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    kurumazaka

    Smith, I'm sorry but I think you are smart enough to be able to separate the fine work done by the USMC in Kumamoto from political machinations (much) further up the chain of command.

    Posted in: U.S. Ospreys win Japanese hearts and minds with quake relief flights

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    Didn't anybody think that bringing up "joint ops practice, "Abe's Spearhead" and "extending (the JMSDF reach) beyond home waters," in an article about Winning Hearts and Minds of Japan through humanitarian disaster aid, (with no mention of any Japanese persons opinion at all) might just confirm the widely held suspicion of ulterior motives with the Osprey deployment?

    Posted in: U.S. Ospreys win Japanese hearts and minds with quake relief flights

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    Ghoneim, I apologize for yesterday's hostile comment. I honestly thought you were a net uyo using a false name. Best of luck to you here. Still think you're wrong about Abe, but at least it makes sense now...once again, I'm sorry.

    Posted in: LDP-backed candidate wins Hokkaido by-election

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    Ghoneim, might I ask why a poster claiming to be Muslim (at least that's what your chosen name here would lead us to believe) "deeply appreciates" the Justice Minister for visiting a Shinto shrine? Why exactly would you "deeply appreciate" that? Was his visit to Yasukuni some sort of favor to you? Is that why you "deeply appreciate" it? I wonder what actually is your affiliation to Yasukuni Jinja that would make you so "deeply appreciative?" See Ghoneim, that is something that a revisionist history/correct knowledge Japanese person would say. Would, for example, a Lithuanian person be "deeply appreciative" of SHINZO ABE SAN and his Loyal Staff for paying a Master Stroke of Political a Genius that only HE could pull off because HE is SO EXCELLENT visit to say, Pearl Harbor? Or even to use myself as an example; as a US veteran I have visited Yasukuni many times. It's yes, about paying respect to fellow military persons who fell following orders. But I can't say I "deeply appreciate" his visit because I'm not Japanese and it's not my Shrine. Who am I, as an American to elevate myself to offer a Japanese Cabinet Minister thanks and appreciation for visiting a Japanese shrine? But ya know what Ghoneim? If I were actually an uyoku or even on the LDP payroll, I probably would express my "deep appreciation" for his visit.

    Posted in: Justice minister visits Yasukuni Shrine

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    They have the right to go. Period. But echoing Aly above, this is about as innocent as a group of southern lawmakers holding a Confederate Independence Day party and then telling the NAACP and the rest of the world to shut up and get over it. Doesn't exactly build confidence in this governments good intentions.

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    Lincolnman et al, I don't think it's the US military that is being criticized here...

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    As Abe spoke at his official office, an AFP journalist estimated that about 2,000 people rallied outside parliament nearby in a show of opposition to the laws that opponents fear could fundamentally reshape the proudly pacifist nation.

    2000? I hope this was a mere clerical error, rather than the deliberate distribution of misinformation I suspect it is. NHK of all sources reported 37,000 last night. At very best someone at the editors desk was asleep at the wheel here. I did a walk-through of just the northeast side of the Diet last night. I hope for credibility sake that the 2000 number was merely an "intern" accidentally leaving a zero off of 20,000, which is itself still too low, but is at least not an obvious shameless bold faced lie. I realize that it is possible that the 2000 number is the approximate total at the actual moment Abe was making his speech, but this piece is written to give the impression that only 2000 protesters showed up at all yesterday, and that is patently false.

    Posted in: Abe defends new security laws as protesters denounce them

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    I'll admit they strengthen the alliance. Would be just swell if they didn't set a wonderful precedent for sidestepping the constitution at the ruling party's whim.

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    Ghoniem, while I appreciate the pragmatism v. human rights/democracy lesson, the fact is I already acknowledged that point to you. The point that seemed to pass you by is that you simply can't spin this photo opp to make it look good. To a great many observers, Mugabe IS what Abe would like to be. That, Ghoniem, is why it looks so bad. And for all your talk of the virtues of pragmatism, is "coordinating closely with Mugabe" for UNSC reform pragmatic? Is closely coordinating with a guy who is very widely considered an international pariah going to get Japan a permanent seat? This is comical! Is Minshinto going to swing the upper house elections by having a photo opp at Chosen Soren headquarters, promising "close coordination" with them for a return to democratic values in Japan? No, Ghoniem, that photo opp alone would get Minshinto wiped out. At least 3 of 5 permanent UNSC members will insta-veto anything that has anything to do with Mugabe, and will hold that "close coordination" against Japan. That's pragmatism? I

    Posted in: Abe hosts Mugabe as Tokyo vies for influence in Africa

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    kurumazaka

    The Japanese Prime Minister said he wants to work with Mugabe, who chaired the African Union last year, to help with Japan’s push to reform the U.N. Security Council.

