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Posted in: Trump calls discussions about removing him 'treasonous' See in context

Funny,...I don't consider this treason at all. In fact I think it's very patriotic.

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Posted in: S Korean parliament speaker compares Japan to 'brazen thief' See in context

LB315Today 06:31 am JST

How about Japan not invading other countries in the first place?? How about that?

Japan didn't invade Korea. And South Korea isn't complaining about being "invaded".

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Posted in: S Korean parliament speaker compares Japan to 'brazen thief' See in context

The lawmaker said Japan is acting like a "brazen thief" for demanding an apology from him for his remarks when it is Tokyo that owes an apology.

This makes no sense. Japan isn't stealing anything so that's not acting like a "thief" brazen or otherwise.

The only party guilty of being a thief is the South Korean government which has repeatedly failed to distribute money it received from Japan that was negotiated and earmarked to go to individual victims, be they workers or comfort women.

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Posted in: Kono denies S Korean account of talks; calls for appropriate response See in context

StrangerlandToday  12:29 pm JST

If the reference was not to the colonial period, what do you think he was referring to?

The reference was to "the 40s". I thought he was referring to "the 40s" seeing as he referred to "the 40s".

And if he meant strictly the 1940s, you found 1939 to to be so far off to question it?

1940 + 80 = 2020. It's 2019. We're not yet 80 years from "the 40s".

Yes, we are 79 years from 1940, as opposed to 80 years. Most of us would consider making a deal out of it "picayune". Being one year off does not change or affect his post.

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Posted in: Kono denies S Korean account of talks; calls for appropriate response See in context

StrangerlandToday  10:22 am JST

What is the problem? 80 years ago is 1939. Korea was a Japanese colony from 1910 to 1945.

The quote was not referring to when Japanese was a colony, it was referring to 'the 40s'.

Nice and classy Korea, making **the 40s** an issue 80 years later.

If the reference was not to the colonial period, what do you think he was referring to? And if he meant strictly the 1940s, you found 1939 to to be so far off to question it?

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Posted in: Kono denies S Korean account of talks; calls for appropriate response See in context

StrangerlandToday 08:15 am JST

Nice and classy Korea, making the 40s an issue 80 years later.

80 years?

What is the problem? 80 years ago is 1939. Korea was a Japanese colony from 1910 to 1945.

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Posted in: Kono denies S Korean account of talks; calls for appropriate response See in context

More behavior by South Korea that undermines their credibility. Or what little is left of it. Read the record, ask the translators. Besides, what is even gained by denying that Japan raised the issue? It's not like South Korea is going to anything about it anyway. And for those who haven't studied real history, Korea was not one of the countries pillaged in WWII. Rather, some 250,000 Koreans in the IJA pillaged other Asian countries.

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Posted in: Interpreter under fire after calling African runners 'chimpanzees' See in context

What a total moron.

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Posted in: Russian nuclear-capable bombers fly over Sea of Japan See in context

This is not news. They did this all throughout the Cold War.

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Posted in: Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time See in context

AgentXToday  08:32 am JST

One word for you, sir: Jomon.

The Yayoi and Yamato came later...

The Jomon were already in the Japanese archipelago likely from 10,000 BC. The Yaoi came later from the Korean Peninsula. But the Yamato are not people who immigrated. They are the mainstream "Japanese" who are a mix between the Jomon and Yaoi and any other ethnicities, cultures that may have been absorbed.

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Posted in: N Korea says Japanese abductee alive in Pyongyang See in context

So where are all the posters now who constantly berate Japan to "give it up" because the abductees are all dead and never coming back?

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Posted in: Trump makes his case for Nobel Peace Prize; says Abe nominated him for it See in context

IloveCoffeeToday  07:58 am JST

He is right. Obama did not deserve the Nobel Prize, he didn't even do anything. Trump did make a lot of progress with North Korea, and with Russia, and hopefully with Syria too. 

