British paras were awarded medals for shooting rights marchers on that fateful day.
I don't deny the crime that it was. But the BIG difference is that one awful crime led to a politically correct engagement in terms of children throwing rocks not being shot in the head. And despite shocking IRA terrorism the British agreed to peace. The difference to recognising humanity or continuing with middle ages barbarism.
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Stop throwing stones and you won't get shot. Pretty simple really.
The British, where I'm from, had exactly the same situation in Northern Ireland. The British took Irish land in the North which led to terrorism against them in protest. After Bloody Sunday (1 incident) I don't recall British soldiers shooting children in the head for throwing stones. And I remember my city of London and its inhabitants getting blown up by terrorist bombs. What did that slow pacifism lead to? Oh yeah that's right, a peace settlement and an end to the terrorism. But I guess the Israelis always felt they were the chosen ones and a bit special.
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For decades Western Governments have listened to Palestinian rhetoric, paid hundreds of millions of dollars to the Palestinian Government while these people have never made an effort to seek lasting peace with Israel. So it would stupid to continue doing the same thing again and again then wondering why a different result isn't achieved - the West should move all their Embassies and cut off funding to the Palestinians.
I'm not sure whether you're a real poster or some kind of clickbait troll.
The vast majority of the educated and well-read world, independent of this crisis, know exactly what is going on in Israel. Palestinian 'rhetoric' is justified by their children being shot dead for throwing stones.
If you want to cut off funding to the Palestinians (for what I'm not sure - maybe for losing even more land to Israeli settlers?) then you sure as hell should cut off business ties with Israel for their hate crimes shooting Palestinian children.
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smith, we can probably almost agree on this one.
I was actually referring only to Japan's criticism of China creating manmade islands in the South China Sea and now arming them.
The Japanese defence spending discussion has other baggage attached to it.
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Confirmation, for those of you who put down any Japanese criticism of Chinese encroachment on seaways, that this is the end game my friends. The Chinese are an absolute disgrace for the internment of a million Chinese Muslims and then calling it 'vocational training'. Don't criticise Japan for trying to take a stand. If I were Taiwan, I would invest billions in American and Japanese defence.
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but frankly it hasn't been going that well, not a lot of progress has been made, and you don't keep doing the same thing and expect different results
Its like saying progress between Japan and North Korea is not being made so as a totally independent nation we're going to fully support North Korea... Only the current Australian government thinks like that..
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Why should anyone not listen to the country in question...the Israelis claim Jerusalem as their capital so that's where embassies should be located.
Israel took Jerusalem during the six day war as recently as 1967. The fact that Jerusalem holds the highest symbols of Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, and Judaism makes it the last place on earth to play politics and religion. And you know that.
What would Japan think if someone claimed Kyoto or Osaka as the capital and placed their embassy in those cities out of respect for some group who did not recognize Tokyo as the capital?
This makes no sense? You've got this the wrong way round. The Palestinians are not claiming Tel Aviv as their capital. It was historically the Israeli capital and it is the Israelis who want to make a statement and make Jerusalem their political capital.
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My son has broken a window in the past. Should he be in prison?
This Father's son is dead thanks to bullying, and the superintendent lost his job and is not in prison. Completely different scenario to yours.
I wouldn't pay it any attention.
When a child has killed himself because of bullying and the representative of the school talks like that, it should gain the utmost attention.
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And the article doesn7t even mention how ballistic they went when the Emperor reminded people that the Imperial bloodline has Korean blood in it.
I do wonder why some people have such an issue with Japan. Something which can turn any news story such as this about the chief priest of Yasukuni into pro-Korean dialogue. But I guess some people have had a really bad experience in Japan. Either that or they live with a dominant spouse with very strong historical and political opinions.
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If it works for Japanese its got to work for foreigners! (Then I woke up)
The old I was drunk at the time defense!
never fails...unless you are a foreigner
No Japanese has ever stabbed someone multiple times in the neck and got off lightly with the drunk excuse. If you don't like hard punishment for foreign people in Japan, then don't visit here and stab locals in the neck. In some countries that German guy would be toast.
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It was a South Korean newspaper (ironically) who questioned South Korean hostility towards Japan's rising sun flag by stating that South Koreans should also be hostile towards the flag of China, as China fought the North's communist fight during the Korean war with 1.3M Chinese soldiers which led to hundreds of thousands of South Korean deaths and the division of the country.
In other words, the Koreans are very choosy over which parts of their history they want to hold grudges against and which parts they are happy to forgive.
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Seoul has asked all participating countries to display only their national flags. Only Japan seems to have objected.
Let's ask if there's any logical reason why Korea made this request - and there is no logical reason why for example Korea would have asked the British (I don't think the British are participating) to replace the ensign with the Union Jack, and add a Korean flag too. No, this was pre-planned to cause a fuss over the rising sun flag and has absolutely nothing to do with the naval exercise. There is absolutely no constructive reason why the flag request affects the naval exercise.
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I'm embarrassed to be British sometimes. Can you imagine that happening here?
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Reckless, as per Thomas' informative proof, Korea's request was ridiculous. Not to mention the wrong timing to get Japan to discuss their rising sun flag.
Yes, it was more than possible that Japan could have flown the Hinomaru just for this event. But the Japanese are not that stupid in realising how Korea are using this exercise as an excuse to highlight the flag thing.
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Any nation that hosts such an event and demands it be done or the target nation participate. You said yourself the upset is understandable. What's not is the stubborn insistence not to do it. What harm would it have done to simply not use the flag for this particular event? NONE, since you want to talk about using it as a political tool and painting Japan as the victim, as usual. Even if you insist Korea is the bad guy here, Japan had the chance to take the high road, but as usual, nationalist pride means Japan loses out.
