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sfjp330Sep. 17, 2016 - 04:42PM JST
Strangerland SEP. 17, 2016 - 01:18PM JST If they truly cared about their people they would commit to not exraditing Assange to the US. The longer they refuse to do so, the longer their own citizens are denied justice.
Assange could be "snatched" and spirited away to the US, regardless of the extradition treaty. There are no charges against him in the US, although he fears he could be put on trial for espionage.
Posted in: Julian Assange arrest warrant upheld by Swedish court
sfjp330Sep. 17, 2016 - 04:23PM JST
Hiro S NobumasaSEP. 17, 2016 - 03:14PM JST Why press on the issue when China already said they won't participate or respect the awards and then proceeded to controversially hire all the five judges when international protocol mandated only two for each country?
This is a problem. China will continue to have a blow to its global reputation if it is seen as flouting international law. The power of international law is primarily reputational and measured in terms of legitimacy. China has basically calculated that it will take some near-term, rather assertive actions in the South China Sea, and pay short-term reputation costs in exchange for what it believes to be longer-term strategic gains. It's better for China to not engage in international agreement if they feel this way.
Posted in: Japan to conduct training patrols with U.S. in South China Sea
sfjp330Sep. 17, 2016 - 07:05AM JST
Compare to resettlement in the larger cities like Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver, Canada, there are many challenges facing a small town that lacks the infrastructure to handle people from a different culture and religion who may have experienced trauma in their home country. Many will be be relocated in this rural region where many of the people don't appreciate newcomers and they are not supporting this efforts. I don't know if it's fear. Perhaps they're not used to supporting this type of project. The fact that the volunteers are spread apart from each other. The absence of specialized health care, and the PTSD will be a major issue for a number of refugees, as well as lack of Arabic speakers.
If they want to adapt, the new migrants must quickly lose the mentality of being a guest in Canada. It's all about exploring new things and being brave and pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone and trying to be part of the community that brought you here.
Posted in: In Canada, all must help integrate immigrants: Trudeau
sfjp330Sep. 17, 2016 - 06:23AM JST
DocCarlosSEP. 17, 2016 - 05:14AM JST China has warned Japan to stay out of the South China Sea or they will be sunk.
Is China willing to risk $345 billion in bilateral trade with Japan? This will be a disaster for China in the international business.
sfjp330Sep. 16, 2016 - 03:11PM JST
China is probably preparing to declare an ADIZ over the South China Sea do not bring much confidence that China will look to mitigate the political and diplomatic cost incurred by the tribunal’s ruling. China seems ready to offset the cost by bolstering its force and presence in the region. Chinese activities in South China Sea serve as a potential precedent for Chinese activities in East China Sea.
sfjp330Sep. 15, 2016 - 04:18PM JST
Abe just walk away. Cuba has nothing to offer. Just give us the money.
Posted in: Abe to discuss N Korea, economic ties during first Cuba trip
sfjp330Sep. 15, 2016 - 04:13PM JST
Trump might be able to to be more effective if he were spending meaningful time seeking out African-American voters and leaders. But Trump has tended to avoid black organizations and black communities. He skipped the annual convention of the NAACP, which is typically not a friendly audience for a GOP candidate. Trump is delivering his appeals to black voters in overwhelmingly white places. Problem for Trump is that he isn’t winning enough white voters to win the election.
Posted in: Trump, interrupted, heckled in visit to Flint church
sfjp330Sep. 15, 2016 - 04:00PM JST
theeastisred SEP. 15, 2016 - 01:29PM JST Yes she should be up for inflicting cruelty on the innocent 300 victims like that.
Yes, since these tickets were hard to get, these 300 victims were very happy to attend the concert. What a cruelty to 300 victims who were very happy.
Posted in: Woman arrested for illegally reselling Arashi concert tickets
sfjp330Sep. 15, 2016 - 03:50PM JST
YubaruSEP. 15, 2016 - 02:19PM JST Getting 3 hours of overtime pay.
Who said they get overtime pay? Just you? If the employee is on a exempt position, it's not consider overtime.
