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PT24881May. 19, 2013 - 01:22AM JST
"I am of a view that we can make a similar argument about Yasukuni, which enshrines the souls of those who lost their lives in the service of their country,” Abe told the policy magazine Foreign Affairs."
The difference lies in : the Americans & its allies won the WWII hence their fallen soldiers are heroes. By the same token, they since then have been keeping Japan as "subordinate" at their service. Now, the PM S. Abe wants to break these rules of the game imposed ( mainly) by the Americans ? The best option as per SUN ZI's strategies would ironically be strengthening ties with Americans rivals ( Russians, Chinese etc ) as a leverage. The last the Americans ( probably more than the Koreans / Chinese / Russians etc ) would like to see is : Japan becomes 'too' normal a nation ! ( think it twice, ah you've got it )
Posted in: Abe defends right to visit Yasukuni Shrine
PT24881May. 01, 2013 - 10:46AM JST
One has to raise the question why Jpn was not 'normal country' in the first place ?
Posted in: Top U.S. general tells China U.S. committed to defending Japan
PT24881May. 01, 2013 - 10:10AM JST
“I feel that we have established personal, trusting relations."
You felt ?
Posted in: Japan, Russia agree to revive talks on island dispute
PT24881May. 01, 2013 - 10:04AM JST
"Perhaps the Chinese should take notes on how it should be done"
Yes they've got it, put people on the islands, have a few visits per year by politicians and take centuries to talk -- cashing in investments, gifts and the like ? ( joke)
But the PM's move was primarily to score points in political sense -- show to innocent voters he 'secured' breakthrough with Russia -- the Northern isles / Kurles islands issue is among the toughest to breakthrough given the backing of the US that is engaging in a tic for tac fight with the Russia. Takeshima / Dokdo should normally be the easiest one if and only if the PM & team scale down their provocative speeches on past colonialism on the peninsula. Senkaku / Diaoyu issue has gone too far to be cintained now that has stirred up strong nationalistic sentiment among the people in both countries. This is by far the most dangerous case. But then, who could be blamed ?
PT24881Apr. 30, 2013 - 12:17AM JST
Positive point is : there are still critics from these countries to ensure the PM's acts & comments staying in check. Should Japan keeps going too far, until then, no one would care by then. Hence, PM Abe should think twice before further aggravating the situation.
Posted in: Abe defends ministers' visit to Yasukuni shrine
PT24881Apr. 29, 2013 - 09:53PM JST
Is Japan really need to resort to make money from this niche ?
Posted in: Japan casino lobby prepare for legalization push
PT24881Apr. 29, 2013 - 09:49PM JST
No sweet deals here ?
Posted in: Häagen-Dazs to close last store in Japan on Thursday
PT24881Apr. 29, 2013 - 09:34PM JST
"Abe told a parliament committee that South Korea and China were important partners for Japan and he did not want the shrine controversy to become a diplomatic or political issue."
The PM knew perfectly what these countries' reactions would be...contradictory remarks on and on started to make a dent in the credibility of J politics in the international political history. Funny man.
Posted in: Japan, China, S Korea to skip finance talks amid tensions
PT24881Apr. 29, 2013 - 12:14AM JST
RIP ! The officer should join Sumo wrestling instead of keeping laws & orders
Posted in: Woman dies after heavy-set police officer sits on her
PT24881Apr. 29, 2013 - 12:06AM JST
The key is the so-called Japanese airspace defined by the air force unilaterally & 'flew near'. Surprising indeed the piece of news was cooked up as if these Su-27 Su-30 were above Japan sky ?
Posted in: Chinese military planes flew near disputed isles 40 times in one day
PT24881Apr. 28, 2013 - 11:51PM JST
Observing from the latest developments & the tactics employed by the PM Abe,' hope' seems not taken for granted -- only 'hope' is he could stay longer than his predecessors in office by stirring nationalistic sentiments albeit by paying an expensive price of self-isolation in Asia. 'Pride' ? I do not think this is something missing in Japan in the past 140 years since the Meiji era ? Unless he referred to extreme form of 'pride' advocated by the warlords before the WWII ? All in all, the PM Abe's tactics since half a year appeared to be rather successful to keep high scores on opinion polls... But after the provocative tactics, concrete bread & butter issues will have to dealt with before people getting tired of the empty words ?
