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CrisGerSanDec. 10, 2013 - 06:09AM JST
There is no reason to talk with an invader, which China is trying to be.
The Senkakus have little value themselves but they are territory of Japan. Period. Therefore whatever Japan decides to do with and about them is their right, and the world supports that. China is just way way out of touch with reality and their propaganda has affected their own view of things. That is the danger of a closed circle state, it cannot actually understand the reality outside of its own projected fantasy.
There is no need to take extreme measures. No way will the world allow China to do another Tibet here. We are now aware of how far they will go if not stopped cold in their tracks and it is happening now. This is actually giving the other Pacific nations the courage and the strength to stand up along with Japan as South Korea is doing and the Philipines will soon do also...along with the US.
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CrisGerSanDec. 10, 2013 - 06:03AM JST
Good to see intelligent cooperation and mutual respect displayed here, China should take notes. This is how such matters are conducted and proceed.
As for the chatter here it is amusing. Osan America has my support, and it is clear that reality has no real impact on supporters of China any more than it does on China itself. Otherwise the fantasies quoted and stated about how China has any right to invade and conquer neighboring territories would not even be typed or shared.
In time, reality will prevail. I guess China is just still about 70 years behind the times.
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CrisGerSanDec. 08, 2013 - 05:18AM JST
I see some Chinese applogists are still trying to create a fog of propaganda. FW360 among them.
No Japan did NOT cause the current crisis, it is China and China alone. Yes other countries have air defense zones OVER THEIR OWN TERRITORY. the Senkakus are Japanese. They are OWNED by Japan. Period. China was not offered the islands for sale, Japan was and bought them.
So they are the legal owners. To back away and to allow China to grab them just because they want more territory and the resources around the islands and to allow China to keep going on a Pacific region wide effort to bully and intimidate its neighbors, every one of them, would be foolish to a huge degree. The World did nothing about China's invasion and conquest of Tibet and still to this day allows China to act injured and aggrieved when people ask about the human rights of Tibetans. Japan must be strong and stand up to this and not back away.
Modern China is a dictatorship of the absolute kind and has nothing in common with the enlightened western demoacracies that respect individual rights and freedom. There is NO reason for the US to have ties to China other than mutual respect of neighbors.
Soverignty is a matter of fact in the present, not the past. The China of 1900 is not the China of today. nor is the Austro Hungary of 1900 the Austria of Today, the British Empire of 1900 Britian and the few remaining commonwealth nations of today. So the issue now is what Japan must do to stand up to an aggressive neighbor. They would have to do the same thing if it were North Korea, Thailand, Viet Nam or anyone ..not just if it is China. But China appears to be in trouble internally to be flexing its military so much ..there is no need, they can get the resources and have plenty of land already. I think the regiem is in trouble as more and more Chinese people, oridinary citizens get more educated and modern and gain access to the rest of the world. The censorship of the internet is a joke in China and they can and do read the news and reach out to the world all the time, i know that for a fact. So they are threatening the ruling elite with an increasing desire for more internal freedom and the dictators at the top, the tiny ruling elite are using the tried and true...enemy outside our country ploy to gain support and to avoid facing internal issues and pressures and to try to hang onto power.
Change is coming for them. And Japan will stand strong. I am very glad to see far more wise and reasonable and observant posts than the few supporting China continue to be made. The funny war of the approval button, the -1 and the +1 is fun to watch and to guess who is trying to create a bias. Democracy of the click. :)
Thanks Japan Today for the best coverage of this issue anywhere.
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CrisGerSanDec. 07, 2013 - 03:51PM JST
Yes i see a vast number of intelligent and rational posts now on this issue, in a way China has helped reveal its true nature with its flagrant actions.
The Senkakus are Japanese. Period.
China is making attempts to grab territory from EVERY nation that borders on it. Period.
The unilateral aggressive actions of China with this fantasy "defense' zone have not been accepted by any other nation other than North Korea. Period.
China invaded and conquered Tibet in a bloody take over aimed at mineral rights and vast placer deposits of Gold, the world did nothing. What happened since shows what China is capable of. Period.
So we need to be vigilant and attentive and support Japan which has been amazingly reasonable and calm about this entire matter, a model of how to deal with such confrontations. And I am sure all of the other Pacific nations that have been attacked by such similar moves by China are encouraged and given strength by Japan's stand.
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CrisGerSanDec. 06, 2013 - 07:05PM JST
I live in a town in the US with one of the largest hot springs and a large public bath area with multiple pools. Almost no one washes before entering them so i think instrucitons are much needed for gaijin in Japan. I would love to visit some of the lovely Onsen on my next work time in Japan but will probably stick to smaller mountain towns as the big public places have foreigners who clearly do not know what is what. What the Japanese do or do not do in their own country is their business imho.
