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Posted in: Japan ruling bloc election win threatens regional stability, says China's Xinhua See in context

Wonder where all these pro-Chinese came from ... ??

Being anti-Abe is not equivalent to being pro-Chinese. Japan's ruling party is a threat to regional stability. And so is the ruling party of China.

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Posted in: Putin waiting for invitation to visit Japan: Lavrov See in context

Russia is building military facilities in the Northern Territories, isn't it?

Of course. They are not hiding it.

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Posted in: Putin waiting for invitation to visit Japan: Lavrov See in context

Russia ... had no ill intention

Tell it to someone in Ukraine, Georgia, Poland, Finland, Afghanistan, Baltic countries etc.

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Posted in: Ukraine leader, in Tokyo, defends himself in offshore account leaks See in context

That's probably true. He's a businessman who temporarily detached himself from his business and his assets. After his term is over, he will return back to his business activities.

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Posted in: SeaWorld, Humane Society want Obama to end Japanese whaling See in context

Who are all these people and why don't they mind their own business?

If Japan did something wrong, sue Japan. There are international treaties, international courts etc. "Ending Japan's whaling" is not Obama's -- and definitely not SeaWorld's -- business.

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Posted in: Russia plans military build-up on disputed isles with Japan See in context

peoples living under constant fear of volcano eruption, earthquake tsunami and foreigner.

... and still doing better than people in Russia.

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Posted in: Abe, Park to seek early resolution of 'comfort women' dispute See in context

@Strangerland

So what exactly does Mrs. Park want the Japanese to do?

Compensation and an official apology.

"Compensation" means money, right? And "official apology" means some words from the Japanese government that she would later claim were "not sincere enough", right?

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Posted in: Abe, Park to seek early resolution of 'comfort women' dispute See in context

So what exactly does Mrs. Park want the Japanese to do?

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Posted in: Abe, Park to seek early resolution of 'comfort women' dispute See in context

A very strange handshake grip.

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Posted in: Okinawa governor revokes approval for relocation of U.S. air base See in context

"But after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peace makers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” (C) guess who?

This is exactly what Abe administration is doing: arrogantly assuming that Dear Leader knows the people's needs better than the people themselves, scaring the population with the "Chinese threat", taking away human rights under the pretext of safety and dragging the country into war. American bases in Okinawa are a part of this game.

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Posted in: Group says pacifist constitution still supreme, eyes Nobel See in context

Now UN will have to dig how ... created japanese Constitution in his bedroom office with Countessa Tori ...

It doesn't matter where and how a child was conceived. It doesn't matter where and how a child was born. All that matters is what kind of person he/she grew into. Japanese people love their constitution.

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Posted in: China angered by Japan visit of Taiwan opposition leader See in context

The case is closed.

The case is not closed. Nothing has changed. The Northern Territories are still occupied by Russians.

If the bird doesn't sing, wait until it sings (鳴かぬなら鳴くまで待とう時鳥). If the bird doesn't wish to return the Northern Territories, wait until it does.

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Posted in: Japan must recognise Kuril islands for peace deal: Lavrov See in context

Check and mate, Japan. Because I really don't see any move left for you. Well, except meaningless protests.

If the bird doesn't sing, wait until it sings.

鳴かぬなら鳴くまで待とう時鳥

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Posted in: Gov't, opposition parties battle it out over security bills See in context

Abe is thinking of the safety of Japan. The protesters are not. That is the simple truth to this issue.

The protesters ARE Japan. Abe, as his ratings demonstrate, is not. So let the people decide what they want.

BTW, Abe is not thinking about the safety of Japan, Abe is pushing it into a war.

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Posted in: Japan to step up help for Vietnamese maritime security See in context

I don't see how old Japanese boats can improve Vietnamese security. Anger China? Yes. Help protect Vietnam from China's claims? No.

holding talks with Vietnamese Communist Party chief

A meeting of two Dear Leaders?

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Posted in: Japan urges N Korea to refrain from provocative action See in context

Peace Out wrote:

Naturally, Japan did not insist America and South Korea stop their provocative actions, such as naval drills just off the North Korean shore.

Did America and South Korea also threaten to fire ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads on Japan, like North Korea did?

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Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history' See in context

Criminals always want their crimes to be forgotten. Duh.

Calling Suga a criminal is a bit too much. None of the current politicians in Japan took part in the war. Today's Japanese are not criminals. They are not guilty of their ancestor's crimes.

Same for China. They are not victims, they are victims' descendants. Even if we agree to the formula that China won in WW2, it wasn't today's Chinese, it was their ancestors. There's not too much to celebrate and nothing to reproach.

