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    Japan with nearly 40 percent of part-time workers are about as flexible as you get. They work in poorly paid jobs for hourly rates. 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.

    Posted in: Large firms to raise monthly wages at fastest pace in 17 years

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    If you own a car in Japan, the falling oil prices could be putting more money in consumers pockets.

    Posted in: Large firms to raise monthly wages at fastest pace in 17 years

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    YubaruApr. 17, 2015 - 07:41AM JST What Suga said is right, Okinawa is a necessary and vital part of Japan, and it has a role to play in it's defense as well. It's childish to think otherwise.

    Gov. Onaga and people in Okinawa wants to transfer the problem of US military bases elsewhere, specifically from Okinawa to the rest of Japan or elsewhere. There is a problem of Okinawans living in Okinawa that are continously discriminated by rest of Japan. Even though it is the Japanese government that desires U.S. military bases, there is not a single example anywhere in Japan where residential areas are burdened by bases and civilians live adjacent to shooting range and runways as there is in Okinawa. If the J-government desires the US-Japan Security Treaty along with the stationing of the U.S. military, that is fine. If the purpose of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty is to protect the peace of all Japanese nationals, then it is only natural that this is recognized by having the burden of the Treaty shared by the entire people of Japan. Every Japanese person, whether of a rightist or leftist beliefs shares the same benefits that result from forcing U.S. military bases onto Okinawans. Are these people in Honshu not guilty when they oppose relocation of U.S. military bases to Japan, thereby protecting their own interests?

    Posted in: Abe, Okinawan governor to meet for first time in Tokyo

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    Fadamor Apr. 16, 2015 - 05:29AM JST The turbulence was experienced 30 minutes into the flight.

    From the report, there was slight rain and a breeze at the time of the accident, but the atmospheric conditions weren’t too bad. The pilot was landing the plane using navigation instruments rather than autopilot.

    Posted in: Probe begins after Asiana jet skids off runway in Hiroshima, injuring 23

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    jj1067Apr. 16, 2015 - 12:38AM JST 1) China started the infringement on Senkakus when oil were found beneath the islands.

    The Japanese statement that Daioyu/Senkaku was "terra nullius" is significant because it serves as an acknowledgement that Japan had no meaningful claim to Diaoyu/Senkaku based on historical activities prior to 1895. Japan’s argument largely ignored the historical position put forward in Chinese accounts. Claiming that the uninhabited islands were not occupied by any power, or terra nullius, Japan annexed the islands in 1895 shortly after its victory in the Sino-Japanese War. At the time, Japanese interior ministry noted that it was still unclear as to whether the islands belonged to Japan, especially as there was detailed knowledge of the islands in Chinese writings, making Koga’s claims of ‘discovery’ difficult to substantiate.

    Posted in: U.S.-Japan guidelines said to specify Senkakus' defense

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    yamashiA pr. 15, 2015 - 06:42AM JST Apples and oranges. Soldiers are soldiers while civilians are children, women, elderly people.

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries had two plants along the coast of Hiroshima City. One of them is in Ebaokimachi, part of Naka Ward, and was called “Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Hiroshima Shipyard” during the war. According to a report on the A-bomb damage in Hiroshima, the number of people working at the two plants, at the time of the bombing, was approximately 9,200. About 3,200 of them were mobilized students, while the others were young women and Korean workers. In 1944, the Hiroshima Shipyard completed its first ship, the Hisakawamaru, which then set sail. From April 1945, the plant began producing one-man torpedoes that made suicide attacks on U.S. ships.

    Posted in: Hiroshima survivors: Haunted 70 years on, determined to remember

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    yamashi Apr. 15, 2015 - 05:35AM JST People of Hiroshima and Nagasaki weren't guilty of crimes in Nanking, Manila and all the neighboring countries. Do not confuse IJA to ordinary japanese civilians.

    Why don't you ask your J-goverment. Why do you see PM Abe and over 150 goverment representatives still visiting Yasukuni every year where 14 Class A is remembered? Don't you think this angers neighboring countries? Do you see this in Germany? Japan has never come to grips with its actions and has deliberately refused to face them. Germany, at least, went through such self examination after WWII, and indeed, repentance, that its Nazi past, though not erased, no longer strongly stains the nation of today. Indeed, Germans today have understood their special, historical obligation to face their past honestly. Japan is responsible for at least as many deaths as the Nazis. It's many years of atrocities: concentration camps, its bio-war experiments on Chinese civilians, its deliberate programs of starvation and murder of prisoners, the rapacious killings of conquered cities and their peoples. This and more all swept under the Japan's nationalist rug without even the barest pretense of acknowledgement that they ever occurred.