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CrisGerSanDec. 06, 2013 - 06:53PM JST
What a joke. Well China can certainly say whatever it wants but it does not change reality. Japan owns the Senkakus, and always will. Japan is resolute in maintaining its rights to the soverignty of its territory as any nation is and should be. China had no rights in the matter, and should withdraw not only this but all of its other extra territorial attempts to grab land and territory belonging to other nations. That is the only way for it to co exist peacefully with its neighbors. Otherwise it will create a situation of constant conflict and the world will go on ahead without China, for it is only one nation among many. The choice is theirs, peace and mutual respect or being shunned and condemned by the international community as a rogue state.
CrisGerSanDec. 04, 2013 - 04:07PM JST
Firstly this is a decent film but none of the Studio G movies are that great, just average and there is much better work being done in anime that is really anime and not Disney translated into Anime like form.
Second, it is totally bizarre how twisted American media values are, they allow totally horrible violence and deviance yet question and are afraid of innocent and natural things.
I dont doubt the film will be censored, much is and without any real reason but i will close with a final point.
this film and the rest of anime and anime like work in Japan is made IN Japan and NOT in the US, so people can take it as it is or leave it but there is no reason for them to change what has become one of the most succcessful and creative and huge areas of modern visual literature and media for one nation among many, many of whom are not bothered in the least by eros in film as it is part of life.
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CrisGerSanDec. 04, 2013 - 04:01PM JST
Ah good i see clear minds and good posts are predominating here, and in other threads. China is showing its true colours and is going to bring about a strong and powerful response from a united Pacific rim ..which nothing else could have done so well. It is clear now that good aircraft and resources are indeed needed and yes even though these planes were scheduled for deployment if the US WERE kow towing to China it would have stopped the mission but even under the rather poor leadership at the top of the US currently, we are getting a clear message from the US to Japan and the rest of the Pacific, we are NOT scared by China's moves and China is now the nation on notice that it better restrain itself......sooner than later.
Glad to see so many good posts and people who see the issues clearly.
The Senkakus are Japanese and will remain that way. China has enough territory in its own large country. These planes will help protect Japan and peace in the region.
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CrisGerSanDec. 04, 2013 - 03:40PM JST
They were remarkable ships and very advanced for that time and for any time for that matter. And yes they WERE operational and did see action and were fully armed at the time of surrender. They were a total surprise to the USN who had no idea they existed. They were very efficient and well designed and showed the Japanese mastery of ship buildings and military design very well. Once they surfaced the planes they carried could be moved out of the waterrtight hangar on deck and launched via a catapault in about 3 minutes. The planes could carry a normal bomb load and the ships were designed for long range missions of that era.
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CrisGerSanDec. 04, 2013 - 03:29PM JST
Very well put. yes Obama is a totally incompetent non entity and the US is very sorry he got elected.
As for China saying it monitored the flight, well i can say i monitored China too, but it means the same thing, nothing at all.
they are out and out making grabs for territory and only Japan and the US have stood up to them so far. And they better keep doing it or China will pull a Tibet on all of the Pacific regions it wants. Invasion and conquest are still China's operational methods it appears and this is just the preamble. and all the rhetoric from Peking is just that, propaganda.
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CrisGerSanDec. 02, 2013 - 06:55PM JST
Art is NOT about politics. Just becasue someone WANTS to call themseves an artist to try to cover up the criminal nature of their acts does NOT make them an artist.
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CrisGerSanDec. 02, 2013 - 06:54PM JST
Happy Birthday, Your Highness Princess Aiko. And i encourage the moderators to delete any disrespectful posts, i am sad to see so many people who have no respect for the family of the Emperor and wish to balance that with my greatest regard and respect for them all, for they are a fine example of a royal family who care both for their nation and also who try to live normal lives and share in the path of life with all in Japan. thank you for sharing this news article with us Japan Today.
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CrisGerSanDec. 02, 2013 - 06:45PM JST
There is no valid Zone there is instead a fictional sham Chinese propaganda ploy to try to carve out control when they have no right to it. The area they have tried to "mark' as their zone is international air space and open ocean and they have no privileged claim to it. Japan on the other had owns and has soveringty over the Senkaku Islands. Period. So the US supports its ally, Japan, while China is attacking both of them with these aggressive moves. It is not a matter of point of view it is a matter of facts.
