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    It looks like there is going to be a big loss of life according to the media there are more than 200 still missing. Your Japanese brothers are here to help Korea!

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    80393APR. 15, 2014 - 07:52AM JST a train from that railway can still be seen in all its glory at the yushukan in yasukuni

    Yes, indeed, but you won't find any reference to the horrors and great suffering of thousands of POW's (British, Australian, US etc.) who built it. That museum is a disgracefully apologetic depiction of Japanese war-time history. Such a missed opportunity to educated the Japanese public and the brutal truths of the war.

    Posted in: 'Railway Man' revisits war prisoner's horror and forgiveness

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    CH3CHOAPR. 10, 2014 - 05:50PM JST letsberealisticApr. 10, 2014 - 01:53PM JST I think too many assumptions are being made here. You are assuming that the judges made their decision based on whether they felt the research was legitimate or not. You can read the dissenting opinions of the 4 judges here. http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/index.php?p1=3&p2=3&k=64&case=148&code=aj&p3=4 They are indeed saying that JARPA2 research whaling is scientific research and legitimate. Actually, all 16 judges agreed JARPA2 is scientific research. 11judges said that, though JARPA2 is scientific research, it is not for purpose of scientific research. 4 judges disagreed that any scientific research is for purpose of scientific research. 1 judge from China found JARPA is for purpose of scientific research but is not allowed for whatever reason I cannot understand after reading his opinion. The fact almost the entire marine mammal science community poo-pooed Japan's science speaks volumes. Never heard of it. At least, Scientific Commitee of Internatuonal Whaling Commission welcomed JARPA2.

    It is overwhelmingly clear that the international scientific and political community believes Japan's JARPA was not scientific.

    By a 12 to four vote, the court agreed, finding that Japan had used flawed and nonscientific methods to justify the cull, and had produced little scientific knowledge http://www.sciencemag.org/

    Reading a summary of the judgment, the presiding judge, Peter Tomka of Slovakia, said that the latest Japanese program, which was expanded in 2005, had involved the killing of thousands of minke whales and a number of fin whales, but that its “scientific output to date appears limited.” The ruling suggested that Japan’s whaling hunt was based on politics and logistics, rather than science. New York Times

    Lastly, although it is true that "the Japanese have provided the data to the IWC," it is also true that almost every year since it began the IWC Scientific Committee has declared - and the Commission itself has accepted - that those data have no relevance to the management of future whaling. sciencemag.org

    The Court concludes that the special permits granted by Japan for the killing, taking and treating of whales in connection with JARPA II are not “for purposes of scientific research” pursuant to Article VIII, paragraph 1, of the Convention. INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE press release

    Posted in: Japan says it killed 251 minke whales in final Antarctic hunt

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    fxgaiAPR. 10, 2014 - 12:55PM JST If we are serious, Japan was certainly aiming to conduct research - the fact that you've got 4 judges dissent in the 12-4 majority and side with Japan made that clear.

    The ICJ majority of judges just put a burden of proof on Japan, the defendant, instead of on Australia, but there is no suggestion that there was bad faith on Japan's part. I mean, look at the decision - the ICJ has left Japan the option of firing up a new project, so long as it's better justified than the last one was. That's not a telling them off for being deceitful.

    (That 4 judges dissented makes you wonder. If there weren't a few less judges from anti-whaling countries on the panel what the result might have been? Even the French judge sided with Japan.)

    I think too many assumptions are being made here. You are assuming that the judges made their decision based on whether they felt the research was legitimate or not. Therefore, following your argument 4 out of the 12 judges believed Japan was conducting legitimate research. Clearly there were a variety of factors at play in the judges decision. We could quite easily assume that all judges, including the 4 you mentioned, agreed that the research looked very dodgy, but based their final decision on a combination of this and other factors.

    The fact almost the entire marine mammal science community poo-pooed Japan's science speaks volumes.

    Posted in: Japan says it killed 251 minke whales in final Antarctic hunt

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    SamuraiBlueAPR. 08, 2014 - 05:44PM JST letsberealistic When did that happen? Most people outside of Japan doesn't even have access to documents related to the incident and the ones such as the ones collected by the US Military shows a very different picture from what the Koreans are stating.

    Like I said, nothing to do with Korea, this is the internationally recognised position, just like the holocaust - the only doubters are right-wing extremists or sympathisers.

