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slave ownerDec. 13, 2012 - 07:35PM JST
i'll go get some popcorn
Posted in: 8 fighter jets scrambled after Chinese plane flies over disputed islands
slave ownerNov. 10, 2012 - 09:51AM JST
In related news, the sales of Japanese cars in Burma rose 800% from one dozen cars a month to eight dozen cars a month
Posted in: Japanese car sales in China plunge 59.4% in October
slave ownerOct. 28, 2012 - 09:07PM JST
this protracted crisis is really about chinese govt and its people. ishihara more or less dragged japan into what's ultimately chinese domestic problem and its political instability. the higher-ups in the chinese govt are secretly thanking ishihara for this. there could've been a showdown - tiananmen square style - between chinese people and the govt during the communist power transition, and japan could've been the ultimate beneficiary no matter which way the chips fall. but now, thanks to ishihara and the japanese right wingers, the only showdown we will see are the ones between chinese and japanese navy. just read an article that the chinese prime minister and his family is worth some $3 bil according to NYT. for the cool $3 bil, it's completely understandable that they'd risk the war, even the nuclear one, rather than being run over by the angry mob.
Posted in: Japan says four Chinese ships in disputed waters
slave ownerOct. 16, 2012 - 06:41PM JST
Ishihara, grab your rifle and off you go! Japan needs you now more than ever!
Posted in: 7 Chinese warships spotted off Japanese island
slave ownerOct. 11, 2012 - 05:47AM JST
am i the only one missing the hand crank windows?
Posted in: Toyota to recall 7.43 mil vehicles globally over fire risk in power-windows
slave ownerOct. 10, 2012 - 07:54AM JST
@YuriOtani - I agree. it should be zero. Why would Korea be doing a favor to Japan by keeping the remaining 13 billion dollars facility is beyond me.
Posted in: South Korea, Japan to end expanded currency swap deal
slave ownerOct. 09, 2012 - 04:37PM JST
Japanese automakers will now have to find another market to sell their cars. Burma and Malaysia comes to mind. I'm sure Ishihara will pick up the shovel and lead the way because they would have to build the road first in order to sell the automobiles.
Posted in: Japanese automakers' sales in China tumble
slave ownerSep. 27, 2012 - 02:01AM JST
they are talking to each other but neither willing to budge. maybe the chinese will talk to a party that's more than willing to listen. what's stopping from china setting up a puppet government in Ryukyu and a mock treaty with them? The whole Senkaku thing becomes moot. i know i'm few steps ahead but it has happened more than once. the japanese should be especially familiar to such tactics.
Posted in: Japan, China foreign ministers discuss isle dispute but no breakthrough
slave ownerSep. 24, 2012 - 03:45PM JST
japan lost the most from this fiasco. japan had its heyday a couple of decades ago and since then, been on a slow decline. china is rising and it's not even risen to the top yet. for japanese, STATUS QUO should have been the best policy that can guarantee stability while saving face at the same time. once the status quo is broken, the shift inevitably favors the one whose power is rising - in this case, CHINA.
i blame the nearsightedness of the japanese politicians for this but then when i think of how they got elected in the first place, i have to marvel at the passive-aggressive behavior of the japanese people...
Posted in: Chinese leaders may come to regret anti-Japan protests
slave ownerSep. 18, 2012 - 04:08PM JST
china needs japan just as much as japan needs china. that's a fact. however, when it comes to ordinary people, japan has much more to lose. japan, even far from its heyday, has a strong middle class that wants peace and stability. china, on the other hand, has millions of disgruntled people still living in the extreme poverty and horrible working condition. the lack of political freedom stifles them even further. china has yet to have a strong middle class that's capable of leading its government to act rationally.
in this regard, japan seems to have far more to lose than china. that's where the danger lies in. japan really struck the hornet's nest this time and i really have no idea how the japanese gov't dug itself out of this mess they created without losing face.
Posted in: Japan embassy, businesses shut as more protests erupt in China
slave ownerSep. 18, 2012 - 02:30PM JST
if any one of those 1000 fishing boats sinks, it will be like pouring gasoline into a bonfire and the situation will get out of control. given the quality and reliability of those fishing boats, vast majority of which are made in china, i'd say it's almost a certainty. ishihara got his wish. the question is, now what? what can the ordinary japanese do to prepare for this impending disaster? stock up rice and water?
