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Posted in: Moon expresses disappointment about not visiting Japan See in context

@Yohan

I think he is now very disappointed. The beginning for dialog between North and South was so promising, but now after a few years he has to admit the result of all he tried is zero. Nothing at all.

People tend to forget the past so easily.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/09/north-korea-us-airbase-guam-trump-fire-fury

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Posted in: Moon expresses disappointment about not visiting Japan See in context

@ReasonandWisdomNippon

Acknowledge the 1965 aggrement and tell your Supreme Court to respect and abide by that agreement.

Interesting. Do most Japanese people believe this kind of interference by the government in the Japanese judiciary system is possible?

For reference, in S. Korea, the former president is in jail for doing it.

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Posted in: South Korea's latest virus surge spreads outside capital See in context

@HakmanJuly

What's the current death rate?

The 7-day moving average is 3 per day, which is lower than the suicide rate, 38 per day, by a factor of 10.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/south-korea/

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/opinion/2019/11/202_276205.html

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Posted in: S Korea to raise COVID-19 restrictions to highest level in capital See in context

The good news is that the death rate from the covid-19 in S. Korea is lower compared with the previous outbreaks because most vulnerable and aged people are now vaccinated at least once. The nationwide daily death rate once peaked at 40 last year, but it has been less than 5 during the past month: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/south-korea/

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea divided over wartime history, Fukushima water release See in context

@GdTokyo

Since then, the war has ended, S. Korea and Japan signed a peace treaty in which Japan paid reparations and Korea said that all issues were forever and finally settled,

Peace treaty? This is what the Japanese history textbooks taught you?

The fact is that Japan has never admitted any wrongdoing in Korea during the WWII. This means that Japan has never paid reparations. If they ever gave some money to the Korean government, then it should have been just for free or congratulation.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea divided over wartime history, Fukushima water release See in context

@oldman_13

Contrary to those who still falsely accuse the Japanese government of not coming to terms with its past (and showing zero proof of this outside of a few boneheaded statements and acts by individual politicians), the government of Japan has given numerous official apologies to South Korea for its past atrocities. This includes TWO official apology and compensation given to the comfort women, both undermined by ignorant anti-Japan nationalists in South Korea.

Apologize and then make "Masakaki" Ritual Offering at Yasukuni Shrine?

https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2021042100335/

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

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

This is a Japanese way of apologizing?

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Posted in: S Korean court rejects appeal from ex-comfort women on Japan assets See in context

@Sindhoor GK

The economy is out of the topic. The ultimate cause of Japanese distortion and denial of history and identity can be found in Nara, which Professor Murph did not pinpoint in his book.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2003/07/06/general/buried-treasure-the-mysteries-and-majesty-of-nara/

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Posted in: S Korean court rejects appeal from ex-comfort women on Japan assets See in context

@Sindhoor GK @EvilBuddha

Why do Japanese politicians try so hard to distort their own history and identity? I would recommend the following book and article written by reliable scholars.

https://www.amazon.com/Japan-Shackles-Past-Taggart-Murphy/dp/0190619589

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/in-search-of-japanese-roots

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Posted in: S Korean court rejects appeal from ex-comfort women on Japan assets See in context

Most Japanese have no idea how many Koreans were killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the atomic bombs in 1945, not to mention the conscripted laborers. This is the consequence of the Japanese history textbooks.

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Posted in: S Korean court rejects appeal from ex-comfort women on Japan assets See in context

@OssanAmerica

When did the Japanese kill over a million Koreans? 

We do know that 5,400,000 Koreans were conscripted for labor beginning in 1939 (line 119), but how many died can only be roughly estimated.

...

Even at these low rates, however, the forced labor toll for Korea comes to 270,000 to 810,000 dead in seven years.

https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/SOD.CHAP3.HTM

The recently estimated number of conscripted Koreans is 8 million. You may translate the following articles in Korean to Japanese.

https://www.donga.com/news/Politics/article/all/20050118/8150975/1

https://www.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/11/19/2013111901719.html

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Posted in: S Korean court rejects appeal from ex-comfort women on Japan assets See in context

@Coffee

South Korea is using its victim status to indoctrinate its children to hate Japan. 

It depends on Japan. S. Korea is always defensive. Look at Japan what they are doing now.

