Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Tokyo Governor Calls Us Out

East Asia allies doubt U.S. could win war with China
"Mr. Ishihara said U.S. ground forces, with the exception of the Marines, are 'extremely incompetent' and would be unable to stem a Chinese conventional attack. Indeed, he asserted that China would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons against Asian and American cities—even at the risk of a massive U.S. retaliation."

Them's fightin' words. His insinuation that the military is incompetent makes me want to go over there and remind Japan who its daddy is.

A surprising bit of insight can be gained from this joker in the next paragraph, however:
"The governor said the U.S. military could not counter a wave of millions of Chinese soldiers prepared to die in any onslaught against U.S. forces. After 2,000 casualties, he said, the U.S. military would be forced to withdraw."

This is the message the opposition is sending the rest of the world. This guy is known for saying some wacky things, according to Gaijinbiker. I lived in Japan for two years, however, and I know he's not alone. There are some big-time liberal lunatics in Japan, most of them aren't even as well-informed as our home-grown moonbats. These people protest nuclear weapons when a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier comes to Yokosuka.

I don't give a damn what the rest of the world thinks of America as long as we stay the course of liberty and freedom. This, however, reflects how our country's political discourse affects our allies... how do you suppose it's affecting our enemies? It's that kind of mentality that made our enemies see us as a "paper tiger" and emboldened them in the first place.


Blogger Phantom_Driver, USNR, Ret. bloody well said...

Ah Yokosuka. They used to protest the Kitty Hawk, Connie, and America there when we'd tie up. Same group of misfit socialists then as now.

They'd peacefully assemble at 3 pm (or whenever), promptly at the top of the hour, respectfully bow to the police, and then all hell'd break loose for precisely one hour, then they'd blow a whistle, stop throwing stuff, bow to the cops, and depart.

Loved our stays in Japan. Sasebo was my favorite port --much more rural and unsophisticated, but Yoko was very kool too.

The memories: I have an old style Pachinko box on the wall here, and still give the balls a whirl from time to time.

The Chinese grocery in town stocks Kirin Beer, and it's one of the best brewskis you can get.

Fond memories of Japan, one of the more civilized countries in Asia, (in l969 and l970 when I was last there)

For a good laugh, try this site:
If you 've been to Japan, you'll laugh your toosh off, round-eye say-lor.

Sayonara for now.


25 November, 2005 17:40  
Blogger Robosquirrel bloody well said...

This Tokyo governor sounds like exactly the kind of nut that the Japanese would like to be running things, however it's not like he's some kind of world leader or anything. He's just shooting off his mouth. In fairness, all of the younger folks I met were extremely friendly toward me and didn't seem to have a problem with the Navy - at least not to my face. I was shouted at by a few of the older folks. Randomly. I guess one time they thought I was talking too loud on the train.

My first command in the Navy was the USS John S. McCain, I was stationed in Yoko for two years, so we'd encounter these protests from time to time. Some of the groups were violent, but my wife and I got lucky and never saw any violence.

It turned out that most of these protestors were paid. They'd carry signs around during "Friendship Days" outside the gate and when the whistle blew they'd put the signs down and get in line to tour the aircraft carrier.

I never tried pachinko; gambling's not really my thing. We did try to see as much of the place as we could, though. We also lived outside the gate for a year, which really added to the experience. It was very interesting to be a minority in an extremely racist culture. "No Gaijin" is a phrase you hear a lot.

I wholeheartly agree with you on Sasebo vs. Yoko. I also got to visit Okinawa a couple of times (not very friendly) and Fukuoka once (extremely friendly). We had a couple other port vists cancelled; one because of a sensitive political situation (the USS Greenville scuttled that fishing boat, so we didn't get to go skiing in Hakodate) and a visit to Tokyo got axed because our Navigator couldn't figure out whether we could get under the bridge at low tide or not.

I loved the food; and when we came back to the US and went to a Japanese steakhouse, expecting a taste of what had been home, we were extremely dissapointed. I've been to very few Japanese restaurants that don't "Americanize" their food.

26 November, 2005 08:35  
Blogger Phantom_Driver, USNR, Ret. bloody well said...

I also tried to tour as much as possible. I was staff, CTF-77, and we got basket leave in port as we were deployed 13 months, while ship's company got to rotate at 6 months.

Got to Nagasaki. What a sight. What I'll always remember is McArthur's words on a bronze plaque on a marble stand in the Peace Park "... What you see here, started here".

Caught the Bullet (brand new then) and thence a bus, cable car and climbed Fuji (because it was there). Great journey -- at that time, everyone was very cool with Americans, spoke Engrish, and in the hinterlands would surround Americans just to gape at us.

Japanese girls would marvel at my friend Guido's expanse of chest hair and giggle,
matrons would invite you to come over to the house to practice "engrish" with their daughters, everyone was smiling.

The Ginza was a hoot -- I can only imagine how it's grown, as were the oxygen dispensers in the train station, and the pushers with the white gloves in the subway.

At night, really aged women would work on the highways, toting concrete fragments and dumping them in bamboo baskets, or in 3 -wheeled HUGE dump trucks while men manually
broke up old concrete with hammers.

In Sasebo, the Staff had an informal arrangment with a local ryokan, so when Connie
was in port, we all had a place to stay convenient to the ship and amenities.
The old couple who ran the place were wonderful.

Have you visited the Bhudda at Kamakura?

I know the place certainly has changed greatly, but I would visit (especially sasebo)
again in a heartbeat.

Yes, the food stateside leaves very much to be desired and I was dissappointed returning as well. Outside of California, Sushi is still awful in the US.

Do they still eat their lunch in the movie theatres?


26 November, 2005 14:03  
Blogger Robosquirrel bloody well said...

I never went to a movie theater in Japan (off base, that is), since it was twice as expensive as it was on base.

When we lived off base, we were one or two train stops away from Kamakura, so we've been there a couple of times. Red had a thing for visiting temples and bhudda statues, so we saw quite a few. In Hong Kong, we even took a ferry out to some island to see the largest one in the world.

We did get out to Mt. Fuji twice(it's not that far from Yokosuka, after all). The first time we tried to climb it the weather became unbearably wet and cold and we didn't make it all the way up. The second time, Red started crying about the effort or something when we were about 50 yards from the summit, and I practically had to carry her the rest of the way. We've got our offical walking sticks with the brands and everything!

I spent a lot of time underway while we lived there, so I didn't get to do near as much as I would have liked. The op-tempo for the Forward-Deployed Naval Forces is pretty high. The upside of that is that I got see a lot of Asia, Australia and the Pacific islands.

I wish I had gone to Nagasaki, MacArthur's words are words to remember in any conflict in which America has participated. We don't start wars... we finish 'em.

26 November, 2005 14:17  

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