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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.
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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"
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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.
sfjp330Mar. 05, 2014 - 08:02AM JST
Mitch Cohen Mar. 05, 2014 - 07:47AM JST Are you aware Japan colonised Korea for the 1st half of the 20th century, and were responsible for many brutalities including torture and murder of more than 7,000 Koreans calling for independence? Or do you believe Japan was merely liberating Korea as well as all of Asia?
The causes of tension in Japan-South Korea relations are well-known, the territorial disputes, divergent interpretations of history, an troublesome domestic politics. Perhaps even more important are Japanese and South Korean notions of national identity. Both society encourage grief and guilt Japanese and South Korean perspectives of their situations and push the two countries toward conflict. Political solutions to the problems of Japan-South Korea relations will continue to fail as long as each country’s current identity, the sense of who it is and what it stands for is framed against the other
sfjp330Mar. 05, 2014 - 07:33AM JST
The main missing ingredient necessary to achieve the task of healing the divisions between South Korea and Japan is statesmanship, in which both countries political leaders resist the temptation to succumb to popular and already established national identity tropes that protect their approval ratings and aid domestic politicking. Statesmanship will require leaders to address the past not simply as a legal issue between the two governments, but in a way that also addresses the lingering hurt of colonization at a personal and political level. Ultimately, South Korea will have to determine precisely what actions it will accept from Japan as expressions of remorse that would then enable the two countries to move their relations forward. Japan will need the courage to meet those requirements sufficiently.
sfjp330Mar. 04, 2014 - 10:32AM JST
JoeBigs Mar. 04, 2014 - 10:17AM JST South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Saturday urged Japan to stop denying the past
Then why did Korean goverment hid and deny until 2005 (40 years later) to release a secret file to their own citizens of the $800 millions that Japan to Korea in 1965? Rather than deny, Park should say that Korean goverment used up the money designed for individual compensation.
Posted in: Japanese lawmakers call for revision of wartime sex slavery apology
sfjp330Mar. 04, 2014 - 09:58AM JST
justbcuzisayMar. 04, 2014 - 09:47AM JST I respectively disagree. Taking back an apology if you did something wrong is unacceptable. The money has nothing to do with this.
In 1965, the Japanese goverment asked Korean goverment to show the concrete number of conscripted workers and soldiers, dead and injured and how much unpaid wages were. They asked to "show the evidences and they would pay". Korea agreed and investigated them. What I want to clarify here is that Korea didn't claim the compensation for the war time prostitutes. Why didn't they? Nobody said at the time in Korea, those prostitutes were abducted. Everyone knew there were many women who were so poor that they sold themselves to live and the Japan army didn't have to abduct Korean women. Although we know later on that some were abducted. After 50 years later, it's the Korean goverment's problem if they did not disclose the comfort women issue at the time. Korean goverment agreed to handle all individual compensation claim after the 1965 treaty.
sfjp330Mar. 04, 2014 - 09:42AM JST
justbcuzisayMar. 04, 2014 - 09:28AM JST Then you should not support the revision of the apology, because it will just make Japan look insincere. Perhaps you may want to argue if there is a direct demand from money from Koreans, but this article is about the apology, not money.
Whatever the case, the South Korean government needs to be forthright about the fact it spent the 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 into corporations and the military during WWII, this problem wouldn’t exist today.
sfjp330Mar. 04, 2014 - 08:55AM JST
I suspect that Korea and China will never be satisfied with any apology, and they are happy to keep rejecting apologies and pressing for new apologies because they can turn this position into a popular one among the people in their countries. While recognizing Japan’s guilt in this matter, we also need to recognize the political posturing on the parts of China, Korea, and others who want to keep this issue fresh and unresolved for the purpose of personal political gain.
sfjp330Mar. 04, 2014 - 08:38AM JST
Simon Foston Mar. 04, 2014 - 08:32AM JST So? This has only the most tenuous of connections to the issue of Japanese politicians wanting to revise or retract the apology on the basis of "evidence" that there is in fact nothing to apologise for. That's what the article is actually about.
It's not about apology, but liabilty in potential compensation lawsuits. After Japan's acknowledging the involvement of the military in the comfort system in 1992, the J-government conducted formal investigations into the matter before it admitted in 1993 that there had been coercive recruitment in some cases. PM Miyazawa indicated that the government would come up with some vague gesture in lieu of compensation for the survivors. The Miyazawa's goverment was unable to act on this for reasons. The Korean Council and other support groups were opposed to any measure that evaded Japan's legal responsibility. The ruling LDP was trapped between its admission of coercive recruitment and its unwillingness to say or do anything that might indicate legal responsibility. Japan was concerned about the class-action lawsuit, stunned by numerous compensation lawsuit, and Japanese immediately assumed that the comfort women survivors were motivated by economic gain. This is the reason why many backed the J-government position that the 1965 agreement normalizing relations between Korea and Japan had settled all reparation issues.
sfjp330Mar. 04, 2014 - 08:23AM JST
CrickyMar. 04, 2014 - 08:19AM JST So they said it happened, paid compensation. Watered down the topic and now want to completely denai it even happened? Now that's the Japanese spirit?
After you finalize the 1965 settlement, and Korea receives all the monies as demanded, are you going back to the accuser 50 years later and say "it's not enough, give more money"? By the way, I want another apolgy. I know you would be happy with that.
sfjp330Mar. 04, 2014 - 08:18AM JST
marcelitoMar. 04, 2014 - 08:14AM JST We Japanese feel a pain if we lie".....geez, cause you are so different from the rest, ....pass the handkerchief ..
Who is lying? Average Korean citizens didn't even know until declassification in 2005 file (which is 40 years later) that Koreans learned for the first time that Japan had actually paid reparations and that their own Korean government had used up most of the reparations designated for individual compensation.
sfjp330Mar. 04, 2014 - 08:11AM JST
ka_chanMar. 04, 2014 - 08:07AM JST It isn't like people weren't tried and convicted for this during the war crimes tribunals. So to say that this was voluntary and not sexual slavery is beyond belief.
Have you read the 1965 treaty? Do you know what treaty means? This is why 1965 treaty was made between South Korea and Japan. In 1965, South Korea agreed never to make further compensation demands against Japan, either at a government or individual level, after receiving U.S. $800 million. South Korean goverment said they will handle the individual compensation demands. These comfort women should take up the issue with their own Korean goverment.
sfjp330Mar. 04, 2014 - 07:47AM JST
Japan is frustrated because of the actions taken by the Korean goverment twisting the facts. During the Japan-Korea Treaty discussions in 1965, the Japanese government specifically proposed to directly compensate individual victims, but it was the South Korean government that insisted that it would handle individual compensation. Japan gave the SK government the requested lump sum on the behalf of victims. But it was not until 2005, when Korea declassified documents of the Treaty, that Koreans learned for the first time that Japan had actually paid reparations and that their own government had used up most of the reparations designated for individual comp economic development such as social infrastructure, POSCO, Gyeongbu Expressway, Soyang Dam, with technology transfer from Japanese companies. Why did Korean goverment hid the truth from their own people of what happened to the compensation that Japan gave them for the settlement of the '65 treaty? For Japan, it can be argued that the return on investment from using reparations for economic developed was significant and it helped boost the entire Korean economy and improved all Koreans lives, but at the expense of individual compensation, a decision that was made by Korean goverment.
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