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sfjp330Mar. 12, 2014 - 08:54AM JST
Problem for China is that U.S. will control most of the major oil fields in the world and the domestic energy demand in China will rise significantly in a decade where leaders of China will be forced to cooperate with U.S. By the year 2030, China will be importing 80 percent of their oil needs. Reality is China has lack of real allies. Real strategic alliance or friendship is not a commodity that can be bought and bartered casually. It is based on shared security interests, fortified with similar ideological values and enduring trust. China excels in "transactional diplomacy" romping around the world with its fat checkbook, supporting usually poor, isolated, and decrepit regimes like Angola and Sudan in return for favorable terms on natural resources or voting against Western sponsored resolutions criticizing China's human rights record. China will remain deprive of dependable strategic allies because of geography, ideology, and policy.
Posted in: Japan, U.S. differ on China in talks on 'gray zone' military threats
sfjp330Mar. 12, 2014 - 08:31AM JST
The U.S. has already been drawn into the Japan-China dispute. From China’s perspective, the U.S. continues to be part of problem, rather than part of the solution to the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute. We can expect to see China keeping heavy pressure on the U.S. in having to choose between Beijing and Tokyo. China is saying that Japan will be severely and permanently damage relations, with serious consequences in economic and commercial as well as political relations. In other words, major retaliation. What the retaliation will be, how severe and how permanent, which Japanese interests will be affected are now question. The uncertainty makes more ominous by the fact that there is no apparent end or solution to its cause.
sfjp330Mar. 12, 2014 - 07:21AM JST
chucky3176 Mar. 11, 2014 - 09:02PM JST I have looked around the Japanese media on this, and none of them have covered it as a racist issue. Just a few embarrassed blurbs that it "could be seen as racist", largely worried that this could look bad to the foreigners and to the outside world. There were no editorials condemning this as unacceptable racist behavior. Every country has this kind of racism but usually the media steps in and condemns it. But in Japan, they're more worried about how Japan is seen around the world.
But your talking about Japan. I will give you example: In Japan, there are certainly many areas where an employer may feel it is in his best interest to discriminate openly. For example there may be many competent female sales people available to an organization but if most of their customers share widespread assumptions about female sales people, then the employer may discriminate. There may be enough qualified female engineers, but technology employers may well think that they aren’t competent at any price. An employer, for image reasons, may hire the actually less talented male person because they are male. Racism doesn’t always cost the greedy man, or, at least the cost can be very hidden.
Posted in: 'Japanese only' banner scandal hits J-League
sfjp330Mar. 11, 2014 - 09:04AM JST
jforceMar. 11, 2014 - 08:55AM JST Shame on Japan and Abe. This government is incapable in dealing with crisis.
Before you critize Japan goverment, maybe you should compare the notes with Philippines goverment during the the recent tsunami in Tacaloban.
Posted in: Patience running out among Japan's disaster refugees
sfjp330Mar. 11, 2014 - 08:41AM JST
Alex80Mar. 11, 2014 - 08:09AM JST Germany's conduct in Europe isn't perfect, she has not a national debt problem but she isn't respecting EU trade surplus rules.
But neither Merkel, not any European politician, has ever bothered to sell Europe as a true union, and by that I mean more than a fiscal or monetary union. I am talking about the emotive elements of shared identity. At the same time, though, Germans feel the Euro to be a haven for injustice. They, like most people, feel this whole sorry business represents a fabrication of crisis, one of our own making.
Posted in: China says Germans fine if their war atonement is compared to Japan
sfjp330Mar. 11, 2014 - 08:21AM JST
Many things have already happened between Japan and Korea. The efforts made by Japan from the end of the 1980s, including the Kono Statement of 1993 and activities by the Asian Women's Fund toward Korea from 1995 till 2002, are not insignificant. The activities of Korean NGOs that put the political objective of pursuing Japan's legal responsibility above the personal wishes of some comfort women who accepted and appreciated Japanese apology, very problematic.
There seems to be complete lack of trust between PM Abe and President Park. Park faces a fundamental problem because she is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, who led Korea's industrialization by utilizing his contacts with Japan and "compromising" with them. Since Park Chung-hee's "compromised" approach to Japan and the 1965 normalization agreements with Japan are severely criticized in Korea, it isn't easy for Park Geun-hye to exert leadership and bring the two countries closer to reconciliation.
