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SentimentsJun. 29, 2015 - 01:36PM JST
Different words but the same rhetoric’s as always from China. "A Japanese friend... just happened to think exactly as I do"- Yeah sure, what is this, basics in rhetorics class? Consider what the implications of Japan accepting Chinas rise, the way China wants, would mean. Basically it could mean that Japan would have to bow down or stand on its knees in front of Chinas might. China should have the right to dictate who owns what for every other country in the region. Yes once upon a time China was a big regional power and that is probably the worst possible argument for trying to legitimate a similar position in modern times. When China starts showing some truly peaceful actions beneficial for all rather than landgrabbing and historically based war mongering, I will start listening.
Posted in: China says many in Japan not ready to accept its rise
SentimentsApr. 16, 2015 - 02:55PM JST
The world is clearly in a progressing division, east - west, between religious fundamentalisms and economy. As tension raises I guess everyone wonders where the igniting spark will be that set the world on fire. South China sea?
Maybe it is the bubbly global economy that drives this process. It might even be globalization that is going from larva to a butterfly and a lot of people will have to pay the prize for the transformation.
Lets see if UN can step up and actually do something worthy of its mandate.
Posted in: Japan scrambling warplanes as often as during Cold War era
SentimentsMar. 26, 2015 - 11:26AM JST
Well sometimes splitting hairs can be fun but this issue is already clear enough. Unless the asian countries and the state of Hawaii actually invited imperialist Japan to shoot and bomb their populations it was aggression. The emotions from the war cabinet may have been fear of a prolonged oil embargo and western colonisation but it is still aggression, pure and simple. How hard can it be?
Posted in: Abe's advisers split over how to describe Japan's WWII actions
SentimentsMar. 12, 2015 - 03:41PM JST
Well the grexit is one way and it could work. Unfortunately I think a Grexit scenario may also lead to a serious increase of civil unrest (possibly civil war) which would be a perfect horror scenario. Therefore a painful bet reasonably stable austerity treatment is a better way for everyone. Greece pride and economy is seriously hurt and the blame should be passed on to a row of incompetent political leaders.
Posted in: Greek PM accuses Germany of using legal tricks to avoid WW2 reparations
SentimentsMar. 11, 2015 - 06:46PM JST
WilliB: Couldn't agree more. However I think that the major players in EU has already decided on an hard line option. But first they want to see if Alexis was mostly talk and accepts to come around after some time with rhetorics. If he does it is better for everyone (except his governments prestige) and if he doesn't, it is time to let Greece float on its own. Maybe China will be interested.
I feel sorry for the Greek people.
SentimentsMar. 11, 2015 - 12:19PM JST
Well maybe mr Alexis T is feeling the pressure. He won the election by promising the people a much better situation, almost the same crazy overspending as before, without having any realistic ideas about how to achieve that. This is just a desperate cry for money and to save face. I think IMF and ECB has been patient so far but enough is enough. Time for the greek politicians to take their responsibility.
SentimentsMar. 10, 2015 - 07:02PM JST
Indeed all of the attacks should be condemned but the point with the post above was that when soldiers go for all out war, basically extermination of populations there is no passed atrocities or moral high ground that can excuse such a thing. The international community needs to find a way to convince every member state to put such options in to the historical closet and lock. I believe the US did what it thought it could do at that time. And the US helped Japan to recover in a very fast pace afterwards. Still these actions need to be condemned. At some point the neanderthal logic must be abandoned. Consider this example: If you throw a stone at me I will throw a bigger stone back. You figure out the consequences.
Posted in: WWII firebombings of Japanese cities largely ignored
SentimentsMar. 10, 2015 - 12:25PM JST
I think the firebombing was a strategic move to try to break the spirit of the Japanese war-cabinet and thus save US lives. In the end it worked and the war ended. I aslo think that the up to 900 000 killed civilian individuals in the firebomb campaigns are worth remembering. It is not about Japan playing the victim card in a competition with the others trying to play the victim card in a never ending process.
