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Posted in: Global nuclear arsenal to grow for first time since Cold War: think-tank See in context

Nature seems to have a kind of self-destruction apparatus to control the excessive increase of one group of creatures over others. 

The warring nature of human beings and nuclear arsenals may function as controllers to check the explosive population increase. Human beings are thus doomed to extinction by piling up nuclear weapons.

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Posted in: Asteroid samples contain clues to origin of life, say Japanese scientists See in context

If an asteroid contained organic materials, scientists would say that life had originated in space and came to Earth somehow. But how, actually?

Couldn't one equally say that, if asteroids had organic materials, Earth, too, had had organic materials from the very beginning?

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Posted in: Okinawa Gov Tamaki announces re-election bid See in context

thepersoniamnow,

Its good to have a powerful air force and navy on Okinawan land

Tell me why Futenma's replacement could contribute to "a powerful air force and navy on Okinawan land". I've been arguing on various occasions that Futenma's replacement, a new Marine base, is a white elephant in terms of finance and a military strategy that can't deal with recent security developments in this part of the Pacific, for two reasons:

First, the new base is nothing but training facilities for Ospreys to transport foot soldiers, the Marines, to battle grounds. But the most active elements of the Marines, according to a bilateral agreement, are to be on Guam. 

Second, it's been bilaterally agreed that primary responsibility to defend outlying islands rests with JSDF and not with USFJ.

How do you respond?

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Posted in: China vows it will fight to the end to stop Taiwan independence See in context

When the South professed they wanted to secede from the United States in order to maintain slavery, its major source of income, Abraham Lincoln decided it must be prevented by all means, even resorting to war if needs be and even at the cost of the emancipation itself. Probably, Chinese Defense Minister's warning must be interpreted in light of these strong words of Lincoln's

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Posted in: Taiwan's health minister contracts COVID See in context

That‘s really strange. As a health specialist, he must have undergone vaccination on several occasions, and yet he contracted the virus. Is there something we don‘t know about COVID 19 still as yet?

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Posted in: Okinawa Gov Tamaki announces re-election bid See in context

bass4funk,

 Not weak, and with China and North Korea looming and giving angst to the Japanese

China's rise and assertiveness, and North Korea's repeated missile launchings, may be Godsends for Japan to rearm itself to the teeth despite the war-renouncing constitution. The U.S. has been cajoling Japan into an arms buildup for long.  Hence, both Tokyo and Washington must be very thankful to China and North Korea at heart.

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Posted in: Okinawa Gov Tamaki announces re-election bid See in context

The central point of contention in this gubernatorial election will of course be the Futenma relocation issue. Tamaki will be sure to appeal the base must be closed rather than relocated to another site in Okinawa. The LDP-backed Sakima, on the other hand, will emphasize the danger the base poses to area residents at the current site whereby it must be relocated immediately. But where?

The two candidates are in agreement in that Futenma must be closed right then and there to eliminate the danger it poses to Ginowan citizens. They merely disagree as to where it should be relocated.

The key to solve this problem is in the hand of the U.S. government first and foremost and a subservient Tokyo. The problem dissipates instantly the moment they say Futenma will be closed now unconditionally.

The central government hasn't convinced us as to why Henoko is the best and only solution for the Futenma relocation issue. There's no strategic reason why the Marine air base is absolutely necessary for the defense and security of Japan and so must be planted in Okinawa.

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Posted in: Huge Muslim protests in Asia after India prophet row See in context

Huge protests across the Muslim world were sparked by remarks by an Indian government official about the Prophet Mohammed.

I want to know what the official actually said. There’s no mention or quote of it in the article. The reporter is afraid that mere quoting may incite a further furor?

I want to look at the problem from the perspectives of cultural clashes.

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Posted in: S Korea, U.S., Japan urge N Korea to return to talks See in context

Will North Korea respond to the trilateral call to come to a negotiation table for it to scrap all its nuclear capabilities?  I doubt it. That will be a nonstarter.

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Posted in: Japan calls for defense spending hike; notes threats to Taiwan See in context

Is it China, North Korea and Russia that are stimulating Japan to increment its defense budget, or is it Japan that is utilizing these countries to justify its call for a defense budget hike despite the war-renouncing constitution?

It may be both.

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Posted in: For Japan's star poet Tanikawa, it's fun, not work, at 90 See in context

The universe is twisted and keeps expanding? That’s why we are all afraid and try to connect?

There are very many people, especially in the U.S., who reject Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species", saying men haven't evolved from monkeys. Therefore, Hayabusa2's findings may not be so big news nor noteworthy as to make us mindboggling? (The latter part of this piece was originally intended to be posted on another thread.)

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Posted in: S Korea, U.S. launch 8 missiles in response to N Korean salvo See in context

It smells smoke. North Korea test-firing a salvo of 8 missiles, and South Korea and the U.S. are counterattacking in kind.

Will this eye-for-an-eye and tooth-for-a-tooth confrontation solve any problem at all?

