[ "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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Says it all, doesn't it?
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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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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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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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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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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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[ 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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Japanese people continue to keep re-electing LDP so continue to reap what you sow.
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Yes Olympics 'round the corner etc.
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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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The Nishinari area is what one could term a bit rough around the edges...
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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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"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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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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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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[ 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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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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Of course it's only for the rich corporate elite.
When hasn't it been?
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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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...And the elephant in the room- How did this system / government come into being after the war?
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In fact most of the major record companies are focused more on money than music.
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[ 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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[ 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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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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A lot of you were wrong-
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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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Read through the comments before jumping to such conclusions.
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