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voiceofokinawaDec. 08, 2013 - 03:58PM JST
The December 8, 1942 Pearl Harbor Attack by Imperial Japan's Combined Pacific Fleet may have been a surprise attack to most Americans, but in Japan many suspect and believe that then U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt knew the attack was imminent and let it happen anyway to unite the nation to go to war.
Just six months after the Pearl Harbor attack, the same Japanese naval forces planned to take over Midway Island but this time the U.S. side knew every detail about Japan's plans beforehand by breaking Japanese codes and launched a preempted ambush attack of its own on the Japanese fleet, sinking four aircraft carriers. Japanese fighter planes on these carriers were sitting ducks for the attacks because they didn't have time to reload torpedoes for the heavy bombs that were to be dropped on land targets.
So it's unimaginable for U.S. military code-breakers with such advanced code-breaking technics to have missed the approaching Japanese naval forces to attack Pearl Harbor.
The footing of President Roosevelt on a film after he announced on the radio the declaration of war against Japan shows a man very relaxed and even grinning as if things were going on according to his calculation.
Posted in: Pearl Harbor ceremony marks bombing anniversary
voiceofokinawaNov. 27, 2013 - 11:35AM JST
The serious problem with this law is that the government can arbitrarily decide on what is a secret and what is not. The police may arrest people who want to expose truths about what the government is doing which it doesn't want to be known.
Does anyone know the "Miyazawa-Lane Incident" that occurred on December 8, 1941, the day the Imperial Japanese combined fleet attacked the Pearl Harbor?
On that morning, Hiroyuki Miyazawa, a Hokkaido U student, and Mr. Harold Lane, an English instructor, and his wife, Pauline Lane, were arrested by the special police on the count of Miyazawa's telling the Lanes what he had seen at the Nemuro Air Base. They were harshly tortured to confess to the putative crime and sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment on what turned out later to be a false charge (Annual Report of Hokkaido University Archives, 5: 109-132).
The cabinet held a public hearing at Fukushima City the day before the bill was passed. The mayor of the city was incensed at the abrupt and forceful passage of the law, saying the public hearing the day before was held merely to set up the government's alibi
Hope the secrecy law will never lead to the return of those dark years that oppressively fogged society all in prewar Japan.
As the article says, there's ubiquitous U.S. instigation and intervention behind the scene that is encouraging Tokyo to quickly enact the law.
Posted in: State secret law stirs fear of limits on freedoms
voiceofokinawaNov. 22, 2013 - 02:23PM JST
Satirists say the three monkeys at Nikko betray the Tokugawa Shogunate's dictatorial policy line that ordinary people must be prohibited from seeing, saying and hearing the truths about the powers that be.
Secret protections law may work in the democratic, citizen-centered U.S. (or does it?) but certainly not in Japan with a streak and history of authoritarianism. Any Japanese who experienced the Second World War knows how harshly the government silenced antiwar voices and made all the nation to toe the policy to go to war against the U.S.
Posted in: Thousands protest against tough new official secrets law
voiceofokinawaNov. 22, 2013 - 08:30AM JST
This is another example that shows how subservient the Japanese government is to the U.S. Tokyo is merely acting according as Washington dictates what do do.
voiceofokinawaNov. 12, 2013 - 10:08AM JST
Does Tokyo want to send a message to Washington that there's no need for the U.S. military presence in Japan anymore, or did Washington decline, despite Tokyo's asking, to hold a joint military exercise this time? It's probably the latter and, if so, it will tell a lot of story.
Posted in: Japan begins surface-to-ship missile drills on Pacific gateway island
voiceofokinawaNov. 12, 2013 - 06:37AM JST
Another mystery about these war games is what role is the Japan- (Okinawa-) based U.S. military supposed to play here, whose presence is ballyhooed to defend Japan?
voiceofokinawaNov. 11, 2013 - 11:03PM JST
What's the reason for the JSDF to practice such war games using surface-to-vessel missiles?
