If the SDF forces do not accomplish their duties with a "sense of pride" as Abe is telling, then there has to be something wrong with the morality within the SDF-forces! Do they not see pride in defending one's country?
You should be honoured and grateful to serve your country, regardless whether it's stated in the constitution or not! Abe you spout out different pointless views about changing a rather perfectly working article. You managed to allow collective self-defense in 2015, what more do you want!
Cut the abenomics, cut the corruption, cut the favortism, cut the plutocracy, and for god sake let someone else with a more modern political stance come through.
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And a frowning eye to the Japanese Government's denial of "comfort women" as sex slaves under WW2.
-2 ( +4 / -6 )
Japan has no card to play. You lost the war. How can you possibly think to gain anything from a defeat? You're bringing shame on the victors. There's nothing in this world which can be called an integral part of one's nation.
If you're so obsessed about the "integral part", why did you invade the Korean peninsula and Manchuria then? Korean peninsula would be considered a integral part of Korea, and Manchuria an integral part of China. Your obsession about "integral part" is outdated and not up for discussion in the 21st centruy.
If every nation thought about "integral parts", we would've had to rewrite the world maps and history books. Move on Japan!
-2 ( +14 / -16 )
Poeple who saw the match wouldn't be suprised to see her outrage portrayed like this. She ruined the best day of Osaka's career so far, broke her racket, and insulted the judges in front of a large audience. The judges handled the situation in accordance with Tennis etiquette and law.
Fair response by the judges, exageratted behaviour by Serena. Especially by mixing race and sexism onto the neutral Tennis arena.
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let the inmates slowly rot in prison. To execute them is like doing them a silent favor!
1 ( +6 / -5 )
Will you accept more asylum seekers then the 28 persons you accepted last year? Japan, you have 127 million inhabitants, to accept 100 000 immigrants, refugees or asylum seekers is less than 0,50% of your country's total population! The migrate-crisis who has shocked Europe and led to a rising right-wing movement, could've been totally avoided if Asian countries took their share of the refugees and asylum seekers.
Small countries in Europe can't handle an influx of refugees which exceeds their rate of control and integration. Don't let transportation difficulties be a barrier between you and the refugees mainly from Africa and Middle-East! It's a world-crisis, not a problem for Europe to solve alone! If you want a more hostile Europe just keep restricting the flow of refugees and immigrants.
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
Dishonourable. You're effectively discouraging youngters from joining Japanese Politics, because they know they'll eventually have to be pass the 50-year mark before they can have a chance at changing the country. Koizumi did not seek another term as party leader and effectively Prime Minister as his term limit was fullfilled in 2006.
You just sought to change that rule of 2 terms as party leader, just so it could serve to your advantage. You should honour your predeccesors by not running, and let someone else come through. You've been guiding Japan for 7 years now, 6 of them continously. To have a nation become too dependent on one person is never good.
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His vehemence is truly what have made the relocation of the Futenma Air base to Henoko gather even mainland Japanese to support the Okinawans in their fight for justice. Okinawa houses 70% of all american bases on Japan, but only accounts for 0,6 percentage of land mass of Japan.
Show some empathy mainland Japan, and help the Ryukyuan people to ease their minds. It is wrong for Okinawa solely to house 70% of american bases in Japan! A blazing soul for Okinawan justice has died, R.I.P Onaga Takeshi.
-1 ( +2 / -3 )
Emperor Showa would've never pulled Japan out of the war if it was not for the atomic bombings. Technically, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved countless of Japanese, Chinese and American lives. Considering the cruel and barbaric slaughter of China by Japan before and during WWII, the bombings was kind of a "payback" by USA and their ally Kuomintang-China.
Japan killed up to 25 million chinese during the Second Japanese-Sino war 1937-1945, while losing close to 4 million. Japan would've never stopped the slaughter of China if it wasn't for the atomic bombs. Russia began invading in 1945, but mainland Japan were never really exposed to invading threats, except against long ranged bombers. So how could you win against a state who regarded their Emperor as divine, and who's Emperor would not give up. We should remember that it took 2 devestating atomic bombs to make him surrender. He could've surrendered after the first one, but it actually took him 2 atomic bombs before he threw in the towel!
All this together, an amphibious invasion of Japan with their divine Enperor who wouldn't give up, seemed naturally impossible. The bombs were terrible, but who's fault was it actually? Showa who refused to surrender after the first bomb, or the Americans who just wanted to put an irreversible end to the deadliest conflict in history? Japan didn't respect the laws of the Geneva Convention or the Red Cross during their Pacific Campaign and Sino-war, that itself is a war crime and crime against humanity.
