CH3CHO's past comments

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    zichiJul. 02, 2015 - 02:46PM JST

    They knew very little about some of the major events which had happened.

    That depends on the definition of "major events", which is flexible at liberty. I can equally argue that every Japanese has good understanding of all the "major events".

    I see no point for the denials and revisionism which continually stirs the pot of hate instead of creating an era of peace and cooperation between countries.

    Stating truth is not denial or revisionism. Is it so hard to agree to letting the truth be the guide? People should stop being dogmatic and labelling others deniers or revisionists, and should find truth to mend the differences of opinions.

    The current prime minister is a member of Nippon Kaigi or Nihon Kaigi, a nationalistic organisation established in 1997

    OK. But what do you suggest? Do you want it dissolved? Beware of what you wish for it may come true.

    The Nippon Kaigi is not the only revisionist group.

    I do not think being nationalistic is good enough reason to call it a "revisionist group". To be a revisionist group, it must be promoting lies in history. You have not pointed that out.

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    jerseyboyJul. 02, 2015 - 01:06PM JST

    In my time in Japan I got most annoyed when I would visit a western restaurant and order an appetizer, and it would almost always -- 80% plus -- be served along with the entree.

    You mean places like Gusto or Royal Host?

    biculturalJul. 02, 2015 - 06:49PM JST

    my biggest pet peeve is bad Japanese : "ichi-man-en kara oazukarishimasu" or "___ni narimasu."

    I think "_ni narimasu" is perfectly good Japanese.

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    zichiJun. 30, 2015 - 10:38PM JST

    Unlike Japan, European countries and America don't try to whitewash their past with revisionism and denials.

    Japan does not.

    Posted in: U.N. commissioner urges Abe to meet 'comfort women'

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    zichiJul. 01, 2015 - 09:25PM JST

    Beijing has similarly argued that a “World Heritage application should live up to the principle and spirit of promoting peace as upheld by UNESCO.” Mostly in 1944-45, nearly 40,000 Chinese men and boys were essentially abducted and taken to Japan to perform punishing work for Japanese firms at 135 locations.

    That argument comes from this page at Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. http://www.1937china.com/xwjj/bgzx/20140406/20497.shtml

    The link has a further link to the namelist of Chinese workers during WW2, who moved to Japan based on Japanese government policy issued in November 27, 1942, which is here. https://rnavi.ndl.go.jp/politics/entry/bib00428.php

    The policy was more of job opening for Chinese. There was nothing in there that the workers were abducted. It also said the salaries would be comparable to those for similar jobs plus the money they would send to their families back home.

    One out of 6 Chinese died in Japan, some of them at the would-be UNESCO venues.

    That would be a remarkably high mortality rate compared to that reported by the Korean Government.

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/07/southkorea-japan-idUKL4N0XY1O420150507

    South Korea's foreign ministry said seven of the 23 sites were run as forced labour camps, employing about 57,900 Koreans during Japan's colonisation of Korea, and 94 workers died there.

    Posted in: Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws flak over slave labor

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    Joo Seok-Bong, 90, was put to work in 1943 at the Yawata steel mill in northern Kyushu, shoveling coal and doing other menial labor.

    The labor conscription, or "forced labor" started in 1944. So, he got a job at the famous Yawata Steel Mill, in 1943.

    “I was always starving since I received very little food. During that time, we were most terrified of dying from bombardment, but I suffered from hunger the most,” said Joo,

    There was severe food shortage in 1944, due to blockade by the Allies during the war. When he says bombardment, he means the bombardment by the Allies.

    Are these something Japan should apologize?

    Posted in: Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws flak over slave labor

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    I do not know why, but I cannot sleep well on a bed. I stay awake for a long time before falling into sleep on a bed.

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    zichiJun. 26, 2015 - 10:28PM JST

    Japan should use the 70th anniversary of the end of war to issue a full apology for the wartime events so we can move into a new era of peace and cooperation.

    Westerners naturally believe a full apology leads to peace and cooperation. Most Japanese think so, too.

    But the belief is not universal. In certain culture, an apology leads to unforgiveness and perpetual revenge. In certain culture, forgiving is same as yielding to wrongfulness, and is itself wrongdoing.

