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Posted in: Japan, led by less apologetic generation, stays tough in S Korea feud See in context

[ "There has been a generational shift," said Andrew Horvat, a visiting professor at Josai International University.

"Those who saw Korean conscript laborers in their emaciated condition forced to work in Japanese mines and companies have died or are very, very old," he said.

"The failure to reach consensus on a difficult past ... has resulted in a lack of tolerance in a new generation that sees things in a less nuanced manner, devoid of real experience." ]

[ Diplomats have reached out to domestic and foreign media with detailed briefings and handouts on the dispute.

"I think there is very strong pressure, especially toward major media such as NHK," said Kozo Nagata, a former NHK producer and professor of media studies at Musashi University. ]

[ Electoral system changes and three years in opposition helped ultra-conservative lawmakers and lobby groups strengthen their clout in the LDP.

"It's like the NRA (National Rifle Association) in the United States. A very small group ... can leverage the democratic system in a direction the majority do not wish to go," Horvat said.

Pressure inside the LDP for a tough stance is strong.

In June, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya came under fire from party colleagues for smiling before cameras at a meeting with his South Korean counterpart. ]

Interesting how different an issue can be presented depending on who is researching and writing-


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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic premium ticket packages to sell for up to ¥6 mil See in context

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Says it all, doesn't it?

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Posted in: Unlawful sales of Japan Post Insurance products found See in context


Everyone knows full well who has been overseeing the privatization of Japan Post, and if you believe gov't officials don't have their fingers in this pie I have tickets for the opening and closing 2020 Summer Olympic games ceremonies you can buy.

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Posted in: Unlawful sales of Japan Post Insurance products found See in context

Interesting that people can clearly see the ineptitude here of Japanese officials, yet when it comes to trade disputes with other countries Japanese officials are suddenly viewed as blameless by many.

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Posted in: 22 forced sterilization victims without records to be compensated See in context

The US actually led the way, passing the first eugenics coercive sterilization law in 1907, and investing heavily in eugenics research- https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics_in_the_United_States

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Posted in: Abe's ruling bloc set for solid upper house win: polls See in context

If anyone bothers to research how and who made the LDP it will become apparent why they are continually in power.

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Posted in: Telescope opponents tie together, block road to Hawaii summit See in context

The subcontext not reported on is that the US illegally overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy and annexed the islands- https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/timeline/578.html

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Posted in: Japan to eye options if U.S. seeks coalition on Middle East threats See in context

[ Japan will consider options if the United States seeks cooperation in safeguarding commercial shipping in the Middle East following recent attacks on oil tankers in the area, Japanese officials said Wednesday. ]

It was never clearly proven that Iran was behind the attacks, yet the media and the Japanese government (who earlier pledged to wait for conclusive evidence before taking a stance) plow ahead as though it were...which obviously implicates that this was their intention all along.

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Posted in: Japan population declines at fastest pace to 124.8 million: gov't See in context

Japanese people continue to keep re-electing LDP so continue to reap what you sow.

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Posted in: New law takes effect, banning smoking in gov't buildings, schools See in context

Yes Olympics 'round the corner etc.

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Posted in: Sony holds 40th anniversary event for iconic Walkman music player See in context

Remember reading somewhere that a German made the prototype...regardless Sony is the one that got it out there, at that time they seemed invincible.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over man’s death in Osaka bar See in context

The Nishinari area is what one could term a bit rough around the edges...

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Posted in: Woman found dead with cord tied around her neck See in context

Yeah bad relationship with some red light district shop or organization.

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Posted in: Fans mourn as Korean celebrity couple split See in context

Reality set in and asserted itself as qualitatively different from a Hallyu romantic drama.

Well at least they could recognize it and will avoid living a lie.

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Posted in: Suntory joins rival Coca Cola to push Vietnam on plastic recycling See in context

Yes now that the G20 is coming to town cobble this together.

Far too late with this, should have been done years ago.

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Posted in: Big plastic user Japan fights waste ahead of G20 summit See in context

"Japan and the US the only countries not to sign the G7 Plastic Charter."

In this case the nails that stick out should definitely be pounded down.

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Posted in: Man found guilty of forcing women into sex trade to clear 'debts' See in context

Anyone here remember the article a couple of days ago in which the US praised Japan as doing a good job regarding human trafficking?

