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Posted in: Putin says Abe told him peace treaty proposal not possible See in context

Kobayashi Maru!

Japan will not want to lose face and repeal sanctions against Russia for fear of upsetting its international allies, mainly the US and UK and wont discuss the idea of repealing unless territorial changes are agreed first!

Likewise, Russia will not contemplate the loss of territory unless sanctions are repealed and wont negotiate unless they are!

As both sides are "technically" at peace it seems to me a little strange that this is such a hot topic. Formal treaties that symbolise the ending of wars seems a little passé now!

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Posted in: Around 70 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Are they there in an official capacity or in a personal one? if its personal then they have nothing to be ashamed of, its their choice and their right to attend. If its official as representatives of the government, then perhaps some decorum should have been expressed, but its by no means wrong! A countries leaders paying respects to those that lost their lives fighting for what they believed in and for their homeland is an act that is played out all over the world at cenotaphs and memorials.

Yes there are war criminals interned here, and that is unfortunate, but the souls of the remainder of those there, still deserve the right to be remembered. To forget them dishonours them and makes their sacrifice worthless.

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine See in context

I have no problem with this. Its his right and choice to pay tributes at any shrine of his choosing. Don't let the naysayers and the haters put you off Abe! Well done!

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Posted in: Abe renews pledge to change constitution to include reference to SDF See in context

For everyone that seems to think that by simply recognising the fact that Japan has a military and giving it the respect it deserves, will somehow kickstart Japan on a path of resetablishing its Imperialistic ambitions and somehow picking up where WWII left off, are deluded and seriously need to examine or study history!

Its fantastical to suggest that, and also comical! Japan has no agenda to do that nor is anyone in any thinktank of policy forum even suggesting that! Even the Nippon Kaigi don't promote that, so where this comes from is bizarre!

Lets try a different tact. for those not from Japan, imagine if your military was not allowed to call itself that, and that they had to serve and live by a set of rules and regulation imposed upon them by an occupying force that was hell bent on originally destroying any means of defence possible. How would you feel? Imagine the US being told that that, or the UK, even Germany was allowed to have a military after WWII so why cant Japan?

Its always the naysayers and the ones that moan about defence that are the first to complain when someone attacks and nothing was there to stop it! Stop living in the realms of fantasy and come into the real world! Its time for change and recognition. Lets hope this passes soon and then we can look at revising the rest of the constitution, one that's fit for purpose and written by the Japanese for Japan!

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Posted in: Japan's military joins historic Philippine war games See in context

Nice to see them in action and to show that despite appearances the SDF are willing to fight and protect! Banzai!

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Posted in: LDP to skip talks with Komeito, present constitution change proposals to Diet See in context

Finally! Lets get these proposals on the Diet floor. The sooner they can be debated the sooner they can be agreed and Japan can move forward in to the 21st Century with a constitution written by its people for its people, not an occupying force who imposed it through humiliating means!

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Posted in: U.S. may push Japan, EU not to strike trade deals with China: Ross See in context

Love it or not, China represents the economic powerhouse of the future. The US is no longer the workshop of the world and its cant stand to loose its status. This is an act of desperation. If the US was less blinded by its own sense of self importance it would look to cooperate and build trust with China that complimented both sides. However, the US being what it is seems to be resorting to economical blackmail to gets what it wants.

The sooner they realise that their time has passed the better. All eyes turn to the East, for this will be Asia's Century! Like it or not this will happen and is already in reality.

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Posted in: UK seeks urgent explanation on why Hong Kong blacklisted journalist See in context

As someone who lived in Hong Kong a few years ago, I'm alarmed at the increasing erosion of freedoms that seem to be happening almost daily. While governments do have a right to revoke visas, China is constantly ignoring and rubbishing the special agreement that was agreed with the UK when it was handed over in 1997. 

Mind you, I guess the UK were fools to believe that China would abide by that agreement.

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Posted in: Japan to skip naval event after S Korea protests over flag See in context

Really! Oh dear lord get over it! Could this be because the comfort women issues is not yielding any results and this is the latest attempt by both Koreas to keep Japans past on the agenda?

Japan used lots of different flags during its colonial period, why this one in particular? This is nothing but an knee jerk, last ditch attempt by oppertunists who have jumped on an anti-Japan bandwagon without thinking it through or its consequences.

WW2 happened, it was terrible and both sides did awful things but its coming up 80 years ago! Lets move on!

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Posted in: Elaborate throne for next emperor arrives in Tokyo See in context

Is there a photo of the mirror and sword that the gods gifted to the deemed Royal family? That must be part of the requirements for Emperors to receive? I for one would like to see them.

Good luck! Only the high priest and the Emperor Himself get to see those!

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Posted in: Elaborate throne for next emperor arrives in Tokyo See in context

The 6.5-meter-high canopied structure, decorated with lacquerware, gold and other ornaments, has been used for coronations and other key imperial rituals since around the eighth century, according to the Imperial Household Agency. It was last used by Akihito in 1990 and has since been stashed away at the Kyoto palace.

This passage seems to be having people up in arms for some reason, and yes, at first glance it does seem contradictory, however it more bad grammar than bad history.

