Posts Categorized: Japan


Top 10 List of What President Obama Should Say in Hiroshima Speech

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  6 years ago, on the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, I wrote: No sitting Japanese prime minister has ever been to Pearl Harbor; and no sitting American president has ever been to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Will President Obama be the first? 6 years later, we have our answer…. Read more »

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70 years ago….and yesterday

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The single most destructive bombing of WWII wasn’t Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the firebombing raids of Dresden in February of 1945, with upwards of 135,000 men, women, and children slain. In wars between nations, the deaths of civilians is historically all-too common; and the norm, not the exception. Yet it’s the horrors of the dropping… Read more »

Hamada mounts Matsumoto

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Looks like a slow news day for FA; and since no one has posted anything new up since yesterday, and since it’s the weekend, here’s a frivolous post that might amuse you. No politics.

I know what you’re thinking: “WtF is up with that post title”? Well, for anyone who is into MMA or (Brazilian) jiujitsu, this might amuse you; actually, it might amuse anyone.

Then again….

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U.S. Leadership Void Squanders Influence – China Steps In

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During this period in American history when the economy, business, trade and currency have taken pivotal positions in the Nation’s psyche, the country is led by what may well be the most economically uninterested Administration it has ever elected. Loudly professing to fight for the vast middle class, the Obama Administration’s actions are taking the… Read more »

Ahab Follows His Obsession To The Inevitable Conclusion

Marxist Ideology, Obama’s Personal Demon

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We who walk the earth struggle with personal demons throughout our lives, if the demons devlop obsessions, we are then consumed by strange passions that control and ultimately destroy our lives and those around us.

In Melville’s Moby Dick, Captain Ahab is consumed with his obsession to kill the White Whale, Moby Dick. His inner demon is pure madness and vengeance. Obama, by not recognizing his personal failures and the failures of his policies, is displaying signs of a mental imbalance: consumed with Narcissism, driven by an obsession with Capitalism, and the inner demon of Marxism, he is not capable of seeing alternatives or making rational decisions. The mental imbalance within both Ahab and Obama becomes or was more apparent as their voyages progress. Obama’s Presidency and Ahab’s voyages were both scheduled to last four years.

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About Time…Kyoto Treaty Dies As Four Nations Refuse To Sign New Pledge

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This treaty should of died a long time ago:

Russia, Japan and Canada told the G8 they would not join a second round of carbon cuts under the Kyoto Protocol at United Nations talks this year and the US reiterated it would remain outside the treaty, European diplomats have said.

The future of the Kyoto Protocol has become central to efforts to negotiate reductions of carbon emissions under the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, whose annual meeting will take place in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December 9.


Japan – In Need Of Friends In The Aftermath [Reader Post]

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We have observed the graphic images of the Japanese and their nation, succumbing to the overwhelming forces of nature destroying lives, infrastructure, and economy.

In a couple of years the currents of the Pacific and prevailing winds will scatter debris across North America’s shores. Those will be reminders of the life changing devastation and very human tragedy that has been, since that infamous day March 11, holding Japan in a state of shock. Who will Japan look to as it rebuilds.

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NEWS OPEN THREAD III – Japan’s Tsunami “Fallout”: Conditions for Japan’s “Fukushima Fifty”

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Since it’s simpler to keep an open thread for the fast moving story of Japan’s crisis, I’m starting the third open news thread on the subject for everyone to add their thoughts and updates to. Since the event has happened, major networks have sent multiple teams for “on the scene” hyperbolic coverage and fear mongering,… Read more »


Thoughts On Japan

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My father is a retired Navy Command Master Chief. He spent 32 years in the Navy, so I’ve literally been in the military my entire life. My grandfather fought in WWII with the Army Air Corps in the European Theater (if you’re interested, I wrote about him after he died here, here, and here based off his journals). My dad was stationed in Japan twice growing up.

The first time we lived there, I was about 11 years old the first time we moved to Japan. We lived on a small communications base called Kamiseya. The entire base is only a little more than 100 acres large.