CH3CHO's past comments

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    CH3CHO

    The comfort women brought the case to Japanese court, which turned it down.

    They brought the case to US court, which turned it down in well known "Hwang Geum Joo et al. v. Japan".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Comfort_women/Archive_2#Hwang_Geum_Joo_et_al._v._Japan

    They fought the legal battle and lost. They had fair chance. What is wrong is to continue the claim even after court ruled against them. The case was closed. Move on.

    Posted in: U.N. panel calls on Japan to compensate 'comfort women'

  • -5

    CH3CHO

    Here is a link to a Korean newspaper article written by a Korean professor Cheon Bong Kwan as a book review on "Ianfu of the Empire" written by another Korean professor Pak Yu Ha. It will help understanding the Korean view on the issue. The article is available in Japanese http://www.chosunonline.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/07/19/2014071900902.html, and in Korean http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/07/11/2014071104040.html.

    The facts written in the book were nothing new and I am rather disappointed. The ianfu were not directly coerced by the Japanese military. Japanese military let the brokers establish and operate brothels but many of the brokers were Koreans. The Korean ianfu were, in most cases, bought or trafficked by those brokers. The 3 million or so Japanese Army that were deployed all over the Asia Pacific region had no leisure time abducting women in Korea which is located farthest from the front line.

    The fathers and brothers who sold their daughters and sisters for cheap money, the brokers who deceived poor and innocent women and took them to front line in foreign countries, the town chief and mayors who abetted the brokers, and, most of all, the men who were apathetic and incompetent should be accused at some time. By doing so, we can prevent the same tragedy. But now is not the time. When Japan is refusing apology and compensation that we can accept, if Korea shows its remorse first, Japan may take it for pretext for evading responsibility.

    Posted in: S Korea, Japan resume 'comfort women' talks

  • 0

    CH3CHO

    I am surprised to see people who think children as financial burden.

    Here is good news for them. A legal father has the right to make biological fathers pay reimbursement for any child raising costs that are incurred. By the way, this ruling is new only with regard to DNA testing. Similar rulings based on blood type tests are already well established.

    Posted in: Supreme Court rules DNA test results cannot revoke paternal status of child's father

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    CH3CHO

    tmarieJul. 18, 2014 - 08:01PM JST

    So biological fathers have no rights to their kids if the mother is a cheater and married to someone else?

    Yes, they do. A biological father can file a law suit to recognize his child within the first year of the birth or during pregnacy. Beyond that point, a biological father loses his right, in favor of the child who believes the husband of his mother is his father. People may argue that the 1 year period is too short, but 10 years would be too long, and someone has to draw a line.

    Posted in: Supreme Court rules DNA test results cannot revoke paternal status of child's father

  • 2

    CH3CHO

    Civil Code Article 777

    A husband shall bring an action to rebut the presumption of the child in wedlock within one year of knowing of the child's birth.

    In all of the three cases, the actions were brought before the court after the 1 year period. That is why the court turned down the action.

    Posted in: Supreme Court rules DNA test results cannot revoke paternal status of child's father

  • 0

    CH3CHO

    What is alarming is this comment by Isozaki Yosuke, "Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security", and a member of the House of Councilors. https://twitter.com/isozaki_yousuke/status/487005622236221442

    "There is no such a thing like Declaration of War, when war is illegal under international law."

    He should remember what happened when Japan attacked Pear Harbor and British bases in Malaysia calling it defense act and without issuing Declaration of War.

    With a top advisor like him, Abe administration will start a "defense act" without prior warning.

    Posted in: Abe says horrors of war must never be repeated

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    CH3CHO

    It is the job of the retired generals in any country to say "this will never happen in our country." Can you think of a retired US general saying "a mass murder by our soldier is likely to happen"?

    Posted in: Ex-JSDF commander: Mass murders by disturbed soldier could never happen in Japan

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    CH3CHO

    jerseyboyJul. 02, 2014 - 08:36AM JST

    Say this radical group ISIL, or one like it, attacks the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, or somewhere else, and kills American soldiers. Is Japan going to get involved? Or are we really just talking about China and NK here?

