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Posted in: Japan's explanation of Korean wartime forced labor insufficient: UNESCO See in context

1glennToday  09:33 am JST

Never been to Japan, but I get the impression that the Japanese psyche does not adequately understand the role of Japan in World War II, and the events leading up to that war.

Don't see how someone who has never even been to Japan can comment on the "Japanese psyche". But even assuming you had a point, South Korea is much worse - not recognizing the Korean role in the 1910 Annexation, the role of Koreans in the Imperial Japanese armed forces right up to the end of WWII, the role of Koreans in the IJA as regards the mistreatment of Allied POWS during WWII, the role of Korean middlemen in recruiting Comfort Women and in running some of the Comfort Stations, et al. All handled by historical revisionism taught in South Korean schools and a society that both persecutes and prosecutes South Korean scholars who speak the truth. Korea was not invaded by Japan as other Asian countries were. Korean soldiers in the IJA invaded those other Asian countries. Anyone can look up all these historical facts their own instead of blindly swallowing Koren revisionist history.

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Posted in: Man arrested for scattering anti-Olympic flyers from train See in context

Seems a bit late to be doing this to start with.

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Posted in: Russian PM to visit disputed isle off Hokkaido See in context

"last July's constitutional amendment barring the country from ceding territory to a foreign spower, "

But they have nothing barring them from taking territory from a foreign power.

The Southern Kuriles are Japandese territory under Russian administration (occupation). This is the official position of the 49 signatory nations to the 1951 San Franciso Peace Treaty, which the USSR never even atttended.

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Posted in: Abe siblings win judo gold in Olympic first See in context

Congratulations to Uta and Hifumi Abe. Both well earned Gold medals.

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Posted in: China's Yang wins 1st gold of Tokyo Olympics in air rifle See in context

Michael O’ DereiterToday  12:33 pm JST

Great optics. The first medal at Japan's already contentious Olympics is won by... a Chinese competitor.

Boy, that must sting.

Sting who? US? Japan? Australia? Hong Kong? Taiwan? Vietnam? Philippines? Who?

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Posted in: China's Yang wins 1st gold of Tokyo Olympics in air rifle See in context

elephant200Today  01:38 pm JST

@ossan Good for Yang! Boo for China

What's wrong with you?

Nothing. I support the Chinese people. But not the CCP dictatorship.

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Posted in: Tokyo's real life Paw Patrol keeps crime on short leash See in context

As long as the human patrolers carry poop bags. And water to wash down the urine. Lest a telephone pole will come down on my head without warning.

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Posted in: Japan's explanation of Korean wartime forced labor insufficient: UNESCO See in context

South Korea has what 12 UNESCO sites while Japan has 23?

SK is like a kid in a race who, instead of concentrating on running faster spends his time and effort trying to keep his opponent from inching ahead of him.

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Posted in: China's Yang wins 1st gold of Tokyo Olympics in air rifle See in context

Good for Yang! Boo for China.

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Posted in: Algerian judoka to be sent home after refusing potential bout with Israeli See in context

I was going to make a scarcastic comment about Olympic togetherness and putting these kind of things aside. But then I remembered that that Taiwan is still forced to participate as "Chinese Taipei".

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Posted in: 'The greatest honor': Osaka lights Olympic cauldron See in context

DonToday  07:23 am JST

There is a saying "Just because your born in a stable, does not make you a horse"! Naomi has spent "minimal! time in Japan and her residence has been in the US since early childhood ! 

BFD. Naomi Osaka chose to become a Japanese citizen back in 2019. Time spent in a country is not a prerequisite.

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Posted in: Why Japan's 'rising sun' flag provokes Olympic ire See in context

CrickyToday  06:25 pm JST

Yep blame those Koreans, Taiwanese who could expect worse treatment if they didn’t obey their Japanese officers

The Korean Anti-JP narrative claims that all Koreans in the IJA were "forced" into service and "forced" to be cruel to POWs. There were some 240,000 Koreans serving in the Imperial Japanese forces but forced conscription didn't start until 1944 when the tide of the war turned against Japan.

And no one gets "forced" into military service and rises to the rank of General.

