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Posted in: Abe cancels overseas trip to deal with flood aftermath See in context

How did Yamaguchi do in the flooding? Lots of stuff on Hiroshima, Okayama, Shikoku, and the Kansai. What about emergency preparation? With this many people did and the extent of damage, it would be good for an evaluation and some proposals for better prepsration.

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Posted in: Rescuers search for survivors as flood death toll reaches 110; 79 still missing See in context

How tragic. RIP and sympathy to survivors.

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Posted in: European tourist magnets hit back as Airbnb turns 10 See in context

So Japan is definitely not alone with its more restrictive minpaku law.

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Posted in: N Korea wants Japan to lift sanctions, dangling abductees' probe See in context

Mutual non-leverage. This is not going to get very far.

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Posted in: Mattis reassures Japan over N Korea talks; cites abductees See in context

Mattis is not long for the Trump administration. Only the word of the incoherent Trump matters. Abe Shinzo ought to be very nervous.

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Posted in: Japanese firms shift to clean energy despite state's cling to nuclear power See in context

Storage technology also needs to be accelerated. Wind and solar are excellent renewable sources, but need to be complemented by storage. Japan is something of a leader, but a government commitment needs to be reinforced too.

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Posted in: Japan tells banks to report suspicious transfers by Japan-N Korea joint ventures See in context

There already exist Japanese unilateral sanctions....more broad than UN ones. If the Japanese can't obey their own rules, that would be extraordinary. Maybe this is just fake drama.

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Posted in: Japan to halt missile attack drills after Trump-Kim summit See in context

Note the suggestion that Abe might have to go to Pyongyang to meet Kim Jong Un. That symbolism would be Abe as supplicant. Hopefully he won't be asked to bow too many times. Wake up, Abe, Trump has cut you loose on your own, the Indopacom notwithstanding.

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Posted in: Rain sends people back to shelters in quake-hit Osaka area See in context

Good move by Sharp. Sorry about their problems, but always liked their products and the sense of solidarity with Osaka.

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Posted in: Abe says he won't miss chance to meet with N Korean leader Kim See in context

If Trump-Kim produced only an empty vague set of commitments, why does Abe think he can settle issues at one fell swoop.....especially since Japan has little leverage. Even less since Trump is not particularly supportive, leaving Abe as odd man out.

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Posted in: S Korea conducts war games to defend islands against Japan See in context

Not a big deal.

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Posted in: Abe urges N Korea to jointly break mutual distrust See in context

The North Koreans have already said Megumi is dead, produced an offspring. But the Megumi parents insist that they await her return. Abe Shinzo refuses to accept this reality. The Kim Family Regime is indeed an evil one for conducting these abductions, but that won't make Megumi materialize alive.

She symbolizes this false hope that Abe declines to puncture.

On what Abe and Japan should do is a difficult question since Trump is washing his hands of this issue by indicating that he has created the opportunity for Japan to deal with North Korea directly.

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Posted in: Abduction issue raised in historic summit but challenges loom for Japan See in context

Megumi is dead, but Abe cannot let her alone. Good luck in his meeting with Kim Jong Un now that Donald has declared the summit as a historic success and Kim as someone he trusts. How much should Abe trust Trump?

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Posted in: Trump says summit removed N Korean nuclear threat; Democrats doubtful See in context

So what does Abe Shinzo believe? Has his friend Donald reassured him?

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Posted in: India set to miss key target for Japan-backed bullet train project See in context

If this were China rather than Japan, the partner would be a pliable dictator rather than a democratic leader. Really really hard to do these infrastructure projects with lots of voices and voters in play. Sad but true.

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Posted in: Trump's angry tweets leave G7 in disarray; Abe in delicate situation See in context

Abe Shinzo himself tied the puppet strings for the use of Trump. Purely theatrical that they are bosom buddies, no matter how often Abe loses rounds of golf. Abe is very competent even if he is corrupt, but Trump is not competent even while being much more corrupt.

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Posted in: Japanese delegation arrives in Singapore ahead of Trump-Kim summit See in context

Pathetic. Worse than being left on the sidelines is to fly somewhere so one is visibly left on the sidelines.

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Posted in: Knife rampage aboard bullet train kills 1, injures 2 See in context

Easy to get on a Shinkansen. Perhaps some greater gate control should be in order.

