Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 16:58 UTC
Legal We have some very, very good news for Europeans (which happens to include myself): we have the European Parliament on our sides when it comes to battling ACTA. If you may recall, ACTA is basically an attempt by the US to impose upon the rest of the world draconian measures like three strikes laws and the DMCA. All parties within the European Parliament have together put forth a resolution that would effectively tackle ACTA.
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Did I... miss something here? Is that not true? Are we not military allies with Japan? I'm guessing you're annoyed because you think I don't know that the reason Japan has no military is that we forced them to disarm after World War II? I am not ignorant of the fact.

The reason that they've been able to get away with continued national pacifism is very much that they're our close buddies. (I honestly don't know if there's an explicit guarantee of defense in place or not; I'm presuming from your reaction that there isn't?)

(Er, I think I was thinking more of North Korea than China, buy the way; it's my understanding that many Japanese consider North Korea to be a major external threat, and that it's something of a political issue over there if they can really count on the U.S. to defend them, or if they need an army of their own. I think. Correct me if I'm wrong.)

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You... just don't know sh*t about history or geopolitics.

Japan has one of the best armies in the world; they rearmed with your consent and support.

The U.S. never kindly pledged anything; they imposed their american bases. The japs never had any choice to begin with. People like Allende or Lumumba were assasinated for less than that.

Edited 2010-03-09 23:00 UTC

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Did I... miss something? I recall hearing a story on NPR about a recent controversy in Japanese politics over their constitution guaranteeing national pacifism (i.e. pledging them to no military action), and the concern that the actions of... I can't remember if it was North Korea or Iran made them call that commitment into question? I was under the impression that them not having a military to speak of at the time was a major concern?

Edit: yeah, if Wikipedia is to be believed, the Japanese military numbers 239,430 all-told, and until very recently where restricted to operating withing Japanese territory. Japan's constitution explicitly renounces the right to declare war or "use military forces to settle disputes." Japans servicemen are considered civilians and are governed by civilian law, and the Ministry of Defense is a civilian agency. Japan's military expenditures total $49 billion, while the U.S.'s total $669 billion.
Yeah! I'm neither retarded, nor going crazy! ;)

Edit Edit: for comparison, the U.S. military numbers 1,473,900 people, with about that many again as reservists.

Edited 2010-03-09 23:13 UTC

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