nigelboy's past comments

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    nigelboy

    But you are way off the mark to say 'your confucionist mindset' when it is in fact Japan's, China's and Korea's mindsets that are being referred to here. Where else in the world do you see conflicts over 70 year old historical issues. Religion, territorial sovereignty, ethnic divisions...fine. But historical interpretation? Come on.

    Yes. Only China and Korea are having problems of how history is dealt by Japan. On the flip side, Japan does not in regards to the two. Don't include Japan as part of the ' irrational' two.

    Posted in: China, S Korea urge Japan to reflect on wartime aggression

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    nigelboy

    I disagree. It is not a better question to ask why the Chinese and Koreans are briniging it up. It is the same question as to why Japan keeps denying its role. They are opposite sides of the same currency.Two wrongs dont make a right. And the answer is that East Asian countries all follow a confucionist mindset that demands that history must be reconciled with the present at all costs even if it means re-interpreting it to a more user friendly version. To champion one side over the other here is to lose sight of any objective engagement with historical actuality.

    It appears Japan doesn't follow your version of "confucionist mindset" (no compensation and apology requested by Japan for air raid massacre by U.S. ,for example) so as I alluded to in another related article, it's best that Japan distance herself from these two.

    Posted in: China, S Korea urge Japan to reflect on wartime aggression

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    nigelboy

    The whole 'commentary' can be found here.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4cbeb78e-2a12-11e4-a068-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3BpSp2LRT

    It's in regards to Abenomics. Don't know why Koizumi is mentioned but it's typical western jounalism in regards to Japan where these people can only come up with one example because he's recent and well known but not for economic reform.

    Posted in: Mr Abe was never a real reformer in the same way his predecessor Junichiro Koizumi at least tried to be. He looks backward, not forward.

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    nigelboy

    Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the fact that the leaders of the two countries have not met in nearly two years is troublesome. Too much chance for mistakes being made given the frequent military interactions around the Senkaku's.

    That would be true if Xi had rather strong control of PLA.

    Like Abe said, 'his door is always open'. Perhaps China should stop with these prerequisites for a meeting.

    Posted in: China says no change in policy on improving ties with Japan

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    nigelboy

    If you don't get the history you want-- you cant just reshape it into one that is convenient to you...

    True. Then perhaps the better question to be asked is why is both China and South Korea bringing this issue up when most other countries have moved on? Why did they even agree to sign a treaty with Japan when they exonerated all so-called 'war criminals' and reclassfied them as "war deceased" where surviving families were able to receive pension from the government? (1953) Why would a U.N. member states allow so-called 'war criminals' to serve as key diplomatic positions in Japan's post war government without any issues? In fact, a convicted "Class A" criminal served as a foreign minister for Japan who played a leading role in Japan's entrance to the U.N. in 1956 and made the acceptance speech at the U.N. General Assembly.

    Posted in: China, S Korea urge Japan to reflect on wartime aggression

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    nigelboy

    If ROK had fallen to DPRK at any time in last 60 years, Japan would from that point have been looking at DPRK across the Korean Strait western channel, 50 km Busan to Tsushima Island. And looking forward to the time that DPRK would decide to move across the strait.

    Yes. In the 1900's, it was the Russians. Now, possibly China. However, history has shown it's better for Japan to not get involved in regards to Korean peninsula. The Korean government attitude is helping this. It's all good.

    Posted in: Courtesy call

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    nigelboy

    Let's get this straight.

    The notion that Korea is an "important" ally to Japan is simply a U.S. pipe dream for Korea has shown quite the opposite including former President Roh's designation of placing Japan as a 'hypothetical enemy' and being one of only two countries that have opposed Japanese government's recent reinterpretation of the constitution which allows limited collective self defense.

    Posted in: Courtesy call

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    nigelboy

    BTW, it’s true that only two of Japan’s neighbors voiced their objections on Abe’s backpedaling nationalistic shenanigans, but please don’t forget the silent majority of countries are distancing themselves from Abe’s admin. For naysayers, you may mark my words on this.

    Lol. "Silent" majority. I see absolutely NO EVIDENCE of these majorities distancing themselves from Abe.

    Posted in: China, S Korea urge Japan to reflect on wartime aggression

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    nigelboy

    Nigelboy you should ask your questions by writing a letter to Korean government not direct at me please!

    Sorry. I'm kind of glad of the recent trend for relations with Korea should be 'limited' at the bare minimum for this Ambassador pictured above and his comments clearly indicates that 'nothing' within the Korean government has changed.

    Posted in: Courtesy call

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    nigelboy

    I thought the reason for increasing consumption tax was to reduce the government's debt, but now it seems that the real reason was to allow Abe to fulfill Abe's dream of Japan becoming a military power again

    False. The increase in consumption tax was to match the social services cost

    https://www.mof.go.jp/comprehensive_reform/index.htm

    Posted in: Japan defense budget request highest ever as Abe boosts military

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    nigelboy

    But if Japanese people still hate Korea even after that then I say please vent your anger at Mr.Lee not ordinary citizens like me or other innocent Korean citizens!!

