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    This politics is at worst in Japan. If you dissect any politican in Japan, they have baggage. The opposition Democratic Party has been targeting new cabinet ministers in parliamentary debates in the hope of denting Abe's popularity. These opposition groups don't care about working together for the future of Japan.

    Posted in: Trade, justice ministers quit as Abe loses 2 of his 5 women ministers

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    Mark and his wife have donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation, an entity established by Congress to aid in combating the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. What other CEO have donated anything for any cause? Mark actually likes Asian culture. He is married to Chinese-American lady, who is a pediatrician.

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    JeffLeeOct. 18, 2014 - 08:08AM JSTThe decision-makers at the time were clueless as to how their actions would ripple right through the landscape, seeping into unexpected areas.

    How do you prepare for 3/11? As such, Fukushima was not just a disaster for the nuclear industry or the finances of the TEPCO, but for the country and economy as a whole. The increase in fossil fuel imports and the money paid to secure them has outweighed economic growth and gains in income. The situation has been exacerbated by depreciation of the yen, which has made energy commodity price imports, much more expensive. Japan is the world’s largest importer of LNG, the second biggest importer of coal and the third largest importer of oil.

    Posted in: BOJ to stand pat even as inflation stalls, global markets tumble -sources

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    scipantheistOct. 18, 2014 - 07:58AM JST Alright, humiliation accomplished. Can we get back to ignoring China?

    For Japan, China is a major trade partner that accounts for over 20 percent of Japan's total bilateral trade and you cannot ignore that. Continue bad relations is affecting all sprectrum of the bilateral trade and many will look for alternative suppliers other than Japan.

    Posted in: Abe meets Chinese PM amid furor over lawmakers' Yasukuni Shrine visits

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    kwattOct. 18, 2014 - 07:36AM JST because freedom is the greatest thing of all and people are guaranteed they can do anything they want in that way.

    Then can you tell me why German Chancellor Merkel does not visit Nazi Cemetary? There is also freedom of expression in Germany too.

    Posted in: 110 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends ritual offering

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    kwattOct. 18, 2014 - 07:14AM JST The biggest problem of Yasukuni seems since these war criminals were enshrined there. There were no war criminals there many years before and no criticism from China and South Korea at that time.

    The tribunal's work has been inconsistent. Class B war criminals were actually much worse, and those actually carried out specific atrocities. Yasukun is not just a memorial, it also contains a museum visited by thousands of Japanese citizens every year. And the version of history that it presents about WWII is sanitized to say the least. It does not give much attention at all to the atrocities committed in the name of Japan. It plays well with Abe's political base.

    Posted in: Rise and shrine

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    Official visits to Yasukuni by J-goverment representatives raise questions of the Japan's Constitution, which calls for the separation of politics and religion. Japan should keep Yasukuni away from politics. Isn’t it the duty of politicians to think of ways to achieve that goal? You can't treat Cabinet ministers’ visits to the shrine in the same way as those by families and citizens who mourn the war dead because of the unusual characteristics of the shrine. Such behavior has caused the international community to think that Japan has forgotten its past mistakes and is supporting such perceptions of history.

    Posted in: Abe meets Chinese PM amid furor over lawmakers' Yasukuni Shrine visits

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    Regarding Yasukuni, the neighboring countries that were invaded by Japan during WWII see it as analogous to a scenario in which high-ranking Germans would make a pilgrimage to a shrine to the Nazis. Obviously, were such a shrine to exist and Germans to visit it, there would be an enormous uproar in the countries that suffered and fought in the war against the Nazis. Japanese often are exasperated that their opponents in the war have never fully accepted the Japanese apologies. But an important reason for this hesitating acceptance is the continued subtle denial by the Yasukuni shrine visitors. Obama ought to get the word to Abe that there should be no more Yasukuni visits.

    Posted in: 110 Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni Shrine; Abe sends ritual offering

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    @flowers

    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.

