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gokai_wo_manekuMay. 28, 2015 - 04:49PM JST
It is too bad they could not return to Japan and remind people what was is really like. Then, maybe the public would finally wake up and put a stop to all this nationalist malitarist junk.
Posted in: 54 SDF members sent to Iraq, Indian Ocean committed suicide over 10-year period
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 28, 2015 - 04:48PM JST
Well, after all, we have not had a big blood-letting in 70 years. It looks like it is time for another one. The US and China are cooperating in making it happen.
Posted in: U.S. hopes Chinese island-building will spur Asian response
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 28, 2015 - 04:45PM JST
Why did I get so may down votes? It's all true.
Posted in: Japanese academics join calls for gov't to face up to responsibility over 'comfort women'
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 28, 2015 - 03:39PM JST
Japan does not need TPP or the US. Chindia has 3 BILLION people. Japan will become a niche economy integrated into this system, along with SE Asia. Japan will be prosperous in this role. After China overcomes the new boy on the block combative attitude, things will go more smoothly. US can tilt back to the old world.
Posted in: China-led bank adds urgency to Japan's pursuit of TPP deal
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 27, 2015 - 11:20AM JST
We don't want embarrass the US. The Japanese government set up a brothel system to service US servicemen in occupation Japan so they would not bother ordinary women. It is known that many women were sex slaves (i.e, "comfort women"), some of whom where Korean or Chinese women originally brought over to Japan during the war as slave labor. So the US soldiers used the sex slave system here in Japan. McArthur finally "abolished" the system about a year into occupation because a quarter of the soldiers had STDs. Actually, the system was privatized. It continued in Kabukicho and Shinjuku-ni-chome (before it went gay).
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 27, 2015 - 11:10AM JST
He didn't go to Yasukuni, but his wife did.
Posted in: Abe honors war dead at Chidorigafuchi cemetery
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 27, 2015 - 11:04AM JST
Ever more pressure on Japan to become a military country that can fight in the US-caused wars. I feel sorry for young kids who will grow up to die in a war in some far away land.
Posted in: Shake
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 26, 2015 - 05:13AM JST
China is being very touchy-feely. They are giving Abe an ever higher cliff to fall off of if he does not apologize sincerely and thoroughly.
Posted in: China's Xi says Japan friendship 'worth cherishing'
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 26, 2015 - 05:10AM JST
No members of the Imperial family will go near Yasukuni. And they have been openly critical of the rightist view of history. Maybe he is trying to smooth things over. He is getting all this touchy-feely stuff from China too. Everyone is putting Abe in a position where he cannot refuse to say a big apology. They are giving Abe a higher cliff to fall off of if he does not apologize completely.
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 24, 2015 - 12:53PM JST
What about Japan? Japan is very unpredictable. For example, suddenly out of nowhere, Shibuya ward in Tokyo set up a "partnership" for gays. Nobody was demonstrating for it or anything. It just suddenly happened. So Japan could do it, suddenly and unexpectedly. Remember PM Abe's wife rode on a float with some drag queens in last years Pride Parade here in Tokyo. Anyway, I will marry my partner if this happens here.
Posted in: Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay marriage in world first
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 23, 2015 - 09:21AM JST
Pop tunes are for teenagers. Of course they are dumb. Watch Wagner if you want something mentally challenging.
Posted in: Are pop songs dumb? Study offers evidence
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 23, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
It looks a little 60s.
Posted in: Art attack
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 22, 2015 - 03:13PM JST
So Korea also has one set of laws for ordinary people and another set for rich people. So I guess she will inherit all the money and have a fun life from now. She does not have to work.
Posted in: Appeals court frees Korean Air heiress in 'nut rage' case
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 22, 2015 - 08:43AM JST
Is 14 million a lot of people for a TV program? The US has 330 million. Just curious.
Posted in: Final Letterman show draws record 14 million viewers
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 21, 2015 - 09:30PM JST
Japan will be taken over by chain stores. When I was a kid there were still mom and pop shops, but the kids don't want to take over. They would rather work in a big company than do something unique. Why?
Posted in: Starbucks comes to Tottori; poster compares it to Perry arriving in Japan
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 20, 2015 - 09:26PM JST
From the Guardian, Oct 19, 2011:
None of this has been, during the 60-year post-colonial period since 1947, the generally accepted view of the empire in Britain. The British understandably try to forget that their empire was the fruit of military conquest and of brutal wars involving physical and cultural extermination.
So Japan again follows in the foot steps of its inspiration for modernization. Why is only Japan supposed to apologize. The rest of the article is pretty graphic about what the British did in the name of Empire. You could substitute "Japan" and get the same story. I am no denier. I just don't think it is fair to be singled out. It just energizes the right.
Posted in: 450 mostly Western scholars press Abe on war history
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 20, 2015 - 06:05PM JST
It is just that no other country in history has been asked to apologize for their wartime past, and every country has a wartime past. Many much worse than Japan. So why is Japan singled out? That is what moves the rightists. Why only Japan?
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 20, 2015 - 10:35AM JST
Murayama is a socialist, which is why the LDP made him prime minister during the 50th anniversary. The LDP did not want to be making an apology. And since Murayama is a socialist, they can disown the apology.
Posted in: Murayama urges Abe to follow his lead on war apology
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 20, 2015 - 10:32AM JST
Hashimoto could not get people in Osaka to agree to his plan. He is not powerful.
Posted in: If Hashimoto quits politics, Abe will lose powerful ally
gokai_wo_manekuMay. 20, 2015 - 09:36AM JST
Tony Blair said about British history "I value and honour our history enormously", and he included Empire. Abe should just say the same.
May. 30, 2015 - 11:25AM JST
'Far more benefit than chaos nogardflow. Look at history. It's clear, by far USA has done…
Posted in: Chinese weaponry spotted on artificial island, U.S. says
To HelloKitty & Mr. Bloom,
The club's current president, Mrs. Birmingham, didn't qualify for regular membership…
Posted in: Discord erupts at FCCJ over news agency accreditation
May. 30, 2015 - 11:22AM JST
It is a beauty of nature.
Posted in: Sky high
May. 30, 2015 - 11:21AM JST
No. While it was his decision to grab the handle, he was doing so in his…
Posted in: Fleeing shoplifter drags security guard along with car
May. 30, 2015 - 11:04AM JST
I am throwing out the white flag here. I am tired of this debate. I…