What it is saying is that, the symbol of the throne and the metaphor is represents have been around since the end of the 8th century, however, this is its current incarnation. This is not the original, its the latest incumbent that was constructed in the early 20th Century.

Hope that clears it up!

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Posted in: Japanese carrier joins drills with British warship heading to contested South China Sea See in context

What is Britton doing in Chinese waters it’s the other side of the world what are they trying to do what are they trying to steal?

If you actually bothered to read the article, which it seems you didn't, it clearly says the UK is part of a United Nations task force monitoring sanctions against North Korea.

In regards to what they are trying to steal? I'm not sure what you are implying there, are you suggesting that the Royal Navy is there to plunder and engage in piracy? Come on, grow up and get with the programme and join the 21st century and stop being disrespectful!

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Posted in: Japanese carrier joins drills with British warship heading to contested South China Sea See in context

Hope they're not surprised when China sends ships and fighter planes into what Japan calls its territory

And that's exactly the reason why Japan needs a Navy, to counter actions like that and deter foreign powers form taking advantage of it! You want to talk about bullies of Asia, I think China and North Korea are doing a pretty good job at filling that role at the moment! Japan seem to be the only ones with their heads screwed on!

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Posted in: Japanese carrier joins drills with British warship heading to contested South China Sea See in context

The Argyll, Kaga and its destroyer escort the Inazuma should proceed to Kao Hsiung harbor and upon arrival , PM Abe and PM May should simultaneously announce the re-establishment of full diplomatic ties with the ROC-TW!

There is a difference between containment and outright aggression. An act like this would more than likely lead to full diplomatic withdraws from both sides and would be devastating for the region and would be the spark that ignites the powder keg!

This display of force is a way of showing Beijing that just because it build a few islands and says it owns all the sea around it, doesn't mean is actually true! Small displays using a few, albeit, advanced and powerful ships, contains the issue and put the ball firmly in Chinas court. It knows if it attacks it will be seen as the aggressor internationally and while it will protest it knows realistically it is powerless to do anything as even they don't want to rock the boat. No pun intended!

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Posted in: High court gives go ahead for restart of Shikoku Electric nuclear reactor See in context

To think that these plants have no safety procedures in place and will not have learnt lessons from previously disasters is ridiculous. As a developed nation Japan is obliged to bring down its carbon footprint just like every one else. Nuclear power, while not ideal, is by far the best start to this process. Renewable energy power plants are coming online but they cant match the output of nuclear yet and without resorting to dirty fossil fuel based plants.

What would people prefer, Japan uses coal and gas increasing CO2 output of uses Nuclear for a while reducing the footprint and paving the way for better more efficient and renewable plants to come online later.

Its a simple choice at the moment, fossil fuel based or nuclear. Renewables can only get you so far and cannot power a population of over 100 million! You'd have to cover japan in solar panels or wind turbines to get the same result.

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Posted in: U.S. experts cautious on Abe seeking constitutional revision See in context

The constitution, its self is a fudge anyway, written by American and British political thinkers and imposed upon on an occupied people who had no way to examine of debate the document before it was agreed. Imagine if you were completely beaten, degraded, destroyed and reduced to almost nothing and then made to endure the humilition of having your victor impose terms and conditions were forced on you and you were denied the ability and right to defend yourself against hostile neighbours and countries who would love nothing better than to have a go at you for revenge and because they know that you cant fight back! Pacifism is fine as long as everyone else in the room respects that. Japan is not in that position and I think you would struggle to find another country within its sphere of influence who is not itching to have a go at them!

The only reason the SDF exists is because the US realised that with out a military of some kind, they would be soley responsible for its defence and protection, a bill they would never be able to afford of realistically complete. The ability to rightfully recognise the SDF for what it is not war mongering, its correct and respectful top those men and women who wish to serve their country and protect it from harm! Every country and people have the right to defence and to deny them that is to deny them safety and security!

The revisions in my mind dont go far enough, Japan needs a constitution written by the Japanese for the Japanese that fit for the modern world and the position it finds itself in, not the world circa 1945!

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Posted in: Abe dines with Trump; says Japan, U.S. to continue close coordination on N Korea See in context

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to dismantle his country's major nuclear facility if the United States takes reciprocal actions, and to close its key missile test site in the presence of international experts.

And if you believe that this is his only production and test site, then you are deluded! Of course Trump will say that they are watching North Korea's hand very carefully to make sure they are doing what's expected, but as with all acts of illusion, (and everything the North says and does, is an illusion), its not what the hands are doing that you need to be worried about.

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Posted in: China-Japan maritime crisis threatens 'Silk Road' project: report See in context

Because the maritime issue is the only thing holding the Belt and Road project back? Lets not mention the chronic logistical issue of such an endeavour, crippling debt its causing the countries it wants to pass through who then have to shoulder the cost, troublesome governments and a general lack of trust towards Beijing?  

Its an noble idea, just undermined completely from the start, by the fact that everyone can see through the charade!

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Posted in: Abe to make rare visit to Darwin See in context

Is it possible, do you think?, to be able to report the presence and visit of a Japanese politician to anywhere in the Pacific area, with out bringing up WW2?

