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Posted in: Gov't compiles ¥26 tril stimulus package to prop up economy See in context

tajToday  05:23 pm JST

No thank you to that 5000 yen. (Really just giving back a pittance of our own tax money).

Then I'll be happy to take yours. JY5,000 on JY20,000 charged is 25%. That's hardly a "pittance" in anyone's book.

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Posted in: Japan planning to send 270 MSDF personnel to Middle East to guard ships: report See in context

rgcivilian1Today 08:07 pm JST

Protecting the vessels does not validate research or intelligence gathering on enemies of Japan since Japan is at war nor involved with war activities, etc in the Middle East.

Perhaps you are not aware that Japanese persons and property have been attacked. And Japan is not at war with anybody in the middle east or elsewhere.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-tanker-attack-mine-gulf-oman-japan-oil-us-evidence-uk-a8965181.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/01/world/middleeast/islamic-state-militants-japanese-hostage.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shosei_Koda

Pure business interests that serves corporations, which can be divested elsewhere. Guarding leads to defense and offensive maneuvers key word is offensive at that point it is clear there is no research or intelligence gathering and then for what purpose?

Guarding doesn't lead to defense, it is defense. Defensive action is not offensive action. Research and intelligence gathering includes knowing when and where possible attacks may occur so that they can hopefully be avoided.

Japan under Art word for word should not even have JASDF. Japan is clearly getting itself involved in an area that doesn't need protection as no one is or planning to attack Japan aside its neighbors closest to its shores.

I already said that Article 9 2nd para states Japan should not have a SDF, which it has now for 70 years. Japan is doing what the JMSDF exists to do, without getting involved in the aggressive stance of the U.S. against Iran.

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Posted in: Japan planning to send 270 MSDF personnel to Middle East to guard ships: report See in context

If one argues about the precise wording of the law (art 9) then the JSDF can not even exist, as stipulated in the second paragraph, despite having existed for some 70 years. This is a perfect example of why Article 9 needs to be amended, and sorry, but no one, even Shinzo Abe, is suggesting changing the first paragraph which prohibits Japan from waging war to settle disputes.

The deployment has to be in the middle east because that's where most of the J-flag and J-controlled tanker tonnage lload cargoes and that is where there has been activity that requires protection.

The JMSDF are guarding those ship's because they exist to protect Japan, it's people, it's propert, and territory. Obviously the vessels fall under the first two categories. Protecting the vessels includes research and intelligence gathering as P-3s will undoubtedly be deployed in combination with surface ships.

Japan is avoidig getting into a "bee's nest" by protecting it's interests but not joining the US lead coaltion which is seen by Iran as a strategic aggressor.

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Posted in: Japan planning to send 270 MSDF personnel to Middle East to guard ships: report See in context

Nothing in the article suggests that Japan no longer needs or wants US protection.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea lawmakers to cancel meeting over emperor remark See in context

The term "revisionist" applies more to South Korea than Japan. Korea was part of the Japanese Empire from 1910 to 1945. It became a Japanese colony through the 1910 Annexation Treaty, which was recognized at the time by the U.S. and U.K. Korea was never "invaded" by Japan to become a colony. Koreans were given Japanese citizenship and many Koreans emmigrated to Japan. Koreans themselves were split into those who supported Japanese rule and those who opposed it. Some 240,000 Koreans served in the Japanese military, with some rising to high ranks. A good number were charged as War Criminals at the end of WWII, with one being executed. Former SK President Chung Hee Park himself was a former officer in the IJA. After WWII ended, the "Korean govt in exile" which had always been against Japanese rule was given recognition by the allied victors. As a result anti-Japan sentiment became a basis for the new ROK.

The result is a biased historical revisionism which denies the role that Korea played in WWII, denial of the benefits gained by Korea during the colonial period, an institutionalized bias which permeates South Korean school textbooks. Anything and everything possible is blamed on Japan, while refusing to recognize any role Korea played in controversial issues.

