OssanAmerica comments

Posted in: Moon calls for 'restrained' language with Japan over wartime forced labor row See in context

The French and British don't have a history of breaking Treaties and Agreements that have been negotiated and signed by both parties. Neither the French or British engage in historical revisionism and make hatred for the other a national pastime. The only "Asian Grudge" here is South Korea.

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Posted in: Bad review? Owners should address online reviewers' concerns See in context

Less than a year later, it was down to one star after a squirrel chewed a hole in one of the cushions.

Is that the manufacturer's fault? Seriously.

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Posted in: Moon calls for 'restrained' language with Japan over wartime forced labor row See in context

Japan should break off economic ties with South Korea. That country offers nothing that Japan can't import from elsewhere, is not a major importer of Japanese exports of any significance, and Japanese companies can not risk the chance that the anti-Japan faction may dig up some connection to past historical claims, be it through corporate entities or even in personam the way it's going. It's clear that the SK government does not stand by it's Agreements and Treaties, and is controlled by the CCP.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Japan set to hit record high 30 mil in 2018 See in context

Alfie NoakesToday  08:47 am JST

So much for the old "All of Asia hates Japan" nonsense.

Also, I've never heard anyone ever say "All of Asia hates Japan".

Guess you haven't been on JT too long. This is standard J-H mantra.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Japan set to hit record high 30 mil in 2018 See in context

So much for the old "All of Asia hates Japan" nonsense. Although I agree that too much of this may cause the the reverse to become true.

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Posted in: China urges Japan to ensure rights of 2 detained in shrine protest See in context

Ministry spokesman Lu Kang did not say whether Beijing considered the protest justified, but urged Japan to take responsibility for its actions during World War II, when it invaded much of East Asia, including parts of China.

It already has. Why else would China have signed the Sino-Japanese Treaty of Friendship in 1972 and further reaffirmed it in 1978?

And how does that have any legal ramification over two Chinese nationals breaking Japanese laws while in Japan? China is trying to make "heroes" out of these two nationalistic vermin. This shrine is turning into a nationalists festival.

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Posted in: LA mural seen as symbolizing Japan's wartime army to be removed See in context

Korean organizations and individuals, in November sent the Los Angeles Unified School District a letter detailing "serious concerns about the hate symbol portrayed" 

It's not a "hate symbol" it's the Japanese naval ensign alongside which naval ships from many countries including former WWII enemies train.

 "This flag symbolizes the Japanese military aggression which resulted in one of the most of horrendous and gruesome crimes against humanity in human history," the joint letter reads, referencing the Japanese army's wartime atrocities in Nanjing, Manila and Singapore

Has it occurred to anyone that the nations that actually fought Imperial Japan have no problem with the flag, but Koreans who fought under that flag carrying out those horrendous and gruesome crimes against humanity against Allied POWs and Asian civilians get totally bent out of shape by it?


Honestly, Korean Americans need to support the nation of their citizenship, not the CCP propaganda war against the US-JPN alliance.

This book needs to be sold in English.


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Posted in: Japan seeks 1st aircraft carrier to deploy stealth fighters See in context

AgentXDec. 13  11:52 am JST

Japan has brutally invaded other parts of Asia more than once before, and even slaughtered their people in Japan's own streets.

When did Japan slaughter their people in Japan's streets?

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Posted in: Abe, Putin agree to set up new framework for territorial talks See in context

Burning BushToday  06:58 am JST

Looks like Japan will just get those 2 islands and perhaps visiting rights and free Russian lessons on the other 2.

They could've got this in 1956. Holding out has been a total waste for Japan.

Wrong, They got Okinawa back in 1972 from the United States by holding out.

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Posted in: Chief of 'comfort women' museum wants Japan to come to terms with past See in context

browny1Today  10:36 pm JST

Ossan - factually wrong on a number of counts.

Please broaden your reading horizon.

There is a multitude of resources to paint a different model than the "They were all paid prostitutes".

I suggest you broaden your reading horizon. Every documented evidence supports the fact that the Comfort Women System was organized, had a pay scale, included welfare such as health and medications. There exists no documented evidence suggesting otherwise.Therefore it is factually correct. If they were paid, they were "paid prostitutes". There may be isolated incidents which are the exception, not the rule. Exceptions and dubious "testimonies" do not alter the fact that the Comfort Women System was an organized one.

""They lived in near-luxury in Burma in comparison to other places. They lived well because their food and material was not heavily rationed and they had plenty of money with which to purchase desired articles. They were able to buy cloth, shoes, cigaretes, and cosmetics to supplement the many gifts given to them by soldiers who had received 'comfort bags' from home."

