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    OssanAmerica

    According to China the Germans probably never held Tsingtao. But the Japanese invaded China anyway.

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    MagnetAug. 23, 2014 - 07:43AM JST Oh this is gonna be goooooood! Unlike Sea Shepherd, Putin is no stranger to using violence to enforce. Time those >whalers learnt a lesson.

    Hate to rain on your parade but this has absolutely NOTHING to do with whaling, Even anti-whalers who simply follow the news would know this.

    Posted in: Russia detains Japanese whaling research vessel

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    JTDanManAug. 22, 2014 - 11:51PM JST "Japan could not join a NEATO even if they wanted to because it doesn't exist." That is the point. We failed to set up a NEATO in the 1950s. And that was a failure in long-term planning. We made >that mistake because we single-handedly ran the show. Our allies were irrelevant. Because, unlike in Europe, they >had no power.

    I agree that in retrospect it was a huge failure on our part. But I don't think we can call it a "mistake" in the 1950s. Because as you correctly point out, Asia was a different ball game than Europe. Asia remained "post WWII" until the 70s for Japan and 80s for others to rise economically. That we failed to do anything from that point onwards is coming back to kick us in the butt in the form of a militant and threatening China. The worst of it is our present response under a diplomatically weak administration. While State Dept tries to keep everyone happy, China is ripping our Far East alliance apart.

    Posted in: U.S. experts blame both Japan, S Korea for tensions

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    The US has nothing to gain from keeping Japan and South Korea divided. In fact the division hinders US strategic policy in East Asia, which obviously has China and North Korea in mind. Nor are Japan and South Korea nations that the US would feel threatened by even if they were completely aligned, The US does not "constantly criticize" Yasukuni visits. The Comfort Women monuments in he US are the result of ultra nationalist Korean-American groups and American vote whore politicians to whom Chinese, Skoreans, Japanese all look alike so they must be the same.

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    JTDanManAug. 22, 2014 - 07:04AM JST Ossan To what "other allied nations" do you refer? The US defeated Japan. The Occupation was exclusively American, primarily by Mac -- until Truman sacked his @ss >for insubordination.

    Australia, USSR, Netherlands wanted to see Hirohito prosecuted as a War Criminal. The US felt it wasn't in long term interests to do so, Hence we came up with Article 9 to keep them quiet, The purpose of the occupation was not just to dismantle the Japanese war machine but to establish a democratic anti-communist government. Douglas MacArthur was already looking at the Soviets as the next "enemy" when he landed in Atsugi. Just as Pstton saw them as the enemy when entering Berlin.

    Before that, Mac put in Art. 9 to keep Japan permanently subjugated to US power. That was an terrible error.

    It wasn't put in to keep them subjugated. Just 5 years after WWII ended MacArthur was already talking about reviving the Japanese ,military to go fight on the Korean Peninsula. In fact elements of the old Imperial Navy were covertly used in Korea.

    Unlike Germany, Japan remain isolated from her former victims. Unlike Germany, Japan did not join a NATO-like >mutual defense league (sponsored by US power). Instead of a NEATO, we have the Hub and Spokes arrangement: a >series primarily bi-lateral US security treaties with all the nations in East and Asia Pacific.

    The only former victim from which Japan remained isolated is the PRC, and as soon as they opened up, Japan signed the Sino-Japanese Treaty of Peace and Friendship in 1972 which was reaffirmed in 1978. China is simply violating every aspect of that treaty today. South Korea wasn't a victim in the same sense, they were a Japanese colony and part of the empire, But again, they signed a peace treaty in 1965 which they are ignoring and violating today. Japan has not remained isolated from the rest of Asia who were victims in WWII. Japan could not join a NEATO even if they wanted to because it doesn't exist. South Korea's recent anti-Japan position and open closeness with China represent the biggest obstruction to S strategic policy in he region as well as posing the biggest obstacle to the formation of your hypothetical NEATO. It's really about time we told South Korea that either they stop obstructing US strategic policy or they can defend themselves from now on.

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    I want a new CINC please.

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    zichiAug. 22, 2014 - 07:23AM JST "Nobody in Asia cares about Yasukuni besides China and SKorea." Japan cares too!

    Not to the extent that China and South Korea are fixated over it.

