Holy crap give it a rest already Korea and China! You don't see Belgium, Poland, France, Finland etc etc harping on about what happened in WWII. Move on with the times already.
Were there to be a church honouring Nazi war criminals in Berlin that were attended by dozens of parliamentarians and cabinet members every year; were Angela Merkel to proclaim that the Holocaust never happened and it was really just Jews and Communists in a big conspiracy to be mean to poor Germany; were the German population to vigorously try to deny and suppress knowledge of the country's atrocities under Nazi rule - then yes, the people of Europe would righly "harp on" about what Germany did. Japan has done nowhere near the amount to learn from its mistakes that Germany has.
Nor do we forget about it. There are memorials to Nazi aggression and atrocities all throughout Europe, and funnily enough the Germans don't worry about how it might make them look bad and protest to have them removed.
You have to confront and acknowledge the past before you can move on. Japan wants its victims to just "move on", without even acknowledging that there was anything wrong done and condoning and even praising Japan's imperialist aggression.
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China and Korea always playing the victim card. This is a shame, shame.
When August comes round, remind me you said that. Japan plays the victim constantly. It acts like the whole of the Pacific War was just everyone being mean to poor old Japan for no reason, and the bombs were dropped on the pure and innocent people of Japan.
When it comes to this, too, Japanese war apologists start acting like it was just a petty little squabble that everyone should forgive and forget. They act like Japan is such a poor victim for being viewed with wary eyes by two neighbouring countries who suffered occupation, oppression, and horrific atrocities at its hands. It takes a woeful and deliberate and dishonest ignorance of history to suggest that this is something either should "move on" from - like it's for the perpetrator to dictate to their victims how they should feel about it!
Millions of Korean, and Chinese, and Vietnamese, and Filipinos, and Malaysians, and people of every other country in that region have terrible stories to tell. For the comfort women forced into sexual slavery by the Japan (and its quisling collaborators, indeed), this trauma is not just abstract, but personally real. It has scarred them right into their old age, and scarred generations of their families too, knowing that not so long ago Japan did this to them.
So when Abe-san starts getting up to beat the nationalist drums again, and seeks to rearm Japan, and to deny Japan's atrocities while calling all its victims liars, it starts to make people feel that, really, Japan hasn't changed at all. And it hasn't. Article 9, other constitutional safeguards, and a vigilant but beleaguered corps of resisters is all that stands between modern Japan and the Imperial Japan its political masters want to revive.
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By "speed up", does he mean "get started"? Because so far all I've seen is lacklustre efforts, and reconstruction funds funnelled into lucrative contracts for big business, little of which gets spent in the disaster zone, and a substantial portion of which goes to the whaling indus...pardon me, "scientific research".
Two years on, and Japan is certainly not "stronger", unless we mean the same elite that have been lining their pockets while telling the people of Japan to tighten their belts.
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I don't know that this man's death is something to celebrate, or that the world really is a better place. He'll never be forced to answer for what he did in life, even if sentence is passed in his death. Worse, there's the possibility that this will move some people to misguided sympathy for him, and erase the horror of what he did.
And moreover, I'm not celebrating his suicide in the same way that I wouldn't be celebrating his execution. A culture of systemic violence against women will not end with the death of one rapist, or even every rapist in India., and it's naive to think that killing him will solve the problem.
That, along with the fact that a society that exercises violence, even in a spirit of 'righteous vengeance', will reap more violence in return. More than anything else, this man needed to be kept away from any more potential victims.
-2 ( +0 / -2 )
I hope they pass the verdict on him posthumously. The family of the victim needs to see justice done, and that means a public pronouncement that these people were guilty. If he hoped to escape judgement by his death, let us not give him that luxury - let everyone know he was guilty.
Keep the others on suicide watch too.
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Here's hoping that next year's catch is closer to zero, and that Japan is finally forced to abandon this disgusting enterprise.
Good job, Sea Shepherd! You're doing with your limited capacity what Australia and the international community should be doing with their navies.
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One can only assume that his visit to North Korea didn't involve a trip to the gulags where up to 200,000 North Korean men, women and children are being subjected to inhuman treatment. I wonder if he'd consider himself best buds with North Korea's strongboy if he saw hundreds of emaciated bodies being worked literally to death in freezing conditions.
-2 ( +0 / -2 )
I'm going to put this as politely as I can, before someone else comes and rips you to shreds for insinuating that your hurt feelings are more important than women's right to feel safe.
