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Posted in: Japan not considering removal of export controls in talks with S Korea See in context

In fact, these "export controls" are retaliation against a ruling by the South Korean Supreme Court that said former slave laborers of the Japanese should be compensated. Thus, Abe, in his short-sighted, Pearl Harbor-like way, made an economic attack against a judicial ruling. That is all there is to it. If the Supreme Court had ruled otherwise all would be well right now.

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Posted in: Anti-high heels campaigner steps up to fight 'glasses ban' See in context

If there are two items that are most hazardous to the body they have to be contact lenses and high heels. The first can damage your eyes and the second can damage your feet, legs and back. These are purely aesthetic--"beauty"--items. They have no purpose other than to turn on men, to appeal to their sexual fantasies.

It must be noted that in much erotic photography one will see a totally nude model on a bed wearing high heels.

Ogden Nash wrote in a poem, "Boys seldom make passes / A girl who wear glasses." So do Japanese guys at work fantasize about making passes at women who wear contact lenses? Is that the real purpose of business?

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Posted in: Tetsu Nakamura: Japanese doctor who devoted his life to Afghanistan See in context

A terrible and unnecessary loss. RIP Doctor Nakamura.

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Posted in: South Korea, Japan to back air traffic deal after near misses See in context

This is an article about air safety. Air safety should be of primary concern whether you are in the air or on the ground. The article convinced me that the system has been outdated for years. That's scary. It is belatedly heading for a major overhaul--and not soon enough. No one is "caving". in this matter of life and death.

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Posted in: Chinese people are useless at private commercial companies because their performance is poor. We wouldn't invite applicants for job interviews in the first place if it turned out they were Chinese. We'd reject them at the stage of document screening. See in context

Agree with Michael Machida. My experience with the few Chinese students I've had has been positive. In class they did not chat, sleep or text, unlike a lot of Japanese students.

Yes, that guy is a bigot. He is far from alone.

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Posted in: Famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Jiro dropped from Michelin gourmet guide See in context

Two things I value in a restaurant: Good food and pleasant ambiance. Truly good restaurants have both.

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Posted in: Britain's chief rabbi warns 'poison' of anti-Semitism has taken root in Labour See in context

There is a distinction between antisemitism and criticizing Israel's horrendous actions against the Palestinians. Haaretz is Israeli and Jewish but they are rough on the Israeli government. You have to call out injustice, no matter whose.

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Posted in: Parents denied visitation rights in Japan to keep fighting gov't in court See in context

A Japanese man is recognized as a child raiser in Japan if the ex-wife is not Japanese.

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Posted in: Japan tells embassies risk of contaminated Fukushima water 'small' See in context

"Small" still means dangerous.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea agree to summit next month See in context

Yes, I know what diplomatic language is. Let me give you two quotes from the article.

"We bought time for intense discussions, but there's not much time left for us," South Korea's foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, told reporters after meeting with her Japanese counterpart, Toshimitsu Motegi, at a gathering of G20 foreign ministers in Nagoya.

2."I aim to hold a candid exchange of views on the matter of laborers from the Korean peninsula, which is the core problem, and other bilateral issues," Motegi told reporters in Nagoya.

!. South Korea let's the cat diplomatically out of the bag. South Korea threatened to Japan out of GSOMIA to bring Japan to the negotiating table.

You would not have heard this a month ago. Listen to Motegi's earnestness. Abe's pants are on fire. South Korea's ruse worked. There is a word for this kind of diplomacy. It is called brinksmanship.

John F. Kennedy used it against the Soviet Union 1962 during the so-called Cuban Missile Crisis. The stakes were high: a possible nuclear war.

What happened between South Korea and Japan was minor.

Time running out. Must post. Pardon any typos

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea agree to summit next month See in context

What concessions? See the article above

Abe is now ready to discuss Korean slave laborers when he would hear of it before, for instance. There will be talks about Abe's sanctions. Abe was hard-headed before. Would not listen to an SK proposal to jointly share the cost of compensating the former slave labors. Seems now he at least willing to listen.