Are you saying this with a straight face? Seriously?

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Posted in: Trump makes his case for Nobel Peace Prize; says Abe nominated him for it See in context

SchopenhauerToday  07:15 am JST

I agree. Obama did nothing when Senkaku was threatened by China.

That's incorrect. Obama himself declared that the Defense of the Senkakus falls under Article 5 of the US-JPN defense treaty, as did two Secretaries of Defense and two Secretaries of State under him.

While I have been and continue to be a critic of Obama's "weak" strategic policies, the Senkakus isn't one of them.

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Posted in: Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time See in context

savethegaijinToday  07:19 am JST

The complaints the Ainu have against the Japanese government are legitimate. It doesn't matter what happened to other native peoples across the world in this context.

Yes does. And those things didn't just "happen" to other native peoples. Somebody did something to them.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/what-canada-committed-against-first-nations-was-genocide-the-un-should-recognize-it/article14853747/

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/27/evidence-of-250-massacres-of-indigenous-australians-mapped

https://www.history.com/news/native-americans-genocide-united-states

https://allthatsinteresting.com/kenya-genocide

Japan may be late in officially recognizing their indigenous people but it's far far better to be late, than to be early after committing acts of genocide on them as other nations have. This recognition should be celebrated and is a step forward for both the Ainu people and the Japanese as a whole. Ainu are Japanese in nationality and have always been so recognized.

Read this if you want to see how Japan compares to other nations:

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

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Posted in: Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time See in context

Cogito Ergo SumFeb. 15  09:06 pm JST

Lo.....ng after the GENOCIDE !!!!

There was never any "genocide" of the Ainu people. The battles that were fought between Ainu and Wa-jin were with swords, bows and spears on both sides. Contrast that to British colonizers with firearnms against African tribes in South Africa, or Aborigines in Australia. Now that is what you can call genocide.

Another point to consider is that most Ainu today are extremely intermixed with the majority Japanese, to the extent that they are in a great many cases indistinguishable. Genocide and inter racial/ethnic marriages are mutually exclusive, for obvious reasons. In the United States, it wasn't until 1967 that the last State laws prohibiting inter-racial marriage was struck down.

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Posted in: Japan to recognize indigenous Ainu people for first time See in context

savethegaijinFeb. 15  04:16 pm JST

Good thing you waited until you almost completely wiped them out culturally and genetically first :/ good grief

No person of American (both North and South) Australian, New Zealand, South African, Canadian et al heritage are qualified to be typing nasty comments about Japan on this issue. While Japan may be late in doing this, when you examine their history and what they did to their aboriginals, it pales in comparison to the outright genocide perpetrated by other "civilized" nations against their own aboriginals. And it's not just the hypocritical West, take a look at what China has done to the Tibetans and Uighurs in modern times.

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Posted in: Activists file suit to stop dolphin hunting in Japan See in context

If the method of harvesting is not in compliance with Japanese laws then that aspect should indeed be rectified and brought into compliance. However, if the species is not endangered and a demand exists to support it then there is no reason to object. That is of course unless emotion is the driving factor.

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers tout U.S.-Japan-S Korea alliance as Seoul, Tokyo feud See in context

Members of the House of Representatives and Senate from both parties introduced resolutions in the two chambers affirming Congress' strong support for ties between the three countries and the critical importance of cooperation.

Oh yes, I'm sure that will do the trick. The House of Representatives back in 2007 very stupidly passed a resolution condemning Japan based entirely on South Korea's unilateral claims which contradicted the US Army's own findings from WWII but a multi-agency US Government study spanning 7 years which found no evidence to substantiate South Korea's narrative of "200,000 women kidnapped". So now this is their idea of patching up a problem that they whole heartedly helped to create? The only way that the US can help resolve the issue is to pressure South Korea to uphold the 2015 Comfort Women Agreement which they themselves negotiated and signed.

