North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises a "strike drill" for multiple launchers and tactical guided weapon into the East Sea during a military drill in North Korea, in this May 4 photo supplied by the Korean Central News Agency. Photo: KCNA via REUTERS
politics

Japan's policy on N Korea questioned amid Abe's resolve to meet Kim

41 Comments
By Tomoyuki Tachikawa

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© KYODO

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

41 Comments
Login to comment

Shin-chan is a lot like his BFF Donny in that he cares more about himself than the country he leads.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Abe will never meet with Kim, given his cowardice. He can't even face Trump's "I don't see it that way" comments on the missile tests. More lip-service. Fortunately, the Japanese public aren't quite as stupid as the Trumpers in the US, and he's going to have to clarify his "regrettable" opinion on things before long.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Abe lost his window of opportunity to meet Kim months ago. It should have taken place right after Singapore. Too bad, that's what happens when you're too busy playing golf with orange man.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Nothing should be questioned about. Abe changed, that is a good thing for Japan. If Abe could resolve NK problem, he should be a Prize winner.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Nothing should be questioned about. Abe changed, that is a good thing for Japan. If Abe could resolve NK problem, he should be a Prize winner.

Really now, no one should question Abe, what's next, line people up against a wall and shoot them for disagreeing with his ego?

Abe has no ability to resolve anything with NK. He has been bypassed, and one can not blame Kim for not responding to Abe's overtures. Abe says one thing, then talks tough, then sends money and half the Diet to Yasukuni, wants to rewrite the constitution, etc etc etc etc etc, and he expects Kim to believe he is being sincere?

If any prize is appropriate here, it's a Raspberry, but even that would be too good for him! How about a roll a toilet paper instead!

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Sorry Akie, questioning is part of democracy. With all the time and money he spent with Donnie if he deserves any prize, it would be queen of the Orange Bowl.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Shin-chan is a lot like his BFF Donny in that he cares more about himself than the country he leads.

very well said chip!

Abe will never meet with Kim, given his cowardice. He can't even face Trump's "I don't see it that way" comments on the missile tests. More lip-service.

Agree 100%.

Fortunately, the Japanese public aren't quite as stupid as the Trumpers in the US, and he's going to have to clarify his "regrettable" opinion on things before long.

Agree. Unfortunately they are also not quite as engaged or active as their US counterparts either. Abe just runs amok and the Japanese sheeple just keep reelecting the LDP and hence Abe over and over again.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

After the latest round of executions, no leader should be meeting Kim until he actually changes his ways.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Japan's policy on N Korea questioned amid Abe's resolve to meet Kim

It's theater for the masses. These things go back and forth and are almost never solved because it would then render central government and its politicians less relevant. A real solution bringing peace is the last thing they want. It's also a distraction from other more serious issues.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

If Abe could resolve NK problem, he should be a Prize winner.

If it's the nobel peace prize you're thinking of he would be up there with kissinger and obama. Ya never know, he might get it.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Will certainly get prize for Kissing-Donny's Butt

1 ( +3 / -2 )

"Anti-Japanese sentiment has been spreading in North Korea. It is difficult to imagine that Abe and Kim will sit at the same table in the near future," a source familiar with the situation in Pyongyang said.

Really?

Who said it?

Anonymous quotes do not make news....

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Agree. Unfortunately they are also not quite as engaged or active as their US counterparts either. Abe just runs amok and the Japanese sheeple just keep reelecting the LDP and hence Abe over and over again.

There you go again. Endless hate speech toward entire Japanese people. What makes you think US can be more engaged and active?

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

If you hate Abe, you must vote for other parties? Like which one? ridiculous.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Meeting Kim without any conditions in advance means you achieve nothing unless you act.

That also means you must talk face to face with Kim to rescue the abductees even if it turns out to be failing afterwards. Bunch of Abe haters here just criticized Abe for doing nothing for long and criticize him for trying to meet Kim w/o any conditions

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

If he meets Kim but fails, you dance with joy and bash him.

