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Posted in: NATO chief wants stronger ties with Japan to defend democracy See in context

"North Korea condemned Stoltenberg's visits to South Korea and Japan, "

All the proof needed that it's a good thing.

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Posted in: China accuses Washington of abusing technology export controls See in context

China took advantage of US and world support in the 90s to open up to the world and be able to join the WTO. They took everything that was thrown their way, making promises to liberalize fanning the hope of the West that they would move away from authoritarianism. They lead the world on with their "Peaceful Rise" lie, plowing their economic gains into building a military to take down the United States. Their territorial expansion, breaking the first then second island chains, establishing the ridiculous 9-dash line in violation of international legal rulings has awakened the world to the threat that China poses to the region and the world. It is China itself that first employed the "all fronts war" using trade as another part of it's weapons, along with infiltrating and directing public opinion in target countries. Now China doesn't like it when we do the same thing back to them and laughingly call it "abuse".

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Posted in: Japan, Greece step up security ties as 'strategic partners' See in context

SmithinJapanToday  03:57 pm JST

@OssanAmerica

As a result anti-japan sentiment has become ingrained into South Korean politics and is still at the forefront 78 years later. Unfortunately as it obstructs the US-JPN-SK military alliance

I've studied Japanese history and culture for a long time, and I grew to detest their 2-faced ways. I despise how they twist words or lie to your face, how they place saving face above truth and honesty. I don't blame South Korea for disliking the Japanese. Anyone who truly knows the Japanese and their nature would feel the same.

I have studied the subject for much longer than you, and I can not find a single example of post war Japan reneging on any agreement made with the ROK. Nor do I find any example of Japan receiving a demanded response from ROK, then continuing to demand the same thing over and over again by denying it's validity. Refusing to settle disputes at the ICJ like two civilized nations, refusing to abide by an Arbitration Clause, these are all actions which reflect insincerity and a lack of credibility as a nation. There are South Koreans who have spoken out against this very issue, only to be persecuted. And in some cases even prosecuted. The entire free world respects Japan, and even it's adversaries do not "laugh" at it. ROK needs to let go of it's fixation in order to move forward, as well as to maintain it's own security in this highly polarized world.

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Posted in: Japan, Greece step up security ties as 'strategic partners' See in context

1glennToday  10:57 am JST

If only there wasn't so much historical baggage between the two nations, the most logical strategic partner for Japan would be South Korea.

In principle you are correct. But the ROK government that the WWII Allies (US) put into place in Korea at the end of WWII was the Korean Govt in Exile, a group for whom anti-Japan sentiment and activity over the 1910 annexation was the foundation. As a result anti-japan sentiment has become ingrained into South Korean politics and is still at the forefront 78 years later. Unfortunately as it obstructs the US-JPN-SK military alliance, it serves the aims of North Korea and China against the US.A reality that the present Yoon administration has recognized.

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Posted in: Japan, Greece step up security ties as 'strategic partners' See in context

Is Greece economically free of China? My impression is that it is the most bought-out member of the EU.

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Posted in: Woman who served in SDF sues gov't, assailants over sexual harassment See in context

That's really not a lot of money. Good for Ms.Gonoi, I can only hope her all out assault on all parties who trivialize this issue reflects a willingness to fight for a just cause that is shared in the JSDF.

In all militaries throughout the world this problem is exacerbated by the higher ups and surrounding system trying to bury or trivialize the issue. Military organizations need to house clean from the top down to ensure that soldiers understand that their own lives may one day depend on a female soldier.

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Posted in: Company uses whale meat vending machines to promote sales in Japan See in context

wallaceToday  03:45 pm JST

Meat eating was banned until the Meiji Era.

For both religious and practical reasons, the Japanese mostly avoided eating meat for more than 12 centuries. The beef was especially taboo.

Absolutely correct. But Whale was considered "a fish" and was never banned. Furthermore, meat from wild deer and boar were consumed outside the population centers.

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Posted in: Company uses whale meat vending machines to promote sales in Japan See in context

ジョージToday  06:46 pm JST

I have admittedly tried whale in the past out of curiosity. For me, it really didn’t taste very good. That, and finding out the meat can contain a lot of toxins, means I’m not likely to try it again.

Finding out? As in you sent samples to a lab? Or just read/heard from anti-whaling sites?

Whether you liked it or not is a personal taste, not relevant to whether whalemeat should or should not be eaten. Don't like it, don't eat it. That applies to anything.

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Posted in: Company uses whale meat vending machines to promote sales in Japan See in context

gogogoToday  06:45 am JST

It's not part of Japanese culture if it is less than 80 years old.