    What, would you say, Japan should do, if an apology would lead to increased animosity?

    Posted in: U.N. commissioner urges Abe to meet 'comfort women'

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    28.8% of unmarried respondents said they did not have a romantic partner.

    In other words, 71.2% of unmarried respondents have a romantic partner.

    Among this group, 37.6% said that they did not want such a partner,

    In other words, 28.8% * 37.6%=10% of the unmarried respondents do not want a romantic partner.

    Is this surprising? Government White Paper makes a news out of nothing.

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    Nicholas TeeJun. 25, 2015 - 06:55AM JST

    I suspect that these ladies are not receiving the best legal advice.

    US Supreme Court has already dismissed the claim by Korean former ianfu against Government of Japan in Hwang Geum Joo et al. v. Japan of 2006.

    http://www.internationalcrimesdatabase.org/Case/775/Hwang-Geum-Joo-v-Japan/

    They sure are not receiving the best legal advice.

    Posted in: S Korean 'comfort women' to file $20 mil lawsuit in California

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    StrangerlandJun. 24, 2015 - 08:15PM JST

    The same case was heard 15 years ago. They should stop filing the same case again and again at foreign courts.

    It's more likely that they are likely looking to bring awareness of the Japanese denials and refusal to face up to their past, than actually expecting a payout.

    US Courts are maintained by US taxpayers. Korean Ianfu are not entitled to enjoy free publicity at the cost of foreign taxpayers any number of times.

    Posted in: S Korean 'comfort women' to file $20 mil lawsuit in California

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    The same case was heard 15 years ago. They should stop filing the same case again and again at foreign courts.

    http://www.internationalcrimesdatabase.org/Case/775/Hwang-Geum-Joo-v-Japan/

    Hwang Geum Joo et al. v. Japan

    On 18 September 2000, fifteen “comfort women” field a lawsuit against Japan in the United States alleging that they were forcibly abducted from their homes and coerced into serving as sex slaves for the Japanese military before and during World War II.

    The present lawsuit was brought by fifteen former “comfort women” against Japan. Having been unsuccessful before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Supreme Court vacated the decision of the Court of Appeals and remanded the case. By its decision of 28 June 2005, the Court of Appeals once again dismissed the appeal on the grounds that the Appellant’s claims were non-justiciable under the political question doctrine as they would require the Courts to interpret treaties concluded between foreign States.

    Related developments

    On 21 September 2006, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in respect of the appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeals from 2005.

    The case went all the way to the US Supreme Court, and was conclusively dismissed. No need to repeat the same.

    Posted in: S Korean 'comfort women' to file $20 mil lawsuit in California

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    zichiJun. 23, 2015 - 07:10PM JST

    Pity the Japanese Imperialist forces didn't know that nor respected it. They brutal killed millions.

    Oh, I can talk about it, but why do not we stay on topic?

    Posted in: Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle

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    wtfjapanJun. 23, 2015 - 06:19PM JST

    Killing of civilians was prohibited by international law. I do not know how you can use the civilian killing in Okinawa to justify the civilian killing by A bombs.

    If the US had not insisted on "unconditional surrender", the war would have ended a lot earlier. The unconditional surrender was "on condition" that Japan was to maintain four major islands and other minor islands attached to them, that the Allies were not to gain any terriroty, and so on, anyway.

    Posted in: Abe heckled at ceremony in Okinawa on 70th anniversary of battle

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    Asahi has detailed reporting of the survey. http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASH6M7G85H6MUTFL010.html

    2643 out of 7000 answered the questionnaire.

    761 out of 2643 answered they are single and do not have lovers.

    37.6% or "about 40%" of the 761 people ie 286 people answered they "don't want relationship."

    In other words, 2643-286=2357 out of 2643 people ie 89% surveyed answered they are married, have lovers or "want relationship."

    Nothing surprising.

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    StrangerlandJun. 22, 2015 - 07:48PM JST

    What matters is that they were kept as sex slaves.

    First of all, my point is the harmfulness of "exaggerating Japanese atrocities" to today's Korea Japan relationship. You cannot deny the exaggeration.

