Nicholas Tee comments

Posted in: Kamikaze survivors debunk stereotype in stories of sacrifice See in context

I have read a considerable amount about WW2 over the years - and particularly the war in the Pacific because my own Dad was involved as a pilot on the British aircraft carrier the Ark Royal. However this revelation is new to me. And shocking it is.

As we are seeing currently with the ISIS thugs, they invite young men and women to die by suicide, simply to serve the selfish needs of their leaders. And this revelation about the recruiting of the Kamikazi pilots, is no different.

As the topic of the Japanese government apologising for their behaviour in WW2 is so topical to the moment, I would suggest they owe an apology to the Japanese people at the same time. And the best starting place for this would be by throwing out the Japanese Royal Family - who cowardly supported and went along with this appalling behaviour. Furthermore everything they own should be sold and used to pay reparations and compensation, to all those families affected - Japanese or not.

The leading Japanese industrialists (including the Yakuza - many of whom are one in the same) and the Japanese Royal Family financially benefitted from WW2, and they were never penalized financially for that. General MacArthur agreed to that to gain their support after WW2.

Those financial penalties should start today.

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Posted in: Suspect caught in South Carolina church shooting rampage See in context

The American preoccupation with the Second Ammendment and 'the right to bear arms' now borders on the ridiculous. Somebody ought to explain to America that the Second Ammendment was written at a time that applied to how things were then. It's a bit like telling men that everyone should be still shaving with a cutthroat razor. Anyway the biggest problem are the ignorant rednecks that run the National Rifle Association. Of course they make a dollar from every gun sold and that is the main motivation. The blood that they have on their hands is far more than the Mafia and the Marines combined.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea send conflicting signals on 'comfort women' feud See in context

Actually I'm not sure that an apology for their behaviour in jusy WW2 would be enough. If you look at history over the last 200 years, Japan has been trying to dominate Korea again and again.... and each time excessive brutality. I think that the traditional Japanese thinking has been that they are superior to most other countries, and that everyone were babarians, has had much to do with it

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Posted in: China says it lodged repeated complaints with Japan over South China Sea See in context

Stop complaining and Stop trading with China. China has been built on a manufacturing base. The best way to cripple that country is to stop purchasing and importing Chinese made products.

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Posted in: Jeb Bush, in Berlin, says Putin is bully and U.S. needs to respond resolutely See in context

I can't believe that anyone in the US would actually be stupid enough to vote for a third Bush after the lies and deciept that came out of the first two. Then again how many hundred of thousands of Americans believe that that the world begins in LA and finishes at NY. But imagine if Jec was elected, who would be the Bush puppetmaster this time. "Dirty Dick" Cheney would have to be too old this time.

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Posted in: Execs arrested from scam dating sites that had 2.7 mil users and only one female member See in context

I would not be surprised if it was maybe it was a website for Gay men ... that would explain why just the one woman. I remember reading a survey last month that said that gay dating websites in Japan were more popular than straight dating sites.

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Posted in: Heartache for Japan's 40-year-old virgins See in context

Over 40, no sex and no woman in his life..... in many western countries this would indicate a happy man with no grey hairs and a pocketful of cash. And he certainly would not have been contibuting thousands of dollars to keeping greedy and unscrupulous divorce attorneys rich.

But seriously he should keep looking. Woman over 40 have a lot to offer, easier to have a sensible conversation with, don't hassle you to spend every night out on the dance floor, have their cooking skills well refined, are far more motivated and are happy to satisfy. And good on them for that.

Sometimes when your cup appears half empty, it is actually half full.

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Posted in: Denying WWII sex slavery stains Japan's honor: Kono See in context

A truly remorseful country will have the DIET debate, accept the Kono statement AND the Prime Minister, speaking on behalf of the Japanese people issue a truly remorseful apology. There is precedence in US, the Reagan administration and Congress issued an apology on behalf of the American people for Japanese people interned during WWII. There is Honor and Grace by admiting past errors, but not only in Japan, let's keep analysing, keep investigating till we are 100% satisfied there is no lie.

This is absolutely correct. But America has not been the only country to apologise for their bad behaviour in the past - and certainly not only in situations where war was incolved. Australia apologised to its Aboriginal people. New Zealand apologised to its Maori people. And of course German remains embarrased to this day that an entire nation was responsible for what happened. Japan's failure to provide an unreserved acknowledgement and apology reeks of arrogance, and it is an arrogance that nobody wants anything to do with or accept.

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Posted in: Distrust between South Korea, Japan sky high: poll See in context

The results of this poll are hardly surprising. History tends to have a long memory.

