Japan extends the hand of friendship to China again and again. China returns such gestures with practice drills against Japanese ships, practicing for war. China can never be trusted.
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A flavorless topping for those with more money than sense.
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Prime Minister Abe said that the peace and prosperity now being enjoyed by Japan is due to the ultimate sacrifice of the war dead. Which war dead?
Clearly the only correct answer is the Allied war dead.
The Japanese war dead died trying to enslave Asia and the pacific. When that failed they died trying to protect a vicious Imperial Japan governed by militarists.
Japan is now peaceful and no longer led by Militarist's. Something most Japanese are quite thankful for.
They morn their dead as is the correct thing to do, by many fail to get that Japan was one of the bad guy's in WWII. Now Japan is one of the good guy's again.
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While Japanese commuters are used to being packed into trains like sardines, at the hands of station staff pushing them into the carriages, International Visitors will not travel like that. They will either wait for trains that are not packed or will choose taxi's or buses.
Japan has great service but it's capacity at peak times is well under International standards due to the higher level of public transport use in Japan. International visitors for the Olympics will fast learn to avoid peak hour train travel.
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albaleoToday 04:22 pm JST
Being part of Denmark
But how much of a part? Over the years it has gained degrees of self-control. Denmark now only handles foreign affairs (probably significant here) and defense. Denmark also spends a lot of money on Greenland, so selling it off might be seen as removing a financial burden.
There are also 50,000 people living there with Viking history who don't want to belong to America.
If they don't want to belong to America, fine. But shouldn't that be for them to decide?
Greenland is an integral part of Denmark, just ask any Dane or Greenlander. Selling off a gem worth a fortune is hardly to be seen as removing a financial burden.
If they want to be a part of any other nation, given they are not an independent country, they must get Denmark's approval also. Hawaii or Puerto Rico couldn't just vote to become part of Denmark and that would be that. It does not work that way.
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Australia sells the coal but China is the one burning it. If you're going to blame one, why not the other?
Coal accounts for about 75 per cent of Australia's electricity generation, followed by gas (16 per cent), hydro (5 per cent) and wind around (2 per cent).
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Yet another day I find myself ashamed of my Prime Minister. Morrison is just another idiot not capable of making the tough choices to cut coal and work to reduce in a real way, the damage we do to the environment.
To be fair, both sides in our politics are unable to make the right calls regarding the environment. If other countries face the same problem then the world and all life on it is doomed. Just like smokers and drug addicts we are killing ourselves. So much for being the civilized intelligent species.
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albaleoToday 01:19 am JST
Was any price mentioned?
As a great believer in a people's right to choose, I think the 50,000 citizens of Greenland should get to decide. If they all want a million dollars, that would only be 50 billion.
Being part of Denmark which has a population of 5.77 million and at 1 million dollars per person you can add another 5.77 Trillion to your estimate for the purchase price of Greenland. Total $5,830,000,000,000
Just take that off the FED and pay cash. Nobody will miss it. NOT!
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The most in debt country in the world is going to find a spare few Trillion dollars to purchase Greenland just so it can change its name to Trumpland. I don't think so.
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Why aren't these people thanking the US for bringing democracy and civil liberties to their country?
Because if they thanked the US, then they would also have to thank Australia, New Zealand, England, India, The Dutch, the Philippines, Burma, Singapore and many others for that democracy and their civil liberties.
That's way to much thanking to do.
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"I'd like to teach my children that the peaceful Japan we have now is thanks to those who made noble sacrifices."
Sadly that is the wrong conclusion. History shows us that Imperial Japan attacked many nations starting a conflict that caused mass destruction within Japan and other nations. That soldiers did their duty is not in question. That many sacrificed themselves in fighting for Imperial Japan and in the Emperors name is also not in question.
The peaceful Japan you have now is due to the rebuilding carried out by the survivors and the generosity of the allied nations who assisted in beginning the rebuilding efforts. This in spite of the destruction caused by Japan starting the conflict. The sacrifices of the IJF soldiers, sailors and airmen was for naught. Japan began a deadly conflict and paid for it with its own destruction and surrender.
Those left to pick up the pieces are the heroes who built today's peaceful Japan. That's what needs to be taught.
