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

You'd do best to avoid the hate-speech filled Christian Right-wing rallies in South Korea. See the Korea Times 16 August 2019.

Otherwise, you'd do worse in the US with TSA and the so-called Proud Boys than in South Korea.

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Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse over Japan's wartime actions See in context

Quote from above: Japan marked the 74th anniversary of its surrender in World War II on Thursday, with Emperor Naruhito mentioning "deep remorse" over the country's past actions in his first appearance as emperor at an annual ceremony to mourn the war dead.

Three cheers for Emperor Naruhito. It is a supreme irony that we have a democratic, antiwar and truth-speaking Emperor and a right-wing militarist as an elected Prime Minister.

And no, the war dead did nothing for Japan's present peace, democracy and prosperity, unless they were war resisters.

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

Pompeo is expressing only is own opinion and ignorance. He has no power over South Korea.

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Posted in: Exiled Thai critic attacked with chemicals in Japan See in context

Quote:

"I'd say don't be too imaginative. This is not a 'Mission Impossible' movie," Apirat said, adding that a personal dispute might be behind the incident.

"We have our hands full in addressing problems internally in Thailand. And to think that we dispatch people to go assault people overseas - that is impossible," the army chief said.

Throwing chemicals is not quite up to Mission Impossible and authoritarian countries have plenty of time to harass dissidents. Apirat protests too much. And at no point does he say that Thailand does not attack dissidents because doing so is immoral and would be a national disgrace.

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Posted in: Tokyo public schools will stop forcing students to dye their hair black, official promises See in context

Yubaru: Yeah, 20 years ago the schools were pretty bad and its good that parents are less afraid of naishinsho, etc. and are speaking out. But things are still not good.

Tokyo has finally put a stop to hair-dying. But Tokyo is not all of Japan.

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Posted in: Man arrested for molesting flight attendant See in context

Hey guys, if you find a woman who is "my type" be kind to her. And accept that maybe you are not her type.

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Posted in: Tokyo public schools will stop forcing students to dye their hair black, official promises See in context

Japan's preposterous schools have reached their nadir in forcing students to dye their hair black. This is a form of enforcing a racial uniformity that does not exist.

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Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue pulled from Aichi exhibit after threats See in context

Welcome to Japan's generational domestic right-wing terrorist culture. Still thriving. All you need is a threat and the Japanese buckle.

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Posted in: Kyoto Animation confirms it received novel from writer with same name, address as arson suspect See in context

Typo! |In old analogy days" should read "in the old analogue days". I'm fighting the timeout clock and make mistakes.

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Posted in: Kyoto Animation confirms it received novel from writer with same name, address as arson suspect See in context

Okay, here is what I see so far. The guy's novel was rejected in the first round because it was mediocre. The guy may not have gotten a rejection slip. That shouldn't happen but it happens a lot. Unfortunately, the rejected novelist was a madman.

Okay. If you are a professional writer you get lots of rejection slips. You throw or put way the rejection slip and go on. When you are told wait 4 months and you wait 8 months with no reply it is really bothersome. In old analogy days you had an editor to contact. Now you have to deal with bots. I've had to send notices to journals' Facebook pages to say I'm withdrawing my submission. It Is very important to send rejection slips instead of sending nothing.

Professional writers have to deal with things like this and worse crud. Professional writers do not burn down the publishers' offices or even write letters telling them to go to hell. Profession writers put the bad stuff behind them and go on.

It is the amature writers who are a pain. If you were ever an editor or publisher you know what I am talking about.

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Posted in: Concerned citizens criticize Japanese gov't over worsening ties with S Korea See in context

Whatsnext: This is what you presume. If the Abe regime has said anything like this please show us the evidence.

Roger Jolly. Your entire posting is a personal attack. It does not count as a legitimate argument.

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

Slave labors wanted compensation from the companies they worked for. Perfectly reasonable. The Supreme Court resolved this labor dispute in the workers' favor. Good for the Supreme Court.

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Posted in: Top tourism spots crack down as they become victim of own success See in context

Ah the stones of Venice. The quiet misty mornings. The bridges. The canals. Strains of Mahler playing in your head.

Truth is that even before the Internet help to create the cruise ship horror Venice was a tourist trap. You quickly learned to ask the price of things before buying or risk getting cheated and avoid the fake tourist guides who want to get money off you in some way. You then learned you do not need gondolas to get around Venice. There are bridges everywhere. Then you found the least visited part of Venice, the old Jewish quarter. A truly pleasant place. The one place you were the most unlikely to be ripped off.

My favorite place in Italy is Bologna. There is nothing for tourists to see. But if you sit for a while on the stone steps of the Piazza Majore, you a special kind of peace that comes from being surrounded by ancient buildings that exist because they are functional and convivial and not because they attract avalanches of tourist.

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Posted in: Japan to decide on Aug 2 to remove S Korea from preferential treatment list See in context

Okay OssanAmerica, how about documenting what you said in your previous posting. How do you know those young people are "indoctrinated' and what "political agenda" are you referring to? And specifically what do you mean by "historical revisionism" supposedly taught in SK schools.

