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Posted in: Asada 1st after record-setting short program See in context

I think she'll break the total score record after her free skate.

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Posted in: Obama brings Abe, Park together for talks See in context

Look at the faces in the picture, see who are smiling and see who is whimpering like a kid who was forced to eat their green peas.

@JoeBigs - Do you think a photograph that captured a split-second moment tells everything? What if the picture was taken 3.2 seconds later and captured a different facial expression on Park's face?

http://i2.media.daumcdn.net/svc/image/U03/news/201403/26/yonhap/20140326030707522.jpg

Will you change your opinion now? Or will you now say she forced to smile like a kid who's been promised a bike if she eats her peas?

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Posted in: Obama brings Abe, Park together for talks See in context

Korea and Japan do not have a common denominator to pursue mutual beneficial interest. Korea is leaning towards China; seeking to contain North Korea's behavior and a bigger share of China's consumer market. Japan and Korea should each go their own way.

@Tom Webb - That is a shrewd observation.

While relationship between Japan and SK took a nosedive in recent years, China has been building closer ties to SK, while loosening their old ties to NK. This was evident in China's reluctance to get behind NK since the King Jong Un era, and China building a memorial to Korean independence fighter Ahn where he gunned down Hirobumi.

Japan needs SK as a strategic partner to fend off China's advances, but recent moves by Abe has achieved the opposite, isolating themselves in east Asia. The only have Taiwan as the region's only real ally, and making inroads in SE Asia probably won't make up enough ground for the loss.

History will have the final say, but I have a feeling the Abe administration will go down as a backward step for Japan. Too much national pride has hurt Japan.

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Posted in: Japan confirms $1.5 billion aid offer to Ukraine See in context

I wonder how the displaced Fukushima residents in make-shift housing will receive this news, even if the majority of the aid money is low-interest loans. Does Japan really (like really?) care about Ukraine that much?

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Posted in: Urawa plays in empty stadium after racist sign See in context

By who? The banner was in a corridor within the stadium which led to the "sacred ground" for some half-wit supporters at one end of the field. It was not facing the ground.

@Daijoboots - By whom? Just about every news source I've read. It's speculation of course, and only the perpetrators know the answer.

Many observers of Japanese football have speculated that the sign targeted South Korean-born striker Tadanari Lee, a new signing this season. Lee also holds Japanese citizenship.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hV7E-vHsQ4gJCADN7He17w6VuB5g?docId=af0b309d-06a8-4db0-bf76-e015f41f2402

The fans displayed a "Japanese only" banner and booed their own player Lee Tadanari. Just a coincidence? Perhaps, but one could be forgiven for thinking there was a link.

The most disturbing theory explaining the incident is that the banner was a statement of Japanese nationalism. An article in the Huffington Post Japan (in Japanese) cited an interview with Sagara Sumitomo, the retired call leader of an ultra fan group, in which he notes that "the ultras don't like Korea." The article also points to booing directed at recent Urawa acquisition Lee Tadanari, a Japanese national team player of Korean ethnicity.

http://www.nippon.com/en/nipponblog/m00019/

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Posted in: Hashimoto re-elected Osaka mayor; voter turnout 23.59% See in context

Hashimoto must be doing a good job as mayor of Osaka to get re-elected. Pity about ultra-nationalist agenda. He won't make headlines around the world for being a good mayor but he will for making history revisionist statements.

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Posted in: Urawa plays in empty stadium after racist sign See in context

It is believed that the "Japanese Only" sign was directed at Lee Tadanari, a Japanese born Japanese player (4th generation Japanese of Korean descent).

I wonder how many generations must pass in the Japanese ultra-nationalists' eyes before someone of Korean descent can be accepted as Japanese. It seems 4 generations (approx. 100 years) is not enough. Perhaps 200 years then? Or is someone of Korean descent forever tainted even after 500 years in their eyes?

Well done to the JFA for this swift and drastic action. It made the news around the world, even here in Australia where people scratched their heads because the only Japan most Australians know is the ultra-cool, modern, quirky Japan. The ultra-nationalists whose aim is to glorify Japan is ironically doing a LOT of damage for Japan's international image.

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan to hold breakthrough summit with U.S. See in context

Chucky, the reason you can't find anything in the Korean press about this meeting is the same reason that it took 40 years for the average Korean citizen to find-out about the details of the 1965 treaty.

It's called Government censorship!

