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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
flowersJul. 12, 2014 - 05:58AM JST
“Is Japan holding such an event in the middle of Seoul because it does not know what is going on or does not care about it at all?” The answer is it doesn’t care and of course it knows what is going on. The Embassy must have known all about the threats and protests before hand, and already prepared to hold the reception at the Embassy otherwise how can it set up the party for 500 people in one day. Think about the publicity that J officials trying to get and the negative image created for Korea. I wonder whether every J embassy in the world is having a reception or just in Korea. Something is smelly in the closet.
Posted in: Hotel in Seoul refuses to hold party by Japanese embassy for SDF
flowersJul. 11, 2014 - 02:10AM JST
Here is an interesting book that you guys may want to read, Australia’s ‘Dangerous Allies’.
A new book by former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser hopes to send Australia a wake-up call. “After the end of the Cold War Australia had – for the first time in its history – the opportunity to pursue its own interests and to seek in Fraser’s words, “peace, cooperation, and trust” in its region. Instead it chose to accompany the U.S. into violent fiascos in the Middle East. America’s dearth of strategic competitors allowed exceptionalism to become the dominant driver of U.S. foreign policy, and Australia followed where the U.S. led. To this day Australians remain uncertain just what it was they were fighting for.”
“In Fraser’s view, the story will not end with fiascos in the Middle East. He is rather concerned with Australia being fooled a third time: pulled, as it were, into either a rivalry or an outright conflict between the U.S. and China. Fraser argues that the only strategy America’s leaders seem to understand is that of containment. He agrees with the Chinese that the “pivot” to Asia is about containing China, insisting that actions speak louder than words. Increased military deployments and beefed up regional alliances speak loudly – and of something other than benevolence.”
“Consequently, Australia’s relationship with the U.S. is paradoxical: it needs the U.S. for its defense, but it only needs defense because of the U.S.”
Posted in: Australian PM denies closer Japan ties hurt China relations
flowersJul. 03, 2014 - 03:38AM JST
WoW, I won again. I told you Abe would get his way. Whoever said Japan is a democratic country should have his/her head examined. Don’t fool yourself thinking that Japan is now better because of this change. What happens to the “peaceful” Japan? You can say at least it’s lasted about 70 years. Really happy for you, now Japan is “normal” again. So, who will be in the first batch of people being sent to die for your beloved country? Hey, now they even have more reasons to go to Yasukuni Shrine because more war deads will be added.
Posted in: Chinese media slam Japan's move to expand military role
flowersJun. 28, 2014 - 07:20AM JST
Look there are cracks in the image of “peaceful” nation and the constitutional democracy. When the head is crooked nobody can do anything about it, is this what they call a democracy? I think it is just a step away from dictatorship. They say this is not what the Japanese people want, who cares? Now, you can toss the constitution out of the window.
Posted in: Japan set for landmark easing of constitutional limits on military
flowersJun. 28, 2014 - 06:24AM JST
Old but not out. They really like politics let them play. J politics are like child’s play anyway as long as they have money and influence they can be part of it. But, they’ve got to be able to make loud noises or infamous remarks, or be part of any controversial issues. Sticking the head out is the basic requirement. And, don’t forget brain is not needed. So, respect your elders, let them play.
Posted in: Ishihara, old guard launch Next Generation Party
flowersJun. 27, 2014 - 06:57AM JST
sfjp330, that's old news. You did not answer my question because there was nothing that China did to Malaysia after the discovery of oil and gas by Malaysia. In fact, China let them explore the areas for years. The same with Vietnam, China let Vietnam exploring the areas for years and now China wanted to do the same and they complained and harassed China. If China had the same aggressive policies as Russia, those countries would have been pounded to dust.
Posted in: China says Philippines stirring tensions after Aquino supports Japan
flowersJun. 27, 2014 - 06:26AM JST
sfjp330, So you said they had, what did China do to Malaysia for the discovery announced on Monday?
flowersJun. 27, 2014 - 06:08AM JST
OssanAmerica, sorry for misunderstanding your short comment there. It’s funny that you would think that the trades with China were just a way street. Believe me no country in the world would be that stupid and did not expect something in return especially Japan. Or, maybe I’m wrong and you were right to say that Japan and the West were that stupid.
Check out the link below and ask yourself, who are the bullies here?
Here is the most recent news:
“There have been no public complaints from Beijing over the Monday announcement of the discovery around 144 kilometers, or 90 miles, off the coast of Malaysia's state of Sarawak—or over extensive Malaysian-sponsored oil-and-gas exploration and production there going back years, even though the area lies inside waters where China previously has asserted claims.”
