OssanAmerica comments

Posted in: Japan says it, not S Korea, should have taken action on Russian plane See in context

It appears that JASDF also scrambled to challenge the Russian intrusion. They simply didn't fire warning shots so didn't make the news.

"Russia-China 'joint air patrol' sees Japan and South Korea scramble jets"

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49091523

"Japan's Ministry of Defense backed up South Korea's claims, saying the A-50 had flown over the islands and that Tokyo had scrambled fighters to intercept."

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/23/asia/south-korea-russia-military-intl-hnk/index.html

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Posted in: Colonial-era Korean laborers want Mitsubishi compensation See in context

These people should be bringing an action against the South Korean government which received money from Japan in 1965 that was to be paid to "individuals who suffered". But they are so brainwashed that they are oblivious to the fact that they are causing a massive breakdown in SK-JPN relations that will have devastating economic effects on their own country. And typical of the SK government they brazenly defy the 1965 Treaty and it's specific clause calling for Arbitration. SK is breaking the basis of international relations in a way that will affect the entire world, and they have their heads in the clouds thinking that the "world" is going to support them against Japan. Moon will go down in SK history as having wrecked SK politically and economically.

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Posted in: Japan says it, not S Korea, should have taken action on Russian plane See in context

It is Japan's fault for deliberately not patrolling the area to avoid conflicts with South Korea. Granted, the Liancourt Rocks are Japanese from Japan's perspective. And they are South Korean from South Korea's perspective. In truth both the ROKAF and JASDF should have jointly challenged the Russian intruders. At least from a U.S. perspective. But the only reason that isn't happening is because South Korea maintains it's chip-on-the-shoulder anti-Japan political agenda that had resulted in the current frosty relations. South Koreans need to ask themselves whether hating Japan is more important than protecting their country. This is incongruous as Japan is not South Korea's enemy, it's just tired of being treated like one.

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Posted in: Japan not considering sending SDF for U.S.-proposed maritime coalition: Suga See in context

Japan will not participate in any action unless it is part of a UN sanctioned coalition. However, there are valid arguments for Japan to contribute to providing protection to it's commercial vessels.

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Posted in: S Korean jets fire 360 rounds of warning shots at Russian warplane See in context

The violators of foreign airspace are the Russians. From SK's perspective they violated SK airspace. From Japan's perspective both Russia and SK violated their airspace. So Japan filing a complaint as they did is legally proper.

South Korea only "owns" the Liancourt Rocks from their perspective. Japan owns them from theirs. Japan has suggested settling the dispute three times at the ICJ and South Korea has refused. Obviously they have no confidence in winning a favorable ruling from an objective third party tribunal.

That South Korea currently occupies the Liancourt Rocks does not legally convey ownership, nor does it suggest that they have a more valid claim. They are simply illegally occupying the islands. This is what will never change until, and if, South Korea chooses to settle the dispute like a dignified civilized country that abides by the rule of law.

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Posted in: South Korea detains 6 for illegally entering Japan consulate See in context

JJ JetplaneToday  07:53 am JST

Although I find it unusual that SK police have any jurisdiction within a foreign diplomatic compound, Japanese or otherwise.

@OssanAmerica

They were escorted out by embassy police into the custody of the Busan police.

https://n.news.naver.com/article/449/0000174502

Thanks but as I don't read Hangul, who exactly are these "Embassy Police"?

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Posted in: South Korea detains 6 for illegally entering Japan consulate See in context

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that the six people are university students belonging to a newly launched anti-Japanese organization in Busan

Yes, just what is needed to solve this problem. Another anti-Japan organization. The country is peddling backwards. Excellent job by the SK Police in apprehending the protesters. Although I find it unusual that SK police have any jurisdiction within a foreign diplomatic compound, Japanese or otherwise.

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Posted in: Abe says he will seek 'flexible' discussions on constitutional revision See in context

AgentXToday  01:09 am JST

To highlight but one though: due to Japan's history of aggression and current dismal relationships with its neighbors,

Many people often talk about "Japans history of aggression" which spams 1894 to 1945....51 years.

