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    bamboo pink, here is your answer: “The Chinese figure was confirmed by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East and the Nanjing War Crimes Tribunal. More than 190,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians were captured and shot dead in groups by Japanese soldiers, and another 150,000 people died in random killings and their bodies were collected by charities, the Nanjing War Crimes Tribunal concluded. According to the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, Japanese invaders killed more than 200,000 civilians and soldiers in Nanjing, excluding those whose remains were cremated or dumped in the Yangtze River. A Japanese military officer identified as Ota Hisao confessed that 150,000 bodies were dumped in the Yangtze or cremated.”

    Posted in: China, Japan spar over Xi's comments on Nanjing Massacre

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    Eulogy: Thank you and God Bless Japan for being such a peaceful country for many decades after the failed attempt to control Asia. Goodbye, the peaceful Japan. Here comes the new era of the re-immerging evil empire that will cause undue suffering to other populace of the world via armed exports. We shall never attempt to define Japan as peaceful and tranquil ever again. RIP!

    Posted in: Japan lifts self-imposed ban on weapons exports

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    OK, blame it on China again. Maybe the invitation just got lost in the mail, who knows. I really don’t understand why would this be news when “Japan had not been invited to a similar gathering hosted by China five years ago”? So, was there an expectation to be invited? If this is a kind of snub at Japan, why would China invite Japan to a naval symposium that is being held in Qingdao at the same time? Maybe, this is the only way Japan knows how to get invited.

    Posted in: China snubs Japan over international warship gathering

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    Here we go again, what kind of a leader is this? What was the point of poking China again when China didn’t even side with Russia this time? Maybe Abe has nothing else to think about.

    Posted in: China denounces Abe for Russia-Crimea analogy

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    The last paragraph says it all, “But most fundamentally, the Park administration takes security strategy of strengthening ties with the United States and China, paying less attention to relations with Japan,” Japan is becoming isolated and irrelevant. All because of a bunch of grownup Japanese politicians playing childish political game without considering the impact on Japan’s image, this is pathetic.

    Posted in: Seoul unmoved as Japan hails bridge-building summit

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    OssanAmerica, Japan won't quit because they are acting intelligently. The U.S. is pressing for it because we are thinking intelligently…

    On the contrary, Korea is thinking and acting more intelligently on its own, unlike Japan which does things without thinking either under influence or due to lack of intelligence. Strategically thinking it is better for S Korea to get closer to China for the sake of its own people in terms of economic growth, and security against N Korea. Time has proven that China has been a good neighbour to S Korea. It would be suicidal to get closer to Japan both in terms of trades as S Korea and Japan basically are competitors and N Korea conflict as Japan is seen as a puppet of the US by N Korea. For the hope of future unification, better relation with China is even more crucial. US alliance only serves to deter the aggressiveness of N Korea but in time of a real conflict, China is a better bet.

    Posted in: Abe seeks trilateral summit with S Korea, U.S.

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    According Reuters, “But with collective self-defense already on his agenda, Abe appears unlikely to devote political capital now to a cause that would be viewed as provocative by China and might not be fully welcomed by Washington. U.S. officials have not made clear if they want Japan to acquire greater offensive capability.” It appears that Japan may be isolated and alone in this pursuit.

    Posted in: Japan should lift ban on collective defense, says gov't panel

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    Strangerland, I agree that China is no longer a communist country. But some people still cling to the old idea that China’s still practicing communism. How many billionaires are there now in China? Money talks over there so how can it be a communist country. It is a free market economy. People are encouraged to make money. People are now free to travel outside the country. There is less and less social assistance from the government. In fact, China is now a capitalist country with a Communist Party in power. It chose not to be a democratic country so that it can grow a lot faster and avoid social crisis in the process. Chinese people have learned to avoid politics and let the government govern and set the future course for the country. It is a Chinese way of managing that huge country and for the past several decades it has been very successful. It is held to be a great model for a lot of countries to follow.

