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sfjp330Nov. 17, 2015 - 02:20PM JST
JeffLee NOV. 17, 2015 - 02:04PM JST The upshot is we got record low rates and deflation when you warned of surging rates and deflation.. So.... you austerity folks are about as wrong as wrong can be. Next.
Japan is back into deflation due to lower oil prices.
Posted in: Japan slips back into recession in July-Sept quarter
sfjp330Nov. 17, 2015 - 02:05PM JST
Kazuaki Shimazaki NOV. 17, 2015 - 01:51PM JST Actually, the main advantage Germany had was that there was a lot of pressure for everyone to forgive and forget.
If that is the case, why don't we see German Chancellor Merkel and 100 of the top German government representatives visiting Nazi Cemetery? They had similar results from the war, but why is there such a difference in behavior of German politicians compare to Japanese politicians?
sfjp330Nov. 17, 2015 - 01:53PM JST
DieRealityCheck NOV. 17, 2015 - 01:49PM JST In real world, Treaty binds signed nations no less than International Law does. Regardless, SK is in the posiiton to respect treaty.
What treaty are you talking about? From South Korea perspective, the 1965 treaty did not cover comfort women.
sfjp330Nov. 17, 2015 - 01:42PM JST
Kazuaki Shimazaki NOV. 17, 2015 - 01:37PM JST as they all signed treaties (certainly Korea did) which signify they thought whatever they got was OK.
What is the treaty? How do you define treaties by your country Japan? What I can tell you is that Germany signed treaties to be fair with their victim. Even the blind could see that. I can't say that about Japan. This is why your country still have compensation issue even today.
sfjp330Nov. 17, 2015 - 01:26PM JST
Alex80NOV. 16, 2015 - 10:25PM JST People who say Germany paid everything, forget that the Greeks disagree and indeed they are still asking for compensation, but Germany is rejecting their claims. So stop forgetting conveniently the open issue between Germany and Greece, like if Greece didn't exist. It's a similar situation like that between SK and Japan.
How can you compare Japan's compensation to Germany? It's like day and night. Japan’s direct compensation payments both to war victims and their heirs have totaled only $1 billion. I am not talking about Japan's ODA. This contrasts remarkably with Germany’s record. The compensation figures from a decade ago, Germany’s direct 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.
sfjp330Nov. 17, 2015 - 01:14PM JST
YubaruNOV. 17, 2015 - 08:00AM JST Better to pay than appeal, but it being NHK I'll bet they appeal and make this case drag out for years.
If NHK pays, will the Japanese court have double standards on Japanese workers that were fired because they fled the area? They should be entitled to same compensation if French employee gets compensation.
sfjp330Nov. 17, 2015 - 01:07PM JST
Joshua Degreiff NOV. 17, 2015 - 12:52PM JST don't accept refugees with criminal background like didn't in Europe,
How do you verify criminal background on millions of potential immigrants? You can't. Alot of these refugees have false passport from Syria that they can buy for $700 U.S. and it's practically impossible for these European countries to verify the accuracy of the information. There is alot of bad data.
Posted in: Gov't to step up measures to prevent terrorism in Japan
sfjp330Nov. 17, 2015 - 12:59PM JST
fxgai NOV. 17, 2015 - 10:39AM JST Perhaps a lack of "labour market flexibility" is one of the reasons for Japan's relative underperformance versus the rest of the world? Perhaps when people realise that they are able to be fired, they have an incentive to work harder and produce more, so as to make themselves more valuable to their employers?
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.
sfjp330Nov. 17, 2015 - 12:49PM JST
MarkGNOV. 17, 2015 - 08:59AM JST Radical Islam is responsible for killing more US citizens than any other nation in the last decades! And your point is.....?
Where? Over 500,000 civilians, which includes children, women & elderly have died in the Iraq War since 9/11. Where is the evidence of WMD that Bush Administration presented to UN to start a war? France did not approve Powell's UN presentation.
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sfjp330Nov. 12, 2015 - 07:20AM JST
JalapenoNOV. 11, 2015 - 03:49PM JST Just move to Colorado, Washington, or Oregon.
