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Joseph Garrett BaxterMay. 20, 2013 - 10:38AM JST
Again it is not apologies that China directly wants but money apologies. Money, money and money talks.
Posted in: China cracks down on over-the-top anti-Japan dramas
Joseph Garrett BaxterMay. 18, 2013 - 09:13AM JST
Well this is all interesting as a man is talking his own truth about things and then the politicians and powers to be can not handle it, which is always the case when someone goes off the beaten path. Some of what Hashimoto said is true and the reason is that it is bitter and as I have learned that the truth is bitter. There are many Korean girls engaged in prostitution, but no one wants to hear it. yes it is bitter. It is cool to at least see someone speak their own mind even though Hashimoto is one crazy nut. He does have guts and I prefer someone speaking their mind then one who hides their true intentions. We live in a world where people want to hear nice sweet stories. Many people are racist or sexist and usually they hide but Hashimoto is telling it the way he sees it and that is so cool and especially for a Japanese too. I bet the Japanese politicians in the opposition party of his are running frantic and the DLP is out drinking celebrating. No body really cares except for their own gain. Truth is bitter.
Posted in: Restoration Party member ousted over Korean prostitution remarks
Joseph Garrett BaxterMay. 17, 2013 - 09:38AM JST
Well Tibet is a good point but the truth of the matter is that no country or nobody really owns anything at all. That is just an illusion. You do not even own your car.
Posted in: Chinese general says Ryukyu islands do not belong to Japan
Joseph Garrett BaxterMay. 09, 2013 - 01:27PM JST
Lets get over this and stop living in the past. I am in Taiwan now and the Taiwanese are so grateful for the Japanese occupation. There are a few old geezers that still have hate but many of the people see the positive in the Japanese occupation. Now Taiwan is a modern country and has progressed ahead of China in all respects.
These words from politicians are just words and you will see the blasphemy from Korea and China continuing to be hashed out as they have nothing else to denounce. Yes it is good for Japan to reiterate this apology for putting an end to the naysayers.
Posted in: Japan says it will honor apologies for World War II atrocities
Joseph Garrett BaxterMay. 05, 2013 - 11:55AM JST
The other 1 year old should not be with this crazy mother any more.
Posted in: Woman held for throwing 2-yr-old daughter from 4th-floor balcony
Joseph Garrett BaxterMay. 01, 2013 - 09:09AM JST
What would be money wisely spent for Japan to improve on their English speaking skills would be to teach NLP (neuro linguistic programming) or in other words hypnosis. Just need to hypnotize the children to change their mind set to believe that they can speak well. All of the negative programming that is already in the mind about how difficult it is to speak English needs to be gotten rid of. With NLP it is possible to change people within a short time and put them on track. An expert at NLP can quickly influence a person to do anything they want. This is not magic but a real science and a serious idea to be considered as the old systems in Japan are not working and JET program as we know will not really do much. As an American I have had many Japanese compliment me on my English speaking ability--duh---of course that is my mother tongue. The fact that Japanese are amazed that a native speaker can speak English well just shows how deep rooted this problem is. All of these negativities concerning difficulty to speak English just needs to be washed away since as I have always said people are brain washed on numerous ideas about everything in their life. So hypnotism is a kind of brain washing too, but it can be used in the right way.
Posted in: Gov't plans to increase number of foreign English teachers to 10,000
Joseph Garrett BaxterApr. 30, 2013 - 07:19PM JST
It can not be a bird flu based on the tight radius. If it was bird flu the birds would not all die at the same time and definitely not in the same area unless they were in a cage which they were not. Poison is the only possibility. It is on the news now and they are saying 20 died.
Posted in: 17 crows, 1 pigeon found dead on Yokohama street
Joseph Garrett BaxterApr. 21, 2013 - 06:48PM JST
She just wants to buy those Louis Vuitton bags and all that other crap that has society all screwed up. There is no blame for anyone here except for just society.
Posted in: 39-year-old man arrested for paying 14-year-old girl for sex
Joseph Garrett BaxterMar. 29, 2013 - 09:48AM JST
After the Vietnam war there were many US soldiers who were captured from POW camps and brought through China and into North Korea. Hundreds if not thousands of these POWs have not been rescued by the USA and remain in North Korea. Those who are still alive we do not know about.
Posted in: North Korea puts rockets on standby for U.S. strike
Joseph Garrett BaxterJan. 06, 2013 - 12:21AM JST
Yes it is also much more than that.
