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Kishida calls on like-minded nations to defend democracy, key values

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Yesterday the headlines read “national interest first” today “call to defend democracy”, smells of preaching water but drinking wine…. Japan will always make decisions based on the profit for its big companies and never on “Democratic values” if they match, the better, if not, they’ll choose the money baseline, simple

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@Franz..... pretty-much like everywhere else really

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During the virtual meeting, Kishida vowed to provide $14 million to international organizations to ramp up efforts to respect human rights in the corporate sector,

You could cut the irony with a knife, if the LDP had any sense of irony. That money would be better spent to the many victims of the lopsided pandemic policies benefiting Japan Inc. and the to pay back all the wage theft.

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Keep talking Kishida, puppets around the world are proud of you.

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Let be honest, all pm's and presisdents highest priority is the national interest first and protect it's citizens interest. Whatever democracy or big talk about world peace and human right is merely serve to try to pacify the rest of the world and shut up those activists. Every nation is for themselves when things truly count. As we had seen time and time again. Especially during the covid period. An corporations doesn't even dare to reveal their vaccine formula's in order to earn more profit and hope the pandemic keep going.

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Just 2 days ago Kishida told reporters: “We [Japan} *would like to make our own decision from the standpoint of our national interests" by considering the potential impact on Japan's diplomacy and the Olympics”. *

-https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update1-japan-to-decide-on-beijing-games-based-on-nat%27l-interests-kishida

Today: “Kishida on Thurs called for like-minded nations sharing the universal values of democracy, freedom and rule of law to jointly counter attempts to undermine them”.

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Yesterday the headlines read “national interest first” today “call to defend democracy”, smells of preaching water but drinking wine

Exactly what I was going to say. Double standards is the name of the game here.

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If Japan could start by resolving its own domestic problems first then that would set a good example.

If Japan is a democracy then why is the imperial calendar still in everyday use.

Infact Japan has 3 calendars in use everyday - gregorian , lunar solar and the imperial.

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said the single party state country? huh?

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Mr. Kishida, if I am not mistaken the last three elections have been ruled unconstitutional as they do not represent the people of Japan fairly. Voters in rural areas have far greater power than those living in large urban areas. So for you to say that Japan is some great democracy while you were elected illegally is a real joke.

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@Franz..... pretty-much like everywhere else really

What is different in properly functioning democratic nations is typically they can vote out leaders the majority do not approve of, It's nations like Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Arabian Gulf kingdoms, plus China and Russia and ones like Belarus because Lukashenko is backed by the Russian leader, which are countries where the people are pretty much stuck forever.

That some in western democracies actually think a dictator for life is preferable to democracy shows how poorly educated, especially with regard to history many in the west must be. Fortunately the anti-democracy/pro-authoritarian westerners are currently a minority in most countries. And in properly functioning democracies the majority still determine who will be their leaders. It could be in the USA the majority will choose an authoritarian to replace the current democratically elected president. If that happens, it's unlikely that authoritarian replacement would ever leave the presidency, he's already arranged a number of militias (see Proud Boys, etc.) made up of violent thugs to back him, those thugs are an example of a poorly educated population.

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Now THAT’s funny.

Always a good idea to start the day with some jokes.

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When is Japan, gonna be a true democracy, where people can speak their mind, not as a group,

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday called for like-minded nations sharing the universal values of democracy, freedom and rule of law to jointly counter attempts to undermine them, as he attended a U.S.-hosted summit on democracy.

Why is he even invited? the universal values of democracy, freedom and rule of law are not values that Japan values. At all.

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday called for like-minded nations sharing the universal values of democracy, freedom and rule of law to jointly counter attempts to undermine them, as he attended a U.S.-hosted summit on democracy.

That's funny, coming from the head of a government that only a quarter of the electorate voted for.

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A classic example of traditional Japanese honne and tatemae:

Tatemae: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday called for like-minded nations sharing the universal values of democracy, freedom and rule of law to jointly counter attempts to undermine them, as he attended a U.S.-hosted summit on democracy.

Honne: https://amara.org/en/videos/Sn9Zc0UeRQzF/en/1405913/3792355

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Let's hope Japan doesn't boycott China.

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Just focus on your domestic duties Kishida instead of playing to the international media. Sound bites are quickly forgotten, you have a chance to really improve the country and do something don’t waste it by trying to get known outside of japan..

