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highball7Apr. 20, 2014 - 10:27PM JST
I'm glad Japan asked to help but there is no chance the South Koreans would allow any Japanese military vessel to enter into their waters. They rejected help from everyone besides the US so it shouldn't be a surprise.
Honestly, what more can Japan do to help when USN is already there? Does the JCG have more capability than the SKCG and US Navy? If it doesn't, its just noise and unnecessary burden to complicate the rescue and search mission. They have a singular command structure there right now including the USN, adding JCG would most definitely complicate communication and task distribution. IF Japan has special techniques or experience in assisting this type of incident, then maybe Japan and lay it out to them as what Japan can offer to help. I don't see this happening.
Its a nice gesture by Japan but the reaction by SK should be expected. Sometimes more help doesn't equate as efficient or good help.
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highball7Apr. 16, 2014 - 01:00PM JST
Here's a solution, decrease the tax bracket for younger folks who are within a sustainable taxable income. At the same time, provide MORE subsidies (lower interest rates or down payment requirement for 1st time buyers that are couples with child/children) and incentives for young couples to have a 2 children. 1 child per couple won't turn the tide. Companies and corporate will have to get in along with this. Or programs that support single parents.
Its probably unfair to the single without child. But it has to be a national policy to help Japan as a nation in order to it to be able to not just compete but to survive.
An aging population without proper replenishment is one of the most arduous obstacle that Japan is facing as I have mentioned this a gazillion times here. Immigration policy will help but I doubt Japan will open too much since they are too xenophobic. The only other way is social-economic policy.
Posted in: Japan's population shrinks as elderly make up 25%
highball7Apr. 16, 2014 - 12:45PM JST
"Hey, they can't all be scientists when they have to cook, clean, get pregnant then take care of the kid(s), take care of the husband, still have plenty of energy for sex if the husband is up to it after his long day of work, and still be a full-time scientist."
Posted in: Only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women: study
highball7Apr. 12, 2014 - 09:16PM JST
Tell me when someone decide to land on those rocks and take a piss. Otherwise, this isn't news.
Posted in: 3 Chinese ships seen in disputed waters
highball7Apr. 12, 2014 - 09:09PM JST
I agree with hampton, I've also been to the shrine.
On the first impression, its tranquil and serene. Yet very solemn and stoic from its appearance. I was quite impressed and moved by the architecture.
Then when you get inside the museum, its like a 180 flip smack you in the face of what the hell just happened here. I knew it was a shrine dedicated to the military but it shouldn't have an inconspicuous and frankly gloating feel to its military history. I can respect honor, integrity and pride but the way they displayed and downright twisted the facts or simply uses adjectives such as "alleged" or "disputed" in front of the indisputable incidents are just plain shameful.
I suggest the people who are in doubt of this and is living or visiting Japan do pay a visit even if you disagree with what it represents. You will then get a clear representation of what it is. On the surface, a tranquil symbol that serenade to the dead, but look a little further, a dark and twisted representation that simply should not be glorified or even displayed.
Japan has a lot of great people, creation, idea and customs but this place and the idea of respecting what this place displays ain't one of them.
Posted in: Cabinet minister visits Yasukuni shrine
highball7Apr. 05, 2014 - 04:57PM JST
Amen JTDanMan. Amen.
Posted in: Hagel reassures Japan that U.S. committed to its security
highball7Apr. 05, 2014 - 04:55PM JST
I think 1, 3, 4, and 10 are just as normal in US or other countries. Depending on your own upbringing, these 4 categories are actually quite common in US or UK. 2 no longer applies since most restaurants in the states no longer allows smoking but I used to do that back in the 80s and 90s. And I brought that notion to Japan when I go into a locals restaurant.
For 1, I think its quite universal. That's why so many masters bedroom in US has separated shower stall and a big tub or clawfoot tub in the middle class above homes. Or a shower leading to an in-room Jacuzzi. Its quite normal actually. I have one of those.and another one in the sunroom with a open style shower several yards away from the hot tub and the pool outside. Its not that unusual. People generally take showers before relaxing in a bath or hot tub.
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highball7Apr. 05, 2014 - 04:41PM JST
As if NK's rocket toys can ever fly straight over Japan territories. I say as soon as those missiles reaches Japan ADIZ, just go ahead and shoot them down. There is no need to be gentle with them.
What will NK's reaction be when Japan shoots them down? Fly more missiles for Japan to use as target practice. Other than a few kidnapped victims, NK got nothing as leverage.
Posted in: Japan orders SDF to shoot down any new N Korean missiles
highball7Apr. 03, 2014 - 05:12PM JST
They are entitled to think and opine. But if there is a pattern of speech and behavior as to how they project and opine on certain "sensitive" issues, then we should all call them out for it. There is no twisting here. It is clear as day as to how Abe's regime functions. The leader will ambiguously try to muddle the water on certain issues and the rest of his minions will come out with supposedly different "versions" of their own "personal aftermath" renditions.
It was also clear as day as to how right after Abe talk out of both sides of his mouth, Nishimura immediately follows with a blatant and blunt extrapolation on Abe's pov. Then he conveniently states that its of his own personal opinion as if his position as Senior Vice Minister of the Cabinet Office means nothing.