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Posted in: Abe heads to U.S. for talks with Trump, then attend G-7 summit in Canada See in context

Please, Donald, bring up the abductees with Kim Jong Un.

To be honest, Abe...hey I made that up about Honest Abe...I'll talk to Jong Un about it.

Hey, Jong Un, my good friend Honest Abe wants some accounting of his abductees.

Sure, Donald, I'm happy to discuss this with him when he visits.

That sounds great.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea differ on how to deal with Kim Jong Un See in context

Poor Japan. Abe Shinzo has worked so hard to be the best Puppet but the Master keeps pulling different ways on the strings and forces Japanese officials to mouth his thoughts....however ill formed they might be.

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Posted in: Trump rebukes Japan over nontariff barriers against American cars See in context

Abe Shinzo is about to discover the Donald Trump who has believed fervently for decades that Japan is a free rider on security which has used all the resources it has saved to export lots of goods to the U.S., thereby stealing jobs from Americans. This ignorant fool is the true face of Trump. And the obsequious stance by Abe is very limited in its ability to manage such an ignoramus.

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Posted in: Toshiba selects 4 overseas bidders for its chip unit See in context

Likely that Western Digital will throw spanner into works. I'm sure Japanese business is loathe to let Hon Hai grab another crown jewel after Sharp, and letting SK Hynix take it would be a blow to those who don't want to acknowledge Korean parity.

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Posted in: Abe hails Japanese Holocaust hero Sugihara See in context

Sugihara was forced to resign after the war. Although the circumstances were murky, this is what his wife said, because of what he did in Lithuania. Sugihara was also a prisoner of the Soviets. He is a genuine hero.

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Posted in: Abe tells Harvard he's trying to improve status of women in Japan See in context

I wrote this comment on Abe Shinzo piece in Bloomberg:

Fact number one: Japan ranks near the bottom of OECD countries in various aspects of empowering women (they beat Korea, which is at the very bottom).

Fact number two: the imperial Japan that Abe Shinzo remembers so fondly was one of the major perpetrators of systematic measures that harmed the "honor and dignity" of women. So there need to be some specific obligation on the part of Japan to make amends and not a hint that "every body else was raping women" and Japan only bears the brunt because it lost the war.

Fact number three: Japan remains a huge bastion of human trafficking, teenaged prostitution, and child pornography, and violence against women is a shockingly prevalent phenomenon for what is outwardly a law-abiding society.

It is indeed commendable that Japan is willing to devote resources to help women in developing countries. There is not a little element of dancing to the American tune. Women's empowerment is a big deal for Caroline Kennedy and for the Obamas, too. So it is nice for Abe Shinzo to display the much nicer Akie-san to soften his image, but in the end Abe Shinzo heads an administration that denies responsibility for war time sexual slavery and which has right wing extremist women ministers like Takaichi, Yamatani, and Arimura as the true face of the Abe Shinzo version of empowerment.

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Posted in: Abe arrives in Boston to kick off weeklong U.S. visit See in context

We should look at Abe Shinzo's trip to America in terms of whether he can achieve a "blue line" of accomplishments in partnership with America without falling below a "red line" of historical revisionism that will upset not only the Koreans, America's allies, and Chinese but also many Americans, too.

First the blue line. Many powerful American interest groups want the TPP with Japan in it because it theoretically can pry open a market that is among the most advanced but which also has an incredible amount of protected sectors -- agriculture and rice especially -- and non-tariff barriers. Many defense and security interests want to end the Japanese "free ride" in which the Japanese are prepared to throw money at conflict areas but not military personnel and other assets despite having one of the strongest navies in the world and a highly capable Air Force (forget this Self-Defense Force terminology). This "free ride" would be replaced by an arrangement by which Japan continues to throw money but also puts boots on the ground and on decks and butts in cockpits. Most immediately this is justified as being aimed at North a Korea but increasingly explicitly this is aimed at China.

And America and Japan do want to acknowledge together that since the end of a World War II 70 years ago, Japan has had the most remarkable record in the world of developing a liberal democracy that has conscientiously pursued peace and prosperity and which has shared a considerable amount of its success with developing nations, including China and Korea incidentally.

