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Posted in: U.S. vows to defend Japan after China announces new air zone See in context

U.S. vows to defend Japan after China announces new air zone

This isn't surprising at all considering the fact that the US had been encouraging Japan to challenge the status quo and reclaim territories it lost to the Allies in the various WWII peace treaties/agreements drafted by the US government itself in order to strengthen its control of Japan and at the sametime, sabotage its former allies and cold-war rivals China and the Soviet Union.

These include not only these islands but also the whole Kurile islands and Ryukyu islands that Japan lost to the Allies in the various WWII peace treaties/agreements such as:

Article 8 of the Potsdam Declaration (terms of surrender for Japan) :

"The terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out and Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we (US, UK, China and Russia) determine."

San Francisco Peace Treaty

Article 2 (c)

Japan renounces all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands...

Article 3

Japan will concur in any proposal of the United States to the United Nations to place under its trusteeship system, with the United States as the sole administering authority, Nansei Shoto south of 29 deg north latitude (i.e. including the Ryukyu Islands but excluding the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands)...

And the origin of Article 3 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty can be traced back to the following agreement made between the US and China during the Cairo Conference:

"During a private dinner with the Chiangs on the evening of November 23, President Roosevelt asked Chiang China's intentions regarding the Ryukyu Islands. According to the memorandum written by the Chinese side (Roosevelt's special assistant Harry Hopkins was present but did not apparently take notes), "The President referred to the question of the Ryukyu Islands and enquired more than once whether China would want the Ryukyus." To this, Chiang reportedly replied that "China would be agreeable to joint occupation of the Ryukyus by China and the United States and, eventually, joint administration by the two countries under the trusteeship of an international organization (UN trusteeship for decolonization of conquered colonies that was established in 1945 and as described in the San Francisco Peace Treaty)""

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Posted in: China sets air defense zone over area containing disputed islands See in context

The PRC is as over confident as the Qing dynasty was before they went to war with Japan in 1895. The adage "history repeats itself" is dead on once again.

The PRC has nukes and missiles while the Qing dynasty fought with swords and shields in the 1800s when Japan invaded China. And the current Japan has got too many nuclear power plants which Meiji Japan did not have.

Just by attacking the numerous nuclear power plants with anti-radiation missiles and regular missiles, China can turn Japan into an uninhabitable land any time it chooses to do so.

The reality is that Japan will not be able to win a war with China as long as it can't stop the high-speed and GPS guided Chinese missiles.

Anyway, the following is the latest message from China regarding Japan's failure to learn from history:

"Japan’s years of militarism and war of aggression have brought grave disaster to countries in Asia. Only when (it) learns from history can it open up to the future, only by adhering to the path of peace can it win its neighbors’ trust."

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Posted in: China sets air defense zone over area containing disputed islands See in context

"also claimed by Japan"? should be "administered" or "owned" or "occupied" by Japan

The fact is not only has Japan given up its claim to these islands but also its claim to the whole Kurile islands and Ryukyu islands according to the whole series of WWII peace treaties/agreements such as:

Article 8 of the Potsdam Declaration (terms of surrender for Japan) :

"The terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out and Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we ( US, UK, China and Russia) determine."

San Francisco Peace Treaty

Article 2 (c)

Japan renounces all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands...

Article 3

Japan will concur in any proposal of the United States to the United Nations to place under its trusteeship system, with the United States as the sole administering authority, Nansei Shoto south of 29 deg north latitude (i.e. including the Ryukyu Islands but excluding the Diaoyu islands)...

And the origin of Article 3 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty can be traced back to the following agreement made between the US and China during the Cairo Conference:

"During a private dinner with the Chiangs on the evening of November 23, President Roosevelt asked Chiang China's intentions regarding the Ryukyu Islands. According to the memorandum written by the Chinese side (Roosevelt's special assistant Harry Hopkins was present but did not apparently take notes), "The President referred to the question of the Ryukyu Islands and enquired more than once whether China would want the Ryukyus." To this, Chiang reportedly replied that "China would be agreeable to joint occupation of the Ryukyus by China and the United States and, eventually, joint administration by the two countries under the trusteeship of an international organization (UN trusteeship for decolonization that was established in 1945 and as described in the San Francisco Peace Treaty)""

I see Speed and oxy...kings still hadn't figured out who is the real aggressor here.

Japan is certainly the aggressor since it is trying to regain territories it lost to the Allies in WWII by force.

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Posted in: China praises Korean assassin whom Japan calls a 'criminal' See in context

Just to make sure everyone has the correct understanding, Korea was annexed by Japan in 1910. The assassination was in 1909. Korea was not "occupied" by the Japanese.

You obviously got the wrong info. Korea became a colony of Japan in 1895 after Japan won the 1894-1895 war of invasion. There is no doubt that Hirobumi Ito played a major role in the 1894-1895 invasion of Korea and China and the colonization of Korea in 1895.

