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sfjp330May. 24, 2015 - 05:36AM JST
Article states: “My heart aches when reading letters and farewell notes addressed to family members,” she wrote. “What was in their minds when they perished in the battle fields?”
I think this is an affront. Mrs. Abe should not be presenting IJA soldiers and 14 class A as victims. The neighboring Asian countries, especially Korea, China and Philippines were the victims. The visit by Mrs. Abe blurs the line between victim and perpetrator. At a time when anti-Japanese is at a record level across Korea and China, Abe should commit to take a leadership role in combating denial of IJA during WWII. It is simply unacceptable that the Japanese first lady should bow his head in respect to 2 million members of the IJA and the war criminals. History is crystal clear on the horrors of the IJA, it is disappointing that Mrs. Abe would consider blurring it. This sends a very worryingly confusing message which blurs the line between victims and perpetrators. Especially as Japanese revision is gaining ground in some circles. The Japanese government should instruct Mrs. Abe not to attend Yasukuni.
Posted in: China raps Japan after Abe's wife visits Yasukuni shrine
sfjp330May. 24, 2015 - 05:16AM JST
Facts are Takata air bags shows appoximately 5 deaths out of 34 million cars on the road. They are doing the right thing for the recalls. If you look at the history of what NHTSA has done on the recalls, the side saddle fuel tank design installed in over 10 million GM trucks - all 1973-87 GMs trucks is the worst auto crash fire defect in the history of the U.S. Over 2,000 people were killed in fire crashes involving these trucks from 1973 through 2009. This is more than twenty times as many fatalities as in the infamous Ford Pinto. Despite a voluntary recall request from the NHTSA) in 1993, GM stubbornly refused to initiate a recall and more people died from result of this. Since they are a domestic manufacturer, the goverment had double standards.
Posted in: Toyota pledges to help find cause of Takata airbag defects
sfjp330May. 22, 2015 - 07:56AM JST
yamashi May. 22, 2015 - 04:32AM JST You should realize how insulting it sounds for people of Okinawa especially after all those crimes, committed by U.S. servicemen on the island
There is a perception of high number of crimes committed by U.S. military, dependent and civilian personnel. However, the per capita crime rate for U.S. personnel in Okinawa is lower than that of the local populace.
Posted in: Okinawan governor determined to press U.S. to move base off island
sfjp330May. 22, 2015 - 06:59AM JST
voiceofokinawa May. 22, 2015 - 06:42AM JST Can you tolerate such stupidity in which your tax money will be squandered for a foreign army? Just think about what the U.S. taxpayers would say if they were obliged to do the same.
Squandered for a foreign army? If you didn't know, the Japanese taxpayer is getting a bargain. Let's see, Japan's expenditure in defense is a meager 1 percent of GDP for how many decades? Compare that to U.S. that is close to 4 percent, and UK at 2.3, France 2.2, Germany 1.4. In reality, Japan should contribute more to defense that is in line with other nations. If U.S. left Japan, the Japanese defense expenditure will increase by 10 percent a year for many decades to catch up. Maybe it's time for Japan to defend themselve and pay their own way.
sfjp330May. 22, 2015 - 06:36AM JST
wtfjapan May. 22, 2015 - 03:52AM JST the best handling cars on the road and track are AWD and turbo, ive race at many of the circuits through out Japan and its the Evos WRX and GTR that dominate, RX7 FD are the best handling RWD. and where talking about road/track cars not full on race cars where money is no object
You might be better off with the $75K rear wheel drive Corvette Z06 or Ford GT.
I can hear you now. Many are griping that the Miata doesn't have 300 horsepower, or that it doesn't have 200. Well, two hundred horsepower means a few things. It means stronger running gear, five-lug wheels, a heavier differential, bigger wheel bearings. All of those things add weight, which means that you need a heavier suspension. Which means that you need a thicker body. Which means that pretty soon you've got a BMW Z4. Which is currently for sale at your local dealer with a minimum of 240 turbocharged horsepower and a curb weight about a thousand pounds above that of the Miata. It's out there. You can buy it. Right now.
What you cannot currently buy is a trim and fit roadster that weighs just over a ton and is a true pleasure to drive even with 131 horsepower, to say nothing of 155. You cannot currently buy a roadster of that size and weight from anyone, really, and you certainly cannot buy one that carries on a tradition of exceptionally durable and reliable vehicles Miata. Sure, it would be great if the Miata had more power, but adding power wouldn't be without consequences and changes and adjustments. There are still drivers out there who can recognize and appreciate a traditional sports car.
