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  • 2

    BertieWooster

    I thought Abe's three arrows were; print more money, bleed as much tax as possible from those who are actually producing, and make sure I see my friends right.

    Posted in: U.S. Treasury Secretary urges Japan to use three arrows of policy

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    mitokomonalex,

    When you talk about luxury, you're not kidding are you?

    Extensive golf courses, schools that occupy ten times more space than Okinawan schools for the same number of students. All there to defend this nation from non-existent aggressors.

    Anyway, as you said, Onaga is IN by a HUGE MARGIN!

    Nakaima got THRASHED!

    Now things are going to get interesting!

    Posted in: Okinawans vote for governor with Futenma base as focal point

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    bjohnson23

    ignorant right wing communist lovers

    I got lost after communist.

    How can anyone be a RIGHT WING communist?

    Must be a new breed of politics I'm not familiar with.

    Posted in: Okinawans vote for governor with Futenma base as focal point

  • 19

    BertieWooster

    If they speak English well enough to have a conversation, I don't mind using either language, but if it's in a group of people most of whom do not speak English well I don't like it because it forms a barrier. There are some Japanese who will speak English to show off.

    Communication is the point. If it communicates, any language will do. Including the gaijin version of japanglish:

    “Just got a new car.”

    “Very nice ne. How much was it?”

    “Go-man!”

    “Sugoi! Very cheap.”

    Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    Okinawa is just 0.6% of the total land area of Japan. Yet more than 70% of the US military are located here. As minokomonalex says, if there were an act of aggression, Okinawa would be the first to be hit. The bases wouldn't suffer as they are well protected and in any case, if it got heavy, the troops would evacuate.

    Many of the bases are on prime land for development. Kadena is a good example. It's HUGE and designed with a layout that would suit Nevada rather than Okinawa. There are wide spaces between buildings. The base could function perfectly adequately in one tenth its size.

    This area alone would make huge money for Okinawa. Tourism is booming here and with extra facilities, would boom even more. Okinawa is ideal for tourism. It has a good location, mild weather, beautiful beaches and its own distinct culture.

    But few entrepreneurs want to invest here. What would be the point if their investment was demolished in a battle?

    And so the Okinawan economy is tied to Tokyo. The "bribe" being offered by Abe is not a present to Okinawa. It consists of the regular money allocated for regional development in every prefecture in Japan and money to support projects owned by Tokyo, such as the Naha airport.

    Nakaima, the local Abe puppet has lost it. His election promise was "move the US bases out of Okinawa," yet, last December he lied that he was sick and needed to check in to a hospital in Tokyo, but in fact had a secret meeting with Abe. What was discussed we don't know, rumour has it that Abe helped him out of a financial hole, however, the outcome was that Nakaima returned, gleefully declaring that the plan for Henoko would go ahead, Futemna would be returned and that he had secured huge money for Okinawa.

    The US military completely denied that Futenma would be handed back in five years, saying that it was completely impossible. They hadn't even been consulted.

    And to add insult to injury, Nakaima is 75 and his election posters show a Nakaima who looks 95.

    Last night, there were 8,000 demonstrators in a huge show of support for Onaga around the Kencho building. Onaga is popular, fiery and a very proficient speaker. He doesn't use speeches written by speechwriters. He doesn't speak reading from a piece of paper. He just speaks. He is the ideal person for the job and will be a thorn in Abe's side. That's why Abe is going to call for an early election - in an attempt to overshadow Nakaima's defeat and gain some clout.

    Things are going to get interesting here.

    Posted in: Okinawans vote for governor with Futenma base as focal point

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    The U.S.A. spends more money on its military than the total of the next nine countries combined, yet they quibble and fight about health insurance that should be a basic human right.

    Doesn't make sense to me.

    Posted in: Obamacare 'stupidity'? New energy for repeal push

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Exactly how many is "many?"

    Posted in: Signs put up to discourage elderly from jaywalking

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Abe thinks he has to hold a snap election because his puppet in Okinawa, the turncoat Nakaima is about to be THRASHED. Right now there are 8,000 Onaga supporters in a huge demonstration in front of the Kencho in Naha.

    Abe has lost in Okinawa and he has lost the battle for Henoko. He has lost the support of the U.S.A. too.

    If he allows the election to be held at its proper time, he will suffer certain defeat. The next tax hike cannot do anything BUT further depress the economy and in December his "Secrecy Act" is to be enforced.

