kurumazaka's past comments

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    kurumazaka

    Uh, Ossan...might I recommend you google "anonymous Isis" before you make any more accusations.

    Posted in: Hackers say they crashed Abe's website to protest whale hunt

  • 2

    kurumazaka

    Perhaps Suga can explain why NHK was showing re-runs of "Family History" instead of the final day of deliberations over the Security Legislation if there was/is no undue LDP pressure?

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  • 10

    kurumazaka

    In the end, Abe is going to do whatever he wants to. Doesn't mean Onaga has to make it easy and pleasant for him.

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  • 0

    kurumazaka

    Hunga-kyo, you are sorely mistaken if you think SEALDs and its numerous affiliates are commies. They do cheer the JCP though because it is not afraid to speak truth to power and is willing to put its own agenda aside in order to focus on getting rid of Abe. "Ignorant" is thinking what Team Abe did is no big deal, and that they couldn't or wouldn't do the same thing on any subject they so choose, such as enacting a new constitution. You might want to consider reading something other than just Sankei and Yomiuri. By the way, just last night on Fuji TV a viewer poll showed over 65% saying the security legislation should be repealed (as well as 7 of 10 "panelists") and when the host became somewhat animated about the subject the powers that be "upstairs" pulled the plug on him. It was a forceful pro Abe management intervention playing out on live TV. So let me guess, you have no problem with the government telling private media what they are allowed to talk about, not because they are concerned with issues of constitutionalism and rule of law, but because they are "ignorant" and in bed with commies? Additionally, you certainly feel free to speak for all Japanese people! Are you really sure you're actually in the majority, or perhaps you only read the stuff that says what you want to hear? I realize that many of us here are in fact, Gaijin, but please don't try to pull any "the Japanese" nonsense on us. "The Japanese" are not a monolyth and a whole bunch of us ignorant gaijin have been here long enough to know that.

    Posted in: Push for stronger military leaves many Japanese uneasy

  • 0

    kurumazaka

    What I find impossible to believe is that you all are taking the time out of your day to badmouth this monk.

    Posted in: Monk goes nine days without food, water or sleep

  • 4

    kurumazaka

    As my last post was removed for being off topic, I will try to be more topic friendly this time. HOO YAH! Shinzo Abe is the man! Nothing would make the Gipper more proud than knowing that such a noble defender of democracy and constitutionalism came aboard! All is well in alliance land thanks to the bold leadership of THE Prime Minister! Those opposed are sniveling wimpy part-timers afraid of conflict and ivory tower idiots without a clue. Going aboard the Ronnie after so convincing a diet performance with such overwhelming public support, now that is leadership!

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    kurumazaka

    And NHK aired reruns and now junior rank sumo...appears someone got in trouble sort of doing their jobs yesterday. Hang your lapdog heads in shame, you worthless pathetic excuse for a news organization.

    Posted in: Gov't, opposition parties battle it out over security bills

  • 1

    kurumazaka

    Not a real fan of Hashimoto, but will give him kudos for, as Nakanoguy mentioned, taking on the Zaikokutai. He straight tore Makoto Sakurai up.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Matsui quit Japan Innovation Party

  • 3

    kurumazaka

    Misunderstood, it's actually pretty simple. A great many Japanese people see the U.S. as more than complicit in Abe's dream to end "Peace Country Japan" and that this complicity is to further US imperial interests via a new branch of the U.S. Military called the Japanese Self Defense Forces. (Taro Yamamoto showed in the Diet that the security legislation is quite literally the "Recommendations for Japan" from the 2012 CSIS Armitage/Nye Report, though I'm not sure even Joe Nye and Dick Armitage are comfortable with the open ended nature of pretty much everything Abe does. For example, they say explicitly that "Japan's peace constitution should not be changed," but that is precisely what Abe wants to do. And I seriously doubt that they intended for "better protection of classified information" to be turned into an open ended state secrets law used silence damn near anything the government finds annoying)

    Disagree or not, this is being seen as U.S. Empire crushing the Japanese "peace" dream, largely because Abe wants to sit at the big boys table. (Yup folks, good ol' pride and ego to the rescue!)Yamamoto, who is becoming quite the thorn in Abe's side (though you wouldn't know it from if you get your news from NHK or Yomiuri. Protesters have been showing up at NHK recently in an effort to stop being ignored) pointed out a rather unflattering historical fact about the U.S. We have been engaged in combat somewhere in the world for 93% of our history. So as far as lovers of "Peace Japan" are concerned, the U.S. is anything but peaceful. To them, we destroyed the country in war, and now will help/prod Abe to destroy the peace-centric polity that came about as a response to that destruction. Man, we look great! And you wonder why the people of "peace Japan" don't want the SDF wedded to Washington?