There is no making up of my own story line here. This is how Abe and his cronies function. I'm just calling them out as it is. The mechanics of their syncretism requires you to read between the lines to get to what they really mean. It doesn't work in any western cultures. Only with Japanese and Chinese. That's how you guys work.
Posted in: China denounces Abe for Russia-Crimea analogy
highball7Apr. 03, 2014 - 04:57PM JST
I'm just curious on what type of "scientific research" requires the killing of so many whales. And how did those types of scientific research benefit the propagation of whale,the eco-system and mankind. If you were to tell me the scientific research is to find out more ways to use "whales" for "food consumption", "fuel" or "cosmetic" products, then we have a serious problem on what constitute as scientific research for a legitimate economic and scientific purpose.
Legitimate scientific research is one thing, masking the term as to your own economic or cultural benefit is another. The spirit of the law requires a reasonable standard on morality as well as technicality. You can't argue for one and fail to address for the other.
Posted in: Disappointed Abe says Japan will abide by ruling on whaling
highball7Apr. 02, 2014 - 03:27PM JST
If you paid attention to what Abe said and then his minion Nishimura said after, then my analogy is completely on point. It was Abe trying desperate to avoid giving the notion of what he really wanted to say, then having his cronies say it out right for him, thus giving him plausible denial ability.
You really need to read between the lines on everything Japanese and Japanese politician says. This is something we picked up throughout the years living and working in/with Japan/Japanese. They think "foreigners" don't know how they really are and they try to get away with it by citing lost in translations or mis-communications. Hogwash. We know exactly who you people are and what you people mean. Don't even try to get away with it.
highball7Apr. 02, 2014 - 03:18PM JST
I called this over a year ago. The only way out for this stupid Abenomics is tax increase that will drive up further inflation without reciprocity from increasing salary levied by its corporate and conglomerates.
Most of the real Japanese wealth are being siphoning offshore with the depreciating yen and companies had not hire enough or provided enough raise to compensate for the stagnant growth rate coupled with a 3-5% increase in inflation. More on non-durable goods.
Now, its happening. We in the financial world had seen this game played out over and over in various parts of the world. Japan will get it worse than others due to its lack of new bloods in the work force with substantial disputes with two of its biggest traders.
I see a lot of people here getting all excited and being quick to condemn others but honestly speaking, if Abe and his likes would just shut the hell up and stop digging up old wounds or simply ignore these topics, Japan would've been in a much better shape. At the very least, it would've been able to penetrate China'a financial market where that talk is dead for eternity after all these unnecessary confrontations. You guys could've made billions. Now, the Europeans will get that chance, especially the Germans and French.
Japan is in this pathetic economic state all because of its own lack of vision and arrogance. And its unwillingness to consolidate and vastly dependent on its dwindling domestic consumers market is simply stupendous.
Posted in: Abe defends sales tax increase
highball7Apr. 02, 2014 - 03:03PM JST
Self imposed ban? If there is a ban on military technology transfer, then I got a rainbow bridge to sell you.
Look at China's radar detection systems and infrared systems for their corvettes and patrol vessels, they are ALL made in Japan. Japan has been selling military grade tech to China masking as civilian techs for decades. This isn't some insider secret. All these political bruhaha are just for show.
Japan's military industrial complex has ALWAYS been active and strong. What do you think the 3 "M" and the 2 "K" had been doing all these years?
Self imposed ban. What a crock. Only stupid and naive Japanese will think there is such thing. Japan has never stopped building on its military complex. Its just been doing so under disguise. And there is nothing wrong with it. Every country should be allowed to develop its own military systems.
The hypocritical thing is to criticize others while you are doing exact the same thing.
Posted in: Japan lifts self-imposed ban on weapons exports
highball7Mar. 30, 2014 - 06:31PM JST
After this Crimea annexation, there is no doubt US will have to divert a tremendous amount of resource and pivot back to Europe. Russia is much more dangerous than China. China still thinks and worry too much, Russia just doesn't give a F. They shoot first and talk later.
Visiting Mongolia is a great move since Mongolia has a strong affinity to Russia. Dancing on Russia backyard and buffer to China is an interesting move. At the very least, we know China is not totally on board with the Russian on Crimea. So plugging China further away from Russia will be hugely beneficial to us.
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highball7Mar. 30, 2014 - 06:05PM JST
Just like the holocaust is fresh in Jews family. I'm Jewish and the holocaust is fresh is my memory.
Nothing wrong with what Xi said.
Something is wrong with the people who constantly try to neglect, distort and deflect. That's Abe and his likes and the ignorant people who constantly try to find excuses and irrelevant comparatives to mitigate your atrocious past.
Shame on you. Your types are pathetic.
Posted in: China's Xi says Japan's wartime atrocities 'fresh in our memory'
highball7Mar. 30, 2014 - 05:36PM JST
In case you didn't know, US still holds the biggest military presence in Germany.
US's relationship with UK is beyond alliance. We're symbiotic. Where we go, the Brits go.
Germany is our biggest ally in Europe. And it is the most important ally we have in Europe due to its strategic location and economic prowess.
