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BertieWoosterAug. 26, 2014 - 04:53PM JST
NOBODY WANTS THEM!
The US does have its own territory. Might we suggest that they use their own for their military stations?
Posted in: Onodera tries once again to get Saga support for Osprey deployment
BertieWoosterAug. 25, 2014 - 09:41PM JST
From where we live in Naha, there are unspoiled beaches 10 minutes away and it still has the advantages of a city. Shopping, great places to eat/drink, movies, live music, easy to make friends.
By the way, I had a good laugh at what you thought my background was.
You couldn't be more wrong. I'm not even American!
And, as for my personality, generally speaking, I'm quite gruntled (or grunteled, if you prefer).
Posted in: Magazine survey picks Japan’s 10 best places to live in
BertieWoosterAug. 25, 2014 - 08:02AM JST
Why should we all have to wear the same clothing?
I think people should get used to the different styles of clothing and learn to tolerate differences in race, religion and so on.
If there is one thing that's increasing lacking in the world today, it is tolerance.
Posted in: In some countries, there is a ban on adults and children wearing religious clothing and symbols such as burqas, veils, head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crucifixes in public places like schools, recreational facilities and so on. What’s your stance?
BertieWoosterAug. 25, 2014 - 07:53AM JST
Inoki is doing something about it.
He is getting out there and communicating with people.
He is not stuck in an office.
He is actually BEING a politician as opposed to being a do-less office clerk. Which the majority of Japanese politicians seem to be.
Good on him!
Posted in: Inoki wrestles with N Korea 'sport diplomacy'
BertieWoosterAug. 25, 2014 - 07:49AM JST
Setting up a panel eh?
Wow! That's what we need strong, decisive ACTION.
Just think of all the activity this is going to create.
Reports flying to and fro. Extra meetings. Symposiums. Forums. And lectures to increase public understanding.
Wow! Is all I can find to say.
Posted in: NRA to study ways to deal with volcanic eruptions near nuclear reactors
BertieWoosterAug. 25, 2014 - 07:45AM JST
I've just wasted several minutes poring through this interminable article.
With all this verbiage, it says more or less nothing.
If Abe can't see the difference between "economy" and "security," it's no wonder the economy is in a mess.
His economic "reforms" and tax hike mean that prices are high in comparison with income and so people are spending less. And his attempts at "security" are only serving to really piss off the neighbours and create a potentially very dangerous situation. And his handling of the Fukushima crisis was and still is abysmal.
I think it's time for a change. Not just of PM, but of the ultra right wing so called "Liberal Democratic Party."
It's neither Liberal nor Democratic and the only ones who are having a party are those rich enough to afford one!
Posted in: Aides try to temper Abe's security agenda as popularity declines
BertieWoosterAug. 24, 2014 - 05:07PM JST
Naha is my choice.
Good size of city. Still relatively cheap to live in. Good food, good drink, wonderful nature and great people.
The only negative thing about Okinawa is that it's infested with military bases.
BertieWoosterAug. 24, 2014 - 05:02PM JST
Justice in the US of A depends on how much money you have.
You can get away with anything.
Posted in: Justice system finds little trust among African-Americans
BertieWoosterAug. 24, 2014 - 04:21PM JST
Posted in: Business is bad
BertieWoosterAug. 23, 2014 - 09:55PM JST
What on Earth was the US doing in Iraq in the first place?
Posted in: Did America's policy on ransom contribute to James Foley's killing?
BertieWoosterAug. 23, 2014 - 06:56PM JST
Eat local produce.
Go to the local farmer's market for fruit and vegetables and only buy meat from somewhere you trust.
Fish is generally safer.
Don't buy mince meat (ground meat), sausages, hamburgers.
And avoid fast food!
Posted in: In view of all the tainted food and mislabeling scandals, what is the consumer to do?
BertieWoosterAug. 23, 2014 - 06:51PM JST
Mayra is AMAZING!
A uniquely talented singer.
Posted in: The Kong Show presents Mayra Andrade
BertieWoosterAug. 23, 2014 - 07:26AM JST
Death is never pretty. Foley's tragic death is the death of ONE person.
THOUSANDS of tragic deaths are occurring due to US drones and mass killings.
It's just that they don't get the publicity that Foley did and people are not including them in the equation.
This is what is being protested here.
