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    Seiharinokaze

    Neither Russia's foreign ministry nor Japan's disclosed the names of the citizens who are banned from entering Russia. That's the saving point. Sanctions will let Moscow sidle up with Beijing. Even if the Japanese banks keep from providing Russian companies with fund, China will always be ready to take advantage of loopholes. See what happened to Azadegan oil field in Iran. Abe may learn from Netanyahu and wait and see how the wind blows pretending to fight with Putin while expecting Merkel or someone to steal a march on the US before the winter comes.

    Posted in: Russia, in sanctions retaliation, bars some Japanese citizens

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    Seiharinokaze

    They just want to make a political big deal out of it. When the prime minister offers a sprig of the sacred tree out of his pocket money, it is always an offensive act whereas the emperor's act even though official one is a nonissue inasmuch as he sends his envoy to the shrine on its biannual festival and has him offer a wand of hemp/paper streamers and address to the gods enshrined in there while he himself prays remotely from the palace as is called "yohai". So it seems be a political issue rather than a moral one for the upright people and countries to rap the J-government.

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

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    Seiharinokaze

    A military drill has to be prearranged at least 6 months before. Even one year maybe. It is not something to be conducted suddenly anyway. If so, we better not jump at a conclusion and join the Western condemnation of Russia yet, although to do so might suit the convenience of some people. We better take note of the fact that Putin delisted Japan from the list of import embargo even though Medvedev had included Japan in it.

    Posted in: Russia begins military exercises around Pacific islands also claimed by Japan

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    Seiharinokaze

    According to Mr Sato Masaru, an ex diplomat dubbed Japanese Rasputin, the Japanese Foreign Ministry is getting tired of being caught in dilemma between Russia and the US who may glower if Japan proceeds with the Norther territory issues and gas pipeline project off Sakhalin particularly when the Ukrainian situation is so acute. The Foreign Ministry may well jump and bite at the Russian military drill which Russia had decided to do more than six months ago as an ordinary small scale exercise so that they (the J-Foreign Ministry) may look compelled to defer progression with Russian agenda. He suggests however that Putin still sends signals by delisting Japan from the list of countries to lay under an import embargo.

    Posted in: Russia begins military exercises around Pacific islands also claimed by Japan

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    Seiharinokaze

    What the TPP promotes is globalization of the market, that is, to standardize the rules of the market in the interest of multinational corporations. Foreign investors may demand of your government that the purification level of atmosphere go backward before early 1970s so as to sell cars with polluted exhaust or that financial rules be changed so that they can sell derivatives all over the world. Get the handful of people richer while neglecting the other 99% with an empty promise of trickle-down effect coming on us some day. As Japan depends on the US for security, Abe has no choice but to sit and join the talks on the TPP. He cannot say to Obama san that it is not TPP but high-performance and usability of a product that make it accepted by the market. (TPP will not make Japanese cars sell still more in the US or its smartphones count for much in the world market.) So as it stands, he can only wait for the TPP to abort of its own accord instead of Japan's. Aso said what Abe cannot say by courtesy.

    Posted in: Aso says Obama powerless to get U.S. Congress behind TPP

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    Seiharinokaze

    Japan does it in a halfhearted way out of regard for Washington of course. Sort of alibi for stealing its way for bargaining with Russia on the other side of the hemisphere. Tokyo's seemingly lukewarm sanctions compared with those of the US and EU may be recognized by Moscow too. The president of Rosneft a Russian oil company who is close to Putin attended the Russian investment forum in Tokyo on March 19 and said that the critical situation in Ukraine won't last long and its influence on the natural gas exploitation project with Japan off Sakhalin will be limited. Must lose a fly to catch a pink salmon.

    Posted in: Japan to unveil Y100 bil in aid to Ukraine at G7 summit

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    Seiharinokaze

    In 1993, after hearing testimony from 16 Korean women, Japan offered “sincere apologies and remorse” to the women and vowed to face the historical facts squarely.

    One of those 16 Korean women said elsewhere that she was forced to deal with dozens of soldiers on Christmas holidays for the Japanese army. I wish we maintained the custom even to this day. And Abe just decided to check if she also testified so in the hearing by an inquiry commission of the Japanese government which was conducted 5 days before the Kono Statement was released.

    Posted in: Abe says there will be no change to wartime sex slave apology

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    Seiharinokaze

    China fought with Japan in 1930's with the help of Nazis Germany, which supplied China with military materials and technological know-how and was in turn supplied by China with militarily important stuff such as tungsten and antimony. But Hitler realized in mid course that China (Kuomintang) was not worthy of the role to contain Bolshevism. China might spare a little time to reflect upon such a role-playing game of history.

    Posted in: China says Germans fine if their war atonement is compared to Japan

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    Seiharinokaze

    Abe just recognized Obama's efforts for Ukrainian orange revolution but he didn't make any commitment in concrete terms, though Obama expects Japan to help put the Ukrainian finances in order. Not sure who pulls the strings, but Putin seems to be a cut above the State Department staff and Merkel. Japan better watch as a worried spectator while tightening its purse strings.

    Posted in: Abe promises Japanese support for U.S. in Ukraine crisis

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    Seiharinokaze

    Don't take in what the US urges at all times. Better not mend ties with South Korea until we hear what IMF will have to say about the country's financial stress check. Japan is most often for them to tap for money. Stay clear of the peninsula (either Korean or Crimean) rather than the shrine, and it may serve the best interest of this country.

