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  • 1

    Alphaape

    No, he was a permanent resident of Japan. He would have been here base or not...

    From what I have heard from sources, he was not even working on the bases as a civilian, certainly not a GS. Could he have had base access? Sure he could have depending on how he got out of the USMC. Normally if one gets out less than 20 years, they may opt to be in the Reserves, and thus with an ID card from the Reserves, he could enter the base. He would not have SOFA status, but under Title 10 (US Law) he could enter the bases unless he had been barred. If he was discharged due to a medical condition, and it was severe enough for him to get a high disability rating, he would also get an ID card, but again not an automatic SOFA.

    There are something like 193 different countries around the world, and nearly 120 are represented here in Okinawa, so don't go and try to assume that all are here because of the bases.

    I wonder will there be protests around the Peruvian embassy, since as I pointed out earlier, there was another story here on JT where a Peruvian national is being charged with the murder of two elderly residents of Saitama.

    Posted in: Massive rally planned in Okinawa to protest woman's murder

  • 7

    Alphaape

    “Every day my wife would be after me for the most trivial things,”

    This just didn't start after he retired, but has been going on for a long time during the marriage I imagine. It was probably diffused since he went out the door everyday to work. The best advice I can give for both, don't try to make each other into what you want them to be. Understand and deal with your differences, and don't try to make your partner what you think the "others" think that they should be. Will save you a lot of hassle.

    Posted in: Retirement can create multiple tensions at home

  • 0

    Alphaape

    He lost his temper from stresses and decided to rape and kill her. For her it was a chance encounter with a murderer. It happens all the time in America. The number of murders was over 13,000 in 2015.

    @ YuriOtani: It also happens here in Japan. People get murdered by other Japanese and the excuses we see here on JT is that "they were stressed out, etc." Yes the US has high numbers of murders, but Japan has murders also, and whether you are in the 13,000 or the 500 or so that happened in Japan, you are still a victim of a person who should be punished to the full extent of the law.

    In regards to my guess on her profession, again, I don't care and state that it is not a reason why she should be killed. If anything, someone preying on that type of person should get a far stiffer sentence since the perp violated her trust. So you think just because someone looked like his wife is a reason to kill? There was no reason to kill, and I am not trying to make an excuse for his actions, but trying to figure out the root cause of how they could wind up in the situation they were in.

    Posted in: Civilian U.S. base worker admits to killing Okinawa woman; Abe to raise issue with Obama

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Yes, it does. Remove those infamous bases and the problem will be solved.

    @ yamashi: No it doesn't. Did you not see the following story here on JT today: "Peruvian man charged with multiple murders in Saitama"

    No Peruvian bases here in Japan. Just a sick individual, who happens to be from Peru, who decided to do a burglary and murder spree.

    Posted in: Japan lodges protest with U.S. military over murder of Okinawan woman

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Alphaape, you are doing a good job at implying the young lady is not worthy. Typical American attack, deny it and go ahead. I think the evidence will prove the young lady was murdered by the Marine.

    @ YuriOtani & Himajin: If you read my post, you would see that I said no matter what the woman's occupation was, she was still a human and didn't deserve to be murdered. I came at my thesis not on any moral issues, since personally I don't care what two consenting adults decide to do on a contractual basis. All I was saying that from my time (15 years in Japan), I found it very rare that walking alone or driving on the streets was one able to just "strike up a conversation" with a stranger. Japanese don't even do that among themselves from what I have seen, so to put out a thesis like the one I had was not too far fetched.

    As we learn more, maybe he was on the prowl and just looking for someone to harm and he abducted her, then my theory would be proven false. But at this point, just doing what police should do and ask questions. Case in point, I had a traffic accident in Yokosuka once, and when I had to go and do the formal police report, the police asked why I was driving at that particular time and place. Never mind I was on my home from work, and it wasn't really germane to the accident they asked, all about giving the other driver who was not at fault part of the blame as to maybe if I wouldn't have been out, the other person would not have hit me. This is how it was explained to me by the base interpreter and the presumptions of the Japanese legal system.

    If they can ask that to a minor fender bender, then I would hope that the J-cops look at all sides to come up with a case. Again, don't care if she was a worker, that doesn't give anyone the excuse to do harm to her. No emotions, just fact.

    Posted in: Civilian U.S. base worker admits to killing Okinawa woman; Abe to raise issue with Obama

  • 0

    Alphaape

    No doubt some of the grubby old right-wing extremists here (my money is on Ishihara to be first) will soon be coming out in the press disputing the actual numbers, crying Japan is "being bullied" again, that these practices are "traditional Japanese culture" and the U.N. should butt out, and so on.