Now for the red line. Abe Shinzo is too shrewd to offend America. The notion that he will perform as he did in Indonesia as well as in an earlier trip to Canberra is highly likely. He will invoke a memory that touches on Japanese actions in World War II, carefully evading words like aggression and invasion, and he will speak of his personal heart felt anguish and remorse and a vow that Japan will do all in its power to prevent such wide spread suffering ever again. Because the Congress has passed a resolution calling on Japan to refrain from historical revisionism on war time sexual slavery, Abe will likely use the words "human trafficking" to denounce violence against women that occurred during the 20th century -- without specifically mentioning Japan's major rounder the notion that "everybody was raping women" -- and to call on international efforts to prevent such atrocities in these times. The Chinese and Koreans -- and many American experts -- will recognize such language as the weasel words that they are and denounce Abe's tricky legerdemain. But most Americans who care about the subject will likely give Abe a passing mark, with some even praising Abe for his heart-felt remorse and expressing wonderment as to why Chinese and Koreans despise this visage of banality.

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Posted in: Past and future hang heavy as Abe heads to U.S. See in context

We should look at Abe Shinzo's trip to America in terms of whether he can achieve a "blue line" of accomplishments in partnership with America without falling below a "red line" of historical revisionism that will upset not only the Koreans, America's allies, and Chinese but also many Americans, too.

First the blue line. Many powerful American interest groups want the TPP with Japan in it because it theoretically can pry open a market that is among the most advanced but which also has an incredible amount of protected sectors -- agriculture and rice especially -- and non-tariff barriers. Many defense and security interests want to end the Japanese "free ride" in which the Japanese are prepared to throw money at conflict areas but not military personnel and other assets despite having one of the strongest navies in the world and a highly capable Air Force (forget this Self-Defense Force terminology). This "free ride" would be replaced by an arrangement by which Japan continues to throw money but also puts boots on the ground and on decks and butts in cockpits. Most immediately this is justified as being aimed at North a Korea but increasingly explicitly this is aimed at China.

And America and Japan do want to acknowledge together that since the end of a World War II 70 years ago, Japan has had the most remarkable record in the world of developing a liberal democracy that has conscientiously pursued peace and prosperity and which has shared a considerable amount of its success with developing nations, including China and Korea incidentally.

Now for the red line. Abe Shinzo is too shrewd to offend America. The notion that he will perform as he did in Indonesia as well as in an earlier trip to Canberra is highly likely. He will invoke a memory that touches on Japanese actions in World War II, carefully evading words like aggression and invasion, and he will speak of his personal heart felt anguish and remorse and a vow that Japan will do all in its power to prevent such wide spread suffering ever again. Because the Congress has passed a resolution calling on Japan to refrain from historical revisionism on war time sexual slavery, Abe will likely use the words "human trafficking" to denounce violence against women that occurred during the 20th century -- without specifically mentioning Japan's major rounder the notion that "everybody was raping women" -- and to call on international efforts to prevent such atrocities in these times. The Chinese and Koreans -- and many American experts -- will recognize such language as the weasel words that they are and denounce Abe's tricky legerdemain. But most Americans who care about the subject will likely give Abe a passing mark, with some even praising Abe for his heart-felt remorse and expressing wonderment as to why Chinese and Koreans despise this visage of banality.

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Posted in: In U.S., 'comfort woman' demands apology from Japan See in context

The story of wartime sexual slavery must be remembered not for bashing Japan but for preventing the phenomenon. By denying the facts, Abe sets back Japan's prestige and undercuts its credibility for contemporary moral leadership when Japan has a high reputation.

Abe is really the person bashing Japan.

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Posted in: Abe to visit U.S. World War II memorial in Washington See in context

This is the scenario of Abe Shinzo "pulling a Canberra" in which he mentions enough of the war time atrocities related to the country being visited and vowing that there never will be such a waste of young lives again. The apology word is not used, and the heart is heavy verbiage is in play. In Washington there might be some reference to inheriting the Murayama and Kono statements because many people in Congress are aware of the war time sexual slavery issue.

The "Canberra approach" got mixed reviews from the Aussies but the pro-Japan State Department types seem to cackle enough support to give the approach a boost.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan fail to close gap on rice, auto parts trade See in context

There is too much of a rush. Do the negotiations right and not quickly.

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Posted in: Abe says he may drop direct apology in WWII statement See in context

This is a classic Abe Shinzo political tactic. Threaten to take away the bread so that we might be grateful later for the crumbs. Problem is that too many people have seen this movie clip before.

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