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highball7Dec. 09, 2013 - 02:42PM JST
By your own post, I think its a huge stepback if you are comparing Japan's change to a communist China in the past 64 years.
Just because China is a oligarch doesn't mean Japan should turn into one. Looking at how weak the opposition parties are in Japan and how dominant the LDP is in Japan. Is there that much of a difference in how the Japanese gov't is being run while comparing with the communist in China at this point in time?
With how Japan is leaning towards and how China is evolving through these years, it is crystal clear that one nation is heading into a better direction than the other.
Posted in: Japan, Philippines discuss China's new air zone
highball7Dec. 08, 2013 - 11:20PM JST
I understand Abe and the LDP must put up a front against China and not to show weakness if they wish to continue to rule Japan. However, this anti-China methodology is failing miserable on all counts and its slowly affecting Japan in more ways than it realizes. First, if China didn't care about Japan, Korea, and US's protests on ECS's CADIZ, why would China care about the Philippines when China setup its SCS's CADIZ?
Its a matter of when, not if. And if anyone paid attention to China's stance, it just doesn't care, even with Australia, its most favorite trading partner. Wang Yi basically told Bishop to shut the hell up face-to-face in front of all the media.
What good can a corrupted and disaster ridden Philippines do with Japan? Other than asking for more assistance and money? They can't even secure the most basic needs of its own people on its main islands. What can the Philippines to to the disputed islands? Ask for help again? Cry to US much like Japan which yielded exactly nothing?
Second, what exactly did Biden do to help Japan? Nothing. And he made things worse for Japan where he basically acknowledged the CADIZ existence. And what made it worse is the LDP is turning Japan into even more extreme. Which can't bode well with Japan and the Japanese people's pacifist stance as a peaceful nation.
Third, this beef with China is costing Japan much more than its people realizes. It will change the way of life of the Japanese if the national discourse is continuing towards the "right" direction. Give it s few more years and you might turn into something you really don't want to repeat. This change in discourse is clear as day. Higher taxes, more power to the gov't, more debt on stimulus, and more discretionary power for the PM are all signs of consolidation toward a big gov't. That's not how Japan should be run. This type of conservatism is the antithesis of US's own conservatism which preaches small gov't and decentralized power.
Japan's change is basically a power grab. A turning point into facism. Many of the smart and intelligent people in Japanese are seeing and realizing it. Maybe this is what China wanted in the first place. And its not too late for Japan to get back to the "correct" direction.
highball7Dec. 08, 2013 - 10:51PM JST
It is no secret that Japan is a massive leak hole since the inception of its alliance with US. The Russian, Chinese, Koreans and anyone which any sort of interest in US's involvement in Asia can easily get their info in Japan. Which made Japan a paradise for espionage. So naturally, enacting a law that plug the leaks should be encouraged.
However, through all these years, including the Cold War period which no such bill or law had been demanded by US or enacted by Japan, what makes NOW, and through a midnight compromise, as the appropriate time for such enactment?
And while I agree every state should have some degree to privacy and secrets, is there a mandatory timeline for Japan to release such info to the public, much like that of the US where given the passing of certain years, state secrets that will not jeopardize the national security of the nation must be released to the public. Is that such provisions involved? If not, then, such law is no different than a police state where the current holders of power can manipulate and abuse the provisions of such law to achieve their own political and economic gains without reciprocity.
Its a dangerous path Japan is heading because this is nothing like what we have in the states.
There's still such a weakness in the media and freedom of speech in Japan that when it comes to Japan's national security and conservative agendas, the media frequently yield to the gov't and the greater economic power behind the scenes without further reproach. Which unlike the US where the media will get to the bottom of all matters, which often times go against the wishes of the gov't and even national security issues, Japan does not have such balances of powers. That makes this secrecy bill much more potent and destructive.
Posted in: Japan's secrecy bill condemned by Nobel academics
highball7Dec. 01, 2013 - 05:47PM JST
So, an update and review.
Any indication that there will be an increase in military budget as well? How are you going to fulfill the ad lib of promises without a significant increase in military budget?
Stop talking and actually open up that wallet.
