Japan does not need South Korea for any security reasons, The only value comes from the US bases and military presence there.
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AkieToday 07:36 am JST
74 years since the end of the war, Japan still is a militaristic nation, unfortunately.
Chinese President Xi Jinping gives army its first order of 2019: be ready for battle
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Samit BasuToday 12:06 am JST
If SK believes the US is going to to bat for them on this issue
But that's exactly what Stilwell said he would do.
Basically Japan is facing the tag team of US and Korea alone.
Not in the real world. Read it and weep.
U.S. diplomat says United States won't intervene in Japan-South Korea dispute
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Good to see that Japan is not working against the US-JPN-SK strategic alliance. Now let's see if South Korea can say the same.
Chip StarToday 07:03 am JST
Lmao! Japan needs South Korea in order to reduce the risk from the DPRK.
No, Japan needs the Unites States to be in SK to reduce the risk from the DPRK. Whereas South Korea needs Japan to provide the logistics needed by the U.S. to protect South Korea.
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If SK believes the US is going to to bat for them on this issue which they themselves created, they are dreaming. The last time the US got involved the landmark 2015 Comfort Women Agreement was signed giving everyone hope that relations would improve. The Moon comes into office and rips it up. Does SK think the US is going to back SK when they are doing everything possible to destroy the US-JPN-SK strategic alliance?
macvToday 06:50 pm JST
any country that did what japan did to korea must never be forgiven
Yes no one should forgive a country that forced a long dominating power to recognize your sovereignty, built roads, schools, hospitals, railways, enabled girls to attend school, and increased the average lifespan of the population.
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Looks to me like he confused "racist bone" with "brain cell".
Telling anyone who is an American Citizen to "go back where you came from" is as racist as you can get. No one with any intelligence can defend such a comment coming from anyone, much less the POTUS.
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Tokyo has requested third-party arbitration of the Korean wartime labor dispute as stipulated in a 1965 treaty. The deadline for a response is Thursday, and Seoul has indicated that it will not respond.
And why will South Korea not respond? It says so in the 1965 Treaty that any difference in interpretation is to be settled by arbitration. Are they so afraid of losing? Just like their refusal to settle the Liancourt Rocks at the ICJ? When former WWII veterans tried to bring suit against Japan in US Courts the US Government put them to rest on the grounds that the 1951 Treaty put all such matters behind. This is how a trusted ally behaves. South Korea needs to learn how to behave as a trusted ally. And if they can't, they shouldn't be whining and crying about not being treated as one. Moon will go down in history as the leader that wrecked South Korea's economy. Both North Korea and China are laughing their rear ends off.
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kurisupisuToday 07:38 am JST
Between 1910-1945 the Japanese waged war on, murdered, tortured and imprisoned Koreans.
Please can your revisionist nonsense. Prior to 1910 Korea was a Japanese Protectorate. From 1910 to 1945 Korea was part of the Empire of Japan. Why would Japan wage war on Korea when Koreans were serving in the Japanese military? Who by the way were murdering, torturing Allied POWs.
It's attitudes like yours that fuel the problem, take your hate mongering elsewhere.
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AscissorToday 08:42 pm JST
The relationship between the countries has certainly grown frosty, but the "national security" rationale seems very flimsy.
Nothing flimsy about it.
"South Korean ship detained for illegally trading with North, in violation of UN sanctions”
President Moon Jae-in plans to pitch his ambitious "sanctions easing" agenda when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House, “
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There's no trust at all. South Korea is determined to try and make this a trade issue, while in reality it is a security issue. There are no sanctions or tariffs. The products in question can and will continue to be exported to South Korea. Just not expedited, which was a privilege Japan granted South Korea back in 2004. As with all privileges, they can be revoked. And South Korea has done nothing but to undermine the trust, cooperation and relationship with Japan on political, diplomatic and economic levels.
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The more Moon whines and cries the more foolish he looks. He took the gamble that he could elevate hatred for Japan into a tool to unite with his Northern "Brothers". But his plan backfired. He's not going to go down in South Korean history as having re-united the two Koreas, but as the one who destroyed South Korea's economy. Not only has the U.S. become wary of his agenda, but so have the North Koreans. He;s grasping at straws trying to get the US, UN and WTO on his side. South Korea has already destroyed economic cooperation with Japan and has lost their trust. Of course typically, they do nothing to try to regain that trust.
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SJToday 02:32 am JST
South Koreans are far more diverse in people's political views than the obedient Japanese people who are easily brainwashed by distorted school education of history and propaganda
No, you have the two countries confused. You are describing South Korea perfectly.
"A Seoul appeal court has slapped a heavy fine on an academic for publishing politically incorrect research, suggesting that despite the success of the candlelight protests that removed Park Geun-hye from the presidency, South Korea still has a long way to go when it comes to free speech and democracy."
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At each turn South Korea shows the world just how deranged an attitude it has towards Japan, In 2004 Japan elevated South Korea to a trusted ally status enabling exports of certain items to be expedited. This raised South Korea above other nations like China or Taiwan. Since then South Korea has done nothing but to take a hostile policy towards Japan, even breaking the landmark 2015 CW agreement that was suppose to be "final". Under the Moon administration, anti-Japan sentiment has become worse than it has ever been, even now affecting the ROK Military and the JSDF, something that never occurred under previous administrations. South Korea has deservedly lost Japan's trust. And rest assured the United States is fully aware of South Korea's continued efforts to break apart the US-JPN-SK strategic alliance.
So Japan raised SK to a trusted ally level, took them off because of SK's behavior, and South Koreans are demanding an apology and a boycott to Japanese goods? I call this demented thinking.
