I'm not, 20yrs stagnation along with Japans continued stubbornness to more fairly trade with the rest of the world making it not worth the bother, Japan passing & all that.......... China was more worth the time the last 20yrs that's basically it!
20 years of "fair trade" with China is what got the US into this mess with China's aggressive military stance. You feed the power hungry with money and now Obama is struggling to contain them with his pivot to Asia.
The negotiations aren't going well because American TPP negotiators don't understand the Japanese culture of doing business. The last time Japan was pushed into an international "bold" action to produce a "high standard outcome" led to Japan's entry into WW2 and ultimately, its defeat. A visit to Hiroshima and you hopefully learn the consequences of bold actions vs incremental steps.
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@Andreas I would beg that you would not judge an entire nation based on your ONE example. How can you judge the meaning of that statue and its affects to those POWs when you aren't a POW yourself? Some cultures place more values on actions instead of words. Please have an open mind instead of simply stating "it means nothing." Notice how these POWs found it in their hearts to return back to their prison camps with an open mind and focused their time on sharing their experiences to educate the current generation of children instead of bashing the Japanese government and demanding compensation or recognition for their suffering? Peace can be found when we look past our own grievances.
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@bertiewooster I normally disagree with the majority of your posts but this one hits the nail right on the head. You got it right on the money. It's unfortunate that the world is full of people who can only see what's exactly in front of them and have no foresight to see what's coming up ahead. People are too blinded with the cheap price tag today and chase the savings of pennies only to lose out the whole farm down the road. Monsanto has no interest in feeding the world. It's a corporation that cares only about bottom line dollars and profits. Current TPP structure will ruin Japan's agriculture industry and spread America's obesity epidemic to Japanese citizens. It's bad enough that tainted Chinese McDonald's chicken has already infiltrated into everyday life; let's stop this before it gets out of hand.
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Maybe he wouldn't have to listen to the Japanese anthem if he and his team didn't lose that podium spot to the Japanese medalists. Talk about being a sore loser. I guess Confucius didn't teach his people anything about humility or sportsmanship, or anything about good human values.
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If this criminal doesn't deserve the death penalty, not sure who does. RIP to all the innocent victims of this lunatic.
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War between China and Japan? Seems inevitable at this point. Hope all the foreigners have got their 100,000Yen saved up for an emergency flight back to their home country.
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Recover well young girl.
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If we teach our children to seek revenge, when will the violence ever stop? Can we not realize that this "eye for an eye" will lead to nothing but an endless cycle of death and sadness? Why not teach our children the meaning of "forgiveness" instead?
It pains me to read comments by educated adults on this site who want nothing more than to exact revenge on incidents that happened generations ago. If you killed a Japanese soldier today, would that bring back to life your ancestors who were lost? Why not seek to life in peace and harmony with our neighbors both at home and abroad?
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This is what you call high level diplomacy. If people can just get past their bias on "all politicians are evil" then maybe we can judge such visits with a neutral view. Japan for the first time in a long time is reaching out to other countries to form strategic and economic partnerships. Energy is the lifeblood for all modern economies and these meetings are one step closer to tying said countries together. There are ways for countries of the world to peacefully come together to gain mutual benefits. Yes, this is possible without using the threat of military strength to do so.
If all economic powerhouses of the world conducted business in such ways, maybe we can stop this arms race and put an end to war and suffering.
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rest in peace, aiwa-chan. =( condolences to your family and love ones.
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To all female (and male) readers interested in learning Self Defense, I teach a class once a month at a community center in Yokohama. It takes about a full day, with hands on training on mats. Cost is donation based as the main point is to get women more prepared to handle such events. PM me for more info!
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@MASSWIPE he who pays the bills gets to call the shots. fact of life my friend. too hot you say? how about skipping the marathon runners and head to the pool! You may be lucky to bear witness to the next version of Michael Phelps.
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You have to be naive to think in this day and age that only cheap Walmart products are made in China. Just about everything you find to be cheap or a good bargain has "made in china" on it. Just because food from McDonalds doesn't have a tag, doesn't make it an exception.
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Can't wait for the Olympics 2020! Thumbs up for athletic competition from the world's best. Hopefully Lebron will still be playing.
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A reason why the US practices "separation between church and state." Maybe Obama should give Abe a call and talk about such benefits.
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