This statement is what is problematic " Abe is preparing to issue a statement to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War Two, the legacy of which still plagues Tokyo’s ties with China."
No Prime Minister has ever made any statement regarding its own defeat, so why should Prime Minister Abe? Chancellor Angela Merkel has never made such a statement before, so how can she come to Japan and ask Japan's Prime Minister to make such statement. When will Angela Merkel make such a similar headline?
"Merkel is preparing to issue a statement to mark the 70th anniversary of Germany's defeat in War, the legacy of which still plagues Munich and its ties with the Western world."
Where is the hypocrisy? Prime Minister Abe should not even offer a speech.
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@inkaRob << Equality and notions about "e pluribus unum" sound really good on paper, and for North American countries has partially worked. We have Obama to show for it. However, social equality has never been 100% successful, even with an "hafu" president. Employment rate still hovers at around 17% for African Americans, whereas whites make up less than 10% on that spectrum. Having social equality didn't work in this instance. Juxtapose that with Japan, a nation whose principles were founded on the Meiji Constitution; now defunct American mandated constitution which stipulates that all people have equal rights under the present-day Constitution. That includes universal suffrage for women and anti-discriminatory laws which are intended to protect all citizens. These constitutional guarantees are loosely enforced because most Japanese do not care. This is owing to the fact that the people simply do not have to care as long as the government doesn't care, because the letter of the law has no weight. In other words, how can you ask the Japanese to embrace,accept, and include hafu, quarter, and non pure blood into their social dynamic when only the Meiji system of governance is deeply rooted in their psyche??
Meiji Emperor separated the undesirables from mainstream society, even native Japanese people who had tattoos ( irezumi). This was designed to create a cohesive social dynamic that is still evident today as it was centuries ago.
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Why can't "hafu" embrace their uniqueness in society without demanding society accept and embrace them as Japanese? You were born in Japan and probably speak Japanese, but that doesn't mean Japan has to change. You have to change and you have to accept that you will always be different. Japanese people tolerate different aspects of its society, but not embrace it. They simply do not have to. In order for Japan to embrace 'hafu' we'd have to embrace all peoples of the world regardless of their racial background. I do think that awareness is a positive step in the right direction, though. Well...on a case by case basis.
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Hmm....I think if he focused more on the food instead of the interior decor, the whole set up would look more attractive.
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Is is not about racism!!!!
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Discrimination is bad, but I don't believe the Zaitokukai supports the discrimination of non-Japanese. If Korean nationals are taking advantage of the system, then it needs to be investigated and dealt with. And Rights groups need to make this known through peaceful demonstration. Most of the readers here are overreacting to media hysteria.
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ProbieMay. 21, 2013 - 03:02PM JST
There's a big difference between using prostitutes during a war, and an organized system of sex slavery.
Hashimoto is a nationalistic idiot who should be removed from power straight away. Comments such as he has been making only cause problems. His constant whining about his comments being misunderstood are obviously BS because he just keeps on making them.
In any other first world country, he would have been removed from office or made to resign.
He is making Japan look bad, and feeding the rabid nationalists in China and South Korea.
Get rid of him.
What do you consider a first world country? You mean Anglo Saxon countries? Sex slavery and prostitution were both initiated by first world countries, this is why they also have laws condemning them. A Japanese politician who is outspoken, as long as his comments are not racist and sexist, and that they don't incite violence should be heard, listened to, and accepted as good discourse and healthy debate.
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I wonder how the blossoms are coming along.
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＠＜＜riffraff said: they have the memory of two bright flashes of light that destroyed two cities in the blink of an eye. A lesson well learned.
What lesson well learned?
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Mr. Putin is a clever guy. I think he's interested in developing the islands, and this may be why he's in negotiations with Mr. Abe. It's a way to redirect revenue so that Russia doesn't have to pay to make the place more profitable. If Mr. Putin makes concessions by allowing Japanese venture capitalist to come in and develop the place then this could become a huge draw for both countries. So it's not about the energy per se. Mr. Putin keeps his enemies close for a good reason.
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Wise move on the part of the Catholic church. A man who has a long history working with the poor deserves the Papacy. The truest work of God comes from serving others, not pushing for gay agendas and other government reform. Church should stay out of politics and big institutions. The work of the lord is the job of the Pope. This is a great man of God.
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Operational Tomodachi - For starters, the Japanese didn't ask for your assistance in the clean-up effort, you offered it with no strings attached and was made aware of radiation levels. Whether radiations levels were high or low has no relevance because you exposed yourselves willingly and had full knowledge of the risk before you engaged - uninvited.
Throw this case to the dogs!
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@zichi<< Good point. I have gone back and forth with the reporter on this story, and I have admonished her to do a better job of reporting on the recovery effort, not this fear baiting. All she's doing is fueling the hysteria that is causing discrimination. I wish JT would properly vet their stories before publishing them.
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The OP, and Stephan Jez, and to the editors of this paper. The residence of Fukushima are not leaving. If anything, this is a temporary displacement. The media has done a pitiful job of portraying the events in Fukushima and the lies and misrepresentation has to stop. Just because a few Fukushima residents get their faces on the paper and decry what's happening doesn't mean that there is a real radiation problem. It is faulty logic. Do not portray Fukushima in this way. It is just bad press filled with slippery slope analogies.
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So many great comments. Porn stars will never see retirement as a clear option. Most if any will occassionally do part-time porn if they retire, but never ever retire fully. Those that have chosen to retire completely often struggle with depression and anxiety and an overall disconnect with society. They rarely have anything in common with women who lead ordinary lives.
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I'm a naught magz reader myself and I think it's an assault on my freedom if you take away my porn magz from the shelf. Healthy porn should be encouraged in order to stimulate peoples will to want to have sex. The country needs it. .
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Pizza delivery. Yes. The "shotengai" is more than just about shopping, it's about community. Grocery stores and mom & pop shops are places where people shop, meet, and greet. Home delivery is just so unJapanese.
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Best advice. Don't raise them here. Japanese language ability will not be a skill by the time they grow up into working adults. It is disadvantageous for them to even be raised in Japan. Better they were raised in your country Pete. But I'm sure that's not what you want to hear. Basically....you should've thought about this before conception.
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Is it this weekend? At any rate, the monetary injection will do good for the local economy.
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His intentions were purely for the sake of bringing a cheerful mood. Unfortunately, some people may have thought it was uncomfortable. At the same time though, it would be nice to offer some entertainment for the passengers, like on the Yamanote Line. If JR would place t.v. monitors in every train so that people know what's going on, I believe this can help alleviate some of the tension in the atmosphere. This guitarist then would feel compelled not to play his guitar......
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I tend to stick with the three basic offerings: blond, dark roast, and some import from somewhere. Starbucks is not bad at all, just not perfect like what I had last night in Kikuna at the Colorado.
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I love what' s happening over at Roti's. I went there for Xmas dinner with my momma and we enjoyed their buffet. Simply amazing. I've been there twice, once for lunch and the other for dinner.
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@elbuda<< best comment so far. Bring the $$$!!
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Lots of interesting comments so far. But one thing I wanted to bring up, is how some posters on here will claim Japanese nationalism is militarism. This is not necessarily true. It's quite natural for citizens in any country to embrace some nationalistic pride, even in Japan's case since some of you aren't aware of that.
The Japanese people need to be heard, but often times they're not through the current administration. And the economy doesn't help either. It is time to make the time to change the country through the vehicle of nationalism.
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This is article is the reason why so many women are still single. Why not put together a list of what men look for in a potential wife!
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