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highball7Mar. 09, 2014 - 04:28PM JST
This really exposes how weak the search and rescue systems in Malaysia and Vietnam. Its been 2 days and still nothing. Logistically, it will take US and China at least 1 day to get to the region. But for the locals in Malaysia and Vietnam, they should be all over it within hours. Those hours are critical if the plane has some sort of survivors, if any. Now, possibility of survivors are slim and none.
That is, if its not an act of terrorism but a mechanical malfunction. Unless the perps were able to get to the cockpit, the only logical explanation is bombing which should be visible in the area as there are lots of fishing and cargo routes in the region.
And from what we know, the plane's pilots are in constant communication with air controls. And they were only momentarily lost and then stopped communication. Which means whatever the cause was, it was rapid and sudden.
And with ID and passport conundrum, coupled with the mass attack in a major rail station in China, and now this flight is/was heading to China... I fear the worst is yet to come.
Posted in: Malaysia launches terrorism probe over vanished jet
highball7Mar. 09, 2014 - 04:02PM JST
I'm pretty sure MOST of the Japanese citizens since the end of WWII generation have atoned.
I'm pretty sure SOME of the Japanese politicians since the end of WWII generation have also atoned.
I'm VERY sure that MANY as in the MAJORITY of the politicians CURRENTLY have NOT atoned. Because if they have, you will not be in such mess. Look at it from an outsider's POV, when we talk about politics and social issues in Japan from a foreigner's standpoint, everything about Japan is sex slave/comfort women, Yasukuni Shrine, Abe's foot in mouth, Japan's aging population, the failing of Abenomics, the rising inflation vs. the lack of increase in corporate salary growth, beef with China, South Korea, North Korea, and Taiwan and most importantly, getting on US's bad side with a loud mouth Abe aide's selfie speech on youtube.
Atonement is not about past atonement. Its about current and future atonement about the past and how you reflect on the past.
Clearly, the current political and social climate in Japan is not about atonement on the past. Instead, its about glorification on its imperial past and denial of horrific crimes against humanity.
There were 6 million Jews killed and about another million gypsies killed by the Nazi. This # is a combination of documentation and estimates.
There were and this is by international consensus that about 3-10 millions killed by Japanese between 1937-1945.
Since China has a poor Census control system, the # of Chinese deaths are considered as conservative and the local estimate is up to 30 million Chinese killed or missing.
But let's just go with the 3-10million since nothing the Chinese says matter to Japan. I think this # is worthy of Japan's atonement in eternity. You should follow the Germans on atonement. When you have this many millions in death, the killing has to be systematic and with a purpose of eradication and control. Making it a genocide.
The fact that you people still worship the war criminals that ordered and acted upon these killings is borderline psychotic and unforgivable. But that's just my opinion.
Posted in: China says Germans fine if their war atonement is compared to Japan
highball7Mar. 09, 2014 - 03:41PM JST
THE AFH is saying don't worry about the missing or damaged copies of the diaries. They've got plenty to replenish. Its directed to the Japanese perpetrator(s) that evil will not win. You just have to read between the lines.
And its a nice gesture. Technically speaking, people should donate to AFH instead of the other way around. But nevertheless, a nice gesture.
Posted in: Anne Frank House makes donations to Tokyo libraries
highball7Mar. 09, 2014 - 03:36PM JST
Clearly, China is ignoring Japan's heed. This is actually a significant comment by Wang Yi.
He's basically saying since Japan is unwilling to acknowledge history and compromise on the disputed territory, then China from this point onward will not compromise on territory and history either.
Meaning, China will step up the effort to hammer Japan on these issues continuously and indefinitely. And most probably on an international platform since this is announced by Wang Yi. Unfortunately, the soured relationship between China and Japan will only get worse from this point forward. The Chinese are making it clear, you are dead to them until some Japan PM kneel down and kisses the cement in front of the dead in Nanjing's memorial and get rid of those war criminals in your "national" shrine and enact a law on admitting war crime against sex slave aka comfort women.
All these apology, no apology, revising apology and blaming US for not supporting you are child's play. Its been done and ridiculed on a very public and international stage. At least show your truth remorse by enacting REAL LAWS and ACTIONS, maybe the rest of the world will slowly get on your side. Otherwise, China and Korea will only get stronger and more united against Japan. Not including the Russians who's not too happy with Japan's stance on Crimea at this moment. Japan honestly has no local friends in East Asia right now. That's not good for an island nation.
Posted in: China says no room for compromise with Japan on history, territory
highball7Mar. 04, 2014 - 12:45PM JST
Again with the comfort women issue. Japan just can't seem to let this go can you?