If Korea wasn't a colony of Japan, how then could Japan kill any Korean that they disliked including the Empress of Korea in 1895:

"The assassination, which took place on Oct. 8, 1895, left its mark in history for its viciousness and brutality. The writer Fusako Tsunoda in her book on the murder wrote, "Everywhere there were cries, 'Where is Queen Min?' The assailants approached a group of court ladies who were trembling with fear and slaughtered two of them who were especially beautiful. One of the victims bore a faint trace of smallpox on her temple, allowing the assailants to verify that she was Queen Min." Tsunoda also said, "After many years, one of the assailants confessed that they violently slashed and committed unspeakable atrocities on the body of the empress."

Japan thoroughly covered up its responsibility. The empress' body was burned and Japanese government propaganda portrayed the assassination as the result of a power struggle between Myeongseong and her father-in-law Heungseon Daewongun."

Hirobumi Ito was the first president of Japan and did not agree with the annexation with Korea. By killing him, the annexation was proceeded.

Wrong. Even though Hirobumi Ito might be against the idea of publicly acknowledging the annexation of Korea by Japan out of fear of foreign interference especially opposition from Russia, he had always been an ardent supporter of annexation of Korea (in effect as opposed to on paper).

And the death of Hirobumi Ito in China wasn't the main factor that speeded up the paper annexation of Korea which was already in process before his death. What actually speeded up the paper annexation of Korea are Japan's defeat of Russia which opposed the annexation and US support in the Taft-Katsura agreement in 1905:

"Secretary Taft fully admitted the justness of the Count’s observations and remarked to the effect that, in his personal opinion, the establishment by Japanese troops of a suzerainty over Korea to the extent of requiring Korea to enter into no foreign treaties without the consent of Japan was a logical result of the present war and would directly contribute to permanent peace in the East..."

President Roosevelt concurred with Taft’s understanding in a telegram on July 31 1905:

"Your conversation with Count Katsura absolutely correct in every respect. Wish you would state to Katsura that I confirm every word you have said...""

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Posted in: China praises Korean assassin whom Japan calls a 'criminal' See in context

Let us see what Ito Hirobumi did....If he were not assassinated by An, Japan would have had different course of history.

Whether the evil Ito Hirobumi was directly involved in the brutal murder of Empress Myeongseong of Korea in her palace in 1895 is not yet known since the Japanese government has refused to reveal its role in the murder. However, it is believed that his Choshu clique from Yamaguchi prefecture is responsible for the murder of Emperor Komei of Japan, the father of Emperor Meiji. From Wikipedia,

"In January 1867 the emperor was diagnosed with smallpox. This caused surprise because it was said that Kōmei had never been ill before. On 30 January 1867 he suffered a fatally violent bout of vomiting and diarrhea. He had purple spots on his face caused by smallpox. It is widely thought that he was assassinated, probably by radicals from Choshu, as he drew closer to the Shogun in mutually seeking to define a way forward for Japan under increasingly challenging circumstances. There are no indications that anyone that he came into contact with before contracting the disease had been infected, so it is thought that a handkerchief or the like contaminated with the virus was transferred to him through some conduit in the court."

Do you know US diplomat Mr. Durham White Stevens?

The US government did encourage Japan to annex Korea in the Taft-Katsura agreement in 1905, saying that the annexation of Korea by Japan would contribute directly to permanent peace in East Asia:

"Secretary Taft fully admitted the justness of the Count’s observations and remarked to the effect that, in his personal opinion, the establishment by Japanese troops of a suzerainty over Korea to the extent of requiring Korea to enter into no foreign treaties without the consent of Japan was a logical result of the present war and would directly contribute to permanent peace in the East..."

President Roosevelt concurred with Taft’s understanding in a telegram on July 31 1905:

"Your conversation with Count Katsura absolutely correct in every respect. Wish you would state to Katsura that I confirm every word you have said..."

Korea had traditionally been a tributary state and continued to be so under the influence of China's Qing Dynasty

Korea was a protectorate of China just like Japan is currently a protectorate of the US. However, China did not control Korea's interior affairs, foreign policies and did not station troops in Korea. And unlike Japan under the Protectorship of the US, China would send troops to Korea only upon request by the Korea government to help in its defense against the invader (usually Japan).

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Posted in: China praises Korean assassin whom Japan calls a 'criminal' See in context

Let us see what Ito Hirobumi did....If he were not assassinated by An, Japan would have had different course of history.

If the evil Ito Hirobumi were killed even earlier, Japanese probably would not have been subjected to the following brainwashing that lasted many decades:

"From 1890 onwards until 1945, every school child in Japan, for every school day of his life, dedicated himself to his Emperor. Much like the Muslims, who pray to Allah, facing Mecca; every morning, all Japanese pupils bowed in the direction of the Imperial Palace, repeated by heart the long Imperial Rescript on Education, then sang the national anthem, and waited breathlessly for the question, 'What is your dearest ambition? 'To which, in passionate unified response, the entire school replied, 'To die for the Emperor!'

