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highball7Aug. 30, 2014 - 03:51PM JST
We support what Abe is doing with Japan's military because its about time Japan takes some responsibility to protect itself. Its not because we want to see Japan's militaristic past come back to life. We don't mind you talking and fanning the flame so to speak but if we see any subsequent actions that we don't want to see. You can bet that our support can go away quickly and turn the other way.
South Korea is not a tributary state of China. South Korea is a staunch ally of the United States of America. Remember that and don't think you can drive a wedge between US and South Korea in favor of Japan. Without SK, Japan is not much of use to us. The key point has always been a foothold on the Korean peninsula. Crossing the Sea of Japan without a place to land does not yield any type of control at all. Without a foothold, there's not much use for the "spring-board".
Be an American like you "claimed" and try to get on our side for once would you?
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highball7Aug. 30, 2014 - 03:36PM JST
Costco is going to have a field day!
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highball7Aug. 30, 2014 - 03:18PM JST
"Cue Simpsons' theme!" LOL!!! Right on!
IF nothing else, its a sign when you're being compared with Homer Simpson.
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highball7Aug. 30, 2014 - 03:16PM JST
The wide range of 15 years to life, 25 years to life in US is very common as well. It really depends if its a state or federal offense.
To give you an example, California has this thing called the 3 strikes law, if you have committed a petty theft with a prior, do that 3 times and you're in for life due to your habitual nature of committing a felonious crime. You don't need to killed anyone or intent to distribute narcotics to get life. And petty theft is like stealing candies from a supermarket or snatching a purse off a shelf. There are other factors to be considered such as frequency and can you be rehabilitated.
Its a wide range depending on the type of crime. Trafficking drugs in China is almost an automatic death sentence. That's almost common sense, much like Malaysia. When in Rome, respect their law.
Posted in: Japanese politician's drug trial ends in China
highball7Aug. 30, 2014 - 02:37PM JST
Well, peace, safety and security ain't free.
Japanese are rich and got lots of savings. You can afford this.
Posted in: Japan defense budget request highest ever as Abe boosts military
highball7Aug. 29, 2014 - 08:23PM JST
Learn how to read please. I wasn't referring to "movies"per se. But how movies used veteran and retired pilots on reflecting their "actual" experiences during the cold war. Again, if you don't know, it is ok for you to restrain yourself from further embarrassment.
There are tons of documentary on this topic.
Unfortunately, you are the one who doesn't have a clue on anything you talk about. I'm really tired of trying to correct your statements. It is one thing to post an opinion but totally another to try to past false statements or unfounded statements as facts and muddle the water.
Name me one single source that support your ridiculous opinion about USAF operations and rule of engagement during mid-flight interception. If you can't, you shouldn't state your opinion as a matter of fact.
Posted in: China tells U.S. to stop 'close-in' surveillance
highball7Aug. 29, 2014 - 11:38AM JST
We have every right to monitor the Chinese from international waters. Rather than complaining, the Chinese should just focus on R&D on anti-radar or develop some type of aircraft than can make coastal surveillance in international waters near our soil. If they lacked the capability or technology, tough.
With that said, USAF, especially those stationed in Eielson AB in Alaska, like the 354th and others, OFTEN did barrel rolls against the Russians when they get too close. Flashing of the "Belly" was basically invented by us. High speed crossovers were also some of the intimidation techniques we used.
I know you guys like to bash China but get your facts straight first. They ain't the only ones with the balls or skills to pull off these stunts against an enemy aircraft. WE used to do that to the Soviets all the time. In fact, a few "famous" movies hired veteran consultants to tell tales on what we used to do to the Soviets. Although movies dramatized them further but the truth is not that far-fetched. I have personal knowledge that our USAF pilots used to pull off crazier stunts like this all the time back in the days.
And no, the person will not be "hit by the book" because back in the days, air control wouldn't know if you were doing these acts, if your wingman is also doing it. Normally, our fighters used to travel in pairs before the 80s in northern pacific. You can google this. Information is abundant. Please try that before opining.
highball7Aug. 28, 2014 - 12:54PM JST
If you google this person, news articles will state that this Japanese legislator was visiting China to meet up with his "Nigerian" business "friend" who was "helping" him to "invest" in "business ventures".