Regardless of what the state passes, it all flouts federal law, the complaint continues. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency still classifies the plant as a Schedule 1 drug, which makes it illegal for clinical or
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sfjp330Nov. 05, 2015 - 09:51AM JST
timtak NOV. 05, 2015 - 08:49AM JST As far as I know, the Korean government and related organisations advertised for comfort women, using the same word in Korean national newspapers, in the same way as did the Japanese government, during the Korean and Vietnam warｓ to serve as prostitutes for the Korean and predominantly American UN troops.
Mr. Yoshimi, a historian said "Between 50,000 and 200,000 women from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Indonesia and elsewhere were tricked or coerced into sexual slavery". The actual figure should be somewhere in the middle. And what happened to him after Mr. Yoshimi went public by telling Asahi Shimbun? The attention led to years of harassment from the right wing, he said, including nightly phone calls.
Of the half-dozen documents Mr. Yoshimi, historian had discovered, the most damning was a notice written on March 4, 1938, by the adjutant to the chiefs of staff of the North China Area Army and Central China Expeditionary Force. Titled “Concerning the Recruitment of Women for Military Comfort Stations,” the notice said that “armies in the field will control the recruiting of women,” and that “this task will be performed in close cooperation with the military police or local police force of the area.” (source: NYtimes)
Sadly it's all very typical. They perceive Japan as being attacked by outside forces and thus rally to defend Japan's honor, but either don't want to shatter the illusion that exists within Japan that Japan was a victim rather than a belligerent in the war, or just refuse or can't be bothered to turn those same sights and do serious self criticism of their domestic education system and its myriad deep flaws when it comes to WWII education. Either way you cut it, it's not pretty, and a sad state of affairs.
It seems the J-government has now changed its tactics by enlisting these guys in its efforts to whitewash and rewrite history. These "historians" and "scholars" are just toeing the Japanese government line, so they seem to have no integrity or independence. Japan may be successful in using intimidation, fear, coercion and bullying to surpress truth and promote self-censorship at home. Should we be surprised at Abe and his wanting to "restore the honor" of the militarists? His Grandfather was one of them, and his father took over his Grandfathers seat in the Diet. It makes no difference if a person in IJA uniform directly recruited these poor women or the military hid behind a third party such as private-sector brokers to give itself plausible deniability. The end result is the same and cowardly hiding behind a third-party does not absolve the Japanese military of such crimes.
sfjp330Oct. 28, 2015 - 01:50PM JST
Most expect some measure of objectivity from China that has offended at the Philippine's request for arbitration because it will not do bilateral negotiations. But if your talking about China, maybe not. It fails to address why the Philippines do not conduct bilateral negotiations. China has a precondition for bilateral negotiations that of Philippine acceptance of China's nine dash sovereignty claim. The Philippines is not about to condone China's claim to the South China Sea. So far, China has refused multilateral negotiation.
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sfjp330Oct. 28, 2015 - 01:30PM JST
MrBum OCT. 28, 2015 - 01:22PM JST Carson is a joke. I'm sure he's a decent man and fantastic surgeon, but he has no business in the White House.
There are quite a few professions where strength with calmness is required. I saw that strength in Dr. Carson long ago and never thought of it as a weakness. I just wondered if impatient Americans would see that as an asset. The ability to make firm split second decisions without running off half cocked is an asset to a President, especially in this day and age. Loud bombastic people get a lot of attention but the presidency is no place for them. I hope Dr. Carson is the candidate. I could rest easy knowing that he is in command. Arrogance is really no virtue.
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sfjp330Oct. 28, 2015 - 01:18PM JST
Strangerland OCT. 28, 2015 - 12:58PM JST But that doesn't change the fact that America is escalating the situation.
