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Posted in: Yoon tells Japanese lawmakers he opposes politicizing historical issues See in context

They say Japan should not take actions that can be perceived as too conciliatory before Seoul takes some specific action to mend ties.

Masahisa Sato, chief of the LDP Foreign Affairs Division, told a party meeting on Wednesday in Tokyo that the government "should wait for South Korea to propose solutions (for the pending issues) that are acceptable to Japan."

In other words, yet another hint that Japan actually isn't really interested in improving relations. Why am I not surprised?..

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Posted in: Russo-Japanese former HKT48 idol Anna Murashige reacts to hurtful online comments See in context

@Bronco

The premise behind the cancelling of regular everyday average Russians is apparently that they pressure Putin to change his mind

...which is about as likely as the Japanese voting LDP out of power

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Posted in: Facebook eases rules to allow violent speech against 'Russian invaders' See in context

This kind of language is going to stir ethnic hatred against Russian citizens

As if anyone will be bothered about that. It will all be shrugged off as "their own fault"

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Posted in: Facebook eases rules to allow violent speech against 'Russian invaders' See in context

Yeah, that will surely help to promote peace and stability...

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Posted in: Mastercard, Visa suspend operations in Russia after invasion See in context

This whole situation looks increasingly like a competition in who can shoot themselves in the foot more painfully.

Btw some Russian banks have already announced that they are considering working with UnionPay. So, if anything, this move can push Russia even further towards China

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Posted in: Bach criticizes Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva's entourage for their 'tremendous coldness' See in context

First drag the girl through the mud, then criticize the coach for being "cold"... now that's rich

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Posted in: Japan won't consider S Korean opposition in Sado heritage push See in context

@Ed Bacon

South Koreans are complaining about this when they indoctrinate their people to hate Japan from primary school.

There's hardly any need for any special "indoctrination" when Japan itself keeps providing reasons for dislike

@MilesTeg

And Japanese indoctrinate their people with lies about WWII and that they're victims from primary school.

Precisely

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Posted in: Japan won't consider S Korean opposition in Sado heritage push See in context

Yep... a clear indication of how much Japan wants to improve relations with its neighbors (not)

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Posted in: Japan mulls delaying controversial Sado mine list for World Heritage See in context

Japan showing its true colors again

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Posted in: Vietnamese trainee in Japan demands apology for 2 years of abuse See in context

Makes one wonder why people decide to come to a country where they are treated as second-rate not-quite-humans... Are things so desperate for them back at home?

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. block advancement in U.N. talks on autonomous weapons See in context

@Danielsan

Putting selective killing in the hands of artificial intelligence might prove to be a huge improvement over the current system run by real ignorance

Not entirely sure about that... Have you read Watchbird by Robert Sheckley?

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Posted in: China marks 84th anniversary of Nanking Massacre See in context

@OssanAmerica

Yep... your reaction is a perfect illustration of what I was speaking about

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Posted in: China marks 84th anniversary of Nanking Massacre See in context

Some right-wing Japanese politicians have downplayed the death toll or denied outright that the Nanking atrocity happened.

Again, one can't help wondering how the Japanese would respond if, for instance, someone said that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings never happened or that the number of casualties is overstated.

I guess they wouldn't be too happy...

So other countries' reactions to Japanese statements and actions are actually undersrandable

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Posted in: Kishida says he has no plans to review Japan's 'comfort women' apology See in context

@OssanAmerica

Toral nonsense

Could you explain what exactly are you referring to as "nonsense"? If you mean the textbook problem, sadly it's not nonsense but a fact

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21226068

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_history_textbook_controversies

And even if it were true, so what? In a free democracy people and organizations can do things and are only limited by the rule of law.

Surely this principle should be applied consistently in all cases? So, why then does Japan make such a fuss when, for instance, Koreans put up statues to " comfort women"? After all, they're not doing anything illegal either

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Posted in: Kishida says he has no plans to review Japan's 'comfort women' apology See in context

@OssanAmerica

Japan teaches that Japan invaded asian nations and started the Pacific War. This is in their school textbooks.

Yes... except that there have been repeated efforts to minimize the coverage of those events in textbooks, essentially reducing them to an unobtrusive footnote. After all, we don't want the country to look bad in kids' eyes, now do we?

