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Posted in: Tamaki wants U.S., Japan, Okinawa talks on U.S. base move See in context

@ darknuts

I aleady recognize that issue, one of problems of Japanese judical system. On the other hand there are problems that when a US soldiers are kept inside its military, he could return back to US while a judical process in Japan is on going, and even he does not need to come back to Japan after he is found guilty, or that the punishments are sometimes much lighter than those in Japanese system, or even in US mainland system.

These problems as well as long history of crimes, (including when those who accused for rape were kept inside US military) gives Okinawa citives a clear prejudice, although crime rate per capita for US troops is much lower than for Okinawa citizens.

What I meant was a obvious concession (rather seems to have occured from US troops itself) will ease opposition.

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Posted in: Tamaki wants U.S., Japan, Okinawa talks on U.S. base move See in context

It is nonsense to discuss the area ratio of US military bases in Okinawa and those in other area in Japan.

For example, municipal waste disposal facilities and crematories, which are generally disliked,

are built within a narrow area of ​​the cities and refusal from the area is often ignored.

This problem is similar to that, just like a garbage disposal facility and a crematorium, a base is built in the necessary place in necessity.

Okinawa is extremeley important against China, as Ishikawa, Aomori and Hokkaido against Russia, Nagasaki and Yamaguchi against North Korea, Nagasaki against China.

Therefore, there is no option to eliminate both Futenma and Henoko bases as a nation, and if Okinawa definitely denies Henoko, I think the govt should maintain Futenma.

As Tamaki says, people who oppose the government often say "democracy is tested".

What they have missed is that the government is chosen by a larger election based on democracy.

Some people say, there is nothing nonsensical as the importance of dugongs and corals,

since they are not at least negative to the fact that Okinawa airport and Urasoe military port are now being landfilled.

However, I insist that current situation should be modified.

There are at least two things to modify.

1) US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement

  Japanese judicial access to crimes by US soldiers which have become frequently problematic

  must be similar to that to crimes by Japanese.

  Currently it is quite different from such agreement between US-Germany or US-Italy.

2) Vague relation between Henoko extention and Futenma restoration

  The Japanese govt has been kept it very unclear.

  If they want more approval from people in Okinawa, this should be clarified, of cource in the manner that

  the Futenma base will be surely returned after a couple of years after the Henoko extention is finished.

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Posted in: Trump-Kim rift over nuclear weapons underlines threat to Japan See in context

Cap of 1% of GDP is much smaller than the other major countries, which should be removed.

Russia 4.3%, US 3.1%, SK 2.6%, India 2.5%, France 2.3%, China 1.9%, UK. 1.8%, Germany 1.2%, JP 0.9%.

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Posted in: Panel denies systematic ministry coverup of faulty jobs data See in context

Even when the current opposition party was the ruling party (2009-2012), this issue existed. This indicates that politicians did not know, and that is understandable. On the other hand, I don't believe that no top level goverment workers have noticed this problem.

For this issue, we also need to discuss how we should take samples hereafter : taking all samples as designed and not fully done so many years due to huge lack of man power and due to periodic personnel shifts ? or taking limit samples as done in US, UK etc, and accepting a finite systematic uncertainty ?

But again in the National diet, always discussion falls into "failure or error of 'Abenomics'" and practical measurement will not be taken...

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Posted in: Okinawa base referendum may deal nationwide electoral blow to Abe See in context

Okinawa, Russia, North Korea etc. if they are settled in a very good condition, it will give large and positive impact on the elections. While even if they are not solved, I don't think they will give large impact on them, since our expectation toward them is already low enough.

Altough all these issues are substantially related to the Constitution of Japan, especailly to the Article 9, motivation of the Japanese to modify it is too low, which implies that they are not interested to these issues.

The largest and maybe the sole issue they care is ecconomy, and at least for now, the govt has treated things well. Damages from US-China conflict, or Brexit and +2% consumption tax could give substantial impact to the elections.

Impacts from other issues only depens on how they are broadcasted. e.g. "Mori Kake Spa"

If you are an Japanese or those who lived long in Japan, you knew this, right?

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Posted in: Kono denies S Korean account of talks; calls for appropriate response See in context

@ Kobe White Bar Owner

@ alwaysspeakingwisdom

Probably the watch is in the tweet.

https://twitter.com/konotarogomame/status/914744990093291521

It looks like bamboo.

The tweet says the givt in the ASEAN 50 years anniversary, and it's nice and light.

It also says that it's better for his atopy.

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Posted in: Kono denies S Korean account of talks; calls for appropriate response See in context

Already officially and unofiicially the Japanese govt have protested the SK govt on the Moon Hee Sang's comment.

What could the SK govt achieve by denying the existence of the protest in the bilateral meeting?

Who believes Kang Kyung Wha and the govt after we saw their lies on the radar issue and the Bloomberg issue?

