the_sicilian's past comments

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    the_sicilian

    @Nicky: No sense asking JT to moderate a purely Japanese point of view. I like the request, though.

    So let me see if I understand this: they were married in the US, they divorce, and a US court says that NEITHER of them can get a passport to take the kid away but the mother does, secretly. And after the second proceeding, she illegally takes the girl out of the country? Then he goes to court, gets custody, goes to Japanese court and gets a favorable ruling, and the mother keeps the girl hidden away with him no access?

    Um, yeah, he's the bad guy alright (lots of sarcasm).

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    the_sicilian

    It means it will take two years for them to decide to come together in 6 nation talks, and then get rebuffed by NK, and start the process all over again. Progress.

    Posted in: U.S. envoy to N Korea to visit S Korea, China, Japan

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    the_sicilian

    Yuri

    Yubaru, there has to be another plan than defiling our coral reefs. How about putting a runway in Camp Hansen? There use to be an airfield there.

    So the mayor of Okinawa City (Tomon) is ok with defiling the coral reef in the Awase tidelands for commercial purposes? And Pachinko / Casino's are the answer? Really? Low paying service industry jobs are better than durable jobs as MLC's? Hmmm.

    Yubaru: Exactly. The US presence is a deterrent, or the Chinese would have already dug their heels into the Senkaku's and started rilling for gas/oil.

    But the Okinawans are the ones that get screwed in this whole deal. The presence here should be a bit more equitable throughout Japan. If the Marines are kept here, then MCAS Futnema needs to move and allow the rest of the bases fold up (Naha Port functions go to the existing White Beach port, and the rest are functions that leave for Guam).

    Posted in: Defense minister apologizes to Okinawa governor for official's 'rape' remarks

  • -1

    the_sicilian

    I was beaten to the punch on the reality of the situation. The central government is going to go through with this, and I believe the translation of the comment is not really the issue. He spoke the truth, and he's paying the price for it. Too bad.

    Posted in: Defense minister apologizes to Okinawa governor for official's 'rape' remarks

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    the_sicilian

    i wonder where he keeps his home? In the country he hates so much? If so, then he should move.

    Posted in: Director Oliver Stone lashes out at U.S.

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    the_sicilian

    @ Cleo

    Disclaimer - I don't wear leather, but seeing others wearing it doesn't give me the same heebie-jeebies and feeling of distain for the wearer that Ueto's dead jacket does.

    So you do not have a pair of shoes that has leather? Fur, leather, same thing. Humans want, we use. Done.

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    the_sicilian

    Yubaru

    Products here in Japan that are produced domestically cost the consumer more than what they would pay in a foreign market. Much of that is due to the current Japanese supply system which has too many middle men taking their cut of the products.

    Exactly. This is part of the "protection" that Japanese get in their market, and then the Japanese produced goods are high in price, so the consumer gets screwed. Why should an oil filter for my Japanese car cost in excess of Y 4000 when in my home country the same filter is Y 900 ?

    I'm glad to see Noda is at least considering this, for the greater good of Japan and Asia.

    Posted in: Obama praises Noda's 'boldness' for taking risk over TPP talks

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    the_sicilian

    You have to love what Japan does with the least, they maximize what they have. Nice.

    Posted in: Triumph girls lend their support to Nadeshiko Japan

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    the_sicilian

    Voice: So your generalization, not factual is now a proven point? Yuri at least also has facts to go with her side of the issue. You have conjecture, which is a bit like manure.

    Yuri: So now the Americans are criminals. I really am having a tough time wrapping my head around your opinions of the US. War sucks, and to prevent more wars preventative measures need to be in place. And the US forces are those measures. The agreement was between the US and Japan. It was Japan that could have offered a different place for the troops, but it is they who must pay, as the US is your rental military. Don't blame the US for this quagmire called Futenma / Henoko.

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    the_sicilian

    voice: Funny how my in-laws (who were alive during the war), would disagree with your point of view about the camps and the treatment they received. You don't speak for the Okinawan people, your name is a misnomer.

    Yubaru: The functions of the bases south of Kadena would either be moved to Guam or integrated into existing facilities (ie. Naha Port would be partially replaced with facilities at White BEach and Henoko). And not all of Camp Foster would close. Some of it would, but not all.

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    the_sicilian

    @justaguy - Really? Hmm, I seem to think the US did the best it could, and Iraq is better off as the people are now figuring out how to run their country vice a despot who killed tens of thousands of people.

    As far as bases in the Pacific, Okinawa will always be an important place. And without the US, things would be very different.

    Posted in: U.S. military views presence in Asia as top priority despite budget cuts

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    the_sicilian

    I'd pick all of the ones that are old enough. Doesn't matter which.

    Posted in: If you had a baby with an AKB48 member, what would your child look like?

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    the_sicilian

    So Y3000-6000 is an enticement to come to Japan? And to the most hard hit areas? You have got to be kidding. Only in this country could they come up with something so stupid.

    Posted in: Gov't to waive visa fees for foreigners visiting 3 disaster-hit prefectures

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    the_sicilian

    For those that don't realize it, this woman has been flying this route for quite some time, has had the Japanese police watching here, and the Malaysians were on to her as well.

    And over 7 pounds in your suitcase and you don't know it's there? Take a gallon jug of water and put that in your suitcase. It is close to 3.8 Kg, so that is the difference. She knew what she was doing.

    Posted in: Japanese woman sentenced to death in Malaysia for drug smuggling

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    the_sicilian

    I bet the kid was an angry drunk (see story), so I can understand refusing to serve him. and he should be punished accordingly. No comparisons needed.

    But what will happen is this: the curfew will return because of this type of behavior. One bad apple out of an orchard is all that is needed. I see all the good things here the Marines / Soldiers / Airman / Sailors do, but it only takes one to screw it up.

    Posted in: American serviceman in Okinawa held for allegedly assaulting hotel security guard

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    the_sicilian

    sfjp: There wasn't a march of "thousands" down here. nothing like hyperbole being used as a fact in an argument. And didn't a recent poll in mainland have more than 50% support for US troops in Japan?

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japanese-support-for-u-s-bases-grows-poll

    (expired article, but you get the idea)

    I get that they are loud, crazy loud. If Futenma flight ops are moved to Henoko then that noise is over water and not a big deal. But I don't see anything happening, status quo for a long time. Sorry.

    Posted in: Okinawa noise pollution trial begins with 22,000 plaintiffs

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    the_sicilian

    Society Mike: You make it sound like there are so many flights that you can't think straight. Hmm, I live near the Futenma flight line and it's not that bad.

    And for all those posting about the flight: It's the sound of being free. Get over it.

    Posted in: Okinawa noise pollution trial begins with 22,000 plaintiffs

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    the_sicilian

    Got to admit, that J-Ladies do the most with the least.

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    the_sicilian

    Romdeau: Because he is Japan bashing. And illegal fishing is a desperate thing for some third world countries that do it to survive. Rough stuff.

    Posted in: Seized vessel shines light on illegal fishing

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    the_sicilian

    Agree with LFRAgain: This country has other needs, like those citizens of Miyagi prefecture. The fact that this small group of people can twist foreign policy is appalling. They have valid concerns, but having a pro-Pyongyang school in Tokyo kind of negates anything the PM could do, doesn't it?

    Posted in: Noda promises families of abductees he'll do all he can to resolve issue

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