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Posted in: China resumes issuing ordinary visas for Japanese citizens See in context

China and Japan are both paper tigers. Both are easily dominated by the US.

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Posted in: Japan, Greece step up security ties as 'strategic partners' See in context

@OssanAmerica

As a result anti-japan sentiment has become ingrained into South Korean politics and is still at the forefront 78 years later. Unfortunately as it obstructs the US-JPN-SK military alliance

I've studied Japanese history and culture for a long time, and I grew to detest their 2-faced ways. I despise how they twist words or lie to your face, how they place saving face above truth and honesty. I don't blame South Korea for disliking the Japanese. Anyone who truly knows the Japanese and their nature would feel the same.

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Posted in: Woman who served in SDF sues gov't, assailants over sexual harassment See in context

@smithinjapan

SOP in Japan. Everything is about saving face, not about truth, honesty and integrity.

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Posted in: Woman who served in SDF sues gov't, assailants over sexual harassment See in context

This is Japanese "culture" - assault women and then sweep it under the rug.

Let's hope justice prevails.

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Posted in: Russia rules out talks with Japan on fishing near disputed islands See in context

@Rodney

Japan is like a barking chihuahua trying to pick fights with everyone because they're lacking in some departments.

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Posted in: Russia rules out talks with Japan on fishing near disputed islands See in context

@asdfgtr

Incorrect. The Russians illegally occupy the Kuril Islands.

How? Japan relinquished their claim to those islands, so by international standards, they go to the only country who claimed it at that time - Russia.

The San Francisco Peace Treaty signed between the Allies and Japan in 1951, does not recognize the Soviet Union's sovereignty over them.

The Russians occupy illegally occupy the Kuril Islands in violation of the The Soviet–Japanese Neutrality Pact which was signed in Moscow on April 13, 1941.

Who gets to say the Russians don't have sovereignty over those islands? The Neutrality pact is a mute point, since the SF Treaty was signed later than that Pact.

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Posted in: Russia rules out talks with Japan on fishing near disputed islands See in context

International clown Japan once again acting like a 5'5" beta male who thinks he's the hottest guy in the bar.

The Kuril Islands belong to Russia. SF Treaty was signed by Japan, so they relinquish their claim to those lands. Japan can play their dirty map games and twist the wording, but negotiators of that Treaty made it clear that the Kuril Islands was part of that treaty.

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Posted in: Nissan recalls 520,000 cars over fault in engine part See in context

@Seram Paphile

Japanese products are just generally inferior.

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Posted in: Japan to uphold apology if South Korea settles wartime labor issue See in context

Japanese made a terribly stupid decision to not include the term "damages" in the treaty. The South Korean SC are interpreting the treaty as how any reasonable person would interpret it, so you can't fault them.

You can't assume that a treaty covers damages if you make no mention of it in the treaty.

Japan blaming SK for this issue is like Japan crying that SK doesn't have mind-reading abilities. Grow up, Japan. You look like a clown.

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Posted in: Japan to uphold apology if South Korea settles wartime labor issue See in context

@Happy Day

Read Samit Basu's post.

Except that you can't find single instance of the word "damages" in the actual treaty text.

This is the reason why the Korean supreme court ruled that damages were not covered by the 1965 treaty unlike wages and savings, and awarded damages to the forced laborers.

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Posted in: Japan to join U.S. efforts to curb high-end chip exports to China See in context

@deanzaZZR

When we are market leaders, we champion free markets. When we are falling behind, we champion government interference.

Free market is just rhetoric that no one actually believes, not even the most ardent libertarians. It's always been about what is best for the country.

The real question is, do we really want China growing stronger and challenging us? To that, I think most people around the world would say no.

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Posted in: Nissan recalls 520,000 cars over fault in engine part See in context

@lunatic

Japanese products have been questionable quality-wise.