It would have been prevented if the US hadn't invaded Iraq and slaughtered hundreds of thousands, many of them innocent non-combatants. For every suspected terrorist killed by a drone, there are 10 or 20 people who just happened to be in the area who die grisly deaths like Foley's.
BertieWoosterAug. 23, 2014 - 07:14AM JST
We don't need casinos.
We have pachinko.
But we don't need that either,
Posted in: We have operational capacity, experience know-how, and I don’t think we would be stretched to participate in more than one casino resort.
BertieWoosterAug. 23, 2014 - 07:12AM JST
No wonder things are in a mess with this kind of flawed "logic."
The economy is screwed. Goods in shops are more expensive because of the last tax hike and salaries have stayed the same. That's the message that's going out.
Yet another tax hike would only create a wider gap between those who have money and those who don't.
And in any case, it is not needed. There are plenty of ways the government could save the amount the tax hike would provide.
Posted in: Ex-PM Noda says failure to raise sales tax would pose big risk
BertieWoosterAug. 22, 2014 - 07:34PM JST
I disagree. I'd agree with you about the tourist traps in Kamakura and Kyoto, but if you get into the mountains in Niigata or even the backwoods areas of Kamakura (NOT the Daibutsu), there are some really beautiful sites.
Drive around the back roads and explore. You'd be amazed at what you find.
Posted in: 18 must-visit heritage sites in Japan
BertieWoosterAug. 22, 2014 - 07:31PM JST
Let's not forget where Hammurabi, whose famous line is "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," came from.
As soon as you get into "retaliation mode," you've lost.
All you do is reduce yourself down to that level.
The US needs to "chill," step back and realistically calculate whether a long, drawn-out war with Islam is going to benefit them or not.
There has never been a terrorist attack on American soil, but the way the US is acting, it's very likely to happen.
Posted in: U.S. warns of long cross-border war against Islamic State
BertieWoosterAug. 22, 2014 - 06:09PM JST
That this man died horribly is a tragedy.
There is no question about that.
But why people are up in arms about it is that the slaughter was VISIBLE.
The US, in the name of "freedom," "democracy," and the "War against Terrorism," has killed countless thousands of non-combatants, women, children, and the elderly who just happened to be in the line of fire. Drones kill not only the target, who is a "suspected terrorist," as opposed to a convicted one.
Each death is as horrible as Foley's. It's just not as VISIBLE.
The old Hammurabi line, "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," is not going to solve this problem. It's only going to make it worse.
Posted in: Obama warns of jihadist 'cancer' in Iraq as U.S. reveals failed hostage rescue attempt
BertieWoosterAug. 22, 2014 - 07:42AM JST
It's no wonder that psychologists have such a pitifully poor success rate.
Their thinking is fundamentally flawed.
To begin with Japanese are not stingy.
I've lived in Tokyo (15 years), Sapporo (15 years) and Okinawa (9 years). It has not been my experience that Japanese people are stingy. They are very happy to share.
This article tells us more about the person who wrote it, than the people it is supposed to describe.
"Saving the tastiest morsel till last," isn't stingy.
A stingy person would eat it first so that no one else would get it!
Posted in: Anxiety makes Japanese stingy, says psychologist
BertieWoosterAug. 22, 2014 - 07:35AM JST
More killing will not solve this issue.
Massive US attacks only serve to drive the fighting underground. It's been that way at least since the ancient Greeks, 3,000 years ago. The slaughter of non-combatants just adds fuel to the fire.
Doesn't the US have any other way of solving a problem?
Sep. 02, 2014 - 08:34PM JST
Gotta love it. Just like certain nations having to prove they have no WMDs. Get ready…
Posted in: Japan to seek return of all its citizens held by North Korea
Sep. 02, 2014 - 08:33PM JST
This is good news! I like that.
Posted in: Japan, India to step up security, economic cooperation
Sep. 02, 2014 - 08:31PM JST
To me, It is not an important matter. I don't understand why Japan keep insisting in…
Sep. 02, 2014 - 08:24PM JST
I am a japanese descendent living in the West. Here, when a superior comes to me…
Posted in: Sailor's suicide caused by bullying, MSDF admits
Sep. 02, 2014 - 08:16PM JST
This is a question for Wikipedia...
Posted in: Which country has the best high-speed rail technology in the world?