    Posted in: Dozens of politicians visit Yasukuni shrine; Abe sends ritual offering

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    This headline makes it sound like it's news but it's just a rehash of the ATD-X program. If this program ever reaches the F-3 stage then Japan will have what it wanted from the twin engined F-22 Raptor. Our blocking the sale of an export version undoubtedly fueled this program, a decision which "may" come back to bite us in the a$$ if Japan ever decides to export. Still as I've said before, first line weapon sales are not just based on performance but interoperability with your main allies and the United States tends to lead the world in collective and bilateral defense agreements. So I really don't see a Japanese F-3 as a market competitor. A fighter plane is not a sedan or SUV. I do see it probably being able to blow the pants off anything "Made in China" though if Japanese products over the last several decades are an indicator. And there is also the possibility that the program may eventually not remain entirely domestic as US participation may arise in the future.

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    zichiAug. 21, 2014 - 08:14AM JST "We take note of the Prime Minister’s expression of remorse for the past and his reaffirmation of Japan's commitment to peace." From 2013, this year Abe is into changing the constitution but he also maintains according to him, there are no war >criminals at the Yasukuni Shrine which he also calls victors Justice and would amend the educational school books if >he could get away with it. He's already dismissed quite a few wartime events.

    So what? How many people died as a result? We've got Iraq, Gaza, Ebola, you name it. Nobody in Asia cares about Yasukuni besides China and SKorea.

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    tokyodoumoAug. 22, 2014 - 03:07AM JST Recently at the National Press Club interview Mr Abe flat out denied to acknowledge Japan invaded and colonized >Korea & China

    Well he was right. Japan invaded China. But they didn't invade Korea, they annexed it and colonized it, When Japan was invading Chins there were Korean troops and officers in the IJA.

    Posted in: U.S. experts blame both Japan, S Korea for tensions

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    JTDanManAug. 22, 2014 - 12:23AM JST I blame the US for not for coddling Japan with Article Nine

    Article 9 was put in to satisfy the other allied victor nations who wanted to prosecute the Emperor. It was in our interest to keep the Emperor in place, albeit as a "symbol", in order to ensure that no civil war would occur that would allow the Soviets to get their foot into the door.

    and not compelling Japan to make amends like Germany did,

    Apart from the question of how the U.S.or any country can "compel" another to make amends; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Listofwarapologystatementsissuedby_Japan http://www.jiyuushikan.org/e/reparations.html

    and forcing Japan to join a North East Asia Treaty Organization.

    What is this North East Asia Treaty Organization?

    Posted in: U.S. experts blame both Japan, S Korea for tensions

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    Some posts are examples of the pure hatred towards Japan, an extremist view which denies that Japan has apologized, has made payment, has made any efforts to atone for it's relation with Korea. This is obviously blatantly false as there would be no 1965 Treaty between Japan and South Korea, it would not have included monies for conscripted individuals. There would have been no Asian Womens Fund, and if indeed the 1993 Kono Statement was "not" an apology then South Korea would not have complained that it was going to be reviewed. The article contains various opinions none of which are the official position of the United States. What is evident is that it is NOT Japan that has and continues to refuse head of state meetings. And it is NOT Japan that is destabilizing US strategic policy in the region by coddling up to China. Today more and more Americans are beginning to question the value of our security agreement with South Korea.

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    Can't wait for a new CINC and administration.

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    StrangerlandAug. 15, 2014 - 10:06AM JST "So if they didn't go to pray for peace what did they pray for?"

    The souls of war criminals.

    "We take note of the Prime Minister’s expression of remorse for the past and his reaffirmation of Japan's commitment to peace."

    http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/p/tp-20131226-01.html

    Posted in: Dozens of politicians visit Yasukuni shrine; Abe sends ritual offering

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    I have to agree that the IS needs to be exterminated.

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    StrangerlandAug. 20, 2014 - 09:41AM JST Was here in Japan when ... we relied on fax machines to do transmit info. So like, last week?

    LOL. Email has not replaced the fax because in various parts of the world an email copy may not accepted as a "legal copy" the way a fax is. Here in the US any company doing business must have both email AND fax capabilities. Legal and Tax documents often need to be faxed.

    Posted in: Are you old enough to remember a time when there were no cell phones, no email, no Internet and no way to keep you connected to the world 24 hours a day? If so, do you sometimes think back on that time fondly?

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    Utterly childish and stupid.

    Posted in: North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

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    He does sound a bit of a racist and he does have litigation reasons to be very angry. But as they say, even paranoids have enemies.

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    The article says one person made the joke. Not the whole country of "Japan:.

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    Patriotism is love of your country. It is not "hating" another country for any reason.

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