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SchopenhauerApr. 17, 2015 - 07:50AM JST
Until 1609 when Satsuma (today's Kagoshima) invaded Ryukyu (Okinawa). Ryukyu was an independent country and its relation was closer to China rather than to Japan. In the Meiji Restoration, Okinawa was almost forcefully included into Japan becoming a prefecture of Japan. I guess they still have a feeling that they are not true Japanese.
Posted in: Abe, Okinawan governor to meet for first time in Tokyo
SchopenhauerApr. 15, 2015 - 02:25PM JST
When Japan was defeated in 1945, it was the Japanese people who felt happier than people of any other countries. They welcomed Douglas MacArthur's reform of Japan greatly. They became free from the repressive and feudalistic regime. They were relived very much that they didn't have die for the emperor any more. We feel sorry for people who were affected by our old regime. At the same time, we feel something awkward that people of other countries denounce us for what we didn't do. Do children of criminals have to be punished?
Posted in: Chinese premier praises Kono for 'comfort women' apology
SchopenhauerApr. 11, 2015 - 02:17PM JST
If Japan would not have colonized Korea, Korea peninsula might have been invaded by Russia. If America did not fight in Korea, Korea might have been communized either by China or Russia.
Posted in: S Korea, Japan to resume security talks despite conflict over history
SchopenhauerApr. 08, 2015 - 07:34AM JST
China is not looking squarely at the history. It was not only Japan but also Britain, France, Russia, America and other european countries which invaded China. Japan joined later to them. China became a semi colonial country after losing to Britain in the Opium War. Why do not China direct their anger to Britain which used opium to deprive China?
Posted in: Japan rebuffs outcry over new history textbooks
SchopenhauerApr. 07, 2015 - 07:16AM JST
I want to know how Japan is described in Korean school textbooks.
Posted in: S Korea condemns Japan's approval of history textbooks
SchopenhauerApr. 02, 2015 - 08:11AM JST
I am a Japanese but I don't like Japanese scenes like this and many others including Koshien high school baseballs. They are regimental. That was one of the reasons I did not join a Japanese company after graduation.
Posted in: More than 890,000 new graduates start work
SchopenhauerMar. 27, 2015 - 08:06AM JST
It is a good move. LDP and Rebublicans have a good chemistry. We are tired of Obama and the Democratic Party.
Posted in: Boehner invites Abe to address U.S. Congress on April 29
SchopenhauerMar. 26, 2015 - 07:31AM JST
Abe is a very unique prime minister of Japan. He is popular for his firm nationalistic stance when China and South Korea are constantly annoying and degrading Japan bringing up historical issues. They ignore efforts and contribution of Japan after the war. We feel their attitudes as much as rude.
Posted in: Abe's advisers split over how to describe Japan's WWII actions
SchopenhauerMar. 24, 2015 - 08:18AM JST
Do Onaga and Okinawans want to keep Futenma there? Maybe, Onaga and Okinawans want all the U.S. Bases out of Okinawa but it is a tall order. Moving the base from Futenma to Henoko was a compromise decided. Be realistic!
Posted in: Okinawa governor orders halt to work related to U.S. base relocation
SchopenhauerMar. 22, 2015 - 07:39AM JST
Under the President Park Geun-hye, South Korea's economy is having a hard time losing Japanese customers, tourists and investiment. She is instigating hatred of people against Japan. Blaming other countries is the last thing the leader of a country should do. About historical problems, if it goes too far, it only invites negative results since it hurts the pride of the people of other coutries. At the same time, we Japanese must handle the issue sincerely in a humble manner. We ourselves never want to return to our past of repressive days. Japanse people are not positive about prime minister Abe's restorative stance.
Posted in: Japan-South Korea rift weighs on U.S. push in Asia
SchopenhauerMar. 21, 2015 - 09:29AM JST
Abe thinks Japan to is an unordinary or a strange country under the peace constitution. He wants to change Japan to an ordinary country - when Japan is hit or threatened, Japan can rattle the saber and hit back. He may be appealing Japan can become a true allied country of America in that way.
Posted in: Former U.S. POWs, Koreans seek conditions for Abe's address to Congress
SchopenhauerMar. 20, 2015 - 07:46AM JST
Okinawans don't like Americans and Japanese. We are getting weary about them.
