Good going for the Moon. He put all his eggs in uniting the two Koreas and destroyed SK's relationship with Japan, threatened to destroy the US-JPN-SK alliance, and Kim wants nothing to do with him. How long will it take for this incompetent's approval ratings to hit the floor?
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I only hope I don't have to watch what I saw in June 1989 again. This time in HD and on youtube channels.
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Some pundits based in the United States have urged U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has adopted a hard-line stance against South Korea, to try to find a way to ease the Tokyo-Seoul strife for sake of regional peace and stability.
Japan has adopted a hard line stance only after South Korea unilaterally ripped up the "irreversible" landmark 2015 CW Agreement, treated Japan as an "enemy" by locking fire radar on a JMSDF recon plane, allowed a SK Court to rule against Japanese corporations in violation of the 1965 Treaty, refused to honor the arbitration clause in the same treaty. SK started this dispute, has admitted to 156 instances of security lapses. and has whined to the WTO, US and UN to no avail. Yet the Moon administration continues to use anti-Japan sentiment as a political tool., even at tje expense of harming the US-JPN-SK security alliance. These idiot pundits need to be urging Moon and Moon alone. That's really all it takes.
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"If Japan better late than never chooses the path of dialogue and cooperation, we will gladly join hands," he said.
I've been saying from start that Moon was going to go down in South Korean history as the President that destroyed his country both politically and economically. It now seems he's finally starting to get a clue. To turn this around at this late stage, Moon would have to do a 180 degree turn on multiple issues, and more. I do not believe Japan should entertain any discussion with South Korea unless they accept that the 1965 Treaty ended all WWII issues, and therefore the current rulings against Japanese companies are invalid, reinstate the "irreversible" 2015 Comfort Women Agreement and get the money that Japan paid into the hands of the surviving Comfort Women, make a sincere effort to end the anti-Japan bias and revisionism found in the South Korean textbooks and education system*, take the power away from the Chongdaehyup to direct South Korean foreign policy towards Japan and denounce the spreading of biased hate by placing CW monuments in places other than within South Korea, clean up the ROK military so that SK can conduct itself as a trustworthy member of the US-JPN-SK alliance, and become a signatory nation that accepts ICJ jurisdiction in territorial dispute matters. The new Emperor of Japan just gave a speech using the word 反省 to his people and country. Time for the people of South Korea to engage in 반성 themselves, starting with their leaders.
*Former President Park Geun-Hye, who agreed to the 2015 CW Agreement was doing just this, before she was taken down from office.
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I doubt China will press this button this year. That will leave South Korea whining by themselves.
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Pompeo is not so much a "mediator" but a representative of the "America First" camp. And right now it is only South Korea that is threatening to dismantle the US-JPN-SK alliance by not renewing GSOMIA. Japan has stated that they intend to renew. The US has been able to move on from WWII by establishing trustworthy relationships with it's former enemies in order to face new adversaries. This is not just a political and diplomatic policy but reflects on the American culture, in whose eyes the South Korean national fixation on 74 year old history appears aberant, and, put simply, makes South Korea look like a country in need of collective therapy.
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The government has used the day to communicate to the international community that the issue is a matter of sexual violence against women during wartime and of women's universal human rights.
Yes, according to SK it is a matter of sexual violence against women and women's universal human rights. Sounds very PC and noble. But somehow completely left of the issue are the South Korean Comfort Women (yes, Koreans use the exact same term) who serviced US.UN troops during the Korean War. Or South Korea's involvement in the prostitution system in and during the Vietnam War. Of course, nations like Germany and France had military prostitution systems before and during WWII. But these issues are somehow irrelevant because the true purpose of this "Comfort Women Day" is to compound more hatred and vilification solely on Japan, despite the major involvement of Koreans in recruiting and procuring the women and running the Comfort Stations themselves. Who does South Korea think they are fooling?
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BrusselToday 10:10 pm JST
And maybe a first step for Korean and Japanese idiotic leaders to understand that they have important issues on their hands so no need to create issues themselves.
Moon is the only leader that unilaterally is destroying the US-JPN-SK strategic alliance.
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This is just a politically motivated hate-fest. If the welfare of the surviving CWs had any priority why did Moon rip up the "irreversible" 2015 CW agreement and refuse to give the money paid by Japan to the women? This is the same as previous monies paid by Japan but the Chongdaehyup pressured many CW survivors to not accept it.