According to the state-run Shinto cult, the Japanese 'eight hundred myriad' gods, who are the highest beings in the cosmos, are conceived to be the ancestors of the Japanese race, which makes the Japanese themselves gods by descent, and their land 'the land of the gods'. Being direct descendants of the gods, this makes them the highest beings on earth-the master race is thus entrusted with the mandate to rule the inhabitants of the world who are not their equal.

To endow the Japanese people with a sense of self-confidence, and to confer sustenance to the master race theory, the 'Tokyo Anthropological Society' claimed in 1936,

"The Japanese people were created on the islands of Japan, and are a superior race supporting an unbroken dynasty for all ages, and having no racial origin outside of the Japanese islands" (Through Japanese Eyes, p.16).

Otto Tolischus explains further:

"In this divine hierarchy, the Japanese Emperor, as descendant of the Sun Goddess, the ruler of the Heavens, has been invested with the rule of the earth, and is the highest-ranking god on earth, to whom all men owe obedience. And the Japanese themselves, being descendants of other lesser gods who attended the Sun Goddess's grandson on his descent from Heaven, are also gods, and therefore superior to all men on earth, who at the most are descended from the 'Earthly Deities' against whom the Sun Goddess's descendants had to fight. And when the Japanese die, especially when they die in fulfilling the will of the gods, they are promoted to the rank of higher gods, or kami (at Yasukuni Shrine) and become the patron gods of the Japanese race" ( Tokyo Record, p.148)."

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Posted in: China praises Korean assassin whom Japan calls a 'criminal' See in context

“We have been telling the South Korean government that Ahn Jung-Geun was a criminal,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the government’s top spokesman, told reporters on Tuesday. “I’m afraid this is not good for relations between Japan and South Korea.”

This is like the German government calling anti-Nazi fighters as criminals. It simply shows us that the current Japanese government is absolutely unrepentant about its fascist expansion and colonization of its neighbors during the State-Shinto period from 1868 to 1945.

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Posted in: Japan's current account surplus rises 14.3% See in context

According to both Bloomberg news and WSJ, the surplus is actually a deficit of 125.2 billion yen after seasonal adjustment, a record low for data stretching back to 1996.

As what WSJ says:

"The sharp weakening of the yen, sparked by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy of aggressive monetary easing, has prompted some Japanese companies to repatriate reserved profits at foreign subsidiaries back to Japan, in what is seen as a window-dressing move. Such transactions have lifted the nation's income balance—thus the current account—in recent months, including March and September. But these are only one-off developments that won't permanently improve the balance."

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Posted in: Japan begins surface-to-ship missile drills on Pacific gateway island See in context

Japan can defend her territory, with live fire.

These so called gateways aren't Japanese territories but international sea channels. Unless Japan wants to resume its old habit of sneak attack in peace times, these missiles will be useless to Chinese vessels using these channels.

And in a major war, these anti-ship missiles won't be that useful too since the Chinese can always fly their missiles directly to Tokyo or they can attack the numerous nuclear power plants located throughout Japan.

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Posted in: Is Japan really racist? See in context

It is through the following education carried out by the Japanese government that made the Japanese racist:

"From 1890 onwards until 1945, every school child in Japan, for every school day of his life, dedicated himself to his Emperor. Much like the Muslims, who pray to Allah, facing Mecca; every morning, all Japanese pupils bowed in the direction of the Imperial Palace, repeated by heart the long Imperial Rescript on Education, then sang the national anthem, and waited breathlessly for the question, 'What is your dearest ambition? 'To which, in passionate unified response, the entire school replied, 'To die for the Emperor!'

According to the state-run Shinto cult, the Japanese 'eight hundred myriad' gods, who are the highest beings in the cosmos, are conceived to be the ancestors of the Japanese race, which makes the Japanese themselves gods by descent, and their land 'the land of the gods'. Being direct descendants of the gods, this makes them the highest beings on earth-the master race is thus entrusted with the mandate to rule the inhabitants of the world who are not their equal.

To endow the Japanese people with a sense of self-confidence, and to confer sustenance to the master race theory, the 'Tokyo Anthropological Society' claimed in 1936,

"The Japanese people were created on the islands of Japan, and are a superior race supporting an unbroken dynasty for all ages, and having no racial origin outside of the Japanese islands" (Through Japanese Eyes, p.16).

