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Posted in: Olympic test events offer chance to assess impact of extreme heat See in context

Tokyo 2020 will be the worst Olympics in living memory due to the heat amd overcrowding. Visitors will be relieved as they leave.

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Posted in: N Korea launches missiles again, complicating U.S. attempts for talks See in context

Good. Proof that Japan can somehow protect herself and really didn’t/ doesn’t need the GSOMIA with S.Korea.

National security 'somehow'.

It has a ring to it, maybe it should be the Japanese Defence Force's motto.

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Posted in: S Korea says it will share military intel with Japan through U.S. See in context

Japan coastguard says it detected North Korean ballistic missile launch

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/23/north-korea-seen-to-have-launched-missile-japan-coast-guard-says.html

LOL at the South Koreans

So all the bitter wailing and tears of Japan and Japanophile gaijin were for nothing?

LOL

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Posted in: S Korea terminates Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute See in context

By the way who are South Korea's neighbors and friends? Oh, they don't have any? That's not normal.

@Richard- Who are Japan's neighbours and friends? None? Oops..

It was SK that benefitted the most from the GSOMIA agreement anyway.

Would you care to elaborate? It was a symbolic pact, hardly utilised in the past 12 months from what I've read.

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Posted in: S Korea terminates Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute See in context

"What??? We have to wait **UP TO** 90 DAYS for some high tech materials to be approved for export from Japan??? SEVER DIPLOMATIC TIES IMMEDIATELY!!!!!"

This is beyond farcical. The South Korean government has lost all credibility.

@Hillclimber - except no diplomatic ties were severed, just a military intelligence sharing pact which has existed for 3 years.

And of course you fail to mention Japan taking the view that SK was a national security threat. So why share military intelligence?

The thing is you know all this, but choose to leave out facts as it does not suit the narrative.

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Posted in: S Korea terminates Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute See in context

Germany has NOT shown greater atonement for its past as compared to Japan.

@old man -

Germany: Numerous monuments to victims in Germany, outlawing of denial of the Holocaust, apologies offered and not denies by prominent political leaders.

Japan: Zero monuments to victims of sexual slavery, forced labour or human experimentation, widespread condoning of those who seek to water down or outright deny the past wrongs and past apologies.

Germany has shown a far greater level of atonement than Japan. How anybody argues otherwise, I have no idea.

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Posted in: S Korea terminates Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute See in context

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono called the decision "extremely regrettable" and summoned the South Korean ambassador to protest the linking of trade and security issues.

Hang on but didn't Japan do precisely that, linked alleged security issues to affect trade?

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Posted in: S Korea terminates Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute See in context

This cannot come as a surprise to anybody.

Japan recently ruled that South Korea was a risk to Japan's national security. So what is South Korea to do? Continue to share highly sensitive military intelligence with a country that deems it a security risk?

Shinzo didn't take kindly to being sidelined during the recent SK-NK-USA peace talks, and wanted to show his countrymen he was a top dog and not a lap dog, just in time for the elections too. To affect one of SK's main exports and cost SK billions in profits would have been the icing on his mochi cake.

But not only did it fail to win him the super majority for scrapping of Article 9, but it backfired badly with SK's high tech industries hardly affected and preparing to be independent of Japan's raw materials in time, and rural tourist towns in Japan suffering from massive drops in tourism yen from SK visitors (and no, they were not met by a magical increase in tourists from other countries), and previously wildly popular Japanese brands such as Uniqlo (SK is Uniqlo's 2nd largest overseas market with 158 stores, USA has 50) suffering huge dips in profits not to mention hugely popular Japanese beers failing to sell.

And now with the GSOMIA not being renewed by SK, at least in theory Shinzo has put the lives of Japanese people in greater danger from potential North Korean missiles.

Shinzo-kun needs to take a long hard look at his failure of policy. He failed to see one single move ahead, blinded by a desire to flex his scrawny muscles.

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Posted in: Man arrested for abducting junior high school girl with intent to commit sexual assault See in context

This is the meaning of privilege: to be a dude on the internet declaring how safe it is to be a young girl in Japan.

@shallots - Well said.