Couple with the fact that this Japanese 70yrs old legislator LOST tens of millions YEN with his "Nigerian" investment and was going to China to figure out business "opportunities" along with 2 of his Nigerian "friends" to profit tens of millions in Yen.
So apparently, all these facts were missing from this article.
Now, ask the question again, do you believe this Japanese crook and 2 of his Nigerian friends or not?
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highball7Aug. 28, 2014 - 12:04PM JST
I did google it. Those "japanese folks" who are "japanese restaurants owners" were in fact "local Chinese" who owned Japanese themed restaurants.
The only folks that were hurt were Chinese businesses and local Chinese. The two Japanese salary that were beaten were because they were drunk and started causing problems. They even admitted it after.
So again, NAME me ONE single Japanese that was either killed or injured SPECIFICALLY due to the 2012 riot. If you can post any legitimate link, I will donate money to your favorite charity.
Posted in: No. of Japanese living in China drops 10% amid island dispute
highball7Aug. 28, 2014 - 11:50AM JST
Just stating the facts guys. Not trying to insult anyone. No Japanese jet fighters had ever been allowed for export under US directives. Ever. Taiwan and South Korea at a point in time wanted to buy the F2 but that went away right after the news broke about the inquiries. Taiwan ended up getting a watered down version of F16 and SK got their F15 and now forking out billions for LMT's F35. Just like Japan. Its not fiction or opinion. Its a fact.
If you guys don't know how US foreign and defense policies work, you should pay more attention because that directly affects how US views Japan and what Japan can or cannot do.
US can take a hit just to protect Japan's economy and national interest but that only go so far. The defense industry wield a HUGE MAGIC WAND in our gov't. They will never tolerate Japan trying to sneak in here taking a bite out of our cake while using our military to protect Japan at the same time. Choose one or the other.
To give you an example, just BA, NOC, LMT, 3 of the standouts in the defense industry alone comprises more than 1% of US's entire national GDP. That's 3 companies alone. Defense budget accounts just under 4% in our entire GDP. That's budget only, not counting these companies' export revenue.
If you think US will tolerate Japan to benefit under our protection and take a bite out of the Jet Fighter game, you're all out of your minds. If anyone wants to take a bet, I will bet everything I have that Japan's jet fighters will only be used domestically, if even that's possible.
Let me give you another example, when the Israeli transferred their Lavi Jet Fighter program to the Chinese, their Defense Minister and several top officials stepped down shortly after. And their Pharma firm Teva unexpectedly lost a few bids on getting some US contracts on generic drugs citing top-down pressure. That Lavi Jet program is the predecessor for the J10 multi-role fighter of China that was lauded by most in the aviation industry as a light and capable fighter. Design of that was supposed to be an upgrade to the F16 but it was deemed too expensive and Israel scrapped it and practically gave it to China as compensation of negating the AWACS contract that was pressured by US.
If we can do that to Israel, our staunchest ally in the world, what do you think we can do to Japan?
Don't under estimate US's power and influence over Japan or even China. There are lines you don't cross even if you want to.
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highball7Aug. 22, 2014 - 04:59PM JST
IF Abe or any Japanese politicians think that US will allow Japan to build an offensive jet fighter, then you are all out of your minds. The only reason you are allow to build your domestic diesel subs is because we no longer build diesel subs and you are not allowed to use anything nuclear within your military.
You may build a model, or even a prototype. But that is as far as it goes. There are certain industries Japan simply shouldn't touch.
US is allowing Japan to sell cars in US. Pay attention to the word allow. It will be extremely easy to "force" Japan to succumb to the pressure of raising the yen significantly if US sees Japan crosses a line.
That's the reality. You can play the game and continue to live within the boundary or take a chance and see what happens.
Most importantly, after you spend about a trillion yen on just R&D, how will you be able to recuperate the cost base? No one will dare to defy US and EU to purchase a Japanese made jet fighter. That means Japan's military (no longer JDF) will have to pay for it. And how will JDF be able to pay for this?