Otto Tolischus explains further:

"In this divine hierarchy, the Japanese Emperor, as descendant of the Sun Goddess, the ruler of the Heavens, has been invested with the rule of the earth, and is the highest-ranking god on earth, to whom all men owe obedience. And the Japanese themselves, being descendants of other lesser gods who attended the Sun Goddess's grandson on his descent from Heaven, are also gods, and therefore superior to all men on earth, who at the most are descended from the 'Earthly Deities' against whom the Sun Goddess's descendants had to fight. And when the Japanese die, especially when they die in fulfilling the will of the gods, they are promoted to the rank of higher gods, or kami (at Yasukuni Shrine) and become the patron gods of the Japanese race" ( Tokyo Record, p.148)."

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Posted in: Japan collective self-defense should include others, not just U.S., says Abe adviser See in context

The proposed shift is part of Abe’s long-term agenda whose end point is revising the constitution’s pacifist Article 9

Scrapping the pacifist constitution and getting rid of US control is only one of the long-term agenda of the LDP and other rightists. The other task that they have been trying to accomplish since they regained control of Japan in the 1950s is to revive State Shinto (Yasukuni cult).

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Posted in: Japan stations missiles on Pacific gateway island See in context

Since 1945 up to 2013, during this period every Japanese government has did many good job and always try to keep the peace as well as upgrade good diplomacy

If Japan were that peaceful, why is it that it still refuses to comply with the San Francisco Peace Treaty and the Potsdam Declaration (terms of surrender for Japan in WWII) which resolved Japan's territorial disputes and were meant for developing peace in east Asia?

For example, Article 2 (c) of the San Francisco Peace Treaty says

"Japan renounces all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands, and to that portion of Sakhalin and the islands adjacent to it over which Japan acquired sovereignty as a consequence of the Treaty of Portsmouth of 5 September 1905."

Article 3 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty says

"Japan will concur in any proposal of the United States to the United Nations to place under its trusteeship system, with the United States as the sole administering authority, Nansei Shoto south of 29 deg north latitude (including the Ryukyu Islands but excluding the Diaoyu islands which are located further south between 25 to 26 deg north latitude)...

And Article 8 of the Potsdam Declaration (terms of surrender for Japan in WWII) says

"The terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out and Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we (UK, US, China and Russia) determine."

And if diplomacy were that important to Japan like what you said, why is it that Japan has refused to pay reparation to China, Korea and some south-east Asian countries saying that the US government had waived Japan from paying reparation to them in the San Francisco Peace Treaty?

And if diplomacy were that important to Japan like what you said, why is it that Japan only started to take the issue of apology seriously in the 1990s when the war had already ended 5 decades? However, when the socialist PM, Murayama submitted his sincere and official apology to the Diet for approval in 1995, it was rejected by the Diet, forcing Murayama to offer only a personal apology using the singular first person "I" instead of on behalf of Japan throughout the apology. So, If Japan were that serious about diplomacy with its neighbors, why is it that the Diet members of Japan have consistently turned down apologies to their victims?

ASEAN is friendship alliance countries in Japan from the 16th century to now.

When the 10 ASEAN countries celebrated their friendship with China during the 16th ASEAN-China summit held just about a month ago, Shinzo Abe publicly announced that he will also invite the 10 ASEAN countries to Tokyo to have a summit with Japan by the end of the year.

Guess what? The ASEAN countries rejected his invitation even when Japan is the biggest investor and biggest ODA provider in ASEAN. So it is not only China and South Korea that have refused to have a summit with Japan. The 10 ASEAN countries also did the same.

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Posted in: Japan disappointed at S Korean leader's summit refusal See in context

Whatever whitewashed history you learn, the fact is that Korea was a Japanese Ally during WW2.

If Korea was an Ally of Japan during WW2, why is it that Japan sent colonial governors to Korea instead of ambassadors?

The fact is Japan only managed to colonize Korea after the war in 1894 and after the Japanese murdered Koreans who resisted the colonization including Empress Myeongseong:

"The assassination, which took place on Oct. 8, 1895, left its mark in history for its viciousness and brutality. The writer Fusako Tsunoda in her book on the murder wrote, "Everywhere there were cries, 'Where is Queen Min?' The assailants approached a group of court ladies who were trembling with fear and slaughtered two of them who were especially beautiful. One of the victims bore a faint trace of smallpox on her temple, allowing the assailants to verify that she was Queen Min." Tsunoda also said, "After many years, one of the assailants confessed that they violently slashed and committed unspeakable atrocities on the body of the empress."

Japan thoroughly covered up its responsibility. The empress' body was burned and Japanese government propaganda portrayed the assassination as the result of a power struggle between Myeongseong and her father-in-law Heungseon Daewongun.

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Posted in: Japan disappointed at S Korean leader's summit refusal See in context

only in the mind of a truly paranoid socialist would Abe qualify as a "right-wing extremist"

Shinzo Abe is a fascist and a fanatic of the Yasukuni shrine (State Shinto or Imperial Shinto) which preaches fascism and holy war.

