Suga ought to go to travel.
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If only the pandemic was like fiction and could be written out of the script.
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Vogel's book is now out of print as far as the commercial and academic press is concerned. You can get it a a self-published book from I Universe. I believe that much of the # 1 business left out Japan's glaring faults, like its educational system, especially its playpen universities. The crash of the Japanese economy and the prolonged recession that follow likely turned off Vogel's publishers to Japan as Number One..
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There should be a mass boycott of this this unconstitutional rubbish.
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"Japan tells S Korea it will skip trilateral summit over wartime labor dispute." Call "wartime labor" by it is true name: "Japanese wartime slave labor."
In any case, Suga's presence will not be missed. Not at this summit or anywhere else until he learns to call the enslavement of Korean workers by its true name.
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I wasn't OA. I said it was at this time off the point. That's elementary logic.
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As someone above wrote, Germany still has much to answer for the crimes of the Nazi era. But right now this is off the point.
The point is that the ordered removal of the comfort woman statue is a violation of the freedom of expression. That this came about because of a demand by a foreign country, Japan, a nation guilty of sexual slavery in the near past, makes the removal of the statue all the more damning.
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""Although I know the economy has to be restored, I feel worried if people start traveling more," said a woman in her 30s, who was going to Aichi Prefecture from the station."
I'm with the woman in her 30s. The danger is that travel may well spread the virus. You cannot expect everyone to be good boys and girls and keep their masks on at all times. Think of this in the context of enclosed and inescapable places like train cars and airplanes. Just one person could possibly start a chain reaction of infections.
If we have a renewed surge of COVID 19 all the economic gains Go To could be wiped out.
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It would be most practical to inoculate foreign residents for free. That way everyone in Japan will be virus free. It is shocking that Japanese authorities are not yet sure if they'll include taxpaying foreign residents in this program.
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I must add, Tump &Co. will have the best medical facilities open to them for free, in contrast to what the ordinary American will get. Even the most rudimentary facilities will set American working people back a fortune.
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A modicum of sympathy is necessary for Trump and his wife to preserve our humanity. That said, Trump brought this on him self, his family and his followers. Trump and Trump's followers were, and perhaps still are, anti-maskers. And we know enough now that not wearing masks during this pandemic is dangerous. It can be fatal. Everyone who has seen the statistics knows that.
Trump ignored this and no brought many of his supporters to their untimely deaths. Well, now he's got it. Melania has it. Who knows who else in the White House has it.
It is nothing to be jovial about.
But it is a reminder that in this pandemic no one is safe. Not even the most powerful man in the world.
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Suga wants right-wing yes men who think and speak as he does. A regime that is but a cacophony of echos of the boss's voice is doomed to a quick and disordered end. Let us hope Suga goes quickly.
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As noted above, successive prime ministers had since 1995 expressed their regrets over Japan's brutal rule of Korea. Abe, backed by Japan's right-wing has fostered a reverse course. It is not outrightly blatant denial. Rather, much of it is dousing the issue with euphemisms, obfuscation and defacto censorship.
As this article shows, questions of Japanese wartime guilt are not going away. South Korea is seeing to that. What has changed from previous years is that now South Korea is rich and truly democratic. It cannot be intimidated any longer and it has the resources to widely publicize what was done to it by Japan.
Within Japan, the right-wing is strong. Outside Japan it is not. And it is outside Japan where the world is learning the truth about Japanese colonialism.
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The one thing that emerges from all of this is that Mueller is a totally honest guy down to the last detail. That is likely why he never lost a case.
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About that photograph we hear the following: “Children shouldn’t be used in this way."
Children are used in a similar and worse ways when they are forced to sing the Japanese (or LDP) national anthem. Forced and punished if they don’t sing at school. (Emperor Akahito, bless his heart, once remarked that people should not be forced to sign anything they don’t to.)
Let’s get closer to the our Korean girl and the flag. She is enjoying herself. She is not suffering. Now think of all the girls the Japanese used as “comfort women,” some not that much old than this little girl. Would love to hear what the people pouring out their fake compassion for the little girl with the flag have to say about that.
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I have a great idea. Let Japan and Russia agree to put the island issue aside and sign a peace treaty. Then they can negotiate as official friends instead of official enemies.
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About the photo. What does this have to do with hate? Where are the angry banners and howling sound trucks? This is a peaceful gathering. Perhaps it is in solidarity with the former slaver laborers. Perhaps it has nothing to do with the issue at hand. Whatever, it’s cute. Lighten up, folks.