The broad strait between Miyako Island and Okinawa Island offers a direct access point for Chines ships to pass to and from the Pacific Ocean, as the article says.
My questions are: (1) Don't the Chinese naval forces have a right to navigate international waters and pass this strait? (2) Are the Chinese ships certain to bombard either Miyako Island or Okinawa Island? Answer to question (1): Yes, they certainly do. Answer to question (2): No, it's absolutely unthinkable.
The real aim of these war games would then be somewhere else. By inciting the China threat and on the pretext of this, Tokyo wants to strengthen a military alliance with the U.S., thus paving the way to facilitate the quicker relocation of Futenma to Henoko.
voiceofokinawaOct. 29, 2013 - 04:50PM JST
The more prolonged and escalated this territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands become, the more hardships Okinawa will suffer because it will give fine justification for both Washington and Tokyo to maintain this excessive U.S. military presence, thus making Okinawa a permanent military colony by a foreign power, the U.S.A.
Posted in: China criticizes 'self-deceiving' Japanese politicians
voiceofokinawaOct. 04, 2013 - 11:17AM JST
Can a tenant demand $3.1 billion from a householder when he evacuates the rented house, which some of his family members keep occupying even after his moving out? That's a preposterous deal indeed. It's the same story all over again as in the case of the Futenma to Henoko relocation plan. "We will return Futenma, but you must provide us with its replacement at Henoko. Otherwise, we'll keep going on a noisy spree day and night."
Washington's explanation for demanding the money is that the number of troops stationed in Okinawa will be reduced. Note, however, that no one knows exactly how many troops are actually stationed in Okinawa because the number fluctuates constantly. A troop reduction on one day may be countermanded by a troop increase on another day.
Another bait Washington dangles before Tokyo's eyes is that it may favorably consider Tokyo's requests to use the new facilities to be built or refurbished on Guam and Tinian. LOL. For what purpose will the JSDF use bases on Guam and Tinian even by paying $3.1 billion?
Nonsense piled upon nonsense. That's what the strengthening of the Japan-US. military alliance is all about.
Posted in: Japan to pay $3.1 bil to relocate U.S. Marines from Okinawa
voiceofokinawaSep. 23, 2013 - 02:51PM JST
Food for your thought.
Common nouns in a language are very ad hoc for naming objects. There's no reason why things are called as they are in languages. Proper nouns are different from common nouns in that there's always reasons behind why they are called by such and such names.
Kubajima or Huangwei Yu in Chinese in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands was an important landmark for ancient Ryukyu (Okinawa) seamen and traders navigating on the Naha, Okinawa-Fuchuan sea lane. These seafarers, who were thoroughly familiar with the Senkaku waters, called this landmark "Kubajima" because, according to one theory, the island was covered full with kuba (or Areca) palms. But I think it was called by that name because the island's shape is exactly like that of another island Kubajima, that is located about 40 Km west of Naha, Okinawa Island, on the same sea route. Isn't Chinese "Huangwei (Yu)" a phonetic conversion of Kuba(-jima) ? Note that the k-sound of Japanese ordinarily corresponds to the h-sound in Chinese. Or did the Chinese thought the island was inhabited by chimeric animals with yellow tails or hair?
The name Senkaku comes from English "Pinnacle Islands." Nineteenth-century Royal British Naval seamen called the islands by that name for obvious reasons. Approaching the island group northward from Ishigaki Island, they must have been struck with the similarity of the first approaching island to Bartolome Island in the Galapagos, famous for its Pinnacle Rock.
Ancient Ishigaki islanders called the island (group) "Iigun-jima." "Iigun" means the head of a dive-fishing spear. The reason why it is so called is similar to how the highest mountain in the Japan Alps in Honshu is called "Yarigadake." The top of the rugged mountain reminds one of the head of a spear ("yari").