And why are people disliking my comment? My post consisted of 3 points.

(1) child pornography even in cartoon form would land the cartoonist and those possessing the material in jail in most countries - fact.

(2) women's rights in Japan are decades behind other countries - fact.

(3) Japanese public should be outraged at soft core child porn and act to push legislation outlawing cartoon depictions of child pornography, including portraying children in suggestive poses in skimpy clothing - this is my opinion, but I'd worry about anyone who disagrees.

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Posted in: Japan speculates over identity of final Olympic torchbearer See in context

How about having the recently retired Emperor pass the torch to a young teenage boy and girl from Fukushima who then go on to light the Olympic flame?

@Hollis - What would be the message there - "the tens of billions we could have spent on disaster relief and recovery efforts for Fukushima, we've spent on these games so hope you boys and girls enjoy?"

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Posted in: Man arrested for abducting junior high school girl with intent to commit sexual assault See in context

 I guess it should be expected in a country that only outlawed child porn a few years ago and you can still by sexually explicit comics showing girls as young as 5 or 6 involved in disgusting sexual acts. The fact that these comics are still popular and hold a strong percentage of the manga market is enough to tell you there is an unhealthy sexual fascination with young girls in Japan.

@Disillusioned - in developed countries that would land the cartoonist as well as those owning such material in jail.

But in Japan it's all legal. No wonder women's rights in Japan are decades behind the rest of the world.

How aren't the Japanese people gathering in numbers to make such materials illegal? Is it part of the famous meekness of the Japanese not to challenge the status quo? It is beyond belief.

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Posted in: Less bluster, but no compromise seen as S Korean, Japan ministers meet in China See in context

Exactly assembling parts together isn't technology nor innovation sk will soon learn its only a matter of time

@AV - That is naive and extremely uninformed. So why can't Japan assemble some parts and make computer chips anymore? Why can't every country do this?

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Posted in: South Korea marks 'comfort women' memorial day See in context

This problem was already solved in 2015. Plain and simple.

@kwat - The matter of compensation was agreed upon by both governments in 2015. The protesters are not calling for more compensation. They are calling for Japan to stop whitewashing history, and allowing prominent leaders to continually deny history.

Why do I need to apologize for what people did in the past when actually I was not even born?

@Mitsuo - As a person who in no way has any direct involvement you do not need to apologise. Nobody is asking you to, including the protesters. The protesters' demands are directed at the government, and has always been.

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Posted in: South Korea marks 'comfort women' memorial day See in context

And apologies and financial penalties were accepted.

@TigersTokio - But just over a week ago the mayor of Nagoya joined a long list of revisionist Japanese politicians seeking to deny that it ever happened. The list includes the current PM Abe, previous Tokyo governor, previous mayor of Osaka. Why does that slip your radar every time? Do you not think that denials by prominent leaders of Japan compromise the acknowledgment or apologies offered?

Does anyone here really believe that Moon cares for these victims above his own political gain?

@Does it matter whether a politician genuinely cares for each and every cause? Does Abe genuinely care for the common Japanese folk with every fibre of his being? Does it matter? It's their job.

And my point is valid - I cannot understand why it took 73 years to mark this memorial day. The South Korean government have know abut these crimes for generations, not just for Moon in 2019.

Protesters have been gathering since the ordeals came to light in the mid 1990s with survivors breaking decades of silence, fueled by countless attempts by Japan to silence or discredit the testimonies and evidence. One example is weekly protests outside the Japanese embassy, which I heard marked their 1000th (not 100th) several years ago. So the message is neither new, nor has it changed. Sure the designation of an actual memorial day sounds like it is politically motivated, but it is a highly political issue in case you haven't noticed.

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Posted in: South Korea marks 'comfort women' memorial day See in context

Why did it take the Koreans 73 years to begin the memorial day last year? Did it slip their minds.?

@TigersTokio - Good question. Another poster asked it as well.

For decades it was seen as a shameful past that is best to suppress and pretend it never happened, until the 1990s when survivors began to talk about their ordeals. Momentum built up with more and more survivors coming forward, primarily from SK but also China, Australia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan (who have their own version of 'comfort women' statues). When sections of the Japanese media as well as leadership (including current PM Abe) began to deny it happened, with some even accusing them of having been voluntary paid prostitutes, it became a highly charged political issue it is today.