For example, a number of South Korean historians have made public their view that most CWs were recruited through Korean brokers, some of whom used deceit. A number of comfort Stations were managed and operated by Koreans, which makes perfect sense as the CWs were Korean. Some of them have been prosecuted for "hurting the feelings of CWs".

The Anti-Japan sentiment has grown beyond control and is used as a poltical tool within SK often as a distraction from domestic issues, and to gather voting support. It is used to channel Korean hatred towards an outsider, to establish a "common enemy" with North Korea, as SK relies on the US and NK relies on China. It has also been used as a diplomatic tool in dealing with Japan, but it now seems that Japan is no longer going to allow that to go on, as clearly South Korea has overplayed it's hand in this regard for too long.

Complaing about Japanese "uyoku" right wing is ridiculous when South Korea is entirely right wing drunk on nationalism and hate.

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Posted in: Forcing children to sit 'seiza' style to be recognized as punishment under new law See in context

Do the hustleToday  09:17 am JST

This style of sitting is also the traditional position of submission to be beheaded by a samurai and to commit ‘sempuki’ (Stab oneself in the guts). How wonderful!

LOL. is also the traditional style of sitting for a zillion other Japanese cultural events from the Tea Ceremony to Funeral gatherings. Are you also against standing as it also the traditional position for being shot by a firing squad.

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Posted in: Abe says Japan-S Korea summit being arranged in China in late December See in context

TARA TAN KITAOKAToday  07:35 pm JST

abe san , it is time to belive that u are also Asian not white. World war ii is long over and the whites ( no offence ) are only skin colour. It is also time to understand that Asian people should help each other.

How does;

-Allowing a SK Court to violate the 1965 Treaty

-Refusing to accept the Arbitration Clause in the 1965 to even affirm SK's position

-Reversing the "irreversible" 2015 CW Agreement

-Refusing to provide the export information required to be on Japan's White List

Refusing to settle the Liancourt Rocks dispute before the ICJ THREE times

Show a willingness to "help each other" on Soth Korea's part?

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Posted in: Woman takes helm of Japanese Aegis destroyer for 1st time See in context

zichiToday  02:29 pm JST

Where did you find the gender breakdown for the 300 person complement of the DDG-175?

I asked a friend who knows.

lol. Thanks for the link.

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Posted in: China suspends U.S. military visits to Hong Kong, sanctions U.S.-based NGOs See in context

Go ahead China, do your worst. Dictatorships are a cultural evolutionary throwback. The sooner they become extinct the better this world will be.

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Posted in: Abe says Japan-S Korea summit being arranged in China in late December See in context

Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he is arranging to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae In in China later this month,

Well if this actually happens it will be a first step in a positive direction. But if South Korea now claims that no such arrangements are being made...well, we're back to where we always are.

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Posted in: Woman takes helm of Japanese Aegis destroyer for 1st time See in context

zichiDec. 2  07:07 pm JST

The crew are 300, all males.

Where did you find the gender breakdown for the 300 person complement of the DDG-175?

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea lawmakers to cancel meeting over emperor remark See in context

Divine WindDec. 2  11:24 pm JST

OssanAmerica. The term sexual forced labour has been used in official court documents way before Korean (admittedly) politicised the issue.

Nice how you only name Korean middlemen, but Japanese officers have literally been convicted of forcing girls into slavery in the Dutch East Indies.

Please show evidence that the term was used "way before" Korea politicized the issue.

The Dutch Indonesian CW issue is the one documented example of IJA personnel actually kidnapping and "forced sexual labor" as while the Dutch women were mostly prostitutes, there were some who clearly were not. However, this is not relevant to this article, to SK-JPN relations, or the 2015 CW "irreversible" Agreement which SK reversed.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea lawmakers to cancel meeting over emperor remark See in context

IloveCoffeeToday  08:28 am JST

@OssanAmerica

If you think that a 14 year old girl will voluntarily become a prostitute, you need to check your head. And if you think that all Dutch, Australian, Filipino, Indonesian, Korean and Chinese former Conform Women would lie in such a consistent way, then you are hopeless. I would love to see you face any one of these women and say to their face that they are lying. Do you have the guts to do that?

