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Posted in: Abe rebuffs opposition resignation call over contentious gov't event See in context

Opposition parties have to present to the public. Coherent and realistic proposals to convince voters that they can better govern the country.

To influence the failures of the system. And what modifications need to be made so that society can live better. And not criticize Abe's LDP as the only proposal to change the government. Make empty proposals. Or promises impossible to keep. They are useless.

Edano should lead the proposal to amend the law of justice. Taking advantage of the Ghons case. And he didn't. For failures like these it will be very difficult to win the next general election. Counting that in that election Abe will no longer be running. And he'll have to face the new leader of the LDP. Who we still don't know today.

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Posted in: Cabinet support rate rises 6.6 points to 49.3%: poll See in context

As long as approval rates in the opposition camp do not increase. This will remain the same.

Simon Foston

This may be due in part to the opposition's inability to coalesce into a single party with a leader who can get people's attention.

And not only that. You also have to disseminate coherent proposals.

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Posted in: S Korean court rejects petition to repeal Japan sex slave deal See in context

This decision of the Supreme Court of South Korea is fair and consistent.

The 2015 agreement is actually an annexed extension of the 1965 treaty. And judges cannot annul that agreement, because that would mean completely destroying the treaty signed 55 years ago. It's a matter of simple logic.

This is an indirect defeat for President Moon. Since the agreement between South Korea and Japan is still valid. All it takes is a future president with a cabinet other than the Democratic Party of Korea. To bring back to normal the relations that Korea itself has broken. Only to satisfy personal electoral gains for the Democratic Party of Korea. And President Moon in the lead.

What President Moon should do is stop using the victims for electoral purposes. And understand that he will never achieve his goals no matter how hard he tries. Let the wounds heal.

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Posted in: Cabinet OKs sending SDF warship, aircraft to Middle East to protect vessels See in context

The very existence of the SDF flagrantly violates the constitution itself.

Article 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

There is neither a right of defence nor does it say that there should be land, sea or air forces. Nor does it say that there should be a military capacity for armed defence or response. Japan's military capacity must be 0. It does not exist under constitutional law.

And all the people who say that the current constitution allows for defensive actions. And that there's no need to change it. I'm very sorry to say that, but they're wrong.

Nor is it Abe's fault or any PM's in the past. That he is forced to ignore the constitution to allow illegal actions for the very survival of Japan itself.

The current constitution is completely obsolete. And it must be amended to suit current circumstances. Unfortunately there are political parties. Almost all of them in the opposition camp do not understand this reality. They cling to a fantasy utopia that is only in their own minds. And they are completely unrealistic. Matches like Rikken-minshutō, Kokumin-minshutō or the Mataichi Seiji. They should have a sense of state in terms of national politics. Reach a broad consensus with the LDP, Komeito and Nippon Ishin no Kai To make the necessary constitutional amendments without altering the peaceful and democratic spirit of Japan. And to fix that constitutional disparity that constantly forces the government to disobey the daily enforcement of the constitution. Breaking the current constitutional thread.

If the left-wing parties constantly veto a referendum in parliament. The people will never be able to decide whether or not they want to change the constitution. Nor do they allow citizen participation to decide which articles should be changed.

This is a reflection for people to understand that this debate will have to come in the not so distant future. And that all the political and social actors will have to address it at a negotiating table.

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Posted in: NHK broadcasts erroneous North Korean missile launch report See in context

It's a good thing it was a false alarm. But imagine if it were real.

It's better to be safe than sorry. And in a delicate situation. Prevention is the best way to avoid possible deaths.

Anyway, the NHK apologized for it. There's not much to criticize either.

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Posted in: Japanese anime industry earning more money than ever, almost half of it from outside Japan See in context

The Anime industry has to give a push and get out of Japan. It has a very promising market on all continents. And he has to do it now. Because other countries are also starting to produce their own anime.

Such as South Korea, China or Taiwan also have very good anime. And soon they will become strong competitors.

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Posted in: Japan's defense budget hits new high with focus on space, cyberspace See in context

I put here the link to the FY2020 Defense Budget in PDF in detail. English version.