The simple truth is very bitter. Korea has been teaching their people to hate the Japanese since they were children. The textbooks promote hatred. Even some mention about how to kill Japanese or something of the sorts. The government has created this for the reason to control the people and to keep them unified. The amount of money given to Japan is not disclosed to the Koreans. Any of the positive things that Japan does for Korea like when they bailed them out is not promoted as virtues of Japan. The list goes on and on. The IMF will not bail out Korea next time nor likely will Japan. Korea is getting close to the economic level of Greece and they are in need of urgent money.
On a note of a recent hatred example: when the Fukushima earthquake happened there were many Koreans happy about this. Many Koreans were interviewed and showed their pleasure. People put up signs in Japanese showing how happy they were that such a terrible thing happend to Japan.
So the key is that if you can control the people by uniting them around some idea which in this case is hatred towards Japan, then you can have a unified people just like what the Nazis did to their people.
As these apologies go on and on the Japanese are becoming infuriated with this childish behavior. Actually the hatred towards Japan will never end as all of the Koreans are brain washed to hate Japan from such a young age.
Posted in: S Korea says Japan must heal wounds of wartime excesses
Joseph Garrett BaxterJan. 05, 2013 - 11:45PM JST
smithinjapan -- the apologies did not lack sincerity in their entirety. The main reason that it is going to be taken away is that it was never accepted fully and after all these years there is still talk about it. If no one said anything about it and the Koreans accepted it then there would have been forgiveness on both sides. The ball was in the Koreans court and they did not make the best use of this moment.
As I keep on saying it has nothing to do with the apology at all except that it is a political game and now that the Korean continent is all charged up the politicians have to show something. For the people the apology is something but for the governments that want the money they only care about getting reelected or support.
I personally would go in genuinely sorry and give the greatest apology that the world has ever seen. I just know that the snakes would be waiting to come back with money requests. I would fix up the relations between all these countries if it could be done without greediness. For me it would be a matter of getting past this history which has no relevance to the current society except for making people feel better who are stuck in the past.
Finally, it is not the call of other countries to ask someone to apologize. It is for that person or country to decide that on their own. This all sounds like children blaming other children for wrongs done when actually everyone has done a wrong. What was Jesus' words about telling the people to be the first to pick up the stone and throw it if you have not done any wrong. Same thing here. Jesus also spoke a lot about forgiveness.
Not to place this in a religious context, but just to use more wisdom than rough handedness.
Joseph Garrett BaxterJan. 05, 2013 - 09:39PM JST
This is all unbelievable. Korea keeps asking for the same thing over and over again. Why don't they just say they want $1 trillion won and be honest?
The article says that Seoul believes
"that reparations are not complete."
"that reparations are not complete."
Don't you all know what this means? The same thing happened between Germany and Israel. Israel wanted more and more and it was not apologies that they cared about but the money.
The article also says
"winning aid that helped his industrial drive that propelled South Korea from poverty to rich nation status."
Where is the thank you from Korea?
If any further apologies are given it will be a matter of time when they say "How much?"
The only reason that the 1993 and 1995 apologies were not accepted is that it did not include enough money.
If I was PM I would give the best apology and include that there would be no money involved so I can call their bluff. These countries would not accept it.
Joseph Garrett BaxterJan. 05, 2013 - 09:16PM JST
Time to legalize drugs in Australia!
Posted in: Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll: Australia's other boom
Joseph Garrett BaxterJan. 05, 2013 - 08:56PM JST
War is war and it is always ugly in one way or another. All these countries should forgive each other and move on to higher ground. Even if 20 million people were killed by Japan as simonsaysjapan has said it is bad of course, but it is far in the past and something that all countries should forgive. Apologies will not do much as we have seen but forgiveness will do much more. All these countries as I have said only care about money and trying to bring the bigger country down. It is the same in business--if you get big then everyone tries to pull you down. Same thing is going on here. Japan is now one of the most perfect countries in the world so it is best for everyone else to learn from Japan.
Posted in: Abe wants to replace landmark 1995 war apology
Joseph Garrett BaxterJan. 04, 2013 - 11:18PM JST
hidingout --yes I can understand your feelings. This whole thing is the most stupid waste of time, electricity and resources. Interesting that you mentioned compensation after the word apologies and that was my point. It is only about compensation. The apologies will lead to the compensation. But that still does not make it fair not to issue an apology if it is warranted. But apologize for something 50+ years ago? Give me a break. I was not even born back then.
Joseph Garrett BaxterJan. 04, 2013 - 09:55PM JST
smithinjapan --Happy New Year to you too.
It is amazing that Abe denies the Nanjing massacre. I tried to put myself in Abe's mind and see if it was possible to imagine that it did not exist, but there are pictures available including one showing a girl who is dead and naked with open legs and some kind of stick protruding from her private parts. Disgusting stuff occurred and it makes sense why the Japanese had to destroy all their records.