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LOL. So South Korea gets taken off Japan's whitelist and goes crying to the WTO. And now SK takes Japan off it's own whitelist. While Japan says that the reason they removed SK was because they found 156 security violations,. which SK has admitted, SK has no reason to take JPN off their list. Childish pathetic country, but definitely pretty funny to watch squirming as a result of it's own actions and behavior.
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This is a prudent action by the J-govt. The South Korean Japan-Hating is out of control, fueled by Moon's policies resulting in demonstrations and potential mob behavior. With absolutely no action at all being taken at all by the Moon administration to reduce it, the risk of physical harm and property damage to Japanese tourists is on;y increasing daily. The smart course of action is to reduce that risk by any means possible.
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juminRheeToday 02:36 am JST
Wait, akihito attended Elizabeth's ascension (Or cronation)? That was 1952. He was 18. I may not have read that right as I'm tired.
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Japan needs get with the 21st century as far as wildlife management goes. Doesn't the country have the equivalent of a Forestry Service or Fish & Game Dept? Or at least a department within prefectural police departments to deal specifically with wildlife problems? No need to shoot a bear that comes into town, they can be sedated and transported far away. Letting sports hunters loose with firearms in a town is far far more dangerous than a loose bear,
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Agree with Bugle Boy. It doesn't matter whether it's the US, JPN, AUS whatever. The important thing is that prominent democratic nations step up to stop the Chinese dictatorship's expansion plans.
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Actually I thought only Monarchs/Royalty attended these kind of things. Like, who is representing Queen Elizabeth? Or is she up for the trip? The previous Emperor Akihito attended Q.Elizabeth's ascension when he was a Crown Prince. With these symbolic leaders, I think sending VP level representatives is correct.
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TawkeeoToday 07:11 am JST
* where people started bashing Japanese products in an almost SK-way.*
I meant to say "brainwashing way", I'm sleepy as hell, lol
No problem. Not much difference there. lol
Note that Japan removed SK from their whitelist on the grounds that SK was lacking in sufficient export controls and SK itself admitted to 156 violations. So what reason is SK giving for removing Japan from THEIR whitelist? None. Just a childish tit-for-tat. Pathetic country.
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oldman_13Aug. 12 10:44 pm JST
It's also interesting to see the increase in anti-Japan nationalists starting to visit this website,
The ones here on JT are pretty well identified by now. But if you look at the comments section of any major western news site the VANKERS are out in full force trying to convince the world how "Japan started all this and is harming the global economy" with their usual revisionist nonsense.
While SK has been using the WWII issue as a poltical and diplomatic tool for a long time, I see SK court rulings against Japanese corporations as the first salvo in mixing trade and economics with politics. Something that Moon should have foreseen if they had not been so blinded by their prejudice and confidence that "Japan won't do anything again".
SK removing Japan from their whitelist is a useless tit-for-tat action since crying to everyone else has fallen flat on it's face. Useless since obviously Japan expected this when they removed SK from their own whitelist. As long as Moon is in office, and the SK people can not see how much damage his anti-Japan policy is doing to their country, this will continue.
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A news anchor was even forced to clarify on-air that his pen was locally-made after a suspicious viewer called to complain that the implement looked Japanese.
LOL. There's only one country involved where emotions are over riding thinking.
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Tom DoleyToday 10:30 am JST
The Japanese raped, murdered, tortured, massacred millions of people, and almost exterminated a race and identity. Don’t expect the Koreans to move on if you can’t apologize properly (and none of the lip service garbage) and accept the truth. It’s so easy for the Japanese to say move on when you’re the perpetrator but when you’re the victim you slander us Americans for using the atomic bombs. Such two faced hypocracy is the one reason I have no respect for the Japanese.
If you were American you would know that the Japanese don't "slander us for using the Atomic bomb". You would also know that PM Shinzo Abe addressed Congress and received a standing ovation. The US and Japan have moved on, as has the rest of the world. Your pathetic country just can't do it.
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IloveCoffeeToday 07:59 am JST
Japan has never been apologetic in the first place. They are rather tired of trying to appear apologetic. The young generation in Japan are more willing to sympathize with Korea, but because of the revisionist education and nationalists-run media, young people in Japan have no idea why are Koreans so angry.
