Yubaru comments

Posted in: U.S. may review plan to relocate forces in Okinawa to Guam See in context

same mantra that the Henoko relocation is the best alternative for the solution of the Futenma issue?

You have NEVER seen anything like what you wrote here written by me.

Never said it was the best, but I am pragmatic and also want Futenma closed and the construction is going on and I do not want to wait another 2 plus decades for the people of Futenma to have to wait to have the base moved because of idiot politicans like Onaga.

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Posted in: Abe ties Koizumi as Japan's 3rd longest-serving postwar prime minister See in context

On Thursday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Abe's right-hand man, said administrations should be judged on what they do rather than how long they continue.

He's got that right, and judging by the heavy handed way Abe is ruling it wouldn't be surprising for people HERE to consider him one of the, if not most, successful PM's ever.

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Posted in: U.S. may review plan to relocate forces in Okinawa to Guam See in context

Do you still claim what I said in the post above is not true?

Sure do, and it's you that continue to pout about the facts.

The conservative candidates were clever enough not to make the base issue an election issue, thus dodging Onaga-backed candidates' challenge, ,because, if they did, they knew they would be at a great disadvantage. They instead concentrated on economy -- appealing how good it is economically to vote for government-backed candidates. 

Not clever, smart, as the people of Okinawa are getting sick and tired of Onaga being a one issue Gov.

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Posted in: U.S. may review plan to relocate forces in Okinawa to Guam See in context

Note, however, the Henoko relocation issue was never an issue in these elections - but only local economy. 

Just how deep do you have your head buried in the sand? Even local assembly elections use the Henoko issue as a platform for their candidacy even when they have ZERO bases and ZERO money coming in from military sources.

"All Okinawa" is Onaga's key phrase these days, and those local elections as well had Onaga backed people running in them and BOTH Urasoe and Uruma city have LARGE military presences and money and they were DEFINITELY military and Henoko based platforms for all of them EVEN in Miyako.

You truly have problems with accepting reality that Henoko is happening,

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japanese immigration detention end two-week hunger strike See in context

"Hunger Strike" or even "detention center"

Next time try Hunger strike at detention center in Japan when you search and you will find a crap load of hits, and nearly all of them for foreign consumption.

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Posted in: U.S. may review plan to relocate forces in Okinawa to Guam See in context

What promises did he break? 

He promised to abide by the ruling of the court.

 In the last gubernatorial election, he won the voters' overhwelming mandate by promising he would do his best to prevent the Henoko relocation plan from being realized. Yet the construction has already started. Is this what you are criticizing him for?

No he did not win an overwhelming mandate and you know it, but you keep on regurgitating alternative facts meaning....BS

Onaga still has the trump card to play to botch the whole plan, though. And that is to recant his predecessor's approval of reclaiming work off Henoko. 

No he doesn't, as it is already been shown in the courts as well.

Oh and the people have been speaking very loudly too, 3 local gubernatorial elections in a row have gone AGAINST Onaga and his "One Issue" politics.

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Posted in: Say thank you or be identified, police tell owners of lost items See in context

The woman wrote in her post that when she contacted the finder, she became frightened upon being told, "I wanted to see what kind of person you are."

Why would anyone get frightened upon hearing this, unless they had something to hide in the first place? I would love to see the exact Japanese wording here as the nuance is totally lost in translation!

Whatever happened to "a good deed is its own reward"?

We live in Japan, not utopia.

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Posted in: Toxic substances detected in Tsukiji fish market soil samples See in context

"There is no safety problem as the premises of Tsukiji are covered with asphalt," a Tokyo government official said.

Now I am waiting to hear the folks who think the market should be moved make the same suggestion for the new place....."Cover it all in asphalt!" There problem solved.....NOT!

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Posted in: Last Japanese peacekeepers pull out of South Sudan See in context

Yeah, and they pull out leaving behind just what? What was accomplished here other than feed Abe's ego?

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japanese immigration detention end two-week hunger strike See in context

But the last of the strikers began eating this week because they had reached their physical limits and because they wanted to see if authorities would respond positively after their protest gained media coverage.

