I'd love to ask a Japanese politician some day why they revere their military so much. The Japanese military has a history of spectacular failure!
Not only did the imperial Japanese army lose WWII but they lost their previous war in Asia, about 4 hundred years earlier, with Korea.
Koreans actuality defeated the Japanese at the very height of samurai power.
Popular culture depicts the samurai as a great fighter but they were defeated by Koreans, thus saving Asia and the world from a brutal Japanese regime. Actually not enough credit is given to how Koreans saved the world from Japan at that time.
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The last war ended with two nuclear bombs but the next war will begin with hundreds of nuclear bombs. Do the Japanese people really have confidence that their corrupt and inept leaders will keep them out of the next war?
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Japan should not have nuclear power plants because of earthquakes.
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The Japanese really need to understand that the reason they became wealthy post WW2 was through trade with the west, particularly the US. cheap Japanese products flooded the west. There’s nothing particularly special about the Japanese or their business culture or general culture. I’d say that about South Korea also.
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What if there’s another earthquake?
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This happens because no political party controls the media in South Korea.
In Japan, however, the media is controlled by the LDP so their’s no need for free debate.
Of course it’s the Japanese people and Asia in general that ultimately lose in this situation.
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This is why actually i don’t buy Japanese products these days. I’ve had a Celica and a maxima before.*
Japan has seen a series of data manipulation scandals by automakers and other manufacturing firms in recent years, exposing flaws in their corporate culture and internal controls.
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This is what happens in Japan when you don’t teach history to your people. Japan was a fascist country. FULL STOP.
It’s not me saying it it’s a fact of history. You can attack “Koreans, zainichi, and gyopos” but it will not change history.
And certainly not teaching it will not change history either.
That reputation will still take a long time to be erased. Japanese should offer humanitarian help especially to neighboring countries NOT take up weapons and go kill more non-Japanese.
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KuroTokageToday 10:53 am JST
And Japan is the only country in the world with an absolute right to freedom of speech - u
In the 2020 world press freedom index Korea was at 42 which was better than the US and Japan was significantly lower at 67.
Also saying you weren't censored in Yahoo Japan is not saying much since it's where many of the extreme right in Japan post.
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The AvengerToday 10:55 am JST
Japan did some abhorrent things, but it seems to me that the 1965 agreement settled forced labor and comfort women issues
It did until as long qs the Japanese put up the front of being genuinely reflective of their past.
All that was tossed out when Shinzo Abe started going to yasukuni thereby showing how fake Japanese politician words were.
Of course Abe wanted to foment a new nationalism to change their constitution so he used anti Korean sentiment in order to gain votes and power.
Of course laying claim to dokto island was another tactic to create a provocation and thereby get more votes.
It was Abe that started it and it's pure gaslighting to say the Koreans wanted the relationship to sour.
The LDP is all about creating provocations against Koreans in order to stay in power.
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It’s not magical thinking to believe in Japanese war crimes. Japan was a fascist country. They don’t teach history in Japan anymore. That’s what i was referring to when i said there’s little real media freedom in Japan
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It’s gaslighting to say that it’s the Koreans who are brainwashed.
Japan has had basically no change in government for more than half a century and in terms of media freedom Korea rates much higher than Japan.
If you had to put money down which country would you say allows for more free exchange of ideas? A country that has changes of government and significantly freer media or a country with almost no change in government with a media that is heavily controlled by the ruling party? Stop gaslighting us.
You know Korea is not the brainwashed country.
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The Ukrainian President Zelensky loved the idea of joining NATO more than he loved the Ukrainian people.
He could have negotiated harder with Putin and prevented war and millions of Ukrainian refugees and destruction of their cities and infrastructure.
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Did the democrat US President and the Ukrainian President consider the possibility of millions of refugees when they poked the Russian bear? I think they knew what they were doing and didn’t care.
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There’s a conspiracy theory that the dems like refugees because it increases their votes
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I get censured a lot on this board but what if the opinions in Ukraine that could have prevented this war were also censored by the Ukraine government and media?
Opinions are Information and to censure opinions is to say “i don’t need information”.
