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Posted in: Japan urges caution for citizens traveling to S Korea See in context

Hiro Aug. 14  07:08 am JST

Is just precaution.

Yes. It is just precaution. What would the Japanese government say if other countries boycott the Tokyo Olympics for precaution on possible radioactive contamination?

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Posted in: Japan braces for powerful tropical storm during peak holiday period See in context

The typhoon seems very powerful, as the wind is very strong even in S. Korea and the waves are fierce in the coast. Heavy rain is expected in the eastern part of S. Korea. I am going to stay in the western part.

And there are always a few people who dare to have a BBQ party outdoors when the typhoon approaches. It is rare, but ubiquitous.

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Posted in: South Korea to remove Japan from preferred trade list See in context

@extanker Today  08:11 am JST

I'd like to see a link to something backing up your claim.

S. Korea: https://www.yestrade.go.kr/user/userBoard.do?method=board&BD_NO=4

U.S.: https://www.bis.doc.gov

Japan: http://www.cistec.or.jp

BTW, your claim is not from Japan government, but from Fuji TV, which is a tabloid-like media and its claim was already refuted by S. Korea government: http://motie.go.kr/motie/gov_info/gov_openinfo/sajun/bbs/bbsView.do?bbs_seq_n=161887&bbs_cd_n=81&cate_n=

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Posted in: South Korea to remove Japan from preferred trade list See in context

@Mitsuo Matsuyama Aug. 12  06:15 pm JST

I will ask again. Why do you guys think Japan is wrong after SK minister acknowledged 156 cases of illegal exports to NK?

It is not surprising that naive and ordinary Japaneses are so much easily brainwashed by Japanese media.

The detection of 156 cases proves that SK is doing a good job in preventing illegal export, as those cases were prevented before going to NK. In the case of the U.S., they detect thousands cases of illegal exports every year. Japan does not disclose fully the statistics of detection, while SK has fully disclosed it in public. Even your Japaneses government already denied that the detection of 156 cases is a factor in considering change in export regulation for SK. Sigh....

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Posted in: Japan, led by less apologetic generation, stays tough in S Korea feud See in context

@tinawatanabe

Indeed, sometimes Japaneses PM did apologize truly, which were later soon negated or obfuscated by the successors. For example:

https://thediplomat.com/2015/08/the-abe-statement-did-abe-apologize/

https://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2015/06/09/kono-murayama-criticize-abe-over-70th-anniversary-war-statement/

Japan has already lost its credibility.

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Posted in: Japan, led by less apologetic generation, stays tough in S Korea feud See in context

@peppy kids Today  08:34 am JST

If this is the case, Japan will come out on top due to economic scales and demographics.

Another common misunderstanding on economic wars. Have you ever heard about 'the cod wars'?

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-were-cod-wars

Japan's export regulation is as much as suicidal as Kamikaze, and can not last long, unless Abe is a crazy man.

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Posted in: Japan, led by less apologetic generation, stays tough in S Korea feud See in context

@Snickers Today  06:58 am JST

Relations soured in 2015 when Korea reneged on the 'final and irreversible' agreement -

A common misunderstanding of the term. That kind of expression is commonly used in Japan, but it is not a legal term.

For example, if you and I agreed that we settled compensation "completely and finally", then will any court in S. Korea or even in Japan accept it as a supporting evidence for ruling on any civilian legal dispute? If no, why? The reason can be applied as the same for the 1965 treaty.

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Posted in: Japan, led by less apologetic generation, stays tough in S Korea feud See in context

"I think there is very strong pressure, especially toward major media such as NHK," said Kozo Nagata, a former NHK producer and professor of media studies at Musashi University.

Opinion polls show Japanese are mostly supportive of the government's tough stance.

This summarizes well the current status of press freedom in Japan, and how easily Abe can manipulate and brainwash naive and obedient Japaneses. Abe recants what his predecessors have done, losing Japanese credibility from the world.

