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sfjp330Jul. 22, 2014 - 09:21AM JST
Still many people in international community question what China is actually trying to do. Not too many people understand the Chinese culture, values and institutions of China. U.S. is very clear with their objectives. U.S. policies are for democracy and values of human rights that attracts many countries. Most people do not know what is China's core values, and the character of China's soft power cannot be identified. China actually has no soft power because the values comparable to western democracy or human rights are absent in China. China's government has promoted the "harmonious society" but this has been taken as a joke by many of its own people who clearly understand the real purpose of the slogan.
Posted in: Japanese firms hurt by tensions with China, S Korea
sfjp330Jul. 19, 2014 - 08:36AM JST
As to all your ‘facts’ about the complex Buk systems supposedly in the hands of these ‘rebels’, well wouldn’t it be better, as Putin has clearly said, to give some time for fact-finding before pointing fingers? Better than simply regurgitating the accusations that came immediately from the Russian president upon his learning of the tragic event? Draw conclusions first and find facts later? That’s the proven and oft-repeated style of the Russian authorities. Only one thing is certain about the Buk systems, that they were certainly in the hands of the trigger-happy Ukrainian military, deployed and manned by Russian trained personel capable of actually firing them and hitting a target.
Posted in: Investigators struggle to reach MH17 crash site in Ukraine
sfjp330Jul. 19, 2014 - 08:03AM JST
There is an unfortunate drive within McDonald’s to lure the very health conscious consumers whose desires are wrecking the food. Regarding solutions, maybe there are none, but many of the restaurants haven’t gotten better, and McDonald’s has grown much, much worse. The one solution I can think of other than returning to the fattier beef of old, and the French fry oil of old, is to do as Coke did in the ‘80s, acknowledge the demand for the classic McDonald’s formula, and start up separate, more expensive chains along the lines of McDonald’s Classic. If so, you’ll have a regular customer, along with many others who remember well how stupendously brilliant McDonald’s once was.
sfjp330Jul. 19, 2014 - 07:33AM JST
Investors are so spooked after the after two disaster and the government could not rule out bankruptcy for the airline. Even before this disaster in Ukranine, the airline's market value has plunged about 50 percent so far this year. If they intend to survive and attact new investors, they need complete restructuring from top to bottom, including the airline name change.
Posted in: Travel agencies in many countries have already reported customers canceling reservations on Malaysian Airlines flights since one of the carrier's planes was shot down over Ukraine. In view of the second major disaster to befall the airline this year, would you still be willing to fly with them?
sfjp330Jul. 19, 2014 - 06:58AM JST
ka_chan Jul. 19, 2014 - 06:28AM JST Now the question is what will Europe and J-gov do? Both have agreements with Russia for natural gas and petroleum. The German Chancellor squarely put the blame on Russia. But will they really hit Russia with real sanctions? So far all the sanctions on Russia is very light.
Even with the new strict sanctions, Russia is entirely at liberty to borrow in any other currency it can manage to gain a loan in. Rubles, Yuan, Pounds Sterling, Vietnamese Dong, all are just entirely fine. And any non-U.S. financial or trading company or organisation is entirely at liberty to lend or invest equity into such a project, which means that it doesn’t sound like much of a problem, until you recall that oil is almost always traded in U.S. dollars. So Russia must borrow in non-dollars and thus opens itself up to the problem of having a currency mismatch that it cannot cover. That’s a big, big, risk. One possibility is that Russia and others will use this as a reason to try and expand the amount of oil that is traded not in dollars but in some other currency.
Posted in: Global anger intensifies over downed Malaysia Airlines jet
sfjp330Jul. 19, 2014 - 04:25AM JST
Up until WWI, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan did not exist. After the Ottoman Turks lost to the allies, these areas were divided into mandates which were governed by France and Britain. The French created, created Lebanon and Syria out of their mandate. The British created “the Jewish homeland” out of theirs. This homeland included all of the land west of the Jordan river and the land east of the Jordan river in what is today called Jordan.
There were at that time no such thing as Palestinians. In fact, at that time, the term Palestinian referred to Jews living in Palestine. The Arabs living in Palestine were recognized as such. Yassar Arafat conjured up the “Palestinian nation” in order to provide legitimacy to his claims that they were the original inhabitants, descendants of the Canaanite tribes that inhabited the region thousands of years ago. In fact, most of the Arabs who lived in Palestine in 1948 were immigrants from elsewhere.
Following WWI it never occurred to anyone that the Arabs living in the Jewish homeland had the right to self determination there. The Balfour declaration was not a controversial document in 1917 when it was written. So first, the British reneged on their promise to give the mandate to the Jews and gave the entire area east of the Jordan River to the Hashemites to further a political agenda. The the U.N. partition plan divided the small remainder of the mandate once more so that Jews were left with a miniscule part of the original mandate. In a compromise the Jewish community in Palestine accepted the plan in order to have state and live in peace with the Arab inhabitants of Palestine. The Arabs rejected it thinking that they would wipe out the Jewish community and get the entire land. So for the sake of clarity , the Palestinian nation was created by Yassar Arafat in the 1960′s.
