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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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SentimentsSep. 11, 2014 - 07:47PM JST
I agree that the whole forgive and forget thing may mostly be a Christian ideal. So why should a different culture care about such things? History tells us that an "eye for an eye" always has been a more natural way of life. In a sense that makes life (and death) much more predictable. No more worries about an aging population and only simple problems and worries like who is going to blast you away the next time your turn your back to them.
Those who know things I believe don't need to build nuke proof bunkers or storage for weapons. There will not be a surface on earth worth fighting over anymore. Well maybe some people thinks that sitting in a bunker a life-time crying out their anger over wars long ago is a reasonable quality of life.
Maybe we need to try and support the development of versions of forgive and forget of the simple reason that most of us in the global community understands the effects of war and do what we can to try to avoid it.
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SentimentsSep. 11, 2014 - 04:51PM JST
I think the so called facts from media builds a pretty clear picture about responsibility. The military spending aside, of some strange reason Chinas government are systematically building/enhancing/developing the anti-japanese sentiments in the population (social happenings, games, movie industry). I can't see the same thing happening on the Japanese side. Well maybe Abes visits to yasukuni could be interpreted in such a way or maybe he only wants to honor his dead relatives as tradition bids. The active build up is coming from China and they are forcing Japan to dance. By the way does anyone know what the new Chinese islands, currently under construction in the south china sea, i going to be used for? Ive heard that the Phillipines is getting nervous having Chinese land so close to their borders.
SentimentsAug. 21, 2014 - 08:24PM JST
Well I guess it was inevitable. Obamas speech send an unusually clear message back. For quite some time the ISIL or IS has enjoyed relative peace and quiet during their rampage in Irak. The horrific events aside, earlier I think ISIL has acted on rather intelligent leadership. They seemed to have known enough about military strategy to put their limited resources to best use. But this beheading of Mr J.F. is hard to interpret as anything else than a display of weakness and desperation. In one stroke they managed to loose the fear and respect from their enemies and anger the international community to the degree that it now is more likely that they will be exterminated within a few years. As sad as this murder must be for the Foley family I guess many hardline military commanders and advisers will now rejoice in the light of a newly gained authority. Basically the IS managed to open their very own pandoras box. So what happened? Did a few airstrikes crumble their plans? Did they get chocked when someone actually fired back?
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SentimentsJun. 28, 2014 - 08:11PM JST
A few interpretations on the statements: Its amazing how close this rhetorical outburst come to the ones used by Europeans nations a 100 years ago and of course Hitlers Germany in the 1930:s? Obviously Xi is using national sentiments to build his political power. Does he realize what kind of "political animals" may find a growing potential from such a policy and political climate? One aspect of such a policy is that the relationship to other countries should be interpreted as the others as historical abusers and potential aggressors. Interesting way for a beginning superpower to take responsibility and build peaceful relationships for the future.
I wonder if it is possible to read the statements as: Lets make sure no one else can hurt us and that we can flatten everyone else. If so they should consider the fact that such statements are common for deeply insecure teens, not very different from school-yard shooters.
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SentimentsJun. 13, 2014 - 12:03PM JST
Im not sure changing the constitution would make Japans military more reckless. They are well educated and well trained. They understand the stakes. However I hope China would stop their greedy expansionist policies and let Japan be so they can keep on being the most peaceful country in the world. Xi needs to read a little more from, what was his name, con fu tses writings.
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SentimentsMay. 24, 2014 - 03:21PM JST
Well some of things you state with certainty I have to agree with although I think its not really established as facts. I also find "anti-china" ranting a bit boring, and anti-japan ranting even more boring. But I think you have to admit that the situation with disputes in east and south china sea has escalated to a much more dangerous level by Chinas actions. The war mongering rhetorics is mainly coming from China.
By the way names, dates and facts of history in a post does not make a rational argument. It is the purpose and context of meaning that make tools like names, dates and historical facts rational.
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SentimentsMay. 24, 2014 - 01:24PM JST
JoeBigs is right. Spokesman's arguments are emotional and not very rational. The present is hopefully quite different from ancient times. Thus time matters when considering what is a reasonable claim or not. However much of Chinas rhetorics seem to be based on an ancient principal: Im big and strong and you are small and weak - therefore this is now mine. When we saw the same kind of logic coming from pre-war Germany, Italy and Japan we didn't react and that turned out to be a costly mistake. Now China is showing similar tendencies and we all better react in time.
SentimentsMay. 19, 2014 - 10:22PM JST
Well if there is some discovery of minerals or oil around these islands you can bet China will dispute ownership faster than they can get a boat there. And of course then these islands have been part of Chinas mainland for a couple of thousand years. Similarly if Chinas drills find nothing I guess Vietnam may well get invited to talks about the Paracels. So what could be the common denominator here ;-) The demands for energy alone will make China step on everyones toes if they have to. This is why they need an enormous military. Blaming Japan is nothing but a nice cover during their own expansion. Nothing really new about that but what is new in the south-east scenario is that India just elected a nationalist to head the country. This may change the situation quite a bit.
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SentimentsMay. 16, 2014 - 12:24PM JST
Well at least the Chinese rhetorics are consistent with all neighbors "this is now mine and you should be happy about it", and " Why are you provoking and attacking us and our land/sea". Japan must be pleased with themselves for choosing to respond strongly from the beginning. Its becoming clearer that they did the right thing. I wonder when China will start the same kind of campaigns inland, for instance against mongolia?
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