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Posted in: Japan protests to S Korea over military drill on disputed islands See in context

The territorial claim of the Japanese government on Takeshima is comical. Japanese people know what 'Takeshima' literally means: bamboo island 竹島, but there is no bamboo in Takeshima.

But, there is another small island called 'bamboo island' (Jukdo 竹島 in Korean) at 2 km (1 mile) east of Ulleungdo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jukdo_(island)

You may see those abundant bamboos there: https://wayfaringflaneur.com/2018/09/02/jukdo%EC%A3%BD%EB%8F%84-bamboo-island/

Japanese government never mentions this real bamboo island (Jukdo in Korean) when they explain their territorial claim. They intentionally omit it, or obfuscate it with Ulleungdo. For example:

https://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/takeshima/position.html

https://www.mofa.go.jp/a_o/na/takeshima/page1we_000057.html

Long times ago, Japanese fishermen certainly recognized the existence of Jukdo 竹島 near Ulleungdo island. At that time, Takeshima did not designate the Liancourt Rocks, but Jukdo to Japanese fishermen. Both Jukdo and Ulleungdo are now Korean territories that Japan and the other countries acknowledge. Now the Japanese government claims the territorial right with a wrong name or a wrong location.

There are 7 Japanese islands called the same name Takeshima (竹島 bamboo island) along the coast of Japan, and all of them have bamboo:

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%AB%B9%E5%B3%B6_(%E6%9B%96%E6%98%A7%E3%81%95%E5%9B%9E%E9%81%BF)

But only one exception is the remotely-located Liancourt Rocks, called 'Dokdo' in Korean, which literally means a rock island. It is a consistency problem. Koreans knew that it consisted of rocks, and therefore bamboo could not grow there. The so-called bamboo island without any bamboo was just an ad hoc, imaginary island for Japan to forcefully occupy Dokdo in 1905. Now they still shout "the bamboo island without any bamboo is a Japanese territory".

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Posted in: S Korea says it respects IAEA report on Fukushima water release plan See in context

Japan has better release the tiny amount of the remaining contaminated water stored in the tanks without fanfare, unofficially and quietly to minimize confusions and fusses around the world, especially in S. Korea. Japan should have already dumped it quietly as Russia did before the 1990s.

The weird response of the Japanese government on the accident is the ultimate cause of all the fusses in S. Korea and even in Japan. Japan already released 8-16 peta becquerel of cesium-137 force majeure during the first 3 months after the accident in 2011, which is greater by a factor 15,000-30,000 than the amount contained in the 1.3 million tonnes of water to be released this summer (534 billion becquerel).

The planned release of the water treated by the ALPS is just an international show by which the Japanese government wants to advertise that Japan is always a country abiding by the international law and treaty. However, owing to the inflexible responses of the Japanese government, most people both in Japan and Korea do not grasp that Japan had already released more than 99.999% of radioactive materials from the Fukushima accident in 2011, and just exaggerate and concern about the tiny 0.001% which remain in the tanks.

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Posted in: Fishermen concerned over IAEA saying Fukushima water release is safe See in context

Japan should release the tiny amount of the remaining contaminated water stored in the tanks without fanfare, unofficially and quietly to minimize economic damages to fishermen both in Japan and S. Korea. Japan should have already dumped it quietly as Russia did before the 1990s.

The weird response of the Japanese government on the accident is the ultimate cause of all the fusses in S. Korea and even in Japan. Japan already released 8-16 peta becquerel of cesium-137 force majeure during the first 3 months after the accident in 2011, which is greater by a factor 15,000-30,000 than the amount contained in the 1.3 million tonnes of water to be released this summer (534 billion becquerel).

The planned release of the water treated by the ALPS is just an international show by which the Japanese government wants to advertise that Japan is always a country abiding by the international law and treaty. However, owing to the inflexible responses of the Japanese government, most people both in Japan and Korea do not grasp that Japan had already released more than 99.999% of radioactive materials from the Fukushima accident in 2011, and just exaggerate and concern about the tiny 0.001% which remain in the tanks.

Please stop sounding the fanfare. Just dump it without any notice, quickly, quietly and unofficially to minimize the damages to the fisheries industry by rumors.

