In my native Swahili we say: Vita ya panzi furaha kwa kunguru - translation: When grasshoppers fight the raven has a feast.
Who is bound to benefit from this brotherly display of comity on the peninsula?
Well, folks, these two countries, South Korea and North Korea, will soon be returning to what has happened many times in their history; being vassals of the People's Republic of China.
Just a return to the historical status quo ante.
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As for your statement that S Korea has never lost - that was in the past; each case is different.
In any case, why is South Korea so poor at doing applied sciences and R & D? It seems to me as a non-Asian that Koreans are so dependent on Japan for the more sophisticated products needed in your manufacturing process. Why isn't Korea creative or innovative?
Sorry Korea: start being as scientifically creative and as industrially advanced as your neighboring Japanese, instead of constantly acting like the proverbial ungrateful beggar!
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@Samit Basu - I'd have thought that South Korea, a nation of 51 milliotn people, that there would be a few solid International Trade legal experts advising your government.
Yes, you do make the point of whether the case is justiciable. And, secondly, you pull up the case of the warring Russians and Ukrainians. The circumstances in the Russia-Ukraine situation are quite different from the Japan v S.Korea situation. Here the issues are different. No precedence - save for the fact that we have two countries. Apples and oranges. Both are fruits - but different! Period.
The feeling of hopefulness endlessly renews itself.
Hope springs eternal.
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If South Korea doesn't like what its neighboring country from across the Sea of Japan, here are my proposals. Short and sweet.
One, South Korea can simply improve relations with your cousins across the Yalu River - i.e, the People's Republic of China - for starters. As you and I know, the PRC are definitely nicer and more benevolent than the Japanese. Remember what they did to you during the THAAD issue?
Two, simply learn to develop your own S.Korean scientific, research and development base, otherwise no one really takes you guys seriously.
Sorry, South Korea, beggars can't be choosers!
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This case is DOA at the WTO. Frivolous.
On what grounds do you even have a case? Don't you have anyone trained in basic International Trade Law?
South Korea is a wanna be Japan but without the scientific, research and technical prowess of the latter!
Please South Korea: improve your ability to do applied sciences and, maybe, just maybe, in the very near future your neighbors from across the Sea of Japan will be begging you for Flourinated Polyimide; Resist; and, Hydrogen Fluoride.
Until then - South Korea, please don't embarrass yourself at the WTO.
Improve on your domestic scientific, research and development capabilities.
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You Japanese and S Koreans sure an interesting lot.
In this story I'm reading that you have 14 measly infections in Tokyo. On another story in the 'World' section of JT about South Korea they mention an equal amount of virus infections in Seoul! You guys are both trying to prove that you're proud of your infection numbers or what?!
Are your two countries bragging about who has the most infections?
What a childish and silly argument! In South Korea you have almost China like draconian and intrusive policies enacted by the rabid Moon Jae-in. In your neighbors across the Sea of Japan, you have the clueless Abe Sinzo.
The only country that I truly respect in tackling this SARS-CoV-2 in Asia is: Taiwan.
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Do these Koreans have a short attention spans or what?
It seems that they can't grasp simple basic science; the simple notion that when they congregate in a crowded, unventilated contained place like a nightclub with people talking loudly and spraying droplets from their gaping mouths like hoses - then this bad virus gets easily transmitted.
Moon Jae-in or whoever's responsibility it is over there ought to put on their thinking caps and close these frickin' nightclubs!
Or, better still, maybe S Korea ought to send emissaries to learn from the exemplary countries that have done an excellent job in tackling this SARS-CoV-2: Vietnam, Taiwan, New Zealand, HK, etc.
It seems that every time I read the news Korean numbers are rising from clusters in nightclubs, warehouses, etc.
Please Hangook, don't be like us here in the US.
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The major problem in S Korea is that you have many in that society who do not pay much heed to critical thinking; reflexive and extreme nationalism and emotive irrational anti Japanese sentiments is taught in school textbooks.
This so-called sexual slavery is clearly illustrative of such manipulation of society for political ends!
It is no wonder that myriad Korean politicians, activists, and many other ne'er-do-wells have exploited this easy opportunity to swindle their fellow Korean citizens.
This lady, Yoon, is not a hero.
Yoon, and others of her ilk, are hucksters!
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I said it here on JT back in March and severally since that time: Japan would do fairly if not quite well in combatting the worst of this virulent SARS-CoV-2.
@Fighto: That is an interesting table highlighting the fact that East Asia countries have per capita very low death rates. Taiwan is the best performing country bar none!
