CH3CHO's past comments

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    CH3CHO

    katsu78AUG. 29, 2016 - 11:30AM JST

    It's so sad that neither side actually makes a case for who should own what based on historical evidence -

    What?

    Just read. http://www.mofa.go.jp/a_o/c_m1/senkaku/page1we_000010.html

    In January 1895, after having carefully ascertained that there had been no trace of control over the Senkaku Islands by another state prior to that period, the Government of Japan incorporated the islands into the Japanese territory by lawful means under the international legal framework which existed at that time.

    All China has to do is to show internationally-recognized evidence of its sovereignty of the islands prior to 1895, which it can never do.

    5SpeedRacer5AUG. 29, 2016 - 02:20PM JST

    When it comes right down to it, if China thinks it is worth war, it will seize them.

    UN Charter strictly prohibits use of military force in solving territorial disputes. PRC should think of this hard-earned convention. I am afraid the people in that country really have little idea of or have never learned the principle.

    Posted in: Who has the better claim to the disputed isles controlled by Japan as the Senkakus but claimed by China as the Diaoyus?

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    kaynideAUG. 25, 2016 - 05:45PM JST

    I will restate it simply: we can consider her honest because I don't see an obvious motive for her to lie.

    There is a mechanism that creates false memory.

    If one has unexplainable anxiety and if someone tells him that it must be from a traumatic incident during childhood, he tries to recall such an incident. If he cannot and if he tries too hard, he unintentionally creates false memory to explain what is unexplainable.

    We cannot say one way or the other in this case.

    Posted in: Woman sues ex-vice head of primary school for obscene acts 25 years ago

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    AlphaapeAUG. 25, 2016 - 07:54AM JST

    I hope she wins, and others come forward about this creep.

    We also have to keep in mind that there are too many cases of false allegation of abuse during childhood based on false memory.

    Posted in: Woman sues ex-vice head of primary school for obscene acts 25 years ago

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    Brian WhewayAUG. 22, 2016 - 03:44PM JST

    has anything changed since then

    http://tax-freeshop.jnto.go.jp/eng/shopping-guide.php

    It is not "refund" any more. You do not need to pay the 8% consumption tax (VAT) in the first place. The minimum amount for tax free shopping is 5,000 yen. A shop clerk would pack the purchased items in a special tax-free shopping bag, seal it, and attach the receipt to your passport. You may not break the seal or discard the receipt till you leave Japan. You have to show the receipt and the sealed bag at the airport when you leave.

    If the proposal in the article is approved in the legislature, foreign visitors do will not have to pay the alcohol tax, in addition to 8% VAT, when then buy alcohol.

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    Ian DuncanAUG. 22, 2016 - 01:02PM JST

    Just waiting for the report of a retired man falling off his roof.

    That is what happens when it snows very heavily. Some unfortunate old man would fall from his roof while removing stack of snow on his roof which would otherwise collapse his old house.

    When it rains very heavily, some unfortunate old man would fall into a river while checking the water level.

    Posted in: Hundreds of flights grounded as typhoon makes landfall in Chiba

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    StrangerlandAUG. 19, 2016 - 04:58PM JST

    Seems to work pretty well.

    Showing similarity between English and Esperanto does not prove Esperanto is easy for East Asians.

    How about this example.

    私には弟が二人います。(meaning "I have two brothers.")

    Google translation into Esperanto.

    Mi al mi pli juna frato de du personoj.

    Google translation back into Japanese

    2人の私は私の弟。

    The google translation does not make any sense.

    Whereas, google translation of the original Japanese sentence into Korean.

    나에게는 남동생이 두 명 있습니다.

    Google translation back into Japanese

    私には弟が二人います。

    Exact match with the original.

    Esperanto may be easy for European language speakers to learn, but not so for the Japanese. I would say Korean is a lot easier for Japanese to learn than Esperanto is. Using Esperanto as a means of communication between East Asians is just making things hard.

