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    It’s sad to know that Japanese have the wrong perception of themselves after reading this, “Alaaeddin Al Zaim, who had worked with Goto in Syria previously, says he warned him not to enter the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. ‘I tell him it's not safe for you,’ Al Zaim told CNN. But Goto chose to go anyway, saying, "I am not American, I am not British. I'm Japanese. I can go," Al Zaim recalled.” Now we know that Japanese people are no longer safe in the Middle-East. Don’t you feel mad that all of a sudden you are no longer considered to be peaceful people, so now Japanese government is trying to prevent this crisis from spiraling out of control.

    Posted in: Hostage crisis reminds Japan it is a target: analysts

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    turbotsat, the problem is the Japanese “tourists” will not be safe anywhere in the Middle East so long as Japanese government keeps poking them with the so called “humanitarian aids.” Abe government chose to side with their enemy and expected no retaliation from them, this put Japanese people in harm’s way. It is the Japanese government’s devious policy that has killed its own citizens. Giving away huge sum of money that can be considered “bribery” and that should have been used for those people in need at home. Japanese government tries to act as if it’s powerful and strong standing behind Uncle Sam in their fight. The question is why? Don’t you think the money is needed at home more? Why go against its own Constitution and turn its back on the peaceful development. Terror is fueled by hatred so it makes no sense to add the Japanese people to their hate list.

    Posted in: Abe fighting against time to find way to free hostages

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    Get used to it Japan as more and more hostage situations will be on the headline. Way back in 1977 Japanese government led by PM Takeo Fukuda paid $6 mil for the release of hostages in Bangladesh. Also, “Back in 2004, Islamist militants in Iraq captured a 24-year-old Japanese tourist named Shosei Koda and ended up decapitating him after the Japanese government, then led by PM Junichiro Koizumi, rejected a ransom demand. Earlier that year, in 2004, three Japanese citizens were released after having been captured by a group of militants in Iraq who demanded that the Japanese Self-Defense Forces withdraw their troops from the country within three days. The Abe government similarly faced a hostage crisis in January 2013 when 10 Japanese citizens were captured and killed by Islamist militants at a gas complex in Algeria.” Recently Japan must have poked the extremists in the right places so much that they are now targeting Japanese people. Japanese should ponder whether they want to be like the Americans who are so scared to travel in the Middle East or be like the Chinese who are less likely to be captured for ransom because of their non-interference policy.

    Posted in: Abe fighting against time to find way to free hostages

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    Quite a show for Japan, now Japan can be seen to be on India's side. Please give Japanese government a nice round of applause as their foreign policies seem to be a nice reading while in the toilet.

    Posted in: China protests over Japan's comments on border dispute with India

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    There is more to it than meet the eyes. IS seems to target those directly involve in their conflicts and retaliate as they see fit. Japan must be aiding their enemy that is certain. They don’t care about the ransom money as seen from the huge demand. The fate of the captives is already predetermined. Now, Abe will have a chance to show to the Japanese people that more military spending is necessary and a change in the Constitution is required so that Japan can send troops to fight against IS. Too bad for the captives, their lives are being used in this crooked political game.

    Posted in: IS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless it receives $200 mil ransom

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    NYtoday, yes, you can’t fool all of the people all the time, but you can fool most of the people some of the time and some of the people all the time. You seem to think in “a democratic nation, majority represents all.” let me ask you this which political party in Japan has always been in power since the war? Not, LDP? Yes, some of the people can be fooled all the time especially when you have money to spend in the democratic system. How do think the US could create chaos and crisis in the Middle East while the majority of the people in the US is against the wars? You said, “Japan as a nation has apologized, compensated, and contributed for world peace,” but we can’t say the same for the Japanese government who tried to deny or revise the apologies which showed no sincerity in their words, compensations came from the private funds which China refused to accept, and contribution to world peace by following the US (as stated above) and committed to be peaceful by the Constitutions which it’s now trying to change. Japan has no choice but to be peaceful and yes, most of the Japanese people have good heart, but good heart will not stop a war because it can be manipulated in an instant. What you should be worried is the direction that Japan is heading led by those in power while the majority of the people is powerless.