The so-called **successful S.Korean numbers are pretty much on par with the Japanese at 5 and 6 per million people, respectively! **
Japan, don't rest on your laurels.
Great job, Japan!!
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Indeed, and I reiterate: Japanese citizens have done a very commendable job in keeping fatalities as low as they are for the reasons I mentioned: good hygiene; keeping distance by bowing to each other vs shaking hands; having in my view, the highest per capita face mask wearing of any country I 've visited in East Asia.
That said, it's instructive and impressive, to me, that these Japanese numbers are as low as they are despite them not adopting the draconian authoritarian tactics employed by China, or the equally invasive China-lite measures used by South Korea.
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@Tokyo-Engr, and @ Richard Gallagher - Thank you both for the very intelligent, insightful, and cogent remarks.
In my view, the Japanese citizens have accomplished one of the most commendable jobs in combatting this SARS-CoV-2, given the low numbers of fatalities there; absolutely remarkable!
To the Japanese: the fact that you have high levels of personal hygiene is a definite plus, and, also, continue heeding social distancing as best as you can, plus the added fact that yours is a society that has probably the highest per capita use of face masks in the world.
Very commendable, Japan!
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Sans doute, China must be held to account about the origin and transmission of this virulent disease from Wuhan.
What the US, the U.K., Japan, Australia, some in the EU are asking of China is the right way to go.
Hopefully South Korea will join in too, instead of cowering and kowtowing to Beijing.
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I said it here severally on JT: relatively speaking, the Japanese are more hygienic and pay closer attention to their palliative healthcare than all the countries I've visited - fifty four.
Meanwhile, just look at us here in the US, in contrast: obesity, rampant hypertension, diabetes, poor personal hygiene, etc! Sadly, I see us getting to 150,000 dead Americans by September 1st.
These Japanese SARS-CoV-2 numbers are illustrative of certain positive aspects to the Japanese standards of excellence, creativity, way of life, and sense of doing things. Yes, and that includes the unorthodox means the Abe government has employed in tackling the virulent transmission of this virus.
Keep up the great job Japan!
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Speaking as a Kenyan - now American - I've had the opportunity to visit and attend university in both South Korea and Japan.
The hatred I observed in SKorea is on a scale that makes you take notice: I've only observed that type of hate in some anachronistic hate-filled tribal countries I've visited in my African backyard, or in certain parts of the American South. Sad, really.
Kudos to this old lady, Ms. Lee, for letting bygones be!
An apt lesson for the rest of Hangook folks.
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I said it all along myriad times: Japan would do a good job in tackling the transmission of this virulent SARS-CoV-2. Impressive, to say the least.
From Kenya to the great people of Japan, keep on with the great work, just don't let your guard down. Kudos!
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I have six sisters and what this guy said is 100% repugnant. Sanctimony aside.
However, and unfortunately, this statement is made everyday by members of the male species in virtually every corner of the world. Christian, Muslim, Jews, Hindus, atheists, animists, etc. As long as they are men - they almost always think like this fossil.
Folks, just think of the peeping tom who surreptitiously insert sex cameras in female restrooms in South Korea. What of myriad professors who engage in trading "sex-for-grades" with good-looking female students, be it in the US, or Kenya, or China. Perverted yet "moral" Islamic men from the Middle East who upon descending on the Western capitals of London, Paris, or Genevathe UK, run amok as they look for the best looking Mzungu girl while flashing petro-dollars!
What this Neanderthal comedian said is emblematic of the male species the world over!
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On a per capita basis the numbers I see out of Japan are quite good, and it reflects in the numbers showing a decline.
Keep on with the great job Japanese folks! Just don't go to Pachinkos and such like places, continue practicing physical distancing and your traditional good hygiene practices!
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Indeed, the CCP owes the whole world damages. Seeing the damage this virus is inflicting on the very fragile African economies is worth it for me agreeing with Trump on this one - while holding my nose.
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Numbers don't lie!
Unlike many naysayers making a mountain out of a mole-hill, when I first visited East Asia as an undergrad college exchange student, the first thing I noted and most admired about the Japanese was their patience, stoicism and indomitable ability to solve difficult problems!
This pathogen will be defeated only when we all cooperate; don't panic and don't succumb to the mass collective hysteria that I note to be prevalent among certain folks!
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From Kenya to Japan, I say please keep on doing the great job Japan, the land of the great inventors of Asia.
I note that on a per capita basis your country has a lower rate of this virulent virus SARS-CoV-2 relative to your neighbors across the Sea of Japan! As it were, one of those countries in the region can't even tell us the real numbers that succumbed to this pathogen.
