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    Ha.! Truck and truck crash - they need to clean up their driving skills.

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    GaijindesuJAN. 29, 2016 - 08:01AM JST

    I thought 'no pain, no gain' is a universally understood concept. Apparently not.

    Yeah, like 50 years ago - sports psychology has moved on from that dark-age of sports coaching.

    Posted in: Vietnam fires Japanese soccer coach for being too tough

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    @Spanki

    I discovered more about our colonial past on my own, I was left wondering why we hadn't been taught about our rich colonial past but of course, there are rather a lot of ugly moments that our conservative government would rather we, as children, ignored. I see that as a fairly similar model to what is taught here?

    Yes what you say is true - for the 1980's. I agree, more could be taught about it but when we compare with Japan, no comparison - in Japan the direction is towards whitewashing; it's the opposite in the UK.

    Posted in: Emperor asks youth to keep alive memories of World War II

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    TamaramaJAN. 27, 2016 - 10:46PM JST Hang on a sec. I'm happy to be corrected, but on the 28th December, Abe officially gave his 'most sincere apologies' as Prime Minister of Japan to the Korean comfort women. This was an apology accepted officially by South Korea and hallmarked by them as a 'new beginning by Korea and Japan'. Why are people saying he has not apologized properly? Am I missing something?

    You are being lazy - Google it. The reason are pretty clearly stated all over the web.

    Posted in: 2 S Korean ex-sex slaves demand direct apology from Abe

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    “Anything that hampers this must be eliminated, and I’m no exception. I, therefore, would like to resign as minister to take responsibility” for what he said his aides had done.

    Blaming his aide - pathetic. If you didn't know about it why quit - you know some people know you took the bribes and you don't want that getting out. Good job he's out - sets an example.

    Posted in: Amari resigns, but denies taking bribes; Ishihara named successor

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    albaleoJAN. 28, 2016 - 10:18AM JST @letsberealistic

    My earlier reply to sandiegoluv appears to have been removed. I'll try again. My original post was in response to another poster's comment and not a comment on the article. If that poster is genuinely interested in the atrocities in the Philippines, it would surely be better to share his knowledge than to learn "precisely what atrocities they [the Japanese] accept were committed". (What is he expecting to hear?) I guess my comment was prompted by the number of articles and comments on wartime atrocities that focus on who should apologize to whom and the lack of articles and comments on what actually happened. I'm pretty sure if some foreigners asked my neighbors precisely what atrocities were committed by Scots in overseas colonies, they'd get pretty much the same range of replies I hear from Japanese people. (And, perhaps abuse from some for asking the question in the first place.)

    I think sfjp330 answered your question. 'Foreigners' (a bit ethnocentric of you to use that term by the way) are aware of a lack of understanding and information among Japanese people and their countries actions during WWII. Westerners get taught in detail about past crimes and atrocities committed by their ancestress to avoid our people behaving so badly again - in Japan the message is different; it's that 'we have to avoid war at all costs because our people (Japanese) will be hurt again'. There is so little acceptance and teaching of past atrocities and the horrors committed by Japanese on other people. To make things worse the J-govt is trying to teach even less AND even teach them lies about the war (i.e. that Japan was the victim and largely innocent).

    Posted in: Emperor asks youth to keep alive memories of World War II

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    albaleoJAN. 28, 2016 - 12:33AM JST

    I'd like to know from a Japanese person precisely what atrocities they accept were committed by Japanese forces in the Philippines. Why? Will it make you feel better or help the Philippines in any way? To me, it sounds like a wish to feel superior. Would you like to know from me precisely what atrocities were committed by Scottish soldiers in Malaysia or Kenya? Because while I've read they were committed, I couldn't tell you about much about them. I'm amazed sometimes by the huge knowledge many non-Japanese have of Japanese atrocities, but how little they have of their own country's.

    Well, to be fair the article is not about the emperor is Japanese and he is visiting an area that Japan invaded and where they raped, murdered and tortured many men, women and children, why is it so surprising that this person asked what Japanese understand about those atrocities?

