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Posted in: Aso retracts Nazi remarks amid criticism See in context

Oh brother!

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Posted in: Aggressive Chinese territorial claims bring risks: U.S. general See in context

OssanAmericaJUL. 30, 2013 - 07:12AM JST It's really amazing that China conceivably had a chance at becoming the "Asian leader" but blew it completely. Nobody in Asia trusts China anymore.

I wouldn't constitute Vietnam and the Philippines as the whole of Asia.

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Posted in: Abe calls for high-level talks with China See in context

toshiko - Right now, China has only one ally, N, Korea which can not help China at all. S. Korea? It hates Japan but it ford not love China... Abe visited these countries to demonstrate these countries want to tie with Japan, not China. Poor China. It has to stand alone...Other Asian nations are too tied up with Japan

I'm sorry but I couldn't help but to laugh! South Korea and China are experiencing in what a many analysts are calling a "honeymoon" period. Economic and cultural ties are between the two countries are dramatically increasing. South Korea's domestic economy is slumping yet SK's GDP is growing largely to due increase in exports and oversea sales, particularly in China. In turn, Korean companies are investing in China.

Moreover a free trade agreement talks between Japan, China, and SK has been shelved, instead China and SK are aggressively perusing FTA without Japan. It's Japan that is in risk of being the odd man out of the regional and global politics.

In terms of China's relationship with other "Asian nations," China is trying to make amends with Vietnam and settle the their respective territorial disputes by diplomatic means.

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Posted in: Abe calls for summit with South Korean leader See in context

Actions speak louder than words.

Abe needs to make concrete steps to show his willingness to meet with Park as South Korea has less incentive to make amends with Japan.

The South Korea's economy is becoming less reliant on Japan and instead focusing on China, SE Asia, and increasing it's market share in the US and EU.

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Posted in: Abe unlikely to visit Yasukuni Shrine on Aug 15 - media See in context

Abe unlikely to visit Yasukuni shrine? GOOD!

Hopefully we can dial down the tension in the region.

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Posted in: U.S. hopes for Japan reforms, better ties with neighbors See in context

When China and Japan become very friendly, both countries can demand USA to pay off bonds these countries hold to expedite USA bankruptcy.

A vast majority of US debt is owed to Americans not to foreign entities.

Moreover, Japan is far closer to "bankruptcy" then the US when examining the GDP to debt ratio.

The US public debt is currently at 113% of GDP while Japan's public debt is expected to hit 230% of GDP by 2014.

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Posted in: Chinese media accuse Abe of dangerous politics See in context

As in he words of Rodney King -- "Can't we just get along?"

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea try conciliatory approach to mend ties See in context

Good news! We need some moderation and calm in the NE Asian region. As of late, the nationilistic rhetoric spewed from all sides is a bit much.

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Posted in: Chasm grows between Japan, neighbors: study See in context

Only 22 percent of South Koreans and four percent of Chinese said they saw Japan in a positive light...

Only 4 percent of Chinese view Japan in a positive light? Truly alarming.

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Posted in: S Korean court awards compensation over Japan forced labor See in context

$ 88,000 x 4 (victims) = $ 792,000

I'm sure that Nippon Steel won't go bankrupt after this ruling.

@Yubaru is right the ruling seems mostly symbolic

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Posted in: Alarmed by anti-Korean demonstrations in Tokyo, anti-discrimination groups in Japan are calling for a law to make hate speech illegal. Would you support such a law? See in context

The Anti Korean Hate demonstrations should not be permitted in Koreatown to harass and threaten the safety of the residents, visitors, and businesses.

Any Anti Korean demonstrations should held away from Koreatown in a controlled confined space such as a park or a public space.

I've lived in Koreatown in Los Angeles - I am 100% the Los Angeles City government would not allow any Hate demonstrations to parade down Wilshire or Olympic Blvd on a weekly basis for public safety and business concerns. Any demonstrations would relegated to MacArthur Park.

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Posted in: Kono criticizes Abe for questioning war apology See in context

Those nationalistic comments sound vigorous in Japan but they are not acceptable outside the country. Absolutely not, Kono said.

Agreed

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea foreign ministers set for first talks See in context

I respectfully disagree with most of the comments on this board. I think that the meeting between Korean and Japanese FM is extremely important. Optics and public perception is one of the most important aspects in diplomacy. In the long run, Japan is far better off with China and Korea as partners as opposed as to adversaries.

