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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
Jay QueMar. 15, 2015 - 07:49PM JST
Test the PRC: look for atonement for Tianmen Square, its brutal oppression of Tibetans, religious minorities, a free press, multiparty elections. No? All else is grandstanding, posturing meant to preserve the dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party. Topple the CCP and let freedom reign.
Posted in: China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year
Jay QueMar. 11, 2015 - 11:27PM JST
To be a foreigner in the big mikan 温州蜜柑
I find it interesting, being a native New Yorker being one-half 1st generation American (mom emmigrated to NY from Scotland) as well as a possible future resident of Tokyo, that they seem to know the specific exact number of foreigners in each of Tokyo's wards. Comparing the Big Mikan to the Big Apple, my hometown. Its possible that I will be one addition to those numbers. The difference in NY, is that the actual number of foreigners here in NYC is nothing more than a wild guess.
I wonder what statistical percentage of foreigners in Tokyo and the rest of Japan are undocumented? Surely the percentages of legal/documented, vs. "Undocumented" foreigners in Japan -- compared to the US -- would be widely different, no?
Posted in: Increase in foreigners points to diversified future for Tokyo
Jay QueMar. 10, 2015 - 08:26AM JST
I have prayed several times at Yasukini. My Dad was an American WWII vet.
Forgiveness requires understanding.
Posted in: WWII firebombings of Japanese cities largely ignored
Jay QueMar. 09, 2015 - 08:28PM JST
There was no Russian controlled East Japan, Allied controlled West Japan, with a divided Tokyo having to survive by Allied Airlifts of food aid, like Berlin. The Gernan experience post WWII was accentuated by the trauma of national division, beyond a more benign American occupation, which has allowed the next generation in Japan to move ahead more peacefully.
Posted in: Merkel reminds Japan to confront wartime past
Jay QueMar. 09, 2015 - 09:51AM JST
Thanks to JoeBigs, I have learned about the Chengguan.
And, about http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deng_Zhengjia - the man killed for selling watermelons. Killed by the brutal administrative regulatory local police - located in every PRC city. Now, that's police abuse and the workings of dictatorship in action, happening today in the PRC; not the recounting of tales from a war that ended 70 years ago.
Posted in: China urges Japan not to lose its conscience over WWII guilt
Jay QueMar. 09, 2015 - 09:35AM JST
Tianamen Square. Tibet. Forced Abortions. Dictatorship. And...
oh, Japan's wartime aggression ended 70 years ago. Who'se fooling who?
Jay QueMar. 07, 2015 - 10:44AM JST
Posted in: LDP, Komeito discuss cases where SDF could operate abroad
Jay QueMar. 03, 2015 - 08:31AM JST
The fantasy world of a communist dictatorship is where the State Propaganda machine refers to heaven and hell, while taking the official position that neither exist. Well, if you are a dissident in the PRC, you certainly know that the latter exists, and hope that the former does as well.
Posted in: China state media stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric
Jay QueFeb. 05, 2015 - 09:28PM JST
No doubt, the IS propagandists would desire a "Boston Bomber" style attack on the Tokyo Marathon to scream out in world headlines. This is the post 9/11, post Parisian massacre, post beheading/post prisoner immolation world. Regretful but real.
Posted in: 'Running police' to take part in Tokyo Marathon as security precaution
Jay QueFeb. 05, 2015 - 09:01PM JST
Without the US presence, the CCP/PRC would certainly do more that bully Japan militarily. The communist dictatorship does not fit into the kawaii / かわいい mold so many dream of. Wake up and learn how to defend yourself before its too late. Once freedom, independence and self rule is lost, good luck getting it back. Oh, this may get me some admonishments, no? Japan is not America's weak child, we are partners, friends, allies; hence this adult conversation. North Korean nukes exist due to PRC backing. Increasing tensions by an expansionist, militarized, repressive CCP/PRC; whose propagandists stoke anti-Japanese sentiments on the cusp of the murders of Japanese hostages. Wake up and smell the coffee, my friends. Peace through Strength.
