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melonbarmonsterJan. 07, 2014 - 04:43AM JST
Good grief. Japan didn't commit atrocities and Comfort Women were regular prostitutes but Japan already apologized and compensated for something they didn't do. Abe ran on promise to rescind the apology but Japan already apologized. Yasukuni is filled with rabid revisionist propaganda and glorification of imperial militarism but it's devoted to peace. I suppose this is the "All Your Base Are Belong To Us" doctrine at work.
Posted in: Abe wants to explain Yasukuni visit to China, S Korea
melonbarmonsterJan. 03, 2014 - 02:38AM JST
Japan needs to own up to their crimes and let Asia move on. When you point to your past apologies all the while claiming what you apologized for never happened and then having a PM who campaigned in repealing the apologies, you are going to piss off your victimized nations. Egregious whitewashing and denials are dime a dozen. You would have to be demented to not realize why this is still a hotbed issue for Japan.
Posted in: Germany urges Japan to deal honestly with WWII past
melonbarmonsterDec. 20, 2013 - 01:56AM JST
Group C is one of the easiest groups so far. LOL. Just bc some over some lone zealous Japanese writer says its the group of death doesn't make it so. Korea has an easy group too but not as easy as Japan. Belgium>Columbia, Russia>Greece, Algeria<IC. That said both Korea and Japan got lucky in the draw.
Posted in: Zaccheroni says Japan more confident for World Cup
melonbarmonsterDec. 17, 2013 - 02:57AM JST
As Korean NT fan, I would take issue with assertion that Japan "dominates" Asia. Iran, Aus, Japan, Korea are fairly neck and neck although Iran and Australia have fallen off a bit in the last few years. That said, Japan has had far better preparation for WC out of Asia as well a pretty sweet grouping. Can't wait for Brazil.
melonbarmonsterDec. 08, 2013 - 11:01AM JST
This is the best case scenario for Japan. Bookies have been underrating Japan and Korea as well as their NT players in Euro clubs for years. Make some money and make a bet on Japan finishing second in this group. My odds: Columbia 8/11, Japan 7/2, Ivory Coast 6/1, and Greece 4/1. Greece are going to be whipping boy in this group. Ivory Coast is going to be tough but African team have a hard time with Asian teams.
Posted in: Japan drawn with Colombia, Ivory Coast, Greece at World Cup
melonbarmonsterNov. 16, 2013 - 03:49AM JST
Even in the racial boiling pot that is the US, it is inconceivable for people to be screaming into bullhorns in public that jews/blacks/hispanics should be killed. That has happened in Japan with regularity with little to no resistance from the Japanese public for years and years now. Counter demonstrations and court cases are positive news but in drops in a bucket. There really is no other developed country in the world where such behavior and sentiments are accepted as part of the social political discourse as it is in Japan.
Posted in: Is Japan really racist?
melonbarmonsterNov. 11, 2013 - 09:16AM JST
melonbarmonsterOct. 26, 2013 - 11:06AM JST
No islands that Koreans have been staring at and fishing on for thousands of years wasn't somehow miraculously claimed terra nullis by Japan in 1905... cough cough few years before I suppose Japanese then "discovered" the Korean peninsula. LOL.
Posted in: Japan protests against South Korean drill on disputed islands
melonbarmonsterOct. 24, 2013 - 11:48AM JST
Best cell phone on market right now... also the most expensive. $360 in US right now with 2 year contract including tax and fees -_-;
Posted in: All Sochi Olympic athletes to get Galaxy Note 3
melonbarmonsterOct. 21, 2013 - 11:20AM JST
I would be convinced if they finally stopped bleeding radioactive leaks into the ocean and secured the site... which TEPCO and Japanese government has been lying and under-admitting the entire time. The site needs to be given over to international commission of specialists.
Posted in: What would it take to convince you that seafood, rice and other food products from Fukushima Prefecture are safe to consume?
melonbarmonsterSep. 24, 2013 - 03:51AM JST
Good grief. No one claiming that hate speech should be illegal. But this level of hate speech in a public arena where Japanese crazies are shouting on bullhorns to kill Koreans should be condemned publicly and loudly rather. Instead the hatemongers are given silent consent by the Japanese society. The fact that 2,000 protested these hatemongers is a boon to Japanese society and national pride.
