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It doesn't depend only on Japanese government, but also from Japanese corporations which seems to me only care about getting profit in China. If those companies decide to transfer their plants to countries who support democracy, freem marcket e human rights, I bet PRC will feel the pressure to change her country for better by respecting the human rights and democracy. Now China feels like a king with thoughts like "Japan, US, Korea, etc... depend on us, kiss our foot", but actually China is weak.

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Mitsuo Matsuyama May. 31, 2014 - 08:04AM JST If those companies decide to transfer their plants to countries who support democracy, freem marcket e human rights, I bet PRC will feel the pressure to change her country for better by respecting the human rights and democracy.

It's not that easy. In reality, many companies that are manufacturing in China will have difficulty duplicating the quality and efficiency of a Chinese workers. Just ask Apple. Chinese workers have leverage due to quality of their skills. Some of the companies will gradually relocate to other countries, not because of political reasons, but due to continue increase in labor cost that reduces their profit. Most likely they will increase presence in places like Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries.

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The simple fact is that the big corporations are not in favor of human rights, that was one of the reasons that they moved their manufacturing to China, cheap and sometimes almost slave labor.

No if anything is going to happen, it is going to have to come from the public and not spending cash with corporations that do business in China. Money is the only thing that gets anything done. Change the flow of customer money and the corporations will do things differently, but never expect that morals will have anything to do with the decision. Money is the only thing that matters in bussness, the fabled bottom line.

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I think that it's a shame that Japan doesn't do enough to promote democracy and the rule of law in China via supporting Tiananmen activists and Taiwan independence movement. Sometime in the future japan will look back at how shortsighted its human rights, democracy and rule of law policies towards Beijing were, and that this shortsightedness has decreased not increased Japan's security.

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I turned my back on China many years ago.

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In 1989 the student government at Red Bluff Union High School organized a petition to protest against China's action. It was signed by hundreds of students and faculty members and mailed to the consulate in San Francisco. This year the class will hold its 25th reunion. Congratulations, graduates. You made a small statement but an important free speech statement. Good luck in the future.

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@Mitsuo Matsuyama May. 31, 2014 - 08:04AM JST If those companies decide to transfer their plants to countries who support democracy, freem marcket e human rights, I bet PRC will feel the pressure to change her country for better by respecting the human rights and democracy.

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If these Japan Inc. close their facilities in China and move to other SE Asia,, overcrowding their countries with Japan Inc facilities. Do you think these countries desire to be dominated by Japan Inc? You don't know GM, Ford, IBM etc are in China but hardly in other countries? Japan Inc was invited by China to modernize its industry. It has nothing to do with your kind of democracy or human rights. Japan Inc created jobs to hungry Chinese. Maybe you prefer Chinese people hungry type human right? FYI, corporations are neither Red Cross nor charity oriented.

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A good man, with true ideals and a mission. It'll take a long, long time to get what he wants, though, especially given all the current reactionary tensions and both nations depending so heavily on each other for their economies that they'll look the other way on such things. Keep it up, though, and best of luck!

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Good sentiments, Smith. I truly hope that one day the military goons who kicked down and massacred innocent UNARMED Chinese civilians are brought to justice. May they Rest in Peace.

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"The simple fact is that the big corporations are not in favor of human rights..."

If big corporations aren't, then what about entire countries?

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