Suga sends offering to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3102200/japans-former-pm-shinzo-abe-visits-controversial-yasukuni

Japan's Abe sends offering to Yasukuni war dead shrine on WW2 anniversary

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ww2-anniversary-japan-idUSKCN25A22Z

How Do the Japanese Teach About WWII?

https://youtu.be/9K4zhfMHM4U

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

Japanese Textbook Controversies, Nationalism, and Historical Memory: Intra- and Inter-national Conflicts

https://apjjf.org/-Mark-Selden/3173/article.html

https://www.heritage.org/asia/report/the-pearl-harbor-anniversary-japan-still-says-dont-blame-me

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Posted in: S Korean court rejects appeal from ex-comfort women on Japan assets See in context

@Falco

Koreans are obsessed with things that happened over seventy years ago,

Look back at your own politicians first.

Seventy-five years after Japan’s defeat in World War Two, Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine for war dead is a potent symbol of the controversy that persists over the conflict’s legacy in East Asia.

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-ww2-anniversary-yasukuni-explainer-idUKKCN25003Z

https://apnews.com/article/world-news-japan-china-yoshihide-suga-tokyo-58880146fcb4520b12cf88472d3f222b

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3102200/japans-former-pm-shinzo-abe-visits-controversial-yasukuni

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Posted in: S Korean court rejects appeal from ex-comfort women on Japan assets See in context

The two contrary decisions underscore the mixed opinions among judges over whether the assets can be seized or not.

Unlike the conforming Japanese, Korean judges show diverse opinions and verdicts, which is not so bad in a democratic society. International law is still developing, and difficult to interpret. It is not surprising that contrasting decisions are made among judges. Democracy develops by argument and discussion, not by collective uniformity.

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Posted in: S Korea holds drills around disputed islets amid row over canceled Japan talks 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: Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against 16 Japanese firms See in context

@Desert Tortoise Today  03:01 am JST

https://weekly-economist.mainichi.jp/articles/20210608/se1/00m/020/067000d

Is there an English language version I may read? Thanks.

I think Google Translate is not so bad: https://translate.google.com/

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against 16 Japanese firms See in context

Among various reports from the Japanese media, this article in Japanese looks the most accurate in analyzing the current status of the Korean courts. The writer seems to know better than most Koreans in Korean political issues.

https://weekly-economist.mainichi.jp/articles/20210608/se1/00m/020/067000d

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against 16 Japanese firms See in context

Judges are not perfect. The judge is infamous for strange verdicts, which surprised other judges. For example, https://news.joins.com/article/21143383 (in Korean)

Let's wait to see what the higher court will rule.

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Posted in: Japan rejects South Korean protest over Olympics map See in context

It is typical behaviour of shameless Japanese politicians.

Feb 6, 2018

South Korea's foreign ministry reaffirmed Tuesday that it will not use a unification flag showing its eastern islets of Dokdo during the upcoming Winter Olympics, out of respect for the International Olympic Committee's recommendation to not politicize sports events.

This comes after Japan expressed concerns over the hoisting of the Dokdo-showing flag during a tune-up game of the joint inter-Korean women's ice hockey team, which was held in Incheon, west of Seoul, on Sunday.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180206000770

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 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 Korean fishermen protest See in context

Contrary to public belief, this issue is not environmental or chemical, but psychological and political. Something unknown but dangerous will be released, and people would be quiet about it? More communication, outreach and education is required, especially by the Japanese government, to relieve the panic.

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Posted in: China mutes reaction to Zhao's Oscars as S Korea lauds Youn See in context

Last year, I was once surprised that many Japanese wondered why the director Bong exposes the dark sides of South Korea so vividly as in the semi-basement apartments.

China, North Korea and Japan are similar in considering movies as a kind of nationalist propaganda tool, which S. Korea also once did.

Prize-Winning ‘Shoplifters’: Japan’s PM Hates This Movie Because It’s Just Too True

https://www.thedailybeast.com/prize-winning-shoplifters-japans-pm-hates-this-movie-because-its-just-too-true

'Anti-Japan' criticism hits film director, researchers who keep gov't at arm's length.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180730/p2a/00m/0na/008000c

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects wartime sex slaves' suit against Japan See in context

@M3M3M3

That's not exactly true. Universal jurisdiction can be invoked to criminally prosecute individuals for crimes against humanity, but not to award civil claims against states.

You and others have better cite sources supporting your claim. Your claim is simply fake, is easily refuted by the following single document:

https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/WarmbierOrder.pdf

And study a little bit more on Japanese law regarding sovereign immunity.