Read my lips, higher taxes. Like I said before, you guys are all patriots, open up your wallet and pay more taxes for the next several decades and you can enjoy your new jet fighters. But do be mindful of the consequences of this. You don't have that many friends left that will take a bullet for you.
highball7Aug. 20, 2014 - 03:27PM JST
It is easy, its the internet where everyone is supposed to be anonymous and opine freely. But the guy kept on saying things that contradicts reality and his supposed pov on a "Red" China. No sane person who "hates" China as much as he does in all of these broad spectrum rants in just about any articles that remotely involves the words China would need to separate Taiwan with "Red" China.
And I have challenged him, as he has claimed repeatedly that he's either Japanese or Japanese American, to simply type a few coherent sentence in fluent Japanese Katakana which he would be surely able to do if he is who he claimed.
I'm not trying to generalize anything. I'm simply calling out a frequent poster for his inconsistency.
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highball7Aug. 20, 2014 - 03:20PM JST
Japanese are safe in China and Korea. You can't name one Japanese getting hurt or killed due to nationalistic hatred, territorial dispute or historical grievances.
Not one. Media and the Neo-Nationalists like to produce mass hysteria and hype up news. Ask the Japanese living in China and Korea, business as usual.
But you can name one that just got beheaded in Iraq.
highball7Aug. 19, 2014 - 04:18PM JST
Interesting choice of words on using the term Mainland China to differentiate Hong Kong and Taiwan. Its not a term I would use being an American. Taiwan should never be confused with the word China and you seemed to have brought this notion that it can be. I have a funny feeling that you are not what you proclaim to the forum as Japanese or Japanese American. I think you are a Chinese person of either Hong Kong or Taiwanese descent who hates Communist China.
Its easy to use Japan as an scapegoat to further your agenda right? If you are Japanese, type a coherent sentence in katakana with correct grammar. I triple dog dare you.
How am I doing so far?
highball7Aug. 19, 2014 - 04:12PM JST
If you want to quote PEW, you need to provide reference. Your figure is incorrect. Japan has a 7% favorable rating on China and China has a 8% favorable rating on Japan. (reference: pewglobal.org/2014/07/14/chapter-4-how-asians-view-each-other/}
I'm more surprise that other than Vietnam and Philippines, most of the other Asian and Asean nations have a similar favorite rating on both China and Japan. After all these talks about China invading the SCS and Japan going postal on China, it seems like no one really care other than the actors involved in the disputes. (reference PEW July, 14, 2004).
This is how you want to present your opinion backed by facts.
10% is very little decrease, I was expecting 30-40% decrease with the way both countries are going at it. That time will eventually come when China no longer need Japanese products and technology. I wonder what will happen to Japan then if relations continue to freeze.
highball7Aug. 19, 2014 - 03:58PM JST
To the illiterate commentator on this forum:
" also called the Chinese “bastards” who “want to take over this country”. That's the definition of racism.
The guy clearly is targeting not just the Chinese gov't but the Chinese nationals or immigrants in Australia. Its not his first outburst.
Don't forget, Australia's entire economic miracle was built on Chinese investments. I do mean the word entire. Its has pros and cons as Australia citizens and gov't benefits from higher purchasing power, salary, and real estate development, they also suffer from high inflation and high housing costs. But the pros clearly outweight the cons and this Palmer guy reaped billions of profits off the Chinese. And he has a reputation for being cheap on paying his own employees.
Pot meets the Kettle. He's just one fat corrupted billionaire complaining about a corrupted Chinese gov't. Its not even news. But the fact that he insulted an entire race of Chinese in the quoted statement, that's news.
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highball7Aug. 16, 2014 - 12:38PM JST
OMG, a Q & A on Yasukuni with actual unbiased facts. Hell has frozen over.
If the US national media post pictures and articles exhibited in the war museum inside Yasukuni Shrine compound, I will bet a pretty penny that it won't just be China and SK that's piss at Japan. Can you imagine what Bill O'Reilly and those Foxnews guys will say? Heck with AC and Wolfblitzer will go crazy over it. Japan's public and national image will be absolutely killed overnight. You're lucky the Koreans and Chinese aren't the owners of our national media. Talk about the Jews the same way you do with your Asian neighbors and its over for you.
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highball7Aug. 16, 2014 - 12:25PM JST
You mean Japanese media is not controlled by the LDP's backers?
I will say this with absolute responsibility: ALL of Japan's media are controlled by banks and conglomerates. All of them. The vast majority of them will obey everything the Japanese gov't tell them to do. Including news.