Nothing like starting off a thread with a completely false statement.

Earliest documentation is in the Kojiki, AD 700s. Plenty of records from the 1500s.

Philipp Franz von Siebold recorded whaling and butchering for meat in the mid 1800s.

Whale meat - Japanese Wiki Corpus (japanese-wiki-corpus.org)

Kujirazuka - Japanese Wiki Corpus (japanese-wiki-corpus.org)

Whaling and consuming whale meat has been and still continues, albeit to a far lesser degree than earlier, part of Japanese culture. Same with Norway and Iceland, part of their culture but less people eat it now than before. Anti-whalers continue to deny that eating whalemeat "was not part of their culture" in the face of historical documentation and evidence showing otherwise and is nothing more than political propaganda.

The entire population of a country does not have to eat something daily for it to be part of their culture.

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Posted in: Erdogan says Finland may join NATO without Sweden See in context

Is Erdogan that confident that Turkey can stand up against Russia if needed without NATOs backing? I personally think he's overplaying his cards on this one.

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Posted in: Japan to uphold apology if South Korea settles wartime labor issue See in context

As much as South Korea has made anti-Japan sentiment a political and diplomatic tool progressively since the early 1990s, and reaching a crescendo with the NK appeasing Moon administration, and continuously moving the goalposts so that nothing is ever resolved, it appears now that SK has an administration that is taking it's own security seriously. And recognizing that relations with Japan are an inherent part of SK's national security as both nations are allied with and rely upon the United States. Just how serious the Yoon administration is can be seen in recent indications that South Korea may consider going nuclear to counter North Korea's nuclear arsenal. The South Korean public who have been so ingrained with anti-Japan sentiment must wake up to the reality that Japan is not their enemy. North Korea and it's backers China and Russia are.

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Posted in: Japan to uphold apology if South Korea settles wartime labor issue See in context

nondualismToday  08:19 pm JST

There is no such thing as 'Japanese DNA" because the Japanese are not a separate racial group; they are an ethic group. Genetically they are western Asian of Korean, Chinese, Mongolian and Tibetan origin.

You don't have to be a separate racial group to have DNA that has characteristrics that can be differentiated from other even close ethinc groups within the same race. Read the article.

https://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1741-7007-6-45

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Posted in: Is tipping getting out of control? Many U.S. consumers say yes See in context

Many decades ago tipping used to be a voluntary choice by the customer reflecting appreciation for exceptionally good service. Now it's expected and demanded regardless of quality or even absence of service. Most infuriating is the attitude of servers that they are "entitled" to it.

It is a huge untaxed cashpot, and now many restaurants already include a set % "gratuity" right on the menu. Last I saw ws up to 20%, don't know about now. It also creates the situation where an unscupulous restaurant owner may take advantage of pooled tips.

The practice of tipping should be eliminated, the IRS should come down on this huge often unreported cash flow, and let the restaurant charge a higher price and pay the employees as they wish. The arguments I hear from servers for tipping is that the wages are not enough. Well that is the Employer'sresponsibility, not the dining customer.

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Posted in: Japan to uphold apology if South Korea settles wartime labor issue See in context

Awa no GaijinToday  06:16 pm JST

Look up the Korea concept of ‘han’, and you’ll see that this is just a never ending cycle.

Look up han Chinese and the ancestors of Japan

Then you'll understand they are the same people squabbling

Never ending yes

Neverending false information. Japanese DNA are closely related to Tibet. Not Han China. The Yaoi people crossed over from the Korean Penninsula to mix with the Jomon.

"Y chromosome evidence of earliest modern human settlement in East Asia and multiple origins of Tibetan and Japanese populations"

https://bmcbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1741-7007-6-45

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Posted in: Japan to uphold apology if South Korea settles wartime labor issue See in context

elephant200Today  07:10 pm JST

Murayama was a Prime Minister of Japanese social democratic party. The L.D.P. can say: We never ever have apologized from our party(L.D.P.)'s perspective and history stance.

That was how insincerely were they(L.D.P.)!

The LDP has never retracted the position expressed in the Murayama Statement. Even Abe Shinzp gave South Korea a Prime Ministerial Apology as requested to conclude the "Permanent and Irreversible) 2015 Comfort Women Agreement that both nations signed but Pres Moon ripped up.

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Posted in: Japan to uphold apology if South Korea settles wartime labor issue See in context

Awa no GaijinToday  06:12 pm JST

It is in both Japan and Korea's best interests to be on better terms for economic trade, since there is a lot of uncertainty with China right now.