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Posted in: Japan gets U.N. nuclear watchdog approval for Fukushima water release See in context

Japan should release the tiny amount of the remaining contaminated water stored in the tanks without fanfare, unofficially and quietly to minimize confusions and fusses around the world, especially in S. Korea. Japan should have already dumped it quietly as Russia did before the 1990s.

The weird response of the Japanese government on the accident is the ultimate cause of all the fusses in S. Korea and even in Japan. Japan already released 8-16 peta becquerel of cesium-137 force majeure during the first 3 months after the accident in 2011, which is greater by a factor 15,000-30,000 than the amount contained in the 1.3 million tonnes of water to be released this summer (534 billion becquerel).

The planned release of the water treated by ALPS is just an international show by which the Japanese government wants to advertise that Japan is always a country abiding by the international law and treaty. However, owing to the inflexible responses of the Japanese government, most people both in Japan and Korea do not grasp that Japan had already released more than 99.999% of radioactive materials from the Fukushima accident in 2011, and just exaggerate and concern about the tiny 0.001% which remain in the tanks.

Please stop sounding the fanfare. Just dump it without any notice, quickly, quietly and unofficially to minimize the damages to the fisheries industry by rumors, both in Japan and Korea.

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Posted in: South Korean shoppers buy up salt before Japan's Fukushima water dump See in context

The weird response of the Japanese government on the accident is the ultimate cause. Japan already released 8-16 peta becquerel of cesium-137 during the first 3 months after the accident in 2011, which is greater by a factor 15,000-30,000 than the amount contained in the 1.3 million tonnes of water to be released this summer (534 billion becquerel). Japan should have quietly dumped the 'tiny' amount of contaminated water when they dumped the contaminated water force majeure after 2011.

The planned release of the water treated by ALPS is just an international show by which the Japanese government wants to advertise that Japan is always a country abiding by the international law and treaty. Owing to the propaganda of the Japanese government, most people both in Japan and Korea do not grasp that Japan had already released more than 99.999% of radioactive materials from the Fukushima accident in 2011, and just concern about the tiny 0.001% which is stored in the tanks.

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Posted in: S Korean experts visit Fukushima nuclear plant before treated water is released into sea See in context

The purpose of the visit is to relieve anxiety of S. Koreans to minimize the damage to the domestic fisheries industry by panic. People around the world are not so much rational or scientific. At least the S. Korean government does not instigate and try hard to relieve the fear of Koreans, which is in contrast with the Japanese government 30 years ago:

Japan demanded a permanent halt to the dumping, but Moscow said it has nowhere to store the waste, mostly low-radiation cleansing fluid and coolant from a ship-repair facility near Vladivostok for its aging fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

A Japanese government study last year found that Russia’s previous ocean dumping had had no effect on Japan or the surrounding marine environment.

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1993-10-19-mn-47464-story.html

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Posted in: S Korea delegation arrives in Japan for Fukushima water inspection See in context

South Korea wants no water release, doesn't matter what scientific evidence is presented.

The historical fact says that it was Japan who vehemently wanted no water release.

Japan demanded a permanent halt to the dumping, but Moscow said it has nowhere to store the waste, mostly low-radiation cleansing fluid and coolant from a ship-repair facility near Vladivostok for its aging fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

A Japanese government study last year found that Russia’s previous ocean dumping had had no effect on Japan or the surrounding marine environment.

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1993-10-19-mn-47464-story.html

BTW, there has been no single report of damage of marine life or human consuming it around the world ever since the nuclear power was introduced. The threat of radioactive water has been greatly exaggerated around the world. Releasing the contaminated water in Fukushima after treatment is the safest method at the present: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2019/09/12/its-really-ok-if-japan-dumps-radioactive-fukushima-water-into-the-ocean/

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Posted in: S Korea to send 21 experts on 6-day mission to Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

People around the world are not, and were not so much rational. Many people still believe the God. Of course, Japan is not exceptional:

Japan demanded a permanent halt to the dumping, but Moscow said it has nowhere to store the waste, mostly low-radiation cleansing fluid and coolant from a ship-repair facility near Vladivostok for its aging fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

A Japanese government study last year found that Russia’s previous ocean dumping had had no effect on Japan or the surrounding marine environment.

