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SentimentsApr. 08, 2014 - 07:40PM JST
A most sensible and good development. Good for Japan, Aussie and the Chinese people.
Posted in: Australia defends security deal with Japan
SentimentsApr. 06, 2014 - 08:04PM JST
It seems likely that Mr Hagel suspects China will follow Russias example in Ukraine. Previous actions and rhetorics point to such a mindset. If China do then Japan will certainly respond and then all hell breaks loose. With this logic it is simply cheaper for the US to beef up defenses rather than engaging in full war.
Posted in: U.S. sending 2 warships to Japan to counter N Korea; warns China
SentimentsMar. 31, 2014 - 01:04PM JST
Some right-wingers in Japan will most certainly try to change written history to their own suitable needs. However Im sure that they will learn that the time when peoples mind could be controlled like that are over. NK and China and possibly a few more countries are the only states that still try to stop information. Heck even Putin has big trouble to feed his propaganda to the people. If they try to change the accepted view of Japans war atrocities in China I'm sure it will lead to their own loss.
However don't forget that this political game is more about using the guilt sentiments as a bat trying to achieve other goals. As far as I have read so far China has not changed political direction regarding the military build up, south and east china sea, at all. From that point of view it is possible that Xi s talk about war atrocities is nothing but a means to try to subdue Japan in the play for control of the seas.
Posted in: Japan berates China's Xi over Nanjing remarks in Berlin
SentimentsMar. 30, 2014 - 06:09PM JST
Well Mr Xi is a very funny guy. Was the statement an attempt for a career change to stand up comedy?
“We Chinese have long held the belief that we should not do onto others as we do not wish they do onto us ... China needs peace like humans need air and plants need water,” he said"
That may be true for many chinese citizens but for the government, not so much. If he says it together with the issue of not being able to put the war atrocities behind him then I guess it must be true, or maybe just rhetorics again.
Posted in: China's Xi says Japan's wartime atrocities 'fresh in our memory'
SentimentsMar. 29, 2014 - 02:34PM JST
At this point it is a clumsy statement from Abe. He should have kept his mouth shut and wait for more concrete info. The similarities between the way Russia and China reason and act is definitely there. Putin has now got much more heat than he planned for and hopefully that can be something China learns from.
Posted in: China denounces Abe for Russia-Crimea analogy
SentimentsMar. 20, 2014 - 01:09PM JST
Sorry Kazuaki I don't get your point. My point was that Russian representatives are humiliating Obama in public and that will become political ammo in the next election. China more or less supports Russian action and the west will stick together against the Russian occupation, ergo a much more chilling political climate, possibly a "new" cold war.
Zaldaus - yeah I agree, the so called US sponsored advisers are quite common in many countries, and so are Chinese, Russians and other advisers from many countries. Its just business as usual. If there is something special about it I guess the US sponsored advisers are more efficient at influencing natives and media.
Posted in: Japan to impose sanctions against Russia over Crimea
SentimentsMar. 19, 2014 - 04:35PM JST
It seems russian leadership is mostly laughing at the west and Japans sanctions.
Well I guess we are heading for a political regression globally. Welcome back cold war. Old US of A has now got their archenemy back and as it seems, in really good spirit too. If the republicans can muster a reasonable candidate they will use the democrats to wipe the floor in the next presidential election. Then of course the arms race will reach new levels on the sad path to complete destruction. Not what I was hoping for...
SentimentsMar. 18, 2014 - 01:09PM JST
I think its nice with a majority vote on many things but the issue with crimea, I think, is weather the numbers registered are true at all, or just staged as most of this change. What we have seen so far is a well planned change executed in perfect coordination. Im not sure "the people" has been very involved in it. The next issue is the violation of international agreements. If everyone breaks agreements after their own needs the world is definitely walking out on the board. This is why it is important that as many countries as possibly show their resentment of this kind of action. Japans measures may not be much but it is still a clear message. If Russia can do this and no one cares then what will be next?
SentimentsMar. 05, 2014 - 01:34PM JST
And there we go again. So China is stating that they decide what is their land and sea borders and if anyone provokes them (that is, I guess, have a different opinion) they may use their military, efficiently. Well I think they may be trying to surf on Putins mess in Ukraine. Whats next, People of Chinese descendent in S.K and Vietnam are feeling threatened by local fascists so the Chinese army needs to invade to protect them?
With these kind of political 19 century attitudes I guess there is no other way for Chinas neighbors than to develop and strengthen their military. The bullies will not stop bullying by themselves.
Posted in: China says its military will respond to provocations
SentimentsFeb. 26, 2014 - 04:07PM JST
Protection against revisionism (in the non-scientific meaning) is always good. But this seems to be about more than that. The idea of commemorating is definitely good if it is all about helping the Chinese people to get over bad memories and lost relatives from that time. However somehow, or rather recent developments has made it increasingly hard to believe that that may be the point. Could the Chinese gov. be so cynical in their imperialist ambitions (superpower ambitions) that they would use their own peoples sentiments for political purposes? Instead of help to relieve peoples pain the idea could work to increase the tension, create hate. Na that can't be.. or could it?
Posted in: China mulls days to remember defeat of Japan, Nanjing Massacre
SentimentsFeb. 26, 2014 - 12:34AM JST
I believe Xi also understands that continuing to stereotype modern Germany as nazi-germany by bringing the old topic up can be seen as politically and personally insensitive or even offensive. If Xi plays this card in the propaganda war with Abe he is certainly willing to risk a lot.
