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SentimentsDec. 12, 2013 - 12:47PM JST
Well one part of history that could be interpreted as repeating itself seems to be Japan responding to the presence of a bigger power. Last time it was the US and this time it is China. Seriously I can't think of another people in the world that has to listen to a comparison to history every time someone wants something as much as the Japanese. The fact that China can't move on to find better arguments for their expansionism is a statement in itself, and that is very worrying when it is combined with building military muscles. If I recall correctly Chinas behavior seem to be a perfect match with the history about how Germany moved after the ww1. Well who would have thought...
Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China
SentimentsDec. 07, 2013 - 01:04PM JST
As usual the pro-China comments are avoiding the crucial point. The right to set up an ADIZ has not been questioned. It's a non-issue. The right to set up an ADIZ over the Senkakus when the political tension is high is the real issue here. As a political move it can only be understood as hostile and aggressive, an act from someone that is trying to increase the tension, maybe even looking to start a war. No rhetoric´s or pseudo discussion can change this fact. I still haven’t seen a reasonable answer.
Posted in: China slams Japan for resolution on air defense zone
SentimentsDec. 06, 2013 - 08:57PM JST
I find it to be an interesting formulation from Hong: Japans politicians has no right to talk nonsense. I wonder what they have a right to talk about then? I guess only China has the right to determine what other countries politicians has the right to say. I fear this may be a glimpse of the future if China is allowed to rule.
SentimentsDec. 06, 2013 - 12:45AM JST
Well there are many angles put to use in order to understand this move by China. For my part one is enough. Why did China start up this ADIZ now? Of course it is a game of increasing the stakes to see who backs down first and yes this move is all China. This gives Abe the legitimacy he needs to push forward on his agenda and in a rather short while China will realize that they miscalculated the game, again. The US is not going to play ball for completely different reasons than Xi can imagine. I wonder when he will learn...
Posted in: Biden says China must take steps to reduce tension in region
SentimentsNov. 30, 2013 - 04:48PM JST
Probably, the long term benefit for China, if not forced to back down by international pressure, is to argue that they can fly and monitor, or create incidents for that matter, "legally" above the Senkaku islands. So far any kind of incidence in the airspace over the Senkakus would have been blamed entirely on the Chinese, simply because it is Japanese controlled territory. In that sense the ADIZ has to be regarded as a powerful push for the control of the East China sea. The US seems to understand this and I hope more do. The process here will determine the outcome for many neighbors. When Xi is ready, it will be hardball.
Posted in: China sends fighters to ID flights by U.S. and Japan
SentimentsNov. 30, 2013 - 02:18PM JST
Well Xi is moving to clean up corruption and assert his power domestically, thats one important reason why increased tension with the US and Japan is necessary right now. The attention on Japan will make it harder for his adversaries to gather public support. Chinas air force is not of paper but this ADIZ fiasco is. When Xi, if he ever will be, is ready domestically, he will try to maximize the value with the ADIZ Hes playing a risky game, it could easily blow up in his face.
SentimentsNov. 28, 2013 - 01:47PM JST
Well nice to see some comments from well educated pro-chinese members. Maybe you can provide some ideas on why China choose to give such horrible rhetorics when expanding their adiz. Its very hard too see any other purpose than to escalate the political tension. How is that a responsible act?
Posted in: Biden to confront China over air zone during visit next week
SentimentsNov. 27, 2013 - 08:13PM JST
Sure these groups of people have no idea what war means in a real sense. Im sure they don't even now how to behave when shells start raining. Unfortunately the hotheads have been known to start wars before. Of course they will be the first to be killed but sadly many other may as well.
Better that you Chinese internet guys take an aspirin, flush it down with a coke and then get back to your video games.
Posted in: China Internet users call for action against Japan
SentimentsNov. 27, 2013 - 03:40PM JST
I wonder if the purpose of this article is to try to show the real face and opinions of the Chinese people. If it is true then of course all rhetorics from China about international cooperation, peace and nonaggression can be flushed in the toilet.
SentimentsNov. 27, 2013 - 12:13PM JST
Seems the support for Japans stand has grown exponentially. Well I guess China now know that they miscalculated this entirely. Now they have a chance to make some intelligent moves instead.
Posted in: China says it monitored U.S. B-52 air zone flights
SentimentsNov. 26, 2013 - 03:33PM JST
Is it likely that Chinas intelligence are so out of contact with the world so that they do not understand that this controversy is exactly what Abe and especially Obama needs to boost his support? Or could it be the other way around, they do indeed want the democrats to stay in power so that they can launch another agenda in the coming period?
This assumes of course that the republicans have a reputation of being more hawkish in foreign policy, thus less attractive for China.
Posted in: U.S. backs Japan as China tensions soar over air zone
SentimentsNov. 24, 2013 - 02:47PM JST
Its funny to see that there are some commentators trying to defend the Chinese act of aggression. However they seem to be perfectly without arguments, of any kind. Makes you wonder why they post at all. The Chinese aggression can not be more clear than this, short of a military invasion. Please understand that your posts can only be read as a declaration of your own state of non-rational mind.
In practicality I don't think we will see any Chinese fighters chasing Japanese fighters over the Senkakus. The statement give them the right to sit on their homeland doing nothing.
