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sfjp330May. 21, 2016 - 02:36PM JST
yakyakMAY. 21, 2016 - 01:22PM JST "Just why are there US bases in Okinawa anyway?"
Is there problem in China, North Korea, or Russia? Your answer might be "NO".
Posted in: Japan-U.S. pact on U.S. base personnel still unfair: Japan expert
sfjp330May. 21, 2016 - 02:25PM JST
Gelasio ValdezMAY. 21, 2016 - 01:52PM JST **** Dear country of Japan! I'm going to share my perspective on the the upcoming visit to Japan from the American President. War crimes are never forgotten. Did Germany apologize for the ovens used to kill the Jewish people? Did Japan apologize for attacking and killing the innocent people in Pearl Harbor? We know that many soldiers are still sunk with the ships! The PAINS and discrimination are on both countries.If one claims innocent throw the first Stone! The price of Peace was painfully. So, if you ask a Soldier the PAINS of War,Pray for International Peace! However,we are living now in the Economic War's once again!???? Cheers Sensei
What is your point?
Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima
sfjp330May. 20, 2016 - 03:55PM JST
5SpeedRacer5MAY. 20, 2016 - 01:41PM JST but I am not really sure that the entire US presence has to take responsibility for this one civilian.
There is a difference in perception and reality. Americans on Okinawa continue to commit fewer crimes per capita than the Okinawan community. The number of crimes committed by U.S. personnel continues to remain proportionately low compared to the overall crime rate on the island. However, any crime committed by Americans in Okinawa is magnified. It's a 70+ years of problem. It always opens the wound.
Posted in: Civilian U.S. base worker admits to killing Okinawa woman; Abe to raise issue with Obama
sfjp330May. 20, 2016 - 03:23PM JST
tideofiron MAY. 20, 2016 - 01:38PM JST My grandfather was captured by the Japanese early in the war and subjected to torture and years of forced labor under inhuman conditions. After the war ended, he returned home completely broken. Until the day he died, he would wake up every single night screaming until my grandmother could manage to calm him down. No one ever apologized to him nor was he ever compensated for slaving for a Japanese company (that still exists today) for free.
As a government it is in their duties to acknowledge the wrongdoings of their forefathers and help prevent such things from occurring again. Unfortunately, the same history has countless, consistent denial by high-ranking Japanese officials denying that sadistic war time crimes ever took place. The real message of the war criminals being enshrined at Yasukuni is that no matter what you do, no matter how much suffering you inflict, if you have Japanese blood in your veins you are ok. On the other hand if you are foreigner, no matter how much they have suffered it is not important, you are not Japanese. Considering the suffering inflicted on neighboring Asian countries by Japan is it so hard to call them the 'invasions' that they are rather than 'advances'? If Hiroshima and Nagasaki are crimes then surely Japan's wartime actions are also crimes, why is it so easy for Japanese people to acknowledge A-bomb victims and so hard to acknowledge Asian victims of Japan's wartime aggression? Simple, The A-bomb victims were Japanese and therefore important and the others were foreign and therefore less than human and unimportant. That is the underlying fact that is hard to move beyond that for Japan.
sfjp330May. 20, 2016 - 03:04PM JST
With more people working part time, even meat is expensive. Some have no choice but to eat more of cup-a-noodle.
Posted in: Japan’s demand for seafood declines, especially among young generation: report
sfjp330May. 19, 2016 - 02:13PM JST
How can you tell the difference? Legitimate Kobe beef is priced around $200 per portion for a steak. If you see something on a menu referred to as Kobe priced less than that, it is most likely domestic or imported Wagyu.
Posted in: Wagyu vs kokusangyu – The difference between the two types of Japanese beef
sfjp330May. 19, 2016 - 02:00PM JST
tictactogoMAY. 19, 2016 - 01:53PM JST and now Koreans come in n say "We were also victims too! Apology and compensate!". Do you see how pathetic it sounds?