Yes, most men would not hurt women, or at least do not intend to. The problem is that you are assuming that this speaks for every man, and assuming that just because you might walk into a women only carriage and mean no harm, that there aren't many, many other men that go in there who do intend harm. There are several, and we can't tell which ones are bad by sight. An estimated 1 in 6 women will experience sexual assault within her lifetime, and in the overwhelming majority of cases the perpetrators will be men. Given this knowledge, there is a not insignificant risk that one of the men in any social situation will be willing to commit an act of sexual transgression.
You may have thought that you were being patronised by the ladies who ran the seminar on sexual assault for your college club, but there's a good chance that at least one of those men will have committed sexual assault, and it's probable that most of them, you included, have attitudes that would enable this abuse in a social setting (e.g. a girl who's passed out drunk is fair game).
Look at it from our point of view as a guy for a second.
Now that we've looked at it from your view, let's take it back to a woman's perspective, particularly one who has suffered sexual assault. Knowing that there are several predators out there, and that a crowded train carriage offers an easy opportunity for gropers, every train journey becomes a risk. Maybe a 1/8 risk, maybe a 1/15 risk, maybe a 1/100 risk. Doesn't matter - there is a risk that one of those men on the train could grope you, or worse. And you don't know which one it might be, because rapists do not look any different to other people. Could you get on a train and risk that? Could you do that every single day?
That's why women only carriages exist. Because the threat of groping is so great that many women simply feel intolerably unsafe, and thus are constrained in their ability to travel. This is an unfair imposition by society, limiting their daily freedoms. Having a more palpably safe area on public transport mitigates this. It's not the end of the action that must be taken, but it's the most immediately expedient.
See how that harm far outweighs your feeling a bit put out when women see you as a potential threat? The consequences for you when stumbling into a women only carriage is that you feel a bit embarassed and put out that you're not trusted. The consequence for a woman in that car is that someone may or may not have just deliberately and maliciously violated a clearly delineated safe space - and if he's done that, what else might he be willing to do?
This blogpost is well worth reading to understand the logic behind this: http://kateharding.net/2009/10/08/guest-blogger-starling-schrodinger%E2%80%99s-rapist-or-a-guy%E2%80%99s-guide-to-approaching-strange-women-without-being-maced/
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Makes some sense that he's citing Thatcher, when you think about it. In 1982, Margaret Thatcher was under attack from all sides for a flagging economy, soaring unemployment, and economic policies that horrified most of the country and would eventually leave entire communities without work or prospects for generations, while siphoning all the country's wealth to her pals in the City of London.
The Falklands War, for all that it was necessary to defend the rights of the Falklanders, was a shamelessly exploited opportunity for Thatcher to rally the country against an external threat to legitimise her as a strongwoman and to divert attention away from the ignominious effects her policies were having at home.
Meanwhile in 2013, Shinzo Abe...well, you get the idea. The parallels are rather striking, except that neither Japan nor Abe have the clout to back it up, and will promptly go and hide under America's skirts if the situation starts getting ugly when they do something stupid.
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Ugly, ignorant and racist sign. Completely and utterly. It reminds me of the "No dogs, no blacks, no Irish" signs my grandparents recounted being confronted by in England in the 1950s. It also reminds me of the many "Japanese Only: No foreigners allowed" signs in Japan. http://www.debito.org/roguesgallery.html
Maybe the solution is to sue them to oblivion, like Debito did so successfully, but I don't China is the nation to enforce that. In which case what's needed is a brick through the window and occupation. Where the law fails, direct action must kick in.
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It'd be cool to make a habit of riding in the women's only carriage all the time, just to see what kind of reaction you get.
Most likely stoic discomfort and unease on the part of most of the women there, who would feel embarrassed to get up and protest, while simultaneously fearing the confrontation if they do. You'd probably have at least one sexual assault victim making up her mind that public transport just isn't safe after all. With any luck a stout old obaa-san will come and box your ears for you.
If that's what would be "cool" to you, you're a creep.
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There should be a man only carriage, for equality.
Are men equally likely to be sexually assaulted and have this experience condoned?
-3 ( +4 / -7 )
I've accidentally rushed into women only cars before. In every case, there's not been much fuss; once I realise my mistake, I move quickly through to the next car along, or wait by the door looking out of the window until the next stop if I have to hop across that way. My experience suggests that most women just think "it happens" and roll their eyes when someone makes that honest mistake. It's when some obnoxious jerk or pervert comes in and starts making themselves at home that there's a problem.
I do think they're an important thing to have and to respect, however. For women who have been touched up on the trains, or who have even more traumatic experiences of sexual assault, a train car with several unknown men in tight quarters can be a harrowing experience, and thus prohibitive of taking public transport. Not to mention that in Japan - as in most of the world - the threat of rape and/or sexual assault is ever-present and real.
