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Posted in: 160 kms of Hanshin Expressway to be closed during G20 summit in Osaka See in context

What are they going to about emergency vehicles?

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Posted in: Law enacted to recognize ethnic Ainu minority as indigenous people See in context

I only hope Tokyo will not try to turn Ainu culture into a tourist attraction.

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Posted in: TEPCO to employ foreign workers at Fukushima plant under new visa system See in context

Send international warning to NOT work for TEPCO under any circumstances?

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Posted in: Japan ready to support France in rebuilding Notre Dame cathedral See in context

I left our my most important thought. That is for the workman who was seriously injured in the fire. I also express my concern for anyone else who suffered injury, People are more fragile than cathedrals.

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Posted in: Japan ready to support France in rebuilding Notre Dame cathedral See in context

Well, let us hope Japan does remain true to it word and cough ups some cast.

For me, passing Notre Dame de Paris every day was like seeing a reliable old friend whom I admired but never thought about. Now to see my old friend in flames, its spire failing into the inferno, I am sad. Noting can be taken for granted; in a moment all all can be changed utterly.

But fear not. Cathedrals have been ravaged and rebuild over the centuries. Notre Dame was ravaged after the the Revolution. It was refurnished starting in 1831. Do not worry. Notre Dame de Paris with rise again.

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Posted in: Party PM See in context

I suppose when your popularity is unsteady surround yourself with pretty girls

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Posted in: U.S. military serviceman, girlfriend found dead in apparent murder suicide See in context

What on Earth could have caused this horrific and senseless murder-suicide? Love and death should remain the stuff of opera and Bunroku, not real life. In real life this is an act of utter stupidity. I can only assume that the man was totally out of his mind. I hope the child will be well cared for. She'll need a lot of emotional support throughout her life.

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Posted in: Wartime laborer statue removed from near Japanese consulate in Busan See in context

Probably the South Koreans will put the statue where the Japanese can see it.

Right-wing Japanese have problems with statues that remind them of the truth.

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Posted in: Wartime laborer statue removed from near Japanese consulate in Busan See in context

These are the key paragraphs in the above article:

The labor union activists and the government of the Dong-gu district, in which the consulate and park are located, had earlier agreed that the statue could be temporarily erected in the park.

But that idea was subsequently opposed by the Busan Metropolitan City government on grounds that the park is contiguous to the consulate. It suggested they consider another site.

This is apparently the only reason the statue was order removed from that particular site.

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Posted in: NHK reporter laughed at for asking black hole team for more on Japan’s contributions See in context

This is funny. So NHK. Maybe NHK will come out with a news story like "We Japan and what the Black Hole thinks of us"

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Posted in: Seoul cancels permit for new Japanese embassy building See in context

Well done, South Korea!

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Posted in: 40% back Abe-proposed approach to revise pacifist Constitution: poll See in context

This means 60% are opposed to revision.

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Posted in: 19-year-old girl killed in hit-and-run See in context

Japanese drivers do not stop for pedestrians. This is a daily problem that has not been sufficiently addressed either by the police or the public. Drivers do not seem to even understand that they must stop for pedestrians.

There can only be one way this unfortunate young woman was hit. She was crossing the street and the driver did not stop for her.

I hope they catch this creepy hit and run driver.

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Posted in: More wartime labor suits filed in S Korea against Japanese firms See in context

To quote Edith Piaf's last words: "Every damn fool thing you do in this life you pay for." Well, it's true for nations and companies as for people. Japan's companies used Korea people as slave laborers. It's past time they pay up. It's that simple.

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Posted in: Some see Japanese era system as unnecessary, unsuited for modern age See in context

Heisei expressed a desire for peace, and it was the first era since Meiji when Japan was not at war. Heisei had a mission and it was accomplished in spite of the militarists within the LDP.

I cannot fathom what Reiwa is supposed mean exactly. Beautiful harmony? It sound like the name of a love hotel. It might be loosely translated as "Peace, love, good vibes," a throwback to the hippie days of the 1960s. Also "harmony" was associated with the utopian socialism of the 19th century. Robert Owen called his experimental community in Indiana New Harmony, while Charlies Fourier declared that Harmony would replace civilization.

Gengo has always been an inconvenience in every day life and it will be more so since it is now established that an Emperor can retire when he's had enough of his job. Keep Gengo for ceremonies and use the modified Gregorian calendar for every day life. Note: it's no longer B.C. and A.D. Its Before Common Era and Common Era.

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Posted in: Thai police arrest 15 Japanese men in call center scam See in context

Best news of the day. May they rot in prison.

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Posted in: 85-year-old man acquitted of 1985 murder in retrial See in context

Quote: "There is no evidence that shows the defendant was the culprit and the court cannot accept he committed the murder," said Presiding Judge Yoshihisa Mizokuni...

