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CrazyJoeMay. 22, 2015 - 08:47AM JST
The only "misunderstanding" is the one China seems to have with the rest of the world. The "Nine-Dash Line" is nothing more than wishful thinking; no different than if the US released maps encompassing the Caribbean Sea as sovereign US territory. Sure, the US could park an oil rig right off the coast of Jamaica, and there's nothing they could do about it...but they don't. It's irrelevant how firmly the Chinese believe that ocean belongs to them. What matters is that all of the claimants agree to a fair understanding of maritime law. Building fake islands on other people's doorsteps, no matter how innocuous, does nothing to promote peace.
Posted in: China, U.S. assert rights after exchange over South China Sea
CrazyJoeMay. 22, 2015 - 08:01AM JST
Hunt down the hunters.
Posted in: Taiji mayor says dolphin hunt will still go on
CrazyJoeMay. 22, 2015 - 07:40AM JST
Japan and South Korea are too important to stability in the region to be bickering. World War 2 was terrible for all involved, but it is over and the world has moved on. Germany, who was at the epicenter, is a great power with a great economy and people. Same can be said for Japan. Japan has the population, wealth, and technology to be a formidable adversary to China and North Korea, and a valuable ally to the US, ROK, and other democratic nations in Asia.
Posted in: S Korea, Japan defense chiefs to hold first meeting since 2011
CrazyJoeMay. 21, 2015 - 07:26PM JST
President Joko Widodo knows that the integrity of their borders are non-negotiable and are making the proper steps to ensure they have de facto control of their seas, not merely de jure, both through tougher implementation of existing laws and a larger and more focused spending on the Navy and Coast Guard. And if that assuring that integrity takes sinking Vietnamese ships, Thai ships, Chinese ships, Taiwanese ships, Filipino ships, Malaysian ships and Singaporean ships, that's totally fine. After all, they were stealing their fish, it's only fair Indonesia gets to blow up their ships.
Posted in: Indonesia sinks foreign boats to deter illegal fishing
CrazyJoeMay. 21, 2015 - 06:59PM JST
Japan was, is, and will be a good tourist destination for a variety of reasons regardless of exchange rate. Kyoto remains one of the best concentrations of diverse tourist attractions one can find in Asia, and the accessibility is superb.
Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan in April reaches record high
CrazyJoeMay. 21, 2015 - 05:50PM JST
I'd like to see this car with a nicely designed hardtop.
Posted in: Mazda unveils new Roadster
CrazyJoeMay. 21, 2015 - 05:37PM JST
Marines & amphibious forces are premier forces for disaster relief and so many of the other tasks that the other services struggle with because of their focus on their own element of operations reduces effectiveness outside of war fighting. They're the best service to engage cooperatively with allies across the Pacific (islands, coasts, water, air, Marines do it all), and a better investment than they are given credit for.
Posted in: Asia-Pacific militaries seek to develop amphibious skills
CrazyJoeMay. 21, 2015 - 05:23PM JST
Every dog is only as good as its owner.
Posted in: Dogs bite 2 pedestrians; owner arrested for negligence
CrazyJoeMay. 21, 2015 - 12:05PM JST
"Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada said in a statement that the action is a “clear path” to restoring the trust of automakers and drivers."
Hardy har har.
Posted in: Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million
CrazyJoeMay. 21, 2015 - 07:28AM JST
Considering they have almost hunted the Southern bluefin tuna species to extinction, despite wide knowledge of the perilous state the species is in, I don't think Japan should be allowed anywhere near whales.
Posted in: Japan's whaling science under the microscope
CrazyJoeMay. 20, 2015 - 04:18PM JST
The only "research" Japan does with its whaling is determining how Japanese businessmen prefer whale sushi. The Japanese authorities are being disingenuous. They have plenty of whale meat samples in cold storage left over from previous hunts. They serve it once a year to Japanese school children to reduce stockpiles.
Posted in: Iceland whale meat shipment to Japan sparks protests
CrazyJoeMay. 20, 2015 - 03:37PM JST
Whenever any government resorts to fiscal tricks to fix its ailing economy, instead of its fundamental flaws which caused the ailment in the first place, it rarely pays off in the long run, and Abenomics may not turn out to be an exception.
Posted in: Japan's economy grows 2.4% in first quarter
CrazyJoeMay. 20, 2015 - 08:31AM JST
PM Abe and the LDP are allowing the existing utility companies to have a veto over the serious development of renewable sources of energy in Japan's markets. As such Abe, et al are serving the interests of the utility companies, and the nuclear power industry, who wish to sustain the status quo reliance on fossil fuels and/or nuclear power. . Instead, the need is to increase the grid's capacity in order to allow clean renewable energy to increase its share of the energy market. This is what the majority of citizens, who are opposed to the re-start of nuclear power plants, want. Abe, however, is more interested in meeting the needs of the nuclear power industry to get up and running again asap.
Posted in: Climate control
CrazyJoeMay. 20, 2015 - 07:32AM JST
All his right steps are in the wrong direction....He doesn't want to face history nor does he want to offer a genuine apology....All he has done is to visit the notorious shrine repeatedly...claimed the comfort women case false....and re-militarize his nation to go into war with others... Apologies without remorse will not convince anybody.
Posted in: 450 mostly Western scholars press Abe on war history
CrazyJoeMay. 19, 2015 - 03:13PM JST
Hide and seek anyone?
Posted in: Nagoya 'rubbish house' resident may boast mother of all messes
CrazyJoeMay. 19, 2015 - 09:55AM JST
Posted in: If Hashimoto quits politics, Abe will lose powerful ally
CrazyJoeMay. 19, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
The US created Al-Qaeda, Taliban with the help of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia ... the US now created the ISIS, whose main backers are Turkey, Qatar and Sudan ... two of these are close allies of the US ... only shows that the US State Dept is evil ... a threat to global peace and stability.
Posted in: IS militants slaughter collaborators after taking Iraqi city of Ramadi
CrazyJoeMay. 19, 2015 - 08:54AM JST
And its your responsibility as a parent to make sure that your small children aren't darting into traffic.
Posted in: 5 year-old boy hit and killed by minivan; driver arrested
CrazyJoeMay. 19, 2015 - 08:48AM JST
Seems the Okinawa politicians have learned greed and avarice from the rest of the dirty politicians in Japan. The current Osprey is at least as safe as helicopters and it out performs them by a large margin.
Posted in: Japanese worry over Osprey safety after fatal Hawaii crash
CrazyJoeMay. 19, 2015 - 08:30AM JST
Kids have never in the history of humanity been more dangerous.
Posted in: 15-year-old boy turns himself in after killing mother, grandmother
May. 22, 2015 - 08:26PM JST
When guys take their shoes off, they should immediately spray them with deodorant, and if they're…
Posted in: What do you think of the custom of taking one's shoes off before coming indoors at home? Would you do it in your country?
If Starbucks cost as much as 7-11 or Family Mart, we'd take the Starbucks
Posted in: Starbucks comes to Tottori; poster compares it to Perry arriving in Japan
May. 22, 2015 - 08:22PM JST
So what the hell do we do now?
What should have been done in the first…
Posted in: Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria
May. 22, 2015 - 08:20PM JST
I think there are certain differences here. What happened in Minamata was because of mercury…
Posted in: Japan takes S Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions
May. 22, 2015 - 08:15PM JST
Japan was the only country that has suffered 2 atomic bomb attacks, hundreds of thousands of…
Posted in: China to investigate anti-Japan TV drama over crotch grenade scene