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highball7Sep. 30, 2014 - 12:41PM JST
They can meet for 2 minutes on a hallway and Abe can claim victory for a historic summit between the two.
Then, things go back to normal as both sides bark at each other.
Posted in: Abe presses campaign for meeting with China's Xi
highball7Sep. 29, 2014 - 03:49PM JST
I personally know a little bit about the financial deals that went on in the turnover. Basically, the Brits emptied Hong Kong's entire reserve. Where did that money go? Some say that went to that new airport they built (by British companies), some say they were siphoned off little by little ever since the 90s.
Many of that reserve went to the British officials served in Hong Kong. By giving them permanent payout after a lump sum pension no matter the years they served.
On the turnover, the Brits basically looted HK citizens coffers. And left them with less than HKD$10 Billion or about $1.3 Billion USD in their reserve.
So, what I want to say is, the Brits didn't have HK or HK citizen's benefit in mind for sure. If China didn't pump in hundreds of billions in order to maintain HK's stability, there would be no financial center in HK as we speak.
And here's the fact: HK had never had a democratic election on electing its paramount leader. That governor of HK had always been appointed by UK Gov't. Not only that, the supreme court judges, police chiefs, public administrative officials were mostly British nationals. A vast majority of what rules HK are not Hong Kong citizens.
I don't know where this democracy thing is coming from because that has never happened in HK's entire history since its creation.
Posted in: Protests disrupt Hong Kong travel and businesses
highball7Sep. 28, 2014 - 06:22PM JST
So... where do you put that thumb when you're not talking on the phone?
Here's a suggestion if you phone is too big for you:
Get a smaller one. Problem solved.
Posted in: Japanese firm has 'thumbs up' solution for bigger smartphones
highball7Sep. 28, 2014 - 06:19PM JST
They should be called Flip-Flopping Komeito Party. Are they moderate, conservative, neo-conservative, or ultra-right wing conservative? They need to make up their minds. And who are they compromising with in the LDP? Make up that mind as well. So if you can't agree on something as important as the Constitution in amending article 9, maybe you shouldn't be on a united front.
Posted in: New Komeito Party drops 'New' from its name
highball7Sep. 28, 2014 - 05:42PM JST
I just saw the youtube videos, its both spectacular and horrifying. I don't know how those hikers can endure the suffocation of the ash smokes and gases being released in the process. Hope more of them reaches safety and make it out of this whole.
Are there some sort of early warning systems installed for active volcanoes. I know US has these detection and early warning systems around active volcanic area and national parks.
Posted in: 31 climbers found in 'cardiac arrest' on erupting volcano
highball7Sep. 26, 2014 - 10:28AM JST
No, they are not civilians. Kill them all!
Posted in: U.S.-led strikes hit Islamic State-held oil sites in Syria
highball7Sep. 26, 2014 - 10:25AM JST
Pot meet Kettle. Your comment is no better than Sun's. Most of the nations national anthems are used in the act of war to inspire patriotism. Technically speaking, if you watch the Olympics, most of the nations anthems are rather loud and aggressive. Even the US anthems gets pretty loud. But I shouldn't criticize Canada or Canadians, I will leave that to the majority of my fellow Americans.
Posted in: China's swim king Sun calls Japan's national anthem 'ugly'
highball7Sep. 26, 2014 - 10:14AM JST
Let's keep it in perspective: Athlete. No (s)s. And that has nothing to do with the dignity of a nation.
If you value freedom of speech, then Sun has every right to express his personal opinion. Much like the sex-slave political and official deniers in Japan has their rights to express their opinions. Or the ones who visit Yasukuni Shrine for "personal" devotion instead of "political" expression. Same freedom of expression and freedom of speech here. You find them undignified. They find you undignified. See the pattern here.
Pot meet Kettle happens to be a recurring theme for a lot of people around.
highball7Sep. 26, 2014 - 10:03AM JST
I don't believe a word from Abe.
Japan's culture is ingrained with the Samurai, Bushido culture. Even during the 60s and 70s, Japan has reverted back to revere the old ways. Always looking for an identity to separate itself.
Look at this entire neo-con and neo-national faction in the LDP. They are all about war culture. Even in their political tactics and ideology on restoring Japan into a regional power is all about domination instead of survival.
I only want to see what Abe's action is instead of listening to his empty words. More than often, his words directly contradicts with his actions.