    Posted in: Japan's envoy to U.S. urges calm amid tensions with China

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    OssanAmerica, your comments are all false. Let me point them out to you.

    Japan incorporated the Senkaku islands after following internationally accepted protocol,

    Japan's official documents show that from the time of the facts-finding missions to Diaoyu Dao in 1885 to the occupation of the islands in 1895, Japan had consistently acted in secrecy without making its moves public, including the incomplete survey at that time. This proves that Japan's claim of sovereignty over the islands under terra nullius does not have legal effect under international law. The islands have always been under Taiwan’s jurisdiction, otherwise Taiwan wouldn’t want them back too.

    That Japan has administrative rights as far as the WWII allies are concerned (that includes China under ROC) certaibly does not recognize ownership or any rights whatsoever by the PRC which did not even exist during WWII

    You seem to have a problem with the terms ROC and PRC, they are both China the same as Hong Kong and Macau. You see there is only “one China.” And, even the US did not have the right to grant administrative rights to Japan, in October 1971, the US administration stated that "the United States believes that a return of administrative rights over those islands to Japan, from which the rights were received, can in no way prejudice any underlying claims. The United States cannot add to the legal rights Japan possessed before it transferred administration of the islands to us, nor can the United States, by giving back what it received, diminish the rights of other claimants... The United States has made no claim to Diaoyu Dao and considers that any conflicting claims to the islands are a matter for resolution by the parties concerned."

    If so go ahead and present them at the International Court of Justice. Japan could then present the numerous Chinese maps from the 1950s and 60s that show the Senkakus to be Japanese territory, and how the maps suddenly changed after the 1970s

    But you see even Japan does not want China to use the ICJ hence the “no dispute” claim. You mentioned about the maps, but maps are meant to be changed with the flows and time. China has Japanese and foreign maps that show the islands belong to China. To better prove the point I think the foreign maps are more reliable.

    No we are stopping Fascist China from stealing it's neighbor's territory through force, intimidation and coercion. China at this point has no integrity in the eyes of the entire world.

    How can it be stealing when they belong to China in the first place? I have been following the news and it’s always been Japan which created the problems and provoked China since the beginning. I am an outsider so if I believe in China that means there must be a lot more people who believe in China as well.

    Posted in: Japan revises teaching manuals, says disputed islands its territory

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    Here is the devious intention of Abe’s visit to India. Calcutta-based The Telegraph reported, “Japanese officials, at preparatory meetings with their counterparts in the ministry of external affairs, had indicated that in exchange for Tokyo's strategic and economic investment in India, it wanted Delhi to criticize China in the joint statement.” "But anything directly referring to China would have upset our friends in Beijing - and that is something we simply cannot afford," a senior Indian official told the paper. Abe is really a trouble-maker.

    Posted in: Chinese coast guard ships enter disputed waters

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    Missing out from the above article is according to Reuters, Locklear did say that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did have capabilities to reach out in a crisis. He also said that China believed it issued notification to maritime traffic to steer clear of the Liaoning but the Cowpens, which was monitoring the carrier, had no such notice. This shows that it’s very hard to believe the US in this case. Also, according the Wall Street Journal yesterday: WASHINGTON—U.S. officials say they are seeking assurances from Japan that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won't repeat a visit to a war shrine that angered China and South Korea and will ask Mr. Abe to consider reaffirming Tokyo's previous formal apologies over World War II in a bid to ease tensions in East Asia. This would be quite a loss of face for Japan.

    Posted in: U.S. Pacific forces chief concerned over Japan-China tension

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    Correct me if I’m wrong. I've never seen Xi provoking or making any negative remarks about Japan, am I right? It is really inappropriate for a leader to do so. People are getting tired of Abe’s provocations. He is looking more and more like the N. Korean leader. Also, it looks as though Abe has a lower standard than Xi so if Abe is trying to project Japan as the leader in Asia, he has failed considerably.

