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Posted in: Tokyo's counter-terrorism unit begins operation ahead of Olympics See in context

Their penchant for using foreigners as guinea pigs and over zealousness to prove something gives me an inkling on who's going to be on the receiving end of terrorism.

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Posted in: Law enacted to recognize ethnic Ainu minority as indigenous people See in context

Ainu have lived for centuries in northern Japan, notably on the country's northernmost main island of Hokkaido, as well as on neighboring Sakhalin in what is now Russia.

Just the sheer arrogance of a Johnny come lately abrogating himself the power to " recognize" and "legitimize " the Ainus indegenousity stinks to high heavens. That includes wherever these " recognitions " occur.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People See in context

Osaka became the first-ever Japanese player to win a singles Grand Slam title when she defeated her childhood idol Serena Williams in the final of last year's U.S. Open.

She's done great as a sports lady. The only thing truly Japanese about her is the name Osaka......and her mother. I laud the great sports person.

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Posted in: Auto giants battle used car dealers for Africa's huge market See in context

I beg to differ. Most African cities DON'T need any more cars. The traffic jams and pollution in these cities is appalling!! The car manufacturer should create a corporate vehicle for the express purpose of building commuter train networks within cities and beyond. Long term problems of Congestion, pollution, employment, etc would have been sorted out. More cars is just more problems.

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Posted in: Seoul cancels permit for new Japanese embassy building See in context

A statue of a "comfort woman" symbolizing the Korean women forced to work in Japanese military brothels mostly during World War II stands across the road from the embassy plot.

A who...le country can't build an embassy because of this " girl's" gaze . They do have a conscience after all !!

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Posted in: Author reveals the story of Japan's first foreign-born samurai See in context

The truth be told, blacks ( Africans) were all over Asia a long time ago ( Maoris, Aboriginals, Papua, Phillipines , Japan, China e.t.c) . Then there are those who came with the Portuguese. There are temples in Japan where you can actually see illustrations and having lived in Japan myself, I met quite a few kinky ( Afro) haired Japanese. One prominent former Japanese boxer is a good example. Dr. Rashidi Runoko has great insights into these Africans in Asia and does speak of Yasuke.

My problem is that the establishment here HID this part of what they now want to make prominent from their mainstream history ALL this time ! WHY ? and why this time ? After donkey years of treating Africans as their door mats, they are now trying to worm their way into being seen as " multi-cultural " ?

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Posted in: Author reveals the story of Japan's first foreign-born samurai See in context

@ Zichi

After the Portuguese first made contact with Japan in 1543, a large scale slave trade developed in which Portuguese purchased Japanese as slaves in Japan and sold them to various locations overseas, including Portugal itself, throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Right here you're bursting the myth of a " Rich" Japan as is oft portrayed.

Multi nationals, Big pharmas e.t.c. have fed us poisons sanctioned by scientists etc paid for by them to fudge results. How difficult will it be for " History ".?

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Posted in: Ghosn's wife leaves Japan to appeal to French gov't; prosecutors want her questioned See in context

Anyone looking at this case on purely legal perspective wont see it for what it is.

This country historically is made and has been shaped by people who are out to succeed at all costs, and they feel affronted if a gaijin comes into their country, makes a chunk of money and plan to, or carts it away, it peeves them to no end !!! And they'll do everything under the sun to try to get it back, sometimes, by hook and mostly by legal crook.

Ghosn is a case in point. They'll, in one way or another, bleed him dry. believe me they are really good at it, I went through this myself. If there ever was a more insidious group of people …..ever...!!

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Posted in: Japan's emperors: From divine commander to 'comforter-in-chief' See in context

............. said to stretch back more than 2,600 years.

But many other emperors served as little more than puppets or rubber stamps for samurai warriors or ambitious officials from leading families.

This makes for a beautiful history. His- story.

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Posted in: Ghosn, lawyer protest his rearrest; prosecutors confiscate Ghosn's wife's passport, mobile phone See in context

The kind of scenario you'd expect from an All Capon setting. Certainly not from an Elliot Ness types.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn served 4th arrest warrant; calls it 'outrageous' See in context

A mea culpa.

