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« on: March 27, 2017, 11:46:44 PM »

Woof All:

We already have a "Michael Yon in Afghanistan" thread and a "Micheal Yon in Syria" thread.  I have been in touch with him, inviting him to join our forum and so create this thread for him to use as he sees fit.

Here is what he just sent me of what he is up to now:
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www.Facebook.com/michaelyonfanpage (Most of the daily action is here.)

https://twitter.com/michael_yon (Feeds from Facebook.)

http://michaelyonjp.blogspot.com (Japanese and Chinese translations of my Facebook)

www.MichaelYon-Online.com (Main website.)

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Would love to have you here with us Michael-- look around and see if you like what you see.  Of particular interest to you may be posts by YA, probably on the Afpakia thread or the India thread.

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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2017, 11:31:46 AM »

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/world/asia/japanese-warship-us-navy-ship.html?_r=0

Japan comes to terms with its international obligations for security and stands by the US in facing down the madman in North Korea.

America has little idea how difficult it is domestically for Japan to provide this support. Japan harbors a large clique of pro North Korean groups, supported by leftist Westerners meddling in internal affairs.

There is a lot behind the scenes in Japan that America needs to be aware of, especially at this critical point.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2017, 11:48:37 AM »

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/world/asia/japanese-warship-us-navy-ship.html?_r=0

Japan comes to terms with its international obligations for security and stands by the US in facing down the madman in North Korea.

America has little idea how difficult it is domestically for Japan to provide this support. Japan harbors a large clique of pro North Korean groups, supported by leftist Westerners meddling in internal affairs.

There is a lot behind the scenes in Japan that America needs to be aware of, especially at this critical point.

Glad to see you here, Mr. Yon. I look forward to your contributions.
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2017, 02:28:44 PM »

Welcome Michael!  Honored to have you here.  Very interesting insight.  Would the pro-North Korean groups in Japan favor the regime or the people?
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2017, 08:37:23 AM »

Welcome Michael, delighted to have you here.  Just back from that trip I mentioned to you.  If you like please give me a call at 310-543-7521.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2017, 08:15:06 AM »

Japan’s Quiet Trumpism—Globalism Takes Big Hits in Land of the Rising Sun

For the past 8 years, Japan has undergone a quiet revolution. For many Japanese, the old system of alliances centered around the US security treaties is a dead letter. This realization of the ending of the American era has led to a fundamental rethinking of Japan’s place in the world. This shift also foreshadowed the rejection of “Globalism”—the now-broken code for honey-phrased international socialism—that occurred last November in the US and over the summer in the UK.

Here’s how the American century was squandered. Under Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, foreign policy isolated and angered America's allies while coddling, or in some cases overtly funding and enabling, America's enemies. For many nations in Asia, such as Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines, US foreign policy from 2009 to 2017 made it painfully obvious that, despite "Pacific Pivot" platitudes and other nostrums, the United States was no longer a trusted ally. These nations saw little choice but to appease the rising hegemon of Asia, the People’s Republic of China.

But now an entirely new Asian dynamic is at play. The US presidential vote was a resounding rejection of the globalist vision, and a ringing reassurance to US allies in the region that Americans do, indeed, share the values that many Asian nations have come to embrace.
The globalist American press has worked with unprecedented fervor—and increasing desperation—to marginalize Americans’ fast-growing skepticism of the globalist agenda. Among the Asian nations, Japan has had its version of the Reagan revolution/Trump revolt in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. For daring to proclaim that the people of a given nation have rights that must be protected, Abe—and Trump—have come under a withering globalist media and establishment attack.

Under Abe, Japan, already an indispensable American ally, has risen to an even greater level of importance to Washington’s policy in the Far East. But Abe’s rise must also be put in the context of the full-scale collapse of US-backed globalism throughout Asia.

For example, eight years of failed US diplomacy have left the once-hopeful democracy of South Korea a shambolic mess poised perfectly for a hard-left takeover. President Park Geun-hye, the first female South Korean president, sought to turn the comfort woman issue to her advantage, but, with her impeachment and recent arrest, has now learned that feminist outrage is even more dangerous for women than for men.

Park’s potential replacements are all openly vowing to abrogate the agreement to base the US THAAD (Theater High-Altitude Area Defense) missile warning and defense system in South Korea. Many of Park’s candidate successors express sympathies with China and North Korea. The depth of South Korea’s leftist plunge was revealed in part last year when US ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed in the face by a fanatic subsequently hailed as a hero.

It has therefore suddenly become a distinct possibility that the United States will lose South Korea as a key ally, and will no longer be able to base critical defence systems against North Korean nuclear aggression anywhere on the Korean peninsula. This makes Japan all the more important. The heightened prominence of Japan in the US alliance system does much to explain why Japan’s prime minister has been so viciously attacked by the globalist press.