South Korea has made zero effort to improve relations with Japan from the damage they themselves brought upon it. And now they go crying to the US, UN and WTO. A pathetic nation under the most pathetic administration they've ever had.
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The man is a total disgrace. Still not fit for office and proving it at every turn.
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South Korea is barking up the wrong tree. This is not a trade issue and Japan has placed no sanctions on South Korea. South Korea was elevated to a special status in 2004 reserved for trusted allied nations. South Korea has lost that trust with Japan due to their violating UN sanctions against North Korea and their continued ceaseless anti-Japan agenda which includes breaking signed agreements. Moon is the most anti-Japan leader South Korea has ever had because his dream of unification of the Korean Peninsula is based on North and South sharing a common enemy. And they can't be NK's backer China, or SK's backer the U.S.
"The day after the Hanoi Summit collapsed, Moon Jae-in was already calling for deeper inter-Korean economic cooperation; in other words, permission to violate international sanctions and United Nations Security Council resolutions."
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Peter14Today 05:06 pm JST
One issue turned into two. Soon it may be three. South Korea will look for something it exports to Japan that Japan needs and cant get from anywhere else, and place restrictions on it.
Japan doesn't need to import Kimchee. There are plenty of Korean-Japanese businesses in Osaka that produce Kimchee domestically.
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Tokyo lodged a protest against Seoul, saying it had broken an agreement
Nothing new here.
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Leaving aside the arguments for or against, isn't a "crackdown" usually more effective when it's not announced and carried as top story by every news source in the country?
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Norman GoodmanJuly 13 08:36 am JST
No, the problem is that South Korea doesn't just want an apology
South Korea is not one big brain. South Koreans can think differently too.
And get prosecuted.
"South Korean professor fined for book about ‘comfort women’, proving the truth is still dangerous"
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What a pointless threat. The US firms involved in selling arms to Taiwan are already only selling to nations that see The Chinese Dictatorship as a threat.
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South Korea is playing the same old "let's try to turn the world against Japan" game. If the global economy tech sector suffers, only South Korea is to blame as they foolishly carried out a passive "war" against Japan on every front harping on WWII issues much of it based on their own historical revisionism. Now they go crying to the WTO when it isn't a trade issue, to the UN when South Korea has refused ICJ jurisdiction and defied UN sanctions against North Korea, to the U.S. when they alone have done everything they could to break apart the US-JPN-SK strategic alliance with their fixation on hating Japan. And now they want to convince the world that it's "Japan's fault" if the tech industry suffers or faces higher costs.
Are there no intelligent leaders in South Korea who could have foreseen this happening as South Korea continuously needled Japan over WWII issues, breaking signed agreements, destroying the "trust" between the two countries? It was inevitable that the continuing fixation on hating Japan was eventually going to backfire.
Japan is not "doing" anything other than to remove South Korea from a list of "trusted" nations.
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AkieToday 07:13 am JST
thepersoniamnow, coupling politics with trade is totally wrong,
You're very funny.
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Sorry South Korea but your usual victim mentality isn't going to work on this one. You brought this on yourself. And you can cry to the world but they aren't going to help you. The sheer hypocrisy of crying to the UN when South Korea is the only member of the alleged US-JPN-SK alliance that has broken UN sanctions against NK.
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The US is not going to going to go to bat for South Korea. Why should it? South Korea has been unilaterally working to break apart the US-JPN-SK military alliance. US and Japanese ships are not breaking the UN sanctions on NK. But SK ships are. It's a pretty good bet that it's the US that has gathered the evidence and suggested to Japan that SK can not be trusted.
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Kang told Pompeo that Japan's trade restrictions "not only harm South Korean companies but disturb the global supply system," the South Korean foreign ministry said.
Complaining to the US, which is a real trade war with China about global effects, is pissing into the wind. This is not a trade issue anyway, it's a security issue. No US or Japanese ships have been found breaking the UN sanctions to aid NK. Can SK say the same?
"It is undesirable in light of the friendly and cooperative relations between South Korea and Japan and trilateral cooperation among South Korea, the United States and Japan," it said in a statement.
Is SK so dense as to not see just how "unfriendly and uncooperative" they have been towards Japan at every turn on every issue? SK needs to clean house and terminate the use of anti-Japan sentiment as a political tool. They can start by correcting their historical revisionism and hate filled education. SK, especially the Moon administration brought this on themselves, and running home crying to daddy isn't going to help. They need to start acting like a mature civilized country that honors it's word.
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I think much of what we have today goes back to the British (1914-1956) prior to American involvement after WWII.
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"The Japanese government's move to inflict damage on our economy to serve political purposes and link (the issue) with sanctions against North Korea without any evidence is surely not ideal for the friendship and security cooperation between the two countries," Moon said.
"A South Korean ship has been detained for six months on suspicion of violating UN sanctions against the nuclear-armed North, Seoul’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday."
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Hiro S NobumasaToday 09:35 am JST
The announcement is likely to anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has previously expressed "serious concerns" about the possible sale.
The ROC-TW is already an independent country.
Taiwan is already a defacto independent country. But if Taiwan really wants to be free of the Chinese threat, it needs to declare independence and seek recognition by the UN as a sovereign nation.
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Hiro S NobumasaJuly 9 12:49 pm JST
Neither would alter the "basic military balance in the region," according to DSCA.
The statement above is proof that this sale is just a big charade!
What American 'ally' and 'friend' ROC-TW truly needs is plain and simple respect in the form of solid diplomatic recognition.
The United States supports Taiwan. But you are asking for Taiwan to be treated as an independent sovereign country. For that to happen Taiwan itself must declare it's own independence first.
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President Moon Jae-in called for Japan to withdraw what he described as a politically motivated measure
Finally stopped laughing so I can type.....Looks who's talking!
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