The rulings of the Korea supreme court in 2012 and 2018 are a domestic and civil issue, neither Japanese or Korean government is allowed to meddle in. I do not think Abe is so much ignorant not to know this, but he brainwashed ordinary Japaneses to believe that the the Korean supreme court provoked Japan first. The fact is that it is logically, diplomatically or legally impossible. The Abe administration will never bring this issue to the ICJ, as they know very well not only they will be lose, but also may have to sell the entire Japan to pay for damage compensation in S. Korea, N. Korea, China and etc. I believe they are no so much foolish, but I will be happy they are indeed so much ignorant to commit another Kamikaze attack in the form of international judiciary.

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Posted in: S Korean boycott hitting sales of Uniqlo, company says See in context

@Farmboy

Is all of this really helpful for anybody?

It doesn't matter at all. All are symbolic and ritual.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea dispute puts U.S. in bad position: Trump See in context

Trump hesitates to say anything on this matter, because Abe is imitating exactly what Trump is doing against China. He may have better say like "Abe, don't copy me!".

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Posted in: 'No Japan' banners scrapped in Seoul district after outcry See in context

@AlexBecu Today  07:36 am JST

Japanese citizens have been very restrained in this dispute with Korea.

Until their leaders order to do it.

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Posted in: 'No Japan' banners scrapped in Seoul district after outcry See in context

@OssanAmerica Today  07:29 am JST

And two, that there are still a minority of sane people in South Korea who recognize that this is wrong.

In any country and in any district, no politician succumb to a minority.

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Posted in: 'No Japan' banners scrapped in Seoul district after outcry See in context

While the naive and obedient Japaneses are busy following the doctrine of Abe, propagandized by some Japanese media such as Sankei and Yahoo Japan, this clearly shows that S. Koreans can defy the government and the government will kneel down. Was there any single case in the Japanese history that ordinary people defied the Japanese government who subsequently succumbed?

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Posted in: Hiroshima mayor urges Japan to join nuclear ban treaty; Abe declines See in context

@oldman_13 Aug. 6  10:40 am JST

There is a monument to the Korean victims of the atomic bomb attack within the park grounds.

FYI, the monument is a kind of sidebar in the museum. They never explain why the atomic bomb attack happened, whether it is right or wrong. It is weird.

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Posted in: Japan, China, S Korea arranging to hold summit in December See in context

@Mas

Japan already lost its credibility. Please tell Abe that WW2 is over.

Abe forgoes Yasukuni visit on anniversary of WWII surrender, sends ritual donation instead

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/15/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-sends-ritual-donation-tokyos-yasukuni-shrine-wwii-surrender-anniversary/#.XUiBDG8zY2w

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Posted in: Sales of Japanese cars in S Korea slump amid growing diplomatic row See in context

@saitamaliving Aug. 5  09:25 pm JST

The real loser will be the young generation of Koreans growing up in indoctrinated hate by demagogues.

Have you ever met any young Korean?

Unlike native and obedient Japaneses prone to governmental brainwash, young Koreans can tell differences between ordinary Japanese people and their ultra-right politicians and leaders. The political opinions of young Koreans are far more diverse than Japaneses youngsters. For example: https://note.mu/tabi_gari/n/n0222be99d9e2 

BTW, one of my friends who drives Toyota said to me that he already worries about the price of his car when he sells. I once drove Toyota Sienna for about 15 years, but scrapped it as some vital car parts were no longer available. Toyota has better provide car parts of any model for more than 30 years. I will not buy again Toyota.

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

All Koreans learned and know the following event:

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E9%96%A2%E6%9D%B1%E5%A4%A7%E9%9C%87%E7%81%BD%E6%9C%9D%E9%AE%AE%E4%BA%BA%E8%99%90%E6%AE%BA%E4%BA%8B%E4%BB%B6

From the history education, we learn how not to repeat the same mistake. Without history education and the subsequent reflection, the same will happen again and again.

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Posted in: Japan, China, S Korea arranging to hold summit in December See in context

Contrary to reports of tabloid-like Japanese newspapers, S. Koreans are still friendly to Japaneses.

For example:

https://note.mu/tabi_gari/n/n0222be99d9e2

Don't be fooled by Japanese tabloids such as Sankei. S. Koreans oppose to Abe and his ultra-right wing group.