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Posted in: Kishida says he has no plans to review Japan's 'comfort women' apology See in context

@OssanAmerica

As for the perpetual Germany arguments, Germany today has a problem with Nazis

Do Germans officially glorify Nazis and put up memorials to them, though? Does their govt make official statements along the lines of "Germany did nothing wrong, we were acting for the benefit of Europe, and then evil Russians and evil Americans came and bombed our cities, so we're only victims"? Do they officially teach this version of history at school?..

Not that I've heard of

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Posted in: Kishida says he has no plans to review Japan's 'comfort women' apology See in context

@tooheysnew

Why are people still going on about what happened nearly 100 years ago ? All those involved are long gone

Then you should also try asking the same question the next time Japan plays the Hiroshima and Nagasaki card

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Posted in: Japanese tycoon takes off for International Space Station See in context

never know, he could even help mend ties between JP and Russia!!

I wouldn't bet on that

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Posted in: Japanese tycoon takes off for International Space Station See in context

Almost as pointless as Russians recently sending a film crew to the ISS

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Posted in: SDF holds drills in Hokkaido as it faces Russia, China threat See in context

Hearing statements like possibility of "pre-emptive strikes" makes me think that either WW2 lesson wasn't learned well enough by Japan establishment

Indeed, makes one wonder.

All this sabre-rattling suggests that Japan seems eager to relive its "heroic" past once again

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Posted in: About 100 lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine See in context

What a great way to improve relations with neighbors

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Posted in: Man arrested for threats to organizer of contentious Tokyo art event See in context

@Euro Dude

they teach and educate their children that even the present Japanese people are the same as the ones dozens of years ago.

Well, at times it actually does seem that the Japanese mentality hasn't really changed since then...

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Posted in: Japan apology needed to solve wartime labor issue: S Korean presidential candidate See in context

@Peter14

What sours those apologies given is that from time to time official's in Japans government down play events or refute facts

And the tendency seems to be growing stronger...

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea balk at sharing news conference stage after U.S. talks See in context

@kennyG

So huffing and puffing over a bunch of rocks in a sea is not childish, but when Korea or China raise issues such as e.g. genocide or slave labor, that is childish behavior? Hmm... That's certainly an interesting logic

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea balk at sharing news conference stage after U.S. talks See in context

Interestingly, according to Reuters, the Japanese diplomat was the first to pull out of the event, and over a petty issue at that: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-deputy-secretary-state-sherman-says-japan-south-korea-talks-constructive-2021-11-17/

So, speaking of childish behavior...

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Posted in: K-pop band TWICE basking in global popularity; plans U.S. tour See in context

@BackpackingNepal

Koreans were influenced by Japanese music, dramas, anime back in the 70s/80s/90s.

Now it's the 2020s though. Things might have changed since then, you know...

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Posted in: Idea of U.S. 'diplomatic boycott' of Beijing Olympics resurfaces See in context

with this logic if Australia, Canada or the USA were to hold an olympics then they should be boycotted also because of the genocide carried out against their own indigenous inhabitants and then why stop at Olympics? Why not boycott all sporting events in those countries for the same reason? Perhaps we should boycott sporting and cultural events in Germany as they committed a genocide also.

Not to mention that, under the same logic, Tokyo 2020/1 should have been boycotted as well

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Posted in: Get ready for more games: 'Squid Game' readies for Season 2 See in context

The police officer probably didn't die, he was shot in the shoulder and you don't see his body

I really really hope they won't resort to this cliche. It's already been done in Jason Bourne movies twice (& probably many more times elsewhere)

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Posted in: Get ready for more games: 'Squid Game' readies for Season 2 See in context

I really don't think this is a good idea... Of course it's tempting to try and squeeze the most out of a success, but sequels are rarely as good as the first installment, and in the case of Squid Game even within s1 the last episode was already somewhat underwhelming compared to the rest...

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Posted in: Japan considers lending statue of famed Chinese Zen master to China See in context

Does anyone seriously believe that this show of generosity will achieve a breakthrough? I'm willing to bet that soon afterwards some Japanese politician will once again blurt out something tone-deaf (maybe even on purpose), and instead of improving relations will deteriorate even further.

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