I think its important to remember the real reason Japan had attacked korea so many times prior to the colonization of korea is because the trade relationship was becoming too strong between imperial China and korea .

Traditionally China and korea have a friendship that goes way back.

Just something to ponder.

As usual, goofy innacuarate history not worth pondering.

Korean Kingdoms were tributary states of China's numerous dynasties. Not a"friendship" but a Master and Servant position. Trade between them was always strong, Until red pepper from China came to Korea, even Kimchi was not red.

Japan under Hideyoshi attacked Korea 2 times unsucessfully. In both cases in an effort to go through Korea to attack the Ming dynasty. In 1895 the Sino-Japanese War ended with the Qing Dynasty's defeat. In addition to handing over Taiwan to Japan, the Qing were forced by Japan to recognize Korean sovereignty. Korea, under Yuan Dynasty rule attackedJapan 2 times unsuccesfully.

In 1950 North Korea attacked South Korea and China (Peoples Republic of China) sent 250,000 troops into the Korean Peninsula to kill South Korean and UN troops. Those in the ROK military would take offense at your comment. North Korea of course is tied to PRC through the 1961 Defense Treaty that commits PRC to defend North Korea from attack. I repeat again, read and study history before posting nonsense.

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Posted in: North Korea calls U.S. pledge of tanks to Ukraine 'unethical crime' See in context

But bombing and killing civilians is ethical? North Korea showing the world what a pathetic twisted country it is.

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Posted in: Japan to join U.S. efforts to curb high-end chip exports to China See in context

TokyoLivingToday  07:35 am JST

Such a childish attitude from those envious clowns, they can do what they want, China is now producing their own chips and they are making great progress..

CCP supporters are the only clowns here.

"China has been developing modern semiconductor technology for more than 30 years, with its state capital support to the industry greater than those once provided by Japan, South Korea and Taiwan during the development phases of their chip industries.

Chinese financial support and policy incentives are still in progress and even strengthening. However, quite different from its panel industry, China's semiconductor sector has not achieved the expected development results. "

Why China's semiconductor development falls short of expectations (digitimes.com)

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Posted in: Magazine warns Japanese society on verge of becoming an 'income-based caste system' See in context

Desert TortoiseJan. 27  05:13 am JST

 In the US, we call it "house rich, income poor".

Once one's home is paid for, in the US at least, living is comparatively inexpensive. 

That depends entirely on location- what State, what County. There are affluent suburbs of major US cities that have Real Estate taxes that are so high that the cost matches the mortgage payments. If a homeowner pays down their mortgage, those taxes can even exceed them. House rich, cash poor is a pretty common scenario.

In Japan, and I believe everywhere, Taxes connected to Real Estate ownership are "nothing" in comparison.

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Posted in: Japan tightens Russia sanctions after deadly missile strikes in Ukraine See in context

KukuToday  04:45 pm JST

Sanctions on medical equipment , what can be more peaceful? What can contribute more to international efforts to secure peace?!

How about your country stop bombing and killing civilians, women and children every day? How about pulling your troops out of Ukraine back to Russian borders? That's all it akes for "Peace" to happen.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Mori casts doubt on Japan's excessive support for Ukraine See in context

This Mori was and continues to be a complete idiot. Why hasn't he been put out to pasture yet?

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Posted in: Russia unleashes missiles, drones at Ukraine after Kyiv secures tanks; 11 dead See in context

We really need to goad Putin into attacking a NATO country. So we can eliminate all Russian forces in Ukraine as quickly as possible and put an end this senseless murder of civilians. Time to stop letting Putin play the "nuclear threat".

It wil take an all out involvement of NATO in Ukraine or the end of the Putin Regime to bring this war to a stop.

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Posted in: Thousands rally for 'Invasion Day' protests on Australia Day holiday See in context

AntiquesavingToday  06:00 pm JST

Nothing that happened to the aboriginals wasn't done to just about every group at one point in history to the rest, the English invaded by the Normand, Vikings, etc..

Really?

"In this first snapshot of the continent, we have found that there were at least 270 frontier massacres over 140 years, as part of a state-sanctioned and organised attempt to eradicate Aboriginal people."

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/04/the-killing-times-the-massacres-of-aboriginal-people-australia-must-confront

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Posted in: Japanese TV personality Dewi Sukarno visits Ukraine despite travel restrictions See in context

YubaruToday  08:30 am JST

My opinion here, these "celebrities" who permeate Japanese TV are leeches. Most have one "15 minutes" of fame in their lives, if that, and then they play off of it for the remainder of their lives because there is nothing else they are capable of accomplishing.

