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Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women' See in context

Strangerland "What does that have to do with Japan apologize for its wrongs?"

To see how sincere Korea is about human dignity. Real human dignity concerns not only what was done to you but also what you did to people. Korea has been ignoring what it did to Vietnamese civilians (more recently), while sticking to what Japan did to its people (far more remotely).

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Posted in: Sex slave rally in Seoul See in context

I just read from the link posted above and gained some insight into this matter: http://scholarsinenglish.blogspot.jp/2014/10/summary-of-professor-park-yuhas-book.html

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Posted in: 2-year-old accidentally shoots his mother dead in Idaho Wal-Mart See in context

I'm not arguing about her right to carry her gun. It's America's complicated story. But at the very least, she should not have it LOADED and ready to let go at a touch on the trigger like that. The chance of the trigger being pulled accidentally by just anything was so high. She died unjustly. RIP.

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Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki to skip 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' for first time in 15 years See in context

Anyone is entitled to making the most out of this life, of course with respect to others, and Ayumi sure has been doing fine. She does have her fans in and out of Japan.

Ayumi is always my go-to example when explaining the term "has-been" to my students

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The Kohaku is my go-to example for explaining words like "formulaic," "stale" and "tacky."

She "has been" around as long as some guys have been (LUCKY) selling saliva in her country.

Graduating from NHK Hall? Why is the word "graduation" used in Japan when people talk about quiting their jobs or in this case, not being part of an event anymore?

You don't seem to know the secondary meaning of "graduate." Are you one of those native "teachers"?

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Posted in: Hanyu 2nd at Cup of China after scary crash See in context

Accidental crash? Look again! The heavier Chinese boy, yeah, Chinese, from a distance away was looking straight and skating like a well-aimed missile straight into Hanyu.

Hanyu's fault was his acceptance to skate in China in the first place. Happened in China, caused by a Chinese - coincidence? Think again!

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Posted in: Japan's gymnasts criticize judges after losing to China See in context

So there was something called World Championship going on? A non-event to me at best, since I didn't even know about it, let alone it was playing out in such a country as china. Had it been the Olympics, I would have made plans to watch months earlier. Anyway, good practice, the Japan's Team! I know you guys' real talents. You guys, don't bother to waste your words on the underserved. Save your energy for the next two Olympics - the real areas, where you will let them smell your smoke from a distance.

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Posted in: U.N. issues fresh call to Japan over WWII 'comfort women' See in context

I had once felt sympathetic for these old women, but then I came to conclude that they did not want to change, that they somehow preferred to remain as or to be cast as victims. 70 years have passed, people! These women could have and should have let the 1965 treaty (that normalized the Korea-Japan relationship) close the darkest chapter of their lives and rebuild new ones. They had at least 30 years after 1945 to start their new lives and make their new identities, but they did not or chose not to. They could have spent almost 40 years enjoying the lives they would have recreated, but they failed to make that choice. Change comes from within, but they have kept on expecting change from the outside. Now I feel sorry for them, these women, because they, THEMSELVES, wasted their last 70 years. They let go of so many opportunities to change their lives, waiting for the perfect one (the perfect apology?). They could have and should have changed their mindsets, as any human being, alive and breathing, can. Forever gone and unable to change were not the lives of these still breathing, still vocal women but those of the women who perished in the war, who did not have a second chance to live, let alone live again.

If this, what is it called?, committee or something of the UN really cares about the unresolved abuse of women in the past concerning Korea - yes SOUTH KOREA, it should go to Vietnam and meet the families of the women who were raped and then killed or mutilated by KOREAN soldiers during the 1960s and 1970s; the lives of those women were really gone, forever gone, unjustly. Those women had no second chance to even think about what happened to them, let alone keep on moaning for one apology after another. Ask them how they have been apologized by the KOREAN government (irony intended!).

If Vietnam is too far away from their office in Geneva, they could go to India. It's where women and underage girls ARE raped and hanged on trees. Oh, you would say it's India's internal affair, but it's abuse of women, isn't it?

Or absolutely more urgently, this UN committee and its supporters should go to places where women are CURRENTLY being beaten up, gang raped to death or buried alive. Ask me again if you don't know where they are!

In the mean time, this U.N. watch dog in Geneva could leave this Japan task to their Tokyo office right here; their Tokyo UN office's staff sure can handle this task after work. After work? Yes, because during business hours, they are busy going cap in hand to Japanese companies and government agencies begging for money, some of which to spend paying for salaries of the staff stationed in Geneva.

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