To cut a long story short Korea asked another country's navy not to fly their naval flag. Both Korea's never heeded Japan's protest to show the Takeshima islands on their unified flag at the Winter Olympics, so why expect Japan to change their naval flag at Korea's request?
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The upset over the rising sun flag is understandable, but that argument should be on a separate stage. And to be honest who can make another nation change their naval flag? This review is a decent idea but as usual the Koreans turn it into a political tool, just like with everything else.
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Cochise, many airlines already have a policy to restrict drinks to passengers. Airline flights are not pubs. They are not there for the purpose of people being able to drink all they can. And there are more families, young children, and non-drinkers on flights then there are big drinkers. If you want to drink all you can then go down the pub. The price of your air ticket does not specify 'drink all you can'.
Putting a cap on inflight drinks is not nanny state. It's just being sensible.
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I will not have you, the airline, or anyone else dictate to me whether I can have 4 or more, or less for that matter of anything, as long as there are no regulations stating otherwise.
Exactly the sort of aggressive comment made by the sort of passenger who kicks off after they can't handle their drink (or can't handle a limit placed on their drinks).
The dude was an arse, BEFORE he even had one drink! Anyone who uses alcohol as an excuse to abuse others, or starts fights when they drink, whatever, they had problems well before the first beverage was served!
Absolutely no proof whatsoever that this guy was trouble before drinking. In fact, I have already pointed out the fact that after 30 years of service and working in a senior role, any court in the world would recognise that the signs were that he was not on the danger list before getting drunk.
Next you are going to suggest that we can only have so many of one thing or another. 4 cups of coffee "enough"? How about water?
Now you are just being silly. My point is a valid one. There is no need to drink 6 glasses of wine on a flight. There should be a limit to stop these incidents happening.
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Good post from shumatsu.
One important point - maybe the carriers are responsible for serving 6 glasses of wine. 4 of anything is enough on a flight.
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He needs to duke it out with the Korean nut-rage lady in a winner take all celebrity grudge match on the undercard of the next UFC McGregor megafight
Haha. Nevada State Commission will need to step in. Who's going to wear the Dagestan hat.?
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smith, I would have thought that punishing that individual and compensating the lady for her injuries are the main goals here. There is nothing that ANA can do about an employee losing it like this apart from their retrospective actions. And after 30 years of service and rising to Paris branch manager he wasn't exactly on the dangerous list.
since he is resigning and not being fired will likely receive severance
If you know Japan employment law it is pretty difficult to fire staff and you have to use other ways around it such as this. There is no evidence here whatsoever of any severance pay and him having to resign from a management job at ANA after 30 years is a pretty big punishment.
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As for the other "vows" ANA has made, we all know what corporate "vows" are worth in Japan.
I don't know of any employers in Korea or the US or the west who would reduce compensation of board members, the president, and chairman for the act of a staff member.
I hope the woman files a criminal suit against the man AND the company, and keeps this in the media both here and abroad for some time to come.
Because its all about prosecuting that guy for her injuries, or is this all about embarrassing Japanese companies in the foreign press? What's more important do you think.?
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I'm not exactly a fan of McGregor's antics and trash talking. But it's purely box office and sells pay per view. But I have never seen a fighters corner men, MMA or boxing, attack an opponent who has just been beaten, AFTER a fight! That has to stop here and Dana White will be under huge pressure to clean up his sport.
To hand it to McGregor he always shakes hands after a fight. I don't think this is the last we hear of this.
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It is ludicrous, a fallacy to suggest 17 million voters were hoodwinked, to stupid to fully comprehend what a leave result would mean.
almost as ludicrous as knowing that voting Leave would result in losing the equivalent of GBP500M per week with no Brexit plan drafted and constitutional law clearly stating that a referendum was not legally binding, and then going and voting Leave anyway..
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I still strongly disagree with all the Leave voters screaming about democracy and the majority winning etc. If it weren't for the lies about saving GBP350M from the EU and the non-disclosure of the real cost of the EU divorce bill, then I estimate the vote would have gone more 60/40 in favour of Remain.
And where are all the Leave campaign leaders now? Where are they? They should be negotiating the Brexit plan with Brussels, but they all disappeared! Even Johnson is leaving it to Theresa May who wasn't part of the Leave campaign like he was. Now he is happy to hide behind her.
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Arsenal's Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan did not make the trip to Azerbaijan due to diplomatic tensions between the country and his homeland.
Why the need to mention that? Arsenal won comfortably. The dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan is well known and Mkhitaryan is not exactly a confirmed starter for Arsenal. Just write about the sport.
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smithinjapan, how about if Osaka city built a statue remembering the 1949 ROK eradication campaign that killed 1,668 civilians in Jeju? Would you also criticise any Korean government officials who protested to Osaka city by cutting ties? Or would you say that history had nothing to do with Osaka city and the statue should not have gone up there? Or is this only about Japan for you?
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I don't see any issue with supporters putting up a statue in San Francisco remembering the comfort women. BUT. If San Francisco city permitted the statue (remembering human rights abuses by the Japanese army) to be built on city property, don't act so surprised that Osaka city wish to cancel their twin city ties.
Its not that difficult to understand that city property carries a level of it being an official statue in San Francisco, therefore an official statue about Japanese army human rights abuses, and thats the whole point of the Osaka city protest.
Don't act so surprised that Osaka city are unhappy, especially as the abuses happened nowhere near San Francisco, which should be neutral of that history.
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