The more you say, the more it shows that none of your apologies were meaningful and truthful. What is it with you people? You messed up, everyone does. Why are you so adamant that you didn't commit these horrific crimes?
There are still living victims right now. I know you're trying to drag this out for a few more years when none of them will be around to testify but there are records, tapes, documentations and US Senate passed an official Comfort Women Bill on criticizing Japan over its deplorable actions.
This isn't some fiction in your little manga fantasy. Just stop embarrassment yourselves. Its very unbecoming.
You people might think this is something that will blow over. Its not. Japan is alienating a whole segment of people who used to be friends and admirers of Japan. People like me. Now, under this regime, Japan is becoming a second class nation unworthy of our support.
Posted in: Japanese lawmakers call for revision of wartime sex slavery apology
highball7Mar. 03, 2014 - 01:27PM JST
When it comes to sovereignty and military bases, the Russians don't mess around. They will use force even at huge economic costs. I see Obama talking about "costs" but there is nothing US can do.
Posted in: Japan expresses concern over Russia's Ukraine move
highball7Feb. 28, 2014 - 04:49PM JST
LOL@ Nessie!!! Brilliant!!!!!
Posted in: Experts speculate on likely Anne Frank book vandal
highball7Feb. 28, 2014 - 04:45PM JST
hito zuma. Very nice! She went knocking on some young blood's door and stayed the night.
Gee I wonder what could they be doing other than "acting" all night. Don't tell me, they must be "rehearsing" scene 1 scene 2 of Anthony and Cleopatra "Well, if you were but an inch of fortune better than I, where would you choose it?"
Posted in: Ryoko Hirosue's management deny she is having an affair with actor Takeru Sato
highball7Feb. 28, 2014 - 01:23PM JST
March 11, 2011 is a Friday. If those bank employees are HEADING to work or at work already, then it should be the banks responsibility.
Ever heard of Workers Compensation?
You honestly are worrying about how much the Bank is suffering? Zero interest rate? What does that have to do with how much the banks make? Those are rates given to savings accounts. The really money is on commercial loans, residential loans and the gazillions banks make on service fees, mortgage notes, LC, pn...etc.
You clearly have ZERO knowledge about how the financial world works.
Comparing with 911 is an understatement. Most of the victims were compensated by the state and gov't. For the ones without such or lacking in compensation or suffered lingering injuries or need future medicals, workers comp insurance would've taken care of them. But you have to SUE your company for the benefits in many cases.
So what's wrong with the families of the victims to sue the banks that employed them and ask for compensation? IF the banks don't pay, the bank's insurance liability policy should pay. The ruling of the bank not liable means the insurance coverage for the bank don't need to pay either.
That's a ripoff on the employees.
You clearly has no idea of what's going on.
Posted in: Miyagi court rules bank not responsible for employees' deaths in tsunami
highball7Feb. 26, 2014 - 06:37PM JST
From now on, I don't want to hear anyone from Japanese gov't complaining or criticizing China's lack of a free press.
Japan simply lost the right when clearly, Abe and his gov't is in complete control on the biggest public media in Japan.
This is the day when everything will spiral downward for Japan. Once you lose the counter-balance to a right-wing regime, the rest of the political domino will fall. The road to re-militarization of the Empire of Japan is becoming more clear. Its no longer a sight for sore eyes.
Posted in: NHK boss forces directors to submit undated resignations
highball7Feb. 26, 2014 - 05:46PM JST
Act of God vitiates a lot of the liabilities for the bank. And I'm very sure there are lots of bylaws involved with situation such as earthquake and natural disasters for these banks and their employees in Japan concerning the issue of compensation and restitution.
However, 12 of their own died in this freak disasters. All the deceased family is asking for is about USD 2.4 million. Not that much to help your own employees family to move on. This is almost pocket change for the bank to help their own. Just the marketing value would've exceeded that.
Case in point, compare that with Cantor Fitzgerald on 911. Kudos to CF.
highball7Feb. 25, 2014 - 09:00PM JST
Actually, China, Korea, and US has been quiet about this comfort women issue ever since Mid Jan 2014 when the Comfort Women Bill passed in US Senate.
Japan is the only one harping out loud on this issue after US criticized Japan over its anti-humanity stance. This really isn't a China or Korea issue. Its a humanity issue. And Japan seems to be the one who can't let go and kept on revisiting this subject that's already been etched in stone in the eyes from the rest of the world.
If you can't get on par with the rest of the world, then that's on you. No one pointed a gun on your head and force you to appoint ultra-right wing members onto public media and cabinet posts. The people who "mis-spoke" are the same ones that are your advisers, friends, colleagues and supporters whom shared Abe and LDP's POV and resolve.
