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Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse; Abe vows never to repeat horrors of war See in context

Yubaru

Had Japan not gone to war with the US, Russians may also be speaking Japanese.

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Posted in: Missing 2-year-old boy found safe in Yamaguchi Pref See in context

Very happy to hear a nice ending to this one.

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Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse; Abe vows never to repeat horrors of war See in context

It would be rather dark I think Darknuts

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Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse; Abe vows never to repeat horrors of war See in context

SmithinJapan

You associate not being genuine with rebuilding Japan’s military?

Thats your opening line. That...is an opinion, and unless you’re a citizen, simply that alone.

Any sovereign nation has the right to engage how it pleases in accordance with the international laws that it may or may not choose to engage in.

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Posted in: Emperor expresses deep remorse; Abe vows never to repeat horrors of war See in context

A good ceremony that most Japanese can resonate with.

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Posted in: Chinese man files suit over harassment at immigration center See in context

Seems like the world treats detainees poorly...what a surprise.

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Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine on World War II surrender anniversary See in context

Yasukuni is thousands of years old.

It isn’t a WWII shrine.

I think Japan can do what they want as far as war dead memorials because as far as I can see, the connection between Yasukuni and Imperialism and not atoning for war crimes is not there.

It’s about remembering those who died in war.

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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

If you look through this thread you basically see western views and local views and some unbiased views.

The only ones who have a hard time engaging in dialogue are the angry ones who are so sure they are right and accuse everyone else of being sub par and worse.

Pretty funny how as people age their mentalities get set and they don’t wanna budge from one norm.

As with most human dilemas it will take honest understanding from all parties.

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Posted in: Indoor playgrounds in hot demand as Japan swelters See in context

Hurray for Osaka!

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Posted in: 1st 'comfort women' statue installed in Taiwan See in context

Bitterness kills.

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Posted in: Child statue in protective suit in Fukushima criticized See in context

The child statue looks infected with a disease or contaminated by radiation with the splotches on his face.

A prominent part of the statue is the crotch piece.

I don’t think this was intended to be purely uplifting. The designer has to have known it’s odd and is probably glad it’s made the news through controversy rather than stay in obscurity by abiding by the norms.

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Posted in: 2-year-old boy missing after grandfather sends him home alone See in context

2 year olds should do very few things without supervision or help.

This is now looking like it could have cost him his life.

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Posted in: With K-pop back in U.S. spotlight, Korean-American stars take hope See in context

Take a look at the peeps behind him. LOL!

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Posted in: Okinawa rally mourns governor, opposes U.S. base relocation See in context

The PBot

The NSDF is very capable.

LOL dude its only a defense force by their own constistution. You can’t win a war with only defense. What kinda logic is that?

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Posted in: Nursing home employee arrested over death of 88-year-old resident See in context

Hopefully be get what he deserves. What a awful way to die.

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Posted in: Okinawa rally mourns governor, opposes U.S. base relocation See in context

And if the Americans actually left and China threatened all these signs would be saying yes, and people would be demanding the government protect their children.

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Posted in: Most female doctors in poll can understand Tokyo medical school reducing female applicant scores See in context

No luddite

Read what I said, that if you grow up here (did you) gender roles are reinforced by everyone in the family. I said it takes more than one and that their will be changes needed by men and women in their thinking.

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Posted in: New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags See in context

Disillusioned FYI

100% self made, lived on my own since 16 and never received a thing. Have helped many a grandparent though.

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Posted in: New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags See in context

Lol

Confirm my stance much?

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Posted in: More Japanese women falling for 'international romance frauds' See in context

Hey if your that stupid....

well good luck.

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Posted in: New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags See in context

Disillusioned

Being too young to remember life before plastic bags is a good thing.

Enjoy your youth people! Old and bitter is no way to be.

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Posted in: Most female doctors in poll can understand Tokyo medical school reducing female applicant scores See in context

Hey it takes more than one to tango. Many women here are fine with women being only expected to do so much because they are women.

Often women raise their boys to be spoilt and entitled and teach their daughters to care for them. Most sexist attitudes are still reinforced and taught at home and it’s no big surprise that half of people in their 20s in Japan seem like 50 year olds elsewhere in their mentality.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

JeffLee

Obviously you havent lived in many places abroad if you think its alright to go around the world making inflamatiry comments.

I wouldnt state to locals that they deserved the nukes as a mercy kill just as I wouldnt say some stuff to Jews, Arabs, or any others who have suffered.

But by all means go ahead, and if you find yourself in a hot bed dont wonder why.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

Samir Basu

You seem to have picked up a history book that you approved of, decided everything in it was totally true, and decided to disregard all the rest.

You have even pieces together pieces that noted historians and scholars have they themselves have said its hard to place as irrefutable.

Good for you dude! You are educating the whole world.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

Vince Black

You should beware of stating such an inflammatory short sighted American statement in Japan.

Very stupid thing to go around saying.

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Posted in: Smoking-linked losses in Japan estimated at over ¥2 trillion See in context

Good news! (since money is one of the few things that makes people make changes).

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

Samir Basu

One thing about gaining knowledge is to not be totally sure and convinced of things you aren’t sure about. You state your statement like it’s a math equation 1+1=2, but I think you’ve just done a good job of convincing yourself that you are right.

I agree that we in Japan in general need to know our own nation’s history and war history.

I disagree that there was definitely no other choice and that the Japanese were definitely going to do one thing or another. Much more educated historians can tell you the same.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

Arguing which side was MORALLY doing the righter thing is a little ridiculous.

Firstly how far back are you willing to go in history to begin your account? Are we going to speak of British and other western countries colonizing Asia and killing and stealing? Will we speak of Japan being forced to open borders and how they feared colonization and went on a large militarization period?

Will we speak about WWI when Japan fought with the allies and at that time their war crimes and atrocities toward other weaker humans wasn’t called that, but victory.

Countries don’t do moral things when their backs are against the wall in wars to the death. They tend to act as humans do, doing all they can to survive and then trying to explain it away later and justify their actions.

I can buy the argument that the A bombings ended up perhaps in not as many killed on both sides if the alternative was invasion and if the Japanese were ready to fight to the death. Studying about it is interesting but is think the reality of literally fighting with your women and kidz to the death is a different thing altogether, and may not be realistic to assume. No nation has done that in history, but Japan was also a one off society.

But morally dropping nukes....cmon, humans can only do that to Aliens.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

Anonymous

Excellent true statement.

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Posted in: Nagasaki marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

Hopefully we avoid nationalism, enslavement of our fellow citizens, colonization, and revenge so that we as humans don’t have to suffer the worst that wars bring again.

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