voiceofokinawa comments

Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia See in context

Desert Tortoise,

Citing your wife, who tells you to never trust the Japanese, and your parents who never buy Japanese goods because of their bitter WW II memories, you say Japan cannot be trusted. Even the U.S. government dragged its heels to transfer Aegis technology to Japan at first, you say. Is this the reason why the U.S. military must maintain so much land as bases 75 years after the end of World War Two?  

It's not wrong to say then that Japan is still under occupation, as I have argued here and elsewhere many times. Inadvertently, you supported my claim that the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty is shenanigans -- a facade to camouflage the hard reality.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia See in context

Deng Xiaoping once said China would tolerate the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, thus prioritizing a good Sino-Japan relationship. He must have clearly known of the true nature of that treaty.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia See in context

So, in your opinion, the U.S. occupation forces kept maintaining bases in post-war Japan to not let the genie out of the bottle. In other words, the U.S. military in Japan is WW II occupation forces by nature regardless of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, that works as a mere facade to hide this sly state of affairs.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia See in context

Desert Tortoise (Jan. 15  11:02 pm JST),

So, in your opinion, the U.S. occupation forces kept maintaining bases in post-war Japan to not let the genie out of the bottle. In other words, the U.S. military in Japan is WW II occupation forces by nature.

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Posted in: Obama-era veteran Kurt Campbell to lead Biden's Asia policy See in context

As Assistant Secretary of State under the Obama administration a decade ago, Kurt Campbell worked hard to implement the bilateral agreement to relocate USMC Air Station Futenma to Henoko, Nago City, Okinawa. He knows well enough that there's a strong local opposition to the plan as ever. 

Sit-ins against it have been going on since he was an incumbent ten years ago. Will he be able to get our understanding this time around?

The replacement is nothing but a white elephant in terms of cost and deterrence.  Explain why it isn't.

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia See in context

Desert Tortoise,

The U.K., the erstwhile Empire of Great Britain, was one of the Allied powers that occupied post-war Japan as victors. Today, it's the U.S. that only maintains large swaths of land as bases in Japan while other Allied powers all withdrew their militaries out of respect for Japan's independence in 1951. So why shouldn't the U.K. do the same in the track of the U.S.?

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Posted in: Japan welcomes Britain's plan to send aircraft carrier group to Asia See in context

A dream come true once again?

The U.K. played a hegemon in this area once upon a time. Should Japan provide a Yokosuka scale naval base with the British carrier group for free?

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Posted in: Trump says he will not attend Biden's inauguration See in context

Trump will not attend an inauguration ceremony for Biden's Presidential oath, firmly believing he stole the election? Kid’s stuff. Together with the breaking into the Capitol building by pro-Trump demonstrators, this may betray the fact that the U.S. is not really a democracy after all.

Here in Okinawa the U.S. government, whoever may have been the head of state, has coerced Tokyo to forge ahead with the Futenma relocation plan in sheer disregard of the majority of Okinawa's strong wishes against it, which has been demonstrated time and time again in rallies after rallies, elections, polls and a referendum.

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Posted in: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate See in context

Look at the AP/J photo above. The caption of the photo says, "Police with guns drawn", but the police officers appear to be only standing by while the lawmakers are ready to fire the guns in any minute.

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Posted in: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate See in context

What a caricature! Trump-supporting protesters storm into the Capitol building to obstruct the affirmation of their opponent's win in the Presidential election. What a democracy! Lawmakers in the room are pointing guns at a protester peeping through a window!

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to boost defense ties with Europe in Indo-Pacific See in context

OssanAmerica.

Japan under the Toshiki Kaifu administration didn't send SDF troops to Iraq at the time of the First Gulf War because of Article 9 of the Constitution but instead it made a donation to U.S. coffers in the amount of $1 billion. 

That donation even violated the war-renouncing constitution, for Article 9 of which clearly states: "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."

Wasn't the Gulf War an attempt to settle an international dispute by the use of force? Japan's monetary contribution was full cooperation with the party that was engaged in the war to settle an international dispute, so that it was clearly in violation of the constitution.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to boost defense ties with Europe in Indo-Pacific See in context

It should also be noted that the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty wouldn't allow USFJ to be engaged in military activities other than defending the security of Japan and the Far East.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to boost defense ties with Europe in Indo-Pacific See in context

Are NATO countries like the U.K., France and Germany aware of the fact that Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution prohibits Japan from being engaged in the act of war as a means to settle international disputes involving Japan?  

