kennyG comments

Posted in: Russia deploys missiles near Pacific islands claimed by Japan See in context

No. The non aggression treaty between Japan and the USSR expired on 8 August 1945 and the Soviets declared war the next day in accordance with their agreement with the US and UK to open a front against Japan in norther Asia.

Oh No. Non-aggression treaty was supposed to expire on April 25 1946 (5years from effective date April 24 1941, signed on April 13 1941) which should have been respected by Soviet Union even after Soviet had decided not to extend the treaty (with 1 year advance notice before each expiry date, which was done on

April 5 1941)

Read article 3

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Posted in: Russia deploys missiles near Pacific islands claimed by Japan See in context

Japan willingly joined the Axis and when Nazi Germany invaded the USSR Japan decided to keep going with their triple alliance so they knew from the moment that Soviet Union became officially an enemy.

It is suggested that you read up more on the backgrounds for both Japan and Soviet Union in concluding Non-Aggression Pact in 1941.

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Posted in: Russia deploys missiles near Pacific islands claimed by Japan See in context

 Facts are not "nonsense".

Indeed.

Fact -the Kurils are now controlled by Russia and populated by Russian inhabitants. Japan has next to no leverage . The end.

Indeed.  The violence, the threat, and the greed and the force are justice and always justified.

So why don't we all stop lip service

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Posted in: Japan apology needed to solve wartime labor issue: S Korean presidential candidate See in context

It was invaded and colonized by Japan. To claim anything else is a gross distortion of history. That some Koreans aided or identified with their colonizer does not change this.

It was not just some Koreans aided or identified with Japan.

“But, at that time, we chose it by ourselves. It is not Japan invaded our land. Our ancestors chose it. If we chose Qing Dynasty that soon perished, we would have had more chaos on the peninsula. If we chose Russia that soon got overturned, we would have had the entire peninsula turned to a communist country. It might not be the best but if we were to chose, I valued choosing Japan as second best.”

President of Korea Chunghee Park

“As far as I can see from these official records, I don’t understand why Japan has to be accused of enslaving Korea. If it was enslaving, the Britain is guilty of accomplice and the US guilty of accessory. All that Japan did to Korea was legally conducted as an ally of Britain. They were in accordance with the international rules and the highest code of conducts of that time. Not only that, there rules and codes were not set up by the Japanese, but they were set up by the West, especially Britain.”

A US historian – Helen Mears

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Posted in: Japan apology needed to solve wartime labor issue: S Korean presidential candidate See in context

Germans apologized only among whites' community

So the people of Namibia are white? Really?

For the very 1st time ever , yeah, admitted genocide caused by the hands of Germans but still denying it's legal reparation for damages caused, after how many years passed? What about German's other former colonies? How and what could Japan have possibly learnt from German

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister airs concerns over Russian military activity See in context

The Japanese specifically relinquished Minami Chishima in the treaty they signed. Nothing John Foster Dulles may have done five or six years after the fact changes that. He cannot change the treaty after the fact nor can the Japanese.

Nowhere in the treaty, neither English original nor Japanese translation, it stated Minami Chishima. It just stated Kurile islands (千島列島)which the drafter, USA meant to be 18 islands, what had been once owned by Russia Empire until 1875. He did not change the treaty but clarified it.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister airs concerns over Russian military activity See in context

The Japanese text did as I pointed out above. John Foster Dulles changed the US position regarding the treaty as relations with the USSR soured attempting, successfully, to prevent Japan from signing a peace treaty with the Soviets, but the original treaty was pretty clear in the Japanese text that Japan was ceding forever "Minami Chishima". That is the wording of the Japanese translation that Japan signed.

The Japanese text is a mere translation of English original paper. It was not that Japan ceded (to Soviet Union) but that Japan renounced (see the difference?)  all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands which, under the definition intended of the original drafter, USA, do not include those Japan's northern territory Period. Full stop. Those 4 islands had been always Japan's inherent territory.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister airs concerns over Russian military activity See in context

 The wording Kuril islands in 1951 SF treaty did not include and was not even intended to include those 4 islands, which was confirmed in the official correspondence by the US government to Soviet Union dated 1957 May 23.