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The hawkish Kishida,member of the far right group Nihon Kaigi is recentelly using all his best “tatemae” words to show to the world how good they are talking about human rights and democracy.

They should first check inside their country before preaching such things.

I hope most country won’t buy his hypocrisy.

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yes money talks Fumio...too many words with empty content...

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“Yesterday the headlines read “national interest first” today “call to defend democracy”, smells of preaching water but drinking wine….”

Is it wrong to put national interest first? And does it mean when we put national interest first that would compromise democratic values? I don’t understand what you try to make here.

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“Your body, your choice” is a basic human right. The jab mandate takes away this basic human right and our freedom and liberties.

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“Your body, your choice” is a basic human right. The jab mandate takes away this basic human right and our freedom and liberties.

Freedom and liberties that infringe on public health can be restricted. People that want to drink and drive and people that want to smoke in public spaces for example are other examples where this is used.

People that irrationally choose to subject themselves and other to higher risk because of COVID can then be restricted in their freedom to be in contact with others. Nobody is being forced to vaccinate, just forced not to impose higher risks unto others.

Specific measures can be invalid or not, but as a general rule there is nothing wrong or special about restricting freedoms to avoid damaging public health.

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The democracy where rights of residents are denied to enter the country where they live and pay taxes in? That democracy? Key values where interred individuals are stripped of all human rights, abused and even die while in the custody (care?) of the government. Those key values?

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And also not to forget, the democracy where the same 'permanent' residents cannot even vote. Pretty much opposite of a democracy in that regard.

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Let be honest, all pm's and presisdents highest priority is the national interest first and protect it's citizens interest.

That might be what they say, but it's not how they act. Their primary goal is to stay in power for as long as possible, and in the case of the ostensibly democratic nations, will bend every rule they can to do so. The next priority is protect the interests of the people who keep them there, such as large corporations and labour unions. Citizens come a distant third. Kishida's no different.

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somebody have talen to talk too much but say-nothing...

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At present Japan can't boycott China, no matter what. They have invested heavily on a industry called "tourism" and more than 60% of tourist is from China. Japanese auto industries have also invested in China. In next few weeks we are going to hear all types of diplomatic and confusing speech but at the end Japan will join China.

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Japan is only a democracy on paper. The one-sided parliament system and ‘guilty until proven innocent’ judicial system are not examples of a democracy. They are more representative of socialism.

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My man Kishida is saying this to get on with it.

The true decision is when he decides to not snub Beijing Olympics, just like India.

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'Liberal democracy' is poor people choosing which rich people get to control them...

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday called for like-minded nations"

That is impossible because the Japanese "mindo " is unique....we know as much because Taro Aso educated us about it last year...I have no doubt that due to its uniqueness it will be nominated for UNESCO listing soon.

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Japan is more like China than Europe or even USA

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Kishida calls on like-minded nations to defend democracy, key values:

What are the key values when the nation's main aim is to follow order to belittle others?

Where is the failing 'guided-democracy' that needs to be defended?

Abe is happy, he has another faithful successor..

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"democracy, freedom and rule of law"

These are quickly becoming buzzwords. "Democracy" is becoming about which political candidate is is given the most funds by wealthy corporations or whoever the media or the establishment supports most. "Freedom" has become more about how much money someone has so they don't have to work so much or to be debt-free without a criminal record or past mistakes holding them back. In Japan, its hard to be free if you were ever convicted of a crime, regardless of how minor it was. "Rule of Law" is also about who has the most money to be able to afford the best lawyer.

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Japan will continue to raise its voice about serious human rights situations, Kishida was quoted by the government as telling the meeting, which was closed to the media.

This is what triggers the Chinese and Russians!

They want the world it ignore the genocide in China, the suppression of democracy in Russia!

Kishida is right, it's time the real democracies stand together,

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Japan is more like China than Europe or even USA

I suggest visiting Japan, the CCP run media has nothing to do with reality.

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This is in the context of the democracy summit organized by the American/Biden. Among invited countries, Iraq, Brazil, Pakistan, India, Malaysia etc, like minded??? Countries not invited, Singapore. You get the idea? figure it out.

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ulyssesToday  01:44 pm JST

Japan is more like China than Europe or even USA

I suggest visiting Japan, the CCP run media has nothing to do with reality.

I live in japan for a while (I'm from europe). Japanese media are controlled by the LDP, not free like Europe.

