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sfjp330May. 24, 2013 - 08:24AM JST
Shankun May. 24, 2013 - 08:12AM JST Enough manhwa for today. Sources for such a statments!
Other countries know how to behave. If Japan goverment mixes natural disaster with politics, you cannot blame other nations of abandoning any memorial in Japan. It really is in Japan's best interest from a security and economic standpoint to do whatever needs to be done to repair its relationship with South Korea. After South Korea donated over $50 million dollars to the tsunami disaster, Japan sent three Japanese lawmakers in the summer of 2011, Shindo, Inada and Sato, all from Japan’s LDP, of their plan to travel close to Dokdo islands claimed by South Korea and Japan. The trio then made a confrontation with a big scene, being arrogant, and refused for hours to board a return flight home. They shoud've been arrested and put in Korean jail for a while. The Japanese influence in the Pacific is gradually fading away anyway, so South Korea does not put significant importance in improving relations with Japan. Japan cannot change so leave them alone.
Posted in: S Korean paper says A-bombs on Japan were 'divine punishment'
sfjp330May. 24, 2013 - 08:05AM JST
Many Korean people still continue to carry bitterness of the treatment when they were colonized by Empire of Japan. Koreans were forced to learn Japanese, pray to Shinto Gods, etc. The same is true in Taiwan. However, the Japanese were perceived far more negatively in Korea than in Taiwan, in part because the Japanese were extremely brutal in their repression of the Korean people. Same is true with China and many other South East-Asian nations. At the same time, Japan continue to look at themselves as victims.
sfjp330May. 24, 2013 - 06:47AM JST
Corrections are inevitable. The stock market usually makes up the losses in few months or so. When the stock market is going up, investors want to get in on the potential profits.
Posted in: Shares close down more than 7%
sfjp330May. 24, 2013 - 06:14AM JST
This is why Japan has one of the highest conviction rate in the world. This happens very frequently in Japan, and its called false confession after long brutal interrogation. If J-Police decide you are guilty and then lie under oath, without exculpatory evidence and do in effect whatever it takes to get an indictment or a conviction regardless of your guilt or innocence. Prosecuting attorneys should be sued also because they know this happens but do nothing about because they have to work with the police. If officers were rightfully charged with perjury when they lie under oath this would stop but no one does anything about it in Japan.
Posted in: Wrongfully convicted Nepali man asks for apology from the Japanese government
sfjp330May. 24, 2013 - 05:44AM JST
In England you have quite a diverse number of nationalities and the majority do well with mixing in with the general populace. There are some set in their own ways and they don't want to get involved with what's happening in their own communities. If you're used to living a certain way in another culture, especially one that's completely different from British way of life, then there's bound to be a few problems. It's learning about English people, and the way they do thing and fitting in and integration, and getting ideas from what they could do themselves rather than them thinking its putting pressure on them.
Posted in: Soldier's murder is attack on Britain, betrayal of Islam: Cameron
sfjp330May. 24, 2013 - 03:49AM JST
WolfpackMay. 24, 2013 - 03:13AM JST Build a complete fence, reform the visa process to actually track violators, and make all of those in the US illegally return to their home country for at least one day at their own expense so that they can at least to be said to have entered the country legally.
Yes, these illegal immigrants should wait like everybody else in their own country. However, the bill will make it harder for illegal immigrants to find jobs, scare off legal ones who just fear being harrassed, and general cause a shortage of labor in the agriculture sector where 80 percent are illegals. Some of this is good, some is bad. The final result though, will be loss of income for farmers and potentially the loss of farms since profit margin in farming is incredibly thin, as well as higher food prices for the consumer as scarcity leads to higher prices.
Have you ever done farm work? Not the riding in the tractor type, but actually working manually in a field? It is hard work and it does not pay worth a darn. But for some reason using cheap labor to keep the U.S. corporate/industrial mill running. These jobs have gone to illegal immigrants, not because Americans won't do the work, but because they won't do the work for the price the farmers want to pay, especially given that it's seasonal, temporary work and because someone who is here illegally has few other options. I hope the businesses do start to hire more legal immigrants and U.S. citizens, and maybe, drive wages up for a change. Anyone who has produced their own food knows how back-breaking that work is, and people should be paid fairly.
Posted in: Key House chairman slams Senate immigration bill
sfjp330May. 24, 2013 - 03:34AM JST
But it comes down to economies of scale. Australia's domestic car market is too small and now is too fragmented to support indigenous cars that fewer and fewer Australians want to buy. Even if they manufacturer Ford in Australia, they have to export most of the cars out of the country to sell, and Ford sees this is as too expensive.