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    sf2kAUG. 19, 2016 - 03:54PM JST

    Esperanto is perfectly designed for this. An easy language for temporary usage. NO EXCEPTIONS in the grammar, unlike any native language. Really easy for SVO speakers and there are a lot of Esperanto speakers in Japan, South Korea, and China that can get the ball rolling on teaching it more. You only need a few months to get the syntax down and the rest is cake.

    google translation into Esperanto.

    Esperanto estas perfekte desegnita por tio. Facila lingvo por provizora uzado. Sen esceptoj en la gramatiko, kontraste ajna denaska lingvo. Vere facila por SVO parolantoj kaj ekzistas multe da esperantistoj en Japanio, Sud-Koreio, kaj Ĉinio kiu povas akiri la pilkan ruladon sur instruante ĝin pli. Vi nur bezonos kelkajn monatojn por atingi la sintakso malsupren kaj la resto estas kuko.

    I do not know how to speak Esperanto, but it looks the language is easy for Spanish speakers, and not so for East Asians.

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    Patricia YarrowAUG. 19, 2016 - 07:24AM JST

    How about teaching simple English with correct pronunciation to Japanese?

    A typical misguided response by English speakers when 90% of the tourists coming to Japan are from China, Taiwan, and Korea where people are know to have poor command of English.

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    JeffLeeAUG. 18, 2016 - 07:12PM JST

    Japan's first postwar leaders wanted to reject the draft of the constitution when they first saw it. One of the things they hated was the provision about equal education for boys and girls, (See John Dower's "Embracing Defeat." )

    Most certainly untrue. Equal education for boys and girls was practiced in Japan well before the end of WW2.

    Posted in: Biden's remark on Japan's constitution raises eyebrows

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    Asahi shinbun, August 17, 2016

    天声人語

    バイデン副大統領が言った。「核保有国になり得ないとする日本の憲法を、我々が書いたことを知らないのか」▼対立候補のトランプ氏が日本の核武装を容認したことに対する批判だという。米政府の要人としては異例で、無神経というほかない。

    Vice president Biden said, “Does he not understand we wrote Japan’s Constitution to say that they could not be a nuclear power?” He said it was a criticism against the opponent candidate Mr Trump's approval of nuclear armament by Japan. We cannot help but say he was exceptional and reckless as an important official of the US government.

    Asahi's take was,

    Japanese constitution does not say anything about nuclear weapon, and

    Trump did not approve possession of nuclear weapons by Japan.

    It is interesting to see how words are taken out of context.

    Posted in: Biden's remark on Japan's constitution raises eyebrows

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    YoshitsuneAUG. 17, 2016 - 04:30PM JST

    CH3,

    You've completely failed to respond to my point.

    Why do I have to? In addition, the Korea Japan Fishery Agreement has little to do with Dogdo/Takeshima.

    The agreement allows nationals of one party to take marine animals in undisputed EEZ of the other party. This is the main body of the agreement with huge economic value.

    There is a special provision about disputed EEZ near Dogdo/Takeshima which says the dispute will be resolved by sincere negotiation in the future and that until the issue is settled the disputed area is specified as "temporary zone" and nationals of either party can take marine animals without hindrance by the other party. In other words, nothing was agreed on the disputed EEZ. In addition, the agreement is valid only for 3 years.

    Neither side made any concession. That is a good strategy in dealing with Koreans.

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    StrangerlandAUG. 17, 2016 - 01:47PM JST

    If Japan offers 50-50 concession, Korea takes it as an admission of wrongdoing by Japan, and since Japan admits wrongdoing, Korea has to take everything from Japan. This is Korean sense of justice.

    Is my point clear now?

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    YoshitsuneAUG. 17, 2016 - 01:28PM JST

    Korea and Japan have already compromised over their shared EEZ rights in the waters in which the Liancourt Rocks are located?

    There is no agreement on shared EEZ rights. You may be talking about the Fishery Agreement.

    https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%97%A5%E9%9F%93%E6%BC%81%E6%A5%AD%E5%8D%94%E5%AE%9A

    The agreement is not a permanent agreement but is good for 3 years. The area around Takeshima/Dogdo is called "temporary zone" because the agreement is just temporary. Both nationals are supposed to be able to catch marine animals there. However, Korean coast guard ignores the agreement and drives off any Japanese fishing boats that enter the temporary zone.