This hasn't gotten a whole hell of a lot of coverage here in Japan. The average Japanese person does not seem to care a lot about the plight of these people.

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Posted in: Trump condemns leaks after UK police briefly halt information sharing on Manchester attack See in context

Pot kettle black virus has infected POTUS! I think he needs to be vaccinated!

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Posted in: U.S. may review plan to relocate forces in Okinawa to Guam See in context

The original Ryukyans not Japanese and should have the voice not the other way around seem to be ok with the US forces.

Please enlighten us all here just how you would go about identifying who is an "original Ryukuan" and not "Japanese" your answer should be quite entertaining.

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Posted in: U.S. may review plan to relocate forces in Okinawa to Guam See in context

Yet more broken promises?

Yeah you are right here, Onaga and company have broken a ton, and look what it gets them!

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Posted in: 2 yakuza members arrested for stealing food See in context

The gangsters, aged 52 and 59, reportedly tried to steal 198 items including a watermelon, rice, eel, and prepared dishes, in the company of their gang boss, the Asahi and Mainichi dailies reported.

So, that would mean, if the "boss" was with them, then he should be arrested as well. Sounds to me that the underlings are taking one for the boss here.

Someone at that store has some pretty big cojones.

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Posted in: Parties split over fish market move in pledges for Tokyo assembly race See in context

IF Koike's party gets a majority, or even enough seats to force the LDP into a coalition role it will be a huge victory for her and a sign to the rest of the country that there is a viable (hopefully) option to the LDP and Abe.

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Posted in: U.S. military in Japan unveil Global Hawk surveillance drone See in context

That is one big drone.

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Posted in: Kisenosato pulls out of summer tourney due to lingering injuries See in context

Yokuzuna will resign if their level of sumo continues to drop over the period of 3 or 4 tournaments. It is VERY typical for them to remove themselves from any tournament if they suffer 3 or 4 losses over the course of the first week or into the second week of any given 15 day tournament.

Because they are Yokozuna, they can not have even the smallest chance of finishing a tournament with a losing record, and that is EXACTLY what Kisenosato faced in the upcoming bouts with the upper ranks of wrestlers.

If he had continued, odds are very high he would have finished 7-8 or worse, and then would be forced to retire, close to disgrace, so while his stable master says one thing, the ruling body of sumo had (more than likely) a bigger hand in "telling" him to remove himself from the current tournament.

Kisenosato, age included here, is not going to last long as a Yokozuna, if you notice the body-types of recent Yokozuna, the one's who have lasted any length of time, there is a noticeable difference, and Kisenosato has the body type that is more prone to injury, particularly with his weight.

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Posted in: Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker See in context

So Ivana shows respect to the pope and Christianity by wearing a veil, but didn't do the same in Saudi....go figure.

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Posted in: Tokyo police urge go-kart tour companies to improve safety measures See in context

Wow what world do you live in? As a 25 year veteran safety inspector I would say your completely off the mark. Numbers do matter!! Especially when it comes to safety. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's not safe.

Wow, are you a safety inspector here in Japan?

Either way, what you are suggesting is that 12 accidents is acceptable, I guess you might say too that even someone dying is an acceptable number as well.

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Posted in: Detained man may be fugitive wanted over 1971 Shibuya policeman killing See in context

The statute of limitations for murder was removed in 2010, so if the suspect is proven to be Osaka, police said he may be charged with murder.

Which will lead to a prolonged court battle on the rights of a suspect with regards to an alleged crime that happened nearly 5 decades ago that has little if any physical evidence.

Yup..he'll be found guilty.

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Posted in: Tokyo police urge go-kart tour companies to improve safety measures See in context

. So you all do the numbers. I would say with that many customers and only 12 minor accidents, you are all wrong to say its unsafe. Instead of making your comments about how dangerous it is or unsafe it is why dont you go and take a tour to see for yourselves.

Numbers dont matter, as a "veteran" driver of over 30 years of driving here in Japan these go-karts are a menace.

They are difficult to see on the road, and the drivers are inexperienced in driving in Japan.

Put them on a closed circuit, get them off the roads......

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Posted in: Tokyo police urge go-kart tour companies to improve safety measures See in context

"if he had not been there it wouldn't have happened".