Abe has not "denied atrocities"

Regarding Abe's view on Japan's fascist past, Narusawa Muneo summarized it into the following points in his particle "Abe Shinzo, a Far-Right Denier of History":

-As soon as Abe was elected in 1993, he became a member of the LDP’s “History and Deliberation Committee.” This committee held about twenty meetings with right-wing scholars, and as a result, published a book called “Overview of the Greater East Asia War,” on August 15th, 1995, the fiftieth anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the Asia-Pacific War. The book argues: 1) “The Greater East Asia War” (the Asia-Pacific War) was not an aggressive war, but a war for self-existence and self-defense, and for liberation of Asia from Western powers; 2) Events such as the Nanjing Massacre and the “comfort women,” are fabrications. Japan did not commit war crimes and was not a perpetrator; 3) Since “biased” school textbooks contain false information about Japan’s wartime activities, a “textbook struggle” (an attack on education) is necessary. Abe still holds these positions.

-In December 1994, a right-wing group called “Diet Members’ League for the 50th Anniversary of the End of War” was formed to counter a parliamentary move to pass a resolution (Murayama's apology) in August 1995, critically reflecting on Japan’s aggressive war. Abe was selected as deputy executive director. This group organized the “Steering Committee of Japanese People’s Movement for the 50th Anniversary of the End of War” in conjunction with far-rightist religious groups (mostly Shinto). It led twenty-six prefectural assemblies and ninety municipal assemblies across the nation to pass resolutions opposing the critical resolution and arguing that Japan did not invade its Asian neighbors.

-The same right-wing members of LDP in June 1996 formed a new group to attack history textbooks, called “Bright Japan - League of Diet Members,” and Abe was appointed deputy executive director. In February 1997, he formed a group called “Group of Young Diet Members for Consideration of Japan’s Future and History Education,” and became its executive director (“Young” was dropped from the group’s name in 2004).

-Abe has always been on the frontline of such groups and has worked hard to scour descriptions of Nanjing and the sex slaves, who he argues were “prostitutes,” from textbooks. He pressured not only education ministry officials responsible for textbook screening, but also presidents of textbook publishers and textbook authors, to remove references to such crimes, claiming that they were “distorted.”

-While Abe was Chief Cabinet Secretary, he complained about the content of an NHK (Japan’s national public broadcaster) program on the sex slaves issue before it was broadcast, demanding that the head of the Broadcasting Bureau make the program “fair and objective,” or resign. As a result, significant changes were made to the program before it was screened on January 30, 2001. One of the changes was deletion of the part where the Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal, held in Tokyo in December 2000, deemed the rapes and the military sex slavery system by the Japanese military as “crimes against humanity,” and held Japan and Emperor Hirohito responsible for them.

-On August 4, 1993, during the Miyazawa administration, then Chief Cabinet Secretary Kono Yohei released a statement on the result of a study into the “comfort women” issue commonly called the Kono Statement. The fiercest criticism against the Kono Statement came from within LDP, namely Abe. He and his “Group of Young Diet Members for Consideration of Japan’s Future and History Education,” called Kono to a meeting and argued that Kono had recognized the “coerciveness” of the act without convincing evidence, as the Korean side demanded so, but Kono stuck to his guns. At the House of Representatives Budget Committee on May 27, 1997, Abe further said there was no need to specifically reference the issue in textbooks unless the women were coerced, and no document had been discovered to verify this.

-On June 14, 2004, Abe, then Secretary General of LDP, told a symposium organized by the “Group of Diet Members for Consideration of Japan’s Future and History Education,” that “there was no such historical fact as the military comfort women,” totally ignoring the Kono Statement. Abe went on to say that he would actively work with MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) to “improve textbooks,” meaning the removal of all descriptions of “military ‘comfort women.’”

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Posted in: Japan disappointed at S Korean leader's summit refusal See in context

Reparations were paid to South Korea, and offered to China. China opted for ODA instead.

You got it all wrong. China didn't opt for ODA and it wasn't even mentioned in the treaties. Furthermore, the Japanese government had even clarified that the ODA (consisted of mostly loans) weren't reparation. That means the Japanese government did not pay reparation to either China or Korea.

South Korea agreed to demand no further compensation, either at the government or individual level, after receiving $800 million in grants and soft loans from Japan as compensation for its 1910–45 colonial rule in the treaty

That's not possible since the Japanese government did clarify that the grants and loans weren't reparation.

"Chiang Kai-shek waived reparations claims for the war when the ROC concluded the Treaty of Taipei with Japan in 1952. Similarly, when Japan normalized its relations with the PRC in 1972, Mao Zedong waived the claim of war reparations from Japan."

China used the word giving up not waiving. And if Japan were willing to pay reparation, would China have given it up?