Act on the Civil Jurisdiction of Japan with respect to a Foreign State, etc.

Act No. 24 of April 24, 2009

Article 10 In cases where the death of or injury to a person or the loss of or damage to a tangible object resulted from an act for which it is claimed a Foreign State, etc., should take responsibility, if all or part of said act took place in Japan and the person who performed said act was in Japan at the time it was committed, said Foreign State, etc. shall not be immune from jurisdiction with respect to Judicial Proceedings in which monetary compensation for the damage or loss resulting from said act is being sought.

第十条 外国等は、人の死亡若しくは傷害又は有体物の滅失若しくは毀損が、当該外国等が責任を負うべきものと主張される行為によって生じた場合において、当該行為の全部又は一部が日本国内で行われ、かつ、当該行為をした者が当該行為の時に日本国内に所在していたときは、これによって生じた損害又は損失の金銭によるてん補に関する裁判手続について、裁判権から免除されない。

http://www.japaneselawtranslation.go.jp/law/detail/?id=1948&vm=04&re=01

政府参考人(倉吉敬君) 確かに、ここに書かれているのは人の死亡若しくは傷害という、要するにいわゆる我々が日本法で不法行為と考えるときは、損害はもっといろんなものがございます、精神的苦痛であるとかですね。だから、その程度のものは国家はもう主権免除してあげようよという、そういう配慮があるわけです。

https://kokkai.ndl.go.jp/simple/detail?minId=117115206X00920090416&spkNum=107#s107

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Posted in: Suga sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine; Abe visits See in context

Some Japanese say Korea should forget the past and look for the future, but it is Japanese politicians who continue to revisit the past, provoking the neighbor countries to remember the past.

Why?

This book will help understand the paradoxical behaviors of Japanese politicians:

https://www.amazon.com/Japan-Shackles-Past-Taggart-Murphy/dp/0190619589

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects wartime sex slaves' suit against Japan See in context

Peeping_Tom

Answer:

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What? Can you summarize your answer in one or two sentences? Grandiose writing is a feature of Japanese politicians and bureaucrats to obfuscate the issue.

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects wartime sex slaves' suit against Japan See in context

@kennyG

Who said the different judge can make different verdict?

For example, there are 10 judges in the Korean supreme court, and many rulings are not unanimous. You seem to have no idea about the jurisdictional system either in Japan or Korea. International law is a very difficult area for most judges in the local courts.

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects wartime sex slaves' suit against Japan See in context

And, today:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/04/21/national/suga-offering-yasukuni/

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects wartime sex slaves' suit against Japan See in context

@AlexBecu

Dear South Korea,

You dig the hole, now lay down in it.

Look back at your own political leaders to know what they are doing right now. Japan needs to escape from the shackles of the past.

Japan PM Suga sends offering to Yasukuni Shrine for war dead - NHK

https://www.reuters.com/article/instant-article/idINKBN272027

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects wartime sex slaves' suit against Japan See in context

@noriahojanen

VP Biden under the Obama administration strongly urged and witnessed the 2005 pact. His position is clear. He never wants the agreement breached.

It was not a pact, but just a press conference announcing an oral agreement. It is legally void.

In the ruling, the court reasoned the 2015 deal was too vague and non-binding in nature to pose a potential violation of rights to victims, saying the phrasing of the 2015 deal was non-binding and lacking in concrete details or plans. It also added that the deal did not go through the formal procedures required of binding treaties.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2020/12/120_280991.html

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects wartime sex slaves' suit against Japan See in context

@rlaalswls

In fact, the Moon administration will not intervene with the judiciary over this matter from start to finish.

The correct statement is that the Moon administration can not intervene. Unlike Japan, S. Korea is a democratic country where the separation of the 3 powers is firmly established.

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects wartime sex slaves' suit against Japan See in context

@OssanAmerica

People with at least half a brain know that it is up to the Claimant to bring a case to any court. Japan can not bring a case against itself.

Another oxymoronic claim. Then, why did Japan consider bringing the case to the ICJ?

https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASP19633PP19UTFK005.html

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/978301.html

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects wartime sex slaves' suit against Japan See in context

@Coffee

Japan has compensated for its war crimes multiple times

Oxymoronic. Japan has never admitted any war crime or wrongdoing, but has compensated for it?

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