We all already know she was a hostess in Tokyo. And we all know why she is rich.

The world and people aren't as black amd white as you seem to think. This is how I met her:

"Activities of "EARTH AID SOCIETY"

Dewi Sukarno established NPO Earth Aid Society in 2005, in the hope that people around the world will be united by strong brotherly love beyond religion, ethnicity, national borders, language and history.

              Since then, she has been active as a non-profit organization. She has made donation of 120 tons of polished rice to North Korea through North Korea Red Cross Society, which was transported by herself by train. Further, she visited earthquake victims in Kashmir region to donate 2,556 blankets and 3,500 sets of clothing, through Pakistan Red Crescent Society. Inside Japan, \300,000 was donated to”Stork’s Cradle”, a baby hatch run by Jikei Hospital, and \270,000 to NPO Aiai.

              Especially, she wants to devote herself to offering a loving hand to refugees around the world, falling victim to politics, victims of natural disasters, global environmental destruction, and the underprivileged.

              During the 10 years she stayed in New York, she worked diligently, as the special advisor to U.N.E.P.(United Nations Environment Programme), to preserve  disappearing ecosystem and rainforest, protect way of life and rights of indigenous people, protect and promote social environment.

              Also on the cultural aspect, she serves as the chairperson of a non-profit U.S. corporation, IBLA Foundation which supports musicians. And as one of the founders, she makes diligent effort to train opera singers, concert pianists and others."

https://sites.google.com/site/womenwhohavechangedtheworld/dewi-skarno

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Posted in: Japan defense buildup helps triple primary deficit projection See in context

Awa no GaijinToday  10:42 am JST

If you want to crap on anyone, start with Putin and Xi

Working together is the solution !

Throwing crap at each other is just childish cerebral incompetence and lack of creativity.

Your problem solving abilities are astounding.

Congratulations !

This JT forum is a joke among news sites because of posters like you. And that having a brain isn't a requirement to post. Are you a Mod? Is that why you are still here?

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Posted in: Japan urges Russia to start annual talks over safe fishing pact See in context

Awa no GaijinToday  12:09 am JST

Russia should be made to return territories it has stolen not just from Japsn, but Georgia, Moldova, Finland and of course... Ukraine.

Japsn ? Where's that ?

S in next to A. This is called a typographical error.

Judging a person on their spelling and grammar reveals more about you than it does about them

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/spelling-grammar-judge-literacy-privilege-elitism-a9213516.html

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Posted in: Japan defense buildup helps triple primary deficit projection See in context

All countries are now increasing their military budgets, mainly because Russia has awakened the world to the reality that "starting a war" is not some extinct 20th century concept. Japan is no exception, especially because China refuses to rule out taking Taiwan by military force. The two autocracies Russia and China have taken a joint position against the US and all it's European and Asian allies, forcing these nations to upgrade their defenses. If you want to crap on anyone, start with Putin and Xi.

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Posted in: Japanese TV personality Dewi Sukarno visits Ukraine despite travel restrictions See in context

YubaruToday  07:36 am JST

She hasn't been in the spotlight so much recently and I'll bet it was all just a publicity stunt to make her some money!

Not in the spotlight? She on every other TV variety show in Japan. And her TV persona is just that. I met her in NY years ago, perfectly fluent English very pleasant lady. And she hardly "needs" the money....lol

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Posted in: Japan urges Russia to start annual talks over safe fishing pact See in context

JoshKToday  11:23 am JST

When is Japan going to stop talking about the Kuril Islands and accept they are Russian territories?

Never. And they shouldn't. THe US, UK, EU recognize these 4 islands as Japanese terrotory under Russian occupation. Because they were stolen by the USSR in violation of the Cairo and Potsdam Declarations and the USSR did not sign the 1951 San Franciusco Peace Treaty.

Russia should be made to return territories it has stolen not just from Japsn, but Georgia, Moldova, Finland and of course... Ukraine.

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Posted in: Kishida weighs Ukraine visit in February to hold talks with Zelenskyy: report See in context

Samit BasuToday  09:23 am JST

Kishida shouldn't visit Ukraine without bearing the gift of weapons as any good guest would do.

But there are no Japanese weapons that Ukraine would want, what Japan can give are American weapons it has.

Ingenious to expect Japan to offer weapons when they have constitutional/domestic issues that prevents it.

Japan produces quite alot of military hardware. The Ukrainians would love to get some Japanese Type90 tanks if they could. Really need to get that chip off your shoulder.

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