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    Seiharinokaze

    US Congress may not ratify TPP and major candidates for US presidency oppose to it. Remember Ms Clinton urging Japan to conclude it with a soft grim face. Now Japan doesn’t have to push through the Diet what seemed to be an imperative by the US. Besides investment provisions of TPP will bring about new types of discrimination and loosen economic regulations needed for environmental protection, as Prof. Stiglitz lectured us. The US is now more concerned about BOJ buying government bonds without increasing GBs yield.

    Posted in: Ruling bloc delays seeking Diet approval of Pacific trade pact

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    Seiharinokaze

    This government seems strong seeing as they dismantle JA Zenchu and discontinue the subsidy. They can keep bureaucrats under control so as not to let them hinder the government from bulldozing and crushing a solid rock old Japan. Abe might not count so much on farmers votes perhaps.

    Posted in: G-7's food security pledge offers Japan challenge, opportunity

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    Seiharinokaze

    Firebombing of Tokyo was done in March. Atomic bombings were carried out two months after Japan started feeling for peace (whether or not monitored by the Allies) through mediation by the Soviet Union with conditions of the assurance of the emperor’s status, self-disarmament, punishment of war criminals at the hands of Japanese, no occupation of Japan, Korea and Taiwan by the Allies. If an early end of the war was desired to save lives, those conditions seem to deserve attention or compromise instead of atomic bombings. The Acting Secretary of State of the time Joseph Grew who sought to work out an alternative to the use of the atomic bomb might have shown interest.

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    Seiharinokaze

    Vogel also has a favorable impression of Japanese women. Thirty years ago, the standard for women to achieve equality with men obliged many of them to affect masculine mannerisms. But Vogel feels that Japanese women are able to debate with men as equals while maintaining their femininity.

    Equals? Actually they are the boss. Japanese household is governed by women. Men are controlled by wives who hold the purse-strings and even husbands’ willpower. Mountain goddess, kakaa-denka, oni-yome, slave driver, as you name it. This may be what helps make this society comparatively stable in the days of prolonged recession in addition to such social merits like the small disparity in wealth and the medical insurance program for the whole nation.

    Posted in: 'Japan as Number One' author Vogel still upbeat on country's future

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    Seiharinokaze

    Economic sanctions by the West continue and Saudi Arabia and the US are in a kind of a oil price war to make it difficult for Russia to acquire foreign exchange. China is quick to take the occasion and tries to have Russian oil price further discounted. Turk also has fangs. So now is a good time to push ahead negotiation for the northern territories. Abe and Mr. Putin seem to have a good chemistry. Habomai and Shikotan will be returned. Kunashir (the second largest island) might be a bargaining chip.

    Posted in: Russia, Japan agree to Putin-Abe meetings this year

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    Seiharinokaze

    The army recognized by June 1945 that to continue the war to the end was technically impossible due to the lack of numerical strength of the army left. The crucial point was how to surrender and preserve the emperor as the head of the state. The Allies did not make it clear whether they would secure the position of the emperor after Japan surrendered. That was the sole condition that Japan set for surrender, something more important than seppuku of the nation. And when the Japanese leadership was disputing over the matter, the atomic bombings were dropped.

    Posted in: G-7 foreign ministers call for nuclear disarmament in Hiroshima declaration

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    Seiharinokaze

    Atomic bombings did not shorten the war or save the Allied solders. The atomic bombs were dropped just when the Japanese leadership was heatedly discussing on how to surrender, not continue the war with the emperor preserved as the head of the state.

    Posted in: G-7 foreign ministers call for nuclear disarmament in Hiroshima declaration

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    Seiharinokaze

    The reporter of the AP didn't mention what drew the attention of Japanese media. G7 Hiroshima Declaration in the English text says in its first paragraph "The people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced immense devastation and human suffering as a consequence of the atomic bombings." The same part in the Japanese text reads "原爆投下で広島と長崎は甚大な壊滅と非人間的な苦難という結末を経験した". "Human suffering" is worded as "inhuman suffering (非人間的な苦難)" in Japanese. How human means inhuman, if not inhumane, is beyond me but smells of a strained parley between Kishida and the Department of State on how to articulate or equivocate a touchy matter.