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Posted in: EU official says Russia shifting war focus to NATO and the West See in context

@Haaa Nemui

This maybe true, but it was Russia themselves that initially crossed the border with the stated intention of “denazifying” Ukraine, which is certainly about a specific form of authoritarianism.

This is true, but Putin was just trying to put a positive spin on their invasion. I doubt he actually cared about Nazism. The actual reason was US & NATO pressuring Ukraine to side with them against Russia.

Russia is to blame for the invasion, but so are the US and other countries who kept meddling in other countries. This invasion didn't have to happen.

If US enemies did the same thing to Canada and Mexico, the US would storm their countries and topple their governments in a month. No one wants a hostile country pointing missiles at them.

@kuribozu

That is clearly not the case, as Russia was selling plenty of gas prior to invading Ukraine, including to NATO and EU. No other countries were bothering them. No, Russia didn't want to see Ukraine continue to modernize, liberalize and democratize, which would present Russia's own people with an example that would threaten the oligarchs and kleptocrats who run the whole gulag operation. The threat to Russia was the Ukrainian people's desire to govern themselves freely without being oppressed by Russia, not some vague notion of 'siding with the west.'

Right. The Soviet Union collapsed in the 90s. Russia doesn't have satellite states anymore. They just sold gas and minded their own business for the most part.

Also, the US forced Ukraine to give up their nukes. I doubt Russia would invade another nuclear power. There's plenty of blame to go around. Russia isn't entirely to blame for the invasion.

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Posted in: China, U.S. spar at WTO meeting over disputes See in context

The WTO will not be able to review Washington's appeal of the metals case because its top appeals bench is paralyzed after the United States blocked new judges.

LOL... It seems the entire concept of the WTO is flawed if countries can just appeal an unfavorable ruling and put the case in limbo while they block any new judges who may rule against said country.

That said, China is most definitely a threat to the US, especially technologically. I would be okay with China and Japan taking each other's economies out.

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Posted in: EU official says Russia shifting war focus to NATO and the West See in context

Before anyone gets the wrong idea and calls me a Kremlin puppet or a MAGA idiot, I also don't support Russia. I think Russia is also at fault for the invasion. There is plenty of blame to go around in this situation, and it is foolish to say the US and NATO are not at fault when they could have just stayed neutral.

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Posted in: EU official says Russia shifting war focus to NATO and the West See in context

@Yrral

Agreed. The US already has enough problems on its own. There was no reason for us to get involved with Ukraine. The war was entirely avoidable. Only the biggest clowns disagree. Either they're legitimately stupid or they're wearing their anti-Russia blinders.

Russia hasn't been a threat since the 90s; they would have continued being a non-issue if we just left them alone.

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Posted in: EU official says Russia shifting war focus to NATO and the West See in context

@kuribozu

This is your problem. You equate the desire to escape a brutal, oppressive, backwards, psychotic, murderous kleptocracy with 'siding with the west.' That's pure Kremlin propaganda, cover for Putin to expand his repressive dictatorship beyond his borders using his Orc army, killing and maiming as he goes.

Who said anything about authoritarianism and dictatorship? Russia didn't give a crap whether Ukraine is a Democratic or a Fascist country. They only care about Ukraine siding with the west against Russia.

Another Kremlin line, intended to confuse and distract. Canada is a free democracy, where human and civil rights, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, etc., are enshrined and strong. It's pure delusional fantasy to imagine Canadians would be attracted by the Russian model, let alone enter an alliance with the murderous psychopath Putin to oppose another liberal democracy. You and your minders can't stand the idea that liberal democracies are actually attractive examples to people around the world, and that societies on Russia's periphery might actually do as much as they can to avoid falling into Putin's loving embrace.

Again, this has nothing to do with being a democracy or not. This has to do with neighboring countries potentially siding with a hostile country. The US has already done the same as Russia - see the Cuban missile crisis and the Bay of Pigs. No country would feel comfortable with a neighboring country pointing missiles at them.