Posted in: Abe pledges in U.N. speech to work against 'war culture'
highball7Sep. 26, 2014 - 09:51AM JST
Well, honestly, the Japanese national anthem in a way sounds very Chinese to me.
National anthem should either be solemn or a pick me up kinda melody. Its used to inspire patriotism. I have to say Japanese anthem does the exact opposite.
Its the national anthem, not poetry. The idea is to instill a rally type emotion in a patriotic theme.
Its definitely not ugly but it shouldn't make you fall asleep either.
highball7Sep. 19, 2014 - 01:04AM JST
Don't be hatin' on the money. The guy could've easily marry a hot actress or model.
With that being said, let's see that pre-nup. That will tell you how much love and trust is there between the two of them.
Posted in: TV announcer Mariko Oe to marry Monex billionaire Oki Matsumoto
highball7Sep. 17, 2014 - 10:51PM JST
Well, she's going to need a master degree to be considered for a curator, interpreter, archival, collection... positions. That's really about it and many of the positions are volunteer basis on smaller museums. I used to date a girl doing this in MMA. Lousy pay, long hours. You have to do it for the love of the work. But she's a princess so more power to her.
University of Leicester has one of the best history and arts programs in the world. It is absolutely not a rubbish institution.
Posted in: Princess Mako leaves for one year of study in England
highball7Sep. 17, 2014 - 10:23PM JST
I LOL at the comment that China's PLAN can dislodge USN in SCS. Its not even a remotely fair comparison.
I also LOL at the comments that says China is a bully or aggressor. That's like saying the sky is blue. China is the biggest nation in Asia. That almost mandate them to be the bully or aggressor similar to what US is to our foes. Its simple Darwinism. There is absolutely nothing wrong with what the Chinese do in their own perspective. Its what Americans do in our own perspective and what Japanese did in its own perspective years ago.
Additionally, its not Japan that holds the legitimate position on those islands. Its Taiwan that really holds the most legitimate claim since they are the rightful gov't and administration that were not included in the relining of territories. And its the ROC that protested at the earliest points in history on the legitimacy and sovereign rights of those islands. Japan is merely an administrator or a property that belongs to Taiwan. China is pushing into the claim based on the One-China Policy. Technically speaking, Japan has been the bully against Taiwan on this matter along with the fishing rights in the area. The only reality is Taiwan is too weak and dependent on US-Japan alliance to stay secure. That's why Japan can still hold on to these islands. If and by some unforeseen circumstance that Taiwan reunites with China, then there is no more dispute on the sovereign rights on those islands.
But let's not exaggerate the military reality here.
Unless China has at least 3 carrier groups with reasonable air and sub support, its no match for USN in SCS. First of all, there will always be 1 carrier group in maintenance or refit. China has a vast coastline and oversea needs for support. So 1 CG will be needed most likely in the middle east or eastern Africa. If not oversea, then in the ECS. Then that leaves 1 CG in the SCS against the 3rd or 7th fleet.
That would be the best scenario for China on what they can build by 2030. However, as I speak, they don't even have 1 CG available, no air wing, and limited long range support. Just what kind of a threat is that? It takes about 10 years to build, test, train, and ready 1 carrier. And that is on the fast track. Let's just say China goes all in with this and build 2 at a time which is highly unlikely per their principle, that will still take 10-15 years to ready 2 groups.
We're talking about 2030 at best. And mind you, these are untested CG without any battle experience. Against a ready to go and battle tested USN. That's not including the naval capability of Japan and South Korea.
Philippines is our ally, Japan is our ally, Australia is our ally, South Korea is our ally. Vietnam is a communist state which we don't care much for. And there are on-going disputes on the same islands between Vietnam and Philippines as well as them against China and Taiwan. So the disputes in the region are never going to go away even if you take China out of the equation.
Again, what military threat? China doesn't have the capability to take on USN in the SCS. ECS maybe with all the short range missiles available to them. But SCS is another thousand miles away. This is not happening.
The main concern is in the ECS against Japan and Taiwan. These 2 nations are the ones that need to double their military spending to form a ring encircling the Chinese. Japan is on the right path on purchasing more advances weaponry from us. Philippines is too poor to do anything. Vietnam is too close to China, the Chinese can simply march over to Vietnam and its all over. Japan is one that needs to man the station and its doing the right thing.
Posted in: Asia arms up to counter growing Chinese might
highball7Sep. 17, 2014 - 04:53AM JST
Who is the independent research company and which rival newspaper or organization contended this issue?
