The maneuver is clearly, not just this time but every time, aimed against Japan. It's also clear that the Liancourt Rocks have been taken by South Korea by force. A fact is also that South Korea refuses to settle this issue, which is no wonder since it is obvious they'd lose at the ICJ. Therefore South Korea will never be able to have a sophisticated talk or relation with Japan.
This also leads to South Korean efforts to scatter their crooked views and oppinion around the world. I have more than once read in newspapers of different countries about the "East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan" or even worse just the "East Sea" or "Dokdo". South Korea tries to bring those islets and the "Sea between Korea and Japan" into the news as much as possible by releasing news only using their names.
Koreans deserve a better government. Just wonder, if they will grow up to do so. Japan needs a better public relation, presenting the facts. I think they need to hire some social media experts focusing on this.
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Chip Star, if China is enemy of freedom and democracy, then SK and Japan are not freedom and democratic nations.
If I was refused to live in Japan and had to choose between Mainland China and South Korea, heck, the choice is clear. To speak it out: South Korea of course, despite the fact of their current childish government.
On topic: Useless talks. The comments I read from the SK delegation is nothing but "we might make it out of this mess we created without being hurt too much and not to admit anything to Japan, let's play the Fukushima card a bit stronger to distract the world a bit more".
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I hope that at least one country has the guts to tell South Korea directly to finally stop that nonsense they have going on for years. They really need to be made aware of the crap they stage and go for the future. But apparently all are afraid they'd be branded as history forger by the worldwide Korean network of truth.
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Seems like you and other posters here are trying to downplay incidents yet again.
I strongly oppose your accusation of downplaying the accident. I warned and continue to warn about the accident and that Japan was really lucky in an unlucky event: If it hadn't been for the strong wind blowing strong and straight onto the ocean during the explosions, a much wieder land area woul've been contaminated by radioactive fallout material making nearly half of Japan uninhabitable. Until today I miss this important part being told to the public officially. But the topic here is something else!
Even TEPCO admitted that it failed to remove dangerous radioactive contaminants stored in the tanks.
The article describes and Tepco admitting the problem of not thoroughly cleaning the water yet (because of probably five solutions still being discussed). You stop quoting afterwards. Here's the rest:
"Tepco said the problems occurred because absorbent materials in the equipment had not been changed frequently enough. The utility has promised to re-purify the water if the government decides that releasing it into the ocean is the best solution."
So I expect Tepco to actually do exactly that, re-purify it and then we would have the situation I explained above. They are being watched by the world and the press and believe me there will be numerous NGOs out in the Pacific to get water samples by the time of releasing water to make sure about the promises.
Japan needs to do a good job in informing about the plan including comparison examples, so the Korean attempt to link the event with its politics against Japan will hopefully fail.
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Here is the link for my post above (for any doubters): https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww1.wdr.de%2Fwissen%2Ftechnik%2Ffukushima-radioaktives-wasser-meer-100.html
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After shortly reading into this matter I realize, there are many wrong information also spread in the comments here. That famous simulation video above is nothing more than how an indicator is being diluted in the Pacific. It does not carry any information on the current subject except the dilution in the ocean currents (with btw. does not consider any neccessary 3D projection, it's surface and even there has very tiny numbers. Anybody recognized the scale?)
So, what is to be relased? Tritium! Read it up, it is nothing compared to other material from a nuclear power plant. In fact, the planned amount to be released is less(!) than any other average nuclear power plant releases! Every year(!) Sellafield in the UK or La Hague in France release similar amounts of Tritium, sometimes even with a higher Becquerel amount than now planned at Fukushima! "The main problem is only the image problem." Oh, this information btw. is also from Germany (and backed by many scientists) from an interview with Christian Küppers from the Eco-Institute at Darmstadt.
The fact, that South Korea summend the Japanese diplomats show clearly again, that this matter is not environmentally based, it's simple Japan bashing! If they were concerned, they would talk in a sophisticated manner and not threaten the public raging. The ambition is obvious.
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Just a coincidence is it? - after Japan's occupation China broke into two, Korea broke into two and Vietnam broke into two. Malaysia suffered a long insurgency. No connection at all?