Posted in: Japan says it has no plan to revise wartime sex-slave apology
sfjp330Mar. 11, 2014 - 08:00AM JST
Many of these people will attempt to manage their anger, grief and anxiety alone. In the older generations especially, people tend to be very reluctant to admit to mental and emotional problems, even to friends, they’re far more likely to describe physical symptoms, like headaches or fatigue, that arise from underlying depression or anxiety. It’s simply more socially acceptable to talk about these physical symptoms. In rural communities especially, there’s a very strong feeling that the land belongs to you and you belong to it. And if you lose that, you start to lose a sense of who you are.
sfjp330Mar. 11, 2014 - 06:36AM JST
Alex80 Mar. 11, 2014 - 06:00AM JST Germany but do you know what the EU should be? It should serve the interests of all the partners, not only the interests of Germany. For this reason anti-German feelings are increasing in South-Europe.
Agreed. All the countries that seem to be in trouble now are those that had weak currencies compared to the value of the Euro. How could these countries have been able to afford to enter the single monetary system without extensive borrowing? This the root cause of problems these countries face. And Germany is sticking it to smaller countries who are supposedly partners.
sfjp330Mar. 11, 2014 - 05:45AM JST
TohkaMar. 10, 2014 - 09:21PM JST If China is trying to speak for Germany, they simply choose not to respect the sovereign rights of another country (in them stating that they don't wish to get involved) by dragging them through the mud into this dispute.
Germany has to listen to China. Why? Because entire Europe is still in a fragile state. German economy would have certainly been the first to suffer in the case of a commercial war since almost 50% of European exports to China come from Germany. So when the Chinese want to talk to Europe, it is the Germans that they turn to. It was Merkel who managed to convince them last year that the euro crisis could be overcome. And despite the friendship there seems to be between Germans and Chinese, Merkel is, without doubt, the European head of state.
sfjp330Mar. 11, 2014 - 05:18AM JST
Jeff HuffmanMar. 11, 2014 - 03:12AM JST The best Japanese teacher I ever had was an American.
Problem for native born American teachers is that only 10% can speak a second language, compared to over half of European Union citizens. The ability to speak a second (or third) language is clearly important for becoming a global leader, as English may be the most essential language for global business success at the moment. Indeed, even in China, more people are currently studying English than in any other country. An incredible 100,000 native English speakers are currently teaching there.
Posted in: Ideally, should English teachers at schools in Japan be native speakers? Can non-native English speakers do just as well or better?
sfjp330Mar. 11, 2014 - 04:54AM JST
sangetsu03 Mar. 10, 2014 - 02:39PM JST Governments have taken the term "creative accounting" to levels which make Enron look good.
But why would any investors buy a Japanese bond, when the J-government plans to double the money supply in less then few years? You’re bond is most likely going to be worth half as much by the time it matures. Maybe its Japanese loyalty, but more likely there printing money and buying the bonds themselves. The Japanese debt is to high and can’t be paid off without serious pain, so the J-government wants to inflate its way out by printing money “double the money supply”, but they can’t just pump it into the Japanese society without massive inflation and sky rocketing yields so they use it to buy the bonds themselves and suppress the yields, but that only creates more debt? which already can’t be paid off.
Posted in: Japan racks up record deficit; lowers growth estimate
sfjp330Mar. 08, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
Is America really in a position to be lecturing other countries about "breaking the rules" or "violation of sovereignty" when insisting for so long that the rules don't even apply to U.S. The actions in Iraq, in a sense, codified the law of the jungle in global affairs and validated the worldview of Russian leader Putin, that in foreign affairs there's no right and wrong, just strong and weak. Iraq eroded away any moral high ground the U.S. can claim. What is more, Iraq revealed the U.S. as a paper tiger, a superpower whose reach far exceeds its grasp. That's the real lesson that the rest of the world took from that debacle.
Posted in: Obama thrust into role as leader of West
sfjp330Mar. 08, 2014 - 07:00AM JST
This is common beiief in Japan that they are superior. The most Japanese would rather starve then open the immigration policy to neighboring countries. Do you think it is possible for Japanese people to judge by themselves? Can you judge opposite of the knowledge that you learned in school? The education of school and textbooks influence young students significantly who are forming critical thinking abilities formulating experiences and knowledge. it even surpasses our imagination. The ultimate center of collide and controversy of Asia is the twisted historical knowledge. How can peace be kept when Japanese people are all brainwashed with ridiculous fakes?