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Posted in: Serena cartoon fuels debate about 'racist' Australia See in context

It requires a delicate balancing act to ensure that the line between satire and offense is not overstepped. Blurring the lines has always been the mainstay of comedians and cartoonists throughout the ages and a caricature by its very nature picks up on traits and characteristics that are of obvious notice. This is no exception and the only reason its being picked up on is because people are too afraid to actually be truthful and say "well actually yes it is a bit like that" but wont for fear of being attacked or criticised myself! I wonder if there would be as much uproar if a black newspaper showed a cartoon that exposed the traits of white people in such a manner? I doubt it?

In the supposed equal and fair society that we seem to be hastily carving out for ourselves like a bull in a china shop with out thinking it through properly first, we seem to be loosing the ability to critique in a humorous manner. . Give it a few years and comedy will be declared offensive I suspect

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Posted in: Emperor, empress visit flood victims in Okayama See in context

Always good to see!

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Posted in: Japan proposes end to commercial whaling ban See in context

If the stocks are sustainable then it makes sense. Commercial whaling in sustainable conditions is no different to hunting tuna or any other large scale fishing programme. If stocks fall back then the catch falls back? If regulated and overseen properly this could be beneficial.

"whale meat while not popular is a very good source of essential amino acids that determine the nutritional value of proteins, and in this respect it is as good as, if not better than, other animal meats. Though richer in protein, whale meat has fewer calories than beef or pork." - Taneko Suzuki

Professor, Nihon University

If this is considered and with the increase in hunger in the world whale meat would be a good solution to feeding the developing world. However I am sure there will be uproar to this suggestion, but  you cant ignore the possibilities that if the means to feed those that cant feed themselves exists should it be ignored. Just because it is not popular in Japan does not mean other markets don't exist, you just have to look!

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Posted in: Japan rejoices in having first grand slam champion See in context

Just such a shame that Williams tried to turn the whole thing into the Serena show. Disgraceful behaviour from both her and the home crowd who were obviously hoping for a an American victory. She was fined last time she did this lets hope this time its bigger and that it reminds her that sport is all about fair play and not tantrums when you don't have it go your way ! 

Naomi deserved this in all its glory yet has had that once in a lifetime moment snatched form her by a petulant sore looser who knows her carer is on the wane!

Full credit to the umpire as well of not giving into such a hostile and biased atmosphere!  I hope that he continues to umpire and wont give into the haters!

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Posted in: Trump says U.S., Japan have begun talks on trade See in context

To bring it back on topic, Free Trade is always the best way to go, regardless of you political persuasion. Protectionism only harms the ones it is so called protecting as in the long run those trading with you end up looking else where. Although, perhaps instead of walking away from the Pacific Deal, America should have stuck with it, as all this is going to do is be a bad rehash of that and although it could end up with a good deal the benefits and access to key Asian markets that the old deal could have brought will not be matched.

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Posted in: Here’s what happens when an employee of 'Final Fantasy’s' publisher starts his own Tokyo cafe See in context

This seems quite frankly one of the coolest places on the planet!

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Posted in: China's 'Silk Road' project runs into debt jam See in context

It will be interesting to see what happens when one of these countries defaults on its loan! I suspect somewhere in the corridors of power in Beijing this has been discussed, and may involve China taking control of the infrastructure already built, ports, railways, highways...etc. Extra territorial rights would make China's life a lot easier in terms of controlling the movement of its goods and also avoid (in the eyes of China) the meddling of unreliable democratic governments who may have a change of heart in the matter.

The additional upside is that China then has the potential to expand its harder power across the network without fear of issues developing. Its happened before, South Manchurian Railway anyone, It will happen again, this time, less through force and more through the modern financial markets! Clever if you ask me!

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Posted in: Defense Ministry requests record budget of ¥5.3 trillion See in context

The primary role of any government is to safe guard its citizens against threats. If that means spending more on updating the military and in fact, creating a legally recognised military, then good for them! Japan can not sit back and let the pacifists dictae peace when all around them hostile and rapidly rising military powers are threating its sovereignty and safety!

China and North Korea would love a weak Japan to bully around, and because Japan is the only one not won over by Kim Jong Un's ridiculous peace rhetoric then they worry. Japan has the resources and the means to be a great power once again and needs to be prepared to flex that power when needed in defence of its people and way of life!

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Posted in: Koike again skips tribute to Koreans killed after 1923 quake See in context

The response to the violence at the time was unprecedented and was a knee jerk reaction amongst the dispelled population against the active Korean Independence Movement that was active at the time and had bombed and assassinated members of the public and members of the government. Its worth remembering that it wasn't only Koreans who were killed in the aftermath, but Chinese, Japanese and in some isolated places, Western residents.

Its all very well and good to judge from the point of view of historical hindsight but who knows what you would do in similar circumstances. In the absence of law and order and in desperate time people search for scapegoats and in this case it got out of hand. Its terrible but also human nature! A tribute to all the victims as carried out was the most reasonable and sensible outcome!

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Posted in: Japan holds nationwide disaster drills See in context

Better safe than sorry! Failure to prepare is preparation for failure!

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