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Posted in: Japan says it won't decide on AIIB until corruption addressed See in context

Nobody should be joining this new bank while it is led or controlled by China because it will only help to develop and extend their influence and power.

Two particularly important issues should be kept in mind when considering this. Firstly why was Taiwan the only country excempted from being invited to join? That's simple ... because China believe that they own Taiwan and it is only a matter of time before they take steps to take it back.

Secondly, when anybody borrows from a bank, while they have that debt they are beholden to that bank. That bank has the ability to demand repayment of that debt at any time. While other international banks are prepared to accepted certain levels of understanding about such behaviour, China is adequately demonstrating that they will never restrict their ambitions by respecting those international understandings.

Japan and PM Abe is right to be cautious. Those leaders in the west that have helped create this untameable dragon by allowing sustained and largely unregulated trade over the last 15 years in their unrestrained appetite for cheap product, and at the expense of their own economies, are going to regret their lack of foresight and planning.

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Posted in: Yahoo folding up map site as priorities shift See in context

The writing is on the wall for Yahoo but they are as finished as yesterday's news. It's part of the cycle and Google will eventually go exactly the same way. It's called corporate complacency. Just ask Apple, they've been their once and will soon go their again.

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Posted in: Aquino ready for talks to allow Japan to use Philippines' military bases See in context

What has Japan got that they could put on a Philippine military base apart from another sushi shop?

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Posted in: IWC talks on Japanese whaling called constructive See in context

The problem is that the majority of Japanese men still think that whale meat is an aphrodisiac. It is supposed to taste appalling yet they still keep buying it for their wives.

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Posted in: 'Female Viagra' gets green light from U.S. expert panel See in context

The aphrodisiac properties of flibanserin were discovered accidentally when it was tested as an anti-depressant, the drug-maker said. >

This quote from the article is interesting .... but not surprising. In fact it is rather obvious. You don't need to be a scientist to understand that the more sex you have, the less depressed you will be. It would be great for helping weight-loss too.

Watch out America comes a fitter, healthier and happier society.

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Posted in: Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany See in context

Plus the Nazi Germans were invading and subjugating Europe while Imperial Japan was apparently just protecting and uniting Asia from the Westerners>

ThePBot - I have to ask if you were being serious with this comment or using your sense of humour?

I've read a lot of books and met a lot of people from across SE Asia over the years, but none from the Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Vietnam, Burma, China, Korea, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia or the Pacific Islands that would agree that Imperial Japan was apparently just protecting and uniting Asia from the Westerners. Personally I think that most would think that "invading, subjugating and brutalizing" was a more accurate description.

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Posted in: Gov't eyes emergency toilets, water in elevators after quake See in context

A cardboard box as a toilet in an elevator... what an interesting concept. Considering that most people enter and leave an elevator as total strangers, this would certainly provide the opportunity for people to get to know their fellow travellers a little better. At the same time it would also create business opportunities. For example a book entiled "The Dietary Guide for Regular Elevator Users".

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Posted in: Japan says nations must behave responsibly in South China Sea See in context

China must be stopped, and they must be stopped now. And it is the responsibility of all countries in the area to come together and act unilaterally. That includes Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Taiwan, Phillipines, Indonesia and others.

The book "Samurai Thinking and Tactics for Dummies" by the author Shinsei Horikawa should be distributed to all these countries to provide a single focused approach. All trade with China should be ceased immediately to start weakening the Chinese economy. All immigration from China should be also stopped immediately.

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Posted in: Blatter says FIFA corruption probe won't lead to him See in context

Anyone that remains in FIFA will do so because they are part of the corruption. THose that leave will have demonstrated that they won't accept it. Why do you think that it was the Africa and South American countries that supported him? ... because they were the ones that were receiving the payoffs. AND they are all too stupid to realize that by supporting ol' man Blatter, they are telling the world they like and benefit from the corruption.

I sincerely hope that Visa, Coka Cola, Nike, Adidas, Sony, Emirates, JVC, McDonalds, Fuji Xerox, Fujifilm, Canon, Al;fa Romeo, Hyundai, Seiko, Philips, Toshiba, and all the other sponsors have the balls to pull out of FIFA. If they don't it means that they are part of the corruption.

If you are Japanese and love football, then it is your responsibility to tell the Japanes companies involved, that you will blacklist them if they continue to sponsor FIFA.

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Posted in: China-led bank adds urgency to Japan's pursuit of TPP deal See in context

This new bank proposed by China is indeed a threat and is just one more way of China trying to increase its power and influence across the world. And anyone that disagrees seriously needs to ask themselves why Taiwan - the same country that China covets and already considers its own - is the only country that has not been invited to join this new bank.