Does the govt really care about the former "confort woman" ladies, not the "confort woman" issue?

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Posted in: N Korea says Japanese abductee alive in Pyongyang See in context

Following sources are all Japanese. Sorry for those who cannot read them.

KYODO itself already reported

Mar. 16, 2018

https://this.kiji.is/347307569550902369

and other news sources as well

https://www.kobe-np.co.jp/news/zenkoku/compact/201803/0011074466.shtml

https://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/20180317/pol18031705020001-n1.html

also some discussion between Yosifu Arita and PM. Abe in

Budget Committee of House of Councilors

Nov. 7, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0phO3aYq-co&t=16420s

There seems no update on the news since then. Weird...

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Posted in: N Korea says Japanese abductee alive in Pyongyang See in context

I doubt this point.

The two men, who are said to have fathered children after arriving in North Korea, do not wish to return to Japan, the official said.

They could not tell anybody their real intentsion especillay if it is homecoming.

My question is why it turned out at this moment, 5 years since it was told and have been kept secret.

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Posted in: Kono looks to visit China in late March to enhance economic ties See in context

The slowdown of the China's economy, accelated by the US-China trade friction pushes China to have closer relation in economy with Japan. Xi Jinping's will must be to utilize Japan temporary to overcome the difficulty, however I hope the Japanese govt let them realize the importance of cooperation.

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Posted in: N Korea says Japanese abductee alive in Pyongyang See in context

@ Samit Basu

All Japanese abductees lived privileged lives in Pyongyang, so I am not sure if they would want to return to Japan now.

Wow. You are / were in North Korea !

At least I had thought you have been posting comments from a civiliized country.

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Posted in: S Koreans declare start of Japan firm asset sale over wartime labor See in context

@ SJ

My quotation has some error. I try again.

The High Contracting Parties confirm that the problems concerning property, rights, and interests of the two High Contracting Parties and their peoples (including juridical persons) and the claims between the High Contracting Parties and between their peoples, including those stipulated in Article IV(a) of the Peace Treaty with Japan signed at the city of San Francisco on September 8, 1951, have been settled completely and finally.

If it fails again, please read Article II.1.

Also refer Article II.2 and II.3.

You also should refer Article III, where ways to resolve any dispute on this settlement are written.

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Posted in: S Koreans declare start of Japan firm asset sale over wartime labor See in context

@ SJ

I already read both and I already replied you elsewhere that only 1% of lawyers support it.

By the way,

it's cleary mentioned

"The High Contracting Parties confirm that the problems concerning property, rights, and interests of the two High Contracting Parties and their peoples (including juridical persons) and the claims between the High Contracting Parties and between their peoples, including those stipulated in Article IV(a) of the Peace Treaty with Japan signed at the city of San Francisco on September 8, 1951, have been settled completely and finally."

in

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Agreement_Between_Japan_and_the_Republic_of_Korea_Concerning_the_Settlement_of_Problems_in_Regard_to_Property_and_Claims_and_Economic_Cooperation

you may find Korean version in the left column as well.

Some say that say, "confort woman" or "forced" labor are not included in the "settlement".

Then, what do you think are included in the "settlement"?

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Posted in: S Koreans declare start of Japan firm asset sale over wartime labor See in context

Why do the Korean lawyers request negotiation?

Why don't they immidiately start to liquidate the assets?

What they are intending is comprehensive compensation for all "forced" labors, since compensation achivied by wining individual cases could support very limited number of the labors.

It was already agreed in 1965 between the two goverments that compensation to Korean individuals should be done by the Korean goverment by utilizing $800 million "economic cooperation" paid from Japan.

The Korean government preffered this treatment rather letting the Japanese goverment compensate the Korean individuals.

However, the Korean government have not compensated them, nor tried to start compensate after these cases.

The Japanese government and the firms are just following agreements, rules and laws.

Immidiate retaliation by imposing higher tariffs on imports will be difficult, since established Japanese domestics laws do not seem to support it.

Some tricks will be required, say, by accusing their dumping or by accusing that they have been breaking sanctions against North Korea.

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Posted in: Campaigning begins for referendum on Okinawa U.S. base relocation See in context

@ BertieWooster

Right! By building a new base in Henoko!

I am sorry but this is fake.

Although "a new base" is widely used, and so many misunderstand that a new base is being constructed, as Richard Burgan pointed out, this relocation of the Futenma air base is merge into the Camp Schwab.

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Posted in: Japan protests over S Korean lawmaker's remarks on emperor See in context

Moon told that Bloomberg did a fake report, which itself turned out to be fake.

https://twitter.com/tictoc/status/1095208412160364544

He probably felt that he went way out of line.

But once he was accused by many Japanese politician, he started to told that the Japanese have not appologized.

Again it's fake.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan#1990s

(watch : May.24 1990)

Every single comment is fake.