A society that is permissive of this endemic persecution of women, and with the patriarchal and misogynist attitudes that condone, trivialise, and blame the victims for assault is to blame for the fact that so many women have to feel unsafe in mixed crowds. A women only carriage is only the first and most immediately practical of a long, long chain of redress.
-1 ( +4 / -5 )
I feel sick to the stomach. I just can't comprehend the evil one can sink to to do this. I'm still against the death penalty on a strong point of principle, but I will admit that atrocities like this really challenge me on that position.
All I can hope is that these monsters are tracked down, arrested and locked away for good. I also hope that this will breach the dam of silence on sexual abuse and violence against women in India that bit more, and that the voices demanding no tolerance for this state-abetted misogyny will grow stronger and force the government to action.
In the mean time, I hope they rest in peace. They were all far too young, and no one should die like that. No one.
-1 ( +2 / -3 )
Well, on the one hand I think it's a refreshingly honest description of the role of a princess who's meant to bear the future heirs to the throne, and clearly a massive sigh of exasperation. On the other hand, I think it's really quite tasteless and wrong to keep comparing her to Diana Spencer. Loads of journalists keep doing it, and it's unfair and insulting; they're different people!
But overall, I think the problem is how the media manipulates and pries into the lives of female celebrities, particularly royal ones, and about the expectations that our royal institution has for women.
From the day they started going out, Kate Middleton had to endure the catcalls and name-calling of William Windsor's worthless upper-class, Eton-educated peers who thought that even her nouveau riche background was "common" and unworthy. There had been dozens of articles speculating about their relationship.
Now with the marriage, she's into the circus that is the royal family, and her only role in the eyes of the media is to wear the same plastic grin as all the other women, and to bear children. It's an appallingly anachronistic view of women that's promulgated by the Head of State of the United Kingdom; enter into the family, and your sole worth is as a birth vessel for the future heirs to the throne. No personality, no intelligence, nothing that makes her an individual is valued, so of course it won't come out in the media. She's just another Stepford smiler, dutifully enacting her role.
Mind you, this is one more argument for scrapping the whole rotten institution that is the monarchy. We are being ruled by a family who have no connection whatsoever to the ordinary people of Britain; they live on practically a different planet, as do the rest of the super rich. On the international stage, we are being represented by a practically feudal dynasty of privileged wasters, accustomed to being entitled to vast riches while their people suffer at the hands of the most reactionary, poor-hating Conservative government in decades.
Abolish the monarchy, make them fend for themselves like the rest of us, and be done with these stupid media circuses into the lives of the shallow, cretinous, inbred toffs.
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Having visited both countries, and having met lots of people from both countries, there are different things I prefer respectively.I really, really chafe at the stupid shibboleths, rituals and taboos in Japan - no eating while walking, no talking on the train, all the ridiculous sempai/kouhai displays of heirarchy - and I think China is far better at creating an atmosphere of equal, informal camaraderie between people. I like that people in China can be outspoken and direct in their language and communication, in opposition to the labyrinthine politics of everyday conversation in Japanese. Even with an oppressive government, Chinese people are much more opinionated and outspoken than Japanese people. I've had some great conversations with Chinese people, even on politics relating to China, if one approaches it with a little humility and respect. Japanese people tend to be wishy-washy and bland when it comes to debate and discussion. I hate the whole 'yamato nadeshiko' syndrome that's inculcated into girls and young women in Japan, and the expectation that they will be live-at-home housewives. Chinese girls and women are growing up with more opportunities than ever before in education and work, and it always seems to me that they're seizing them and have goals and ambitions of their own. In Japan it seems like women are just taught that their only purpose is to be good wives who will live off their husband's paycheck. Of course, this is different in Kansai...
I much prefer Chinese food to Japanese food. And Korean food to Japanese food for that matter. And the smell of hundreds of different cuisines on a street in Shanghai is just something else.Out and about, Japanese people are far more likely to respect my privacy and not try to strike up a random conversation with me. I often find that it's difficult to just be left alone in China, which is annoying. Japan is much cleaner and has better standards of hygiene, and I really like this. Yes, China is a developing country, so this is to be expected, but there are still some attitudes that really need to change. However bad Japanese drivers may be, I felt like I was going to be run down even when walking on the pavement in China. They really need to sort out their traffic system. While it's hubristic to say that Japan is entirely safe (there's a great amount of threat especially for women), as a man I have only ever felt wary or potentially unsafe in Japan in Roppongi and other red light districts in Tokyo and Osaka. China unfortunately feels more unsafe more often, even if it's mostly petty crime.