    Second, how do you know if a witness is telling the truth in the rest of her story, when she is not telling the truth at the begining of her story? Is she held against her will, or is she a willing prostitute? No one knows. The House Resolution demands "formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Imperial Armed Forces’ coercion of young women into sexual slavery", but how can anyone acknowledge a fact that the witness herself is not sure about?

    This is not limited to Ms YONG SOO LEE. As far as I know, severe inconsistencies exist in every testimony of Korean former ianfu, making it an organized effort.

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    StrangerlandJun. 22, 2015 - 07:32PM JST

    Yeah, we've been through this in the past, and I've already proven your links irrelevant.

    Oh, how was it irrelevant?

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    StrangerlandJun. 22, 2015 - 07:10PM JST

    Ok, let us know if that ever actually happens.

    How about this?

    http://archives.republicans.foreignaffairs.house.gov/110/33317.pdf

    US Congressional hearing, FEBRUARY 15, 2007

    (page 20) PREPARED STATEMENT OF MS. YONG SOO LEE, SURVIVING COMFORT WOMAN

    A few days later, Punsun knocked on my window early in the morning, and whispered to me to follow her quietly. I tip-toed out of the house after her. I lift without telling my mother. I was wearing a dark skirt, a long cotton blouse buttoned up at the front and slippers on my feet. I followed my friend until we met the same man who had tried to approach us on the riverbank. He looked as if he was in his late thirties and he wore a sort of People’s Army uniform with a combat cap. Altogether, there were five girls with him, including myself.

    (page 17) STATEMENT OF MS. YONG SOO LEE, SURVIVING COMFORT WOMAN,

    I am a 14-year-old girl, and I look outside my window, and there is a girl, and there is a Japanese man, and they are saying something to each other, and they are gesturing me to come out. I did not know anything. I did not know what was going on but they gestured me to come out so I came out, and as you seen her dress, the girl and the Japanese soldier put their hand on my shoulder, and covered my mouth, and the soldier put something against my back, and like that in the middle of the night I was taken away.

    It is hard to believe these testimonies were made by the same person. Exaggeration?

    Based on this hearing, US Congress passed a resolution condemning Japan. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_House_Resolution_121

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    Exaggerating Japanese atrocities beyond what really happened to create hate to both Koreans and Japanese is hate speech of its own.

    Posted in: Unhappy anniversary

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    Many Koreans still remember Japan’s 35-year colonization as the era of brutality and humiliation, during which they were forced to use Japanese names and language

    Koreans were not forced to use Japanese names. Many famous Koreans did not use Japanese names. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C5%8Dshi-kaimei#Those_who_retained_their_Korean-style_name

    The Korean lamguage was not prohibited, either. There were many newspapers in the Korean language during the time. For example, http://news.donga.com/Pdf?ymd=19400402

    I hope the press stop complicating the already complicated Korea Japan relationship.

    Posted in: Not friends yet as Japan, S Korea mark 50-year treaty

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    hamptonJun. 22, 2015 - 12:13AM JST

    because the cheap bits of gauze the Japanese use get wet in minutes and the sides are opened by coughing and sneezing. These masks give idiots the perception of containment, which helps spread the epidemics and makes the masks worse than useless.

    When the mask get wet, so much water was prevented from going out. Virus travels only in spay of water. Masks can reduce the outflow. Who is more "idiotic", mask users or those who cover mouth with a hand when they sneeze? I always wonder how anyone can cover his mouth with his hand when touching his mouth and nose with his hands is not recommended.

    although recently a lot more stations have soap than used to, which is one recent positive. Most Japanese men won't use the soap even when it is there, which is something that has always baffled me.

    I do not remember the last time I saw a lavatory without soap in Japan.

    http://bitesizebio.com/3933/does-hand-sanitizer-and-liquid-hand-soap-remove-viruses/

    Results of hand cleaners: The results reported were for the RNase treated samples only, so this data reflects the effects of the cleaners on live infectious virus. Compared to the baseline control, the liquid hand soap had the greatest reduction in NV cDNA (0.67 Log 10), followed by the reduction from just a simple water rinse (0.58 Log 10). The alcohol based sanitizer reduced the virus the least, only 0.27 Log 10.

    Hand soap, 0.67 Log 10=21% or 79% reduction

    Just water, 0.58 Log 10=26% or 74% reduction

    Not much difference.

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