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1993-10-19-mn-47464-story.html

BTW, there has been no single report of damage of marine life or human consuming it around the world ever since the nuclear power was introduced. The threat of radioactive water has been greatly exaggerated around the world. Releasing the contaminated water in Fukushima after treatment is the safest method at the present: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2019/09/12/its-really-ok-if-japan-dumps-radioactive-fukushima-water-into-the-ocean/

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Posted in: After 12-hour meeting, Japan, S Korea agree on visit by experts to Fukushima nuclear plant See in context

The double-standard of Japan backfires. S. Korea is doing exactly what Japan did 30 years ago.

Japan demanded a permanent halt to the dumping, but Moscow said it has nowhere to store the waste, mostly low-radiation cleansing fluid and coolant from a ship-repair facility near Vladivostok for its aging fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

A Japanese government study last year found that Russia’s previous ocean dumping had had no effect on Japan or the surrounding marine environment.

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1993-10-19-mn-47464-story.html

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Posted in: Gov't to pitch safety of Fukushima water release to S Korean experts See in context

@Bobby

Koreans cannot even acknowledge scientific facts that are unacceptable to Koreans no matter how long they last. That is why they are a miserable people who still cannot win a single Nobel Prize.

You seem to believe Japanese are better than Koreans, but the fact is as follows:

Japan demanded a permanent halt to the dumping, but Moscow said it has nowhere to store the waste, mostly low-radiation cleansing fluid and coolant from a ship-repair facility near Vladivostok for its aging fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

A Japanese government study last year found that Russia’s previous ocean dumping had had no effect on Japan or the surrounding marine environment.

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1993-10-19-mn-47464-story.html

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Posted in: Gov't to pitch safety of Fukushima water release to S Korean experts See in context

Some Japanese seem very forgetful.

Japan Suspends Import of French Mushrooms

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-10-26-mn-945-story.html

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Posted in: Gov't to pitch safety of Fukushima water release to S Korean experts See in context

I am eager to drink a highball of Suntory Whisky Toki with the Fukushima water.

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Posted in: Japan protests S Korean politician's landing on disputed islands See in context

The territorial claim of the Japanese government on Takeshima is comical. Japanese people know what 'Takeshima' literally means: bamboo island 竹島, but there is no bamboo in Takeshima.

But, there is another small island called 'bamboo island' (Jukdo 竹島 in Korean) at 2 km (1 mile) east of Ulleungdo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jukdo_(island)

You may see those abundant bamboos there: https://wayfaringflaneur.com/2018/09/02/jukdo%EC%A3%BD%EB%8F%84-bamboo-island/

Japanese government never mentions this real bamboo island (Jukdo in Korean) when they explain their territorial claim. They intentionally omit it, or obfuscate it with Ulleungdo. For example:

https://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/takeshima/position.html

https://www.mofa.go.jp/a_o/na/takeshima/page1we_000057.html

Long times ago, Japanese fishermen certainly recognized the existence of Jukdo 竹島 near Ulleungdo island. At that time, Takeshima did not designate the Liancourt Rocks, but Jukdo to Japanese fishermen. Both Jukdo and Ulleungdo are now Korean territories that Japan and the other countries acknowledge. Now the Japanese government claims the territorial right with a wrong name or a wrong location.

There are 7 Japanese islands called the same name Takeshima (竹島 bamboo island) along the coast of Japan, and all of them have bamboo:

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%AB%B9%E5%B3%B6_(%E6%9B%96%E6%98%A7%E3%81%95%E5%9B%9E%E9%81%BF)

But only one exception is the remotely-located Liancourt Rocks, called 'Dokdo' in Korean, which literally means a rock island. It is a consistency problem. Koreans knew that it consisted of rocks, and therefore bamboo could not grow there. The so-called bamboo island without any bamboo was just an ad hoc, imaginary island for Japan to forcefully occupy Dokdo in 1905. Now they still shout "the bamboo island without any bamboo is a Japanese territory".