Source: Ministry of Defence of Japan.

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Posted in: Osaka likely to hold referendum on metropolis plan in November 2020 See in context

The reduction of superfluous political offices and public entities. It should be the priority of any coherent administration. Public money earmarked for the benefit of society in general. And if possible. That allows a reduction in taxes so that people have greater purchasing power.

Nippon Ishin no Kai has very interesting proposals. That should take into account the opposition parties that are running to govern Japan in the future. Yukio Edano's Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan for example. It should have proposals like these to defeat Abe's LDP.

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Posted in: Abe cabinet support rate at 42% amid cherry-blossom viewing event criticism See in context

What is the approval rate in opposition parties?

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Posted in: Japan, South Korea hold high-tech export control talks See in context

What South Korea has to do is respect the international procedures that mark both the UN and the World Trade Organization.

What President Moon intended to do with Japan was totally unacceptable. To want the Emperor and the Prime Minister to do an act of humiliation, losing respect and integrity to honor. It was something that could not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Luckily, there is beginning to be sanity in the south Korean part. This being the main cause of most of the problems. And all for mixing judicial issues with politics. And that in the long run most of the time things go wrong.

The solution to the labor problem. It was always within the private procedures between the affected and the private companies. With compensation money purely of private origin. And the letter of apology must be made by the presidents of the CEOs in a personal capacity. As the South Korean Supreme Court ruling indicates.

It was President Moon who wanted to elevate the problem to a diplomatic matter. It was an act purely for electoral purposes for him and his political party. Dragging other countries into problems that had nothing to do with these problems. Having to force the United States as an arbiter to impose common sense.

South Korean national assembly speaker Moon Hee-san is seeking to set up a compensation fund for the Korean wartime laborers with an option that allows Japanese companies to chip in donations as a compromise.

As stipulated in the judicial sentence. Japan was never against that.

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Posted in: Abe says he is not thinking about 4th term as LDP head See in context

Tom Doley

Article 9 does not need to be amended. You have the defense force already.

No. Article 9 says this:

Article 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

As stated in paragraph 2, no land, sea or air forces or any kind of possibility of war shall be maintained in any form. I remind you that a defensive war by an attack from a neighboring country. It is also a war. And defend by arms Japanese sovereign territory by a foreign entity. It is also a war. Using the name legitimate defense.

The JSDF is a minus army in the name. And it exists because the government deliberately ignores and disobeys the fulfillment of that constitutional mandate. This system of action is a patch that does not solve the problem. It only dilates it by extending the problem over time.

It's a matter of common sense.

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Posted in: Abe says he is not thinking about 4th term as LDP head See in context

Shinzo Abe is a Prime Minister on his way out. His term of office will end in the autumn of 2021.

Now begins the process for the election of his successor in the LDP. To head the leadership for the October 22, 2021 general election. The important thing here will be to know who will lead the LDP in those general elections.

But above all it's knowing. What will the leaders of the opposition camp do? And with what proposals they will take for those elections.

As for constitutional change. Without the explicit support of Yukio Edano's party. It is an impossible mission today.

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Posted in: At climate talks, Koizumi confronts critics over coal See in context

Japan has to bet on hydrogen fuel cell power. That by means of the process of electrolysis with water, it is the source of energy totally clean to 100%.

And not only that. It would also lead the country to a situation of total energy independence from the outside world. Because it would no longer need the oil and gas that the Middle East provides.

Wind energy like solar energy. They are essential auxiliary energies but not very competitive. One because it only happens during the day. And the other because it only works when there is wind. And the demand for electricity does not always coincide with the generation produced.

That's why hydrogen must be the bet of the future. A clean and productive energy.

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Posted in: Japan to keep pushing coal in developing world despite criticism See in context

Japan is one of the least polluting countries in the world. Since 1990 when it passed the first law against climate change on the planet.

Here's the link to the Environmental Performance Index. Where there is also the ranking for countries that pollute less.

