kurumazaka's past comments

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    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

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    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

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    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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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    HongoTAFEinmate, wish I could take that high road, but this appears not to be a run of the mill helo crash... What incredibly inconvenient timing for Team Abe. Happens while Suga is in Okinawa meeting Onaga, involves spec ops training for the SDF, for precisely the South Sudan bound unit that JCP's Koike outed in the diet the day before. The unit that has already been promised to that multi-national mission even though the security legislation has not yet been passed. As in the SDF is already signed up for multi-national operations that are,at present, still illegal. Need anymore evidence that team Abe couldn't care less about about public opinion or that pesky constitution ? As an American veteran who was up until mid-July enthusiastically FOR this collective security agreement, I have to wonder, exactly which utsukushii kokumin this government represents? The whole "Abe is selling our country to the Pentagon" argument, that I openly mocked previously, is looking less and less hysterical by the day. It would seem "appropriate" that he would get the country on board BEFORE he signs on as a full member of team Pentagon, but I guess he didn't deem that necessary, because as far as he is concerned, the kokumin have no say in the matter. Real Rulers make executive decisions about the nations identity! Then they sell it to the population using finger puppets. "Representatives of their constituents" indeed.

    I wish a speedy recovery for all injured in this accident.

    Posted in: U.S. Army copter crash-lands on ship off Okinawa; 6 injured

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    kurumazaka

    These numbers are pre- nuke restart. Wonder where they are now? Japan is in its own "Project for a New American Century" moment right now. Dump these guys before they do to Asia what Wolfowitz, Perle and friends have done to much of the world.

    Posted in: Abe's support slips to 32%

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    kurumazaka

    Ok Mr. Abe, ball is in your hands now. Watched this photo op on the news last night, and can't say he looked real happy. Could it be that yet another group of hand picked experts are going against him? Did you all see his Hiroshima speech yesterday? Absolutely no applause. Only sounds from audience were from a couple of hecklers. While I didn't watch every speech, to the best of my knowledge, every other speaker was applauded. Is he getting the message yet?

    Posted in: Panel praises Japan's postwar economy before Abe speaks

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    Super Lib, totally agree with you. I find the timing of this release more than a touch suspect. Would like to think Julian is just trying to thwart Abe, but have a feeling his target is the alliance itself. Thanks to the troves of info provided to him by well-intentioned folks like Snowden and Manning, Julian Assange himself is now a real player in the world of espionage, and that's an awful lot of power concentrated in one man. You know what they say about power "corrupting absolutely." He can outright blackmail governments, and people are putting an awful lot of faith in his inherent righteousness if they are comfortable with that. No, Yamashi, before you unleash another polemic, I'm not claiming the U.S. is innocent, I'm saying people should question whether Julian Assange is.

    Posted in: Suga asks U.S. for explanation on Wikileaks spying claims

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    kurumazaka

    Hey Yamashi, see you're here! I've now apologized to you twice. Your silence is, well...deafening. Isn't this the same complaint you make about South Korea and China? Ya know, "what's the point of apologizing, they won't accept it anyway?" You realize I'm not suggesting you apologize to me, right? Anyway, my apology to you and yours still stands.

    Posted in: U.S. drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945: How AP reported it

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    Hi Yamashii, it appears you didn't see the apology I sent to you and yours yesterday, so here, let's try again.

    kurumazakaAUG. 03, 2015 - 04:39PM JST To Yamashii et al, As an American veteran, I apologize for the terrible suffering that the civilians of Japan suffered at the hands of my country during the Second World War. I have given this apology several times at Yasukuni Jinja as well, as I would add, have a great many American veterans of WW2 itself. Countless thousands of innocent civilians were killed in bombing campaigns that transformed major Japanese cities into a true hell on earth. Stories of people trying to find refuge in the Sumida river only to find it boiling are gut wrenching to read. The stories at the Shitamachi museum in Ueno, of whole neighborhoods as infernos, deliberately set by U.S. dropped incendiary bombs...the whole concept of creating an inescapable "firestorm" is utterly appalling. Stories of schools and trains being strafed with machine gun fire by vengeful US fighter pilots are equally appalling and illustrate the insanity that can take hold in times of war. The decision to drop a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, after seeing the utterly horrible impact of the Hiroshima bombing, is in my opinion, a war crime. For these terrible things that you and/or ancestors suffered, I offer my apologies.

    We could change the whole tone of this discussion if BOTH sides would just admit that they did some really really bad things in the pursuit of "victory at all costs." Neither side of this "debate" is going to win, because honestly, both sides are right! The U.S. Bombing campaigns were every bit as awful and, yes, immoral as you say, Yamashi. Revenge against the IJA: the U.S. knew very well that they were killing staggering numbers of civilians, and the campaign had the explicit stated goal of "terrorizing the population into submission."

    Equally true is that the IJA was arguably the most vicious, bloodthirsty and outright barbaric Army the world had seen since the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan, that it was driven by an explicit ideology of Japanese ethnic superiority, and that the IJA's actions in Asia caused total ruin and immense suffering for its own civilians.

    Can we all just admit the sins of our ancestors and go from there, please? This debate is going nowhere.

    Posted in: U.S. drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945: How AP reported it

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    kurumazaka

    Allies spy on each other. It's common knowledge. Nothing "American Exceptionalism" about it. The whole "outrage" thing is only to assuage domestic opinion. U.S. Allies spy on the U.S. as well, as they should, because they have a legit interest in knowing what Washington is actually up to, and vice versa. Sometimes they get caught (American Jonathan Pollard spying on his own country for Israel for example) and are "made examples of." But no one, at least at the government level, is under any illusion that the spying will stop. You don't think Japan spies on the U.S.? You don't think Japans policy makers have a legitimate interest in knowing what Washington and Beijing or Washington and Seoul are talking about behind the scenes? Yes, they do have an interest because Washington/Beijing relations can directly impact Japan. You don't think Washington has a legit interest in the Tokyo/Tehran relationship? Spying is reality. Countries have their own interests at heart first, and cannot just take even what their allies say at face value. Everybody spies. The U.S. is simply getting caught a lot thanks to Assange and Snowden. Frankly, "caught" isn't really the correct word. "Ratted out by one of its own" is more accurate.

    Posted in: Suga asks U.S. for explanation on Wikileaks spying claims

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