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Kishida warns G7 of danger of 'wrong lessons' from Russian invasion of Ukraine

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I am pretty sure other countries might draw the “wrong lessons” if only less than 3% of Japan’s companies leave Russia (as reported elsewhere on this website).

The current lesson from Kishida seems to be, invade your neighbors and it is business as usual with Japan.

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Taking the "wrong lesson" from current events is a bit similar to taking them from history, something this and many former Japan PMs seem to have more than enough experience with.

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"Wrong lessons", might it be, blindly listening/following your suppose friends?? Your friends' prodding's/encouragements/assurances etc etc. Then, you are left alone to hold the HOT potato?

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It's really too late. The Lesson as learned by Putin is that you can invade another country, bomb and shell their civilians, and no country will send their troops to stop his.

NATO wants to defeat Russia through a prolonged war of attrition, supporting Ukraine so that the Russian invasion becomes costlier and costlier. I have serious doubts on the effectiveness of that approach.

On the other hand, if the economic sanctions and isolation has any effect, then the lesson learned by China is what they can likely expect if they invade Taiwan. Naturally they are already working on ways to counter it.

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Yes his opinion garnered with years of experience in both military and diplomatic skills are a breath of both fresh air and inside knowledge on European and global issues, his clutching of vouchers for ceasing of hostilities should solve the problem. Hands on hips fist in the air, it’s pretty much solved now.

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Is leader supposed to dress in native garb,such as the Lederhosen,they wore Kimonos in Japan, Imagine Johnson dress in Lederhosen shorts

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NATO better start looking at Asia as a partner in countering China, Japan, S. Korea, Australia, India, and many more can contribute assets and manpower if future conflicts ever takes place, NATO can't go it alone when it comes to China, and China will think twice or 3 times before making any future aggressive moves.

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Kishida is without a mask. I wish he would have the courage to go maskless inside Japan.

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And what precedents from setting the correct example is Kishida basing his remarks?

As usual Japan struggles to show its relevance as an independent-thinking member of the G7 and is unable to demonstrate it is anything but a tool for the US.

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Mark,most Americans do not care about the protection of others,they are not willing to protect their precious children,you foreigner have to fend for yourself,we have our own domestic battle to deal with

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OssanAmerica

Today 05:56 pm JST

It's really too late. The Lesson as learned by Putin is that you can invade another country, bomb and shell their civilians, and no country will send their troops to stop his.

Wait we just learned that from Russia?

I thought we learned that from the USA and it's friends like Saudi Arabia and friends are doing to Yemen for years now,

I mean Putin might have gotten the idea from that and is just copying.

I mean 150,000 killed mostly civilians including 10,000 children killed or seriously wounded and not a single western country has imposed sanctions on anyone or made much of a protest.

Maybe Putin learn there are no real consequences from USA and it's Allies.

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Kishida is just the lap dog of the G7. Nobody ever pays attention to him.

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What posing nonsense. Let’s all take off our ties and roll up our sleeves to pretend to be working for the camera. Well, except for Kishida. No rolling up of sleeves in Japan!

India has a larger GDP than the UK, France, Canada and Italy. India was invited to “observe” last year, but they might be a little too brown for this group.

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Japan hasn't learned it's lesson from 77 year's ago.

China won't invade Taiwan like Russia is doing in Ukraine.

Soon China will block Taiwan shipping ports with a flotilla of many Chinese ships and the west will be forced into economic recession and Taiwan will unite with China.

Japan is playing with fire and should focus on diplomacy with China .

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I see too many double standards by Japan.

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Taiwan will never be recognized as an independent country by the United nations because China can veto the decision.

After the Chinese flotilla around Taiwan happens all commerce for Taiwan will be directed to go through China and costs for Taiwanese products will skyrocket .

The USA ambiguous stance game doesn't matter anymore and its sanctions game has backfired.

The USA is rapidly spiraling into it's own civil war.

China and India are once again becoming the world's strongest economies is eminent.

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Japan is certainly not in the position to talk about "learning the right/wrong lessons from war and history". I mean, if you listened to politicians and lawmakers Japan has never done anything wrong and are always the victim. Heck, they are trying to compare themselves to Ukraine in terms of suffering in conflict. But, if you want to get to how Japan is acting here, let's not forget only 3% of Japanese companies pulled out of some kind of cooperation with Russia, they still import gas from them, still import marine products and want to keep up other relations while still being recognized by the world as "being tough on Russia", etc. And of course, they want to use this to keep China's economy down not because it poses a military threat, but because Japan cannot compete.

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It's really too late. The Lesson as learned by Putin is that you can invade another country, bomb and shell their civilians, and no country will send their troops to stop his.

That's a bit rich...in that case Putin could have just asked the US about it , the same " lesson" was learned many times over then .

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Smithinjapan you are absolutely spot on correct .

I concur .

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My opinion is it's become obvious that China learned how to lose and that's how it knows how to win.

Japan either hasn't figured that out yet , or is being sneaky with a alterior motive and hidden agenda .

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"We have seen attempts to change the status quo by force continuing and increasing in the Indo-Pacific,"

Have that typed out on a piece of paper and pin it to your lapel. While bombs are dropping and children and dying in Europe, NATO doesn't care about your petty island dispute with China.

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Indeed. Yasukuni Shrine visiting season is on the horizon. I surely hope Kishida & Co. can squeeze that into their busy schedules following the NATO summit.

