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flowersSep. 13, 2014 - 08:02AM JST
sfjp330, when you said with the long term approach it would be best for Russia to solve its problems with Japan, but how is that possible when Japan has to get approval from the US for every move that it makes with Russia? For Russia to bend is unlikely as Russia has the upper hand in dealing with Japan. The problems cannot be resolved as long as japan continues to be part of the West in trying to isolate Russia and there is no way that Japan can break the alliance in favour of Russia. When Russia can solve the problems with the West everything else will fall into place as far as Japan is concerned, but that scenario may only be possible if China creates a problem for Russia. China is a better bet in all cases whether it is a short term or long term because China will always be there for Russia and there is nothing that sits in between China and Russia relationship unlike with Japan where the US is always lurking in the background. Notice that China and Russia have been getting closer every day since the Ukraine crisis, and there are more and more the military drills and postponing meetings that seem to slap Japan in the face. Japan has been in the losing position in terms of economy and foreign policies while China has been gaining all along.
Posted in: Russian forces to conduct drill in east, including disputed islands with Japan
flowersSep. 13, 2014 - 04:48AM JST
overchan, who are the rest of the world? You are forgetting that Middle Kingdom is the engine of the world. You don’t want the world to stall, do you? A lot of people may be out of a job including you. Both Japan and the US need China for their economies to hum along and maintain their standard of living. Isolation is no longer work against China, as can be seen from the way the US trying to get China on board on every issue. “Why can’t we be more like China,” Obama once said.
flowersSep. 11, 2014 - 08:13AM JST
OK, we just have to make our own assumption about what high-energy objects are, right? Can someone clarify the following doubtful points for me:
How come the report did not identify what it means by “high-energy objects?” The report does not even state that the aircraft was shot down.
Missiles and machinegun rounds fired by an SU-25 are also “high-energy objects,” are they not? Radar and satellite data presented by the Russian military indicated that a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet was in the immediate vicinity and ascending towards MH17 as it was shot down. On August 9, the Malaysian New Straits Times published an article effectively charging the Kiev regime with shooting down MH17. It stated that evidence from the crash site indicated that the plane was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter with a missile followed by heavy machine gun fire. Why are there so many conflicting reports?
Was there a non-disclosure agreement signed by the four nations involved in the MH17 investigation—Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium? Under its terms, all intermediate results of the ongoing investigation will be classified. The document includes a stipulation that publication of the investigation’s final results would only take place if the four nations arrived at a consensus. Why all the secrecy?
The Dutch Safety Board does not address the absence of any satellite imagery or radar data, or any other evidence supplied by US intelligence agencies, which operate the most powerful global surveillance network. It is implausible, to say the least, to imagine that Washington’s vast apparatus was paying no attention to the war zone of eastern Ukraine, which is also a regular flight path for many commercial airline flights. Moreover, the US was heading a 10-day NATO exercise in the adjacent Black Sea, which concluded the day MH17 was downed. This operation specifically involved commercial traffic monitoring with sophisticated electronic intelligence and “reaction to asymmetric threat warnings, anti-submarine warfare and artillery firing.” In sharp contrast, following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, photographs of the area taken by a French satellite were delivered to the investigators within hours. The US Department of Defence and NASA also provided the investigation with high-resolution photographs from spy satellites. Despite Russia continually requesting that the US administration supply the investigation with the images and data it obviously possesses relating to the MH17 crash, it has refused to do so. Note that it was not credible that the US did not possess detailed knowledge of the circumstances of the crash. Are the data too sensitive to share, or do they just want to put the blame on Russia?
Posted in: Report: MH Flight 17 likely downed by 'high-energy objects'
flowersSep. 09, 2014 - 06:30AM JST
Here we go again. It’s becoming an old routine for Abe. Why does it have to do with China all the time? Don’t you find it strange by now that Abe has to follow Xi everywhere and try to copy China in the way they are doing business. Japan must have a lot of cheap patrol boats though; Abe seems to like giving them away so much in order to gain friends. That’s a true friend always expecting something in return , a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council must be very important for Japan. Abe is looking more and more like a “stalker.” He needs to learn how to be a leader and not a follower. And, don’t say things that Japan can’t even do it, such as addressing war crimes issues to achieve “true national reconciliation.”
Posted in: Japan, Sri Lanka agree to build stronger maritime links
flowersSep. 06, 2014 - 03:47AM JST
Jerel E Rogers, my view is based on facts from western sources including statistics. Capitalism is flourished in China since it’s opened up. Is this not a fact? So your economic slavery concept would contradict your own western sources. Everyday western news shows every action that China makes with biased view I may say, and they even make their own statistics to counter China’s. But they all pointed to the same conclusion that China is getting richer faster than any country ever done in history. Their standards of living are improving at an unprecedented speed, so in a few decades their standards of living may even exceed that of the US.