Targeting and mass-murdering innocent populations in cities should always be considered a war crime, no matter the tit-for-tat logic or who wins. By not lifting these issues we are simply saying that it is okay with war atrocities depending on who does them, a fact that can be used by anyone. This is the bad part of the history of ww2.
SentimentsMar. 09, 2015 - 12:33PM JST
Finally it becoming clear. In the future you should send all applications for building permit to China. Obviously Bejing still think they are the center of the world and owns everything since ancient times. As long as everyone in "the boat" stays calm its okay to take anything they want. What better way is there to keep everyone calm (quiet) than with an enormous military and aggressive foreign policy. The lesson from China is very clear, everyone should invest more in military might.
Posted in: China urges Japan not to lose its conscience over WWII guilt
SentimentsMar. 02, 2015 - 08:49PM JST
Well I do think I´ve considered the issue of apologies and counter statements sometimes. However I haven't heard that Abe has managed to make factual revisions about these things yet.
As you mention one complicating issue is ethics about change over time. Can a new leader change anything and everything just because he was elected by the Japanese people? In theory yes but in practice no. In theory the people has given the leader mandate to fulfill his promises during his reign. In practice the position of the leader is always situated in history with wealth, problems and hardships, which roughly is the same as previous commitments, deals and contracts with the people and other nations.
The problem with the everlasting complaints is an old matter. They have been ongoing for quite some time with little regard to what the Japanese government has done. Sure the arguments about a sincere apology has been used, but so far no one has presented a meaningful definition of what a sincere and truly acceptable apology may be in the political sphere. Seems it is much easier to state that it was insincere. Therefore the most likely scenario is that the complaining will continue no matter what the j government does. Abes actions may lead to lauder or more quiet complaints, thats all. The real issue is if Park takes good care of these poor women.
Posted in: S Korean president urges Japan to apologise to 'comfort women'
SentimentsMar. 02, 2015 - 03:42PM JST
It seems the facts in this matter are as follows:
1. There has been previous apologies from Japans top representatives. An apology from the Japanese people can't be more clear than that. Still it is not enough for the group of people that have a strong sense of right and wrong, at least from their own view. I fear it will never be enough so it is pointless for Japan to continue apologizing.
2. Abe has made comments about an interest to revise something he believes is wrong in the ww2 history narrative. Since most people in Japan already know the history and discuss these issues, I think Abe will loose face if he in fact makes the revision to a real state issue. It will only end in the loss of respect.
3. If Park really want to do something for the elderly that a long time ago suffered from the Japanese occupation she should make sure that they have what they need and offer psychological support. Constantly harassing todays Japan will most likely not solve anything for these women.
SentimentsFeb. 26, 2015 - 07:40AM JST
Well the latest "facts" as you call them points to a plan for takeover from Putin hatched in feb 2014, complete with elaborated desinformation campaigns (N Gazeeta). Seems the main motives were economy. Any way this type of "rebel support" and land grabbing is simply wrong. There are other ways to work for an increased autonomy in the eastern parts. One real fact is that this Russian strategy has made the population in Donbass suffer a lot.
Posted in: Ukraine disputes rebel claim that weapons pullback begins
SentimentsFeb. 25, 2015 - 10:30PM JST
He-he "rasPutin" was good fun. I think Putins tactics will not change. For now he has forced the rebels to stop and bide their time. I guess they are waiting for everything to cool down before it is time for the next tactical strike, with minimal losses (headlines). If the west continue to keep the head buried in the sand and then force Ukraine to make more concessions to convince Putin that they are peace loving, then it is very likely with a new attack in few weeks/months. Mariupol is a price target but the land connection with Crimea might be even more so.
SentimentsFeb. 25, 2015 - 12:21PM JST
Hey Kerry, why not make a Putin? Just disregard any of Russias needs and wants, and arm Ukraine up with anti-tank missiles and make the pro-russian side one big scrapyard with twisted metal. After that Ukraine can harvest the metal for use in the industry. There is no risk for human casualties since all the tanks must be remote-controlled.