The tendency on JT is to discredit South Korean survivors and accuse them of fabricating their testimonies or being manipulated by the Korean government, but do a simple online search and you''l find testimony from women all over the world, including Australia and Taiwan, two countries that you cannot claim to have any meaningful anti-Japan sentiments.

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Posted in: Japan urges caution for citizens traveling to S Korea See in context

so-called liberation day the day after

@nigelboy - In what way is it 'so called'? Unless you align yourself with ultranationalists that argue that the Japanese occupation was a legal merger?

The place is very scary with the above. At least the Foreign Ministry has done their job.

Have you spent August 15 in SK? I have. It's a national holiday like any other where families pack out beaches, streams, amusement parks, and couples head to the cinema. Very scary indeed. Yasukuni is where the real nutjob stuff happens.

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Posted in: Japan urges caution for citizens traveling to S Korea See in context

@NZ - Again, if SK black van crew existed spouting hatred against Japan over streets of Seoul, would you dismiss them the same way you dismiss the Japanese black vanners? It's a yes or no question, and your long response did not have an answer.

You say you are balanced but argue that SK 'propaganda' resulted in your Korean work colleague being worried about visiting Japan. But if a Japanese person was worried about visiting SK based on the latest travel warning is it not also propaganda? Or can you not bring yourself to call Japan out on propaganda as only the likes of SK and China are guilty of this in your mind?

The propaganda in South Korea is working though, one of my team members in South Korea was worried about visiting Japan, been here a number of times.. I said.. its exactly the same as it always is, people are busy working and getting on with their lives.

Apologies if I seem to be singling you out, but as a Kiwi myself (also an Aussie mind you) I'm curious to find out.

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Posted in: Japan says S Korea has failed to justify removing Tokyo's fast-track trade status See in context

Japan hit back at South Korea on Tuesday for removing Tokyo's fast-track trade status, with the industry minister saying Seoul had failed to explain its reason for the latest move in an escalating trade row.

Sounds like what SK said about Japan recently.

But according to JT posters, no reason is required for a country to remove another from its white-list privilege status for exports? Why does SK need to provide one now?

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Posted in: Japan urges caution for citizens traveling to S Korea See in context

Nonsense. Been there before when there was aggro between the two countries and people were still friendly and welcoming.

This kind of fear mongering doesn't help matters at all.

@Toasted - 100% agreed.

However, more people than not chose to disagree with your comment. Some obviously prefer rhetoric and narrative over truth.

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Posted in: Japan urges caution for citizens traveling to S Korea See in context

I dismiss the black van cowards because they are stupid the entire time.. and a sad part of Japan but best ignored. (some of the more directed speech has been restricted)

@NZ - Would you dismiss groups of South Koreans in a black van, driving around the streets of Seoul spreading hate against Japan? No you wouldn't, in fact you would use it as part of your argument that SK is dangerous for visiting Japanese.

In SK while now removed I believe, the signs in areas were not by local citizens but made and distributed by the local authority, that isn't private citizens thats government sponsored political action.

Yes it was entirely inappropriate for the particular local council in Seoul to put up those banners. I believe it attracted over 20,000 signatures to remove them in a matter of days. It is still inexcusable.

People can choose to buy or not buy whatever they want but the nationalistic backward thinking rhetoric and statements by the South Korean leadership makes it difficult for people to come to independent opinions on it you must agree.

You are quick to point out nationalistic thinking in SK, but extremely lenient when it comes to Japan's leadership who still wish to glorify their warmongering past and continue with a defiant approach. The current PM Abe is a known right winger with a long rap sheet of statements aimed to whitewash/deny history. I know you think you're a balanced person with objective views, but you repeatedly dismiss and sweep any shortcomings by Japan under the rug, while highlighting that of SK. I hope you can see this.

As for the boycott of Japanese goods, SK has a much more open market and is flooded with Japanese goods which are popular. As one example, Uniqlo has 168 stores in SK, while USA has 50. SK has a huge trade deficit with Japan and SK citizens have decided they should no longer give Japanese businesses huge profits whilst the Japanese government aimed to cripple SK's main export.

