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Posted in: Abe campaigns on 'stability' ticket as Brexit rocks markets See in context

Prime Minister Abe is afraid to debate the opposition leaders because he will have a tough time defending the following 3 topics. The debate questions can be :

(1) The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (自由民主党) and Komeito (公明党) have passed the security laws which allow Japan to join in fighting wars started by the USA. What are your opinions on the security laws ?

(2) The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (自由民主党) and Komeito (公明党) have passed the state secrets laws .The penalty for divulging state secrets will be a 10-year sentence for public officials, and five years for journalists. Critics claim the government is trying to muzzle the media and cover up official misdeeds. What are your opinions on the state secrets laws ?

(3)The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (自由民主党) and Komeito (公明党) want to revise the Constitution to allow Japan to fight in foreign wars. Do you the revision is needed ?

Prime Minister Abe definitely does not want the 3 issues to get a lot of publicity because of widespread protests and opposition. The opposition parties can get a lot by just publicizing they want to get rid of the laws.

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Posted in: LDP has solid lead ahead of upper house vote: polls See in context

The security laws should be an election issue because millions of Japanese voters including the national lawyers's associations, are against them and have vigorously protested against them. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the security laws.

Voting for the main opposition party, especially the new Democratic Party (DP) or Minshin-tō 民進党, is important if voters want to overturn the security laws.

It is important that voters do not split their votes for the different smaller opposition parties.Making sure the ruling parties Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Jiyū Minshu-tō 自由民主党 and Komeito (KM) Kōmeitō 公明党 do not have a majority in the House of Councillors 参議院 or the upper house is needed to overturn the security laws.

Young Japanese voters should know the security laws give the government the right to send you to fight and "DIE" in foreign wars even when Japan's security is not affected. Retaliation by foreign countries can cause Japan to be bombed, attacked, gassed, and so on as during World War 2.

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Posted in: China marks 70th anniversary of victory over Japan See in context

"Leaders of major Western countries have stayed away from the parade" quoted from above.

They did not invite Russian president Putin to the two most recent G8 summits even though Russia is a member of G8. They are boycotting Russia over the crisis in Crimea, Ukraine. The leaders of major Western countries are staying away from China's military parade mainly because Russian president Putin is the guest of honor.

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Posted in: 120,000 protest against security bills outside Diet See in context

Prime minister Abe has betrayed the trust of the Japanese voters and has tried to pass laws which violate the Constitution, the supreme laws of Japan. He behaves no different from a dictator like Kim Jong Un of N. Korea, Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Joseph Stalin of Soviet Union.

He should resign. If not, Japanese voters should vote most of his party, LDP members out of office in the next elections so that the opposition members have enough votes to repeal the security laws.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 70th anniversary of atomic bombing See in context

Japanese leaders including Hideki Tojo were given a choice, surrender or atomic bombings. ############################################################################### They chose atomic bombings. There is nothing morally justifiable about wars and their atrocities.

Are the atomic bombings on Japan by the USA morally justifiable ?

Are the killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in Nanjing, China by Japanese soldiers morally justifiable ?

Are the internment or imprisonment of American citizens of Japanese ancestry by the USA government during World War 2 morally justifiable ?

No, they are ALL NOT morally justifiable. But, both Japan and its adversaries have done them.

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Posted in: Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing See in context

Japanese leaders including Hideki Tojo were given a choice, surrender or atomic bombings. They chose atomic bombings. There is nothing morally justifiable about wars and their atrocities. Are the atomic bombings on Japan by the USA morally justifiable ? Are the killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in Nanjing, China by Japanese soldiers morally justifiable ? Are the internment or imprisonment of American citizens of Japanese ancestry by the USA government during World War 2 morally justifiable ? No, they are ALL NOT morally justifiable. But, both Japan and its adversaries did them.

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Posted in: Do you think the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were morally justifiable? See in context

Japanese leaders including Hideki Tojo were given a choice, surrender or atomic bombings. They chose atomic bombings. There is nothing morally justifiable about wars and their atrocities. Are the atomic bombings in Japan by the USA morally justifiable ? Are the killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in Nanjing, China by Japanese soldiers morally justifiable ? Are the internment or imprisonment of American citizens of Japanese ancestry by the USA government during World War 2 morally justifiable ? No, they are ALL NOT morally justifiable.

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Posted in: Japan promises record $2 bn loan to the Philippines See in context

Prime minister Abe is a "genius". He is going to cut assistance to the Fukushima disaster victims, elderly, etc, and borrow US $2 billion in more debt to add to the national debt which is about 250% of Japan's GDP. Do not forget the US$ 100 billion in loans he promised for the Asian infrastructure projects. So he can get the US $2 billion to loan to the Philippines. He just gives the 3 credit rating agencies more reasons to "further downgrade" Japan's sovereign credit rating. May be Japan will overtake USA to gain the honor as the world's biggest debtor by size, at US$18.2 trillion or US $ 18,200 billion in debts for the USA.

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Posted in: Japan's Hoshi wins women's 200m butterfly world gold See in context

Japan has a long way to go to become a sports superpower. The number of medals by country at Kazan, Russia are at the link below with 2 days left. http://kazan2015.com/en/medals

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Posted in: China's foreign minister says has not heard of Sept. visit by Japan's Abe See in context

I read that prime minister Abe is welcome to visit China only on September 3 2015, the day of the military parade.

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Posted in: U.S. Pacific Fleet chief joins surveillance of South China Sea See in context

I can imagine the response. China's nuclear ballistic and attack submarines, destroyers and others patroling a thousand miles or less from US coasts especially in South America, putting all points in US within range of China's nuclear missiles (SLBM), land-attack cruise missiles (LACM), and so on. What a great contribution to world peace by both sides !

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