Agreed should be legalized. It was part of Japanese religious Shinto culture and was taken away and demonized during American occupation. Now that the U.S. is starting to legalize for recreation in majority of the states and Canada as well not to mention the many health benefits of CBD oils. Japan really needs to repeal the archaic laws in 大麻 and think would help with the depopulation and other social ills such as recluses and suicides and depression. Also, Japan makes some of the best agricultural produce, imagine the economic revitalization opportunity in the country side if shifting focus on making high quality orgamic 大麻 second to none.
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Simply, Korea has no intention to settle the matter once and for all at ICJ in a civil professional manner as recommended by the U.S. Japan perhaps should just re-take Takeshima by force if necessary as that seems to be the only course of action to bring Korea to the table. Unfortunately, this is probably the only cards left that Japan has for Korea to understand the seriousness of this matter and if it escalates so be it... (Its not like South Korea wants friendly relationships with Japan anyways...nor do they want to consider historical academic evidence to discuss any issues be it comfort women, Takeshima/Dokdo, or East Sea renaming of Sea of Japan, or complaining about the Japanese rising sun flag on clothing art, etc..) Seriously... Japan has been too lenient and calm hoping that Korea could take a more mature, calm stance on any historical perspectives between the two countries.
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@RealCDN There is plenty of dolphin to eat if you know where. Sotobo Chiba is the easiest from Tokyo. However, I would stipulate that dolphin is a bit gamey/smelly to be served sashimi style like whale IMO and better in stew and personally prefer whale over dolphin. I've had dolphin maybe a dozen times in various places in Chiba in (hidden menus) at various eateries concentrated along the coast in the last 15yrs on the way back from surf trips. They actually used to sell them in the back of trucks like sweet potatoes in some fishing village locales hawking them over speaker announcing イルカ, イルカ！ FYI: If the whale meat is rather inexpensive and tastes a bit more pungent than you remember, it might likely be dolphin. (Dolphin is edible but wouldn't quite say its good while whale is generally delicious!) I would compare dolphin to dog meat I ate in Seoul, and as is typical there they don't generally advertise it widely and need to go with local person to find dog meat specialty restaurants and generally cooked in stews masked by spices/garlic, etc.
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Living on the Pacific coast of Chiba prefecture: there is plenty of historical and archaeological evidence of Japanese people's close relationship with both Dolphin and Whales from the Jomon period and have had both Dolphin and Whale cuisine celebrated by many that have lived out here for generations. http://www.gepr.org/en/contents/20140217-01/ Having also heavy Native American heritage (BlackFeet) and influence as well on my American side of heritage, the traditional Japanese were much more similar to Native Americans in terms of respect and spirituality with the animals they hunted. As many Native Americans now who have been devastated culturally by the loss of the West by the Europeans sitting on reservations collecting welfare and eating processed foods getting overweight, etc. Unfortunately, too few Native Americans now can even practice hunting in their traditional areas and prey. (Buffalo herds devastated by building of the railroads, Macah Indians on WA coast being harassed for their annual whale hunts, etc..) I pray Japan resists the cultural imperialism and bullying of the western nations to lose their traditions of sustainable and respectful whaling practices. Japan's culture is unique and loved by many from around the world because they modernized on their own without being colonized and retained a unique Japanese aspect to their culture and traditions. In the grand scheme of things there are so much larger world and Japan issues to tackle besides a few small whaling dolphin hunting traditions being kept alive in isolated villages in Japan.
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It's about high time Japan returns in kind instead of turning a blind eye as usual considering all the espionage the Chinese do to Japan and the U.S. Also, where is the facts and proof on the espionage charges on this Itochu guy?