Posted in: 2,000 rally against hate speech in Tokyo's Shinjuku
melonbarmonsterSep. 24, 2013 - 03:03AM JST
What's sad is that the entire nation isn't telling these crazies to shut up. What other modern civilized country do you know where's it's socially acceptable to publicly scream into a bullhorn to kill ethnic minorities? Japan has a lot of catching up to do.
melonbarmonsterAug. 29, 2013 - 07:02AM JST
Seriously Japan can you just deal with this so everyone can just move on. If Japan presented a united front apologizing for the past instead of over the top whitewashing everything the good will and economic boost to the region would be immeasurable.
Posted in: Japan voices irritation at Ban's comments
melonbarmonsterAug. 23, 2013 - 01:03AM JST
I don't hold Russia in high regard except their food, women and booze but... really not everyone is going to agree with your Western European, North American sexual mores post circa late 2000's. The entire concept of tolerance presumes genuine differences in opinions. Let's learn to respect each others' stupidity and stay civilized.
Posted in: Let's hope athletes take a stand in Sochi
melonbarmonsterAug. 21, 2013 - 01:31AM JST
Japan please stop living in the past and revisioning history so humanity can learn its lessons and move on.
Posted in: S Korea urges Japan to face history; China summons Japan envoy
melonbarmonsterAug. 17, 2013 - 12:38AM JST
Japan can pay off these grandmothers and earn itself some valuable good will from all these countries including Korea. The cost would be pennies and the benefits would be immeasurable.
Posted in: Ex-sex slave, supporters demand justice from Japan
melonbarmonsterAug. 10, 2013 - 03:14AM JST
Japan did not discover an island that Koreans on Ulungdo have been staring at and fishing at for thousands of years in 1905. Let's please move on.
Posted in: S Korea protests Japanese opinion poll on disputed islands
melonbarmonsterAug. 08, 2013 - 03:53AM JST
Is it really ANY surprise that a Japanese politician makes a comment that sympathizes with Nazi's rise to power? No. That same fascist, racist underbelly is squashed and dead in Germany but it's alive and well in Japan. It's a societal cancer in Japanese society the same way that Deep South racism is alive and well in the US.
Posted in: Aso retracts Nazi remarks amid criticism
melonbarmonsterAug. 07, 2013 - 04:20AM JST
Rising Sun flag is the same as the Swatstika. They are symbols of WWII fascist, imperial aggression and represent war atrocities committed against other nations and peoples. The difference is that in Germany it's become an illegal symbol whereas in Japan they reminisce, whitewash, deny and claim they've already apologized for the very things they deny all at the same. This kind of unrepentant racist, whitewashing of historical atrocities is a societal cancer for Japan.
Posted in: Koreans say Japanese waving 'rising sun' flag incited S Korean fans
melonbarmonsterAug. 02, 2013 - 04:18AM JST
Union Jack is the national official flag of the UK. That's just a bad analogy. What's considered to be political of offensive in a soccer match per FIFA rules depends on context of that political issue. Given Korea and Japan disagreements over WWII history, you would have to be delusional to think that the Japanese fans waving the Rising Sun flag is an expression of their support for the Japanese navy. Let's all call it what it is and move on. Let's be reasonable. You can't expect to fly WWI regalia associated with war crimes and expect the Korean fans to not respond.
Mar. 09, 2014 - 04:02PM JST
I'm pretty sure MOST of the Japanese citizens since the end of WWII generation have atoned.…
Posted in: China says Germans fine if their war atonement is compared to Japan
Remember the wreckage of the Air France flight that disappeared over the Atlantic en route from…
Posted in: Mystery over passenger IDs as search resumes for Malaysia Airlines plane
Mar. 09, 2014 - 04:01PM JST
JeffLee, so 14 years without a risk coming to fruition is good enough for you, and…
Posted in: Ex-BOJ official sees little risk of tax hike harming Japan recovery
Mar. 09, 2014 - 03:56PM JST
I heard they were friends of the family but are they doing something about this like…
Posted in: Japanese girl mauled by dogs in NZ was bitten 100 times
Mar. 09, 2014 - 03:53PM JST
By the way, JT editors, "considering to create" is very awkward English, if not downright incorrect.
Posted in: Gov't considering to create a new public holiday