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sfjp330Aug. 04, 2015 - 06:32AM JST
The military alternative to this course of action was to go ahead with the invasion and risk the high casualties. The Japanese wanted to buy time in the hope that war-weariness of the U.S., with concerns about high casualties, would produce a softening of the unconditional surrender demands. Even for the Japanese, the issue was not whether they would be forced to surrender, but rather on what terms. The best leverage for Japan's leadership was to raise the cost perceptions, both military and political for U.S. decision makers. The downside for the Japanese from U.S. decisions dragging out the war would not only have been the devastation and loss of life that would have resulted from bombing and sea strangulation. The longer the war lasted, the longer and deeper Soviet participation would become. And attaining a satisfactory postwar settlement once the inevitable surrender did take place would probably have been more problematic.
Posted in: Do you think the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were morally justifiable?
sfjp330Aug. 03, 2015 - 01:17PM JST
Palmer should be extradited. That being said, is there anyone, anywhere in the world, that believes the U.S. will actually honor the treaty? The American track record is consistent, and it isn't good: pretty much the only time the U.S. honors a treaty with anyone is when the U.S. wants something, not when it is something that someone is entitled to seek from them. Treaties, trade agreements with the US? Not really worth the paper they're written on. The extradition treaty with Zimbabwe? Oh.. you're worried about their human rights record and their justice system (which hasn't changed)? Then why on earth did the U.S. make an extradition treaty with Zimbabwe in the first place? Clearly, if Zimbabwe's human rights and justice systems are of concern to the point that extradition of an American citizen to Zimbabwe wouldn't be honored now, the U.S. entered into that treaty with no intention of ever honoring it–at least, not when the request is from, rather than to, Zimbabwe. Unpleasant reality check: Palmer will not be extradited to Zimbabwe, and not prosecuted in the U.S., this serial poacher will actually be protected by the U.S. It lacks integrity, it isn't right, it isn't just, but it is what will happen.
Posted in: Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought
sfjp330Aug. 03, 2015 - 12:45PM JST
Yumster100 AUG. 03, 2015 - 12:38PM JST Strictly speaking about raising kids though when you're not financially well-off, i would say it is better to raise them in Japan rather than the US.
Problem in Japan is that high percentage of Japanese will not get married, or have children or future grandchildren. Japan’s population shrank by its largest amount on record in 2015. Japan’s declining population has a powerful impact on its economic situation, and not for the better
Posted in: Is Japan a good place to raise children?
sfjp330Aug. 03, 2015 - 12:38PM JST
yamashi AUG. 03, 2015 - 12:20PM JSTFlawed logic. There were soldiers on IJA in Nanking. Civilians of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had nothing to do with "Nanking massacre".
Lets not pretend that Japan was acting as liberators of the east. They were slaughtering on a scale that only Stalin was able to match. Japan was able to prevent both atomic bombs by act of unconditional surrender, where as Nanking did in fact surrender and were still attacked. Although both resulted in significant loss of life the Americans were facing a long drawn out battle with little chance of a Japanese capitulation where as Manchuria had already collapsed and Nanking was a mop up. Previous invasions had shown that even without resources the Japanese army would fight to the last man without surrender. Fire bombing and attacking Japan itself was not resulting in much.
Posted in: As A-bomb survivors age, Japanese pass storytelling to young
sfjp330Aug. 03, 2015 - 12:14PM JST
The problem is by the time they became a young adult looking for a job, about half of the male and three-fourth of the women will be working part time. What good is the education in Japan if majority of the population in 10 years will have part time job that is low paying and it might be impossible to get married and support a family. What is J-government doing about this to improve the situation?
sfjp330Aug. 03, 2015 - 12:00PM JST
yamashi AUG. 03, 2015 - 11:48AM JST There is nothing in the Universe that would justify brutal bombings of civilian population by Weapon of Mass Destruction.