It is very naïve to use population as a comparative measurement in this case. Say, India has a comparable population to China, do they have more millionaires than Japan? Based on your theory, because China has more population then there must be more smarter people in China than the US and Japan combined, is that right? The US has been spending 5 times more than China in military spending. Well, now you say the US is downsizing but have you ever thought that the US had been spending like crazy before? Based on your population measurement, shouldn’t China be spending more than the US?
Everything that China makes has been in the softer ways and tries to accommodate with the outside forces as much as possible. In the history of mankind, have you ever seen a communist authoritarian country having two political systems? China has made every attempt to prevent chaos and unrest to its population and we from the outside have been criticizing China’s way of doing things. Chinese people are happy with their lives and have the chance to travel anywhere in the world. Why do we want to force them to be like the West? Think of democracy and freedom in the Middle East, how many years already that people there have to suffer and die for the illusive concepts. I have been to many countries but the only country that I admire most is China. The way it transforms itself to this point is really remarkable. Among the three superpowers, China is the best of all. Though, it has to kill some of its own people for the sake of the majority, but every country has a history of doing that. The worse is the US which kills a lot of other people for the sake of ideology and self-interest.
You say Japan has been peaceful for the past 30 years, but have you ever thought that Japan has no choice but to be peaceful after losing the war? What we should look at is how Japan is trying to keep that peace. Provoking China, changing the constitution, involving in arms sale, stirring up conflicts with other nations against China, and military expansion are not at all conducive to peace. In fact, Japan has the choice to be friendly with all of its neighbours and benefit from the combined economic forces in Asia, but it chose to go the other route which is against peace. I am telling you without China, you would have seen troubles all around in Asia, such as India vs. Pakistan, Vietnam vs. Cambodia, and North Korea vs. South Korea. You should be more open minded and don’t think that what you read in the western news are the facts. As they say, there are two sides to every story.
Posted in: China's top leaders remember victory over Japan
flowersSep. 05, 2014 - 05:53AM JST
Jerel E Rogers, “I disagree. Your allegiance is to who you swear it to. It has no bearing on where you were born at all.” In this case, allegiance has nothing to do with the war between China and Japan. We are talking about a country fighting with another country so to distinguish between the Nationalists and the Red Army who are both Chinese is absolutely absurd. In a larger context, if your parents are Chinese no matter where you are you will always be considered to be Chinese by the people around you. In the US during the war, do you know what happened to the Japanese Americans? They were gathered and locked up in camps, so allegiance to whom I may ask? I have no idea of what you are saying about “policies of economic slavery,” all I know is China was able to lift over 500 million people out of poverty in a very short period of time; that was an unprecedented economic miracle. Only within a few decades, now there are more millionaires in China than in Japan. Chinese people also know about the killing in China by the Chinese government, but the Japanese people seem to be ignorant about the killing that their people committed in China. What China and Korea do is commendable in order to prevent the history from repeating out of the Japanese own ignorance. You also seem to know that America’s protection is weakening, so what did the Japanese government do? They allow the US to expand their bases, sell arms to destabilize the region, and boost up military. All in the name of peace, considering this it is Japan that is the root cause of all the conflicts in the region. Without Japan the region would be very peaceful, but without China the region would be like in the Middle East. Yes, Japan used to be peaceful but no more. Abe went around the world trying to cause friction against China. Again and again China has to respond, and you seem to see China in a negative way with one sided view. It has nothing to do with grudges either. As Deng used to say, “we can forgive but we will not forget.”
flowersSep. 04, 2014 - 04:28AM JST
Common guys, it really doesn’t matter which political parties actually fought the Japanese, both the Chinese Nationalists and Chinese Red Army are “Chinese”. When you were born Chinese, you will always be Chinese. Here, we are talking about a country fighting with another country and not a political party fighting with another party. China was a victor in that war, no matter what perverse excuses or denials you can come up with. China wants the people to learn from mistakes about the war and not to repeat the same mistakes again. Because of the recent changes in Japan China has to respond this way.
flowersAug. 21, 2014 - 07:00AM JST
Saketown, “Sometime last August 2013.” As far as I know China did not have a warship in the area to confront the US, especially with Russia. If the story is true, please provide the source.