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Posted in: S Korea to keep import ban on Japan seafood due to Fukushima concern See in context

The S. Korean government knows that the Japanese sea food is safe, but it is a political issue. Most people are not so much rational around the world.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 38 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 322 See in context

The Washington Post also reported that no one knows exactly why covid cases in Japan keep plummeting.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/12/22/japan-covid-omicron-falling-cases/

I speculate that Japan has already reached herd immunity following India, probably mainly through infection, with help of vaccination:

https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/positive-rate-daily-smoothed?tab=chart&country=JPN~IND

If Japan needs to conduct similar antibody tests as India did a few months ago:

https://www.thequint.com/coronavirus/more-than-90-percent-have-antibodies-against-coronavirus-report-union-government

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 77 See in context

Now it is highly likely that Japan has already reached herd immunity following India, probably mainly through infection, with help of vaccination:

https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/positive-rate-daily-smoothed?tab=chart&country=JPN~IND

https://www.thequint.com/coronavirus/more-than-90-percent-have-antibodies-against-coronavirus-report-union-government

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Posted in: S Korea's police chief visits islets disputed with Japan: source See in context

The territorial claim of the Japanese government on Takeshima is comical. Japanese people know what 'Takeshima' literally means: bamboo island 竹島, but there is no bamboo in Takeshima.

But, there is another small island called 'bamboo island' (Jukdo 竹島 in Korean) at 2 km (1 mile) east of Ulleungdo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jukdo_(island)

You may see those abundant bamboos there: https://wayfaringflaneur.com/2018/09/02/jukdo%EC%A3%BD%EB%8F%84-bamboo-island/

Japanese government never mentions this real bamboo island (Jukdo in Korean) when they explain their territorial claim. They intentionally omit it, or obfuscate it with Ulleungdo. For example:

https://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/takeshima/position.html

https://www.mofa.go.jp/a_o/na/takeshima/page1we_000057.html

Long time ago, Japanese fishermen certainly recognized the existence of Jukdo 竹島 near Ulleungdo island. At that time, Takeshima did not designate the Liancourt Rocks, but Jukdo to Japanese fishermen. Both Jukdo and Ulleungdo are now Korean territories that Japan and the other countries acknowledge. Now the Japanese government claims the territorial right with a wrong name or a wrong location.

There are 7 Japanese islands called the same name Takeshima (竹島 bamboo island) along the coast of Japan, and all of them have bamboo:

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%AB%B9%E5%B3%B6_(%E6%9B%96%E6%98%A7%E3%81%95%E5%9B%9E%E9%81%BF)

But only one exception is the remotely-located Liancourt Rocks, called 'Dokdo' in Korean, which literally means a rock island. It is a consistency problem. Koreans knew that it consisted of rocks, and therefore bamboo could not grow there. The so-called bamboo island without any bamboo was just an ad hoc, imaginary island for Japan to forcefully occupy Dokdo in 1905. Now they still shout "the bamboo island without any bamboo is a Japanese territory".

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Posted in: Get ready for more games: 'Squid Game' readies for Season 2 See in context

@Joe Blow

@Sindhoor GK

Refer to the following opinion by a Japanese write: https://diamond.jp/articles/-/287181

(in Japanese).

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Posted in: Get ready for more games: 'Squid Game' readies for Season 2 See in context

@egads man!

You say this when Japan has the director Takashi Miike??TOP TV Shows on Netflix in 2021

Good question. Yes. I do not deny that there are some Japanese directors exploring the dark side of Japanese society, but they are generally not welcomed by Japanese viewers.

I talk about the popularity. Let me show an example. The most popular TV shows of Japanese Netflix this year: https://flixpatrol.com/top10/netflix/japan/2021/

Tokyo Revengers

Tokyo Revengers

Jujutsu Kaisen

Vincenzo 

Crash Landing on You 

My Hero Academia

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Nevertheless 

Squid Game 

Attack on Titan

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha 

Kingdom

All are Korean dramas or Japanese animes. No exception.

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Posted in: Get ready for more games: 'Squid Game' readies for Season 2 See in context

But, Squid Game is not so much popular in Japan compared with other Korean hit dramas such as Crash Landing on You or Itaewon Class.