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@SJ I would tend to agree with you that the Japanese population nowadays in general especially post WW2 are a little too easily manipulated and obedient to its U.S. masters. I think it is time for them to realize that Japan needs to make their own destiny as that had many times before and becoming more independent or true equal footing partner with the U.S.: Think about how Japan was able to resist 2 attempts of a combined Mongolian/Chinese/Korean invasion by Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan and never ever capitulating to China's influence, one of very few fortunate countries to resist colonization for centuries while the rest of Asia/non-European peoples fell one after another, after Commodore Perry with his gunboat diplomacy, Japan then quickly modernized and adapted overturning unequal treaties and then went onto win the first major war where a non-European power defeated a major European power in the Russia-Japan war in early 1900s, Right or wrong Japan would have swept Asia conclusively within its domain without U.S. intervention, Japan rising from the ashes of humiliating defeat of WW2 (First ever, in its history) to become the 2nd largest economy (now 3rd) even with limited population and natural resources. (Its people/culture alone are Japan's greatest asset)
IMO: As Japan had awakened the sleeping Giant (The U.S.) during WW2, I think Korea's constant attempts to antagonize Japan constantly will backfire and awaken Japanese to the truth that Japan will need to become more assertive towards Korea. One thing about the Japanese, they are patient and tireless and have composure to a degree the Koreans will never be able to approach, this in their DNA and culturally ingrained. I pity what will happen to Korea and its people if Japan really begins to systematically turn their united population and attention to the detriment of Korea, let alone an all out war. The ferocity and fearlessness of the Japanese in battle has been well documented historically even back to the punitive war expeditions of Hideyoshi driving the retreating Korean forces all the way to Pyongyang and only with the combination of huge Chinese reinforcement was finally able to drive Hideyoshi's troops back to Japan.
Also: Following is an excerpt from the book "The Comfort Women" written by Korean professor Sarah Soh who has done extensive research in this matter should be required reading for all the Korean advocates on this forum:
Despite their historic contributions, the approach of South Korean activists and their supporters has obscured the continued ubiquity of grave human rights violations of women, especially those working in the sex industry in postcolonial South Korea. Although activists and their supporters have successfully publicized sexual violence and atrocities committed by the Japanese military, the way in which they have framed the story as exclusively a Japanese war crimes issue has diverted attention from the sociocultural and historical roots of women's victimization in Korea, which Japan colonized from 1910 to 1945.
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@SJ “It is ironical that despite the spread of the internet and all cutting-edge communication technology, it becomes easier for political leaders to brainwash and instigate the people, especially in Japan.”
I think it’s the other way around that it’s Koreans who are brainwashed by their political leaders and false testimonies and agendas by various politically motivated groups. A thorough research on the comfort woman issue as well as japan’s Annexation of Korea during WW2 is much more complicated than the typical vitriol spewed and championed in South Korea.
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@Jimi Good you concur kids in Korea are taught to hate Japan. However, kids in Japan are not taught to hate Korea and it is evident in the popularity of Kpop and Kdrama, etc. We also have a fairly large population of Koreans and Korean ancestry Japanese residing in Japan, majority are good people well integrated and identified with Japan and Japanese culture. In fact, I personally know so many who maintained a fairly strong Korean identity even whilst being born in Japan due to their parents and attending N Korean schools, etc. but had encountered extreme prejudices while living in or visiting S. Korea in their young adult lives and have now switched their citizen to full Japanese and have really questioned the "rabid foaming at the mouth vitriol" that some S. Koreans have towards Japan as being completely unwarranted. In fact, many have privately said it is embarrassing that Korea continues to harp on how Japan dishonored Korean Comfort Women when it is quite plainly evident that you will see many illegal and legal Korean prostitutes continuing to hustle in every Japanese city in the Korean quarters on the guise of massage parlors and other 水商売 establishments. This is true in every major U.S. city I have lived at as well. Many Americans and Japanese are quietly and fairly disgusted with the way Koreans continues to play-up the victim-hood towards Japan while not being transparent about their own hand in the comfort woman issue and continued participation in forced prostitution and other illicit activities in this area throughout the world. https://voicesofny.org/2011/09/korean-prostitution-in-the-us-out-of-control/
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Like the Korean claims and cases, its highly focused on being a smear campaign against Japan and its people organized rather than about justice. It’s laughable really given all the atrocities and forced labor during the Great Leap Forward which I am sure would be squashed severely within China. Japan is at the cusp of changing its constitution to better defend itself and this China and Korea’s to prevent and stall Japanese autonomy.
