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    Seiharinokaze

    The Asahi newspaper conducted a questionnaire survey with experts in constitutional law in July this year. Out of 122 scholars, 104 replied that the security bill is unconstitutional and only 2 replied that it is constitutional. But to the question of constitutionality of the SDF, 77 scholars replied that the SDF is unconstitutional. Asahi reported the former result but did not carry the latter. Asahi may as well start a campaign to scrap the SDF. If the SDF is judged to be unconstitutional by the court, the government will have to revise the constitution.

    Posted in: Abe, opposition leaders clash over security bills

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    China’s military parade celebrating War of Resistance against Japan which even shows off new style missiles as well as Mr. Trump saying the Japan-U.S. security alliance isn’t fair to the U.S. seems to tell a tale.

    Posted in: Abe, opposition leaders clash over security bills

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    Seiharinokaze

    Japan surrendered to the Allies including the Republic of China, not to the People’s Republic of China which did not exist at the time. Taiwan’s President Ma will not attend the parade of course. Victory over Japan meant disarmament of Manchuria and the spread of communism. China and Korea are still divided to this day. The UN Secretary General should be careful about attending a military parade held by one of the divided countries, particularly when the Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan which aims to get independent from China seems to take office next year. A military parade is not a mere anniversary parade.

    Posted in: U.N. chief Ban defends China parade trip after Japanese concern

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    The deeds in the past for which Germany paid reparation are basically the deeds related to the iniquity of Nazism (holocaust, ethnic cleansing, eugenic policies, etc.). Forced labor is not subject to compensation unless the labor is related to Nazism. So Germany didn't pay war reparation to the countries she sent troops or fought with in the sense that Japan paid it. Germany didn't pay reparation for the women who worked, forced or not, as prostitutes in the military. Simple comparison is misleading, though maybe deliberately so.

    Posted in: A simple comparison of Japan and Germany is inappropriate. The two countries differ in terms of what happened during the war, under what circumstances they engaged in post-war settlements, and which countries they have as neighbors.

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    When GHQ on Sep. 15, 1945 condemned the Japanese army for burning tens of thousands of civilians to death in Manila (never mind the number of victims in the Philippine–American War of 1899–1902), the Asahi newspaper wrote in its editorial of two days later that what GHQ said was too preposterous, and that it should be verified properly. The time when the Japanese army allegedly slaughtered 70,000 civilians coincided with the ten days when the US Forces did indiscriminate bombings and bombardment from warships on Manila . Some scrutiny might be required. Then the head of the Asahi newspaper was summoned to GHQ and ordered to suspend publication of the newspaper for two days.

    Posted in: 70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive

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    As an admirer of Ekaterina II, Ms Merkel seems to have good chemistry with Mr. Putin and though she preaches him the Western rules, she behaves as if she helped him override Washington. It's actually not Poroshenko but Putin that Merkel and Hollande seem to be hand in hand with. It is no time for fighting with Russia now. Real threats are far down south. She may be even thinking to lift sanctions on Moscow in due course of time. Geopolitically correct decision perhaps. So her visit may be verysuggestive to Abe of how to seek the national interests while going through the motions of the vassal state obligations.

    Posted in: German Chancellor Merkel to visit Japan next month

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    Former head of the DPJ, Ozawa Ichiro, said to Premier Abe in his first administration in 2007 that he should demand apology from the US for the atomic bombing. To do so is to overthrow the basis of the Tokyo Trials that denies fairness. Abe with a little baffled poker face politely replied in the negative saying that he would seek abolishment of nuclear arms rather than an apology from the US. Probably he had a premonition that if he did so, he would be framed for a political fund scandal or something and lose his position.

    Posted in: How come Japan has never demanded an official apology from any U.S. government for the dropping of atomic bombs on two of its cities? In fact, why don't Japanese hate America for dropping the bombs?

