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nahamanDec. 01, 2012 - 12:03PM JST
I'm starting to like this Hash-Ish political party.
Posted in: Hashimoto refuses to stop tweeting during campaign
nahamanNov. 24, 2012 - 11:42AM JST
Yeah, back to the Phils. Great idea! A longtime resident of Manila told me that it's fine to pee up against a wall there but you'd damn well better cover your mouth when you use a toothpick. I hope our troops can remember that!
Posted in: Two more U.S. servicemen arrested in separate incidents
nahamanNov. 24, 2012 - 10:59AM JST
The civilian fine for DUI is about $5000 for a first offense on Okinawa, which ought to be pretty good punishment for the daytime drunk. That plus a quick dishonorable.
The buddy system was tried and failed, incidentally, at least during another period of incidents on Okinawa in 2005. I think the problem is an attitudinal one, and self-perpetuating: "They don't like us anyway, so screw'em for not knowing that America is the best country in the world, those ignorant J....s"..
nahamanNov. 20, 2012 - 11:03AM JST
There is something fundamentally wrong about stationing young, single troops in Okinawa. If you don't believe this true, I invite you to scan the "personals" in Craigslist. KAB seems to be a particularly foul sewer.
Posted in: Prosecutors to decide charges for U.S. airman over alleged assault
nahamanJul. 17, 2012 - 08:19PM JST
"A few angry farmers"????? Please bend over a bit farther, Mr. Prime Minister.
Posted in: Noda says Japan will have to OK Osprey deployment
nahamanJul. 14, 2012 - 11:28AM JST
Previous comment on journalistic excellence aside, I think it's great that we can buy good-quality blank cassettes. I own a classic 1994 Honda Beat with a unique original sound system that has a cassette player that sounds as good as the CD changer and a lot better than MP3s. Happy to make some new tapes just to show how good they can sound.
Posted in: Return to cassette tapes (or did we ever truly leave them behind?)
nahamanJul. 10, 2012 - 08:54PM JST
Usually the problem is curable, mainly by correct tuning of diesels. Black smoke is normal at high altitudes, but Manila is definitely sea level. Used engines are usually not too bad, but the author doesn't seem to know much about them if he thinks an engine with a broken crankcase would be exported from Japan. I blame the vehicle owners, who probably just don't care as long as they get the fares.
As for it being a problem of the commons, it's not unusual for Japan to be enveloped in Chinese-generated soot when the winds are right (wrong?)
Posted in: Surplus engines from Japan and climate change
nahamanJun. 28, 2012 - 08:35PM JST
Definition of a No-Brainer.
Posted in: TEPCO to drop nuclear exports
nahamanJun. 26, 2012 - 08:28PM JST
Strangely, I feel myself siding with the high-pay-OK side. Ghosn has been Nissan CEO for quaite a long time, not a new bright light (think H-P). He has done a good job of improving the product line and the profits. Would that most American CEOs were as successful.
Posted in: Nissan CEO Ghosn earned Y987 mil in fiscal 2011
nahamanJun. 24, 2012 - 11:43AM JST
@paulinusa - isn't that true of most white-collar prosecutions? Send Bernie Madoff to prison and (maybe) deter other Ponzi-schemers.
Posted in: Japan to make illegal downloading of music, videos punishable with jail terms
nahamanJun. 24, 2012 - 10:51AM JST
Fortunately for us in Okinawa, the level of active policing is almost nil. Proof? Look at how many cars go around with brake and rear lights burned out. In the US, those are like honey to the bears who slap fines on drivers. We should count our blessings!
nahamanJun. 19, 2012 - 10:27AM JST
It was no big deal in Okinawa. I was expecting a sleepless night from the whistling winds but they never really resumed after about 10 pm. Still getting light rain from the tail but the satellite shows it is pretty dissipated, but still might dump a lot of rain on Kansai today.
Posted in: One dead, 52 injured in 15 prefectures after typhoon cuts across Honshu
nahamanJun. 18, 2012 - 01:42PM JST
The first typhoon is exciting but all the rest are just a drag. Okinawa had a small but nasty one last summer that blew my back gate to splinters when the wind unusually shifted around to come from the north, and it caused a lot of damage on the island. And then about 3 years before that there was one that took me a week to clean up garden debris. That one might have been a "super".