    I think it will be more of those who would be considered on the "left" who will be making the most of this type of argument. Like it or not, there are some differences between the right and left in Japan, but they are actually very close to one another when it comes down to things in regards to "Japanese uniqueness." Both sides will bend over backwards to not put Japan in a bad light for the world stage, and some who may be very liberal, will still have indifferent feelings towards those who are not Japanese.

    Not all of them on the right, and not all on the left, but there will not be just one group who will refute these claims.

    Posted in: 54 rescued from human trafficking in Japan in 2015

  • 1

    Alphaape

    Shimabukuro went missing after she last communicated with her boyfriend via the free messaging app Line at around 8 p.m. on April 28, saying she was going for a walk.

    When her boyfriend sent her a message in the early hours of April 29 to say he was on his way home, an icon indicating the message had been read was displayed but there was no reply.

    At the risk of getting a lot of down votes, I am going to go into a difficult area with this. Even though I do so, it still does not condone the killing of this young woman at all, and if Shinzato is guilty, he should be tried for his crime.

    But, I know that there are several "delivery services" that cater for foreigners in Okinawa and other areas. Not saying that there is anything wrong with that, but was she working for one of them and this guy was a customer? Did something go wrong with a transaction and he took it out on her, or was that what he wanted to do all along? She sent an text to her boyfriend at 2000, I notice that they didn't say he sent one back right away, but that he sent one in the early hours of the 29th. Did he not wish to communicate with her at the time the message was sent?

    I am in no way trying to dishonor this young lady or her boyfriend. But I think that there is more to this story than they are telling us. Did this guy just all of a sudden loose it and go on a killing spree or was there something in his background that indicated that this is what he is up to? If she were working for a service, did her boyfriend know? I have seen cases where women who did do such things, never let their partners know what they were doing.

    Just playing amateur detective, and don't have any more insight into this than what is given. But, based on what I have seen from the Japanese press in cases like these, if the victim is female and the perp is someone affiliated with the US, they go all out on giving us the background story on the victim to garner the sympathy and outrage from the people, but if her past were questionable, then they seem to not talk about the victim as much and just focus on the perp.

    I hope that she gets justice for what was done for her, and if it is indeed this guy's fault, I hope he gets the ultimate penalty.

    Posted in: Civilian U.S. base worker admits to killing Okinawa woman; Abe to raise issue with Obama

  • 0

    Alphaape

    So I was googling Lt Gen Nicholson and he is the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Forces Commander. No where does it say he is in charge of ALL military forces in the prefecture, only Marine Forces in mainland Japan, Okinawa, and Hawaii and the Air Force does not fall under the jurisdiction of 3rd Marine Expeditionary Forces. Shinzato was employed by the Air Force on Kadena. Why would the Marine General apologize for something that did not involve his people...

    @ CrucialS: He is the senior US military person on the island of Okinawa. All the military personnel in Japan fall under USFJ (United States Forces Japan) at Yokota. He is an Air Force General and all the of the subordinate Admirals and Generals (US Army Japan, US Navy Japan, 3rd MEF) would fall under him for administrative functions and guidance. Of course the the 3 MEF Gen still follows USMC guidance, but it can get confusing if you are not aware of how the US military operates in regards to command and control and operational and administrative command organizations.

    Posted in: Civilian U.S. base worker admits to killing Okinawa woman; Abe to raise issue with Obama

  • 0

    Alphaape

    What the US Forces Commander should do is place all US GS civilians including US civilian contractors, military personnel on base housing. Restrict their movements to authorized areas only and monitor those who are good stewards by rewarding them with additional limits to off base areas. This should go well in gaining control and managing US forces personnel

    It sounds good, but can be hard to enforce. US Civilians don't fall under the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice). So USFJ can make the rule, but a civilian could protest it and say if you restrict my movements, then I must be paid for it. In places like Korea, where they have to be ready to "Fight Tonight" they have some provisions in the labor agreements that civilians fall under that they must abide by some of the restrictions, but you often do get pushback from some who challenge the legal authority.

    Posted in: Civilian U.S. base worker admits to killing Okinawa woman; Abe to raise issue with Obama

  • 8

    Alphaape

    It was war, whether your city was atomic bombed by the Americans, or fire bombed by the Americans, or was refused to be declared an Open City (Manila, 1945) which forced the Americans to fight street by street to root out the IJA, when back in 1942 it was basically declared an Open City by the Americans and allowed the IJA to enter will little damage, or any other city that had multiple deaths attributed to either side, it was war. The politicians and people at the time thought this was the best solution to solve their problems.

