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Posted in: IOC chief Bach says Tokyo bid payments to former Dentsu exec did not break rules See in context

Let me rephrase this for ya'll:

"Rich corrupt guy says bribery for other rich guys is not wrong!"

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Posted in: Japan explains 'comfort women' stance in German after statue set up in Berlin See in context

There are literally comfort women still alive today, yet Japan will go around saying there was no such thing. Seriously Japan...if you're trying to save face, let me tell you that this is just more embarrassing and shameful than admitting to past crimes and providing closure to victims.

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Posted in: Japan urges S Korea to present solution over wartime labor row See in context

@ReasonWisdomNippon

Yes, I'm aware of that.

But what does Japan hope to get out of that? Is it for Korea to never speak of this event again? Is it to remove all statues of comfort women so people will forget about them?

As I have said in my previous comment, I think Japan wants Korea silenced (this is just my thoughts btw) and that in itself is the wrong approach.

Also, using the argument that saying x amount of apology is enough is not a good argument. As we are the aggressor, we should be prepared to say sorry as many times necessary if we were truly sorry. But it seems that we think there should be a cap to the amount of apologies that needs to be said for the murder of countless people, destruction of culture and ending their royal bloodline.

I'm ethnically Japanese myself so I want to believe that our government is doing what's best, but I can't help but doubt that our government genuinely feels sorry for what they've done and I don't think they ever will.

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Posted in: Japan urges S Korea to present solution over wartime labor row See in context

Here's my 2 cents:

Japan seems to want to settle this and it's great they are directly asking Korea for their solution. However, I think what Japan wants in return is for silence around this matter. And that is where the issue lies. History shouldn't be covered up. By silencing the victim, Japan is not being apologetic. Until we own up to our history, this will never be resolved. I think a good example to follow is what Germany has done to acknowledge their war crimes.

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Posted in: Suga vows swift decision on release of Fukushima radioactive water See in context

I will also make the swift decision to stay clear from Japanese seafood for the next decade.

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Posted in: Cyberattacks on coronavirus vaccine projects confirmed in Japan See in context

Those hackers are a fool! Don't they realize that everything is probably written down with pen and paper!

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Posted in: 71% of S Koreans see Japan unfavorably as ties sink to record lows See in context

@ saisku

Japan did some incredibly horrible things during the war, unit 731 comes to mind, but SK is not one to speak as they let crazy NK exist to threaten the entire world due to their lack of action.

Correction - They WANT to stabilize and even unite with NK. It's the larger global powers (US, Soviet Russia and China) that split the country in half. Global powers (especially Japan) don't want Korea to reunite because it will only make Korea even more economically powerful and competitive.

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Posted in: 71% of S Koreans see Japan unfavorably as ties sink to record lows See in context

As a Japanese ethnic myself who have many Korean colleagues at work, I have to say that my experience has been really different.

A lot of my Korean colleagues loved Japan, it's people and culture. They relate to Japanese people a lot in terms of mannerism and values. But one thing they dislike is how the Japanese government approached the Korea-Japan relationship. They know that their government has been corrupt as well, resulting in poor approach to the situation.

I know it's easy to hate from reading these articles, but hate on hate really doesn't improve anything. I wonder if any of the commenters above have Korean friends...

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Posted in: LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law See in context

Being gay is normal.

LGBT may not be as common as straight, but MANY people identify as LGBT and homosexuality has always been present throughout history and in other animal species.

Good on these people for fighting for what's right and they deserve to have the same privileges as any members of the society.

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Posted in: Berlin allows 'comfort woman' statue to remain for time being See in context

Can someone please explain to me why so many people in this discussion are against the statue?

I thought the statue was to remember the victims and act as a reminder of the atrocities so that it can never be committed again in the future.

People say that Japan has apologized but what good is an apology if you're trying to silence the victims and stopping them from acknowledging the victims?

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Posted in: Fishermen oppose release of Fukushima water into ocean See in context

How do they possibly think it's okay to pour any dangerous waste into the ocean? Just because it's in the ocean and out of sight doesn't mean it's gone... the radioactive water will harm local marine life and spread through the current to other parts of the world.

I still avoid Japanese seafood when possible because radiation takes YEARS and YEARS to breakdown.

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Posted in: Australian think tank says there are 380 detention camps in Xinjiang See in context

Is China trying to be the new world super villain? Cuz that's how you become a super villain.

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Posted in: S Korea's 1st novel on 'comfort women' history appears in English See in context

Germans:

We are so ashamed and truly sorry for WW2 and what Nazi Germany has committed

Fighto and oldman_13:

Yeah nah, Japan said sorry! Even though Abe just tweeted that he visited Yasakuni shrine just recently. Get over it. If we said sorry once (despite our actions being complete opposite), you should never bring this up again. Like EVER. How hard can it possibly be to get over being raped by hundreds and hundreds of men and being beaten if you refused? Geeez.

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Posted in: Abe tweets that he has visited Yasukuni Shrine See in context

Japan is sorry for their war crimes? Yeah right...

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Posted in: Chinese viewers find Disney's new 'Mulan' to be tired take See in context

The remake is basically a CCP propaganda and Disney throwing all moral and dignity out the window for money.

They altered the story so that Mulan is protecting the kingdom (the government) rather than protecting her family and loved ones.

The movie also changed the messaging so that those born special and skilled can make it in life whereas others should just marry. This is a such depressing message to send out, especially to young girls watching this.