"While in Burma, they amused themselves by participating in sports events with both officers and men, and attended picnics, entertainments, and social dinners. They had a phonograph, and in the towns they were allowed to go shopping."

"In an average month, a girl would gross about 1,500 yen (half of which she turned over to the master)".

"This means, a comfort girl earned 750 yen a month. To give you an idea of how humongous this salary was, a Japanese Imperial Army sergeant at the time was paid 30 yen a month."

Were "ALL" comfort women paid? Probably not. But the vast majority obviously were, as being paid was an established part of the system. Were "ALL" comfort women "sex slaves"? No they were not. There may be exceptions but certainly not enough to call all of them "sex slaves". Were all Comfort Women "prostitutes"? Yes, once in the system they were. The issue is whether they were or were not before, and how they ended up there.

Perhaps you have a link to support the notion that non-payment was the norm?

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Posted in: Chief of 'comfort women' museum wants Japan to come to terms with past See in context

macvToday  03:10 pm JST

anyone who insists on using the term comfort women instead of the accurate term sex slave is not worthy of the kindness shown by the USA when it won the war and spared the lives of the Japanese people and the very existence of Japan

Anyone who uses the term "sex slaves" is, either knowingly or out of ignorance, participating in the misinformation war against Japan and ultimately the United States. The Comfort Women were employees of the Japanese military and were paid. Some paid their way out, some even earning more than the average IJA soldier. They were not "slaves". The term "sex slaves" was coined by the Chong Dae Hyup to invoke more emotional reaction than the accurate "Military Prostitutes". Which is the term used to describe the women forced to work in similar German and French systems.

The sheer idiocy of claiming that "Comfort Women" is a euphemism for "Military Prostitutes" is that South Korea refers to the many women employed in the South Korean government backed military prostitution system created to serve the U.S. Military as "Comfort Women". In Japan and South Korea and China, the term "Comfort Women" is more dignified and less degrading than calling them prostitutes.

"Surprisingly, the comfort women system did not end in 1945. The Korean War brought comfort stations for troops from the United States. Indeed, the South Korean government supported this peninsular comfort women system. Former president Park Chung-hee personally signed an order in 1977 to clean up the “camptowns” where “Western princesses” serviced U.S. troops. The aim? To keep the American military in South Korea and U.S. dollars flowing into the economy. South Korean women who work at the brothels thronging U.S. bases are still stuck in an endless cycle of sex work and societal discrimination."


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Posted in: Countering China: U.S., Japan and India push for open Asia See in context

While I disagree with the vast majority of Trump's policies, I have to agree with him as regards China, the world's most militarily and economically powerful authoritarian dictatorship. Nothing wrong with that per se, but when you include China's military and territorial expansion, it's disregard for the rule of law, it;s willingness to mix economic and trade with it's strategic goals, and it's openly declared aspirations of regaining the glory of thousands of years ago, it;s rather obvious that China is the biggest threat to the free world as we have known for the last 70 years. The photo above lets Xi Jing Ping know that the world is not going to just lie down and allow a dictatorship to simply create a new world order with itself at the center. All regional nations, democratic and otherwise should stand together in this regard.

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Posted in: Chief of 'comfort women' museum wants Japan to come to terms with past See in context

Those who advocate Women's rights are on the right track. Unfortunately the Comfort Women issue has been hijacked for political purposes and people like this Watanabe, either knowingly or unknowingly, are being used. It doesn't take a genius to look over the exchange between South Korea and Japan concerning the Comfort Women issue to see that each time Japan pays with the intent that the money goes to the survivors and each time the South Korean government ensures that it doesn't reach them. Organizations like the Chong Dae Yup coach survivors in their "testimonies" and pressure them to reject compensation. There is an obvious lack of good faith in South Korea's negotiations and an intent to simply keep the issue alive forever, even after signing an agreement that states that the issue is resolved permanently.

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Posted in: Trump urges Abe to balance U.S. deficit with Japan 'very quickly' See in context

TheRatToday  08:06 am JST

No one has a gun to the heads if Americans (other than other Americans) forcing them to buy Japanese products. They WANT Japanese products and American companies can not be bothered with setting up shop in Japan, other than 7-11, and McDonalds

7-11 is Dallas headquartered but has been Japanese owned since 2005.

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Posted in: S Korea's top court orders 2nd Japanese company to compensate forced laborers See in context

This nonsense from South Korea never ends.

