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Jay QueJun. 26, 2015 - 08:46PM JST
For the brutalized Muslim majority in East Turkistan (occupied by Communist China), the Uighurs have long held a soft spot in my heart. The Tibetan Buddhists self immolate, to protest the brutalities and loss of basic human rights, while the Uighurs lash out in more violent ways. The only way to have a positive outcome, is regime change.
Posted in: China slams U.S. human rights record
Jay QueJun. 26, 2015 - 08:26AM JST
Very sad. Here in NY, USA, we have the Samaritans, a very helpful group. I am unfortunately a "survivor" of the passing of my very dear loved one who left us, five years ago, by her own hand. I hope this young girls parents find loving understanding support, they will carry their loss a lifetime. In Japan there are a couple groups that offer such help. See... http://samaritansnyc.org/get-help/ http://www.spc-osaka.org/ http://telljp.com/ but, how to reach out to these young kids? RIP.
Posted in: 14-year-old girl jumps to death from train platform
Jay QueJun. 18, 2015 - 08:54PM JST
"Don't be fooled..." into thinking a statist approach will bring you greater liberty. I once described libertatianism, to which I subscribe to a great degree, to a fellow Republican, as being like a helium baloon, with no string to tether it to earth, just going upward to greater freedom, with as Republicans, we know the direction of freedom yet remain tethered to solid ground by the strings and connections we retain to the rest of society. Not all libertarians like me, are Ayn Rand cultists, we know that we must remain tethered while still yearning for greater liberty.
Posted in: Why libertarianism is closer to Stalinism than you think
Jay QueJun. 10, 2015 - 10:44PM JST
Abe's got friends here in the US like me and we listen to each other. No man (nor a country) is an island.
Posted in: Diet enacts bill giving equal authority over SDF to military, bureaucrats
Jay QueJun. 10, 2015 - 10:17PM JST
I seem to have the opposite take, from most posters. Its horrifying as an American who still lives in the US but loves Japan and has gone quite often -- but unfortunately for less duration of time than I would like - to think how it would be "Stateside" -- if in the US, the bureaucrats had so much authority and power over the military. It - control over the military - comes from the Executive - 1-person, on down, no if's and's nor but's. There are gaping differences between a Parliamentary style democracy and the kind of Republic that exists in the US. Diffuse, often erratic and at times unstable. Versus a US Republic, the Executive in charge of that ultimate line of authority, to secure national defense. Every 4 years. Congress Reps, every 2; Senate ever 6. Very stable. Checks and Balances yet with Executive authority that has enough oomph the break through the greatest of inertia's (if willing). General MacArthur did a lot for the progress of Japan and also the human rights enjoyed - to a degree today. Those "new things" things written into the constitution, with his tutelage, helped advance women's rights and a lot more. But the system in Japan is no cookie cutter of the American Republic. So, that being said -- Abe is only bringing Japan's system of governance, more and most toward what seems to work better in the US. He's not in a state of paralysis and is not waiting Nero-like while the world burns. Some will be revolted by that, given alternative views, and the predilection of some folks to be against American Republicanism or a robust and effective military in general. Not their cuppa tea. Well, whatever works, to keep the nation safe in dangerous times. The "head in the sand" crowd won't get that.
Jay QueMay. 23, 2015 - 09:57PM JST
What in heavens name?
I'll tell you. I had never heard of the little prince. Until September 2010, when I walked past his museum in Hakone. The next day, a dear friend I was with helped me get through a 49 day ceremony, in Kamakura, that we held for my beloved fiance who passed, a loss more profound since it happened by her own hand. I read the little prince for the first time ever, just discovering him, and since then, I have reread the story, to make sense of the loss of my little princess. I discovered the little prince near the top of that volcano in Hakone, Japan, when I needed to find him, and "why" the most. "Why on Earth, indeed..."
Posted in: 'Little Prince'-inspired animation soars into Cannes
Jay QueMay. 19, 2015 - 08:16AM JST
The US military victory has been completely squandered and lost. Congrats, Mr. President.
Posted in: IS militants slaughter collaborators after taking Iraqi city of Ramadi
Jay QueMay. 03, 2015 - 04:39PM JST
Posted in: Britain eagerly awaits name of new princess
Jay QueMay. 03, 2015 - 04:31PM JST
Oh, my, God.
" There is no situation in Asia that could not be handled with communication. "
Neville Chamberlain had a fine time communicating with Hilter, now didn't he?
The USG in the first days of Pres. GW Bush's first Administration "spoke" to the PRC when they intercepted a US EP-3 intel jet forcing its crew to be held on Hainan Island several weeks, to test the hand of the son of "an old China hand" and former Pres. GHW Bush.
The Communists in control of the CCP/PRC/PLA are not "our" friends, they are cruel tyrants and thugs, who should be yielded no ground to grow and menace new generations, no sir. Know your enemy. Talk? Sure. Walk into the dark night with your best friends with a big stick to keep the wolves at bay, to keep them from eating your kids and your friends who are at risk? Absolutely! Joint patrols are long overdue. As overdue, as plural elections on mainland China.
Posted in: Japan considers joint air patrols with U.S. in South China Sea
Jay QueApr. 30, 2015 - 08:18AM JST
I am pleased by PM Abe's speech before the US Congress.