"Hong Sa-ik (hangul 홍사익;hanja 洪思翊; 4 March 1889 – 26 September 1946),[1] and was also known by the Japanese pronunciation of his name - Shiyoku Kō (Japanese: 洪 思翊, Kō Shiyoku), was a lieutenant general in the Imperial Japanese Army, and the top-ranking ethnic Korean in Japan to be charged with war crimes relating to the conduct of the Empire of Japan in World War II.A graduate of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, Hong was placed in command of the Japanese camps holding Allied (primarily U.S. and Filipino) prisoners of war in the Philippines during the latter part of World War II, where many of the camp guards were of Korean ethnicity.Hong was held responsible for all the atrocities committed by Imperial Japanese Army prison guards against allied POWs, and was hanged in 1946"

Comes a point where this historical revisionism just doesn't hold water.

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Posted in: Why Japan's 'rising sun' flag provokes Olympic ire See in context

That's too bad. In WWII 76 years ago there were no counseling services for returning veterans. Times have changed. Hate shouldn't be passed on from generation to generation.

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Posted in: Why Japan's 'rising sun' flag provokes Olympic ire See in context

CrickyToday  05:25 pm JST

My grandfather wouldn’t let a Japanese car on his property, I highly doubt that flag would give him warm feelings. But maybe his experience was exceptional. As medics are certainly to be feared In a POW camp.

British ex-POW in Japanese camp 'disgusted' by guard demands for compensation

Survivor of 'Death Railway' says Korean, Taiwanese guards were worst tormentors of Allied prisoners and 'should be whipped'

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

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Posted in: Why Japan's 'rising sun' flag provokes Olympic ire See in context

CrickyToday  04:30 pm JST

But some in the Koreas, China and other Asian countries (I would add many western countries)

Nonsense. The countries and their militaries that have no issues at all with that flag include the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Netherlands, Philippines, etc. Notice how these nations all fought against that flag in WWII? Many of these nations train side by side with this flag.

In contrast, Korea as part of the Japanese Empire since 1910 fought under that flag against the allles.

As for China, the Rep of China which actually fought Imperial Japan, now Taiwan, has no problem with it. But the Communist Chinese (PRC) who ousted the ROC to Taiwan in 1948 make an issue out of it.

The Kyokujitsuki is the naval ensign of the JMSDF and is not a political flag. It is not equivalent to the Nazi swastika, it is equivalent to the German Iron Cross which is in use by the German military today.

This is just another part of the anti-Japan agenda aimed at breaking the US-JPN Alliance.

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Posted in: Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke in 1998 See in context

garypenToday  06:18 pm JST

OssanAmerica

Do you know what Gokko ごっこ is? It's to play/pretend.

Nobody ever said "Let's massacre Jewish people" suggesting that people be killed.

The correct translation is "Let's play Holoaust (massacre of Jewish people)".

Oh yeah. That's wayyyyyyy better. It's also incorrect.

The Japanese term for The Holocaust is "Jewish Genocide". (The Japanese "massacre" 虐殺 when prefaced by "big" 大 changes it to "genocide". So, what he said was:

"Let's play Jewish genocide." Can you understand why some people might be offended?

No one is defending it. It is offensive.

I was quoting exactly what the OP wrote. If you have an issue with 虐殺 or 大虐殺 take it up with the OP. But I can tell you that both 虐殺 or 大虐殺 when prefaced by ユダヤ人 refers to what we call the Holocaust.

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Posted in: Emperor tells Bach holding Olympics amid pandemic 'not easy' See in context

enolagayToday  05:45 pm JST

if it’s not easy why didn’t you cancel it?

Because the Emperor hasn't had that kind of power since 1945.

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Posted in: Police find missing Ugandan weightlifter in Mie Prefecture See in context

Robert CikkiJuly 21  07:34 am JST

*"He carried his own ID and identified himself. It is not certain to whom we should send the man -- the team or the embassy."*

I can't believe the officer even said that.

Makes perfect sense. There was no arrest warrant out for him and he is still in Japan on a valid Visa. The only rule he broke are the Olympic comittee rules.

No GingerJuly 21  08:50 am JST

Why on earth would be want to stay in Japan?

You've obviously never been to Uganda.

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Posted in: Japan envoy in Australia says Tokyo struggles every day with China See in context

Japan, which like Australia is a close U.S. ally, had managed its relationship with China without retaliatory trade sanctions in recent years through deeds instead of words, Rudd said.

Japan was the first country against which China used trade as a weapon when it stopped the exports of rare metals to Japan over the Senkaku Islands dispute. That was 11 years ago.

Until the rest of the world adopts the same strategy and hurts China economically where it counts, we are going to keep seeing China pull this on every country that criticizes or says anything negative about China.