South Korea decided to continue GSOMIA with Japan only hours before the treaty would expire. You can be sure this was not done with concessions from Japan. You will be seeing a lot of meetings that otherwise would not have happened.

South Korea has given Japan until next March to shape up.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea agree to summit next month See in context

Wellington: Documentation please.

This is what I humbly request of al the anti-South Korean posters. I also think that matters can be cleared up much more easily with more critical thinking and logical writing and no more insults against South Korea and Korean people.

This aside, if Japan has a valid case regarding compensation to former slave labors it might start with the South Korean court system. There could be a way of appealing the Supreme Court ruling. What Japan did--that is what Abe did--way to impose economic sanctions which have nothing to do with the Supreme Court. It was a sordid act of bullying, a vile act of economic intimidation designed to damage an important segment of the South Korea economy. This in turn could well damage the international computer industry.

Predictions are that Japan is headed for a downturn. If so, it will need all the friends it can get.

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Posted in: In reversal, S Korea says it will keep Japan military intelligence pact See in context

The Korea News today wrote that Japan has until March to get with it.

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Posted in: Newborn baby girl abandoned in hotel room in Tokyo See in context

What a terrible way to begin life. Shame on whoever abandoned this baby.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea agree to summit next month See in context

Finally, Japan is making concessions after Abe made a mess of South Korean-Japanese relations. This issue can have only two correct resolutions: Respect for the South Korean Supreme Court ruling and just compensation for the slave laborers under Japanese rule during World War II.

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Posted in: In reversal, S Korea says it will keep Japan military intelligence pact See in context

I meant to write: "South Korea offered a joint effort between South Korea and Japan to compensate former Korean slave laborers but Abe refused.

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Posted in: In reversal, S Korea says it will keep Japan military intelligence pact See in context

Abe put economic sanctions on South Korea because he did not like a judicial ruling by the South Korea Supreme Court. He denied, several weeks after, that the sanctions had anything to do with the Supreme Court decision, but has since dropped this ruse. South Korea offered a joint effort between South Korea and Japan but Abe refused. He kept harping on the 1965, which a group of JAPANESE lawyers have argued has nothing to do with the Supreme Court decision.

Abe's sanctions were meant to damage South Korea's economy. That is a security issue.

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Posted in: In reversal, S Korea says it will keep Japan military intelligence pact See in context

Here is a huge quote patch from today's Korea Times:

Seoul will extend the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) on the condition that Japan withdraws its trade restrictions imposed in July on three key industrial materials crucial for Korean high-tech manufacturers and its removal of Korea from its "whitelist" of preferred trading partners in August. The presidential office announced the "conditional" suspension of the termination only six hours before the GSOMIA officially expired as of midnight Friday night, following a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) presided by Moon at Cheong Wa Dae earlier Friday. Seoul will also temporarily withhold a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Japan. 

"Our government has decided to suspend the GSOMIA termination, under the condition that we can pursue the termination at any future point. Tokyo has expressed its understanding toward this decision.

This is to say that South Korea is giving Abe, who created this mess, breathing time to clean up his act. Note that Abe has until March 2020 before South Korea will cut Japan from GSOMIA.

Moon has been generous in willing to negotiate. What a contrast to Abe, who has been rigid, insulting and off the point. Moon is a gentleman, Abe is not.

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Posted in: Extension of S Korea-Japan intel pact likely to irritate N Korea See in context

The people holding up signs against GSOMIA were South Koreans, which is why their signs were written in Korean. The people in the photo above are Japanese in Japan, which is why their signs are in Japanese.

Nice photo of latter day Bunroku.

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Posted in: Seoul faces major decision over military pact with Tokyo See in context

This whole business is Abe's fault. Abe did not say why he suddenly put economic sanctions on South Korea. We had to wait a couple of weeks to hear his reasons, or rather, excuses. His complains, if they had any merit, could have been discussed and negotiated.

At some point Abe said that the SK Supreme Court decision on Korean slave laborers. Abe claimed this was not the reason for the sanctions, but everyone knows otherwise.

