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(Al Jazeera)   It turns out Japan is now getting around its constitutional ban on a navy by calling their new ship part of a "self-defense force with serving members." What could possibly go wrong?   ( ) divider line
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8106 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Jun 2013 at 9:14 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-06-15 12:25:16 AM  

Something tells me that the original version of Super Mario Bros. 3 may have undergone some revision before the American release.

It wasn't his tail that he would swing around to hit turtles, I'll tell you that much.

/i did it all for Tanooki
2013-06-15 02:01:34 AM  

Farxist Marxist: Maybe if they just called their sailors "associates".

Cast members.
2013-06-15 11:16:41 AM  

WordsnCollision: dittybopper: Probably not much.  The nationalism that blinded them in the 1920's, 30's, and 40's doesn't seem to be too much in evidence now...

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/New, not vintage.

It is a Self-Defense Forces limited kewpie strap which is sold at a shop in the Kanoya air force base in Kagoshima prefecture. It says "Japan win all battles. Hi-no-maru vigorous young men are strongest. I'm a Zero fighter plane pilot. There is no one anywhere who is a match for Japanese spirit." on the package. It give a dangerous smell a little. But its design is so cool to be loved by men. The elaborate workmanship kewpie strap looks funny.
2013-06-15 11:29:35 AM  

Pumpernickel bread: This is a good thing on a number of levels..  A representative government calls the shots now, not an emperor, so we don't have to worry about them trying to go out and dominate the world. And considering how China is starting shiat with them over those fishing islands....a stronger military gives them more influence in regional affairs.  This takes pressure off the U.S. military, which has been the police in the region since WWII.  Not to mention the Japanese are getting sick of U.S. bases in their country.  A military of their own reduces the need for us to be there.

Hate to break it to you, but the Emperor wasn't the source of the problem.
2013-06-15 02:00:13 PM  
I think they just want an excuse to build Gundam-style war robots.
2013-06-15 08:49:37 PM  
I keep saying it's not their Navy we have to worry about, it's their Air Force...
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