BertieWooster's past comments

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    BertieWooster

    What a MESS the U.S.A. has created.

    Just think, if they hadn't recruited and trained Al Qaeda to try and get the Russkies out of Afghanistan, things might have continued in some kind of equilibrium. As it is, the U.S.A. is making enemies in the Middle East. They've even lost the trust of Saudi Arabia.

    Not surprising considering their tactics are slaughtering thousands of noncombatants.

    Mission unaccomplished!

    Posted in: Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice

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    BertieWooster

    The only people who benefit from TPP are the few top executives and investors in behemoths like Monsanto, the people who gave the world Sarin, Agent Orange and Aspartame.

    At the beginning, items like rice would be cheap and housewives would be very happy. This is how it was with supermarkets at the beginning, if anyone remembers. The supermarkets destroyed the grocery stores and butcher's shops where we used to do our shopping because they couldn't compete with the low prices of the supermarkets. And then the prices started to go up. Nowadays, it's much cheaper to shop at a farmer's market, but TPP would destroy this.

    Following a similar line to the supermarket, unable to compete with mass produced genetically modified meat and produce, whole farming industries would collapse. With no jobs and no money coming in, public safety will suffer, muggings and burglaries would increase. Yes, in Okinawa, as well as japan.

    It's not as if it would benefit the U.S.A. American farmers don't want it either.

    Nobody wants it.

    This is why TPP is being negotiated IN SECRET.

    And we, the people who would be directly affected are not even being consulted.

    Posted in: China-led bank adds urgency to Japan's pursuit of TPP deal

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    BertieWooster

    Shimajin,

    If Naichi media really show what happen in Henoko now everything will change.

    Quite right.

    It's interesting that the rally where 35,000 people gathered at the cellular stadium to protest the new base in Henoko was not mentioned on NHK news at all.

    They chose to ignore it.

    But they are going to find it difficult to ignore Onaga when he asks some pointed questions in Washington.

    Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest U.S. base relocation plan

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    North Korea, China, South Korea, Japan, U.S.A.

    I'm having difficulty telling these apart these days.

    Which is which?

    Posted in: United front

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    BertieWooster

    Maybe the US and puppy dog Japan should stop creating the tensions in the first place.

    Posted in: Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions

  • -1

    BertieWooster

    During the 1950s, the U.S. forces used “bayonets and bulldozers” to seize residents’ lands by force to expand their bases. 91 percent of the Futenma base site was stolen from residents. Okinawans were forced out of houses, schools, Temples by US military, at bayonet point.

    They were herded into concentration camps and their homes, villages, streets, houses and shops were flattened with bulldozers. That is the history of Futenma.

    A similar thing is happening in Henoko, except that the US military are doing it indirectly. They are using the Japanese Coast Guard and Police as their Front Organization.

    Promises have been broken so many times, that no Okinawan believes that Futenma will close. Maybe it won't and then there will be two bases, Futenma and the new superbase in Henoko.

    Suddenly, less US military presence in Okinawa becomes more. Less burden becomes more burden.

    Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest U.S. base relocation plan

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    BertieWooster

    Smithinjapan

    When Luce-A writes:

    Luce-A: "people who were used as practise dummies for the USA invasions of Asia"

    She is referring not to the invasion of Japan during WWII, but this:

    The residents of Takae, a small village in the hills of northern Okinawa, are no strangers to the American military. Since 1957, they’ve been living next to the world’s largest jungle warfare training center – and many of them are old enough to remember the days when the U.S. Marine Corps hired locals to dress up as Vietcong for its war games.

    http://closethebase.org/2011/01/03/postcard-from-takae/#sthash.0QJFOb3o.dpuf

    Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest U.S. base relocation plan

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    BertieWooster

    Would the title for the Minister of Toilets be "Benjo Daijin?"

    Posted in: 'Minister of Toilets' aims to transform Japan's public loos

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    BertieWooster

    I've said it before and I'll say it again.

    Onaga-san is a rarity in Japan. An actual politician, who thinks logically, gets his ideas across, is capable of delivering a powerful and meaningful speech without notes AND who actually represents the people who voted for him.

    This is recommended reading:

    http://english.ryukyushimpo.jp/2015/05/23/18587/

    Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest U.S. base relocation plan

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    BertieWooster

    Yubaru,

    There appears to be some confusion.

    Allow me to clear it up.

    I have a friend who has a dairy farm near Naha. How he keeps his cows is a) nothing like you describe and b) completely irrelevant to this discussion.

    My friend's MOTHER grows organic vegetables in her garden. Not the dairy farmer, his MOTHER.

    She is proud of the fact that she doesn't use pesticides. Her vegetables are delicious.