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Posted in: Japan disappointed at S Korean leader's summit refusal See in context

These views and statements, which are indeed irresponsible and widely condemned, are not official statements. South Korea needs to focus on the official statements

If only official words and deeds are what matter, then you will also need to take into consideration the fact that the official position of Japan on the issue of reparation is that the US government had waived Japan from paying reparation to China, Korea and other victims in the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty. And Japan will not pay one single cent of reparation beyond what was stipulated by the Americans in the treaty.

So can you accept the fact that Japan has never paid reparation to many of its victims including Korea and China since ODA grants and loans aren't official and aren't reparation at all?

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Posted in: Japan, Russia agree to expand defense cooperation See in context

It seems the 2+2 meeting is an utter failure for Shinzo Abe just like his suicidal Abenomics which was designed to boost Japan's export but actually achieved the exact opposite to its objective.

And it seems Obama was really upset by Shinzo Abe that he even asked his Pentagon spokesman to publicly announce that the US has no plans to defend the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands jointly with Japan around the time when the 2+2 meeting was held. This is tantamount to a slap on Japan.

And during the 2+2 meeting, the Russian FM even advised Japan to respect its pacifist constitution and develop pacifist policies. When Japanese FM mentioned that Russia understands and respects Japan's defense policy, the Russian FM clarified that according to Russia's understanding, Japan will strictly adhere to its commitment of resolving all conflicts through peaceful conversation. This is tantamount to another slap on the Japanese expansionists.

Only possible solution for nowadays is return of only Shikotan and Habomai

I don't think that is necessary since Japan has already given up its claim to the whole of Kurile islands in Article 2 (c) of the San Francisco Peace Treaty which says

"Japan renounces all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands, and to that portion of Sakhalin and the islands adjacent to it over which Japan acquired sovereignty as a consequence of the Treaty of Portsmouth of 5 September 1905."

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Posted in: Japan, Russia cozy up as China dispute simmers See in context

Do you really think, that Japan is a loyal servant of the USA?

Japan is certainly not a loyal servant of the US. But then the Japanese really have no choice as long as Japan remains a protectorate of the US.

It seems that Obama was really upset by Shinzo Abe that he even asked his Pentagon spokesman to publicly announce that the US has no plans to defend the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands jointly with Japan around the time when the 2+2 meeting was held. This is tantamount to a slap on Japan.

And during the 2+2 meeting, the Russian FM even advised Japan to respect its pacifist constitution and develop pacifist policies. When Japanese FM mentioned that Russia understands and respects Japan's defense policy, the Russian FM clarified that according to Russia's understanding, Japan will strictly adhere to its commitment of resolving all conflicts through peaceful conversation. This is tantamount to another slap on the Japanese expansionists.

In short, this 2+2 meeting clearly shows us that Shinzo Abe's foreign policy is an utter failure just like his suicidal Abenomics which was designed to boost Japan's export but actually achieved the direct opposite.

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Posted in: Japan, Russia agree to expand defense cooperation See in context

Japan is responsible for it's own defense.

Who told you that? Under the Mutual Security Treaty, the US is even allowed to transfer its military forces and equipment from all over the world to Japan without seeking permission from the Japanese government so long as it contributes to the defense of Japan. So what you said is untrue.

The U.S. is involved only if the Mutual Defense Treaty is invoked.

You mean Japan has abolished the mutual security treaty with the US and is no more an ally (protectorate) of the US? I don't think so.

If the US forces in Japan aren't for defending Japan, what are they for?

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Posted in: Japan, Russia discuss peace treaty negotiations See in context

it's still good if Japan can settle some disputed islands.

The dispute had already been resolved in Article 2 (c) of the San Francisco Peace Treaty which says

"Japan renounces all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands, and to that portion of Sakhalin and the islands adjacent to it over which Japan acquired sovereignty as a consequence of the Treaty of Portsmouth of 5 September 1905."

As for Japan's territorial dispute with China, there is no way for Japan to claim those islands since it even agreed to give up its claim to the Ryukyu islands, the long island chain in-between Japan and the Senkaku/ Diaoyu islands for the US to hand it over to the United Nations under the UN trusteeship system (UN system for decolonization) for future independence in Article 3 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty.

Article 3

"Japan will concur in any proposal of the United States to the United Nations to place under its trusteeship system, with the United States as the sole administering authority, Nansei Shoto south of 29 deg north latitude (that's the Ryukyu islands but excluding the Diaoyu Islands which are located further south between 25 to 26 degree north latitude )...

By the way, the UN trusteeship system did help many former colonies throughout the world to gain independence since its foundation as can be seen from its website:

http://www.un.org/en/decolonization/nonselfgov.shtml

And from Wikipedia,

"The United Nations Trusteeship Council, one of the principal organs of the United Nations, was established to help ensure that trust territories were administered in the best interests of their inhabitants and of international peace and security. The trust territories—most of them former mandates of the League of Nations or territories taken from nations defeated at the end of World War II—have all now attained self-government or independence, either as separate nations or by joining neighbouring independent countries."