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@akie didn't China just throw an old Japanese guy in jail for allegedly spying not to mention many more for similar alleged charges? Not to mention those that got caught trying to smuggle drugs out of China into Japan that were executed a few years ago... Regardless, I am sure the stupid protesters will get release in due course but starting a fire in a public place like Yasukuni, they knew that was not gonna go unanswered. I can't imagine what China would do if a Japanese national tried to start a fire to protest at the Nanking memorial saying that the numbers of those massacred were far less or never happened, etc.. Yeah, let's see what kind of treatment a Japanese political activist will get in China under similar circumstances.
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@ossan Having both U.S. and Japanese passports, this is how you do it and nobody has raised a question in the last 15-16yrs. Going to U.S. from Japan: Check-in with U.S., leave immigration with Japanese, enter U.S. with U.S. Going from U.S. to Japan: Just leave with Japan and enter Japan with the same. No questions, no fuss on both sides. (Just make sure your U.S. and Japanese passports match name for name for ticketing purposes.)
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Ridiculous... Korean activism going too far... Besides the fact that the mural has a somewhat remote resemblance to the rising sun flag which is so what... But really, banning or protesting the rising sun flag is indeed ridiculous. For some people that suffered under various wars or regimes in the past the U.S. flag, British flag, etc. could all evoke negative feelings but given the fact that the protesters in the U.S. (Korean Americans) was likely not even born during WW2 their unreasonable knee jerk reaction is distasteful to say the least. The flag has been in use way before WW2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rising_Sun_Flag and is unquestionably a beautiful and striking pattern from an artistic point of view to many around the world thus its use in many products, clothing, etc.. This is actually reverse hate by Korean activism to smear anything with Japanese symbolism (even as far fetched and remote as that L.A. mural) and should be fought aggressively and head-on.
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Japan is surrounded by hateful/vengeful neighbors besides Taiwan. (China, Koreas still salty about WW2 and Japan historically never capitulating to China and having its own unique culture loved and appreciated by the world over and Russia who really never got over getting defeated and losing territory to Japan in 1901.) Good on Japan to begin building some defensive and potentially offensive capabilities. Japan has shown historically they can come together time and time again to face challenges and overcome them.
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Stick him in jail with some Uyoko as fitting punishment for a few weeks and then flag him to ensure he can never re-enter Japan.
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Glad this is happening, will certainly bring to light that continued capitulation to South Korea's demands over the years only embolden's them.
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Posted in: Many South Korean people mistakenly believe Japan hasn’t apologized over the comfort women issue. Japan also should not just obstinately insist the issue has been ‘resolved,’ but rather more actively convey a message that acknowledges public opinion in South Korea. See in context
This issue will never be resolved no matter how much Japan publicly apologizes... there are those in Korea that want to continually use this issue for their own political agenda. Also, it has been brought to light that many of the so called comfort women were forced into testimonies that were untrue or left out the fact that they were taken advantage of by their own parents or Korean brokers. Many more were also common prostitutes that profited and refuse to acknowledge this. Frankly, most Japanese are quiteq tired of the constant bleating of this issue for political or personal financial gain by some.
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The root of the problem is that there were some maybe quite a few tragic cases of misled Korean girls and ladies by Korean brokers that sent them to the front-line brothel system on fake promises or outright trickery. No doubt that occurred as it does today all over the world by unsavory types promising young vulnerable women a chance at a supposedly better life. During that time many were sold by their own family (fathers) who were desperately poor to feed an extra mouth, etc. This happened to Japanese as well. But also many of the Korean women and Japanese women were clearly simple prostitutes as well. It is hard to fathom that there were no economically motivated women that were part of the comfort women system as there is ample evidence that there was..