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Posted in: Japan urges caution for citizens traveling to S Korea See in context

I said in another post, there is just so much silliness going on, and I feel bad for people who don't get to see that here in Japan (minus the occasional black-van coward) it business as normal and there is none of this retalitory action against goods that have nothing to do with this issue.

@NZ - why do you dismiss hate speech by the Japanese black van crew against Koreans, while making something of peaceful protests involving the young and old in SK? I hope you realise that as bias?

Life in SK is also business as usual, except maybe a tiny percentage (a thousand out of 50 million?) of people who turned up to these peaceful protests where nobody got hurt and no property was damaged other than burning of flags the protests probably purchased themselves.

And why is private SK citizens choosing not to purchase Japanese goods due to perceived act of trade war by Japan 'silliness'? Is it not their right as private citizens in a democratic country?

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Posted in: Japan urges caution for citizens traveling to S Korea See in context

Utter nonsense when there's been no reported attacks and Korean netizens themselves have been quite vocal that these protests are against the Japanese government and not Japanese citizens!

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It's pure fear mongering! There are plenty of Japanese and Korean's who travel back and forth from Korea NOW and NEITHER have any problems!

@KariHaruka and Yubaru - Exactly.

The propaganda in South Korea is working though, one of my team members in South Korea was worried about visiting Japan, been here a number of times.. I said.. its exactly the same as it always is, people are busy working and getting on with their lives.

@NZ - If a Japanese person was afraid to visit SK due to this advice from the Japanese government, would you not call this latest action by Japan propaganda? How is that different from 'SK propaganda' that resulted in your workmate worrying about visiting Japan?

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Posted in: South Korea to remove Japan from preferred trade list See in context

Actually SK is acting this way because she knows it is the way to distract people from her domestic issues(eg: corruption, unemployment, etc...) and not because Abe is being unfair.

@Mitsuo - This gets trotted out for a showing whenever a SK-Japan dispute arises, but seriously what a tired old cliche. You are ignoring the fact this whole thing was kicked off by an independent court ruling in SK, nothing whatsoever to do with a politician or political party.

As for convenient political timing, how about the timing of the announcement, right before the election in Japan? Shinzo thought he might win the super majority in parliament if he shows he was still relevant in East Asian affairs, to portray himself as a top dog when in fact he's been more of a lap dog in recent peace talks involving NK.

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Posted in: South Korea to remove Japan from preferred trade list See in context

the blame for this mess solely rests with South Korea

@old man - Solely blaming one side in a dispute is a quick way to lose all credibility, in any debate.

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Posted in: S Korea-Japan dispute puts military pact at stake See in context

I understand that Japan was and is not a perfect country

@Mitsu - Wow. Neither was Nazi Germany. They were not perfect.

but regardless of what happened long ago between the 2 countries, Japan has made a strong effort to improve herself.

But still can't stop denying, downplaying, whitewashing history at every opportunity. Most recently by the mayor of a prominent Japanese city, a few days ago. Can't stop paying respects at the shrine of mass murderers and war criminals either.

Perhaps the old Japan was not correct, but the current one is a country that the world has great respect.

Whatever respect Japan has had in the past, is greatly being diminished since Abe came into power.

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Posted in: S Korea-Japan dispute puts military pact at stake See in context

You've slammed your neighbor with your intention to purposely hit their economy on the basis of national security concern and your neighbor is saying "fine - no more military information exchange with someone who thinks I am enabling a threat"

This is the simplest form of a tit for tat tactic (not saying it's right or wrong) - why is this so hard to grasp? I don't think SK should break out of this agreement but I am sure anyone with a pea sized brain would understand why it's even on the table given the recent events?

@Christian Weber - Well said. As to why many people fail to understand this, it's bias which blinds people to the obvious.

"They say that Japan needs South Korea to warn them of incoming missiles. And South Korea is talking about withholding that information, leading to possibly countless 1000s of deaths of innocent men, women and children in Japan. Over a trade disagreement.

And that's supposed to help their case?"