Posted in: Mazda unveils new Roadster
sfjp330May. 21, 2015 - 06:20AM JST
One quarter does not change anything. Some large companies are starting to increase wages, but smaller ones are not. Instead, wages are mostly stagnant and, adjusted for inflation, have been consistently falling for the past two years. Companies are increasingly hiring contract or part-time workers rather than full-time employees. This is having a effect on overall compensation. The businesses in Japan are being excessively cautious because of the perceived weakness of the economy. They are reluctant to commit to hiring full-time workers.
Posted in: Japan's economy grows 2.4% in first quarter
sfjp330May. 21, 2015 - 05:45AM JST
Majority of the public in each country have a negative opinion of the other. In the 1980s, under Deng Xiaoping’s leadership, it appeared that Japan and China could build a harmonious relationship for the future. When he visited Japan in 1978, Deng said that in the 2500 year history of relations between China and Japan, there was only a period of 50 years when relations were bad and he vowed to revive the good relations that existed before. In return, Japan provided far more aid ($6 billion ODA) to China than any other country during the 1980s, and Japanese companies helped set up modern factories in China. However, in the 1990s, Chinese leaders increased education programs to teach patriotism and in China nothing stirred patriotism more than a discussion of Japanese cruelties in WWII. Few Chinese people today are aware of Japanese apologies given by their leaders and their citizens who met Chinese, and also unaware of the extent of Japanese aid and contributions to China in the 1980s.
Abe is convinced that showing weakness to China would only lead to escalating demands and further military advances, are determined to make it clear that they cannot be intimidated. But as difficult as it is to improve Sino-Japanese relations, there may be no better time than the present for beginning that process. Japan’s top leaders should not again visit Yasukuni Shrine and should reaffirm Japan’s apologies for tragedies caused by their invasions. China should reduce the cultural presentations that increased hostility to Japan in its movies, books and TV, increase the public recognition of Japan’s contribution to China’s development since 1978, and publicise the Japanese commitment to peace since 1945. China should return to the policies of the 1980s under Deng Xiaoping.
Posted in: 450 mostly Western scholars press Abe on war history
sfjp330May. 20, 2015 - 06:25AM JST
JeffLee May. 20, 2015 - 06:12AM JST A vast range of hedge funds and other products in the 2000s missed their advertised target returns by a long, long shot. Those "punished" were the individual investors.
Hedge fund failures have stemmed mainly from errors that were not of their own making. Because banks have mismanaged themselves so thoroughly, they have had to mobilize capital by calling in loans to hedge funds, forcing the funds to sell off positions precipitously. Forced sales have driven down the value of the hedge funds remaining holdings, undermining their creditworthiness and triggering a further calling in of loans, further forced sales, and further losses. This vicious circle has caused a few funds to go bust. But the trigger was subprime losses in the regulated banking system.
Posted in: BOJ chief economist says Japan likely to shift to expansionary phase
sfjp330May. 20, 2015 - 06:12AM JST
noriyosan73 May. 19, 2015 - 11:02PM JST It is great to see that the Okinawans are standing up for their safety.
Most agree that crowded Ginowan is no place for combat helicopters and massive transport planes. But the relocation of the base has been blocked by local opposition to the construction of a replacement facility in a less populated northern area of the island.
Posted in: Japanese worry over Osprey safety after fatal Hawaii crash
sfjp330May. 20, 2015 - 05:58AM JST
In a wording and verbal openings on diplomatic meets, Japanese officials delivered apologies, but there were never formal documentation of apology with promises to fix their mistakes by taking such actions and such. The Japanese apologies were always vague and lacked details, other than saying sorry and we'll never do it. In meantime in Japan, over 100 Japanese politicans worship their old war criminals as gods and glorify the old days by adding easily accepted forms such as textbooks, popular magazine and newspaper articles and suggesting Japanese legitimacy on their position in WWII. Then someday, we'll come across generation of Japanese population that really believes that their course of action in WWII was the right thing and wanting retribution. With Abe's administration Japan things really started to look that way.
The young Japanese students are clueless of Japan's relations with the outside world. They are taught too late. Young Japanese people often fail to understand why neighboring countries harbor a grudge over events that happened in 1931-45. The reason, in many cases, is that by the time they reach high school, they barely learned any 20th century history. Many young Japanese got a full picture when they left Japan and went to school in foreign countries. It's hardly surprising that some classes, in some schools, never get there, and are told by teachers to finish the book in their spare time. Many young people in Japan really don't understand the Japan's war history and making the point that many of today's geopolitical tensions stem from what happened then. In Japanese textbook, only a footnote on the Nanjing massacre. Why they couldn't go straight to that period if it was so important, instead of wasting time on the other subject. When students did finally get there, it turned out only few pages dealt with events between 1931-45. Reading many factual books on the incident at least allowed them to understand why many people in China still feel bitter about Japan's military past.