Posted in: Ford to end auto production in Australia in 2016 after 91 years
sfjp330May. 23, 2013 - 08:04AM JST
tokyodoumo May. 23, 2013 - 07:30AM JST I can't believe 25% to 30% of surveyed support Hashimoto's vile comments or believe it's OK.
Japan is a aging society, and most likely these "appropriate" votes came from people over 70. Alot of these older folks were trained on the WWII mentality of "for the country", so they only know one way and cannot change.
Posted in: Hashimoto hits back at polls showing majority disagree with his comments
sfjp330May. 23, 2013 - 07:30AM JST
Israel should confirm its intentions if it is prepared to start regular bombing missions on Syrian suspected targets. Denial is not acceptable. U.S. also needs to clarify its position whether it sanctions these random aerial attacks and/or give its permission. Who is in charge? Apparently Israel decides everything without any provocation by Syria. Israel controls the Golan Heights which is Syrian territory. An invasion by Israel of Syria just became a real possibility. Europe and U.S. seem disinterested as usual.
Posted in: Israel warns Syria of 'consequences' if Golan fire continues
sfjp330May. 23, 2013 - 07:13AM JST
Maybe Tokyo needs to lift ban on Las Vegas style Casinos near the city to attract dometic and international visitors. If done properly with regulations,Tokyo can create a legal system for Casino that has possiblity to become one of the major tourism resources of revenue.
Posted in: Can Tokyo be transformed into a 24-hour city?
sfjp330May. 23, 2013 - 04:15AM JST
Mayor Hashimoto's claim that the comfort women system which was institutionalized by the invading Japanese military was a necessary part of maintaining the well-being of Japanese soldiers is not only preposterous, but undeniably the heights of both arrogance and inhumanity. For the record, said brutal practice was also sanctioned by the leadership of the Japanese Imperial Army. How can you justify rape, molestation, sexual abuse and murder as a necessary act? Rape and sexual slavery are heinous crimes. Undoubtedly, what Japan did during World War II is a crime against humanity.
Posted in: Hashimoto says S Korean troops guilty of wartime sex abuse
sfjp330May. 23, 2013 - 04:04AM JST
' ... may have lacked international sensitivity.' In other words, he thought only Japanese were listening and understanding his comments. Imagine a German mayor saying that maybe it was for the best that Jews, gypsies, etc were gassed. It would have led to his immediate resignation. The fact that this guy in Japan doesn't plan to resign just shows how Japanese public opinion thinks about the country's war crimes.
sfjp330May. 22, 2013 - 08:23AM JST
UpgrayeddMay. 22, 2013 - 08:21AM JST Source?
Keep reading your Japanese textbook. It never happened.
sfjp330May. 22, 2013 - 08:18AM JST
Prior to 1970, there was no open denial by the Japanese regarding the atrocities. In fact, there were a number of Japanese books, many were confessions or diaries by Japanese soldiers, which confirmed and gave detailed accounts of the atrocities. The denial of the atrocities started around 1972, when the right-wing political force in Japan began to rise. The Japanese denial of the atrocities in Asia can be divided into three broad categories: 1. Complete denial of the massacre. 2. Disputes on the number of people killed in the massacre. 3. Distortion and rewriting of history. The Ministry of Education has never admitted that the distortion of history is a mistake.
sfjp330May. 22, 2013 - 07:53AM JST
Nigelboy...if you read carefully to the source such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Daily Yomiuri (a Japanese newspaper), Times of London, International Herald Tribune, National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Sports Illustrated, Atlantic Monthly, Natural History, Archeology magazine, Reuters, AP, Kyodo News, AFP, information from national tourist offices, brochures, Lonely Planet Guides, other travel guides, Compton’s Encyclopedia and various books and other publications. I guess Nigelboy can say all the above source is not expert on subject.
sfjp330May. 22, 2013 - 07:18AM JST
Upgrayedd May. 22, 2013 - 06:33AM JST What is the name of this textbook and how many schools use it?
Controversial Japanese Textbooks in the 2000s
A textbook, New History Textbook, approved in 2001 by the Ministry of Education contained no references to comfort women and forced laborers, glossed over atrocities like Unit 731 and the Nanking massacre, and asserted that World War II helped Asian countries achieve independence.
The textbooks were largely written by the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform, a controversial right wing group of revisionist historians, who said the were interested in engendering national pride. Local school districts overwhelmingly refused to use the controversial textbook. Bookstores, however, had trouble keeping the books in stock.