Posted in: Abe says restoration of sovereignty day signals hope, pride
PT24881Apr. 28, 2013 - 11:33PM JST
Apart from business, nothing much to be put on the agenda. News reports referred to two Russian bombers flew near Japan airspace slightly before the PM's takeoff for Moscow as a welcome signal !
Posted in: Abe leaves for Moscow with business in mind
PT24881Apr. 28, 2013 - 11:27PM JST
"Let them sit on their gas or let South Korea buy it. At least until the North cuts the pipeline."
This is by no mean a bad energy option, or else Japan will have to keep puzzling about reopen nuke power stations ? As quakes are getting more frequent & increasingly powerful, voices of concerns from the public will press the govt to think otherwise.
Posted in: Japan, Russia to boost business ties, restart territorial talks
PT24881Mar. 31, 2013 - 11:09AM JST
"No they didn't smith. They have a record of complete peace with other countries for 70 years. How many countries can say that"
Thanks to the presence of the US -- not only as a protector but also as a watchdog to keep an eye on her ?
Posted in: Rising China disregarding neighbors, Japan study says
PT24881Mar. 31, 2013 - 10:55AM JST
"The way Abe has been trying very hard, but failed.." agreed with you on the comment put forward.
Everyone has its own set of pressing issues ( economic downturns, employment, general lack of interest & confidence in politicians etc ) at home these days without ready solutions. To put it bluntly, no one would expect these territorial issues ( no short term solution unless extremely risky options are taken ) to be resolved but the magic is : to portay the image of a certain 'victim' being bullied that mobilizes nationalistic support, everyone is now free to do things ( & budget allocations ) they could not even imagine a few years ago -- Japan's rearmament, for China to kick out Japanese companies & interests etc.. Ironically, from a more subtle angle, the last thing these leaders would like to see is : territorial issue peacefully resolved too soon as everyone will be under internal pressure with focus, this time, on tough domestic issues that would imply almost immediately losing support at home & stepping down in a few quarters.
Posted in: Abe seeks Mongolia's support in China island dispute
PT24881Mar. 31, 2013 - 10:29AM JST
The PM Shinzo Abe should have sought support for all disputed waters ( Russia, Korea as well ) without singling out China ? He may be interested in Mongolia's rich mineral resources albeit the main issue is : how to ship the extracted minerals when Japan's current govt remains at odd with both Russia & China ? Hence, the trip will end up with a big dose of political posture to show to Japanese public -- 'you see, I kept trying..the door is open ( for talks ) since I took office, these stubborn Russians, Koreans & Chinese didnot even show up to entertain me ! '
PT24881Mar. 03, 2013 - 05:35PM JST
Interestingly, Why one has to devote the trillion to a specific sector and within a short space of time ? Beware that half of money be handed out by the govt through borrowings from YOU innocent citizens -- have you been granted a say in this project ?
Posted in: Gov't plans to spend Y10 tril on public works in 15 months
PT24881Mar. 03, 2013 - 05:32PM JST
The late British PM Mrs. M. Thatcher was a world class leader who has brought forward far- sighted strategies & policies & a genuine strong will.. It is out of question for this man to inspire her charisma !
S. Abe, history will tell how he, an ex-PM, gave in & stepped down just because of stomachache !?
Posted in: Abe cites Thatcher reflections on Falklands war over rule of law at sea
PT24881Feb. 24, 2013 - 07:06PM JST
The majority of comments related to 'heated sujects' we came cross remained unfortunately somewhat 'overdone' in defending opinion of their respective 'camps'. Regardless of one's stance on the subject, genuinely appreciated your comments above supported pertinently by factual 'survey' story. Meanwhile, well thought structure in presenting the ideas that ended up with high 'readability'. Thanks !
Posted in: Tight-fisted firms deal blow to Abe's revival plan
PT24881Feb. 24, 2013 - 04:34PM JST
N.Korea's nuke test was high on the US agenda, Shinzo Abe's softened stance vis-a-vis S. Korea was strictly in line with endorsement by Uncle Sam...who will never tolerate two allies fighting with each other within the US led camp !
Posted in: Abe says he wants 'good relationship' with S Korea
May. 24, 2013 - 01:59PM JST
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May. 24, 2013 - 01:58PM JST
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
May. 24, 2013 - 01:57PM JST
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Posted in: British newspapers demand jailing of Islamist preacher
May. 24, 2013 - 01:56PM JST
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Posted in: Gov't considers setting clock ahead by two hours
May. 24, 2013 - 01:55PM JST
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