    If the article was about a 'Scottish' leader visiting an area where atrocities were committed by Scotland then it would not be relevant.

    And I disagree that western people don't learn about crimes and atrocities committed by there ancestors - far from it, they are taught in great detail about it with many books, documentaries and movies about it as well as school education.

    British learn about the horrible atrocities committed by the colonists around the globe, New Zealanders are taught about the wars with the Maori, American's are taught about the destruction of the native American people etc. When you ask Japanese about the death railway in Thailand, the Nanking massacre, the death march the reaction is often that they don't know about it, or if they do, they deny it happened and say it's all made up by foreigners. Go figure.

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    Tina Watanabe? ChCho3? OssanAmerica? Did you read this article? It would be good to know what you think of the Emperors opinions on Japan's wartime record.

    Posted in: Emperor asks youth to keep alive memories of World War II

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    @Thunderbird3

    Anyway, Abe can't be expected to travel across Asia apologising face to face to everyone who suffered under the Japanese in WW2.

    Um, he's not, there's just two and anyone else that makes the effort to come to Japan. They made the effort, why can't Abe?!

    Posted in: 2 S Korean ex-sex slaves demand direct apology from Abe

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    Tell me why young Japanese prefer to listen to right-wing nationalists online and in books/magazines than listen to their wise old emperor?!

    Posted in: Emperor asks youth to keep alive memories of World War II

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    Japanese truck drivers are reckless as hell - not surprised they are so often in accidents. One nearly ran into me coming the other way across a bridge in Kanazawa.

    So sad - better regulations against truck driver safety please Japan.

    Posted in: 21-year-old woman, 1-year-old son killed in car-truck crash

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    Mirai Hayashi um...ye-ah! S.Korean people that age pretty much all hate Japan, and would love to see Japan apologize.

    Serious. inferiority. complex and chip. on. shoulder. Get over it - Koreans or any other country doesn't care about Japan as much as you think they do. All anyone sees in Japan is a nation in denial that is so self-conscious that bit thinks all outsiders are conspiring to bring them down. Read: North Korea.

    Posted in: 2 S Korean ex-sex slaves demand direct apology from Abe

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    Mirai HayashiJAN. 27, 2016 - 10:43AM JST What's so hard about it. Abe could do it in a minute - does it hurt to apologies or something? First of all, it would be wrong because he would be admitting guilt and involvement, neither of which Abe is or was. Secondly, it would set a bad precedence for him and future PMs, because the other countries will demand apologies and compensation, and future PMs will be on the hook for apologizing to these women and their children, and their grandchildren...so on and so forth. No world leader should be held responsible for war crimes that they were not involved in, and were committed generations ago.

    Um, did you forget that Abe already apologized and admitted guilt, like 2 weeks ago. All these women are asking is he say it to them directly, not in some 'letter to Korean women'.

    They feel they were not consulted or involved in discussions - so it doesn't feel like a a real apology, which of course, it's not.

    Posted in: 2 S Korean ex-sex slaves demand direct apology from Abe

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    @Mirai Hayashi

    My first reaction looking at that photo was, 'wow, such incredible bravery'. Speaking publicly to a suspicious Japanese media on something so painful and embarrassing. Never seen that kind of guts in Japan. Respect. Really? Bravery for what? Gold digging and clamoring for attention? Abe wasn't even alive during WWII, why does he need to personally apologize to these women? Why didn't they ask for personal apologies from the other PMs? Or the Emperor for that matter...after all, it was Emperor Hirohito who raged war throughout the region and not the prime minister.

    Wow, why so harsh?! They are very old ladies, like your grandma - you really think these elderly women are somehow politically motivated at that age? At 90 something they are 'gold digging'!?

    They simply don't want to die without speaking out for themselves and all there friends who were brutally raped by Japanese soldiers.

