Kim might be unhinged, but he and his advisors aren't completely stupid. He sees in Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and other countries what the US and its allies are capable of and does these things as shows of strength. With the US, Korea and Japan strengthening (or promising to strengthen) their military presence in the region, he'll do anything to keep them away.
To the people of NK, of course, his regime is the biggest source of suffering. However, a ruler will always minimise their risk of getting ousted.
Let's hope they don't make a "mistake" and accidently land one of their missiles on Japan's soil. I'm sure they're fully aware of the cost of such a mistake.
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Mao’s regime killed at least 20 million of his own people!
Two things can be wrong at the same time
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I'm not sure how far the current revisionism has shifted, but it's funny (for lack of a better word) to are the inconsistencies within Japan's own narrative.
They either went to "save" the rest of Asia or fought in the war because "there was no other way". Either way, any wrongdoing are denied.
At the same time, there are tourist attraction like the former poison gas factory in Seto Inland Sea. Who was all that gas produced there over years used on? Benevolent poison made to liberate the poor people of Asia?
Anyway, good luck to those affected. I'm afraid this might not be the best time to ask the J government for any liability due to the turn it's been taking for the last decade or so.
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Now is not the time to squabble over how many bribes he took, how many lives he ruined around him or due to his policies, how he eroded democracy and freedom of speech, exacerbated nationalism, even further poisoned relations in the region and stepped down after doing next to nothing during a pandemic.
Now is the time to offer condolences. To the people of Japan for having this as their longest-serving prime minister and second one to have a state funeral.
Kishida did the right thing by going through with it and not listening to the people who actually pay for it. Just as the late PM would have wished.
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Never started a single military conflict … yet is called a war monger
One of his main ambitions was changing the constitution so that Japan could fight even when not attacked. This ambition was passed down to him by his grandfather, a war criminal and vehement opponent of Article 9 when the constitution was implemented. The fact that he failed may have been a reason why he didn't start a conflict.
Name scandals that are directly about Abe
Sakura viewing voter buying, Moritomo Gakuen (his wife, tbh), his muzzling of the press isn't treated as a scandal but should, well-documented ties with organised crime
I’m yet to meet a single Japanese National who has all this vitriol hatred for the most popular Prime Minister ever
I've met many. Some of them took to the streets in the last few days.
Whatever your reason for admiring him is, ignoring his bad side isn't going to right the many wrongs he is responsible for.
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If Abe were still president Japan would have moved past Covid a year ago.
Lol, he was PM literally during the first year of the pandemic. All he did was unpredictably close schools, oversee the unscientific, xenophobic, inefficient border closures and suppression of testing and send eye patches as mask that mostly arrived after the first serious wave subsided.
Just the hero we needed at times of hardship! He couldn't move past 1952, let alone Covid.
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Rebranding is the word they're looking for.
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Of course it applies to Japanese guests as well. But the timing, i.e. just when more tourists will be allowed in and the type of facilities, i.e. hotels, where guests, many of them from abroad, stay, makes the reasoning behind such as measure clear.
However, personally I don't have a problem with this as I think wearing a mask is the responsible thing to do anyway.
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Two and half years in, but here we go again...
Masks, just like vaccines, don't only protect the wearer or the person who took the vaccine but also those around. Both only decrease the likelihood of infection or severe symptoms.
By the same logic, if you're sober when driving, why do you worry about drunk drivers? If you don't have a knife, why do you worry about that guy stabbing people on the train?
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More and more people (Japanese and otherwise) feel comfortable not wearing masks. Given there have been very few severe cases and how long the pandemic has been going, it's understandable many have a sense of security.
As for this measure though, it's obvious. The xenophobic LDP needs to appease its xenophobic base by putting in a measure clearly aimed at non-Japanese tourists as those are the ones that will be staying in hotels and, clearly, need to be told to do the right thing. No surprises there.
