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Posted in: Macron prepares response to 'yellow vest' protesters as Paris cleans up See in context

I remember when, some time ago, I had written in this site that Macron is really hated in France and his popularity was very, very low. For some reasons, I had got tons of thumbs down. People didn't believe me.

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Posted in: Blockbuster Queen biopic reignites Japanese fans' passion See in context

I LOVE QUEEN! Bohemian Rhapsody is one of my favorite songs ever. We need artists like that also today. Such a pity it is basically an utopia.

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Posted in: Anime industry's market size in Japan an all-time high See in context

Honestly, most of modern anime are garbage compared to what they used to be during the 60s, 70s and 80s. I like few post-2000s anime.

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Posted in: EU finally seals Brexit deal; urges Britons to back PM May See in context

I know this deal wasn't very good for UK, indeed the EU is denying the voters rights, imho. But you were able to do it someway, guys.

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Posted in: EU finally seals Brexit deal; urges Britons to back PM May See in context

Congrats to UK. I want Italexit too. ^^

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

When some people say that Japanese imperialism was induced by Western imperialism, they aren't saying revisionist crap. It's not like someday Japan suddenly woke up and said "I want to become a Colonial Power in Western style!" Commodore Perry actions, the Unequal Treaties and so on, brought Japan to copy Western model, for not being victim of it. Of course, the fact they wanted to free Asia from Western imperialism was propaganda, they made everything for their sake, like any other Colonial Power.

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

And your point is?

My point is that not everyone lives in the past. Both these politicians have a future oriented relationships, despite the past and what some textbooks could or not to say in the detail. Some kind of historical revisionism does exist everywhere, but this isn't the only thing to decide the diplomacy between Countries. Today Australia and Japan share the same values and strategical interests, it's useless speaking about Japan everytime like if we were living in the first half of the 20th century.

Plus, again, history is written by the winners, also in the losers Countries.

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

Where did I say that? That would be ridiculous. My comment was in regards to the Ichthys gas field deal.

You said:

Slo Mo has no idea who he is dealing with and is a sell-out.

And you explained what you meant saying this:

Ask most Japanese and they don't even know that they bombed and tried to (also) invade Australia due to the shocking lack of history in Japanese 'history' textbooks.

What should people think you meant?

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

together with that Country's PM*

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

@Jimizo: his main claim was that the Australian pm shouldn't deal with Mr. Abe, considering the past. His claim about Japanese plan invasion of Australia isn't even historically correct. His claim that all Japanese textbooks don't speak about this attack is also questionable.

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

@gogogo: Honestly, Abe isn't so bad in foreign policy. He is trying to balance Japan relationships with all the parties. While he strenghtens obviously the alliance with Japanese traditional Western allies, he also adopted a softer policy with Russia and China, without altering the main Alliance with the US.

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

During WWII all the Major Western Powers were Colonial Powers, nobody was morally above the others.

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

@AgentX: Australia and Japan are allies and they can move on, of course. Politicians continue to live in the past only if the governments are enemies also in the present. You should really learn something about geopolitics.

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Posted in: Women in Tokyo strongly back single-sex transport amid security fears: global poll See in context

I am pro these only women cars. It's not about segregation, but common sense, for the same reason why we need separate toilets for men and women and so on. If the trains are too much packed you can't avoid some annoying invasion of your personal space also if It isn't harrassment

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Posted in: The hidden toll of American drones in Yemen: Civilian deaths See in context

TumbleDry: I care about it, I know American war crimes, but they are free to act like that.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

@Goldorak: when I said the kids are politically manipulated in that sentence, I meant the fans. Of course, the agencies use these "artists" for political propaganda. About this Jamin guy I doubt he doesn't know atomic bombings, we are speaking about South Korea, if there's something they know about history it is WWII related stuff.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

@Samit Basu: your Country is taking advantage of the fact that despite the political controversies, Japan welcomed Korean artists for years, helping the industry to grow strongly. Also now, Japan didn't overreact, and BTS were free to make their planned concerts. You are lucky that Japan isn't China under this point of view, but I guess (and hope) also Japanese patience has a limit: don't be so sure that despite all this malicious behavior from Korea, Japan will continue to support your musical industry. If they decided to ban your artists for some period, I couldn't blame them at this point, honestly.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