As regards the " third world " in my earlier post, I don't mean to imply that buying of freedom from justice by the rich or " First" world leaders twisting " third" world for favors is condoned. It's not, they don't like it and are appalled every time it happens, but it's a reality the world over that rich people are almost always judged by a different yardstick. " Third" world countries , too , do have their own shares of the good, the bad and the ugly, probably prone to abuse by the rich. In THIS instance, we have ALWAYS expected BETTER from a " First" world country that Japan ought and portrays itself to be.

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Posted in: Man who threw bicycle from 12th floor of building, injuring woman below, gets suspended sentence See in context

He surely acted without " thinking " , thinking needs brains, he has none, I'm tempted to put the judge's "judgement" in the basket , but I forever hold my peace.

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Posted in: Ex-Nissan boss Ghosn served 4th arrest warrant; calls it 'outrageous' See in context

I take extreme offence to those saying Japanese justice system is like a third-world country. No !! besides " third world " being an econo- capitalistic construct, Ghosn would lo......ng have bought his freedom or have France lean on the " third- world" leader to release him and would now be enjoying himself in a paradise somewhere.

Japan just has an EVIL justice system especially when it comes in collision with foreigners. It's a system meant to DOMINATE or SUBJUGATE foreignness, affirm and sate their inate need for superiority. I know, I SHOULD know, I went through it in a Civil case. It was NOT civilized.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

@Tictac...

....and I Love Asians though I'm not Asian. Thought to let you know.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

@Tictac

Thanks for your observations. Though I disagree with many of your points.

Japan was in Korea many years before the officially C.O.L.O.N.I.Z.I.N.G it between 1910-45.

Japan was the master so it control ALL major facets of Koreas life, including means of production and job placements. So if Japan wanted to ONLY allow conscription for Koreans that would be the ONLY job available for Koreans. But this was also practiced by many colonizers, say, the Brits in India. It put the men ( danger) in controllable regimentation and , in case of a war , who better to die first ?

Talking of WW2,many take the WESTERN FRONT from 1sept'39 to be the beginning. Big mistake. WW2 Began long before in Asia by the , hold your breath.....the Japanese!!

Many Western powers were already at ease in China and Indochina. Japan setout to " Free" Asia and being an Island, they needed a staging/ Launch pad/ Forward base, a place to start clearing Asia of those pesky foreigners. Came the Mukden and Marco polo bridge incident, Nanking ( these before the Western front)and all this time the US aided Chiang kai Shek with equipment and tech . Blew it open by pearl harbor and indochina on 7th DEC ' 41. All this time Korea was ??? I understand that many of us think of 1st sept 1939 as the beginning of WW2 , true , but on the WESTERN front , but it was long preceded in Asia.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

@ Showchimono.

The Japanese DO have a history of shady deals. This in Korea COULD have been just as good as the Nishihara loans of 1917. The Philippines and Indonesia too are rather quiet. Ever wonder why ?

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

@ Tictac.

Your 3rd point, that Korea wasn't even at war in WW2 , is misguided. Korea WAS a Japanese colony . Japan went into China FROM Korean soil. The Grand daddy of Kim Jong Un ( Kim il Sung ) set up training bases in China to train fighters to oust Japan from Korean peninsula and joined forces with Mao to free China and eventually expel Japan from Korea, culmination in the North/ South ( Intra Korean ) war.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

Mistake : For 20 years. Not 29 yes.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

@tictac.

Governments rescinding decisions of earlier administrations is nothing new. Recently Malaysian Prime minister Dr. Mohammed rescinded a Chinese infrastructure project. Trump trashed Obama's nuke treaty with Iran etc. Unequal treaties/ agreements always end that way.

The payments to Korea by Japan was kept secret for 20 years, signed by people( Japanese) who were an authority to the recipient( President Park ) and for 29 yrs was kept secret.

The mother and father is an example, heck !!! Japan did worse ! Raped them, forced them into prostituton and enslaved them, don't tell me about " Koreans were Japanese Subjects " , a gun on my head doesn't make me a willing participant.