Even today, in a time when S.Korea is economically much more prosperous, there are so many, many Korean women working as prostitutes all over the world, here in Japan, U.S. Europe, Canada, Australia with ample evidence. (All the massage parlors they have set-up all over is an e.g.)
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@ClippetyClop Please point to the evidence that the meet is being stored due to lack of demand. The film points to the lie that Taiji residents are being poisoned by mercury as well which is not true.. I am willing to bet that the whale meet sits unsold due to lack of demand is also more of the propaganda and falsehoods that is exposed in this film so please watch it before denouncing it and provide Japanese unbiased sources on the whale meet sitting in freezers due to lack of demand... Thanks!
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I saw this on Netflix and encourage all of those who are for or against whaling to view this film with open minds. I believe the film did a great job exposing some of the hypocrisy of the western ethnocentric and often racist point of view to bash Japan for their desire to return to sustainable whaling and the rudeness and insensitivity of the sea Shepard’s attitude towards the people of Taiji and Japanese peoples cultures and traditions. The film will also detail the long history and culture whales had with The japanese and the respect they had towards the animal both spiritually and ensuring they use every part of this magnificent creature when they were taken.
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The problem is S.Korea will dislike Japan’s dispatching it’s SDF force in S.Korea to help our own citizens to safely escape the Korean Peninsula in case there is war.... s.koreans despise the Japanese more than N.koreans attacking them..lol..
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Sounds like a nice place to visit...
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It’s about time Japan did something about conveying the evidence of the rightful owners of those said territories in contention. Staying silent and polite only emboldens Korea and China. Didn’t find a link to the new Museum but would love to visit and take some Korean and Chinese friends to show japan’s perspective and ratuonal evidence for the territorial disputes.
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@Simon: why would you think the right to vote is basically worthless in Japan? It’s like those eligible in the U.S. to vote complaining about Trump being elected when they didn’t even chose to vote. Those of you foreigners so eager to complain about how the election turned out in Japan should become naturalized citizens and become an active participant of the democratic process here. Almost all citizens that immigrate to the U.S. including Japanese immigrants and call it their home become naturalized citizens and participate in the democratic process. Why should Japanese care about what some gaijins living in Japan without any love or patriotism for our country and cultural ideals to naturalize dictate our political process and more importantly overturning a constitution that was forced on us during a much different era than we live today?
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Glad many of us voted for Abe and constitutional reform which is sorely needed in this country to normalize. Interesting to see so many foreigners (non-citizens) with no right to vote here up in arms over this. (lol.) Its like what business is it for Japanese to fret over the U.S. election if they are not citizens or have no intention to be? If you live in Japan and call this home and love this country then become a citizen and be part of the democratic process instead of harping on how Japanese citizens vote. (Many of us braved the rain and wind to cast our ballots.) This will be a great turning point for our country and from what I can gather in U.S. media a win for Abe is good for U.S. as well to have a reliable partner/friend to stymie the looming threat of China, N.Korea.
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Time for Japan to develop and equip their own nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, with N.Korea constantly targeting and threatening Japan and China, Russia who only respect countries with ability to project force. It's the opportune time for Japan to join the nuclear club to prevent another Hiroshima or Nagasaki from ever happening on their soil. Relying on the U.S. Nuclear umbrella and their word solely as their defense against N.Korea, China, Russia is fool hardy indeed.
I think the U.S. would welcome a nuclear equipped confident Japan in Asia to aid U.S. in a true bi-lateral defense partner. With the #1 and #3 economy in the world and their technical prowess it would be a game changer to keep Chinese, Russian and N.Korean assertiveness in check. I think S.Korea would also go nuclear soon afterward and if S.Korea and Japan could work things out these three countries would indeed be formidable alliance in Asia.