I will tell you why all these talks are just empty talks. In order for Abenomics to work, which the Chinese and Americans know this all too well, Japan simply cannot afford to increase its defense spending of any significant increase in gov't spending. Otherwise it will lead to another round of tax hike which no Japanese will support or want.
So all its gov't, politicians, and talking heads will do is continue with the rhetoric which will sound great among their own supporters but in reality do nothing.
That's why the Americans aren't on board with this. Notice those empty B-52s without escorts only skimmed the edges of the zone and now civilian airlines will comply with China's orders. How exactly are those actions supportive? Some training exercises? That happens every other quarter. Notice the US military aren't flying flights carrying any load of weapons which is a surprise to me. Either they already understood what's at stake or there were some form of silent agreement between China and US.
Either way, Japan needs to increase spending in order to really back up all these talks since the economic influence is no longer viable as China simply doesn't care for Japan at this point. The only other way is to arm itself to the teeth so discourage any impeding actions against itself.
Posted in: Japan defense update to stress air, sea surveillance capabilities
highball7Nov. 28, 2013 - 04:09AM JST
What's the point of these air zones if no one respect them? China doesn't care for Japan's air zones and US and Japan don't care for China's air zones. So what's the point with all this?
Its not like only certain nation can have these ADIZ. US, Japan both have ADIZ before China got in the game. The only thing China did was to include the air zone over disputed islands and overlapped with Japan's air zone. Its definitely a tit for tat move because Japan said it will shoot down China's aircrafts crossing into the area.
So will Japan shoots down China aircrafts in an air zone that China now is claiming as their own? That will determine who wins. If China continuously fly in the overlapped area and Japan won't do anything about it. Then its just as always, empty talks with no action. This is clearly a test by China against Japan on what Japan had declared to do just a week ago.
Like I said on another post, China is definitely copying what Japan had been doing. ITs trying to legitimize their claims by establishing the rule of law. Technically speaking, if one nation signs up and register with China on air routes, China wins. Looks like South Korea, Taiwan and Australia are already on board. It really doesn't matter if Japan and US don't give a damn. Its probably expected by the Chinese anyways. So long as there are other nations who recognize this ADIZ from China, China wins. Its a brilliant move by China.
Posted in: Japan considers expanding its air zone
highball7Nov. 28, 2013 - 03:56AM JST
Just read those translated comments and you'll realize you're reading the comments of a 15yo.
There're over 1.4 billion of them, so who exactly are these "internet users"? What age group posted these type of comments? I think you can find posters on this website as "internet users" who would comment for Japan against China in a similar fashion. Weibo is like twitter, dominated by a bunch of kids and teens. They will kill or destroy anything over everything if you believe a word they say.
I think most people would want a peaceful and stable life. Its always the advocates with certain agendas and politicians who try to stir things up on all sides.
Posted in: China Internet users call for action against Japan
highball7Nov. 24, 2013 - 11:56PM JST
I just read more articles concerning this air defense identification zone. They are actually copying what Japan has been doing, drafting EEZ zone and air defense zone into law so it can legally detain and arrest foreign entity that enters into the area with malicious intent.
The more I read into this, the more brilliant on what China is actually doing. They are trying to legally obtain these disputed islands based on their own laws. Before, there is no such decree based on national security and thus the argument would be much weaker.
One thing is clear from this. China will never let this go. Ever. Now China is putting its national security stamp on this which is a whole other level of ball game. I can see why everyone is getting nervous about this because any further conflict in the area can easily become a military one by laws that are set on both sides.
Since Japan has an air defense identification zone and Japan has stated in just the past few weeks that it will shoot down planes, drones that intrude in the area. China is now responding to Japan's decree that it also has setup an air defense identification zone that it sees fit. Its clearly a tit for tat move.
Its definitely an escalation but not an unforseeable one. Its reactionary but somehow, with the way that the reality of control within that area, China seems to be doing quite good coming out of this. I think this chess game is heavily tilted to their favors. It could also suggest that they had been possibly dozens of steps ahead of what Japan and US had not anticipated. I wonder what's next. It'll be crazy if China pulls a 9/18 over Japan's own game. It has all the elements to make that happen.
