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    @gokaiwomaneku I'm British, and I can assure you there is much national contrition and awareness of what happened during the colonial years. The difference between the UK and Japan is that we recognise what happened, we even teach it in school. You should try it.

    I'm British too but I don't see "much" national contrition in British society. Of course, that doesn't mean the British want to start an empire again (nor do the Japanese) but thoughts of the days when Britain was "great" still bring a rosy glow to many. Look at the leap in support for UKIP, which has made great strides with a highly sanitized Britain was better when it was white message, never once acknowledging that the success and Britishness they wish to recreate was based on an Empire economy and free movement of peoples just as long as they were the colonial masters. Oh no, we don't want all those foreigners getting uppity, do we? Contrition? I don't think so.

    I don't think Japan needs to take lessons from the British.

    Posted in: 450 mostly Western scholars press Abe on war history

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    Are the species of whale they hunt endangered?

    Posted in: Iceland whale meat shipment to Japan sparks protests

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    show a flotilla of Chinese vessels dredging sand onto a feature known as Mischief Reef.

    So quite literally it's China making Mischief.

    Posted in: China hits back at Obama over military muscle in South China Sea

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    South Korea condemned on Monday Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands

    But it's okay for them to have a whole industry based on selling "I love Dokdo / Dokdo is Korea" souvenirs?

    Posted in: S Korea condemns Japan's approval of history textbooks

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    I can't think of anything more annoying than going to a concert and having everyone in front of me holding their phones or iPads up in the air.

    Posted in: Why do most concerts held in Japan prohibit taking pictures?

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    Ridiculous, Uber should be allowed in completely to make the taxi companies here more competitive.

    Taxis fares in Japan are pretty reasonable. They even went down a few years ago. Jump in a licenced cab in London and your pocket takes a whack on even the shortest journey. In Japan, my family can take a taxi home from the station for little more than it would cost to take the bus, and without waiting in the cold.

    Posted in: Japan slams brakes on Uber taxi service

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    @LondonJon Keep learning Japanese. It's too easy for people to deal in generalisations and to tar all Japanese with the same brush. I haven't met "the majority" of Japanese (who has?) but I can say I have never had a negative experience in Japan due to being non-Japanese. This applies as much to my time in hustling, bustling Tokyo as it does to the backwaters of Sado Island. I feel there are great similarities between the English and the Japanese and I've been told I'm comfortable to be with, despite my poor language abilities. You'll love it in Japan.

    Posted in: Ex-adviser to Abe praises apartheid as means of immigration control

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    Remember when the Brazilian-Japanese were encouraged to come back to the 'country of their ancestors' to work in the auto industry, and then encouraged to clear off when the world economy collapsed around 2007/8? Idiots like this woman were probably involved in those policies too. I have more faith in the general population than in the members of these so-called think tanks living in silos.

    Posted in: Ex-adviser to Abe praises apartheid as means of immigration control

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    Abe's little speech about humanitarian aid is what spiked the hostage crisis

    That's factually incorrect. Haruna Yukawa was kidnapped four to five months before Abe's speech.

    Posted in: Abe condemns 'unforgivable' IS execution of Jordanian pilot

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    IS are just terrorists. They don't speak for all muslims and it should be remembered that IS have killed thousands of muslims since their incarnation. The number of murdered muslims at the hands of IS far outnumbers non-muslims. They are just terrorists. The IRA in Northern Ireland didn't represent all Catholics. Eta doesn't represent all those living in the Basque region of Spain. IS doesn't represent all muslims.

    Last year IS murdered Alan Henning, a British aid worker who was devoted to helping muslims. Even the more fundamentalist Imams in the UK spoke out to the effect that Henning was not part of any 'justifiable' war and should be released. But IS killed him anyway.

    Japan should not believe that Abe's pledge to give aid money to help the displaced was the cause of ISIS' actions. Haruna Yukawa, the first to be murdered, was captured way back in August, a good four to five months before Abe's aid money pledge.

    Posted in: Japan mourns Goto as caring and courageous reporter

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    What do you find more offensive a silly drawing or a bunch of screw loose nutters running around killing people over a silly drawing ?

    There's no reason why you can't be offended by both, and being more offended by one doesn't necessarily excuse the other. There are millions of Muslims out there who condemn the murderers. Just because someone supports free speech doesn't mean they have to support Charlie Hebdo. But the sheeple will carry on with their 'Je suis' group-think...