Don't even get me started on how the main actress supported the HK police oppressed freedom, or the movie being filmed near a concentration camp where Uighur people are suffering.

I'm glad this movie was a flop.

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Posted in: South Korean sex slave campaigner charged with embezzlement See in context

Sad that one woman's corrupt actions have tarnished this group's image.

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Posted in: LDP elects Suga as leader to succeed Abe See in context

Not a fan of Suga... not because he's incompetent but because he comes from a similar agenda / background as Abe. This means the fundamental and systematical issues in Japan will most likely not be addressed or resolved.

I fear Japan may even go backward under his leadership.

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Posted in: Again, no female contenders in Japan's leadership race See in context

I know equal gender representation in Japanese leadership roles are an issue.... but I'd rather just see someone competent and capable to be in the leadership race - man or woman.

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Posted in: Mulan movie boycott calls grow over scenes filmed in Xinjiang See in context

I'm guessing that the CCP and Disney made an agreement for Disney to thank the Chinese companies in their credit as part of CCP's PR stunt of seeming generous and for Disney to receive subsidy and to showcase the movie in China.

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Posted in: China unveils global data security initiative; says some countries bullying others See in context

Statements like these make the CCP look ridiculous. They're not fooling anyone...

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Posted in: BTS hit 'Dynamite' worth $1.4 billion to South Korea: gov't See in context

It's interesting to read how some people in the comments feel about Kpop and have the need to hate on Kpop.

I also think there's a lot of misconceptions-assumed-to-be-fact about Kpop in general. For example, yes the government helps entertainment companies in the Kpop business because it has huge economic returns for Korea so of course they're going to aid in this industry. It goes the same for any countries with huge stake in any industries! USA government is looking into pouring billions into its semiconductor chip industry - are you going to start hating on Intel and Qualcomm for this?

Kpop is obviously in Korean language but because of their global audience, some groups release English versions for their fans, for example Dyanmite by BTS. Their accent may not be perfect, but I think that's really thoughtful and inclusive to do so.

You may think Kpop is just all about pretty face and dancing and that's one part of it, and the part of Kpop that receives the most international attention. Kpop actually has a huge variety of REALLY great indie bands and ballad singers and sadly it doesn't get as much attention globally.

Anyway, a lot of effort goes into producing Kpop and I think the quality is great! You can hate on it if you like, but I feel it's unjustified unless you've explored the world of Kpop. As a Japanese person, I love Jpop too but it definitely needs to adapt its business model for a global era.

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Posted in: Japan's tuna market, the world's largest, hit hard by pandemic See in context

They should use this opportunity to let the tuna population replenish!

They also should start looking into adapting their business model, if they haven't done so already.... no one knows how long this pandemic will last and it's all about business adaptability in the age of change.

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Posted in: Tokyo highlights LGBTQ rights before Olympics with Pride House See in context

The amount of ignorance around LGBT and the challenges they face is incredible and further evidence as to why we need these things to educate people on it.

But I hope that this isn't all for show at the Olympics, but it's a good step forward.

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Posted in: BTS hit 'Dynamite' worth $1.4 billion to South Korea: gov't See in context

Whether you like Kpop or not, I think the rising popularity of Kpop is hugely beneficial for the Asian community as it's normalizing Asian people on western media. Asian people were (and still are) seriously lacking representation in some western countries with huge Asian population (such as US and Australia).

Also Dynamite is a bop - it's my new shower song these days :)

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Posted in: Annual dolphin hunt starts in Wakayama whaling town See in context

Australian activists have been trying to stop this "tradition" and 60 minutes did an eye opening report. You can watch it here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSxOSexVX4I).

It's honestly terrifying.

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Posted in: Annual dolphin hunt starts in Wakayama whaling town See in context

I saw the document - the fishermen would herd the dolphins into a shallow cove and plunge a metal rod into their blowhole and put a cork in it to stop the blood from turning the water red. This was done to stop the water turning red so people wouldn't realise they were killing dolphins.

I think they were given a set amount to kill but usually went beyond that number, hence preventing dolphin blood spilling into the water. (I haven't fact-checked this though).

Honestly, it doesn't take much to realise that this is a cruel and horrific practice, especially on an intelligent animal. I'm not sure if it's for food, but it's for tradition - it's an old practice that needs to adapt to modern times of preserving and protecting the environment.

The fact that police and other officials work together on this is also disgusting.

I highly recommend everyone to watch the document (available on Youtube) and inform yourself to become aware of what goes down here.

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Posted in: Ishiba urges closer ties with Asian neighbors See in context

I like his mentality in building relationships with other nations.

Whether you like Korea or not, I believe it's important to forge ties. They are our neighbor, culturally similar, and an important market and economic zone for us.

I think China is too big of a market (and a bully) to disassociate from it, but it would be good to be on good terms with China whilst making transition to be less reliant on them.

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Posted in: Lady Gaga dominates at MTV VMAs, The Weeknd wins top award See in context

I don't really watch award shows either but noticed BTS performance on Youtube had 11 million views so... it's probably more popular than we think.

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Posted in: Japan proposes wiping down Mauritius mangroves by hand to remove oil See in context

JUST DO SOMETHING JAPAN!

Get on with the cleaning rather than sitting in your comfortable chair twiddling your thumb pondering what to do!

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Posted in: Race for new PM starts after Abe's resignation; Aso won't run See in context

I'm just glad Aso is not running for the job. He was seriously conservative and that's the last thing Japan needs to break out of its mold of being frozen in the 90s and 00s.

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