You mean those countries should've been continued to be occupied by Japan? They were not capable of taking care of themselves? What are you trying to say with your twisted examples?
What the article shows is basically what I alway suspected, also in my comments: Children are being used to carry on a certain basic hatred against Japan during the education life to serve public oppinion influence when neccessary for the current leaders. Now when those people actually go into business and start working, they fastly learn how important and nice Japan is. Therefore I repeat myself when saying I feel pity for the young SK generation to go through this instead of enjoying life to the future.
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I urge the Japanese government to issue some kind of guidline or textbook to correct some South Korean claims and demands, also putting a light in that history of developments. There are many places in the world where SK narrow perpectives are sowed and taken for an exclusive truth. Really catastrophic are those ugly Comfort Women statues, where communities are lied to around the world that they are just a simple historic memorials. Then when JP tries to inform about the true background some learn and don't allow the statue, but some prefer to keep acting blind causing high tensions around Koreans and Japanese even abroad. It's a shame, shame on SK for being so perfidious. JP needs to be more informative in an active way I think - otherwise, thanks to SK brilliant furtiveness, JP will continue to face fake feelings in the world which will be hard to correct again.
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To my humble opinion, there is no need for any Hormuz coalition at all. First of all it was Trump who started the mess by breaking a fine working contract. Then since things didn't develop as expected, some strange things happened in that area that could've blaimed Iran, but of which you strangely don't hear any more. Nothing. Why, something didn't work out or what? Then out of the blue, UK seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar apparently on request of the US blaming something like failed to comply to EU sanctions. Ahm, EU sanctions valid between Iran and Syria? It was only after this when suddenly a UK tanker got seized by Iran for some alleged similar reason. You can call this tit for tat or just look at the grounds given - then compare. Still, why would a Hormuz coalition be necessary now? To see which countries are on which side? Is doubt still a matter in deciding with common sense if joining or not? Does anybody think Iran would do this because it likes to act like this? Why was everything smooth until Trump tore apart the contract Obama did? According to the leaked UK-Ambassador dispatches it was because Obama did the deal. Wow, real smart. Now of course I could be wrong with all that story but to me I would like Japan to stay out of this. SK already said they joined, anyway, they need some kissing up to do. Japan could send out some support ships to show its bond to the US, but thats it. The constitution would anyway not allow much more.
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Point out clearly what are those "implications" and how they are relevant to the decision of South Korea’s Supreme Court that no government has right to stop an individual victim seeking a justice.
No need for denying a claim (although this would be the correct way of handling such demands in this case), but the ruling then cannot go against Japanese companies and selling off their assets, it must go directly against the SK government which here would be the correct institution to address these claims to according to the 1965 binding treaty.
And about the WTO, if SK actually wants to run against a wall again, fine. How does editing a national "white list", which is not connected to WTO rules be ruled about by the WTO. Then any country in the world could claim to be on that list. Simple logic denies any WTO apeal in the first place. It might work, if a SK court decided about it.
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Good morning, oh what a thrill gave me this article with its comments to wake up. To me I just feel confirmed that Moon equals lunatic in the truest sense of words.
One further note on that last comment above mine from Samit: Yes, the press freedom index of Japan dramatically fell after implementation of the State Secrecy Law: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Secrecy_Law and Fukushima, basically since Abe returned. Japan used to rank far ahead of South Korea. In 2010 for example, Japan was even ranked 11th in the world. Then it started dropping and currently South Korea is further up, unfortunately not really got that much better compared to the rankings before but since other countries lost, it gave it a push upwards. So since it didn't really get much better the rage and win against former President Park Geun-hye paid off there. Nevertheless, SK also faces state secrecy problems and defamation risks. So if you read the comment on the countries in the PFI JP and SK are not really far appart. otherwise you would not be able to read unbiased articles like this one here and allowing comments to flood in.
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I love that JT posters disagreed with this comment, which is 100% fact, based on sales figures as linked, choosing to agree with the other poster whose guess was way off (arguing Toyota must have sold 11 instead of usual 16 cars in a month).