@JoeBigs - Unfortunately for you, the stories about the summit was the top story all over Korean media the last 2 days, including the main dailies, the main portals like NAVER and Daum. I don't know why Chucky says he couldn't find anything about it in the Korean media.. I suspect he's trolling. Remember SK ranks higher than Japan in the freedom of press index.

Speaking of government censorship though..

http://www.jpri.org/publications/critiques/critique_XII_3.html

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan to hold breakthrough summit with U.S. See in context

Looks like some Koreans believes that by denying the truth a hundred times will make it false even when there is various statistics and documented evidence enforcing it.

Simple minded people, LoL.

@SamuraiBlue - bit ironic isn't it, when you have neto-uyo on this very site denying the truth thousands of times?

And what 'truths' are you referring to, that you claim Koreans deny? Are you referring to nigelboy's version of history, one where Japan was the good samaritan wholeheartedly helping Korea out of the goodness of their hearts?

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan to hold breakthrough summit with U.S. See in context

4% annual GNP growth, doubled in population as well as doubled in life expectancy, infrastrucutre investments that still used today, from barely 40 schools to over 1,000 schools all accomplished within 40 years, and yet AP still uses this "brutal colonization" boiler plate phrase when it comes to articles such as this.

@nigelboy - You often claim that since Korea was part of Japan during WW2, Korea was complicit in Japan's atrocities.

Using your logic, wasn't Japan just investing in Japan (formerly known as Korea) with those infrastructure projects? Or do you want to have it both ways?

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan to hold breakthrough summit with U.S. See in context

4% annual GNP growth, doubled in population as well as doubled in life expectancy, infrastrucutre investments that still used today, from barely 40 schools to over 1,000 schools all accomplished within 40 years, and yet AP still uses this "brutal colonization" boiler plate phrase when it comes to articles such as this.

@nigelboy - That is typical neto-uyo revisionist propaganda. Interestingly you fail to mention kidnapping, torture and murder of Koreans who called for independence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_1st_Movement

Do you also believe Japan was only trying to liberate Asia and never invaded anyone?

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Posted in: Beijing court to hear Japanese wartime forced labor suit See in context

Propaganda isn't going so well for the Communist. Now, they are resorting to their Kangaroo Court to try and get more money out of Japan.

Communist China and it's tributary state of South Korea keep to their scripts.

@JoeBigs - interesting that Korea is not mentioned in this article but you bring out the 'tributary state of South Korea' line to score a point..

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Posted in: China consumer TV show targets camera maker Nikon See in context

So a Chinese consumer advocacy TV program which has targeted Chinese, American, German, French, and Japanese companies must be a conspiracy against Japan..?

I'm surprised at the number of people who apparently agree..

If they run the next 20 episodes on non-Japanese companies before doing another piece on a Japanese company, I guess that will confirm the anti-Japan conspiracy theories beyond doubt. That seems to be the logic of some people.

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Posted in: China consumer TV show targets camera maker Nikon See in context

China is determined to go after japan, its people , its govt, or it's companies no matter whet the cost, but the whole world knows china and its cheating lying scummy practices leave the world aghast, anyone recall the melamine scandal recently, how about the poisoned gyosa scandal or perhaps we could go on n on about the dump.

@StormR - Wow.. why so sensitive? Looks like the Chinese TV program advocates consumer rights and this particular episode featured Nikon.

You sound as though you are convinced the show unfairly targeted Nikon because it is a Japanese company. But if you read the article, you'll find they've targeted plenty of non-Japanese companies before.

Fast-food outlet McDonald’s Corp, supermaket chain Carrefour SA and home products firm Procter & Gamble Co have also previously come under the show’s spotlight.

And before you suggest they only target foreign companies, the article says they also targeted online payment companies, both of which are Chinese companies.

A short segment warned consumers about the dangers of online payments, coming after China’s central bank halted the mobile payment processes of IPO-bound Alibaba Group Holdings and Tencent Holdings Ltd.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alibaba_Group

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tencent

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Posted in: S Korea expresses relief over Abe's comments on Japan war apologies See in context

Good on Abe. He managed to place the lid on a boiling pot, for now.

However the gas is still on. There are many, many Japanese people who believe that claims of sexual slavery by IJA is a complete fabrication, including many posters right here on JT.

