Ahh,. In case Foreign folks here didn'T know, if you ask Japanese around 40's about gun Walther P38, they say a famous cartoon, Lupin the 3rd, and the lyrics in its ending song in 1971 says it.
This song brings me back a lot of memory when I was child..
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For more than 50 years since WW2, Korean has no problem with a rising sun. One biggest counter example to anti-rising sun claim is Korean born world wide religion "Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU)" have been using a rising sun looking logo where Korean people LET that happen all the time not being even an issue. It is too late to complain about flag.
Rising sun has been a traditional Japanese design since the ancient time. It was used for military in 1877 in Japan, before Japan's annexation of Korea in 1910. It is not same as swastika.
Even if you banned the flag, the problem won't solve.
One after another, in Korea, Japanese stuff is removed, such as trees planed during Japanese colonial rule, a statue of Japanese man power vehicle, the statue of Korean great guy who worked together with Japanese during war.
Even building looking like one from above sky has been an issue.
I mean are they serious??
I would say go to see a doctor. You have a problem not a building.
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If you want to criticize Emperor, go ahead, but not offensive way .
First, we all should be aware that we don't even know exactly what was going to be presented at exhibition as a whole.
What we know so far is it wasn't only comfort woman statue, but together with a burning Emperor and stepping on its cremation movie and other stuff with a label "Ugly Japanese grave" and so on wrapped as anti-Japan politically extreme left content.
I found some Japanese conspiracy theory comment saying Governor Omura or others use this threat as an excuse to close exhibition mentioning publicly only comfort woman statue part hiding other stuff so that they can escape from being pursued for failing to check its inappropriate all contents.
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If you want to criticize Emperor, go ahead, but not offensive way .
This facility is owned by Japanese people.
This art event is run by Japanese people's tax.
Of course Japanese people get angry.
Imagine burning photos of Mao Zedong in China or presidents in the US at the public run art event?
It doesn't mean it is ok to send death threats, but why doesn't media tell us the whole story while only emphasizing getting a threat part.
People don't need any stupid filtering on media.
Let people know exactly what happened as it is.
Let people judge from that.
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This is the movie exhibited together with comfort woman statue.
Burning Showa Emperor.
This is something Japanese people are talking about.
Actually not just movie but also there were more.
And this is something media refuse to show us.
What you hear is the only filtered version.
If you want to criticize Emperor, go ahead, but not offensive way .
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Appalling and shocking...
And he called himself Director of Asian Legal Studies??
I bet he doesn't even know about post war2 comfort woman for the US soldiers.
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BertieWoosterAug. 20 08:37 am JST
Supposing Yasukuni was a war museum and shrine in Germany and featured such stars as Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels, et al.?
Exactly who do you suggest to be Japanese Hitler to Chinese people?
Among A-class criminals judged by the US, only these 4 people below were the ones convicted for the damage and atrocities to Chinese people.
板垣征四郎 Seishirō Itagaki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seishir%C5%8D_Itagaki
土肥原賢二 Kenji Doihara https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenji_Doihara
松井石根 Iwane Matsui https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iwane_Matsui
広田弘毅 Kōki Hirota https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dki_Hirota
So, removing these 4 out of a honoring list should fix the problem?
Like I mentioned before, Hideki Tojo has nothing to do with China because he joined the cabinet after Japan attacked China, and he was guilty for Perl Harbor.
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I hope they already submitted a patent for this.
It is not theoretically proven yet, but probably the comfort comes from a maximum surface of contact of body because of its unique shape and a bouncing force from each tentacle works as a massage or something.
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The prime minister, Fumimaro Konoe (1937-1941), who was in power when Nanking battle(1937) happened and teamed up with Naziis(1940) is NOT honored in Yasukuni.
Hideki Tojo(1941-1944) who is honored in Yasukuni joined cabinet AFTER Nanking and no record shows he was in Nanging when he was in military.
So why is Chinese activist angry setting fire with label "Nanking" and "Hidelo Toji"?
