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KabukiloverMar. 10, 2014 - 10:37AM JST
History lesson. Japanese imperialism began with the Meiji era. At that time the Western powers thought Japan was cool.
This article, regardless of who wrote it, is about the Japanese. Take a look at the maps if you cannot read.
What is happening in Crimea Right now has nothing to with those damned islands off of Hokkaido.
So-called Japanese logic is an expression I have heard --primarily from Japanese--since coming to Japan. You have do field work (hang out) to actually hear the expression, often as a defense of unique Japanese thinking. A recent example. An LDP politician said something to the effect that Koreans and Chinese have no feelings but the Japanese feel deeply. The had something to do with Japanese war crimes. It could be this expression has been dropped. Come to think of it, I have not had the uniqueness stuff poured on me in years. Critical thinking is still a problem here thanks to the exam centered schooling system.
With the anti-Russian in full swing in the rightist dominated Kiev government Russian citizens of Ukraine may soon find themselves displaced. Then they and the islanders will have something to talk to each other about.
Posted in: Ukraine crisis stirs Japanese memories over disputed islands
KabukiloverMar. 10, 2014 - 12:24AM JST
This is something that has been missed. Do you realize that before the Russian invasion the Ukrainian parliament abolished a 2012 law that allowed Russian to be an official language if more than 10% of a region's population was Russian-speaking? This in effect discriminates against Ukraine's Russian population, reducing them to second class status, which would most likely impoverish many of them. There is widespread discrimination against Russians in other former Soviet republics.
So maybe it isn't simply worries over the Black Sea feet. Maybe Putin is truly concerned about the welfare of Russians in Ukraine.
If this is at the bottom of the invasion, there is a simple solution to the problem. If the Ukrainians want the Russian forces out of Crimea all the Ukrainians have to do is return the law that they repealed. I think that at the point Putin would be forced to satisfied.
If the Ukrainian government (which is full of ultra-rightists and downright fascists) refuses to do this simple thing, there is going to be a mess of the damned if you do, damned if you don't nature.
Suppose there is a consensus by the majority of the Crimeans to join Russia and Putin declares that Crimea is now a part of Russia. Besides the international backlash, Russians in Ukraine would suffer extreme discrimination. On the other hand, if the Russian forces leave Crimea the Ukrainians with make the Crimean Russians suffer extreme discrimination and possibly death.
I think returning that law and guaranteeing the well-being of Russians in Ukraine by the Ukrainian government would offer an elegant closure to the current unhappy state of affairs for all sides.
Posted in: Russia reinforces military presence in Crimea
KabukiloverMar. 09, 2014 - 08:36PM JST
I too survived the Kobe earthquake. What zichi says is true. The LDP politicians, like Kaifu, would helicopter in, go risk, risk and head back to Tokyo in time for cocktail hour. Yeah, where did the money for the tsunami victims go? And what is the ultranationalist Abe government doing to help real Japanese people in need.
Posted in: Tsunami survivors suffer in silence three years after disaster
KabukiloverMar. 09, 2014 - 08:15PM JST
This article is a perfect example of what is often called "Japanese logic," which is to say illogic. The article also suffers from a typical Japanese disease--that is being short on remorse and long on self-pity. What happened to those islanders is nothing compared to what Japan did to Korea and China.
Here is a curious irony. Russians love Japan. They like Japanese people and anything Japanese. The Russians, as far as I know, never went out to systematically kill Japanese people. In Siberia, Japanese POWs were treated better than German POWs, and what privations the Japanese suffered the Russians suffered as well. But the Japanese hate the Russians. They hate the Russians over those islands (forgetting how Japan once seized half of Sakhalin Island).
Here is the irony.