Posted in: Typhoon heads toward Okinawa
nahamanJun. 18, 2012 - 10:23AM JST
Beauty (and obscenity) is in the eye of the beholder. Nabokov's Lolita was a victim, not a perpetrator or a pervert, so there is nothing morally wrong with teenage girls dressing in the "lolita" style. I've been much more disgusted with some middle-aged male friends who put them down for "dressing like hookers". Having said that, if these girls understood better what role they could be seen as playing, maybe they would tone it down a bit.
Posted in: Japan's 'Lolita' style: cutesy and disturbing
nahamanJun. 14, 2012 - 10:14PM JST
@globalwatcher - where did you have all those LED lights? Are you maybe confusing them with low-wattage fluorescents??.Those were a lousy deal - never lasted as long as advertised and still a disposal problem.
I replaced all the lamps in my car with LEDs (except for headlights) and don't have to worry about draining the battery if I forget to turn them off.
LEDs are fairly new on the market and still only competitively priced for 20-30 watt equivalent bulbs. If you need broad spectrum illumination for your health, I suggest you leave your computer for a while and step into the sunlight.
Posted in: Gov't aims to make all lighting LED-based by 2020
nahamanJun. 10, 2012 - 06:00PM JST
2005 was not exactly "testing stage", and if you know how they have solved the non-autorotation problem, I'm listening. Actually I am a bit irritable today because Friday was the worst in many moons for military aircraft noise.
Posted in: U.S. may deploy Osprey aircraft at Iwakuni before Okinawa
nahamanJun. 10, 2012 - 10:58AM JST
"The aircraft is incapable of autorotation to make a safe landing in helicopter mode if both engines fail. A director of the Pentagon's testing office in 2005 said that if the Osprey loses power while flying like a helicopter below 1,600 feet (490 m), emergency landings "are not likely to be survivable"."
Sounds like just the kind of hardware we need flying over southern Okinawa.
nahamanMay. 15, 2012 - 10:06PM JST
One, (not You (baru)), could make the case that the rich Okinawan culture is worth preserving, but will die if the American presence and the associated mainland Japanese influence continues. Of course that is too much to hope for, but still is a good reason for wanting those influences to vanish. The Okinawans were poor but content before the war. You can argue that they are better off now but I disagree. Don't dredge up the Satsuma/imperialist argument, and the fact that a few thousand landlords have been made wealthy doesn't cut the karashi either. The Japanese government would be happy to end their blood money payments for Okinawa infrastructure and the Okinawans would get along somehow.
Posted in: Okinawa marks 40 years since return to Japan
nahamanMay. 15, 2012 - 08:08PM JST
I'm waiting to be the designated ignorant one now, but why couldn't the "mission" of Futenma be carried out in an equivalent sized corner of Kadena? The mission consists of people, activities, and facilities. Nothing sacred about not doing it somewhere there is room, excepting the unwillingness of the AF and USMC to play together. Tuff s**t, I say. So OK, the Marines are Very Important For Our Defense, but by the way what is Kadena's mission except to flatten some poor country before the Marines wade in?
nahamanMay. 14, 2012 - 10:31AM JST
Raising the price of electricity is a GREAT idea. People have no incentive to reduce consumption for the "greater good" but will respond when their individual wallets are targeted.
Posted in: Gov't seeks 20% cut in electricity use in central, western Japan
May. 25, 2013 - 06:21AM JST
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday defended his economic strategy,
though the central bank chief acknowledged…
Posted in: Abe, Aso defend economic policies as markets settle
May. 25, 2013 - 06:10AM JST
summernight May. 24, 2013 - 03:08PM JST
Because the Japanese army had reported every day that…
Posted in: S Korean paper says A-bombs on Japan were 'divine punishment'
As a cyclist I see people crossing while playing on their phone. They hear the signal…
Posted in: Truck driver arrested after hitting and killing girl at intersection
May. 25, 2013 - 05:55AM JST
In the U.S., you don't see local mayor from New York,Los Angeles or Chicago getting involved…
Posted in: Korean 'comfort women' cancel meeting with Hashimoto
May. 25, 2013 - 05:35AM JST
Why is a small time mayor like Hashimoto and Ishihara getting involved with the international disputes…