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    Patrick Hattman

    @Bertie Wooster:

    If U.S. forces left Okinawa, the Self-Defense Forces would still use most of the bases themselves. Japan continues to use the U.S. military for the bulk of its defense because it is cost effective and politically expedient to do so. It's as simple as that.

    The "sympathy budget" money provided by Japan since the late '70s pays not only for some utilities and facility improvements for U.S. forces, but also for the 20,000+ Japanese who work on the bases nationwide. It is a productive employment program.

    Posted in: Japanese gov't ordered to pay record Y30.2 bil damages in U.S. base noise suit

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    Patrick Hattman

    One of the European cities will be the winner. The IOC is not going to have three straight Winter Games in East Asia.

    Posted in: Asian Olympic leader backs Sapporo for 2026 Winter Games bid

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    Patrick Hattman

    Princess Masako is a beautiful, intelligent woman who was on her way to a very successful career in the Foreign Ministry.

    Her husband, on the other hand, has always struck me as a nondescript little man.

    It's a shame that she won't be Empress someday with the prince in the background; similar to Queen Elizabeth reigning and Prince Philip playing second fiddle.

    Posted in: Crown prince turns 57

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    Patrick Hattman

    Los Angeles will be the host city for the 2024 Games. They will be able to use many existing facilities and keep costs in check.

    Posted in: Budapest to withdraw bid to host 2024 Summer Olympics

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    Patrick Hattman

    @OssanAmerica: China and South Korea have not been anywhere near as outspoken against Abe in his second term as they were during his first; the reactions from some in South Korea after the "comfort women" apology and settlement notwithstanding.

    Abe learned his lesson from 2007 and showed up for his second go round with defined economic plans and a revamped foreign policy for a strong Japan that he expresses differently, regardless of his true intentions.

    The U.S. under George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in 2007 did not believe in the "Peaceful Rise" of China. China's intentions in the East and South China Seas were obvious to Obama as well. The U.S. will not abandon the region, not by a longshot, and will certainly not be "ousted" by China.

    Posted in: Among friends

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    Patrick Hattman

    In 2007, during Abe's first term as prime minister, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non binding resolution calling on Japan to admit the truth about wartime sex slaves, something he did not want to do during that scandal-ridden year prior to stepping down.

    And now a decade later, he has some "friends" from that chamber of the U.S. Congress. Abe has obviously learned how to modify his real intentions for Japan to such an extent that, as stated, do not cause the same negative reactions by Asian neighbors and its U.S. ally.

    Posted in: Among friends

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    Patrick Hattman

    Johnson is a tremendous talent. But he needs to win multiple majors this year to truly fulfill his promise. He has disappointed too often over the years.

    Posted in: Dustin Johnson goes to No. 1 with big win at Riviera

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    Patrick Hattman

    The reason the 2020 Games will be held in the middle of summer, with the Closing Ceremony on August 9, is because that date represents the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

    The leaders of Japan past and present, like former PM Mori and current PM Abe, want to use the Olympics for much more than sports.

    It's not a secret what they think about Japan's past, particularly the 1930s through the end of WWII. (If you aren't sure, simply visit the Yushukan Museum adjacent to Yasukuni Shrine.)

    They want more of the world to be sympathetic to Japan, what they did and why during those years, and as victims of the atomic bombings.

    And, to be fair, they also want to make it abundantly clear to some of their neighbors in Asia, especially China and Korea, that they will not apologize anymore for things that happened so long ago.

    I wish the Tokyo Olympics would be just about sports, with individuals and teams performing at the highest levels for the enjoyments of fans there and millions more watching around the world.

    But I have a bad feeling that history and politics will to some extent get in the way. I hope I'm wrong.

    Posted in: Temperatures may be too high at some Tokyo Olympic venues

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    Patrick Hattman

    As president, Trump drew on his sports connections when he tapped New York Jets owner Woody Johnson as the next U.S. ambassador to Britain.

    So what? Dan Rooney left the Steelers in 2009 to become Obama's ambassador to Ireland.

    Posted in: Political football: For some, Super Bowl reflects U.S. divide

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    Patrick Hattman

    I'm a Steelers fan but I don't see them getting by the Patriots in NE.

    I think it will be a Pack/Pats Super Bowl.

