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Japan voices grave concerns about jailing of Hong Kong activists

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Always, "grave concern" or "regrets that" or "finds disturbing" yada yada yada. The US is of the same spineless ilk. Reminds me of the "thoughts and prayers go out to you" meaningless words after mass shootings.

If Japan (and the US) really has "grave concern" for the Chinese regime of breaking all their promises concerning Hong Kong, in addition to censorship, abduction imprisonment, takeover of the South China Sea and J-islands, cyber attacks among other things, then put some actual pressure on them.

We keep investing in them and opening up trade routes with them, allowing them into multi-national trade pacts with us but they keep spitting on other nations' faces.

Talk with your money and use some diplomacy with backbone.

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Japan has no foot to stand on when it comes to jailing and human rights. Just look at Ghosn and how they have reacted to other nations pointing out the lack of human rights there.

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Talk with your money and use some diplomacy with backbone.

Dude, this is Japan. Not gonna happen.

Japan has no foot to stand on when it comes to jailing and human rights. Just look at Ghosn and how they have reacted to other nations pointing out the lack of human rights there.

Excellent point

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Suga government only express "concern".

They who disrespect democracy or press freedom avoid protest against China despite serious issue about human rights and democracy.

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SmithinJapan@ I imagine China is hoping for an alliance with Japan who they may think share similar themes and trends when it comes to their respective judiciaries ( or lack thereof ). Neither nation deals well with direct outside criticism ( collectivist nations by nature find it almost unbearably hard to look within. Easier to shoot the messenger ).

The 'Japan is eventually going to have to make a decision' conundrum and crossroad may involve weighing up;

a) expediency and nefarious alliances

vs

b) standing up for and practicing globally accepted rule of law.

Until then, 'grave concerns' will just be an empty statement. Action will have to follow.

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It amazes me how Japan is always so interested in showing political upheaval in other countries - literally on the daily basis via their “news” channels yet somehow, Japan is only ever shown as peaceful. I’ve yet to see the weekly demo at Kokkaigijidomae shown on TV.

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It is an illusion anyone can do anything. Would you risk giving up control over your business to strike a more favorable business deal?

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Japan is all about talks but no action. Why? Because their cronies and business elites are all in the pockets of Chinese/Vietnamese Communists.

In case of China, one bad word means that your businesses in China will be seized or your businesses outside China will be boycotted and forbidden from entering China. In the worst case, China banned his tourists entering Japan and forbid Japanese goods in Chinese market. Japan's economy will be crippled bigly.

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The Meiji Japan once hosted or harbored many Chinese students and dissidents persecuted by the Qing authorities. Some of then such as Sun Yat-sen returned home, led campaigns and eventually drove out the regime. Can the present-day Japan do the same, offer asylum to those under threat?

Here I don't mean to push HK people to abandon their loved homeland. I care about their lives, believing they must hold surviving options available.

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