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NihonRyuMar. 25, 2016 - 06:46AM JST
Good on the whalers that they out smarted Sea Shepard this year and were able to take their full quota unmolested! (I love it!) Can't wait to eat their catch! The Antarctic whales are low in mercury and other contaminants not to mention tasty and healthy for you! If its sustainable and the population of whales prove it, making a bid deal about taking 300 out of a population of over 1Million is ridiculous and simply cultural imperialism.
Posted in: Japanese whaling fleet returns from Antarctic hunt
NihonRyuMar. 09, 2016 - 07:42AM JST
@Yubaru Agreed Japan should legalise weed. It was McArthur during the occupation that banned it just as the current constitution was forced on Japan and is outdate, Japan should go back to its roots and bring back our culture of weed that was tied deeply with Shinto. Japanese farmers who excel so well in creating great hybrid fruits and high quality produce/vegetables should also excel in creating some potent/high-end weed that could become a tremendous business opportunity for Japan. Not to mention it might help the population problem when bored married J-couples get to smoke a little weed on the weekend which might help them re-explore their affections for each other. lol.
NihonRyuFeb. 12, 2016 - 09:49PM JST
@theeastisred (from Red China by chance?) How is it a straw man's argument? Most of the negativity towards Japan revising the constitution is really the irrational fear of a resurgence of WW2 type Japan. (These are different times and just as in WW1, Japan was on the side of the victors, I find it hard to fathom after 70yrs of peace that Japan will suddenly go off on the war path after revising the constitution that befits the current Japanese population and times we live in.) Other than that, a more globally responsible and strongly U.S. aligned Japan that is militarily/politically empowered is strongly desired by all (except China, N Korea, and Russia) to counter threat of China's ambition for complete control of Asia as seen in their recent territorial ambitions in both South and East China sea.
NihonRyuFeb. 12, 2016 - 06:12PM JST
Good to finally see that Japan has a PM that has the balls to change the constitution fitting with the current times and environment. Haters here must overwhelmingly be secret far leftists, 50 Centers from China, or rabid VANK members from S.Korea/U.S. I can't understand after 70yrs, why Japan should be lambasted to set it's own course for creating a constitution as any independent nation has the right to. (Only people that would hate to see a more global, responsible and assertive Japan is China and both South & N. Korea.)
NihonRyuJan. 29, 2016 - 08:45AM JST
It looks like their very own South Korean government sold them out back in 1965 and they should be asking themselves why they are still barking up the wrong tree. Maybe they should be asking the Pohang Steel Company to help with restitution as it was their money that was redirected to help build it in the first place.
Posted in: Former Korean sex slave blasts Japan over deal
NihonRyuJan. 28, 2016 - 07:54AM JST
Everyone: Please read the books & journals written by Professor Park Yuha, Professor Chunghee Sarah Soh , and Professor Ahn Byong Jik: It will certainly bring to light what the 'Korean Councils' ulterior motivations are and ultimately how insincere their anti-Japan agenda is their abuse and manipulation of these poor old women are unfathomable to push forward their political agenda and attempt to sway Western public opinion against Japan... Seriously...
Posted in: 2 S Korean ex-sex slaves demand direct apology from Abe
NihonRyuJan. 27, 2016 - 10:24AM JST
These two women were likely coached by the anti-Japan establishment (search House of Sharing) to embellish their ordeal and blame it on the Japanese when in fact they were likely sold into the system by their own family members and abused by the Korean owned brothels and brokers who took them to the front line comfort house establishments. Recent book by S. Korean professors paint a very different picture and the blame must be shared by all and not just pointed at the Japanese. It is very clear that there are ulterior motives to continue the comfort women issue and the S. Korean government should really crack down on them as it looks bad that these organisations will continue to keep the atmosphere to perpetually keep the issue alive. (It the far left establishment in S.Korea with ties to N.Korea that doesn't want to see Japan and S. Korea reconcilliate and create a stronger U.S., Japan, S.Korea alliance against N. Korea, China.
NihonRyuJan. 22, 2016 - 10:40AM JST
Hope he enjoys his time in Japanese prison keeping the Uyokus and Yaks at bay from abusing him. lol Fitting punishment IMO.