Posted in: Coast guard on lookout for 1,000 Chinese fishing boats
slave ownerSep. 18, 2012 - 08:11AM JST
Japanese, even someone at the highest level in the cabinet, has a habit of confusing wishful thinking and reality.
“I did not bring up the topic today, but it is mutually understood between Japan and the United States that (the islands) are covered by the treaty,”
I don't even know what this means. if he did not bring up the topic, how can it be mutually understood? and understood by whom? did they communicate by telepathy?
miscalculations and wishful thinking have always played a major part in the outbreak of war. it's like watching a train wrack in a slow motion.
Posted in: Gemba: U.S.-Japan security treaty covers disputed isles
slave ownerSep. 18, 2012 - 12:39AM JST
Some of you who left comments put way too much faith on defense treaty with the US and some even mentioned taking the dispute to the international court. Law and treaties are borne out of politics. Politics reflects the will of whoever is in charge at the time of the writing. Law and treaties often aim for the status quo but that status quo also changes in time. That's why treaties and law get purged and re-written over time. The usefulness of the japan-US defense treaty has been expired for quite some time now. Because the realities in Asia, with the rise of China and all the subsequent effects, are not reflected in the original treaty. We live in a very different world now. I'm sorry to disappoint but that defense treaty with the US is, at this point in time, really worth only about the paper it was written on and nothing more. It really comes down to the current politics and unfortunately, a war is often used as a political tool. It takes only one party for both parties to be engaged in a war.
On a side note, while i don't blame the average Japanese for not being sensitive on the Chinese anniversary of Mukden incident (just because they were perhaps never taught the proper history), i do believe some higher-ups in the Japanese government were aware of the full ramifications of such a provocative action, especially just before the Mukden anniversary. What were they thinking?
Posted in: Panetta urges calm, but says U.S. takes no sides in Japan-China dispute
slave ownerSep. 17, 2012 - 05:24PM JST
the plot thickens... depending on how the internal politics work out in china, this could blow out to the full scale war. chinese military might get the wrong idea from this new revelation by the US. but even the knuckleheads in the Chinese military should know that the US presidential election is just around the corner. so they will wait for now, while keeping the mobs on the streets. it would also give the Chinese ample time to plot something like the Mukden incident of 1931, only this time, japan would be on the receiving end. oh, the irony...
slave ownerSep. 17, 2012 - 12:31AM JST
the timing is almost stranger than a fiction. RIP anyways.
Posted in: Japan's ambassador-designate to China dies in Tokyo
slave ownerSep. 17, 2012 - 12:28AM JST
Wow. Japanese want to forget the past because it's convenient for them. This picture proves that Chinese have not forgotten, not even one bit. Yes, some Chinese may have been brainwashed by the anti-Japanese education like some folks here surmise. But it takes more than that to arouse a spontaneous reaction like this - No matter what it is, calling it brainwashing doesn't do either side any good, just as a doctor calling a patient sick won't make him recover. An honest effort from Japanese to understand what's behind this sudden burst of hatred is called for.
I dunno. If Chinese are to be accused of having been brainwashed, Japanese are equally guilty of conveniently having been forgotten the ugly past. Japanese say it was long time ago, and reparation has been made. But it seems clear that Chinese do not see it that way.
Even the most extreme right-wing Japanese see this as much more than a simple territorial dispute. And that should tell a bunch about the nature of this crisis.
Dispute ends if and only if both sides agree to end it.
Posted in: Chaos
slave ownerSep. 15, 2012 - 12:53AM JST
chinese have a long memory (because they were victimized). japanese have a short-term memory(because they were the aggressor to put it mildly). both wonder why the other don't see the issue eye-to-eye.
Posted in: Japan warns citizens in China after assaults
slave ownerSep. 14, 2012 - 04:52PM JST
politicians only want to lead the crowd to the edge of the cliff for their own agenda. by then, the crowd gets really worked up. and they push the politicians off the cliff. that's usually how the war breaks out. even then, nobody expects the full-scale war until it's been done and over with. everybody thought the WWI would come to an end by the christmas of 1914.
Posted in: 6 Chinese ships spotted near disputed isles
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Of course, the U.S. is…
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Sod the EU, I can't use my phone in Japan unless I rent a Japan sim…
Posted in: EU delays end to mobile roaming charges to at least 2018
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NeoJamal. I saw that movie, "Last Samurai." There were no shudo scenes so you're wrong.
Posted in: Small step by Tokyo's Shibuya Ward could be giant leap for LGBT equality