    “By closely coordinating with Mr Mugabe… we wish to help promote reform” of the global body, Abe told reporters, in remarks carried by Jiji Press, referring to Mugabe as an esteemed African elder

    If there is any statement that proves Team Abe inhabits an alternative universe, this is it. We all know there is no one more popular at the UN than Mugabe.

    Posted in: Abe hosts Mugabe as Tokyo vies for influence in Africa

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    Ghoniem, I'll admit it. You're right. International politics is a very nasty often amoral world. States have interests, not friends, to quote Kissinger. And China has made serious inroads in Africa. You're right about that too. But even you must admit that to those who still value democracy in this country, Abe buddying it up with President for life Mugabe is enough to make the blood run cold.

    Posted in: Abe hosts Mugabe as Tokyo vies for influence in Africa

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    Based on that bitter experience and remorse, we should rule with a sense of tension," it said.

    There is the key word: "Rule," not "govern". Tells you all you need to know about thisgroup

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    OsamaAmerica is fine. About as accurate as Nobumasa.

    Gotta agree with you, Ossan. Can't say I've ever heard a Japanese person regardless of political leaning refer to the Senkaku's as "the disputed Tiau Yu Tai islands." Ya need to up your game there, Nobu!

    Posted in: Chinese foreign minister accuses Japan of constantly seeking to make trouble

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    kurumazaka

    RikuzenTakata has become one of our favorite places on earth since we first visited almost 2 years ago. Scenery is just awesome, and so are the locals. We are pretty much up there monthly now. Sincerely regret never visiting the Kesen area prior to the tsunami. And while the damage is devastating, it's not all doom and gloom. There are a lot of great people working their tails off to get the town back on its feet. Toba shicho is simply the definition of motivation. I'm sure he'd talk your ear off, Trevor!

    Posted in: Pain lingers on as tsunami-hit Rikuzentakata rises from ruins

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    Wc626, you are over-simplifying the anti- Abe movement. Do you realize that there are plenty of SEALDs types who actually have no problem with collective security, but whose eyes are simply open wide enough to see the ulterior motives of those presently in power, and who fear those ulterior motives more than they fear a Chinese invasion? Americans who protested the Iraq invasion were widely derided as disloyal troublemaking hippy wimps. They were also 100% correct. That is unless you are employed by a defense contractor and making a killing off of the present reality Iraq has bequeathed us. When I was in the Navy, we used to clean the grime and grit off of steel deck plates with "Bug Juice." That's Navy lingo for Cool Aid. Dangerously unhealthy stuff that Cool Aid is, Wc626. If not adequately diluted it will eat your insides. You might want to be careful about drinking too much of it, even if it tastes real good when you're not thinking about what it actually is.

    Posted in: Chinese foreign minister accuses Japan of constantly seeking to make trouble

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    kurumazaka

    Wow, good to see the prosecutors office on the ball to get after these corrupted politicos! Funny they seem a bit less interested in former Finance Minister and Abe close buddy Akira "I'd like a new Lexus" Amari?

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    Lincolnman, now that you have posted a link from Heritage, a well known NeoCon think tank which coincidentally was the site of Ishihara Shintaro's announcement that Tokyo Prefecture was going to buy the Senkaku's, please allow me to post a link as well. This is from Nihon University law professor Lawrence Repeta detailing what Team Abe intends to do to this country's democracy with its new "Beautiful Constitution" that will be "passed" just like the Security Legislation was if Abe's people take the Upper House this summer. Yeah Linc, this is what you are cheerleading. And the US couldn't give a rats tail end as long as we get what we want on the military front.

    http://apjjf.org/2013/11/28/Lawrence-Repeta/3969/article.html

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    kurumazaka

    Well said, Comanteer!

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    kurumazaka

    Nakanoguy, have you read Abe's draft constitution? If you're only criteria is that it is Japanese written and allows a military then it certainly meets that standard. If you are one of those sissies who think constitutions exist to restrain rather than enhance government power and authority you're going to be sorely disappointed. This is a simple question; do you believe in limited accountable government or not? If you desire to live in a state where the supreme law says you have rights except when the government decides that you don't, then Team Abe is the team for you.

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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

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