Ishiwara's past comments

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    Ishiwara

    China's rise could have been a great contribution to world culture. Too bad.

    Posted in: China state media stepping-up anti-Western rhetoric

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    Ishiwara

    From the official website of MOFA:

    Letter from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to the former comfort women

    The Year of 2001

    Dear Madam,

    On the occasion that the Asian Women's Fund, in cooperation with the Government and the people of Japan, offers atonement from the Japanese people to the former wartime comfort women, I wish to express my feelings as well.

    The issue of comfort women, with an involvement of the Japanese military authorities at that time, was a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women.

    As Prime Minister of Japan, I thus extend anew my most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women.

    We must not evade the weight of the past, nor should we evade our responsibilities for the future.

    I believe that our country, painfully aware of its moral responsibilities, with feelings of apology and remorse, should face up squarely to its past history and accurately convey it to future generations.

    Furthermore, Japan also should take an active part in dealing with violence and other forms of injustice to the honor and dignity of women.

    Finally, I pray from the bottom of my heart that each of you will find peace for the rest of your lives.

    Respectfully yours,

    Junichiro Koizumi Prime Minister of Japan

    Statement by the Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono on the result of the study on the issue of "comfort women"

    August 4, 1993

    The Government of Japan has been conducting a study on the issue of wartime "comfort women" since December 1991. I wish to announce the findings as a result of that study.

    As a result of the study which indicates that comfort stations were operated in extensive areas for long periods, it is apparent that there existed a great number of comfort women. Comfort stations were operated in response to the request of the military authorities of the day. The then Japanese military was, directly or indirectly, involved in the establishment and management of the comfort stations and the transfer of comfort women. The recruitment of the comfort women was conducted mainly by private recruiters who acted in response to the request of the military. The Government study has revealed that in many cases they were recruited against their own will, through coaxing, coercion, etc., and that, at times, administrative/military personnel directly took part in the recruitments. They lived in misery at comfort stations under a coercive atmosphere.

    As to the origin of those comfort women who were transferred to the war areas, excluding those from Japan, those from the Korean Peninsula accounted for a large part. The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese rule in those days, and their recruitment, transfer, control, etc., were conducted generally against their will, through coaxing, coercion, etc.

    Undeniably, this was an act, with the involvement of the military authorities of the day, that severely injured the honor and dignity of many women. The Government of Japan would like to take this opportunity once again to extend its sincere apologies and remorse to all those, irrespective of place of origin, who suffered immeasurable pain and incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women.

    It is incumbent upon us, the Government of Japan, to continue to consider seriously, while listening to the views of learned circles, how best we can express this sentiment.

    We shall face squarely the historical facts as described above instead of evading them, and take them to heart as lessons of history. We hereby reiterate our firm determination never to repeat the same mistake by forever engraving such issues in our memories through the study and teaching of history.

    As actions have been brought to court in Japan and interests have been shown in this issue outside Japan, the Government of Japan shall continue to pay full attention to this matter, including private researched related thereto.

    Posted in: Japan shrugs off S Korean calls for 'sex slave' apology

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    Ishiwara

    Good. A name like that is just a giant red flag. Besides, as a private bank, they are under no obligation and can refuse customers if they want, just like a bar or a coffeeshop can.

    Posted in: Credit union turns down application for account with 'Islam' in name

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    Ishiwara

    It takes two for reconciliation.

    Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'

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    Ishiwara

    Isn't that clear by now? Let's see.......an official, unequivocal apology to the sex slaves from the Japanese government (they could save time by apologising to the ones from other Asian countries while they're at it) The kind of apology that can't be denied or revoked. Compensation would be nice as well (for the sex slaves. The previous treaties on forced labour that Japan signed were not covered by the 1965 treaty - and thus claims for compensation are still valid. Oh, and teaching of historical facts that are accepted by pretty much the rest of the world would be a big bonus. So in that light, keep it up South Korea

    Maybe that is what they want, but it would be very naive to think that anti-Japanese protests and anti-Japanese propaganda would stop even if the Japanese government would do all these things.

    Posted in: Anti-Japan rally

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    Ishiwara

    And current politicians have denied. It ends up canceling out the apologies, particularly when the current sitting PM feels that way.

    Maybe it cancels it out, maybe not. I tend to agree with you, but that is an interpretation.

    On top of this, there has never been an official apology ratified by the cabinet. Until that happens, it cannot be considered to be a proper apology.

    The Kono statement and Koizumi's apologies were stated as prime ministers and are official apologies. Apologies are not "ratified" by parliament. As we speak, the Kono statement is still the official position of the government, and is on the official MOFA's official website (although that might change this year).

    Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'

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    Ishiwara

    @ Strangerland

    As I said, I don't like Abe's position, but previous Japanese governments have apologized. Better read the whole post before commenting.

    Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'

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    Ishiwara

    I dislike Abe's position on this issue, but the Japanese government has apologized several times; so if Korea refuses to accept it, it will be harder for any Japanese politician to convince the Japanese public they need to bow their heads again.