Why did the Chinese called the island (group) Diaoyu, a fishing island? Did unworldly men, as often depicted in ancient Chinese drawings, go there and spent days angling for fish? Isn't "Diaoyu" a semantic conversion of what Chinese royal missions to and from Ryukyu heard from Ryukyuans aboard tributary ships that were usually provided by the Ryukyu King?
Posted in: China says it is ready to talk if Japan admits isles are disputed
voiceofokinawaSep. 21, 2013 - 07:43AM JST
As an Okinawan concerned with the base issue, I am also looking forward to her for her liberal iealism and sense of justice. But because of this very reason, the State Department must attach a "special advisor" for her so that she would not deviate from the current U.S. policy toward Okinawa and various base issues.
Everyone is a novice until he or she takes office as ambassador. Roos and his predecessor Baker were no exception. Why is Caroline Kennedy so special?
Posted in: Caroline Kennedy says she is humbled to carry father's legacy
voiceofokinawaSep. 20, 2013 - 05:45PM JST
Japan's Nikkei Shinbun reports that the State Department has provided Caroline Kennedy with a special personal room in its Japan section and intensively lectured her on the U.S. diplomacy toward Japan.
It's also said that the State Department will send an advisor deeply versed with Japan-U.S. relations even after she took office, thus supporting her ambassadorship with great care.
That may mean Okinawa cannot expect much from her as new ambassador to Japan. Will she be a mere figurehead and sit on the post only in name? I hope not.
voiceofokinawaSep. 19, 2013 - 08:32AM JST
DaveAllTogether (Sep. 19, 2013 - 07:28AM JST),
So we come around the Japan-U.S. security treaty. You know, it was a government-to-government agreement, signed under an abnormal situation. In hindsight, one can definitely say it was a trick to deceive people's eyes and maintain the quasi-Occupation even after Japan's restoration of sovereignty through the San Francisco Peace Treaty. The very fact that there are some posters here who believe Yokota Air Base sits on U.S. soil tells everything about the true nature of that treaty.
Posted in: Tokyo governor eyes Yokota Air Base for civilian flights during 2020 Olympics
voiceofokinawaSep. 18, 2013 - 11:40PM JST
DaveAllTogether (Sep. 18, 2013 - 07:14PM JST),
Of course, there must be other options. But if Yokota ranks the top choice in the eyes of the Metropolitan Tokyo government, then it must be given priority first and foremost. The base is in Tokyo, not in Washington, D.C. nor in New York. Americans have no say in it.
voiceofokinawaSep. 18, 2013 - 04:59PM JST
DaveAllTogether (Sep. 18, 2013 - 02:44PM JST) ,
Do you want to say these posters are making such a fuss about Gov. Inose's suggestion because they are concerned more about an increasing air traffic congestion? I don't think so. Their opposition to the joint civilian use of Yokota as suggested by Inose, or its total return to Japan as pledged by his predecessor former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara during his gubernatorial election campaign, is along the same lines as Washington's. They don't want to lose the vested rights guaranteed by the Japan-U.S. security treaty.
voiceofokinawaSep. 18, 2013 - 11:16AM JST
An aerial photo shows that Yokota Air Base looks exactly like Futenma Air Station on Okinawa. Both foreign bases are located in densely populated residential areas.
Just as the Futenma issue does so in Okinawa, the Yokota issue will certainly awake slumbering Japanese citizens from reverie to the hard reality that Japan is no other than a U.S. vassal and colony.
It's apparent that posters here, most of them U.S. military personnel as I understand, are making so much fuss about Governor Inose's mere suggestion that Yokota be opened to commercial flights for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics because they don't want to give away extraterritorial privileges given to the U.S. military. Remember that 75 percent of the operational cost of the base comes from the Japanese taxpayers' coffers.
