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flowersNov. 28, 2014 - 03:17AM JST
The word “communist” can really make some people jump. No system is perfect in the world and no one country follows an extreme ideology. An old fashion outdated way of thinking is in a communist country there is no separation of classes so no middle class, the government controls everything, and there is no truth in everything they say. These all have been proven wrong. An authoritarian communist country that embraces open market economy tends to do better in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, flexibility and growth. Some people like JoeBigs who might have lived in a communist country in the past still stuck with the wrong ideas of the past. All things change over time. For examples, China and Vietnam both are communist countries yet both are also capitalist countries. Their standards of living have improved substantially since opening up. Their political systems are more beneficial for the people as a whole. Yet Japan has been under the control of one political party for decades so the idea that Japanese people are living in a democratic and free country is proven to be an illusion. Maybe it’s time for Japan to make a change for the better and give more support to the communist party. In the back of JoeBigs’ mind he’s probably regretted that he left that country when he realized that his friends and relatives are now prospering.
Posted in: Japanese Communist Party says it will reverse most of Abe's policies
flowersNov. 26, 2014 - 08:05AM JST
Another case slipping through a crack. Many shots were fired but none from the dead guy, plenty of witnesses but none is reliable, and the case with racial implication but happened to have nine white jurors and only three blacks. The killer walks off scotch free, here is where you can find this law in the land of the free. As they say in America, better shoot to kill as dead man can’t tell tales.
Posted in: National Guard ordered in as Ferguson businesses torched
flowersNov. 14, 2014 - 03:32AM JST
JoeBigs, doomsayers have been saying, “Communism can't survive in a free market environment and a free market can't survive under a repressive Communist controlled utopia, one will always give way to the other,” or “China will implode,” or “China’s days are numbered” for over three decades now. They are all wrong. Free market environment has been flourishing in China and there is yet any sign that the communist government is weakening, but the opposite is true. Haven’t you heard, “China is doing it with Chinese characteristics?” To truly reflect the reality, China is governed by a communist party, but that doesn’t mean China is practicing communism. China is trying to avoid the two extremes, so it doesn’t want to be like the US which caused chaos and suffering to a lot of people under the name of democracy or freedom. Now, Japan it is stuck in the mud and trying to reverse its course. The only way that it can get out of the pit is to be nice to China. Have you heard any China bashing coming from Japan lately? It’s all so quiet because Japan wants the supports from China. Japanese corporations just can’t compete in China and they’ve all suffered in the last couple of years. The problem with Japan is there is no consistent foreign policy; it’s all up to the politicians to do whatever they want. Japan is suffering from extreme self-indulgence. All you can see is whether Nikkei is up or down. What about something that Japan did that will benefit the region or the world, anything recently? Japan may now be the third largest economy but that position is weakening as you may have heard. So, is it moving in the right direction? I think it is all up to China.
Posted in: Japan and China need each other: Abe
flowersNov. 08, 2014 - 02:08AM JST
“China invaded Tibet, Uyghur, Inner Mongolia, and bullied the people there. China invaded Soviet Union, India and Vietnam and started boarder disputes. China took islands from the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. You should learn the true history.”
I told you to carefully reviewing the backgrounds. Don’t take thing as it appears to be. Again, throughout history China has been provoked and bullied.
“But People in Tibet, Uyghur, Inner Mongolia and so on want democracy, equity, and fairness. They should be freed if China and Han Chinese deny basic human rights. Only Han Chinese should stay in perpetual misery if they want.”
Have you been to those places? Study the history of those places and you will find that their livelihoods have improved substantially. There will always be some bad apples; you should look at the majority of the people. If not, look at the black, native and Mexican in the US, shouldn’t you say the white “should stay in perpetual misery if they want”. One time I was so scared to death walking in downtown LA.
“Oh, really. The per capita GDP of China is about 7000 dollars, ranked 83rd in the world, which is way below poverty level.”