Maybe, this confrontation will keep going on forever until one side succumbs and collapses by self-destruction.

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Posted in: S Korea, U.S. stage rare drills with air carrier See in context

It smells smoke. North Korea test-firing a salvo of 8 missiles while South Korea and the U.S. are conducting joint military exercises as if to show off their combined superior sea and air power.

Will this eye-for-an-eye and tooth-for-a-tooth confrontation solve any problem at all?

Maybe, this confrontation will keep going on forever until one side succumbs and collapses by self-destruction.

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Posted in: North Korea test-fires salvo of 8 short-range missiles See in context

The missiles flew 110 to 670 kilometers at maximum altitudes of 25 to 80 kilometers while reaching speeds of Mach 3 to 6

The missiles seem hypersonic cruise missiles. The launchings of 8 missiles in sequence indicate North Korea is pushing hard to develop hypersonic missiles to finesse U.S.-made missile defense systems, Aegis and PACK 3, which Japan deploys.

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Posted in: Satellite images suggest new Chinese carrier close to launch See in context

Desert Tortoise,

In post Cold War interviews Russian TU-22 and TU-95 pilots considered attacking a US Navy carrier strike group to be a suicide mission.

You haven't touched on killer drones and AI-guided missiles. Isn't a traditional fleet formation vulnerable to such weapons?

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Posted in: Satellite images suggest new Chinese carrier close to launch See in context

Why is China so hectic about building an aircraft carrier after another when AI-guided missiles and killer drones seem to be moving into the mainstream these days? Look at the war in Ukraine.

The carrier-centered task force is said to have been an idea developed by the IJ Navy 80 years ago when they attacked Pearl Harbor, but isn't the idea obsolete today in these hi-tech ages?

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Posted in: Japanese man, 83, becomes oldest to sail nonstop solo across Pacific See in context

Power to your shoulders. Congratulations on your second feat of solo sailing across the Pacific Ocean. I remember your 1962 solo sailing across the Pacific Ocean making headline news, too, in Washington, D.C., where I was studying. Sixty years have passed since then. Very nostalgic. Keep challenging, Mr. Horie.

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Posted in: Japan may need to boost defense costs to ¥10 trillion: think tank See in context

Why should Kishida tell Biden that Japan had decided to scrap its long-term policy of capping the defense budget to one percent of its GDP? An increase from the current 6 trillion yen to 10 trillion yen, almost twice as much as an increase. And Biden seems to have welcomed Japan's decision to do so. What does it mean?

Firstly, it means the U.S. has long persuaded Japan to revise or do away with the war-renouncing constitution and fight international wars along with the U.S. with which Japan had finally agreed.

Secondly, Japan will be able to buy more U.S.-made arsenal such as Aegis missile systems, killer missiles and so forth, and shoulder more of the so-called “host nation support”.

In other words, Japan's defense budget increase is just for the sake of the U.S.

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Posted in: Japan complains over S Korean marine survey in disputed waters See in context

The last paragraph in my post above is revised and expanded as follows:

Chen Kwan must have thought of Diaoyucheng back home when he was given the explanation and description of the island's vernacular name by Ryukyu seamen aboard the same tributary ship and so recorded it as Diaoyudao after the famous namesake.

All in all, there is a lot of room to speculate about the origin and history of an island's name. It boils down then that a country cannot lay claim to an island on the basis of its nomenclature alone.

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Posted in: Japan complains over S Korean marine survey in disputed waters See in context

Chinese characters are mere phonetic representations of what is actually pronounced in the vernacular, having nothing to do with the meanings of characters. And so you cannot guess the meaning of an island’s name on the basis of given Chinese characters. Take of Takeshima has nothing to do with bamboos as some poster says. Take may be the same element as the one repeated in the word takedakesii, meaning "steep" or "rugged".

There is an island called "Akusekito" in the Tokara group that lies south of Kyushu. “Akusekito” is written in Chinese characters as 悪石島, meaning "evil rock island". Based on the Chinese characters, folk etymology has it that there are many rocks dangerously hanging out on the slopes of the island and so named as is. But I have a different explanation. The island must have been under the control of Lord Aku (阿久)and so named after the Aku clan.

The largest island in the Senkakus is called Diaoyudao in China. Judging from the Chinese characters, 釣魚島, one might be inclined to think of it as so named because hermits came to the island and spent days angling for fish.

It was Chen Kwan, a tributary mission head who came to Ryukyu to crown a king, who first documented the name Diaoyudao in his “Emissary’s Record of Ryukyu”, a report he submitted to the emperor

Apparently, he had Ryukyu seamen and traders aboard the same tributary ship explain and describe the topology and geography of the island chain. In the local vernacular, the island was called either Yukun or Iigun meaning “fishing ground”. The waters around the island have been well-known as rich fishing grounds, even to this day.

Chen Kwan must have thought of Diaoyucheng back home when he was given the explanation and description of the island and recorded it as Diaoyudao after the famous namesake.