@ReturningGrace: I read some kids saying that "their boys" didn't make anything wrong, especially when Japan never apologized properly to South Korea, so Japan shouldn't be offended for that shirt. These kids are politically manipulated and they are not even aware about it. Since these kpop artists are manufactured to be mainly cultural export, South Korea should avoid to fuel anti-Japanese feelings in this stuff, but they are doing obviously the opposite. I have been watching Japanese animation since the 80s on Italian tv, and I never saw any anti-Chinese or anti-Korean feelings in this stuff. You can find works like Card Captor Sakura where the male lead is a cute Chinese boy. What I mean, is that Japan never exported stuff for children and teenagers that could fuel that kind of feelings, despite in the domestic market I know you can find some controversial things. South Korea instead is deliberately using this "Korean wave" thing to export also anti-Japanese feelings, influencing little kids.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

@kohakuebisu: you could be right about the fact these guys aren't the first ones to flirt with Nazi symbols, but this band is used as a political tool, indeed recently they spoke at the United Nations. So, since they are involved in politics, they cannot be forgiven so easily if they flirt with Nazi symbols or glorify the nuclear bombings. Their agency should be way more careful, since I doubt the United Nations want to be associated with such kind of controversies.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

@kohakuebisu: indeed I said how the holocaust is considered, since it gets so much more cover than any other genocide and atrocity.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

@bicultural: I don't know these "artists" either, but I know this kpop genre. The "artists" are all the same, both musically and in terms of aesthetic. But what makes me more "scared" is how much political the whole thing is. Please, try to read newspapers like the Korea Times, the Korea Herald, and so on. You can see how many news are related to kpop. Not only that, but they are often the top news! I never saw anything similar.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

If only the young Koreans and Japanese saw how these Korean artists aren't artists, but only a completely manufactured product for export used as a political tool for Korean propaganda (way more than artists in the West and Japan, especially considering how the Japanese don't even advertise their artists abroad), their mind would be more free. Instead, they are brainwashed by such a crap, unable to think critically and ready to justify any kind of stuff just because "their idols" are too pure and innocent for knowing nuclear bombing and holocaust...

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

really matter*

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

@Ricky: those rankings are based mainly on math and science, the only subjects that reallymstters in the Anglophone sphere. Sadly, subjects like philosophy, history, etc. are not considered as much as important, despite they are the basis of any civilization.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

Plus, I am not expressing my "personal" hierarchy about war crimes. I am just explaining which is the situation here in the West.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

@Cricky: that flag is considered perfectly legal here in the West, but insulting holocaust memory isn't absolutely acceptable. Holocaust is considered the biggest horror of the 20th century in Europe, way more than any other war related crime. If the Koreans want western attention and money, they must accept western rules. Deal with it.

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

I believe the agency apologized just because of the Jewish NGO protest. Indeed, this fact became a news also on big newspapers like CNN, The Guardian and others, that spoke about strong nationalism in South Korea and the lack of respect for historical issues in that Country, especially about the Nazi regime, because they care only about the Pacific war, disregarding WWII in Europe. Koreans are not used to this kind of strong criticism from the West. In particular, one article noticed like if they want their pop culture be known in the West so much, they must show to be mature enough for the international stage.

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Posted in: IAEA urges rapid decision on treated water at Fukushima See in context

I "like" how to some people, this is your usual excuse for Japan bashing, but NOBODY notices like the IAEA, the international agency of "experts" about nuclear energy, don't have any idea about how to treat with this kind of disaster, and all that they are saying is that the water should be released into the sea, since that is your USUAL procedure also in other nuclear plants around the world. Nice! Remember that there are more than 400 nuclear plants around the world, and if this is the level of competence not only of Japanese experts, but also of the biggest international experts, we are really in good hands.

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Posted in: BOJ's total assets exceed country's GDP for first time See in context

Quantitative easing isn't unique to Japan. The FED and also the ECB made the same since the Lehman Brothers disaster. The FED is trying to raise the interest rates but Trump is against it, since normalizing the situation isn't so easy without any consequences after years of printing money and very low interest rates.

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Posted in: Macron leads WW1 Armistice commemorations See in context

You used that list to put all of them in the same group of oppressors, that isn't the case of what your source did. Indeed, It speaks also about American war for independence like one of the first manifestations of nationalism.

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