Yubaru comments

Posted in: Tokyo reports 2,377 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 21,784 See in context

A quick Google search shows the true figure of nationwide hospitalisation for Japan to be 9000,

Dont forget that the hospitalization number is inaccurate because the government does not publish up to date information about how many tens of thousands are NOT hospitalized but are being kept as "in-patients" in thousands of hotel rooms throughout the country.

Authorities are keeping hospitalization numbers artificially down, as to prevent the triggering of set guidlines for the "quasi" and "full" states of emergency.

Okinawa has a Japan worst 1016.48人 per 100,000 rate almost triple that of No. 2 worst Hokkaido, at 376.61 per 100,000, and the hospitalization numbers are at a bit over 58%

Okinawa issued a "Infection risk warning" from May 13th to the 26th, just like they do when it's flu season. even though according to prefectural guidelines it should be requesting a "quasi" state of emergency. But Dummy, the prefectural Gov. is loathe to do so because of economic factors .

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Posted in: Man who mistakenly received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes See in context

Thinking he could still enjoy it after a few months in prison.

Reread the end of the article. He wont go to prison as he has not been charged with any crime, and the police may not even get involved with searching for him either, as no crime was committed, "technically" or otherwise.

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Posted in: Man who mistakenly received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes See in context

But I suspect that the online information was also incorrect and the bank was incorrect both at the same time, which leads me to believe neither the city nor the bank understand modern technology.

Which would also mean that the bank is responsible, as they can not, by law, transfer money into accounts unless the information matches exactly. I know, a local bank did it to me, and that is the reason they gave me for it!

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

Okinawa Gov Denny Tamaki is opposed to such defense facility sharing, saying it would add to local residents' anxiety. Okinawa residents have long complained of the concentration of U.S. military facilities in their island prefecture.

Once again, Denny living in lala-land! Whether it be the US or JSDF, the bases, in some shape or form, are going to be here in Okinawa.

Leastwise until world peace becomes a reality.

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Posted in: Man who mistakenly received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes See in context

Like I said before, there is a hell of a lot more to this story, and I will bet there is even more being kept from the public to keep the embarrassment level for the town officials, down to a minimum!

How in the hell did the town rack up ¥4,860,000 in "legal" fees in such a short time?

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

They could accomplish the same thing in one tenth of the space they occupy. Okinawa is not a dumping ground.

Only said by someone who knows absolutely nothing about they are talking about. Just posting nonsense.

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

Okinawan authorities regularly face denials by the U.S side in criminal and environmental investigations.

Criminal and environmental investigations are carried out by the Japanese government agencies. THe "denials" in criminal investigations are due to the SOFA, AND that the US doesnt hand over alleged suspects until they are officially charged! That is also a part of the SOFA.

Everyone knows how Japanese cops get their confessions, and the SOFA gives the US military protections against it!

And it's not so "regularly" either!

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

Today, Okinawa's average household income is the lowest and its unemployment is the highest of Japan's 47 prefectures.

Where is the writer getting their information from? This statement is misleading at best!

Source: 2020 Basic Survey on Wage Structure,

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/toukei/itiran/roudou/chingin/kouzou/z2020/dl/10.pdf

If land taken by the U.S. military is returned to the prefecture for other use, it would produce three times more income for Okinawa than the island now makes from bases, Tamaki said recently.

Like any Japanese politician, they say one thing, only to get attention, then apologize afterwards when it's found out to be false!

Denny is basing his estimates on perfect alignment of circumstances, but as everyone knows, that rarely if ever happens, particularly here!

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

Ceremonies marking the anniversary were held simultaneously in two locations - one in the Okinawan city of Giowan, home to a disputed U.S. air station, and the other in Tokyo. 

Only by chance, as the Okinawa Convention Center is there, and for no other reason!

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Posted in: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years after its reversion to Japan See in context

Oh let's not forget that no matter the statistics about percentages, the US Military currently has HALF the amount of land than compared to 1972. That is a fact too!

AND that will be halved again when the landfill at Camp Schwab is completed, and the southern bases returned to Japanese control, including MCAS Futenma! (FACT)

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Posted in: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years after its reversion to Japan See in context

You know, in the current scheme of things, it matters ZERO the roots, the lineage, the name, or anything else HISTORICAL about Okinawa.

It's 2022, not 1860's, not 1500's or anything other than today!

Okinawa is a prefecture of Japan (FACT)

Okinawan people are citizens of Japan (Fact)

Okinawa is the southern gateway to Japan (Fact)

As a prefecture of Japan, Okinawa has the responsibility to cooperate with the defense of Japan (FACT)

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Posted in: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years after its reversion to Japan See in context

I cannot see what anyone has to disagree with in the article here. It is refreshingly telling the story as it is.