If he doesn't meet, you bash him so hard

If he cannot meet(i.e., Kim rejects), you still bash him so hard.

It's more important to bash Abe than actually to help the abductees for you guys. You guys are basically indifferent in the abductees.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

showchinmono: "It's more important to bash Abe than actually to help the abductees for you guys. You guys are basically indifferent in the abductees."

Wrong again, and not surprised you take everything as 'bashing' and declare people's comments "foreign", etc. It is Abe who is indifferent to the abductees, my friend, as proven by the 20 or more times he's met with the abductees kin, vowing to resolve the issue, before an election or unpopular decision. He uses them to further his political goals, and that's all. I would love to see the issue resolved, and the kin of the abductees as happy as possible given the circumstances, but Abe is not the person do it, and will never meet Kim. That you find that being pointed out offensive rather than Abe's vapid promises speaks volumes about what you support.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Showchinmono,

You think we are "indifferent to the abductees."

I bet everyone who has posted on here cares more about tha abducted folks than Abe and the LDP does.

They are just interested in the polical brownie points they can pick up from this issue every time there is an election or a scandal involving one of their members.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

There you go again. Endless hate speech toward entire Japanese people.

Define which part is hate speech toward the entire Japanese people. Or do you just think that to not scream banzai and raise your arms means to hate Japan?

What makes you think US can be more engaged and active?

I don't even understand what you are trying to ask here.

If you hate Abe, you must vote for other parties? Like which one?

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan 立憲民主党

ridiculous.

So now voting for another party is ridiculous. wow. So you support a 1 party system for japan.

It is amazing how the right wing in Japan is so similar to the Kim regime or the Chinese communist party.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

smith

Wrong again, and not surprised you take everything as 'bashing' and declare people's comments "foreign", etc. It is Abe who is indifferent to the abductees, my friend, as proven by the 20 or more times he's met with the abductees kin, vowing to resolve the issue, before an election or unpopular decision. He uses them to further his political goals, and that's all. I would love to see the issue resolved, and the kin of the abductees as happy as possible given the circumstances, but Abe is not the person do it, and will never meet Kim. That you find that being pointed out offensive rather than Abe's vapid promises speaks volumes about what you support.

Do you know what? That's just what you think or you wish. How come do you and your ilks here think you know more than kin of the abducted about how they think of Abe, if he is serious or not. Come on. Stop spreading what you don't know at all. Abe is the one, regardless you like it or not, whom the abductees kin members are trusting more than anybody. They believe and literally said that Abe is the most enthusiastic among all Diet members about this issue and Abe's way of thinking, way of approach to Kim regime has been fitting most what Kin believe correct. They appreciated Abe's effort going around and vows to leaders of each other countries to cooperate with Japan to rescue them, which you call SUCKING TO . Touru Hasuike is the only one who criticize Abe for possible political gesturing, who is not a memebr of Kazokukai any longer.

Watch this especially 10:00 min~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwI7nNkukzg

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Showchinmono,

Abe doesn't give two hoots about any of the abductees,he just uses the whole issue as his golden ticket to gain political leverage and divert media attention from other parts of his shady regime.

To even say he cares about them is laudable.Abe doesn't even care about the plebs that are in his OWN country.....he only cares about the 'elite' and fellow Nippon Kaigi members.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Laudable=laughable

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Aly RustomToday  11:55 am JST

Define which part is hate speech toward the entire Japanese people. Or do you just think that to not scream banzai and raise your arms means to hate Japan?

I did by bold characters. Here you go again

Agree. Unfortunately they are also not quite as engaged or active as their US counterparts either. Abe just runs amok and the Japanese sheeple just keep reelecting the LDP and hence Abe over and over again.

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan 立憲民主党

ridiculous.

So now voting for another party is ridiculous. wow. So you support a 1 party system for japan.

It is amazing how the right wing in Japan is so similar to the Kim regime or the Chinese communist party.

What's wrong with me thinking of changing your voting just because of one person ridiculous. Does it make

the same as Kim regime or CCP?