The Japanese love the Americans. Route 66, New York, Hollywood, Lady Gaga: the Japanese eat it up. But the Americans did systematically kill Japanese during World War II. The anti-Japanese war propaganda probably has no equal in the vicious racism in propagated: the Japanese were vermin to be slaughtered. "Kill Japs" was the watchword of the day. After the war the Americans took over Japan, trashed Okinawa and politically castrated Hirohito. How do Americans view Japan? Frankly, most don't give a damn about Japan. JPop does not have the following in the US that Elvis does in Japan. They like Japanese products but the country is not particularly loved.
As I write, the Crimean Russians are earning for the return of their motherland that was taken from them by that despot and Ukrainian mole Nikita Khrushchev. Not an ounce of compassion from the Japanese. Just off the point self-pity.
KabukiloverMar. 09, 2014 - 06:36PM JST
Good luck. The farm population is aging and their farming methods are primitive. Thanks to Nokyo and the LDP most of these farmers cannot see the real world over the rims of their benjos. The only farmers worth considering are those of intentional communities, whose work is community oriented. Organic, non-indistrial farmers do not need government handouts that go into dangerous things like pesticides, which cause pollution. (The river near my home still sticks of pesticides after being cleaned up so that native fauna and flora can come back.) Sadly, it is cheaper to import. And maybe healthier too.
Posted in: Farm output will keep falling unless we take action. We want to bring on young farmers to become professional producers.
KabukiloverMar. 09, 2014 - 05:08PM JST
Pitiful story but false analogy. The majority of the people of Crimea are Russians. Their homeland was transferred unilaterally to Ukraine by Khrushchev in 1954, and so for 60 years they were ipso facto foreigners in their own land. This is why you have seen pushes in Crimea to rejoin Russia since the end of the Soviet Union.
I pity those poor islanders. The Soviet occupation was cruel. The German occupation of the Soviet Union, particularly Russia, by the Germans was far crueler. (In the Ukraine, Ukrainian collaborators helped the Nazis murder Jews and Ukrainian freedom fighters.) And the fate of those islanders would have been more horrid had the Chinese gotten to them first.
Also, the ultimate fault for all that befell the islanders of this rests on the shoulders of those Japanese men who stated imperialist wars. The spoils of war are lost to the winner forever. Now those islands are populated by generations of Russians who have no other home
It is terrible to be pushed out of your native land, as were the Marshall Islanders when the US wanted to use their beautiful islands for H-bomb tests. It is terrible to be a second class citizen in your native land like the Palestinians.
The parallel between the so-called Northern Territories and Crimea only works if you sympathize with the Russian majority whose homeland is not theirs. But I do not think this article was meant to be sympathetic to the Russians.
KabukiloverMar. 08, 2014 - 07:52PM JST
Amazing how the word "Crimea" does not enter into this article. The closest we get is "Crimean peninsula," as if it is an anonymous piece of real estate. Crimea is an autonomous republic within Ukraine. Movements for splitting Crimea from Ukraine have been brewing since the end of the Soviet Union. Crimea was abruptly given to Ukraine by Khrushchev in 1954. Result is that Russians going generations back in Crimea suddenly found themselves to be under the Ukrainian flag.
The problem is very complex and expressions like "Ukrainian crisis" and Ukrainian situation"do not define it.
When the knee-jerk Abe government says they will support the US this vaguely articulated "Ukrainian situation" you have to wonder just how clueless they really are.
Posted in: Abe promises Japanese support for U.S. in Ukraine crisis
KabukiloverMar. 08, 2014 - 07:06PM JST
Super Lib. Those were not websites. Those were media names with the word Crimea after them. No specifics. Ten Minutes? Right.
As I did say later , tCrimea was not headlined. In early reports Crimea iUS mentioned Crimea was mentioned peripherally and not the center of the crisis.
Things have changed with the referendum to be held mid March. Now everyone is suddenly looking at Crimea. Because it is certain Crimea will vote for session.
I expect Crimea to be headlined frequently. How will western media demonize a little and harmless region seeking self determination.