    Posted in: Steelers hold off Chiefs 18-16 on Boswell's 6 field goals

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    Patrick Hattman

    I prefer the Japanese constitution with Article 9 renouncing war.

    Yes, gokaiwomaneku, your U.S.-written constitution and the presence of the U.S. military to deter neighbors like China and the Soviet Union from aggression has helped make Japan a peaceful, prosperous nation for the past seven decades, with hopefully many more to come.

    Posted in: Do you regard the U.S. Constitution as a model for the free world?

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    Patrick Hattman

    While I am a U.S. citizen by birth, I have no great respect for what the U.S. has done in war. Dropping atomic bombs on civilians is not my idea of a civilized nations idea of warfare....even if the other side started it. (two wrongs do not make a right)

    mt9334: By ending the war so quickly in August 1945, the U.S. kept the Soviet Union out of mainland Japan.

    What would Japan be like today if the Soviets had been able to take more than the Kuriles which they still possess?

    Do you have any ancestors that were part of the U.S. forces that were going to take part in Operation Downfall, the mainland invasion of Japan?

    How many of the millions of American, British, Canadian, Aussie, NZ and French servicemen would've died?

    And how many Japanese would've died between the military and the millions of conscripts being readied in 1945?

    Probably many more than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

    Harry Truman made the right decision, especially after what happened on Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

    Posted in: Filming underway for movie on Japanese-American units in WWII

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    Patrick Hattman

    When Japan is ready to assume full responsibility for its own defense, then things will change. The situation under discussion here continues nearly 75 years after the war's end because Japan finds it politically expedient and cost effective for the U.S. to provide for the bulk of its defense.

    Additionally, the SDF makes considerable use of the bases in the Kanto area with their aircraft in Atsugi and their ships in Yokosuka, for example. They are not just U.S. bases.

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    Patrick Hattman

    I'm not particularly impressed with Japan's roster thus far, with the notable exception of Otani. My guess is that the Dominican Republic team will make a strong showing in trying to defend their title, but the U.S. squad, with a solid roster and led by manager Jim Leyland, will take its first WBC title.

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    Patrick Hattman

    "His decision to come back, apparently to conclude his career with the Hiroshima Carp,...."

    Kuroda had stated his intention to finish his career in NPB long before he signed with the Carp for 2015. It was not a surprise at all.

    And while he signed for the equivalent of $3.3 million for 2015, he was paid nearly $5 million this year, the highest in NPB for 2016. MLB and NPB are vastly different in terms of overall revenue generated each year, so of course many big leaguers get paid better.

    Kuroda has a combined 203 wins and 2457 strikeouts between MLB and NPB, which qualifies him for the Meikyukai and will probably get him in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame down the road.

    He's had a great career and I hope he leads the Carp to victory in the Japan Series.

    Posted in: Ex-Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to retire

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    Patrick Hattman

    Glad to see the Giants lose.

    Congratulations to Alex Ramirez on leading Yokohama to the series win.

    I'd like to see Hiroshima win it all, though.

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    Patrick Hattman

    The use of force by police against African-Americans in cities such as Baltimore, New York, and Ferguson, Missouri,....

    In Baltimore, the six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death, three of whom are black, have all been acquitted/charges dropped. In Ferguson, Mo., Michael Brown was a multiple felon the day he died. His actions resulted in his death. In NYC, Eric Garner refused to obey officers and then resisted arrest before he died from cardiac problems connected to his obesity.

    There is no war on black men in the U.S. being conducted by the police. The slaughter of black men, particularly in Chicago, is being carried out with sickening frequency by other black men.

    Posted in: Denver Broncos' Marshall kneels in protest during national anthem

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    Patrick Hattman

    There was no change at all between 2007 and 2015 in the percentage of black, hispanic, Asian or other races/ethnicities in top films.

    More specifically, the study says 12.2% of the actors were black, which essentially equals their percentage of the overall population. If we're going to play the numbers game, Asian and Hispanic actors are the ones who are underrepresented in front of the cameras.

    Posted in: Hollywood diversity: All talk, little change, says report

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    Patrick Hattman

    A Hiroshima win and a Yomiuri loss = a very good day!

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    Patrick Hattman

    Congratulations, Team USA! 46 golds and 121 medals overall to easily outpace the rest of the field once again. I look forward to another first-place showing from the U.S. in 2020.

    Posted in: U.S. romps to men's basketball gold, beating Serbia 96-66

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