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email@example.comJun. 19, 2013 - 10:43AM JST
EastAsiaForeigner: The best bet is not to buy anything made in China at all, starting from all household items, computers, gadgets, clothing, shoes, etc.
Posted in: China's Huawei to offer smartphone for high-end market
firstname.lastname@example.orgJun. 04, 2013 - 09:48PM JST
We shall wait and see if Japan will abandon the conditionalities imposed on African countries by the OECD countries of which Japan is a member, namely: human rights, good governance, transparency, democracy and good manners etc. We shall see if Japan will do better without grabbing anything like the reviled Chinese. We shall see if Japan will invest in infrastructure like rails, roads, dams power grid, which the OECD countries have always avoided. We shall see if the execution of the projects will be faster and cheaper than the Chinese, and will not die in endless seminars, workshops and feasibility studies which, in most cases, take the lion's share of the projects. We shall see if Japan has the stamina to deal with 54 different African countries with different, complex problems and needs. No matter what turns out to be, the Africans should thank the Chinese who are already on the ground and changed the paradigm.
Posted in: Abe says now is the time to invest in Africa
email@example.comJun. 03, 2013 - 10:01PM JST
Yesterday it was China grabbing land from poor and defenseless African peasants in the name of development, now is Japan. Who is holier than other? The answer is: no one, both are there to help themselves at the expenses of illiterate African peasants
Posted in: At TICAD, clumsy diplomacy mars controversial Japanese aid project in Mozambique
firstname.lastname@example.orgJun. 02, 2013 - 10:34AM JST
It will be interesting to see how Japan will successfully compete with China in Africa because Japan has its own hands and policies bound by conditionalism imposed on Africans by OECD countries. Before it can invest Japan must first lecture the African leaders on democracy, good governance, and good manners. And you know all those fancy projects in the villages, where OECD countries excel, where villagers are taught how to feed their babies, how to garden and how to prepare healthy meals etc.
Posted in: Japan pledges $14 bil in aid to Africa over 5 years
email@example.comJun. 01, 2013 - 10:29PM JST
Anyway, thanks to the Chinese, now many countries are rediscovering Africa as a place for investment, not a basket case, and not a bunch of children to be lectured.
firstname.lastname@example.orgMay. 29, 2013 - 10:52PM JST
It is amazing to read that some of the people criticizing Singapore do that because they miss chaos and filth where they come from. Imagine someone missing his democratic rights to throw chewing gum in the street.
Posted in: Singapore warns foreigners to obey its laws
email@example.comMay. 26, 2013 - 02:46AM JST
The utterances of the Japanese right wing politicians are simply a reflection of the opinion of the majority of the Japanese people. The rest of the world may not agree with them, but the majority of Japanese people love them, and that is why they elect and re-elect them. Politicians will always say what the majority wants to hear. The deniers of the WW2 atrocities is not the Hashimotos & Co, but the majority of Japanese electorate, politicians are just the messengers.
Posted in: Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran
firstname.lastname@example.orgMay. 09, 2013 - 09:11PM JST
Mr. Matthew Kean seems to be reading the wrong information. In Germany no single Chancellor has ever been in office and failed to remind his/her people of the past evil deeds committed by NAZIS. They go all the way to Israel, Auschwitz etc. And there's annual remembrance day for the victims of NAZIS, they are monuments all over Germany reminding the people of the past. History is taught as it happened, the reason why the French, the British, et all, don't criticize Germany.
Posted in: Japan says it will honor apologies for World War II atrocities
email@example.comMay. 08, 2013 - 09:18PM JST
Some comments sound more ideological rather than scientific. What the pollution has to do with the political system other than poor planning and environmental management. Some comments are well intended but they become polluted with ideological slant
Posted in: China career boost can come with health risks for expats
firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 30, 2013 - 09:11PM JST
He is a very learned man, a journalist and historian by qualifications, so he's aware of what he is saying. He is expressing the sentiment of many Japanese who have hard time getting rid of their superiority complex
Posted in: Inose under fire for comments on Istanbul Olympic bid, Islam
email@example.comApr. 28, 2013 - 11:59PM JST
History teaches us that nations respect only strong nations. When all Asians nations will be strong, they will respect each other. Who respected Korea and China hundred years ago.
