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Japan, Greece step up security ties as 'strategic partners'

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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I feel safer, already.

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Is Greece economically free of China? My impression is that it is the most bought-out member of the EU.

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If only there wasn't so much historical baggage between the two nations, the most logical strategic partner for Japan would be South Korea.

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I think Greece and Japan have more in common than one may think. E.g. highest debt rates

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1glennToday  10:57 am JST

If only there wasn't so much historical baggage between the two nations, the most logical strategic partner for Japan would be South Korea.

In principle you are correct. But the ROK government that the WWII Allies (US) put into place in Korea at the end of WWII was the Korean Govt in Exile, a group for whom anti-Japan sentiment and activity over the 1910 annexation was the foundation. As a result anti-japan sentiment has become ingrained into South Korean politics and is still at the forefront 78 years later. Unfortunately as it obstructs the US-JPN-SK military alliance, it serves the aims of North Korea and China against the US.A reality that the present Yoon administration has recognized.

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@BigP

I love your statement.

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@OssanAmerica

As a result anti-japan sentiment has become ingrained into South Korean politics and is still at the forefront 78 years later. Unfortunately as it obstructs the US-JPN-SK military alliance

I've studied Japanese history and culture for a long time, and I grew to detest their 2-faced ways. I despise how they twist words or lie to your face, how they place saving face above truth and honesty. I don't blame South Korea for disliking the Japanese. Anyone who truly knows the Japanese and their nature would feel the same.

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SmithinJapanToday  03:57 pm JST

@OssanAmerica

As a result anti-japan sentiment has become ingrained into South Korean politics and is still at the forefront 78 years later. Unfortunately as it obstructs the US-JPN-SK military alliance

I've studied Japanese history and culture for a long time, and I grew to detest their 2-faced ways. I despise how they twist words or lie to your face, how they place saving face above truth and honesty. I don't blame South Korea for disliking the Japanese. Anyone who truly knows the Japanese and their nature would feel the same.

I have studied the subject for much longer than you, and I can not find a single example of post war Japan reneging on any agreement made with the ROK. Nor do I find any example of Japan receiving a demanded response from ROK, then continuing to demand the same thing over and over again by denying it's validity. Refusing to settle disputes at the ICJ like two civilized nations, refusing to abide by an Arbitration Clause, these are all actions which reflect insincerity and a lack of credibility as a nation. There are South Koreans who have spoken out against this very issue, only to be persecuted. And in some cases even prosecuted. The entire free world respects Japan, and even it's adversaries do not "laugh" at it. ROK needs to let go of it's fixation in order to move forward, as well as to maintain it's own security in this highly polarized world.

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If we get decent Greek cuisine here as a result,I'm all for it.

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

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I think Greece and Japan have more in common than one may think. E.g. highest debt rates

This is true. But Greece has very little in the way of industry, while Japan is a powerhouse. If the yen collapses, Japan can work its way out of it. That said, Greece is a great place to spend time.

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OssanAmerika:

The entire free world respects Japan

Gimme a break. As usual, 'free world' refers to countries where freedom of speech is eroding and where people are getting canceled or even arrested if they say something the governments don't like. Your beloved country with 800 military bases around the world? That's the biggest threat in the world. And because of your country's imperialistic desires, Japan risks becoming cannon fodder. America doesn't care about any of its allies, and discards them once their usefulness is over. Not one new war started when the fat guy was potus. Time to have him back?

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Japanese people should know that the primary task of the U.S. military stationed in Japan has always been to suppress the rise of Japan and protect the security and interests of the United States. The United States knows that the threats of China, Russia and North Korea are behind the threats of Japan's militarization.

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Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Tokyo on Monday after a visit in South Korea, where he called for Seoul to provide direct military support to Ukraine.

Thank God Stoltenberg didn't ask the same of direct military support from Japan, for Stoltenberg knew Japan didn't have any weapons that Ukraine would want.

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Jens and Nato are getting desperate, what a rotten bunch they are.

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Let two countries cooperate and flourish up!

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If only there wasn't so much historical baggage between the two nations, the most logical strategic partner for Japan would be South Korea.

Then Kishida wouldn’t be able to waste our tax money traipsing all over the world wasting our tax money

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How about dropping the ridiculously high J-import tarrifs so we can buy some tasty Greek cheese at reasonable prices 

The tariffs aren't bad. Greek feta is roughly the same price at Japanese Costco as it is in the USA.

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