    As Kaynide pointed out, it's about the will of the people, and a great many Japanese see the U.S. as behind Abe in his casual disregard for that will. Can't say I disagree with them. I think Washington is seriously gambling with its strategic position in Asia right now by sticking with Abe. Might be high time to offer Shinzo a face saving (and U.S. butt covering) retreat by at least publicly offering to unilaterally withdraw from this collective security deal. Because if Abe successfully rams this thing through, your going to see the U.S. become pretty damned unpopular here, and that's real bad news for the long term stability of the alliance, (Henoko? Yeah, right...with a large part of the country firmly behind them, the Okinawans aren't gonna budge.) and ain't the best of news for we Americans that live here, either.

    Posted in: Lawyers join opposition to controversial security bills

  • 4

    kurumazaka

    why should japan be stuck to the past? almost every country in the world has similar laws that allow for this type of military action. even switzerland has this defense capability!

    Nakanoguy, because the constitution forbids it, and Abe is not going through a legitimate constitutional amendment process to change it. Because if article 9 can be "reinterpreted" away by the sitting government, so can any other article that Team Abe finds bothersome, as Mr. Isozaki so foolishly admitted. Team Abe wants this to be a national security argument, but it's MUCH more than that. This is about a constitutions inherent purpose of constraining government power, and Team Abe's attempt to sidestep those constraints. If they succeed here, next on the list will be lowering the bar for constitutional revision. All you need to do to see where they want to go is read the draft constitution that will dramatically increase state power and authority. That constitution does indeed talk about rights, but also makes very clear that those rights are granted by the state, and are NOT INHERENT. As in the government gets to define how, when, and where those rights apply. In other words, it's very similar to Gen Nakatani's Diet testimony, which to paraphrase, goes something like this: "Well, yeah...technically we "could do _____, but don't worry, we won't!" That's why the lawyers are jumping on board.

    Posted in: Lawyers join opposition to controversial security bills

  • 5

    kurumazaka

    Speed, I would guess it's for the same reason it took the Mainichi/TBS so long to become an even bigger thorn in Team Abe's side than the Asahi. They were being brow-beaten by the government into silence. Then finally Team Abe went too far, so they turned on him. Or maybe they just read Abe's draft constitution and decided they don't care to become subjects of the state, with rights "granted" (and therefore subject to be removed at the governments whim) not "guaranteed" and inviolable.

    Posted in: Lawyers join opposition to controversial security bills

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    kurumazaka

    Yes Nigelboy, we get it. You know law better than the Japan Bar Association and all but 3 Constitutional scholars. And yes, of course they are all communists. You know Nigel, nobody really paid any attention to the JCP until your gang took power, right? Congrats to team Abe for making Kazuo Shii look like a sage! They are rapidly becoming a legitimate political force in this country, and it's all your side's fault.

    Posted in: Lawyers join opposition to controversial security bills

  • 1

    kurumazaka

    Yeah, Abe would be nuts to go. This whole thing is about sending a message to him and he'd be nothing but a whipping boy if he went. That would infuriate the Uyoku and Abe doesn't really need a fired up Uyoku right now while he's trying to convince the region that they have nothing to fear from a more militarily muscular Japan.

    Posted in: Abe to skip China visit during WWII commemoration

  • 7

    kurumazaka

    Why can't the Japanese government come to grips with the simple fact that their argument about Takeshima/Dokdo and the Norther Territories directly contradicts their Senkaku argument? It's a waste of diplomatic capital that will never achieve anything other than to keep the black vans away from the Diet, and that is probably the real reason for these "protests." The Russians don't even pretend to care, (they are straight up, repeatedly throwing it in Japan's face) and the SK government can't even pretend to consider it if they don't want a revolution at home, and the Japanese government knows it. All while strengthening China's Senkaku argument. What brilliant diplomacy...

    Posted in: Abe hits out at Russian PM's visit to disputed islands

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    kurumazaka

    Uhh, Tina, Yasukuni is not 3 centuries old. Yasukuni was founded in 1869. Prior to the Meiji Restoration there was no Japanese national military, just forces loyal to the Tokugawa shogun and/or the various daimyo, therefore no need for a "national" shrine to fallen soldiers. And I said nothing whatsoever about the souls enshrined there...not sure what your point is, but you most certainly missed mine.

    Posted in: Abe's wife visits Yasukuni shrine

  • 3

    kurumazaka

    Nigelboy, Yes, I'm aware of the Navy brass visiting and support it. Military men paying respect to a former foe, is in my view, honorable.

    My objections to Yasukuni visits are frankly only recent (had no problem with Koizumi)

    Previous visits were tolerated and mostly ignored because at that time as Japan honestly posed no threat to anyone in anything other than the international business and economics sphere.

    I spent 40 minutes writing up a big long response that I just deleted because it can all be said in one sentence.

    People make a big deal out of Yasukuni visits now because they fundamentally distrust the group running this country, for very good reason, imho.

    Hope that answers your question.