And it took over 34 years to reach this conclusion. Thirty-four years. The police and the courts did a great job in ruining this innocent man's life.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

Um, the issue is not patents but unpaid wages. This seizure would occur if Mitsubishi refused to, say, pay taxes. To underscore: The is a labor dispute that has been settled in favor of the former slave laborers.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

Excellent photograph above. Good work, JT.

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Posted in: S Korean court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries asset seizure over WWII forced labor See in context

This is about former slave laborers getting compensation nearly 80 years after the fact. A labor dispute has finally been settled. Get over it.

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Posted in: Japanese official briefly detained for assaulting S Korean airport worker See in context

There is a familiar pattern in Takeda's antics. He begins by assaulting a South Korean airport worker and ends by lying about it on Facebook, thus blaming the victim and South Korea ("a weird country"). It reminds me of Japanese anti-Korean tirades I've read and read about recently. Takeda should be thankful that the "weird country" did not hold him in a jail. That's what would've happened in Japan.

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Posted in: 49 killed, more than 20 wounded in 2 New Zealand mosque shootings; 4 suspects in custody See in context

My heart goes out to all the victims and their loved ones. To honor the hundreds of people grieving right now I will say no more right now.

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Posted in: Fukushima evacuees resist return as 'Reconstruction Olympics' near See in context

Agree with almost everyone. Abe and the LDP, all the "we Japanese" stuff aside, do not care about ordinary people. It is plainly seen in this article. Payments to evacuees has stopped so they will move back to their radiation-contaminated homes. And this is all for show for the upcoming 2020 Olympics. After that's over the victims will be forgotten. There will be a media blackout. And if the victims get cancer the LDP may well claim it is their own fault.

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Posted in: The enemy within: Shadow of Japanese colonial rule hangs over S Korea See in context

Hordes of Americans who met in Madison Square Garden wanted Naziism and Hitler to take over the U.S. Most Americans didn't. The massive protests of 1910 against Japanese rule show that most Koreas wanted independence. You'd better re-read the Article O-A.

While I have your attention, it is worth noting that Japan has discriminated again Korean residents in Japan. Korean hibakusha were not recognized by the Japanese until many years and many law suits after 1945. Koreans were not allowed to put a memorial in the Hiroshima memorial dome until 1999.

Also, the Japanese ruling class has spent over 70 years hiding and downplaying facts about Japanese crimes against humanity.

Note to JT. Thank you for having the courage to print the above article.

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Posted in: The enemy within: Shadow of Japanese colonial rule hangs over S Korea See in context

Here is the obvious that Japanese right-wing nationalists cannot or refuse to admit. Japanese colonialism was cruel. It's lasting effects are that it tore Korean culture into pieces. With the North and South divided what Korea once was can never be made whole again.

This article painfully details one of the worst aspects of Japanese colonial rule. Sellout and prosper or resist and suffer. It should be of no surprise to anyone that the bitterness still lingers in Korean society.

The tragedy of colonialism was followed by the tragedy of the Korean War. This war got Japan out of the American occupation's "economic morgue" and put it on the road to prosperity. War only brought ruin and misery to both Koreas.

Watch out, Japanese right-wing nationalists. South Korea is rich. Which means it the power to tell the truth loudly and clearly what Japan did to Korea. It also has the power to redress wrongs without fearing Japanese economic and political power.

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Posted in: The enemy within: Shadow of Japanese colonial rule hangs over S Korea See in context

"Korean politicians are enjoying this mess and need it." Where do you get this information anyway?

The one thing the Koreans are not enjoying is honest Japanese remorse. There isn't any.

Tell Joe Yan: What would you say if someone wrote ""Japanese politicians are enjoying the A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and need it"?

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Posted in: The enemy within: Shadow of Japanese colonial rule hangs over S Korea See in context

Please note that "collaborators" were those who openly supported and profited from the Japanese colonial regime. Even Park Chung-hee, who was a military officer under the Japanese was not classified as a collaborator. Certainly people who did ordinary work under the Japanese were not collaborators.

The tragedy of Japanese colonialism in Korea was that it tainted everyone: innocent as well as the guilty.

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Posted in: The enemy within: Shadow of Japanese colonial rule hangs over S Korea See in context

Japan really made a mess in Korea. A big ugly mess, which it avoids dealing honestly with.

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Posted in: Japan to ban physical punishment of children by parents See in context

Let us see if Japan will enforce this law. I have my doubts for the following reason. Article 11 of Japan's Education Law forbids corporal punishment (taibatsu) and it has been openly ignored by schools (and parents) for decades. There have been books written about taibatsu and at least one TV drama. I've written about in the Japanese press.

I do hope that at least children who are abused at home and at school are taken more seriously.

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Posted in: Japan steps up claim to S Korea-held islets at 'Takeshima Day' event amid tensions See in context

Seems so-called Takeshima Day is only an excuse for an ultra-rightist orgy--and orgy of impotence.

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