SentimentsJan. 21, 2015 - 04:17PM JST
I think IS has proved themselves to be simply evil, nothing more. Paying a ransome for two hostages will inevitable lead to mass-slaughter of more innocent people. That is all they do so what else would they do with the money? Abe do you want to trade the lives of two japanese for maybe thousands of any group of people in the war-zone?
Posted in: IS tells NHK it doesn't really need money; video authenticity questioned
SentimentsDec. 29, 2014 - 06:50PM JST
Interesting ideas about the historical internationalism. Im wondering if Schrödingers cat is present in the arguments. Considering pax romana Bertie definitely have a point. The idea and the effective administration of it produced a long lasting peace among many tribes. But in the word administer lurks a level of meaning that Bertie may have forgotten, namely an absolute ruthlessness against anyone who opposed roman rule, sorry I mean roman peace of course. The situation with the modern world police, US troops, is tricky. Usually, I think, that the "police" shows up if there already is a mess of some kind. If the US and various allies would not interfere the mess would probably solve itself as history has proven, eventually. This is perfectly conceivable as long as no one cares about how a messy situation is solved. So if we in a developing Global society could accept the situation that Schrödingers cat experienced it would make sense to stop all police-activities. This is the point. Since we have started to follow what happens almost everywhere, and it seems as we do care what happens to the other, we can't just stand by and let things solve themselves. But its a tricky situation. I think a limited but a forceful capacity from the UN is the best option we could achieve in time. And sure if Japan could play a more significant part in such work it would certainly be welcome.
Posted in: Japan plans law to speed up overseas deployment of troops
SentimentsNov. 24, 2014 - 11:39PM JST
The last time the US provoked (oil-embargo) a rising power in the east it led to Pearl and years of enormous suffering for all parties. Given the historical accounts it may be to easy to connect the dots to a similar process here but China is without question expanding, no matter if it is so called old territories or new ones. And the US is trying to stop or at least slow down the expansion a bit. However this time the expanding power is not an island and much bigger. Diplomacy without gunboats?
Posted in: Chinese island project in disputed waters justifiable: general
SentimentsNov. 24, 2014 - 03:59PM JST
If we pretend to have a common language and logic accepted over all national borders then we can ask what is the difference? However it seems China is using its own language/logic and then it all makes sense, regrettably only for them. Maybe their goal is to get strong enough. Then they don't have to care what anyone else thinks. Is it just me or does the rhetoric sound a bit 18 century?
SentimentsNov. 11, 2014 - 03:43PM JST
I guess that besides old wounds from the period of shame, Xi sees Japan as the States did Cuba in the 1960:s. Japan with alliances is simply to strong and therefore in the way of Chinas step-by-step plan to become the greatest global power. Tough puzzle for Xi. If he is friendly to Abe he will loose domestic political support and if he is stubbornly hostile to Abe he will loose international trust. Besides the relation to China Abes job seems easier than Xis. Just convince the Japanese people to start spending more and don't worry about how to finance their retirement, convince the landmass of Japan to postpone all serious earthquakes a few hundred years and solve the energy crisis. Piece of cake.
Posted in: Back to back
SentimentsOct. 31, 2014 - 12:16PM JST
Well it seems China has not changed their attitude at all. If Japan gives one inch we will soon see a small airport for military aircraft on Senkakus. It becomes increasingly clear that Chinas policy is to call the shots as they see fit and totally disregard every one else.
Posted in: China calls on Japan to end jet scrambles
Jul. 05, 2015 - 04:47PM JST
I think that unless you are a NYer, you would not understand the meaning of dirty…
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Jul. 05, 2015 - 04:42PM JST
Possibly he explained why he was buying a plunger at the Ace Hardware store. Just my…
Posted in: Married Sunday, fired Monday: next U.S. gay rights fight
Jul. 05, 2015 - 04:40PM JST
Some flags, especially those of the United States and the United Kingdom, have wonderful colorful designs…
Posted in: Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder
Jul. 05, 2015 - 04:39PM JST
So, we know he fell from a four story hotel?
Um which floor? Front steps? Roof?…
Posted in: S Korean official falls to death in China
Jul. 05, 2015 - 04:37PM JST
8am? I will be surfing kids.
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