Koichi Nakano, Sophia University, Tokyo – TOKYO — Last month, when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan dissolved Parliament and called a snap election for Oct. 22, he seemed to be making the decision from a position of strength. The opposition was in disarray, and his popularity ratings were picking up again, his hawkishness apparently […]
Compiled and translated by Sung-Hee Choi, activist against the U.S. naval base on Jeju. Fwd: [Oct. 14][Busan] “US troops Go back home!” Cry in the party venue for the US navy (from No Naval Base on Jeju) The Busan Haeundae grand hotel is where movie directors and actors/actress used to stay together whenever there is […]
by Valerie Wieskamp – It has become almost a requirement in American culture that people talk about “supporting our veterans”. But this is what our soldiers do-they invade, they rape, they silence. Not every soldier, of course. But militarism embraces violence, and no- our soldiers have not died defending our freedoms. They have died defending our […]
本田望 – 北朝鮮との軍事衝突の危機が高まるなか、米国のトランプ大統領は北朝鮮との交渉はむだだといい、安倍晋三首相はさらにかえって逆効果だと強く主張しています。しかしながら、彼らはその主張の実の根拠を示していないようです。 Amid rising tensions between the US and North Korea, President Donald Trump insists that negotiation with North Korea is useless, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is certain that more talk would only make things worse, but they don’t offer any proof. 米国のドナルド・トランプ大統領は10月8日、「以前の合意は署名のインクが乾く前に破られた。（北朝鮮との交渉は）実を結ばない。外交の座についた米国に恥をかかせた。悪いが解決策はたった一つだ！」とツイートしました。 安倍晋三首相も同様に9月17日付でニューヨークタイムズ紙に寄稿し、北朝鮮はこれまでも約束をほごにしてきたので交渉はかえって逆効果、「ミサイル発射や核実験をしたから、諸外国は対話を求めてきた」と受け取りかねないと警告し、国際社会が連帯して北朝鮮への圧力を最大限に強めるべき時だと主張しました。 On October 10, Mr. Trump tweeted “…hasn’t worked, agreements […]
Japan and Asia/日本とアジア
They’ll return bases they’ve used for 70 years and are now decrepit, and replace then with cutting-edge new facilities. They’re tying all this to the return of the Futenma base, with the Japanese government bearing all of the cost. That’s very adept negotiation by the US at the expense of Japan and Okinawa. The new base at Henoko will function as a military port, it will have maintenance facilities and provide logistics (storage and supply) functions, in addition to the airfield. Nearby is the Henoko ammunition depot [now part of Camp Schwab], where the US stored nuclear missiles in the past.
Victims of the bombing were citizens who were in Hiroshima and Nagasaki then, not the Japanese nation. Those people were victims of the Japanese war, started by the state of Japan, just as much as other victims of the Japanese Empire throughout the Asia-Pacific region…Obviously, it was Japan’s colonial rule of Korea that caused as many as 70,000 Koreans to be exposed to the two atomic bombs….If Abe still accompanies Obama to Hiroshima, wearing the mask of a victim, he should at least bow his head at the Korean A-bomb Victims Memorial, together with Obama.
辺野古問題取材班】米軍普天間飛行場の移設に伴う名護市辺野古への新基地建設で、１２日に海上保安庁などに過剰な警備について抗議する名護市議会の議員ら６人が１１日午前、船上から作業現場を事前視察した。 議員たちが「暴力的で過剰な警備は許さない」と呼び掛けながら、臨時制限区域を示す油防止膜（オイルフェンス）内を航行していたところ、海上保安官が船を一時拘束した。 議員たちは取材陣と同じ船に乗っていた。船が拘束される際、海上保安官が男性船長（２９）のライフジャケットの胸ぐらをつかみ、緊迫した。船には定員の１ ３人が乗っていたが３、４人の海上保安官が乗り込み、一時定員オーバーとなった。海保のゴムボートで船をオイルフェンス外にえい航した。同議会軍事基地等対策特別委員会の大城敬人（よしたみ）委員長は「暴力的な警備をしていることが分かった。明日の要請の場で抗議したい」と話した。 午後にはオイルフェンス内でカヌーに乗って抗議していた市民３人が一時拘束された。 抗議船の船長（右）の胸ぐらをつかむ海上保安官＝１１日午前１０時５６分、名護市の大浦湾（金良孝矢撮影） CLICK PHOTO TO SEE VIDEO This is the Japanese Coast Guard attempt to destroy the anti-base movement, but they will not succeed. For more on this, please read the article […]
Take action to support Hiroji Yamashiro, who has been imprisoned indefinitely for protesting U.S. bases in Okinawa. Other actions will appear here periodically. 【沖縄の活動家：山城博治さんの釈放を！】 山城さんは 昨年10月17日、高江のヘリパッド建設に対する抗議行動中に逮捕され、その後公務執行妨害などでも逮捕され起訴されました。勾留されて100日以上が経ちます。家族にも会えない今の状態は、国際人権基準に反しています。アムネスティ日本は、山城さんの速やかな釈放を求めて声明（http://bit.ly/2jDX7Ug）を発表、 また、緊急行動を始めました。郵便やSNSで、いますぐ西川検事総長と安倍首相に働きかけてください！詳細はこちら http://bit.ly/2kagE1Y
I just finished watching Jimmy Kimmel’s video where he addresses the recent shooting in Las Vegas. It’s easy to see that shootings across the country have affected him dearly and even myself, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Jimmy went on to talk about other shootings, debates on gun issues, and made some […]
Forty-one Spanish Civil Guard raids on Catalan government-related buildings and private homes on September 20 led to the arrest of 13 high-level Catalan government officials and harvested a lot of “suspect material” for the prosecutors charged with stopping Catalonia’s October 1 independence referendum. However, the raid have provoked a mass revolt in response. The haul […]
Several rights groups responded Friday, calling on Trump to repeal the ban, which applies to migrants from Syria and 5 other countries in Africa and the Middle East. “Trump was using very strong words last night to describe the cruelty and the horrors that children and civilians in general are enduring (in Syria),” Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, co-director […]
Reports of injuries and deaths began to circulate soon after but they did not make major headlines until about seven years ago. On May 27, 2009, Ashley Parham, a teenager in Oklahoma, died when the airbag in her 2001 Honda Accord exploded. The following year Gurjit Rathore was killed in Virginia, when the airbag in her 2001 Honda Accord exploded.
War and Empire/戦争＆支配権力
By Tim Shorrock. Published in Japanese by the Ryuku Shimpo, July 18, 2017– As the people of Okinawa expand their struggle to remove the US Marines from their beautiful island, the Trump administration’s military buildup in Asia in response to North Korea’s missile tests is making that task even harder. In April, at the height […]
The headlines arrive in my inbox day after day: “U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria killed hundreds of civilians, U.N. panel says.” “Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields.” “The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.” There are so many wars and rumors of war involving […]