You can say that about brutal massacre of civilian population of Nanking. If the atomic bombs hadn't been dropped, no one would have been aware of quite how devastating such weapons could be. I am sure actual usage contributed to cold war deterance. A cold war nuclear conflict might well have arisen if the bomb hadn't been deployed in Japan.
sfjp330Aug. 03, 2015 - 11:03AM JST
Article states: "The Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing in Hiroshima killed about 140,000 people from injuries and immediate effects of radiation within five months",
Where is the evidence that 140,000 people were killed? The American researchers did an extensive random sampling of the surviving population, asking how large their family was and how many had been killed. From the results it was calculated that 25% of the civilian population had been killed. The great unknown, of course, is how large the population was at the time of the explosion. But even if high estimate of 350-400,000 people were present in Hiroshima on August 6, the death toll ought not to exceed 90,000, if the American methodology was sound. The Hiroshima police estimated the dead and the missing total of about 90,000, if all the missing are presumed dead.
sfjp330Jul. 29, 2015 - 02:16PM JST
The Olympics should be more realistic with the cost. They should follow the example from the 1984 Olympic that was held in Los Angeles. L.A. didn't build new areas or stadium. They used all the existing sports facilities and used the college dormitory housing for most of the athletes to keep the cost down.
Posted in: Boston out as possible 2024 Olympic host, but LA interested
sfjp330Jul. 29, 2015 - 07:42AM JST
Maybe they should have a interesting location like Havana or Mogadishu. They both have nice beaches.
sfjp330Jul. 29, 2015 - 06:50AM JST
Initially, there was talk of possibly renovating the National Olympic Stadium. This might be a better option of adding about 20-30,000 seats on the second deck and upgrade the stadium at less than half of the cost compare to building a new stadium.
Posted in: Warnings on Olympic's cost rises were ignored say Japan stadium designers
sfjp330Jul. 29, 2015 - 06:39AM JST
nigelboy JUL. 29, 2015 - 04:08AM JST Credit? Hell no. As a result of Operation Ichigo, the U.S. had to alter their plan to attack mainland Japan from China to South Pacific islands.
Chiang Kai-shek was essentially seen as a sort of embarrassment, associated with incompetence and corruption, with a whole variety of qualities that the U.S. didn’t find very attractive. But what was forgotten was the leader, through a whole swath of decisions, many of them very problematic and difficult, had nonetheless kept China in the war against Japan. First of all, on his own for over four years, and then of course as part of the very difficult alliance with the West for another four years after that.
Posted in: China shows off victory over Japan logo
sfjp330Jul. 29, 2015 - 03:32AM JST
Regardless of the many flaws of the Chinese government at the time, Chiang Kai-shek’s government, I think it’s fair to say that they never, neither then nor now, have been given sufficient credit for what has often been regarded as a purely American victory in Asia, and particularly the Pacific. The Chinese contribution up to now has generally been mostly dismissed or regarded as very minor and not really worth bothering with. I think as we move decades and decades away from the events themselves, it’s no longer tenable to retain that position.
sfjp330Jul. 27, 2015 - 10:43AM JST
The enforcement of the laws are used so sparingly that there is very little risk to gun traffickers, straw buyers, corrupt gun store owners, gun thieves or individuals who lie on the background check form of ever being punished. No such focus has been placed on the laws meant to curtail the black market that supplies criminals with guns. There appears to be no comprehensive federal law enforcement strategy to use existing laws to investigate, prosecute, and eliminate the black market that supplies guns to criminals, drug dealers, kids, and gangs.
There is not one simple explanation for why most federal firearm laws are being ignored. It may be a combination of insufficient law enforcement and prosecutorial resources, a lack of political and public pressure to enforce certain firearm laws. Both political parties agree that gun laws should be vigorously enforced. But it is now absolutely clear that the support for enforcing the gun laws has not led to any increased urgency for those charged with prosecuting those law.
Posted in: After U.S. shooting, high cost of more security vexes movie theaters
sfjp330Jul. 27, 2015 - 10:40AM JST
Treating the TPP like some kind of national security secret is insulting and absurd. The various corporations and their clones, lobbyists and sycophants having full access to the negotiations as the "stakeholders." What does that make for the entire population of their countries? The elected representatives have only limited access to the negotiations and are prohibited from disclosing what they're shown. The negotiations are being kept secret because if people learned what's in it the TPP would never pass. The substance of this corporate "free trade" treaty will continue the destruction and dismemberment of their country. Corporations will be empowered to abuse the court system and set up their own laws.
Posted in: Secrecy around TPP trade deal fuels suspicions and worries
sfjp330Jul. 25, 2015 - 02:46PM JST
nigelboy JUL. 25, 2015 - 07:27AM JST Therefore, under UNCLOS, when such request overlaps as in this case, the law specifically states that you need a official consent from the other party (meaning Japan which China has not gotten a permission).