Posted in: Murayama urges Abe to follow his lead on war apology
sfjp330May. 19, 2015 - 08:00AM JST
Sunrise777 MAY. 19, 2015 - 07:57AM JST Japanese government tied treaty with China and South Korea and paid huge amount of reparations to both countries. They also apologized repeatedly. What should they do more? German apologized to only victims of the Holocaust. They have never apologized for going to war.
Japan’s direct compensation payments both to war victims and their heirs have totaled only $1 billion. This contrasts remarkably with Germany’s record. The compensation figures from a decade ago, Germany’s payments to victims and their heirs had exceeded $70 billion. The contrast is all the more remarkable for the fact that Imperial Japan’s victims outnumbered those of the Nazis by at least three to one. The truth is that most of Japan’s victims, including millions in China, have not received a penny. And in the small minority of cases in which compensation has been paid, the sums have been laughable.
sfjp330May. 19, 2015 - 07:43AM JST
You noticed that only Okinawa Gov. Onaga complain about the crash? Nothing has changed. The Japan SDF is looking at buying close to 20 Ospreys in next five years. The reason is that Japan intends to use the V22 Osprey as the main aircraft it flies off the Hyuga size vessel.
sfjp330May. 19, 2015 - 07:14AM JST
Abe and the Japanese goverment should follow the examples that were set by Merkel. If you notice recently, the German chancellor flew to the Russian capital to lay a wreath at the grave of the Unknown Soldier, close to the Kremlin. Merkel said "History teaches us that we must do anything possible to resolve conflicts, however, difficult they may be, peacefully and through dialogue". But your talking about Japan. I doubt any Japanese leaders will go to China to lay a wreath in Nanking.
sfjp330May. 09, 2015 - 08:19AM JST
Comfort women were women and girls (plus a small number of men) who ....
Korean women comprised 51.8 percent, Chinese 36 percent and Japanese 12.2
percent. ... Approximately three quarters of comfort women died, and most
Posted in: Academics call on Japan to face up to its history
sfjp330May. 09, 2015 - 07:40AM JST
hachikou May. 09, 2015 - 07:29AM JST It is the counter claim against 19 historians for the serious distortion of academic freedom. The beginning of Morgan criticized his senior historians on U.S side is the descriptions in the textbook published by McGraw-Hill Education in the U.S. As you know, the textbook says that "Japanese military forces killed many comfort women" and "comfort women were gift to the forces from the emperor," based on the fiction of "Japanese military forces systematically forcibly took away 200 thousands females."
Based on fiction? Approximately 75 percent (3 out of 4) of Korean and Chinese comfort women died in WWII, and most survivors were left infertile due to sexual trauma or sexually-transmitted disease. Can you say the same today? The women cried out, but it didn't matter to Japanese soldiers whether the women lived or died. They were the emperor's soldiers. Whether in military brothels or in the villages, these soldiers raped without reluctance and beatings and physical torture were said to be common. In the “Comfort Station” many were systematically beaten and raped day and night. Even the Japanese doctor raped many of them each time he visited the brothel to examine us for venereal disease. Some were forced into slavery even when they were not old enough to have started menstruating. After the war, the court testimonies state that these prepubescent girls were repeatedly raped by Japanese soldiers while those who refused to comply were executed.
sfjp330May. 09, 2015 - 04:38AM JST
Whenever a Japanese official apologizes, another one denies it. No wonder the Chinese and Koreans keep on demanding sincere apology from Japan. Japanese of conscience keep apologizing, and Japanese right wingers keep denying. This give impression that the apologies were not sincere and the victims keep demanding for sincere apology. This cycle has no end in sight. It is typical vague comments by Japanese politicians which are meant to satisfy both parties in an issue. So, if you expect an apology over the matter you are clearly going to be disappointed. When the Japanese politician apologizes, take it with a grain of salt. They were only trying to make “people think they apologized" but it is not their real intention.
It’s true that East Asia is still divided by the memory of war that had torn it apart. When Japanese politicians pay tribute to the Yasukuni shrine, they are also paying tribute, whether they intend to or not, to an imperial order in which Japan violently controlled its neighbors. Every year, over 100 high ranking Japanese politicians goes to Yasukuni to pray in front of 14 Class A, including Abe few years ago. Maybe the ill advised Japanese politicians action of going to Yasukuni speaks louder than words and the perception by the neighboring countries are interpreted as insincere apology. That era is over and Japan’s economy is shrinking and its population declining as both China and South Korea rise in power and stature. But as long as Japan’s leaders continue living in the past, they will struggle to prepare their country for its future.
sfjp330May. 09, 2015 - 04:07AM JST
NolivingMay. 06, 2015 - 06:20AM JST Ah yes this myth that older people are blocking employment opportunities for younger people. We already know that this isn't true considering that when more women went into the work place between world war 2 and today it had zero impact on the employment numbers of men.