The TPP has been set up to try and counteract China's grab for increasing power and influence. So don't criticise it without understanding fully what it aimed at providing.

The 5 countries that China is initially strategically looking to control, and who are directly in the firing line, are Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Vietnam .... and they won't stop there.

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Posted in: Has Google's dominance already peaked? See in context

Google's readiness to manipulate search results to suit their own ends is well established and legendary. They came onto the marketing pledging to improve the quality of search but instead took it upon themselves to decide who should appear in the search rankings, and heaven help any website whose commercial aims conflicted with theirs. The moves they made to downgrade sites with affiliate links, spread search related propoganda using Matt Cutts, and their launch of Chrome with which to try and monopolize the market in a similar way that MS originally tried to do with IE, and then of course their wholesale breach of copyright using their capability to spider every publication they could, has become increasingly indicative of an arrogant approach to business. I remember the days when Yahoo ruled the roost and then their downfall. Google's time will surely come. Sadly when a viable alternative shows its face, Google will no doubt use their financial strength to try and buy them out. As for the comments about improving their search algorithms, they will only ever do what is required to achive their own commercial objectives rather than provide a better product for the market.

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Posted in: China to investigate anti-Japan TV drama over crotch grenade scene See in context

Maybe some people might get upset over something like this on TV, but I am SHOCKED !!! I never knew that Japanese girls kept hand grenades in their knickers. Is this something that had its origins in tradition? ....... like a girls version of the Samurai? Anyway I do not think this is true because they do not have censorship in China. Do you know why? Because there are no censorable people in China to do that job.

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan defense chiefs to hold first meeting since 2011 See in context

CrazyJoe - I do agree with you, except I am not all convinced of Japan being a forminable adversary to China at all. China needs to be stopped, and they need to be stopped now. I think for once the UN needs to crawl out from under their grubby little desks and grow some balls and put their heads together with America, and the rest of the world. The most effective way to bring a halt is for a complete trade embargo to be put on China. Then with their exports grinding to a halt, China's commercial heart will grind to halt and start to implode. Every country that has bought cheap products off China has played the sucker for too many years and we are responsible for what we have created there. It never took a crystal ball to see what would happen. I believe if something is not done now, it will be 20 times more difficult in another 5 years.

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Posted in: Taiji mayor says dolphin hunt will still go on See in context

Absolutely sickening .... babaric behaviour of totally uncivilised peasants with absolutely no conscience or ability to comprehend anything but their narrow and blinkered peasant-like approach to life.

May they all choke on their next bowl of whale meat and then return as a dolphin themselves.

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Posted in: Okinawan governor determined to press U.S. to move base off island See in context

YuriOtani has not yet learned that there are politicians that say things just to get votes OR she herself has is a politician trying to get votes. Either way she is completely confused about the definition of the word "tyranny". But I would like to hear her opinion on why the Japanese government is totally ignoring what happened at Fukushima and has done nothing to protect those people affected by the problem with the nuclear reactor there. Maybe that is all part of an American Imperialist Policy too? LOL. ... Remember the old saying, those with the loudest voices, usually know the least.

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Posted in: 450 mostly Western scholars press Abe on war history See in context

Reading some of the comments here, I am astounded as to how many people still deny or don't even know the history of their own country. And for KUISUPISI to say that "Unfortunately,many records concerned with the war were destroyed by Japan's Imperial Army thus there is some inability for the Japanese to acknowledge human experimentation,rape,chemical and biological weapons and of course forced prostitution. This is why Japanese politicians can never really acknowledge that there were not only Japanese victims of war but also foreign ones. This skewed view also persists with regard to present day events such as natural disasters." You don't need too much documentation to jump on a plane and go to Korea to speak to the thousands of women that were transported to Japan and forced into prostitution. Next you'll be trying to tell us that 6m people weren't gased to death in the concentration camps in Germany because the documentation wasn't available for that. Time to get real folks and confess .... and it's more than time to forget all the mythical face-saving waffle. After all how much face-saving was there for the hundereds of thousands of innocent men, women, children and babies slaughtered by the bayonet and bullet in what was called then Nanking?

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Posted in: Thousands rally against U.S. military base on Okinawa See in context

While the United States and its foreign policies are far from perfect, I have say to all those people so busy protesting that they are showing a complete lack of knowledge about history and current affairs globally. If they did. they would appreciate just how fortunate they are having the US base and presence in Okinawa.