Has that Japanese writer been put on a fMRI Lie Detector as one of the barometer to test his testimonies?
Why did Asahi Shimbun take so long to come forward? Is there any political or financial pressure on them?
Also, for the peeps who said sex slaves were in fact highly paid prostitutes. Prove it. Show me the actual financial allocation from Japanese gov't to these brothels or organizations supervising these brothels and payments were ACTUALLY provided and received by these sex slaves. And if you post an ad hiring for a maid but in fact force her to have sex, she's not a prostitute, she's a kidnapped sex slave.
And if you point a gun on her head or her family to give her a "choice" to have sex or see what happens, and then called them highly paid prostitutes after the fact, then you have some serious mental problem.
How Japanese women wish to voluntarily service its own kind is their prerogative. How Japanese invade others and mistreat women of another nationality is a completely different case and standard. Just the fact that you invaded others and caused them to lose their home, livelihood and ability to live, and then leverage their necessity to live through luring them into prostitution is somehow legit?
And what proof do you have on whether those women were paid or volunteered or not? IF those women said they were raped and forced into sex slaves, I will take their words as direct testimony. And I will bet that if they are put on fMRI Lie Detector test, they will pass with flying colors.
How about Japan unlock those "secret files" and let use see what they said. You guys are good at documentation within the military, open up that vault.
Posted in: Asahi apologizes for erroneous Fukushima, comfort women reports
highball7Sep. 12, 2014 - 12:15AM JST
I am not familiar with Korean law and only know Corporate and Finance laws in Japan. I don't know if the article is correct or not on the 7 years jail sentence. But I will say with great confidence that civil case should not carry any jail sentence.
My gathering on this criminal libel suit in Korea is more about Korean tradition on Saving Face. I do know this is important in East Asian cultures but bringing that into the code of law is borderline injustice. For ex. if someone call public official P as a liar and a cheating heart in a scathing article published by media D, the use of criminal libel suit is a violation against freedom of expression under western law or US law. But apparently in Korea, according this article and others, its a triable penal issue. I disagree with this but if that's the law of the land in Japan and Korea, so be it. My comments are purely based on western and US law standards.
I agree its a political farce. But with the political atmosphere between the 2 nations, couple with the fact that Sankei is a Japanese media company publishing a scathing article in Korea on its President which many accusations or insinuations are false with indisputable proof and evidence. One do wonder about the MOTIVE and you really can't blame the Koreans for being upset. But I do get it, she's a public figure and she does need to develop some thick skin.
I often called our president Oduma. And a ton of US media often criticize our president, some calling him a Kenyan and a Muslim. Oduma almost file libel suit against several media. That's a Civil matter even he's the president. No such thing as Criminal Libel Suit in US as that violates the freedom of expression. So you're right, its a 1st amendment issue as defamation often is.
Posted in: Sankei’s Seoul bureau chief faces charge of libeling Park
highball7Sep. 11, 2014 - 11:05PM JST
@highball7: My comment was based on current legal action. Not from paranoia ignorant mind. You did not write Park can file in any of your comments.
highball7SEP. 10, 2014 - 11:52AM JST
She's a public figure, and the newspaper is for profit public media. If the intent of the media is to slander her without just cause or without doing its due-diligence, or there is malicious intent by the Sankei bureau chief on publishing false information against Park, then Park can absolutely file a libel suit against Sankei. This type of tort law is very common. See NY Times v. Sullivan for reference.
I did not write what? What do you think a libel suit is? Or tort law for that matter? Ignorant much?
SamuraiBlueSEP. 11, 2014 - 10:38PM JST
IF you understand the law, whichever department of justice in Korea can file civil case against a corporate entity or a private person. Just because its the prosecutors from the state, it doesn't necessarily mean its a criminal case . Learn the difference between the two.
Your words not mine.
I think it's you who needs to re-study THE LAW.
What's wrong with what I wrote? Did they file criminal charges against Sankei? All its being said is investigation, when did they file criminal charges? WHEN they filed charges, then it would be a criminal case and the result will be most likely argued by Sankei as malicious prosecution.
Clearly, you need to understand the difference between investigation and OFFICIALLY CHARGED. As far as I know, those prosecutors can INVESTIGATE all they want and this still won't be a criminal libel suit because there is no such thing as a criminal libel suit. Libel suits are CIVIL suits. And since prosecutors does not have the authority to prosecute CIVIL SUITS against private individuals or PUBLIC FIGURE. There is no standing by the prosecutors in regards to this case.