@alwaysspeaking**** - By your logic, Japan would be the one leading them to their deaths by treating an ally as a grave national security threat.

It's very simiple. Don't implement policy changes alleging your ally is a national security risk, if you want to continue to share intelligence data from them.

PM Abe has played this beautifully. He has bated South Korea into an overreaction. South Korea will scrap the GSOMIA pact, Washington will be pissed and side with Tokyo. As a result, Tokyo will have its victory. PM Abe has played the Koreans like a piano.

You mean IF South Korea scraps the pact, and IF Trump gives two hoots, PERHAPS Tokyo can do a little victory dance like a child whose teacher took her side in a playground quarrel? You have my congratulations in advance.

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Posted in: S Korea-Japan dispute puts military pact at stake See in context

What's comedic is the handful of you who can't understand the difference between not being able to prevent sensitive materials from slipping through their fingers and the act of sharing radar data... They're kind of two different things.

@tanker - Sharing radar data with an untrustworthy country deemed a national security threat? What could go wrong there...?

SK doesnt get off here, Japan has a right to protect it's trade interests, particularly with Moon snuggling up with Kim.

@Yubaru - SK being friendly with NK would be sending shivers down Japan's spine. They would much rather see SK and NK threaten each other than their leaders shaking hands. Japan needs NK as the boogeyman, as a justification to militarisation and scrapping of Article 9 in its constitution, not to mention the economic synergistic effect of a SK-NK union would see Japan in a disadvantageous position.

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Posted in: S Korea-Japan dispute puts military pact at stake See in context

If South Korea should probably scrap the deal if they find scrapping it advantegous. But, Japan will never accept a scenario where South Korea is seen as the forerunner in dealing with North Korea. Japan wants a piece of that North Korean-cake if we understand Abe Shinzo and Nippon Kaigi. Abe wants to maintain Japanese influence on the peninsula.

@Strikebreaker - Shinzo wants a bigger role in dealing with NK, as his pride was hurt when SK-NK and USA-NK meetings made headlines while he was on the sidelines.

The recent export restriction was in order to show he still mattered, but it is beginning to backfire on Japan with SK tech companies making deals with non-Japanese suppliers, Japanese resort towns seeing huge drop in tourist numbers from SK, and Japanese businesses in SK accumulating unwanted stock they can't move even at a huge discount.

Abe will be shown up for what he is, a loud mouthed buffoon who thumped his chest only to end up with his tail between his legs.

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Posted in: S Korea-Japan dispute puts military pact at stake See in context

This is why Japanese MoD began its obsession with the GSOMIA, and why they are still urging the US DoD to stop "crazy Koreans" from cutting them off from the radar feed even after Abe san began his trade war against Korea.

@Samit - Japan: "You South Koreans are a significant national security threat to us, and we are going to make it more difficult for you to import raw materials you need to manufacture your memory chips."

"However, please inform us if NK fires a missile at us or anything.. pretty please?"

That is the black comedy Japan is scripting at the moment, and too many people are failing to point out the absolute absurdity of the situation, choosing to remain poker-faced at the joke and pointing fingers at SK.

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Posted in: S Korea-Japan dispute puts military pact at stake See in context

Who cares, they don't need South Korea and its "exceedingly exceptionally extravagantly lingering bitterness over what they consider Japan's lack of atonement over its past."

@ old man - You forget to mention Japan's extreme reluctance to acknowledge their recent history, except choosing to glorify their warmongering past and keeping their youth blissfully ignorant of its past.

I bet that guy holding the sign couldn't even tell you what GSOMIA stands for.

@ tanker - You reckon a guy staging a protest doesn't know what he's protesting against? I bet you he absolutely understands what GSOMIA is. As for knowing the exact wording of the abbreviation in English, 'General Security of Military Information Agreement' doesn't quite roll off the tongue and I bet even posters here have to look it up.

Well, you can't have your cake and eat it too. Why should anyone exchange information with someone who says it is unwanted and of little use? Why bother? :)

@indier99 - Well said. If Japan truly regards SK as a national security threat rather than a military ally, they should be binning the GSOMIA. But as usual the moron Abe and his gutless minions don't have the mettle.

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