7 ( +14 / -7 )
It's so naive of Japan's LDP to think that only Abe Shinzo is the only one capable of tackling Trump and North Korea. It's utterly despicable, and the pretext to a one-party state! Some might call him a "strong leader", but what happened last time Japan had an almost "divine" as head of state? What value does our future bear, if we forget our endeavours in the past? If you put to much trust and confidence in ONE leader, you will inevitably lose your own judgment and reason.
I've tried for years to keep up with Japan, and your foolish PM. But it all seems to come to an end, with Abe being re-elected in September. He might have done som great things for Japan to, but as Hitler once said; "a great magician, is also a great lier". Does Japan want a great conman to govern their country? Not my first-choice.
3 ( +3 / -0 )
It would've been a "dream come true" if everyone who are dissatisfied with Abe actually voted for another party, and not LDP which they usually vote for. Japan, you need to realize, that if you vote for any local LDP candidat (whom you like), you will inevitably vote for another Abe-term.
This is a matter of which party you like the most. Not which local candidat you care for the most. If you vote for a local LDP candidat, you vote for LDP. If you don't loke LDP, vote for another local candidat (whom you don't like, but you like his party).
1 ( +1 / -0 )
Political motivated! To have PM Abe bringing the dog to Russia himself is a proof a political motivated campaign. This campaign is all about gaining Zagitova's sympathy for the returnance of the 4 Kuril Islands to Japan from Russia.
The Japanese Government is playing a cynical game, all about gaining the Russian population's sympathy. Why have PM Abe bring the dog in the first place? Shouldn't the mayor from Akita-prefecture have the great honour of handing Zagitova her new dog?
0 ( +0 / -0 )
It's a shame when it's covered by 280% of Japan's GDP in loans.
1 ( +3 / -2 )
Of course. Certain countries can bond beyond friendship with Royal marriages etc. Although this is not that revered these days, it still serves as a reminder of how Royal families have actually prevented countless of devestating wars in the past.
Royal families have and will always play a role in world society. People need someone to gather around, someone to feel unity for etc. A King, an Emperor, Shah, Sheik, Sultan, is essential to fullfill this state.
-2 ( +0 / -2 )
Well, stop being such a whimp Abe! Instead of asking the U.S to raise the abduction issue with North Korea, show some courage and go to North Korea yourself! Koizumi went their in 2002, and look at what he achieved! The return of 5 Japanese nationals.
Take some advice from your mentor, and go their. You're in no position to make any demands such as; "no aid before the return of the abductees". North Korea has the strongest card. To don't follow their game-rules will prove insufficient. Look at what North Korea developed without Japanese aid, Abe. You have an incredible weak card. Play by their rules, and Japan will have back their beloved nationals.
-8 ( +1 / -9 )
I thought it stood "retracts" controversial comment instead of "repeats". This is just getting out of control. Is Japan being governed by a bunch of babbling baboons?
4 ( +4 / -0 )
Best to stay out of it, let our master «USA» handle it. Including the abductions and such, as we agreed on.
This is what Japan has been doing ever since Abe taking office. Buying more American made military equipment and hope for the best in terms of tariffs and trade.
Koizumi Junichiro went to North Korea himself, met Kim Jong Il, and in the end settled the return of 5 abductees from NK. Kim Jong Un has finally expressed his willingness to hold talks with Abe on this issue. Be a man for god’s sake, and stop being the puppet of USA, Abe! Can’t you do more for your country? Just as you ask your own people to do more for Japan with regard to Article 9 etc!
Considering Japan has not yet payed a single Korean Won in war repariations to North Korea, I think North Korea is ready for the Grand Prize!
-8 ( +7 / -15 )
After spitting in vast amounts of money into developing an island group which you think Russia will freely hand back. Russia will simply back out off the deal. Just as they now did with the Airport project.
This is a devestating project for Japan to be funding. Spending tax-payers money on developing a group of islands which you claim, but in which you have no guarantee of recieving them back. もったいない！
-2 ( +1 / -3 )
Russia and Japan signed a pact in 1956 that stated that Russia are to give up the islands of Shikotan and Habomai. The US tried to block the deal, but Japan signed it nevertheless.
It states that Russia will give up Habomai and Shikotan, but only after a peace agreement has been signed. Despite this fact, Japan still actively tries to pursue the return of all the 4 islands (Iturup, Kunashir, Habomai and Shikotan). Japan, stick to the original plan, and you will have the return of 2 island groups. Not big in size, but still better than nothing. After all, you acknowledged the weakness to your claims of Iturup and Kunashiri in 1956.
History wise, the Kuril islands has never been of much importance to the Japanese mainland before until after the Meiji-restoration after 1869. It was populated by the Ainus (indigenous people of both Japan and part of Russia). It is thereby wrong to say that (Kunashir, Habomai, Shikotan, and Iturup) are an inherent part of Japanese territory. You didn't annex it until before 1869!