    I consider myself to be lucky to get good, fresh, organic produce.

    Hope that makes things clearer.

    Bertie

    Posted in: Organic food rarely found on Japan’s tables

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    BertieWooster

    noriyosan73

    Just get the USA out of there, and let it develop into a resort paradise.

    Excellent suggestion.

    Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest U.S. base relocation plan

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    BertieWooster

    TrueOkinawa

    Each person is paid to be there. So truly doubt their sincerity.

    I don't know where this piece of misinformation comes from, but just think about it.

    If each of the demonstrators in Tokyo got ¥1,000 each, the bill would come to ¥15,000,000.

    And the bill for the demonstrators in Naha would have been ¥35,000,000.

    Where do you imagine this kind of money would come from?

    And I know from personal experience that you don't get paid for attending these demonstrations.

    The people who attend are all there because they are protesting the construction of the new base in Henoko.

    Posted in: Thousands surround Diet to protest U.S. base relocation plan

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    BertieWooster

    JapanGal,

    This is the danger of generalities. Not everyone in Europe and the U.S.A. is obese. I'd be willing to bet that the fatties in those countries are the ones that eat fast food and fried food. Those who think that if they eat more chips (French fries,) they are upping their vegetable intake.

    People who take the trouble to select organic produce are less likely to eat burgers and fries.

    It's all in the calories!

    Stuart, just for the record, I'm a bloke, not a she. Even if people don't know the PG Wodehouse character Bertie Wooster, my avatar is quite obviously male. So I have no idea what "gets her produce from" is about.

    Just ignore it.

    I do.

    Posted in: Organic food rarely found on Japan’s tables

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    BertieWooster

    My experience is similar to Stuart Hayward's.

    Do Japanese farmers use "lots of chemicals?"

    Some do and some don't.

    I meet many Japanese and Okinawans who grow their own food and who insist on using no pesticides.

    And I've driven past apple orchards in Nagano and seen what I had thought was early snow. It wasn't.

    There are those who state that their produce is organic when it isn't. And that is not confined to Japan.

    But if the farmer is someone you know and trust, you are on to a good thing.

    Posted in: Organic food rarely found on Japan’s tables

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    BertieWooster

    This is NOT my opinion, but, in answer to questions about the Christian view of homosexuality, the Bible is quite specific on the subject. There are many more quotes, but here are two:

    Leviticus 18:22: "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."

    Leviticus 20:13 "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them."

    Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first

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    BertieWooster

    A good friend of mine has a dairy farm near Naha. His mother grows vegetables there. She doesn't use any pesticides whatsoever. Her beans, handama, fuuchiba, potatoes and leaf vegetables have real taste.

    The lady opposite grows goya and tomatoes in her back garden. She is proud of the fact that she doesn't use pesticides. She gives us goya and tomatoes and we give her bread or something else my wife or I have made.

    We have another neighbour who gives us baskets full of shiikuwasa in season. Again, no pesticides used.

    There are farmers who grow products for sale in the local markets that are grown similarly.

    In contrast, the same vegetables in the local supermarkets are watery and tasteless.

    If you ask around, you can usually find a source of produce that is grown with little or no pesticide.

    Even in cities.

    Posted in: Organic food rarely found on Japan’s tables

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    BertieWooster

    Fully agree with BurakuminDes and Joeintokyo, Yo-Ho brewing makes some great beers and they are available in Japanese supermarkets and conbinis all over the country.

    The reason for the high price of beer in Japan is tax, 45% of the money you pay for a can of beer goes to the government. If the government decided to get their tax revenues from luxury items and not life essentials like beer, the quality of Japanese beer would shoot up.

    Here's to that day!

    Cheers!

    (Clink!)

    Posted in: Shiro Yamada’s craft beer for Japanese tastes

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    BertieWooster

    This is why we buy our groceries from farmer's markets and very rarely shop at supermarkets. In the market you know what you are getting. There is a small but thriving market that sells organic produce from local farmers. It's a little more expensive, but the quality is really good and, as I said, we know what we are getting.

    Posted in: Organic food rarely found on Japan’s tables

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    BertieWooster

    Isn't it wonderful that they would have a referendum to decide this kind of thing.

    This is democracy.

    There is a lesson for Mr Abe in this.

    Isn't his party supposed to be liberal and DEMOCRATIC?

    Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first

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    BertieWooster

    Japan simply cannot afford to give this money.

    From the same page as this article;

    . . . . straining Japan’s ability to support debt that is approaching 250 percent of its GDP, the highest level among industrialized countries.

    Is Abe's plan to bankrupt the country so that Japan will have to get huge IMF loans and end up an economic desert?

    Posted in: Japan to give Y55 bil to Pacific island nations to fight climate change

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