    1. When Korea and Japan normalized relations, Japan paid a large sum of money, and it was the Korean government who insisted they will pass it on to victims.
    2. The Kono statement of 1993 (as the article mentions).
    3. Japan has offered compensation through the Asian Women's Fund.
    4. Prime Minister Koizumi has written a letter of apology directly to former comfort women:

    Letter from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to the former comfort women

    The Year of 2001

    Dear Madam,

    On the occasion that the Asian Women's Fund, in cooperation with the Government and the people of Japan, offers atonement from the Japanese people to the former wartime comfort women, I wish to express my feelings as well.

    The issue of comfort women, with an involvement of the Japanese military authorities at that time, was a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women.

    As Prime Minister of Japan, I thus extend anew my most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women.

    We must not evade the weight of the past, nor should we evade our responsibilities for the future.

    I believe that our country, painfully aware of its moral responsibilities, with feelings of apology and remorse, should face up squarely to its past history and accurately convey it to future generations.

    Furthermore, Japan also should take an active part in dealing with violence and other forms of injustice to the honor and dignity of women.

    Finally, I pray from the bottom of my heart that each of you will find peace for the rest of your lives.

    Respectfully yours,

    Junichiro Koizumi Prime Minister of Japan

    Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'

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    Ishiwara

    Interesting. Especially when considering that the modern Japanese monarchy was very much modeled on the British example. This started in the Meiji period, and then Hirohito stayed for a long period in Britain in the 1920's when he was crown prince, and abolished polygamy.

    Posted in: Prince William strikes a friendly contrast to crown prince

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    Ishiwara

    Great, we know his name. Can somebody please kill this a-hole now?

    Posted in: IS executioner 'Jihadi John' named by media

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    Ishiwara

    And she just stated that she is willing to meet with the North Korean dwarf without preconditions? But not with Abe, elected leader of Japan, an ally and a democracy?

    Ridiculous.

    Posted in: S Korea's Park says she is not opposed to talks with Abe

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    Ishiwara

    China's reckless behavior TODAY has nothing to do with "what China sees as Japan’s failure to atone for its occupation of parts of China before and during World War Two" or some other BS the Chinese come up with.

    Newspapers should stop mentioning this in cases like these, since it just gives Chinese propaganda a veneer of respectability.

    Posted in: China bristles at Japanese defense minister's remarks

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    Ishiwara

    In this age of the adulation of youth it is not surprising that many old folk feel pressured to pretend they are young. In the US you see a lot of older men and women dressed in exactly the same clothes as their teenage kids. Cringeworthy.

    Still, this guy who berated the kid is an a-hole.

    Posted in: Schoolboy publicly berated by elderly man for offering him seat on train

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    Ishiwara

    You have to teach Japanese consumers about your products because they are very ignorant.>

    Hmmm.... I don't think this is a good formula for success. MacDonalds and Apple works quite well in Japan, because they have some things Japanese products have not. However, try to "teach" the "ignorant" Japanese consumers that they should like - let's say - the crappy stuff sold by K-Mart, Office Depot, Home Depot, I think the Japanese consumers are going to tell you to take a hike.

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    Ishiwara

    The Soviet Union had a non-aggression pact with Japan during WW2. They were secretly preparing for war, and declared war on 11pm on August 8, 1945, taking effect the next day. Only an hour later they attacked, not technically, but in effect violating the agreement. Stalin wanted revenge for the loss in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. Around 250,000 Japanese civilians perished. Around 70,000 POW's died in Siberia.

    While Japan was a main aggressor in WW2, in this case, Japan was also a victim, and the SU the aggressor.

    Posted in: Abe invited to Moscow for V-Day ceremony in May but unlikely to go

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    Ishiwara

    Happy 2015 to everyone! I want to thank everyone who posted thoughtful and informative comments last year. Sometimes we'll disagree and fight, often we'll agree. Let's not get into too much Japan-bashing (as our moderators call it). But lets also not give up on criticism when necessary.

    Posted in: A guide to New Year traditions in Japan

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    Ishiwara

    I just want to say Happy 2015 to my fellow Japan-todayers.

    Posted in: China launches website on disputed islands

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    Ishiwara

    It is very important that the Emperor mentioned the war started in 1931. There is a long-standing debate among Japanese historians over how to call and characterize the war. Saying it started in 1931 endorses the concept of the "15-year war" (jugonensenso), traditionally used by Japanese left-wing academics (and opposed by conservatives) and extremely critical of Japan's descent into war.

    Posted in: Emperor stresses importance of learning from World War II

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    Ishiwara

    Beautiful!

    Posted in: Birthday girl

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    Ishiwara

    Apart from the two rocks in the Sea of Japan, Korea and Japan share a lot of interests and are allies in the Pax Americana. About time they start behaving like allies.

    Posted in: S Korea balks as U.S. picks Japan, Australia to service F-35s in Asia

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