    Posted in: U.S. embroiled in Japan-Korea disputes over history

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    CH3CHOAPR. 08, 2014 - 01:53PM JST ka_chanApr. 08, 2014 - 07:06AM JST Anyway, point being these "memorials" would not have happened if not for the visits to Yasukuni. Which Yasukuni visits are you talking about? Abe visited Yasukuni in December 2013. The "Korean sex slave memorials" were built before that. The question raised by Abe was whether Korean comfort women were drafted or abducted by Japanese military. The strange thing is that Korean government does not show any evidence to support their position to that question. Logic does not seem to work in Korea.

    Whether Japan drafted or abducted Korean comfort women is not up for debate by Korea or Japan; it has been established by the international community that they did. You can believe what you want but don't expect this fact to change any time soon.

    Posted in: U.S. embroiled in Japan-Korea disputes over history

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    sensei258APR. 07, 2014 - 06:32PM JST "memorials for the victims of Japanese sexual slavery" ? Why? To relive the trauma? To remind the world after they're all gone?

    To remind the world not to forget them, and not to forget what horrors human beings are capable of to prevent it from happening again.

    Good enough?

    Posted in: U.S. embroiled in Japan-Korea disputes over history

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    hidingoutAPR. 04, 2014 - 08:03PM JST I have great respect for people who can stand up to bullying tactics. Utter nonsense. Nobody has told any Korean what to put on their maps.

    I was talking about the bullying tactics by Japanese lobbyists on the Virginia governor threatening to severe trade ties and other relations if they passed the bill to add East Sea to text-book maps.

    http://tinyurl.com/keevebk http://tinyurl.com/mknutww http://tinyurl.com/ooy3z2k http://tinyurl.com/pz73qhs

    Posted in: Addition of Korean name for Sea of Japan becomes law in Virginia

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    lifeaintno_sitcomAPR. 04, 2014 - 05:34PM JST @letsberealistic You're entitled to your opinion, but this is what the Virginian Koreans want for their state and the state government agrees then what has it got to do with us, or Japan for that matter. Nothing.

    Directly, maybe not. But like it or not, the image of Koreans has been deeply affected for this group taking this petty matter all the way to the Virginia State legislature and all the way to the textbooks of the students of the state of Virginia. And they did so based on an historical falsehood, that it was Japan's occupation of Korea that standardized the name Sea of Japan.As a staunch detractor of Japan's failure to come to terms with its war crimes, my desire to come to Korea's defense has been set back.

    Funny, my image of Koreans has been deeply effected in a positive way - I have great respect for people who can stand up to bullying tactics and who take pride in their heritage (in this case by Japan working to bribery and intimidation to strop the plan going through). So I guess it all depends on your perspective.

    Posted in: Addition of Korean name for Sea of Japan becomes law in Virginia

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    lifeaintno_sitcomAPR. 04, 2014 - 04:54PM JST The Korean-Americans of Virginia have just scored a brilliant own goal. They have just made Koreans appear very childish and petty. This will taint English speaker's thought about other actually serious issues concerning Korean-Japanese relations. As a PR move, its abysmal.

    It is a source of intense bitterness for Koreans that the “Sea of Japan” was standardized worldwide while Korea was under Japanese colonial rule.

    So what else did English speakers call it at the time? Seems a crucial question.

    Legislation requiring that the Korean name for the Sea of Japan be included in new school textbooks

    I am afraid not. That is not the Korean name. Its a translation. And to English speakers in their western countries, it makes little sense. And its not that I am against change or that I am defending Japan. Its just that something like the East Asian Sea would work, but just East Sea does not.

    Last but not least, history and geography should be left to respected people in those fields, not to lobbyists and politicians seeking votes and donations.

    You're entitled to your opinion, but this is what the Virginian Koreans want for their state and the state government agrees then what has it got to do with us, or Japan for that matter. Nothing.

    Posted in: Addition of Korean name for Sea of Japan becomes law in Virginia

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    bamboo pinkAPR. 03, 2014 - 06:32PM JST highball, A large range of information is needed for the management and conservation of whales, such as population, age structure, growth rates, age of maturity, reproductive rates, feeding, nutrition and levels of contaminants. This type of important information cannot be obtained through small DNA samples or analysis of organochlorine, but only through lethal research.

    Yes, about 20 years ago, now they use more modern technologies of research (blubber core samples, mucus and faeces samples, satalite imagining etc.) which do not require actually killing the animal. Get with the program Japan!