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Well, good on her. It's got to be a better job than being part of that weird cult that is AKB48. I hope she has a rich and fulfilling career in acting and that she'll garner praise and recognition for her talent, rather than her sex appeal to creepy ephebophiles.
-2 ( +0 / -2 )
When I visited London, I feel like I was in South Asian continent instead of Europe. They have no assimilation with locals. If they are not assimilated and show their faces, they are not law abiding citizens.
Well, funnily enough I live in London, and have done for several years, and I have precisely never felt like I was in a South Asian country. I mean, did you spend your entire visit on Brick Lane or Whitechapel?
I view BRITONS of South Asian descent as my fellow countrymen, and to be honest most look, dress and act no differently to anyone else. Pretty much no one in the UK wears the birqa; a very small minority wear the niqab or the abaya; and a slightly larger minority of Muslim females wear the hijab, or headscarf. If any of these terms mystify you, google them.
I really do get the impression that you're just terrified by difference. Which is really quite sad and pathetic.
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For a brief period after 9/11, China banned all holders of passports from Middle Eastern nations from its international and domestic carriers. The country obviously cares more about the safety of its airline passengers (and buildings) than it does about the convenience of people whose countries are involved in various religious and territorial squabbles. It's one time when I found myself nodding in agreement.
Firstly, link or it didn't happen.
Secondly, you nod in agreement because you're a racist twit just like the clown in this article. Idiots like to nod together. Rather like a bunch of angry-looking bobbleheads.
5 ( +10 / -5 )
Not exactly new; these thugs are at this at least twice a week, and regularly resort to violence against Korean-Japanese schoolchildren. I have no love at all for Chongryon, nor for the North Korean regime, but I have no love either for nationalist bigots and thugs who can't respect others' rights to go about their daily lives without fear or intimidation.
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China is still trying to fight a war they lost 68 years ago.
Are they now? Well that's odd, because I could swear Japan was the country that got two atomic bombs dropped on it, twice, and ended under military occupation by a foreign power for 7 years. I seem to recall also that China was on the victors' council, and became a security council member of the United Nations. You know, that spot Japan's been trying to get its hands on ever since?
I'm not sure there's such a thing as a winner and a loser in wars though. Just millions upon millions of losers.
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Good luck ladies! Every chip at these practices counts towards bringing them down.
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Konsta's hit the nail on the head.
This is too woolly to be credible. The State Department "believes" this apparent evidence that hasn't been shown to anyone else? It definitely looks to me like the US is trying to save Japan's face after a rash political statement. Show the evidence publicly and then I might believe it. Otherwise, I call shenanigans.
-17 ( +3 / -20 )
Everyone knows who is the trouble maker in asia today, It's CHINA.either in India,Vietnam,or Philippines.Communist China is the cancer of the world today,They are Thieves The only way to stop them is to cut-off their feet and hands,so that they can;t move anymore.Countries that is bullied by this thieves should unite when they attack one of these countries. Mistakes of the western world was when they move their industries to China nad China copied all their products which Cina now manufactured and sell it to the world at a cheap price until they make monet and now they can afford to buy all kinds of miltary equipment from Russia. To put China back to his feet, All the freedom loving people of the world shall boycott all china made products.
If I see a lunatic uyoku adolescent playing with a machete in public, I'll know it's you and that you've finally cracked. Seek help for your pathological hatred of Chinese people and your violent urges. I implore you.
-4 ( +1 / -5 )
In the absence of a "both are as bad as each other" option, I'm going with Japan. Not out of genuine belief that Japan is more to blame, but do balance out the foaming screams of the borderline racist Japano-nationalists on this side, who aren't content with merely backing Japan's position, but want to make out like "Communist China" is some kind of unique existential threat. Christ, it's like the Cold War never ended.
Anyhow, they're both as bad as each other.
China has pointlessly and recklessly upped the ante with its bellicose rhetoric, government sanctioned anti-Japanese riots, and incursions into Japanese territory. Each time they do this, they alarm the United States and every Western country that has favourable links with Japan, and a lot of people are pretty terrified that this is going to end in blood and tears. The incursions with military vessels need to stop. The grievance needs to be taken to the ICJ and the UN; it needs to extend the olive branch. If it does this, and Abe refuses and maintains his hard-line stance, it will be Japan in the wrong.