Posted in: Jihadists claim beheading of U.S. journalist in Syria
flowersAug. 21, 2014 - 06:17AM JST
Saketown, “When Washington moved warships near Syria, Russia and China moved their warships in front of our warships.” What warships? When did this happen?
flowersAug. 20, 2014 - 05:14AM JST
sfjp330, “trade between Japan and China is expected to grow this year for the first time in three years, but won't likely reach the level before a territorial dispute erupted in 2012. Japanese exports to China grew 2.5% to $78 billion in the first half of 2014 from the same period a year earlier, according to Jetro.” I don’t know how you would get the idea that “the trade values with Japan are secondary,” when it comes to “money” everything else is secondary for China. Japanese corporations have lost their market shares in China because of their own bad choices. Yes, diversification is good in the long run, but to re-focus away from growing Chinese markets now is a bad decision that Japan Inc has made.
Posted in: No. of Japanese living in China drops 10% amid island dispute
flowersAug. 09, 2014 - 06:01AM JST
sfjp330, you talk about “glass ceiling,” I read somewhere recently that China has set its sight to be the most innovative country in the world. So, the course is set to tackle the problems that impeding innovation. Now I can see that China is not just copying the products they have improve them as well. China has all of the ingredients, such as money, people, infrastructure, systems and knowledge to be the best in the world. You talked about the political system; I think for the time being its political system is best suited for China because of its massive population and size. Its system provides efficiency and effectiveness in getting things done in the timely manner. China is now a capitalist country, despite people think that it is an authoritarian state. Its markets seem to be even more competitive than the US.
Posted in: Showdown with China looms at regional security summit
flowersAug. 09, 2014 - 04:55AM JST
scipantheist, so you can’t even name one. I tell you among the three world powers (US, Russia, and China) China is the best of all. It doesn’t go around and kill other people incessantly. China has the potential to be the world leader, you will see in the decade to come. Why do think they are scared of China? Think in terms of arms industry, who got the most benefits from promoting “China threat”? Both the US and Japan are benefiting from it. And, no one in their right minds would like the way Japan is dealing with its history. Talking about hurting, Japan is basically hurting itself. Majority of Chinese people like Japan and I don’t see any group that is formed to promote hatred against Japanese people, but I heard Japan has such a group. You mentioned about “community” that is the concept that China is promoting not “alliance”. So, people seem to think that China is all alone and has no ally. China doesn’t go around and create or promote wars, so China only has friends and not enemy.
flowersAug. 09, 2014 - 04:16AM JST
OssanAmerica, how many times that Abe went around and bad-mouthed China? We all know that all these disputes have been in existence for decades. But after the US announced its “pivot to Asia,” Japanese gov’t just got tired of status quo and nationalized the islands knowing all full well how China would react. The Philippines parked their rusty ship right in the disputed area with their people living on it. What did Japan do? It provides financial assistance and free stuff just for the Philippines to be on its good side. And freebies for everyone who would turn against China, now Vietnam got some too. Most recently Japanese jets shadowed unarmed Chinese aircraft. There have been many instances that Japan has provoked China if only China would behave like Russia, I believe Japanese govn’t would instantly shut their mouths and behave.
flowersAug. 09, 2014 - 02:59AM JST
scipantheist, what is it about revenge? Chinese leader had said before that the Chinese would forgive but they will not forget. The problem is Japanese gov’t tries so hard to convince its citizens and the world to forget its awful past. That is not the right way to go. That leads China to prepare for the worst. The key player in all these disputes is the US. The US has poked its nose everywhere and caused so much trouble and suffering for the people there. Without the US standing behind the curtain, none of these disputes would have been escalated up to this point. Think about it carefully, what China has been doing is quite normal for a country to assert its sovereignty, especially when it’s being provoked over and over again. Talking about “aggressive,” think if China behaved like Russia there wouldn’t be words going back and forth like this, only bloodshed and Chinese gunships everywhere. Anyway, every nation in the world whether civilized or uncivilized they all want to have something to do with China. Can you name one country that does not welcome China or being an enemy of China, just one?
flowersJul. 19, 2014 - 02:26AM JST
“The shooting down of civilian aircraft is extremely rare,“ how could it be extremely rare? Russia did it in 1983, South Korean airliner was shot down, 269 people perished. The US also shot down an Iranian airliner in 1988 killing 290 people. And, it happened twice in Ukraine already, maybe they are getting used to doing this sort of killing. Now, I wonder whether next time China would be added to the list, but maybe that would be extremely unlikely.
