The spoken Japanese Language is not realy the problem.
Native Japanese Students who were born and raised in Japan and whose parents are both Japanese have trouble with the written Japanese Language that mixes several writing systems in a segregative manner.
Hiragana and Katagana are more complex than the Lating Alphabet but still manageable.
the real problem starts with the Kanji characters who have several ways of being spoken and this is not only a problem for foreigners, it is also a problem from Japanese teachers them self, who at every new school year need to use the hiragana to help them pronounce the students names written in Kanji correctly.
成 for instance could be " Nari, Naru or Sei." It is often a guessing game more than an art or a methodical logical system.
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There has always been a problem with those symbols and their misuse.
the Swastika was misused by the NAZI and was outlawed for all after the Second World War, the problem is that it is also a religious symbol for the Pagans, the Buddist, the Hindus and others.
Pits orinal meanning was the winter Equinox after witch the days get longer again in the northern hemisphere.
Also why we have two swastikas, the other one is for the June Equinox as the days get shorter again.
the irony of sorts is that we never outlawed the Christian Cross, even though this one was used by the Knights who conducted atrocious massacres throughout the Middle Ages, burned people and so one and forth. Yet, we still allow its use.
the meaning of the former imperial Japanese Flag is actually the same as that ofmthe NAZI flag.
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They are in a dead look and they know it.
Russia cannot give the Islands back as long as Japan is allied with the USA and has a US Base on its territory.
Japan is pushed not to give up the islands by an aging baby boomer generation and US pressures.
Would both be able to face facts they would have to give all those islands back to the Ainu who are the rightful original owners of those.
The Ainu already petitioned the Russian Government one two occasions, signaling that they would be willing to become part of the Russian Federation if grated autonomy and all Ainu territories returned to them.
They also asked for the UN to look into their claim.
Russia proposed a joint administration of the islands, that would include all parties involved and that may be the best possible outcome for all.
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In the end it is always the males their fault, at least that is the easy way out.
Our father was the most gentle father and extremly calm as well as fair to us as my siblings and I were children, our mother however, beat the hell out of us when ever we dared to move against her will or when she was in bad mood.
I am actually surprised we survived her.
Yet, what ever went wrong she always blamed our father for it.
It is grand time for females to be held accountable to full power of the law.
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To many five years old tootlers with a cronic temper tantrum in politics these days.
Time to grow up and become responssible.
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Japan should not be surprised if those games end up being boycotted.
Hpw can food still be banned over twenty years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Accidemt that was less grave than the Fukushoma Nuclear accident and in Japan all is fine after merely six years.
No one will believe it, regardless how much you in vest in propaganda.
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For Japan its own survival it would be imperative to stay out of the North Korean Propagada, and let China handle it.
Further to keep Japan healthy and able to prevail, Peace with Russia and China is imperative and for such all US basses would have to go wile Japan should become as neutral as Switzerland.
Prussia is right to be worried and neither Russia nor China will let the US come any closer.
For'the US, Japan is an expandable land mark if lost or destroyed it would actually benefit the US.
A calculated and acceptable collateral loss in the present show of force of a declining superpower.
Japan is merely a runner in this game and will be sacrificed by the US when push will come to shove.
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At the risk of being sensured and removed again, I fully agree with Peter14 his comment and I second it.
We have to face our past and this openly and factually, so we may avoid repeating mistakes and comiting new atrocities.
This should be thought in school without excuses nor justifications.
We should erect status for the Ainu People of Hokkaido as well as for what was done to Okinawa and this without any political agenda what so ever.
We have to learn and change as humans or we will self destruckt.
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North Korea is merely provoking and should the US be so fooling has to engage them, than The Koreas will be reunited, but under the Norther Regime and baked by China.
Russia is a voice of reason here as farnasnthisnissue is concerned.
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The title is grossly misleading. Not one single of the residence of those islands who left is still alive today.
the descended of those are still alive and should led the past be past.
My family was from Königsberg, East Prussi, which is called Kaliningrad today and part Of Russia.
They left as all German were forced to abandon East Prussia, most left to what is today's Germany and some went to Russian inner territory.
But all had to leave East Prussia.
in 1994 I believe it was, under Putin his first term and as Schröder was the Chancelor of Germany, Russia made an offer to return East Prussia to Germany as it was agreed on in the post WWII treaty to happen upon German Reunification.
Germany let go of the claim and such was a wise decision.
We cannot undo a wrong by generating another wrong
The people on those islands have lived there for over three generations now.
it is there home and shall remain so.
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Strange how paranoid people can be when it comes to North Korea, Russia, China or Iran and would gladly overlook every nuclear and missile test the USA, the U.K., or France, even India or Israel are conducting.
There are several factors at play here.
Japan could actually defuse this and avoid any further escalation.
The wounds of the past still have to be given attention and healed.
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Pardon my sarcasm here.
However, I am sure that Russia and China are smiling right about now.
Maybe they overextended them self already and should refrain from provoking anyone into a war.