Posted in: Okinawan man arrested over bomb threats to U.S. Embassy
SchopenhauerMar. 17, 2015 - 08:46AM JST
Abe's hawkish right wing DNA is endangering Japan. China and South Korea's tenacious verbal attacks against Japan are helping Abe's stance and provoking Japanese people's antipathy. Not only Chinese and Korean people but also Japanese people were victims of the pre-war Japan's militarism. Most of the Japanese people today don't know about the miseries of our past and seems following Abe who try to change the peace constitituion citing it was not written by us but was forced upon us by the occupation forces. That is not true. The draft Japan proposed was not very much democratic and it was rejected by GHQ. Only the occupation force could make such a radical reform and could change Japan to a democratic country. We have to be humble to our neighbours despite their unreasonable provocations.
Posted in: U.N. chief urges Japan, China, S Korea to reconcile
SchopenhauerMar. 12, 2015 - 11:44AM JST
To put an end to this everlasting issue. I propose Japan to set up a "National Day of Apology" on August 15 which is the day Japan surrendered in 1945. Today, the day is not a national holiday but make it a new national holiday and all Japanese recall mistakes we made and apologize to all the nations involved.
Posted in: S Korea, China, Japan seek to ease tensions
SchopenhauerMar. 02, 2015 - 08:45AM JST
I don't understand why the Korean president demands apology from Japan so obstinately about the thing which happened nearly 100 years ago. It is not that we do not apologize for what we did in the past but we are apologizing every year. Suppose my grandfather was nasty to his neighbor and if the neighbor demands apology for what my grandfather did, I would be very much perplexed. President Park is paranoiac. America dropped two atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and America never apologized to Japan about it claiming it was necessary to put an end to the war soon. Most Japanese do not agree to their cause but think what is the use of arguing the issue. What had happened is happened. Important thing is in the future.
Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'
SchopenhauerFeb. 28, 2015 - 09:34AM JST
Messages of law enforcement from the Japanese government and the politicians have been weak. I don't remember any strong message about the importance law enforcement from the Japanese prime ministers in the past.
Posted in: Abe expresses shock at murder of Kawasaki boy
SchopenhauerFeb. 26, 2015 - 07:37AM JST
All politicians need to have his or her lawyer to let them check whether what they are doing lawful or not.
Posted in: Education minister denies receiving illegal funds
SchopenhauerFeb. 18, 2015 - 08:11AM JST
Okinawa wants all American bases out of the islands. It is impossible to accept. National policy preempts local government wishes. Okinawans should know how poor they were before. If they think they can do without the support of the central government, go independent from Japan.
Posted in: Abe says Japan will stick to plan to relocate U.S. base to Henoko
SchopenhauerFeb. 15, 2015 - 10:22AM JST
China may have a revengeful feeling against Japan that invaded the country and looked down upon the people in the past. What goes around comes around.
Posted in: With eye on Japan, China plans big military parades under Xi
SchopenhauerFeb. 14, 2015 - 07:50AM JST
I worked for an American company more than 30 years and at my retirement about ten years ago, I decided I shall not associate with foreigners the rest of my life and live only among Japanese people. The reason is I found in my life at an American company that Japanese people are happy people who can live without being concious about their nationalities so long as they live in Japan among Japanese people only. This is a rare case in the world and we know that it is not easy to share our ideas and feelings with foreigners in the true sense.
Posted in: Ex-adviser to Abe praises apartheid as means of immigration control
Apr. 19, 2015 - 01:37AM JST
The hypocrisy of the PRC knows no limits. Perhaps some of these fishing vessels that "accidentally"…
Posted in: China complains Japan's air, sea surveillance raises safety risks
Apr. 19, 2015 - 01:32AM JST
@toshiko I don't think either the SK or the US would agree to that demand.
Posted in: Abe, Okinawan governor clash over Futenma base
Apr. 19, 2015 - 01:29AM JST
*Why Asahi was summoned? Here is what you might want to know.
There is a question…
Posted in: Summons of Japanese media raises complaints of interference
Apr. 19, 2015 - 01:22AM JST
@tina: You use programming language to produce software products. OS is not a company. Microsoft created…
Posted in: Obama defends pursuit of trade pact; Clinton cautious
Apr. 19, 2015 - 01:20AM JST
but I am a fan of freedom.
Me too. Like, for example, the freedom to know…
Posted in: Man questioned over crossbow attack on cyclist in Ibaraki