The U.S. Military had bases in Taiwan until 1979 when they removed them to appease China. The U.S. and Japan both sold out Taiwan 50 years ago, leaders of both the U.S. and Japan rushed to China to have their pictures taken with Chairman Mao. You can mostly thank the U.S. and Japan for China becoming an Economic and Military power.
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It is great is to walk around Amsterdam or Vancouver, Canada with a few grams in your pocket while toking on a vape pen. Free God's Holy Herb!!!
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Amazon is not an example of the Free Market System but is an example of the Greedy Capitalism that is destroying the United States. Jeff Bezos does not like the Free Market, he doesn't want competition and has destroyed thousands of small businesses. Bezos spent millions of dollars fighting the union when he should have been spending that money on improving the working conditions of his overworked and underpaid workers. Amazon is an Evil Empire and Jeff Bezos is an Evil Person who has no soul or conscious.
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South Korea on it's own could defeat North Korea in a conventional war, it is the nuclear weapons that gives NK any type of military advantage. The UN Command Headquarters is at Camp Humphreys in South Korea and is headed by a U.S. Army General. The UN Command-Rear is at Yokota Japan and is headed by a Group Captain of the Royal Australian Air Force, there are a total of 7 U.S. Bases in Japan that are designated as UN facilities but they are subordinate to the UN Command in SK. There is already an agreement in place to use U.S. Military Bases in Japan to support a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula, all the U.N. Command has to do is notify the Japanese Govt. that the agreement is taking place but the agreement is the authority to use the bases and the J-Govt. cannot say nor would they dare to say no. So in case of military conflict on the Korean Peninsula, the country of Japan is important because of the U.S. Military Bases but the Government of Japan is not important.
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Why don't the leaders of the U.S. Australia and Japan press India on their persecution of religious minorities and their horrible treatment of women? India is considered to be one of the most dangerous places in the world for women. Instead of worrying about China, Modi should be worrying about the millions of Indians who live in absolutely miserable conditions including a very large number of working children.
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People comparing crimes committed by Japanese citizens to U.S. Military personnel are a little off the mark. Japanese citizens are here by birthright and the U.S. Military is here by a special agreement between the U.S. and Japan. The U.S. Military are here to perform a particular mission and are supposed to be Professional, Highly Trained and Highly Disciplined and should be held more accountable than the average Japanese citizen. If a U.S. soldier is considered to be no different than the average Japanese Citizen, we are in a lot of trouble.
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Biden promised the voters of Georgia that $2000,00. checks would go out immediately if they elected the two Democratic Senators. The voters of Georgia upheld their part of the deal but Biden did not. $2000,00 became $1,400.00 and immediately became almost 2 months after Biden took office.
Weak and cowardly from Biden that he removed the $15.00 minimum wage from the package. The increase in minimum wage is supported by a large majority of both Democratic and Republican voters. Even Florida voted to raise their minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. The voters elected Joe Biden President and not Joe Manchin, Manchin and a handful of Millionaire Dem. moderates should not be allowed to have veto power over legislation that gives a large portion of the people a living wage for doing their job.
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A Rich Clown is still a clown!!
Eat the Rich, Its the only thing that they are good for!!
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Good luck Naomi!! Always thought she had more talent than the average talentless talent in Japan. Her singing and dancing is not that bad.
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The only thing missing is that there were no Syrian White Helmets taking videos and photos of the poisoning.
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So this guy is poisoned with one of the most deadliest nerve agents in the world but makes a full recovery and looks like he has never been sick a day in his life. You would think with a nerve agent that powerful, there would be some visible effects from the poisoning.
Several years ago a father and daughter were poisoned with the same nerve agent but they also made miraculous recoveries. Looks like Russia should outsource their dissident killings to Saudi Arabia. The Saudis never fail and they also never get punished.
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Those wimpy Japanese prosecutors will probably have to change their underwear 2 or 3 times a day while interrogating these guys. These 2 guys have been in a lot of real life or death situations and the father is highly trained in interrogation and torture techniques.
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I guess Nikki doesn‘t have a problem with the United States supporting genocide in Yemen or her good friend Modi's persecution of Muslims in India.
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With war mongers for President, Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, what did you expect? Both the Democratic and Republican parties are controlled by the Military Industrial Complex.