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Nothing to do with being black. Everything to do with being an entitled one hit wonder who wants everything without working for it.
Hmm... From Wikipedia...
Osaka is a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, with two Australian Open and two US Open titles. Her seven titles on the WTA Tour also include two at the Premier Mandatory level.
Now, I'm not an expert on any sport, but I figure that does take some "working for it" and doesn't make one a "one hit wonder". But sure, openly supporting BLM and taking a break from work to look after her mental health is what makes one entitled.
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I only saw Japanese being randomly checked for their bicycle, not because they looked different.
In my experience, Japanese people get stopped as well if something about their appearance stands out. Judging someone by how they dress is utterly wrong in such cases too.
However, Japanese people affected by this can choose to fall in line (not that they should have to). As a non-Japanese, however, just your existence as who you are is what raises suspicion. And that, I think, is the root off the issue here. A society that, through various means, punishes being different, something people with roots elsewhere simply can do nothing about (again, not that they should or should have to).
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I get your point. I used the expression "let off easily" as compared to not being cooperative, which could end in an arrest. The police didn't need to see my bank cards or know my employee details. However, they kept asking these and more invasive questions while I was getting suspicious looks from passers-by.
My point is not that being cooperative doesn't "pay off", but that the bar is incredibly low to begin with.
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I misread your comment. I now realised that it was actually much more threatening than that (although I don't know you think it's a good or bad thing that it's this way.)
So your point is that I was left off easily because I was cooperative, but if I wasn't things would have been much worse. Both times, I was stopped for no reason whatsoever, so that kind of only shows how bad things are.
"Comply with unfair treatment and you'll be singled out, don't comply and even worse things will happen." Now, I don't get stopped often enough to think of it as a huge issue, but it's really a mindset I'd prefer not to be in and I think a lot of people would be happier if things weren't that way.
As I said, literally nobody benefits from non-Japanese people getting occasionally harassed in the street. If the assumed role of the police is to protect the public, then it's probably not good that a growing portion of that public doesn't belief this assumed role applies to them.
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Ok, so next time try being uncooperative. You’ll notice the difference.
I was, more than the law requires me to. That was the whole point of my comment.
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Best thing to do if your stopped for questions as a foreigner is to comply politely with the police and immediately and quickly show your resident card or passport.
The more polite and respectful and helpful you are the quicker the whole process will end.
Remember this is Japan and they have their own way of doing things.
Didn't work for me both times I was stopped. I complied and was polite while the officers were superficially polite, but went through my bag and asked for way more information than they could have possibly needed. All that in busy places (once an intersection, once a busy station) with people giving me stares, because obviously it couldn't have been the police who was doing anything wrong. It must have been the foreigner.
Racial profiling being "their way of doing things" is a non-argument. It was "my way of doing things" to blow my nose in public, but I stopped because it makes people in Japan uncomfortable.
Nobody benefits from this type of discrimination and only creates a group of residents rightfully mistrustful of the authorities. Japan and its law enforcement aren't immune from criticism or change, just like any other country or system.
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This is how resentment and distrust grow in communities which creates a negative cycle of higher crime rates.
This is often true, but not yet in Japan. Afaik (can't pull up the stat right now), foreign-born residents have lower crime rates than Japanese, with the most common "crime" being overstaying their visa.
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The police will stop racial profiling when it's not recruited from a public that associates foreign-looking people with crime and disorder. But the narrative that Japanese people are uniquely peaceful, kind and orderly is very unlikely to change.
What you describe sounds awful. In the time I've spent here, I've learnt that whenever there's an incident between a local person and me, the police will almost certainly side with the Japanese person, no matter any other circumstances.
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"Locals don't understand what's best for them. We will make them understand or ignore their voices until they do."
That's my interpretation. Typical menacing politicians' talk used at times when the pretense of caring what voters actually want is dropped to push something unpopular (and potentially very dangerous for those very voters).