CDP or whatever named derivative parties of DPJ are just nightmare really. Not to mention JCP, SDP.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

SpitfireToday  12:14 pm JST

Showchinmono,

Abe doesn't give two hoots about any of the abductees,he just uses the whole issue as his golden ticket to gain political leverage and divert media attention from other parts of his shady regime.

To even say he cares about them is laudable.Abe doesn't even care about the plebs that are in his OWN country.....he only cares about the 'elite' and fellow Nippon Kaigi members.

Watch youtube before talk, and listen to what families of the abducted say about Abe. and show me the proof you are more updated and know about Abe and his interactions more than members of families.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I did by bold characters. Here you go again

not quite as engaged or active as their US counterparts either.

sheeple

So saying that the Japanese are not engaged in the political process is hate speech? Or calling those who vote for Abe as sheeple hate speech? Hilarious. Especially since you don't even seem to think that screaming at someone to go back to their country is hate speech. It seems to me that you need to go and learn what real hate speech is before coming here and posting.

What's wrong with me thinking of changing your voting just because of one person ridiculous. Does it make

> the same as Kim regime or CCP?

Again, I have NO IDEA what you are trying to say here.

CDP or whatever named derivative parties of DPJ are just nightmare really. Not to mention JCP, SDP.

Or here either...

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Abe doesn't give two hoots about any of the abductees,he just uses the whole issue as his golden ticket to gain political leverage and divert media attention from other parts of his shady regime.

Absolutely! Well said!

To even say he cares about them is laughable.Abe doesn't even care about the plebs that are in his OWN country.....he only cares about the 'elite' and fellow Nippon Kaigi members.

Of course. Lets see how long the abductee issue remains in the news AFTER the election is over.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Showchinmono,

I don't need to show you any proof when it is blatantly obvious that if the LDP and Abe were inclined to do so they could have settled the abduction issue decades ago.Instead they have used it as their 'get out of jail' card whenever there is an election or yet another scandal surfaces.As soon as the LDP wins the next election and all the scandals are forgotten the abduction issue will be quietly put back in the closet until the next time it is needed.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I want to know when China's and Russia's policy on North Korea is going to be questioned.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

So saying that the Japanese are not engaged in the political process is hate speech? Or calling those who vote for Abe as sheeple hate speech? Hilarious. Especially since you don't even seem to think that screaming at someone to go back to their country is hate speech. It seems to me that you need to go and learn what real hate speech is before coming here and posting.

Sheeple: Oxford living dictionary

People compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, or easily led.

By "****and the Japanese sheeple just keep reelecting the LDP and hence Abe over and over again.",

you are calling most of Japanese sheeple, if not all, If this is not hate speech, what is?

This sounds more malicious than Go back to your home country when suggested constructively

Just don't forget, we don't vote for the PM direct. We vote for the party or the person in our own electoral

districts.

Again, I have NO IDEA what you are trying to say here.

CDP or whatever named derivative parties of DPJ are just nightmare really. Not to mention JCP, SDP.

Or here either...

I don't change my vote for the party just because of one person, or then-Prime Minister. I think voting for other parties as of today just because of current-PM ridiculous. In my opinon, There are no other parties reliable than LDP unfortunately. Whatever named parties born out of ex-DPJ are nightmare and not to mention JCP, SDP.

Clear enough?

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

LDP is a ruling party because it gained majority votes. and you are calling majority voters sheeple at least or probably calling entire Japanese people sheeple for keeping LDP ruling party as results of every elections, using the word " The Japanese sheeple"

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

People compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, or easily led.

People who support Abe ARE EXACTLY these 3 things. Its not hate speech to point that out.

> > you are calling most of Japanese sheeple, if not all, If this is not hate speech, what is?

Telling people to go back to their country. That's what is.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Spitfire,

I don't need to show you any proof when it is blatantly obvious that if the LDP and Abe were inclined to do so they could have settled the abduction issue decades ago.

