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toguroMay. 24, 2013 - 08:46AM JST
The choice is pretty simple. If you don't want to run the risk of being killed in a drone strike, then don't consort with, or become a terrorist.
Posted in: Obama lays out guidelines for drone strikes, Guantanamo
toguroMay. 23, 2013 - 09:20AM JST
You know it's bad, when Ishihara is the "voice of reason".
Posted in: Ishihara advises Hashimoto to stop tweeting
toguroMay. 17, 2013 - 09:05AM JST
To those that want the U.S. bases and military to leave Okinawa, be careful what you wish for.
Posted in: Chinese general says Ryukyu islands do not belong to Japan
toguroMay. 06, 2013 - 08:38AM JST
Excellent comment. I totally agree with you.
Posted in: The global power vacuum is expanding
toguroApr. 30, 2013 - 08:32AM JST
Hell yes it is!!
Posted in: Is American democracy dysfunctional?
toguroApr. 23, 2013 - 09:35AM JST
"What you say about Islam may be true, however, it takes two to start a fight.
It is also important to factor into the equation the things the U.S.A. have done to incur the wrath of extremist Muslims.
Let's not forget that Iraq was invaded, hundreds of thousands killed and vast areas of cities ruined. All on based on the lie that "Hussein had WMDs and we know where they are. There are secret cadres of Islam extremists in major cities waiting to strike.""
So are you trying to say that before for the war in Iraq, there were no extremist Muslim/Islamist groups, and or individuals? That this all stems from the U.S. invasion of Iraq?
Posted in: For American Muslims, dread
toguroMar. 29, 2013 - 10:50PM JST
The time has come to settle accounts with the US imperialists."
For two Hundred Dollars and a trip to downtown Tokyo, who said this famous line..?
(a) Kim Jong-Un
(c) All of the above
ANS: If you said "C" You are correct...
Posted in: North Korea puts rockets on standby for U.S. strike
toguroMar. 29, 2013 - 09:38AM JST
"If the USA nukes North Korea they will be killing an untold number of Japanese. The fallout will reach the western coast of Japan within 48 hours. Fukushima is a nothing compared to this type of event. Of course it depends on the yield and ground burst, etc."
I think you're getting a little ahead of yourself there. Quite a bit would have to happen before the U.S. would decide to nuke NK back into the stone age.
"Don't think for a moment that there isn't a message between the lines for China as well."
IMO... Other than maybe "do something to reign in your little ally before they eventually get what they've been screaming for". I don't think much of a message has been sent to China at all.
toguroMar. 25, 2013 - 11:10AM JST
"kurumazaka the Marines are made up primary of the lower uneducated class in America. In America there is a lot of dislike toward Japanese Nationals. Yes even today they want "payback" for the Pacific War. They can not get past it. "
Really? What is the "lower uneducated class in America"? To enlist in the Marine Corps, you have to score as high on the ASVAB as you do to get into the Air Force. Even higher than when I was an active duty Marine. And are you sure there are still Marines today, looking for payback from WW2? I'm 45, my grandparents are dead, and both of my parents are too young to even remember the war. Anyone my age is pretty much retired from the Marine Corps, save a few generals and a few holding the rank of Sergant Major. Do you really think anyone serving today is really looking for payback?
Posted in: Gov't submits Futenma base relocation plan to Okinawa
toguroMar. 23, 2013 - 06:52PM JST
"US bases in Okinawa are NOT here to protect Japan, apparently, but to protect American interests.
If so, you would think they would do it on their own soil.
Since 1972, Okinawa has been under Japanese administration.
China is not going to attack Okinawa or any part of Japan and NK is a joke.
China is a trading nation. Any act of direct aggression would be suicide. They would lose FAR more than they would gain. Chinese finance is so closely tied up with US and Japanese finance that it would be almost impossible. Also, there is a very large Chinese population in the U.S.A. They may be Chinese-American, but they are still Chinese and keep a contact with friends and relatives in the PRC.
While the US and Japan waste cash and energy building up the military, China is slowly and steadily investing its cash, modernising, accumulating wealth and making very visible inroads into Africa and Australia.
Therefore, I say, without the US bases, there is nothing for anyone to gain by attacking Okinawa.
The US occupied all of Okinawa until 1972 and almost one fifth of it since then.
It's time the land was returned."
Is China acting like a "trading nation" in handling the situation over the Senkakus? What leads you to believe they would react any differently over Okinawa minus the U.S. bases? Don't you think they would be handling the Senkakus situation a lot differently if the U.S. had bases on those islands?
toguroMar. 23, 2013 - 06:42PM JST
"The people of Okinawa do not want this or any of the bases. As for Red China how is America any different when they are forcing their will on others? Schopenhauer so you support oppression of local peoples? The National policy is made by outsiders both Americans and Japanese. So you are saying to be "free" we need to be occupied by a foreign power."
You really don't see the difference between the U.S. and China? Just for argument sake, let's say the U.S. did pull out of Okinawa and China were to think of Okinawa as a part of China, just like they do the Senkakus, and they decide to occupy Okinawa. Do you think the Okinawans would still have freedom of the press and the freedom to protest the Chinese bases being there? And how about the raping of Okinawans? As detestable as that is, how many PLA soldiers would be brought to justice for it, once they started doing it?
toguroMar. 23, 2013 - 08:50AM JST
"Just please get the US bases OFF Okinawa.
All 41 mayors of the Okinawan towns and villages are against the bases. And these people were elected on this basis. Creating yet another base in Okinawa goes directly against the wishes of the people.