Therefore, as I said, Park can only file a CIVIL SUIT against Sankei as a Public Figure. She can't even file as just a private person since she has the power to influence the media and she is the most prominent public figure.
I think my understand of THE LAW is just fine. You on the other hand need to PAY ATTENTION on the WORDS, LANGUAGE, TERMS, and CONTEXT being used.
highball7Sep. 11, 2014 - 10:13PM JST
So what if Korea is pursuing a criminal investigation? That's their law and that's their rights.
I'm saying Park has ABSOLUTE rights on filing a CIVIL CASE against Sankei.
What part of a CIVIL SUIT don't you understand? Park is President of SK and also a CITIZEN of SK. She has every right to BE a plaintiff and file a Libel suit against Sankei.
This is the basic right for every citizen in any civilized world and democratic nation.
This isn't a game between commentators on the board. I am voicing my opinion on this situation and you have no right to put words in my mouth. I have never stated this should be a criminal suit. MY entire premise is Park has a legitimate CIVIL SUIT and she SHOULD pursue a CIVIL SUIT against Sankei.
It is ABSOLUTELY possible for PARK to act as a CITIZEN and a PUBLIC FIGURE to file a CIVIL SUIT against SANKEI.
George Bush did. Bill Clinton did, and Obama was about to while they were all in office as President of United States.
If you don't understand the law or have no legal background, please get some references before comment on my post.
AND FOR THE LAST TIME, PAY ATTENTION TO MY WORDS. I have NEVER said the KOREAN GOV'T should file a criminal suit against Sankei. My entire premise is PARK can file a CIVIL SUIT against Sankei.
Do you understand? Wakarimasu?
highball7Sep. 11, 2014 - 05:02PM JST
SamuraiBlue and Toshiko:
So? I'm saying Park CAN file a civil claim against Sankei. I don't care for the Criminal Libel Suit which makes no sense. My comments are not of what the Korean gov't should do but what is the most legitimate action Park can take.
As I said, this is a CIVIL CASE. Meaning its NOT a criminal case. I don't care for the criminal element because that would get thrown out of the court under any reasonable circumstance.
Again, PAY ATTENTION TO MY WORDS. I don't have to comment on the criminal element. I'm commenting on what Park SHOULD do under the code of law.
highball7Sep. 11, 2014 - 04:55PM JST
Here is the reality:
If China attacks Japan or gets tricked into attacking Japan's sovereignty unilaterally, US will blow China back into the stone age.
If Japan attacks China or gets tricked into attacking China's sovereignty unilaterally, China will eliminate Japan off the face of this planet.
The likelihood of either scenario is slim to none. Who cares about an unscientific poll says. War between the two is never going to happen so long as US stays on top. NO one is crazy enough to go to full scale war over a few disputed islands. Don't forget, China's position is demanding Japan to acknowledge there is in fact a dispute. That is one of the easiest thing to compromise.
No one is going to war over something so trivial. Take a chill pill and calm down.
Posted in: More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll
highball7Sep. 10, 2014 - 07:24PM JST
I am referring to civil case scenario where Park can file a civil claim against Sankei. That's why I mentioned its a Tort Law. Which by definition, is a civil matter.
Whether the state wish to prosecute is up to the Korean gov't, which is irrelevant to what I was suggesting. No where did I say or support on criminal charges being filed which isn't the case with the prosecutors. IF you understand the law, whichever department of justice in Korea can file civil case against a corporate entity or a private person. Just because its the prosecutors from the state, it doesn't necessarily mean its a criminal case. Learn the difference between the two.
And in no terms did I mention whether she will win or not. I said "she absolutely can file a libel suit against Sankei", which is a civil case. If you pay attention to the language I wrote, it meant she has the rights to file a claim, not win a lawsuit.
Pay attention and do not try to twist my words.
Oct. 26, 2014 - 09:11AM JST
How about nominating Abe for "fixing the Japanese economy?"
Posted in: Magazine nominates its own candidates for 'Ig Noble' awards
Oct. 26, 2014 - 09:10AM JST
The place is called "Mazan"
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Same old rhetoric you people always spout: so spare me your talking points. Have you no…
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Oct. 26, 2014 - 09:09AM JST
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