Posted in: Global anger intensifies over downed Malaysia Airlines jet
flowersJul. 17, 2014 - 06:41AM JST
scipantheist, never say never. The change in China is amazing to say the least. So, tell me what is “true democracy”? If you think Japan has “true democracy,” you are kidding yourself. Think about what Abe has done against the democratic process recently. I guess you heard about China’s economy is now or will be ahead of the US by year end based on the purchasing power parity. Of course, Tokyo would still be the most expensive city in the world where a lot of people are still living in the tubes and have no purpose in life. Suicide rates are sky rocketing. Now, look at China they are fighting against the polluted environment and corruption, they are moving millions of people into the city, they are expanding their infrastructures like crazy, so whose future will be better. Believe me China will be one of the best places to live. Now, what has Japan been doing in terms of improving the standard of living for its people? I haven’t heard anything new happening in Japan for a long time already. Yes, Abe is genuinely doing business; that is the main problem. Everywhere he went he promoted “China threat” theory so that Japan would be in the lime light, creating tension and conflict seem to be the main purpose. Think about this, at least we have China and South Korea to show us about the inhumane atrocities that imperial Japan had committed during the war and how Japan tried to deny or change its own history. We should really thank China and South Korea, without them everything would be swept under the rug and forgotten. Without them the chances are high that the history will repeat itself.
Posted in: Abe to visit 5 nations in Latin America, Caribbean
flowersJul. 17, 2014 - 01:32AM JST
That’s right. Japan will always be a step behind China. Abe seems to be following Xi around the globe picking up crumbs along the way. Abe’s using “economics” focus is outdated and short-live. Look at Xi he focuses on the long-term friendship, win-win cooperation, and no strings attached. Everywhere Abe goes he would mention about “freedom and democracy,” these illusive concepts are getting blurry day by day. The way China is opening up, “freedom and democracy” are improving exponentially. In the next decade or so when China has improved to the same level as Japan’s, what would happen to Japan then? Even now Japan has hit the wall and starts to step back; there is no more improvement in sight on those concepts for Japan. Long-term view is far better for China so Abe, it’s still not too late to change your strategy.
flowersJul. 17, 2014 - 12:50AM JST
JoeBigs, never once I saw Abe as a good diplomat but a “good” actor maybe. To have a meeting with Xi, there are many diplomatic channels that he can use. Instead, he went in front of the camera acting like he wanted to have a meeting knowing full well what the response would be so that people like you would see him to be a “good” diplomat. Abe only cares about how to make himself staying in power and nothing else. Using North Korea, for example, just to further his political career, and he would bend and cheat so that he can get what he wants, for example reinterpretation of the constitution, without regards to the constitutional democratic process. Using cute models to help recruit young soldiers is also really low and devious, I wonder how you could see him as an adult.
Posted in: Abe wants to hold summit with China at APEC meeting
flowersJul. 16, 2014 - 04:44AM JST
Abe, stop putting on a show, please. Wouldn’t it be more effective to just pick up the phone and call Xi directly? Or maybe he doesn’t have Xi’s phone number, Obama has it he just called Xi again Monday night. The US wants to enhance cooperation with China in trade, energy, climate change and other hot-button issues, Obama said. It seems Obama and Xi are hitting it off very well. I also heard Modi and Xi just had an extended meeting even before Abe has his. "The new India government under my leadership is willing to deepen India-China friendly cooperation. This is quite important for India," Modi said. Abe must be in a bad mood now so calm down and call Xi.
flowersJul. 15, 2014 - 04:36AM JST
Good boy, we know, we know, you don’t have to keep wagging your tail. You just have to bite the enemy with your new fangs, that’s all we need of you. Surely such a dog would be peaceful when the word “attack” is not included in the command.
Posted in: Japan able to aid U.S. ships under attack, says defense minister
Sep. 30, 2014 - 08:33PM JST
To protect and se... oh wait.
Posted in: Police officer arrested for assaulting 2 train station attendants in Saitama
Sep. 30, 2014 - 08:27PM JST
I can't imagine what their families gohng through now,simply so sad a tragedy like this happened…
Posted in: No recovery of volcano victims due to eruption fears
Sep. 30, 2014 - 08:26PM JST
OK sure. Household spending isn't the only thing that goes into GDP numbers, so I'll bet…
Posted in: Abe vows to keep careful watch on tax hike's impact
Man marries woman, shocker!
Posted in: Clooney marries human rights lawyer in Venice
Sep. 30, 2014 - 08:22PM JST
/when Sayaka Osakabe case will be well publicized, hope Japanese women will start to understand that…
Posted in: Japanese women fight 'maternity harassment'