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Posted in: Japan, Russia cozy up as China dispute simmers See in context

Good news overall, but China is inevitably going to complain about that.

Don't see why China will get upset. If there is anyone who will get upset for closer tie between Russia and Japan, it will be Uncle Sam.

Can't you see that there are two sides in the current cold-war? China and Russia are on the same side while the US and Japan are on the opposite side. Some of you might say the cold-war has ended, but from the cold relations between the two sides, it obviously hasn't.

Now, is it easier for Russia to cross over to the US side or is it easier for Japan to cross over to the China/ Russia? The answer is obvious.

But the question is how could Japan get closer to Russia when it is still a protectorate of the US? I think even if Japan gives up its claim to the Kurile islands totally, it will still be difficult but not impossible.

On the other hand, it will be much easier for South Korea to have closer relations with Russia since it is not a protectorate of the US unlike Japan. Now that the South Korea President who refused to meet Shinzo Abe repeatedly is visiting Russia soon, Japan will become the sour grape in watching the two countries building up relations.

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Posted in: Japan rejects Chinese protests over sea drills See in context

In fact, they might as well be happy at least they can see the Japanese who are tracking their exercise with a surface vessel, because the Americans are probably doing the same with a sub they cannot see.

That's only pure assumption and how the average Japanese view the Americans. And even if the Americans are also spying, they would at least keep a safe distance from the Chinese ships to keep themselves safe.

That's not the case for the Japanese. According to Chinese sources, the spying Japanese ship numbered 107 wasn't just stalking Chinese ships but it actually went right into the center of the field of exercise, behaving as if it was the commander of the exercise and has stayed there for days.

From the behavior of the spying Japanese ship, it seems that under the leadership of the fascist Shinzo Abe, Japan is starting to behave like a hooligan who has no proper manner and has absolutely no respect for its neighbors. Exactly like what Japan used to be before it was nuked by the Americans.

As you called the Americans "real hypocrites", I wonder whether a hooligan is better than a hypocrite? For me, at least I don't mind talking to hypocrites since they usually have good manners unlike a hooligan.

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Posted in: China's behavior jeopardizing peace, Onodera says See in context

Please post a single paragraph and a link to the article

You want a link to the San Francisco Peace Treaty?

Here you go.

http://www.taiwandocuments.org/sanfrancisco01.htm

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Posted in: China accuses Japan of interfering in naval drills See in context

@Guru29 We're not talking about navigation here, we're talking about military exercises in international waters: A deeply provocative action

So you think conducting military exercises in the Pacific Ocean is deeply provocative but stalking Chinese ships like a chiken during a military exercise with live firing isn't provocative or dangerous?

The fact is China isn't the only country that have conducted military exercises in international waters. Many countries that have a decent navy have been doing the same. Do you think the exercises of all these countries are deeply provocative too?

Besides that, if China doesn't go to the Pacific Ocean, it will have to conduct military exercises in the East China sea or South China sea which are now considered disputed waters. You think conducting military exercises in disputed waters is not provocative but doing the same in the high sea is?

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Posted in: Japan rejects Chinese protests over sea drills See in context

If someone wants to make morning exercise in front of my house

Well, observing a person exercising won't get you killed. But you could be killed by live firing if you keep stalking Chinese ships like a Japanese chiken (痴漢 a phenomenon in Japan) during their military exercises.

And the Pacific Ocean isn't your house and it doesn't belong to Japan too.

It seems like Shinzo Abe really wants his spy ship to get shot down by the live firing during the exercise so that he could gain support to get rid of the Peace Constitution. Besides that, the other thing that the Japanese fascists have been trying to do since they regained control of Japan in the 1950s is to revive State Shinto or Imperial Shinto (Yasukuni cult).

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Posted in: China accuses Japan of interfering in naval drills See in context

In other words, an other Chinese lie.

What lie are you talking about? China's commitment to freedom of navigation?

I think it is Japan that's telling lies since it clearly doesn't respect freedom of navigation in the Pacific Ocean.

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Posted in: China's behavior jeopardizing peace, Onodera says See in context

Does China respect rule of international law?

Does international law allow Japan to violate WWII peace treaties/ agreements such as the Potsdam Declaration (terms of surrender for Japan in WWII), San Francisco Peace Treaty and Japanese Instrument of Surrender?

The fact is Japan did agree that it would have no claim over those islands in those peace treaties/ agreements. For example, Japan even agreed to give up its claim to the Ryukyu islands, the long island chain in-between Japan and the Diaoyu islands for the US to hand it over to the United Nations under the UN trusteeship system (UN system for decolonization) for future independence in the San Francisco Peace Treaty.