Oh, by the way. Japan is the 20th least polluting country on the planet. To be exact. Being the second country on the Asian continent after Israel that is in 19th place. And behind Taiwan in 23rd place.

Japan is at the same level as Europe in pollution indices. And being a country with a population of 126 million people. It cannot be criticised in the fight against climate change.

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Posted in: Abe determined to amend Constitution after debate in next Diet session See in context

While Yukio Edano's Constitutional Democratic Party. He still refuses to sit at a negotiating table. There will never be a chance to improve the country's current constitution.

It's Edano and his party that's preventing the constitution from being amended. Not the Japanese people through a referendum. As dictated by Article 96 of the constitution itself.

If the Rikken Minshu-tō, the Kokumin-minshutō and the Shakai Minshu-tō. They are so sure that Abe's LDP would lose that referendum. Because they won't let it be celebrated. It would be the best way to defeat Abe leaving him and his party in an unsustainable political situation. In case you really lose that referendum.

In a democracy it is the people who decide. But if the opposition parties prevent the people from talking to the ballot boxes. Through universal suffrage. Then they should rethink about calling themselves democratic parties.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea agree to summit next month See in context

There are some things to clear up first.

1). The judgment of the Supreme Court of South Korea says. That the 1965 treaty between Japan and South Korea did not include compensation for forced slave labor by Japanese companies under Japan's occupation of the Korean peninsula. That's all there is to it. And that the condemned Japanese companies were obliged to compensate economically the victims of this labor exploitation. In a personal capacity and always within the private sphere. With private money.

2). This is where President Moon comes in. Taking advantage of the existence of that judicial sentence. And using its anti-Japanese rhetoric. It again demands that Japan compensate the victims financially with public money from the Japanese taxpayer. Plus new apologies. They also want PM Abe and his ministers to kneel publicly in front of the victims. Leading to a humiliating situation for a leader of a country of 125 million inhabitants. Something Abe doesn't want to do. Obviously.

3). That's why Abe in response ordered Japanese companies not to pay the victims. Because first he wanted to settle with the international authorities that Moon's claim was unacceptable. Because the sentence itself does not condemn Japan as the country responsible for these acts. And therefore it does not have to pay any compensation. Nor does he have to apologize. Because both public apologies and economic compensation between countries is already stipulated in the 1965 treaty. I'm talking about public money. 

4). Thanks to U.S. intervention. Moon has been forced to rectify by initiating talks with Japan back to the base of: 

That the labor problem with forced labor stipulated in the sentence of the supreme court. It is exclusively a private problem. Neither Japan nor its government is responsible for this situation. And they have no responsibility in this matter.

Japan's legal liability was settled in the 1965 treaty.

That the matter of the judgment be resolved discreetly within the private channels. No state intervention by either party. Which is what Japan demands from the outset.

5). I think it's the Korean side here that's taken this matter to where it is. For wanting to use the Japanese occupation issue again. For electoral purposes only. Because Moon's party uses the indoctrination ani-japan that is widely spread within South Korea. A very dangerous situation from what I see. While on the Japanese side. That indoctrination of hatred does not exist. But that could begin to change if this South Korean attitude persists in time.

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Posted in: Japan to retain emissions cut goal despite calls for greater efforts See in context

Japan is already one of the largest OECD countries in the world with the lowest levels of pollution.

And the Toyota RAV4 is the world's greenest gasoline-powered car. An achievement for the Japanese engineer.

It's more. Japan was the first country to implement serious measures against climate change as early as 1991. It is the most advanced country in ecological technology. And they are decades ahead of the rest of the world.

So it's the world that has to follow in Japan's footsteps.

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Posted in: In reversal, S Korea says it will keep Japan military intelligence pact See in context

I think everybody's a winner on this one. But above all, Japan is the strongest.

1). Japan wins because it doesn't have to pay South Korea. From the Japanese taxpayer's public money, from the collection of taxes. That is Abe's great victory. Not public money. And the responsibility does not fall on Japan as a country either. Because the issue of forced labour is exclusively a private problem. Between those affected and a private company. Where governments should not interfere.