Please keep on seeking the cooperation of your citizens, and educate your Japanese people of the imperative of making informed choices, and there's no doubt whatsoever that you will not overburden your health system and hospitals.
Just don't resort to the high-handed undemocratic measures - tracking citizens en masse, infringing on civil liberties, etc, adopted by your neighbors, South Korea and China!
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Japan is doing a good job without necessarily resorting to the draconian authoritarian measures of China or the China-lite measures practiced by South Korea's Moon Jae-in.
In S Korea, in the name of contact tracing, they're violating the privacy of their pliant citizens, including tracking cell phone info and credit card information!
Is that Chinese or Korean model feasible in a democratic society? Heck, NO!
Japan is doing a much more commendable job. And, Taiwan - is the best model, bar none.
This article is fluff - uninformative and shallow - typical of Kyodo yellow journalism.
In Shakespearean terms: Much Ado About Nothing.
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@Peeping_Tom - I totally subscribe to your insightful points - very well stated!
It seems to me that some folks from a certain country across the Sea of Japan with a constant need for validation are trying to make this SARS-CoV-2 into some sort of nationalist race - as if their country ought to receive some sort of plaudits from every other country! Alas, my model is Taiwan, which in my view has done the best job in the world in tackling this virulent pathogen.
Perhaps this Swahili proverb from my native Kenya is apropos for these low-esteem folks: *Chema chajiuza, Kibaya chajitembeza [translated:* One does not need to shout and rave about a good thing - it will sell itself because people recognize how good it is].
Keep on the great work Japan!
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@Cognac - It is laudable that you're the voice of reason on this thread.
Like you I don't buy these doom and gloom prognosis whatsoever. I don't see the numbers in Japan being any different from those in S Korea, for example, despite the latter employing draconian policies to achieve their relatively low numbers.
Keep up the great work, Japan!
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Japan is the leading country in Asia in all realms of science, technology and medicine.
It is also the only Asian country that perennially wins Nobel Prizes in those fields. Hopefully, the rest of Asia and even us in Africa will start emulating the very advanced Japanese!
In Africa where I hail from, Japan is the most respected Asian country. Japan and her highly civilized ways too, are extremely highly regarded in Europe, India, and here in the US, my second home!
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There's nothing exceptional about the data as it relates to the worsening Japanese economic outlook.
Frankly, I'm surprised that the Japanese numbers are not worse, particularly amidst what will likely turn out to be a deep global recession.
Q2 data won't be any fun to look at; no country or region will be spared.
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As a person who hails from the erstwhile Third World, and a student of East Asian economics and institutions, I definitely subscribe to the role that Japanese customs plays in their better response to this contagious Corona virus.
As Veblen succinctly pointed out thus: ...[ ] Norms specify many of the socially acceptable goals of action...[ ] it is, however, often a a slow process, one that takes place with resistance, and usually only as the surrounding economic environment changes in ways that makes the old ways of life and ways of thinking obsolete or no longer appropriate.
Indeed, my view is that Japanese customs evolved along the way to a point that cleanliness and good hygiene became widely accepted in society.
It is this high degree of personal and societal hygiene that makes Japan and, probably, Taiwan exceptional in tackling SARS-CoV-2 among the East Asian countries.
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@SmithinJapan - My observation having visited China, South Korea and Japan is that the latter have better personal hygiene than the other two countries.
And Japan, in my view, as always been the leader in Asia - in science, in medicine, technology, etc- in so many realms in that part of the world. I think they'll come with some novel solutions to fight and defeat this pathogen!
Anyway, I don't buy into the doom and gloom about all this hullabaloo. I intend to visit Japan again ASAP! I have no reason to doubt that the indomitable and always resilient Japanese will get a way to contain this virulent SARS-CoV-2.
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@Cognac - Excellent observations!
I'm sanguine about the Japanese numbers, btw. No amount of doom and gloom from the usual naysayers will make the low numbers in Japan go up.
From my experience having visited the big three East Asian countries - Japan, China, South Korea -: the Japanese tend to have better hygiene practices, so I don't envisage their numbers going as high as those I see here in the US, for example.
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@Hung Nguyen - Thank you for your acute insights.
As a person who hails from Kenya- neighbor to Gebhreyesus's Ethiopia - I feel totally let down that we Africans fronted such an incompetent lackey to head such an important global post.
Tedros Adhamon Gebhreyesus, please resign. You lack the gravitas, intellect, judgement, and leadership, to head the WHO.
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