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    Seiharinokaze

    As a senior high I often strolled around what is called the bluff of Yokohama. As you go uphill on the slope from the lower area which is densely occupied with modest looking small houses, a different world opens up there where light-colored American style houses with large double-hung windows stand here and there with enough space between each other in a well-kept large green yard and the road has changed its name into Mayflower Street. The area is however enclosed with a fence forbidding the entry of outsiders as part of the US Navy detachment and it just looks like a residential area where they live apart from us. Members of the SDF, even when provided with official lodgings which are in most cases ordinary condos, don’t seem to be living apart from the rest of us. I told myself at the time that this arrangement is a sort of cultural buffer rather than mere lodgings, still less apartheid, for those who come from a different culture.

    Posted in: South Africa slams newspaper column praising apartheid

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    Seiharinokaze

    the Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives (JA-ZENCHU) will become a general incorporated association. Agricultural cooperatives will also be obliged to undergo an audit implemented by a certified public accountant.

    The latter part means agricultural cooperatives nationwide aka Nokyo will be obliged to undergo an audit implemented by a public accountant instead of JA-Zenchu. Abe won in his first round. Good job. JA-Zenchu will no more be able to lead, audit and get tribute money from local Nokyo organs. Agribusiness will change Japan.

    Posted in: Abe pledges to carry out sweeping reforms

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    It's not proposed changes to JA but legislation to be submitted to the Diet actually. The election victory has enabled Abe not only to face down fiscal hawks in his own LDP party who were lectured by the Finance Ministry on the necessity to raise the sales tax but also defy the JA's intimidation that they might not back up the LDP in the election unless he minds what they have to say. Abe seems serious about sending JA Zenchu to glory and will submit legislation on reforming the entity (to strip it of its power as headquarters to audit JA organs nationwide) during an ordinary Diet session beginning on Jan. 26.

    Posted in: Analysts say Abe must follow through with structural reform

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    I think Abe's government is putting up a good fight, actually declared a war, with JA Zenchu (the headquarter of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives). It's epochal.

    Posted in: Analysts say Abe must follow through with structural reform

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    Maintaining government spending and massive yen-printing by the Bank of Japan while putting off thorny economic reforms could mean Japan is left with an ever growing debt pile and little improvement in the economy's long-term growth potential.

    The article sounds a grumble from the Finance Ministry who is displeased with Abe prioritizing business recovery over fiscal reconstruction. But I don't think Abe fights a losing battle, for example, with JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) and JA-Zenchu, though the battle just got started and is fairly under way. Abe uses TPP as a foreign pressure to push through agricultural reform domestically while letting Amari take an unyielding stand with Mr. Froman with no end game in sight even after two years of negotiation. As for an ever growing debt pile, Abe a politician who kisses the hand he wishes to cut off is having the US treasury bonds redeemed and is often reluctant to roll over them. True he has many enemies.

    Posted in: Abe pivots away from painful reforms

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    Despite a dearth of official records, mainstream researchers estimate up to 200,000 women, many from Korea but also from China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan, served Japanese soldiers in “comfort stations”.

    Let me know who are the mainstream scholars saying so. 200,000 is the number of women who a Korean newspaper wrote in 1970's were mobilized as "Joshi-Teishintai" to serve as factory workers during the later period of the Pacific War. Out of them, it said, 50,000 to 70,000 were estimated to be Korean women (and the rest were Japanese). And in 1973 a Japanese writer Senda Kako wrote in his book "Jugun Ianfu" based on the above news report that as many as 200,000 Korean women were mobilized in the name of "Teishintai" and 50,000 to 70,000 out of them were forced to be comfort women. Some other historians referred to his book and quoted the number in 1980's too. And then in August 1991 the news reporter Uemura Takashi of the Asahi newspaper wrote that Korean women were brought to the battle field by force in the name of "Joshi-Teishintai" and forced to work as prostitutes for the Japanese soldiers. With these gradually modified false reports, despite a dearth of official records, 200,000 has almost become a fait compli without verification.