So, why didn’t China, the bully, pound on Malaysia too?
flowersJun. 27, 2014 - 05:03AM JST
scipantheist, PRC has been in existence for only 70 odd years so how could it be stuck in Qing dynasty? But this J government has been around for centuries that is why it wants to go back to be “normal” and able to commit atrocities again. Last time I bet that the “secrecy law” would be passed even though the majority of the people were against it and I was right. This time I will bet again that Abe will have his way of changing the constitutions regardless of what the people of Japan think, you will see. “Peaceful” Japan will turn out to be “pitiful” Japan which is promoting wars all over the globe.
flowersJun. 27, 2014 - 03:42AM JST
OssanAmerica, glad to hear that you agree with me. One thing about China is they have been consistent about their policies and they plan ahead decades in advance. True, China has been criticized here and there as it is growing. Unlike some country which is still stuck in the past and wants to relive those glory days.
flowersJun. 27, 2014 - 02:38AM JST
ANewAsiaJ, who is “the rest of the world”? Haven’t you realized that the rest of the world are coming to China and shake hands with China. Read everyday news and you will see that China is taking controls of their destiny and their community. From the new credit rating firm to an investment bank that rivals the World Bank, you see China has been busy. Those territorial disputes are really minor nuisance for China. You should read the news from all sides more and you will know that those territories really belong to China. Those territorial disputes had been put under wrap for decades until the US mentioned about the “pivot to Asia,” then all of a sudden China is being called an “expansionist,” or a “bully.” And, don’t forget that Chinese are everywhere and not just in China. I’ve read an article about why the US can’t fight with China, it would be devastating for the US just to lose one city but China can withstand the loss far greater. Remember that China started off with nothing.
flowersJun. 27, 2014 - 01:17AM JST
Wulfe N. Straat, these things take time. I read somewhere that those lost territories have been more and more populated by the Chinese so eventually they will be returned in one form or another. Remember that China did not start up the troubles, all those territorial disputes started up again by Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam if you’ve carefully read the news. Bullies always gang together and they don’t see themselves as weak or small because they have the support from the big brother US. You mentioned about the Treaty of Peking and you can see that China was the victim of those imperialist bullies. Now China is stronger and some people right away thought that China is out to take over their territories but the fact is those territories all belong to China in the first place. China has always been reactive to the events and Russia has not caused trouble for China, so I don’t see China going after Russia. To answer your question, “Is Russia really your friend?” the answer is China has always considered Russia to be frenemy.
flowersJun. 26, 2014 - 07:42AM JST
ANewAsia, from my understanding S. Korea is not at all “so eager to crawl into China's bed,” and China does not expect them to do that either. Both S. Korea and the Philippines are protecting their own interests and it has nothing to do with taking sides. Think about it if S. Korea gets closer to Japan, there would not be any benefits for S. Korea. Can you name something that will benefit S. Korea directly? In the case of the Philippines for going against China it has the benefits of getting more financial assistance from Japan as well as the US, more trades, more freebies, and “so-called” protection from big brothers, etc. The Philippines can gain a lot more from the alliance. On the other hand, China doesn’t believe in alliances, so it doesn’t go around searching for allies. A lot of people mistakenly believe that China is all alone because it doesn’t have any allies. Alliance is going to be the thing of the past fading along with the US in decline; “community” is the future. There will be no big brother or little brother as in the alliance. In the community, there will be mutual benefits and win-win relationship and all countries are equal. The world is changing really fast and the US sees the changes that are coming all because of China. Japan is trying hard to stop the tide, but because of self-proclaimed superiority it lacks the ability to gain trust from other countries. So who do you think is smarter, the Koreans or the Filipinos? If you say either the Koreans or the Filipinos, you are wrong. They are both smart in their own self-interests. But in the long run, we will all be living the community that China has built.
Posted in: Philippine leader backs larger military role for Japan
flowersJun. 25, 2014 - 07:29AM JST
Maybe these women have nothing to do at home. They should find a real job outside the house instead of supplementing their income with this little handout from Abe to voice their feign displeasure.
“Patriotic Wives,” I think not. No caring women in Japan really want to see their husbands or sons go to war and die so that Japan can be “normal” again. Yes, they are “pathetic wives.”
Posted in: 'Patriotic Wives' praise Abe, censure China, S Korea
Jul. 24, 2014 - 01:26PM JST
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Jul. 24, 2014 - 01:23PM JST
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Jul. 24, 2014 - 01:22PM JST
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Jul. 24, 2014 - 01:21PM JST
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Jul. 24, 2014 - 01:20PM JST
.500 ! .500 ! GO DRAGONS !
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