    During the last parliament session, PM Abe stated that, with the new "interpretation," sending troops to Persian Gulf is within the scope. You see? As I have been saying, I do not suppoert Abe.

    Posted in: U.S. welcomes Japan's move to expand military role

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    CH3CHO

    MGiganteJul. 01, 2014 - 07:24AM JST

    but it needs to be made for the security of Japan.

    The definition of "collective self defense" is the right to defend foreign country at war. I do not know how collective self defense can be necessary for the security of Japan.

    Posted in: Thousands protest greater Japanese military role

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    CH3CHO

    Knox HarringtonJun. 30, 2014 - 04:50PM JST

    Why is this (big) news downplayed?

    Who said it is down played? It is a big news in Japanese press.

    Sankei http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/news/140629/dst14062916150005-n1.htm

    Asahi http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASG6Y55DBG6YUTIL01T.html

    Mainichi http://mainichi.jp/select/news/20140630k0000m040069000c.html

    I am rather concerned about the misinformation of English media.

    Posted in: Japan pushing on with reform of constitution despite fiery suicide bid

  • 0

    CH3CHO

    Beauty standards and trends differ from culture to culture, so something that's fashionable and pretty to one woman can be bizarre, sometimes even ugly, to another half the world away. This is especially true in the case of Japanese beauty fads,

    Could not they put it less discriminatory?

    Skin whitening

    The article miss the reason of the popularity of bihaku (whitening) treatment: Prevention of and recovery from shimi or "cafe au lait spot". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caf%C3%A9_au_lait_spot

    Posted in: 4 Japanese beauty fads Westerners just don’t understand

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    CH3CHO

    yabitsJun. 19, 2014 - 12:11PM JST

    So, tell me again how that absolves Japan?

    No, it does not. I am just telling you that two wrongs does not make one right. You are same to Hashimoto in that regard.

    Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day

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    CH3CHO

    yabitsJun. 19, 2014 - 07:33AM JST

    I have had history teachers who would indeed present the matter that U.S. troops were by no means innocent, and that rapes did occur. And we have yet to have one person here deny that.

    Right. We only have people who call it miniscule.

    yabitsJun. 19, 2014 - 05:18AM JST

    His notes on the Okinawa and Kanagawa rape numbers point to it being sourced from Yuki Tanaka's book: Hidden Horrors: Japanese War Crimes in World War II. While horrible, those crimes are miniscule compared to the ones by the Japanese (emphasis yours)

    It seems the teachers do a good job alleviating sense of guilt.

    yabitsJun. 19, 2014 - 07:33AM JST

    Usually mentioned is the fact that American servicemen were put on trial and sometimes executed when found guilty of rape or murder.

    Remember Abu Ghraib? What kind of punishment did the toturers get? Is the standard any different from the past?

    Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day

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    CH3CHO

    zichiJun. 18, 2014 - 05:53PM JST

    At the end of the war the Comfort Women were abandoned and discarded by their captives, which is how the 20 Korean Comfort Women arrived at the Ledo Stockade. They were the lucky ones because others were killed by the Japanese soldiers to hide what they did and documents burnt.

    I am affraid you are arguing based on your imagination. Does any historian claim ianfu were killed at the end of the war? I am sure that Japanese soldiers surrendered en mass on August 15, 1945.

    WilliBJun. 18, 2014 - 06:39PM JST

    How much profit do you think was left after that?

    Quite a lot. There was a former ianfu whose name was Mun Ok Ju who testified that she earned as much as 26,000 yen with which she could buy several houses in Korea. In addition, there are diaries of brothel owners that record large amounts of money sent to the families of ianfu back in Korea in their name.

    Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day

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    CH3CHO

    WilliBJun. 18, 2014 - 04:28PM JST

    But they always forget to mention that the report also states that many were deceived about the nature of the word and the stuck in a location from which they could not escape.

    Read here. http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/hashimoto-says-allied-soldiers-raped-women-after-d-day#comment_1797809

    Also

    PAY AND LIVING CONDITIONS; In the latter part of 1943 the Army issued orders that certain girls who had paid their debt could return home. Some of the girls were thus allowed to return to Korea.