Posted in: Koike tells Tokyo gov't employees to finish work by 8 p.m.
sfjp330Sep. 14, 2016 - 01:28PM JST
Japanese system has been creating young people who get annoyed by all the complaints China, South Korea and others make about war atrocities because they are not taught what they are complaining about. The J-government deliberately tries not to teach young people the details of Japan's atrocities. If you experience history education in two countries, the way history is taught in Japan has at least one advantage, students come away with a comprehensive understanding of when events happened, in what order. At the age of 14, young Japanese students are clueless of Japan's relations with the outside world. They are taught too late. Young Japanese people often fail to understand why neighboring countries harbor a grudge over events that happened in 1931-45. The reason, in many cases, is that by the time they reach high school, they barely learned any 20th century history. Many young Japanese got a full picture when they left Japan and went to school in foreign countries. It's hardly surprising that some classes, in some schools, never get there, and are told by teachers to finish the book in their spare time.
Many young people in Japan really don't understand the Japan's war history and making the point that many of today's geopolitical tensions stem from what happened then. In Japanese textbook, only a footnote on the Nanjing massacre. Why they couldn't go straight to that period if it was so important, instead of wasting time on the other subject. When students did finally get there, it turned out only few pages dealt with events between 1931-45. Reading many factual books on the incident at least allowed them to understand why many people in China, South Korea and others still feel bitter about Japan's military past.
Posted in: Pew poll: How the Japanese and Chinese see each other
sfjp330Sep. 07, 2016 - 07:24AM JST
Despite differences in ideology and interests, the two countries have developed an interdependence that is a cornerstone for Asia's stability.
Posted in: China, Japan seek to improve ties as Xi, Abe meet
sfjp330Sep. 07, 2016 - 03:32AM JST
Here's the problem, a large proportion of British industry relies on access to the EU single market. As evidenced by the fact that close to half of exports are to the EU. Over the last four decades, Britain has benefited enormously from inward foreign investment. This investment has been and is absolutely vital to the UKs economic prosperity. Most of that investment is here because Britain is a member of the single market as evidenced by Japan's statement.
Japanese investment in the UK supports approximately 140,000 jobs directly and good quality well paid jobs. Those direct Japanese investment are supporting around 500,000 jobs in the UK. Thats just one country. And that country has expressed its concern that Britains actions in voting for Brexit are now set to be highly detrimental to Japanese business and in turn highly detrimental to the UK itself. They invested here because Britain had full and complete access to the single market and because Britain had access to the EUs huge pool of labour of all levels, two absolute basics for a large business. U.K. Now want to restrict both of these vital business requirements so Japan will move their businesses elsewhere where they can be maintained I.e into the EU.
sfjp330Aug. 31, 2016 - 02:28PM JST
Trump's popularity with Republican Hispanics is reflected in the number of resignations from the RNC by Hispanics. The director of Hispanic relations is leaving because she finds Trump repugnant and that is only the latest in a line of Hispanics marching out the door of GOP headquarters. It's inconceivable he is doing better with Latinos. He will do below 20 percent unless something changes drastically.
Posted in: Trump to make quick trip to Mexico before immigration speech
sfjp330Aug. 31, 2016 - 02:10PM JST
YoshitsuneAUG. 31, 2016 - 01:07PM JST The fact that the Chinese had names for the islands before 1895 does not mean that they owned the islands. Naming a piece of land does not grant sovereignty.
Then why is U.S. neutral on sovereignty of Daioyu/Senkaku? 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 and many of the government/military reps 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.
After the ratification of the Treaty, Deng visited Japan in 1978 agreed that the issue should be left to future generations to solve. In Diet discussions, it was also made clear by LDP Secretary General Ohira and FM Sonoda that it was in Japans national interest to go along with Deng Xiaopings proposal to leave things for the next 20 or 30 years. Sonoda wrote, while it is true that China is claiming these islands as their territory, the islands are currently in Japan’s hands, and have not become an actual issue among Japan and China. One cannot conclude from these accounts that both sides agreed to shelve the territorial issue while in no way abandoning their claims to the islands, otherwise there would not have been a normalization of diplomatic relations in 1972 or a Treaty of Peace and Friendship in 1978.
Posted in: Who has the better claim to the disputed isles controlled by Japan as the Senkakus but claimed by China as the Diaoyus?
sfjp330Aug. 31, 2016 - 06:08AM JST
Yoshitsune AUG. 31, 2016 - 04:16AM JST If they can prove this, then I will support Taiwan's (not China's) claim. If they have no conclusive proof of this, then I accept Japan's res nullius argument.
Japan did not claim 'res nullius' argument. Japan claimed "terra nullius." Stating that China didn't know about this island, that Japan discovered? Then why until 1900, Japan refer to the islands around Taiwan with Chinese names? The Japanese name “Senkaku Islands” itself was first introduced in 1900 by academic Hisahi Kuroiwa and adopted by the Japanese government thereafter. Why suddenly Diaoyu/Senkaku became terra nullius after 1894 when Japan annexed Taiwan and other islands?