Posted in: 20 killed as Israeli troops advance into Gaza
sfjp330Jul. 19, 2014 - 03:58AM JST
There might be a simple explanation. The Russian mercenaries, having celebrated their downing of two Ukrainian air force planes, were ready for another triumph. They set their radar sights on an incoming plan which they assumed to be a Ukrainian military transport and shot it down. Within a few minutes, the separatist authorities and their Kremlin handlers knew they had shot down a civilian plane.
I doubt that the Russian public will be so enamored with Putin once they learn that his loyal people’s militias marauding in east Ukraine killed three hundred innocent people. With respect to Putin, first interpretation is that he controls Russia almost single handedly with his noted vertical of power. If so, he must be held personally responsible for what his agents did. The second interpretation is that Russia is falling apart as mercenaries move themselves and heavy military equipment at will within Russia and across its borders.
sfjp330Jul. 19, 2014 - 03:38AM JST
German wind has produced only about one-fifth of its installed capacity. Ironically, since shutting down some of their older nuclear plants in response to the nuclear accident in Japan, they now have to import nuclear power from France and the Czech Republic.
Posted in: Germany most energy efficient nation
sfjp330Jul. 19, 2014 - 03:27AM JST
Fadamor Jul. 19, 2014 - 02:41AM JST Where the missile was launched from is Ukrainian territory mostly under separatist control.
But it is not clear whether the missile was launched from rebels in the separatist-controlled zone in Eastern Ukraine or directly from Russian territory. The U.S. is analyzing the trajectory of the missile to try to learn where the attack came from.
sfjp330Jul. 18, 2014 - 08:12AM JST
halogenicJul. 18, 2014 - 07:52AM JST Why was the plane flying over a war zone in the first place?
The route taken by the Malaysian jet is a common route, and appears to have been subject to no flight restrictions. Both Ukrainian and Russian armed forces possess SA-17 missile launchers, and that pro-Moscow insurgents may have gotten their hands surface-to-air missiles when Ukrainian forces retreated. However, to operate effectively, you have to be very skilled with extensive Russian training.
Posted in: Int'l probe demanded after Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine
sfjp330Jul. 18, 2014 - 07:54AM JST
There were a number of high profile massacres of Palestinians by Jewish terrorist groups. Today, the ethnic cleansing is much more subtle, but real nonetheless. Non-Jewish homes are routinely demolished by the IDF. Where can the Palestinians in these homes go? Many are being forced to emigrate. And That is what the other racist Israeli parties depend on to end the Palestinian dream of a viable state. And how do you defend Jewish only colonies on the remaining 22 per cent of historic Palestine that is left for a Palestinian state?
Posted in: Hamas rejects Egypt's proposal for truce with Israel
sfjp330Jul. 18, 2014 - 07:22AM JST
This Russian made missle is capable hitting targets of upwards to 70,000 feet. The plane was flying at 10,000 meters (33,000 feet). To fire this missle, it requires extensive technical training, and you have to have 6 to 7 expert operator that is probably trained by the Russians.
sfjp330Jul. 18, 2014 - 06:59AM JST
Ukrainians probably don't have the technical ability to hit a plane at that height. Russia has yet to cut off the flow of fighters and arms across the Ukrainian border to pro-Russian separtists. Russia’s military actions inside and along Ukraine’s border exceed any definition of “defensive” and part with any reasonable understanding of what is militarily required to secure the border. The movement and positioning of Russian forces is also well beyond anything that could be called routine training.
sfjp330Jul. 16, 2014 - 04:23AM JST
OssanAmerica Jul. 16, 2014 - 03:39AM JST Abbot was praising specifically the submarine crews. Not the entire Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, And this may come as a shock to you but not EVERYONE in the Japanese military carried out atrocities.
Abbott has shown his complete lack of understanding of the rules of the game in his speech to PM Abe, when he mentioned the war. I suppose we should be grateful it was Abe and not Merkel, or we might have been told by our incredibly inept Prime Minister how ‘‘honourably’’ the German army and the Waffen SS behaved during World War II. Could any of his many spin doctors remind the Prime Minister that kamikazes were surely convinced of doing the ‘‘honourable’’ thing by their country? It baffles me that an Australian PM would ever praise the soldiers responsible for the ‘‘Battle of Darwin.’
Posted in: China blasts Australian PM over comments during Abe's visit
sfjp330Jul. 16, 2014 - 04:06AM JST
scipantheist Jul. 15, 2014 - 03:02PM JST My understanding is also that Japan has neither the will, the population, or the money to take on China on its own. At least acknowledging you need the US to fight them would be a step in the right direction.
Reality is actually quite the contrary. Our government, our lives, and most of the so called modern world are slaves to the central banking system and the fiat currency that have been siphoning our freedom since it’s inception.