When the situation with China's desire to expand its borders and territorial aims becomes confrontational, and China decides to use their military strength to further their goals - as they surely will (just as Japan tried to do in the mid-late 1930's), then all of the people in Japan - and Okinawa, will appreciate America stepping in to assist them. America's presence in Okinawa will enable them assist with some degree of speed, whereas without that presence it would be much harder.

In reality Japan has no meaningful military power whatsoever to defend itself against China - even if Emp Akihito and the Government managed to convince the Japanese people to sacrifice their lives again. And if you think that is not the case, then you are kidding yourself.

China's potential conflict with the rest of the world is becoming a potential reality more and more as every day passes - and Taiwan and Japan are right at the top of China's list.

The leaders in the East had their chance to foresee and control what was coming 10 - 15 years ago, and they chose to do nothing because everyone had an insatiable desire for the cheap products that China produces, and because we all chose to elect people into power that had very limited intelligence. As a result we are all soon going to reap the rewards of the seeds we've sowed.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor to visit U.S. in bid to stop base relocation See in context

Yuri Otani, It has nothing to do with American arrogance. And if you studied more about the history of Japan and understood exactly how your own Government has chosen to conduct itself in the past, you would understand why the world at one stage believed that Japan should never again be able to have it's own military forces. And you have to accept that. And still many people believe that this should continue. Please allow me to ask you a question. If you were the judge at a trial of a person responsible for some terrible crimes, would you agree to that person being released from prison if they were unwilling to apologize, show remorse for, and accept responsiblity for what they had done? While America is far from perfect, I would suggest that you should show some appreciation to them because when trouble really erupts between Japan and China - as it surely will, when history repeats itself, America has pledged to support Japan. Study your own history and you will gain some appreciation of the real situation, and why I suggest that your complaining will continue to fall on many deaf ears.

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Posted in: China sets Sept 3 to mark WWII victory over Japan See in context

YuriOtani, I have read so many of your comments at different times complaining about how Japan is viewed and treated by other countries, but at the end of the day you need to face the fact that Japan's actions towards so many other countries over the last 90 years had been absolutely reprehensible - particularly in the lead up to, and during WW2. China particularly is not about to forget "The Rape of Nanking". And you cannot expect people to simply forget. However I think that I must show some understanding towards your comments, because having worked in Japan, and having had much to do with Japanese foreign students that go overseas to study English, I am very much aware how your own government has spared no effort to conceal and hide the truth from its own citizens. As a result it is extremely likely that you have no real understanding about why so many countries have a very cautious attitude towards Japan. If you want to learn the truth about your own country's history - from over 200 years ago up to the present time, then could I suggest locate the author Sterling Seagrave, and read some of his books. You will discover why for example, so few war crimes trials were held in Japan after WW2, why and how several of the larger companies in Japan, the Japanese Government and the Yakuza remain so closely linked and intertwined, why so many Japanese companies have been returning to the Philippines since the end of WW2, why so little of the loot stolen by the Japanese Royal family and the army - from China and across the Pacific, has ever been returned to their rightful owners. Seek out this information yourself about the history of Japan over the last 200 years and you will also better understand why Japanese society is how it is today, and why other countries have their opinions.

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Posted in: Bodies of Japanese WWII soldiers found in Palau cave See in context

It has been very interesting to read these comments. Yuri and the other Japanese people that want to know the truth about the Japanese government's complete lack of interest in recovering their war dead, should read the book "The Bone Man of Kokoda" by Charles Happell. I lived in Papua New Guinea for 8 years and this story is about the extraordinary story of Koichi Nishimura and the Kokoda Track. Nishimura fought their in 1942 where the Japanese army lost thousands and thousands of Men. Compelled by a feeling of responsibility for his comrades, Nishimura returned to PNG in 1979 and spent the following 25 years alone out on the Kokoda Track, recovering the bodies of dead Japanes troops. Never once did the Japanese Government ever offer to help or provide funds to assist him. Never once did the Japanese Government respond to his repeated request for help. Even after Nishimura had recovered literally hundreds of the bodies of his comrades and stored them, the Japanese Embassy in Port Moresby and the Japanes Government refused to show any interest in taking these men back to Japan. What is even more disgraceful is that to this day - 70 years later, the Japaneese government still denies their responsibility for their despicable actions in WW2 by ensuring that their young people in school are not taught anything about the butchery and war crimes they committed. And if you ever wondered why a similar War Crimes tribunal was never set up for the Japanese - as it was in Nuremburg to bring the Nazis to justice, read some of Sterling Seagraves books about how agreements were made by General MacArther with Hirohito and the Japanese government after the war. And yes, it was largely about the non-return of treasures looted by the Japanese from China and the many other countries they invaded. Loot that has still never been returned to this day.

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