If you didn't know, there were 50,000 Koreans living in Hiroshima, and many thousands died in the bombing and after the war, about half returned to Korea. They were victims too. I know it sounds pathetic to you.
sfjp330May. 19, 2016 - 01:41PM JST
bass4funkMAY. 19, 2016 - 01:08PM JST If he can get people back to work, create jobs, higher wage paying jobs and focus on America FIRST
The big question is how? How is Trump going do do this? Massive tariffs on China and Mexico? Trump's big claim is that he will bring back American jobs "from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places.?" If you listen closely, Trump has proposed doing this two ways: slapping tariffs on foreign goods and negotiating better trade deals. In his campaign announcement speech, he threatened a 35% tax on Ford that is made in Mexico that are brought back to the U.S. to be sold and suggesting a 25% tariff on goods coming from China to the U.S. Trump has proposed would start an immediate trade war that would likely hurt American jobs and exports. Also, raising minimum wage would ease poverty but cost some jobs.
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sfjp330May. 19, 2016 - 01:32PM JST
The worst thing Abe could do for Japan would be to enact further cuts to the of core health, education, and public safety systems. A sales tax increase would provide the resources needed to prevent economically damaging cuts.
sfjp330May. 19, 2016 - 01:27PM JST
In Japan, approximately 40 percent work part-time. Japan can be a very stressful society to live in as the employment system is very rigid and it is not easy for those who have been laid off to find another job. They work in poorly paid jobs for hourly rates and many do not pay taxes or pay into pension system. 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.
sfjp330May. 19, 2016 - 08:02AM JST
Part of the problem is that the automakers do their own testing for gas mileage under standards set by regulators. This is unlikely to change. It would be nearly impossible for the government to do all the tests themselves without an immense amount of funding. Believe the disclaimer: Your mileage may vary. As for the automakers, those overstated ratings probably aren't worth it in the long run. Automakers who cheat the system are only creating ill will among buyers. Just ask VW.
Posted in: Mitsubishi Motors president to resign over mileage scandal
sfjp330May. 19, 2016 - 07:45AM JST
Erin Loydi BrummetteMAY. 19, 2016 - 05:54AM JST There were a lot of prisoners who also lost their lives. It was far more than just 200,000 Japanese. There were Koreans, and American prisoners being held.
Where is the evidence that 200,000 people were killed? The 1946 U.S. had figure of 90,000 dead. Deaths after Dec 1945 evidently were not very numerous. The survey found that majority 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.
Posted in: Obama's Hiroshima trip stirs debate on Truman's fateful choice
sfjp330May. 18, 2016 - 01:06PM JST
mukamo MAY. 18, 2016 - 10:15AM JST True that these job-seekers will get more pay in Japan than in the Philippines, but after the taxes, bad-deal pension scheme for foreigners, all sorts of discrimination - why choose JP?
Many Filipinos migrate to solve their problems back home, but now migration is causing new problems of indebtedness and insolvency among OFWs. Many are more in debt because of their families spending habits.
sfjp330May. 18, 2016 - 12:51PM JST
bruinfanMAY. 18, 2016 - 12:43PM JSTHave you even talked to Japanese people who lived through the war?
What could they tell you? There was censorship during war. Many true information was not available. Hiroshima was a major army base that housed the headquarters of the Japanese 5th Division and the 2nd Army Headquarters.
sfjp330May. 18, 2016 - 12:25PM JST
In all probability prior to November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated. But Truman and his advisors were obsessed with the atomic bomb because it guaranteed the U.S. a position as the undisputed victor of the war, independent of Soviet assistance. This was crucial because both Roosevelt and his successor Truman were reluctant to accept military assistance from communist Russia. More importantly, they refused to grant the Russians postwar concessions that would have accompanied that wartime assistance. As it stood the U.S.-Soviet alliance during World War II was uneasy at best.
sfjp330May. 18, 2016 - 08:14AM JST
Gary Raynor MAY. 18, 2016 - 07:41AM JST I like Obama, but this visiting of Hiroshima is a big mistake, especially with the present Japanese government and its large contingent of atrocity deniers and just look how it's being played out in the Japanese media, 'aren't we Japanese magnanimous, we don't need the US to apologize for their war crime?'.
