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HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 08:22PM JST
@thywillbedone I don't see this happen. Japan will simply become a 3rd world country. Hell, outside of the bigger cities it already looks like 3rd world country.
Posted in: China warns of 'further actions' in Japan island dispute
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 08:08PM JST
@michikokada The origin of all troubles isn't the USA - but the East Asian mentality of the thugs Japan has elected as their leaders, and the thugs that rule China unelected. The Chinese people didn't choose those thugs, but the Japanese people chose theirs. So actually, Japan's image is taking the damage.
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 08:06PM JST
@Crazedinjapan I am German, I live in Japan. I have no connections to China at all. Don't count on Germany being a friend of Japan anymore. In Germany, people like Ishihara and Hashimoto would be prosecuted and treated like the thugs they are.
Posted in: China cleans up after anti-Japan protests
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 08:00PM JST
@KariHaruka Not all the instability is due to Japan, but a good part of it - and that's the reason Japan's image has taken damage in this. I know Japan (where I live since years, but thank God, not much longer) does think the Western countries are its friends, but that is not true anymore. Japan is seen as a troublemaker in East Asia now, and no country will help a trouble maker make more trouble.
China has always had a bad image, due to Tibet and other problems, but Japan should realise that people like Ishihara and Hashimoto will worsen the relations to the former allies of Japan and because China is economically more important now, countries will prefer getting on China's side.
Tell me one reason why the Western world should still support and defend Japan, if it it doesn't reverse its nationalist and xenophobic policies? What has Japan ever done for their allies in the last few decades? Nothing comes to mind.
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 04:56PM JST
More than China's image in the Western world, which has always been bad, Japan will suffer even more over this. East Asia is now an unstable region, mainly thanks to Ishihara and his trickery. It doesn't matter if Japan thinks it is a better country than China. Enough damage to Japan's reputation has been done to drive investments and opportunities to free, peaceful places.
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 03:21PM JST
Haha, it is so obvious why Japan suddenly thinks Osprey isn't a bad idea. What a ridiculous country.
Posted in: Japan declares U.S. Osprey safe to fly in Japan
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 02:52PM JST
@thywillbedone China is China - nobody intelligent should be surprised that there is a lot of hate for Japan in certain groups of the Chinese society. But what about Japan's view on China, especially among the broad and numerous fraction of right-of-center politicians and their voters? The right-wing in Japan is very strong and has public backing. Do these people love, or even respect China? I think it is rather obvious that Ishihara even hates China. The mayor of Tokyo! So, this is not a one sided affair. Japan does nothing to improve the relations, so it shouldn't point at China and ask them to do the first step. China is bigger and economically more powerful. Japanese respect power, so it is time to accept that China is now the senpai.
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 02:43PM JST
@kwatt Source, please :-)
Posted in: Having their say
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 01:14PM JST
Fire spotted at gate of Chinese school in Kobe
Japan = China
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 12:59PM JST
@smithjapan Haha, you are right. Well, stupidity has never been a barrier in this country, so it won't damage his reputation too much, I fear.
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 12:58PM JST
@kwatt I hope you are right. It all depends on whether Japan continues with the provocations like buying the islands (they spent money on something they say they already own, LOL).
Also, it is very interesting to see people like YuriOtani argue. This is a very good showcase of how little grasp of political realities most Japanese people (I suppose YuriOtani is Japanese) have. They are not interested usually in anything outside of the Japanese borders, so when something like the island dispute arises, they appear to have their understanding of politics diplomacy sourced from Hollywood movies.
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 12:17PM JST
@YuriOtani I think you will be in tears very soon if you find out the reality. If there is a local war in East Asia, which will erase Japan from the surface of the Earth (because nukes) and heavily damage China, the US and Europe will be the winners. It will be a huge blow to the whole Asian continent. The US now says they support Japan to drive them further into the conflict. The US (Obama administration) is also very worried about the influence of the Yakuza in the US. If Japan is blown into pieces, the Yakuza is also powerless.
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 12:11PM JST
@peanut666 What I was trying to say is that Japan is not the peace-loving country they have tricked the world to believe they are. At least the elderly idolise WWII times and think Nazi Germany was mainly a good thing.
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 12:05PM JST
@YuriOtani You sound like you are living in a dream world. The treaty you are referring to does not cover a case where Japan provokes it's neighbours over a disputed piece of rock on the coast of Taiwan. You should read some international newspapers, and stop getting your news from Japanese sources only (which are very biased).
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 12:01PM JST
@chucky3176 You are right on the money with your assessments. I hope Japan doesn't one have to awake to the sobering realisation that if you want to manipulate your allies to support your questionable policies, they won't be interested in supporting you.
The Japanese seem to think that the treaty is binding law. Which couldn't be more wrong. It will be decided on a case-by-case basis, which is obvious to anyone with some knowledge of international politics (which may be a hint at why it seems to escape most Japanese).
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 11:17AM JST
Let's not forget Japan (by letting Ishihara into office) is the bad guy in this matter. The US will not help them, even if "push comes to shove". I hope they don't! Japan must grow up and stand for themselves. It's time to stop acting like a spoiled brat.
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 10:21AM JST
@peanut666 Japanese older people also love Nazi Germany. I am German and have lost count of the number of times Japanese people, when they heard I was German, congratulated me on the "good old times when Japan and Germany fought together".
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 10:19AM JST
@Lunchbox They might have worked a lot, but how many of those hours were simply spent doing "dara dara" because they don't know how to work effectively? Germany built almost a big economy as Japan with half the population and maybe half the working hours put in because they worked more effectively.
Also, where do you think the Soushoku Danshi and maid-cafes come from? The elderly should have spent more time with their kids, raising them to be real adults instead of doing senseless overtime in their companies.
They built Japan's economy, but they failed at building the next generation to take over what they accomplished. A massive oversight, and ultimately, a failure on their part.
Posted in: For a long life
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 10:10AM JST
Any news if Ishihara spends these days mostly sitting in front of his PC, reading the news, pants down?
HansNFranzSep. 19, 2012 - 10:03AM JST
My take away from the whole situation: East Asians can't be trusted. Chinese, Japanese are the same.
May. 19, 2013 - 09:12AM JST
This guy will be yesterday's news soon enough.
Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation
May. 19, 2013 - 09:09AM JST
Douris ChongMay. 18, 2013 - 03:02PM JST
I mean those 2.5m war criminals had done such…
Posted in: Abe defends right to visit Yasukuni Shrine
May. 19, 2013 - 09:06AM JST
Messed up Justice system in Japan
Posted in: Guilty and never proven innocent – every male train rider's nightmare in Japan
smithinjapanMay. 18, 2013 - 02:44PM JST
Yeah, except Arlington does not intentionally 'enshrine' convicted war criminals,…
May. 19, 2013 - 09:05AM JST
Is there any relation between this film and the US TV series "Switched at Birth"?
Posted in: Koreeda's switched-at-birth film moves Cannes audience