Fortunately, as in America, Japan has a wave of popular conservative intellectual opinion makers. Surprisingly, they are mostly young and female. To this we turn in the second part of this two-part essay.




Japan's Enlightened Women Lead the Charge against Leftist Globalism
 
As Jonathan Bethune noted in his August 2016 Japan Today essay “Japanese politics and new media: Lessons from the recent election,” Prime Minister Abe’s re-election bid was successful in large part because 18 and 19 year olds were allowed to vote in the last elections. Many of these young, new voters are anti-globalist, just as their American counterparts were in the US presidential election held a few months later.

Much of this disaffection with globalism is driven by new-wave Japanese conservative women. These young women reject the corporate media (also seeing it as "fake news"), and tend to analyze the issues in depth from multiple sources, thus rejecting the globalist narrative imposed by the left-wing establishment.

Interestingly, these Japanese conservatives are attacked mostly by Americans in English-language publications—the same Americans who have been attacking conservatives and populists in the Western hemisphere from Reagan and Thatcher to Farage and Trump. Many older conservative Americans have long since adopted the liberal narrative perfected by Franklin Roosevelt—usually through ignorance of Japan carefully cultivated by selective translation and American “scholarship”—but younger conservatives are waking up to the decades of globalist lies. These long years of blind acceptance of the globalist line by the majority of American conservatives are what confuse Japanese conservatives the most. 

Conservative men on both sides of the Pacific have been largely silent in the face of the leftist hijacking of the history of Japan-American relations. But Japanese conservative women seem to thrive on these attempts at repression. With each new insult against their intelligence, these women only grow bolder.

Nor is this phenomenon limited to ethnically Japanese females. Korean and Taiwanese women living in Japan have also joined the ranks in support of Abe and in rejection of globalism. A diverse coalition including journalist Yoshiko Sakurai, South Korea-born professor Oh Sonfa, Taiwanese Birei Kin, former North Korean abduction issue minister Kyoko Nakayama, former Diet member Mio Sugita, non-fiction author Keiko Kawasoe, journalists Miki Ootaka and Kaori Arimoto, and the irrepressible critic and opinion-leader Yoko Mada has risen up in opposition to entrenched academic establishment hate-mongers like University of Connecticut professor Alexis Dudden, Temple Japan professor Jeff Kingston, Japan-bashing clearinghouse manager Columbia professor Carol Gluck, and a host of other political activists ensconced in hard-left academia.

Yoko Mada is a good example of the grass-roots movement of young enlightened women now canvassing the Internet.  Under her YouTube handle "Random Yoko," Mada uses both English and Japanese to address a growing number of followers on issues regarding the Japan-US relationship. Long before Trump had even won the Republican nomination, Mada was leading the "Make America Great Again" movement in Japan. In some of her recent videos, Mada has spotlighted the amateur politicking of anti-Japan activist Alexis Dudden, just one of many leftist "experts" whom the majority of voters in Japan and the US are now ignoring. Mada's videos show just how desperate American leftists are to cripple the Abe administration, which has consistently proven itself to be one of America's most critical allies.

Mada’s work serves as a warning to Americans: the left is anxious to vilify the Japanese conservative movement because that movement threatens to undermine what the left has been working to achieve since gaining ascendancy in the American media and academe—the downfall of the United States and the abandonment of Japan to the Maoist heritage state on the Chinese mainland.

The globalist elite—a male-dominated congeries of effectively stateless profiteers—has wreaked havoc on communities worldwide. The most truly global aspect of the globalists’ activities has been their ability to destroy livelihoods and undermine the ability of men to earn an honest paycheck. Men have largely tolerated this, perhaps afraid of being labelled a racist and therefore barred from any kind of employment in the future. But women have seen what is happening to their hometowns, and they have had enough. Globalism is breaking on the shoals of a thousand hardscrabble towns, but it is taking a real pounding in Japan, where fearless women are uniting to stop the globalists from undermining the alliance system which keeps their families safe.
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2017, 10:02:00 PM »

This post gives reason for optimism.  It is great that young conservative women lead the charge there against global leftism.  Thank you Michael for the list of writers and youtube artists.  I took a look at some of their work.

Trump is right in part.  His challenge for Japan (and other nations) to take a larger role in their own defense is good for both US and Japan.  The threats posed by China and North Korea make Japan a crucial ally for the US and the Asian neighbors.  

I wish Mr. Abe success in making Japan economically strong again.  Unfortunately, recent consumption tax increases have had an anti-growth effect on their economy.
http://www.tokyofoundation.org/en/articles/2017/japanese-economy-2017-1  (interesting for the facts; I don't agree with all the analysis.)

Abe chose a 'nationalist' for defense minister:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/abe-protege-with-nationalist-views-is-japans-new-defense-minister-1470227684
They are still dealing with after-effects and issues from "the War (WWII).