Korean (or Moon) just want to see below done by Tenno-Heika.

http://japan.hani.co.kr/arti/politics/32690.html

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Posted in: Japan warns of tit-for-tat action in wartime labor spat with S Korea See in context

@SJ

65% : negative and cannot understand

the rest : negative but understandable

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Posted in: Japan warns of tit-for-tat action in wartime labor spat with S Korea See in context

@SJ

Calm down boy, I just wrote facts.

Yes I'm not expert in that field, as well as you, so I mentioned only 7% of lawyer (In Japan) were affirmative to your opinion or to these 300 lawyer's opinion.

I am really sorry that I cannot suppy any support to my claim in S.Korea where 국민정서법 is superior.

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Posted in: Japan warns of tit-for-tat action in wartime labor spat with S Korea See in context

@ SJ

Your link below does not support you at all,

http://justice.skr.jp/estatement.html

 1. The forced labor issue is fundamentally a human rights issue

 2. The individual right to seek compensation has not been extinguished by the Korea-Japan Claims Settlement Agreement

 3. The ruling is in line with advances in international human rights law that values remedies for individual victims

 4. Following the ruling, Korea and Japan should seek a fundamental solution, rather than criticize one another

For about 1.

  "Forced labor", for which Korean supreme court ruled is invalid word for this particular issue.

  They came voluntary before Feb.1944, when forcing was started.

For about 2.

The Japansese goverment has also been standing on this side.

 In discussion of Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea in 1965, the Korean goverment preferred lump sum payment of compensation from Japan and wanteed to pay Korean citizens later by themselves. 

 Hence it is very natural to think that who has duty to pay compensation is the Korean goverment, not Japan.

For about 3.

  Same as 1.

For about 4.

  Who currently refuses to discuss is the Korean goverment for this particular issue.

One more issue about this statement : only less than 1% of Japanese attorneys support this statement,

and another interview pointed out that only 7% of Japanese attorneys support it

This means that

A right approach based on expertise legal analyses was already expressed by Japanese lawyers

cannot be justfied.

Using Kamikaze or biased Kanto Massacre for accusing the Japanese today is just a hate speech.

Be careful.

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Posted in: Japan warns of tit-for-tat action in wartime labor spat with S Korea See in context

Even US decided a trade war against China, though they know that they also will have some cost.

Japanese also know there will be always some damage to themselves, if they start countermeasurements.

Important point is that larger portion of Japanese are now too irritated and think as

"Niku wo kirasete, Hone wo tatsu", or "Lose a battle to win a war".

Realistic contermeasurements are not so many. (not "NO", as Samit Basu mentioned)

Following difficulties wait Japan as well as some cost to Japanese themselves.

There are difficulties being against international agreements such as WTO's rules,

(which Korea does not care), or making domesic laws to justify it, or letting domestic companies to follow.

Furthermore, possible heavy damage to large/huge Korean companies are not alwasy so important to Moon Jaein.

Even Korea's national security agains North Korea is not important to Moon Jaein.

But the Japanese goverment could do some of followings,

 - slows down license reviewing procedure for import and export

 - apply anti-dumping tax against electronic gadgets, steel, ship and variety of stuffs

 - slows down crude oil brokerage services

 - seizes Korean goverment property inside Japan

 - insists that the US troops in Japan cannot be deployed automatically to a Korea - North Korea conflict

   without agreement between US-Japan goverments.

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Posted in: Japan cancels port call by warship in South Korea amid row See in context

Ganbare Japan!Today 09:40 am JST

Japan should NOT be participating in military exercises with South Korea. Mistake by the Defense Ministry to continue the exercise. SK main Military ally is PRC.If SK is in the joint exercise, Japan must cancel it completely.

I don't agree this. Since this will be multilateral exersize starting from near Busan, Korea in April to Singapore in May. The Japanse goverment canceled only a port call in the Busan bay, As pointed out ealier, this treatment seems to be intended to prevernt further escalation of hatered.

extankerToday 07:02 am JST

Why is it childish? They aren't wanted there. Japan is just avoiding another potential conflict with South Korea.

Imagine the protests in SK if Japan's evil 'aircraft carrier' was to show up in port...

If Japan tries a port call in the Busan bay, Korean public opinion will be against at least using the official Japanese naval flag, "Rising Sun Flag", which Japan cannot accept. Korean even might be against obvious cooperation with Japanese military.

Anyways, I want the Japanese goverment to cancel any birateral excises between the South Korean military. They have been too impolite, and have been forgotten strategic cooperation among Western countries.

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Posted in: Aso retracts remark about people who don't have children See in context

The problem is those who don't have children.

does not seem correct translation.

He rather told, "The problem is that people have not had (enough) children."

In Japanese, what he told was "Kodomo wo umanakatta hou ga mondai nanda kara".

KYODO tranlated "hou" as "people", then whole as "People who have not had children are problematic."

This translation is valid only when one ignores context.

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