This is urban legend, nothing more, nothing less. There are 100% "at fault" accidents here in Japan, contrary to people who believe the quote above.

Japanese police will call an accident an accident, no assessment of points or anything else either, if they find it to be an accident, and if some idiot go-kart decides to drive under a truck and kill themselves the cops will probably find the idiot guilty of professional negligence even if it's after the person is dead.

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Posted in: Kisenosato handed 3rd loss as Hakuho, Harumafuji retain lead See in context

Sorry, I should have been more clear, I was referring to here, JT. I know about the rest. My mistake.

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Posted in: Kisenosato handed 3rd loss as Hakuho, Harumafuji retain lead See in context

I wonder just who is in love with Kisenosato?

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Posted in: Tokyo police urge go-kart tour companies to improve safety measures See in context

You don't need a license at all. It states in the article, they are classed as a scooter and you only need a permit and to be over 16 years old. The permits would be given by the company if the driver does not have a license, Japanese, international or home country.

You dont need an automobile license, just a scooter or motorcycle license. But it's still a license here.

It's the same as people who have a regular automobile drivers license also having the gensuki (50CC) license as well.

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Posted in: Exports propel Japan to trade surplus for third straight month See in context

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been trying for years to rejuvenate growth and end an extended period of on-and-off deflation through a policy blitz of easy money, stimulus and reform.

Easy money is supposed to be the stimulus, and my great-great grandchildren already hate you for making them foot the bill of your ego.

Reform? What reform? Where? This part is BS too!

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Posted in: Constitution debate in new stage as Abe puts Article 9 on agenda See in context

The LDP now plans to devise its own amendment proposal possibly by the end of the year, considering the time needed for subsequent discussions with other parties and other procedures to have the revision take effect by 2020, a time frame suggested by Abe.

Yet another 2020 deadline...because after 2021 Abe wont be in office, unless he decides to change the rules again!

There is a good point being discussed here, and should be debated, is the place of the SDF which is in limbo in regards to the constitution.

Keeping Article 9 in place, and making an amendment recognizing the legality of the right of self defense, by the SDF, seems reasonable, but not on Abe's agenda either I am sure.

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Posted in: 11 countries agree to keep TPP deal alive despite U.S. rejection See in context

While the TPP had problems the one (potential) after effect of the US pulling out, is that these countries may find themselves in the position of needing to negotiate deals with China which would spread China's influence into more of the area than it already has.

The US should be making an active effort to get these bilateral agreements in place quickly, if it wants to keep China's influence to a minimum.

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Posted in: Tokyo police urge go-kart tour companies to improve safety measures See in context

Flags plus a Japanese drivers licence.

Not if they have an International one.

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Posted in: Japan sees record employment for university graduates amid labor shortage See in context

I always see the same comments when it comes to job hunting but I have to wonder, how many of you actually have first hand experience with job hunting or working for Japanese companies, and how many are just spitting the same old rhetoric?

Been here over 3 decades, ONLY worked (and still am working) in a Japanese company. "old rhetoric", more like experience.

wtf makes a great point, yeah many jobs MAY require a university degree, but many of these college grads are going to go to work in companies that will put them in positions that have ZERO to do with whatever they studied in college.

Technical College's here in Japan are going to be changing A LOT over the next few years. There is a bill going up in the Diet that is going to make qualified schools eligible to receive the same funding from the national government that Universities and Colleges in Japan currently receive.

Typically speaking, national universities receive roughly 50% of a students tuition in subsidizes from the government, while technical colleges, as private institutions, get ZERO. The cost is roughly double for one year, depending upon the course of study. On average it costs about 1 Million Yen per year, plus minus @ to attend a technical college, a university, roughly 500,000 per year.

The technical colleges that qualify are going to be called something like "専門大学校" senmon dai-gakku,

Worked with a Tokyo University graduate once, he graduated from LAW school no less, and was working as a feet on the ground, door to door, salesman. Lousy at it too, as he had NO people skills what-so-ever, and it was the company's method of forcing him to learn how to communicate with customers.

These young people ever herd of a leap year 

At least you got the "herd" part right!

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