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Steve FabricantOct. 22, 2016 - 05:34PM JST
Let's see... the US got booted out of Clark and Subic to make the Philippines feel more independent, but somehow it remained a client of the US all these intervening years? What went wrong there? Could it be that the oligarchy loves America too much?
Let's wait and see. Sure, the Chinese really respect Duterte and their little offshore Asian cousins. Didn't they just give him a marching band welcome? And with baton twirlers no less. I think it does all add up to a coup in the foreseeable future.
Posted in: As Duterte embraces China, Abe set to roll out warm welcome
Steve FabricantSep. 19, 2016 - 10:43AM JST
"Most of my foreign friends love natto"
You must have some weird foreign friends, Bertie!
Posted in: Don't eat these foods together and avoid possible intestinal distress
Steve FabricantJul. 03, 2016 - 07:46PM JST
This should make everybody happy.......
Posted in: Japan plans July fighter jet tender seen worth $40 bln as China tensions simmer
Steve FabricantMay. 28, 2016 - 11:51AM JST
Over and over we see the absolutely true statement that he was not an active military member. Nice try, but that does not negate the fact that if not for the huge US presence on Okinawa there would not be the horde of contractors and camp-followers there also. Viking is also right when he implies that the divide over the bases comes down to which side your bread is buttered on.
Steve FabricantMay. 09, 2016 - 07:50PM JST
No one power tripping or angry hawkers
Damn angry hawkers. Probably all voting for Trump
Steve FabricantMay. 04, 2016 - 11:36AM JST
That amount also neglects the billions poured into the Mekong subregion via the Japanese part-owned Asian Development Bank.
Posted in: Japan announces $7 billion plan to develop Mekong region
Steve FabricantApr. 08, 2016 - 07:06PM JST
Debucho - but the majority of people living in Okinawa are Okinawan. Why shouldn't they be listened to?.If you get stung by a wasp, you would probably be right that nobody else cares, but you sure as hell would be yelling.
Steve FabricantApr. 08, 2016 - 09:02AM JST
Why not in Japan too?
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), is a process by a United States federal government commission to increase United States Department of Defense efficiency by planning the end of the Cold War realignment and closure of military installations. More than 350 installations have been closed in five BRAC rounds: 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, and 2005. (Wikipedia)
Congressmen speak of reducing military spending. Military bases are expensive to operate, yet another domestic base closing round is unlikely. However, the President can close any foreign base without Congressional approval. Polls show the vast majority of American citizens support the closure most U.S. military bases overseas.
Posted in: Okinawa: the new Hawaii?
Steve FabricantApr. 07, 2016 - 06:07PM JST
There's a "well-kept secret" in Okinawa that this ACCJ puff-piece omits - with mass tourism comes bland replica hotels. Even (or especially) those owned by the big US chains are just so-so value-wise, and all have the same rooms, service, food, and amenities. What Okinawa should have are more boutique and specialty accommodations that put visitors closer to what is left of the real Okinawa.
Steve FabricantFeb. 24, 2016 - 09:09AM JST
(dont understand why Chinese need them, as they typically don't "sit" on the seats) says Yuibaru....
The Chinese are following the Japanese in a demographic transition to an aging population, and apparently also in a toilet transition from squatting to sitting.
Posted in: Economy, strong yen defuse 'explosive' Chinese shopping in Japan
Steve FabricantFeb. 15, 2016 - 10:07PM JST
Imagine if the Allies, after Japan surrendered in 1945, had started building settlements in Japan for Westerners, while tossing out the native Japanese.
They did. It's called Okinawa.
Posted in: 5 Palestinians killed while attacking Israelis
Steve FabricantJan. 10, 2016 - 05:43PM JST
A word to the "wise": the construction for the Rio 2016 Olympics is so far behind and billions over budget that it may not happen after all.
Posted in: 4 designs make shortlist for Tokyo 2020 logo
Steve FabricantNov. 01, 2015 - 02:05PM JST
I spent a week in Guam one night.
Steve FabricantAug. 20, 2015 - 07:33AM JST
OTC medications are a ripoff/racket here in Japan. I also bring the biggest jar of generic ibuprofen I can find. Sunscreen. And I forgot Almond Butter. And XXXXXXXXXXXL condoms, you wimps!
Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad?
Steve FabricantAug. 19, 2015 - 11:14PM JST
Wow, deodorant really heads the list. Maybe the Japanese are right about kusa gaijins. And the heavy condom imports tell a related tale. I bring back Parmesan cheese and Peet's coffee.
Steve FabricantJul. 10, 2015 - 08:28PM JST
Agree, typhoons are not the reason they shouldn't be here.
Posted in: 23 injured as typhoon lashes Okinawan islands
Steve FabricantJun. 22, 2015 - 08:15PM JST
Bowling, now there's a game worthy of the alcoholympics. I hope the US succeeds in fielding Team Leboski.
Posted in: Baseball, bowling, squash among 8 sports shortlisted for 2020 Games
Steve FabricantJun. 01, 2015 - 07:59PM JST
This is great. I hope they come out with a hot-climate version.
Posted in: Ear cover serves as low-priced hearing aid
Steve FabricantMay. 19, 2015 - 02:31PM JST
If we are going to have to start speaking Mandarin in Okinawa, it won't be because of a Chinese military takeover if the US goes away. It will be because the China is getting better and better at what we used to be good at - industrial innovation, infrastructure development, education, fighting its own poverty, engaging in constructive world trade, foreign assistance, and NOT stupidly meddling in strategically vital regions in the pretense of promoting their way of life and politics by military force. How much does it cost the US and Japan to keep thousands of warfighters, their highpaid supporting contractors, and their contented families ensconced on Okinawa and elsewhere in Japan? Whatever you guess, you are probably off by a hell of a lot of money that the US should be using for better purposes. Go ahead and "bad" this - the truth can be painful sometimes.
Posted in: Japanese worry over Osprey safety after fatal Hawaii crash
Steve FabricantMay. 12, 2015 - 08:12PM JST
The headline should have been "Wannabe typhoon sashays into Okinawa."
Posted in: Tropical storm moves toward Honshu
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Oct. 24, 2016 - 06:55AM JST
Quote shocking on both parts, slashing at anyone is not a resolution to anything.
Posted in: Man slashes woman after argument in Tokyo bar
Oct. 24, 2016 - 06:51AM JST
... And my post was deleted with zero notification. The story has been changed 3 times…
Posted in: 1 dead, 3 injured in 2 blasts in Tochigi park
Oct. 24, 2016 - 06:48AM JST
Japan still is safer compared to others. but was safer itself, much better
Psychos and perverts…
Posted in: Body bound in chains found in Saitama river
Oct. 24, 2016 - 06:47AM JST
Robby Mook, Hillary's campaign chief, won't say whether Hillary's campaign has been in contact with Trump's…
Posted in: Trump vows to sue all female accusers
Oct. 24, 2016 - 06:39AM JST
Looks like somebody forgot to proof read the original Japanese. The area he got lost in…
Posted in: Man missing for 2 weeks on mountain found alive
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