BertieWooster's past comments

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    BertieWooster

    Yubaru, Okinawans are influenced by the Ryukyu Shimpo and the Okinawan TImes, it would be a lie to suggest that they aren’t. But if you mean to suggest that the anti US base sentiment in Okinawa is the product of these two newspapers, with all due respect, I think it is you who should get out more.

    The bases inconvenience Okinawans in many ways. Some people have to go on a wide detour because a huge base such as Kadena is in the way. The drunkenness and violence still continues and anyone driving past Kadena sees the massive waste of space. Long wide gaps between buildings. And servicemen living off base in accommodation that seems like a hotel to Okinawans. "Only THREE garages!" "I like the house, but I couldn't possibly live in a poor area. (Not actually a poor area, there was an apartment building near the house in question. This lady took this to mean that it was a poor area). (These are actual comments, by the way, There are many more.)

    My work brings me into contact with many Okinawans. Since this issue came up before, I decided to ask people I met if they thought they were influenced by these two newspapers. Very few of the people I talked to took newspapers OF ANY KIND.

    Perhaps the biggest influence in this tightly knit community is relatives, especially those higher on the food chain.

    Let's not forget that it wasn't these two newspapers who got Nakaima thrown out and Onaga elected, it was the Okinawan people. I agree with what you say, Yubaru. Okinawans need to have access to ALL the facts. While this is a pipe dream in a heavily censored society like Japan, the Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo often present opinion widely different from Abe's. It is necessary for people to see both sides.

    If Abe's "friend" manages to put these two newspapers out of business and all that's left in the media is Abe's right wing slant, I think there is going to be a bit more than heckling at events.

    Posted in: LDP comes under fire over anti-newspaper comments

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    BertieWooster

    The "Liberal Democratic Party" is weirdly named.

    If it's liberal, it's some strange and unusual definition of the word.

    Dogmatic, yes.

    Liberal, NOT.

    Abe can't STAND anyone who has any kind of different idea to his.

    Abe attacks Ryukyu Shimpo, the Okinawa Times and Asahi because they have the affront to contradict him.

    Democratic?

    Possibly in the sense of "People's Democratic Republic of Korea."

    Posted in: LDP comes under fire over anti-newspaper comments

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    BertieWooster

    harvey pekar,

    Good question!

    I wonder the same thing.

    Why is it that so many politicians and civil servants think they know all about "the business world" when they haven't a clue?

    I think the problem with today's world is OVER-GOVERNMENT.

    Governments should be seen but not heard!

    Posted in: Japan to keep Olympic stadium design as cost soars to Y250 bil

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    BertieWooster

    Don't worry about the bill.

    Abenomics will fix it!

    (Sarcasm)

    Posted in: Japan to keep Olympic stadium design as cost soars to Y250 bil

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    zichi,

    Can't even think how it must have been, a hell on earth. The horrors of war should drive us all to ensure that these kinds of horrors are never repeated again.

    Can't agree more.

    Yet, as we speak, the bloodbath the US started in the Middle East continues. At the same time, the US is trying to contain China and bolster its East European "defences" against Russia. And puppy dog Abe is trying to change the Japanese constitution so that Japan can fight alongside (or instead of) its ally.

    The horrors of war continue.

    The only ones who benefit from war are arms manufacturers and those who collect the taxes from same.

    As the title of this article states, "Okinawans still haunted by horror of war 70 years on."

    They are.

    Because it is still continuing.

    Posted in: Okinawans still haunted by horror of war 70 years on

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    BertieWooster

    In spite of plenty of evidence that soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army forced thousands of Okinawans to commit suicide so that they wouldn't become spies for the Americans, Abe and his rightwing ministry of propaganda want to whitewash the event and pretend it didn't exist:

    TOKYO - The government ordered changes Friday to seven history textbooks describing how the Japanese army forced civilians to commit mass suicide at the end of World War II, the country's latest effort to soften brutal accounts of its wartime conduct.

    The high school textbooks say the army — faced with an impending U.S. invasion in 1945 — handed out grenades to residents on the southern island of Okinawa and ordered them to kill themselves rather than surrender to the Americans.

    The Education Ministry said there was no definitive evidence that the suicides were ordered by the army. The publishers were asked to modify the relevant passages and submit the changes for approval by a government-appointed panel.

    "There are divergent views of whether or not the suicides were ordered by the army, and no proof to say either way. So it would be misleading to say the army was responsible," said Education Ministry official Yumiko Tomimori.