    The basic Japanese attitude towards the war seems to be, “Ok, we are super-peace-loving and were reluctantly forced into war, but only because the U.S. bullied us, and we had really good intentions for the rest of Asia. A few bad things happened, but that’s what happens in war, and did you know that Japan suffered a lot, too and even got nuked, and Japan's attitude is that "we are victims too". We’re sorry we fought the war, but anyway most of those atrocities probably didn’t happen or were exaggerated anyway so were not really all that sorry.” Following the lead from their political masters, Japan's education bureaucrats began to censor history books for schoolchildren to prevent them learning the truth about Japan's military aggression between 1931 to 1945, and the many horrifying atrocities that were committed by Japanese during the course of that military aggression.

    If Japanese school children are told anything at all about the Pacific War, it is usually in a false context where the U.S,, Britain and the Netherlands are dishonestly accused of "forcing" Japan to wage a defensive war to obtain supplies of oil and rubber. The schoolchildren are not told in official history textbooks that oil and rubber were withheld from Japan in an effort to persuade Japan to halt its brutal and unprovoked war against China. The children are not permitted to learn in their history books about the slaughter of millions of prisoners of war and captive civilians by the Japanese military. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of captive foreign women who were forced to become sexual slaves in Japanese Army brothels across East Asia and the Pacific region. At times the falsifications and distortions of history in Japanese school textbooks have become sufficiently outrageous to produce a storm of international protest. In 1982, on the 50th anniversary of Japan's forcible seizure and annexation of China's Manchurian region, the Ministry of Education ordered amendments to school history books in reference to Class-A war criminals interred at the shrine. No wonder relations with neighboring countries does not improve.

    Posted in: Hiroshima survivors: Haunted 70 years on, determined to remember

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    Japan has it's own shares of problem and they are hesitant on problems of TPP agreement. In less than five years, Japan goverment farm subsidies will be eliminated and most of these older farmers has to learn to survive on their own. I am not sure if the criticism of Japan is warranted for not importing enough agricutlural products. Japan already imports 60 percent of its food supply from other countries and food safety is a sensitive issue. By comparison, the U.S. imports about a tenth of its food supply and tests less than 1 percent of shipments. Sure, Japan could import cheaper California rice, but what about rural farmers in Japan that will no longer will be able compete and survive on farming. Then what? Bankrupt farmers will ask the goverment for more handouts. The J-goverment's future plans are that they are trying to maintain stability of farmers in their own country first.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. aim for TPP progress before summit

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    yamashi Apr. 15, 2015 - 12:07AM JST Here we have awful truth. Americans brutally bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki simply because civilians of those japanese cities could not strike in response...

    Here we have awful truth. Japanese brutally massacured Nanking, Manila, and all the neighboring coutries simply because civilians of those cities could not strike in response....

    Posted in: Hiroshima survivors: Haunted 70 years on, determined to remember

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    There was no protest filed with the Japanese government because Korea did not learn about the incorporation into Shimane until a year later. The fact that the magistrate of Ulleungdo wrote to the governor of Gangwon-do to do something about it proves that he thought it was under his jurisdiction regardless of whether they protested directly to Japan. The point is… it was not “terra nullius” in 1905 when Shimane incorporated it, therefore the statement “there is no evidence that it belongs to another country” is false. Korea obviously considered it part of Korean territory before then, otherwise why would there be any need for the Magistrate to complain to his superior. The fact that they did not protest to Japan directly proves nothing other than that they in protectorate Korea for one reason or another felt it was not a good idea to protest. The point is, Korea thought Dokdo was Korean land before 1905.

    Dokdo can be seen from certain high points of Ulleungdo with the naked eye when the weather conditions are ideal. The idea that Koreans can be aware of Ulleungdo without knowing of the existence of Dokdo is silly. Come on Japan, you can do better than that. You mean to tell me that the Koreans who got on boats from the Korean peninsula, traveled all the way to Ulleungdo, subdued and conquered the kingdom on Ulleungdo, continued to sail back and forth from Ulleungdo, and engaged in economic activities, such as fishing around Ulleungdo, but they were incapable of finding Dokdo? Old maps by itself is no way to prove sovereignty.