The people from the same camp as the ones who shunned humanity can't came out unscathed as to simply proclaim that "we" regret and disagree. Because that's simply isn't the truth. These are your people on your aisle of the row whom you shared a bench with. There is no mistake here. These are your administration's stance and resolution.
With such disregard on humanity, the highest leader of a nation should come forth to address in person, live, and be absolutely firm without any possibility of ambiguity to condemn and reject the many aforementioned "gaffes".
Instead of such, a lowly FM came out whom as we all know has no power or influence in Japanese politics.
So, glass about empty again, its not even half full. Pathetic.
Posted in: Gov't considers revision of 'comfort women' apology
highball7Feb. 21, 2014 - 10:25PM JST
Its been 65 years or reviewing by US and the rest of the world. Don't forget we held most of Japan's records and secret files during the "occupation".
What is there to review that everyone already knew about WWII sex slavery? No one is denying that sex slavery occurred outside of Asia. It was rampant in Soviet controlled territories, especially against Germans and the Polish. We all knew that. No one is DENYING that.
Japan is the ONLY one trying to whitewash and dilute this as to saying that since everyone was doing it, well, why is Japan the one being punish by it? That's because everyone else is shameful and acknowledged these crimes in public and in remorse. There are laws in Germany against glorifying the Nazi on killing and raping minorities of WWII. Not just against the Jews but gypsies as well.
Japan is the only nation where its own gov't is trying to divert, depress, and deny these atrocities acts and while trying to legitimize it with reasons beyond humanity.
Don't you people feel shameful about these acts at all? And I don't mean the past atrocities but the actions of denial and prevent future generations on knowing the truth. Its shameful and disgusting to me. But I guess many of you have a different standard on humanity.
Posted in: Japan may review study on WWII sex slavery
highball7Feb. 21, 2014 - 10:16PM JST
Another Japan politicians with foot in mouth disease.
You people seriously need to reflect on your political acumen and judgment on voting in these geezers as leaders of Japan.
Mao-chan should get up and slap that old "gigi" across the face and let him know what's up. How that heck did this guy get the top post for the Tokyo Summer Olympics game in 2020? Mori does not possess the spirit of the Olympics games or sports in general. He should excuse himself and go back to living in shame or with those prostitutes that he so loved.
Goodness, is there any capable or sensible Japanese political leader at all? What's wrong with you people?
Posted in: Mori slammed for critical remarks about Asada
highball7Feb. 21, 2014 - 10:05PM JST
China is in no position of telling POTUS on whom to meet. The meeting has never been about the national security or legitimacy of the autonomous region of Tibet which US recognizes as part of China.
The meeting is to highlight the lack of religious freedom and poor humanity rights in China against dissidents whom should be allowed to voice their opinions.
I like the DL as a religious and human rights leader. But I dislike him as a politician at the same time as a religious leader. The DL needs to choose one or the other in order for him to make it back to China like he wishes. Otherwise, he's going to die as an exile with no heir to his own.
Posted in: China urges U.S. to cancel Dalai Lama's meeting with Obama
highball7Feb. 17, 2014 - 04:37PM JST
SO let me get this straight, Victor Ahn was THE MAN at this particular venue before his injury. The Koreans didn't want him due to his injury but Ahn thought he could still compete. So under his own will and wishes, he IMMIGRATED to Russia, got paid and got his citizenship LEGALLY and now representing Russia and won a gold.
Where is the defection? Its a free world. He is allowed to represent for anyone he wishes so long as the other party wants him.
The only outrage should be how stupid the Korean Skating Union was for not having the foresight for selecting Ahn on the team. Congrats for Ahn for winning and proving his doubters wrong.
Posted in: Victory of Korean speed skater competing for Russia triggers outrage in S Korea
highball7Feb. 17, 2014 - 02:06PM JST
The issue with Japan is not about whether its been a free or democratic peaceful nation. Which Japan is by all accounts.
The issue here is what the current and future leaders of Japan aspire to do. There is a different outlook from the western world toward its relationship with Japan compared with China. The distinction is clear when you compare Abe's regime with Koizumi's regime. Both are anti-China. Both are right-wing conservatives. But yet Koizumi enjoyed much better leverage and relationship with US and Europe than Abe does. And its not due to the lack of influence by China towards the US or Europe where China was beginning to flex its own muscles during Koizumi's time. IT is the pure and simple fact that the world' perception on China has changed. Yes, China is a communist nation but they are not projecting Marxism and Communist ideology outwards. In fact, the concentration gradient of communism is diminishing day after day in China. The only thing that is concerning is its desire to become a world power instead of just a regional power and its assertions on its purported territorial claims.