The U.S. military is unduly guaranteed a most-favored treatment under the Japan-U.S. security treaty. The Yokota RAPCON covers the whole airspace over the skies of the metropolitan Tokyo that commercial air liners to and from Haneda must avoid very perilously.
voiceofokinawaSep. 06, 2013 - 07:05AM JST
There's no doubt that chemical weapons were used in Syria and hundreds of innocent civilians were killed. The U.N. investigation team will prove that soon. But can they prove who used the chemical weapon(s)?
The Iranian government says someone unfamiliar with the use of chemical weapons, probably on the side of rebels, exploded it by mistake. That possibility is quite strong and cannot be disregarded.
If that's true indeed and if the U.S. and its few NATO allies were to attack Syria, a sovereign state, they would repeat exactly the same mistake as in Iraq.
Posted in: Obama, Abe discuss Syria crisis
voiceofokinawaAug. 31, 2013 - 12:31PM JST
U.S. troops in Japan are to be fence sitters to enjoy the show? Maybe, that's how the event will evolve. Washington is cajoling Tokyo into buying many Ospreys ($60 million per aircraft) and the U.S. Marines are strenuously teaching SDF troops amphibious skills for retaking an offshore island.
So, it'll become more and more apparent that this excessive U.S. military presence is not for the defense of Japan but for the defense of U.S. interests and hegemony by continued Occupation. The post-World War II Occupation Forces headed by McArthur have skillfully transformed into the now euphemistically called USFJ, pretending to be stationed at Japan's request under the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty.
Japan seems to be taking the worst step imaginable toward difficulties and hardships on the international stage. The only solution is for the powers that be to re-confirm the Peace Constitution and be truly honest to history. Mr. Prime Minister, your revisionist agenda won't work for "beautiful" Japan.
Posted in: Japan could be 'main player' if Asia conflicts break out: defense minister
voiceofokinawaAug. 24, 2013 - 10:47PM JST
Naha Military Port was promised to be returned in 1990 on the condition that its replacement will be built in Urasoe, just across the street from Camp Kinser. The 2006 Roadmap agreement includes Naha Military Port as one of the bases south of Kadena Air Base to returned. Just like Futenma, however, its replacement must be provided as mentioned above.
Camp Kinser is a logistic hub for the U.S. military Okinawa, adjacent to which the said port facilities are planned to be built. Camp Kinser, however, is listed in the 2006 Roadmap as a "total return" base. Now, my question is: Will Camp Kinser be really returned as promised by the U.S. side? I'm calling on lincolnman, not necessarily you, to come out and clarify that point because he said on another thread that he was directly involved in the negotiation process of the 2006 agreement.
This is not a stupid high school debate, as you say, bass4funk.
Posted in: Okinawa shows vulnerability of Abe's popular appeal
voiceofokinawaAug. 24, 2013 - 02:22PM JST
OK. Let's be careful not to go slandering against each other. I assume Lincolnman cannot comment on the Naha Military Port issue, the gist of which is to return it in exchange for building its replacement on reclaimed land adjacent to Camp Kinser. What does it all mean? Camp Kinser is the U.S. military's hub for logistics and so I suspect that the U.S. has no intention to return it despite that it's on the full-return promise list.
I'm looking forward to your logical and rational response, but I know you were not directly involved in this 2006 Roadmap agreement. Maybe, lincolnman will come out and help you out. He has a moral obligation to do this.
Dec. 10, 2013 - 09:30AM JST
I really enjoy Christmas in Japan, more so than I ever did in my home country…
Posted in: What do you like about the way Christmas is celebrated in Japan, and what don't you like about it?
Imagine the huge line of people
No need to imagine, there are already huge lines of…
Posted in: 12 urban legends about Tokyo Disneyland
Dec. 10, 2013 - 09:29AM JST
You mean US was doing all the dirty work, laying mines in the harbour, try to…
Posted in: Abe defends state secret law, but says he could have explained it better
Dec. 10, 2013 - 09:27AM JST
Pledges always look Impressive but donated amounts are always lower or years after the pledges.
Posted in: Philippines to seek more aid from Japan
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