The older generation will continue to benefit from the system enormously, but the younger generation will end up paying the price. In the Japan’s rigid labor market, temp work is rarely a steppingstone to something better. It’s a permanent, low-wage existence and it's a big problem. Japan with nearly 40 percent of part-time workers are about as flexible as you get. They work in poorly paid jobs for hourly rates. Problem is that most part time job earn about 40 percent less per hour than full-time positions. Benefits are all but non-existent. Moreover, people working part-time are less likely to marry and have children. If Japan is to solve its demographic problem, it will have to tackle the labour issue. Japan needs to narrow the gap between over-protected permanent workers and under-protected non-permanent ones. That coddling one section of the workforce does not serve Japan’s interests well. Simply making life less cushy for permanent workers is not likely to do any good on its own. The big push should be on improving the wages and conditions of temporary workers. It should be made far easier for them to migrate to permanent jobs and for workers of all descriptions to move more freely between companies.
Posted in: Number of children in Japan falls to new low
sfjp330May. 08, 2015 - 05:31AM JST
ThePBot May. 08, 2015 - 02:35AM JST They should make a new poll with the question: Are you tired of Japan constantly denying the atrocities they've committed in every single publicity-stunt chance they can get?
Regarding Japan’s attitudes towards China, let’s not forget the many billions in loan assistance which Japan has provided to China over the decades, and which China has eagerly taken to finance its development. It seems odd that China conveniently forgot past aggressions from Japan when such money was flowing its way. China’s continuing problems with its neighbors go far beyond its relations with Japan.
How time has changed. It may seem strange today but Mao Zedong discouraged public discourse about the Japanese invasion and waived reparations. During his reign, Nanking was far from becoming Chinese target for Japanese brutality. Why Japan became a easy target? This was when new communist leaders, transforming their country into a market economy, first began to face the problems of uneven growth, which included social unrest on a huge scale. Honoring the memories of Sino-Japanese War became main focus to the post-Cold War Chinese strategy of finding new foils internationally and fresh ideological legitimacy at home.
As in China, anti-Japanese nationalism in South Korea has large constituency and is a focus of national identity. But it coexists with extreme inequality and unemployment. But Park may discover that in an unequal and fractious country, anti-Japanese nationalism remains the best way to orchestrate national unity. South Korea seems to be following the pattern of China.
Posted in: Are you tired of hearing calls from South Korea and China for Japan to address World War II issues with apologies?
sfjp330May. 08, 2015 - 04:59AM JST
FrungyMay. 02, 2015 - 10:03AM JST And by 1945 140,000 people had died from radiation sickness from the A-bomb. But the U.S. version is 9,200. Why play down the number if they're not ashamed? ... and the Kaiten Mk10 had a range of about 3.5 kilometers (far shorter than the previous versions as Japan was almost out of fuel and materials) while a U.S. destroyer's main guns could fire from more than 15 kilometers.
How did you get 140,000? Never said 9,200 were killed in atomic bomb blast. If you read carefully, I said Mitsubishi Heavy Industry had 9,200 people that were working in Hiroshima for the war effort of IJA. The 1946 U.S. figure of 90,000 dead seems about right. Deaths after Dec 1945 evidently were not very numerous. The survey found that approximately 75% had died by Dec. 1945, and that an additional 5-6% had died between then and 1950. Interestingly, the latter death rate is slightly above 1 percent a year, almost exactly the normal mortality rate for the Japanese population. Counting deaths as of the end of 1945 must have captured essentially all of them. By the way, the USS Underhill had been sunk by a Japanese kaiten in 1945 and killed many U.S. personnels.
Posted in: Why it's hard for Abe to apologize for WWII
sfjp330May. 02, 2015 - 05:26AM JST
The U.S.-Japan cooperation will move from being locally focused to globally focused, and of course that's completely appropriate given the way the world has changed since few decades ago.
Posted in: Message for Abe
May. 24, 2015 - 10:15PM JST
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May. 24, 2015 - 10:13PM JST
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May. 24, 2015 - 09:59PM JST
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Posted in: Pair of Yubari melons fetch Y1.5 mil at auction
May. 24, 2015 - 09:49PM JST
Steve Martin had the last word on azaleas:
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