The Department of State Bulletin, Vol. 37, No. 941 (July 8, 1957), p. 72. The “documents” referred to are the Yalta Agreement and the San Francisco Peace Treaty.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister airs concerns over Russian military activity See in context

From the US position the only two islands in dispute are Habomai and Shikotan. Itorofu and the other islands are unequivocally part of the Kuriles and ceded to the Russians by the San Francisco Treaty. There was a tentative agreement that the USSR would cede Habomai and Shikotan to Japan upon signing a peace treaty but that never occurred.

Wrong again. Japan did not cede but renounced Kuril islands( again, which do not include Japan's Northern territory) as Japan was not in the position able to unilaterally cede any of its territory to any other. Besides SF treaty was not the place referring to " where to transfer" such renounced titles.

US position is as clear as the following

“The United States has reached the conclusion after careful examination of the historical facts that the islands of Etorofu and Kunashiri (along with the Habomai Islands and Shikotan which are a part of Hokkaido) have always been part of Japan proper and should in justice be aknowledged as under Japanese sovereignty. The United States would regard Soviet agreement to this effect as a positive contribution to the reduction of tension in the Far East.”

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1955-57v23p1/d101

but the British and French who are also signatories to the treaty objected, pointing out that was not the intention of the treaty.

The British are now fully supporting Japan's stance.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister airs concerns over Russian military activity See in context

Regardless they are part of the Kurile Islands and Japan surrendered any claim to them when it signed the 1951 San Francisco Treaty.

Incorrect. The wording Kuril islands in 1951 SF treaty did not include and was not even intended to include those 4 islands, which was confirmed in the official correspondence by the US government to Soviet Union dated 1957 May 23.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister airs concerns over Russian military activity See in context

In the 1951 San Francisco Treaty Japan renounced all rights to Sakhalin Island and the Kurile Islands. Period, full stop. End of story.

Chapter II, Territory

Article 2

(c) Japan renounces all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands, and to

that portion of Sakhalin and the islands adjacent to it over which Japan acquired

sovereignty as a consequence of the Treaty of Portsmouth of September 5, 1905. 1

Let me correct your understanding. Those 4 islands are Japan's inherent territories which had never been owned by any nations but Japan, and not included in Kuril islands stipulated in 1951 SF treaty.

It is too obvious from 1875 Treaty of Saint Petersburg where Japan and Russia swapped Sakhalin for so called Kurile islands as defined 18 islands from and including Urup island to the north-east up to and including Shumshu island.

This is confirmed by the memorandum issued by US Dept of State in 1956 Sep 7 and reconfirmed by the letter from US to Soviet Union in 1957 May 23

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Posted in: Japan apology needed to solve wartime labor issue: S Korean presidential candidate See in context

+Let's put it his way

Germans apologized only among whites' community

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Posted in: Japan apology needed to solve wartime labor issue: S Korean presidential candidate See in context

And his history would have no words to justify Opium wars

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Posted in: Japan apology needed to solve wartime labor issue: S Korean presidential candidate See in context

Here is a great opportunity for Japan to learn from the example of Germany. The Germans never assumed a single apology was all they needed to give, one and done. No. The Germans send military and diplomatic delegations each and every year to commemorate their atrocities and let the world know the current Federal Republic repudiates the Nazis and is committed to being a model representative democracy. The Germans participate in many such commemorations with the leaders of the host nation at the sites of some of their worst barbarities. No nation has to badger Germany to participate and their words at these occasions are heartfelt and humble. Japan has an opportunity to follow Germanys leadership and do the same for her Asian neighbors. Such annual pilgrimages would do much to heal the wounds and improve relations with its neighbors.

His history starts only from before and after WW2, who probably don't know Germany was one of those Western Powers which butchered and split China, not to mention how Germany did neither apologize nor compensate toward its former colonies.

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Posted in: Japan apology needed to solve wartime labor issue: S Korean presidential candidate See in context

South Korea is doomed still having this kind of idiot as a candidate

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Posted in: Uber Eats Japan will not be charged for hiring Vietnamese overstayers See in context

Samit BasuToday  12:09 pm JST

I don't know how Uber Eats work in Japan, but in the US Uber Eats delivery persons are users of Uber Eats platform, not employees.

The whole concept behind Uber is that all Uber drivers/delivery persons are self-employed workers who use Uber platforms to obtain work from customers.

