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Posted in: Britain invites G-7 leaders to Cornish resort for June summit See in context

zichi, that must have been tough up bringing, I read the dairies and daily hardships.

I do not see the logic in holding a G7 summit, face to face, under clear dangers presented from this on going pandemic.

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Posted in: New S Korean ambassador eyes political solutions to issues with Japan See in context

Look both the Japanese and South Korean Government must have been fully aware of the existence of these Comfort Women at the time of the signing of the treaty when both countries established diplomatic ties in 1965!

The South Korean Government are as complicit to the ignorance of the women's plights.

It clearly stated in the testaments of the women themselves.

President Moon Jae In must be aware of this fact. He proports to be a human lawyer!

Read the testimonies.

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Posted in: Britain invites G-7 leaders to Cornish resort for June summit See in context

Carry out a virtual G7 summit, and be done with it.

My Family name is associated with tin copper mining, many family, women, *Bal maiden,* surface miners in Cornwall and Aberystwyth, Wales.

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Posted in: New S Korean ambassador eyes political solutions to issues with Japan See in context

Sorry a distraction....

Continuing.....

Notably the comfort women themselves, it appears the political and diplomatic process stalled.

Thus, coming some way to explaining the continuous blame game, punch and Judy, a hideous, corrosive ghastly round of demands for political apologies at every change of Japanese Government.

The 2015 agreement/deal provides a fund to provide compensation to the comfort women/pensioners in question.

A step forward, However President Moon Jae In, will need to fully acknowledge and agree to binding arbitration.

Remove all political influence, and move to an agreed commission.

However most of the comfort women are in there nineties. Maybe to little to late.

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Posted in: New S Korean ambassador eyes political solutions to issues with Japan See in context

Read Comfort women: an unfinished ordeal…..1994.. Chapter 7 page 133 posted above

Position of Japanese Government

Start from an overview of Japanese statements.

Then review the Statement by the Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono on the result of the study on the issue of "comfort women". August 4, 1993....Sorry I cannot provide a direct link.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono  should have lead to a political and diplomatic conclusion through a series of  summits involving all involved parties, notably the comfort woem themselves

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Posted in: S Korean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery See in context

Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong is heading back to prison after a South Korean court sentenced him to two and a half years over his involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal that spurred massive street protests and ousted South Korea’s then-president

Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong should be thankful, two and a half years in a conviction for bribery?

Lee Jae-yong should have been in the cell next to Park and Choi serving a similar sentence handed down of 22 and 18 years,

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Posted in: New S Korean ambassador eyes political solutions to issues with Japan See in context

There has been a number of studies and fact-finding missions.

Here’s two….

Comfort women: an unfinished ordeal…..1994..

https://www.icj.org/comfort-women-an-unfinished-ordeal-report-of-a-mission/

And …..

Listening to voices…… Maki Kimura, 2003

https://www.lse.ac.uk/gender/assets/documents/research/working-papers/LISTENING-TO-VOICES.pdf

Both give insight and opinion on the views from the comfort women themselves.

What neither can establish is the nature of belligerent retribution and a path to reconciliation, exoneration, absolution.   

One aspect is vital, the age of the frail pensioners, meaning time is of the essence.

There is a clear opportunity within the 2015 agreement/deal to establish a political and diplomatic way forward.

Overview here…

Announcement by Foreign Ministers of Japan and the Republic of Korea at the Joint Press Occasion

https://www.mofa.go.jp/a_o/na/kr/page4e_000364.html

New South Korean Ambassador to Japan Kang Chang Il, in many respects has been handed a political and diplomatic poison chalice.

It is no surprise that more than 80% of Japans population were not born and many were children. No International court would hold them responsible.

These is as much a bitter reluctance, coupled with political intransigence of President Moon Jae In to except/adopt a more nuanced, pragmatic, practical approach to rebuilding relations with Japan and it people.

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Posted in: Biden team outlines plans as inauguration, impeachment loom See in context

Toasted, certainly where the Paris climate accord is concerned, better in than out, especially when Harris/Biden will outline financial/economic alignment with AOC green new deal.