    Posted in: Abe sees World War I echoes in Japan-China tensions

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    Globalwatcher, “China needs to explain to the world why their military spending has been over 11% since about 5 years ago. Abe was not even a PM 5 years ago. Their logic is very poor and irrational. China needs a lot of explaining to do to the world.”

    What to explain is whether the rate of increase has been enough when we look at the size of the country and the population. Considering the proportion of military spending in the world: the US is number 1 – spending 45% of the world total while China is only 8%. If taking the US as the base point, China should be spending at least the spending of the US and Japan combined. So, the double digit increase is not at all frightening and in fact China should be spending a lot more. Another misconception about Japan’s ODA to China is ODA is not a free gift it has a lot of conditions attached and Japan derived a lot of benefits from it. What puzzles me is why China was extremely nice to Japan in waiving the national compensation after the War which had caused China the loss of more than $600 billion and millions death, and even let the Japanese invaders free to go home. I think China should ask for the war reparation in today dollars and see how many more excuses Japan can come up with.

    Posted in: Japan brushes off China 'troublemaker' criticism of Abe

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    I kept hearing that Japan has been peaceful since the War, but that’s only because Japan has to comply with the post-war order. Japan has been forced to accept the pacifist constitution, imposed on Japan by the US. It is not at all by choice that Japan has been peaceful so you can’t really look at the past 69 years. What you should look at is now and what is the path that it is leading to. Abe has been talking enthusiastically about justice, democracy, peace and dialogue. But the reality is seen in his actions. He is unrepentant about Japan’s militarist past and makes no apologies for it. He has openly questioned whether his country should be defined as an “aggressor”, and did his utmost to beautify its history of militaristic aggression and colonial rule. Before Dec 26, the US authorities rarely expressed concern about Japanese leaders visiting the shrine but not this time, this caused so much trouble that Abe had to send his brother the States to clear the air. In May 2013, Mr Abe caused great offence in China and Korea when he was photographed posing in a military jet boldly marked with the number 731: this was the code of an infamous Japanese biological warfare research facility performing human experiments in China during the war. Close attention should also be paid to his colleagues, such as Taro Aso, the deputy prime minister, who asserted that Japan could “learn” from Nazi Germany about revising constitutions. Respected Asia scholar Professor Jeff Kingston has suggested, in an interview with the BBC, that Abe’s actions were a deliberate provocation of China aimed at goading Beijing into an angry response. Such an outcome would heighten the Japanese public’s sense of threat, and consequently enhance support for the nationalistic leader’s plans to revise his country’s constitution. Abe has paid visits to more than 20 countries during the year since he retook office. Wherever he went, he advocated the "China Threat" theory and called for joint efforts of nations with democratic values to confront "non-democratic states." This represents a malicious diplomatic move aiming at fomenting division in Asia and the whole world. In an exclusive interview with The Wall Street Journal on Oct. 25, Abe even said he envisioned a resurgent Japan, which will take a more assertive leadership role in Asia to counter China's power. Definitely Abe’s words of peaceful Japan do not match his actions. Abe said he wanted Japan to be “normal” country again, but the question is whether Japan was “normal” 69 years ago.

    Posted in: Japan brushes off China 'troublemaker' criticism of Abe

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    Peeping_Tom, let me put it this way. What will happen if there is “no dispute,” because that statement is only applied if there is a dispute? So, if there is “no dispute,” is that statement still valid?

    Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China

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    Peeping_Tom, I told you to think it over carefully. If there is “no dispute,” Japan will have the right to refuse even though Japan is a signatory. It has nothing to do with “any other State accepting the same obligation and on condition of reciprocity”. If you are really a practising Solicitor, you should have known this.

    Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China

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    Peeping_Tom, thank you for the link. Now read the following part of that letter: “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.” You notice the key words “over all disputes,” but what if there is “no dispute” then what? Think it over carefully.

    Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China

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    OssanAmerica, as I said before if Japan does not admit that the dispute exists the ICJ decision becomes unenforceable whether or not Japan is a signatory. Please ask Nioelboy to provide you with the link to that Declaration and read it carefully you will find that “escape clause”.

    Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China

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    “Japan is not he one sending planes and ships on a daily basis to a territory under Chinese control that it is claiming.” I didn’t know much about the history of territorial disputes between Japan and Korea, and Russia, but let me ask you this, were there any planes or ships sent to those disputed areas that resulted in the loss of life from the Japanese side? I bet Japan must have lost some lives there that is why it does not dare to send anyone there again. From what I can see it is very logical for China to send in ships and planes to assert its sovereignty. As I mentioned before about ICJ, Japan doesn’t want to go through ICJ, hence “no dispute” claim, and please don’t say that China could just initiate the proceeding because it would be pointless when the decision cannot be enforced on Japan. “Are you suggesting that Japan kept China from offering more aid?” Not at all, Japan has no influence on China what so ever. China did the right thing in really helping the people in needs in the Philippines and not get into Philanthropies contest and political game with Japan and the US. “China is not a "scapegoat" it is the instigator of region disputes and tensions because it is on a self declared territorial expansion program,” how can China be the “instigator” when the dispute started from the Japanese side? The islands issues would still be sitting on the shelf if Japan did not nationalize those islands. And, you even extended your ill-conceived logic in saying that China was on the expansion program. As I said before my own logic is China is trying to take control of the whole world and not just South and East China Seas. I think you can expand on that too, say to cover the moon and Mars.

    Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China

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    OssanAmerica, “The islands were incorporated in Jan 1885 after Japan conducted a search to verify them to be Terra Nullius in accordance with international protocol.” Wrong, Japan did not complete the survey and it did not follow international protocol. “No complaints were raised by any country on the incorporation,” you are right no complaints because nobody knew about the incorporation and the change of islands names until years later, according to one of the rules under Terra Nullius, the incorporation has to be made public which means the surrounding nations should be notified. “Such territories are specifically named, such as Taiwan,” yes Formosa was mentioned which the islands were included under. By “force” in this case means China had no choice but to comply according to Treaty of Shimonoseki as the result of war. And, no China didn’t even mentioned about the ICJ because of its policy in dealing with any dispute has to be bilaterally, and yes Japan is a signatory but if you read the agreement you will see that Japan does not have to comply if there was “no dispute”. “Landing on them probably would, but China is afraid to do so,” but you see anyone is not permitted to land them otherwise it would make more sense for Japan to build a station on them. So, who is afraid? “Whether the islands, be it 1 or 5 being owned by Japanese nastionals or the Japanese government makes no difference to China's claim,” yes it makes a big difference under the international law. I really don’t see your logic here, now let me ask you this, is there a difference between 1/5 and 4/5? Japan had changed the status quo. “My story is not made up at all. The real point is that the Japanese govt bought 3 of the 5 islands to prevent Ishihara from building on them and thereby aggravating China,” the situation was discussed between the two leaders and Chinese leader asked not to nationalize the islands, so China had already prepared to accept the consequences if Ishihara took over. Japan set the fire in motion and blamed China of escalating the issue. Do you see my point? “What dirty work has Japan been doing? Helping the Philippines after the Typhoon? Helping he Southeast Asian nations after the 2004 Tsunami?” Not looking at it strategically, there shouldn’t be any reasons for Japan to behave like it is and go against China, peaceful solution is only a step away, but Japan chose not to go that route. This is beyond logics. And from the publicity Japan gets from its help to the Philippines is like acting in the political drama which China did not want to play along. The tension Japan created in the region has helped increase arms sale for the US and now Japan is trying to get on that boat too. China is used as a scapegoat when it didn’t even want to play the game.

    Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China

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