If you think all CWs were 14 year olds you need to check your head. Such young girls were sold off by their parents to cover family debts, a practice not uncommon in Korea at the time.

Prof Ahn of Seoul University questioned 50 former CW and concluded that their testimony as "not credible".

https://docs.google.com/document/d/171fHdHD-xFU1g7-XAuuYVhR4wMwZ9VBwKVXPCu78riE/edit

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Posted in: Japan considers withholding tax system on casino winnings by foreigners See in context

This is nothing new, as the article says the US and South Korea already do this. A foreigner can't even sell property in the US without depositing 15% of the sale price to cover taxes. Has nothing to do with being Japanese or Gaijin. It's aimed at people who are not residents and can leave without paying any tax. Of course the policy makes it unattractive compared to casino places that don't. But it's never hurt Las Vegas.

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Posted in: Australia launches anti-espionage task force amid China spy concerns See in context

China has been, and is, carrying on a war without declaring a war, on every nation that it sees as being a potential obstacle to it's goal of regional dominance.

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Posted in: Woman takes helm of Japanese Aegis destroyer for 1st time See in context

englisc aspyrgendToday  05:55 pm JST

Well done her, but as a matter of interest how many of her crew are female?

That's not public information, but there are 15,000 female members of the JMSDF.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea lawmakers to cancel meeting over emperor remark See in context

Divine WindToday  01:49 pm JST

*They were prostitutes. No one is debating that. The debate is over how they ended up in the IJA military brothel system and what were they occupations prior to "recruitment".*

If you think sex slaves are prostitutes than nobody debates it, but many people don't think sex slaves are prostitutes.

Those are either simply biased or uneducated people. All CW were military prostitutes. That is not in debate. They were recruited and on the IJA payroll. What is in debate is how they got there, how they were recruited. Because some CW were in fact prostitutes prior to recruitment and some were not. Some answered want ads in the newspapers, some seem to have been sold off by their parents to cover family debts, some seem to have been deceived by Korean middlemen who provided women to the IJA. This is all in "The Comfort Women" by Dr Sarah Soh.

The term "Sex Slaves" is a false charge created by the Chong Dae Hyup to incite emotional reaction. CW were on tje IJA payroll, could leave if debts were paid, received medical care. Real "sex slaves" are the victims of human traffiking that is going on even today.

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Posted in: Woman takes helm of Japanese Aegis destroyer for 1st time See in context

A congratulations to Capt Otani and a safe voyage to all who serve under her command.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea lawmakers to cancel meeting over emperor remark See in context

IloveCoffeeToday  08:10 am JST

This is beyond ridiculous. Getting offended because somebody asked you to apologize.

What's ridicuous is the level of your anti-J diatribe.

The hypocrisy of the Japanese politicians is astonishing. They insult the Korean victims all the time, calling them prostitutes and what not

They were prostitutes. No one is debating that. The debate is over how they ended up in the IJA military brothel system and what were they occupations prior to "recruitment".

visiting the Yasukuni and worship these brutal criminals who slaughtered Koreans,

Nobody, politicians or otherwise, pays tribute at the Yasukuni Shrine to to "worship war criminals". There are some 2.46 million souls enshrined there going back to the 1800s. Furthermore, none of those 14 class-A war criminals "slaightered Koreans". In fact Koreans served in tbe IJA. made use of the Comfort Stations, and 143 Koreans were charged as War Criminals, with 23 executed. And some are enshrined at Yasukuni.

and now they have the nerve to get offended because a Korean lawmaker asked their Emperor to apologize, making it look like a huge unspeakable crime. These Koreans have no manners and are so rude asking our Emperor to apologize for colonizing them, meanwhile J-pol. saying things like "our solders had to rape their women to relief the stress".

