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    kurumazaka

    Bertie,

    What on Earth would China want with Okinawa?

    Natural resources? Oil? Precious metals and stones? Vast areas to house its rapidly expanding population or build showcase cities that no one lives in?

    I'm sympathetic to your position, but this is just silly. If the US leaves the SDF will move in. That may well be better for you all down there, as the troops would speak the language and the "culture gap" would be much less pronounced, but it doesn't mesh very well with the anti- remiliarization line so many (myself included) follow, either. That you think it's nonsense that states think strategically does not mean they don't. Okinawa may well be US military-free at some point, but it will not be military-free. Remove the US and Okinawa simply becomes an SDF fortress. That this would be better is a legit argument. That Okinawa will simply become the de-militarized beach paradise you envision is not.

    Posted in: Okinawa governor requests meeting with Obama

  • 0

    kurumazaka

    We have to remember when this happened. 3/11 was right on the heels of the Hatoyama/Okinawa debacle and the US military had extremely strong motivation to prove that they were a real friend of Japan that could be counted on when others were running for the hills. As a result, they may well have left those service members in harms way longer than they normally would have, until the situation became intolerable even by military standards. While I doubt Tepco will be held liable, I do applaud this lawsuit for the light it shines on the present government's nuclear stance. Hats off to Koizumi. The guy has real guts doing this. He's making powerful enemies. Much respect!

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    kurumazaka

    If the DNC keeps pulling primary shenanigans to hand the nomination to Hillary, I honestly fear Trump might win. DNC is turning a lot of anti-Trump voters even harder against Hillary. Dems are running against the most disliked Republican ever but are in a self-destruction free fall because they refuse to admit that an ever growing majority of Americans can't stand their long annointed queen. The DNC is handing the country to Trump by so blatantly cheating Bernie. As much as many hate Trump, the RNC establishment is at least acknowledging the democratic process, however reluctantly. The DNC is proving that it is dirtier than the GOP. This ain't good. I don't know if it's actually possible procedurally, but if Hillary does win the nomination under these circumstances, I honestly think Mitt Romney could win the presidency from a 3rd party. A lot of Republicans would vote for him as would an awful lot of Bernie supporters who at this point view Hillary and the DNC as the embodiment of pure sleaze. He's generally considered "decent" even by his opponents, and he's neither Trump nor Hillary. That would be good enough for a lot of voters who hate their present options. Or, even easier, the DNC could just quit screwing Bernie and let him mop the floor with the Donald.

    Posted in: Democrats use Trump as bogeyman to get people to vote

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    kurumazaka

    Tina, funny enough, the Jinja Honcho seems not to agree with you. It specifically refers to itself as a "religious organization," that was formed after the war to "preserve the Japanese religious tradition" after GHQ forcibly separated Shinto from government.

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    kurumazaka

    So they are openly admitting that their constitution is an election loser and that they intend to deceive the public by just casually not talking about it. To the Abe folks, I would suggest the opposite: it's time to be up front and sell your agenda hard. Maybe you will win. You guys already pulled the "bait and switch" with the security legislation. It might not work again. Rather you will likely convince the voting public that you consider them to be ignorant dolts, and that may not bode well for you on Election Day. Last I heard, that new Incredibly unflattering Nippon Kaigi book is selling so well that bookstores are limiting the number of copies one person can buy and is already into its second printing, despite NK's best efforts to shut it down. The can of worms is already open, your best bet is to sell hard. Changing the subject is blatantly disingenuous. You don't want a public asking why you refuse to talk about something you so obviously want to do. Might make voters question your motives.

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    kurumazaka

    Ouch, and to a second string squad at that. I take it rugby isn't very big in SK?

    Posted in: Japan thrashes S Korea 85-0 in Asian Rugby Championship

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    kurumazaka

    I applaud the former PM for this award and his stance, but don't understand why Star-Viking is getting so many downvotes. The title is, as he says, misleading. I'm anti-nuke and admit that. The title implies that the award came from the German government, and it did not. Perhaps the German government approved, but the article does not say that. Star-Viking said nothing wrong.

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    kurumazaka

    Quite confident they are well aware of such opposition which is why they will go all out to change the subject until after the election. Abe Kaigi could not care less if the public is opposed. Public was opposed to the State Secrets law and Security Law as well. The only real hope is if the public is now very vigilant after watching the AMPO "passage," and willing to make their opinions heard. Additionally, would be curious to know if this survey is focused just on Article 9 or if it includes the Emergency Clause and the removal of any mention of Inalienable rights/enshrinement of duties to the state.

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  • 0

    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

  • -1

    kurumazaka

    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

  • 0

    kurumazaka

    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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    kurumazaka

    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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    kurumazaka

    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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    kurumazaka

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

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    kurumazaka

    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

  • 5

    kurumazaka

    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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    kurumazaka

    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

  • -1

    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

  • 0

    kurumazaka

    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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    kurumazaka

    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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