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    Tamarama

    Droooooool.......

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    M3

    This is probably true but I think South Korea's biggest fear has always been that 24 million North Koreans would start making their way to the DMZ in search of food aid if the regime ever collapsed.

    The military personnel who run the power stations, the farms, the railways, and everything else in the country might just abandon their posts and try to mingle with the civilian population if the regime falls (see Iraq). The country would descend into chaos.

    Agreed M3. The collapse of the regime WILL likely create a full blown humanitarian crisis but for some reason I imagine it to be quite ordered PROVIDING South Koreans, Japan, China, the US are ready to go with the kind of aid it will take to manage the situation. It will be full on. I dunno, I hope they get it one way or the other - I feel very sorry for your average North Korean. To be subjected to that completely insane family for 3 generations is so cruel.

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    Tamarama

    The combined militaries of South Korea, Japan and the US would dismantle the regime of North Korea so quickly they would barely know what happened. Then, the true loyalties of each soldier would be really tested - would they desert? Would they attempt a coup? Would they try and fight?

    My suspicion is that most North Koreans would not support the Kim regime if they had other options. The minute North Korea fired a long range nuclear warhead at another country would be the death warrant for the Kim regime.

    I think they know that too.

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    Tamarama

    Many taking offense at the film are outraged that the book on which the movie is based mentions that Japanese soldiers engaged in cannibalism, although the film does not touch on the subject at all. Some historians say some Japanese soldiers did engage in cannibalism.

    An irrefutable fact. My Grandfather's war diary, of which I have a copy, describes the Japanese soldiers starving in and around the islands of New Guinea as the Australian and US troops began their push through islands like Bougainville, Rabaul, Numfoor and Wewak. He talks quite candidly about how the Japanese would try to get into mess tents to steal food and end up shot most of the time, though occasionally captured. He also notes quite grimly several times that US and Australian soldiers killed in firefights often ended up being eaten by the Japanese due to them starving.

    Nishimura describes it quite candidly in his book 'Boneman of Kakoda'.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokichi_Nishimura

    These 'historians' sound very, very selective in their research to me.

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    Tamarama

    It beggars belief to me that they continue to press this position. It's absolutely beggars belief. They are splitting hairs for the sake of what purpose? And it runs completely counter to the recent moves of goodwill on the issue towards Korea as well - so badly in fact that it completely taints and invalidates apologies they have made. It's disgraceful really.

    Why is it so hard, Japan? Why can you not simply face history squarely in the face and ACCEPT what your forbears did in the 30's and 40's? What is this desire to attempt to sanitise the past, to dodge the facts, to fail to acknowledge what the rest of the world knows?

    I've said this before, but I find people are generally pretty good at forgiveness. They won't forget of course, but they will, in time forgive if you are honest and repentant. I believe this is true of this issue also, but Japan simply does not have the grace and the good sense to stop arguing the toss and accept what must be accepted.

    It's a very, very unbecoming position and a poor reflection on the national disposition in my humble opinion.

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    Tamarama

    I think it's absolutely bloody marvelous. Unfortunately for me though, my wife thinks it's a ridiculous idea.

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    Tamarama

    shonanbb

    Thanks for that. I know of the salary ranges for a couple of Schools around the place. ASIJ have very good packages starting from around 8.5 mill, St Mary's is up around 10,000,000 for top of the scale but most teachers would be on 7-8 mill. St Maur is 6.5 mill for 10 year+ experienced teacher but improves as the years pass. Regional schools like Hiroshima and Nagoya are in the 6 mill range.

    Which schools are you referring to?

    Posted in: 5 reasons why Japanese expats say sayonara to their homeland for good

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    Tamarama

    It's decided on expenditure?! Huh.....

    Can't speak for Hamamatsu, but the Gyoza I had in Uts was brilliant. Love Gyoza.

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    Tamarama

    shonanbb-8

    Tessa: Your numbers are wrong on top scale teachers at international schools and bankers salaries.

    I assume that's for me and I'm happy to be corrected. Where do you have them at?

    Posted in: 5 reasons why Japanese expats say sayonara to their homeland for good

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    Tamarama

    Wow, this is a pretty hostile crowd here. All I did was ask for some advise on equipment purchase, and you people acted like I just insulted your grandma and her mother.

    Relax AG. I really don't think you need to worry about your girl - of a list of potential dangers she faces on a day to day basis, that NPP would be very, very low on the list.

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    Tamarama

    If Japan 's claim is so strong, then in comparison of the issues, why don't you tell us why Japan don't take South Korea to ICJ on Dokdo/Takeshima?

    Well, I don't tell you that because this article is about the Senkaku Islands....

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    Tessa

    Great comment, as is the one you quoted.

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    shonanbb

    I think if you came across people from the Eikawa crowd they are earning around 3-4 million, which is a long way from your 11.5 mill, and a real long way from professionals working for banks or whatever on 15+. Even the better International schools here wouldn't pay much over 10 mill for experienced and long standing teachers.

    I had a conversation with my sister in law recently who reckons 5 million yen would be about an average income for a 40 year old in Japan. Statistics show she is close:

    http://nbakki.hatenablog.com/entry/AnnualSalaryby__Age

    So, y'know. Keep your 'measly' income in context.

    Posted in: 5 reasons why Japanese expats say sayonara to their homeland for good

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    Tamarama

    sfjp330

    Right, I get that. But this article is about Japanese people living overseas - hence my comment.

    Posted in: 5 reasons why Japanese expats say sayonara to their homeland for good

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    Tamarama

    Another Japanese comedian at work?

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    Tamarama

    I know a lot of Japanese women who live overseas having married a foreigner. I know far, far fewer Japanese men who live overseas. They miss small things, but overall seem to relish the lifestyles they have. I know many who live in Australia, and the work/life balance they have is the number one reason for their happiness there. They have quite strong Japanese expat groups as well due to the sheer number of girls there.

    Not many of them ever talk of moving back to Japan.

    Posted in: 5 reasons why Japanese expats say sayonara to their homeland for good

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    Tamarama

    Old Flowers, eh? Bout the only time I ever see him/her post is on issues relating to Japan/China relations - particularly the Senkakus. Wonder why?

    Ossan has long made the most sense on this topic on this forum and is consistent and accurate in his discussions here. I am yet to see someone argue convincingly in China's favour - particularly when they cite conversations and 'agreements' that were either never formalized, or are simply fictitious.

    If China believe their claim is so strong, then take it to the International Court - a sensible, peaceful, legal avenue to resolve this quickly. But they won't.

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    Tamarama

    I'm seriously considering buying a radiation detector for my girl in Kagoshima. Anyone knows if those things are any good?

    Did she need one before it was switched off?

    I'm sure you realize that a lot of people have lived very comfortably around Japan for many years with Nuclear Power...including your girl. If Sakurajima blows, start worrying.

    living just 30km from a restarted nuclear power plant.

    Oh, actually no, don't worry. It's 30km away.

    Be chilled. She'll be fine.

    Posted in: Japan restarts Takahama nuclear reactor

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    Tamarama

    Pretty clear message to China. And a big line in the sand.

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    Tamarama

    http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/12/japan-korea-comfort-women/422016/

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/28/japan-to-say-sorry-to-south-korea-in-deal-to-end-dispute-over-wartime-sex-slaves

    http://atimes.com/2016/01/celebrating-the-closure-of-the-comfort-women-issue-is-premature/

    I feel like I am in some kind of parallel universe. Seems pretty straightforward to me.

    Posted in: 2 S Korean ex-sex slaves demand direct apology from Abe

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