    Posted in: Kennedy urges Japan, S Korea to mend ties

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    Seiharinokaze

    The internal strife still continues on the Korean peninsula as in the days of Queen Min and Daeweongun. I don't think Japan will have anything more to do with the turmoil on the peninsula. Even if the right of collective self-defense is approved, Japan with its leaders' shrine visit or historical views will be ostracized in the region and prevented from forming a united front with the US and South Korea and getting involved as a military subcontractor in the peninsula.

    Posted in: Kerry cautions N Korea; urges Japan, S Korea to put past behind them

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    Seiharinokaze

    For all the Western leaders have to say about Putin, he is so attached to Abe to make a concession both in territories and natural gas. Lavrov thinks it necessary to estrange them. Abe may want to bet on the natural gas pipeline from Sakhalin rather than invest in the shaky project of shale gas revolution in the US though he may pretend to weigh the price against the other.

    Posted in: Abe to hold summit with Putin at Sochi Olympics

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    Seiharinokaze

    Sankei reported yesterday. On his Asian trip last December, Biden told President Park that he thought Abe would not visit Yasukuni. And after he returned to the US, Biden telephoned Abe saying that he had told President Park that Abe would probably not visit the Yasukuni shrine, so that if Abe vows he would refrain from visiting the shrine, Ms Park would consent to meet him. Abe was more than upset because Biden did it over Abe's head. He replied he would decide for himself whether or not he would visit the shrine. And Abe went there as he had pledged all these years. It became clear in the testimony of several diplomats that Biden insisted the announcement of disappointment as the will of the White House. It just encouraged anti-Japan sentiments on a triumphant roll in China and South Korea. Biden seems to be a rather gratuitous politician. He might as well urge China to go to the ICJ.

    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/politics/news/140130/plc14013008110003-n1.htm

    Posted in: Biden spent hour on phone asking Abe not to visit Yasukuni shrine

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    Seiharinokaze

    Biden seems to suggest that Japan shelf the sovereignty issue of the islands and sit and talk with Beijing to share the seabed resources a little bit to China's advantage and allow the Chinese Navy sail through between Okinawa and Miyako. Perhaps visiting the shrine is sort of magic to ward off a genius cajoler China's finesse. Abe does it with conviction even though he may know that his tenure of office is numbered.

    Posted in: Biden spent hour on phone asking Abe not to visit Yasukuni shrine

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    Seiharinokaze

    "China had no choice but to react to the Japanese move," Wang said. "We have offered negotiations but the Japanese refuse to discuss the island because, in their view, they are not in dispute. Let me again make the offer: We should begin to have a bilateral negotiation over the island to establish a crisis management mechanism."

    Wang, for the stability of the region, you should take the case to the ICJ which will automatically make the islands disputed instead of declaring that China reserves the right not to comply with the judgement handed down there.

    Posted in: China hits back at Abe over World War I analogy

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    Seiharinokaze

    He just believed the validity of the emperor's decree of opening war on America and Britain until the end of his life. That may be why the emperor Showa kept silent about him and also why Onoda himself declined to meet the emperor. His ruthlessness and dedication as a soldier cannot be envisaged or cinematized as Francis Coppola depicted Kurtz.

    Posted in: Japanese WWII soldier who hid in Philippine jungle until 1974 dies

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    Seiharinokaze

    CraigHicks,

    I am talking about the peace proposal handed by the Japanese ambassador (Nomura) to the Secretary of State (Cordell Hull) in November 1941. The proposal was offered by the Japanese government under Tojo Hideki who succeeded to Konoe. His stance as a premier was basically the same as Konoe's. Talk with the US and find ways to evade war including the withdrawal of the Japanese troops from China. And Matsuoka had already been displaced. But somehow it didn't interest the US. Or was it because the US and the British governments had agreed in the previous year (1940) to send and actually sent 100 American-made fighters as the Flying Tigers to British Burma to open hostilities with Japan as if according to some prearranged plan?

    Posted in: China takes propaganda war with Japan to United Nations

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    Seiharinokaze

    Konoe's peace proposal just before the Pacific War started was to pull out the Japanese troops from the Indochina peninsula, and pull out from China except Manchuria while taking measures to prevent the spread of communism, and it even left rooms for negotiation about withdrawal from Manchuria. FD Roosevelt rejected it and let Japan decide to start hostilities with the US as much welcomed by Britain and the Soviets. Japan's action was condemned as a crime against peace by the allies whereas Japan regarded it as a war for self-existence and defence. Yasukuni thinks likewise and ironically enough Herbert Hoover almost shared the view. So it's a never ending story.

    Posted in: China takes propaganda war with Japan to United Nations

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    Seiharinokaze

    China builds infrastructure as a sort of economic aid and gets in return resources and support from African countries, which maybe makes Abe restless and urges him on an African journey. He is also preparing for a Russian trip in February to have the two northern islands returned and to get LNG a bon marche. He also sends the Defense minister and Foreign minister to France from Jan. 9 perhaps to talk about on how to tag team against China's expansion in the West Pacific. Really an obnoxious horn in China's side.

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    Seiharinokaze

    It was actually impossible to pursue the responsibility of the war in exact terms. If you try to do it, many middle class military officers and mass media of the time as well as the emperor would have to be brought to the court. The class A convicts in a way took all the responsibility to acquit the emperor and the nation. In an unspoken inhibited sense they were also loyal to the emperor. Hence the excuse though it may sound lame that Yasukuni is an "internal" matter or that there is no absolute good or evil and so on. Unlike Japanese, Ludendorff or anybody else didn't seem to want to save German emperor Wilhelm II.

    Posted in: Germany urges Japan to deal honestly with WWII past

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