    Now if the USA just willy-nilly dropped an atomic bomb on a city in a place we were not at war with for an experiment, then they deserve and apology. But not in this case, it was just another instrument of destruction.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

  • 2

    Alphaape

    It's not about the money spent on education, but in large part to the lack of being able to properly provide discipline for both students and teachers. Take LA Unified school district. They have a 70% drop out rate for Black males who don't graduate from high school. Yet the teachers in LAUSD are some of the highest paid in the nation.

    The teachers union in CA is a big problem also. They don't allow schools to fire bad teachers, only shifting them around to under performing schools. That's why in poorer areas, you have bad teachers like the one recently sentenced to jail for putting his body fluids on cookies to his elementary students and having them eat them in class as he took photos. This type of behavior by him had been going on for years, yet when some parents tried to complain, they were intimidated because they spoke little English (i.e. Illegal Immigrants), or the school just moved him around. He was a 30 year teacher and they never caught him until a few years ago. There are other numerous cases one could find where some really bad people shouldn't be teaching, yet the union protects them from getting fired, and those who really could make a difference, if something like merit pay were instituted for teachers who do want to do a good job doesn't get put in place sine it would cause a disparity between those who just go to the school to collect a paychedk.

    Posted in: Report finds segregation in education on the rise in U.S.

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Ah, there it is. The hook. Blame Hillary for Bill with fuzzy "enable" commets. . Do you think most Americans will buy it? Will it be a strong enough distraction from the GOP's war on women? Time will tell. I wish you luck.

    Most Americans will buy it and have been for a long time. Remember back in 1992 when Bill was first running, and the famed "Bimbo Eruption Squad" to help her counter the claims against Bill from various women. People remember, een if you chose not to.

    Posted in: Trump has a history of questionable behavior with women: NY Times

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Trump is no model of gentlemanly behavior, but if you expect Hillary Clinton to care about the average American - male or female - you are dumber than the "white trash" the racist Left disdain so much.

    Case in point the recent primary in WV. Hillary took a sever beating from Sanders. What's important to remember is that back in 2008, Hillary won this state with over 60% compared to Obama. Back then the thing was "it was the poor whites sticking up for Hillary (white) over Obama (Black). Funny, Obama won the state in the primaries in 2012.

    But this time she lost. Much of it in fact on her stances on the coal industry, and her recent comments on putting those poor whites out of work, and the face to face meeting with an out of work coal worker and her blatant denial of saying what she said was caught for all to see.

    The exit polling for WV showed that even though Bernie won by huge margins, those same voter said that for the General election, that they would vote for Trump instead of Hillary. WV is a strong Dem state, but a very different Dem than you would find in CA or NY. The late, long term Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd (who was a Klegal in the KKK but many seem to forget) ruled over the state and kept the pork coming and the state has stayed Dem for a long time. The fact that Hillary can't win there, is telling.

    If all you are going to do is call people who support Trump as bigoted racists, as former Mexican president Fox has done, all you are going to do is make more people wind up voting for him. I don't think people are afraid to be un PC and vote how they feel, and not how they are "supposed to feel."

    Posted in: Trump has a history of questionable behavior with women: NY Times

  • 5

    Alphaape

    Living at home with parents seems, at least according to this article, a matter pf economic necessity and not prolonging childhood.

    That may be true is some cases, but I have seen plenty of women from families who had some means, and yet they still lived at home (and some men I know also) and even though they have decent jobs and would be able to afford a place on their own, they choose not to but stay at home. They would rather spend a month's rent on going on vacations or eating out or buying very expensive consumer items and not durable goods.

    One thing I have also noticed was that there were some women who are pretty much working and bound by family obligations to take care of a parent, and thus limit their chances of getting married. I have known a few of these, who put the family obligation of taking care of a parent(s) and not dating while other siblings have done so. As a result, one family member is left out of the possibility of getting married and having their own kids, for the sake of taking care of the parents.

    Posted in: 8 years into 'konkatsu' boom, lifelong single population continues to grow

  • -1

    Alphaape

    Good old Trump. He's really pushed the buttons of dimwits, although I'm starting to realize he doesn't believe a word of it. I'm sure that's a good thing, maybe...

    Isn't it amazing that according to those who think that Trump supporters are all dimwits, and the fact that so far he has gained more votes that Romney did back in 2012 so far, even when the field was with 16 other candidates, that people by the millions still want to come to America illegally to live. I mean if it is a country with over 12 million dimwits who have so far voted for him, I would rather stay in another country that is more "enlightened" than come to America. I guess they figure those dimwits will willing give them public assistance since they are too dumb to realize it.

    Same goes for the former president of Mexico, who said Trump supporters are nothing but TV watching, beer drinking idiots. Yet it's those idiots who through their taxes support the illegals from Mexico that enables them to send money back to Mexico making remittance payments the second highest source of income for the Mexican economy.