All that the US and NATO had to do was mind their own business. Russia didn't have to be a threat. They just want to be left alone and sell gas.

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Posted in: EU official says Russia shifting war focus to NATO and the West See in context

And all of this could've been avoided had NATO not pressured former Soviet-blocs into siding with the west. If Russia had an anti-US alliance with Canada to host Russian missiles pointed at the US, the US would invade Canada immediately. That is not debatable. See the Cuban missile crisis and the Bay of Pigs.

The US needs to stay neutral in certain foreign governments.

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Posted in: Goldman Sachs signals partial retreat from consumer banking See in context

@Sven Asai

Money without productivity only leads to inflation.

Why do you Socialists think money is the same thing as value?

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Posted in: Toyota to replace Akio Toyoda as president and CEO See in context

@Jim Dandy

The victims of Japanese exploding airbags and their families would strongly disagree.

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Posted in: Toyota to replace Akio Toyoda as president and CEO See in context

Toyota BZ4X wheels flying off. Japanese "quality" is a myth.

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Posted in: Kishida to consider visiting Ukraine if right conditions are met See in context

No one cares.

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Posted in: North Korea locks down Pyongyang over 'respiratory illness' - report See in context

China should apologize to the world for COVID.

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

@Awa no Gaijin

It's disgusting to use the low birthrate as an excuse for women in Japan to not be able to join whatever workforce they are capable of.

Japanese boys are pretty insecure about their femininity, and they take it out on their women.

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

Japan needs to realize they only succeeded in the 20th century because their only competition was the US, who was propping them up to counteract the Soviet Union. WW2 destroyed every other country.

There's nothing special about Japan. Now that other countries have built up their industrial base and are moving up the value chain, we're seeing Japanese industries unable to compete with stronger non-Japanese industries.

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Posted in: Japan urges Russia to start annual talks over safe fishing pact See in context

When is Japan going to stop talking about the Kuril Islands and accept they are Russian territories?

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Posted in: Kishida weighs Ukraine visit in February to hold talks with Zelenskyy: report See in context

@William77

It's also pretty funny how people think a Democracy is automatically better than Fascism or other forms of authoritarianism.

Even as an American, I question whether half the people in my country should be voting at all, especially when they are net fiscal takers or have IQs under 100.

The concept of giving everyone the right to vote is a pretty modern concept and is still undergoing experimentation.

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Posted in: Kishida weighs Ukraine visit in February to hold talks with Zelenskyy: report See in context

I see no one responded to my comment below.

If China tells Canada to form an anti-US alliance and host Chinese missiles pointed at the US, the US would invade Canada. Who is at fault for this invasion? Can you really blame the US when it's just looking to protect themselves? Without China's influence, Canada would be neutral and no invasion would've happened, so who is mostly to blame in this situation?

Maybe it's because deep down, everyone knows that the west is also to blame for the Ukraine situation. And to be frank, Japan trying to act like a big boy by using harsh language against Russia isn't helping the situation either.

Thinking that this is all Russia's fault is some smooth-brained thinking when all of these countries would've done the same exact thing if a hostile country/alliance was surrounding them.

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Posted in: Kishida weighs Ukraine visit in February to hold talks with Zelenskyy: report See in context

I must say that the Taiwanese are incredibly stupid and naive if they think Japan is coming to their aid if China invades. Japan has proven they are a 2-faced coward nation by retaining business ties to Russia. Japan will drop Taiwan when China invades. That is a guarantee.

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Posted in: Kishida weighs Ukraine visit in February to hold talks with Zelenskyy: report See in context

@YeahRight

It is Japanese culture. They value appearance and reputation over actual substance. It's all fake.

Japan talks a big game and attacks Russia, because they think it makes them look strong. But when it comes to issues that directly affect Japan, Japan willingly does business with Russia. The hypocrisy is unbelievable. No other country does this.

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