Seiharinokaze's past comments

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    Seiharinokaze

    Fanning himself with a folding fan (sensu) and railing at the mass media by name in front of him is interesting to see. He even had it filmed and put on YouTube without editing for all to see in detail and let the existence of Zainichi Koreans' privileges widely known. Mr. Hashimoto should not have used the word "Omae-na" when addressing his interlocutor, which degraded or perhaps betrayed himself thus not giving a good impression to the audience. But true, Abe may be gloating over the scene backstage as what the three dudes are aiming is almost one and the same thing.

    Posted in: Hashimoto, Zaitokukai chairman get into shouting match

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    Seiharinokaze

    Abe might want Putin to "pull the plug on Russian gas supplies to western Europe" so that Merkel would turn her coat before winter comes. Staying in line with Washington on sanctions over Russia's involvement in Ukraine will help China fish in the troubled waters. It also helps BRICs establish New Development Bank as well as sort of energy security for themselves by which they trade gas/oil in other currencies than US dollar to grow out of the Bretton Woods system. Putin is clever to dangle a carrot (natural gas pipeline) before Abe who gapes while China makes a contract with Russia to buy 38 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas over 30 years from 2018 which makes sanctions against Russia actually meaningless.

    Posted in: Abe, Putin meet in Milan

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    Seiharinokaze

    turbotsat san,

    Abe doesn't let prosecutor's office indict Asahi for its news report. He just lets Asahi take its medicine as journalism. Besides Abe's friendly approach may make Ms Park creep all over perhaps because Abe has no intention to pay any more than what was paid when the normalization treaty of 1965 was concluded in the name of perfect settlement of individual claims between Korea and Japan, and also because the cheap yen policy of Abenomics, if not successful in increasing the amount of export from Japan, weakens South Korea's export competitiveness in the automobile and steel industries, adding insult to the sharp drop in the sales of smart phones though it has nothing to do with Xperia or Aquos. Also the recent administrative action by the Financial Services Agency against KB Bookman Bank might shed light on the gross darkness behind its fraudulent loans. So Abe's style is more tricky and resourceful than Ms Park's which is rather temperamental.

    Posted in: Japan, S Korea finance ministers to meet in Washington

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    Seiharinokaze

    South Korea's recent defamation charge against a Japanese journalist nipped the possibility of a meeting between President Park and Prime Minister Abe either at ASEM or APEC. Abe so much disliked by Ms Park has no choice but to stand clear of the peninsula but he may find it not so bad as he can be a bit cold to not extend the bilateral currency swap that expires in February next year and apply himself to ruining unti-Japan clout such as the case of KB Kookmin Bank that was inspected by the Finance Ministry and ordered to suspend business for several months, which might brings more repercussions than the idiotic defamation case that only exposes the backwardness of Korea.

    Posted in: Japan, S Korea finance ministers to meet in Washington

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    Seiharinokaze

    In a figurative sense in comparison with the Tea Act, the colonists are Japanese and British Parliament is US Congress which accord every facility to the present day Company such as Cargill and AIG. Actually they are mightier than the government and the colonists might oppose the TPP even though it may reduce consumer prices, as it legitimizes the Company's ability to rule the market.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. remain apart in trade talks, dealing blow for TPP

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    Seiharinokaze

    "China says no change in policy on improving ties with Japan", a face-saving expression which should be paraphrased "there is a change in China's policy and they will shelve their conditions for meeting Abe and Xi will meet him in APEC."

    Posted in: China says no change in policy on improving ties with Japan

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    Seiharinokaze

    The Financial Times editorial suggested that the Bank of Japan buy yet more government bonds or increase the purchase of other assets such as equity and real estate funds, that is, Japan should print more money and gush it into the market. That is what a real reformer seems to mean, according to the paper. It also urged Abe to postpone the next scheduled increase in consumption tax from 8 to 10 per cent. It even wrote that Abe's decision to go ahead with April's three-point rise to 8 per cent, though brave, may have been foolhardy. I remember that the Financial Times in line with IMF lectured Japan for the necessity to increase sales tax to readjust the state finance. The press journalism anyway seems rather freewheeling.

    Posted in: Mr Abe was never a real reformer in the same way his predecessor Junichiro Koizumi at least tried to be. He looks backward, not forward.

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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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