    Posted in: Latest Charlie Hebdo cover continues to upset Muslim world

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    I've seen many Japanese avoid the possibility of embarrassment by getting up and moving silently to another part of the car. That way, the older passenger can take the empty seat with - if they want to see it that way - dignity.

    Posted in: Schoolboy publicly berated by elderly man for offering him seat on train

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    “I think it is now extremely important that at this opportunity we fully learn from the history of this war… in thinking about the way Japan should be in the future,” Akihito, 81, said in a statement released by the Imperial Household Agency.

    Hearing this, all those right wing nuts who so adore the emperor should pause for thought. Ain't gonna happen though cos a nut's a nut.

    Posted in: Emperor stresses importance of learning from World War II

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    Just propaganda for the mainland masses. But China could play fair if this was allowed:

    Tibet's new website, www.tibetautonomouscountry.org.tb, was unveiled Tuesday by Tibet’s National Data and Information Service.

    Featuring a Tibetan flag on its front page, the site displays legal documents, maps and a timeline dating back to ancient times, centuries before Beijing invaded, and claims the country’s Tibetan name first appeared in writings.

    The documents on the website “provide strong evidence, from both a historical and legal perspective, that Tibet is Tibetans' inherent territory since ancient times”, the official Xinhua oops, Tibetan news agency wrote.

    But since they'd never allow this, it's clear that history means nothing to China unless it stands to gain from it.

    Posted in: China launches website on disputed islands

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    That main picture caption is wrong, isn't it?

    The Air Self-Defense Force uniforms are blue serge with blue caps and the JASDF flag is completely different and doesn't feature a rising sun. I believe the pic shown is of the Maritime Self-Defense Force with their white caps and rising sun-type of ensign.

    I stand to be corrected but I believe the caption is wrong.

    Posted in: Japan plans law to speed up overseas deployment of troops

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    China would not want a democracy on its doorstep, especially one which is in active partnership with the USA and could feasibly station US troops on the border (or move them there in times of tension). We've seen what Russia has done in Ukraine when it felt threatened after Ukraine aligned itself more with the EU. North Korea currently acts as a convenient buffer for China.

    Posted in: S Korea proposes unification talks with N Korea

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    Tina, you're just revealing your own closed mind and reinforcing the image that Japan is incapable of and uninterested in communicating effectively with the international community.

    The international press doesn't just consist of Japanese-based English language newspapers, you know. It includes The Times of London, The New York Times, the Herald Tribune, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and other prominent well-known newspapers.

    I'd hardly call these journalists illiterate imbeciles and I wouldn't expect them to learn Japanese either (not to mention the fact that it wouldn't do them any damn good as they're not members of the kisha club).

    Posted in: LDP accused of avoiding election questions from foreign journalists

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    Agreed, Simon. It's a 'foreigners don't count' attitude, but Japan needs to build strong relationships with these 'illiterate imbeciles'

    Posted in: LDP accused of avoiding election questions from foreign journalists

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    I mean they are busy, no time talking to Japanese illiterate imbeciles.

    I can only generously assume tinawatanabe is ironically mimicking the head-in-the-sand attitude that many of her fellow citizens display. With China growing and flexing its muscles, Japan, more than at any time in its post-war past, needs to show it can be an international player if it wants to build solid relationships to the mutual benefit of itself and its partners in the region.

    Or maybe Tina is unconsciously refelcting the attitude of the indigenous population, who are largely politically illiterate imbeciles who can only continue to meekly suck at the teet of their political leaders even as the milk runs dry.

    Posted in: LDP accused of avoiding election questions from foreign journalists

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    I mean they are busy, no time talking to Japanese illiterate imbeciles.

    I can only generously assume tinawatanabe is ironically mimicking the head-in-the-sand attitude that many of her fellow citizens display. With China growing and flexing its muscles, Japan, more than at any time in its post-war past, needs to show it can be an international player if it wants to build solid relationships to the mutual benefit of itself and its partners in the region.

    Or maybe Tina is unconsciously refelcting the attitude of the indigenous population, who are largely politically illiterate imbeciles who can only continue to meekly suck at the teet of their political leaders even as the milk runs dry.

    Posted in: LDP accused of avoiding election questions from foreign journalists

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