We know what China is and what it will most likely turn into. The expectation and speculation is very clear.
However, we don't know what Japan's current crop of leaders are thinking deep down. The only way for Japan to become relevant again is either through its economic revival or it becomes militaristic again. The easier path is the latter. Its clear as day that economic revival is not going to happen anytime soon. Japan's been on this stagnation for over 2 decades. And its a much easier trick to embellish threats from traditional foes in order to garner domestic supports from the wary and concerned.
You can't blame US or the rest of the world for being skeptical or at the very least "concerned" about Japan's current political and social climate. We know what Xi of China wants to do. He's a reformist but he also wants to solidify the communist party as a trustworthy one in China. That's he's intention. Its a domestic one. He's trying to appease the hardliners by being forceful with territorial claims so he can really do the far more important work on reforming China and curbing corruptions. Its showing results in China in major ways. Top communists corrupted leaders as in possible on the highest echelon has been deposed. So he needs to keeps up the support from the hardliners in terms of a stern position against Japan, Vietnam and Philippines in order to gain their support on eradicating corruptions and reform its financial banking and state enterprises.
US understands that. Obama, Biden, Hilary Clinton, all the Republican leaders understand that. Its good for China and good for the rest of the world if China becomes more stable and continue to motor that engine that runs the world.
So there is a lot in play. Japan's Abe chose the wrong play. He could've simply said there is a dispute with the islands while not conceding the rights of those disputed islands and he condemns the shrines and past actions on comfort women. That would've gotten Japan into China's good side. That would lead to more exposure of Japanese brands and products into China and weed out the Koreans or even some of the American brands.
But he chose wrong. So Japanese businesses suffer. The entire electronics world in China is dominated by its domestic brands, Taiwan brands and Korean brands. Buick and Volkswagen are the top sellers. Even Uniqlo is being squeezed by American Eagle and those Korean brands.
The failure of Japan's strategy towards China directly cost an entire generation's growth and prosperity in Japan. Which resulted in slower growth and a march to the right-wing nationalistic direction.
The current stance by the world on Asia is China leads, India and Japan follows. Note: its INDIA, then Japan. Unless Japan can figure out how to come back to the top or be satisfy being second or even third as India will no question become second quickly. Japan should either play game with China or end up being an outcast in Asia. Japan's perception by the rest of the Asians is that you are not one of them. And when the rest of the Asians rise up, and its a matter of when, not if, Japan will be left behind.
Sometimes, taking a step back and wait for the right opportunity isn't such a bad thing.
Posted in: Suga rejects claims Japan lurching toward militarism
highball7Feb. 13, 2014 - 04:41PM JST
I agree with you Sentiments. Using a civil lawsuit is clever. But it doesn't inflict any real damage, not even a scratch. I would relegate it to Nuisance value which when accrued in volume can inflict some minor damages.
Abe is basically trying to peel away a string at a time against this big gigantic Red Onion. While at the same time, Abe and Japan is suffering the sting and pungent aroma from this Onion and causing the rest of the people standing around this Onion to suffer as well. Its like he's firing a left jab as you say while being countered by a right hook by a stone cold puncher. The puncher can miss wildly but all he needs is that big one to land and its all over.
I too support the change in article 9. Its an inevitable change but its not going to pass. Too much baggage and social sensitivity surrounding the possibility of a militaristic revival. Pushing hard for this can rally some sentiment that might worry even the LDP. I think deep down among the LDP, its a 60/40 split. But its a good topic to be raised as precedent for future considerations.
Posted in: China criticizes Japan's move to seek compensation over 2010 ship collision
highball7Feb. 13, 2014 - 03:08PM JST
What is the statute of limitation on such lawsuits brought forth by Japan?
Why does it take 4 years to accrue the general damages and possible loss of use on such coast guard vessel?
Why didn't then Japan's legal system file such complaint against the fishing boat captain and wait until now?
If there is no reasonable answer provided by Japan on the aforementioned question, then I have to ponder if this legal action is politically motivated to try to raise tension between China and Japan.
And if my assertion is correct, then instead of trying to mitigate the damage, Japan fanned the wind to the smoke. Its a silly move. A childish one at this point in time. Japan should've filed this lawsuit back in 2010 or 2011 or even early 2012. 4 years is a long time being dormant. What the heck were you waiting for?
highball7Feb. 13, 2014 - 01:55PM JST
2015: I am WITH YOU on their cute sales reps.
Masayoshi is a genius. I have great respect for him and his visions.
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Mar. 12, 2014 - 06:31PM JST
The future homeless pelting the current homeless.
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