    Posted in: Japanese right muzzling liberal media, say analysts

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    Seiharinokaze

    Yes, timtak, the Japanese are not into ideologies but into real world action. Abe established the cabinet personnel management bureau in May this year that takes the authority to manage personnel affairs of higher ranking officials from the hands of bureaucrats to the government, maybe to much chagrin of the Finance Ministry the boss manager of Kasumigaseki. Even the news of how Abe got a cold reception by Chinese President Xi Jinping at APEC may arouse a tender sentiment for him among the Japanese who traditionally have sympathy for the underdog. Also the news of where the G20 leaders slept in Brisbane, Australia might do a lot for him. Abe booked at a AUS$200 a night room at Novotel, probably the cheapest stay of all, compared with Barack Obama who stayed at a suite at Marriott Hotel at AUS$2,500 a night and Chinese President Xi at the Stamford Plaza suite at AUS$1,695 a night. Probably it is difficult to dim Abe's luster for the time being in spite of the joint front (if formed at all) by the opposition parties morally supported by Presidents Xi and Park and the NYT.

    Posted in: Opposition, too weak to take power, aims to dim Abe's luster

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    The data doesn't look so gloomy. The core inflation rate at 0.9% is not so bad a news for those who don't spend much and are accustomed to live in a modestly small way. Cheap yen gets tourism balance in the black for the first time in decades (Tokyo is awash with Chinese tourists) while the recent plunge in the crude oil prices will reduce the cost of energy imports, a good news for both consumers and industries. This country, though rather down on its luck now, is still something of an industrial nation ranking with Germany. So cheap yen and cheap energy cost, if both come to stay, will improve exports in time. But the problem is that the money the BOJ supplies with its asset-buying program does not actually cause much credit easing in Japan but is invested in the financial market of the US where FRB just ceased its QE after it has allowed "Bad credit no problem" type of spending spree to be occurring again. We had better brace ourselves for another sub-prime loan crisis rather than what the lackluster economy data paints for the immediate future.

    Posted in: Lackluster economic data paints gloomy picture for Abe

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    Seiharinokaze

    Abe's coalition government has 325 seats in the House of Representatives. If his agenda is to push through security-related important bills, he has better not dissolve the House when his support rate is reported to be declining. The reason why Abe decided to dissolve the House is because he was enraged by the Finance Ministry who tries to have him implement the sales tax increase to 10% on schedule in November 2015. If the economy doesn't pick up, Abenomics will fail. Abe wants to postpone the tax increase for now. The Finance Ministry thinks differently. If the economy doesn't pick up and the tax revenue decreases deepening the budget deficit, it will become a good reason for them to have to increase tax. So Abe plays his trump card (the right to dissolve the Diet) not so much against the opposition parties (moribund zombies) as against the Finance Ministry (magnum vampires), though the latter may pull wires to increase the number of LDP lawmakers who are pro tax increase.

    Posted in: Election is all about political timing

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    Seiharinokaze

    China does not want Abe to advocate the rule of law in the ocean in APEC and criticize China's action in the East and South East China See. Also the poaching of red coral by Chinese fishermen and smuggling of ivory by Xi's suite compromised China's pride. So probably they will let Abe take a seat, even though he does not meet the two preconditions for the meeting.

    Posted in: Will Abe, Xi take a seat for talks, or standing room only?

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    Seiharinokaze

    What Murakami said is almost the same as the late author Inoue Hisashi said several years ago. The Japanese got away with the WW2 by putting all the blame on the military. They regard themselves as victims who were deceived by the military and the emperor was also utilized by them. We leapt at the happy fiction of immunity though many of us like characters of Inoue's play were ill at ease knowing that it was not true and perhaps it was the best laid schemes of GHQ.

    Posted in: Author Murakami chides Japan over WWII, Fukushima responsibility

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    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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