2). South Korea wins. Because this agreement will enforce the sentence of the supreme court. But with the difference that the financial compensation to those affected will fall exclusively on private money. For example Mitsubishi. As it's a business matter. Countries will be excluded from the agreement. This has been Moon's defeat. He wanted to squeeze more money out of the Japanese government. Apart from demanding responsibility. And here it has clearly failed. The responsibility will only fall on business matters. Within the private sphere. And the 1965 treaty will be respected.

3). All these satisfying developments for both sides are thanks to the US. That has known how to press for both countries to be equally victorious. Both have had to give in on their pretensions in order to reach a consensual agreement. Both lose and win at the same time. 

As for GSOMIA. It was just a ruse by Moon to force the United States to alienate itself in favor of South Korea over Japan. And it seems to have failed. And it may have long-term political and electoral consequences. 

But the problem will remain. For Moon's animosity towards Japan is still present. And he's sure to find some excuse to muddy relations again.

At the moment he can only say that "to rectify is of the wise". And welcome that agreement.

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Posted in: Abe admits involvement in guest selection for cherry blossom viewing party See in context

Bearing in mind that the next general elections are scheduled for 22 October 2021. There is still a long way to go before the opposition parties can hope for credible proposals for the people. To be able to form an alternative change of government to the LDP.

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Posted in: Abe ties record for Japan's longest-serving PM See in context


Alternative person or at least alternative party? for us all to have fruitful discussion board.

That's the key. Neither Yukio Edano's Rikken Minshutō nor any other political party has viable practical proposals. They always appeal to sentimental solutions that are impossible to apply.

The only people within the field of opposition with reasonable ideas to apply are for example Yuriko Koike. Or the mayor of Osaka Ichirō Matsui.

Anyway, Abe's not running for another term anymore. It is a PM that only waits until the end of 2021. Now the race for his successor will begin in the LPD.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korean envoys, execs discuss ways to cool tensions See in context

In recent decades, strong anti-Japanese indoctrination has been fostered by the South Korean education system. And this has provoked hatred of Japan on the part of many South Koreans.

The damage is done. And the only solution is to stop inculcating that toxic indoctrination. And let that hatred heal over time. Something impossible with the current political situation. Both in South Korea and Japan. Although the latter to a lesser extent.

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Posted in: Abe's mission unaccomplished: Pushing to revise Japan's pacifist charter See in context

What the opposition parties have to do is allow a national referendum to be held. It is up to the Japanese people to decide whether they want to change Article 9 or not.

This referendum would be a great plebiscite for both Abe and the LDP. And in case of losing it, it would also become the political death of the LDP as well as of Abe. It's that simple.

If the opposition is so convinced that the Japanese people do not want to change that Article. Why are they so afraid to accept such a referendum?

I ask

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Posted in: Spain's far right doubles seats in hung parliament See in context

Vox is not an extreme right-wing party as the article says. They are simply replicating the headlines in the Spanish press. Most of them are controlled by left-wing ideological media groups.

Vox is simply a right-wing conservative party equivalent to the US Republican Party or the British Tories.

In economics they advocate the free market system. A thinning of public and political bodies to reduce public spending. The capitalization of the public pension system with a public-private system because the current system is not sustainable in time. For having a population pyramid similar to that of Japan. In this matter both countries share the same problem. It also advocates lower taxes for SMEs and the self-employed. And above all for the middle and working classes. In order to increase the purchasing power of families. Monthly financial aid to promote the birth rate and expand public nurseries for children from 0 to 3 years. And reduce public support for abortion. Because in Spain this method is used as a means of contraception. But above all. Eliminate the discriminatory laws that now exist in the country. Where a woman has been endowed with greater power in rights and legality in front of men. Destroying in concept of equality that indicates the constitution.

The match that resembles in Japan with Vox to my mind is Nippon Ishin no Kai. For being an opposition party.

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Posted in: Abe rules out dissolving Diet, apologizes for ministerial resignations See in context

I hallucinate.