    Even after what? Why is that when a Japanese leaders does something to offend South Koreans, they are quick to demand an apology while not a hint of considering offering apology to Japanese citizens when Korean leader does something to offend them?

    Just looking at the Japanese media outlets and the opinions expressed by Japanese people, it's clear that they moved away from the prior 'must appease Korea first' mentality for they are pretty much disinterested in having a 'good relations' with them.

    Japanese government could very well play the same game played by President Pak which is to set a 'condition' prior to agreeing with the bilateral summit like 'accept Takeshima/Dokdo as a dispute and agree to settle via ICJ' or 'remove comfort women statue in front of the Japanese embassy' or 'to drop the issue forever in regards to ANY matters concerning any issues prior to 1945 as per 1965 treaty'.

    With the recent review of the Kono statement and the retraction by Asahi in regards to the comfort women, the general public attitude towards the Korean government and the Korean people have changed dramatically.

    Posted in: Courtesy call

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    nigelboy

    And it's comforting, I'm sure, to the Chinese, Koreans et al.

    There is no "et al."

    The whole world urge China to reflect the aggression they are currently doing in the ASEAN countries such as Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and others. And also what they have done in Tibet. China, please reflect.

    This is why it falls on deaf ears to those countries as well as Japanese population, in general. There's a reason why 'Practice what you preach' rule applies to global public opinion.

    Posted in: China, S Korea urge Japan to reflect on wartime aggression

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    nigelboy

    While it would be 'ideal' for U.S. to have Japan and Korea get along thereby forming an tri state alliance with the U.S., the mere fact that SK will not allow any JSDF to set foot in the peninsula and are one of only two that had negative responses to Abe's recent reinterpretation of the constitution in regards to the use of limited self defense, it's safe to conclude that this is simply a pipe dream.

    Posted in: U.S. experts blame both Japan, S Korea for tensions

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    nigelboy

    Like clockwork, the ONLY two are protesting again.

    I guess since they now discovered "Koyasan Buddhist temple " which specifically honors the so-called 'war criminals', Yasukuni's OK now.

    Posted in: China, S Korea urge Japan to reflect on wartime aggression

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    nigelboy

    LFRAgain, unfortunately fatality figures in Japan are based on a death certificate being issued on the same day as the accident, making them completely meaningless by international standards. If someone is hit by a car and dies two days later when the machine is switched off, they officially died of natural causes, so we have no idea what the true figure is. We do know the figures more than halved in 1977 when the way of compiling the figures was adjusted to boost Japan's growing auto industry though.

    False. They publish both (within 24 hours and within 30 days).

    http://www.e-stat.go.jp/SG1/estat/List.do?lid=000001118016

    Posted in: 19-year-old arrested over hit-and-run death of 22-year-old student in Tokyo

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    nigelboy

    How has he tackled the "deflationary spiral"? By spending more of the people's money on pork projects which profit his friends and family? By turning on the presses and printing out a few trillions more yen? Abe's current easing policies are giving us the wrong type of inflation, which is simply debasing the currency, and stealing the value of our labor and savings, which will only reduce growth. These policies are like trying to put out a fire by pouring gasoline on it.

    Nearly 100 companies achieved a capitalization over one trillion yen, 90% of the large corporations increased wages, and 64.5% of the mid-small firms increased wages as well. It's the ONLY way to tackle the 'deflationary' spiral so your above point of "wrong type of inflation" is simply just your opinion.

    Posted in: Aides try to temper Abe's security agenda as popularity declines

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    nigelboy

    tinawatanabe is absolutely correct. Japan has pretty much decided to disassociate with South Korea so it's ultimately up to U.S. to decide the next course.

    To me, S.K. will eventually be China's defacto province. They sure are acting like one.

    Posted in: U.S. experts blame both Japan, S Korea for tensions

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    nigelboy

    There are cases in Japan in which people are discriminated against, or refused work or marriage because they are Korean residents. We encourage people to come and consult us, no matter how small the matter.

    Boo hoo hoo. They are not "discriminated". They simply chose on their own will to "separate" so there are, of course, repercussions including jobs that require Japanese citizenship.

    Posted in: There are cases in Japan in which people are discriminated against, or refused work or marriage because they are Korean residents. We encourage people to come and consult us, no matter how small the matter.

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    nigelboy

    hidingout -- just as I thought. Utter nonsense and personal opinion.

    Lol. Jerseyboy schooled and all he could come up with is "well, your mama...." type response.

    As someone has mentioned, Abe has tackled issues that other PM has avoided for over a decade which domestically involves deflationary spiral and in term of foreign policy, get out of this post war regime "nice guy" attitude which includes completely embarrassing POTUS during his visit and completely disassociating with the two immediate neighbors.

    Posted in: Aides try to temper Abe's security agenda as popularity declines

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