"In January 2005, the South Korean government disclosed 1,200 pages of diplomatic documents that recorded the proceeding of the treaty. The documents, kept secret for 40 years, recorded that the Japanese government actually proposed to the South Korean government to directly compensate individual victims but it was the South Korean government which insisted that it would handle individual compensation to its citizens and then received the whole amount of grants on behalf of the victims.[10][11][12]

The South Korean government demanded a total of 364 million dollars in compensation for the 1.03 million Koreans conscripted into the workforce and the military during the colonial period,[13] at a rate of 200 dollars per survivor, 1,650 dollars per death and 2,000 dollars per injured person.[14] South Korea agreed to demand no further compensation, either at the government or individual level, after receiving $800 million in grants and soft loans from Japan as compensation for it's 1910-1945 colonial rule in the treaty.[12]

Most of the funds from grants were used for economic development,[15] particularly on establishing social infrastructures, founding POSCO, building Gyeongbu Expressway and the Soyang Dam with the technology transfer from Japanese companies.[16] Records also show 300,000 won per death was used to compensate victims of forced labor between 1975 and 1977"


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Posted in: S Korea's top court orders 2nd Japanese company to compensate forced laborers See in context

Ex_ResToday  03:45 am JST

South Korea has played his game so often that they think it's acceptable to Japan and the world. It's not.

It seems to me that South Korea is gaining the respect of the world, where as Japan losing the respect it has worked so hard to achieve.

Japan was the highest rated Asian respected country tied with Germany, in a list of 25 of the most respected countries. South Korea did not even make it on the list.


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Posted in: S Korea's top court orders 2nd Japanese company to compensate forced laborers See in context

South Korea has played his game so often that they think it's acceptable to Japan and the world. It's not.

Japan needs to stop trying so hard to be reasonable and polite with South Korea. First off, stop calling that country 韓国。Call it 南朝鮮。The entire world calls that country South Korea, but if Japan does it it would offend them?

End diplomatic relations with South Korea, make business and trade with that country illegal. Japan needs nothing from South Korea and if South Korea can do without Japan, then great. Make immigration between the two countries very difficult. Give Zainichi in Japan a chance to choose between South Korean or Japanese citizenship., and do away with Permanent Residency Status with that country. No more Kpop or Kdrama. Remember, South Korea had no problem doing this to Japan before.

As for the obvious, take them to the ICJ. The entire world will support the rue of law and the adherence to treaties signed between sovereign nations. South Korea's actions sets a legal precedent that could undermine the entire global diplomatic structure and affect countless countries.

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Posted in: S Korean lawmakers visit disputed islets also claimed by Japan See in context

Samit Basu has a history of making highly detailed statements biased towards Korea but whenever asked for a source or link there is no response. Complete waste of time.

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Posted in: Trump proposes 'worldwide network' to counter CNN overseas See in context

sf2kToday  08:23 am JST

You must be the only one on the planet who would put Japan on the same list as Russia and China.

Since there is an actual law curtailing press freedoms in Japan, (the State Secrecy Law of 2014) this would be incorrect. 

LOL. As if Japan is the only country besides Russia and China that has such a thing. Putting Japan into the same class with known totalitarian states is ridiculous.

""Official Secrets Act" is a term used in Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom, and formerly in Canadaand New Zealand for legislation that provides for the protection of state secrets and official information, mainly related to national security."


"Since about 2015 the branches of the United States federal government have accused one another of creating secret law. Journalists, scholars, and anti-secrecy activists have also made similar allegations. Scholarly analysis has shown that secret law is present in all three branches"


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Posted in: Trump proposes 'worldwide network' to counter CNN overseas See in context

CrickyNov. 27  02:43 pm JST

Oh god! Is it not so obvious what the plan is? Global domination of information based on the Russian/Chinese/Japanese model? 

You must be the only one on the planet who would put Japan on the same list as Russia and China.

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Posted in: Japan considers transforming helicopter destroyer into aircraft carrier See in context

TriringNov. 27  11:06 pm JST

OssanAmericaToday 10:59 pm JST

That the Izumo class would eventually carry aircraft was common knowledge from even before launching.

One problem with this scenario is JMSDF doesn't have jet fighter pilot and JASDF has problem fill the pilot's seat as it is and are not eager to lend the already thin roster.

It's going to take years to train pilots to take off a ship even if they are qualified and I doubt JASDF will lend pilot just to train them to take off and land the plane.

Like I said they are short on pilots as it is.

Of course the JSDF in correlation with the acquisition of new equipment and assets are going to have to restructure their branches and training programs as well. You can rest assured that just as the JGSDF Amphibious Unit trained with the USMC in San Diego, prospective F-35B pilots from Japan will be training with the US Navy, probably FL or TX. Whether Japan will keep it's branches the way they are, or whether the JMSDF aviation units will be expanded to include F-35B and MV-22 pilots will have to be seen. But I believe it will be done.