But still--China does not really care about the apology for this. They just want the money. We all know how greedy the Chinese are and also how smart they can be to get their money.
Joseph Garrett BaxterJan. 04, 2013 - 09:40PM JST
tyvtgo1US -- the reason is that it is all about money and being jealous of Japan. These countries feel that they can pull out more money from Japan so they keep at it. Remember to always follow the money and then you will get closer to the truth.
Lets assume Japan was a poor country. More poor at least than Korea and China --which are not that poor anymore. Do you think they would be asking for an apology? NO WAY. There is no money in it for them.
The truth is usually bitter but I love it.
Joseph Garrett BaxterJan. 04, 2013 - 09:36PM JST
That is the most important piece of info I have read in a while. It explains how Japan became a militarist nation. Same kind of thing is going on with Iran and North Korea now. Burma was treated like this but now they are getting out of their militarist shell slowly.
So if we look at history like this it all starts to make sense. The depression was the initial cause for this disruption in the world and eventually it had some influence on Japan to become the way it was.
In that sense, then maybe Europe and USA should make apologies to Japan!!!
Actually about this apology thing I spoke with my Japanese wife and she said that apologies will be useless. All these countries like China and Korea only want money. She said how naive I can be. So what would happen if Japan apologized again would end up resulting in those countries asking for more money.
Now that makes the most sense. Since as we all know that every country in the world is greedy once they get their apology their expectations for money will be the next thing to ask for.
On another point about apologies which is highly important it should be remembered that Japan is not asking the USA for an apology for the atomic bombings. I have mentioned this before and do not want to hear again that Japan was responsible for being bombed and all that nonsense. Point is that Japan does not look for apologies for itself. Japan looks at the current economy and how to go forward --though I may say that Japan is still having problems with technological developments since what they are good at is improving upon what has been developed instead of developing ideas from scratch. The proof of this is the number of patents that Japan produces as compared to the USA.
All of this just proves my earlier point that history is complicated and there are many ways to see it. People should not get locked into thinking one way or the other but be open to fresh ideas.
Joseph Garrett BaxterJan. 04, 2013 - 11:32AM JST
Nigelboy --good stuff though my translator of that Japanese site was not the best to fully understand. What seems clear now is that the US oil embargo against Japan prompted Japan to attack USA? Is that correct?
Sounds kind of like what is still going on nowadays with many countries in that oil is causing wars--IRAQ.
Well Japan could not get oil from elsewhere?
At that time Japan was tied up with Italy and Germany so the USA definitely did the right thing in stopping these fascist groups.
I could not understand all that was written in that document but now their is some understanding as why Japan had to attack the USA--OIL. There are probably many details we are missing here though.
But getting back on topic about this apology, I believe that all of this is relevant since it shows that history can be distorted and to know the truth is a pain staking process. The question still remains about the apology.
Joseph Garrett BaxterJan. 04, 2013 - 01:41AM JST
No nigelboy --you have you facts all twisted up. This is the problem with beliefs that people have --they find any way to distort the truth to fit their own ends.
The Australian Government has repeatedly made it clear, as have the Governments of the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the Netherlands East Indies, that if war came to the Pacific it would be of Japan's making. Japan made the first move.
No other country than Japan desired war in the Pacific. The responsibility for this actual resort to war is therefore upon Japan.... Australia goes to its battle stations in defense of its very way of living.
Anyways, Japan was going to attack Australia anyways because of the key importance of grabbing Darwin which would allow the takeover of Timor. There is much more to the story and clearly had nothing to do with Australia's declaration of war which came just after Japan attacked the USA.
May. 26, 2013 - 05:38PM JST
When the temperature goes above 28 degrees in my office, I just take off my short…
Posted in: 84% of women don’t want to see men's nipples at office: survey
May. 26, 2013 - 05:32PM JST
Not safe enough to be able to live, but safe enough to grow food, ya right!
Posted in: Farmers resume planting rice near crippled Fukushima site
May. 26, 2013 - 05:28PM JST
one does not care if "100 millisieverts per year presents no statistically significant increase in cancer…
Posted in: 4 researchers exposed to radiation at Tokaimura lab
May. 26, 2013 - 05:23PM JST
So what is going on in the minds of people in Osaka to place such a…
Posted in: Hashimoto to apologize to U.S. at Monday's news conference
May. 26, 2013 - 05:22PM JST
Very cool o(≧v≦)o
Posted in: English translation of Murakami's latest book due next year