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Posted in: China marks 70th anniversary of victory over Japan See in context

This is the FIRST time China has had such a celebration to commemorate the end of the war. And, a country that suffered that kind of brutality is certainly due that.

Don't you find that holding a military parade is a strange way to commemorate the end of a war (i.e. the beginning of peace)?

But, it is quite OK for Japan to continue to play the victim card and memorialize Hiroshima and Nakasaki EVERY YEAR

The memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are one of the things that keeps this country so pacifist. Can China -- or any other country -- say the same thing?

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Posted in: Shaky Japanese submarine pitch puts Australian industry offside See in context

if the Japanese cant or dont know how to engage potential customers then maybe the Germans can do a better job

If they could. Apparently, Japan can do this job better. Thus the fuss.

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Posted in: Shaky Japanese submarine pitch puts Australian industry offside See in context

I don’t think (the Japanese) have any idea how to engage.

I don't think (Australian industry) has any idea how to engage the Japanese.

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Posted in: Obama says sorry to Japan over WikiLeaks claims of U.S. spying See in context

And they should pass a new law making it illegal to deny spying, and their grandchildren and great, grandchildren and great, great, grandchildren should all be made to bow to Japan and repeat the apology.

And we want some compensation money. and a nice little island off the coast of the USA.

Manhattan would do.

A Japanese military base on Manhattan? Japanese marines raping Manhattan schoolgirls? Japanese airforce performing drills on a spot in the middle of the town and occasionally missing the spot? American citizens demanding that the army go home, but American government begging it not to leave? Well...

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Posted in: Obama says sorry to Japan over WikiLeaks claims of U.S. spying See in context

In the light of China's reaction to the WWII apology, Japan should criticize the US apology as being 'insincere'. Which would actually be true, 'coz the US did not provide details of their spying activities, did not stop spying and did nothing to repair the damages.

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Posted in: Japan protests Russian PM's visit to disputed Kuril islands See in context

And what about the San Francisco peace treaty, where Japan renounced its rights on the whole Kurile islands?

That's what I was commenting (the quote disappeared). Let me reiterate. The fact that Japan signed the Treaty of San Francisco DOES NOT mean the islands belong to USSR (and now Russia). Soviets REFUSED to sign the treaty. Why do the islands belong to Russia then? Why not to Zimbabwe, for example?

Moreover, historically, the islands NEVER BELONGED to Russia. All treaties between Russia and Japan consequently stipulated that Kuril Islands are Japanese territory. The only "legal" basis of Kuril takeover is the cartel-type criminal deal between Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill.

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Posted in: Japan protests Russian PM's visit to disputed Kuril islands See in context

Yes, wars are gambles. Yes, Japan lost the war. Yet, the islands were ceased after the war. There was no gamble, Japan did not resist the takeover.

That doesn't make them Russian, does it?

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Posted in: 63% say Japan should stop apologizing over war: poll See in context

I don't like Abe, but I think he needn't apologize. He didn't kill anyone. The current generation of the Japanese (i.e. the people of the country that Abe is ruling) didn't kill anyone. He shouldn't feel guilty for himself and for his country.

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Posted in: Japan PM calls for probe into WikiLeaks claims of US spying See in context

Everybody knows USA spies on the whole world. USA know that everybody knows. The problem is: USA doesn't care and others can do nothing.

So I see two options here:

USA will deny. Japan will pretend it believes. USA will pretend it believes that Japan believes. Everybody is happy.

USA will admit it. Japan will pretend it's angry. USA will pretend it's sorry and will promise not to do it again. Japan will forgive USA and pretend it believes the promise. Everybody is happy.

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Posted in: Suga asks U.S. for explanation on Wikileaks spying claims See in context

When they spied on the Brits, Suga did not speak out -- because he is not a Brit. When they spied on the French, Suga did not speak out -- because he is not French. When they spied on the Germans, Suga did not speak out -- because he is not German. Now they spy on Suga -- and no one will speak out for him.

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Posted in: Pacific trade negotiators chase elusive final deal in tough talks See in context

Where is the text of the treaty?

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Posted in: Old and tired, some Japan farmers see trade pact jolt as only answer See in context

Did anyone see the text of the treaty? Does anyone know what exactly is being negotiated in Hawaii? Was there any public discussion of the TPP in Japan (or elsewhere)?

Old, tired and BLINDFOLDED.

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Posted in: Security bill debate masks deeper divide over pacifist constitution See in context

I live in Japan. I'm not afraid of China or any other "military threat". I'm afraid of Abe dragging this country into a war.

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