From your Chinese perspective, U.S. hadn't breached the 12-mile limit even though maritime law doesn't usually accord territorial waters to islands built on previously submerged reefs.
sfjp330Oct. 21, 2015 - 03:56PM JST
With provincial budgets spending nearly 50% on Healthcare funding and many Canadians going out of country for private treatment, what does that tell you? Others could stop wasting time and effort advocating on the not so sustainable Public Only Universal Healthcare and accept the fact there will be a more private role in Canada's Healthcare in the not so distant future. Question is, do Canada want the troubled U.S. model or a more successful European model?
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sfjp330Oct. 21, 2015 - 03:32PM JST
Blackbird439 OCT. 21, 2015 - 03:42AM JST Is there something wrong with honoring a nation's war dead? Sure, there are individuals interred there who were war criminals, but during times of war atrocities are committed by both sides. The thing is, the winner of the war gets to write history and white-wash their own war crimes.
If that is the case, why don't we see German Chancellor Merkel and 100 of top German government representatives visiting Nazi Cemetery? They had similar results from the war, but why is there such a difference in behavior of German politicians compare to Japanese politicians?
These Japanese 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. If that’s all they wanted to do, they could walk five minutes down to Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery. Emperor Hirohito stopped visiting Yasukuni after 1978 because the shrine had been tainted by the presence of the Class A war criminals. His son, current Emperor Akihito, has maintained the imperial embargo on visits. Yasukuni is not about dignified homage, it is about scoring political points and drawing attention to revisionist history. 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.
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sfjp330Oct. 20, 2015 - 11:58AM JST
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.
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 politicians 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.
sfjp330Oct. 18, 2015 - 01:30PM JST
canadianbento OCT. 18, 2015 - 01:23PM JST I believe it is way past overtime! The 2nd World War Has been over for 70 years, the Prime Minister wasn't even born, if he wants to visit this Shrine so what, let him go and visit this Place!
Maybe millions of Japanese citizens still believe in what Abe and 125+ of these Japan lawmakers who goes to Yasukuni support for the past action by their military. In 1937 Japanese soldiers systematically raped, tortured and murdered estimated more than 200000 - 300,000 civilians. This was more than killed in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined, and more than the combined civilian losses of Britain, France and Belgium in the whole of WWII.
Chinese men were used for bayonet practice and in decapitation contests and many thousands women were raped. Many Japanese soldiers went beyond rape to disembowel women, slice off their breasts, nail them alive to walls. Fathers were forced to rape their daughters, and sons their mothers, as other family members watched. Not only did live burials, castration, the carving of organs, and the roasting of people become routine, but more diabolical tortures were practiced. So sickening was the spectacle that even the Nazis in the city were horrified. No wonder these lawmakers still go to Yasukuni.
The real message of the war criminals being enshrined at Yakasuni 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 t 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.
Posted in: Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine
sfjp330Sep. 24, 2015 - 04:27PM JST
Why did it take so long to test these cars in the real world? ICCT began to look into discrepancies in the emissions of several VW diesel vehicles in early 2014 with the sincere intentions. U.S. had stricter and more rigorously enforced emissions laws that VW’s TDI-equipped cars routinely passed without problems, the ICCT figured performing some tests on U.S. soil would provide them with a good control model. The real-world testing reveal the root of the inconsistencies. The results gathered from real-world testing were compared with the compliant numbers generated in the lab by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), it was obvious that something was not right. The Jetta exceeded the U.S. nitrogen-oxide emissions standard by 15 to 35 times, and the Passat by 5 to 20 times.
Posted in: VW chief quits as pollution cheating scandal snowballs
sfjp330Sep. 24, 2015 - 03:39PM JST
I always wondered why VW didn't have to have a urea tank like BMW and Mercedes Benz. It was really strange that VW made 'cleaner' diesels then anyone else. We now know what actually happened. BMW and Mercedes Benz did the right thing and spent the money that they needed to. VW being the cheap company that they are, cheated and now everyone pays the price one way or another, this is going to affect all diesel cars in the U.S. The resale value is going to fall because of what VW have done. Feel sorry for VW diesel owners who have been lied to. its an absolute disgrace. VW should be banned from selling cars in the U.S. for ten years.
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Nov. 25, 2015 - 07:15PM JST
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Nov. 25, 2015 - 07:10PM JST
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