Who is Japanese equivalent to Hitler?
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quercetumToday 09:54 am JST
The above links do not intend to exonerate the Japanese involvement and indictment but to add Koreans to the accused am I right?
No, not adding.. it is a different role.
Comfort woman is all about money, because the amount of money for prostitution Japanese military paid was a lot!, as shown in recruitment advertisement or their bank accounts (before Japan came to Korea, Korean women were not even allowed to have a bank account!) ,
These are types of people involved.
Poor and needed money
(2) Their daughters
(3) pimp/ mediator/ local recruiter
(Either Koreans or Japanese )
(4) Japanese military
Parents(1) sold their daughters to pimp(3), and received a half of money in advance.
Their daughters(2) were foolishly lured into a vehicle with a bait gift like a red beautiful pair of shoes or something(as testimony says) taken to the comfort station .
Japanese military paid a lot of money to pimp(3) and girls start to work.
Here below is an famous official cautionary documents about comfort woman station issued by Japanese military.
It says to be more carefully about recruiters who might have kidnapped girls and getting a trouble with police. Try not to hurt the prestige of Japanese military.
source Figure 7
So, who should be blamed first for comfort women?
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Wallace FredToday 09:36 am JST
*You want the education about comfort woman?*
Oh? Try spinning this then
That is a very famous case.
Her father complained to the comfort station and 4 stations were shut down.
But that's the only individual crime done by Japanese officer.
Are you saying if only some individual police officers committed crime, it means ALL ENTIRE officers are criminal?
There was no official Japanese military document issued to order to abduct women against their will.
Have you took statistics class? What you do is just BIAS SAMPLING.
Question is how much that Dutch woman case represents all the entire comfort woman?
Answer me, if you can.
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It is the Japanese who need to be educated on the history of comfort women, not Spanish people.
You want the education about comfort woman?
Read this (Note: she was indicted in Korea for defamation of comfort women)
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First of all, who the hell is he to say what is offensive to people? If the statue is so offensive to you, DON'T GO LOOK AT IT, and second, the very purpose of having freedom of speech as a constitutional rights is to protect speech that isn't liked, or speech that causes offense. If we are allowed to say only things that everybody agrees with then what's the point of having freedom of speech written in the constitution? That's why it's there, to protect dissent. People will say things you don't like, you think are false, morally wrong, disgusting, you disagree with, but they are entitled to their opinion, and you have no right to take away that entitlement from them, that's the price you have to pay if you want to live in a free society, you have to learn to tolerate dissent.
Unfortunately Japan still doesn't have a culture of voluntarism.
I am totally on the side of “freedom of speech”. Can you tell that to South Koreans?
Let’s have an exhibition in South Korea for questioning what comfort women were by Korean scholars.
Who sold these young women to Japanese soldiers?
Is this a freedom of speech in South Korean where professors were getting violence and death threat when they talk about the truth?
朴裕河教授 Park Yu-ha
安秉直教授 An Byeong-jik
李栄薫教授 Lee Young-hoon
The book was banned,.. she is now indicted and getting a death threat.
Another book about Japanese girl who was raped by Koreans right after WW2 was banned in South Korea
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I have been reading what Japanese people say about this.
I conclude that
The demand to call off exhibition by Mayor is right one for following reasons.
1) The exhibition includes offensive materials such as burning image of Shouwa emperor(昭和天皇).
Search keywords such as 愛知トリエンナーレ 昭和天皇
If you want to criticize Emperor, fine, do it without barbaric manner. No burning flags or individual photos.
2) The exhibition is held by Japanese Tax payers money.
People have a right to complain for anything that uses their money.
If you want to do a performance, do with you own expense.
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For god's sake, can you just forget about Korea?
Korea is the one creating issue. Japan is fine without it.
Besides, Japan is doing well with the rest of all countries, and in Asia, such as Taiwan, Thailand.
