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Posted in: China warns Japan against provocation around disputed islands See in context

This is not the only point of contention, it is within japan's right to build something on the island. Keeping in mind that china can also invoke history as a support to their bellicose behavior, and senkaku seems to exist between those extremes.

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Posted in: Japan, wary of outsiders, keeps doors closed to refugees See in context

It will be interesting to see Japan in a decade more or two in its current homogenous state...for sure, the current state of things (social/economic/political) seems precarious already..hope there will be some miracles along the way.

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Posted in: LDP forms group to review modern history See in context

That is another great title for the PM as the Chief Historian. Maybe he just want many titles to appear on his resume once he's out of office. Japan have alot more important problems to deal with than this.

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Posted in: Angry single men stage anti-Christmas rally in Tokyo See in context

It is good to protest against something with a sense of optimism but, in this case, there seems to be no hope.

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Posted in: 72-year-old man arrested over death of bedridden wife See in context

I can be wrong but i think most Japanese are kinda quiet.

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Posted in: Columnist suggests language tests for foreign journalists See in context

That will only create differences among his own comrades (reporters). I think reporters are ought to defend their fellow neighbors in the profession, but what he just propose is something contrary to that.

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Posted in: U.S. veterans who firebombed Japan in WWII meet survivor See in context

the problem is that no one outside japan will buy into those. one can only wish that japanese war veterans will also show some remorse to their neighbours.

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Posted in: U.S. veterans who firebombed Japan in WWII meet survivor See in context


again, you have to look for other cases. why europe had been in peacetime now since that war. America is a far-off country, maybe you need to look more at Asia and what happens here. in other words, your problem is here not there.

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Posted in: U.S. veterans who firebombed Japan in WWII meet survivor See in context


the meeting and visit of a veteran as reported in this article also gives you an hint that America do care and to an extent also repent for what had happened during WWII. that is kinda incomparable if you look at Japan's case.

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Posted in: U.S. veterans who firebombed Japan in WWII meet survivor See in context


on the other hand, it happens, that Japan brought a scourge upon millions in the neighbourhood. do you recognise those? or do you think they should be forgotten for they don't deserve to be heard?

i do agree that killing innocent is the most hideous crime, but, stories have to be seen from all sides. japan will only bring herself to shame if she perpetuate her own versions of events without any regard to others. don't u see why war in europe had already been laid to books and not talked about between govn'ts or lay people?

as i said, it will really take a very long time to put pieces together with the prevailing of such kinds of ideas here.

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Posted in: U.S. veterans who firebombed Japan in WWII meet survivor See in context

“I wonder if they had thought of the people on the ground when they dropped the bombs,” she said

I wonder if they had thought of their govn't which led them toward this calamity. i mean the sentence alone seems to be a victim identifier. it already over, thanks to these gentlemen, democracy was saved. end of story.

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Posted in: Bieber kisses two of Japan’s most popular idols See in context

Now that is a funny article. LOL

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Posted in: Do you support calls in some countries to replace expressions like “Christmas tree” and “merry Christmas” with “holiday tree” and “happy holidays?” See in context

maybe changing the terms will fit to japan's situation, but, it will never work the same in the majority of countries. another way of creating an 'us' vs. 'them' mindset.

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Posted in: Japan's tiny refugee community urges Tokyo to open doors wider See in context

education here is quite a problem i think. the ranking of universities is no joke. western countries are not accepting refugees because of mere charity, but out of enlightened self-interest. when u cultivate your leaders/citizens in the bosom of an undynamic (education) system, the result can be dull and self-contradictory to the personal and to the community.

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Posted in: Gamba striker Patric says he was racially abused by Urawa fan See in context

this is a true and quite sad case in a developed country like Japan. this player will get use to it.

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Posted in: Republican campaign rhetoric has Muslim-Americans on edge See in context

Muslims should migrate to Muslim countries.

there is an advantage of having muslims in western countries to give them the opportunity to things that they cannot do in their own countries, like renouncing their faith or converting to new ideas without the threat of being murdered.

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Posted in: Carson wants mosques, schools, supermarkets watched closely See in context

Republican party seems really broken intelligently.

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Posted in: 47-yr-old woman arrested over murder, assisted suicide of parents See in context

Namikata, who was found lying on the riverbank, was taken to hospital, suffering from hypothermia.

maybe the police need to solve that first before inflicting more charges on her. very sad story.

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Posted in: Radisson hotel in Mali attacked; at least 20 killed See in context

islam in its very natural and unevolving form. danger and deceit in its very disguise.

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Posted in: Cup noodles and chocolates keep Abenomics' pulse beating See in context

i think the blame is not entirely on Abe, although he should bear some responsibilities and failures from his part as a leader. the third arrow was missing, as some or most of its key areas is 'foreign' or 'foreigners' related. the fear (and uncertainty) of the outside is well and alive in society and govn't policies are nothing more than the reflection of what happens in the society at large.

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Posted in: As world mourns for Paris, many in Middle East see double standard See in context

it is quite difficult to avert the problem as believers themselves have to play a greater role. even condemning the disaster and horrific acts is not going to somehow eradicate extremism.

it will be good if there can some changes to the idelogies they perpetuate, from within the faith community itself, as it is a solid threat not only to non-believers but even to themselves.

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Posted in: At least 120 killed in six Paris terror attacks; police hunt for accomplices See in context

The root cause of this that won't end soon or even in centuries is the ideology behind that believers worship. I can only see changing the ideology/text as the only solution, but it is just impossible to see that to happen.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to lead economic rule-making under TPP: Abe See in context

“I would like the Chinese government to steadily implement structural reforms while ensuring transparency,” Abe said of Japan’s giant neighbor and world’s second-largest economy.

so he know those things well, now he want others to do it, but he never do them for the failed abenomics, especially the badly needed structural reforms. lots of good quotes this morning.

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Posted in: 12-year-old boy jumps to death in Nagoya subway; leaves suicide note See in context

life was taken means this is serious problem, and the kid left a note seems to be honest enough to reveal his small world that has been unseen by no others but himself. is it compulsory here for all kids to attend sport clubs? how about making it optional for those who just don't want to take part. and parents also need to spend some time with their kids and to listen more to their stories.

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea, China leaders agree to mend strained ties See in context

hopefully they continue on that road. asians look the same, maybe they should focus more on what unite them than divide them.

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Posted in: Ogata urges Japan to do more to help refugees See in context

Isolationist Japan is best.

Hosting international events like the world cup does not mean isolation. Or taking resources (maybe oil) from elsewhere (maybe the middle east)...Perhaps it can only fit that definition if u want to benefit from the world system but don't want to share their concerns.

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Posted in: Welcome See in context

wow, that is pretty uniform bow with some utterance of "irashaimashe"..nice pice!!

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Posted in: China calls on Japan to stop hampering military flights See in context

Seems now that China is at the highest of its own hypocrisy.

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Posted in: Ogata urges Japan to do more to help refugees See in context

Ogata said Japan’s cultural homogeneity tended to make people less open to refugees but ordinary Japanese would be more accepting if political leaders took the initiative.

she responds perfectly i think to the current mood in japan, whether demographic, political or social imbalance.

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Posted in: Ahead of summit, China urges Japan to make break from 'inglorious' past See in context

Saying one thing and doing the other/opposite is quite common in this administration, i don't think u can trust them esp. when it comes to history.

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