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sfjp330Dec. 11, 2013 - 08:20AM JST
Jim Poushinsky Dec. 11, 2013 - 01:42AM JST The atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and the firebombing of Dresden were acts of utter insanity that can never be justified by those who ordered these atrocities.
The tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is all about the innocent Japanese women and children that died in a flash. But you missed over decade of slow, methodical torture, rape, theft and pillaging that IJA committed in Chin, Korea, Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. Japan is still looking at themselves as a victim. When you speak of cowards, IJA beat and tortured Allied prisoners and civilians of war, as if they have no conscience for the things they did in the name of their Emperor. And of course so many more killed themselves rather than face the tribunal of world judgment for their crimes against the innocent. When upon viewing the destruction of the city of Hiroshima, and learning that the Soviets had declared war on Japan, Hirohito began publically stating to his cabinet that "We must end this war". The Emperor ended it, not anyone else. Not the people of Japan only, he ended it when he spoke via radio declaring and end to all. Up until then, he held out for a negotiated peace that would have allowed the IJA and J-Goverment of 1945 to escape any responsibilty for the millions of deaths, rapes and tortures committed in all the years since early 1930's. Tell me that military men of Japan in the 1940's were a civilized, humanitarian like group of people when in fact its acts of violence against her neighbors is only exceeded by the Germans and the Nazi party. I don't blame the current generation and their parents for the actions of the grandparents. But I feel sorry for this generation for not getting the opportunity to learn truth of their countries actions in the past, they can learn from them. All they seemed to have learned is nuclear bombs are bad and they were victims.
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sfjp330Dec. 10, 2013 - 09:17AM JST
chucky3176Dec. 10, 2013 - 09:03AM JST I can assure you there's no political pressure against Park for 'cozying up to the Chinese' too much.
There is pressure on the politicians in SK for diplomacy since they depend on China for their economy. Who are you kidding when China accounts for 25 percent of total exports and 16 percent of total imports and it's increasing? Trade with Japan has dropped fifity percent in the last decade, so where do you think South Korea's politicians and industry is focusing on?
Posted in: Japan gives OK to S Korea's expanded air defense zone
sfjp330Dec. 10, 2013 - 07:33AM JST
Abe goverment is creating overreatction in its targets. There is some controvery on this point, in part because the law as written is entirely too vague. Most likely, the law will be used to indefinitely detain Japanese citizens domestically. Abe has created a ugent reason to expand goverment power at the expense of privacy and civil liberties.
Posted in: Abe defends state secret law, but says he could have explained it better
sfjp330Dec. 07, 2013 - 07:11AM JST
For South Korea economics is the priorty with China. China and South Korea already extended currency swap worth close to $60 billion for another four years. Both countries agreed to consider expanding the size of the deal, and further cooperate at the financial and monetary front. The overall trade with Japan has been reduced by fifty percent in the last decade. South Korea imports $60 billion from Japan and exports $25 billion to Japan. Trade with Japan will be reduce even more and has become a non-factor.
Posted in: Biden meets with S Korean leader; pledges Asia focus
sfjp330Dec. 07, 2013 - 05:16AM JST
Fadamor Dec. 07, 2013 - 05:08AM JST Nobody is taking China's new ADIZ seriously, especially as it overlaps existing ADIZ areas established by other countries.
The real and present danger is the act of Japanese goverment demanding these pilots to challenge some foreign military force in the name of national interests and pride. This puts commercial pilots in an untenable and precarious position. Not to mention passengers who have no idea they are unwitting pawns in a high stakes game.
Posted in: U.S. stops short of asking China to rescind air zone
sfjp330Dec. 07, 2013 - 05:01AM JST
J.basher Dec. 07, 2013 - 12:54AM JST The United States must build stronger military-to-military ties with China
There’s certainly something to this argument, at the very least ensure mistrust will be a permanent feature of the bilateral relationship. The cooperation between U.S. and China fails to tell us how temporary the Sino-U.S. relationship truly is.