They are good at bombing everything back into the stone ages, and that is about it.
Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Syria and so on all US lead wars that have not been resolved to this day.
The repercussion are felt throughout the world to this day.
It may wise to nurture peace and send the troops back within US territories.
Yes, such accidents do happen, unfortunately the US has had most of such.
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Import potatoes from Russia. It has an overproduction.
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It is grand time for Mr. Abe and the LDP to dissolve them self. And be put on trial. This problem is not limited to a single minister.
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Teaching to reason objectively, critically and factually would have been a good goal. More brain washing and more Inductrinations are several steps into the wrong direction. We are one single humanity living on one single planet, with finite resources and limited space. It is time to face the facts. Japan is merely two and half centuries old and the rest is hogwash.
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Wile it may be a good step into the right direction. It is too little and too late for too many.
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Japan wants money from tourism, foreign students enrolling in Japanese Universities and such. And those are usually well treated. However, as far as treating foreigners living in Japan, equal rights and social justices go, Japan is far closer to countries such as Saudi Arabia, Israel or Turkey, than to countries such as Sweeden, Canada or Denmark where equal rights and integration are well established for all. Japan has not yet entered the twenty first century.
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Japan may be playing a form of Russian roulette. Well, if the gun goes off it would suit the US.
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Japan has generated its own low birth rates and aging population due to mismanagement and greed. Universal healthcare as is standards in many countries including developing countries as well as industrial leading nation is as important as universal schooling and social security for a country and its long term ability to remain stable and prosperous.
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The problem is emberetd in the Japanese culture of segregation and discrimination. It is fueled by a failure to face facts and reality along with a lack of empathy and compassion. Japan is certainly not alone with such troubles. However, those are more frequent in Japan and the USA than they are in Scandinavian countries or Canada. Japan is not a model to follow if we want to establish Justice, equality and fraternity on a global level. The Brazilian Japanese, Koreans and other minorities in Japan face similar harassment. There are several factors causing this sort of problems. All of them could be countered. With political and social measures.
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First strike has never been an option. Fascism, Imperialism, totalitarianism use such as an option. A democratic system should never, ever use such as an option. Diplomacy and reason have to prevail. War is a last resort and only as self defense. Start working with China, Russia and the UN. Close all US military bases that act as a direct threat and provocation around the world. Defuse the tessions rather than escalate them. But that would require wisdom, intelligence and long term reasoning. Follow Willy Brandt and Michael Gorbachev their models. Wars are the politics of idiots without conscience.
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Japan has maybe the loves number of foreign workers of any industrialized nation throughout the world. And this mainly due to an extremly segregative system. People living here for over a decade, being married to native Japanese and having children born here fail to be given Equal rights and permanent residency. They are not protected and live at the mercy to the system its humor To get their tree year visa renewed. In Germany refugees are given permanent residency as soon as their status has been checked out. They also get free language classes and government support in all industrial countries, except for Japan and China. Foreigners enjoy equal rights and opportunities throughout Europe and Canada as well as South America. Something that would be Unthinkable in Japan.
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Akimashte omodeto gosaimasu. :)
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It is g and time to grow up Japan. Adolescent behavior is no longer working.
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The shareholder and politicians never lose. It is always the tax payer who pics up the tap. And this both ways, to subsidize the construction and the shareholders and than to pick up the tap when things go wrong. Could we change the system? Make the sharholders and politicians accountable and take their assets.
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It is Very nice to read anything that furthers peace. And that gives us hope that we may get there after all.
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Japan belongs to one of the nations who complains the most and against who, there are also the most complaints as far as international laws and the disregard for those goes. Japan is a segregative and discriminating system with very derogative, racist if and fascistic tendencies. Alway the first to complain to the UN about Taiwan, China, Russia, The two Koreas, and many others. Sending do twety two years old who merely graduated basic training as teachers and foreign aid specialists to third world country with no experience and no know how yet claiming that this is Japan it's great contribution for international aid..... The list is rather long... Japan should really shut up and clean house.befor complaining or saying another word.
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Russian and European news papers have a very different stance on this. I think it may be over for Japan. Depending on a few more factors, such as the outcome of the US election and the Syrian crisis. We may be at war by the end of December. Since Russia and Japan are still at war, Russia will not even have to declare war. It will just finish it. China will come along to help Russia and US will send a few ships, but will never risk a head on conflict with two super powers.mthey will sink a few ships, divide up Japan and sign a peace agreement. None of the tree super powers will risk a nuclear war or a bacteriological war to be fought out anywhere close to their territory. Japan will be used to settle the differences between the tree supper powers. Wake up Mr. Abe. Japan is for the US nothing more than a shield as Poland, the Ukrain, Israel and South Korea are as well. Expendable.
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Russia just gave Japan a way out of the impasse without loosing face by deploying a humanitarian action to Syria.
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May does not seem to know who Sofbank is nor what it is. It is not a success, but a dissaster. Which will make matters worse.
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