What Biden or the US Govt does or does not do is not that important at this point, the treaty between Japan and the US establishes the mutual support that will be there if needed. We in the US value and respect Japan far more than we do China for many reasons...and history from 70 years ago does not apply here. We live in the world as it is today, and we must learn to live together today. That means China can learn to get along with and respect its neighbors and join the international community as an equal or it can continue to try to force its desires with bullying and force and it will be ostracized and isolated and alone, and if and when it faces challenges as any modern industrialized nation may or can, it won't get much help from anyone.
So the future lies in everyone's hands, not just the biggest or most aggressive ..but in the joint community of hopes and goals. I hope for the best for everyone but it is clear that Japan and the US must stand together and stop this aggressive and fallacious fantasy ploy of China now before it gets worse.
And yes we have no idea what has been communicated between the US and Japan, and they have no reason to have to report it all to us. I am sure that communication is open and flowing freely. The FAA issues notifications as a standard measure for all regions of the world for US Carriers, and they are called Advisories and included in the Jep Packs that all pilots scan when taking command of flights. It is NOT a matter of national policy but just a routine matter that happens daily and in this case CNN and the US media is a lousy source for they have no real idea of the issues and their simplistic approach to issues is not much help either.
Japan Today continues to be one of the best sources on this very interesting situation and we are lucky to be able to receive such good coverage.
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CrisGerSanDec. 02, 2013 - 06:30PM JST
I am sorry to have to make this clear once again..China has illegally and without any substantial reason or right tried to create and impose its control over international air space. The zone in question is far from China's actual borders and has no substance in international law. It is a blatant attempt to 'claim" territorial rights that it has no right to at all. It is trying to take control of numerous regions in the Pacific but Japan is the only nation strong enough to stand up to it so they have made this attempt. it is NOT anything like a standard control zone, it is a political attack and a moral outrage that they even think they can get away with this.
The US advised the US flag carriers to comply because China holds a large bit of US debt and Obama wants to try to walk the middle road and not challenge China too much. Japan is learning the hard way what it takes to be strong in the face of the Chinese menace and I am very proud of them. I am sorry to see posters still trying to bend and twist reality to fit their own political goals and i have a feeling supporting China in words is just as fallacious as supporting such a blatant and unjustified and illegal move as this ficticious control zone.
In the end China will have to back down and remove its false claims I just hope they do it before it is such an embarrasemnt that they cause turmoil on their own country which very much needs peace at home to try to deal with serious national problems. they should be concentrating on that and not trying to grab other people's territory.
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CrisGerSanDec. 02, 2013 - 06:23PM JST
Good Job, time China started learning it does not run the world.
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CrisGerSanNov. 30, 2013 - 02:52PM JST
I think the headline of this article needs to be corrected a bit, the "rules" set by China do not apply to any one at all, by any stretch of international law. They are a fantasy creation of Chinese illusions. So it is not defying to carry on normal flight activities in International Air Space. That is a mistake some media are making by not realizing that international law is quite clear about freedom of movement in international zones that are free of any soverieghenty of any nation..such as this area of the Pacific in question, other than the region that Japan controls due to its ownership and annexation of the Senkaku Islands. China has no right to project an kind of zone or control into international waters or air space by fiat, and therefore there cannot be any "defying" of any rules because there IS no rule against free movement of other flag carriers of any kind. End of story.
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CrisGerSanNov. 30, 2013 - 02:47PM JST
China continues to operate in a Fantasy Zone. They can fly anywhere they want, and make any kind of comic opera claims and set up fantasy zones of 'defense' but it is still all make believe and true only in their own minds. It is the danger of a totalitarian Governemnt that surrounds leadership with Yes Men that they do not receive any reality checks from internal sources and ignore anything from outside of their bubble.
The islands are NOT a stolen car they are a legally and legitimatly purchased territory that has been added to Japan. Period. Any poster can also say whatever they want but it does not change the facts. The news media in the US is affected quite a bit by a very anxious China Lobby that is trying to fog the issue. We are treated to meaningless news bites about China that frankly none of us could care less about. ..and in an attempt to create the myth of the cuddly sweet friendly China..well look at the reality..they are sabre rattling and making threats and bullying all of their neighbores in the Pacific Rim and it has gotten worse with each month.
As for their sad attempts to try to create this fantasy zone, and to "patrol" it and "carry our duties" it is like kids making mud pies in a sand box, it has no reality to it at all. I suppose really there is no point to try to convince them to back down, they are too stubborn and too much in denial of realty to hear any thing that goes against their mythical story.
