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The “Unimaginable” Incompetence of Futenma Marines

SNA (Tokyo) — The following stories were reported today by the Shingetsu News Agency.

The Top Headline

—Yet another military helicopter has crash landed in Okinawa this afternoon, this time along the coast of Yomitan village. The helicopter was once again one belonging to the US Marines at Futenma. After the running series of accidents, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga says his feeling is that the US military is “sloppy” and the Abe government has proven itself both “irresponsible” and “incompetent.” Okinawa Vice-Governor Moritake Tomikawa, upon hearing of the latest US Marine helicopter mishap, declares it “an unimaginable situation.”


—A third school scandal? Questions being raised about very cheap state land price granted to the Japan Aviation Academy in Yamanashi Prefecture. The Chairman of the Board is another prominent rightwinger, Shigeo Umezawa, one of the founders of Japanese Culture Channel Sakura.


—US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley continues her war-mongering on North Korea: “We want to always remind them we can destroy you too, so be very cautious and careful with your words and what you do…. I think that [Trump] always has to keep Kim on his toes.”

—Trump administration wants to build smaller-sized nuclear weapons to ensure that they are more useable in future conflicts. They don’t want the 21st century to go on much longer without the US using nuclear weapons on somebody, it would seem.

—US Marines remove their helicopter that crash landed on Ikeijima by having it carried off from the beach by a larger CH-53E helicopter. It was transported to Naval Base White Beach, also in Uruma city, but on the main island of Okinawa.

—South Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha: “The government is looking beyond North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics to consider ways to improve inter-Korean relations and seek close collaboration with the international community to bring about North Korea’s denuclearization.”

—Contrary to earlier reporting that said President Moon Jae-In would shelve his Comfort Women policy until after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, his government is now expected to announce tomorrow that it seeks changes in the December 2015 agreement with Japan.


—Originally we intended not to cover the Logan Paul matter, but the movement against him is now so large it is trending on Japanese-language Twitter. More than 377,000 people have, at time of this writing, signed a petition calling for his YouTube channel to be deleted. Our own view is that we share the widespread disgust with Logan Paul’s utterly disrespectful actions in Japan, and the dead body matter wasn’t necessarily the worst aspect. But we also find the idea of deleting his channel problematic for various reasons.

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