    Posted in: Abe's wife visits Yasukuni shrine

  • 1

    kurumazaka

    Nigelboy, for the record, I am not anti-Yasukuni in principle. In fact, I have a Yasukuni omomori in my pocket right now along with 2 ofuda in my house. As a U.S. Military vet, I consider myself duty bound to pay my respect to the myriad souls who died following orders, just like the military members of any country. I wholeheartedly believe that China and both Koreas use Yasukuni as a political sledgehammer and that anti-Japan propaganda is a central theme of their domestic politics. So you're preaching to the choir about moving goalposts.

    That said, you are obviously not ignorant. You fully understand the context of Mrs. Abe's visit, and just harping on "moving goalposts" is outright disingenuous and an attempt to change the subject in a direction more favorable to the revisionist right wing in this country. I don't have to "hate" Yasukuni to see the crap this group is trying to pull. I'm certain you are very well acquainted with the new draft constitution, you know very well which extreme right wing group wrote it, and that they intend to use this new Ampo crap as a precedent to do whatever they want in their drive to re-establish the pre-war order. Isozaki straight up said that. That is the context that Mrs. Abe's visit takes place in. That is why people say this visit basically undoes whatever reluctant apology the prime minister issued. That his apology was the bare minimum he could do without turning Washington against him, and that he didn't actually mean it. That, playing politics or not, the Chinese and Koreans are right.

    Japan is losing this international PR war terribly, and it's because these revisionists don't comprehend one core issue. No one, outside of the Japanese right wing agrees with them! Correct History? Have they forgotten that all those other countries lived that history, too? These people seem hell bent on turning pro-Japan countries against them. All Japan has to do is make an apology and stick to it! If the Chinese and Koreans keep their crap up after that, then it is they whom the world will turn against. Why is this so hard for these people to figure out? The revisionist right wing is absolutely NEVER going convince the world that the war was about the liberation of Asia from western imperialism! The so called "liberated" people's in Asia (with the lone possible exception of the indigenous Taiwanese, who were in fact treated better by Japan than by the KMT) won't allow it. (Remember how well the Indonesian government reacted to that Japanese "we liberated Indonesia" movie?) Was there some "victors justice?" Of course there was! Does that mean it was a war for libreration? Absolutely not. (this is not to say that IJA soldiers weren't told they were on a mission of Liberation. Hey, American soldiers were told they were ridding the world of Saddam's WMD, too. Don't mean it's true.)

    Extreme nationalism causes war. The Chinese government fosters anti-Japanese nationalism. So do both Koreas. We all know that. The revisionist right in Japan is fighting that fire by dumping gasoline on it. Brilliant...

    For gods sake, all you have to do is knock off the revisionist crap. It is that big of a deal. Apologize, and at least convincingly pretend to mean it! That is why Ms. Abe's visit matters! Because Abe just told the whole damned world that his apology is not sincere. Because no one, anywhere, Japanese right wing included, actually believes Ms. Abe went against her husbands wishes. Arguing that she technically has the right to go is nothing more than a statement of the obvious and an attempt at deliberate obfuscation of the actual issue.

    Posted in: Abe's wife visits Yasukuni shrine

  • 5

    kurumazaka

    Thank you Ronald Hassem, for bringing up the key word when discussing Abe and the Nippon Kaigi cabal: RULE! They aren't about governing, they are about RULING. Just go read their new utsukushii draft constitution. Beyond the flowery lyricism you will find door after door left wide open to ensure that they will RULE.

    Posted in: Abe's wife visits Yasukuni shrine

  • 10

    kurumazaka

    Nigelboy Aug. 19, 2015 - 12:14PM JST Classic example of shifting goalposts by the naysayers.

    August 1985- PM should not visit Yasukuni (despite 20 plus visits by PM's prior to the enshrinnent of so called class A)

    Around 2007, no cabinet members should visit.

    And now, 2015. No wife of PM should visit.

    Nigelboy, give us a break. You are not that dumb, and we all know it. You know damn good and well what this was. This was Abe reassuring Nippon Kaigi that he's not flipping on them. That he, in his position as Prime Minister, simply cannot say what he actually thinks because it would set the whole damned world off and he knows it.

    Posted in: Abe's wife visits Yasukuni shrine

  • 1

    kurumazaka

    I was in grad school when the Iraq invasion was still being sold by PNAC and its lovably gullible sucker in the White House. There was a petition going around signed by pretty much every realist international politics scholar in the U.S. Imploring that invading Iraq was not in the national interest. Unfortunately for the whole damned world, the views of those "defeatists" did not carry the day. (Gee, ignoring scholars sounds awful familiar)This miserable failure of a foreign policy that has wrecked the standing of the U.S. in the world and caused unimaginable suffering for millions was very much predicted. Sometimes the opinions of those who dedicate their lives to the study of a subject are worth listening to.

    Posted in: Departing U.S. Army chief says Iraq may have to be partitioned

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