The IJA Comfort Stations were set up to prevent rape. The same as German and French ones during WWII.

Any relationship between the Japanese Emperor and WWII ends with Hirohito. Who, despite having declared a willingness to assume all responsibility for Japan's actions was prevented from doing so, and kept from being charged as a war criminal by the United States. So SK Assembly Speaker Moon Hee Sang's remark ""Isn't he the son of the main culprit of war crimes?"  refering to Emperor Akihito is factually incorrect and therefore simply offensive. Especially since Emperor Akihito has done nothing during his reign but to try to make amends with all countries, including SK, for Japan's action's during his father's reign.

The annual meeting was launched in 2016 to strengthen bilateral exchanges after Tokyo and Seoul struck a deal the previous year to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the dispute

AS SK has "reversed" the "irreversible" agreement, obviously the annual meeting has lost all meaning. President Moon Jae-In has destroyed SK-JPN relations, but this Assembly Speaker Moon Hee Sang has taken it further to ensure that it can never be repaired. SK needs to ask itself if that is in SK's own best interests.

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Posted in: China warns U.S. of retaliation for law backing Hong Kong protesters See in context

Hello Kitty 321Today  02:20 pm JST

While I support the protesters in HK (apart from the violence) what right does the US think it has to interfere in demonstrations within China. What would they think if China passed a law in support of the Black Lives Matter movement?

Not sure if anyone would care if they did or not. But if they did, I don't see the U.S. announcing how it would take "firm counter measures".

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Posted in: S Korean envoy to Japan seeks 'comprehensive' fix to wartime issues See in context

Ex_ResToday  03:03 pm JST

Why does WW2 keep coming back to haunt Japan?

Simple. Because it was never fully resolved in the first place.

No it's been resolved with all nations except Russia where a treaty has yet to be signed. Funny how that nations that fought Imperial Japan in WWII, the US, UK, Australia, Canada are strategic allies of Japan, even carrying out joint military exercises. Even Taiwan, which is the ROC that Japan invaded 1930s has no issues. Yet South Korea which was art of the Empire of Japan and the PRC which did not exist until 1948, seem to have WWII issues with Japan.

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Posted in: China overtakes U.S. in number of diplomatic missions See in context

So now China has more global spy nests that we do. This country needs to get on the ball amd fast.

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Posted in: S Korean envoy to Japan seeks 'comprehensive' fix to wartime issues See in context

J-politicians visiting Yasukuni, or making comments indiviually (as opposed to official government positions) do not in any way negate the terms or validity of the 1965 Treaty or the 2015 Comfort Women Agreement, any more than the continuous anti-Japan position, comments and activities of South Korea. The Japanese do not see Yasukuni as a symbol of war idolatry or a shrine dedicated specifically to the 14 Class-A War Criminals as South Korea does, but rather a place to pray for all the war dead from the late 1800s onwards; some 2.46 million. For this reason, clearly no Japanese will ever accept a foreign interpretation of one of their shrines (which from their point of view is incorrect) as a reason to not pay tribute there.

Foreign visitors, post WWII to the Yasukuni Shrine include US Navy Rear Admiral Daniel Smith on April 9, 1969, and USMC Lt. General Wallace Gregson (the 3rd Marine Division's commanding general) visited on April 26, 2001. In addition a number of current and former Presidents and leaders from several other countries have also visited. These people would obviously not have visited Yasukuni Shrine if it were a place to worship war and war criminals.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversies_surrounding_Yasukuni_Shrine

The fact is that neither South Korea's continued anti-Japan education, agenda and propaganda, or J-politicians visiting the Yasukuni Shrine, or making individual comments, violate any of the terms of the 1965 Treaty or the 2015 Comfort Women Agreement. None of this gives justification to either country to negate a previously negotiated agreement. This is a matter of International Law and directly affects the credibility of a sovereign nation in it's relations with the rest of the world.