A dollar in China is worth a lot more in the US. Ever heard of “Purchasing Power Parity”. Things are cheaper in China. If they are still poor, how can they travel outside the country and spend a lot more than any other foreign tourists? You shouldn’t try to use averages on China because of the size of its population.
“No serious Japanese businessman takes China as an export market any more.”
That’s because they can’t compete in China any more. Chinese auto market is expanding 8% a year, while Japanese autos are in decline. Why is that? Maybe we should measure their intelligence. The rest of the world is going to China if you read the news. I heard China is the largest economy in the world based on PPP and India will be the third. Where is Japan gonna be?
Posted in: Xinhua pours cold water on idea of Xi-Abe talks
flowersNov. 07, 2014 - 05:42AM JST
CH3CHO, you still don’t see the point here. There is definitely a skeleton in the closet that is why Japan is defending itself against two major economies in the region. Too much politics is in the making, Abe was using the territorial disputes to bolster his popularity so he could stay in power. He was hoping that by lowering the Yens the export would increase in turns big corporations would make tons of money and raise wages so that consumption would increase. Miscalculation on the sluggish exports particularly to China and high energy costs because of US controls has taken a big blow on the economy. The only way for Japan to meet its Abenomic targets is to be nice to China and S Korea. You may notice there is no more China bashing any more recently. You know why?
Against the popular view that China is using the territorial dispute with Japan as a propaganda tool is way off the mark. According Pew Research only about 40% of the Chinese people polled had unfavourable view of Japan, you must have expected a much higher percentage but that is not the case here. But the poll result showed that over 90% of Japanese had unfavourable view of China, so you can see that China bashing propaganda is working very well in Japan.
“They have no experience of democracy, equity or fairness,” you may be right. But that is what China wants it, to be in the middle and avoid two extremes, and as long as people there are happy there is nothing wrong with that. Look at the astonishing number of Chinese people travelling the world, now tell me what else do you expect. Remember that China now has the highest number of middle class people in the world and it took only a few decades. Think in a few more decades what would China be?
About “gun boat diplomacy” is it fair to blame China when China didn’t start the disputes at all? Carefully reviewing the backgrounds of each dispute you will find that China has been provoked and bullied. China has no choice but to respond. Think about other territorial disputes that had been peacefully resolved which China had given up a lot just for peace. In contrast, imagine if China was acting like Russia, would you then find any “equity or fairness” at all?
Now, where did you get the terms "two big nation relationship"? I think you mean a “new type of great power relations,” quite a big difference from what you have in mind. This is an unprecedented attempt to break out of the framework of conventional theories and stereotypes in world politics. China doesn’t want to see the world dominated by a superpower because this is a multi-polar world where win-win cooperation should be the norm. I don’t see any wrong with that. But as people say, US can’t exist without war so it may be hard for you to understand.
flowersNov. 06, 2014 - 02:29AM JST
scipantheist, apparently your level of English education is not up to par that’s why you don’t see my sarcastic expression. What is the meaning when you are “in hot water”? That is the situation Abe is in right now. I admit that I have a pro-China view, not that I am being paid to express my view but I just can’t stand seeing China being bullied. China has been responding to the problems that others created. China has never been an initiator to any disputes. So, don’t look at things only on the surface, there are two sides to every story. Look at Abe, he has been asking to have a meeting with Xi since Abenomics showed signs of getting nowhere. Only the weak will whine, you don’t see Xi asking for a meeting with Abe in public. And, there is not just one but two major economies, China and S Korea, that are upset with Japan. Don’t you find that strange? Japan is getting weaker and weaker by the day. You don’t see Japan started something that will benefit the region or the world recently, do you? You must have heard about Silk Roads Initiative, Infrastructure Bank, and Regional Free Trade that China is involved in. Tell me what has Japan been doing instead of killing more whales?
flowersNov. 05, 2014 - 09:08AM JST
Why would it be “cold water,” it’s definitely “hot water”. Abe should be squirming in agony for creating such a mess just for a short-term political gain. Wrongly thinking that “stab and pat” tactic would work. Abe will keep a smiling face at the APEC meeting for a photo op with Xi then his people at home will be cheering for such a monumental brief handshake success.