I don't think they disagree on your numbers, they just voted you down for not recognizing the percentage game. If someone mentioned a handful of cars sold (which we all know is not fact) it just means that in a country with 50 Mio. + inhabitants, the number is ridiculously low anyway (which the actual number is) compared to the full market.
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I don't really see news here. The Anti-Japanese indoctrination in SK just needed some kind of trigger, which Moon makes sure is being pulled continuously now since his plans didn't work out, to boycott any type of Japanese product. So it's completely natural under those circumstances that sales dropped for Japanese made products. But one must always consider the percentage and here we see that it only affects Japanese companies very little if at all. The real loser will be the young generation of Koreans growing up in indoctrinated hate by demagogues. This is what actually makes me sad.
In the meantime Korean companies also continue to advertise their view; recently came across a commercial aired in Europe of Hyundai. It went something like: "You can only understand things if you know the past. We at Hyundai build cars, before we built harbors - with our own steel, and before we rebuilt our country and now we build this..." So very sneaky - like always.
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Wow, Moon really is an incabable and incompetent -beeep-. Riling up his people against a friendly nation that took many punches from SK during the decades keeping silent, apparently just for re-election. And what can the opposition do? If they critizice Moon they'd be branded as Anti-Korean. Terrible terrible leader and events in a once thought to be developed country. Unfortunately (or maybe lucky) for them, the US won't act as a mediator. The biggest price to pay will be the young generation, that is being indoctrinated to hate Japan although all the recent exchange programs taught them differently. Maybe that became more of a danger to SK, that the young generation finally learned about the good things Japanese and not just listen to right wingers bad stories. I sincerely hope someone will put some senses to that peninsula politicians, common sense is urgently wanted.
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I doubt the current US government is capable of understanding the whole story that lead to the current "crisis" in SK. Nevertheless it would be a really big step forward if SK was explained by the US, what e.g. "final and irreversible" means, even if it was in a roundabout way. Hope they also get a push in accepting an ICJ rule on another well known main subject. And lastly, it's just a preferential way of treating exports to SK that is being revoked, so actually it's just returning to business as usual like with all the other asian countries. Anyway, SK is currently getting a little brown nose by sending a naval unit to the strait of Hormuz supporting the US alliance which Japan cannot do so easily. Great timing. Really wonder how the US will get those two countries to talk sanely, probably never with Moon in power. He can only continue his carrer by keeping the "natural enemy" alive. Sadly, the SK youth has to continue grow up living in the past, facing fruitful trip and exchange cancellations with Japan, listening to old demagogues... Would SK please at least think about their children and build a bright future not focusing on hate?
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There's a lot of whining going on in SK now. Damned, the WTO did not play along as we wanted, so must continue to blame Japan on world stage. How abut seeking the truth somewhere in the area of broken contracts and trust by SK? Why is a simple removal from a White List so important to SK? Trade continues, it basically just needs an additional signature. Ridiculus to blame Japan for not agreeing for an immediate meeting about the issue when SK doesn't do the same for decades on multiple matters. I would say it is time, really time for SK to take steps to stop the relations from worsening, it's not Japans turn. Japan played along for a long time always trying to not escalate problems provoked by SK, basically just defended themselves and now we have one little active (re)action and we see how SK deals with it: Waaa, boohoo, us poor ... etc. Getting sick of it. Maybe Japan will learn from SK, that being sneaky, loud and obnoxious apparently seems to help to promote oneself in the world. Whatever happened to dignity and decency in SK? They could be a proud nation focusing on the future instead whining about the past and economically maybe even stronger if joint forces with Japan. Why not go the brighter way for their children?
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It's a perfect way for SK to promote their name of the islands to the world. Many newssites just took over the Korean report not aware of the valid international name.
So that settles the Liancourt Rocks dispute.
In contrary to expecting Samit Basu's comment, this does of course not settle the Liancourt Rocks dispute. Had Japan fighters interveened, what would SK have done? You want another war? The islands are occupied against international law and the occupying country would of course react resulting in a dispute unimaginable. Japan will continue to follow its intention bringing this case to the ICJ, it's up to SK to settle the dispute by agreeing to that. Yet they fear to do so. Gee, i wonder why.