Which is a crazy thing to do in the age of information and where knowledge is power.
I have no doubt that big media in Ukraine censured opinions that were against that government and which could have prevented this war. And now the Russian bear is knocking at the door and once they come in they will never go out.
This war could have been prevented but the unpopular opinions that could have prevented it were probably banned in media.
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Trump 101: It's stupid to push china and Russia together.
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Going forward any Japanese apology must be passed by the Japanese legislature to make it permanent and any white washing of Japanese war crimes and atrocities, visiting Yasukini or sending flowers there must be made illegal. Also hate speech against Koreans must also be made illegal. The samurai mentality held my the corrupt political elite in Japan must be stamped out.
Actually it’s the average Japanese that is suffering too from the elite’s corruption and incompetence.
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Japanese politician apologies are worthless as long as they visit the Yasukini shrine to war criminals.
Where are the Japanese shrines to the millions killed by the Japanese military?
When will Japanese politicians lay wreaths regularly to those shrines? Non Japanese want to know.
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I'd still take a Korean politician over a Japanese politician.
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It would be good if south Korea and Japan worked together on cleaning up Fukushima. Nuclear disasters endangers us all.
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I never expect leadership from Japanese politicians. They’re the same as the CCP and the North Koreans. From America we had Trump who only cared about money, although money is important to be sure. And now we have sleepy Joe with sleepy Joe as vice president Russia attacked Georgia and Ukraine and Russia is back at it again in Ukraine. There’s a leadership vacuum in the world today and don’t the Japanese know it. Only the Koreans the South Koreans are actually doing something it seems. But maybe I’m wrong maybe the world leadership will finally call out Japan. We can only hope. But it’s clear that Japanese bribes and lobbying yen will find its way into politicians pockets. It’s truly sickening and frightening.
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Shōwa Statism (国家主義, Kokka Shugi) was a political syncretism of Japanese extreme political ideologies, developed over a period of time from the Meiji Restoration. It is sometimes also referred to as Emperor-system fascism (天皇制ファシズム), Shōwa nationalism or Japanese fascism.
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At the end of the day, Japan was a fascist country. End of discussion.
Any discussion of whether Japan was a little bit or a lot evil is kinda absurd. We don’t say that of Hitler or Mussolini. They were fascist governments we don’t care that they were a little less cruel and evil in some things or that some things that they did were efficient or that maybe the trains ran on time. We don’t care.
If the Japanese fascist had won the war with the German fascists life would’ve been hell on earth not only for Koreans but for every other non-Japanese. Discussing whether Japanese or Korean minors were slaves or maybe not so much slaves can be interesting ( not) but ultimately plays into the hands of the Japanese right wingers who are desperate to grasp a few drips of some legitimacy in their fascist government. Which is not only sad and pathetic but it’s also dangerous for the world. The samurai mentality is a menace to the world.
But the truth is there was no legitimacy to japan’s past because it was was a weird fascist extremists force with fanatics who would do absolutely anything for their emperor/God. And nothing we can say now can ever change that.
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The point is not to debate the conditions that these Koreans minors faced, obviously they were horrendous. To do that would be to play into the hands of the LDP right wingers.
I mean Japan was a fascist nation that did terrible things and killed millions of people and not just in WW2.
The point is to show the real motive for the LDP to use this and other provocations, like Yasukini, with regard to Korea to whip up anti-Korean hate so they can raise their poll numbers and ultimately stay out of jail.
I read today that Korea is sending millions of COVID-19 test kits to Japan but that won’t make the news here. It’s all about how the Koreans hate Japanese, lol
JapanToday editors, please don’t delete this because it’s about the real motives of the LDP behind this world heritage application, so it’s on point
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I used to be mystified by Japanese politics but once I understood that the whole point of Yasukuni and these world heritage applications, for example, is to whip up South Korean anger and protest which in turn whips up Japanese support at the polls which then enables the right wingers to stay in power and stay out of jail. Once I understood this then Japanese politics became very obvious for me. Is just endless provocations against Koreans to stay in power.
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