flowersOct. 23, 2014 - 04:33AM JST
mataka, Hong Kong is part of China and it enjoys the current system because China allows it to have. Do not think that China has no right to govern the affairs of Hong Kong. China did not even break the Basic Laws of Hong Kong and no righteous country in the world is blaming China. Some Hong Kong people think that they are “exceptional” and ignore the impact on the rest of the country. They dream of democratic freedom which they never had and they will never have due to the disparity of the rich and poor. Money is everything in Hong Kong so votes can be easily bought and there are dirty monies everywhere. Poor governance of Hong Kong will drag down the rest of the country. China understands that to have democratic freedom takes time and step by step is the best way. As history has shown countless times, there is beginning and end to every empire, last time China has it for a thousand years so we can expect a thousand years or more this time.
Posted in: No end in sight to Hong Kong protests after talks
flowersOct. 21, 2014 - 04:56AM JST
Whirledpeas, you seem to have a lot of twisted logics, such as:
“if Senkakus belonged to China PRC would have definitely mentioned them in that protest letter.” Only mentioned the words “Formosa or Taiwan” and “such minor islands as we determine” were enough.
“Rather the SF Treaty itemized which territory Japan had to renounce and Okinawa Prefecture was not one of them.” Okinawa had its own sovereignty, where would you think it would be renounced to? You refuted your own logic there; a main logic here is Japan is not entitled to any territories that it gained by war or by force.
“Territorial transfers are done by treaty, and no treaty had changed JPN’s sovereignty over Okinawa Prefecture.” Let me ask you this, who now has the sovereignty over Keril Islands and Dokdo Islands? Do you still think Japan still has the sovereignty? In international law, sovereignty means that a government possesses full control over affairs within a territorial or geographical area or limit so it may or may not be through treaty. Even before the congressional hearing and the reversion in 1971, it was the US position that “the treaty alone is not necessarily the final determinant of the sovereignty issue.”
“No, Okinawa was not mentioned because Okinawa was not territory that Japan was told to renounce.” Re-think you logic here, nothing was about renouncing Okinawa, it was about the limit of Japanese sovereignty.
“The fact is Japan did not steal the Senkaku islands from China, nor did Japan acquire them via the Treaty of Shimonoseki, nor as part of Taiwan. There was no violence and greed involved.” In his biography Koga Tatsushiro, the first Japanese citizen to lease the islands from the Meiji government, attributed Japan’s possession of the islands to “the gallant military victory of our Imperial forces.” The Meiji government, following a cabinet decision in early 1895, promptly incorporated the islands. Negotiations with China never took place and this decision was passed during the Sino-Japanese War. The incorporation was never made public. It took them ten years after the “claimed” discovery to incorporate the islands and the survey was not even complete. China claims a historical title to the islands on the bases of its discovery, its inclusion into its defense perimeter from Japanese pirates during the Ming dynasty, and its incorporation into China as part of Taiwan. The islands were recorded under Kavalan, Taiwan, in the Revised Gazetteer of Fujian Province of 1871 before the start of the first Sino-Japanese War. It was publicly announced. So now it is up to you to think whether it was through violence or greed. But I think it was both.
Maps can be deceiving especially historical ones. There are many distorted versions of maps especially those developed during the war or occupation. What we should consider are those maps produced by other countries not in dispute, and China has plenty of them as proofs.
Posted in: Ball in Japan's court for Xi-Abe talks: China envoy
flowersOct. 18, 2014 - 03:59AM JST
nigelboy, Your apology is accepted because I know how Japanese like to create doubts in people’s mind. My points stand, though.
flowersOct. 18, 2014 - 03:20AM JST
WhirledPeas, note that China was not a signatory to SF Peace Treaty even though Taiwan was part of China, the disputed islands were part of Taiwan, and China was one of the Allied Powers. On September 18, 1951, the Chinese government issued another statement stressing that the SF Treaty is illegal and invalid and can under no circumstances be recognized. Note also that "The Allied Powers recognize the full sovereignty of the Japanese people over Japan and its territorial waters" meant for the sovereignty of the people and territorial waters, nothing mentioned about the lands or islands.