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It would be wrong for the leader of Japan to ignore the millions of Japanese soldiers who died in service to their country in a number of conflicts, and were not war criminals simply because priests interned 14 war criminals at Yasukuni. That others always focus on those 14 and forget about the honor of the sacrifice of the rest shows as much about the detractors as it does about the Japanese. It can be a hard issue for many but at some point people need to forgive and move on or forever be stuck at a point of hatred.
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China has missiles that can hit Japan, South Korea and Australia. China can hardly complain if those countries deploy missiles with the range to retaliate if attacked. A trade embargo by China on any of the tree would hurt China. If China were to embargo all three it would damage China more than any one of the three. Without all the resources China imports from Australia, it would lose the ability to supply all its customers and lose trade to other nations. Whoever picks up China's slack would then import the additional resources needed from Australia who would have the immediate capacity to fill requirements.
Let China bluster. The more it yells at the world, the more the world resists any overtures by Beijing that it is friendly and peaceful.
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I spare a thought for "comfort women" from all nations including Japanese women pressed into such "service".
Tragedies must be remembered even after all involved have passed. Teaching and discussing such things help generations not involved to ensure they do not stay silent in the event such events reoccur. While war is discouraged and discussed they still happen. Ugly things happen in war the worst of it being to murder people of other nations or the opposing side. Rape while abhorrent and unacceptable in any form is secondary to murder.
All peoples need to learn to live without attempts to assert power over others and while respecting the world we all share, and for future generations of all living things to have their chance at living happy lives.
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Of course the US is still the leader of the free world, although you have a lot of socialists that don’t want to see it free.
Only as far as Trump supporters are concerned. The world makes its own choice on who is a leader to follow and all have indicated that Trump the Chump is not a leader at all, let alone one that other nations want to follow.
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Peter14: "While traditionally for the past 70 years the leader of the free world has been the leader of America,"
Do you mean the same nation that invaded Vietnam, Iraq. Do you mean the same nation that has overthrown over twenty foreign government? Do you mean the nation that supplies Israel with weapons to use against Palestinian civilians? Do you mean the nation that is currently seeking to invade Venezuela, Iran, HK....?
America defended South Korea, it did not invade.
America did invade Iraq under false pretenses.
America may have been responsible for regime change in a number of countries. Not sure on the number and at least some of them needed freeing.
Yes the country that supplies Israel with money and weapons used to kill Palestinians of all ages and both sexes.
As far as I am aware there are no plans to invade any country. Before they do that they assemble other countries for the express purpose of invasion. Like Iraq. The Straits protection fleet they are trying to gather is not an Invasion force.
So if your wondering America? Then yes, wort's and all. America is no longer the leader of the free world and wont be until it gets a proper leader.
China would like the job but free people have no wish to be tied to and led by the Chinese Communist Party.
Which is why China will be as cautious as it can be before choosing to crack down on HK.
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Japan, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand had better wake up, stop relying on the U.S. and put more serious effort into a similar economic aid program or it will find China in their back yard.....along with military outposts.
US aid to the pacific has been a pittance over the last couple of decades. Some seem to think incorrectly that the US has been thre main player in the Pacific when it has actually been Australia, backed up by New Zealand that have been the main players in the region. Australia led the peace keeping force in East Timor and contributed the majority of the equipment and troops. Also the operation the Solomon Islands was handled mainly by Australia.
The US could and should be doing more with China now looking to gain influence in the Pacific. Australia and New Zealand have done a fine job until now but can not compete with China which is much richer than the Aussies.
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TriringToday 10:20 am JST
If I remember correctly, historically Japan has been been the biggest donors to this region and have been their biggest trade partners.
When it comes to aid in the Pacific, Australia comes first.
Between 2011 to 2017, Australian governments poured at least $US6.5 billion ($8.76 billion) into aid projects across the region. The final figure will likely be even larger because Lowy is still gathering data for 2017.
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where is the "leader of the free world" when we need him?
The leader of the free world "Angela Merkel" is in Europe dealing with other issues right now.
While traditionally for the past 70 years the leader of the free world has been the leader of America, seeing as how that position has been vacant for the past two years, the world looks to another for leadership. Someday America will again have a leader that they and the world can rely on.
China will ignore the plrea's and demands of the International community and they will eventually crack down unless peaceful demonstrations resume.
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Miley doesn't get that being in a long term relationship of husband and wife means her attraction to women and other men can never be acted upon. She wanted an open marriage and that was never going to work.