How ridiculous. The UNCLCS does not resolve disputes. It simply evaluates the technical merits of an extended continental shelf claim. It’s up to Japan and China to settle their disputes or seek third party arbitration. The UNCLCS may not even rule on a submission to which another country has registered an objection, which would include almost all submissions made by East Asian states.
Posted in: China says it has every right to drill in East China Sea
sfjp330Jul. 24, 2015 - 11:54AM JST
Most famous Canadian is a hockey player name Sidney Crosby from Nova Scotia or rock legends Neil Young Bryan Adams from Ontario, or Celine Dion from Quebec. Actually, entire Canada has less population than California. If you visit eastern British Colombia around Kelowna in the Okanagan Lake, the weather is very similar to California except clean air and water. Maybe 10 degrees off throughout the year. Wonderful place to live and visit.
Posted in: Video asks young Japanese adults what they know about Canada
sfjp330Jul. 22, 2015 - 02:22PM JST
East Asia Seas proven offshore natural gas reserves are a fraction of the region’s energy demand. The contested jurisdiction can delay or even prevent commercial exploitation. Therefore, despite all the politics surrounding resource development, resources are only one part of the East China Sea dispute. There's a pessimism about the commercial viability of East China Sea gas, particularly when weighed against imported LNG.
Posted in: Japan demands China halt oil exploration in part of East China Sea
sfjp330Jul. 22, 2015 - 07:43AM JST
Abe has appointed a panel stacked with people who agree with him. They made recommendations supporting Abe’s plans to unleash the SDF. So Abe got the endorsement of everyone who already agreed with him. But the Japanese public isn’t buying this farce and strongly opposes his reinterpretation. And there is also a problem by the lack of public discussion, and his desire to say conflicting things. Abe should be more clear. But isn’t that how democracy is supposed to work? Maybe not in Japan. Abe does things in a undemocratic ways, and pile of unfulfilled pledges and promises. This will never happen in U.S.
Posted in: Abe defends security legislation
sfjp330Jul. 22, 2015 - 07:17AM JST
flowersJUL. 22, 2015 - 06:51AM JST Have Japan and Russia concluded their peace treaty? For 70 years after the War Japan still has the same number of territorial disputes that it started off with,
Japan could make peace treaty with Russia anytime if they return all four islands. If Russia is correct, why would they offer to return those two islands? They know they're wrong. In 1956, Russia proposed returning the two islands closest to Japan, a deal Japan rejected, in part because the two islands represent only 7% of the land in question. Since then, the dispute has remained unresolved. Japan wants all four islands back.
Japan has territorial dispute with China only since 1972 when U.S. gave administrative rights to Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. U.S. controlled the entire Ryukyu Islands until then. Japan claim no dispute.
Posted in: Japan's defense paper slams China's maritime claims
sfjp330Jul. 22, 2015 - 07:03AM JST
From 1930 to 1945, the economic development taking place under Japanese rule brought little benefit to the Koreans. Virtually all industries (99 percent) were owned either by Japan-based corporations or by Japanese corporations in Korea. More and more farmland was taken over by the Japanese, and an increasing proportion of Korean farmers either became sharecroppers or migrated to Japan or Manchuria as greater quantities of Korean rice were exported to Japan to feed the soldiers. Japanese rule was harsh, especially after the Japanese militarists began their expansion.
Posted in: Japanese company apologizes to U.S. POWs for WWII forced labor
Aug. 04, 2015 - 08:16AM JST
You're not an ally.
You're not a partner.
You are America's mistress.
Useful every once…
Posted in: Suga asks U.S. for explanation on Wikileaks spying claims
Aug. 04, 2015 - 08:15AM JST
I can only guess that the reason a city was targeted from the beginning is that…
Posted in: U.S. drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945: How AP reported it
Aug. 04, 2015 - 08:10AM JST
Japanese respect tolerance to a point. This is to much...Toshiko you love your country and so…
Posted in: Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward to begin legally recognizing same-sex partnerships
Aug. 04, 2015 - 08:09AM JST
Gay or no gay, kissing and hugging in public are still illegal in Japan.
Posted in: Tokyo's largest district OKs same-sex partner certificates
“Deregulation means you get to a point, hopefully, where the rewards are more equality-distributed to young…
Posted in: Temp workers: Helping or hurting Japan’s future?