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My thought is she didn't expect a sex to get VISA from a man at all but also she was desperate sending a mix message to him like "I would do anything for VISA whatever it takes", where Yamaguchi was waiting for the right moment.
Later she did send him an e-mail which can be interpreted like "How did I do? Did I pass the test? Did you get what I asked for?", which ruined everything for her.
The thing is the court has to draw a line between the case a woman using a sex for career and a rape victim case.
Inconclusive... I would say.
Yamaguchi has already got a punishment with a social sanction, which he deserves. I would tell girls to stay away from him if I see him.
This is a famous quote and the digital evidence. You can search by your own from web.
No one knows a reality.
What makes you think you know the reality?
I merely translate what has been said among Japanese webs and twitters.
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I was very surprised to know that , even now, among people here simple fact check was not done.
This case is over and both man and woman should be blamed.
The sad fact for her is, 3days after the incident which later she called a "rape", she sent an email to him as follows.
"Mr. Yamaguchi, How are you doing? Were you back to DC safely? I would appreciate if you could tell me what you would do to see to it that I would get VISA (so that I can work in the US.)"
She also said she will return his T-shirt after laundry (after sexual encounter , she wore his T-shirt going home).
Later, she found out that Yamaguchi is no longer in the position to give VISA to people, and she started to describe about what happened as a rape with physical abuse and all the horrible story.
Question is, if Yamaguchi had a power to give her VISA and he had given to her, would she have made the same accusation that she is making now? No one knows...
Also she told BBC that she has been a victim of sexual crime since she was a kid, which makes me wonder, then why she wasn't careful when she went to a second restaurant with Yamaguchi.
She was careless, naive, and sending a mixed message to him because she wanted VISA so badly. And vicious Yamaguchi took an advantage of that. Both are bad.
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I feel sorry for those in that costume, although it is in the middle of night, it is summer and it must be hot as hell..
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14 Japanese leaders convicted by an Allied tribunal as war criminals, was seen partly out of consideration of improving relations with China, with President Xi Jinping expected to visit Japan when it hosts a G20 summit.
Reuters still write stupid articles.
Yasukuni has been there long before WW2. Korean and Taiwanese were honored as well.
Toji Hideki, Yasukuni honored A-class criminal , who joined the cabinet and became Japanese prime minister after invasion to China. He has nothing to do with Nanjin incident.
The prime minister, Fumimaro Konoe, who was responsible for teaming up with Nazi and invasion of China is not honored in Yasukuni,
Japanese Left who hates Yasukuni and hates Japanese Right spreads propaganda and uses Asian people to attack Yasukuni.
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Whenever I see "red" in a food whatever they call it "Strawberry" or "Sakura", I always check a label to search the word "コチニール(Ko chi nee ru)", English name is cochineal or "Carmine".
Please search by your own with keyword "cochineal starbucks".
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Hm.. are you following this issue? This is a sequel.
This issue started when,
*Japan Times decided to describe comfort women as "women who worked in wartime brothels, including those who did so against their will.",*
The president explained that the purpose of the style change was to "enable us to report controversial issues in a fair and neutral manner," and denied that the paper had shifted its political views.
Then, some of employs leaked internal email , spreading info as if this change was made by political reasons or pressure by Right Wing distorting the truth about comfort woman, or even articles from Reuters giving an impression that PM. Abe is behind this. (You know many who just love bashing Abe.).
So the real question is whether comfort woman is sex slave or worker?
if comfort woman are just prostitutes, Japan times's change is correct and way to be fair and justice to falsely accused Japanese people. If comfort women were sex slaves forced into sex by Japanese military, calling them "worker" is wrong.
So, Who are they? comfort woman?
What is the recent updated conclusion?
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Amazing,.. there are so many comments in here yet, none really talks about what the comfort woman really were, or its updated information. People just don'T care about the truth, do they?
This is the most updated version about comfort woman.
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I wanna see Moomin, Mickey and Pickachu on the same stage dancing together!! .. which would be possible in China! I suppose..
