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Okinawa Prepares for Typhoon 16W (Bolaven), #14; Okinawa in TCCOR 1-C

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A powerful typhoon is headed for Okinawa after hitting the island of Taiwan (check out the pictures of the destruction here). Okinawa typhoon season runs between June to November and 25% of Okinawa’s annual rain fall is brought by typhoons. Most typhoons occur during July, August, and September. Typhoonscan be very powerful and destructive, although similar to hurricanes they rarely reach the same level of…

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Grits and Sushi: Nappy Routes & Tangled Tales

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In keeping with the theme, Blackness in Flux in Okinawa, Mitzi Uehara Carter brings us “Spaces of Blackness in Okinawa, – Nappy Routes & Tangled Tales” You may recall that I previously had the privilege to discuss things Japan from an Afro-perspective with Ms. Carter: I had the pleasure of co-presenting at the University of California –…

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4,700 US Marines to leave Okinawa, Japan prior to realignment plan

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After reaching a general agreement to revise the 2006 U.S. Forces Japan realignment plan, the United States and Japan plan to frontload the relocation of the US Marines based at MCAS Futenma to Guam. This will be a separate project from the MCAS Futenma relocation. In this relocation, the number of Marines to be relocated…

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Japan classified as an aircraft carrier power and does not rule out war

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I love indicators and love it when the truth comes out. In 2008, I blogged on Japan Rising in the Pacific which discusses Japan’s military ambitions and right to self-collective defense. Here is the latest from the IISS via the China Daily: Japan has been formally classified for the first time since World War II as…

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Military Crime in Japan

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Wow! It seems that fuzzy logic, new math, a broken calculator or maybe even smoke and mirrors are used to push a different agenda, and it has nothing to do with crime! According to the data compiled by the ministry and its Defense Facilities Administration Agency, obtained by a group linked to victims of such…

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Hey Japan! Okinawa base protests are in the news but what about your base in Africa?

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As I sit here sipping on my mocha, the Japanese media continues to run the Okinawa-mondai stories. Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama plan to move as many as 1,000 of the 2,500 U.S. Marines based at the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma located in Ginowan on the island of Okinawa to Tokunoshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture was met…

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