    Abe is clutching at straws.

    Posted in: GDP data make-or-break for snap election

  • 9

    BertieWooster

    Last month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in the Diet that the fictitious articles had damaged Japan’s image abroad.

    What exactly was fictitious?

    Nothing fictitious there.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfort_women

    And there's plenty more information on the Internet.

    This kind of statement by Abe and his ultra right wing pals is what is damaging Japan's image abroad.

    Does the world really need another fascist?

    Posted in: Asahi Shimbun president to resign over inaccurate articles

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    What a dynamic headline and article! (Sarcasm)

    How about writing something when "Abduction Issue Minister" Eriko Yamatani and her crew actually bring themselves to reach a decision?

    There really is a person whose sole post is Abduction Issue Minister?

    Really?????

    Posted in: The government will decide how to deal with North Korea from a comprehensive point of view.

  • -1

    BertieWooster

    I agree with the consensus, Abe's days are over - if they ever were.

    Bye Abe, go home and nurse your tummywobbles.

    Time for the next puppet!

    Posted in: The government raised the sales tax to 8% from 5% in April and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to announce in December whether he will raise it to 10% next October in a bid to rein in massive public debt. What do you think he should do?

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Well, they've got potato flavoured potato crisps, so why not coffee?

    Posted in: Coffee-flavored potato chips

  • 6

    BertieWooster

    Stuart hayward,

    The newspaper, which made the announcement on Friday, has been under intense pressure for the past two months since it made retractions. Intense pressure from WHO?

    From Abe and his ultra right wing "friends," WHO else?

    Posted in: Asahi Shimbun president to resign over inaccurate articles

  • 9

    BertieWooster

    Raise the consumption tax and people spend less. They spend less and the economy dips.

    Surely, severe cutbacks are what is needed.

    Too much money is spent on things that don't produce income. Government overspending, "Sympathy Budget" (protection money) to the U.S. Military. Useless public works projects, such as digging the roads up and then filling them in again, and many large scale projects.

    Abe has consistently failed to deal with this, he either needs to go and let someone take over who has some basic business sense or take a crash course in economics.

    I suggest the former.

    Posted in: GDP data make-or-break for snap election

  • -6

    BertieWooster

    What we need is a bit more tolerance.

    If Muslims require halal food, why not give it to them?

    They are not doing any harm by doing this, are they?

    I've seen many Americans pour soy sauce into white rice, which could never do, but "One man's meat is another man's poison."

    Posted in: Japan tries to tap growing Muslim tourist market

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    100% of shoppers want Abe to scrap the tax hike ALTOGETHER!

    Tax the superrich on unearned income - stocks and shares, etc., instead.

    Posted in: 72% of Japanese firms want Abe to delay tax hike

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    I meet a lot of Chinese in my business. Certainly these are the rich Chinese who can afford to take a holiday in Okinawa or who come here to conduct business. But this is a rapidly growing section of the population. These people are very open and are not blinkered in any way to what is going on world wide.

    I see MAJOR changes in China.

    China is moving slowly and surely in the direction of democracy. I think they will get there, though, as a Chinese tourist told me, it might take a couple of hundred years.

    The U.S.A. is moving in the opposite direction. There are more and more restrictions on freedom. A good example is what happened to Snowden and Bradley, when all they did was to expose lies. Only the U.S.A. has to have it done YESTERDAY. They don't seem to be able to make long range planning like the Chinese.

    It shouldn't be a battle, overt or covert. We all live on the same planet, breathe the same air and drink pretty much the same water. There is nowhere else for us to go. Moon and Mars colonies are far in the future. Isn't it time to cool it on the ideological differences and work out a way that we can all contribute to the survival of the planet?

    Posted in: China wins support for Asia-Pacific trade proposal

  • -1

    BertieWooster

    They have water in wash basins too.

    Just a thought.

    Posted in: Handy-mist mobile battery

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    sfjp330, maybe they will put their currency on the market. They're going to have to, or trade in foreign currency.

    Never assume that China is incapable of change.

    Posted in: China wins support for Asia-Pacific trade proposal

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    This is called "dredging the bottom of the barrel."

    As SenseNotSoCommon sarcastically suggests, "Pulitzer material!"

    Posted in: Tokyo Station lists departing train’s destination as…New York

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