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mw775Dec. 14, 2016 - 09:33AM JST
So,BertieWooster, do you know whereof you speak or are you just repeating something you've heard. Also, do you have any idea how many aircraft have been nicknamed "Widowmaker?" I suspect not. It would be nice if you had a clue what you were writing if you make a post. As the others above mentioned, the airframe, which had serious problems during its development (and has cost the lives of several of my fellow Marine Corps aviator buddies) it has proven itself. Any brand new technology has those kinds of challenges before they are resolved. Regretful as that is, it is the cost of aviation in general and military aviation in particular.
mw775Jun. 09, 2016 - 08:41PM JST
What do you all really know about the situation? It is very easy to criticise from in front of your computer screen. Try real life on for size.
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mw775Jun. 09, 2016 - 08:37PM JST
So, Aly Rustom, that incident makes Yokohama unsafe? Wow, where do you live? Lala land? Get real
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mw775Jun. 05, 2016 - 09:06AM JST
Has anyone commenting here ever actually READ the SOFA and all of its addendum? Try it, you might be surprised. It can easily be accessed on the internet. THEN make your comments from a position of knowing what you are talking about.
mw775May. 23, 2016 - 07:36PM JST
Ah yes, the benefit of 20/20 hindsight CrazyJoe. Did you live during that time? Do have any contemporary experience or are you just echoing what you read?
You must take a look at the geopolitical landscape post WWII, iron curtain, Korea, etc. into account before you judge.
Having said that, I am a Vietnam Combat Veteran. We, too, benefited from 20/20, as did you. But at the time, most of us thought it was right. Kind of hard to lay your life on the the line if you didn't. (For context, I was a helicopter pilot, shot down twice, shot up more times than I can count.
I think the renewal of friendship is a great thing. Implacable enemies becoming friends does have a precedent, ne?
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mw775Apr. 16, 2016 - 09:36AM JST
I try never to fly US-flagged airlines. ANA all the way!!
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mw775Apr. 13, 2016 - 08:30PM JST
Obviously none of you know what you are talking about nor have you been in a position to accurately comment on this.
Ask ISIS, ask the Chinese government. Ask the North Korean government. You can touchy-feely all you dream, but reality is reality. If you life is on the line, you will take all the advantages you can get.
"For those that risk it, life has a flavor the [you] protected will never know."
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mw775Mar. 28, 2016 - 08:23AM JST
Ah yes. Every day I have a "wow, only in Japan" moment such as these. I love this country and will never leave!!
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mw775Mar. 01, 2016 - 08:56AM JST
She is just one. There is a lot more work to be done. There are a number of highly talented, motivated women at NDA. But they still have to work twice as hard as the men. I hope the trend of opening those kinds of positions to qualified women continues.
mw775Jan. 24, 2016 - 09:33AM JST
Bleeding heart liberals. Listen to those who live with the refugees. Read the news reports of the conduct of some of them. Look at the Islamization of the countries they are beginning to occupy. I say "YES" to Japan. Do not saddle yourself with the same problems the rest of the world is having. Remain steadfast!
Sometimes the truth is brutal. But it remains the truth!
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mw775Oct. 08, 2015 - 08:59AM JST
At last, some positive news, the value of which most will agree upon . It will be interesting if the two stars can recapture the chemistry of the previous series. We all sure hope so.
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mw775Sep. 09, 2015 - 08:56AM JST
So, what is wrong with dolphin hunting? Seafood, ne?
mw775Aug. 26, 2015 - 08:51AM JST
What a cynic, warispeace
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mw775Apr. 23, 2015 - 08:48AM JST
I'm a retired combat veteran. My tattoos document the conflicts and associations that were a part of my life. I got them before coming to Japan. I have been asked to leave an onsen once while actually in the bath...by a young lady who came into the bath area, to me, pointed at my tattoos and made the sign of the X (Hmm, I'm a weight lifter with the body of a weight lifter...).
I was denied access to Gold's Gym in Minato-Marai because I truthfully answered the question about tattoos. I pointed out that mine were covered up and would remain covered in the gym. That did not matter. They now knew I have tattoos. I rejoined, metaphorically, that had I lied, they would have never known thus given me access. Response: Didn't matter. They now knew. I asked to speak with the manager. He wasn't in but I was assured he would be asked. I received a phone call the next day...no go. Ironically, the gym had posters of professional body builders, with tattoos, posted throughout the gym. I asked if they would deny entry to one of them. No answer.
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mw775Mar. 12, 2015 - 09:00AM JST
Tattoo policy. Japan lags FAR behind the rest of the world in this. Yakuza?? Get real. It will be interesting to see how Japan deals with this during the Olympics, both fans and athletes. Check out some of the foreign rugby players here.
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mw775Jan. 23, 2015 - 10:36AM JST
San_Diegan, have you done that yourself?
Combat Veteran, Vietnam (US Army), Beirut (USMC) Desert Storm (USMC), Timor (USMC), Iraq (Contractor), Afghanistan x2 (Contractor)
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mw775Jul. 07, 2014 - 09:46AM JST
They probably saw their tattoos (reference tattoo-adverse Japan)
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mw775May. 27, 2014 - 12:28PM JST
Has anybody who is commenting negatively about Yasukuni ever been there? If not, then how can you INTELLIGENTLY comment on it? It is NOT a shrine to war criminals. Rather it is the repose of the souls of all of those who died for Japan throughout all of its wars, including those of non-soldiers (nurses and some postal workers, for example). The souls of the "Class A" war criminals, executed for Crimes Against Humanity, also repose there. They indeed died for Japan regardless of the (justified) condemnation of the court. It has been a familiar drum beat for China and Korea, who neither understand nor care about the true meaning of the place. Something good to use in their political games.
mw775May. 22, 2014 - 01:13PM JST
So, Ghost rider, you know all about night training and remote bases, eh? And, oh, those "nice weather generals," wow, what an insightful comment! Just which remote bases did you have in mind, here in Japan? And what makes you think those "nice weather generals" exist? In a word, do you have a clue what you are talking about?
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mw775May. 05, 2014 - 09:00AM JST
That stops at the onsen door if you have tattoos. Hope they wake up before 2020 Olympics, or Japan will embarrass itself big time.
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The article itself claims that the "Rape of Nanjing" is just a mainstream view.
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