    I knew Japanese lack a charitable spirit, but I have never seen such cold-heartedness. No wonder they were capable of such inhumane cruelty during the war and thank god they are not aloud to go to war again.

    Posted in: 2 S Korean ex-sex slaves demand direct apology from Abe

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    Alex80JAN. 27, 2016 - 07:19AM JST It's like to ask every single leader around the world to apologize directly to each victim of WWII that their country did. Seriously, it's not possible this way.

    Hey, you don;t have to go out and find all victims of war - if they turn up on your doorstep bravely asking for an apology, why not do the kind thing and just say 'sorry' for crying out loud. Not hard.

    Posted in: 2 S Korean ex-sex slaves demand direct apology from Abe

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    Mirai HayashiJAN. 27, 2016 - 07:03AM JST Geez give it a rest already....as if Abe was the one who raped them.

    Wow, got a beating heart? My first reaction looking at that photo was, 'wow, such incredible bravery'. Speaking publicly to a suspicious Japanese media on something so painful and embarrassing. Never seen that kind of guts in Japan. Respect.

    Posted in: 2 S Korean ex-sex slaves demand direct apology from Abe

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    OssanAmericaJAN. 27, 2016 - 07:44AM JST SchopenhauerJan. 27, 2016 - 07:26AM JST This subject becomes news too often on this site while most Japanese people are indifferent

    This subject becomes news too often because certain foreign news agencies thrive on anything that riles up anti-Japan sentiment.

    You know your theory that there is some 'anti-Japan' movement is a figment of your paranoid mind. It's called 'criticism', and in most cultures of the world 'criticism' and 'anti' are not intrinsically liked. When your wife or boss criticize you do you immediately assume they are 'anti-you'?

    OssanAmericaJAN. 27, 2016 - 08:16AM JST ""If you look into their eyes, you can tell someone is home" The problem is that the very sam thing can be said for just about many other animals as well. And that includes cows and pigs.

    So in your eyes, since all animals are on the same value level, instead of doing something to protect one species we just ignore all of them!? So some people choose to protect the species of animal they respect - they can't protect all animals (including pigs and cows) so they focus there energies on one - to make a difference. What have you done lately to help protect an animal species?

    Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner'

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    @OssanAmerica

    But the "Comfort Women issue was never brought up at the end of WWII because it was recognized as a military brothel system, the same as Germany had in WWII.

    Okay, so let me get this straight: you are okay that the US and Japan concluded that the CW stations were professional brothels, DESPITE the fact hundreds of women who were as young as 12 have attested to being kidnapped and gang raped and brutalized on a daily basis. They are all lairs then. If you were a women I think you'd understand how incredibly embarrassing and painful it is for them to talk about what happened to them - yet, in your eyes they are making it all up?

    Posted in: Philippines' WWII sex slaves demand justice from Japan

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    OssanAmericaJAN. 26, 2016 - 11:24PM JST sighclopsJan. 26, 2016 - 10:55PM JST @hachikou "There was no evidence or documents that ex-Japanese military ordered to kidnap these women and force them to be a sex slaves." Gee, I wonder why that is

    Because it didn't exist. All during and Immediately after WWII the United States bent over backwards trying to find every piece of damning evidence to use against Japan at the International Tribunal for the Far East. Zero evidence was found other than the incident in Indonesia which was tried. Ironically the IJA themselves had investigated it during the war and Court Martialed the responsible Japanese officer. The idea that the IJA "kidnapped 200,000" women and made them "sex slaves" is a 1990s creation and a revision of actual history.

    Oh yes, of course, Japan's wartime autocracies are all just made to be mean to Japan. Look you are forgetting that women like this one are eye-witnesses to Japan's brutality - to say they are are all making it up is not only ridiculous it's insulting.

    Posted in: Philippines' WWII sex slaves demand justice from Japan

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    Why are there no alimony laws in Japan!?

    These poor (no pun) women and their kids!

    Is this what we expect from a developed country!?

    Posted in: Child poverty a growing problem among one-parent families

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