Simply put, if you pay enough on advertisement and provide enough "loans" to the media, they will obey you every step of the way.
Don't believe me, look at all the golden parachutes on NHK. End of discussion.
Japan just does it in a more subtle way than China. Heck every nation does this. What do you think Foxnews, CSM, Washington Times do in US? What do you think shows like the 24 is about? Ever heard of Band of Brothers on HBO? I can name you a few hundred of these shows with patriotic themes.
Its a universal strategy by every single gov't on earth. Japan is no different. In fact, Japanese is the worst among all, you guys start going at them young as in manga and anime.
Talk about pot calling the kettle black. SMH.
highball7Aug. 15, 2014 - 06:24AM JST
Its called Karma.
Russian took some islands from Japan, Japan took some islands from China, and China is going to take a whole bunch of islands from Vietnam and Philippines.
That's how it goes.
Since when have treaties stop countries from invading and taking things from another? Japan most certainly didn't care when it was the aggressor and appeared to be winning. Peace Treaty? With the Russians? Even the Chinese will laugh at you. Look at Ukraine. Ask them how they feel right now and what NATO and US is doing to help.
I think Japan should be thankful that all it lost was 4 islands. Japan is lucky that the Soviets didn't take half of Japan and split Tokyo into two and shares it with US the German style.
I've always said Japan was the luckiest loser in WWII. You still had your country as a whole and benefited from taking a few islands away from the Chinese. Things could've been much worst. If US didn't drop those 2 A bombs on you and actually have to land troops on Japan's mainland, you're looking at North Japan and South Japan controlled by Russian and Americans respectively as we speak. And neither side will ever let good as Russia just acquired a bunch of pacific warm ports. And US has a foothold against Russia and China.
Just be thankful you are still intact. But I don't blame you from wanting to get those islands back. Every nation want to get back what they lost. Ask the Chinese, they sure know how you feel. Its fair to say that without Japan's aggression, you will still have those 4 northern islands and China will still have those uninhabited islands. Guess who the denominator is in both disputes?
So, just let it go. Its not like you have a growing population that depends on those islands.
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highball7Aug. 04, 2014 - 10:27PM JST
Corruption and Despotism were China's biggest humiliation. Corruption still can be China's biggest humiliation although Xi is taking care of that.
There is no doubt the Sino-Japanese defeat of China is their biggest humiliation because the Chinese thought very little of Japan. Even today, they don't refer Japan as Japan, its little Japan. And Japanese as thieving Japanese (in a more racists terms). Basically every Chinese that I've dealt with are racists against the Japanese because they thought and think so little of you.
I don't know why but its probably a historical or cultural thing.
And since the Chinese didn't think as little against the Brits, French or Russians, the Opium war or Boxer Rebellion or really the colonization of Hong Kong and Macau should've taken as top and uber humiliation. Its because its a race war and Chinese viewed the western powers as far superior than the Japanese. So losing to Japan was most humiliating because they thought you guys are just uncivilized monkeys at that time. Much like how the rest of the world thought of Japan during those times.
The fact that China still think so little of Japan only means they have never thought very highly of you to begin with. So that's probably the reason why.
But in my pov, the Opium war definitely takes the cake on humiliation as a single event. Corruption and lack of support by the Hans for the Manchu are really the reasons because with a capable gov't and unification among its people, Brits, Russians or Japanese wouldn't have stand a chance. So the Chinese only have themselves to blame.
That's why this current generation of Chinese use Japan as a target. Japan is the bulls eye that provides a reason for Chinese to unify and vent towards. Now that Chinese leaders are battling corruptions for real, that makes it more dangerous against Japan since the focus will turn on Japan, Vietnam and Philippines. Its a dangerous time for Japan. You guys need to muscle up your defense for real. You will need offensive weapons because defensive weapons won't save you from the Chinese. They know you inside and out. I will bet my left leg that they know everything there is to know about Japan's military, training, development, weapons, systems, communications, deployments time and speed and all stations and R&D.
So spend that cash on more F-35s and Ospreys. You're gonna need them.
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Aug. 31, 2014 - 07:28AM JST
Maybe they should call this service Skynet.
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Aug. 31, 2014 - 07:27AM JST
Is this an imaginary competition?
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