The main reason is the Japanese stereotype of K-dramas and K-pops is that the main characters should look beautiful and the contents should be romantic and fantastic. Squid game is simply too realistic with ordinary-looking Korean actors and actresses. This also explains why Gangnam Style in 2012 was exceptionally unpopular in Japan, generating the conspiracy theory of F5 key. Japanese people and their government tend to hate exposing or watching something too dark and realistic, but instead, love anime and manga of fantasy.

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Posted in: Japan reluctant to accept proposal to declare Korean War over See in context

@OssanAmericaNov. 8  02:53 pm JST

Nobody has ever feared, or will ever fear, a Korea unified or not.

Ordinary Japanese may think like you, but your leaders and scholars are serious about it.

https://asiatimes.com/2010/02/the-last-frontier-of-the-cold-war/

https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/yamaji2004.pdf

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/The-Big-Story/Imagining-a-unified-Korea

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Posted in: Japan reluctant to accept proposal to declare Korean War over See in context

Simply, the Japanese government fears a unified Korea.

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Posted in: Japanese snow crab fetches ¥800,000 at auction See in context

The article does not mention the weight of the crab, but in S. Korea, the price of big (1 kg in weight) snow crabs (Chionoecetes opilio) at the local market is about USD 100. http://illdung.com/product/%EB%B0%95%EB%8B%AC%EB%8C%80%EA%B2%8C-%EC%98%81%EB%8D%95-%EC%A0%95%ED%92%88-1k%EA%B8%89-%EB%A7%88%EB%A6%AC%EB%8B%B9-115000%EC%9B%90/71/

Live snow crabs imported from Russia are even cheaper.

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Posted in: S Korean cultural exchange group gives award to Japanese researcher See in context

S. Koreans do not hate Japanese people. Simply the majority of them oppose some policies of the Japanese government. They clearly tell between the government and the people. I have never heard that any hate crime happened against Japanese people in S. Korea.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 23 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 287 See in context

I speculate that Japan has reached herd immunity following India, probably mainly through infection, with help of vaccination:

https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/positive-rate-daily-smoothed?tab=chart&country=JPN~IND

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/6th-delhi-sero-survey-shows-97-prevalence-101635443569509.html

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Posted in: 'Squid Game' characters drawn from director's life See in context

In Japanese: https://gendai.ismedia.jp/articles/-/88425

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Posted in: 'Squid Game' characters drawn from director's life See in context

He still have yet to tell he is influenced by Japanese series and anime but he will never.

Typical Japanese reactions to Squid Game, which become a target of worldwide derision, but they still do grasp what happens outside of Japan. For example: https://www.facebook.com/229023931411/posts/10160462911686412/

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Posted in: 'Squid Game' characters drawn from director's life See in context

@In_japan

Only the blood splattering part is little too much.

I am not quite sure, but it is probably related to the unique, violent and tragic modern Korean history, which most aged Koreans still remember. Many innocent civilians, including children, were arbitrarily selected and then massacred without any trial. Some notable examples:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeju_uprising

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geochang_massacre

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_Uprising

https://img.khan.co.kr/news/2010/05/09/20100510.01300104000001.02L.webp

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Posted in: 'Squid Game' characters drawn from director's life See in context

@Joe Blow

As if Koreans never do the same to foreigners.  

He added "I think I was someone like Ali back then", admitting it also happens in Korea. He is straightforward and honest.

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Posted in: 'Squid Game' characters drawn from director's life See in context

But, most Japanese people are not interested in Squid Game at all.

For Japanese, K-dramas and K-pops should look fanciful, featuring extremely beautiful performers. Squid game is simply too realistic with ordinary-looking Korean actors and actresses. This also explains why Gangnam style in 2012 was exceptionally unpopular in Japan, generating the conspiracy theory of F5 key. Japanese people and their government tend to hate exposing or watching something too realistic, but love anime and manga of fantasy. Chinese people also traditionally love fantasy (e.g., Classic of Mountains and Seas (山海经) and My Love from the Star (來自星星的你)).

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