Relocating the events to other destinations wouldn’t help save costs because Pyeongchang has already begun building
So were they informed before or after they started building the facility? What I'm reading from other articles is that they were informed AFTER they started building.
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the policies of the country were to subjugate much of Asia, not admirable policies. Did she not learn history?
Unfortunately people like her, Abe, etc. know history all too well...their only regret seems to be is that they lost the war.
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I like how one CNN reporter summed it up. He said, "...Abe knew that going there (Yasukuni) would create problems with its neighbors but he doesn't care...". Pretty much my sentiments, glad to see an American reporter calling it like it is.
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So history according to Japanese claims that I've heard so far in summary:
1) Nanjing is a hoax 2) Comfort Women is a hoax 3) Japan never invaded anyone 4) Japan peacefully united Asia 5) Attack on Pearl Harbor was preemptive defensive strike 6) Unit 731 is a hoax, never happened. 7) America nuked Japan for no reason 8) No Japanese mistreated Allied POW's, they were all strictly the work of Koreans
9) The whole world (SK, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Netherlands, Vietnam, Philippines etc) is telling the same lie about comfort women, and only Japanese politicians are telling the truth.
10) ...but Japan already apologized...even though it didn't happen....
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CH3CHO - "The list of countries that used the technique includes...and probably South Korea."
I was wondering when someone was going to chime in with a dig against Korea. Doesn't matter that the article has absolutely nothing to do with Korea someone, somehow finds a way...gotta get the hate on, I guess.
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Papi2013 - "...this article has obviously hit a raw nerve here..."
You hit it on the head. Japan has one of the biggest music markets and it's artists collaborates with some of pops biggest names, yet the level of jealousy, envy and insecurity a simple fluff piece about K-pop has generated amazes me...not.
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OssanAmerica - "The only one "disputing" it is China smith and they are free to take the issue to the ICJ. Oh wait they won't! Just like the South Koreans and Takeshima."
Koji Tsuruoka, deputy foreign minister, recently threatened the UN that an unfavorable decision by the ICJ against Japanese whaling may be disregarded and they may choose to leave the IWC. So IF Japan doesn't like it, they may choose to ignore it. Now tell me again why any country should go to the ICJ with Japan???
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Calling for the massacre/killing of Koreans is not free speech that should be defended. If nothing is done, then what next? Add an education system bent on whitewashing and/or minimizing Japan's past atrocities and a government all too willing to see this through ("Koreans are distorting what really happened and they are telling all these lies to the world"). A government whose leaders that have tried for the last 70 years to whitewash and/or minimize Japan's past atrocities and repeatedly degrades or denies the very acts that they apologized for ("Koreans keep asking us for an apology when we have done so many times"). A country whose economy has been stagnant and seeing signs of decline for the last 20 years (challenged in many cases by Korean and Chinese companies). A government led by people willing to change Japan's pacifist constitution and remilitarize itself ("We need to protect our pride"). And a public who either doesn't care or are all too willing to see it all happen.
So you have a country worried that it is losing it's place in the world, influence receding, long dominant industries challenged, world influence/standing diminished and a country repeatedly condemned by world leaders/organizations for it's inability to move past WW2. A government and public in crisis may be all too willing to find a scapegoat for all its failings...Koreans. What next? A charismatic leader with a psychotic bent???...Germany...Nazi...Jews...one thing may lead to another.
Freedom of speech should be defended but not when it calls for the killing of Koreans.
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I'm not concerned with one student making a fuss about a flag. I'm more concerned about the many who seem to attribute the actions of one student to an entire nation.
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Isn't it sad that Onodera had to say this or felt compelled to say this? Suga should have condemned Hashimoto's remarks but failed to do so. And after all the international condemnation his remarks caused Abe himself should have said something but he also failed to do so. And unless you're living in la la land, the saddest part of all this is NO ONE is surprised that Abe didn't condemn Hashimoto's remarks and EVERYONE knows exactly why.
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JanesBlonde - "don't worry or complain about that, just keep going on again and again about what Japan"
Who's not worrying or complaining? Koreans? You're kidding right?
And what does one have to do with the other? Are Koreans somehow not allowed to complain about Japan?
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OssanAmerica - "It is hypocritical for Koreans to criticize Japan for Unit 731 when they were the perpetrators wit the Japanese"
I'm with Thomas Anderson on this one. So outrageous I don't believe I even need to say another word.
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Hashimoto had no choice but to cancel. It seems as though he beat the SF Mayor to the punch. Imagine the embarrassment and loss of face had San Francisco canceled his visit instead. And if no one cancelled his trip and Hashimoto went to the States the whole visit would have been about the comfort women, Hashimoto's insensitive remarks which could then easily lead to Abe's recent remarks and an unrepentant Japan.