    It is wrong to say "they could not escape."

    Do these people never read the documents they quote??

    I do. Fact is not optional. But what is your point?

    zichiJun. 18, 2014 - 04:30PM JST

    So just how do you explain the 20 Comfort Women interrogated at the Ledo Stockade didn't know that they would become Comfort Women/prostitutes?

    They were probably deceived by pimps. But they should have known the nature of the huge advance payment the pimps gave them.

    It does not actually prohibit kidnapping or illegal it merely suggests that such behavior must remain undetected in order to maintain the army's image.

    How do you interprit if someone says, "Behave to live up to your honor"? (1) Do the right things. (2) Cover up your wrong doings. I think it means (1), whereas the scholar thinks (2).

    Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day

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    CH3CHO

    zichiJun. 18, 2014 - 01:49PM JST

    The entire system of Comfort Women and prostitutes was ordered by the imperialist military, transported by the imperialist military, paid for by the imperialist military and used and abused by the imperialist military.

    Japanese Government policy that all ianfu must be on their own will,

    well we know to your constant link from the Ledo Stockade that wasn't true?

    That is generally true, except transportation was mainly by civilian lines, and Japanese Government apologized for use of prostitution.

    When applying for the license of ianfu, an applicant had to turn in an affidavit saying that she is 18 or older and applying for the job out of her own will. You can find the application form at AWF site. In spite of the preventive measures by the Japanese government, there were cases where under age or involuntary women were working in the brothels run by corrupt owners. Japan Government had certain share of responsibility in those cases. But they are exceptions rather than rules.

    Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day

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    CH3CHO

    sangetsu03Jun. 18, 2014 - 12:15PM JST

    the only inflation which has occurred is due to the central bank dilluting the currency supply.

    During deflationary period, "inflation which has occurred due to the central bank dilluting the currency" is GOOD inflation. The bad inflation is one caused by increacing cost.

    Posted in: Japan's trade deficit shrinks in May as energy imports fall

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    CH3CHO

    zichiJun. 18, 2014 - 11:26AM JST

    Early in May of 1942 Japanese agents arrived in Korea for the purpose of enlisting Korean girls for "comfort service"

    Who are those "Japanese agents"?

    During WW2, there were quite a lot of ads in Korean language news papers for job offering of ianfu (comfort women). The contact persons or pimps were ethnic Koreans, who became citizens of Republic of Korea after WW2. It is technically true to call the Korean pimps "Japanese agents" for they were citizens of Japanese Empire. If you want to accuse those Korean pimps of the deception of girls, which was also against the Japanese Government policy that all ianfu must be on their own will, you should point Korea where those pimps are.

    Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day

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    CH3CHO

    kaynideJun. 17, 2014 - 11:32PM JST

    Where women get medical and salaries? Are you insinuating that these are the same?

    Let us read the US Army document during ww2. http://www.exordio.com/1939-1945/codex/Documentos/report-49-USA-orig.html

    LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS;

    They lived well because their food and material was not heavily rationed and they had plenty of money with which to purchase desired articles. They were able to buy cloth, shoes, cigarettes, and cosmetics to supplement the many gifts given to them by soldiers who had received "comfort bags" from home.

    PAY AND LIVING CONDITIONS;

    The interrogations further show that the health of these girls was good. They were well supplied with all types of contraceptives, and often soldiers would bring their own which had been supplied by the army. They were well trained in looking after both themselves and customers in the matter of hygiene. A regular Japanese Army doctor visited the houses once a week and any girl found diseased was given treatment, secluded, and eventually sent to a hospital.

    Posted in: Hashimoto says allied soldiers raped women after D-Day

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    CH3CHO

    TEPCO said Tuesday a smaller, inner ice wall whose pipes it sank earlier to contain the already-contaminated water was proving difficult.

    That "inner ice wall" is a different project from the ice wall,we have been talking about, to prevent clean groundwater flowing down mountainsides from mixing with contaminated water underneath the leaking reactors.

    Posted in: Plan to build ice wall around Fukushima plant hits snag

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