Taking the "wrong lesson" from current events is a bit similar to taking them from history, something this and many former Japan PMs seem to have more than enough experience with.

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday stressed the need for the Group of Seven leaders to show a united front to prevent other countries from drawing the "wrong lessons" from Russia's war on Ukraine, in an apparent reference to Chinese muscle-flexing in the Indo-Pacific.

Showing a united front, and not doing anything isn't going to scare off China.

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Hey Kishida san,

why don’t you make sure Japanese companies pull out of Russia? It’s a but hypocritical really!! Many Japanese companies remain in Russia! What’s the reason behind this?

can you please explain the reason?

MONEY??

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Putin,have not learn nothing,he hit a mall full of people in Ukraine,and it burning out of control, Antique Yemen learn if you set Saudi Oil field in fire,they will respect you

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo ne

June 27 09:52 pm JST 

Taiwan will never be recognized as an independent country by the United nations because China can veto the decision

The UN general assembly can, with ⅔ vote, replace PRC China with ROC Taiwan, basically the reverse of what they did in 1971 with UNGA 2758. Vetoes shvetoes. They can't do anything about it.

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Comment without quote box:

The UN general assembly can, with ⅔ vote, replace PRC China with ROC Taiwan, basically the reverse of what they did in 1971 with UNGA 2758. Vetoes shvetoes. They can't do anything about it.

(Edit button please)

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What a load of the usual claptrap this article is. Other outlets are reporting that the main 'agreement' of the meeting, and not reported here, was that, perhaps, the BRI IS the way to the hearts of the world and that $600 Billion would be allocated with $200 Billion from the U.S. to pursue 'infrastructure' investments in whomever they can get to take the bait. So, the West seeks to IMITATE China, 'the most sincere form of flattery'.

But this is really a cruel joke on the American People given that U.S. domestic infrastructure is falling to dust because of inadequate funding. Oregon/Washington cannot secure funding simply to replace one of the most important bridges, and biggest choke point, in the PMW, the I-5 over the Columbia River. If one would like a little AWE with one's internet, Google Image 'China infrastructure projects' and try to imagine the West even beginning to match what you see without considering what China has already done over the last twenty years. What the U.S. has given and gives the Pentagon, China has given to China and the World.

Threats, sanctions, outright invasion are not working anymore as American foreign policy nor is propping up fascists in small countries sacrificing their youth to proxy fight our competitors. In the next twenty years Ukraine is likely to become de facto Russian just by Ukrainian women trying to find husbands for their children after zelenskyy destroys an entire generation of Ukrainian men sending them, under threat (mandatory draft). to fight and die for his corrupt clique, a policy repeated endlessly by the U.S around the world.

Again, this 'article' just repeats the same old lies with minimal reportage of the actual events at the meeting and maximal bashing and rehashing of the local propaganda regarding the 'threat' of a small, poor country one fifth its size in people and one twenty-fifth its size in economy and armament, and, as the most heavily armed and (covertly) militaristic country in Asia, complaining about another country impinging on its bloated claims of sovereignty. Wasted bandwidth...

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@juminRhee

But realistically that will never happen because China has its own world Bank and countries don't just get kicked out of the United Nations.

Can you imagine what would happened to the world economy if that actually happened ?

And which countries will vote against China ?

Taiwan is a self governing independent province of China that still claims to be the rightful government of all China and Taiwan has withdrew is status as an independent nation and member of the UN .

Taiwan isn't a country.

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Nor is Taiwan a place where freedoms are trampled on and people disappear to be imprisoned far from their homes or worse!

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Putin know they will throw Ukraine under bus,when the cold winter set in ,I hope they do not expect our resources

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So, a homicidal maniac dictator needs to be taken seriously. Got it.

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Best lesson is not to blindly follow USA. Europe will freeze to death and already Tokyo people can’t you lights in their homes and businesses. BRICS and Road and Belt are rolling in cash.

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo ne

Today 06:17 am JST 

@juminRhee 

But realistically that will never happen because China has its own world Bank and countries don't just get kicked out of the United Nations. 

Can you imagine what would happened to the world economy if that actually happened ? 

And which countries will vote against China ? 

Taiwan is a self governing independent province of China that still claims to be the rightful government of all China and Taiwan has withdrew is status as an independent nation and member of the UN . 

Taiwan isn't a country.

Taiwan (Republic of CHINA) was considered a country until 1971 (PRC was considered a non-state entity like taiwan is today) with UNGA 2578 replacing with PRC. And Taiwan is de facto a country. Its own military, central bank, president, parliament, and foreign policy.

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I wish this would quote properly. I only wrote the bottom part. Sorry for the confusion

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Taiwan (Republic of China)

That's correct -"Republic of China" is what they claim.

Of China ! ! !

However Taiwan isn't officially recognized as a independent country !

I'll say it again - "of China"

it's not the Republic of Formosa thanks tn the Japanese invasion and colonization.

And in case you still don't understand it's not the Republic of Taiwan either !

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Kishida just desperately trying to be relevant during the meeting.

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Whatever reasons it may have in its invasion of another country or what it calls special military operations, destroying defenseless cities and towns to complete ruins, Russia is to blame for all this for starters. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has every right to defend his country.

But the further the war prolongs, the more it looks like a proxy war for someone else. Hope it won't escalate to the third world war.

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