A better ally we would be hard pressed to find; speaking as an American citizen.
Unfortunately most Americans would not see this as it happened mid day, and had none of the controversial buildup that Netanyahu's speech had.
See the full speech:
Posted in: Abe offers 'eternal condolences' for Americans killed in WWII
Jay QueApr. 26, 2015 - 08:51PM JST
The horrors of August 6, and August 9, and the firebombings that took many more lives, show the true hell of war. Some experienced it directly, but hardly anyone was untouched. Japanese civilians suffereed greatly as we all know (speaking as an American, son on a WWII vet). Countless thousands more would have died had the war not ended in a horrific flash. My father was next in line to be sent to the Pacific theatre, following his friends. He was not sent. /// I have uploaded a letter he received from a friend, also in the US military, written on August 9th, 1945. In the "ps" section he added that he just arrived in Japan and was somewhere on Okinawa. Just think of what Japan was experiencing at that time and the lives of those caught up in the war. 70 years hence, it is a time to mourn and remember, and not make demands over the bones of all those who suffered and died. http://www.thebest-of.info/Q/jfq-aug091945.htm
Posted in: Japan's view of WWII history rankles some U.S. veterans
Jay QueApr. 21, 2015 - 07:38PM JST
War is Hell.
I recently read a letter to my father dated August 1945 from a friend, also actively serving in the US Military as was my father, who was about to arrive on the island of Okinawa. I will scan and upload it for posterity, as I have done to some other corresppndence from WWII that I inherited from my Dad, who passed away in 2011. He would be 98 years old this year. A few scans can be read, here: http://www.thebest-of.info/Q/jfqhonor-vmail-9-15-1944.htm
Posted in: Iwo Jima vet, Okinawa survivor wrestle with WWII legacy
Jay QueApr. 19, 2015 - 07:44PM JST
Let them all rest in peace.
Jay QueApr. 19, 2015 - 07:41PM JST
Sony was low hanging fruit. I completely agree with Mizuame: " If Assange wants to make a worthwhile contribution to humanity, suggest he should focus his attentions on bringing down the Great Firewall."
Posted in: WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents
Jay QueApr. 19, 2015 - 07:35PM JST
Using the terms "bicker" reveals your prejudices. Anyway; I prefer Senator Rand Paul. (I worked for Reagan.)
Posted in: Republican hopefuls bicker over America's role in world
Jay QueApr. 09, 2015 - 08:24AM JST
Easy fix; overthrow the dictatorship and turn mainland China toward democracy. Problem solved.
Posted in: U.S., Japan trust each other but both wary of China: poll
Jay QueApr. 09, 2015 - 08:20AM JST
Communist approved political "education", oh yeah, thats going to fly, in the free world.
Posted in: China urges Japan to properly educate youth over disputed islands
Jay QueApr. 04, 2015 - 08:17PM JST
Red Dragon is so correct. Why strengthen the CCP enemy? Push to overthrown the dictatorship. A democratic mainland China will be no worse for Japan and the world, and could herald a new era, better days. But investing in dictatorial PRC is totally wrong.
Posted in: Toyota to build two new plants in Mexico, China
Jay QueMar. 31, 2015 - 08:00PM JST
"IF YOU LIE DOWN WITH DOGS, YOU WAKE UP WITH FLEAS" is an approriate expression regarding giving the CCP PRC the gift of acceptance, approval, and consolidation of power. Another term I think appropriate, is, "greedy fools". Now, lets see if my opinion is censored on this site. Surely it would be censored on any mainland PRC site. Is "freedom" so precious that you freely trade with tyrants, red fascists, abusers of basic human rights? Oh, no, my opinion here, is not that of a "lapdog, poodle of the Americans". No. Not at all. I AM an American. Not a Goverment spokesman. I'm one of the few left who gives a damn about true principled freedom, and true love for basic human rights. Disagree with me? Well then, whose "toy poodle" are you? Take you bank. You know what you can do with it.
Posted in: Japan denies plan to join China-led development bank
Jay QueMar. 23, 2015 - 07:38PM JST
A great opportunity and honor for one of America's most trusted and important friends on the world stage, very welcome, indeed. Welcome and good luck!
Posted in: Abe's visit to U.S. generating a lot of interest, controversy
Jul. 02, 2015 - 12:41PM JST
What a joke!
Imagine who benefits from rising in Ginza?
No, nor can I!
Posted in: Japan's priciest land plot in Ginza hits 22-year high
no doubt some gaijin I know would have flown off the handle
Indeed! There's actually a…
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Jul. 02, 2015 - 12:40PM JST
Hopefully this guy reads English so he can visit JT and have some of our posters…
Posted in: BOJ newcomer calls for corporate-style pragmatism in policy
Jul. 02, 2015 - 12:39PM JST
Julie Hamp, resigned , which is not a direct admission of guilt, and due process is…
Posted in: Toyota exec in Japan resigns over drug arrest
Jul. 02, 2015 - 12:38PM JST
Japan vs the US then. Will history repeat itself? Or...........
Posted in: Japan reaches Women's World Cup final after England injury time own goal