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Their support for one of the most brutal and oppressive regimes ever is just one of the many reasons why the United States has no Moral Authority to criticize China, Russia or any other country about human rights.
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J. Edgar Hoover was a vile racist human being! Not only was the FBI involved in the death of brother Malcolm but also in the deaths of Dr. M. L. King and Chairman Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party.
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How great capitalism is, hundreds of thousands homeless and one rich person with a 20 bedroom house.
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What a loser, not only did he commit suicide but he stiffed the poor taxi driver for the fare!
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How about the persecution and discrimination of Muslim Minorities in India?
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Why would anyone want to retire in the Philippines? A third world country where people would kill their own mother for a few pesos! The people of Japan are paying for the U.S. to defend them and the people of Okinawa are bearing the burden of hosting U.S. bases to defend them.
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The destruction of Libya is all on the U.S. and NATO! Thank you Obama and Shrillary Clinton!!
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Japan spends all of that money on U.S. Forces in Japan but they wont even help Japan keep Chinese ships out of Japan's territorial waters. If the Senkaku Islands fall under the U.S. Japan Security Agreement then at the least, the U.S. should be doing joint patrols with Japan around those islands. All of those people calling for Japan to take military action against China have to remember that firstly, Japan does not have the cojones to do that and secondly the U.S. would never sanction any action for Japan to take that might drag the U.S. into a war with China.
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The fact that Mori who was one of the worst Prime Ministers in the history of Japan still wields tremendous political power just shows how messed up Japan's political system is.
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My wish is to see Bezos living in a blue sheet tent on Skid Row in Los Angeles. A horrible man who epitomizes Vulture Capitalism!
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Don't know why SK ever said Japan is a military partner in the first place. Japan has nothing to offer SK militarily, SK gets all of the support that it needs from the United States. SK has a more combat ready and capable military than Japan and the politicians in SK most of whom have military experience are definitely more capable than Japanese politicians in leading a country during wartime. The U.S. Military would use its Bases in Japan to support U.S. Forces in SK in a conflict on the Korean Peninsula regardless of what Japan thinks or says so the bottom line is SK does not need Japan when it comes to fighting a war.
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Wall Street Pete's reward for dropping out of the primary race for President and helping Biden to beat Sanders. Just another neo-liberal hack pretending to be a progressive. More neo-liberal identity politics, because he is gay you can‘t question his policies or you will be called homophobic.
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Cuba is a state sponsor of terrorism but Saudi Arabia is not. What a joke!!!
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Both the Democrats and Republicans are to blame because both parties only care about their wealthy donors and both parties have placed politics ahead of the health and welfare of the American people. Instead of servants of the people, both Republican and Democratic politicians are servants of the wealthy and they themselves try to accumulate as much wealth as they can.
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The massive domestic issues that the U.S. have will have to be the priorities for Biden. I do not think that Taiwan is high on the list that the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs, health care and homes because of COVID-19 have for Biden to pay attention to. It has been 75 years since the end of WWII but Japan is still completely dependent on the U.S. for their Foreign and Defense Policy which is kind of like those 40 and 50 year old men who still live with and depend on their parents.
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I see this kind of article from time to time but I never see it explained what the U.S. wants Japan to increase its Cost Sharing for Hosting U.S. Troops spending on. Does the U.S. want Japan to build the U.S. Military more Golf Courses? Does the U.S. want Japan to build more U.S. Military Dependent Schools? Does the U.S. want Japan to give each U.S. Military Dependent a weekly spending allowance? The Japanese Govt. has built first class Housing, Dependent Schools and Leisure Facilities for U.S. Military Personnel and their Families and spends far more than any other country in the world to host the U.S. Military so what more is that the U.S. wants.
The Philippines is also under the U.S. Umbrella of protection and the U.S. is committed to defend them so how many U.S. Military Bases are in the Philippines and how much money does the Philippines give to the U.S. for their protection? Also other countries in this area that the U.S. is committed to defend besides Japan and SK, how much money do they give the U.S. for their protection? Since U.S. Bases in Japan would be used to defend countries like the Philippines, it seems to me that the Japanese Taxpayers are paying for the defense of some countries who are getting a free ride.
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