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    StrangerlandAUG. 17, 2016 - 10:13AM JST

    I don't see Japan offering any 50-50 concessions on either Dokdo nor the Senkakus.

    You really do not get my point. Japan should not offer partial concession, so as not to deteriorate the relationship with Korea. Koreans see offering of a partial concession as a sign of admission of wrongdoing. So, Korean sense of justice compels Koreans to do everything they can to strip the party who admitted "wrongdoing" of everything.

    It may be hard for Westerners to understand Korean culture and sense of justice. Westerners see an offering of partial concession as a sign of friendship. Koreans see it as a proof of guilt.

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    MrBumAUG. 16, 2016 - 05:22PM JST

    @CH3CHO

    During 18th century...

    Uhh, that's like 300 years ago man...

    Koreans cannot take 50-50 concession. The only concession they can accept is 0-100 concession. This is deep rooted in Korean sense of justice based on Korean interpretation of Confucianism. It has not changed for the last 700 years and is not likely to change.

    Their sense of justice is based on "Who is right and who is wrong" from the (Korean) Confucianism values. Someone who is wrong should be stripped of all rights. Any concession other than 0-100 is considered a compromise on justice and is itself considered a wrongdoing. During Choseon dynasty, all the noblemen did was to discuss who is right and who is wrong from Confucian values, and any nobleman who is considered wrong is imprisoned and executed. Such incidents were called Sagwa in Korean. In such environment, any offer of partial concession is considered an admission of wrongdoing, and resulted in total submission.

    The lesson was that a concession to Korea does not improve the relationship between the two countries, but deteriorates it. You can see the same pattern in every diplomatic issue with Korea.

    This is a lesson from Korean culture, and is likely to hold for centuries.

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    CH3CHO

    Yes, just move the dates to October, like 1964. What's the problem?

    American network televisions which pay a lot to the Olympic committee are the problem. October is a month for American football.

    Posted in: Gov't studying ways to prevent heatstroke, cool down streets during 2020 Olympics

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    YuriOtaniAUG. 16, 2016 - 03:06PM JST

    Give the rocks to the ROK (Republic of Korea) Japan should renounce all claims to these rocks and move forward.

    During 18th century, there was a territorial dispute on Ulleung Island / Iso-Takeshima near Dogdo/Takeshima, between Korea and Japan. Japanese Shogun Government conceded Ulleung Island / Iso-Takeshima to Choseon Korea, expecting friendly relationship between the two countries. However, what happened was that Koreans demanded apologies from Japan for having made "false claims" over the conceded island, making the relationship further worse.

    The lesson was that a concession to Korea does not improve the relationship between the two countries, but deteriorates it. You can see the same pattern in every diplomatic issue with Korea.

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    According to the column, diplomats from allied countries argued that if the United States takes a nuclear first strike off the table, the risk of a conventional conflict with countries such as North Korea, China and Russia could increase.

    “Moreover, allied governments don’t believe that a unilateral ‘no first use’ declaration would necessarily help to establish an international norm, because there’s no guarantee that other countries would follow suit,” it said.

    No first use is essential to MAD(Mutually Assured Destruction) theory. Everyone can feel safe, because everyone counts on no first use by the US.

    If the US were to use it first against other nuclear powers, the opponents would be sure to retaliate, making the earth unlivable. I do not know what consequence the "diplomats from allied countries" in the article had in mind in expecting first use by the US.

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    The letter from US Assistant Secretary of State, Dean Rusk to Korean Ambassador You Chan Yang, dated August 10, 1951

    https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Rusk_note_of_1951

    Dr. You Chan Yang Ambassador of Korea.

    As regards the island of Dokdo, otherwise known as Takeshima or Liancourt Rocks, this normally uninhabited rock formation was according to our information never treated as part of Korea and, since about 1905, has been under the jurisdiction of the Oki Islands Branch Office of Shimane Prefecture of Japan. The island does not appear ever before to have been claimed by Korea.

    For the Secretary of State: Dean Rusk

    Koreans love to rewrite history.

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