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

Contrary to reports of tabloid-like Japanese newspapers, S. Koreans are still friendly to Japaneses. For example:

https://note.mu/tabi_gari/n/n0222be99d9e2

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

@Mitsuo Matsuyama

The purpose of history education is not encouraging hatred, but for better understanding. S. Koreans do not hate Japanese people, but oppose to Abe and the right-wing politicians. S. Koreans are rather sympathetic with native and obedient Japanese people brainwashed with distorted history education.

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Posted in: Trump tells Abe he is tolerant of N Korea's short-range ballistic missiles See in context

Abe sang is just a lapdog of Trump, but tries to assume a savage beast to Moon. At least President Moon can read Trump's mind and knows how to play with him. It is marvelous that the people of both the US and Japan are tolerant of their leaders.

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

@Mitsuo Matsuyama

Your rationale is that the past history is irrelevant in your life. But without knowing the past, you can not face or solve the problems of today. Atomic-bomb victims is just one example: https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASL873WMNL87UBQU00B.html

http://www.hiroshimapeacemedia.jp/?p=27496

Why does Abe try to revoke the Murayama Statement?

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

@oldman_13 Today  10:40 pm JST

As I have said many times, the most ridiculous irony is that those who are loudest to accuse Japan of distorting and ignoring history, are the very same people doing it to Japan.

The more ridiculous is that Japanese leaders like to negate or reverse what their predecessors said. Japan has already lost its credibility.

https://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2015/06/09/kono-murayama-criticize-abe-over-70th-anniversary-war-statement/

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/12/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-rejects-kangs-new-apology-call-comfort-women-issue/#.XUbjcOgzaUk

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/30/672423391/japan-times-newspaper-redefines-comfort-women-and-forced-labor

https://blog.goo.ne.jp/satoru-kihara/e/87524d735c458f849f8f3e6e875b8a87

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

@Mitsuo Matsuyama

I ask again, and you may study history a little bit to answer it, as you have never been taught or heard in Japan.

Approximately how many Koreans were killed by the atomic bombs?

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

@Kazuaki Shimazaki Today 11:08 am JST

The Japanese tabloid didn't yet report the photos like the followings?

https://twitter.com/dak_dak_dak/status/1097085354945826817

http://www.gasengi.com/main/board.php?bo_table=commu07&wr_id=3826919

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

@Mitsuo Matsuyama

Your opinion is quite an interesting. Accepting your opinion, why do you think the peace museums never mention that a substantial number of atomic-bomb victims were Koreans? And can you figure out how many Koreans were killed by the atomic bombs? Why do they intentionally omit Korean victims?

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

@NZ2011 Today  08:46 am JST

SJ, Its a shame your ideas are shaped by a small subset of people you met once, in my experience people know what lead up to that outcome in the war.

Do you have any idea about how many Korean civilians were killed during the war? As I know, no Japanese I have met can figure out it. They do not want to know it.

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

@IloveCoffee

I once guided a group of graduate students from Tokyo university to historical sites around Busan, S. Korea. Some of them later confessed me that they were embarrassed that the explanation board in every Buddhist temple says the temple was burnt and destroyed 3 times, during the Mongolian invasion in the 13th century, the Japanese invasion in the 16th century, and the Korean war in the 20th century. They said they never heard or were taught about the invasion of the 16th century.

There are several peace museums in Japan, memorizing the victims of atomic bombs. They never explain why it happened.

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Posted in: Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs See in context

@NZ2011

Political apathy makes a hotbed of ultra-right extremists around the world. Those young Koreans were once not so much interested in politics with the lowest voting rate among all age classes. Now they are changing, and I see some hope. Typically those young S. Koreans love the most Japanese culture, products and people. Now Abe sang suddenly enlightened them about the reality of Japanese politics, which is also positive. I am not quite sure about Japanese young people.

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Posted in: 'Comfort woman' statue pulled from Aichi exhibit after threats See in context

Personally I do not like those statues, but being forced to pull out them is unimaginable in modern democratic countries, indicating that Japan is now de facto a fascistic country controlled by the ultra-right wing group.

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