All in all, there is a lot of room to speculate about the origin and history of an island's name.

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Posted in: S Korean ship conducted survey near disputed isles: Japan gov't See in context

There are three islands called “Takeshima” around the Japanese archipelago, including the one that the Koreans also claim to and call it “Dokdo” or “Tokto”.

The Japanese name, “Takeshima”, can be analyzed as take + shima. Likewise, Korean “Dokdo” or “Tokto” can be analyzed as dok + do  or tok + to. Both Japanese shima and Korean do or to mean “island”. Then, what do the initial morphemes in both Japanese and Korean, take and dok/tok, mean?  Nobody knows for sure. But , phonologically speaking, Japanese take and Korean dok/tok sound alike. 

That means ancient people, when they had no conception of modern-day states or sovereignty, called the island by almost the same name.

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Posted in: Nagasaki not to invite Russian envoy to A-bomb anniversary event See in context

I think any country that doesn't give a nod to the anti-nuclear war sentiments that are inscribed on the cenotaph in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park or that will surely be struck home in peace memorial services to be held in both cities on August 6 and 9 shouldn't be invited.

Should Japan's central government, that is seeking the U.S. nuclear umbrella proactively, be invited to the memorial services then?

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Posted in: Kishida sees need for dialogue with China's Xi See in context

OssanAmerica

Yes, anything that strengthens Japan's ability to protect itself from it's closest neighbors who all possess nuclear weapons, China, Russia, North Korea is "wrong" in your view. I can only think of one reason why.

My contention is that merely resorting to saber rattling won't solve international problems, not to mention actually opening hostilities. Russia was completely wrong in this sense when its armed forces began "special operations" against Ukraine, that is, invaded it in broad daylight.  

Tell me specifically why you think I am wrong.

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Posted in: Kishida sees need for dialogue with China's Xi See in context

Desert Tortoise,

Yes, anything that strengthens Japan's ability to protect itself from it's closest neighbors who all possess nuclear weapons, China, Russia, North Korea is "wrong" in your view. I can only think of one reason why.

My contention is that merely resorting to saber rattling won't solve international problems, not to mention actually opening hostilities. Russia was completely wrong in this sense when its armed forces began "special operations" against Ukraine, aka, invaded it.  

Tell me specifically why you think I am wrong.

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Posted in: Kishida sees need for dialogue with China's Xi See in context

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday that keeping a dialogue with Chinese President Xi Jinping is important in maintaining "constructive" bilateral ties and cooperative relations ... .

Right on. The two sides should be engaged more in dialogue in regard to territorial and other security matters than simply resorting to saber rattling. No eye for an eye nor a tooth for a tooth diplomacy to resolve such matters.

OssanAmerica's post (Today  10:15 am JST) is completely wrong in this respect. It is also assumed that the U.S. government may interfere and tell Kishida not to approach China too close.

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

Their joint communique later at the conclusion of QUAD meetings that the current state of affairs can never be changed by force by any other country means the U.S. will have to remain an absolute hegemonic power in this part of the world forever. That means Okinawa must suffer a great deal by hosting so many U.S. bases forever and ever.

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

Biden's Air Force One landed at U.S. Osan Air Base in Peongtaek near Seoul. The aircraft must have taken off from there when it headed to its next destination, U.S. Yokota Air Base in Tokyo. In other words, Biden was hopping from one U.S. base to another as if he was on U.S. soil. Very convenient, indeed. But what does it all mean?

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Posted in: Japan says China, Russia jets flew nearby as Quad met See in context

The Cold War was a confrontation between the U.S.-led block of the West and the Soviet Russia-led block of the East. At first glance, the confrontation appeared an ideological one between democracy and communism. But no, it wasn't.  It was a geopolitical conflict between the West represented by the U.S. and the East represented by Russia or, maybe, China, these days.  Ideology doesn't come into play here because both Russia and China aren't communist states anymore.

Probably, the conflict is like that between a Russian tsar and/or Chinese Emperor and a U.S. populism. History repeats itself, never changing its nature. Human beings may be rushing to the apocalypse.

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Posted in: China voices firm opposition to Biden's remarks on Taiwan See in context

Wang said, "The Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs and cannot be interfered by any external forces," adding Beijing will take "firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests."

When the Kuomintang forces that were fighting with the People's Liberation Army, you could say Taiwan was genuinely China's internal problem. But 73 years have passed since that civil war ended and Taiwan has walked its own political path independent of mainland China. Can one say the Taiwan issue is still China’s own internal affairs?

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

Of course, the same problem arises with the Kishida government. But the LDP-controlled Kishida government wants to revise the constitution and scrap Article 9. They say the constitution doesn't fit in today's world situation and so must be revised. 

Biden's urge for Japan to commit more to international wars may be a godsend for the Kishida government. You know the government often seeks external pressure proactively to realize what it wants against the will of the nation.

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