    There have been dozens of scientific reports and information made available to the public in brochures on the findings of the Japanese research program. The difficulty faced by the Japanese researchers is the interest of western media, who have failed to run stories in newspapers etc about the results. The results are available on http://www.icrwhale.org/eng-index.htm

    No, there has been very little research papers published by Japan, that's precisely why the international ruling demand they stop. It's nothing to do with western newspapers not running stories about Japanese whale research - there is no research material in the scientific community let alone the media.

    Posted in: Disappointed Abe says Japan will abide by ruling on whaling

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    CH3CHOAPR. 03, 2014 - 10:23AM JST letsberealisticApr. 03, 2014 - 10:13AM JST The only legitimate way they could continue is if the program had a more scientifically small quota, include non-lethal methods and increase spending on the research. Yeah, I think they are considering JARPA3 in that line. It is nice to have something to agree with you.

    Yes, but do you honestly think they would go ahead with JARPA III given the increased costs and risk of further international embarrassment and political pressure?

    Posted in: Disappointed Abe says Japan will abide by ruling on whaling

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    gokaiwomanekuAPR. 03, 2014 - 09:18AM JST NHK reports that what was rejected was Japanese whale research "in its current form" (not sure what the original English is). It did not reject whale research. So expect a redesigned program for next year.

    The only legitimate way they could continue is if the program had a more scientifically small quota, include non-lethal methods and increase spending on the research. All of which would make any whaling even more costly to the public and increase the price thus lower consumption even further so why would they even bother - dead horse.

    Posted in: Disappointed Abe says Japan will abide by ruling on whaling

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    So Sea Shepherd are in fact interested in saving ocean wildlife, wherever it might need saving and not just interested in attacking Japanese culture, money and violence? Many beliefs about SS have just been shattered.

    Posted in: Sea Shepherd to refocus attention on Norway, other nations, if Japan abides by court ruling

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    NHK's TV news was unsurprisingly defensive with officials interviewed stating Japan's whaling is in fact scientific, and in the face of an international ruling researched by a team of international and reputable scientists. Unbelievable. They also explained that Australia appeal was based on emotion rather than the reality is that Australia was protesting about Japan lying to the world.

    Posted in: World court rules Japan's Antarctic whaling not scientific

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    TokiyoMAR. 31, 2014 - 09:33AM JST igloobuyer: China has every right to discuss it's history with another country during a think tank meeting. What right does Japan have to complain? What is Japan afraid of? The truth?! Japan has every right to discuss it's history with another country during a think tank meeting. What right does China have to complain? What is China afraid of? The truth?! Goes both ways buddy.

    Couldn't agree more, 'buddy'. Japan has exactly the same right to discuss any atrocities it suffered at the hands of another nation (read; victims of atomic bombs).

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    HokkaidoboyMAR. 24, 2014 - 09:21AM JST Alex80 — Thank you for trying to understand my message. I'm not a denier of our colonialist past. But I defend my country

    to the bitter end in the fact that we did NOT plan to eliminate any race.

    Yes, but there is little doubt at least some Japanese leaders would have committed genocide if they could have. You only have to look at the level of hatred and cruelty every bit as bad as the Nazis, and in some cases worse (Nanking), vested out onto the Chinese to realize this.

    Posted in: Abe hails 'lessons of history' during visit to Anne Frank museum

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    Nenad JovanovićMAR. 01, 2014 - 09:56PM JST Look how they vrited " BOYCOTT !! Japanese Goods !!! " And there lies what is all about this, they want Japan not to amend for their sings from past, but they want to see Japan down, they want to destroy Japan economy , thats why they are spamming all over the world, they dont seek justice, they seek revenge, and for them, revenge is totall destruction of Japan economy .

    Wow, you seem to be able to read the minds of the entire Korean population, amazing. So tell me what are the minds of Japanese saying? Anything as negative? No all positive, peaches and lite? Thought as much.

    Posted in: Anti-Japan rally in Seoul

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    It's a joint effort so, "ganbare nihon!", "yeah America! "

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    @Fox Cloud

    I agree, I exaggerated, but you are not quite right either. It was more than just China, Korea and Pacific Islands.

    http://jb-hdnp.org/Sarver/Maps/WC/wc21_japempirem.jpg

    Apologies and treaties in the past mean nothing if your attitude is of remorselessness and and wanting to take the apologies back.

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