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Crown prince visits Vietnam to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations

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KabukiloverToday 04:08 pm JST

A democratic monarch meets a Castro-like dictator. It is possibly soothing. Whatever is wrong with Vietnam things are better off than when the US was dropping napalm on babies.

Are you sure about that? Can you criticize the communist party without it severely impacting your life? The number of executions carried out every year in Vietnam is unknown.

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A democratic monarch meets a Castro-like dictator. It is possibly soothing. Whatever is wrong with Vietnam things are better off than when the US was dropping napalm on babies.

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But why is he visiting? He has nothing to do with the diplomatic corps!

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Vietnam despite being a communist state, is the only communist state left on the globe that has not taken the dictator dynasty route. If anything Vietnam resembles old eastern Europe communist states who are now all democracies, eg Hungary.

It would not take much to de-communise Vietnam, they already have very vigorous party voting system in place anyway. The next step is for Vietnam to have a democracy dominated by the communist party of Vietnam, like Singapore democracy.

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TokyoLivingToday 02:09 am JST

That is the way to make good relationships, as the crowned prince of Japan and not as Kishi who is the lapdog of good old US..

It is very good that Japan has good relations with the winner of the Vietnam War.. LOL..

It's also going to be the enemy of your corrupt CCP. I hope you think it is still cute, then.

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That is the way to make good relationships, as the crowned prince of Japan and not as Kishi who is the lapdog of good old US..

It is very good that Japan has good relations with the winner of the Vietnam War.. LOL..

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Building bridges and maintaining people to people contact is a long felt need worldwide. Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko are showing the way.

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Keepyer InternetpointsToday  10:42 am JST

Extremely offensive for the crown prince not to mention Japan's occupation of Vietnam and express some condemnation of the act.

The Vietnamese today don't feel that way. In fact they hate China far more than Japan or the United States.

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u_s__reamerToday 09:42 am JST

Amerika's war of aggression against the Vietnamese people was, no matter how you twist history into a pretzel, an invasion by any other name. Twice the tonnage of bombs dropped on Germany and Japan, two military-industrial states, was rained down on Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, three small, agricultural nations, that together lost 3-4 million of their people. And no Nuremberg for the losers who to this day have shown zero contrition.

I'll wager you don't give a darn about the prosecution of the Korean War and the only difference there is success.

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Yes, one can try again and again, but finally or if in any doubts, it will always turn out that they have a similar pseudo-communist autocracy there like in China, North Korea, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela and such.

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I actually visited here about 5 years ago. It's a real small section of the town with a bridge that kinda looks Japanese. The fonder memory is the local specialty noodle which was delicious.

Akishino said he is especially looking forward to his first visit to Hoi An, an old port city that was home to a “Japantown” for Japanese traders in the first half of the 1600s

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Extremely offensive for the crown prince not to mention Japan's occupation of Vietnam and express some condemnation of the act. If you are going to bring up history, the 20th century counts for more than the 16th.

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There's little more ironic that Royals visiting a country led by a communist party.

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Amerika's war of aggression against the Vietnamese people was, no matter how you twist history into a pretzel, an invasion by any other name. Twice the tonnage of bombs dropped on Germany and Japan, two military-industrial states, was rained down on Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, three small, agricultural nations, that together lost 3-4 million of their people. And no Nuremberg for the losers who to this day have shown zero contrition.

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u_s__reamerToday  07:51 am JST

noting their long history of cultural and economic exchanges dating back to the 16th century.

But not noting why only 50 years of "friendship" (aka diplomatic relations) - "don't mention the (American) War!" (Spoiler) - a war in which 2,000,000+ Vietnamese died while the Japanese gave aid and comfort to the invaders and abetted the latter's war effort.

Because only the anti-american calls it an invasion. Millions fought and died for South Vietnam and that would not have been possible without some measure of loyalty to that state.

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noting their long history of cultural and economic exchanges dating back to the 16th century.

But not noting why only 50 years of "friendship" (aka diplomatic relations) - "don't mention the (American) War!" (Spoiler) - a war in which 2,000,000+ Vietnamese died while the Japanese gave aid and comfort to the invaders and abetted the latter's war effort.

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It's a very beneficial relationship for Japan given the demographics. But I don't know why Vietnam would see it the same way, given Vietnamese interns would be simply be used as cheap labor and future tax revenue generator for Japan.

IMHO, if Japan wanted to help for a win/win situation it would encourage Vietnam to become a democracy, so there would be more FDI in Vietnam, which in turns keep 'young' working age people in Vietnam and generate tax revenue for 'poor, developing' Vietnam.

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noting their long history of cultural and economic exchanges dating back to the 16th century.

More economic exchanges with Japan in the future by sending more Vietnamese trainee, cheap labor that Japan could get since Japan claimed those trainee is in training.

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