That is causing this much of troubles. Uber should disclose each one of delivery persons' identities for users to make them to compensate for troubles on foods/drinks delivered or on traffic accidents, or any other uncomfortable service

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Posted in: Uber Eats Japan will not be charged for hiring Vietnamese overstayers See in context

Uber Eats Japan employs terrible business model, no care for social responsibility

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Posted in: German scholar urges Kishida to carefully handle defense issues See in context

Japan should follow Germany's example wrt to atoning for their WWII atrocities

This. Germany atoned only to Jews, not for their WW2 atrocities, not to mention for WW1 atrocities and what they had done to former-German's colonies

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Posted in: Tokyo ranked 3rd most attractive city in Global Power Index See in context

Kyo wa heiwa dayo neToday  10:22 am JST

Singapore is ahead of the times as far as modern and attractive and very clean with low crime , equality and low prejudice.

Everyone speaks English or Singlish.

Say hello to the merlion.

Tokyo summer is no good but isn't Singapore also hot and humid? does it have 4 seasons , I am not sure as I always visited, I guess, the same timing in a year.

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Posted in: Tokyo ranked 3rd most attractive city in Global Power Index See in context

352qqToday  07:30 pm JST

Tokyo is one of the ugliest cities in the world

China's big cities are more beautiful

Which ones? Hope Public Toilet ( I mean not the real public one such as the ones in the park etc) conditions are different by now

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Posted in: German scholar urges Kishida to carefully handle defense issues See in context

@P.Smith

Germans, unlike Japanese, have accepted full responsibility for their country’s actions in the 1930s and 1940s.

How long will you expose your ignorance?

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Thomas GoodtimeToday  04:56 pm JST

Good lord. It's a dump. In many ways.

Third in the world??? Haha.

There are much nicer cities here with much nicer people, with much nicer weather and much nicer atmosphere.

I wouldn't argue but which cities do you have in your mind, which have all those conditions = much nicer people+weather+atmosphere, hopefully with public peace and order better than Tokyo and no discrimination toward Asian.

You must name a few

I am asking as I am so interested in your assertion.

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Posted in: German scholar urges Kishida to carefully handle defense issues See in context

He is like the United Nations, UNHCR and its so called special reporters, criticizing the easiest targets to dodge what they already know is fundamental cause

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 17 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 113 See in context

Believe the numbers or not , keep your mask on and keep social distance and don't forget rinse out your throats. that's all

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister invited to China See in context

Zia and EstebanNov. 23  10:42 pm JST

I suggest a history book @kennyG.

You know why Korea and China are anti Japan? Because they've been treated like dirt by Japan for a long time.

How does your history book describe "treating like dirt" about Korea under Japanese ruling?

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Posted in: German scholar urges Kishida to carefully handle defense issues See in context

Scholars should consider how to and urge thugs to disarm themselves rather than try to urge police to face them with bare hands

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 17 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 113 See in context

The numbers aren't being manipulated, but it's pretty obvious that the real number is underreported due to the fact that people aren't getting tested if they have mild/no symptoms.

How come you must feel obliged to test yourself when you feel all good?

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister invited to China See in context

Anti-Japan? Though why Korea and China should ever be pro Japan is beyond me.

Perhaps why Taiwan is pro-Japan, and Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar , Phillipines, Malaysia, all those small islands-countries in the pacific are not Anti-Japan would be beyond you.

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Posted in: Japan's foreign minister invited to China See in context

Tom DoleyToday  02:17 pm JST

Japan getting cosy with China? Because its foreign minister was invited there? Several days ago Biden had a lengthy conversation with Xi. Is America also getting cosy with China?

Where have you been? Straight after the Biden Xi summit, Biden announced potential Olympics boycott. Japan? Nope. need to appease China.

And South Korea? Of course as always appeasing China is not it?

Further, when US SK and Japan were meant to give a joint press conference last week to show China a united front, Japan childishly pulls out with a petty excuse, with some experts claiming that Japan did that deliberately to not pee off the Chinese. Needless to say, the US is fuming at Japan's double standards.

Said What? United front to show against China, is this from the mouth of a fore-front of the Anti-Japan cult followers or what?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 6 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 50 See in context

Is Japanese govt manipulating or other govts manipulating?

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