    Posted in: Ball in Japan's court for Xi-Abe talks: China envoy

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    Article state: "Obuchi’s constituency had spent some 26 million yen on theater tickets for her backers in 2010 and 2011"

    She spent $260,000 on theatre tickets that they know of? And it took this long to disclose this? And it's a private matter? Might be alot more to this story. What else did she spend it on that we don't know. Obuchi needs to resign.

    Posted in: Obuchi apologizes after political funds misuse reports

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    Article states: “I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the fuss created by my private matter,”

    Are you serious? So when this this "fuss become a private matter"? This shows that Obuchi only saw opportunity to use political money to further her own political ambitions. Her actions have shown us the true face of Obuchi. She has no problem misusing public funds for her own personal ambitions while gladly seeking retribution against anyone who gets in his way. Ethics is not in her vocabulary. Time to resign.

    Posted in: Obuchi apologizes after political funds misuse reports

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    turbotsatOct. 17, 2014 - 06:55AM JST May as well replace "police" with "government at large".

    Ferguson police are part of local governments and play an integral role in the dispersion of power. Imagine if the federal government, not local municipalities, controlled all police forces throughout the country. What if all we had was a national police force? Who would stand against the totalitarian state, who would defend the cities and the individual against a consolidated, arbitrary power?

    Posted in: Nearly 20 arrested in Missouri protest over shootings

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    yabits Oct. 17, 2014 - 05:01AM JST I believe the vast majority of African-Americans in Ferguson do not approve of how their police force handled this from beginning to end -- and they have been extremely up-front with their disapproval.

    If Ferguson police truly want to improve their image and reputation among black citizens, they must first acknowledge that the black community’s mistrust of police is rational and justified. Police must also admit racial bias exists not only in the attitudes and behaviors of some individual police officers but also in the institutional culture of police departments where the unwritten rule of the “blue code of silence” protects officers who harbor racist attitudes and engage in racially discriminatory behavior. Ferguson Police officers must understand that community trust is earned not given. Unless police are willing and able to truly empathize with community anger and pain, relations with black communities in Ferguson will never improve.

    Posted in: Nearly 20 arrested in Missouri protest over shootings

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    nigelboyOct. 17, 2014 - 03:57AM JST Where do you get this from?

    From the 1972 treaty, show me where it states "Japan has the sovereignty over Senkaku/Diaoyu."

    Posted in: Ball in Japan's court for Xi-Abe talks: China envoy

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    nigelboy Oct. 17, 2014 - 02:30AM JST That's your flaw since you falsely "assume" that the Korean prosecutors are fair and impartial despite the fact that you have yet to prove why Sankei is singled out in this indictment. So far, your argument is deduced to "it's different" or "Korean prosecutors must have some good reason".

    Justice system in Korea is not different from your country Japan. It's practically identical. During the investigation process, the focus is to “find the truth,” and the “truth” is often “found” by getting a confession. The suspects and defendants are treated not as a party, but as an object of investigation. It is also often criticized that the judges tend to be closer to the prosecutors. Every element of the crime or the personal history of the defendant is thoroughly investigated and proven. Just like in Korea, the conviction rate in a Japanese criminal trial is over 99%. When it comes to postconviction proceedings, the prosecution’s focus is on “winning”, that is, to protect the conviction.

    Posted in: Asia News Weekly Network - S Korea’s defamation charge against Sankei reporter

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    A RealistOct. 16, 2014 - 10:47AM JST The "concession" China really wants is for Japan to recognize the Senkaku Islands as "disputed territory," all the rest is just the usual Chinese propaganda. China is a most immature nation, but it must know this will not happen.

    If Japan has definite ownership of Senkaku/Daioyu islands without doubt, why would Japan offer to explore resources jointly with China If Japan owns it, they didn't need to ask China. It shows Japan has a weak claim and they know it. This already happened few years ago. The solution to the competing claims emerged in 2008, when Japan and China reached a principled consensus on joint development of an area that includes the potentially gas-rich Chunxiao/Shirakaba field. However, the 2010 ramming of Japanese Coast Guard cutters by a Chinese fishing boat and the subsequent arrest of the Chinese captain by the Japanese, have halted all movement toward formalizing the 2008 consensus.