According to international laws, Japan would not have sovereignty over the islands during the period of occupation by the US because Japan had no control of that territory. You also failed to mention Cairo and Potsdam Declarations in which China was a part of. Potsdam Declaration specifically said that "points in Japanese territory to be designated by the Allies" and "Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku, and such minor islands as we determine." Notice that Okinawa was not mentioned because its sovereignty was in question. And according to Cairo Declaration, "All the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Taiwan and the Pescadores, shall be restored to the Republic of China. Japan will also be expelled from all other territories she has taken by violence and greed". When Japan returned Taiwan to China, both sides adopted the 1945 administrative arrangement of Taiwan, with the Chinese unaware that the uninhabited “Senkaku Islands” were in fact the former Diaoyu Islands. This explains the belated protest from Taipei and Beijing over U.S. administration of the islands after the war. In 1958, the Chinese government released a statement on the territorial sea, announcing that Taiwan and its adjacent islands belong to China.
So, why would China raise the issue of ownership of the islands when they were supposed to be returned to China in the first place according to the Declarations? And, why would the two leaders agreed to shelve the issue for the next generation to solve? Notice that China kept its words for decades until Japan decided to open the Pandora box. Japan and China even once agreed to explore the resources together in the disputed area.
You were right that the US had no position on the sovereignty of the islands because it can’t help Japan on that issue. Isn’t it strange that the US would take no position when Japan is a very close ally? Part of the conditions of attaining sovereignty is having effective control, but now the control is no longer effective because China has started to patrol and created the ADIZ over the area. You may think that China has become aggressive but on a contrary, China only tries to assert its sovereignty after Japan broke the agreement first.
Strangely enough you would link the incident in 2010 to the nationalization of the islands. What would you expect China to say when the incident happened in the disputed area? Japan caused it. What would you expect China to respond when Japan chose to nationalize the islands after the Chinese leader advised not to do it? Japan has broken the status quo. J gov’t has repeatedly insisted that no dispute exists, despite you and I, and the rest of the world see a major dispute, why is that? When there is “no dispute” how can China take Japan to Court? I heard Japan tried to take S Korea to Court over the disputed islands but S Korea still insisted that there was “no dispute,” now you can see how sneaky J gov’t is. Sooner or later, J gov’t will have to admit that there is a dispute because when all else failed this is the only way to save Abenomics.
flowersOct. 16, 2014 - 07:44AM JST
No concessions, no talk. The ball is in Japan’s court and it is surely a very heavy one.
flowersOct. 10, 2014 - 02:43AM JST
Abe is looking for a photo op with Xi to boost his rating. A curtesy handshake may be what he can expect. How come recently there are no more reports of Chinese incursion or aggression. No news about China bad is becoming too boring. Is China behaving nicely now? Japanese media must be in the quiet mode. Abenomics is not doing that well and if China decides to tighten the tap Abenomics will be dead in the water. Maybe at APAC Abe should try to speak Chinese to break the ice.
Posted in: Japan sees growing chance of Abe holding talks with China's Xi
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.
Nov. 29, 2014 - 03:07PM JST
The BJ league is made up of 'company teams', teams owned by Honda or Toyota and…
Posted in: FIBA suspends Japan over failure to merge basketball leagues
A very underhand comment. This is the kind of nationalistic tactic which sullies Japan's…
Posted in: Yomiuri apologizes for using term 'sex slaves' in English edition
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Posted in: Lackluster economic data paints gloomy picture for Abe
The conservative Yomiuri said in articles in English and Japanese that it was inappropriate to have…
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A leading newspaper in falsifying historical facts? A prime minister in the 21st century leading the…