Posted in: Biden says China must take steps to reduce tension in region
sfjp330Dec. 07, 2013 - 04:44AM JST
U.S. has fully nurtured Japan's dual identity by aligning it with the West and alienating it from Asia. Behind this manipulation also lay a deep-seated fear of Asian nationalism that was expressed through the demonization of communism. For China its all about the U.S. Why do you think the Chinese ADIZ overlaps with South Korea? What has South Korea done to China?
Posted in: China slams Japan for resolution on air defense zone
sfjp330Dec. 07, 2013 - 04:25AM JST
From China's perspective, U.S. maintains a double standard towards China. The U.S. and its allies like South Korea and Japan are allowed to have ADIZs; China is not. There are currently no rules that forbid China’s declaration of an overlapping ADIZ. Even with th U.S. commitment to its allies, Japan increasingly harbours insecurities that the U.S. and China will either bury the hatchet or that China’s growing strength will cause U.S. to remain on the sidelines if China-Japan maritime tensions escalate.
sfjp330Dec. 06, 2013 - 09:37AM JST
China's future energy situation is in alot better situation then Japan. Japan will continue to import 99 percent of their needs.
sfjp330Dec. 06, 2013 - 09:21AM JST
HonestDictator Dec. 06, 2013 - 09:15AM JST And how many raw materials are shipped from China. Find the answer to those questions and you'll understand. China is hungry for raw materials and resources which is why the CCP is doing what its doing.
If that is the case, then an equally bullish case can be made for China on the basis of its shale gas reserves alone. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that China has total reserves of 1,275 trillion cubic feet of shale gas, almost 50 percent more than the 862 trillion cubic feet in the U.S., and more than that in the U.S. and Canada combined.
sfjp330Dec. 06, 2013 - 08:57AM JST
EthanWilber Dec. 06, 2013 - 08:35AM JST Japan, China and South Korea may be able to figure out their ways to deal with their differences peacefully in an adult like manner.
They did for many decades after 70's. The very problem lies in the way Japanese people view China and the way China issues are portrayed in the Japanese media. This raises the question whether the public opinion in Japan really reflects what people think on relations with China. The negative sentiments in China toward Japan will continue to be a major risk factor for Japanese firms doing business in the country. Still, most of the major companies continue to need the Chinese market and go to China to compete, and if Japanese firms hesitate in doing business in China because of those risks, they could be losing in the global competition. China’s aggressive military buildup may in fact be a reflection of its internal fragility.
sfjp330Dec. 06, 2013 - 08:34AM JST
rsgz4gg7y2 Dec. 06, 2013 - 08:27AM JSTJapan doesn't need to give up admin right. China never asked it either.
China never asked either? Where have you been? They are claiming the islands. Here is Hong Li, China's Foreign Ministry reponse of Senkaku/Daioyu Islands "The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been integral parts of China's territory since ancient times. It is fully reasonable and justifiable for China's ADIZ in the East China Sea to cover this area. The Japanese side has no right to make irresponsible remarks."
sfjp330Dec. 06, 2013 - 08:21AM JST
rsgz4gg7y2 Dec. 06, 2013 - 08:12AM JST So it pretty much blowing over. China will have its ADIZ, but will not enforce it too hard, for US's sake.
So it pretty much blowing over? The real problem is that Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands that Japan has adminstrative rights is in the part of China's new ADIZ. I doubt that Japan will give up that easily without further military confrontation.