For that reason, any efforts to rebuild South Korea-Japan relations, both diplomatic and economic, must be carried out on the basis of the signed Agreements. Rather than working backwards to dispute the issues those Agreements were intended to put to rest. South Korea's current proposal above is just that.

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Posted in: Famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Jiro dropped from Michelin gourmet guide See in context

Do the hustleToday  10:37 am JST

I fail to see how one dish could be worth ¥40,000, regardless of the quality and presentation. That’s just ludicrous.

It's not "one dish". It's the Omakase Course, translated as Chef's Choice in the article. Of course I suppose you could put all the servings on one big plate and call it "one dish".

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Posted in: S Korea, Japan trade barbs over who said what about salvaging intelligence deal See in context

"Under pressure from Washington, South Korea made a last-minute decision on Friday to conditionally maintain the pact, known as GSOMIA, a dramatic about-face amid a months-long feud over history and trade."

There you have it. What is there to argue about? The U.S. knocked some sense into this idiot Moon administration. South Korea bluffed and they folded, period.

As the article says; Tokyo has "not conceded anything" and South Korea "simply caved to very strong U.S. pressure".

Why in the world should or Japan "apologize" to South Korea for removing them from their White List, a privilege granted to South Korea which they abused by refusing to provide the requested export information? Why doesn't South Korea simply provide the requested information and get back on the list if they want to?

Japan has acted like a civilized mature country through all this, and South Korea has escalated the issue by itself only to end up looking like fools. They still can't get over their over-inflated ego which keeps them from thinking straight and doing the simple right thing. A whole country in need of psychotherapy.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea strike fragile truce as wartime issues remain See in context

quercetumNov. 24  09:26 pm JST

 It's South Korea doing what one would expect from them in the face of US demand for more money.

A little karma perhaps?

Doubt it. Just another South Korean bluff that will end with them folding. South Korea hasn't even started to experience US pressure yet. They have already wrecked their source of crucial components for their electronics industry. How would they like the export market for them closed as well?

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Posted in: 66% relieved S Korea maintaining intel-sharing pact with Japan: poll See in context

Abe was not ignored by SK at all. In fact, South Korea was fixated on Abe. Abe took just one step- provide the export information required to stay on Japan's White List, and never budged or added demands. Moon on the other hand, refused to provide the requested information, went crying to the UN, to the WTO, to the U.S., fanned an anti-Japan fever in SK, attempted to blackmail the United States, and at the end of the had to fold his pathetic hand after ruining South Korean relations with every country he engaged. The United States supported Japan throughout the entire dispute which Moon unilaterally escalated.

Abe's actions may be far from perfect on many subject matters, but as far as Moon and South Korea is concerned he was 100% correct and effective.

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Posted in: 66% relieved S Korea maintaining intel-sharing pact with Japan: poll See in context

Really doesn't matter what a poll of Japanese voters says. I'd be far more interested in hearing the results of a South Korean voters poll. Moon has succesfully wrecked his country's relations with Japan, seriously damaged relations with the United States, and North Korea still hates South Korea and any dreams of a "Peace Treaty" or "Denuclearization" are going nowhere. His approach to resolving issues with Japan has been met with failure after failure and made South Korea the laughing stock of the International community. South Korea is a country that needs to reflect on itself, it's historical revisionism, use of anti-Japan sentiment as a diplomatic and political tool and correct it's own national identity. Without this the country will never move forward and utilize it's own potential.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea strike fragile truce as wartime issues remain See in context

South Korea and China agreed to develop security ties. That's a pretty far cry from Chinese military bases in South Korea, or China agreeing to defend South Korea from North Korea. Especially since they effectively control North Korea. It's South Korea doing what one would expect from them in the face of US demand for more money.

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Posted in: In reversal, S Korea says it will keep Japan military intelligence pact See in context

Pleased with the result. The Moon adminstration had some sense knocked into them. Vankers are laughable.

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