Equally, Japan is to blame. First, it was old Blinky Ishihara who forced this to a head with his goal to goad Japan and buy up the islands (with Tokyo taxpayers' money to boot). This forced the Japanese government's hand*. However, Japan has been appalling at communicating this to China, merely saying "we're transferring our property between private and public hands". Denying that there is a dispute, and that the islands are just Japanese, period, is frankly ignorant of history and entirely self-unreflecting. Those islands were originally seized in the Japanese imperialist land grab of the late 19th Century, and returned to Japan by an American occupation authority. Of course they see it as an illegitimate claim, just as they see every Unequal Treaty as retroactively illegitimate! And right they are.
Then of course we have Abe's quixotic nationalist crusade, using the islands as a rallying cry for more pointless militaristic nationalism and to further his goal of stealthily returning Japan to the early Showa period. As part of this, he makes half-baked and irresponsible statements and threats, that further inflames the already hostile situation. He asks for negotiations, but denies that there's anything to negotiate.
All in all, it's one big mess of nationalist lunatics on both sides pushing their people closer and closer to a very destructive war over a few piddly rocks, for the benefit of their own political agenda. What. A. Mess.
-2 ( +3 / -5 )
Local residents of Qidong protest a factory that's dumping waste in their water, which happens to be Japanese-owned? How dare they! Poor victim Japan again. Let's hear the world's tiniest violin.
-1 ( +1 / -2 )
The only fit punishment for someone like Brennan is to be waterboarded for a solid month in a hut in Waziristan while drones fly overhead dropping bombs progressively closer to his location.
Waterboarding is not "simulated drowning" - it IS drowning. In cases where it has been done by less skilled torturers (and yes, that's what they are, and that's who the CIA apparently hires), it has led to death by...umm...drowning. The intake of large amounts of water and suffocation of the lungs.
It is torture, just as much as thumbscrews or mutilation. People who have suffered it usually suffer intense PTSD for the rest of their lives; often a phobia of water; and they will attest that it is torture for them. Some are driven to the point of psychosis or catatonia.
How Obama can sleep at night knowing that his regime is allowing this is beyond me. How he can dare to say that the US is better than the thugs who torture American prisoners is appalling and sickening. No civilised nation inflicts torture. It is inhuman and degrading to our moral condition.
And no, it's not even effective. Perhaps the totalitarian duckspeakers above could point me to ONE single piece of useful intelligence that has been gleaned from torture. Just one. The answer is that there have been none. When Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded more than 150 times, he professed knowledge of planned terrorist attacks on the White House, Sears Towers, Bali, Big Ben, and numerous others. All were found to be fraudulent; he was saying anything that he thought would stop the torture.
How many other wild goose chases do you suppose the coalition has gone on because it got false intelligence from mountain shepherds who knew nothing of value but were nevertheless enthusiastically tortured by a CIA agent?
Torture is useful for two things: false confessions, and terrorism. Both of which the US has conducted extensively.
And as for the drone strikes, those have bombed weddings to bits. More than 200 children in Pakistan have been killed as "collateral damage". How degraded and sick you have to be to justify that is beyond me.
-3 ( +0 / -3 )
Well about bloody time, I should say, old boy! Really happy for my country today, and I don't often get to say that.
-3 ( +4 / -7 )
Can he also play the role of Ishii Sensei, the Japanese director of Unit 731, who cut open thousands of Chinese children and women without anesthesia? If he is given that role, he does not have to die, but he can only kill ....
I hope no one makes a film about that. Just thinking of the grotesque things that monster did to human beings makes me sick to the stomach. Also, they'd have to fictionalise the ending. Having a true story where the mass murderer and mutilator of Chinese in Manchuria not only avoids prosecution, but goes on to get US patronage for his chemical weapons funding (tested on Chinese civilians to boot) would justifiably lead to intense hatred of Japan and the USA.
-1 ( +3 / -4 )
Interesting that the studio doesn't make KMT troops fighting the Japanese, or the Commie troops fighting the KMT. I wonder why...
I'm pretty sure there have been several films in the past depicting the KMT army fighting the Japanese, and a few depicting the battle between the Communists and the KMT for that matter. Something tells me you don't actually know much at all about Chinese films, however...
Of course, depictions of the fight against Japan are more popular. Don't act like this is some grand conspiracy to victimise poor ikkle Japan. They are popular because Chinese, regardless of their political persuasion, can all rally against a foreign invader, the same as any other country in the world. The Chinese Civil War is a complex story of fratricidal violence with ramifications in the present day.
Also, most mainland Chinese, even those who are more ardently communist, view the Taiwanese and the KMT as their fellow countrymen, regardless of political differences, and thus don't like seeing films where they are killed. Th Imperial Japanese Army were, unambiguously, a force of invasion, subjugation, and massacre, and seeing them driven out in film is a kind of catharsis for the lasting damage that Japan left in China.
0 ( +3 / -3 )