Probably, they could demand Japan host an enormous number/area of bases for their militaries to be stationed here just like the U.S.

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Posted in: GOP plans to upend Biden win for Trump rips party apart See in context

I thought vote rigging was only peculiar to new-comer democracies, completely foreign to the U.S. So it is really mind-boggling to see that the U.S., a vowed champion of democracy trying to sell democratic principles to the world, is entangled with this shameful state of affairs.

Hey, Bill Hagerty, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, is one of those twelve lawmakers!

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Posted in: Japan aims to conclude talks on cost-sharing for U.S. troops soon See in context

Sh1mon M4sada: Dec. 22 | 06:35 pm JST,

Abe just got awarded the 'Legion of Merit' from Trump for championing the alliance and commitment to free and open Indo-Pacific.

What a comedy! Trump granted pardons to 26 lawbreakers yesterday in addition to 15 others, including son-in-lawJared Kushner's father, Charles Kushner, who is serving a prison term for tax evasion. Trump's granting of the Merit of Legion to Abe must be considered in this vein, an extension of granting pardons to criminals and suspicious criminals.

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Posted in: Japan aims to conclude talks on cost-sharing for U.S. troops soon See in context

Japan has paid an annual 201.7 billion yen, or about $2 billion, to support U.S. bases in Japan for the past 5 years. Not only that, but Japan has shouldered and will keep shouldering payments (rents) to the private landholders of bases, thus allowing U.S. forces in Japan for free use of them. Should there occur damages from the bases, it's Japan that must take full responsibility and pay indemnity.

Trump thinks this is not enough and demanded Japan pay four times more. Japan hopes to keep its annual payment at the same level as the last five years. This itself is absurd and exorbitant, but Trump's negotiating tactics seem to have worked well. Incoming Biden must thank to Trump for the windfall if Japan agreed to maintain the current level of expenses.

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Posted in: Japan says it is seeking closer ties with U.S. after Biden's win affirmed See in context

Do you really think that China would take over Okinawa and that hordes of Chinese tourists would flood beaches and resort spots here as invaders unless the Henoko relocation is realized? Of course, Chinese tourists are always welcome as far as they are tourists.

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Posted in: Japan says it is seeking closer ties with U.S. after Biden's win affirmed See in context

Slickdrifter Dec. 16 06:41 pm JST,

Both Tokyo and Washington say the function of USMC Air Station Futenma must be relocated to Henoko, Nago City, Okinawa and not anywhere else in Japan. The reasons they give us for the relocation plan are: (1) the air station in question is most dangerous and hazardous to area residents at the current site , and (2) the deterrence the base is capable of must be maintained without any hitch.

Yes, the base is very dangerous to the densely populated residential area that is surrounding the base closely by. But if it's so dangerous, why don't they close it right then and there and return the land immediately with no strings attached? The reason why they won't do so is the deterrence, which they say must be maintained, not impaired nor reduced.

The question to ask then is: Does the closure of USMC Air Station Futenma and the unconditional return of the land affect the U.S. Marine's deterrence capability?

Note that it's been bilaterally agreed that the most active elements of Okinawa-based Marines are to relocate to Guam, where the construction of infrastructure for them to station there is underway. It's also been bilaterally agreed that primary responsibility to defend Japan's territory rests with JSDF and not with the USFJ,

Under such circumstances, why is it necessary to build Futenma's replacement, a training base integral with Camp Schwab, Camp Hansen and Northern Training Area, aka Jungle Warfare Training Center?

Do you really think that China would take over Okinawa and that hordes of Chinese tourists would flood beaches and resort spots here as invaders?

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Posted in: China looks forward on anniversary of 1937 Nanjing massacre See in context

Statistical figures in an argument must be correct and reliable. Otherwise, the argument will be dubbed as a lie by your opponent. That's why some right-wingers in Japan say there was no such incident as Nanjing Massacre in 1937.

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Posted in: Japan says it is seeking closer ties with U.S. after Biden's win affirmed See in context

Slickdrifter,

Do you want to say that should Marine bases be closed and the Marines pack up and go home, hordes of Chinese tourists would come and flood Okinawa beaches and resorts? And Chinese fishing boats would fish in the waters near Okinawa, depleting blue water fish stocks?

And you also want to say that, therefore, those U.S. bases are needed to prevent such abomination from coming true?