I am sure if it was the other way around and a Japanese kook tried to blow-up the comfort woman statue in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul they would be treated with quite severe punishment as well and would not treat it as a simple vandalism case but endangering the public safety which it very well could. (The korean apologists here like Smith and others would want to burn him at the stake. lol)
What if a child lost his limbs while in the restroom when the pipe bomb went off at Yasukuni? This guy was reckless and purposeful in endangering the public and should get whatever punishment given to him at the full extent of the Japanese law.
NihonRyuDec. 01, 2015 - 07:40AM JST
@wtfjapan: http://luna.pos.to/whale/jwa_v8_suzu.html Nutritionally speaking Minke Whales caught in unpolluted Antarctic waters is better for you than most other animal protein types. Please look at the research provide by National Institute of Resources of the Science and Technology Agency. Nice try but informed Japanese and foreigners that love whale will continue to eat this delicacy and hopefully more of it will come from the pristine oceans of the Antarctic in a ecological and sustainable way backed by Scientific research on allowable quotas, etc.
Posted in: Japan says whaling fleet will set sail on Tuesday
NihonRyuNov. 30, 2015 - 07:15PM JST
Love delicious nutritious Whale meat! Happy they sticking to their guns on this one!
There is a healthy population of Minke whales for viable commercial whaling, scientific research has proven so. If it's not in anyone's territorial waters and in the international open sea with set limits and quotas, I don't see what the fuss is all about! Damn haolis!
NihonRyuSep. 08, 2015 - 02:33PM JST
@David3: You can thank China, N.Korea, and S.Korea's insistent bullying and perpetual hatred towards Japan for it's war past 70yrs ago to wake Japan's population to the reality of where it is today and that without a strong military to take actions when pushed we will never gain an equal footing for dialogue for true conciliation. Think about the Northern islands still held by Russia illegally or S.Korea taking Takeshima during the hand-off during the U.S. occupation and still illegally occupying it, N.Korea kidnapping our citizens without recourse, China claiming Senkaku as their own, etc. All of which Japan has done the due diligence with the U.N. and ICJ to take recourse but to no avail or cooperation.. Might=Right in this barbaric world we live-in today and all the peace for the past 70yrs and support we (Japan) provided the UN, China, S.Korea has done little to even take a fair shot at true reconciliation to do the right thing. It's high time we build a strong sensible nation that can defend our own women and children and be an equal business and military partner with our allies in the region.
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NihonRyuSep. 05, 2015 - 10:13AM JST
Such a non-issue this dolphin hunting business by the people of Taiji. There are so many more pressing challenges facing humanity and the environment right now to deflect so much emotional attachment to this. People are doing cruel and barbaric things to each other every day, much of the environment in some countries are completely poisoned, etc. which is on the news, why get hung-up on hunting a few hundred dolphins and whales in a sustainable manner. (Hint: It is because Japan is so easily bullied.) If overwhelming Japanese population do not care about the annual Taiji hunts this is our issue and nobody else to be concerned about. I love dolphins and whales and have encountered both many times in the wild in Hawaii, Northwest, and in Japan. Doesn't mean I can't enjoy a little bit of whale sashimi or dolphin stew occasionally. Cows, Pigs, horses, dogs, you name it can all be our sacred animal or pets and food depending on culture, etc. The fact that dolphins and some types of whales like Minke whales are not endangered and plentiful in Japan coastal waters means that a sustainable hunting program should not be blocked by anyone other than Japan's own population.
Posted in: Taiji dolphin hunt begins; coastal whaling set to start
NihonRyuJun. 11, 2015 - 03:57PM JST
About time Japan is stepping-up in the right direction to become a responsible nation able to defend itself and its allies.
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NihonRyuJun. 11, 2015 - 03:55PM JST
Justice served finally! Gonna celebrate with some whale sashimi tonight!
Posted in: Sea Shepherd to pay $2.55 mil to Japan whalers
NihonRyuJun. 08, 2015 - 11:28AM JST
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NihonRyuJun. 01, 2015 - 07:37PM JST
@sandiegoluv The comfort women issue started in 1977, a Japanese author (and known communist) by the name of Seiji Yoshida made claims in speeches and newspapers that during World War II he had forcibly rounded up young women in Jeju Island and other places in the same manner as African slaves to serve in brothels for the Japanese military. His story was later published as a fictional novel in 1983.