If you look at the history after end of WWII, Japan spent basically from 1950's through mid 1990s under the same conservative LDP government. There was no change in thought or attitude. At best, the Japanese government was able to buy off the Chinese and Koreans, providing loans and grants while those governments kept nationalistic sentiments tamped down. When the LDP hold was toppled in the 1990s, the coalition government was so weak that even though it began reconciliation with a formal apology, it couldn't make much progress before the LDP came back to power one year later. Japan needed a strong center-left party to lead the way. Unfortunately, Murayama and the Japanese Social Democrats were simply too weak. Japan's delay in the process has only made it more difficult for any real reconciliation. Had they done it back when Japan was at its peak, Chinese and Korean nationalism were somewhat under control and Japan had bought some goodwill through economic aid, they might have gotten their message across more smoothly. Instead, now you have Japan in a weak position, China and Korea ascendant, and both those nations experiencing near-rabid nationalistic sentiments, it'll be much harder for all involved to come together.
sfjp330May. 18, 2016 - 07:49AM JST
If you look at the history, the real problem is how U.S. handle the peace treaty after the WWII. PRC's Zhou Enlai supported the Soviet proposal that all states that participated with their armed forces against Japan should prepare the treaty. Instead, the U.S. had monopolized the task to exclude China. Why did the U.S. wanted to exclude China in 1951 SF Treaty? On the surface of course the Communist Party was now in power and U.S. and Chinese troops were fighting each other in Korea. But Britain also had troops in Korea and yet was prepared to invite the PRC to the conference. It was actually the Soviet Union that was behind the North Korean attack on the south, yet the U.S. permitted the Soviet Union actively to participate in the conference. China suffered the longest and the deepest from Japanese aggression. The SF Treaty divided China with numerous other territorial disputes that the U.S. used in justifying its continuing presence in the region.
sfjp330May. 18, 2016 - 07:37AM JST
bass4funk MAY. 18, 2016 - 07:34AM JST You don't get it and this is what drives me insane about liberals thought process. It is about the rights of women to have privacy without men disturbing that right. It's a non-issue for most men and for people that don't care what a lot of women, mothers seriously object to.
In a democratic process you have right to your opinion. Maybe you live in Socialist system?
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sfjp330May. 18, 2016 - 07:31AM JST
sensei258 MAY. 18, 2016 - 07:27AM JST The key word there is "civilians". The wanton slaughter of countless non-combatant civilians is the crime. Regardless of whether their gov't/military started it.
Did IJA distinguished the differences in slaughter of civilians in Nanking, Manila or Southeast Asia during 1930-1945? Facts are Japanese military didn't care about civilians. They were brutal.
sfjp330May. 18, 2016 - 07:13AM JST
KnowBetter MAY. 18, 2016 - 03:03AM JST The Chinese buyers are driving up local prices so that people who were born in the area can no longer afford to live and/or buy and therefore must move out of the area. This in turn creates a problem because anyone just above median income and below for the area can NOT afford to live there. So who will do their jobs when they move out.
Blame the local investors. Chinese investors maybe make up fraction of the total sales compare to local and regional investors. Majority of the property that is being bought is from the individual or investors with deep pocket with good credit and they are buying multiple residential and commercial properties as a investment. Interest rate is still low. They are looking at 5-10 years ahead. Many want to diversify their investment and there is substantial tax benefits from buying additional properties that will be used as rental properties.
Posted in: Chinese pouring billions into U.S. real estate: study
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May. 27, 2016 - 03:19AM JST
the column was written by paul taylor, if anyone is interested
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May. 27, 2016 - 03:05AM JST
This shows Clinton is a person with integrity.
How? Are you saying two wrongs (or in…
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May. 27, 2016 - 03:04AM JST
Japanese criminal laws need to update. It is still Japanese traditional crime oriented. There are many…
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May. 27, 2016 - 02:48AM JST
While Japanese authorities are not intervening on the currency at this stage
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May. 27, 2016 - 02:46AM JST
I can't come to understand how that business can be legal, or how is it open…
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