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Did any of the people responsible for that get held to account? If not, all this will do is force them to be more creative with disguising their biases. The fine will just be an item on the university budget.
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Abe's state-sponsored ceremony will become the second for a former prime minister in the postwar period following one for Shigeru Yoshida, who signed the 1952 San Francisco Peace Treaty that allowed Japan to regain its sovereignty.
This is a very important detail. To the Japanese right, the funeral seems to be a question of honour as they view the San Francisco treaty as a humiliation and Yoshida's legacy as a shadow over post-war Japan.
Kishida will absolutely ram through the funeral despite public opinion. The LDP doesn't need a majority to stay in power and will always dismiss opposition parties as opposing for the sake of opposing. What's more the next election is far away, so all the LDP has to do is appease its Nippon Kaigi supporters.
The fact that Abe's funeral will be an unpopular waste of public money seems quite fitting.
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I agree. My experience working as one of very few non-Japanese at a Japanese company is that, with westerners, there is a pretense of respect which disappears very quickly when it comes to the crunch. I was passive aggressively punched out of that company for not knowing my place (i.e., wanting to be treated like other, Japanese, employees).
The "I'll speak English with you because you're a foreigner" is one of the ways this manifests. While I don't think it's always a power move, it can very easily be. This gets especially obvious when English is not your native language (and you are routinely discriminated against because of that) and speaking it is only a way to stress the fact that you're different and don't deserve equal or dignified treatment.
With people from other Asian countries, that pretense of respect doesn't exist to begin with though, and the cruelty is more obvious. Behaviour like that described in this article can hardly be justified with the usual, convenient "island nation" excuse and needs to be backed by an unabashed superiority complex.
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how come this guy is not in jail?
I'd say the nationality of the victim has something to do with that. Reminds me of the man in Okayama who was caught on camera repeatedly physically assaulting a Vietnamese "trainee" and got off scot free.
The school pulling a "it's just a prank, bro" makes it particularly disgusting.
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I much prefer it to people making rude comments, like gaijin stink or all Americans are fat etc.
If someone praises you on the skill of speaking the language of a country you've spent a great part of your life in, isn't the implication that they think non-Japanese are too stupid to learn the language and you should be glad for being praised on a skill you take for granted at this point? Afaik, Japanese friends I've met in the UK never got praised on their English because it's understood you speak the language of your resident country and implying otherwise is condescending.
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Given Abe's history of vote buying, I think this would be an appropriate way to pay homage to him.
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advice: keep smiling and say thank you.
Respectfully disagree. While it's not necessary or helpful to show anger or frustration when the other person's intentions are good, saying "thank you" only reinforces the idea that I am okay with this kind of infantilization.
What I do is calmly say that it's not a big deal. The other person can take away from it whatever they want.
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I believe the man was the minister of cyber security..
True, my bad. I remember Sakurada more for his wisdom than the different jobs he's had. I'd be an irresponsible citizen if I were one.
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No no no! Everybody here's just getting in wrong. Japan isn't behind, it's only doing things differently.
As you know, Japanese culture is unique and completely different from any other. That's why the country managed to remain a tech super power. This isn't despite still widely using floppy discs and fax machines and Kono's predecessor not even using a computer (it truly takes genius-level capabilities of abstract thinking for that, with all the wise decisions coming from a place detached from the impulsive whims of real-life experience, mind blown!). It has performed so well because of all these things!
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Yeah, why not? Not unique to Japan, but if we have to technology to delegate mundane tasks to robots, it's good to use it. I don't think many people who stock shelves for a living would miss doing so.
Does it mean they will get to work less though? Or will our corporate overlords still keep squeezing as much out of us as they can, regardless of productivity?
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All this and yet Japan is supposedly a pacifist nation.
It is, but those in power explicitly have a problem with that part of the constitution. What's more, the next election is far away and they know they can get away with any unpopular measure now, as they rely on the short memories of the public.
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