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    CH3CHO

    As sfjp330 quoted, Okinotorishima is an island because it is above water at high tide.

    http://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/texts/unclos/unclos_e.pdf

    Article 121

    1 An island is a naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is above water at high tide

    3 Rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf.

    UNCLOS contains the word "rock" 6 times in its text. 5 of them clearly mean a rock under water. The remaining is the article 121 paragraph 3 above. So, it is natural to interpret that "rock" means underwater soil, whereas island means any piece of naturally formed land above water at high tide.

    Okinotorishima is an island because it is above water at high tide. The question is if it is an island and a rock at the same time, or if it is an island and is not a rock by virtue of being an island.

    Posted in: Taiwan fishermen protest seizure of boat by Japan

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    YoshitsuneAPR. 27, 2016 - 09:51PM JST

    My understanding is that without the concrete structures the reef would be submerged at high tide,

    So your argument is based only on your assumption. What is worse, your assumption is wrong.

    The fact is the islands are above water even at high tide.

    ScroteAPR. 27, 2016 - 09:02PM JST

    It will be interesting to see what happens when the Chinese claim EEZs for their own artificial islands in the South China Sea.

    An artificial island cannot be a territory, let alone a base for EEZ. You are just confusing two different issues.

    sfjp330APR. 28, 2016 - 05:19AM JST

    A 1997 fisheries agreement allows both sides’ fishermen to operate free of regulation around the islands. So it’s not clear why the Japanese coast guard needed to stop the Chinese boat.

    The 1997 agreement between PRC and Japan allows fishing without permission around the Senkakus. The Senkakus has nothing to do with Okinotorishima.

    Posted in: Taiwan fishermen protest seizure of boat by Japan

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    CrucialSAPR. 27, 2016 - 06:57PM JST

    The US Marine's Osprey began assisting on April 18th so within three days they delivered 65,000lbs of supplies. It takes a lot of chinooks to have that output.

    According to Wikipedia, one CH47 Chinook can carry 21,000 lbs of goods, whereas one Osprey can carry 20,000 lbs for STOL and less for vertical takeoff.

    One CH47 can carry more than one Osprey can.

    Posted in: U.S. Ospreys win Japanese hearts and minds with quake relief flights

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    wtfjapanAPR. 27, 2016 - 06:30PM JST

    OK so your more butthurt over the use of the use of the Osprey instead of the Chinook beasue it shows the J public its a perfectly safe and efficient aircraft!?

    As I have written in this thread, JSDF has about 70 CH47 Chinooks, most of which were idle during the time.

    What is the point of not using the JSDF helicopters to make room for US Ospreys?

    Posted in: U.S. Ospreys win Japanese hearts and minds with quake relief flights

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    YoshitsuneAPR. 27, 2016 - 04:55PM JST

    Your lumping of SK in with those other three is as absurd

    Actually, SK's claim to Takeshima/Dogdo is the absurdest of all.

    US State Department https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Page:Rusk2.jpg

    As regards the island of Dokdo, otherwise known as Takeshima or Liancourt Rocks, this normally uninhabited rock formation was according to our information never treated as part of Korea and, since about 1905, has been under the jurisdiction of the Oki Islands Branch Office of Shimane Prefecture of Japan. The island does not appear ever before to have been claimed by Korea.

    Posted in: Kishida says China's maritime expansion making world 'worried'

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    Daniel NeagariAPR. 27, 2016 - 05:19PM JST

    As far as I am concerned.. true is that the island.. is not an island and is barely above water...

    The island is above water all year around.

    There is no dispute about Japanese sovereignty of Okinotorishima. Both Taiwan and China admit Japanese sovereignty.

    If Taiwan or PRC really wants to make trouble with Japan, it may argue that Okinotorishima is not an island. But what can it gain by that? Nothing.

    Posted in: Taiwan fishermen protest seizure of boat by Japan

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    wtfjapanAPR. 27, 2016 - 04:20PM JST

    Because we have everything needed in Fukuoka, Saga or Nagasaki, any of which is less than 100 km or 65 miles from Kumamoto. Ch47 Chinook is much better for short distance.

    Posted in: U.S. Ospreys win Japanese hearts and minds with quake relief flights

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    sfjp330APR. 27, 2016 - 02:01PM JST

    CH3CHO APR. 27, 2016 - 01:49PM JST Due to article 9 of Japanese constitution, JSDF will stay neutral when a war or an armed conflict breaks out in Korean Peninsula.