Let me emphasize that the decision on Korean slave labors was not made by the executive branch of government but by the judicial branch's highest court. There is a separation of powers in SK's democracy, which means the chief executive CANNOT order the judiciary to change its ruling. The Supreme Court's decision is technically final. I imagine that it is possible to appeal a Supreme Court decision. That is the legal course Japan should have taken---that is work within the SK legal system.

Anyway, the Supreme Court's decision was just. It did not violate the 1965 pact as study group of JAPANESE lawyers concluded .

Abe is a disaster.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

I must add that statement I quoted above is disingenuous. For that reason I must question if releasing the radioactively contaminated water in the Pacific is safe.

If this water is safe enough to dump into the Pacific it should be equally safe not to dump in the Pacific but keep it for ordinary uses.

Anyway, this contaminated water will be the least safe where it is initially dumped. That means Japan.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

Quote from above: Japan's industry ministry said Monday it would be safe to release water contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the ocean, stressing that the health risk to humans would be "significantly small."

First question one should ask what does it mean that health risks from this radioactively contamination water would "significantly small"? Does this mean that anyone ingesting this water would suffer little as a result? Or does it mean that few people will be affected?

Note that the modifier "significantly" is vague and can only act as a distractor.

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Posted in: Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean See in context

If this water is so safe the LDP and members of the industry ministry should swim in it.

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Posted in: Emperor completes secretive key succession ritual See in context

These expensive rituals were concocted in the Meiji Era when the Japanese state was establishing what Basil Hall Chamberlain called "mikado worship," or "emperor worship" as it came to be known. This stuff should have been scrapped long ago. Japan has a democratic Article One Emperor. He is beholden the the Constitution, not Amaterasu.

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Posted in: Do you find Japan's rising sun flag offensive? See in context


What you write is true. The problem is that in Japan the Navy Ensign, when ashore, has become the symbol of right-wing bigotry and totalitarianism. National flags have different meanings to different people. The Navy Ensign has only two meanings: the correct one used by the Navy and the scary one used the ultra-right-wing.

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Posted in: Abe cancels gov't-funded cherry blossom event next year amid criticism See in context

Just think: even cherry blossom viewing can be corrupt.

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Posted in: Symbolic night with 'goddess' to wrap up emperor's accession rites See in context

Written after dinner. Forget the awful typos.

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Posted in: Symbolic night with 'goddess' to wrap up emperor's accession rites See in context

A night with Ameterasu. This is a bit of Meiji leftover nonsense that our poor new emperor has been obliged to follow.

No, Amaterasu did not create the the Japanese "race." She was one of several goddess in Japanese mythology but the most powerful because she controlled the Sun, and therefore light and darkness.

Amaterasu had a fight with her brother, "the impetuous male deity" (Chamberlain) who played various tricks on her. She absconded to a cave on Takachiho Mountain and closed herself in with a boulder. With the sun goddess gone darkness fell upon the Earth. The other deities devised a plan. They danced before the cave and exposed their private parts. Amaterasu became curious and pushed the big rock aside, whereupon her friends pulled her out of the cave and sunlight returned.

Meiji Japan tried to make the Sun Goddess a supreme deity as post of where Chamberlain called "Mikado worship." This is that the Sun Goddess was never a thunderbolt throwing, sinner burning deity. She was a folk creation and therefore a comic character. Variations exist of this tale type exist all over the world.

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Posted in: Do you find Japan's rising sun flag offensive? See in context

The rising sun flag is not offensive as long as it is used as a Navy ensign. The right-wing use it to symbolize glorifying the old totalitarian regime and current far right activism. The rising sun flag should be left at sea.

Importantly, the rising sun flag is NOT a national flag and should, therefore, not be waved about at the Olympics.

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Posted in: National Police Agency mulls revoking driver's licenses over road rage See in context

Good point, Do the Hustle. "Road rage" is but one aspect of the truly awful driving on sees in Japan. The quintessential bad driver is speeding while talking on his cell phone and does not stop for pedestrians but does blow his BMW's horn at them.

How do you define road rage? Much of this "rage" is often ordinary arrogance. The driver's car equals power and that power equals the right to terrify or belittle others. The person who will not stop for pedestrians is a perfect example.

Take their licenses aways. But give them a fair trial first.

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