voiceofokinawa comments

Posted in: Southwest Japan islands set to become World Heritage site See in context

The way Washington deals with Tokyo as regards bases is nothing but craftiness and cunning. This kind of a bilateral relation, a sham, won't last long, I'm sure.

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Posted in: Southwest Japan islands set to become World Heritage site See in context

Yubaru,

Right, you put new tires on your car and call it a "new" car! You and everyone else who keeps crying about a "new" base has been brainwashed by the leftist media in Okinawa.

Your analogy doesn't work. Suppose you overhaul everything in the car -- not only tires, but engine, body parts inside and out, and coloring, with all the state of arts added. It may not be a brand new car, but you can call it a new car. What remains unchanged is your ownership and right to use it.

That's how Futenma's replacement is.

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Posted in: Chinese rocket segment disintegrates over Indian Ocean See in context

What amazes me most about China is its achievement of economy and space technology vying neck and neck with the U.S. as we see today.

Everything started with Leader Deng Xiaoping's daring policy of "Reform and Open Door" that was struck home in 1978. Until then China was an underdeveloped country no one paid much heed to.

Who knew China would become America’s No. one rival in economy and all in such a short period of time?

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Posted in: Southwest Japan islands set to become World Heritage site See in context

Correction:

Wasp-class warships weigh 40,500 long tons.

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Posted in: Southwest Japan islands set to become World Heritage site See in context

Yubaru,

First no, it's not even close to the area, and 2nd, you already know it's not a new base either, you are just repeating false propaganda!

The distance from Henoko, where the new base will be built, to Takae, around which USMC Jungle Warfare Training Center is located, is about 12 Km, a very short flight distance for Ospreys. 

No doubt, the Henoko base is genuinely a new base, never simply a replacement for Futenma, because it will be equipped with many innovative facilities Futenma doesn't have at the current site: for example, a port facility to harbor 200,000-ton Wasp-class warships.

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Posted in: Southwest Japan islands set to become World Heritage site See in context

Probably, the Senkaku Islands should have been included on the list of recommended world heritage sites, so that they may not be made havoc with for commercial as well as industrial purposes by anyone. Maybe, the next time around?

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Posted in: Southwest Japan islands set to become World Heritage site See in context

The government revised the designated area by including a forest within a former U.S. military site in northern Okinawa that was returned to Japan in December 2016 and reinforced measures against invasive species before resubmitting the proposal in February 2019.

The IUCN, a UN advisory panel, included part of northern Okinawa, locally known as Yanbaru, on its list of its world heritage recommendation sites. That is one half of the U.S. Marines' Northern Training Area where vestiges of military training still abound. The other half remains a Marine facility, renamed as Jungle Warfare Training Center, where there are six VTOL facilities for Ospreys and other VTOL jet fighters.

I wonder how the U.S. military would coordinate this fact with the conservation of precious nature and endangered rare species in Yanbaru , for whom there is no border line between military and non-military areas.  

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon says 'time to take action' on N Korea See in context

Desert Tortoise: May 10 11:42 pm JST,

*The second thing that thoroughly enrages the North Koreans are the leaflets sent north on balloons from South Korea. It absolutely flips them out. *

The leaflets sent by balloon are part of the anti-Kim Jong Un regime campaign carried out by North Korean defectors living in South Korea. The Moon government prohibited such activities by law. This and another reason you mention may be direct causes for Kim Jong Un to flip out but the real cause is certainly what I pointed out.

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Posted in: S Korea's Moon says 'time to take action' on N Korea See in context

Where is that uplifting feeling derived from the peace diplomacy in 2018 between South's Moon Jae In and North's Kim Jong Un in which the two leaders agreed the Korean Peninsula would be completely denuclearized? Their high-profile walking together across the armistice line at Panmunjom with hand in hand was an epoch-making event indeed.

What went wrong then? Probably, for the North, complete denuclearization meant South Korea shouldn’t allow U.S. forces to bring in nuclear weapons to the Peninsula while for the South, and the U.S. behind it, it only meant the complete dismantling of nuclear weapons and facilities thereof in North Korea.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea at odds over wartime history, radioactive water See in context

I, for one, am opposed to nuclear power plants built anywhere in the world for energy and hence for cheep money.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea at odds over wartime history, radioactive water See in context

Chung voiced "deep concerns" that Japan made the decision on the planned discharge of wastewater without sufficient prior consultation with neighboring countries, the South Korean ministry said, according to Yonhap News Agency.