    I am Black, belong to many Black and minority organizations, and fully support Trump. I don't think I am being racist.

    Back to my original post on this topic, no one has yet to show to me when was the last time an Ainu, ethnic Korean or Chinese, or Okinawan been elected to mayor of Tokyo. The fact that this has happened to London, is a good thing, provided that the mayor understands that he is the mayor for all of London, not just his particular group. Yet I imagine the native Japanese on this board, who like to call Americans racists, will not be ready and eager to elect an ethnic minority to a high position in Japan. Heck, one could just look at the blowback that mixed race news anchors receive in Japan of not being "Japanese" enough to broadcast the news.

    Get the plank out of your eye first Japan, before you go and worry about the splinter in mine.

    Posted in: London mayor slams Trump's 'ignorant' view of Islam

  • -1

    Alphaape

    What exactly will Trump and his supporters do about Muslim Americans?

    Nothing. The ones he was talking about were non US citizens who wanted to come into the country. Believe it or not, they don't have the "right" to enter into the US. The US, just like any other country has the inherent right to refuse service to those it deems as a threat.

    Now if he were talking about rounding up Muslim Americans who are here legally or US citizens, then he would be out of bounds.

    But just because someone from an area like Pakistan wants to come to America, that doesn't make them a "Muslim-American."

    Posted in: London mayor slams Trump's 'ignorant' view of Islam

  • -5

    Alphaape

    Presidential? Only of the locall chapter of the KKK.

    I think the time has passed when one can through out the "KKK" and make Americans cower for the fear of being labeled a racist. We have proven time and time again that the color or background of a person doesn't matter, that if they have the right message people will vote for them regardless. Obama has won two terms as President. First by large margins and second term, large but not as large as the first. That means that of the voting public at least almost half didn't vote for him (2012: Obama 51.1%, Romney 47.2%) . That would make Romney's popular vote somewhere around 60 million. Even at the height of the rise of the modern KKK back in the 1920's, they had nowhere near that amount of people (about 6 million back in the 1920's, and probably around 8,000 members today).

    So the USA is not a land full of burning crosses and lynchings. Just because one doesn't agree with the rampant influx of people who based on their religious beliefs want to subjugate the world and wants to at least look at and vet those who come into a country doesn't make them racist. It makes them cautious.

    I find it interesting that some posters here on JT who may be of Japanese heritage, like to bad mouth the USA on race relations. Yet, tell me the last time a native Ainu, or ethnic Korean, or Okinawan was elected to the position of Prime Minister, or mayor of Tokyo. Or when was the last time that any immigrant to Japan has managed to go through the system legally and get elected to the Diet and move into a high position? Standing by to be shown how tolerant Japan is compared to Trump.

    Posted in: London mayor slams Trump's 'ignorant' view of Islam

  • 0

    Alphaape

    Why do women hang underwear out in public in 2016? As for this guy, with as many "wet establishments" there are in Japan, he could go buy some off a worker and satisfy his urges without the risk of going to jail and now no longer being a "company employee."

    Posted in: More than 200 stolen items of women's underwear found in man's apartment

  • -2

    Alphaape

    Trump is receiving criticism, too, from within his own party as some high-profile Republicans say they won’t vote for him even though he has all but secured the nomination. Asked about his ability to unify the GOP, Trump is repeating his view that he doesn’t think it has to be unified and that he will gain Democratic votes to win in the fall.

    I find it amazing that the press is really concerned when people like the Bush's and Romney and other Republican figures say that they will not support Trump, while when these very same people were in office they were calling for the "moderate" Republicans to not support them or get them to move to the center.

    As far as those who say that they don't support Trump, or will not vote for Hillary, this just shows that the system is rigged, and that they are only there for their personal gain. If they can't be the "deal makers" then they don't want to play, is not really going to do something to help the average American, whether Republican or Democrat.

    I think that the Trump campaign, as well as Sanders have shown that the game of two care Monte between both parties needs to change.

    Posted in: Trump takes aim at Clinton, questions Warren's heritage

  • 0

    Alphaape

    In one extreme case, Hideaki Sakata, president of Eco Friendly, had been summoned to a company dormitory by its manager, and was led to a room reeking of a strong, ammonia-like odor.

    Never understood why a company would want to run a dormitory. From what I've heard, some are forced to live there. I guess this was this guy's way to "piss on" the company by storing his urine in bottles. My question is, doesn't these places have toilets? Was he that shy to go to one if not one in his room?

    Posted in: Messy 'manshons' less visible than junk houses, but just as filthy

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