Every attempt to hold Japan to the gold standard of German contrition comes to nix, empowering our gloating, denialist but totally myopic resident Amen Corner to double down on the insults. Pathetic!
-4 ( +3 / -7 )
“entire legal system in Japan is known as chaban”
Even now, 150 years after opening up, there is a huge disconnect between how law actually works as a thinly disguised instrument of constraint and the ideal, an impartial arbiter and safeguard against oppression.
In his Introduction to Japanese Law (1976), Noda makes the point that those tasked with drafting the new Meiji laws, using firstly the Napoleonic Code (later, German models) as their template, “had to invent terms for concepts that were totally alien to Japanese thinking.” Another has made the point that if Western democracies relied as little on law as Japan does, they would be rocked by incessant civil commotion and probably witness a collapse of the authority structure. While conversely, if Japan were to use the law as it is used in the Western democracies, and as it is supposed to be used under the Japanese constitution, the present Japanese authority structure would collapse.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
If Japan accedes to the request, American tax payers will have Trump to thank for the billions that will have been freed up to fund hospitals, schools, and other deserving areas close to a bleeding heart liberal’s Shinzo.
And to those complaining that this will reduce Japan’s capacity to fund its own hospitals, schools, and old age pensions, consider the alternative. Japan having to pay entirely for its own defence with annual outlays multiples of what Trump proposes to charge.
1 ( +4 / -3 )
“We need to stop feeding the Chinese monster we all helped create”
In Chinese calculations, probably not far wrong, the collective West is increasingly viewed in terms of what to avoid. Not for them acquiescence in the face of demographic decline and crippling loss of will exacerbated by identity politics and winner take all Uber Capitalism.
2 ( +2 / -0 )
“Um, Japan negotiated a "final and irreversible" agreement with Korea, in an effort to deal with said unfinished business. The Koreans agreed to that "final and irreversible" agreement by their own behest.”
Only in the minds of tone deaf apologists for discredited Japanese militarism or those seduced by Japan’s self-serving excuses was there ever a “final and irreversible” agreement. Taking pride of place in their grab bag of excuses for not attending to its unfinished business with sincerity, true contrition and humility, the 1965 agreement was the gift that kept on giving and giving.
The litmus test of this agreement was always going to be how well it addressed the damage caused by Japan’s manifold transgressions upon Korea’s sovereignity, even unto the present day, with a divided Peninsula that Japan contributed in no small part to making happen and for which it cannot shirk responsibility. Even though the amount of compensation was risible, especially compared to what Germany paid and continues to pay, it was gratefully received and put to good use by the erstwhile Japanese collaborator Park, now dictatorial President calling in favours. It was a bargain basement agreement however, doomed to fail because it was completely undemocratic in intent and very much in the manner of a hush money bribe. Devastated by its recently concluded (or not) war with the North, the Koreans were offered and accepted pennies on the pound. They can hardly be blamed for taking what little was on offer. As South Korea has matured into a fully fledged democracy with a thriving civic consciousness, the unravelling of the agreement was completely foreseeable. It’s still not too late for Japan to accede to the inevitable and acknowledge that the agreement was flawed.
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Kudos to Korea for having the gumption to take the fight up to Japan and keep reminding it that there’s a long way to go before Japan’s moral debt for its horrendous mistreatment of Korea is expiated. In their heart of hearts, the decent people of Japan intuitively recognise that genuine rapprochement is not possible when it’s own leaders so transparently lack the necessary empathy and farsightedness needed to transcend myopic economic self-interest.
1 ( +6 / -5 )
“The only reasonable response to a customer that expects you to let them abuse you, or they'll take their business elsewhere, is to tell them to take their business elsewhere.”
Exasperated by Japanese recalcitrance, Koreans are employing the only reasonable response to a former colonizing power that can’t get its head around the idea that it’s former subjects aren’t prepared to indulge the fantasy that there’s no unfinished business remaining.
2 ( +7 / -5 )
Can’t get any worse is good news?
5 ( +7 / -2 )
Cue collective sucking of teeth, hissing sounds, and bowing at the correct inclination. Add recycled platitudes about learning from mistakes and ensuring that it never happens again. No lasting damage to careers. Clean as a proverbial whistle. Fast forward a few weeks to next similar incident. No need for dusting off the script because it’s always kept handy. Rinse, recycle, repeat.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
“The authoritarian regimes either pervert socialist communist ideology or they were/are right wing to begin with.”
There’s one born every day. A true believer in the infallibility of the State. Tis a pity the Left’s good intentions, and all their intentions are ever thus, are so easily waylaid. When the useful idiots have done their duty, the message is always “liberty is so precious that it must be rationed.” A hundred million deaths brought about as a direct result of this evil creed have taught us that much.
-6 ( +1 / -7 )
Just hopeless. They had years and years to do something about it, but they squandered every opportunity. Then, as soon as a decisive leader comes along who has an instinctive understanding of how badly Americans have been shafted on trade, they puff themselves up in indignation. How dare they.
-5 ( +6 / -11 )
“He should have been fired on the spot if he struck a student, much less kicked him.”
Until such time as people here stop excusing such excesses on the grounds that tough love never hurt anyone, so will we continue to see students sporting broken bones and worse. Far from prejudicing his career, his old school disciplinary tactics will have only served to burnish his credentials as the turn to man whenever a little of the old ultra violence is needed.