Whether Japan pays ¥100 or it's annual GDP to Korea is not relevant, for , in the minds and spirit of Koreans the indignities and trauma can't be materially quantified. Things aren't helped any by idiots abusing Koreans in their own country as per the recent scene. The intrinsic worth of a sincere heartfelt apology and actions are worth a lot more than any amount of monies Koreans will be asking for, for, that is but a symptom of Koreans struggle to come to terms with that past.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

What is this " compensation " people are talking about ? Japan paid US $ 500 million to Park government IN SECRET !! Two parties having a pow wow and exchange some cash under the table makes not for reparations. More so President Park was a former IJA officer, any conflict of interest there may be in the " old boys' club" ?

Mitsubishi ( Mitsui etc), as @ Kobe white Bar says are the face of the Military industrial complex of Japan ( Zaibatsu ) Mitsubishi is known for running the hideous coal mines at Gunkanjima ( Gunkan to-? ) and manufacturers of the Zero fighter among many other ills.

If someone murdered your father/ mother or both.. How much will you want to be paid ? The reality is that there is NO price worthy of that abomination. What Koreans, Chinese etc ( and me !! ) are asking for is a demonstration of atonement ,and in relative terms, the monetary figures are just but a tangible manifestation of that bit, NEVER the whole. It's WAY past material considerations.

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Posted in: Japan to support education for 4 mil women in developing countries See in context

@ Kurispisu.

Totally agree with you . While the Japanese are getting "royalty " service , these declarations also "cue " the recipient countries to get ready for their turn .( ;-) )

Again, the road to hell is usually paved with good intentions.

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Posted in: Closing time? Japan's convenience stores pressed to end 24-7 model amid labor crunch See in context

Why doesn't the parent company just offer guidelines ( say , set the irreducable minimum work hours) and let the owners decide ?. Those who still want to go 24/7 do so and so on . I'd guess operating a store in a busy urban set up isn't the same as doing so in some remote / isolated place. The operators know what hours are best for them.

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Posted in: Vietnamese workers, streaming to Japan, face risks as labor system opens up See in context

"When the Olympics are over, I think a tragic event will occur," Takayama said at a Vietnamese New Year celebration at a Catholic church outside Tokyo. "I don't want to see that."

Ominous statement which I believe to be true. They are dressing up Japan only for the world party ( Olympics) .

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing work boots from poultry factory because they turn him on See in context

Obladi.

"Argh! Please tell me I never ate a chicken handled by this guy..."

Or what ? You'll Oblada ? ;-)

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Posted in: JR to send security camera images to police in emergencies See in context

They are not asking your permission. As the camera rolls any person of " interest " will automatically be flagged at the monitoring office....then ? the ordeal will begin.

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Posted in: The enemy within: Shadow of Japanese colonial rule hangs over S Korea See in context

@Peeping tom .

The difference is that I can have a civil debate with you and other colonizers without the fear of repercussions as opposed to THESE ones.

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Posted in: The enemy within: Shadow of Japanese colonial rule hangs over S Korea See in context

I repeat; Some countries are rich today because they massacred, pillaged and plundered their neighbours and others causing them trauma, poverty and many other negatives. Their ( marauders') collective spirit is restless every time they hear history from the other side.

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Posted in: The enemy within: Shadow of Japanese colonial rule hangs over S Korea See in context

Invading and colonizing a country needs deliberate and meticulous planning. One must have objectives always not very nice. Not to say much about intergenerational inheritance of sins, but it's possible for today's Japan, to face today's Koreans and apologize for the sins of their fathers.

Past sins do affect today's generations , Ainu, the American Indians, etc are vivid examples. Some countries are rich due to their sinful past, and I aver, Japan is among them

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Posted in: The enemy within: Shadow of Japanese colonial rule hangs over S Korea See in context

Forgiveness and restoration as a foundation of good relationship between Japan and it's colonized neighbors MUST begin with Honesty , especially on the part of Japanese. Why ? They were the people with power of information, life and death over the subject. I, as an individual will NEVER entertain someone who came to my house, did abominations and then hides his evil deeds, minimizes even justifies himself as @ gambare says.

Truth and Honesty must be the basis.

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