Yet they ignore "Japan's history of peace" spanning 1945 to 2019......74 years.

Japan is not the Japanese Empire of 74 years ago. If it were, why would so many former WWII adversaries be supporting Japan in normalizing their military?

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Posted in: Pacifist constitution reform at stake in election See in context

Samit BasuToday  05:02 am JST

@OssanJapan

All that they want to change is the second paragraph that says Japan can not have a military.

Absolutely not.

The list of proposed changes to constitution.

1.Deletes Japan's renunciation of the right to declare war.

2.Places the burden of defending Japan on each Japanese citizen.(To enable conscription of Japanese youth)

3.Establishes in the constitution by name "Japanese National Defense Military"(日本国防軍). No more SDF.

Can you provide a link to support this claim?

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Posted in: Pacifist constitution reform at stake in election See in context

John RichardsonToday  01:43 am JST

If they really wanted better relations with their neighbors, they would keep article 9. Japan can defend itself and help allies if need be in its current state. 

That's exactly what they're doing. All that they want to change is the second paragraph that says Japan can not have a military. And Japan already does have a military. It's just to remove the contradiction.

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Posted in: Pacifist constitution reform at stake in election See in context

OmachiToday  05:05 pm JST

Both my wife and I voted against the LDP. IMO, Japan needs to keep Article 9 as-is. If only more countries had the same.

Good for you. Hope you both feel proud when you need to rely on the JSDF to help you in those frequent one-a-month natural disasters in Japan. But yes, if other nations like China adopted the first paragraph of Art.9 that renouces war, the people of Taiwan would sleep better at night.

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Posted in: Japan's neighbors will be closely watching Abe's policies after election See in context

Japan invaded Korea and a huge swath of China before the end of war that lasted until 1945.

This sentence in the article is incorrect. There was never any war or invasion of Korea by Japan leading up to the 1910 Annexation Treaty.

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Posted in: Pacifist constitution reform at stake in election See in context

Fear mongering headline. Japan's "Pacifist" constitution is not at stake. Nobody is trying to change the first paragraph that renounces the use of war. The change is to the second paragraph, to officially recognize the existence of the JSDF. That's all.

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Posted in: North Korea slams Japan over its trade spat with Seoul See in context

Of course the DPRK is pissed that they can't get certain things through SK now as easily as before.

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Posted in: Trump says he is ready to help resolve S Korea-Japan dispute See in context

Mr. Trump said South Korean President Moon Jae-in asked him to step in, causing the president to interject: “How many things do I have to get involved in?”

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/19/donald-trump-willing-help-south-korea-japan-settle/

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Posted in: Trump says he is ready to help resolve S Korea-Japan dispute See in context

Samit Basu, show us some supporting links instead of just repeating yourself. The United States is not going to take sides. This has been repeated over and over again. Mediating does not mean supporting South Korea, the one country that has unilaterally damaged the US-JPN-SK strategic alliance.

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Posted in: South Korean political parties back Moon in Japan trade row See in context

1glennToday  10:26 am JST

It would not surprise me if the total number of survivors, at this time, is very few, which means that compensating them would not have cost very much. Am I missing something?

Yes you are. It is not about which is monetarily cheaper. SK signed a treaty with Japan in 1965 which included payment by Japan that was to go to "individuals who suffered". The SK government never game that money to those individuals. Furthermore SK allowed their judicial system to over ride a Treaty the country signed with another country, something unheard of in the civilized world.

If Japan had been treated as badly as South Korea was,

Korea was not treated anywhere near as badly as other Asian countries. Because Korea was part of Japan since 1910. After WWII they embarked on a path of historical revisionism, convincing the world that they were "invaded" by Japan.

A component of this mess seems, to me, to be Japan's unwillingness, and inability, to come to grips with the amazingly inhumane way that conquered peoples were treated by Imperial Japan.

All the nations that were "inhumanely treated" by Japan in WWII have put the past behind them and support or are allied with Japan. Even China which probably suffered the most goes on and off on anti-Japan sentiment. But South Korea, whose troops invaded other Asian nations as members of the Imperial Japanese military, is a deceitful country having brainwashed it's post WWII generations and continues to perpetually use anti-Japan sentiment as a political and diplomatic tool.