Posted in: Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates
KabukiloverMar. 08, 2014 - 02:48PM JST
Superlib, the media. Crimea is spottily mentioned and rarely headlined. Look above: "Ukraine crisis." Not "Crisis over Crimea" or "Crimean crisis." Your list is very useful. But context would help. If you ever heard an American news commentator began with "The Crisis in Crimea…." let us know. In this article Crimea is given at least economy class space at the end, which, if you know journalist style is where you put the lease important information.
If you, or anyone, sees a sympathetic--or even unsympathetic broadcast let all know.
Meanwhile the party line seems to be that you call this mess "The Ukrainian Crisis" and not "The Crimean Crisis."
At this writing Putin is not trying to take over the Ukraine.
KabukiloverMar. 08, 2014 - 10:52AM JST
Putin ought to just say it. Black Sea fleet. The US would do the same in Okinawa if there was an unfavorable change in Tokyo.
KabukiloverMar. 08, 2014 - 10:17AM JST
One thing. Notice how the American media is avoiding mention of Crimea. Crimea is predominantly Russian and they want out of the Ukraine. This being practically ignored by the American media. This is a far cry when the US was pushing for Kosovo independence from Serbia and supporting the murderous Islamic KLM. The Crimean push for rejoining Russia has been going on since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
As I wrote elsewhere, that Putin did a stupid thing in occupying Crimea because, for one thing, he raised expectations of Russian annexation not only in Crimea but in Russia proper. Now he cannot back down, even if annexation was not his intent but only protection of the Black Sea Fleet.
This is a mess. What about the Tartars? What about the Ukrainian fleet?
This is going to require intelligent negotiations. One thing we do know now. Threats do not work on Putin. Russia is not weak little Serbia. Crimea is not Kosovo.
One last thing. The Western capitalist nations are dealing with the Russia they wanted. Russia is integrated into the world capitalist system and is nominally democratic. The Russian Orthodox Church controls the spiritual life of the people, not Leninism. Putin was once the man of the hour who kept Russia from falling Into chaos. And, oh yes, those Russian flags you fluttering in Crimea are a throwback to the old Czarist flag. This truly is our Russia, where we can sell Fords and Seiko watches and where our airliners can fly without fear of being shot down. We need bright diplomats to defuse this mess.
KabukiloverMar. 08, 2014 - 09:26AM JST
If this guy is a composer then I am an opera singer.
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KabukiloverMar. 07, 2014 - 09:16PM JST
The dumbest remark of the week: "Earlier this week, Danny Russel, the assistant US secretary of state for East Asia, called on Japan and South Korea to look at the model of Japan and the United States, which have overcome the bitterness of World War II to nurture a close friendship." Friends, if ever the Koreas overcome the bitterness of what Japan did it is not going to be how Japan and the US overcame war bitterness. The US overcame it pretty fast. We bombed Japan to hell and dropped a couple of big one on them too. Then we occupied Japan and politically castrated the emperor. We set up Japan as the primo democracy and civilian economy in Asia. Japanese bitterness--at least ruling class bitterness--has never really gone away. Underneath the kowtowing to the US the LDP people hate the US and Americans. They hate the Peace Constitution the US gave Japan and what they did to the emperor system. Like the the US Old South, that flies the Stars N' Bars and sports bumper stickers that say "The south shall rise again," these bitter, bitter Japanese go to Yaskuni and talk about getting rid of Article 9. And they tell anyone who would listen about how poor misunderstood Japan was the worst victim of the war.
Forgiveness, if it ever comes, comes slowly.
Posted in: Kennedy urges Japan, S Korea to mend ties
KabukiloverMar. 07, 2014 - 08:56PM JST
I love this: "“'We are against Putin’s aggression, we fear that it will scare tourists away,' said Lilia Ivanova, manager of a local Intourist travel agency."
