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the_sicilianNov. 10, 2011 - 09:09PM JST
@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.
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the_sicilianNov. 02, 2011 - 09:37PM JST
I'd pick all of the ones that are old enough. Doesn't matter which.
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the_sicilianOct. 29, 2011 - 12:55PM JST
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.
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the_sicilianOct. 25, 2011 - 08:46PM JST
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.
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the_sicilianOct. 25, 2011 - 08:29PM JST
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
the_sicilianOct. 22, 2011 - 08:47AM JST
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?
(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.
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the_sicilianOct. 21, 2011 - 04:22PM JST
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.
the_sicilianOct. 19, 2011 - 08:26PM JST
Got to admit, that J-Ladies do the most with the least.
the_sicilianOct. 12, 2011 - 07:19PM JST
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.
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the_sicilianOct. 11, 2011 - 08:15PM JST
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?
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the_sicilianOct. 06, 2011 - 08:34PM JST
Good one Jared. You honestly think sanctions against China would get rid of the Communist ideology there? You need to study some history, my friend. It may seem that would be the easy way to do it, however the ruling Communists control the military. Therefore the people would be crushed in a revolt.
Posted in: U.S. policy on Taiwan sends wrong message to Japan, other allies: U.S. lawmakers
the_sicilianOct. 06, 2011 - 08:27PM JST
soldave: You beat me to it. I was about to say 200,000 women and Japan can not be bothered to with it but talk about the handful of Japanese that NK abducted, and it's a national tragedy.
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the_sicilianOct. 01, 2011 - 08:18AM JST
Looks like a Chrysler 300.
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the_sicilianSep. 24, 2011 - 07:51AM JST
For Yuri and Just-a-Guy: The odds of shooting a moving object in space are pretty low. The one that China shot down a few years ago was one of their own, and it was old and dying/dead anyway. The irresponsibility on China's part is not knowing / caring that all the debris it created would be an issue for other spacecraft. Remember, it takes very little to disturb something in space flight, and cause irreparable damage.
Now, the fact that Japan is not doing this covertly, but overtly, is good from the standpoint that nK sees that it's not just one country that is concerned with them, it is multiple. And technology like this creates job in the space industry.
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the_sicilianSep. 23, 2011 - 07:58PM JST
Marion - have missed you on here. Hope all is well with you.
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the_sicilianSep. 23, 2011 - 07:51PM JST
The Taepodong-2 is kind of like a smart missile. NK launches it out the back of a truck, then Kim Jong Ill turns on CNN to see where it lands.
Spacecraft development is not something that happens within a few months. This thing took a lot of years and the money was spent a long time ago. So I wouldn't count this as money that could "help tsunami victims".
And saying that the threat is imaginary is simplistic at best. And the benefit of this type of satellite is it could assist with other things too (mapping, seeing fault lines, etc), and Japan does not have to depend on the US for a "filtered" view of NK.
the_sicilianSep. 22, 2011 - 08:08PM JST
In this area, where Japan is being very blatant in assisting the Philippines, I must agree with Smith on this. Japan really should keep a low profile and see how this goes. Everyone knows China does not play by any rules (as evidenced by their EEZ inclusions that would nearly make it out to Guam), and Japan is not helping this situation.
I say, let Vietnam and the Philippines sort this and see if China wants to abide by UN agreed to guidelines concerning the law of the sea. Take a look here:
This is what was agreed to concerning the oceans, but China does not want to follow. Let other countries deal with them and once it falls through, then the world will better see how China is not the fair player it claims to be.
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the_sicilianSep. 22, 2011 - 07:53PM JST
Konsta - Actually, I did some academic research on the SLOC strategy for Japan and India. Part of this work included defining what SLOCs are, and where the benefit is to the world (along with the countries I was concerned with). So along those lines:
Over 80% of the crude petroleum for Southeast Asia flows through the Straits of Malacca.
More than 80% of trade between Europe and Asia flows through those straits.
Those facts alone make the area one of the most important (along with the Straits of Hormuz) areas in the world. Lets add to it that a disruption in such a narrow area (14 miles) would cause world havoc. So now we compound it with China adding a "presence" with purportedly civilian ports to use, which they will (my assumption, along with a lot of folks smarter than I) base military ships from (hence their build up), and China will have full control of the Straits and the Panama Canal (which they own right now).
The above strategy will surround countries like Thailand, Burma (which has a pipeline deal with them), Vietnam, and Laos. Along with being very close to the Philippines. You don't need to be a military strategist to understand this, just a bit pragmatic.
Do some research and let me know if this is not leading to something bigger.
the_sicilianSep. 22, 2011 - 07:40PM JST
NetNinja - You are incorrect with asserting (very light word in this context) that Yuri was using the "gender card". You're wrong. She was referred to as a him, so she clarified it. And was nice about it.
Concerning Nakaima and his power, Yuri is correct about what powers he has. Unless he signs off, the construction permits are not issued and therefor no relocation.
Is it in the best interest of all, if the USMC is to stay here, to move the base. A lot of land will be given back (Naha Port, Camp Kinser, and parts of Camp Foster), but there is also a factor no one has mentioned: the land owners. They just want the status quo, so they can keep reaping the benefits of the land rent they receive.
I have fought quite a bit over the last few years with you on this Yuri, and I still believe it is best for the base to move, but I agree with you here: No Nakaima agreement on the issue equals no base movement.
the_sicilianSep. 19, 2011 - 09:00PM JST
Reading the sniping back and forth is a bit comical. But the whole point is this: Does PM Noda have a valid concern concerning the buildup of the Chinese military. I say he does. Take a read at the below link to understand China's "String of Pearls Policy". This may enlighten those who think they (China) are merely trying to secure what is rightfully theirs.
From this brief paper, you can get a small understanding of how important expansion of the Sea Lines of Communication (SLOC) is to an ever expanding China. Control of the Straits of Malacca will undoubtedly have a huge effect on Japan's oil imports, as a huge percentage of it comes through this very narrow passage. The US Navy stands watch as policeman in this open trade area, but China wants control of it.
Thoughts on this are appreciated.
Mar. 06, 2015 - 02:56PM JST
I hope he pays it back
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Mar. 06, 2015 - 02:53PM JST
@bjohnson23 Fantasize much? What US drawdown in the region? Ya know, at the end of WW2,…
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Is it appropriate to say 'Mission Accomplished' here?
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Mar. 06, 2015 - 02:52PM JST
He is definitely the toughest man in Hollywood. Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
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