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CrisGerSanMar. 11, 2015 - 03:33AM JST
A remarkable and commendable effort. Well done.
Posted in: AKB48, sister groups to hold concerts to support Tohoku reconstruction
CrisGerSanMar. 11, 2015 - 03:29AM JST
The headband that Saotome-san is putting on is an authentic relic similar to what was handed out to school children and others to honour the pilots of the Kamakaze during the war.
I see many different misunderstandings of the issues of this, on both sides. To understand the true history it is necessary to study it and to have lived some of it or to know people who did, and were directly involved with it. Then you can reach a more accurate understanding.
The was in the Pacific was quite different from the WWII in Europe. It was caused mostly by the fear in the US of Japanese expansion along the same identical pattern that the USA, the UK, France, Holland, Germany, and even Denmark took in colonozing many areas of the Pacific, using land they took over for raw materials, and for markets for their products and for other purposes including military bases. Japan came to this process late but it was a natural step for a mature national power of that era to move to. But by then the US had taken a strong position and wanted the Asian markets and raw materials for itself. FDR started trying to cause the war quite a while before it happened. He tried various ways to incite it. Japan and in Japan there were many who did not want the war. It was a surprise that it happpened even to many who were engaged in developing some of the advanced ships and planes that were part of the normal military development of a modern power.
Japan had a strong and proud national culture. It was from the second attempt of the Mongols to invade from China, an independent power capable of standing on its own. Under the Shogunate a very advanced and very organized system was developed to organize society from the top to the bottom and rather than glorify war and militarism, it tried to channel that part of the culture into a very carefully controlled class of warriors who were trained in much more than just fighiting and it was designed to develop a lasting and stable peace after the turmoil and tragedies of the Feudal era. It worked well for hundreds of years. It was destroyed by the organized efforts of Western industrialists and arms suppliers who wanted the potential market of Japan and they supported the destruction of the Shgounate for their own aims.
Part of the problem of what happened after was that two of the major clans took over two of the main branches of the military namely the Fleet and the Army which later included the air forces. This led to an internal competition that resulted in some of the energy behind the military efforts in Manchuria and elsewhere. So internal and external causes led to Japan entering WWII. But the western view of Japan and the Japanese military during the war dominated the writing of the history then and still does. The fact was and still is to a degree that Japanese culture views duty, loyalty, respect of ones country, familiy and personal integrity as very important. These are no longer of much value for most westerners..and that decay has set in even during the 1930s in the major Western nations.
So it was a cultural conflict, between cultures with very different values. What seemed insane to western soldiers ..that Japanese forces fought to the bitter end, and took extreme risk in the face of certain defeat was a natural action for a culture deeply rooted in loyalty and courage on a personal as well as a nationial level. . once the war was entered into, it was reason for everyone in Japan to do their best. Respecting and understanding that is necessary if one really cares about Japan as an unique and very remarkable country. If you want reasons to hate and belittle Japan, you can certainly create them just as you can for any culture. China, the US, the UK, all of the European countries were guilty of massive cruelty and abuse of others and their own forces over many hundreds of years. No nation is innocent of such. Brutality to prisoners and abuse of power in war was common ...not unique to Japan.
No one can deny the abuses that occured under Japanese occupation . It has been addressed over and over and appologized for. But it cannot be changed or erased. Nor can the cruelty and the abuse of the massive bombing of civilian cities by the Allies in both Japan and Europe. it was a campaign of massive cruelty carried out at the orders of a few top general who thought it would be an effective way to defeat their enemies but in fact in both Germany and Japan, production of war materials was not prevented, just innocent people died on a huge scale. It was and is wrong. There is no sane defense of it, and the west has shown little official remorse. Yet many expect Japan to continually abase itself and remain powerless in a modern world that has many real dangers and challenges that must be faced by any responsible modern power.
China is now attempting to take over the entire Pacific region. Its clear goal is dominance and control in both fact and influence. It is carrying this out under the leadership of a small elite that has unlimited power and which is following the 19th century models of imperialsim. that might makes right. It has no respect for the rights of any of the neighboring nations. Japan has every reason to need to defend itself and to help its neighbors defend themsleves against the inevitable attempts to do to the Pacific region what they did to Tibet.
