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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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Posted in: Koike says coronavirus situation improving; Olympics on track for 2021 See in context

Does anyone have a big, hard reality stick to hit Koike on the head with?

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Posted in: This award-winning dessert is made from whole premium mini melons See in context

This reminds me of the melon bingsu from the Korean dessert shop Sulbing! Looks delicious.

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Posted in: Japan to ease COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners with resident visas: NHK See in context

Japan plans to ease its COVID-19 entry restrictions 

The key word here is plan.

We all know that there's another 50 stages after the planning phase before they finally come to a decision.

Thanks for the false hope.

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Posted in: 'Crash Landing on You' star Son Ye Jin overwhelmed by popularity in Japan See in context

This show is so good. Highly recommend it!

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Posted in: Japan's economy suffers record 27.8% contraction in April-June See in context

@Larr Flint

Just numbers, like the cases for virus doesn't mean anything.

LOL! Not sure what form of metric or criteria you're using if you don't involve numbers....

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Posted in: Koizumi says Japan will send team to Mauritius to assess fuel spill damage See in context

Too late Japan, too late.

No need to assess because the ecosystem has been drenched in oil now.

How about start cleaning immediately?

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Posted in: Moon says he is always ready to talk with Japan over historical disputes See in context

@Peter Neil

Yes, the Japanese government "apologized" but are those apologies being reflected through their actions? I don't think so....

Don't tell me you're actually being fooled into believing those apologies mean anything? Even as a Japanese myself, I know that it's all empty apologies...

Discussions about the past will not be easy and there will be many disagreement, but it's good to have the conversation going. I hope Japan and Korea can repair old wounds and become friendly neighbors in the near future.

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Posted in: Japan's legacy of forced labor haunts ties with neighbors See in context

As an ethnic Japanese, I personally think that we can never apologise ENOUGH for invading multiple countries, raping and murdering thousands and thousands of people, looting national treasures and ending Korea's royal bloodline and more.

I understand that it's a fine balance for the government however. We don't want people to think that we're bending our knee to Korea every single time.

If Japanese companies want to operate in Korea, we need to build a better reputation with their people. If people have been victimized and request compensation, let's compensate to repair relationships and continue operating in Korea.

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Posted in: Anti-mask group in Tokyo slammed for 'cluster festival' See in context

Japan was the last place I expected to find anti-maskers...

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Posted in: Australian internal borders to stay shut as COVID-19 daily deaths reach record See in context

@Do the hustle

Yes, those methods initially worked but it wasn't a long term solution. Small businesses were seriously harmed, and many many non-citizens were left with no financial support or forced to return to their country. Whilst the fines may have spooked some people from breaking regulations, I still saw so many people out and about (at least in Sydney).

Despite all these efforts, many people still don't practice social distancing seriously and don't wear masks.

Look, maybe my earlier comment was harsh. Australia is definitely doing some things right, and certainly better than some countries. But I still stand by that they're not a "global leader".

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Posted in: Australian internal borders to stay shut as COVID-19 daily deaths reach record See in context

It was considered a global leader early in the pandemic

This is hilarious - I live in Australia and there's no way Australia should be considered a global leader. They honestly did nothing special other than close their international border early.

Australians barely practice social distancing. For example, people flocked to Bondi beach when offices closed and people had to work from home. People have been hosting house parties and lining up to go to the bars!

Mask is mainly worn by the Asian ethnic Australians but even then, I would say only about 40% are wearing it at most times in Sydney. A lot of my non-Asian friends just don't understand the concept of wearing a mask or don't believe in its prevention effect.

The government spent millions developing a tracing app which haven't been downloaded by the majority hence making it ineffective.

I was also sick the other day but there were no nearby testing centres that I could access unless I had a car (which I don't). So in the end, I couldn't get tested because I didn't want to risk taking public transport and travelling long distance and expose myself to other people.

If anything, Australia should be criticised for creating a lockdown situation without any form of compensation or support for small businesses and casual workers, no support for working holiday and visa holders, and allowing people to tap into their superannuation fund without properly checking for eligibility (some people used this as a loophole to use this money as a deposit to buy homes!).

Australia's response to the pandemic is a joke. Look at South Korea and Taiwan as a role model instead.

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Posted in: Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested under security law See in context

If China knows anything about change management, then it wouldn't have suddenly enforced a huge change that affects so many stakeholders.

But I guess they don't give a s___ , and decided their vision is to become the global villain.

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