sfjp330Dec. 06, 2013 - 07:49AM JST
You remember that when Taiwan was ceded to Japan in 1895, it was also with “affiliated islands," and did not specifically name those islands. By jurisdictional records both before 1895 and after 1895, the islands were under Taiwan’s jurisdiction due to closeness and convenience. So the ROC thought and expected to have the islands back by 1945 in pursuance to the instrument of surrender. Japan effectively seperated the islands from Taiwan without the consent of China, and gave them to the US to administer under a trusteeship in 1951. This is the big problem to be unentangled now, as you see. I think the reason why China accuses Japan of stealing the islands from Taiwan and China, it was during a cold war with the Soviet that the U.S. “returned” the islands to japan in exchange for something. China does not recognize the San Francisco treaty in 1951, and the physical return of the islands in 1972. There was no mention of the name of Senkaku islands were found in the Treaty of San Francisco. It was in 1953, the civil authority in Okinawa, through internal law, expanded Okinawa to include the Senkaku islands, which is certainly a probleml under international law.
sfjp330Dec. 06, 2013 - 07:35AM JST
In reality, U.S. and Europe is more concerned about what happens if China growth falters. It has far reaching consequences since they are increasingly dependent on China. Maybe Japan doesn't care that their trade with China amounts to over 20 percent of GDP.
sfjp330Dec. 06, 2013 - 07:02AM JST
JoeBigsDec. 06, 2013 - 06:30AM JST The US didn't have a crystal ball and if you remember correctly the PRC didn't give one hoot about the islands in 1951. And making claims with zero facts/proof to back it up is just plain silly.
If Japan has undisputeable ownership, why did China and Japan agreed to jointly develop gas deposits in the East China Sea near Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in 2008? They didn't need to ask China. The fields are located near the median line between the two nations' territorial waters.
sfjp330Dec. 06, 2013 - 06:09AM JST
JoeBigs Dec. 06, 2013 - 05:52AM JST And prior to 1971 the PRC didn't give a hoot about the Senkaku Islands, hell I don't think a single drab uniformed party member knew what those islands even were.
If U.S. was so sure that Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands belong to Japan, why didn't U.S. gave only adminstrative rights and no soverignty in 1972? Maybe U.S. already knew the future problems.
sfjp330Dec. 06, 2013 - 05:36AM JST
Did Japan consult China, South Korea, Taiwan, etc. when it set up its own ADIZ in 1969? It is still international air space. Anyone is free to enter this zone, just that the country politely ask you to inform them when you are entering the zone? Except in the case of Japan, it didn't "politely ask" but use force, electronic interference, etc. to harass Taiwan's civilian flights, close to 40 times since 2009? So why no mention of such act by Japan?
sfjp330Dec. 06, 2013 - 05:32AM JST
Ellsbury is a singles hitter, and not worth $22 million a year for 7 years. If Yankees wanted a lead off hitter at a fraction of a cost, they could've got Craig Gentry from the Rangers. I prefer Gentry over Ellsbury anyday. Ellsbury's stats is overated because he played in Fenway.
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sfjp330Dec. 06, 2013 - 05:05AM JST
Saketown Dec. 06, 2013 - 03:24AM JST Why did you establish this ADIZ without consulting the Imternational Community first, and especially requiring flights to give their flight plans before they enter the Zone? That is not normal for any ADIZ anywhere in the world, so why did your country establish this Zone?
Huh? What does it matter? The only country that China is concerned about is U.S. interference. As you notice, U.S. appears to have given China the green light to go forward, albeit unintentionally it seems. Look for China next year to declare an ADIZ over most of the South China Sea. China will also create such a zone in the Yellow Sea as well at some point in the near future. What can Philippines, Taiwan, or Vietnam can do? If U.S. is going to do nothing about it, these countries cannot do anything. U.S. is more concerned about the economic relationship with China, and the protection of U.S. investments in China.
Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:37AM JST
Let's remember, this was from MTV, a showcase for the inane and puerile.
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These comments about all this horrible food being imported into Japan is nonsense. If you don't…
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Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:36AM JST
I don't know why this is happening, but I approve of it.
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"Lynching" means "killing", at least where I'm from....
Posted in: Specter of lynching haunts Central African Republic
Dec. 12, 2013 - 10:35AM JST
If I leave any water in a cup in the office in Yokohama, there's always a…
Posted in: Tokyo enlists civilian 'water monitors' to prove its water is tasty