The facts are there to support all that I share here. It may take time to study and learn what actually happened and to understand the context of things. But the truth will become clear if you take that time. And for understanding and appreciating Japan and Japanese culture the effort is worth it. I work with and in Japan but I have family history in the US going back to the foundation of the US. My family also served in the military in WWII, i am quite a bit older than many here i suspect. A cousin of mine was the captain of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. My father and my uncles all served, several of them all over the Pacific during the war. From them all and from my own study of history and my own life long interest in and respect for Japan and Japanese culture, I encourage any who want to make the effort to see and understand that Japan today lives in the 2000's not the 1940s. It is not the nation it was then, but the culture is connected and directly the result of hundreds of years of development of a very sophisticated and very civilized nation, indeed a unique one. I hope you do make that effort. It is worth it.
Posted in: Firebombing survivor fears Japan starting down road to war again
CrisGerSanFeb. 26, 2015 - 06:01PM JST
I am sick and tired of the ultra liberal left and the liberal dominated governemnt and media in the US pushing the racial issue over and over and over. People are people, not races. Get over it. Success comes from quality and there is no guarentee for that chance for success for anyone of any race..you have to work for it. and earn it. No freebies and i wish they would just stop the nonsense of it all. When we can get rid of the national joke of a non president in the US we may see some of this silly race focus go away. I hope so.
Posted in: Civil rights groups to protest Oscars over lack of diversity
CrisGerSanFeb. 26, 2015 - 05:57PM JST
I am not sad to see this series end. It was truly one of the most repetitious and boring series basically had the same story over and over and over..and the main protagonist Naruto was a coarse shallow and frankly ugly non hero. It was and is popular in a certain set both in Japan and abroad but not really for any real quality. There are far far fer better seris being released every season.
Posted in: Naruto art exhibition coming to Tokyo and Osaka with free, new manga for all attendees
CrisGerSanFeb. 26, 2015 - 05:54PM JST
I hope the Prince has a nice time. It is nice that he is appreciated. England had a major influence on the modern path of Japan including among other things, the way Japan drives on the same side of the road as the UK, the focus on the railroad system and british influence on how Japanese Schools are run.
Posted in: Prince William starts first Japan visit with green tea
CrisGerSanFeb. 26, 2015 - 05:49PM JST
I am glad she is ok, and I hope the man gets life without parole
Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping Kagawa school girl
CrisGerSanFeb. 08, 2015 - 12:14PM JST
Japan like any other country on the planet should have the option to protect its citizens. There is no reason to continue the postwar demeaning constitution for Japan has shown over the following decades that it is fully worthy of being an equal world power to all, with equal powers to protect and further its interests. China and other nations try to demean Japan and keep trying to bring up ghosts of the distant past, but those times are all long gone, and Japan is a fully worth and respectable nation today and its citizens deserve protection and support when needed.
Posted in: Abe wants SDF to be allowed to rescue Japanese citizens in danger
CrisGerSanFeb. 08, 2015 - 12:11PM JST
I would suggest any worthy world leader stay home until we have a real President, Obama is a joke and an insult to the office and to the country, he has shown arrogance and partisan disrespect to all of the other branches of the national Government, fought the States on just bout every issue and tried to force his ultra liberal agenda thru with illegal executive orders that will be immediately repealed and held invalid once he is sent out of office. It is a sad state for a fine democracy to be in but no country is exempt from having occasional frauds as leaders. Nothing our current executive does will have respect and his invitation is not worth considering.
Posted in: Obama invites China's Xi, Japan's Abe for state visits
CrisGerSanFeb. 07, 2015 - 02:15AM JST
Wow that is a lot of snow. i hope they are all safe and that is great that the army is helping out.
Posted in: Hokkaido town buried under nearly 2 meters of snow
CrisGerSanFeb. 07, 2015 - 02:13AM JST
I hope she recovers and is better soon.