Oh yes? How do you think they could have settled. How? Don't make me repeat all the posts I have done in some other thread the other day. So Tell me How.

Instead they have used it as their 'get out of jail' card whenever there is an election or yet another scandal surfaces.As soon as the LDP wins the next election and all the scandals are forgotten the abduction issue will be quietly put back in the closet until the next time it is needed.

Stop stereotyped repeats and watch the video first.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

This sounds more malicious than Go back to your home country when suggested constructively

It is NEVER suggested constructively by the right wing. And it is neither suggested nor in a constructive manner. It is meant exactly as it says.

I don't change my vote for the party just because of one person, or then-Prime Minister. I think voting for other parties as of today just because of current-PM ridiculous.

And I never suggested you should. Read my first post again:

Abe just runs amok and the Japanese sheeple just keep reelecting the LDP and hence Abe over and over again.

The first part: Abe just runs amok and the Japanese sheeple just keep reelecting the LDP

Getting rid of Abe won't solve anything- all the LDP is corrupt.

In my opinon, There are no other parties reliable than LDP unfortunately.

Well, that's your opinion. I disagree 100%. In fact, ANY party today is better than the LDP in my opinion.

Whatever named parties born out of ex-DPJ are nightmare and not to mention JCP, SDP.

A nightmare for the right wing because they can envision a better future for Japan devoid of right wing UYOKU POISON. Again, your opinion. And don't state your opinion as fact. It isn't. Abe and the LDP are not the only choice- they are not even the best choice.

Clear enough?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

People who support Abe ARE EXACTLY these 3 things. Its not hate speech to point that out.

Don't you get it yet? or just ignoring it? YOu already knew we don't vote for PM directly. Majority of voters who vote for LDP was called sheeple by you. Don't pretend you didn't mean so. Coward

Telling people to go back to their country. That's what is.

No. Calling majority electorates sheeple is hate speech. Suggesting go back home as best solution is much less offensive.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

showchinmono and Aly Rustom, that is enough bickering. Please do not post any more comments on this thread.

Calling majority electorates sheeple is hate speech

The people who vote for the LDP are not a majority. The skewed electoral districts mean that the LDP can win a 'landslide' with no more than a third of the votes cast.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

It is amazing that many discredit both Kim and Abe. Regardless of world opinion, both "are concerned" and do understand their domestic as well as international political arenas and have their country's interests in mind. If Abe is being "forced" domestically to push the abductee issue, he knows that as with S Korea's WWII issues, the gap will always be wider than desired to resolve other major issues such as ballistic missiles and nuclear arms. Kim is in need of economic assistance and acceptance into the world community but the "past" is not "past" enough to "ease" that entry, and the only card he could use till meeting Trump was the nuclear option. Sadly that option also opened up and triggered other major obstacles with the world community for Kim.

For both Kim and Abe, for both nations, it is always best to meet "face to face" and get the thoughts first hand. Kim is most probably willing if not for the abduction issue which keeps creating a "gap". US alliance with Japan may be a problem, but then Kim has Trump willing to listen and negotiate. The closest economy that can openly help N Korea is Japan which indirectly communicates with Trump and the US. So far China, Russia and S Korea most probably are assisting Kim with preconditions and terms which are not really beneficial for N Korea or for Kim. Abe has no option but to find out exactly what Kim's intentions are with Japan.

So regardless of public and world opinion, both could and should meet. The exact scenario as with Trump and Kim, but probably with less "stress".

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Maybe Trump told him he wasn’t going to do Abe’s dirty work. Why else have a 180° change of heart?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Haven't read the article yet but have to say I can't stand this guy's face. Spoiled brat.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Unfortunately for Abe the Fat Controller doesn't want to meet him.

Abe has said for years that getting the abductees back (if they are still alive) is his top priority. Yet it's difficult to see what steps he has taken to achieve this, other than to force NHK to show "news" items about the abductees every Sunday.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Imagine if the guy in the background of the picture looked at the camera with the same pose. He’d be executed probably.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites