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Posted in: APEC summit ends with no communique as China, U.S. differ See in context

happyhereToday  09:58 am JST

@Shopenhauer

Everything you accuse China of was pioneered by Japan in the 1960s and 70s. It was copied and refined by S. Korea,

Both Japan and South Korea are US Allies. Trade and economic issues are just that and no more. In contrast, China (People's Republic of China) is a trading partner but not an ally, rather a strategic adversary since it;s inception in 1949. Neither Japan nor South Korea had or has geopolitical goals that counter those of the United States.

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Posted in: APEC summit ends with no communique as China, U.S. differ See in context

minello7Today  08:20 am JST

So much China hate here, why ?

You are living in a country where you can freely spout your personal views without fear of persecution or prosecution.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jun/29/the-great-firewall-of-china-xi-jinpings-internet-shutdown

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Posted in: U.S., Japan, NZ, Australia to bring electricity to most of Papua New Guinea See in context

Pukey2Nov. 18  09:01 pm JST

China: been there, done that!

You can tell their intentions are exactly the same as those of China.

If China's been there and done that, how come they don't have electricity?

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Posted in: APEC summit ends with no communique as China, U.S. differ See in context

"No country either in this region or in other regions has fallen into a so called debt trap because of its cooperation with China. Give me one example," he said.

Hey Wang, how about Sri Lanka?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2018/06/28/china-is-doing-the-same-things-to-sri-lanka-great-britain-did-to-china-after-the-opium-wars/#5954c3967446

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Posted in: Spat over WWII brothels shows Japan's trouble in facing past See in context

Peter14Today  11:21 am JST

Japan has been unfairly criticized for a practice they say is common in any country at war.

No!

Japan's military set up brothels, rounded up girls and women and ran these brothels as "Comfort Stations" during the war.

Other countries at war use any local civilian run brothels. Soldiers were and are issued with condoms and told to be careful as some of these ladies carry sexual diseases. German soldiers in Paris used the local brothels and were told never to go alone. Some did go alone and some of them never made it back to barracks.

Sorry but you are dead wrong.

"German military brothels were set up by Nazi Germany during World War II throughout much of occupied Europe for the use of Wehrmacht and SS soldiers. According to records, at least 34,140 European women were forced to serve as prostitutes during the German occupation of their own countries along with female prisoners of concentration camp brothels.[1] In many cases in Eastern Europe, the women involved were kidnapped on the streets of occupied cities during German military and police round ups called łapanka or rafle."

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

"Bordels Mobiles de Campagne or Bordel Militaire de Campagne (both abbreviated to BMC) is a French term for the mobile brothels which were used during World War I, Second World War, and First Indochina War to supply prostitution services to French soldiers who were facing combat in areas where brothels were unusual, such as at the front line or in isolated garrisons.[1][2] The BMCs gradually generated regulation of prostitution within the French army. These mobile brothels were in some cases officially organized by the army. "

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

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Posted in: Spat over WWII brothels shows Japan's trouble in facing past See in context

CrickyToday  10:42 am JST

Picking that report and using it as a basis for an argument is flawed. It's akin to reading a report of an accident written as the accident is unfolding rather than being written after the accident and investigations have been concluded

So you find a military intelligence report documented and compiled on site at the time of occurrence to be less credible than statements made 70 years after the fact based on "recollections" ?

South Korean scholars have found the survivors "testimonies" to be not credible.

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Posted in: U.S.-China discord dominates APEC summit in Papua New Guinea See in context

Xi said there was no geopolitical agenda behind the project, which was unveiled in 2013 and aims to bolster a network of land and sea links with Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Like you had no intention of militarizing the South China Sea, right?

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Posted in: Spat over WWII brothels shows Japan's trouble in facing past See in context

Simon FostonToday  09:34 am JST

OssanAmericaToday 08:01 am JST

"Liberals say evidence, including court documents and accounts of the women, shows many people were forced into sexual slavery."

US Army interrogation Report No.49 from 1944...

Pffft. The US Army was instrumental in rehabilitating war criminals like Nobusuke Kishi and the CIA gave heaps of cash to the LDP in the 50s and 60s. Any US Army reports on any matter pertaining to what their ultranationalist Japanese chums did in the War is therefore highly suspect as far as I'm concerned.

The report is from 1944 in the midst of fighting the Japanese Empire, a time when we were gathering as much evidence we could to use against them in the future war crimes trials. It is completely different from US political goals immediately following Japan's surrender. A rather poor excuse to dismiss crucial evidence.

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Posted in: Spat over WWII brothels shows Japan's trouble in facing past See in context

Liberals say evidence, including court documents and accounts of the women, shows many people were forced into sexual slavery.

US Army interrogation Report No.49 from 1944 during the war, as well as a 7 year multi agency investigation carried out by the US Government showed no evidence of abduction or "sex slavery". A number of South Korean scholars have concluded that the vast majority of the women were recruited by Korean middlemen, with some Koreans actually running the Comfort Stations. The same South Korean scholars found the conflicting testimonies of the survivors "net credible".

No one denies that the Comfort Women System existed, a military brothel system that both the Germans and French had. Japan has recognized the suffering of the women regardless of the South Korean revisionism and made efforts to resolve the issue with South Korea with both signing an agreement in 2015 that resolves this issue permanently. Except the word "permanently" doesn't exist in South Korea where the issue is a political and diplomatic tool, rather than an honest effort to help the survivors.

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

https://www.archives.gov/files/iwg/reports/final-report-2007.pdf

https://docs.google.com/document/d/171fHdHD-xFU1g7-XAuuYVhR4wMwZ9VBwKVXPCu78riE/edit

The Asahi Shimbun has already admitted to publishing false articles which fueled the Comfort Women issue in particular a revisionist view that added "kidnapping" and "200,000 victims". These articles were directly responsible for the issue as it stands today and Uemura is a contributor the problems which exist in Japan-South Korea relations.

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Posted in: Abe visits Japan Coast Guard vessel, shrine for dead submariners in Darwin See in context

JtsnoseToday  12:23 am JST

Similarly, In the 1950s the disputed territories in the North of Japan there were reported conflicts (~1977) as reported in a Newsweek article, where Japanese may have been/ were killed by Russia 

Could you provide a link?

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Posted in: Abe visits Japan Coast Guard vessel, shrine for dead submariners in Darwin See in context

seanwd20Today  10:15 pm JST

does the common American know that they poked their nose into Japan’s business in 1853 by sending commodore perry into their waters?

If the United States had not done so, Japan would not have opened up to the west and the Meiji Restoration would never have happened. So a weak and backwards Japan under Tokugawa rule would have become a colony of some European power. Isn't that the very thing you are ranting against?

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Posted in: Abe visits Japan Coast Guard vessel, shrine for dead submariners in Darwin See in context

SpitfireToday  05:10 pm JST

I wonder how many Japanese people actually know that their country bombed Australia during WW2.

I would hazard a guess that it less than 20%

Probably about the same number of Australians who know that Japanese Naval vessels provided escort for Australian troops headed to the European theater in WWI.

http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2014/08/15/4068010.htm

JeffLeeToday  05:32 pm JST

It's odd to have a memorial for people who launched a deadly invasion against you.

Is it really? Here's one in Japan put up by villagers for the Americans that were bombing them.

https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/japanese-village-honors-us-airmen-killed-in-wwii-1.212877

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Posted in: Japan, Australia agree to boost defense cooperation See in context

Why should American youth die for Australia under Article IV of the ANZUS Treaty?

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Posted in: Abe told Putin no U.S. bases on disputed isles if handed over, paper reports See in context

Burning BushToday  07:25 am JST

Why is Abe so desperate for a peace treaty with Russia?

One because it benefits both Japan and Russia. Two because he made it one of his political goals.

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Posted in: Abe lays wreath at Australian war site in Darwin, 75 years after bombing See in context

WWII has been over for 73 years. Abe Shinzo received a standing ovation from a joint session of the US Congress in 2015 and the US and Japan are staunch allies. Likewise Australia and Japan are allies and strategic partners in maintaining the peace, security and the rule of law in the region. It's remarkable that so many posters miss the point of this article, or rather ignore it's significance.

Do most Japanese know about the attack on Darwin? No. And neither do most Australians. Sorry but Darwin is not on the historical scale of Pearl Harbor or Hiroshima. Nobody in my country knows about the Japanese attack on Dutch Harbor. In fact they have no idea where it is. Everyone I asked thought it was in Holland.

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Posted in: North Korea says it has tested 'ultramodern tactical weapon' See in context

North Korea says it has tested 'ultramodern tactical weapon'

They left out "super duper".

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Posted in: Pence says Trump to meet N Korea's Kim in 2019; won't allow broken promises See in context

Chip StarToday  05:35 am JST

Japan should maintain it's position on the abductees

As long as it doesn't impede solving the real issue of the DPRK's nukes.

There is no way that the Abduction issue will have any effect one way or the other on the nuke issue. North Korea has nothing to gain from wasting time on it at this stage. The Abductions only become a real amd negotiable issue if and when North Korea becomes ready to negotiate.

The DPRK and ROK should maintain their positions on the Koreans Japan abducted before and during WWII. Or, do we just forget about that because Japan denies it?

All documentation in the US military archives including interrogations of Comfort Women during WWII as well as a 7 year multi agency investigation carried out by the U.S. government found no evidence of the IJA "abducting" Koreans. So have several South Korean scholars who have concluded that the testimonies of survivors claiming to have been abducted by Japanese troops were "not credible". So Japan is correct in denying that they were "abducted". They were recruited either through the newspaper ads or by Korean middlemen. some of whom even ran Comfort Stations. Don't swallow Korean revisionist history.

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Posted in: U.S., China clash over WTO at Asia-Pacific meeting See in context

Trump has made no secret of his belief that China has not acted in good faith since joining the WTO in 2001 and that it should be subject to the same trading rules as advanced economies.

I'm no Trump fan by any means......but why is the 2nd biggest economy in the world not subject to the same trading rules as advanced economies???

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Posted in: 16 JAL flights since April 2017 delayed as pilots fail alcohol tests See in context

was detected on the breath of the plane's American pilot.

Well I guess it's not just "Japanese" pilots. It's a high stress job that has it's own issues. But since the lives of so many depend on their ability to perform properly I hope the airlines take this very seriously as JAL appears to be.

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Posted in: Japanese, S Korean trawlers collide in Sea of Japan; 13 rescued See in context

No news sources anywhere, including Yonhap. are reporting any details as to vessel liability, only that there was a collision.

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Posted in: Pence says Trump to meet N Korea's Kim in 2019; won't allow broken promises See in context

Japan is not "insignificant". It simply has no leverage in terms of the state of war that exists, or military exercises that the NKs perceive as a threat to them. It is IF and WHEN North Korea finally decides to get serious about joining the rest of he world that Japan's economic power will become crucial. In the meantime, there is no point in an Abe/Kim meeting now. Only when NK reaches the point of wanting Japan's financial help will they be worth listening to. Japan should maintain it's position on the abductees, support the UN sanctions and maintrain their own sanctions as well.

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Posted in: Prestigious sushi restaurant Kyubey sues Hotel Okura over new location See in context

I've had sushi at Kyubey in Ginza and it wasn't anything to write home about. As for Yamazato, never tried it but at those prices I won't be checking it out unless the company pays.

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Posted in: Japanese, S Korean trawlers collide in Sea of Japan; 13 rescued See in context

extankerToday  01:48 am JST

Damn I read the article wrong! Switch that nationality of the loser around to the Japanese ship...

No I think you read it right. The Japanese vessel is not reported to have sustained any damage. Whereas the South Korean vessel...

"Part of the 48-tonne South Korean trawler was submerged after the collision"

"All 13 sailors aboard the South Korean boat were rescued "

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Posted in: Abe, Putin to accelerate WWII treaty talks See in context

browny1Today  10:57 am JST

He (and other ldp bods) have argued exclusively for the matter of the islands sovereignty to be resolved before any peace treaty negotiations. This has been policy for decades.

They could have accepted the 2 smaller islands and had a peace treaty many years ago - but the official line was return of all four islands first.

It was the U.S. that pressured Japan into not agreeing to the 2 island deal by threatening to hold up the return of Okinawa. Now Japan no longer has that concern.

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Posted in: Trump's deputy national security adviser out amid White House turmoil See in context

What position does Melania Trump hold in the current administration?

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Posted in: Abe, Putin to accelerate WWII treaty talks See in context

Jeff HuffmanToday  06:47 am JST

The islands were ceded to Japan by Russia after the 1905 war. Turnabout is fair play?

Wrong, The four islands in question became Japanese through a signed treaty with Russia in 1855.

"The first Russo-Japanese agreement to deal with the status of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands was the 1855 Treaty of Shimoda, which first established official relations between Russia and Japan. Article 2 of the Treaty of Shimoda, which provided for an agreement on borders, states "Henceforth the boundary between the two nations shall lie between the islands of Etorofu and Uruppu. The whole of Etorofu shall belong to Japan; and the Kuril Islands, lying to the north of and including Uruppu, shall belong to Russia." The islands of Kunashiri, Shikotan and the Habomai Islands, that all lie to the south of Uturup, are not explicitly mentioned in the treaty and were understood at the time to be a non-disputed part of Japan. The treaty also specified that the island of Sakhalin/Karafuto was not to be partitioned but was to remain under a joint Russo-Japanese condominium

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

There's no "fair play" at all since Russia invaded these Japanese islands after Japan declared surrender. But then, gobbling up territory was a major global Soviet pastime in 1945.

The U.S,. and U.K, considers these islands to be Japanese territory under Russian "administration" (occupation).

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Posted in: Abe leaves for regional summits, including meeting with Putin in Singapore See in context

factcheckerToday  09:02 pm JST

The Abe380 flies again.

747

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Posted in: K-pop group BTS's talent agency apologizes over A-bomb shirt See in context

Boy this group or their office really managed to piss people off.

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Posted in: Nippon Steel rebuffs S Korean lawyers in forced labor row See in context

These 4 plaintiffs claim to have been "forced" into labor in 1942. Yet it is an established fact that the compulsory labor program "National Mobilization Law" ran in 1944/45. Clearly this a political show.

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Posted in: Nippon Steel rebuffs S Korean lawyers in forced labor row See in context

KabukiloverToday  09:16 am JST

OssanAmerica: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp has a physical presence in South Korea. This means its assets can be frozen until the company complies with the court order and seized if it refuses to do so.

Correct that a South Korean judgement can be enforced against the defendant's assets within South Korea. And that is where this group of South Korean scheisters should be going. However, a "Physical presence" as in Branch Offices usually have very few assets besides furniture and office equipment. And if a foreign steel company has actual production facilities in South Korea it will invariably be incorporated as a separate entity from the parent company in it's home country. So for the purpose of a great photo op they went to Japan where the South Korean judgement can not be enforced to put on a "show".

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