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Posted in: Abe's offering to Yasukuni shrine sparks criticism from Seoul See in context

I have to admire the Japan's trick of enshrining the war criminals with other more innocent victims so that they can always say "sorry but not-sorry", or secretly honor their heroes/criminals and get away with it. Disgusting but clever, I should say.

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Posted in: Fast Retailing likely hit by S Korea boycott; succession plans in focus, say analysts See in context

@Madden

Who cares, close off all the stores if they're so upset about it, revenue in new countries will more than make up for it. I assume Korea is like other countries where Uniqlo is considered cool and reasonably priced and therefore popular, so all of the customers will soon realize the error of their ways as now their only option is to import the products at a premium price. Be careful what you wish for!

You obviously don't have work experience in international sales or marketing. Nothing is given in that part of the world. But as you have said: who cares? :)

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Posted in: Abe urges Iran to play constructive role in easing Middle East tensions See in context

He seems like an 8th-grader telling every adult he come across what they should do. :)

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Posted in: Japan fails to track N Korean missiles in recent string of launches See in context

@Hillclimber

Wrong hill again

No it's not. The South Korean media are doing their best to cast the non-preferential export processing treatment as a direct disciplinary action to the court ruling. No, Japan removed South Korea from its preferred (trusted) export partner white list because of 156 re-export violations by South Korea to North Korea which Japan requested more information about and South Korea ignored over a 3 year period.

If it's not about dishonesty as you say, why is South Korea not coming forward witht he requested information?

Answer: it will open the door to more South Korean flaunting of sactions against North Korea.

FYI, South Korean media are not the only ones questioning Japanese claim.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-16/japan-korea-trade-war-history-and-colonialism/11492558

https://www.nippon.com/en/in-depth/d00509/a-new-phase-in-japanese-south-korean-relations-as-trade-becomes-weapon-in-political-row.html

I'm tired of repeating but the 156 cases of violation are not illegal exports from SK to North Korea. Get your facts straight old man.

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3018360/south-korea-demands-proof-japan-over-accusation-it-violated-un

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Posted in: Japan fails to track N Korean missiles in recent string of launches See in context

@Hillclimer

You are climbing a wrong hill here.

Calling the Japanese revisionists without mentioning how the South Korean government squandered the money given to them by Japan on infrastructure instead of compensating individuals like they should have done?

That's exactly why the SK government proposed a 1+1+@ with Korean companies and the public money putting their share in the fund.

Why leave that out. It would put the last piece in the puzzle as to why Japan grew tired of South Korea's dishonesty after the wartime labour court ruling awarding individuals with compensation, when the South Korean government took the money intended for that purpose in the first place.

It's like revisionism by deceit, isn't it?

You got tired? Well that makes two of us. Koreans are equally tired of Japanese lethargy in electing a more peace-embracing and economic-growth-driven politicians in power. And the court ruling is not a matter of dishonesty, it is one of interpretation. In case you missed it, we live in the 21st century. :)

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Posted in: Japan fails to track N Korean missiles in recent string of launches See in context

Admitting that there were some wrongdoings in the past and showing a little more of political will to engage in bilateral talks would have prevented all the fiasco of today. Japan was gaining more in trade with South Korea, more Koreans visited and were planning to visit Japan. They were enjoying a variety of consumer products Japan has to offer despite the Japanese's resistance to buy their neighbor's (electronics and cars among others). Of course there might be some level of competition. But it was suppose to be based on mutual goodwill and understanding.

But no. The Japanese Revisionists in power choose to have a fight with South Korea. For what? To tell South Korea that the honoring of the 1965 agreement, which is viewed by many Koreans as a symbol of military oppression of the late Park Jeong Hee dictatorship and an insult to human rights and democratic principles, is a matter of "trust"? I feel some part of the Japanese society failed to graduate from the Kamikaze mentality of the past. Sometimes their decision-making doesn't make any sense. :)

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Posted in: Abe vows to improve social welfare amid graying population See in context

Why does he keep making empty pledges after pledges when his party will stay in power in the next elections anyway?

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Posted in: Apple launches iPhone 11 series in Japan See in context

It seems many products and services that has long lost they luster in their home countries or around the world are doing pretty well in Japan. They tend to be really loyal to things.

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Posted in: S Korean beer imports from Japan plunge 97% See in context

Japan wants to boycott South Korean products, but it doesn't use much in the first place.

I guess one way to do it is to boycott any electronics using Korean-made chips and display panels. You know.. IPhone.. maybe?