The young generation in Japan give as much hoot about WWII as the young generation in the US, UK, Germany, Australia, etc. That's because these nations and their societies moved on. Whereas in South Korea the hate carried on from generation to generation along with the historical revisionism.
I don't know why the South Koreans are so angry either....
"During the war, Japan drafted about 240,000 Koreans to serve as "Japanese" soldiers or as civilian workers.
Of these Korean recruits, 148 were convicted as Class-B/C war criminals for war crimes and for abusing POWs, and 23 were hanged"
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Another useless comment from our genius in chief. SK has been shifting away from the US camp for a couple of decades now. Our pressuring SK to get together with JPN on the 2015 CW Agreement was the last thing we did to keep the US-JPN-SK alliance intact. And SK under Moon ripped it up. Moon is again threatening the alliance with the threat of dropping the GSOMIA. Japan is not doing a thing to damage the alliance or the US strategic posture in Asia. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that we should be preparing to withdraw all US military assets out of Moon's SK.
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A Stalemate, regardless of how long, is better than war. And watching NK through Kim Il Sung, KIm Jong IL, and now Kim Jong Un, I haven't seen the slightest "crack" in Kim's dam. Moon is giving up that stalemate in his dream of going down in history as the SK leader who united North and South. To do so he's wrecking the US-JPN-SK alliance, and at the end of the day he;s going to go down as the one who ruined South Korea. Both politically and economically.
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Our idiot in chief opens his mouth again.
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Clearly South Korea is leaving the US camp. They can hug and kiss their Northern brothers and become subservient to the preamble to the DPRK constitution which declares the national goal of unifying the Korean Peninsula under the Kim regime's rule. Have fun Mr Moon. How long will it take for your desire to keep leading South Korea is answered by anti-aircraft shells? Definitely feel sorry for the South Korean population that doesn't agree with what he's doing to their country.
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This guy carried out a crime and good that he was caught. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But the stupid comfort woman statue as well as the Emperor Showa burning piece are both political statements disguised as "art".
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This is a good thing because there is no way that Japan as a nation (even an island one) can avoid the trend of more and more multi-racial Japanese nationals becoming part of their society. Seems to me that Japanese media doesn't have a problem with it, while western media try to make a problem out of it.
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At this stage the actual reason, or reasons, doesn't matter. Even without the SK court rulings, SK ripping up the 2015 CW Agreement, continued refusal to settle the Liancourt Rocks dispute before the ICJ, refusing to abide by the Arbitration clause in the 1965 Treaty, the fire radar lock on incident and the total lack of cooperation in trying to diffuse the issue, the refusal to allow JMSDF vessels flying their Naval Ensign to participate in multilateral naval functions, all add up to an evaporation of any "trust" in South Korea as an ally. Which of course is what Moon has been and continues to pursue in his belief that making Japan a "common enemy" will bring South and North Korea together. A view Moon himself just openly declared. Meantime, Japan has good grounds to question SK's security on certain exports, as they have been asking SK for the last three years to provide information in this regard, and as usual they have refused to cooperate. Japan can get along fine without South Korea, but SK is desperately scrambling to find ways to make do without Japan. Being dropped from Japan's Whitelist is South Korea's own doing. And everything they've done so far, cry to the WTO, cry to the U.S., cry to the U.N. has been a dead end. And a domestic hate-fest on the streets isn't going to fix it either. Unless the South Korean people are able to see that Moon is driving their economy off a cliff and the country is prepared to "grow up" as the rest of the world has over the last 75 years, the future of South Korea looks bleak. Unless South Korea changes it's ways, I wouldn't be surprised if Japan officially starts calling the ROK 南朝鮮 (South Korea), a move that would greatly help North Korea-Japan relations.
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gokai_wo_manekuToday 05:16 pm JST
I wish these people would take the time to ready the Japanese constitution. After all, it was written by the USA. The Self Defence Force is not allowed to go fight battles outside Japan.
Well...if you read it...the JSDF can not even exist, much less do any battle anywhere. But if we get by that huge obstacle, the JSDF does exist to "protect" Japan, ie; people and property. So escorting Japanese flagged or merchant ships under Japanese control would certainly be permitted. Joining a "War" would not.
I think it's unlikely that Japan (and several other allied nations) would participate in a coalition that does not have the backing of a UN Resolution.
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