Perhaps her privileged life has left her unable to resist basic urges and she thinks she should be allowed to be with whoever she wants, whenever she wants regardless of her status of being married. Poor Liam who would be more than enough for any other woman finds he is not enough for Miley. Good luck to him in the future and sadly, after a number of tries I fear Miley will end up alone and sad once her looks fade.
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China would rather keep its people in line and its territorial integrity intact than worry about a year or two of reduced trade with the world. Losing HK or Tibet is for good, while a couple of years less trade is just that. If the rot is allowed to go ahead in HK then the mainland could become a tinderbox. China must stamp out this dissent or the price will be more than they are willing to pay. The end of the USSR came fairly fast and the same could happen to the CCCP if they cant keep order.
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Why the yearly anti-American sentiment? Why cant they just forget about this and move on it happened so long ago? Sound kinda familiar?
Why the anti-Japan sentiment? Why cant they just forget about comfort women and move on it happened so long ago?
Neither subject is Anti Japan or America but some can make it so. Neither will be forgotten and people will not stop talking about either as they are important.
Both are tragedies of war. Remembering tragedies gives honour to the victims and helps promote discussion to ensure they never happen again.
By all means, down vote if you think the atomic bombings were not a tragedy.
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Japan says S Korea export curb not retaliation for court rulings
Japan is telling porky pies. It is clearly retaliation and nothing more. Rather than deal with the issue, creation of a bigger issue to somehow deal with it. From an outside perspective this is all just making Japan's government look foolish.
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You know this has been going on well before Trump right? You know how I know this? In 2003 I spent 10 months patroling the straights, assisting in assuring ships freedom of Navigation. I was in the US Navy on the USS John F. Kennedy.
The hostility between America and Iran has been long documented.
The current hostility in the Straits was initiated by America withdrawing from a pact it created with Iran, and returning unilaterally, sanctions on Iran and threatening any nation that buys Iran's oil with US sanctions upon them. The current atmosphere has been created by Trump. I know because while the pact was active with US participation there was no problems for tankers or shipping in the Strait.
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The issues in the Straits have been manufactured by Trump. Therefore America should have the decency to clean it up, not beg for the rest of the world to do it for him.
Trump the Chump is destroying things as per normal y'all.
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McDonald’s suggestive cups just trying to help the Japanese birth rate improve. The "family" restaurant.
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With China pushing deep into the South China sea with military bases and runways for long range bombers putting it within reach of the Australian mainland, it is only prudent for Australia to deploy missiles that can reach the Chinese mainland. This is something that until recently has not been needed. With Chinese expansion and eyes on a move into the pacific this leaves little option but to address the imbalance.
Japan and South Korea are even closer and easier for China to hit with missiles they already have in their arsenal. Why shouldn't Japan have the ability to defend itself against any aggressor? South Korea also should prepare for the worst. China wont stop expanding until everyone does as it wants or until it hits a wall.
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Why does Japan have to support anti-Japan exhibits by two Korean "artists" in Japan using Japan's tax money?
I dont understand how an exhibit on a past event can be construed as "anti-Japan". This is about something that happened many years ago by people who are no longer alive, with perhaps a handful of still living exceptions. Japan has a history and some of it is not nice. Welcome to the rest of the world. All countries have periods or events they are not proud of. So what? Remembering those things does not mean you are anti that country. Some people need to grow up and understand that. Learn to discuss it instead of being ashamed it got remembered.
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The erection of such a monument at this time in the twenty first century is a spiteful and counterproductive act and likely to cause animosity on all sides and destabilize the region.
Statements that are so completely wrong need to receive a reply. The erection of any monument to remember and honor a tradgedy can not be in any way "counterproductive" and anyone who can view a monument in memory of people who suffered, as "spiteful" is clearly viewing things the wrong way. It is people who refuse to accept the truth of history that themselves create spite and destabilize the region.
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If a Japanese person wants to spout off anti-Korean or other such extremist views, that should never be allowed in Japanese society and should be censored.
However, these same people then argue that censoring views on things like comfort women in Japan is a violation of the principle of free speech.
Well, which is it then, you can't have it both ways.
Spouting anti-Korean extremist views is one thing. Its opinion. Comfort women is fact and part of history, not opinion.
Censoring an ignorant persons opinion is not related to censoring a fact. Comfort women is a WWII fact and will not go away no matter how hard some wish it would. Learn to live with an uncomfortable truth.
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