Factbox: U.S. president-elect Biden pledged to change immigration. Here's how…

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biden-immigration-promises-factbo/factbox-us-president-elect-biden-pledged-to-change-immigration-heres-how-idUSKBN29K1X1

The Biden plan to combat coronavirus (covid-19) and prepare for future global health threats

https://joebiden.com/covid-plan/

Also, these two policy areas that could define the first 100 days of Harris/Biden new administration

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Posted in: Japan's 1st unlicensed tuk-tuk taxi case referred to prosecutors See in context

216 yen a minute, neither a taxi or tour guide, more akin to highway robbery.

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

Kore Nani,

In the early stages of the pandemic, my local community did not comply to social distancing or wearing protective masks. My Home is in, Kochi.

Ino town residents seemed oblivious to the dangers ahead. Even on one occasion, when pointing out politely to a number of shoppers around me queuing at the check out, to observe the clear social distance markings, to be informed that Covid-19 is a foreign virus.

These attitudes have changed considerably.

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Posted in: Biden team outlines plans as inauguration, impeachment loom See in context

The Biden/Harris administration election manifesto clearly states an aggressive rebalancing policy for Covid-19, immigration, economy, and revisiting the Paris climate accord.

So, it should come as no surprise that Biden/Harris must go full steam within the first one hundred days in office.

Personally, on the subject of the Paris climate accord, Biden/Harris should rebalance the Accord to push for a more proactive and responsible contribution from the Government of China, and India.  

The aim also must be to secure partisan, cross isle support from the new republican/GOP opposition.

One important point/aspect to be fully aware of, is a detail understanding the challenges of the pandemic and the need to have a totally flexible immigration policy.

Both areas need to establish a concurrent response strategy and action plan.

Be prepared for the multiple covid-19 variants doubling the total numbers succumbing to the pandemic, possibly close to 750,000 plus. The speed of vaccine rollout could reduce that figure.

These are the top priorities.

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Posted in: Trump trial pending; McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience' See in context

Hands up, I have met one too, zurcronium, Alan Johnson British Politician.

Guess, combined, that makes three.

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Posted in: Trump trial pending; McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience' See in context

Simon Foston...finally a commenter who left home with there head on the right my up.

Trump will wreak havoc, rain unrelentingly on Biden/Harris inauguration.

Trump will cast aspersion.

listen you can hear Trump coming in the distance,

"save America, stop the steal, Joe, you’re fired. Get out of here",

“We want to go back, and we want to get this right because we’re going to have somebody in there that should not be in there and our country will be destroyed, and we’re not going to stand for that.”

You want this on a global platform broadcast on or around Biden/Harris inauguration.

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Posted in: Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter See in context

Caught off-guard by scant testing, Japan battered by COVID winter......

Hold the press, not so quick.

The Japanese people are fully aware of the dangers.

In my experience, I rarely witness in my local community, shops and supermarkets, people not fully compliant to masking up, and strict social distancing.

I have taken to wearing a mask when leaving home.

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Posted in: Trump trial pending; McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience' See in context

Subject Donald Trump through the US Court system.

Trump will be hobbled by a strict structured judicial process.

A Judge will not allow any political statement to undermine the proceedings. 

vote of conscience”.....Trite and meaningless.

Politicians behaviors, are, and never will be subject to conscience.

Politicians will react in there own best future interests to remain in office. It is in there nature.

Surly you must have been paying attention over events these past four years?

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Posted in: Trump trial pending; McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience' See in context

Well it is calculated Jimizo, but also duplicitous.

As for transparency, as beauty, its in the eye of the beholder.

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Posted in: Trump trial pending; McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience' See in context

vote of conscience”, underestimate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell at your peril, McConnell is a wily old political fox.

CS Lewis defined such platitudes…

“He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God, himself.”

Since when has any politician ever put conscience before their careers?

Look, Donald Trump should be put at the mercy of the structured US Court System.

Not a Senate trial, which in all likelihood could achieve little or nothing.

Donald Trump will use the whole process as an event a platform to further cause division.  So in effect continuing an agenda to smear the US election result.

As for Multitasking.

One of the main disadvantages of multitasking, to achieve different goals in less time, or the same time, (MT) promotes chronic distraction.

For housework one can accept the pitfalls,

In politics of government, (MT) policy leads to fundamental flaws in strategy and planning. And thus, a failure to maintain a flexible tactical plan of action.

Never proactive, always reactive.

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Posted in: Top recommendations for heat-and-eat curry in Japan See in context

Brick lane packs them in tight. yes I have eaten at Curry Restaurants in Southall, Ealing.