Posted in: Japan says South China Sea security impacts national interests
Jay QueFeb. 04, 2015 - 08:23AM JST
Bless Nozomi and her parents. Out of tragedy, hope for others. While I am very skittish on donating or receiving in such a fashion, on my own part, others must be allowed that choice.
Posted in: Parents explain why they donated organs of dead 4-year-old daughter
Jay QueFeb. 02, 2015 - 09:19AM JST
How about a Japanese Foreign Legion, like the French? Train with the French Foreign Legion, the SAS, Green Berets. Rapid response teams emedded with coalition Foreign Legion allied teams. Deploy any time, any where, to rescue and repulse. Counter terrorism strike forces. As we know, the Isis oriented militants already have their legions deployed, and have set their targets. Time for Japan to defend itself in the real world, including beyond the airports and seaports of the homeland. Relying solely on locals, risks repeat atrocities. Take as broad an approach to self defense; this is not only smart, but existencially necessary.
Posted in: Abe wants SDF to be allowed to rescue Japanese citizens in danger
Jay QueJan. 28, 2015 - 09:20AM JST
Yet trade continues unabated and there is no pressure for democratic reforms, quite the opposite is happening. I yearn for the days when an American President would go to the precipice and say, "tear down this wall!" I hope Abe can succeed in all his is trying to do, particularly to help show the way for other democracies in Asia.
Posted in: China to hold military parade to 'frighten Japan'
Jay QueJan. 22, 2015 - 08:28AM JST
I wonder if the day will come when Isis/Alqaeda apologizes for cartoonist killings, kidnappings and decapitations? Live in the real world, today, rather than 60 years ago.
Posted in: Abe could ease doubts by apologizing over WW2: Fukuda
Jay QueJan. 11, 2015 - 07:17PM JST
Red fascism tightens the bundle around its ax to allow for a swifter and more sure "chop". All efforts are geared toward strengthening that system, to the peril of those necks bound to be chopped. No action that loosens the knot, the supremecy of the CCP is tolerated. Is that a good this, for "us"? Certainly not. Notions of "freedom, democracy" are quaint anachonistic sayings, no longer aspirational goals, the torchbearers are the necks under Xi's singular ax.
Posted in: China's Xi proves keen student of U.S. power
Jay QueDec. 27, 2014 - 10:03AM JST
Why is it that these horrific crimes are so often connected to Saitama?
Posted in: 18-year-old youth gets 15 years for murdering grandparents
Jay QueDec. 01, 2014 - 08:47AM JST
The greatest risk to the CCP remains the truly vast number of Chinese on the mainland who are not members of the CCP, once they awaken to their true potential once freer and allowed to elect their own leaders. A kingdom built on sand, like their Spratley Island contructs. http://youtu.be/WjWDrTXMgF8
Posted in: Chinese leader vows to protect territorial interests
Jay QueNov. 26, 2014 - 08:20PM JST
Bad karma for the perpetrators, indeed.
I would have hoped that a common Buddhist tradition would be a unifying element for Korean, Japanese and Chinese cultures, but no.
Posted in: 5 South Koreans arrested over stolen Buddha statue in Japan
Jay QueNov. 24, 2014 - 08:17AM JST
Thank God there were not worse human injured or deaths.
Posted in: Damage worse than thought in Nagano earthquake
Mar. 29, 2015 - 06:13PM JST
Down by the rice fields where I live, nice hardly any people, frogs singing. Sometimes I…
Posted in: Where is your favorite place in Japan to view cherry blossoms?
Mar. 29, 2015 - 06:10PM JST
Didn't investigators find piles of pills during the search of his home ? Which would most…
Posted in: Painstaking recovery mission at French Alps crash site
Hey, this is one Japanese guy who wanted to take time off work.
Bet when a…
Posted in: Sendai official sacked over fake bereavement days off
Mar. 29, 2015 - 06:05PM JST
Why did Japan get another foreign coach and one whose name I cannot pronounce or spell.…
Posted in: Japan beats Tunisia 2-0 in first game under Halilhodzic
Mar. 29, 2015 - 05:54PM JST
And I very much doubt that China has any plans to invade Okinawa
Posted in: Okinawa governor orders halt to work related to U.S. base relocation