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You can't take countermeasures against your own history of aggression, Japan, and expect to get away with it. Revising history books is a crime against humanity and against all we have built throughout thousands of years, with all our mistakes and wrongdoings in mind.
If you actively try to downgrade your own kind of wrongdoings, you are also downgrading your nation's role in world history. To demand victims to kind of "shut up" about their experience is just inhumane. What would have happened if the U.S demanded the removal of every Hiroshima and Nagasaki memorial, and demanded that every "Hibakusha" should not utter a word about their cruel experience?! Try to put this example into consideration every time you demand South Korea to remove the "comfort women" statues.
Demanding the removal of several "comfort women" statues is actively undermining the victims human rights. By repeatedly demanding this, Japan is showing a lack of remorse and understanding towards the victims cruel experience of Japanese colonial rule.
-2 ( +7 / -9 )
If it hadn’t been for Anime-pirate sites that offers Anime watching for free, Anime would’ve been no where near as popular as it is today.
I myself watch Anime at a pirate site. That’s the reason why I became obsessed with Anime. I know the companies are losing money on it, but they earn it back with their Japanese Manga-sales. If you hunt down these specific pirate sites, it will only contribute to hamper the spread of Anime.
-1 ( +3 / -4 )
The ultimate ignorance is complete. This shows that Japan puts their nation’s profits and strategical interests above human rights and ethics.
You even provided ballot boxes to this upcoming dictatorship in Cambodia. How ignorant can you possibly become? Even with Russia and the nerve attack in London. You refuse to criticize Russia just because of the Northern Territories you want back.
This is actively playing a dirty game, Japan. And your government knows it perfectly well.
2 ( +3 / -1 )
This is common sense for anyone living on planet earth. To have your body engulfed in hot natural water is both very relaxing and healthy with regard to the salt crystals the water contains.
Hey, when it works on humans, of course it works on monkeys. They're our closest ancestors! Common sense.
1 ( +1 / -0 )
Japan, you cannot let foreign politics decide the future of your country. Of course, you had North Korea, but now the North has shown a more conciliatory tone.
Abe’s influence is directly involved, either he ordered it or not. Abe’s power has influenced people to act on his behalf, and not on the Japanese people’s behalf. This has to end.
A prime minister who cannot control his own government, can no longer guide a country in a transparent manner!
4 ( +5 / -1 )
Who the heck are these so called «scholars» who claim the SDF is unconstitutional.
In all reports I’ve read they always cite these «scholars» as a problem for the constitutionality of the SDF. And in all reports, I can find no explicit reference to any of them. I want proof, that some people are questioning the existence of the SDF-forces!!
It seems weird that someone would question the existence of one of the world’s strongest military!
2 ( +2 / -0 )
Okey, let’s say that you didn’t know about the altered documents. And that it was your subordinates that ordered the alteration. This proves that you as Prime Minister of Japan has no control over your government!
In fact you should still resign, as this proves your inability to govern Japan in a stable and content manner! A Prime Minister who has lost control over his government can no longer rule efficiently or honestly.
Deep inside, everyone know that you knew about the documents existence. You’re just trying to push the blame onto someone else, just to save yourself. Man, this is a disgrace to former Prime Ministers.
Japan, make him resign and form a new government. We’ve been keeping up with this for too long!
11 ( +16 / -5 )
But hey, let’s be honest. Abe should’ve been more careful in this case. A discount to the school your wife serves as a honorary principal, should have been enough to alarm you.
You should’ve done your own research and you should’ve also guaranteed the «neutral» discount to the parliament before this cronyism arised. You’ve been sleeping in class, Abe. And now face the consequences! Don’t even try to blame others.
Even if it wasn’t you who ordered it as you said, you still should’ve seen this coming!!
6 ( +6 / -0 )
Suga Yoshihide, you're saying you THOUGHT your aide reported the matter about the alterations to Abe the same day on March 6th. When governing a country, you should not have thought that he did it, you should have known that he reported the matter!
You should've reported it to Abe yourself to guarantee the message had arrived. This is a breach of trust and efficiency. Sounds like everyone in the government is involved, and are now trying to blame it on each other. What a total mess!
4 ( +4 / -0 )
Ha ha, if the office of the Prime Minister knew about the alterations, of course they must’ve notified Abe about it! If not, I would say that the Abe administration should resign anyway because lack of transparency and efficiency.
Well, when you knew your wife was the honerary principal of the school, you should’ve seen this coming! Like, a sharp discount to the school your wife is a honarary principal at, should’ve been enough to get you moving in the first place!
Now you stand there as a question-mark, trying to delete evidence. Is that how Japanese traditions work these days?! Kick him, Japan!
Haven’t you had enough?
7 ( +11 / -4 )