Need to book in advance due to there popularity.

The challenge living in Japan is sourcing ingredients, plenty to choose from, experimentation.

Mother cooks wonderful curry for Father tastes.

But keeps recipes a secret, its kitchen lockdown.

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Posted in: Top recommendations for heat-and-eat curry in Japan See in context

Toasted Heretic, few are licensed to serve alcohol and timing is of the essence.

Luddite, yes I grow my own spices and herbs, but it is costly, and insect infestaion require additional poly tunnels.

BackpackingNepal, I have holidayed in Chennai, the cuisine is culturally vegetarian, delicious.

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Posted in: Top recommendations for heat-and-eat curry in Japan See in context

Brick Lane London E1, was my favorite curry port of call most Fridays.

Japan, I cook curry from scratch, I find the selection above, consistency a tad gloopy and sweet, I enjoy a spicy ruby kick. Not fire breathing though

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

Bob this pandemic does not allow or provide the opportunity to hold hands.

I lost staff to the pandemic, when I sanctioned there return to Rome, providing the funds, so to attend family covid funerals only for these colleagues to succumb to the same virus.

Trump is going nowhere, he will stew awaiting trial, and spend every waking hour until the day arrives for his judgement contemplating what could have been.   

I have never taken any politician at face value, and am unlike to change that view/opinion any time soon.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

Bob, I have no message for hope and unity. 

I am merely presenting a possible political economic strategy/route for a new administration to have a chance of enacting policies that have a chance of succeeding and combatting this pandemic.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

Desert Tortoise, Harris/Biden aim /goal must be to claim, no grab and hold/retain the moral and political high ground.

That is the link.

To achieve this, it is essential not only to appear ethically superior or more reputable, but to totally unpick the credibility of your opponent in every sphere of influence.

So offering your opponent no opportunity, means, platform to undermine that goal.

One, in effect, sets the agenda for your opponent to be the arbiter of his own downfall.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

Where Donald Trumps actions and behaviors are concerned I cannot and will not defend the indefensible.

If Trump, due process applies, is found to be complicit to/or in his actions guilty of sedition. It is a very serious crime against the State, against democratic mandate, against the very constitution that the Founding Fathers built/espoused to that shaped a nation.

Then Donald Trump must be held accountable. First and Foremost.

I have the upmost respect for Joe Biden Presidency, I also believe the Biden/Harris ticket succeeded fair and square.

I am contending that these are unprecedented times. This pandemic has thrown up challenges, political and economic the US peoples perhaps never endured or experienced for countless generation.

Nothing can be allowed to cloud the task ahead.

The trail of Donald Trump must be timed not to interfere with the changes necessary to bring this pandemic.

Politics is a vicious, ruthless and uncompromising monster, when applied as a weapon and afforded the platform to further fan the flames of discontent.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

What I am suggesting P. Smith there is a clear political link between the impeachment trail and Joe Biden first one hundred days in office. Also the associated political risks.

I wholehearted agree that a trail should be conducted and if Donald Trump found to be accountable for the events leading up to the storming of the capital then justice must be seen to take it course.

My I also point out, you are mistaken in the belief I support Trump views I don't.

However I hold similar skepticism for Joe Biden policies.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

There is not a shred of evidence Bob to suggest that Trump will not be afforded a fair trail,

I am suggesting a possible opposing view/opinion. And stating so politically and politely.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

The first impeachment trial, Bob.

It is wise to take stock where errors were made.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

P. Smith, I genuinely enjoy debate, especially the controversy, and the high emotional content the surrounding the cult of Donald Trump. I don't believe any contributor has anything to worry about when voicing an opinion.

If we all agreed, it would be a boring world.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

Can you not detect the glaring errors made in the first impeachment trail? Clear stated above.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

I have studies law, although, economics finance (Financial Instruments and Exchange Act)

Enough to understand and appreciate that there needs time given and careful consideration to building a case.

There a also sound political logic and reasoning to delay the proceeding.

There is not room for emotion or pandering to a mercurial mind state.

There are a number of options to be weighed up

Federal Criminal Offenses and the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump

https://www.justsecurity.org/67738/federal-criminal-offenses-and-the-impeachment-of-donald-j-trump/

Jsapc there is not room from jumping in with both feet or flapping like a windmill.

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