Posted in: U.S. vows to defend Japan after China announces new air zone
highball7Nov. 24, 2013 - 07:13PM JST
I don't get this, China warns NK about what? Just what exactly has NK done because this article did not specify what NK did at this moment. The nuclear test was many months ago.
And what did Japan do to increase tension? Be specific JT.
Posted in: China warns North Korea; blames Japan for tension
highball7Nov. 24, 2013 - 07:10PM JST
I guess the hardliners are in power in China. Its just crazy to set up an air defense identification zone over Okinawa as China's air zone. Either they are trying to use this as a bargaining chip or something more serious is going on that we're not seeing. I think something more serious is going on behind the screen.
And this just also happens on the same day as the Iran Nuclear deal? Something is going on here behind the stage. I hope Japan knows how to deal with this properly and don't get suck into another attrition. This got the fingerprints of a grander scheme between China, Russia and US all together. Timing is very suspicious.
highball7Nov. 19, 2013 - 01:11PM JST
I saw this on an early screen play. This definitely has a heavy Matrix influence. I thought they embellished the fantasy a bit much. Almost has an anime feel to it. I'm probably biased because I love the OG 47 Ronin. And I'm biased against Kenau Reeves since I don't think he can act at all but somehow he's kinda suitable for characters such as this. Its an ok movie. 6.5 out of 10.
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highball7Nov. 19, 2013 - 01:03PM JST
Why are people nip-picking about SDF sending warships several days later to help the Filipinos? It takes preparation, planning, coordination and most importantly, setting targeting areas that needed assistance so the missions to assist, evacuation, police or even help reconstruct can run more efficiently. ITs too late for rescuing survivors. This is time for reconstruction, logistical support, medical support and evacuation for the ones still trapped on the cut off islands.
I often have criticism of Japan and that's out of love but there is really nothing to criticize about on Japan's swift action to help. Some of you might want to see that as political because Philippines is against China so enemy of Japan is a friend of Japan. But this isn't about that. Those SDF forces can only help the situation and once everything stabilized, they will return to Japan and gained some experience on disaster relief. Which can only be helpful to a disaster prone Japan and neighboring nations in case something unfortunate happens in future.
Posted in: Two warships, carrying 650 SDF troops, head to typhoon-ravaged Philippines
highball7Nov. 16, 2013 - 01:00PM JST
Your scenario is even stranger. He's Japanese, not Chinese. So a Chinese man is going to go up to a 70yo man to ask him to hold or look after a bag when he takes out his phone? This bag is a suitcase. He can't put the case next to his legs or hold it between his legs?
He has to ASK a stranger, a foreigner stranger who doesn't speak Chinese to assist? Especially a 70yo man?
And this Japanese POLITICIAN oblige? In what language? Does he speak Chinese? English?
What I stated is base on the FACTS given by the article. What you're stating is a fantasy that more than likely would not happen even on a regular daily basis. Unless his cell phone is a brick that needed both hands to handle, your premise is quite far-fetched under any reasonable standard. It could happen, but so does eclipses.
In Japan or any other country, a frame-up of any kind can easily happen as well. And you mean to tell me the Chinese gov't is willing to jeopardize its international reputation to frame a guy, a nobody like him over 3kg of ice?
If that sounds plausible to you, I got a rainbow filled house built with skittles to sell you.
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highball7Nov. 16, 2013 - 12:07PM JST
US is Japan's ally, of course we would do everything to help.
China is Japan's enemy. Giving your enemy 4.5mil is a tremendous gesture.
In 2008, Sichuan Earthquake in China that killed 80,000 plus. Japan gave China a total of 9.6million. That's a whopping USD$120 per dead. This was when Japan was the SECOND biggest economy in the world and China didn't crack the top 5. And this was when the relaionship between China and Japan was pretty good compare to now.
In 2013, China gave a total of USD$1.6mil to the Philippines when the official death toll is under 2000. That is a whopping USD$800 per dead.