If today's Sankei Shimbun report, "Treated water also released by China, South Korea", is correct, why should the two countries blame Japan only? According to the said article, the Kori nuclear power plant near Busan released 5 billion Bqs of Alps-treated water into the sea in 2018, China's Hockchiang nuclear power plant in Fujian 5.3 billion Bqs in 2020 while Japan's planned release is to be 2.2 billion Bqs over several decades.

I, for one, am opposed to nuclear power plants built anywhere in the world for energy.

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Posted in: Chinese rocket segment disintegrates over Indian Ocean See in context

Of the two space labs China launched, the first one fell to Earth in an uncontrollable fashion in April 2018, but China maintained control over the second lab to the end in July 2019. So making fuss over a possibility that debris may fall from the unburned rocket may have been a groundless brouhaha.

See a Space Com. Article endorsed by NASA: “China launches core module of new space station to orbit” written by Mike Wall.

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Posted in: Bomb kills at least 55 at girls' school in Afghan capital See in context

Dr. Tetsu Nakamura, a physician and philanthropist, who worked heartily for the welfare of the Afghan people, was killed by still-unknown attackers while heading to his projected reconstruction site in Afghanistan in 2019.

Hope the Afghan people will live under peace, tranquility and security very soon forever.

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Posted in: Bomb kills at least 55 at girls' school in Afghan capital See in context

The Taliban condemned the attack and denied any responsibility.

Then is it a criminal act by a group of fundamentalist Muslim believers other than the Taliban who think women should not be educated?

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Posted in: New Zealand declines to call China's Uighur treatment genocide See in context

No doubt, something very unusual is going on in Xinjiang Uighur. But, certainly, it's not a genocide as some rights group says. A genocide is the mass murder of people like in Auschwitz or the atrocities in Rwanda and Cambodia. It may be that the Chinese government is trying to re-orient Muslim minorities to toe the novel policy line that the Chinese government allegedly implemented recently. But no one knows exactly what it is.

Probably, the Chinese government is ubiquitously trying to centralize its power over ethnic minorities, casting off traditional multiracial-nation policy and trying to revive old Sino-centrism.  If so, what will the Five Stared Red Flag of the CCP become? Will it become a big-one-star flag?

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Posted in: China, Japan trade acrimonious barbs over Fukushima tweet See in context

rlaalswls: May 4 09:54 am JST

The Japanese government has consistently rejected the verification of Alps treated water and participation in neighboring countries by experts from third countries.

Without understanding by the international community, Tokyo can't release the tank-stored “contaminated” water into the sea however it may claim the water has been treated with ALPS. So the whole process of conducting it must be wide open to the outside world. 

That being the case, it's a very serious problem if what you mention here is true. Can you tell where and when the Japanese government dithered to allow any future inspection by neighboring countries?

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Posted in: Afghan retreat: U.S. formally begins withdrawing from its longest war See in context

The U.S. forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan at long last. But where are the withdrawing troops supposed to go? To the U.S. mainland or to Okinawa bases? Neither. (No, to Okinawa.)The U.S. has been negotiating with the Indian government to host the retreating troops on their soil (See "US could seek 'expeditionary' base deal with India", Asia Times: Apr. 27, 2021). 

If people think the Afghan War was the longest war the U.S. has engaged in its history, they are wrong. The Afghan War is only part of a greater war the U.S. has continued to engage in, spanning from the 20th century to the 21st.  Will future historians call it America's "Hundred Years' War"?

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Posted in: China, Japan trade acrimonious barbs over Fukushima tweet See in context

The difference between water stored in tanks at Fukushima and ordinary coolant water in other nuclear power plants is that in the former it is the ground water that directly touched reactor cores while in the latter the coolant water doesn't directly touch them. 

Such being the case, Fukushima is uniquely different from others. Is that right?  But how are cores cooled ordinarily in other nuclear power plants?

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Posted in: China, Japan trade acrimonious barbs over Fukushima tweet See in context

DontBeATool,

Thank you for the technical pieces of information. We need such information above anything else.

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Posted in: China, Japan trade acrimonious barbs over Fukushima tweet See in context

It's turned out that TEPCO had to install tanks after tanks for the storage of the "contaminated" water which was supposed to have been cleaned and "treated" with ALPS. Radionuclides other than tritium, such as carbon-14, still remain even after treatment with ALPS, according to Greenpeace.