    Posted in: S Korea condemns Japan's approval of history textbooks

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    flowers Apr. 11, 2015 - 03:32AM JST In response, “Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that no matter what anyone said or did, it would not change the facts of China's sovereignty or its determination to defend its territory. Other South China Sea claimants have done the same over the years. ‘We urge the U.S. sides to speak and act with caution, to strictly abide by their promises not to take a position on the relevant territorial ownership issue, and do more to benefit regional peace and stability and not the opposite,’ she said.” Now this may be a warning for the US to butt out.

    Since energy is the principal bottleneck for Chinese development, China’s obsession with growth does not necessarily encourage peaceful behaviour in the way it did when trade topped the economic agenda. In trade matters, countries can benefit from each other’s prosperity, but when it comes to energy resources, one’s gain is often another’s loss. And while the South China Sea could turn East Asia back into the status of world’s most belligerent region, they also have the potential to trigger a military conflict between the two most powerful countries in the world.

    China cannot promote its legal claims by expanding natural islands and creating artificial ones, as only natural islands can claim exclusive economic zones around themselves. But by increasing its military capacity in disputed areas, China is provoking the U.S. to protect its ally with enhanced military capacity of its own in a treaty that are bound to do. That these standoffs are taking place in a largely uninhabited area with a questionable economic potential makes them all the more absurd, but no less disturbing.

    Posted in: U.S. warns Beijing against destabilizing South China Sea

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    CH3CHO Apr. 11, 2015 - 02:22AM JST Funny. Japan incorporated Takeshima in 1905 based on terra nullius.

    This Japanese statement that Dokdo was "terra nullius" is significant because it serves as an acknowledgement that Japan had no meaningful claim to Dokdo based on historical activities prior to 1905. Japan's willingness to submit the Dokdo matter to the ICJ is inconsistent with its reluctance to submit its dispute with China over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands or its dispute with Russia over the Northern Territories. In terms of simple geographical terms, Dokdo is alot closer to Korea than Japan.

    Posted in: S Korea condemns Japan's approval of history textbooks

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    ThePBot Apr. 10, 2015 - 07:16AM JST The Pew poll specifically stated that younger Americans (especially with minority backgrounds) see a favorable view of China in an economics sense.

    What favorable views? In the last two decades, the U.S. manfacturing jobs have gone overseas, primilary to China. What it means is that U.S. has nearly 10 -20 million workers only marginally engaged in their work situation. They don’t contribute their full potential to their households, the economy or society in general. While reporting a low, declining unemployment number may comfort people, we can’t ignore the millions of workers feeling the pain of the real unemployment number rising to over 12.5 percent. Why The ‘real’ unemployment rate Is higher than you think is another disturbing fact that compounds the challenge. The longer you’re without a job, the less likely you’ll get called back for an interview. If your close to one year of unemployment, the callback rate falls by more than half. Many employers see these would-be workers as damaged goods. These same people could be contributing greatly to the economy. Instead, they are spending their days trying to secure employment or working in unfulfilling and part-time jobs. The challenges is not solely job creation, but creating the right jobs to maximize a labor force. Getting people back to work is good, but if the quality of their employment is down or the money earned insufficient you create other problems. If you didn't know, China has been a major contributor to loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan trust each other but both wary of China: poll

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    toshiko Apr. 10, 2015 - 05:55AM JST @Texas A: As I wrote earlier, best way not to keep from getting shot is to not run away from the police.

    Why didn't plice give any warnings when he was running away? In the video you did not hear the white officer give any warning before he fired eight times at the back of a black man who can be seen in the footage running away before he falls to the ground.

    Posted in: Video of South Carolina police shooting inflames debate

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    China continues to moderize their military and security capabilities at a alarming rate, there is greater risk that tensions over long-standing sovereignty disputes or claims to natural resources will erupt into conflict, reversing the trends of rising regional peace, stability, and prosperity. Problem is that there is no transparency on how much it spends on personnel, research and development, operations and maintenance or acquisitions, as the U.S. military does.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan trust each other but both wary of China: poll

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    CH3CHO Apr. 09, 2015 - 09:10AM JST What? Are you saying Ulleung-do is still disputed? No, it is not because Japan kept its promise in the 17th century. My point is that your assertion that Ulleung-do has been undisputed Korean territory from ancient times is incorrect.