    Since taking office in September, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promoted national pride and sought to distance Japan from its post-World War II guilt. His conservative government has bolstered Japan's international military role and amended the constitution to require schools to teach patriotism.

    http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/showthread.php?t=38049

    Posted in: Okinawans still haunted by horror of war 70 years on

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    BertieWooster

    I've heard that if, one day, while everybody is looking the other way, they manage to shove TPP through, large corporations will be able to sue whole countries.

    Does this go the other way? Does it mean that whole countries can then sue large companies. Dow is hawking pesticides that cause cancer and Monsanto's pesticides are killing of massive populations of bees. Can we sue them for this sh*t?

    Can peaceable muslims sue the U.S.A. for the mayhem and murder they caused in the middle east?

    If it's possible to do some of these things, it might be very interesting.

    But somehow, I get the feeling it would be like trying to sue Kremlin when Stalin was around.

    Posted in: Japan's fiscal strategy takes flexible approach to spending curbs

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    BertieWooster

    Sessha wa beeroo ga hoshi-san,

    but then, in certain ways, Okinawa isn't Japan

    That's right. It isn't.

    Well, on paper it is, but in reality it's Japan in a similar way that Eire (Southern Ireland) was the United Kingdom.

    I sincerely hope they boot the US military out and get their independence.

    Well, a man's entitled to a pipe dream, isn't he?

    Washi mo beeroo ga hoshi!

    Posted in: Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    U.S. senators say Takata may have put profits over safety

    Gosh, what a piercingly dynamic barb this statement is (sarcasm)!

    And this "group" of nameless US senators, in spite of anonymity, still feel the need to cover their rear ends with "may have."

    Posted in: U.S. senators say Takata may have put profits over safety

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    BertieWooster

    There are those who would have you believe that the antagonism toward the US bases is initiated by the communist party, trouble makers from mainland Japan, you name it.

    It isn't.

    The antagonism toward the US military and particularly toward Mainland Japan building YET ANOTHER new base for the US military in Henoko stems from Okinawans. My job takes me all over the island and I hear nothing good about Abe and his gang of neo fascists.

    Abe should consider himself lucky that all he got was heckling!

    He is NOT welcome here.

    Posted in: Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle

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    BertieWooster

    sangetsu03,

    So, in your opinion, Onaga and the people of Okinawa should give up and bow their collective heads to the superior power of Washington and Tokyo?

    Posted in: It is the public will of Okinawa not to allow the construction of a new base in Henoko.

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    There are only two things you can do with a gun:

    Kill or threaten to kill.

    Posted in: The gun control debate: Do you support the right of citizens to own and bear firearms?

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    BertieWooster

    CUT the civil service by 50%.

    CUT military spending and "protection money" to the U.S. military.

    Increase production and EXPORT, EXPORT, EXPORT.

    Posted in: How to resolve Japan's growing debt problems

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    BertieWooster

    If guns are a necessity for basic survival, the target is the government because they are not providing basic public safety. Case in point the U.S.A. where the gun killings are the rifest.

    Instead of waging war against most of the rest of the planet, the U.S.A. would do well to look to its own back yard and clean up its area first.

    Posted in: The gun control debate: Do you support the right of citizens to own and bear firearms?

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    So why are they building it, in spite of the opposition?

    How about the US building new bases on their own soil and footing the bill themselves instead of sponging on Japan?

    Posted in: It is the public will of Okinawa not to allow the construction of a new base in Henoko.

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    jerseyboy,

    Sure there is. But the NRA does not want this debate. So the folks in Congress, especially the House Republicans who have to get re-elected every two years, don't have the guts to make it an issue.

    And they talk about apathy in Japan!

    Posted in: Obama blames gun lobby grip on Congress for lax U.S. gun laws

  • -1

    BertieWooster

    Let's hope there are more standing up to protest Abe and his ultra rightwing fascist gang.

    Posted in: Student voices

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Is the mental illness present before they join up or is it a consequence of life in the SDF?

    Posted in: SDF said to be rife with bullying, mental illness and suicide

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    Yubaru,

    My experience has been the same as Maxjapank's and Toshiko's. I see whale meat very rarely. I wondered if perhaps there was some part of Japan where they consume it.

    This was your reply:

    You really need to get out more often. Whale meat can easily be found in countless numbers of places in supermarkets and sushi shops throughout Japan.

    Yubaru-san. Is it so difficult to answer a question without adding some kind of insult?

    Posted in: Japan says it hopes to resume whaling later this year

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    BertieWooster

    I wonder who eats all this whale meat?

    In nearly 40 years in Japan, I've seen one whale meat restaurant, in Shibuya in Tokyo. In Hokkaido there was whale "bacon" in some supermarkets, but I never saw it on a restaurant or izakaya menu.

    Is there some area in Japan where whale meat is eaten?

    Posted in: Japan says it hopes to resume whaling later this year

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