In August 2005, the Tokyo Education Ministry approved a new edition of a history textbook written by nationalist scholars that critics said whitewashes Japan’s militaristic past, downplaying or ignoring the Rape of Nanking and the system of sex slaves. South Korea and China both lodged complaints about the texts. Controversial textbooks have only been adopted by 0.4 percent of Japanese schools.
New high school history textbooks issued in 2007 modified previous passages about the Battle of Okinawa, saying that Okinawan residents were “driven to mass suicide: without saying anything about the army’s role.” To play down the role of the Imperial Army in the mass suicides on the island the textbooks eliminated statements like the residents of Okinawa were “forced by the Japanese military” into committing mass suicide. There were descriptions of comfort women mo mention that there were coerced b the Japanese military. Screeners with the Education, Science and technology Ministry all want to make adjustments on the numbers listed in the Rape of Nanking.
The new Japanese history textbooks were blasted for inflaming jingoism among students and glossing over Japan's occupation of Korea and China. In the 1990s, North Korea condemned the book and Li Peng, the No. 2 leader in China, presented a list of changes. Despite objections the government refused to do anything. South Koreans were particularly outraged by the textbook. Dozens of exchanges between South Korea and Japan—ranging from visits by Korean sumo wrestlers to official visits by top-level politicians—were canceled. South Korean hackers disrupted the websites of the Japanese Education Ministry and Japan's ruling political party. A South Korean rock group shredded a Japanese flag during a performance in Japan. There were worries the protest might endanger the World Cup soccer tournament, cohosted in 2002 by South Korea and Japan.
sfjp330May. 22, 2013 - 05:53AM JST
nigelboy May. 22, 2013 - 05:29AM JST Can't say that about Korea and China though with their sole goverment issued textbooks.
Are you still on the J-goverment payroll? Japan is continuing to press ahead in revising its history of WWII, and high school textbooks no longer acknowledge that the Imperial Army was responsible for a major atrocity in neighboring countries. A textbook approved by the Ministry of Education contained no references to comfort women and forced laborers, glossed over atrocities like Unit 731 and the Nanking massacre, and asserted that WWII helped Asian countries achieve independence. The textbooks were largely written by the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform, a right wing group of revisionist historians, who said the were interested in engendering national pride.
sfjp330May. 22, 2013 - 05:22AM JST
nigelboy May. 22, 2013 - 05:11AM JST "No amount of investigation by the Japanese government has yielded evidence pertaining to some aspects of the problem.
Japanese soldiers began rounding up women and forcing them to serve as sex slaves in so-called comfort stations.This is what most historians believe. But not in Japan, where a large faction of conservatives, led by Abe, denies that the Japanese military forced women into sexual slavery. They maintain that any suggestion to the contrary is simply anti-Japanese propaganda and probably spread by China and Korea. At the furthest end of the spectrum, the minimizing turns to flat-out denial; one professor at a top Japanese university adamantly insisted there were no killings or rapes in Nanking. Not surprisingly, all this minimizing and denial enrages the Chinese, Koreans, and others in Asia. But this is a familiar pattern.
sfjp330May. 22, 2013 - 05:08AM JST
ShankunMay. 22, 2013 - 04:29AM JST looking this way Japanese are doing much better work right now in the region than Korea ever did...
Are you sure? Then why does Japan have problems with all of their neighbors. Japan has nothing much to show for its soft power. Its economic is in constant decline for the last few decades. Without China market, it could be many times more worse. Its people are basically introvert without a sense of belonging to Asia community for they don't mix with the locals in any other foreign countries they are based. The society has prejudice against immigrants from any country especially from the Asia countries.
sfjp330May. 22, 2013 - 04:07AM JST
During this period, Korea was primarily a Japanese colony and as such, used as fodder for women and construction, great efforts were made to completely stamp out Korean culture by the Japanese during this period. Many girls were volunteers, as they initially did it to show their willingness in the war effort and because it was initially portrayed as something innocent: working in the ammunitions factories. In 1933, Emperor Hirohito issued an order for the recruitment of Korean women as comfort women, a "'royal gift' from the Emperor to the Imperial Army". Strictly under watch, these women, or young girls really had very little chance of escape, and those who tried were either beaten or more likely killed in gruesome ways to deter other women from trying. As they were considered nothing more than equipment, the comfort women were often left to die when the Japanese forces retreated.
May. 24, 2013 - 03:00PM JST
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May. 24, 2013 - 02:58PM JST
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May. 24, 2013 - 02:57PM JST
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May. 24, 2013 - 02:55PM JST
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May. 24, 2013 - 02:54PM JST
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