It has been a long time. We lost a brother and two cats over the last year and a half. During that time, we have managed to maintain the website, but now we have also made another change that we had been meaning to do for a long time: you can not respond to the news and commentary on the site.
Several times a month you will again get a reminder about the latest article(s), along with a link to the relevant discussion forum topic or thread. You can not only make comments on the article but also engaged in discussion with other users.
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TITLE: Discussion on Remembering the Tsushima Maru 75 years Later
In reaction to global Western imperialism, Imperial Japan prepared to sacrifice the recently colonized sovereign nation of Ryūkyū, renamed it Okinawa prefecture and used them as a firewall to stall an impending US invasion into Japan proper.
TITLE: Discussion on Getting a Job in the Munitions Factory
According to The Guardian, of the 260 million cluster bomblets that rained down on Laos between 1964 and 1973 particularly on Xieng Khouang province, 80 million failed to explode.The Global Post reports that as of 2009 about 7000 people have been injured or killed by explosives left from the Vietnam War era in the Vietnamese Quang Tri Province alone.
TITLE: Discussion on U.S. veterans to request GAO investigation of Henoko base construction
Veterans for Peace—Ryukyu Okinawa Chapter Kokusai President Douglas Lummis and members held a press conference at Okinawa’s prefectural press club on July 25. The group announced VFP-ROCK’s intentions to submit a new resolution for approval at the 34th National Convention of Veterans For Peace, which will be held in Spokane WA next month. They seek to halt the construction of the new base in Henoko Nago City with the new resolution.
TITLE: Discussion on My body was not mine, but the US military’s
Rightwing Japanese revisionists cluelessly argue that it is wrong to single out Japan for what the US and Korea also have done. They are right in sense: patriarchy is not limited to Japan. And it is hypocritical for Americans to point the finger at Japan while it absolves itself of all wrongs. This goes for both the abuse of women as well as murder that is routinely viewed as “serving your country”.
TITLE: Discussion on Japan and Korea Relations
A surprising number of people in Japan don’t seem to know much about atrocities committed by Japan during the Pacific War [and that] the group of right-wing nationalists, Shinto cultists likely racists and historical revisionists that form Nippon Kaigi –and Abe’s hardcore base – have sought to rewrite Japanese history and textbooks for decades.
TITLE: Discussion on Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics are showing the nightmare waiting for L.A. in 2028
Something unprecedented is happening this week in Japan. Activists from around the world are convening for the first-ever transnational anti–Olympics summit. Tokyo protest groups have teamed up with those from recent host cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Pyeongchang, South Korea and future hosts including Los Angeles. The summit coincides with the one-year mark before the Tokyo Summer Olympics open on July 24, 2020.
TITLE: Discussion on 九州２０ヵ所猛毒除草剤埋設 ベトナム戦争の枯れ葉剤成分 (Dioxin buried around Japan)
Japanese government buried 2, 4 5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid produced at Omuta factory all around Japan. Kitakyushu City University researcher speculates it was Japanese government policy to sell this chemical to the US military for use in the production of Agent Orange by mixing with 2,4-D-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. Official use according to the government
TITLE: Discussion on Rape in Japan is a crime but justice is rarely served. A Non-Arrest & Shiori Ito’s Full Statement
New allegations have raised the possibility that the administration may have gone so far as to quash a rape investigation on behalf of a close friend of [Prime Minister] Abe: the dapper, hipster-bearded broadcast journalist Noriyuki Yamaguchi, who also penned two laudatory books on the prime minister…
TITLE: Discussion on CIA: How to shape Okinawan public opinion on the U.S. military presence (by Jon Mitchell)
In 2012, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Open Source Center published a manual for U.S. officials advising them on how to shape Okinawan public opinion about the large U.S. military presence on their island. Categorized For Official Use Only, the 60-page CIA report is titled A Master Narratives Approach to Understanding Base Politics in Okinawa....
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