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Posted in: Japan considers transforming helicopter destroyer into aircraft carrier See in context

That the Izumo class would eventually carry aircraft was common knowledge from even before launching. Where by the way the USN was present and the band played "Anchors Away" right behind the "Gunkan March". USMC Ospreys have already carried out landings and storage aboard the Izumo. Only two nations have historically used Carriers decisively and that is the United States and Japan going back over 70 years ago. Unlike China neither are playing catch up.

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Posted in: Japan considers transforming helicopter destroyer into aircraft carrier See in context

Kim Jong UnfollowToday  03:46 pm JST

With or without Article 9, Japan has the right to defend itself just like every other nations. It’s natural law.

Japan’s current constitution is invalid because it was written by a foreign occupier, the US, forced on the Japanese people by violating Japan sovereignty.

It’s time Japan rearmed and stop relying on the US for its security.

Nonsense. US forces in Japan are there under invitation, As the host country Japan can throw them all out by giving one year's notice. Japan can not rely 100% on itself alone, as can no other US ally in the region because the US is the largest military power in the world with nuclear capability and therefore the only credible deterrent to nations which seek to advance their territorial control over smaller weaker ones. The days of WWII Militarism are over. The JSDF have a major role in securing and maintaining peace in the region together with Japan's allies.

rgcivilian1Today  04:03 pm JST

Go back and read the correct version of history, and you will find that it was not the US who wrote the constitution but multiple liberated countries ruled by force occupation by Japan. As for rearming, too late, Japan is well underway for years, but as for the security you don't want...please do you even know the costs of maintaining a fully 1st class military? I seriously doubt it. This is not about picking grandfathers' old outdated firearm or sword...wrong time wrong generation. Besides have you thought about those liberated countries just itching for Japan to taste their steel? hmmm..

More nonsense. The US, UK, Australia, USSR were not occupied by Japan and liberated, and they had the most influence on the constitution. There is no "liberated" country that is "itching for Japan to taste their steel". All Southeast Asian nations support Japan's remilitarization in combination with the US presence as a counter balance to Chinese expansion.THe US. UK, Australia, EU supports Japan. The Republic of China (Taiwan) which was actually occupied during WWII supports it. China (PRC) does not support it but they didn't exist until 4 years after WWII ended. And South Korea was part of Japan from 1910 and throughout WWII and only became "liberated" through historical revisionism. So what "liberated" countries are seeking revenge?

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Posted in: S Korea to dissolve Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation See in context

South Korea give the money to whom it was intended, the survivors. And live up to the 2015 Agreement that you signed. Do the right thing and don't destroy your credibility as a nation.

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Posted in: S Korean lawmakers visit disputed islets also claimed by Japan See in context

S Korean lawmakers visit disputed islets also claimed by Japan

Correction; S Korean lawmakers visit illegally occupied islets owned by Japan.

When the Syngman Rhee line was drawn in 1952 arbitrarily including the Liancourt Rocks as South Korean territory it alarmed the United States who urged Japan to immediately take the issue to the ICJ. South Korea refused and has refused two more times. Despite loud claims that they have sufficient legal evidence to support their claim, South Korea has been and continues to be afraid of objective international jurisdiction. This is another SK-JPN issue that remains unresolved due to South Korea's lack of respect for the Rule of Law.

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Posted in: Philippines, Japan conduct joint maritime exercise See in context

The Japan Coast Guard does not fly the JMSDF Naval Ensign. But even when training with the JMSDF the PI have no problem with the flag.


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Posted in: Ukraine-Russia tensions soar after Black Sea naval incident See in context

Typical heavy handed Russian behavior.

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Posted in: 145 pilot whales die in mass stranding on New Zealand beach See in context

Cetacean strandings have nothing whatsoever to do with "Whaling" or the "IWC" or in the case of this article, Japan. Pilot Whales are a small species that are openly hunted in the Faroe Islands but have nothing to do with the Japanese Research Whaling carried out on large baleen whales. No cause for strandings have been found, and as others have pointed out it may be disease, environment, weather, other natural causes. Or it may be man made as the sonar used by military vessels are known to have an impact.

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Posted in: Taiwan passage of Japanese food ban referendum could affect relations See in context

Decisions concerning food food safety need to be made on the basis of protecting the public's health. Not for political reasons.

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Posted in: S Korea's surviving 'comfort women' spend final years seeking atonement from Japan See in context

"The survivors of the heinous crimes the Japanese committed are dying day by day, and I bet Abe is dancing for joy," Lee said, becoming animated as she described her frustration. "They should apologize, tell the truth, and pay the legal compensation."

Abe himself issued an apology and Japan paid compensation. But the South Korean government refuses to hand that money over to the survivors and has reneged on it's 2015 Agreement.

Yet this women can make a statement as above placing the blame entirely on Japan and even Abe himself. Somebody tell this woman the truth.

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