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Veterens groups was initially sending letters in to the SF Mayors office showing outrage over Hashimoto's statements. "Osaka's Mayor does not deserve the honor of an official visit to the United States". With womans groups and asian-american organizations also chiming in to the Mayor's office.
"...the international firestorm created by the Nippon Ishin leader's remarks that Japan's "comfort women" system had been necessary at the time has infuriated human rights groups and the U.S. State Department, which called Hashimoto's remarks outrageous and offensive...That view is shared by the San Francisco mayor, and despite the schedule Osaka announced, Lee's office says the Hashimoto meeting has not been confirmed."
"Osaka and San Francisco have a sister-city relationship dating back to 1957, and mayoral delegations have visited each other on numerous occasions over the years. The San Francisco-Osaka Association condemned Hashimoto's remarks last week..."Mayor Lee is disappointed and offended by (Hashimoto's) statement..." said Francis Tsang, a spokesman for the mayor."
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If you don't have an answer on why YOU ARE pinning what Koreans may or may not have done in WW2 then just say so and admit it. You wouldn't be the first apologist to be wrong. Using the "they do it too" excuse only makes people who use it sound immature.
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@OssanAmerica - "Anti-Japan obsession in South Korea is rampant"
An anti-Korean and an apologist talking about anti-Japan obsession...rich.
"It is also hypocritical for South Korea to criticize Japan for Unit 731 when Koreans were serving in the imperial Japanese military and bringing suffering on to other Asian nations"
Why are you pinning what some Koreans may or may not have done in WW2 on current generation of Koreans? You've failed to explain why Koreans can't talk about it.
Isn't it hard trying to keep spinning and spinning apologist rationale?
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Again I fail to see how Korean-AMERICAN organizations "erecting comfort women memorials IN THE US" is undermining the Japanese people?
"And although the treatment of large numbers of women under Japanese occupation was despicable, it is insensitive to compare it to the systematic murder of millions and millions of people in gas chambers, that was the Holocaust."
I made no comparison between the sexual enslavement of women to that of the crimes committed by the Nazis.
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OssanAmerica - "To call the deaths of innocent civilians, women and children "divine retribution" displays that absurdity of the thought process in that country"
Nice of you to apply one persons comments to the entire country.
OssanAmerica - "And why is South Korea concerned about Unit 731"
The question is why are you so concerned? Is this somehow a forbidden subject for Koreans? Imperial Japan committed atrocities that the world should know and never forget. Should it matter who is writing about it?
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JanesBlonde - "It appears that Korea / Korean Organisations are determined to undermine Japan.....Erecting comfort women "memorials in the US""
How is "erecting comfort women memorials in the US" undermining Japan? No one says a thing about the Holocaust museums in the US, so how does this undermine the Japanese people?
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globalwatcher - "The newspaper is still being circulated in Korean language. They are responsible as well. If you give a permission to a 6 year old kid to drive your car that caused serious accident, you are guilty as well."
Oh, no!!! "The newspaper is still being circulated..." quick hide your children!!!
So please clarify what is the paper "guilty" of?
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Thunderbird2 - "that's what the S Koreans do when Hashimoto spouts his rhetoric, they apply one person's views to the entire country."
And it would be wrong in that instance as well right? Because when people use the "they do it too" argument it makes them look pretty immature right?
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Aex80 - " oh, yeah, the disclaimers...are you seriously so naive? You can find that kind of disclaimers also in the ChinaDaily, you know"
Major TV stations and publications in the US always use disclaimers yet you decided to use the ChinaDaily...look who's being naïve.
Nevertheless the Korean paper did put a disclaimer out there.
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Alex80 - "there's not any paper in the world that would publish an article whose content is deeply contrary to its tendency, let's be honest"
Newspapers and TV stations frequently do, which is why they put out disclaimers whenever they do publish/broadcast things that are deeply contrary...yes...let's be honest.
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Alex80 - An editorial is usually the direct voice of the newspaper.
"direct voice"? No it isn't otherwise they would not be putting out that disclaimer.
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Tamarama - To me it's in the same league as Hashimoto's opinions.
On one hand you have a Japanese leader and elected official, no less than the mayor of Japans second biggest city. On the other side you have an obscure, no name writer who penned an op-ed piece. Yeah...it's the same....oh boy. (facepalm).
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Yes, Yoshihide Suga declined to comment on Hashimoto's comments, and he's an elected official. But Suga finds the time to chime in on one obscure editors offensive remarks about the bombings and calls it "unforgivable".
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KariHaruka "Any protests that South Korea have in the future are now invalid."
Wow, that's a stretch. You've just applied one persons views to the entire country.
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What the writer seems to be forgetting is that many Koreans lost their lives in the bombing as well.
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