It is quite clear Merkel is not a political "friend" of China due to her personal actions as to sympathetic to the Great Dalai Lama. However, ever since that meeting and the subsequent reaction by China towards Germany, there is no question Germany realize that social politics absolutely affects economics and diplomatic relations. Something Japan was able to get away with for a very long time. Thereafter, you won't even hear or see a blip of such actions taken by Germany and all the human rights criticism, fair or not, has been muted since then.
Whether that can be taken as Germany's stance or China's influence, the fact is the two has grew into a strategic partnership much like the French and the Chinese. So out of 2 of the 3 most powerful EU nations, China has a stranglehold on both where its influence directly affected the social and political policy of the 2 nations.
That to me is the ultimate political play. 300billion in bi-lateral trade among the 2 nations with China buys a lot of political influence.
Japan is really lucky up to this point. I still think there are high ranking guys within China have some strong affinity with Japan simply because you guys are both east asians. Otherwise, everything Japan does can be replaced by the French and Germans with ease and better quality.
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highball7Mar. 29, 2014 - 05:24PM JST
Actually, Merkel provided several underhanded criticism against Japan. You people are just not paying attention or lost in translation. Ever since the beginning of 2014, Merkel, spokesperson of Merkel and Germany had been demanding Japan to be honest about its past. This has gone on for many months. Maybe you people have selective hearing or reading problem.
When did German gov't refused Xi's desire to visit the Holocaust museum? He can visit anytime on his own. Merkel didn't want Glauk to visit WITH Xi as an official itinerary because no one wants to be the third wheel that gets stuck between China and US. Shroedder on the other hand volunteered to go but he's no longer in office and he's very anti-US. This is about US not wanting Germany to side with China. Its a poor diplomatic choice for Germany for getting involve, there is nothing to be gained there.
Again, this isn't really about Japan. No one really cares about Japan. Its about what US wants. US doesn't want its main ally in Europe to side with China politically when Germany is basically buddy-buddy with China on everything else.
See the big picture here?
highball7Mar. 29, 2014 - 05:10PM JST
Actually, with Abe's ridiculous comment, he is really confirming what the Chinese had been saying. I have to question who's side Abe is really on or what has he been smoking.
If Abe's analogy of Russia-Crimea's relations, historical background, and the current seizure by the Russian as to China and Diaoyu/Senkaku, then Abe is re-affirming that Diaoyu/Senkaku once belonged to China, with a majority of Chinese characteristic and is still currently predominated by Chinese and China is currently seizing and owning the disputed islands. Because that's the reality in Crimea, which is heavily and majority filled with Ethnic Russians with Russia in control.
So by saying the two are alike, Abe is saying that Diaoyu/Senkaku is more Chinese than Japanese and with China in defacto control whether the rest of the world agree or not. So all this fight and dispute is for nothing?
So.... maybe Abe should do what any Japanese politician does best by denying the statement or claim that the public and non-pro Abe media is again mistaken about his meaning or intentions. Something Japanese politicians are quite adapt at.
highball7Mar. 27, 2014 - 07:36PM JST
I don't know what the big fuss is about. This wasn't a meeting between Japan and Korea. This was a sit down orchestrated by US with Japan and Korea on nuclear issues. Other than the obvious North Korea nuclear problem, which is a common ground for all 3 parties involved, there isn't much else to say.
And its a bit tacky for Abe to greet Park in Korean, as if BO is transparent. The proper greeting should be done in the universal language of English because this was an international meeting, not a bi-lateral meeting.
This is a continuous problem with Japanese leaders, they just can't seem to understand their place in the international arena and forget why they're there. There are more important issues than Japan's own domestic problem and its urges on wanting everyone to like Japan. China, North Korea and South Korea don't like Japan. Just move on already and stop embarrassing yourself in front of everyone.
You still got US backing you. And the EU seems to be ambivalent towards this whole beef. You're safe. The Koreans and Chinese still trade with you regardless of their hatred towards you. Just get on with your own business and understand the reality that this is how its going to be socially and politically. Which really shouldn't matter much to Japan since you're not a global political power. And the things you get hammer on are human rights and historical issues that no one gives a damn outside of East Asia. So long as you are on OUR side, you're ok. And South Korea's problem with North Korea isn't really of your concern. Its US, South Korea, Russia and China's concern. Your petty abductee issues if your domestic problem, don't bring it up on a nuclear forum. Its neither the right place or time.
And in reality, both China and South Korea are competitors against Japan in most of Japan's bread and butter industries. So with all the animosity, you're still getting fed. So chill out and focus on the real economic and aging issues that's going to haunt Japan for the next several decades. Clearly Abenomic is a failure. Its a short-term patch job that's going to cause even more unemployment issue and move companies and capitals oversea. I dunno know how you guys are going to dig out of this hole. Worry about that.
highball7Mar. 18, 2014 - 01:51PM JST
This is a good move by Japan. You have to know who's side you're on. Getting chummy with the Russian was a bad move from the get go. Its not like them Russians don't know what you're thinking. I think a clear cut from the Russians is the best way to go.
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Apr. 21, 2014 - 11:00AM JST
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