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Posted in: Japan protests over S Korean lawmaker's remarks on emperor See in context

juminRheeToday  02:25 am JST

OssanAmerica:

And China. Without China, Korea may have been united under a us-backed capitalist dictator...until the late 80s.

Korea was divided because of the USSR and US. China became a player only when the Korean War started, which was a year after China (PRC) was established.

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Posted in: Japan protests over S Korean lawmaker's remarks on emperor See in context

The current Emperor has already apologized. The PM has apologized. South Korea signed an agreement in 2015 settling this issue permanently". Japan paid South Korea per that agreement but that money still has not been given to the surviving CWs. Same as the money Japan paid in 1965. Yet all South Korea can do is to keep repeating the same demand, completely ignoring the fact that Japan has accommodated them.

The worst part is the western media swallows this South Korean hoax and perpetuates it. Makes for a good copy, the never ending hate. So many in the west have been brainwashed by complete falsehood, such as believing that Imperial Japan "invaded" Korea along with the rest of Asia in WWII. Korea was annexed legally in 1910 and over 250,000 Korean men served willingly in the Imperial Japanese military, and these Korean men, invaded other Asian countries, abused Allied POWs to the extent that many were tried and convicted as War Criminals, made use of Comfort Stations even paying a discount rate. Some even believe the totally ridiculous claim that Japan, which was totally destroyed in 1945 somehow was responsible for the separation of South and North Korea afterwards. Only the USSR and US were players in Korea after 1945.

As for the J-haters who suggest Japan should "ignore" South Korean issues like this idiot Moon, they are simply advancing the South Korean false propaganda. Japan has failed to stand up and challenge this South Korean anti-Japan nonsense for far too long. They have sold the world on a narrative which even South Korean scholars have spoken up against, only to be persecuted in South Korea. Japan needs to stand up to and challenge every falsehood that comes out of that untrustworthy country.

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Posted in: S Korean assembly speaker says apology needed from Japanese emperor See in context

A stupid comment from a South Korean politician. The Emperor has already apologized even though he is only a symbol and not head of State. The PM who is the head of State has already apologized, the last one being part of the 2015 Agreement which South Korea has unilaterally broken. Every single person living in Japan could apologize and that will not be enough because South Korean demands for apology are not meant to settle or resolve an issue, only to keep the hate and blame going in perpetuity.

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Posted in: LDP adopts concise plan on constitutional revision at convention See in context

quercetumFeb. 10  09:29 pm JST

Japan is a modern trbutary nation of the US. It’ll depend if the US approves.

It was the United States that forced Japan to create the JSDF when the Korean War broke out and US troops in Japan were sent to the Korean Peninsula leaving Japan undefended. Considering that the U.S, has been pushing Japan to amend Article 9 and rearm since then, the above is a ridiculous comment.

mmwkdwFeb. 11  12:21 am JST

Japan is rapidly heading towards the self-assertive, self-confident route which will inevitably lead towards confrontation

Japan, after having resisted US demands for 70 years has been forced into amending it's defense ability because of China's military and territorial expansion, along with North Korea's perpetual belligerence.

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Posted in: Kono criticizes S Korean assembly speaker's emperor remarks See in context

IloveCoffeeFeb. 11  10:28 pm JST

Japanese politicians for the past 30 years have been continuously insulting Koreans by calling the victims of Japanese aggression - mere prostitutes,

The US Army who interrogated them at the time found them to be military prostitutes.

" “a ‘comfort girl’ is nothing more than a prostitute or ‘professional camp follower’ attached to the Japanese military for the benefit of the soldiers” 

https://www.exordio.com/1939-1945/codex/Documentos/report-49-USA-orig.html

calling the Korean heroes who fought for their independence - war criminals,

Japan has never called any Koreans "war criminals" for the simple reason that Japan and Korea were never at war with each other. However, the US and other WWII Allied powers found some Koreans to be war criminals.