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Posted in: Abe says there will be no change to wartime sex slave apology See in context

@bpsitrep - Historical atrocities do have an 'expiry date'. However, the victims of sexual slavery at the hands of IJA are still alive, in their late 80s and beyond. These women are being taunted 'prostitutes' by Japanese politicians and ultra-nationalists most of whom weren't even born at the time, but are convinced of Japan's innocence due to their national pride.

Last year a Japanese rock band sent a CD of their song mocking the comfort women, to a shelther in SK for victims of sexual slavery. Even if you discount that as some lunatics looking for publicity, how do you excuse the dozens of influential Japanese politicians and media personality who come out to deny history?

It's history, teach it, remember it, don't repeat it, live on !

Again, the problem is that Japan refuses to teach it, and wants to remember it in an ever more positive light.

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Posted in: Abe says there will be no change to wartime sex slave apology See in context

Every person 'responsible' for World War Two is dead, you can't hold anyone accountable anymore for World War Two. If any person or Nation continues to live by the excuse of holding present day living people accountable for the past...then any Nation can declare immediate and justifiable war upon any Nation for past transgressions.

@bpsitrep - Well said. It is clearly irrational to accuse the present-day Japanese of past wrongs. I mean, nobody would never look at a newborn Japanese infant and accuse him of war crimes.

But if that child grows up, and starts to deny history and claim Japan was trying to 'liberate' Asia and all accusations of wrongdoing (Unit 731 human experiments, sexual slavery, Nanjing Massacre, torture and murder of thousands of pro-independence Koreans etc) are fabricated, then he can rightly be condemned. The condemnation of present day Japan is exactly that. The current crop of politicians did not shed a single drop of blood. It's their attempt to revise and white-wash history that is being condemned. I hope you can see the difference.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/japanese-lawmakers-call-for-revision-of-wartime-sex-slavery-apology

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Posted in: Abe says there will be no change to wartime sex slave apology See in context

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that his government would not revise a landmark 1993 “comfort women” apology, and said he was “deeply pained” by the suffering of women drawn into a system of wartime brothels.

That's good news.

Revision of a past apology for which there are fewer and fewer surviving victims was never going to achieve anything, other than satisfy a subgroup of ultra-nationalists motivated by a desire to re-write history.

Unfortunately though, this statement by Abe isn't going to suddenly reverse all the damage done by recent signs of Japanese intent to revise the Kono statement.

Interestingly, this is not the first time Abe has said he will let the Kono statement stand. Why is that I must ask? Any expressions of intention to revise it is damaging to Japan-SK relations.

you know as well as I do that there will be people in this very thread saying Abe is a nationalist, Hitler wannabe, denier of atrocities

@hidingout - Is Abe NOT a nationalist? Honestly? And he has never ever even hinted at his desire to deny past atrocities? Really?

Comparisons to Hitler is highly unwarranted and in my opinion voids that person's opinions instantly, but saying Abe is in no way nationalistic and in no way has shown desire to deny past wrongs is almost as bad.

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Posted in: Abe seeks trilateral summit with S Korea, U.S. See in context

Like clockwork.

After recent speculation and Japanese politicians voicing their desire to revise their past apologies, Abe now wants a summit. Korea refuses, and the usual Japan supporters come out with their 'inferiority complex' line against SK and praise Japan for acting like a mature nation.

I posted this a week ago:

Watch now as Shinzo Abe calls for peace and dialogue with South Korea..

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Posted in: 'Japanese only' banner scandal hits J-League See in context

Why on earth are people getting so worked up about this? Don't you believe in freedom of speech? Whatever happened to 'I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it?'

@Bill Adams - Free speech should be defended, but not at the cost of condoning hate speech or open discrimination, as in this example.

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Posted in: Mini-skirt turbulence at Skymark Airlines See in context

Not a good idea Skymark Airlines.. as if these flight attendants weren't sexually harassed enough by losers making innuendo-laiden comments, now they have to bend forward to pick up food/drinks from their trolleys with these mini-skirts on. Are you trying to offer an opportunity to perv as part of your business strategy?

For ideas on how to be stylish without demeaning, check out some of these examples:

http://www.thecultureconcept.com/circle/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/qantas-uniforms2013.jpg

http://rantsofasassystew.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/singapore-airlines-cabin-crew.jpg

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/img_dir/2005/09/01/2005090161007_0.jpg

More examples here:

http://rantsofasassystew.com/2013/12/sassy-stews-top-15-airline-uniforms-of-2013/

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Posted in: 'Japanese only' banner scandal hits J-League See in context

How can this player hold BOTH Japanese and Korean nationality? I thought that everyone was only allowed one nationality, if you have Japanese? Or is this player really young?

