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Steve FabricantMay. 28, 2016 - 11:51AM JST
Over and over we see the absolutely true statement that he was not an active military member. Nice try, but that does not negate the fact that if not for the huge US presence on Okinawa there would not be the horde of contractors and camp-followers there also. Viking is also right when he implies that the divide over the bases comes down to which side your bread is buttered on.
Posted in: Campaign begins for Okinawa assembly election amid tension over crime
Steve FabricantMay. 09, 2016 - 07:50PM JST
No one power tripping or angry hawkers
Damn angry hawkers. Probably all voting for Trump
Steve FabricantMay. 04, 2016 - 11:36AM JST
That amount also neglects the billions poured into the Mekong subregion via the Japanese part-owned Asian Development Bank.
Posted in: Japan announces $7 billion plan to develop Mekong region
Steve FabricantApr. 08, 2016 - 07:06PM JST
Debucho - but the majority of people living in Okinawa are Okinawan. Why shouldn't they be listened to?.If you get stung by a wasp, you would probably be right that nobody else cares, but you sure as hell would be yelling.
Steve FabricantApr. 08, 2016 - 09:02AM JST
Why not in Japan too?
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), is a process by a United States federal government commission to increase United States Department of Defense efficiency by planning the end of the Cold War realignment and closure of military installations. More than 350 installations have been closed in five BRAC rounds: 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, and 2005. (Wikipedia)
Congressmen speak of reducing military spending. Military bases are expensive to operate, yet another domestic base closing round is unlikely. However, the President can close any foreign base without Congressional approval. Polls show the vast majority of American citizens support the closure most U.S. military bases overseas.
Posted in: Okinawa: the new Hawaii?
Steve FabricantApr. 07, 2016 - 06:07PM JST
There's a "well-kept secret" in Okinawa that this ACCJ puff-piece omits - with mass tourism comes bland replica hotels. Even (or especially) those owned by the big US chains are just so-so value-wise, and all have the same rooms, service, food, and amenities. What Okinawa should have are more boutique and specialty accommodations that put visitors closer to what is left of the real Okinawa.
Steve FabricantFeb. 24, 2016 - 09:09AM JST
(dont understand why Chinese need them, as they typically don't "sit" on the seats) says Yuibaru....
The Chinese are following the Japanese in a demographic transition to an aging population, and apparently also in a toilet transition from squatting to sitting.
Posted in: Economy, strong yen defuse 'explosive' Chinese shopping in Japan
Steve FabricantFeb. 15, 2016 - 10:07PM JST
Imagine if the Allies, after Japan surrendered in 1945, had started building settlements in Japan for Westerners, while tossing out the native Japanese.
They did. It's called Okinawa.
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Steve FabricantJan. 10, 2016 - 05:43PM JST
A word to the "wise": the construction for the Rio 2016 Olympics is so far behind and billions over budget that it may not happen after all.
Posted in: 4 designs make shortlist for Tokyo 2020 logo
Steve FabricantNov. 01, 2015 - 02:05PM JST
I spent a week in Guam one night.
Steve FabricantAug. 20, 2015 - 07:33AM JST
OTC medications are a ripoff/racket here in Japan. I also bring the biggest jar of generic ibuprofen I can find. Sunscreen. And I forgot Almond Butter. And XXXXXXXXXXXL condoms, you wimps!
Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad?
Steve FabricantAug. 19, 2015 - 11:14PM JST
Wow, deodorant really heads the list. Maybe the Japanese are right about kusa gaijins. And the heavy condom imports tell a related tale. I bring back Parmesan cheese and Peet's coffee.
Steve FabricantJul. 10, 2015 - 08:28PM JST
Agree, typhoons are not the reason they shouldn't be here.
Posted in: 23 injured as typhoon lashes Okinawan islands
Steve FabricantJun. 22, 2015 - 08:15PM JST
Bowling, now there's a game worthy of the alcoholympics. I hope the US succeeds in fielding Team Leboski.
Posted in: Baseball, bowling, squash among 8 sports shortlisted for 2020 Games
Steve FabricantJun. 01, 2015 - 07:59PM JST
This is great. I hope they come out with a hot-climate version.
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Steve FabricantMay. 19, 2015 - 02:31PM JST
If we are going to have to start speaking Mandarin in Okinawa, it won't be because of a Chinese military takeover if the US goes away. It will be because the China is getting better and better at what we used to be good at - industrial innovation, infrastructure development, education, fighting its own poverty, engaging in constructive world trade, foreign assistance, and NOT stupidly meddling in strategically vital regions in the pretense of promoting their way of life and politics by military force. How much does it cost the US and Japan to keep thousands of warfighters, their highpaid supporting contractors, and their contented families ensconced on Okinawa and elsewhere in Japan? Whatever you guess, you are probably off by a hell of a lot of money that the US should be using for better purposes. Go ahead and "bad" this - the truth can be painful sometimes.
Posted in: Japanese worry over Osprey safety after fatal Hawaii crash
Steve FabricantMay. 12, 2015 - 08:12PM JST
The headline should have been "Wannabe typhoon sashays into Okinawa."
Posted in: Tropical storm moves toward Honshu
Steve FabricantApr. 07, 2015 - 07:14PM JST
At least I give this report more credence than that scaremongering "plume" that purported to show radioactive water lapping on the western US shores a few days after the explosion. Note to nuclear-haters: we don't actually need "sky is falling" any more than necessary.
Posted in: Radiation from Fukushima disaster detected off Canada's coast
Steve FabricantJan. 20, 2015 - 08:28PM JST
200 millionl!!!?? Those guys must think they're in Silicon Valley or Wall Street. Where do they think they can park all that, not that they will ever see any of it on this earth.
Posted in: IS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless it receives $200 mil ransom
Steve FabricantJan. 15, 2015 - 11:17AM JST
Undeniably true that a lot of money has been mis-spent on "developing" Okinawa. When I visit mainland cities I am surprised how shoddy many seem compared to Naha, but there was also the matter of the total devastation in 1944/45 that the Japanese government rightly assumed responsibility for. What is NOT needed are more grand administrative and social welfare buildings and boondoggles like the OIST "technology incubator" that result from the wet dreams of bureaucrats with unlimited budgets. Quite possibility it is not yet possible to find a group of Okinawans with planning skills and with enough distance from the construction firms to plot a realistic future for this prefecture, but until that happens I think a dose of austerity is good medicine.
Posted in: Gov't cuts budget for Okinawan economic development
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May. 30, 2016 - 09:33PM JST
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Posted in: Do you think Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should visit Pearl Harbor to reciprocate for President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Hiroshima?
May. 30, 2016 - 09:30PM JST
Spectre was awful
Posted in: Sam Mendes: It's time for a new James Bond director
May. 30, 2016 - 09:24PM JST
Tom Hardy would be an awesome Bond.
He's cool, charismatic and very tough.
May. 30, 2016 - 09:22PM JST
"The news is on cnn now"
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May. 30, 2016 - 09:21PM JST
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