For one thing they take up much needed land.
For another thing there is no need for them to be here.
And for yet another, they make the environment dangerous.
Without the US bases, there would be nothing to attack.
I find it interesting that Guam and Hawaii don't want them either!"
I respectfully disagree with some of your post. The surprising thing is, there is some of it that I do agree with on this issue. One thing I disagree with is where you say, "without the US bases, there would be nothing to attack". I think that all of Japan is fair game in the minds of the NK hierarchy. The bases being removed from Okinawa might make Okinawa a less attractive target, but I don't think that removing the bases in and of itself would make Okinawa completely free from attack. With regards to Guam, I'm not exactly sure why they don't want to relocate the bases there, but with regards to Hawaii, I'm thinking the reason is proximity. I do agree with you on the basis that, the people have voted for the removal of the bases, and the power of the vote is the cornerstone of democracy. If you make the people's vote irrelevant, then it forces them to resort to other means that probably wouldn't be good for anyone.
toguroMar. 22, 2013 - 01:03AM JST
"What the heck, just bring back the imperial navy flag and start the public beheading contests while you're at it. Yes please take back the islands and cause WWIII Japan. Great idea."
Then what idea would you propose? Would you have a problem with Japan taking the initiative and stationing GSDF troops on the islands ahead of China trying to station some of it's troops on them? That way they would'nt have to "take them back" because they would already have them, right?
Posted in: U.S., Japan review plans for retaking disputed islands
toguroMar. 22, 2013 - 12:56AM JST
"All the talk of Chinese aggression and bullying.... I guess now the truth is out. The Obama Regime trying to get us into some conflict with our neighbours by using force. The American Regime is the biggest bully the world will ever know, we need to keep a level head cause no one in Japan should die in any conflict instigated by America."
Please explain exactly how Obama is "trying" to get us into a conflict? You do understand that the U.S. is bound to come to the defense of Japan don't you? And exatly how do you come to the conclusion that if a conflict were to break out between Japan and China, that the U.S. somehow instigated it?
toguroMar. 09, 2013 - 01:26AM JST
"Probably not. And is South Korea worth enough for the U.S. to go... Which means that if Kim attacks " a little" South Korea, nobody will move and SK will deal it on its own. So there could be a low intensity conflict between the 2 Koreas. Like they'd bomb a boat or too, that kind of things. And then ? That doesn't look good."
To answer your question, yes. Not only is South Korea important enough for the U.S. to go to war over, but you also have to couple in the fact that U.S. troops and materiel would also be casualties in a strike by North Korea. I hardly think the U.S. would just sit back and watch.
Posted in: U.S. reassures Japan, S Korea after fresh N Korea threats
toguroMar. 09, 2013 - 01:18AM JST
How is this face saving?
Posted in: N Korea scraps peace pacts, cuts hotline with Seoul
toguroFeb. 11, 2013 - 04:14AM JST
"Abe needs to pull his head out of the sand and meet with Chinese representatives to resolve this problem.
If he can't do that, he has no place being at the helm."
But if there is clear evidence that a Chinese Naval ship did lock radar on JMSDF ship(s), and the Chinese insist that they didn't, nor have any clue about it, then exactly what is Abe expected to do from the Japanese side, in trying to resolve a problem that is most likely there, where the Chinese insist there isn't? Should they just agree to disagree, until the next time China does something just as provocative or worse?
Posted in: Japan considers disclosing evidence on China radar lock
toguroFeb. 09, 2013 - 11:06PM JST
Hai wakaru. In that sense I understand completely and totally agree with you.
toguroFeb. 09, 2013 - 09:31PM JST
"Who cares whether China put a radar lock on a Japanese ship or not?
Stop the hissy fit, Japan.
You guys need to talk."
I agree with you that they need to talk, but to insist that Japan is throwing a "hissy fit" or that the matter isn't serious, couldn't be further from the truth. When you've locked radar on a ship, aircraft, etc, you could basically destroy that target with the launch of a missle, or even guns. Say Japan had taken defensive meassures, up to and including firing because they felt they were about to be fired upon? I think this could hardly be considered a "hissy fit". Especially with what's going on between the two countries currently.
toguroFeb. 01, 2013 - 11:05AM JST
"2.By keeping Japan out of wars, it has allowed its civilian economy to prosper. It has also not made Japan a prime target of international terrorists."
Allowing the civilian economy to prosper by falling from #2 to #3 behind China? Japan may not have been a prime target of international terrorists, but it is still dealing with an abduction issue with North Korea, is it not?
"3.It has made Japan admired in the world for staying out of wars. "
Admired by whom?
Posted in: Questions and answers on Japan's pacifist constitution
Jun. 18, 2013 - 02:38PM JST
Why are you laughing? Shut up! Shut up!
Posted in: Japan losing diplomatic banquet battle to China
Obvious missing option:
The Invisible Man
Posted in: Which pop culture character do you think is the most recognizable on the planet?
Jun. 18, 2013 - 02:37PM JST
My uncle-in-law got the same cancer my father died from and is still walking around, hopefully…
Posted in: Nepal's president arrives in Japan for medical treatment
Jun. 18, 2013 - 02:33PM JST
Saying "premium burger from McDonalds" is a bit like saying "luxury car from Yugo."
Posted in: McDonald's Japan to sell premium burgers for first time
Jun. 18, 2013 - 02:30PM JST
Same conman, different disguise.