Spot on! Good article

Hey Bertie, read this....

If you are to publish a legitimate article, at least remain objective, otherwise only the ignorant will take you seriously.

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Posted in: 10 dead, suspect, 18, arrested in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket See in context

-An admission that he is "authoritarian left wing"

-Hybrid Nazi and "green nationalism"

Oxymoron at best! "Left wing Nazi!" First time for everything!

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Posted in: 10 dead, suspect, 18, arrested in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket See in context

Just your typical day in the land of the 'free' and the home of the woke, nothing to see here.

Maybe it IS time for people to "woke" up! Otherwise it's going to continue to be "wash-rinse-repeat"

America does NOT care about gun violence, mass shootings, or any of it!

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Posted in: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years after its reversion to Japan See in context

That’s 100% NOT true. If American service members get charged they are handed over to the Japanese law system. If they are found guilty they will go to Japanese jail.

But it's the idea that it is true that still sticks in the heads of the people here. The media does not explain the rights of the SOFA status people, negotiated with Japan, so everyone thinks that " a US service man commit a crime, he'd run away to a base and Japanese authorities cannot charge him." is running from Japanese justice, and that Japanese police should have free and open access to go on base to detain, or apprehend a suspect.

They believe the SOFA members are untouchable. But it's the SOFA that affords them special rights not afforded to Japanese citizens. The military turns them over when "charged" with a crime, not just questioning. However if they are apprehended off-base, the Japanese have the right of first refusal to prosecute, and unknown to many, when a SOFA on SOFA crime is committed off base, the Japanese police most times will turn the case over to the military to deal with.

The Japanese government has a duty to openly explain and clarify these issues with ALL the people of Japan, and they also have a duty to explain to ALL the people of Japan, why the bases are here.

The Japanese government has failed miserably in that duty!

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Posted in: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years after its reversion to Japan See in context

Okinawa’s average household income is the lowest 

Where is the writer getting their information from? This statement is misleading at best!

Source: 2020 Basic Survey on Wage Structure,

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/toukei/itiran/roudou/chingin/kouzou/z2020/dl/10.pdf

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Posted in: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years after its reversion to Japan See in context

Some people have started calling for independence from Japan.

Again, pushing an agenda that doesnt exist! Playing on emotions. Also how questions are asked matter too.

The following is an actual interview question!

Question: "Do you think Okinawa should have become independent instead of reverting back to Japan?

50 years of hindsight and propaganda feed the answer of "Yes" But if you ask the people today, only some nut-case is going to say yes.

It's a rhetorical question, and no one should ever take it seriously!

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Posted in: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years after its reversion to Japan See in context

A recent NHK television survey showed 82% of respondents in Okinawa expressed fear of being the victim of base-related crime or accidents.

It's easy to understand this sentiment, particularly when the media and newspapers here, constantly repeat the same negative news about the US Military presence here. Any incident, from head-scratching as "why is it news" to the serious, are regurgitated time and time again. So much so that people take it for granted that the military is responsible for everything wrong here.

But they fail to report on all the crimes committed daily by Japanese citizens. Like it or not, it's a fact!

Despite 72% opposition in Okinawa's 2019 referendum,Tokyo has forced the construction of a new runway at Henoko Bay off Okinawa’s eastern coast. Opponents have cited environmental destruction, structural problems and soaring costs. But the prospects for completion remain uncertain.

Continuing with the negative agenda! And making it sound (wrongly so) that 72% of the people here are against the landfill at Camp Schwab. It's a fact the 72% of the people who voted, voted against it, but it's far from the majority of the electorate, when in FACT the majority of the electorate here, is apathetic, for the bases, or have no opinion either way. That's a FACT.

Oh, and let's identify the hypocrisy here too! "Environment destruction"? What about the same destruction at Naha Airport, when they destroyed the reef and environment to build the second runway on a landfill there? What about ALL the environmental destruction from all the landfill sites all over the island? What about all the environmental damage from red-soil run-off caused by Japanese construction and development?

When people are only told a portion of the "story" and have it repeated to them time and time again, they believe the lies are fact. Even posters here as well, they read the negative stories and form opinions based upon lies and many times half-truths, and never a complete story.

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

To provide education tailored to such children, five mothers established AmerAsian School in Okinawa in 1998.

So in effect this article is just a hidden plug for the school, which on the surface seems like an ideal environment for the education of the children, yet it itself has dark beginnings that played on the racial differences of the children to gain sympathy, and money to survive!