Hong Sa-ik (hangul 홍사익;hanja 洪思翊; 4 March 1889 – 26 September 1946)[1] was a lieutenant general in the Imperial Japanese Army, and the top-ranking ethnic Korean in Japanto be charged with war crimes relating to the conduct of the Empire of Japan in World War II.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Sa-ik

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11220761/British-ex-POW-in-Japanese-camp-disgusted-by-guard-demands-for-compensation.html

"Following World War II, trials of Class-B/C Japanese war criminals, who were charged with abusing and torturing civilians and war prisoners, took place at 49 locations across Asia. In those courts, about 5,700 people were indicted and more than 900 were executed. Among the prosecuted were 148 Koreans, and 23 of them were executed."

http://www.japan-press.co.jp/modules/news/?id=9597&pc_flag=ON

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Posted in: Ex-yokozuna Kisenosato opens up about injuries, anxieties, future See in context

GWToday  09:37 am JST

Glad he seems to be recovering from career ending injury, BUT the JSA was still horribly wrong in promoting him to Yokozuna, he should have retired a long standing Ozeki.

Not sure I would agree with that. I mean, I could say the same for Goeido and I probably will be saying it for quite some time. Kisenosato's injury and resultant nose dive could easily have happened as Ozeki. In which case he'd be retiring never having made it to Yokozuna.

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Posted in: From Gucci to Prada, fashion mistakes evoke racist imagery See in context

It's blatantly a stupid unattractive design on first sight, then possibly racist after thinking about it for a while. I wonder what kind of person would pay $890 for that piece of garbage. But I have to agree about Italian cultural insensitivity in this regard.

https://www.reddit.com/r/PropagandaPosters/duplicates/7086cl/antiamerican_ww2_propaganda_italy_1944/

https://www.reddit.com/r/PropagandaPosters/comments/5654cf/italian_wwii_propaganda_circa_1942/

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Posted in: Japan cancels port call by warship in South Korea amid row See in context

K3POToday  09:17 am JST

It's not the US's obligation to hold these nation's hands.

No it's not. But it is the US's obligation to keep it's own strategic alliances intact. And not let one childish member with a massive complex single handedly destroy it.

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Posted in: Japan cancels port call by warship in South Korea amid row See in context

AlexBecuToday  08:49 am JST

America you should speak up on this issue, you believed yourself those agreements would solve this problems. What happened?

What happened is we have an idiot in the White House. And someone who could clamp down on this like Mattis is gone.

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Posted in: Japan rally for return of Russia-held isles may avoid sensitive terms See in context

ScroteFeb. 5 04:57 pm JST

Japan maintains that all of the four islands are "inherent territories" of the country that were "illegally occupied" by the Soviet Union

Hirohito and his mates were very keen on their illegal occupation of Korea, China and the rest of Asia. There are still plenty of people in Japan today who deny that Japan did anything wrong in that. These are the same people who refer to Russia's occupation of the four islands as "illegal".

The Japanese Empire lost all the territories it took in WWII and earlier by war. But the 4 islands presently occupied by Russia were not taken by war but by a negotiated Treaty with Russia in 1855. It is the Russian occupation that is illegal. And Korea was never illegally occupied, it was annexed in accordance with international laws at the time and recognized by both the US and UK.

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Posted in: Japan cancels port call by warship in South Korea amid row See in context

The only party being childish, and working against their own interests to boot, is South Korea,

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Posted in: Barbara Ehrenreich tweets about Marie Kondo widely condemned See in context

I have no idea who these people are that made the comments about her English, but could they speak in Japanese well enough to be aired in Japan? I doubt it. And no, there was no "humor" in it at all. Is commenting on a foreigner's English speaking skills suppose to be funny? I'm not sure if I'd agree with the description of "racist" but I can see how that label could apply. There's certainly a cultural superiority mentality being claimed by those who probably don't deserve it.

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