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TravelingSalesJul. 23, 2016 - 03:25PM JST
Trump will abrogate the Security Treaty (with, say, 5 years notice) and offer a mutual defense treaty as a replacement. Then the ball will be in the Japanese court.
Posted in: Trump's 'America First' causes concern about U.S. commitment to defense of Japan
TravelingSalesJul. 19, 2016 - 04:25PM JST
As the attacker would no doubt have said, they are all infidels or apostates - what difference, at this point, does it make.
Posted in: Afghan teen migrant killed after injuring passengers on German train with ax, knife
TravelingSalesJul. 18, 2016 - 10:16PM JST
The point of refusing to give a no first use assurance is to deter an attack by a power with superior conventional force. The Soviet Union made such a pledge in an attempt to embarrass NATO into doing the same. They knew that they had overwhelming conventional superiority in Europe and that if nuclear weapons were off the table they could mount a successful invasion at any time. Once they lost that superiority due to the collapse of the communist regime, their successor, the Russian Federation, cancelled the pledge.
If Obama gives such an assurance the practical result is that the US, Japan, Taiwan and other Pacific allies will have to build up conventional forces to deter a conventional attack by China.
TravelingSalesJul. 16, 2016 - 03:37PM JST
Tokyo real estate has been going up 15-20%pa for last three years and looks to be accelerating
Posted in: No chance Japan will adopt 'helicopter money,' say officials
TravelingSalesJul. 16, 2016 - 01:13PM JST
Helicopter money vs current policy is a distinction without a difference.
As for perpetual notes, take a look in your wallet. What do you think is in there?
TravelingSalesJul. 16, 2016 - 01:10PM JST
I wouldn't see a problem with concubines, provided all parties were consenting adults.
Posted in: There's only two ways to continue an all-male line. One is to have concubines, which I don't think the people of Japan would accept ... The other would be to have lots of collateral families, which would get complicated.
TravelingSalesJul. 14, 2016 - 10:59AM JST
Plenty of other Emperors have abdicated. This is just about bringing to law in line with traditional practice.
TravelingSalesJul. 13, 2016 - 03:51PM JST
Best news I've heard all year!
Posted in: Pacific Rim moves to ease bottleneck in wine trade
TravelingSalesJul. 13, 2016 - 11:36AM JST
In countries/locales where smoking is still allowed in restaurants, TripAdvisor should make an effort to show in their listings whether a restaurant allows smoking. It would make them much more useful.
Posted in: What do you think of travel sites like TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet? Are you guided by them when making travel plans?
TravelingSalesJul. 13, 2016 - 11:34AM JST
If Trump says to Japan, either (i) step up to a comparable (as %age of GDP) defense spending level to the US, or (ii) we'll abrogate the security treaty, he would bring some much needed accountability to Japanese policy.
Posted in: There is an unspoken but unanimous consensus among serious Japanese people in business, bureaucracy and politics that Trump is a disaster. Including Prime Minister Abe — though he’s never said it publicly, officially, he’s very much concerned.
TravelingSalesJul. 12, 2016 - 12:30PM JST
stay naked whenever possible
Posted in: What do you do to stay cool in summer?
TravelingSalesJul. 11, 2016 - 12:02PM JST
Japan could end up like Italy or Germany, well-known fascist dens of tyranny constantly at war with anyone they can reach, due to their lack of an Article 9.
Posted in: That is so dangerous, and it may lead Japan into war with other nations and make it a nation without freedoms at home. We must all raise our voices and come together to protect peace and freedom.
TravelingSalesJul. 09, 2016 - 12:10PM JST
Islam is about 1,500 years old.
When Christianity was 1,500 years old it showed many of the same characteristics. Forcible conversions, the Inquisition, massacres of "pagans, Mohammedans and unbelievers", the Thirty Years War. Very similar to radical Islam today.
Christianity evolved. Let's hope Islam does too.
Posted in: The recent attack (in Bangladesh) might cause misunderstanding about Islam among those who don't know about the religion. I'll work on reaching out to people to explain that those extremists have no relation with us Muslims.
TravelingSalesJul. 05, 2016 - 02:08PM JST
I don't think the terrorists really discriminate between varieties of infidel.
Posted in: Night of terror in Dhaka left 'bodies in a terrible state'
TravelingSalesJul. 04, 2016 - 11:09AM JST
They published their goal before they died - at the same time as the photos with the ISIS flags. They said their goal was "to rid the world of atheists and apostates".
Posted in: Bangladesh home minister says gunmen made no demands, IS not involved
TravelingSalesJun. 30, 2016 - 07:00PM JST
The problem with giving him to the Japanese is they are too lenient. When we handed over the marines who raped the 12 year old, they only got seven years each. We should only give him to Japan if Japan guarantees that if he's convicted they'll execute him. Otherwise try him under the UCMJ - he'll get death or life in Leavenworth.
TravelingSalesJun. 27, 2016 - 11:37AM JST
At least in the US there are some party policies to discuss
Posted in: Which do you prefer: the Japanese or U.S. way of conducting election campaigns?
TravelingSalesJun. 13, 2016 - 11:51PM JST
100 people? you get more people than that on a morning Tozai line car
Posted in: Anti-U.S. base demonstrators march in Tokyo
TravelingSalesJun. 05, 2016 - 09:27AM JST
It's so childish not to take common sense precautions like direct intelligence sharing because of 80 year old history.
Posted in: Japan, South Korea to set up direct line between defense ministers
TravelingSalesJun. 01, 2016 - 01:08PM JST
The 11-13,000 gun deaths in the US is the homicide number - so most relevant to passive smoking. The 33,000 includes suicides so should be compared to all smoking deaths.
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Jul. 25, 2016 - 11:21AM JST
and all these financial experts stating the reason for Japans forex "safe currency" tag was because…
Posted in: Japan logs first half-year trade surplus since Fukushima
Jul. 25, 2016 - 11:20AM JST
Such a tangled web they weave.
The DNC is full of propaganda consisting of lies and…
Posted in: Democrats in disarray on eve of convention to nominate Clinton
Jul. 25, 2016 - 11:17AM JST
WIth Russia and the old Soviet Union doping reputedly has gone on for decades with at…
Posted in: Do you think Russia should have been banned from the Rio Olympics over allegations of state-sponsored doping?
give him life. predators should not be allowed to roam free in society. especially that he…
Posted in: Man arrested for molesting 6-year-old boy in shopping center toilet
Too much fearmongering!
I happen to live in a city that's replacing a bridge across saltwater,…
Posted in: China imposes anti-dumping duties on Japan, Korean, EU steel
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