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

The U.S should just give what the people of Okinawa really want and get out off there 

Right, and please tell me how you are going to differentiate between the Okinawan people (ethnically) and Japanese(ethnically) who are ALL citizens of Japan, on Okinawa?

No one can answer that question, because it is impossible! Okinawan's are Japanese too! The overwhelming majority are apathetic to, support, or have no strong opinions about the bases.

Just a loud, noisy group that gets press a few times a year.

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

Happens every year, just this year is a "memorial" year being the 50th anniversary.

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Posted in: U.N. holds emergency meeting on Taliban crackdown on women See in context

Sadly the women and children will always suffer under the hands of regimes like the Taliban.

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Posted in: N Korea reports 6 deaths, 350,000 ill after admitting COVID-19 outbreak See in context

How much does anyone want to bet it's probably 10 times worse than being reported, and they have been dealing with it for a hell of a lot longer than has been openly admitted so far.

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Posted in: Town in Yamaguchi Prefecture sues after ¥46.3 mil subsidy mix-up See in context

I think you can be looking at up to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor for either theft or fraud here. No doubt the prosecutor will push for the maximum. 

Did you happen to notice there has been no mention whatsoever of the prosecutor getting involved? It's a civil case, not criminal.

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Posted in: Town in Yamaguchi Prefecture sues after ¥46.3 mil subsidy mix-up See in context

They should search the filing box’s for a copy of his My Number? That should help track down payments, maybe?

My number wouldnt work, other than the transfer IN to his bank account. The "My Number" wouldnt work on any further transfers, in this case, and there are huge privacy issues IF it was used, Any funds he transferred out would be on the bank. The bank can not legally release information regarding an account holder's money, unless it was used in a money laundering or illegal scheme, and then only upon official documentation and notification from the public prosecutor. Also the bank probably held his money in escrow for at least a few days, prior to transferring it to another account, due to the large amount involved.

As I noted earlier, there is a hell of a lot of missing information here and it's really strange the office didnt contact the police and press charges. There have been stories in the press here in the past, where banks made huge deposits into wrong accounts, and upon notification, removed the transferred money once the mistake was identified.

The municipal office COULD have stopped it, if they had identified the error in time, but they obviously didnt, and the guy was pretty damn sharp to move the money in the timely manner that he did to.

A timeline of events would surely be helpful in understanding how he managed to do it so fast.

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Posted in: Town in Yamaguchi Prefecture sues after ¥46.3 mil subsidy mix-up See in context

Why hasn’t he been named and arrested, because it is a crime.

Because, for whatever reason, the town hasnt made any complaints to the police about it, and have decided to take it to a civil court instead.

Which makes the story even more fishy, because if it was a "private" entity they would be going to the cops.

Which also says that there is plenty missing from this story!

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Posted in: Woman indicted on cocaine smuggling charge See in context

According to customs officers and police reports, Miyauchi landed at Narita Airport after departing from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) via Ethiopia. During a baggage inspection, customs officers found two children’s books with their back and front covers bulging one centimeter thick. That’s when they discovered the cocaine hidden inside.

So, the UAE doesnt have drug dogs or do screening of carry on luggage there? One would think that she would have been caught before she even flew.

Police quoted Miyauchi as saying that a foreigner at a hotel in Dubai handed her a backpack containing the two books as souvenirs. Police suspect that an international smuggling organization is involved and are investigating the supply route to Japan.

Goes to show that "age" doesnt automatically give someone common sense! Another "heiwa boke" Japanese while in gaikokuland!

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Posted in: Town in Yamaguchi Prefecture sues after ¥46.3 mil subsidy mix-up See in context

From my own experience here, when one owes their municipal office money, they are like a pack of hyenas following a blood trail, and want you to pay it like yesterday.

But when they screw up, and owe you money, they drag their feet and delay for sometimes months to give it back, and never apologize for their screw up.

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Posted in: Town in Yamaguchi Prefecture sues after ¥46.3 mil subsidy mix-up See in context

When they finally made face-to-face contact again, according to a letter released by the mayor, the recipient admitted having "moved the money and being unable to return it but said they were willing to atone for the sin."

"Atone for the sin?" I highly doubt he said anything like that!

Would really love to know where he moved it to and why he is unable to return it, but it sure sounds like he is willing to pay it back at some time or another.

If that is true, then there is no reason for the lawsuit.

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Posted in: Yoon tells Japanese lawmakers he opposes politicizing historical issues See in context

While he may not want to politicize them, there are many within BOTH Japan and South Korea that see it as the only way to get people riled up against any closer ties between the two countries.

History cant be swept under the rug, but at least he is willing to put it aside to enhance ties between the two.

Problem is can Kishida and the LDP do the same?

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