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Posted in: S Korean beer imports from Japan plunge 97% See in context

@Park Lee-kim

Honestly I used to think that it was just the South Korean government that was the problem, fueled by their own political agendas and chinese "investment". This boycott is displaying through the extremeness of their knee-jerk reactions how much of the Korean population has been brainwashed. Its so sad to see Korean friends of mine who have never expressed any Japan negativity, some of which who even have Japanese blood flowing through their veins, suddenly do a 180 and start trashing Japan. The worst part is, through Korean media, they are all completely misinformed on the facts of what actually happened!

"Knee-jerk" is the word I would use to describe the reactions of a majority of Japanese and expats posting on JT on every single piece of reporting on anything related to South Korea :)

And I don't think Koreans are really misinformed: reading this site and Yahoo informed me more about the general Japanese sentiments on Koreans than all the so-called anti-Japanese history textbooks did.

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Posted in: Jobs in Japan for S Korean graduates dry up See in context

@Alexandre

How come SK students or young guys have to follow this extreme anti-Japan government? It sounds like people there has strong tendency to convert political matters to social matters. It seems like a word in Japan 自粛 jishuku, to voluntarily refrain to the society against the real willing. Asians have more that feeling some similarity that westerners not easy to understand.

Oh. Really?

Americans have elected Trump as their president and still follows his extreme anti-Chinese government. The British have an extreme anti-EU government. And of course Japan has its extreme anti-South Korea administration. To each its own, I guess. :)

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Posted in: Jobs in Japan for S Korean graduates dry up See in context

FYI here's a SK national poll conducted by REALMETER(http://www.realmeter.net/) on the boycott of Japanese products from last month (Aug 7).

Age slot / Participating in the Boycott (%)

20s / 57.6

30s / 64.4

40s / 77.1

50s / 63.5

over 60 / 48.2

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Posted in: Jobs in Japan for S Korean graduates dry up See in context

indier99Today  08:02 am JST

@Oldman

With a name like Joori Roh, I wouldn't expect anything less than to mention dispute over compensation of forced labor as a 'factor' in the decision of Japan to remove South Korea from the white list. Indeed, no mention of the **156 **cases of export violations by South Korea companies of high tech materials, and of course no mention of the South Korean government thumbing their nose at Japanese officials and repeatedly ignoring their request to resolve the issue long before this 'trade row.'

Those 156 cases were exposed and penalize by the South Korean authorities. The items in question were all reclaimed and discarded. Get your facts straight old man :)

Thank you in advance for providing source for that

A couple of sources for you ;)

http://www.motie.go.kr/motie/ne/presse/press2/bbs/bbsView.do?bbs_seq_n=161887&bbs_cd_n=81&currentPage=1&search_key_n=&cate_n=&dept_v=&search_val_v=

and

https://www.seoul.co.kr/news/newsView.php?id=20190712005003

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Posted in: Jobs in Japan for S Korean graduates dry up See in context

@Oldman

With a name like Joori Roh, I wouldn't expect anything less than to mention dispute over compensation of forced labor as a 'factor' in the decision of Japan to remove South Korea from the white list. Indeed, no mention of the 156 cases of export violations by South Korea companies of high tech materials, and of course no mention of the South Korean government thumbing their nose at Japanese officials and repeatedly ignoring their request to resolve the issue long before this 'trade row.'

Those 156 cases were exposed and penalize by the South Korean authorities. The items in question were all reclaimed and discarded. Get your facts straight old man :)

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Posted in: S Korean lawmakers visit disputed islets as Japan tensions mount See in context

So South Koreans call the islets Dokdo("Rock Island"), and the Japanese call them Takeshima("Bamboo Island"). From an etymological point of view and looking at the picture above I wonder which side's claim is more pursuasive than the other. Hmm...

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Posted in: American activist lives on in heart of A-bombed cities See in context

Great story. The world needs more Japanese like him.

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Posted in: Japan's Defense Ministry requests record ¥5.32 trillion budget See in context

I really envy the Japanese retiring with all the state-of-the-art weapon systems. :)

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

South Korean "Intelligence" isn't very reliable or dependable by the Japanese anyway.

In fact, the reason why Japan banned high tech exports to S. Korea is BECAUSE these products ended up in North Korea via South Korea and were used to make the very missiles that the North is shooting at Japan.