    Posted in: China bristles at Japanese defense minister's remarks

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    The subject of “comfort women” will never end; even Japan itself will never let it rest. The deceitful tactic is being used by Japanese government to try to create doubts in the people’s minds by poking holes on the subject, such as the women were prostitutes or inconsistent testimonies or lies by Japanese soldiers, so that some people can form their own distorted opinions away from the truth. The longer it is, the more the truth becomes blurry among younger generation Japanese who will then reject the facts and ignore the past. Later, pride can be intensified so that nationalism can reach its full potential. Negative propaganda is in the making.

    Posted in: Japan asks U.S. publisher to change 'sex slave' reference in textbook

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    NYtoday, after ten years you must have been frustrated about the repeating points that people here are trying to make, but you must realize that some Japanese people are still living in denial and in lack of remorse. They fixated to the ideas that the atrocities the imperial Japanese committed in the past were not true or distorted or they were propaganda, but the facts cannot be denied. You may think that they were all in the past and Japan now is different and it is now peaceful, you are now being too naive. Have you ever thought that there is a minority of those in power who did not learn from the past and try to lead Japan to the opposite direction?

    You can notice the changes in Japan yourself in the last couple of years, such as China bashing, more prominent Yasukuni Shrine visits, new secrecy law, changing textbooks, arms sales, increasing military budgets, changing constitution, and instilling patriotism in the classroom, etc. If Japan really wants to be peaceful and neutral why go all the troubles of changing itself. If you now think it’s because of China, think again. What would China gain from having a conflict with Japan? Really there is nothing worth fighting over. As Chinese leader once said, “we will forgive, but we will never forget,” so no revenge there either. Japan is now seeking more military powers and becoming more and more aggressive. We shouldn’t blame China and Korea for leaning on the side of caution as those who did not learn from the past tend to repeat it.

    You shouldn’t blame the Chinese and Korean people who live outside their native countries either as their views tend to be more educated and unbiased for the facts that they are more exposed to western propaganda day in and day out. For ten years a lot of people have shown you what happened in the past and now you know what Japan is becoming, do you still think Japan will be peaceful in the future?

    Posted in: China bristles at Japanese defense minister's remarks

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    JTDanMan, is this really true that “Japan has neither the capabilities (weaponry and manpower) nor financial means to fight a war with its bigger neighbor”? It has been pointed out again and again by numerous posters here that Japan can easily beat China in the war. You seem to have no faith in Japan’s capability. But I can tell you this China will not attack Japan first this is a given so if there is a war that means Japan has started it so forget about the US coming to Japan’s defense because Japan is the aggressor. Accidental conflict is another matter that is a great concern for Japanese government because Japan will be in it alone. That is why Japan is trying real hard to get China to agree to avoid accidental confrontation.

    Posted in: China bristles at Japanese defense minister's remarks

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    nigelboy, yes it’s a simple document but every word that is used means something. In this case “over all disputes” means Japan has to recognize that there is a dispute. If not, why use the word “disputes” and not “cases” or “claims”? If there is “no dispute” Japan is not obligated to comply so it would be fruitless for China to go this route.

    Posted in: China bristles at Japanese defense minister's remarks

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    nigelboy, you missed the first paragraph when it says “Japan recognizes as compulsory ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other State accepting the same obligation and on condition of reciprocity, the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, over all disputes arising on and after 15 september 1958 with regard to situations or facts subsequent to the same date and being not settled by other means of peaceful settlement.” The word “disputes” is in here somewhere, can you find it? Now you tell me whether there is a dispute in this case.

    JTDanMan, OK you want to have your cake and eat it too. Status quo means “no changes what so ever,” whether it be who claims, who owns, or who controls. You couldn’t just say freeze everything then you decided to shuffle the deck. According to you, “The status quo was while both Japan and China asserted sovereignty over the Senkakus, only Japan exercised control,” so China has the right to assert sovereignty by patrolling in the area. There is no point to blame China then.