6 ( +6 / -0 )
Sounds of one hand clapping. As the Japanic Maru continues sinking into the briny, the orchestra faithfully remain on the poop deck playing ditties for the true believers. When they start celebrating a trade surplus that was only made possible because imports slumped more than exports fell, it’s time to for a funeral dirge.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
The take away is that Japan’s ‘low’ reported crime stats simply cannot be trusted and cross country comparisons are essentially meaningless when crime reporting is so blatantly disincentivised. Be situationally aware and rely on the evidence of your own eyes and ears rather than buy into the safety country complacency. Female acquaintances anecdotal reports of being stalked or groped and all those warning signs about ひたくり bag snatchers, refute the notion that one can afford to let down one’s guard because such things don’t happen here.
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Peter Neill: “Japanese car companies already employ over 1.5 million workers at factories in the U.S”
Except that isn’t true. The total number of Americans employed by ALL majority Japanese owned companies is an order of magnitude lower than that you adduce, around 850K. For car manufacturing only, 400-500K would probably be closer to the mark.
“Total manufacturing is down, not up, since Trump came to office”
Sorry to burst your bubble, again.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
Mercantilism (not merchantilism) may be childlike to you. For Japan, China, and Korea, expert export behemoths all, the opposite is indeed the case and they consider anybody who DOESN’T think this way to be childlike. But don’t let the facts stand in the way of your anti Trump rant.
0 ( +2 / -2 )
“It is a shock that this kind of thing could ever occur in Japan”
Oh pleez! Anyone who’s spent any reasonable amount of time here can easily see through the self deception implicit in such a statement. Japan is absolutely no slouch when it comes to crimes of wanton and callous brutality. Misanthropes abound here and their impact is felt in myriad ways. Hypnotised and narcotised by bread and circuses deception, consoling themselves that they live in the best of all possible ‘safety country’ worlds, there’s a pronounced tendency to shirankao out of existence all the spiky bits that keep bobbing up again and again and again.
2 ( +3 / -1 )
These 36 ore ore sagi shysters and the 15 arrested earlier makes nearly a full deck to rival the playing card characters assigned to Saddam and his henchmen.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
WilliB: There’s no bashing going on, but a whole lotta slashing. Carry on however drinking the safety country Kool Aid. The rest of us will continue to exercise an appropriate level of caution commensurate with the various degrees of danger that lurk hidden behind the placid facade.
0 ( +2 / -2 )
Educator 60: You da educator. Thanks.
1 ( +2 / -1 )
Does this fall under スメルハラ, or do we need another addition to the litany of off putting behaviours which serve only to lend credence to the view that many people here, contrary to all the omotenashi wishful thinking, are NOT are not at all enamoured of one another?
0 ( +0 / -0 )
“Just another day in Japan... is it just me or does this happen A LOT in Japan? Couldn't just be me”
Wanting Japan to be a more normal country where such things happen far less frequently than they do is one of the things that drives those Japan Unlimited artists which the Government is trying to squelch. More power to these courageous souls for having the guts to take on a power structure that is callously indifferent to societal defects which underpin such tragedies.
-1 ( +3 / -4 )
Plenty of “Seachange” types who have precious little understanding of and even less direct experience of the worst that nature can throw at them. It’s almost criminal that on such a dry continent, with frequent bushfires, civil preparedness is not far more proactive than it is.
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“just waiting to take the country back to the "good ole" days...….”
And next time, unlike the last time things went all pear-shaped, it’ll be no more Mr Nice Guy.
-6 ( +2 / -8 )
This exhibition goes in search of two concepts that denote behavioural codes in Japanese society – tatemae (“masquerade”, which relates to the expectations of the community) and honne (which refers to feelings hidden from the community) – dual principles that are enormously influential in Japanese society – and it investigates their role in contemporary Japanese art. Tatemae and honne govern the relationship between the community and the individual, defining how coexistence functions through certain behavioural rules, laws, traditions and conventions – a phenomenon we see in different permutations in every society. In parallel with this, tatemae and honne reflect aesthetic questions that consider relationships between form and content, reality and representation, critique and affirmation, and so on.
The exhibition considers, for example, the kind of poetic practices, subtexts and metaphors that arise from precisely this tension between the avoidance of conflict and the open expression of criticism. Tatemae defines not only that which is best left unspoken, but also indirect forms of communication – the ways in which things can be reformulated or circumvented. The exhibition considers the control mechanisms that arise in the process, the ways people deal with them, and the position that critique and socially critical art assume in public discourse. In so doing, the works reveal indirect systems of control and associated power structures of official narratives. How do conscious transgressions of tatemae function in a socio-political context – and are they pushing artistic practices to the limit?
-3 ( +7 / -10 )
Nothing riles Japan up more than Japanese who don’t tow the party line and refuse to tone down their unfiltered warts and all portrayals, so at odds with the officially sanctioned, see, hear, and speak no evil views foreigners should have of the place.
-9 ( +10 / -19 )
“...... Shirakawa go was on my list of places to visit in the future..”
The Shirakawa World Heritage site comprises scattered buildings. If more than of them caught fire, it’s highly likely that it was no accident.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
The arrests are purely a face saving expedient. Lax controls and oversight of people flows are a massive foreign exchange earner that only becomes a problem when it becomes a problem. Far too many vested interests at either end profit enormously from these human flows and Vietnam’s response and the all round crocodile tears should be seen as just that, tinkering on the margins that will achieve very little. The only answer is repatriation of those who are caught, severe penalties for local facilitators of this evil trade, and enforcement mechanisms with teeth.
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