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Did anyone, really anyone believe, a Korean court woul've ruled against anything Korean when it comes to the neverending war blaming stories? These are way too convenient to ever give them up. Should Japan(ese companies) just accept and follow the court decision, it would create an unaccountable number of new accusations despite the settlement in 1965 and others. But what are internationally binding contracts to Koreans, especially concerning the ones with Japan, anyway? Not only the 1965 contract seems to be obsolete to them, also more recent ones were just interpreted as "take the money and then scram". Unfortunately they do a really well job in convincing the world that they are the poor ones blaming Japan and even manage to alter school books in the US (see naming dispute Sea of Japan), leaving out other parts of the story. They even got the IHO in Monaco to blackmail Tokyo to talks about this (otherwise the IHO could change the name), but refusing other talks of disputed territory. The governing elite (this includes the big companies and foundations with the statue story) has found a brilliant and easy way to make them look good and Japan look bad in the world. Japan must act much sneakier to follow Korea on that. Being honest does not pay off next to the bellowing Korean voices it seems.
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I think it was too hot in the stadium for the referee so she took this unfair chance to end the game. Sorry, it happened but the penalty was unavaoidable, got shot at from half a meter distance and even hit where the body would've been even without the outstreched arm. So the game was turned upside down by the referee. What a shame.
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"some of the former laborers who have won cases against Japanese firms to begin proceedings to sell off assets held by the firms in South Korea"
in other words... stealing - approved by SK government'n courts? It's a ridiculous discussion with this SK politics, over and over again. No interest in settling the argument, way to comfortable to keep the tensions. Internationally SK does a pretty good job in convincing other parties they're treated unfairly. Japan is way too honest about itself in that way. That comfort women statue is a pretty smart move as is the name fight over the Sea of Japan (but not the Yellow Sea or East China Sea, which also should be renamed if SK was following a decent rule...) What a shame with SK politics, the people generally are quite nice.
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Matt HartwellToday 04:14 pm JST
There is one key difference between CNN and Fox
CNN is losing ratings, Fox is gaining ratings.
The reason is quite simple: While Fox News is the only network delivering certain filtered, not being so careful with the truth, news for a certain audience expecting exactly that one sided view, CNN is competing with dozens of other networks that deliver balanced and reasonable information to the rest of the Americans and the world and therefore have to share the audience hence lower ratings.
Moreover CNN is not losing ratings as Fox News is not gaining, this varies from time to time, true is that the share of viewers of CNN is lower compared to Fox News because of the reason explained above.
I would imagine Fox News ratings drops by half if Trumpet News really started additionally to Fox News since the audience watching only this kind of news is a finite set.
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It is a sad development. How can you trust South Korea in any future international deals? 1965 agreement? Naw, today's topics were not covered by that treaty? What do you mean happened to the money paid back then? Huh... 2015 (voluntary) agreement, hmm, naw, let's redefine the meaning, I mean, we cannot give up that topic, it's so convenient for distracting from domestic political problems...
Also that statue thing, it's such a brilliant perfidious plan to keep the world to look at me. In trying to plant them around the globe, deceiving cities about the real meaning and purposely causing anger and problems aimed at Japan, even in other countries... It doesn't even stop there, the war about the name of the Sea of Japan is a similar scheming. The double standard is clear since the Yellow Sea or East China Sea are not threatend by calling it the West Sea or South Sea which they should, if the demand to call the Sea of Japan the East See, which is actually a double attack since the sea lays west of Japan.
Of course it is also a regrettable fact that South Korea denies the final settlement of the Liancourt Rock matter. Just let the ICJ decide like Japan proposed a couple of times and then no more arguing. I can think of only two things why South Korea does not agree to this, one is they know they are wrong and will lose those islands or two, they just want this case to continue forever and we're back at the beginning of my post. Both reasons are despicable but reflect the continuing behavor.
I wonder if this is also a result of the filtered media in SK. Almost total censorship of Japanese media was going on for decades and even today I think Japanese music or drama series are not allowed on the common to receive terrestrial channels.
It would be - actually it is - time South Korea moves forward and does not live in eternal bitterness about Japan. Japan could actually do a bit more in its treatment of her historic role but people of Korea, please don't get stuck in the past always digging up the same stuff you just burried before, it's useless work. Go ahead, embrace the future, don't exaggerate and forgive, just don't forget. Fortunately not all Koreas are so reactionary and many are really friendly, it's as it is often the case the politics which interferes.