    Of course, Abe is within his right to push for Constitutional revision if he so wishes.

    No. Abe's ambition is limited to using JSDF to evacuate Japanese nationals from Korea, when South Korea is run over by North Korea or China. This is not Korea hating. South Korea does not want any military aid from Japan, and Japanese constitution does not allow use of force overseas as a means of foreign policy.

    Posted in: U.S. Ospreys win Japanese hearts and minds with quake relief flights

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    Bob SneiderAPR. 27, 2016 - 04:39AM JST

    Funny, literally ALL of Japan's neighbors will say the same thing about Japan.

    That makes me convinced that Japan is right.

    Who cares what Communist China, North Korea, Russia, and South Korea say?

    Posted in: Kishida says China's maritime expansion making world 'worried'

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    sfjp330APR. 27, 2016 - 01:26PM JST

    The use of civilian facilities by militaries, landing and so forth, also became a practice in the event of an emergency in the Korean peninsula.

    Korean Peninsula has nothing to do with it. Due to article 9 of Japanese constitution, JSDF will stay neutral when a war or an armed conflict breaks out in Korean Peninsula. Use of civilian facilities in Japan for the war efforts is out of the question.

    Posted in: U.S. Ospreys win Japanese hearts and minds with quake relief flights

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    voiceofokinawaAPR. 27, 2016 - 12:24PM JST

    Thanks to this, a total 37 tons of relief supplies were transported to quake-stricken areas. But can't the SDF deal with such relief operations all by itself without the help of the U.S. and also without requesting the use of Ospreys?

    Yes, it could. JSDF had enough of idle CH47 helicopters, which were better fit for the operations to carry supplies between short distances. Neighboring Fukuoka, Saga, and Nagasaki cities were all intact and all within 100 km radius.

    Posted in: U.S. Ospreys win Japanese hearts and minds with quake relief flights

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    koiwaicoffeeAPR. 26, 2016 - 07:38AM JST

    All these politicians, on both sides, behave like spoiled kids.

    This kind of saying always benefits the villain and hurts the honest man. The saying looks as if it were neutral, but in fact it is always siding with the villain by giving the half of the blame to the honest.

    Posted in: Kishida says China's maritime expansion making world 'worried'

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    koiwaicoffeeAPR. 26, 2016 - 07:38AM JST

    All these politicians, on both sides, behave like spoiled kids.

    Just remember that US has treaty obligation to protect the Senkakus from China.

    So, if Chinese armed ships enter the territorial water near the Senkakus, the world should be worried about the war between China and the US which may lead to WW3.

    Japan has uninterrupted possession of the Senkakus since 1972. Between the end of WW2 and 1972, US had uninterrupted possession of them. Between 1885 and the end of WW2, Japan had uninterrupted possession of them. China claims that they possessed the Senkakus before 1885, but cannot show any proof of their possession. All China show is that they knew the existence of the island. And it is not known if they knew the islands by themselves or if they know them through learning from Japanese or Okinawans.

    Posted in: Kishida says China's maritime expansion making world 'worried'

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    hokkaidoguyAPR. 25, 2016 - 11:28AM JST

    5th district is a lot of manufacturing and military families. Pretty sure Chitose Air Base is in there, and about a half dozen other SDF camps in the area.

    True. LDP Wada won because of his large gain in Chitose sub-district.

    http://www.pref.hokkaido.lg.jp/hs/shugihosensokuho.htm

    Distribution of Votes

    Sub-district, LDP Wada : Ikeda Diff

    Sapporo Atubetsu, 29,292 : 33,434 Diff -4,142

    Ebetsu, 28,661 : 29,687 Diff -1,026

    Chitose, 25,591 : 14,439 Diff +11,152

    Eniwa, 19,447 : 13,062 Diff +6,385

    Kita Hiroshima, 13,419 : 15,200 Diff -1,781

    Ishikari, 13,103 : 13,133 Diff -30

    Toubetsu, 5,023 : 3,902 Diff +1,121

    Shinshinotsu, 1,306 : 660 Diff +646

    Total, 135,842 : 123,517 Diff +12,325

    Posted in: LDP-backed candidate wins Hokkaido by-election

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    Aly RustomAPR. 22, 2016 - 09:40AM JST

    I thought SK already started solving their problem when in 2008 they allowed dual citizenship, and opened immigration up. Now you get citizenship there if you've lived there for 5 years and 2 if you're married to a citizen.