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sfjp330Mar. 07, 2014 - 08:23AM JST
mulan2Mar. 07, 2014 - 07:48AM JST @sfjp330I don't know anything about your slanderous statement about Pakistan.
Are you saying this report is slanderous and wrong?
Report saids: "However, in 1995, talks with US officials China eventually privately admitted the sale had taken place, but argued that China should not be penalized"
Posted in: U.S. defends Japan against China's plutonium criticism
sfjp330Mar. 07, 2014 - 07:17AM JST
mulan2 Mar. 07, 2014 - 06:49AM JST China doesn't hide anything, China has atomic bombs, China tells that to the world.
China is diversifying and modernizing its nuclear arsenal, and other countries such as Japan remain concerned about the lack of transparency surrounding China’s nuclear arsenal and doctrine. China joined the IAEA in 1984, but supplied nuclear technology and reactors to several countries of proliferation concern in the 1980s and early 1990s. The Chinese supplied design information, including warhead design and fissile material to Pakistan's nuclear weapons program that were later transferred to Libya for its program.
China is the first nuclear weapon state to adopt a nuclear "no first use" policy and an official pledge not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons states. However, the release of China's 2013 Defense White Paper, which did not explicitly use the phrase “no first use,” as it did in the 2010 Defense White Paper, and previous white papers. Can you tell me why "no first use" was not included in the latest Defense White Paper?
sfjp330Mar. 07, 2014 - 06:19AM JST
This is the questions that should be asked to China.
sfjp330Mar. 07, 2014 - 05:55AM JST
zichi Mar. 06, 2014 - 07:17PM JST I don't believe Japan, unlike China, wants to make atomic weapons even if it has the materials and technical know how to do it, but would probably take longer than 10 years to achieve.
Politics change very quickly. From Japan's perspective, the nuclear weapons would be a form of deterrent against China. If Japan develops the weapon, it doesn't matter if China has 3 million troops. There possibility of Japan domestically manufacturing nuclear weapons in a near future and it would take only few years. The Rokkasho reprocessing facility would be able to provide weapons-grade plutonium.
sfjp330Mar. 05, 2014 - 10:20AM JST
titaniumdioxide Mar. 05, 2014 - 10:08AM JST Korea must agree with Japan to settle the island dispute to the ICJ.
What can ICJ do? ICJ means nothing. Regardless if Japan or Korea went to ICJ, there is no guarantee that loser of the case will not follow the ruling that was not in their favor. Nobody is going to enforce the ruling anyway. So what does it matter? What is important the most for Japanese or Korean politicians is the public opinion, and they will not respect the ruling that is not favorable on the sovereignty of Dokdo/Takeshima. So your back to square one.
Posted in: U.S. urges restraint between Japan, S Korea
sfjp330Mar. 05, 2014 - 08:29AM JST
Today, South Korea no longer sees significant importance to Japan. So for South Korea, having a good relationship with Japan is not a priorty. As you notice, the bilateral trade has reduced significantly. This is one reason why South Korea has become more assertive toward Japan. In the last ten years, Japan had fifty percent reduction on imports from South Korea. Currently Japan exports $60 billion to SK, while SK exports $25 billion to Japan. It's a one way trade for Japan. Even Hyundai, their biggest company in SK no longer sells cars in Japan. Priority has changed and South Korea sees China as a future growth, and they will focus on China for increase trade and bilateral relations.
sfjp330Mar. 05, 2014 - 08:11AM JST
The South Korean government needs to be forthright about the fact it spent the $800 million in compensation money and take some responsibility itself, instead of blustering that Japan “hasn’t apologized nor compensated enough.” If the South Korean government had done it’s part back in the 1960′s and disbursed compensation efficiently to those Koreans conscripted by the Japanese during WWII, much of the problems wouldn’t exist today.
Mar. 13, 2014 - 01:44AM JST
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Mar. 13, 2014 - 01:34AM JST
I hear westerners (or I should say people from English speaking countries) say I love you…
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Mar. 13, 2014 - 01:30AM JST
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Mar. 13, 2014 - 01:27AM JST
Slow news day, huh?
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