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Clarification: The former Korea slave laborers, residing in South Korea, are not “playing to victim.” They were real victims of slavery. Slavery is when you force people to work for you and don’t pay them. I hope we can all agree on that point.
In this discussion and others Koreans have being accused of “playing the victim” or “playing the victim card.” This is unfair, you should see it if we turn the question around.
You know what happens in August every year in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Are the A-bomb victims “playing the victim”? Let’s taking it further. Many A-bomb victims were Koreans, who were in fact denied official victim status for many years. Now (1) are all A-bomb victims “playing the victim” every August in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? and (2) are only Korean A-bomb victims “playing the victim.” If you answer yes to (1) you are inhuman. If you answer to (2) you are a bigot. If you answer no to (1) and (2) but insist Koreans as “playing the victim card” you are still a bigot.
People who have been vandalized are victims. They are not “playing the victim.”
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About the little girl in the photograph, which has been the subject of much off the point vitriol.
Look at the lady in the foreground. She has a iPad or something like it. She is photographing the little girl, who is posing. A few of the men in uniform are posing with her.
You have to be sick to see anything “disgusting” in this.
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Thank you for the information OssanAmerica. This information, however interesting, is still off the point as far as this article goes. The Koreans in question were forced laborers working for specific corporations. There is nothing in this article that remotely suggests they abused P.O.W.s So why bring it up? I see no purpose except to detail the discussion.
Excuse me, I find Speed’s remark, “The Koreas [sic] never keep their word” to be vulgar, bigoted and untrue.
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However true or untrue OssanAmerica’s cherry-picked quotations are, they are way off the point in regard to the discussion at hand. And please note: We are not discussing “Japanese-Koreans” but Korean-Koreans (excuse me) who were born and raised in Korea and happened to be enslaved by Japanese companies.
With regard to showchinmono’s remarks, please that the Japanese lawyers were not acting as judges but simply establishing the legitimacy of the law suits, which have so far gone in the plaintiffs’ favors.
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Do read SJ link to the statement regarding compensation. In sum: “The individual right to seek compensation has not been extinguished by the Korea-Japan Claims Settlement Agreement.” Read the whole statement, for which there is also a link in Japanese.
A reader writes: “Using children in protests like that is disgusting.” This is fake outrage. No thoughts from same person about slave labor being disgusting. This is unfortunately typical of those who wish to apply lashes to the victim and exonerate the victimizer.
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This is absolutely disgusting. That is all I can say at point.
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It is still vivid in my memory. I remember the shaking, things crashing, the lights going out and every dog in the neighborhood starting to howl.
We were lucky to have the electricity come back quickly but our water was out for 20 days.
I called my Mum overseas as soon as the telephone was working. You had yet heard about the quake. I told her it was bad but were okay. Some overseas friends could not reach us for days because the lines were jammed.
The big thing that impressed me about Kobe was quickly mutual aid groups got to work helping the injured and the homeless.
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They would do better in cultivating potatoes on the far side of the Moon. Space based “defense” is insanely expensive and has proven to be useless since the Reagan years.
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Good question. Answer: National self-pity while trying to hide and deny Japanese atrocities is a major pillar in LDP ideology.
It is absurd that a few off shore rocks are keeping Japan from signing a peace treaty with Russia.
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There is a geopolitical problem here. If Russia would give up those islands to Japan the U.S. would likely set up military bases there. This would be a threat to the Russian Far East, which is vulnerable enough as it is.
This is the realpolitik of the issue. It cannot be resolved under the status quo. The other realpolitik issue is in regard to Russian-Japanese relations. Peace treaty or not, Japan and Russia are not at war. In fact, Russia and Japan are friends. The islands aside, Russia and Japan have few if any conflicts.
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This means that 80% of all ambulance calls are legitimate. That is what is most important.
How do you judge illegitimate ambulance calls? We are given only two weird examples, which is lousy journalistic writing, which is all too common in Japan.
It is very likely that what seemed like emergencies turned out to be non-emergencies.
I had to call an ambulance when I was in dire pain. I saw a doctor immediately and was put in emergency. Another time I developed symptoms that my wife feared was a stroke. We got an ambulance and I was seen immediately. It was something that needed a doctor’s attention, but not a stroke. Technically, I did not need an ambulance. Does that make me one of the 20%? I do not think so.
This is a facile article because it does not discuss mistaken self-diagnosis. To say, “Did not require emergency response” is not enough.
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