BertieWooster's past comments

  • 11

    BertieWooster

    John-san,

    You ask:

    "What is the general feel for the USA Base?"

    Okinawans are fed up with the US bases. The amount of space they take up in this small island is one thing. Kadena looks like it was built in the US countryside somewhere. Building - large space - building - huge grass area - building. They could accomplish everything they wanted to in one tenth the space.

    Okinawans are fed up with fighter aircraft screaming past their houses as early as 6 AM. The noise has to be experienced to be believed. Teachers in classrooms with double glazing have to stop and wait because a jet or an osprey is making so much noise that nothing can be heard above it. Drunk servicemen disturb the peace, fights, rapes and the occasional murder and one bright spark last year, a drunk military lady driving on the wrong side of the road managed to crash into three cars.

    They are fed up because no one listens. Mainland Japan won't have any more US bases anywhere near and so they get shoved over in Okinawa because the population is small and the number of votes means that Okinawan feelings can be ignored.

    The US says "Tell it to Tokyo," and Tokyo covers up its ears and says, "Worble, worble, worble."

    People try to protest, but the Japanese government thugs harass them, breaking arms in one case and placing another individual in prison for several months on "suspicion," with no charge.

    The damage patrol who regularly post on JT will have you believe that Okinawans are quite happy with the US bases when they clearly aren’t, that the protesters are leftist, when politics doesn't enter into it and they just want their land back and that the protesters are paid to protest, which is an incredible fabrication.

    In answer to your question, they are FED UP.

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  • 10

    BertieWooster

    The U.S.A. is so cheap that it forces Japan to subsidise its military aspirations. We, the Japanese taxpayer pay 70 percent of the costs of US military deployment here. If it really HAS TO be in Okinawa, it should pay the same rent that you or I would have to pay if we used this much land.

    And, if they really, really have to be on Japanese soil, spread the burden, guys! There is far too much of a US military presence in this small island. And we don't need yet another new base either.

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  • 1

    BertieWooster

    So, he committed these murders AFTER his psychiatric treatment.

    Not very effective was it?

    His is NOT an isolated case.

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  • 1

    BertieWooster

    Are there traditional kissaten? I don't see any and it's a pity. I spent many very pleasant hours at a Jazz Kissa in Kichijoji, listening to jazz LPs on an excellent HiFi system sipping really good coffee.

    Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully’s, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional “kissaten?”

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    smithinjapan,

    They are a 24/7 deterrent

    The US bases are a deterrent, are they? Like the US bases in the Middle East?

    That kind of deterrent we don't need.

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  • 7

    BertieWooster

    Yet ANOTHER US base on this militarily overcrowded island.

    Why?

    Can't the US government afford to pay the rent on its own territory so it has to get a free ride here?

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  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Bass,

    These people work at blinding speed to protect or take down their content.

    Which is probably why the content is so poor.

    Too many lawyers.

    It'll do it every time!

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  • 3

    BertieWooster

    Japan still frets about Trump.

    The whole world is fretting about Trump.

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  • -6

    BertieWooster

    What are they doing going to a school to learn to play guitar or piano for anyway?

    You want to learn to play? Then play!

    The great guitarists didn't have lessons, Clapton, Hendrix, etc.

    Just do it!

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  • 2

    BertieWooster

    Kwatt,

    It is said that Japan is paying 70% of US military bases presence and sympathy budget and US pays 30% of it.

    Why doesn't the US pay for it all? It is they who want to be here after all.

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  • -2

    BertieWooster

    Total waste of money.

    The only thing Abe does well.

    Posted in: Japan secures extra cost cuts on U.S. F-35 fighter jet package

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    Of course he's responsible. He's subject to the same laws as everyone else. He's not above the law.

    Posted in: How the decision was made (to sign the purchase contract) should be clarified. Mr Ishihara has given the public the impression that he is trying to evade providing an explanation.

  • 8

    BertieWooster

    Tortured to death and he only gets NINE YEARS?

    Posted in: Man gets 9 years for killing his 3-year-old stepson in 2015

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    I'm waiting for the Donald - Shinzo manju to come out.

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  • 0

  • -2

    BertieWooster

    OssanAmerica,

    Is there a word for someone who gets mentally stuck 35 years ago and can't recognize present conditions?

    I'd say LDP pretty well describes the phenomenon you are talking about. It's might have been Liberal and Democratic at one time, but it certainly isn't any more.

    Posted in: Suga refutes Trump's claim that Japan manipulates forex markets

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    Alistair Carnell,

    Come back Spitting Image, we need you more than ever!

    We do. No doubt about that. But can you imagine what Abe and his right wing freaks would do with that level of parody? It would be a bloodbath. Come to that, I don't think Americans could take it either.

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  • -3

    BertieWooster

    Suga refutes Trump's claim that Japan manipulates forex markets

    Well, not openly, eh, Mr Suga?

    Posted in: Suga refutes Trump's claim that Japan manipulates forex markets

  • 2

    BertieWooster

    "Fear of annoying Trump?"

    Abe not only needs a spine, he needs a couple of dangly things too!

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  • 0

    BertieWooster

    Fascism.

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