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Posted in: Trump spoke privately about ending Japan defense treaty, Bloomberg reports See in context

The US is waiting for Abe to change the constitution, when they will join and support the US.

Very ironic that Japanese people will potentially die for the US.

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Posted in: Japan fares well in U.S. report on human trafficking See in context

[ In the report, countries with poor human rights records such as China, North Korea, Russia, Iran, Syria, Myanmar and Venezuela remained on Tier 3, the lowest level. ]

Well what a coincidence, all countries who the US is at odds with...no mention of Saudi Arabia or others as pointed out above by other posters.

Of course the US itself is clear of blame, right?-

[ The modern-day U.S. military base in South Korea has often been described as a massive international hub of sex trafficking that emerged primarily in response to the large population of male soldiers. Just in the last year, an Army Sergeant First Class stationed at Fort Hood was convicted of organizing a prostitution ring through manipulating female soldiers that he outranked and that he knew were having financial issues. ]


[ Employees involved in an internal investigation of a U.S. contractor in Iraq found evidence that employees for the company, Sallyport Global, were involved in sex trafficking...

But “Sallyport regularly shut down their probes,” the AP reports, “and failed to report their findings to the U.S. government that was footing the bill.” ]


[ It’s time to talk about an uncomfortable truth. I, like many of you, traveled the world while I served in the military. And I, like many of you, saw my brothers in arms participating in human trafficking. ]


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Posted in: Woman in her 80s hit, killed by train in Tokyo See in context

There are a lot of incidents like this...at one point Japan had crazy astronomical numbers of suicides.

The numbers have tapered off recently, but they are still high, and with image-sensitive data such as this, one can't be entirely sure, as the gov't has been caught tampering with numbers before.

If it was because in part due to economic difficulties, it is yet another indictment of the system this government has created.

May her soul rest in peace.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic tickets: Be prepared to be disappointed See in context

Of course it's only for the rich corporate elite.

When hasn't it been?

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

Before going the media reported that Abe would represent a neutral stance and would not be relaying any message from the US....

[ "Japan is an important Asian country and if it wants to expand ties with Iran, it should show a firm stance, as other countries have done,” Khamenei said. ]

Abe went all the way over there to be told that to his face.

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Posted in: Gov't rejects ¥20 mil savings estimate for those living to 95 See in context

...And the elephant in the room- How did this system / government come into being after the war?

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Posted in: K-pop's BTS gets coveted Recording Academy membership invite See in context

In fact most of the major record companies are focused more on money than music.

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Posted in: Man on a mediation mission: Abe heads to Iran See in context

[ Japanese government officials say Abe will not present Tehran with a list of demands, or deliver a message from Washington, and instead want to position Japan as a neutral intermediary. ]

The flags behind Abe say it all...and it's also sure to be the case that Iran will overlook who has positioned their military bases throughout Japan.

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Posted in: Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution See in context

[ On Tuesday, Harada said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told him the measure is following the right direction and urged him to "thoroughly listen to the opinions of the people." ]

This sentiment to ban / charge for plastic bags was not the opinion of most Japanese consumers, and Shinzo / the Japanese gov't clearly know that it's more about the 2020 Olympics and what images the world sees when it visits Japan.

Yet Shinzo and co. try to turn this into a "we must listen to the people" moment, suddenly having instant amnesia about the numerous laws that were rammed through without heeding public protests...which is more polluting, the plastic, or the garbage these sleazebags spew into the media and public domain?

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Posted in: Top North Korean official reappears days after purge report See in context

Apparently some people are not able to step up and admit they were overly biased in buying into the false report, and insisting that it must be true...reflects on how they process other news stories, and shows how gullible/easy to influence they are.

Getting upvoted here definitely not a sign of credibility.

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Posted in: N Korea executes officials, imprisons interpreter after U.S. summit collapse: S Korean media See in context

A lot of you were wrong-


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Posted in: N Korea executes officials, imprisons interpreter after U.S. summit collapse: S Korean media See in context


Read up on what he did to get the attention of North Korean officials.

Unfortunately he made himself a target.

Regarding media reports that his teeth had been knocked out, bones broken, etc., the doctor who examined his body discounted those assessments.

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Posted in: N Korea executes officials, imprisons interpreter after U.S. summit collapse: S Korean media See in context


Read through the comments before jumping to such conclusions.

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