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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.

    Posted in: Abe has three overseas trips planned in January

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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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    Seiharinokaze

    I think the US is disappointed that Abe might have a view that if attacking an island in the Pacific Ocean is a crime against peace, taking the island from Kamehameha or dividing the Ottoman empire into trust territories is what? Silly jokes aside, if the US is really disappointed with Abe for his visit to the shrine as it will raise the tension in the region, the US might as well urge China to go to the ICJ to settle the territorial dispute for good and all. Japan will comply with the judgement handed down in any way there. That will pluck the main thorn between the two countries and reduce tensions greatly. Ditto for South Korea over the islets. Criticizing Abe's pilgrimage aloud (though no need to approve of it) while the territorial dispute (a very nationalistic issue) being unsettled doesn't practically change anything, or rather add fuel to the flames of what has already been sour enough even during the several years that the premier refrained from visiting the shrine.

    Posted in: U.S. disappointed by Abe's Yasukuni visit; China, S Korea protest

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    Seiharinokaze

    The proposal is seen as a way of securing Okinawan Gov Hirokazu Nakaima’s approval for the preliminary landfill work for the proposed new site of the Futenma air base.

    Or rather it can be seen as a way of nudging the US into revising SOFA, which presently waives the US responsibility to restore the soil condition of the base even if polluted with dioxin and others to what it used to be. Abe is fairly deft to make it a bargaining point for Futenma air base relocation.

    Posted in: Japan eyes revision of U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement

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    Seiharinokaze

    Not sure if the recent news of Chinese stealth fighters is part of some information warfare to let us have a sense of urgency. Abe is a kind of premier who in his heart would like to make ATD-X (a stealth fighter developed and produced in Japan) a real demonstrator and use it for FX instead of F-35. But of course he would keep mum lest he should get scrapped.

    Posted in: Japan's next defense budget to post biggest rise in 18 years

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    Seiharinokaze

    The official of the Civil Aeronautics Administration of Taiwan who said that civilian aircraft from Taiwan had previously been intercepted by Japan's Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) seems to have confused a scramble with a radio wave intervention. The officer back tracked on it later. The ADIZ includes the territorial airspace over the Senkaku islands which Japan actually rules. And in 2009 to 2010 the atmosphere around Senkaku was getting boisterous. JASDF probably ad hoc required civil aircraft from Taiwan which were taking off and entered the airspace over the Senkaku islands to identify themselves and inform of their altitude. After reporting them, they got acknowledgment of receipt from the JASDF plane and continued their flight. It is different from a scramble or interception.

    Posted in: Japan, ASEAN call for freedom of the skies

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    Seiharinokaze

    China claims the Senkaku islands are appendix islands of Taiwan. The ADIZ set up by China includes Japan's territorial sky over the Senkaku islands. But it does not include airspace over Taiwan which CCP claims as part of China. China's action is apparently provocative and increases tensions in the region. And Biden didn't ask China to withdraw the ADIZ or at least exclude the airspace over Senkaku. He instead suggested that Japan and China should set up a hotline to talk. But China is not stupid to go to war with Japan at this time and let the US be involved and lose everything. Precarious detante is what they want to see in this region (it might be more productive than perfect peace in various ways) while China's ADIZ will become a fait accompli as well as a good deflector for the people.

    Posted in: U.S. urges China to set up hotline with Japan, S Korea

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