On July 21 of this year there were general elections. Where Abe's LDP won with total force. To ask for a new early election is a waste of taxpayers' money. For a reason as weak as this.

In the next elections in 2021 there will be a new opportunity for the opposition parties to define themselves as a real alternative government. As long as they can demonstrate that they can truly do so. But that will be in due course. Democracy has its deadlines.

So many general elections in a row make people tired in the long run. I myself am living it in Spain. The next general election on November 10. It will be the 4th general election in 4 years. Or what is the same. General elections every 6 months. The cost of calling general elections in Spain is 138.961.517 euros. If we multiply that number by four elections in four years. The figure is about 555.846.068 euros. It seems like little money but it is not. And everything paid for by the taxpayer through taxes.

The change in yen would be:

138961517 euros = 16794986704,05 yen.

555846068 euros = 67179946816,19 yen.

In order for people to have a slight idea of the money it costs, calling a general election.

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Posted in: Japan to dispatch SDF to Strait of Hormuz instead of joining U.S.-led coalition See in context


I think Article 9 of the constitution has never been tested in the supreme court.

I think it was three times. The first in 1966, the second in 1973 and the third in 1978. All the sentences were favorable to the government's theses.

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Posted in: Clashes erupt in Barcelona as half a million separatists rally See in context

Catalonia already has a very decentralized autonomic system within Spain.

Article 2 of the Spanish constitution is very clear.

The Constitution is based on the indissoluble unity of the Spanish Nation, the common and indivisible homeland of all Spaniards, and recognizes and guarantees the right to autonomy of the nationalities and regions that make it up and solidarity among them all.

Independence is impossible as long as this article exists.

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Posted in: Japan to dispatch SDF to Strait of Hormuz instead of joining U.S.-led coalition See in context


Shinzo is violating the Japanese Constitution. Not many Japanese will care though, as most Japanese are politically passive, even submissive.

Not Shinzo. The whole government including part of the National Diet. This is not about disobeying Article 9 or not. The underlying problem is that this Constitutional Article was written in 1946. And today it is becoming too obsolete. It needs urgent reform now.

If it has not been reformed, it is because the opposition parties have deliberately blocked any attempt to update it. And in the face of this systematic and irrational blockade of these parties in the Diet. The Japanese government has no choice but to systematically disobey the existence of this article. Taking Article 9 to a wet paper.

Whoever believes that Article 9 saves Japan from war. I am sorry to tell you that you are totally wrong.

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Posted in: Japan to dispatch SDF to Strait of Hormuz instead of joining U.S.-led coalition See in context

@Chip Star

Wow, given these aren't Japanese vessels being protected, Abe and his cabinet are really stretching the definition of Article 9. Next, they be doing freedom of navigation patrols through the South China Sea.

The world is changing very rapidly. And unfortunately for the worse. Article 9 is becoming too obsolete. Japan has no alternative but to disobey its application for reasons of force majeure.

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Posted in: Protests erupt as Spain convicts 12 leading Catalan separatists See in context

mizu Today 04:41 pm JST

Excellent explanation. Everything that has been exposed is 100% true.

In Catalonia the only thing that differs from the rest of Spain is that they have a different language. And that's the only argument they have to ask for their right to independence.

I live near Valencia. About 130 kilometers south of Catalan territory. I speak the Valencian language. A linguistic variant of the Catalan language. I know this problem very well.

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Posted in: Protests erupt as Spain convicts 12 leading Catalan separatists See in context

People have to understand that the Catalan pro-independence leaders were convicted by the supreme court, basically for this.

Article 2. Spanish Constitution.

The Constitution is based on the indissoluble unity of the Spanish Nation, the common and indivisible homeland of all Spaniards, and recognizes and guarantees the right to autonomy of the nationalities and regions that make it up and solidarity among them all.

The independence of Catalonia is impossible if this constitutional article is not modified first. And for that, it is necessary the favorable approval of 2/3 or more of the 2 legislative chambers and the celebration of a national referendum that ratifies it. In case the Spanish population agrees with it.

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