In September 1982, before the novel was published, without authentication, the Asahi Shinbun (known left leaning newspaper) reported as a “historical scoop” his claims as fact. In initial stages, the Asahi continued to insist the crux of the problem was that these women had been forcibly recruited, citing testimony from Yoshida and other sources. However, the testimony and data used by the paper as a basis for its reasoning were later undoubtedly disproved.
The Korean government erroneously seized upon this issue, resulting in a serious deterioration of diplomatic relations between Korea and Japan. Korea has made demands for separate reparations, and has insisted that Japanese history textbooks should include a discussion of this issue. It also took the issue to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, which issued a report in 1996 continuing the misunderstanding. Of late, several statues have even been erected by Korean American organizations in cities in the United States honoring the comfort women trying to promote and perpetuate the original lie/misconception.
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NihonRyuJun. 01, 2015 - 04:15PM JST
There are growing, unsubstantiated questions about whether the Japanese Imperial Army kidnapped 200,000 sex-slaves (Comfort Women) in World War II. Mostly from Korea.
A $30 million US Government Study specifically searched for evidence on Comfort Women allegations.
After nearly seven years with many dozens of staff pouring through US archives -- and 30 million dollars down the drain -- they found a grand total of nothing.
The final IWG report to Congress was issued in 2007. (Linked below.)
Nobody should be writing about Comfort Women issues without reading this report cover to cover.
Many of the unsubstantiated claims are coming from Korea. Korean allegations have led to unexpected twists.
During WW2, Korea was actually part of Japan -- roughly in the way that Puerto Rico is part of the USA.
Many Koreans were members of the Japanese military. So any allegations that the Japanese military kidnapped 200,000 women implies that Koreans were involved in kidnapping Koreans. This is an uncomfortable reality.
So today, South Korean President Park Geun-hye constantly accuses Japan of kidnapping these shiploads of women.
Imagine how this boomerangs back. President Park is saying that Japan -- and her daddy was an officer in the Japanese Army at the time -- kidnapped uncounted tens of thousands of women from Korea as sex-slaves. Yet there is no evidence that Korean men fought back. (Were Korean men just simply cowards unwilling to defend their women's honour or was this fabricated or the very least fabricated? (Take a thorough look at the U.S. report on comfort women below and search comfort women within the document if you don't have time to read cover to cover.)
NihonRyuMay. 16, 2014 - 08:31AM JST
China needs to be taught a lesson in humility for all their bullying. I hope Japan hurries up and revises their constitution and build a strong deterence together with the U.S., Vietnam, and Phillipines to precent China's aggressive land-grabbing and unilateral moves.
Posted in: China says U.S. must be objective about Asia tensions
NihonRyuDec. 03, 2012 - 06:02PM JST
The Anti-whaling proponents here are really not rational in the way they bolster their argument are they? Even if there was a special laser that could kill a whale instantly and effortlessly, they would find a way to argue something else as to why sustainable commercial whaling cannot take place.
Ridiculous, well I am off to the supermarket now for whale sashimi for dinner. lol.. Gotta do my part to support team Japan!
Posted in: Japan support for whaling outweighs opposition: poll
NihonRyuNov. 30, 2012 - 01:21PM JST
The declared sanctuary in the southern ocean that you speak of where Japanese whaling is conducted is not internationally recognized or binding nor is it in the territorial waters of any nation. Please be reasonable. Since that area has the most abundance of minke whales in the world would it not make sense to harvest there instead of around elsewhere where there are fewer numbers? Are the Japanese hunting whales in any nation's territorial waters? I think not. Its in international waters, please try not to pretend like it's in any nation's back yard. That's like Japan complaining about Korea or China fishing in the international waters of Sea of Japan. lol.. If Australia came to fish in the international waters of Sea of Japan, I am sure Japan would not complain as it is allowed. We are only after whale species that are highly abundant and renewable. Is Australia, NZ going to miss a few hundred or thousand whales out of a population of over a million in the vast open ocean far from their territorial waters in the Southern ocean? I think not... It is simply cultural imperialism.
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