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In 90's Japan, it was difficult to talk about a good side of what Japan did to Korea during colonial rule.
The historical view, has to be like only black color, no gray or mixture of black and white, because of political correctness.
If you talk about even one good thing Japan did, you will be instantly label as Right wing, Uyokuu 右翼.
But today, people are smarter than 90's using smart phone, and can accept how complicated the reality was.
See the series of following tweets below showing many photos of Korea before and after under Japan rule.
See how it got modernized and ordinary people's life is getting better.
Japan spent a lot of money to invest Korea and banning barbaric habits existing Korea such as classicism, slaves and "tits exposed" woman clothes. Also they allow to teach kids both Korean and Japanese language.
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Fyi, she was there. There are plenty of photo showing her at the event
Thank you. I am relieved. I was worried. Sometimes in past, she didn't attend public ceremony and bad rumor about her had been circulating among some people.
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There is no official document or orders that Japanese government issued to kidnap and force woman for sex slave.
(There were individual cases where some military officers committed crime just like US in Okinawa militants committed crime.)
Comfort woman was paid job as advertisement shows. Some comfort women made a lot of money. Unfortunately, some women were kidnapped, deceived, or sold by Korean/Japanese BROKERS or Korean PARENTS who provided girls to Japanese military to make money. Japan apologized for not returning these poor women giving up the money Japanese military already paid.( I think US military should apology for that too.)
In fact, Japanese authorities were trying hard to help Korean girls.
In 1938 alone, Japanese police in Korea under Japan rule arrested 1709 criminals kidnapping or human trafficking and 1699 of them were KOREANS!
See the list of newspaper articles about Japanese police arresting bad Korean brokers human trafficking Korean girls. (this was posted by Korean person)
I would say, Good Job Japan saving Korean girls!!
Finally, the Japanese officials ordered the issue about recruiting comfort woman.
Summary is, "There has been report about the case getting into trouble with police in recruiting comfort woman and damaging reputation of Japanese Imperial military, so recruit them more carefully and appropriately"
So that is the truth and should be on text book in Korea and Japan as well. Japan apologized and paid compensation. I hope Korean do the same to Vietnam people, Lai Dai Han as well.
Comfort woman based on documents and research by scholars.
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Just one sentence of sincere apology from the Japanese king, who officially represents Japan as the head of the state, will solve those problems persisted more than 70 years all at once. Why is it so difficult? It does not require even 1 yen.
Have you done any research?
I have no idea what you are talking about.
Here is a list of apologies about comfort woman by Japan from 1990s to 2010s.
Go to the site and try keyword "comfort".
January 1, 1992: Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, in a press conference, said: "Concerning the comfort women, I apologize from the bottom of my heart and feel remorse for those people who suffered indescribable hardships".
January 17, 1992: Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, at a policy speech on a visit to South Korea, said:. "What we should not forget about relationship between our nation and your nation is a fact that there was a certain period in the thousands of years of our company when we were the victimizer and you were the victim. I would like to once again express a heartfelt remorse and apology for the unbearable suffering and sorrow that you experienced during this period because of our nation's act." Recently the issue of the so-called 'wartime comfort women' is being brought up. I think that incidents like this are seriously heartbreaking, and I am truly sorry".
July 6, 1992. Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Kato said: "" (Statement by Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Kato on the Issue of the so-called "Wartime Comfort Women" from the Korean Peninsula).
August 4, 1993: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yōhei Kōno said: "Undeniably, this was an act, with the involvement of the military authorities of the day, that severely injured the honor and dignity of many women. The Government of Japan would like to take this opportunity once again to extend its sincere apologies and remorse to all those, irrespective of place of origin, who suffered immeasurable pain and incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women" (Statement by the Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono on the result of the study on the issue of "comfort women"),
August 31, 1994: Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said
July 1995: Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said in a statement:
2001: Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
March 1, 2007: Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
December 28, 2015: Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
too much to paste!!!
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