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Posted in: Jill Biden to have busy 3 days in Tokyo See in context

WobotToday  08:46 am JST

I can't believe she's coming

She knows they're not exactly popular and it's going to rub off on her

Short of the US boycotting or not sending an Olympic Team it is customary for the President and/or the First Lady to attend the opening as a show of support for the US athletes.

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Posted in: Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke in 1998 See in context

irairaToday  01:09 pm JST

The comment was 「ユダヤ人大量虐殺ごっこをやろう」“let’s massacre Jewish people".

Not sure if that was something funny to say back in 1998. /s

Sad, as Ramens were pretty funny.

Do you know what Gokko ごっこ is? It's to play/pretend.

Nobody ever said "Let's massacre Jewish people" suggesting that people be killed.

The correct translation is "Let's play Holoaust (massacre of Jewish people)".

Back to Japaneses 101 for you.

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Posted in: Japan starts checking COVID vaccination status of overseas arrivals See in context

zichiToday  10:54 am JST

Vaccinations should not be compulsory. Documents can be forged.

Any document can be forged. That alone is not a reason to not make vaccination compulsory (for entering any country).

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Posted in: Do you think there should be permanent host cities for both the summer and winter Olympics? See in context

zichiJuly 20  10:26 am JST

On an unmanned island in the middle of the Pacific.

Which China will claim has been theirs since ancient times.

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Posted in: British carrier strike group to make port calls in Japan in September See in context

KaerimashitaToday  10:38 am JST

Not sure how floating around in the Pacific does anything to deter China.

Nothing else will deter China. Only when China sees that the entire world is against their territorial expansion and are willing to back it up with hardware will they recognize that the cost they will have to pay for their ambitions may be too great. Nobody is "floating around the Pacific, they are navigating through the globally and legally recognized Internation Waters which China coninues to unilaterally claims as it own. 回中国

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Posted in: S Korea summons Japan envoy over lewd remark about Moon See in context

stormcrowToday  10:16 am JST

When will S. Korea and Japan figure out that they're both on the same side in Asia?

They have to cooperate if they want to see democracy flourish in the darkening shadows China is casting.

Who's the winner in all of this bickering between S. Korea and Japan? China

Japan already knows what side they are on. That they have joined the QUAD makes this perfectly clear.

It is South Korea, and South Korea alone that continues to play both sides of the coin, constantly disrupting the U.S. position vis-a-vis China and North Korea. Until the US slaps it into line. Dumping Moon will be the firt step to resolving the problem.

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Posted in: S Korea summons Japan envoy over lewd remark about Moon See in context

Septim DynastyToday  02:33 pm JST

No country even listens or appreciates Japan anymore.

Far far more than South Korea. Even China and Russia do.

With the issues that Japan is dealing with now, a meeting with Moon, who will not be in office next year and has done more to damage SK-JPN relations than any other SK President since Syngman Rhee, is of absolutely no importance whatsoever.

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Posted in: S Korea removes banners at Olympic village after IOC ruling See in context

Celebrating a war from 500 years ago is seriously stupid. And the Japanese Naval Ensign is not a political flag, as much as SK tries to make it. The US Navy has no problem training with JMSDF vessels flying this flag. At least Japan's flags are Japanese, unlike South Korea's that was created by the Chinese.

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Posted in: Waiting for a bite See in context

TrevorPeaceToday  04:32 pm JST

Nothing like standing in a rowboat and hooking a big one. But, I'm sure they'd only be carp, not a sturgeon or salmon. That would make for an interesting 'oops'.

You know anyone who fishes for carp standing on a boat? Looks to me like they're casting for bass with that weed growth. Largemouths are everywhere in Japan, except for Hokkaido. World record is out of Lake Biwa.

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Posted in: Kono says local gov'ts need to slow down vaccinations due to supply crunch See in context

Japan has only been giving away Astra Zeneca Vaccines to other countries. It looks like the current shortage is only Pfizer ones. Appointments are still being made for Moderna.

Still, absolutely no excuse for this ridiculous mismanagement. Kono needs to be replaced.

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Posted in: Japan says U.S.-China tensions over Taiwan an urgent issue See in context

CJS YozoraToday  01:55 am JST

If you think the most powerful in East Asia is Japan, then no, Japan 

The most powerful in East Asia is China. The most powerful Pacific nation is the United States. Only Koreans make such ridiculous claims. Without the U.S., South Korea can not stand up to China.

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