Posted in: China, with eye on Japan, seeks WW2 focus for Xi during Germany visit
SentimentsFeb. 25, 2014 - 04:36PM JST
Well the plan for the visit in Germany is an interesting move from China. However I think China will discover that the Germany has no interest to desperately cling to the past. If I understand Angela well she will give Xi a polite rejection by either stating the obvious, declining to comment or just pretend to agree when Xi makes a statement. Maybe China will learn something.
SentimentsFeb. 25, 2014 - 04:24PM JST
This is a tricky development. Who invited these two numbnuts into the debate? And why did they think that their opinions matter/or vice versa? I hope it not based on a set up by some investigative journalist. If they indeed are extreme right wing revisionists, incapable of understanding historical events, I think they should be sacked. Give them a seat in one of the right wing vans and let them declare their political position in public.
Posted in: Kishida tries to distance gov't from right-wing statements
SentimentsFeb. 18, 2014 - 09:29PM JST
I think Highball gave a good view of the matter. Specifically about the economy. On the political arena a pragmatic viewpoint goes a long way. However a pragmatic viewpoint could be a problem when one part seems to be looking to subdue the other one and serve some old payback. It could also be a problem if Japan wants to develop but the neighbors insist in keeping them in the current position, or at least choose which way they may develop. I think the main part of the Abe agenda is not about old school militarism but a matter of the sense of true independence, and of course the estimated effect of national pride. Its easy for independent nations to take these things for granted but what about Japans position? At some point the war guilt has to end. When it does they will have the opportunity to say that they choose peace as their political policy, without anyone coercing them or feeding them statements. If Japan prefers to identify with the west rather than China, what is the big deal. Proximity does not equal identification. Small groups of extreme right wingers will always shout about their inferiority, sorry superiority ;-) but I think the Japanese population has abandoned such ideas a long time ago. Today it is about prosperity and how to achieve that in a situation when the global economy is the one to really worry about.
So far we have not seen much more than angry rhetorics in the conflict. Maybe there is still time for negotiations, of course given that the parties can meet with a reasonable level of mutual respect.
Posted in: Suga rejects claims Japan lurching toward militarism
SentimentsFeb. 18, 2014 - 08:45PM JST
The situation in South China sea can't be much clearer than this. China is trying to project power by avoiding the public eye, using the same tactics as classic american gangsters. Imagine Capone gathering all shop keepers in Chicago to one meeting in city hall where he offers protection. Why did he prefer to go to one shop at the time for a private conversation? Maybe the Chinese political tactics are inspired by old movies. And of course if you can't scare them in to submission you can always try to buy them off with humongous investments.
Posted in: Asia-Pacific stability depends on success of ASEAN code of conduct: Kerry
SentimentsFeb. 18, 2014 - 12:16PM JST
Ok and yet another opportunity for Abe. Now he can make up some idea that that they will return it the same day as China starts decommissioning there nuclear arms. This political conflict is a dream for researchers in political science.
Posted in: China concerned at Japan holding weapons-grade plutonium
SentimentsFeb. 13, 2014 - 03:56PM JST
Highball. Yep it is one more punch in the political boxing game. Id call it an irritating left jab with no other purpose than to irritate and put a little political pressure on the Chinese. China is responding with wild swings but seem to have a hard time hitting the opponent. Yep Abe is showing whose boss in political trashing.
Of course by getting involved Abe takes a risk of loosing the image of japan as the country with a peaceful and cool mind. I guess a chance to change the constitution may be worth it for Abe.
Posted in: China criticizes Japan's move to seek compensation over 2010 ship collision
SentimentsFeb. 12, 2014 - 10:57PM JST
I think the Chinese gov is getting frustrated. They don't seem to understand that all badmouthing and provocations along borders simply strengthens Abe. Abe is better skilled in political trashing.
I think the Chinese gov will get more and more frustrated until they reach the point of breaking (loose the mask), and either shut him up by physical means or choose to withdraw and bide their time.
Posted in: Chinese state media slam Abe's 'gangster logic'
SentimentsFeb. 05, 2014 - 12:36PM JST
Well it will be interesting to see what the official plan will contain. This is going to be a hot potato for Abe so Im guessing there is a need for some kind of incident with the Chinese soon again.
Posted in: Japan should lift ban on collective defense, says gov't panel
SentimentsFeb. 04, 2014 - 03:29PM JST
It is quite possibly that the ADIZ has very little to do with the Senkakus. Should japan give up the Senkakus the Chinese ADIZ will be extended much further, possibly up to or even over Okinawa. That said the ADIZ is not about the Senkakus but about establishing air control over as much space as possible. This chess game has much more to do with the US presence and early warning systems as a preparation to the coming big fight.
Posted in: China says Japan's 'hype' on air defense zone spreads tension
Apr. 18, 2014 - 12:41AM JST
Tanaka Time in AL now,
Posted in: Tanaka fans 10 in Yankees' win over Cubs
Apr. 18, 2014 - 12:38AM JST
So has South Korea either thanked Japan for it's heartfelt sympathy or offer of assistance?
Posted in: Abe offers sympathy, help to S Korea over ferry disaster
Apr. 18, 2014 - 12:20AM JST
I remember this too. It was awful. I hope against hope they have the right guy.
Posted in: Man in his 30s being questioned over murder of 7-year-old girl in 2005
Apr. 18, 2014 - 12:13AM JST
Japanese tradition and culture? Fish and seafood. Not meat eating. They had protein from seafood. There…
Posted in: Lawmakers demand gov't 'redesign' whaling program
Apr. 18, 2014 - 12:01AM JST
Where did you make the comparison between your job and that of a homeroom teacher?…
Posted in: Teacher criticized for attending son’s entrance ceremony instead of her own school’s