San Francisco Peace Treaty:

Article 2 (c)

Japan renounces all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands, and to that portion of Sakhalin and the islands adjacent to it over which Japan acquired sovereignty as a consequence of the Treaty of Portsmouth of 5 September 1905.

Article 3

Japan will concur in any proposal of the United States to the United Nations to place under its trusteeship system, with the United States as the sole administering authority, Nansei Shoto south of 29 deg. north latitude (that's the Ryukyu islands but excluding the Diaoyu Islands which are located further south between 25 to 26 degree north latitude )...

And the origin of Article 3 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty can be traced back to the following agreement made during the Cairo Conference:

"During a private dinner with the Chiangs on the evening of November 23, President Roosevelt asked Chiang China's intentions regarding the Ryukyu Islands. According to the memorandum written by the Chinese side (Roosevelt's special assistant Harry Hopkins was present but did not apparently take notes), "The President referred to the question of the Ryukyu Islands and enquired more than once whether China would want the Ryukyus." To this, Chiang reportedly replied that "China would be agreeable to joint occupation of the Ryukyus by China and the United States and, eventually, joint administration by the two countries under the trusteeship of an international organization (UN trusteeship for decolonization)""

By the way, the UN trusteeship system did help many former colonies throughout the world to gain independence since its foundation as can be seen from its website:

http://www.un.org/en/decolonization/nonselfgov.shtml

And from Wikipedia,

"The United Nations Trusteeship Council, one of the principal organs of the United Nations, was established to help ensure that trust territories were administered in the best interests of their inhabitants and of international peace and security. The trust territories—most of them former mandates of the League of Nations or territories taken from nations defeated at the end of World War II—have all now attained self-government or independence, either as separate nations or by joining neighbouring independent countries."

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Posted in: China accuses Japan of interfering in naval drills See in context

“dangerous provocation” by Japan for shadowing Chinese military exercises in the western Pacific.

When the US questioned China on its commitment to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea during the recent Apec summit, China replied that it was willing to uphold freedom of navigation in the disputed waters. China further added that freedom of navigation in the South China Sea was never an issue in the past and it would not be an issue in the future.

Now it seems that it is Japan, the protectorate/ semi-colony of the US that does not respect freedom of navigation in the Pacific Ocean.

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Posted in: Abe says he is ready to be more assertive against China See in context

silly PM. Abe want to start WWIII.

Since Japan is trying to regain territories it lost to the Allies in WWII by force, it will be a restarting of WWII or Stage 2 of WWII.

Japanese have said that the US will help Japan to fight against China, its former WWII ally in Stage 2 of WWII since Japan is now a semi-colony of the US and the US is obliged to help its colony to expand. We shall see whether their prediction will come true.

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Posted in: Abe warns China on use of force as jets scrambled See in context

We will express our intention as a state not to tolerate a change in the status quo by force.

Even the US says it doesn't recognize Japan's claim of sovereignty over those islands. So what change in status quo is Shinzo Abe talking about?

Actually, Japan has given up its claim not only to these islands but also to the Ryukyu islands, the long island chain in-between Japan and the Diaoyu islands in the whole series of WWII peace treaties/ agreements such as the San Francisco Peace Treaty and Potsdam Declaration (terms of surrender for Japan).

Article 3 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty says:

"Japan will concur in any proposal of the United States to the United Nations to place under its trusteeship system, with the United States as the sole administering authority, Nansei Shoto south of 29 deg north latitude (that's the Ryukyu islands but excluding the Diaoyu Islands which are located further south between 25 to 26 degree north latitude)..."

And the origin of Article 3 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty can be traced back to the following agreement made between China and the US during the Cairo Conference:

"During a private dinner with the Chiangs on the evening of November 23, President Roosevelt asked Chiang China's intentions regarding the Ryukyu Islands. According to the memorandum written by the Chinese side (Roosevelt's special assistant Harry Hopkins was present but did not apparently take notes), "The President referred to the question of the Ryukyu Islands and enquired more than once whether China would want the Ryukyus." To this, Chiang reportedly replied that "China would be agreeable to joint occupation of the Ryukyus by China and the United States and, eventually, joint administration by the two countries under the trusteeship of an international organization (UN trusteeship for decolonization)""

By the way, the UN trusteeship system did help many former colonies throughout the world to gain independence since its foundation as can be seen from its website:

http://www.un.org/en/decolonization/nonselfgov.shtml

And from Wikipedia,

"The United Nations Trusteeship Council, one of the principal organs of the United Nations, was established to help ensure that trust territories were administered in the best interests of their inhabitants and of international peace and security. The trust territories—most of them former mandates of the League of Nations or territories taken from nations defeated at the end of World War II—have all now attained self-government or independence, either as separate nations or by joining neighbouring independent countries."

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