Posted in: 12-year-old idol singer in hospital after inhaling helium on TV Asahi program
CrisGerSanFeb. 07, 2015 - 02:12AM JST
They were unwise to go to such a dangerous area and I think the news media should NOT be covering the story they should have a blackout on it and twitter and other social media should black them out as well.
Posted in: Some Japanese see slain hostages as troublemakers
CrisGerSanFeb. 07, 2015 - 02:11AM JST
I hope she and her new husband are very happy and congrats on the baby.
Posted in: Actress Eriko Sato announces she is married and pregnant
CrisGerSanFeb. 07, 2015 - 02:10AM JST
I hope they are happy.
Posted in: Johnny Depp marries Amber Heard: U.S. media
It is probably wise to not send active military. it is a very tough situation and will take major intervention to stop the terrorists.
Posted in: Japan says it won't give in to terrorism - but no troops
CrisGerSanFeb. 07, 2015 - 02:09AM JST
Hopefully everyone can get along and see the positive of the situation. I am sure both Abe and the local Government are doing their best. lets support them all.
Posted in: Battle for Okinawa: Islanders face off with Tokyo over bases
CrisGerSanFeb. 03, 2015 - 07:40PM JST
Wonderful to see this custom still is practiced in some forms, thanks for sharing your story about it Yoshimi-san, that was very sweet to hear about i hope you keep doing it :)
Posted in: Pass the beans please
CrisGerSanFeb. 03, 2015 - 07:33PM JST
A good move for everyone esp since we need major players to make games for other things than consoles. Console playing limits player interaction and the PC remains the gold standard for important titles.
Posted in: Sony sells U.S.-based online game unit
CrisGerSanFeb. 01, 2015 - 12:04PM JST
China's attempt to claim the entire area of the South China Sea is a joke. It is amazing how they have even thought they had a chance to seize all of that area without any permission from any of the people who actually own the areas. Japan has stood up to them well and the US has come to be stronger on this too. Clearly China is backing down and is only keeping going for now to save face. In the end they well be utterly defeated and sent home to their own dictatorship prison of a country. In the end that will fall to freedom as well. Just takes time.
Posted in: U.S. would welcome Japan air patrols in South China Sea
CrisGerSanFeb. 01, 2015 - 11:55AM JST
Some extreme factions of he Arab culture are historicaly and currently a sick and twisted and very dangerous, and evil to the core. This is a sad example of their violence and I am very very sorry for the victim's family and for Japan. My deepest sympathy.
the best end for Arab extremism is for the world to band against them and wipe them out. they have had their chance and have showed nothing but anger and aggression to the other cultures for over a thousand years. This is not new. It is just more dangerous because of modern weapons and modern transportation. I hope that the US and Europe and the sane Arab countries will band together to get rid of these evil people.
Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded
CrisGerSanFeb. 01, 2015 - 11:48AM JST
It is a bit odd to me that news about WWII Allied actions is featured in a news service for Japan which does not have much reason to appreciate such coverage, aside from those who are interested in history. But you did get the facts correct. It was actually quite a fruitless effort, and decimated an entire squadron of bombers at a time when the US Air effort was just getting going and there was a crying need for such planes in Europe to start the air campaign. It was a PR stunt, and did little damage to Japan itself. The men and the planes would have been much better used elsewhere.
Posted in: 1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders dies at 94
Mar. 29, 2015 - 09:58AM JST
amazing how a couple movies and some sci-fi books have spawned this idea that whales are…
Posted in: Whaling ships return home from Antarctic with no catch
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Posted in: Takata sued for $1.9 bil in Canada over faulty airbags
Mar. 29, 2015 - 09:52AM JST
It takes 2 of them to replace a fully loaded 747-400 SR. So 2 planes burn…
Posted in: ANA orders three Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners
Mar. 29, 2015 - 09:51AM JST
If they want to restart rectors, they have learned NO lessons.
Posted in: Japan makes a start on sharing lessons from nuclear crisis
Mar. 29, 2015 - 09:46AM JST
One sad aspect of the Japanese government's sorry role in the UN conference is that Japan…