Oh, talking about that politics and money, just pay it back if you don't care about international treaties and stop acting duplicitous.
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Your comparison to SK fails considering SK basically had nothing to lose. One plays much freer in such a case. Germany on the other hand had to watch their fair game play since it might have been a tie breaker to Sweden. How about you research how many fouls SK committed and how much GER or JP. In the group phase it's all about advancing and knowing the rules helps.
A rather more shameful game was between France and Denmark. By keeping it a tie, both teams advanced. No team really made any efforts.
Now, here Japan decided to rely on the other game instead of risking another goal by Poland. They tried during the match but like SK vs GER, if you have nothing to lose, you play much freer. JP decided not to risk it. It was the right decision for the last few minutes since Japan advances. I feel rather sad for those who cannot share the happiness of the team.
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Although disputed, whoever controls the islands has a certain obligation for the people living there. Criticicing Russia for doing so is just a hasty, not thought through reaction. The topic "disputed or not" deserves another discussion. Nevertheless fact is, that no other country having an island dispute with Japan wants the matter to be settled by the ICJ while Japan, to my knowledge, already declared to accept any ICJ verdict.
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So if the ROK claims the island of Honshu, would Japan accept the ROK challenge at the ICJ?
Maybe after asking SK to see a doctor about this claim they could say yes, for the fun of it. The Liancourt Rocks are officially disputed, anyone arguing otherwise is blind as a bat. SK is obviously scared of losing the case.
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In case you wonder about Japan's reaction: Japan is forced to do so if they don't want to lose entitlement on Takeshima. Both countries have their story but South Korea occupies the islands, Japan held back not to start a new war. Nevertheless the claim persists. If they don't renew this claim regularly, they could lose it.
Japan wants to have this matter settled by the ICJ but South Korea refrains to do so. In their oppinion there is no problem. Quite the contrary for SK, keeping up the situation is useful, since always pointing out the islands on commercials, weather forecasts, etc. Japan must react and this is what South Korea wants! It's a perfect way to deviate from domestic politics and aborad it looks like Japan is still the aggressor.
To my knowledge, Japan agreed on respecting an ICJ rule, so it's up to South Korea to finally finish this blame game: Accept Japan's offer to settle this by the ICJ. But do you want to?
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Why the missile wasn't shot down? I can think of various reasons:
1) The projected flight path indicated early, that the missile would not hit Japan. Rather if the missile actually was shot down, debris could've been hitting Japan soil.
2) The risk of failure (combined with the anticipated flight path). Just imagine, what a missed defense shot would cause in reputation of being able to defend Japan.
3) Simply no missile defense system available at that location.
4) The ballistic fligh path reached its peak (about 500 km in height) over Japan, being out of range for Patriot or THAAD defense systems, which reach a height of about 150 km).
I'm sure a defense missile would be launched if an attack is imminent to hit Japan.
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smithinjapan quote: "For the islands that belong to South Korea? They don't see any issue with them, so why would they go to a body that has no power, and which Japan refuses to go to on other island issues for the same reasons?"
Oh dear, a topic that has nothing to do with the article nor what OssanAmerica actually meant. Apparently you carry around a certain grudge on Japan but let me correct your words to actual politics:
Japan wants SKorea to agree on taking the Takeshima/Dokdo case to the ICJ. Japan affirmed it will accept the decision but SKorea doesn't want to. Gee, I wonder why since this could once and for all settle the dispute. The reason is simple: SKorea is quite aware it will lose this case so they won't allow this being decided by the ICJ.
China has a problem with the Senkaku Islands administered by Japan. Same here, Japan would agree on an ICJ decision but here it is China that needs to call the ICJ as a plaintiff. Gee, I wonder why they just don't do it, maybe they are also aware they'd lose the case?
For you it should be simple to understand that the plaintiff, who wants somehing, must call the ICJ but the defendant must agree on the call. To my knowledge, Japan would agree on all the island disputes being decided by the ICJ yet the other countries somehow refuse to.
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