Amazingly, the most Soviet or Soviet institutions has survived the regime change. I would think the very name "Intourist" should scare people away. I know Intourist intimately. They lose papers and blame you. Intourist is United Airlines on steroids. But like UA Intourist can have its endearing moments.
Frankly, I think this is the time to visit Crimea. The Russians are in their manic stage. I image being invited to homes and being plied with food and vodka and being told over and over why Crimea is Russian. I imagine hitting it off with the Ukrainians and the Tartars too who would tell me their troubles. I am a good listener.
This occupation by the Russians is like no other occupation I have ever known. Except one. When the governor put my college town (not hometown) under martial law. We were so happy when the National Guard came because we did not have to fear the police Tactical Squad any more. Did we ever show the National Guard a good time. This was when the illegal pepper gas the governor used against us was still in the trees and made us shed tears when the wind blew.
Crimea iis not Afghanistan and it is not Iraq. But the party will be over when the Russians leave and the Ukrainian tanks come.
Posted in: Crimean MPs vote to join Russia; U.S. unveils sanctions
KabukiloverMar. 07, 2014 - 08:09PM JST
Malaysia is another place I prefer to avoid.
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KabukiloverMar. 07, 2014 - 03:37PM JST
Actually Crimea is not quite like Quebec and Scotland. Crimea was part of Russia from the 18th century until 1954 when Khrushchev unilaterally made a gift of it to Ukraine. Quebec was a territory of France and Scotland was an independent country. Also Crimea is small. It is only important as naval port.
KabukiloverMar. 07, 2014 - 03:20PM JST
To begin with, I cannot take anyone seriously who says, "Yugoslavia was a result of Serbian ethnic cleansing…" and say nothing about the crimes against humanity by the KLA. The US goal was to destroy Yugoslavia as a nation. And here is where this touches base with Crimea. In order to wreck Yugoslavia the US and NATO created a new race of people called "Kosovas." It was to this mythical race that the Serbian provence of Kosovo really belonged, not to Serbia. So here is the connection. Today the Western powers are all but ignoring Crimea. There is little if any mention of Crimea as an autonomous region and as a region that has struggled against the central government in Kiev. (One struggle Crimea won was against privatization of its resources that would have put them in the pockets of Ukrainian oligarchs.) If Kosovo can have Kosovars why can't Crimea have Crimeans? This is because the majority happen to be pro-Russian, having roots in pre-1954 Russian Crimea.
One thing I want to say about this article. Anyone who tell you (or quotes someone who says) that having extreme right-wing racists and anti-semites in the new Kiev regime is no big deal is not worth listening to. Just imagine members of the KKK in the US president's cabinet.
It is probably impossible at this point,but everyone's interests would bet be served if Crimea became an independent nation, or have virtual independence as an autonomous region of Ukraine.
Posted in: The claims for Russian imperialism
KabukiloverMar. 07, 2014 - 11:40AM JST
I suppose when Abenomics starts to go down--you can keep printing new money forever--Osaka will be a great source for drugs for the LDP, like tranquilizers.
Posted in: There are many pharmaceutical and new energy companies, research institutes and universities in Osaka. Osaka is an area that will be able to produce the best results of Abenomics.
KabukiloverMar. 07, 2014 - 11:36AM JST
It is nice to say, but let's see the US do something about getting their junior citizens back.
Posted in: We will not be satisfied until all those children are home where they belong.
KabukiloverMar. 07, 2014 - 11:34AM JST
Suga is a liar. Furthermore, "freedom, peace and democracy" is a red herring and off the point. In fact the LDP has a history of hiding the truth whether about Japan's war crimes or the dangers of nuclear power.
Posted in: Our country never tries to reverse history. Japan has consistently followed the path of freedom, peace and democracy.
Mar. 10, 2014 - 05:21PM JST
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Mar. 10, 2014 - 05:18PM JST
Makino-san be smoking some of de good stuff,,, "wage increases" hahahahaha
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Mar. 10, 2014 - 05:17PM JST
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