Posted in: China sets air defense zone over area containing disputed islands
SentimentsNov. 23, 2013 - 10:39PM JST
Just one more political move to show that they are nowhere near to back down yet. In practicality I guess the Chinese fighters and Japanese fighters have to tell each other that they are actually flying here. Japan still claims sovereignty and keep the right to shoot down Chines aircraft if they come to close.
Still strange that China keeps showing stupidity (like this act) as there main diplomacy. Hard to know what they are thinking? I had higher hopes.
SentimentsNov. 22, 2013 - 06:07PM JST
Hey I'm wondering if there is some culturally blindness here. Japanese politicians don't act as politicians in west and I think that the same goes for much of the people compared to peoples in the west. Heck not even the politicians in the west act the same. Just compare italy and germany. The difference could indicate a different political space. Thus demonstrations with riots and police brutality may not be necessary in Japan. However a stronger habit to debate politics and a few degrees stronger political engagement may be needed for the population in general, at least if they are to reflect the democracy in the US. These kinds of statements from the government and and following debates is exactly what the opposition needs to revise themselves and become a serious contender again.
Posted in: Thousands protest against tough new official secrets law
SentimentsNov. 22, 2013 - 02:16PM JST
This is the stuff I like to see. It confirms that Japan is maturing as a democracy. Unfortunately a lot of people has strong daily regimes of routines that is not easy to break. But it is a start. This may attract attention and then engage more and more people in to discussions on policy and politics. Indeed Tokyo could rally massive demonstrations over time.
SentimentsNov. 17, 2013 - 02:27PM JST
Abes job is to lead the country in to the future. Nothing strange if they want to revise whatever the national agenda for morals and citizenship is in Japan today. That is simply what happens in every democracy I know of. An elected government are supposed to impose their agenda as much as possible during their reign. And the next one will of course try to change that to something else.
More interesting however is if Abe indeed have instructed the ministry to revise uncomfortable but internationally recognized truths about ww2. If so I believe Abe has chosen to step in to the beginning of the end of this government. Japan risk loosing face in the internationally community and that will of course be bad for business. Lets wait and see.
Posted in: School textbooks to be revised to reflect gov't view on history
SentimentsNov. 14, 2013 - 02:34AM JST
Well not bad Huang. However it seems a tad unlikely that it is still possible to speak about China with a "never changing" character or policy. Could it be that the resent economic and military/militaristic developments has changed peoples perceptions about the their capability, their god given rights and role in the region/globally? Moreover internal difficulties are usually connected to external ones. Maybe its reasonable that internal issues affect the foreign policies in the same way as external happenings affect internal issues.
However a fact is that China has only escalated rhetorics, ships and planes in the disputed areas as part of their alleged wait-and-see strategy. No actual invasion of the islands yet. From a hardcore view I guess it is still as it has been for a long time.
Posted in: China’s passive wait-and-see strategy
SentimentsNov. 10, 2013 - 01:45PM JST
Hey Ashley I think you may be making things a bit too simple in your pro-china argument. If you are of Irish decent then you know that the problems in the northern Ireland is brewing under the surface. The political initiatives and the tiredness of constant violence made the difference in achieving the somewhat peaceful situation. No apology can change the situation. And by the way the british politicians that you mention don't go to war shrines, they go to the many imperial war museums. Don't make a mistake about how proud many british are over their imperial and war history.
In speaking of proper apologies then you should go back to read the apologies uttered by Japanese PM:s over time. There is some very real stuff there. No the problem is not Japanese, its SK and China that need to take a few steps out of their policy around historical atrocities. The responsibility lies with their governments that refuses to start a systematic help service for those of their own people that needs to deal with personal traumas. Stop using your people for petty political purposes.
Posted in: Japan disappointed at S Korean leader's summit refusal
SentimentsNov. 09, 2013 - 01:35AM JST
Dont mistake strategic innovation with competition. Im not sure were Tim C is going with Apple but I think they have stayed on focus, which is to satisfy their customers. Why do you think they have so many loyal customers? The so called hysteric competition with Samsung in media is mostly Samsungs media concerns/marketing together with market analytics I think. They do their best to try to affect the markets psyche in order to gain more profits. Ive tried a Samsung Galaxy and I was not even close to impressed in terms of usability. The camera was okay. Ill stick with Apple.
Posted in: Apple still rules in Japan as carriers battle to sell iPhones
SentimentsNov. 07, 2013 - 05:00PM JST
Indeed it is political tongue. "Extremely disappointed" in my book reads this is a matter we are interested in, consider to respond more positively, deliberate on the things you may gain from accepting our proposal.
Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:37PM JST
Don't people have any better place to go on New Year Eve than Shibuya Crossing?
Posted in: Police to restrict pedestrian access to Shibuya crossing on New Year's Eve
OK, I will buy the idea that my tap water - which tastes of nothing -…
Posted in: Tokyo enlists civilian 'water monitors' to prove its water is tasty
Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:30PM JST
aussie-musashiDec. 12, 2013 - 01:54PM JST
@Ossan America. Actually, the US wanted Japan to re-arm as…
James Dean Jnr.
Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:28PM JST
It looks asif he is kissing the small boy in the picture.... eeeew.
Posted in: Pope Francis is Time person of the year
Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:26PM JST
We're married - Yay!, oh wait, not anymore - Aaawh...
Posted in: Australia's top court overrules gay marriage in capital