    If you legally live in Japan for 5 years or are married to a Japanese citizen for 3 years, you can get Japanese citizenship by applying for naturalization.

    But, to legally live in Japan for 5 years, you need a visa which is not easily obtained.

    The same goes for South Korea.

    List of work visas in SK.

    http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/InfoDetailR_en.pt?catSeq=538&categoryId=2&parentId=328&showMenuId=14

    A work visa is hard to obtain in South Korea.

    Posted in: Japan, S Korea lawmakers to hold 'dialogue on the future'

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    CH3CHO

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/japan-endangered-bluefin-tuna-sold-80000-tokyo-fish-market-auction-1536042

    According to WWF, demand for giant bluefin tuna in the Japanese market started building in the 1970s. Japan, which consumes 40% of global bluefin landings, is paying high prices for this fish, which is a highly sought-after delicacy for sushi and sashimi dishes in the country.

    WWF says it is just 40%.

    For both numbers to be correct, there should be twice as much landings of blue fin tuna as catching. The difference is most likely to be explained by farming of caught blue fin tuna.

    Posted in: Sushi alert: Grim outlook for bluefin tuna

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    MrBumAPR. 22, 2016 - 02:56PM JST

    I'm a little confused with your numbers. Are you implying that the blue fin grown before harvest don't count as being caught? If you count them (as you should since they're caught before they're fattened up), shouldn't the "the amount of tuna consumed / the amount of tuna caught" equal 100%?

    Tuna farming http://www.bbc.co.uk/oceans/locations/mediterranean/tuna.shtml

    If a tuna caught weighed 10 kg and was raised to 40 kg for consumption, the ratio of consumption to catch is 400%. This is comparing apples and oranges, and I suspect the media is just playing that game. They should compare consumption to consumption.

    Look at the quote.

    Japanese eat about 80% of all bluefin tuna caught worldwide,

    80% is the ratio of consumption to catch, and I feel some uneasiness. What is the ratio of Japanese consumption to the world consumption? If the tuna are raised 3 times, the ratio of Japanese consumption to the world consumption would be 27 %, which would be a reasonable number.

    Though I cannot say for sure unless the data is presented.

    Posted in: Sushi alert: Grim outlook for bluefin tuna

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    MrBumAPR. 22, 2016 - 11:53AM JST

    I don't know where the numbers come from, but living in Japan, it's not hard to believe that Japan is hands down the number one consumer despite the recent popularity of sushi worldwide.

    We do not know the numbers. So, we cannot say for sure.

    These days, precious blue fin tuna are grown after being caught before consumption. Caught blue fin tuna are put in huge cages in the sea, grown to be 3 or 4 times as heavy as they were when caught, and harvested.

    So, when we calculate "the amount of tuna consumed / the amount of tuna caught", the number will be somewhere around 300% to 400%. My guess is that the ratio of Japanese consumption of blue fin tuna to world catch of blue fin tune may be 80%, the ratio of Japanese consumption of blue fin tuna to world consumption of blue fin tuna is a lot lower than that.

    As long as we have no data, we can only guess, though.

    Posted in: Sushi alert: Grim outlook for bluefin tuna

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    CH3CHO

    There is difference between,

    "recording entire questioning of suspects in 48.6% of cases" and

    "recording 48.6% of the entire questioning of suspects"

    Japanese Lawyers Association is critical of the partial recording of a case by Japanese police.

    If arrested, always ask the police to record the interrogation from the beginning to the end.

    Posted in: Police record entire questioning of suspects in 48.6% of cases for lay judge trials

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    CH3CHO

    Wow. Japanese government is leading other governments in the world for regulation of tuna fishing in the Pacific. Such real effort is totally ignored in the article.

    Yet, a marginal group called "Global Tuna Conservation at The Pew Charitable Trusts", which nobody ever heard of, gets unfair attention as if the group is making any real difference.

    Japanese eat about 80% of all bluefin tuna caught worldwide, and stocks of all three bluefin species — the Pacific, Southern and Atlantic — have fallen over the past 15 years as demand for the luscious, buttery pink-to-red fleshed fish has soared globally.

    I know, I read this quote all the time. But I could never find the source of this quote. Does anyone know where it comes from? Tuna is eaten world wide. 80% is bit weird to believe without veriffying.

    Posted in: Sushi alert: Grim outlook for bluefin tuna

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