That's pretty much a groundless accusation to me. I've never heard or read about a single piece of hard evidence being presented or found by the Japanese Government. Something smells fishy in all of this fiasco. :)

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Posted in: Japan's two biggest opposition parties to join forces in Diet See in context

@juminRhee

South Korea isn't too hot either. Nearly every president has been arrested after term. Sweden, New Zealand, and Switzerland are better role models for both countries...and the US.

Who said that Japan should learn from SK? There's no role model for a country's democracy. Besides, I don't think a country that puts its presidents on trial and holds them accountable is a bad democracy.

That said, however, I don't understand why Japanese voters fail to change power despite all the ruling party politicians' scandals that have been exposed for the last few years. Does the bizarre and anachronistic name-writing ballot system has anything to do with this?

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Posted in: Japan's two biggest opposition parties to join forces in Diet See in context

What a mess! As a Korean living across the sea, I really wish a more progressive and competent Japan. LDP in power for ever? How can this be even possible in a modern democracy?

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Posted in: S Korea calls in Japanese diplomat over plans for Fukushima water See in context

I feel the majority of posters on this site have the tendency to lose his/her sense of right or wrong immediately whenever South Korea is involved. It's like a child who refuses to do the right thing just because the kid next door wants it to be done. :)

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Posted in: Pompeo voiced support for Japan over wartime labor issue: sources See in context

But Korea did 1965 accord and therefore, they must follow it.

Sure. And last year, the Korean Supreme Court ruled that the 1965 Treaty does not cover personal claims for indemnification. You can disagree with that decision as much as you like. But there are no international regimes that prevent victims of illegal forced labor from seeking compensation for indemnity. :)

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Posted in: Pompeo voiced support for Japan over wartime labor issue: sources See in context

The fundamental error here is that South Korea never signed the 1952 San Francisco Treaty. SK does not have any obligation to honor whatever is agreed upon between the parties of that Treaty. Unless, of course, one denies SK as a sovereign nation. :)

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

Do you guys even read the articles before commenting anymore? Sure doesn't sound like Japan is begging for anything.

"A senior Japanese official close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter, said Japan could probably live without the agreement because it has been utilized less than expected and that Tokyo can get information from Washington."

Ha ha. That's called "bluffing" in my part of town. :)

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Posted in: S Korean boycott hitting sales of Uniqlo, company says See in context

At its earnings news conference on July 11, the Uniqlo owner’s chief financial officer Takeshi Okazaki said he “thinks” that the impact of a boycott of Japanese goods wouldn’t last long.

What a mature and sensible thing to say as a CFO!

I happened to pass by one of their stores in a busy mall in Seoul. Believe me, it felt like a hazard zone. People avoided it as a plague.

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

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? :)

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Posted in: Japan says S Korea export curb not retaliation for court rulings See in context

Ha. Talk about the credibility of a government. It can't even say things as they are. The practices of "Saving face" and blatant denial are ruining Japan in so many ways. :)

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

ken1911jp and indier99, can you trust "Chosun" newspapers that you are citing? It is a pro-Japanese-imperialist newspaper published in Korea but has been criticized for its spotty fact-finding journalistic reporting for years, having its history of collaboration with Japanese imperialists during Japanese colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula (1910–1945) and, after that, with Korean military dictators during the domestic authoritarian rule (1960s to 80s).

I hear you. I have always avoided that piece of garbage :)

But seriously, read my post again Dream2030. I was just quoting what another person said below.

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

@WilliB

So they hate Japan, but they absolutely want to trade with Japan. And this is way to promote a good trade relationship?

Korean logic, I suppose...

No. They just have issue with Mr. Abe, some of his hard-right cabinet members and the Nippon Kaigi. :)

What Koreans like me want is solidarity with all the Japanese people who want a more progressive and pro-democratic Japan.

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Posted in: Sales of Japanese cars in S Korea slump amid growing diplomatic row See in context

South Korea’s New Car Sales Shares in 2019 (as of end of July)

Domestic Brands

Hyundai                                     34.94%

KIA                                             31.86% (66.80)

Ssangyong 6.81%

*(Owned by Tata Motors)         

Renault Samsung 6.32%

*(Owned by Renault)      

Foreign Brands

Mercedes Benz                         5.74%

GM                                             4.85%

BMW                                          2.94%

Lexus                                         0.77%

Mini                                            0.71%

Volvo                                         0.68%

Toyota                                       0.68%

Ford                                          0.60%

Jeep                                          0.55%

Volkswagen                              0.43%

Others                                       2.12%

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