As for the usual postings some of them they reflect a similar attempt to appear rational and impartial but frankly there is no need for such, Japan is in the right and has been from the start, and what could have been just another aspect of normal international relations has been made into a anxious potential trap for China that it has actually created for itself..for if they do anything overt against Japan or US they will not be happy with the result and the world will turn against them when they really could use some friends ....we all hope the best for China along with all modern nations, but they are making it hard to feel that way with their very erratic, absurd and frankly quite fantastic attempts to claim territory that is part of other nations including Japan, South Korea, and the Philipines and Vietnam. I hope for them to wake up before they damage their image world wide, as they have already set their international respect and trust level quite a ways back already.
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CrisGerSanNov. 30, 2013 - 04:16AM JST
I see a wide range of attempts by Pro China posters to bluster their way and to protect China's fantasy attempt to claim territory just because they want to assert power. there are much better ways to gain power and respect. much better.
in this case. the use of basically show flights, to try to make an impression is just a waste of fuel. No one else other than China attaches any importance to the PRC making hollywood flights in the region. They can fly around all the want and it wont change the status quo one iota. Japan owns the Senkakus and will for a long time i am believing. The US, South Korea, the Philippines, and many other Pacific nations will support Japan and oppose China as actively as is necessary, China is only digging its own hole deeper and they may find themselves voted off of the UN SEcurity council if they continue to go on acting in this wild and erratic manner. They are showing themselves quite untrustworthy. Glad Japan Today is covering this so well, you are in fact covering it as well as any media outlet and i see your articles being quoted and posted on Google News and elsewhere. good work keep it up.
CrisGerSanNov. 30, 2013 - 04:08AM JST
Some very good posts here, China continues to show that it is still back in the Stone Age re international diplomacy and knowing how to get long with neighbors. they have no justifucation for their attempt to create an artificially huge 'defense' zone, they have nothing to defend in much of it, the Senkoku Islands are JAPANESE, let me repeat, they ARE Japanese already and always will be. China is intruding and interferring with a neighbor for only its own bombastic and propaganda purposes and is dangerously unsettling the region for its own ego.
Hatsoff said it very very well already: and i quote: from his post above:
"After dragging its country back to the dark ages by sending intellectuals and free thinkers to farm labour camps for re-education, after starving its people to death, after killing its people with tanks, after forcing abortions on women about to give birth, after pushing Tibetans so far that they set themselves on fire in protest, after lining the pockets of government officials, now China looks outside of itself and prepares to start a military conflict with Japan.
If it comes to it, Japan must prepare to match live fire with live fire. If Japan doesn't, such inaction will only encourage China to use miltary force to take disputed areas from other Asian countries. It has already threatened the Philippines with military force if the Philippines continues its dispute and it already took Sansha. No action from Japan will in the longer term be a disaster for all those other countries in dispute because China will see itself as unstoppable.
Regardless of whether people believe Japan has played down its past or not, it has not committed any aggressive acts against its neighbours for 68 years. However, the time is coming when Japan must teach its children how to war. It's simply not possible to play the pacifist forever the way things are going. "
i could not have said it better myself and I am glad to see how many intelligent and understanding people are posting now, instead of just propaganda repeats. thanks for all of them and i am sure Japan will stand up for itself and maintain its protection of its islands and the US will back them. That Chinese editorial was just silly trying to say that they were making reasonable responses and would defend this and that, but they are just way off base for China has nothing at all to defend in the area and is interferring with other countries' territory. That makes them the aggressor and no batter than HItler in his attempts to seize Europe.
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CrisGerSanNov. 28, 2013 - 05:59PM JST
Sigh. OK, once more. It is China who is trying to make waves and gain an advantage that frankly is imposisble. They cannot role back events, Japan OWNS the islands in Question, and international maritime conventions and law award them control of the seas and the air around them to an unspecified distance but it varies with nation to nation. That does NOT allow China to extend a huge area claim from its mainland projected in that direction. It just is not true.
So what is going on? China is being a bully and claiming that Japan is actually the bully . it is simply ridiculous.
Whatever happened in the recent past or the distant past, now is now. The Japan of today cannot go back and erase events of 70 years ago, nor should it be expected to. Time moves on and the world is what it is today, not what it was.
China will one way or another be forced to be reasonable if it wont do it voluntarily. The World will not tolerate a petulant agressive despot to unsettle the entire Pacific rim no matter how large it may be, international balance does not work that way. I had hopes that China was truly maturing and becoming a potential equal partner for the major powers but now i think it may take quite a bit more time. We will see. I remain hopeful, but proud of Japan for being so rational and strong, and for the US for honouring its treaty commitments and the rest of the world for supporting them both.
Time for the Paper Tiger to calm down and have a good long think.
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There is no reason to talk with an invader, which China is trying to be.
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