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Posted in: Japan wins 1-0 to end Iraq's World Cup hopes See in context

89th minute mark? Wow tuff luck for Team Iraq!

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Posted in: Abe stresses deregulation is priority for growth See in context

Abe and the LDP is following the economic playbook of the GW Bush's economic principles.

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Posted in: Apple chief sees computers on wrists - not in glasses See in context

BertieWooster is correct.

Apple's keys to success are innovation and marketing.

Apple did not invent the mp3 player, the tablet, or the smartphone -- they innovated on existing products.

BTW I'm not bashing Apple in anyway -- I LOVE APPLE products. In any business innovation and marketing is key to survival.

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Posted in: Apple chief sees computers on wrists - not in glasses See in context

@smithinjapan - because iPod and iPhone started where, exactly? iPhone took five years to put out on the market and was the first 'smartphone', which everyone else then proceeded to copy, especially Samsung.

Actually the first smart phone design with a touch screen was created by LG and it was called LG Prada.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_Prada

At the end of the day, Apple copied LG

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Posted in: Apple chief sees computers on wrists - not in glasses See in context

So how would you stream a movie or surf the web on your wrist watch?

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Posted in: Mother, child apparently starve to death in Osaka apartment See in context

Truly a sad story

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Posted in: The deeper agenda behind Abenomics - constitutional change See in context

Abe and the conservative party is seems to be taking a page out of the George W Bush and the Republicans' policies - Monetary easing and increased spending on defense/security.

Abe needs to tread carefully -- The Bush administration left the US economy in the gutter and an out of control deficit after 8 years of his policies.

As an American, I hope Japan repeals Article 9 so that we can bring our US GI's home and stop spending money on foreign lands.

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Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran See in context

... Just because someone else is a thief, is it all right to be a thief? Because someone else kills people, is it all right to be a murderer? That is no excuse, Matsumoto said.

Classy Statement from the 91 year old Matsumoto. Well done Sir!

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Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse See in context

@T_rexmaxytime

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yHHfYOGumI

Please watch -- A recent documentary of grandmothers in Korea, Philippians, China, and Australia who were comfort women sharing their stories. Truly compelling.

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Posted in: Restoration Party member ousted over Korean prostitution remarks See in context

A majority of the comments left on this board by the CRAZIES can be summed up as such-

The practice of comfort women or sexual slavery is justified because the Korean women in Japan and US are prostitutes

The CRAZIES are a disgrace to Japan -- SHAME ON YOU!!

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Posted in: Restoration Party member ousted over Korean prostitution remarks See in context

After reading some of the comments left on this board, I can understand why the Koreans are so pissed at the Japanese.

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Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation See in context

kiyoshiMukaiMAY. 18, 2013 - 03:06AM JST bannedactssam "international isolation" Yeah cause United States will always be the INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

I have to disagree. US, China, and South Korea are major players in the International Community. Moreover, Hashimoto's comments regarding comfort women has received international coverage and including CNN.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/14/world/asia/japan-hashimoto-comfort-women/index.html?iref=allsearch http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/16/opinion/japan-wartime-past-nationalism-kingston/index.html?iref=allsearch

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Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation See in context

Cecil John HowellMAY. 18, 2013 - 02:41AM JST He was not justifying his comment, more that pointing out the hypocracy of the US in the face of thier own similiar actions during that period. You may not like the man, but American troops did rape Japanese women and were not held accountable for it.

Nor was Japan held accountable for the institutionalized rape of 200,000 women by the Japanese Imperial Army.

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Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation See in context

Hashimoto and the extreme right wing will lead Japan into international isolation.

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Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation See in context

I don't think people supporting Hashimoto's comments don't get it:

HASHIMOTO IS TRYING JUSTIFYING SEXUAL ASSAULTS. AN THE FACT REMAINS, ANY SEXUAL ASSAULTS WHETHER COMMITTED BY US GI'S OR JAPANESE SOLDIERS IS NEVER ACCEPTABLE.

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Posted in: Hashimoto offers to meet 'comfort women' to apologize See in context

Hashi needs to shut his mouth and stay out of the public's eye until this matter dies down. He is only prolonging this situation.

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