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Posted in: Japan wants to keep military info pact with S Korea: Kono See in context

Samit BasuToday  12:36 am JST

Moon says Korea will drop the pact and cut Japan off from its radar assets if Japan continues with its trade retaliations. This cut off applies to USFK(aka THAAD), because the terms of SOFA mandates that the US not share any intelligence it acquired in Korea with a third party without a Korean permission. Korea-Japan GSOMIA was that Korean permission and it will go away.

The US got the message and is applying a full-blown diplomatic pressure on Abe san to cut it out and come to his senses.

Nonsense.

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Posted in: South Korean political parties back Moon in Japan trade row See in context

The meeting came amid growing concerns in South Korea that Japan's trade curbs, which could possibly be expanded to hundreds of trade items in coming weeks, would rattle its export-dependent economy.

No doubt it will. If we were seeing some realistic reconciliatory moves by SK then they could have avoided it. But they are sticking to their usual behavior. Knock them off the White list.

South Korean political leaders urged Japan to immediately withdraw the measures they described as "unjust economic retaliation" that would seriously harm bilateral relations and cooperation.

And here is the proof. SK still continues to recognize how unjust they have been towards Japan at every turn, and unilaterally damaging "bilateral relations and cooperation". The Moon administration brought this on South Korea. The only way that SK can regain Japan's trust is to earn it. But they aren't prepared to lift a finger, instead making things worse and worse.

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Posted in: Japan may take S Korea wartime labor dispute to International Court of Justice: NHK See in context

Good for Japan to announce this, because we all know SK will refuse to go before the ICJ. Just like they've refused to settle the Liancourt Rocks issue before the ICJ 3 times. The 1965 Treaty clearly states that any differences are to be settled by Arbitration, and although Japan has proposed this, SK has refused. Their unwillingness to follow what has been agreed and move towards resolving the issue is not being ignored by the international community. So let Japan try to bring SK to the ICJ and let the world see them refuse once again.

As for all the K-nationalists on this board harping on how WWII issues can be brought up at the ICJ, that isn't the issue. Even it it were, SK could also be brought before the ICJ by other nations:

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2182848/women-raped-korean-soldiers-during-vietnam-war-seek-seouls

Furthermore the ICJ Court is made up of Judges from nations which actually suffered from Japan in WWII and have already moved on, They aren't going to be blind to South Korea's historical revisionism.

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Posted in: Japan wants to keep military info pact with S Korea: Kono See in context

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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Posted in: Japan wants to keep military info pact with S Korea: Kono See in context

AkieToday  07:36 am JST

74 years since the end of the war, Japan still is a militaristic nation, unfortunately.

Yea right.

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives army its first order of 2019: be ready for battle

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2180772/chinese-president-xi-jinping-gives-army-its-first-order-2019

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Posted in: U.S. says it will do what it can to help settle S Korea-Japan dispute See in context

Samit BasuToday  12:06 am JST

@OssanJapan

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

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-japan-laborers-stilwell/u-s-diplomat-says-united-states-wont-intervene-in-japan-south-korea-dispute-idUSKCN1U71G3

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Posted in: Japan wants to keep military info pact with S Korea: Kono See in context

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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Posted in: U.S. says it will do what it can to help settle S Korea-Japan dispute See in context

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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Posted in: Trump says he does not have 'racist bone' in his body See in context

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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Posted in: Former Mitsubishi workers seek assets sale for forced colonial-era labor See in context

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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Posted in: South Korea accuses Japan of 'lukewarm' stand on N Korea sanctions See in context

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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Posted in: Japan's trade minister criticizes S Korea for 'mistaken' explanation after meeting See in context

AscissorToday  08:42 pm JST

@OssanAmerica

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”

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3004452/south-korean-ship-detained-illegally-trading-north-violation-un

President Moon Jae-in plans to pitch his ambitious "sanctions easing" agenda when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House,  “

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/04/103_266754.html

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Posted in: Japan's trade minister criticizes S Korea for 'mistaken' explanation after meeting See in context

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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