I specifically asked you in elementary layman's language what is Japan's specific beef with South Korea. You have said I am ill-informed but done nothing to enlighten me.

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Posted in: Concerned citizens criticize Japanese gov't over worsening ties with S Korea See in context

Finally, the voice of reason coming out of Japan.

If Abe's ipso facto sanctions do deliver a "lethal blow" to the South Korean economy it effects will most certainly affect the Japanese economy and likely the Asian economy, and very likely the world economy.

It not be that bad, but remember South Korea is the leading maker of components that go into computers, smart phone, etc. Japan is now the major provider of materials that go into those components. Anything hampering computer production will cause major global problem.

The shortsighted Abe government is likely shooting itself in the foot.

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Posted in: Japan to decide on Aug 2 to remove S Korea from preferential treatment list See in context

OssanAmerica réponses to my question above as follows: "The only way the above is possible is if one never reads or follows the news". Okay, writer, let's assume I never read, see or hear the news, making me so cut off from reality that NHK does not want my money. On the other hand, you, OssanAmerica should be well informed enough to answer my question, which boils down to one thing. What is Japan's beef with South Korea? So enlighten me.

So far yaponezy has the best answer: "No one here will be able to explain it because the Japanese shepherd hasn't taught the sheep the answers yet."

Anyone want to top that?

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Posted in: Japan to decide on Aug 2 to remove S Korea from preferential treatment list See in context

I have yet to understand why the Abe government will take South Korea off its "white list." Also, why is trust between South Korea and Japan "severely damaged." There have been no rational explanations that I have read.

Anyone want to explain it here?

Finally, excellent photograph above. The photographer is certainly on my white list.

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

pacificwest: Can you document any of the allegations you made here. I doubt you can.

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Posted in: S Korean YouTubers lure Japanese viewers with attacks on Moon See in context

A good read: "Shinzo Abe's Underhanded Trade War Against South Korea: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/korea-watch/shinzo-abes-underhanded-trade-war-against-south-korea-68727

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Posted in: S Korean YouTubers lure Japanese viewers with attacks on Moon See in context

Of course these Japanese U Tubers are not only bashing Moon but Koreans in general. That could (and should) backfire on the Korean Conservatives.

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Posted in: Campaign encourages commuters to stand still in two lines on escalators See in context

Good luck in Osaka.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics 1 year out: Scandal, high costs but unrivaled demand See in context

Anyone care to deconstruct this:

*Tsunekazu Takeda, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was forced to resign earlier this year when he was implicated in a vote-buying scheme to land the games. *He has denied wrongdoing but acknowledged he signed off on about $2 million that French investigators allege went to buy votes of some IOC members.

What I am reading is something like this. I didn't do anything but gave someone $2 million to do it for me. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this is like hiring someone to commit a crime for you? If so it should make hirer guilty. So if that is the case, why isn't Takeda in a substitute prison?

But perhaps I am hopelessly naive.

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Posted in: Abe says he will seek 'flexible' discussions on constitutional revision See in context

The only thing I can think "flexible" could refer to is "compromise." But how can you compromise on Article 9? Either you keep or don't keep the war-renouncing clause.

Abe may not finish his term of office because of his insistence gutting Article 9. One can only hope.

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Posted in: Abe says he will seek 'flexible' discussions on constitutional revision See in context

We must not rest. Article 9 must be saved and Abe and his rightist gang must be beaten down.

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Posted in: Japan's ruling coalition secures upper house majority See in context

But LDP does not have a majority enough to overthrow Article 9.

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Posted in: 'Apologize to America,' Trump tells Democratic congresswomen See in context

It is Trump who should apologize to America after what he has done its people, its environment and its reputation. He should grovel.

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Posted in: A 'shy, talented artist' - mourner remembers friend lost in arson attack See in context

This sadness will never go away.

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Posted in: Pacifist constitution reform at stake in election See in context

If Japan is squared away about being peace loving there is no need for killing Article 9. Wishing for a military that Japan can be "proud out" is a sneaky way of saying a military that scares people.

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Posted in: Message for Abe See in context

The reasons Abe's ipso facto sanctions have not been clearly given. It is not supposed to be about the recent South Korean judicial ruling. But very likely it that and only that.

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Posted in: Japan's neighbors will be closely watching Abe's policies after election See in context

Abe and his ilk have the disease of hubris. This takes the form of overestimating their power. This has made them shortsighted in underestimating the consequences of their actions. Japanese imperial hubris led Japan into a disaster war with the U.S. and its allies. (Pearl Harbor did not humble America; it did the opposite.) Hubris brought down the bubble economy c. 1990. (Remember when the Japanese were buying all the landmarks they could?). And the same hubris bids disaster in Abe's economic war on South Korea. Abe has made it harder for South Korea to buy certain material necessary for making computer components. Likely South Korea will buy this stuff from other sources.

The revision of Article 9 is scary as it could get Japan involved militarily in America' s perpetual wars. There is, however, a fly in the ultranationalist ointment: Japan's low birthrate. Japan simply cannot waste is workers on the military. If there is a war, it is inevitable that some or many of it precious few young people who are in the military will be killed. Japan's youth is too precious to be expended in war.

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