Posted in: Japan able to aid U.S. ships under attack, says defense minister
sfjp330Jul. 15, 2014 - 08:47AM JST
China far less worried about cooperating or preserving smooth relations with Japan and U.S. than it once was. Instead China seems intent on freeing itself from its constraints. It has mostly been driven by a change in China’s perception of power relations since the global economic crisis. China’s success in surviving such a precipitous downturn has given the government a greater belief in its own resilience. And the perception that the U.S., Japan and Europe need China more than China needs them has been fed by U.S. administration, whose conciliatory gestures toward China have been treated as signs of weakness rather than goodwill.
U.S. and Japan needs more consciously competitive policies be initiated in areas where disagreements are likely to persist.
Posted in: Abe wants to hold summit with China at APEC meeting
sfjp330Jul. 15, 2014 - 08:26AM JST
Kabukilover Jul. 15, 2014 - 08:13AM JST Abbott praised Japanese military during WWII. I had to read that three times to see if I read it right. What was that idiot thinking of? Australians were among the victims of Japanese war crimes.
The current strategy in Australia however seems sensible enough: diversify, seek friends wherever you can, build the core economic links, and have these as the main thrust of what you are doing. But as Abbott's remarks to Abe make clear, underlying all of this is a very emotional commitment by current Australian leaders to being as visibly faithful and strongly connected to the U.S., and older allies like Japan, as possible. This urge seems to be pushing Abbott into making unnecessarily forceful remarks about issues that he need not express any opinion on.
sfjp330Jul. 15, 2014 - 07:36AM JST
Problem is Japan is integral to the U.S. as regards to China and Asia. And, yet, Japan seems unwilling to leverage this fact for its own benefit. It gets little, if anything these days, from the U.S. and is restricted by the Japan-U.S. alliance to seek closer relations with China. As China strengthens in the region, Japan will only become more important to the U.S. and its value to America will increase. It is doubtful, however, given America’s influence with the major political parties and the bureaucracy, that Japan will be able to weigh the advantages of staying within the U.S. sphere of influence and properly leverage its importance against the advantages of returning to the Asian community while it stills retains some economic and diplomatic power. Unfortunately, the inability to make this assessment in the short-term will put Japan at a long-term disadvantage Prowhen China achieves dominance in Asia.
sfjp330Jul. 15, 2014 - 06:55AM JST
Part of the problem is the IDF’s expansive definition of a military target. It attacked a range of civilian facilities, from government offices to police stations, on the theory that they all provided at least indirect support to Hamas militants. But by that theory, Hamas would have been entitled to target virtually any government building in Israel on the ground that its office workers indirectly supported the IDF. That would make a mockery of the distinction between civilians and combatants that lies at the heart of the laws of war, which require direct support to military activity before civilians become legitimate military targets. Behind the unsupportable legal claim seemed to lie a determination to make Gazans suffer for the presence of Hamas–a prohibited purpose for using military force.
Israelis seem dismayed that the world has not embraced the justness of its latest war in Gaza. Of course Israel is entitled to defend itself from Hamas’ rocket attacks, but when it does so in violation of its duty to spare civilians, and with so massive a civilian toll, public outrage is entirely predictable. Meanwhile, the IDF does itself no favor when it resorts to censorship, PR techniques and misrepresentation rather than subject its conduct to the open and independent scrutiny that should characterize any military that is genuinely committed to respecting the laws of war.
Posted in: Israeli strike kills 18 family members, stirring debate over targets
sfjp330Jul. 15, 2014 - 06:41AM JST
The problem with the system is that it’s arbitrary and doesn’t meet the needs of employers. The H2-A program, for temporary agricultural workers, has faltered for different reasons. Before visas can be issued to guest workers, this program requires potential employers to prove that no native-born workers are willing to take their jobs. But that’s almost impossible to prove. As a result, only about 30,000 foreign workers are in the U.S. under this plan.
The need, however, is much greater. The Western Growers Association, has estimated that 80,000 acres of fruit and vegetable production moved out of California because of labor shortages. Perhaps the greatest evidence of the program’s inadequacy is the large number of illegals involved in agricultural work.
Posted in: Obama seeks governors' support on immigrant kids
Jul. 23, 2014 - 02:32AM JST
mukashiyokatta Here's a tip: whatever Rupert Murdoch says, DO THE OPPOSITE!!!
Posted in: Murdoch tells G20 gov'ts to take a back seat for growth
Jul. 23, 2014 - 02:31AM JST
Man, that's really sad. I hope there are investigations into why their accidents occurred. At least…
Posted in: 6 dead, 3 missing in water-related accidents on Marine Day
Jul. 23, 2014 - 02:17AM JST
Read this and you will understanding who is doing nothing:
JOE vs. JOSE
Posted in: Texas governor sending 1,000 National Guard troops to border
Jul. 23, 2014 - 02:13AM JST
I Why carpenters are criticized for keeping their jobs in old age? They do what they…
Posted in: Falling 30-kg wooden beam kills carpenter in Tokyo
Jul. 23, 2014 - 02:04AM JST
What the heck are people thumbing my comment down for? She's NOT Japanese, she's American!!!
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