Including inflation, the donation of $ per capita of death is about 6 folds in difference. Not that any of this matter. I just want to put the numbers in perspective. I will bet anything that the Chinese were thankful for Japan's donation when several cities in Sichuan were leveled. Just as Japan was thankful for China's donation during the Tsunami.
To me, every dollar counts. So when someone is giving something useful to others who are in need. We should not criticize but thank them for their assistance.
Posted in: Japan triples Philippines aid package to over $30 mil
highball7Nov. 16, 2013 - 11:32AM JST
This does sound strange. 3kg is quite heavy. When someone gives you a package weighing 3kg. Wouldn't you open it up or at least ask what's in it?
And being a shrewd Japanese politician/businessman, 70yo no less in experience in life as a Japanese politician, wouldn't it make sense to do his own due diligence to at least check the content in the packages?
Forget he's Japanese, if I ask you to hold this suitcase for me, wouldn't you at least look at what's in it?
Politicize over 3kg of ice? That sounds like some paranoid conspiracy theory nut would say.
highball7Nov. 16, 2013 - 11:21AM JST
Japan is no different than China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea or any other One Race dominant country.
You are so used to singularity that any difference from the norm is perceived at a different standard for the better or worse.
Is Japan or any other aforementioned nation/state a racist country? Of course it is. That notion is almost innately built.
And whether foreigners had increased in their numbers on moving or working in Japan has nothing to do with racism.
Most likely it has to do with economic reasons. Take mine for example. My company gave me a raise and asked me to move to Japan for a couple of years to head the East Asia Division. So off I went years ago. Then the company moved its regional hq to China so off I went as well. Then my company gave me another raise to move back to the states and off I went.
The moves to Japan and China are all for economics reasons. I find Japan and China both as racist country. Including their people. That doesn't mean the people there aren't nice and friendly. They can be nice and friendly and still be racists. Most of the time, you people don't even realize you are being a racist. So I won't fault you for your ignorance. We all have a little bit of racism in us.
Take this for example. When you get on an elevator alone and you see a young tall Asian guy wearing a hoody, will you be as alarmed as you see a young tall Black guy wearing a hoody if you're Japanese?
There you go.
Posted in: Is Japan really racist?
highball7Nov. 14, 2013 - 05:34PM JST
Japan should send in the heavy lifters, bulldozers, fuel generators to help with the living situation as well as the cleanup process. Its too far and takes too long for US and others to send in such equipment. Japan is the best choice for such aides.
JMSDF can dispatch helicopter carrier to assist in the remote islands that were hit hard where local respondents couldn't get to. Other than the USN, only the JMSDF has such capability to conduct search and rescue. Both China and Vietnam were also hit hard by Haiyan on their own. Its up to Japan and US to save the day.
Posted in: Japan ready to send 1,000 troops to help with Philippines relief effort
highball7Nov. 06, 2013 - 04:59PM JST
Posted in: Japan considers boosting Aegis destroyer fleet
highball7Nov. 06, 2013 - 04:58PM JST
The Chinese are building 10 new DDGS with Aegis capabilities. Japan need to at least much in VLS quantity and build/purchase 6 new ones from US. The best way of peace and stability is arm yourself adequately so the others will think twice about any funny stuff.
Then purchase a several wings of F-35 and Osprey will enable Japan to counter both the Russians and Chinese.
Abe needs to open up that wallet and triple the defense budget. Stop talking about what you want to do and actually do it.
highball7Nov. 06, 2013 - 04:52PM JST
Legal actions is much louder than words. Arrest and fine the guy. Know when to act, how to act and where to stop.
Posted in: Japan coast guard arrests Chinese coral fishing boat captain
highball7Nov. 06, 2013 - 04:50PM JST
That old Japanese notion of quality and honesty has really gone down the drain in these recent years. Seems like the newer generations in Japan is forgetting what got them here. If Japan loses its competitiveness due to the perception and reality of poor quality and dishonesty. You're looking straight across the East China Sea. There's an example for you. Difference is they got 1.4 billion in a growing consumer market. You got a rapidly aging and shrinking one that has the biggest national debt in ratio in the world.
Not the type of future you want.
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