This article is inaccurate on a couple of counts.

Lee was born in Tokyo, and holds only Japanese citizenship. He is fourth generation Japanese of Korean descent.

In any other country, he'd be considered a citizen of that country, full stop.

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Posted in: Japan says it has no plan to revise wartime sex-slave apology See in context

Abe and his cronies in the LDP are the fringe in Japan

I rather think Japan faces a lot of difficulties because it is really determined to abide by the truth.

@YuriOtani and CH3CHO - It is difficult to know if you are serious, with comments like these.

How is the PM and his ruling party a 'fringe' in any country?

And that second statement.. wow, a stark example of black and white thinking, almost at propaganda level.

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Posted in: 'Japanese only' banner scandal hits J-League See in context

This is the banner in question. The rising sun flag also hints at the perpetrators being ultra-nationalists.

http://imgnews.naver.net/image/109/2014/03/11/201403110756777720_531e4815f2dc3_59_20140311082202.jpg

I don't know why that steward in the red jacket didn't remove the banner. It's made the news in Australia too, with risk of perception of Japan slowly changing.

This story reminded me of Russian fans of Zenit St Petersburg demanding only white players play for their club..

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Posted in: Japanese lawmakers call for revision of wartime sex slavery apology See in context

Again with the whole wide world. Sheesh, when will Koreans learn to stop pretending that everyone across the planet is as blind as they are on this issue?

@hidingout - It's true that this issue will never receive the same kind of attention as the latest celebrity tweets, but even in Australia I've seen coverage of this issue several times recently, including this story.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/australian-wartime-sex-slave-jan-ruffohearne-hits-out-at-hideous-japanese-denials-20140224-33d4o.html

She was subject of an ABC (state funded media) documentary too. This is going back a few years though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mard9WrYn2I

And judging by the comments posted in this recent story, I would disagree with you that nobody cares about this issue.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/05/japan-comfort-women-abe-apology

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Posted in: Husbands aghast at wives' infatuation with rightwing causes See in context

This is a backlash against many years of hatred shown by the Peoples Republic of China and Korea. It seems every time I turn on the TV there is yet another flag burning demonstration. House wife's watch a lot of TV and after years become afraid of Chinese and Koreans.

@YuriOtani - So when Japanese people hate Koreans it's because the poor dears had no choice but to hate them because of all the protests by Koreans? Why do you think the same can't be said of Koreans? The anti-Korea protests in Tokyo were headline stuff last year.

Here's a video of Japanese nationalists defacing a Korean flag.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDLTPCidHmc

And here's one of Korea-hate march in Japan. I'm sure you're aware this took place many times last year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-n3XBz-fig

But I'm sure that won't change your position that Koreans are at fault for everything.

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Posted in: Husbands aghast at wives' infatuation with rightwing causes See in context

I don't know what she meant unless I read her whole text in original Japanese. I don't know where you live but most Japanese are not nationalists.

@tinawatanabe - You seem nationalistic enough, if your comments are anything to go by.

If you don't realize that you don't live in Japan long enough. You have to understand Japanese language in native level to understand what Japanese are talking about in TV.

Ah, the "you don't understand Japanese culture" argument. Textbook stuff.

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Posted in: Japanese lawmakers call for revision of wartime sex slavery apology See in context

Yes lets. I keep urging you to get out into the real world and ask some people. I have asked. So far nobody is even aware of the issue. ROK is and always will be a second rate country that the rest of the world barely even notices.

@hidingout - Judging by your comments this site is getting the better of you.. time for a holiday perhaps? ; )

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Posted in: Husbands aghast at wives' infatuation with rightwing causes See in context

The negative campaign by Koreans is bearing poisonous fruits in Japan now.

@CH3CHO - I see.

I will make a mental note, "Japan can never do any wrong, and Korea is the root of everything that is wrong with Japan".

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Posted in: U.S. urges restraint between Japan, S Korea See in context

South Korea is the mother of all modern shame! How dare she open her mouth full of kimchi and started to annoy Japan with her putrid breath.

@ titaniumoxide - I congratulate your parents on an excellent job raising their child. Can they please write a book on how to raise model members of society like yourself?

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