A question. How are then other countries dealing with the problem of disposing of the reactor cooling water that can't be treated flawlessly?

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Posted in: China, Japan trade acrimonious barbs over Fukushima tweet See in context

Thank you for the reference.

That report by Greenpeace wraps up:

... the only acceptable solution is continued long-term storage and processing of the contaminated water. This is logistically possible, and it will allow time for more efficient processing technology to be deployed as well as allowing the threat from radioactive tritium to diminish naturally.

It is the only way to safeguard the human rights, health and environment of the people of Fukushima, the rest of Japan and the wider international community.

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Posted in: China, Japan trade acrimonious barbs over Fukushima tweet See in context

The article you referred to says there's difference between contaminated water, on one hand, and treated water, on the other. Contaminated water is filthy water containing radioactive particles while treated water is the water in which radioactive material has been filtered out by a devise called ALPS. With this device, all radioactive material can be filtered out except tritium.

It is this ALPS-treated water that has been stored in about one thousand tanks on the compounds of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The government plans to release this treated water into the sea after it is mixed with sea water and diluted one-fortieth Japan's standard,.

 A question remains, though. If that's possible., why has the government waited for so long, ten years, to start it, installing tanks after tanks until there is no more land space to install them in?

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Posted in: China, Japan trade acrimonious barbs over Fukushima tweet See in context

zichi,

Thank you for the reference. If it were not for technology to remove tritium from water used for cooling reactors, how do other countries deal with this problem, i.e., how are they disposing of water used to cool reactors?

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Posted in: China, Japan trade acrimonious barbs over Fukushima tweet See in context

If tritium-laced water now stored in hundreds of tanks at the Fukushima nuclear power plants were to be treated to one-fortieth of the current tritium level, far below the health permissible level, which, Tokyo says, will be conducted under the monitoring of the IAEA, what's so fuss about it? Will Tokyo be tricking the world?

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Posted in: British warships, military aircraft to set sail for Asia next month See in context

When Great Britain left the world's seven seas as a great naval power, it bequeathed everything military to the new comer U.S.A. The time now seems for the U.S.A. to be doing the same, albeit slightly differently.

The U.S. is asking its allies, the Five-Eyes and Quads, to assume a larger role in defense matters for the hitherto sole super power, the U.S.A.  It is even asking Japan and South Korea to increase their share of base maintenance costs for U.S. forces deployed to the respective countries.

Does this mean the American Age is over? And is this the last-ditch efforts on the part of the U.S. to remain as a dominant world power?

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Posted in: 35 years on, Chernobyl warns and inspires See in context

Whenever I hear about nuclear power plant accidents, I never fail to think of the Tyconderoga incident that occurred in the waters near Okinawa in 1965, which was revealed only in 1989. In it, an atomic bomb-carrying U.S. Navy fighter jet fell off the carrier Tyconderoga into the sea off Kikai Island of the Amami Island Group. The aircraft, pilot and bomb have never been recovered to this day.

There might be many such incidents/accidents involved with the military of whatever country, unrevealed and kept secret.

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Posted in: British warships, military aircraft to set sail for Asia next month See in context

See also a CNN article, "Britain is sending a huge naval force through some of the most tense waters in Asia" by Brad Lendon (CNN: April 27, 2021).

Is this motivated by the U.K. to restore its image as an erstwhile greater Great Britain? If so, it would only remind China, I'm afraid, of the humiliation it had experienced as the result of the two Opium Wars.

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Posted in: British warships, military aircraft to set sail for Asia next month See in context

See another article run also today on JT, that cites an Australian Home Security minister warning his staff of beating drums of war approaching and looming.

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Posted in: British warships, military aircraft to set sail for Asia next month See in context

There's a smell of something burning in the western Pacific. For the heaven’s sake, No!  NEVER AGAIN!

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Posted in: 35 years on, Chernobyl warns and inspires See in context

Goodlucktoyou,

Under a secret pact signed between Tokyo and Washington in 1972 when Okinawa was returned, the U.S. is entitled to bring in nuclear weapons whenever it may want. I don't know if they are stored here currently right now. 

Nuclear submarines regularly visit White Beach Naval Base on the east coast of Okinawa and a nuclear carrier, the Ronald Reagan, makes Yokosuka near Tokyo its semi-permanent home base.

But the topic here is Chernobyl and serious nuclear power plant accidents like that: Three Mile Island and Fukushima.

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