    Posted in: China bristles at Japanese defense minister's remarks

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    nigelboy, true, China could execute the ICJ declaration but will achieve nothing because Japan insisted that there is no dispute. This “no dispute” claim is also used by S Korea and you could see that Japan had gone nowhere with the court system. You and I and the rest of the world know that there is a dispute why then Japan’s kept saying there is no dispute. This is a way to avoid the court system.

    JTDanMan, Japan did change the status quo in September 2012 when it nationalized the islands and knowing full well that China would react this way. This shows that Japanese government planned for it to happen all along. China has every right to patrol its OWN TERRRITORY even Japan is afraid to “blow Chinese ships out of the waters, and shoot Chinese aircraft.” After China kept its words for decades and now Japan betrayed its trust, it’s natural for China to respond this way. I don’t see it as bullying especially when China stands alone on its pursuit even though Chinese navy is inferior to Japan’s. Notice that every confrontation Japan has always displayed superior powers, for example, fighter jets vs. a Chinese propeller plane. Also, Japan tried to solicit supports to go against China everywhere (but only found one); China bashing is the norm for Japan, this is what I call bullying. I don’t know what you mean by “not working, and never will work,” China already established that it also has the control over the islands through the ADIZ and patrolling without hindrance. The area is now off limit, Japan cannot do anything in that area.

    Posted in: China bristles at Japanese defense minister's remarks

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    JTDanMan, considering these points here, Japan changed the status quo in September 2012 despite China insisted that they shouldn’t do it and Japanese government denied about the agreement to shelve the issues even existed. The truth came out from Britain recently that the agreement did exist and Japanese government lied about it. So, the island dispute has existed for decades and China had kept its words not to change the status quo. Japan broke its words and conducted various crafty schemes to discredit China. Because of all those lies and denies, China can no longer believe or trust Japan. Pursuing the case in the court system is currently not a viable option as Japan has the administrative control over the islands and insisted that the dispute does not exist. No dispute, no talk, no case. The only way China can do to assert its sovereignty is by patrolling in the area according to international law. Note that China did not send in any battle ships or planes in an aggressive manner, all it wants is to protect its sovereignty and it has the right to do so.

    Posted in: China bristles at Japanese defense minister's remarks

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    Strangerland The truth has come out that Abe lied about the agreement reached decades ago by the two leaders on shelving the disputes. Now, nobody is going to trust Japanese officials’ words any more. “Official records declassified by the British National Archives on Tuesday show that China and Japan agreed to ‘maintain the status quo’ on the Diaoyu Islands. According to the records, then Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki said in a private conversation with his British counterpart Margaret Thatcher on Sept. 20, 1982 that Japan and China had reached agreement on shelving disputes over sovereign claim on the Diaoyu Islands.”

    Link please.

    Here are the links.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/12/31/national/history/japan-china-agreement-maintain-senkaku-status-quo-82-suzuki-thatcher-files/#.VKbv8dLF840

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-12/31/c_133890534.htm

    Posted in: China launches website on disputed islands

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    The truth has come out that Abe lied about the agreement reached decades ago by the two leaders on shelving the disputes. Now, nobody is going to trust Japanese officials’ words any more. “Official records declassified by the British National Archives on Tuesday show that China and Japan agreed to ‘maintain the status quo’ on the Diaoyu Islands. According to the records, then Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki said in a private conversation with his British counterpart Margaret Thatcher on Sept. 20, 1982 that Japan and China had reached agreement on shelving disputes over sovereign claim on the Diaoyu Islands.”

    Posted in: China launches website on disputed islands

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    And those criminals are the envy and admired of the world. They are rich and powerful. They are respected and get along with all kinds of people. They don’t go around smearing other people. They help their people become the largest middle class people in the world. They help a lot of nations improve the standards of living. They don’t interfere in other nation’s domestic affairs. They uphold the principles of peaceful and win-win coexistence. They make their nation stronger and set their nation on course to be the centre of the world. Now, think about what the criminals in Japan do for Japan or other nations, any improvements lately.

    Posted in: Xi to mark Nanjing massacre amid warming Japan ties

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    CH3CHO, “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

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