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Posted in: Japan says it is seeking closer ties with U.S. after Biden's win affirmed See in context

Vowing to strengthen military ties with the incoming Biden government means Tokyo wants to keep the status quo involving the SOFA and SACO, and hence the Futenma relocation issue will remain unchanged despite Okinawa's strong protest. That's not strengthening the bilateral relations but being like a moth flying into the flame, letting Okinawa remain a U.S. military colony forever. Wouldn't the U.S. side welcome it as the best Japan can ask for?

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Posted in: China looks forward on anniversary of 1937 Nanjing massacre See in context

smithinjapan,

Which was FAR too good for them.

They were captured after the war for their bizzare action, court-martialed and executed. In fact, it was Japan as a whole that committed alleged war crimes by invading China and later attacking Pearl Harbor. 

You insinuate then that the dropping of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were minuscule compared with the atrocity IJA soldiers committed during the war. Thus, for you, the figure 300 thousand as the number of civilian deaths in the Nanjing Massacre cannot be incorrect and must be remembered everlastingly.

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Posted in: China looks forward on anniversary of 1937 Nanjing massacre See in context

smithinjapan,

The current population of the City of Nanjing is about 8,500,000. Before July 1937 it was about 1,000,000.  For fear of an imminent invasion by the IJA many residents escaped from the city, making the population dwindle to about 300,000 to 400,000 in November. Just before its fall to the invading IJA in December that year, the population is said to have further dwindled to 200,000.

So if these figures were generally correct, how could one adjust the sequence of these figures with 300,000 people killed in the Nanjing massacre?

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Posted in: China looks forward on anniversary of 1937 Nanjing massacre See in context

smithinjapan,

Not hard when you march people to rivers and machine gun them, or when a mere two IJA officers have a "race to see who can kill 100 people first with their swords*

Is it the fact that Nanjing residents were marched to the Yangtze River and machine-gunned en masse, as you assert?   

Yale University Sterling Professor Jonathan Spence, a most authoritative specialist in Chinese history, estimates 42,000 soldiers and citizens were killed and 20,000 women raped, many of whom later died. 

While their commander escaped, many soldiers were left behind in the city, who hid among the civilian population in civilian clothing to camouflage their identity when the Japanese military entered the city. Yes, there was the story about lieutenants Noda and Mukai who were reported to engage in a race to contest who will achieve the hundredth killing first with their sword. Both of them were executed for war crimes at the 1946 Nanjing war crimes tribunal.

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Posted in: China looks forward on anniversary of 1937 Nanjing massacre See in context

China claims the invading Japanese Army killed 300,000 people in Nanjing in 1937 or an average 7,142 people per day. Could such a number of killings by hand have been possible unless deaths caused by aerial bombardment was also taken into account?

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Posted in: China looks forward on anniversary of 1937 Nanjing massacre See in context

Both the Nanjing Massacre and the atomic bombing of either Hiroshima or Nagasaki were abominations. What's stuck in the back of my mind, however, is factual figures of victims in both cases. China says 300,000 people died in a six-week spree of killing, rape and destruction after the Japanese military entered Nanjing in 1937.

That figure seems to me too bloated in comparison with the number of Hiroshima victims, which Hiroshima City announced last year to be 89,025. There's a big discrepancy between the popularly estimated figure of 140,000 plus, but this will be clarified in time, I’m sure.

Now, how could Japanese foot soldiers kill 300,000 people in Nanjing in six weeks however atrocious they may have been?

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Posted in: Japan considers setting up panel on imperial succession See in context

During the old feudal days, it was very important to maintain one's family line kept intact and secure from a higher to lower echelon in society.

The 11th Shogunate Tokugawa Ienari (1787 - 1837) is said to have fathered 53 children between 24 concubines outside between the official spouse for this reason.

Social mores change as times go on. It is nonsense to keep the male-only succession rules for the imperial family. Or should the times be reversed?

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Posted in: Britain to send aircraft carrier strike group to waters near Japan See in context

Purr-chance to dream?

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Posted in: Trump to appear in Georgia in gamble over control of U.S. Senate See in context

Jsapc (Today 12:05 pm JST):

Thank you for the reference.

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Posted in: Trump to appear in Georgia in gamble over control of U.S. Senate See in context

Sequel to my post above:

What kind of treatment did he receive and why don't he and his medical team impart that invaluable information to the rest of the world promptly? Is the therapy patented and so can't be shared with the rabble freely and openly?

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