    Japanese have also made claims that Japan´s "effective management" of Dokdo had been in place as early as the 17th Century, when the Japanese merchant families Otani and Murakawa obtained permission from the Japanese Government to travel to Ullungdo. Not only was Japan´s "effective management" of Dokdo highly improbable at this time (the merchant families were interested in exploiting Ullungdo, not Dokdo), it also creates a contradiction in the Japanese claim. In 1905, the Japanese recognized the islets as a terra nullius, and therefore ownerless (never having been managed) before that time. These contradictory Japanese claims under international law have never been fully addressed by official or unofficial sources in Japan. Probably as a result of this contradiction, the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Takeshima brochure no longer mentions the fact that Japan incorporated Dokdo as a terra nullius. The change in the wording of the Foreign Ministry reflects the official shift in Japan´s claim from "acquisition by prior occupation" to a claim that Dokdo was an "inherent territory". It is quite a nonsensical shift, as it can be proven false by simply studying the Ministry´s own maps and documents that range from the 17th Century to the Meiji Era to just a few years before the 1905 annexation.

    Posted in: S Korea condemns Japan's approval of history textbooks

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    MarkGApr. 09, 2015 - 07:37AM JST Why does this become a black-white issue? Could it be the assailant happened to be black?

    The black people are disproportionately more likely to be killed by the police. Police in general, and white cops have a pattern of disproportionately directing force against black people. All too often, cases of abuse and excessive force are simply swept under the rug. The statistic on white cop on black suspect shootings is alarming in and of itself and is just part of a larger problem. Black people across the U.S. are more likely to face discrimination in the criminal justice system and be harassed, arrested and shot by police. Sadly, even the most extreme cases of police excess often end in little punishment.

    Posted in: White South Carolina officer charged with murder for shooting black man

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    If Japan is so right, why does U.S. maintain neutrality on the issue of sovereignty of Dokdo? The U.S. lists Liancourt Rocks under the administration of the Repbublic of Korea. The incorporation in 1905 by Japan was illegal. Before then, there have been no Japanese claims. If japan bases its claims only on the 1905 incorporation, there is no need for Korea to rely on the opinion of the U.S. or the international community.

    In the early 1870's the Japanese considered Usando to be a neighboring island of Ulleungdo, not Liancourt Rocks. In 1895, the Japanese realized that Usando was Ulleungdo’s neighboring island of Jukdo, but in the early 1870's, Japanese believed that Usando was to the west of Ulleungdo. At the time, there is no Japanese map that shows Usando as Liancourts. They all show it as a neighboring island of Ulleungdo. In 1877, the Japanese had come to realize that Usando was Ulleungdo’s neighboring island of Jukdo.

    Posted in: Japan rebuffs outcry over new history textbooks

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    Up until 1870's, Japan didn't know Dokdo existed and Japanese acknowledged the ownership of Dokdo as Korean. Three decades later, Japan ridiculously called it 'terra nullius' describes territory that nobody owns so that the first nation to discover it is entitled to take it over, as "finders keepers", but the problem was Koreans already owned the island and used the island it for their fishing grounds.If you look at the history of Japanese behavior, there is very little to support their actions. The Koreans were never notified of the Dokdo annexation in 1905, when Korea had already become a Japanese colony and had no power to protest the Japanese government's actions. The Japanese claims of this incorporation is invalid because it was done secretly and violates international laws. The Japanese stoled Dokdo in 1905 because of their military needs.

    The Japanese Meiji government made it clear in 1877 that Ulleung Island and Dokdo were Korean territory, saying they had nothing to do with Japan. Meiji government incorporated Dokdo into Japanese territory in 1905, even it recognized the islands as belonging to Korea. Historical records show that Japanese officials carefully studied whether it would be appropriate to include Ulleung Island and Dokdo as their territory upon an inquiry from Shimane Prefecture, but concluded that they are not part of Japan. Still, Japan pushed Dokdo’s annexation to Shimane Prefecture in 1905 as part of its move to install its military facilities in major strategic areas on the Korean Peninsula. The Russo-Japanese War provided Japan with an opportunity to secure Dokdo, for strategic military purposes. Dokdo was the first Korean territory to be colonized and the last piece of land to withdraw its unlawful occupation.

    Posted in: S Korea condemns Japan's approval of history textbooks

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    But the number of lifetime jobs has been declining for decades. Japan now has 40 percent part-time workers, most without legal protection and retirement benefits. Problem is that most part time job earn low wages, about 40 percent less per hour than full-time positions. Abe should try protect the part time workers. Many of these part-timers often work 40 hours a week. They account for all of Japan's job growth in the past decade. The rise of this part-time economy explains why Japan is the only developed country where the average pay has consistently fallen in the last 15 years. In the Japan’s rigid labor market, temp work is rarely a steppingstone to something better. It’s a permanent, low-wage existence and it's a big problem.

    Posted in: Abe unveils plans for fund to tackle child poverty

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