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@Volsi. Asahi TV is pretty leftish. Certainly LDP doesn’t control it. I don’t think LDP controls this platform either.

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@Volsi

Find me one media channel that isn't controlled.

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@Iron Lad

Hattorikun is right, Asahi TV is not controlled by LDP

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@Volsi

If it's not controlled by LDP, it's controlled by other parties.

There's no such thing as media channel without agenda, all that money and effort went somewhere.

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Democracy. A good idea. The will of the people or by consensus, either is fine.

Japan. LDP ignores the will of those who live in Okinawa.

Central government ignores the over 80 opposed to he Olympics.

It is a long list.

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Let's hear brave S. Korea make such statements then. They Keep avoiding saying anything that will make China mad. Moon is such a quiet boy when it comes to China.

If the Koreans don't dare to even make comments of support for Taiwan, don't dare to join Quad Alliance, then this country is already making plans of none involvement and weakness towards China. Pathetic.

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Let's hear brave S. Korea make such statements then. They Keep avoiding saying anything that will make China mad. Moon is such a quiet boy when it comes to China. 

If the Koreans don't dare to even make comments of support for Taiwan, don't dare to join Quad Alliance, then this country is already making plans of none involvement and weakness towards China. Pathetic.

Says the guy that wants to defend a country lead by far right wingers where women are among the bottom rank of gender gap and with a detention system of injustice which also radicalized the Covid banning foreigners that have be living in Japan for long time and have families to be not admitted due to be well,gaijin unless the international community pushed them or having people treated worst than roaches in their immigration centres.

Yes China and perhaps South Korea are not paladins of human rights,but definetely not yours.

And on the top of that,you must the king of whataboutism.

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@William77

All asian countries like this, it's how we work.

Democracy is a sham.

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All asian countries like this, it's how we work.

Democracy is a sham.

This article is focusing in Japan promoting itself to protect democratic values not about other asian countries.

Democracy is not a sham and it can be applied works as proved in many countries.

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@William77

Kishida is saying this because he's in a democratic forums, going with the flows.

No way asian leaders are going to follow US-style "democracy" and destroy themselves.

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Democracy is a sham.

And what do you propose?

A strong leader?

The iron fist?

So dictatorship and militarism are your agenda?

Not in mine and in the mind of people that care of human rights and a peaceful world.

Our values stands for equality and democracy.

Always.

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@William77

Strong leader to lead and isn't afraid to make decisions.

Quite funny because this is all needed for good governance, you sound ideologically brainwashed.

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WE'LL GO TO WAR!

Good question to ask about the relationship between China and Taiwan can better be phrased as, “What would the US do if Taiwan declared independence or changed its name to the Republic of Taiwan?”

The US would say “You shouldn’t have angered the CCP by declaring independence, but nothing has changed. We value Taiwan for the sake of global prosperity, and we need to protect the source of 80% of the world’s chips to keep the global economy going.”

Yeah, that’s right. If Taiwan falls, the world’s economy, including America’s, goes down the toilet. We have no choice but to protect Taiwan against invasion, because that would be the end of our industries which desperately rely on Taiwan’s chip production.

Hey, it’s no secret. It’s also why China won’t invade Taiwan, because the capitalist Americans would destroy Taiwan’s chip-making capabilities before they could be taken by the Communist Chinese. And that would be the end of China’s high-flying economy.

Now, you know the truth. Taiwan will not be permitted to fall by invasion…or surrender peacefully. There will be no reunification during Xi Jinping's lifetime.

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There is no other nation that has the same mind set as Japan.

Japanese democracy where the people have less choice of thier leadership and rules and regulations than other democratic nations!

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VolsiDec. 10  03:07 pm JST

ulyssesToday  01:44 pm JST

Japan is more like China than Europe or even USA

I suggest visiting Japan, the CCP run media has nothing to do with reality.

I live in japan for a while (I'm from europe). Japanese media are controlled by the LDP, not free like Europe.

I doubt it, but then anyone can pretend to be from anywhere, that’s the beauty of a free press.

And Europe is not a country, which country in ‘Europe’ are you talking about?

Hungary?

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Clearly directed at China and Russia which are Japan's and East Asia's greatest threats now. ChinRussia will walk all over you if keep quiet. Playing nice and being ambiguous are doormats for ChinRussia.

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