    Posted in: G-7 foreign ministers call for nuclear disarmament in Hiroshima declaration

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    Seiharinokaze

    Three years ago Abe didn’t support President Obama who tried to carry out a military attack on Assad’s government in Syria. Putin appreciated it perhaps. Now again Abe rejected President Obama who asked Abe to refrain from visiting Russia in May. To appease Washington, Abe invited Ukraine President Poroshenko, but Abe doesn’t seem to be half as enthusiastic as he should be in isolating Russia.

    Posted in: Russia says Abe may visit in May for meeting with Putin

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    Seiharinokaze

    “Postponing (the tax hike) requires legal revision. Given such constraints, I will make a decision in a timely and appropriate manner”.

    It is strange (or probably not so strange) for Abe to say so, seeing as he formerly said that he plans to raise the sales tax as scheduled. Sankei and Yomiuri newspapers report that postponing the sales tax is Abe’s fixed program whereas Asahi along with the Finance Ministry says that the sales tax should be raised on schedule.

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    Seiharinokaze

    Monetary base increased by Abenomics didn’t increase money stock; people don’t borrow money from banks and spend as expected. With or without sakes tax hike, consumers of this country are in a kind of deflation mind-set living in a small way. The odds may not be in reflationists’ favor. But since Abe's second government started, the tax revenue increased by 12 trillion yen from 43.9 trillion in 2012 to 56.5 trillion in 2015. Out of it, 6 trillion was due to the sales tax increase in 2014 from 5% to 8%. The other 6 trillion, you may safely say, was brought about by Abenomics that gushed money in the market and devalued yen resulting in the huge profit increase for export-related industries whose corporate taxes increased as well. At this point Chinese economy has ceased to function normally. When domestic demand is weak and export trend is unpredictable, we can see it in reason to suspend tax hike even without hearing a Nobel laureate’s lecture which is probably intended to dampen the Finance Ministry.

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    Seiharinokaze

    I will praise Abe if he can delay the second sales tax hike. It is a hard job to feign to go along with the Finance Ministry and baffle their scheme.

    Posted in: Gov't considers 2nd sales tax hike delay as spending falls

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    Seiharinokaze

    Mr. Trump seems to know that human rights do not exist in some parts of the world. Toppling Husain in Iraq making a political vacuum to give birth to IS and supporting the opposition forces in Syria who are little better than hooligans while thawing out with Iran again seems rather chaotic. He may be little interested in putting the Middle East in order. In that sense his diplomacy may be peaceful. His such stance will baffle Neocon and Wall Street. And will shake up Japan’s peace-at-any-price attitude which is actually at America’s price.

    Posted in: Trump's position on trade, alliances could strain Asia ties

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    Seiharinokaze

    Hansaram

    In what way that Great Britain and China undermined them to the point Japan invade China?

    Actually Britain under Neville Chamberlain was sympathetic to Japan. Britain and Japan were doing business and had crucial interests in China which in those days had no reasonably organized government that could govern the whole country. The Soviets imbued self-assertion and disrespect for foreigners’ privileges among Chinese who began demanding abolishment of treaties they concluded with the Western Powers without modernizing themselves. The U.S. was however rather accommodating to China influenced by American missionaries who even urged the U.S. government to return extraterritoriality to China. Such an attitude made Chinese bolder and violence against Japanese including Koreans who migrated to Manchuria as Japanese citizens often happened until at last they declared that they would nullify the treaties that Japan concluded with China. But the Japanese government adhered to the Washington Conference and tried to deal with such a situation in corporation with other members of the conference. That was the background that let “Japan turn to her own military power to guarantee her interests, where hitherto she had relied on multilateral diplomacy.“

    Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'

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    Seiharinokaze

    From Wikipedia on John Van Antwerp MacMurray (1881–1960) an American diplomat best known as one of the leading China experts in the U.S. government:

    The conventional wisdom held that Japan was the unprovoked aggressor in the brewing conflict with China. However, MacMurray posited that Chinese and American policies were partly to blame for Japan’s actions; whereas Japan had closely adhered to the treaties and agreements brokered during the Washington Disarmament Conference, the United States, Great Britain and China frequently undermined them. Up until the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931, the "Japanese Government ... was endeavoring in unimpeachable good faith to live up to its undertakings", wrote MacMurray. "The issue of success or failure for the policies evolved at the Washington Conference was actually in the hands of China herself, of Great Britain, and of the United States."

    Posted in: Japan urges China not to focus on 'unfortunate history'

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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.

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    Seiharinokaze

    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.

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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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    Seiharinokaze

    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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