is, whereby Futenma's function must be relocated to Henoko by all means

So if you were asked to choose between (1)  no-return of the four islands if there was the U.S. military presence and (2) the return of them if there was no U.S. military presence, you would certainly choose the  first alternative.

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Posted in: U.S. troop presence in Japan a concern for Russia: Lavrov See in context

Yubaru,

I re-read your post (Nov. 24 | 07:14 am JST) and am convinced that all you want to say is that Japan had better keep U.S. bases in its territory (or Japan had better be under U.S. military control) forever rather than try to recover the long-disputed islands in the western Kurils.

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Posted in: U.S. troop presence in Japan a concern for Russia: Lavrov See in context

Yubaaru,

NEVER assume anything!

This assumption of mine is based on nothing but what you said, never on my fancy. So what’s wrong with it?

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Posted in: U.S. troop presence in Japan a concern for Russia: Lavrov See in context

Yubaru,

I assume all you want to say in your post above is Japan had better keep U.S. bases in its territory (or Japan had better be under U.S. military control) forever rather than try to recover the long-disputed islands in the western Kurils.

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Posted in: U.S. troop presence in Japan a concern for Russia: Lavrov See in context

Yubaru,

You aren't responding to the question I posed, getting derailed as always. Lavlov implies that the northern territories won't be returned if there's continuing U.S. military presence. In your post above, you asked which Japan would choose, the return of the northern territories or the U.S. military presence  

I said neither no return of the four islands in the western Kurils nor permanent U.S. military presence in Japan is desirable. In other words, whichever is a devil for Japan. So how do you respond?

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Posted in: North Korea says it’s gained nothing from U.S. but 'betrayal’ See in context

It seems President Trump's cajoling approach to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has failed. What's Trump's next card then, I wonder.

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Posted in: U.S. troop presence in Japan a concern for Russia: Lavrov See in context

Yubaru,

I wonder which Japan would choose, the return of a couple islands or the US military staying here in Japan?

Whichever devil you choose, it' the devil all the same. So don't pretend to think that the U.S. military presence, aka occupation, is far better.

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Posted in: U.S. troop presence in Japan a concern for Russia: Lavrov See in context

So the Northern territory won't be returned to Japan as far as there's U.S. military presence in Japan. But not only the U.S. is keeping troops in Japan but Japan is making the conditions of the presence of U.S. troops permanent by building new bases in addition to existing ones. The Henoko relocation is a good case in point. The Marine base in Iwakuni has also been expanded and strengthened. 

So how would Japan ask the Russian side for the return of the four islands in the western Kurils?

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

Probably, I should have used other words than "shrewd" to describe Trump's political style, such as "cunning, crafty, artful, wily", etc. He may want to dominate a given situation but he knows he can't with mediocre means or demeanor; hence a high-profile behavior wherever he goes..

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

Trump may look like a dotard but he is a shrewd businessman nonetheless, outsmarting you.

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Posted in: Nixon told Kissinger pact allowing nuclear weapons into Okinawa 'satisfactory' See in context

This incident was kept secret until 1989 when the secrecy was declassified. Ignorance is bliss indeed. 

Never allow the ignorant mass to see, hear and say? That's far from democracy the U.S. is trying to sell the world over.

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Posted in: Pope Francis arrives in Thailand at start of Asia trip See in context

It was TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi, not TOKUGAWA Iyeyasu, who banned Christianity first. Their fearsome master, ODA Nobunaga, was very generous toward Christianity and Western culture, using Jesuit missionaries to his advantage. Hideyoshi inherited that tradition in the early days of his shogunate. 

Then he must have heard about developments in Southeast Asia -- the Western advance of colonialism and Christianity to the region. It was really unfortunate that Christianity was used by colonial powers as forerunners for colonization of "pagan" countries in the world.

An incident in western Japan made the last straw for Hideyosi to crash Christianity. The converts in the regions started vandalism on Buddhist temples, destroying statues of Buddha and other religious relics, saying they were no worth to worship and so must be destroyed.

Iyeyasu's ban on Christianity was inherited from Hideyoshi but his was more systematic and complete, even closing Japan's doors to the West except the newly rising non-Catholic country that was Holland.

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Posted in: Trump says N Korea went too far in calling Biden 'rabid dog' See in context

On October 7, according to Oct. 8 JT, North Korea called Abe an "idiot". It called Biden a "rabid dog", adding, "Rabid dogs like Biden can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run about,” further saying, “They must be beaten to death with a stick.”

It seems to me that bluff or bluster characterizes indigenous Korean culture, especially on the other side of the truce line, more saliently than other cultures.

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Posted in: Nixon told Kissinger pact allowing nuclear weapons into Okinawa 'satisfactory' See in context

kiwi07,

That's the horrible USS Ticonderoga incident you are talking about. A hydrogen bomb-carrying Skyhawk fighter jet accidentally dropped into the sea together with the pilot and the bomb while being engaged in training in waters near Okinawa.

Never let the memory weather away.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

The ministry says annual radiation levels near the release point of the water is a mean 0.3 microsievert at sea and 1.3 microsieverts in the atmosphere. Those are really minuscule figures compared with the 2,100 microsieverts humans are said to be exposed to naturally every day.

If so, then why in the world did they start installing tanks to contain the contaminated water?

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Posted in: Nixon told Kissinger pact allowing nuclear weapons into Okinawa 'satisfactory' See in context

How much is a secret accord effective if it were signed without the peoples of relevant countries knowing it? Any answer from international law specialists?

Are such pacts in accord with democratic principles and humanitarianism? If secret pacts like this were allowed to exist, what’s the use of formal, bon-a-fide treaties? Are they just façades to hide the truth from the eyes of nations?

Secret pacts are only characteristic of ruffians and scoundrels.

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Posted in: Insurance claims linked to typhoons in Sept, Oct may top ¥2 tril See in context

Insurance claims linked to typhoons in September and October may top 2 trillion yen, reports this article. I think the government must spend almost as much for the reconstruction of the typhoon-hit areas. Also, think about the areas devastated by triple disasters in Tohoku.

Under such circumstances, can Trump demand 8 billion dollars to keep U.S. troops in Japan?  Urge Tokyo to go ahead with the Henoko relocation plan with an estimated cost amounting to 2.5 trillion yen?

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Posted in: Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy See in context

Japan must pay 8 billion dollars for U.S. troops to be stationed here? Preposterous! Nonsense! Trump's demand is like that made by a gang master, who intimidates good citizens in the turf to pay protection money five times more.

Of course, Abe will reject this outright. (He already did.) To palliate Trump, though, he will accelerate landfill work in Henoko, the total cost of which is estimated by the Okinawa Prefectural Government to amount to 2.5 trillion yen or about 250 billion dollars.

Mind you, folks. Trump's real intention lies here.

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