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A couple of areas that many have issues with the constant bleating of the comfort woman issues propagated by S.Korea. (backed by Norks and China)
1) There is much evidence that IJA were not directly involved directly in the kidnapping or misling the poor women sent to the front lines, in addition, overwhelming majority were willing paid prostitutes that profited from the system. Testimony shows that many of them went on their own and others were unfortunately sold into unsavory brokers by their own parents. (these were hard times and remember Koreans at that time were considered citizens of the Japanese empire for couple decades already.) Japanese system of wartime brothels were no more unique than the system established during the U.S./Korean War or the many brothels set-up in Japan during occupation. (Individual hardships and circumstances and suffering occurred then to with the like of unsavory pimps, human trafficking, etc. which still continues to this day in many places around the world.) The U.S. Army's own investigation into a wartime brothel in Burma suggested including extensive interviews with Korean comfort women found that the system was well run and the women were treated quite fairly and profited tremendously in some cases and many even fell in love and married IJA personnel returning to Japan, etc..
2) I think S.Korea is very disingenuous about the whole comfort women system during that period and do not want to see the complete picture or accuracy into the historical situation and rather focus on specific emotional experiences by individuals that are seeking financial gain and extrapolating it for their own political and anti-Japanese motives. Every major city in America, Japan, or Australia are filled with Korean run massage parlors which are really brothels in disguise. Many of them use Japanese names for their establishment and the girls working as well use Japanese names as to prop-up the perceived brand value of these prostitution houses or disguise their Korean roots. (I find it very distasteful given they act like their honor was so shattered for being forced into prostitution 70yrs ago.) http://koreanreality.wixsite.com/korean-realities/prostitution-in-us
Which begs the question how much different was it back 70yrs ago for Korean women/pimps to want to profit from IJA comfort women system?
3) Why would they put these statues up outside of S.Korea or Japan? I really believe even the Japanese would be open to having statues here if there were overwhelming evidence that the majority of comfort women suffered terribly by the IJA and they were directly involved in wholesale kidnapping and raping of these women. (Not saying isolated individual cases did not ever occur which I am sure it did.) Historical evidence and non-biassed third party research paints a very different picture from the rabid foaming at the mouth hysterical anti-japanese crowd manipulating some of the remaining comfort women's recollection of what "Really" happened.
Perhaps, it would be appropriate for Japan to put-up Takeshima memorials all over the world propagating the illegal occupation by S.Korea and trying to make it an international issue. But alas, Japan has too much class for that.. (It's not like S.Korea would be ever willing to take that to IJA to settle the issue once and for all as Japan suggested.) Japan has paid and apologized many times over the comfort women/WW2 issue which is at heart one of the problems, instead of doing the necessary to dispute the falsehood propagated by the comfort women issue they take the appeasement approach which only encourages the Korean special interest groups to go further and want more..
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Given the fact by researchers in Korea and Japan that most of the Korean comfort women were not forcibly brought to frontline brothels by the Japanese imperial army and were typically common prostitutes brokered by Korean agents erecting these false statues all over the World is completely inappropriate. Osaka is right to protest and japan really needs to do a better job to get the truth out there to the western public that are deceived into the wholesale lie or at best embellishments by the Norks and their Skorean and Chinese sympathizers.
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I feel sorry for the North Korean people's plight but aid like that won't help them long-term. The world needs to be united to topple the N.Korean regime quickly and free the N. Korean people out of the tyranny they are under so they can enjoy the freedoms and opportunities of their South Korean counterparts.
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B.S. Mulan: it's China's aggressive stance in both the south China seas and Senkakus that brought about this change. They are acting like a bully and have brainwashed their masses with historical revisionism...in order to validate their aggressive territorial claims. Thanks China: it's time japan takes on more leadership in the Asia region and be a proper counterbalance to China's increasing not so peaceful rise to power.
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