Posted in: Chinese military planes flew near disputed isles 40 times in one day
firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 24, 2013 - 10:59AM JST
Both China and Japan find it hard to back down because they don't want to look weak in their respective constituencies. But somehow they must find a face saving strategy to come out of the stalemate, if they don't want to destroy their economies.
Posted in: Abe vows to expel by force any Chinese landing on disputed isles
email@example.comApr. 22, 2013 - 12:05AM JST
Someone, somewhere is laughing to the bank when the two Asians economic giants are endlessly quarreling over insignificant rocks. Of course, divided they fall. Look who captured the auto market in China after Japan lost the ground there.
Posted in: Abe offers China quake help
firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 21, 2013 - 11:22PM JST
I wonder what the G20 countries would have said, had any other country done the QE as a method to jumpstart the economy. I am not sure it would be acceptable for other countries to follow Japan's footsteps.
Posted in: G-20 finance leaders decry lack of global growth
email@example.comApr. 19, 2013 - 08:59PM JST
Let us all celebrate the prediction of our great prophet Lachance; hoping that all what he predicts about China will happen in our life time. I can see the time when all of us shall scramble to inherit the remaining bit and pieces, all led by our great prophet Lachance
Posted in: China calls on Japan to stop scrambling its fighters
firstname.lastname@example.orgApr. 05, 2013 - 09:47PM JST
This is mispronunciations are not peculiar to Japanese persons only. If a language does not have a certain sound, is bound to mispronounce that sound in another language. The Germans have hard time to pronounce the word THE, they will say DZE while South Africans will have a very heavy R which sounds RHE. One rand = one rhand. In some places they will pronounce RABEL for LABEL because in their mother tongue the sound L does not exist.
Posted in: 20 words of English origin that Japanese people often mistake for real thing
email@example.comApr. 01, 2013 - 12:06AM JST
Abe is not ignorant of the geografical facts of Mongolia. He knows that to get those minerals from Mongolia he has to move them through Chinese or Russian territoy. The rest is for domestic consumtion; he knows tha the Japanese electorate wants to see a macho Prime Minister.
Posted in: Abe seeks Mongolia's support in China island dispute
firstname.lastname@example.orgMar. 31, 2013 - 12:10AM JST
This is the worst case of poor reporting. Here is a journalist who reports that China is the culprit for the delay of a deal between Olympus and Sony without saying how China is involved in the matter. One gets the impression that China is the culprit of everything going wrong in Japan.
Posted in: Sony-Olympus deal held up by China
email@example.comMar. 29, 2013 - 11:40PM JST
EastAsiaForeigner Forgets the discrimination the Chinese companies suffer elsewhere. Never heard of the word retaliation? Remember the war on solar panels, tires, telecommunication equipment etc
Posted in: China orders stepped-up scrutiny on Apple
firstname.lastname@example.orgMar. 16, 2013 - 12:40AM JST
A Realist says: "nor does it matter that the present generations in Japan had exactly nothing to do with "comfort women". If this is the reasoning, then the present generation of Americans would not have apologized to Japanese for WWII internment, African Americans for slavery nor the Germans would still apologize for the holocaust.
Posted in: S Korea, China fault Japan on 'comfort women' at U.N.
Jun. 20, 2013 - 06:36PM JST
i call bs on this
Posted in: Hashimoto may resign if his party fares badly in Tokyo assembly election
Jun. 20, 2013 - 06:35PM JST
Fin whales are classified as endangered species by the CITES treaty. They are an…
Posted in: Iceland kills first fin whales in controversial hunt
C Harald Hansen
Afaik it's been available to purchase for a long time, but just -now- they start complaining…
Posted in: Korean campaigns for removal of Japanese flag from French stores
Jun. 20, 2013 - 06:34PM JST
I like to correct Harry-Gatto's remarks to:
Indonesia did nothing useful, effective or significant the last…
Posted in: Singapore demands urgent Indonesia action on smog
Jun. 20, 2013 - 06:33PM JST
Time to get ready for Gulf War Three, and a repeat viewing of "Shock and Awe".…
Posted in: Top U.S. general, Kerry clash over merits of bombing Syria