    In 1978, there was signing of a treaty between China and Japan for Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute. At the time, PM Fukuda and China's Deng Xiaoping accepted that "the dispute shall be posponed" "and for future generation to solve". If you own it like you said, why did J-goverment agreed to postpone the dispute? We know today, Japan goverment states "there is no dispute". In 1972, the Okinawa Revision Agreement grants Japan the rights of adminstration and not sovereignty. Why did U.S. only granted Japan administrative rights of Senkaku/Diaoyu and not the sovereignty?

    Posted in: Ball in Japan's court for Xi-Abe talks: China envoy

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    The vaguely worded clauses in the law are being used to target arbitrarily individuals and groups perceived to be critical of the government. No one is denying the right of South Korea to ensure the security of its citizens, but that is not what is being witnessed. The controversial clause is Article 7 that provides for imprisonment for up to seven years for anyone who ‘praises, incites or propagates the activities of an anti-government organization. ' This defined clauses in the NSL have left it open for substantial increase in abuse by the police and security services in the last five years.

    Posted in: S Korea urges Japan to calm down over Japanese reporter

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    South Korea may have laws protecting freedom of speech and publication. However, problem with any laws on defamation is that they do not tell you what you may do and they lay down in broad terms what you may not do. You can defame a person by repeating words spoken by someone else. There is no defense to claim that you were only quoting someone else. One thing you should always remember, if there is any fear in your mind that you might be committing defamation, ask for professional legal advice before publishing.

    Posted in: S Korea urges Japan to calm down over Japanese reporter

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    A RealistOct. 15, 2014 - 03:34AM JST It makes no difference. It is just an excuse for Korea and China to bash Japan and promote nationalism;

    For some, Yasukuni Shrine issue might be more of a exaggerated politics from China and Korea, but the reality is, it continues to open the wounds from WWII. Both countries needs to find a way to heal. For Japan, China is a major trade partner that accounts for over 20 percent of Japan's total bilateral trade and you cannot ignore that. Continue bad relations is affecting all sprectrum of the bilateral trade and many will look for alternative suppliers. There has to be better diplomatic solutions to the problem and. both countries need to show some flexibility to improve relations.

    Japan still continues war time denials by some of their leaders. Lawmaker like Nariaki Nakayama, who believes the Nanjing Massacre, in which Japanese Imperial soldiers rampaged across the Chinese capital in an orgy of bloodshed, never happened. In 2007, former education minister Nariaki Nakayama declared he was proud that the LFP had succeeded in getting references to "wartime sex slaves" struck from most authorized history texts for junior high schools. Hidehisa Otsuji, a former Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare said "I have difficulties understanding the opposition from other nations." and they represent Japan's goverment and their beliefs. These politicians who insist that they are only paying tribute to those who died for their country when they visit Yasukuni are not telling the truth. The only thing that Japan’s modern reactionaries regret about the war is defeat, and they are still fighting an uphill battle against Japanese public opinion to justify wartime Japan’s “noble mission.” No amount of sanitizing will change that. The only way to end the controversy is to impose a moratorium on visits to Yasukuni by any serving Cabinet minister. If Abe is truly looking for a new beginning for Japan’s relations with its neighbors, that’s where he should start.

    Posted in: Dozens of lawmakers expected to visit Yasukuni Shrine on Friday

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    During WWII, the Yasukuni shrine served as the command headquarters of State Shinto. Yasukuni only added the 14 class A, the most controversial souls in 1978. These Class A war criminals are portrayed as martyrs. Missing from the extensive exhibits are any mentions of the Rape of Nanjing, the awful experiments conducted by Unit 731 on prisoners of war, or the suffering endured by tens of thousands of comfort women.

    Posted in: Dozens of lawmakers expected to visit Yasukuni Shrine on Friday

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