The term globalism ("—the now-broken code for honey-phrased international socialism"), or anti-globalism in this case, needs to make clear the distinction that international trade, free trade and alliances can be quite beneficial, and that global rule, global government, global leftism, global socialism, global kleptocracy is all wrong and dangerous and needs to be defeated across the globe, not just fought in the US.

Under Obama, we pursued the wrong countries to be our allies, Iran and Russia for examples.  We need new and better alliances.  That includes a hopefully revitalized Japan.
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2017, 08:44:36 AM »

Any discussion of Japan must include the subject of demographics.  That the birth rate falls FAR short of the replacement rate has profound implications.  The median age of the Japanese population is rising rapidly.  Among other things this means that the ratio of workers to retirees is falling.  Is this sustainable?  Or does the implied push to ever higher tax rates stifle the Japanese economy as its export driven model is increasingly challenged by anti-globalist winds?
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2017, 09:23:01 AM »

Any discussion of Japan must include the subject of demographics.  That the birth rate falls FAR short of the replacement rate has profound implications.  The median age of the Japanese population is rising rapidly.  Among other things this means that the ratio of workers to retirees is falling.  Is this sustainable?  Or does the implied push to ever higher tax rates stifle the Japanese economy as its export driven model is increasingly challenged by anti-globalist winds?

Japan is on the path to becoming the first all robot nation.
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2017, 07:58:18 AM »

Most people in America sadly can't even locate most Asian nations on a map let alone know that there is a modern "Axis Powers" operating there since the mid 1990s.  A few strategists even look at the war on terror not as a fight against Islamic radicalization, but another "Great Game" where the SCO vies for dominance agianst the US and our allies.
 
While we were distracted over the last 8 years with a self destructive foreign policy that coddled our enemies (almost all in the SCO) and alienated our allies, China as head of the SCO was busy gaining the ultimate "checkmate" for global domination:  Internal autarky that spans Central Asia and touches the Middle East and Europe. 
 
While the politicians in the US fight over shadowy connections between Trump and Putin are not only  detramental to US prestige abroad, but lessen the chances that the US can break up the "new Axis powers" and stand a fighting chance to stop China's march to Europe via the old silk road.  Our domestic squabbles have geostrategic impact that we might not be able to counter.
 
Ask someone who begins to talk about US strategy if they know about the SCO. If they don't they are only operating with half the picture.  (Imagine if someone tried to figure out US and UK policy in Europe without even knowing there is a NATO).
 
http://www.globalresearch.ca/military-alliances-russia-backs-irans-full-membership-in-shanghai-cooperation-organization-sco/5586539
 
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/14/china-xi-silk-road-vision-belt-and-road-claims-empire-building
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2017, 12:04:10 PM »



Super busy catching up on things that piled up while I was away, so I don't have the time to write a worthy response, but this is good stuff Michael.
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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2017, 01:01:15 AM »

Is Japan Prepared for the 2020 Olympics? At least one bomb expert think the answer is no.

Explosive Ordinance Disposal is a complex matter involving intelligence, law enforcement, military, technology, history, and much courage and diligence.

A vital aspect of high-level EOD work is intelligence sharing and building relationships with other EOD around the world. This is important for many reasons. For instance there are 'migratory' routes for enemy bomb making techniques.

We know what when a new type of device starts to be used a place A, in a matter of months it will start being used at place B, and within a year or two at C, D, E, F....

This intelligence is vital for numerous reasons. Firstly, it helps map the organizations and their cooperation levels, which helps with targeting the enemy. Secondly, when EOD at place A start seeing a new type of device, all those EOD at B, C, D, E, F...need to know about it because it will soon show up in their operations. And there are other reasons for close cooperation.

Thailand is very good at sharing information. In fact, a US Army officer just told me that they just hosted more Thai EOD in Hawaii. Also, US military works closely with Thais and will be here again this year at Raven's Challenge (biggest EOD event in the world -- organized by a close friend). Also present will be Malaysians, Indonesians, Israelis, and much more.

But no Japanese.

Japanese are refusing to participate in crucial cross-pollination. We are on the edge of the 2020 Olympics.

Japanese EOD need to be out here on the cutting edge.

Many peoples' lives will depend on Japanese EOD in 2020. This will be more than embarrassing if people are blown up in the 2020 Olympics by IED types such as those out of Philippines or South Thailand.

This is serious business. If Japan does not get serious about it, expect this to hit the big time news.

https://www.facebook.com/MichaelYonFanPage/photos/a.235978145664.135781.207730000664/10154629608685665/?type=3&theater
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2017, 05:55:52 PM »

https://www.michaelyon-online.com/iraq-how-i-got-the-ammo-to-shoot-at-the-al-qaeda-guy.htm
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