It just does not make sense that the Japanese, with nothing to gain, would spend ten years meticulously surveying the islands before 1894. Why would Japan embark on a non-viable survey for ten years to determine without any doubt that Diaoyu was terra nullius? If, as Japan claims, the ten years spent surveying the islands would mean they were likely to encounter Chinese fisherman taking shelter there in a storm and not actually terra nullius, would Japan have accepted that the islands were visited by Chinese fishermen?
The truth is very much lacking from Japan. Now, why terra nullius and not res nullius (a thing that has no owner)? To claim terra nullius is to say no one ever lived there before, and at the point of time, the discovery was made. Thus, having ‘proved’ terra nullius, Japan purported to land in Diaoyu and claims it as a discovery.
sfjp330Aug. 31, 2016 - 02:23AM JST
ThePBot AUG. 31, 2016 - 01:03AM JST If only Japan can let go of the "Northern Islands"
Why would they? Russia already offered to return two southern most islands in 1956 in which Japan refused. Japan might accept return of two of the islands that were proposed for now and negotiate later for the other islands. But why would Japan choose to soften the Kurile issue? The answer may lie with a massive project that is developing Russia's gas and oil fields off the coast of nearby Sakhalin Island and building a pipleline to Japan. Problem for Japan is that China has a similar proposal. Japan needs to secure future energy needs.
sfjp330Aug. 30, 2016 - 03:25PM JST
LFRAgain AUG. 30, 2016 - 03:07PM JST I'm a firm believer that actions carry greater weight than words, and seeing how he still hasn't laid out a single concrete plan or policy paper to back up his blatant attempt to kiss the heinie's of black American voters, I'm inclined to believe this flip-flop on The Wall™ is just as disingenuous.
We need to remember that it no longer matters who's president. Congress makes sure that nothing gets done that benefits average citizens regardless of their political stripe. Neither Trump nor Cllinton will achieve much as long as you have entrenched, mostly white, mostly incompetent senators and congressmen to keep nation stuck in the mud. Don't worry about who wins, the American public is the loser regardless.
Posted in: Suddenly unsure on immigration, Trump trying to clear it up
sfjp330Aug. 30, 2016 - 03:05PM JST
theeastisredAUG. 30, 2016 - 02:51PM JST Trump is unsure about everything,
Trump is sure about building the wall and Mexico pay for it. Trump's Immigration stance has alot of support from many voters. Clinton wants to make it easier for the illegals to stay.
sfjp330Aug. 30, 2016 - 02:48PM JST
5SpeedRacer5AUG. 30, 2016 - 02:15PM JST What is the VERY BEST Trump can offer? What is the likelihood that any of his ambitious ideas is ever going to even make it to a House or Senate committee, let alone the floor, even if he serves a full four years? Can you say TRAIN WRECK?
Trump's immigration reform is that would-be immigrants from countries such as Mexico that have high numbers of people trying to come to the U.S. wait the longest. Clinton's proposal is a sweeping immigration-reform in attempts to strike a political compromise that would allow illegal immigrants to receive temporary provisional legal status after certain border-security measures are met. One of the main issues in the debate has been that legalization of the undocumented would reward law breakers. There is also a lot of concern about jumping the line, that basically you have these long backlogs of people who wait legally. Many lawmakers are uncomfortable with the idea that someone might get a visa faster if they had entered illegally.
sfjp330Aug. 30, 2016 - 02:03PM JST
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: Japan's jobless rate hits 21-year low; household spending falls less than expected
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Sep. 27, 2016 - 03:37AM JST
Don't get in the sack if you can't be responsible for the act!
She WAS responsible…
Posted in: 21-year-old woman arrested for abusing 4-month-old son
Sep. 27, 2016 - 03:20AM JST
The pressure will be on Hillary. Trump fans don't really care what his policies are as…
Posted in: Clinton to press Trump to spell out policy plans in U.S. presidential debate
Sep. 27, 2016 - 03:11AM JST
This whole episode is nothing but Korean "Han" in practice
Posted in: Fukui mayor cancels trip to S Korea over 'comfort women' statue
Sep. 27, 2016 - 03:02AM JST
It seems very tamed compared to the posters I see plastered all over Akihabara.
Posted in: Japan swimsuit teen's eel ad pulled over sexism claims
Sep. 27, 2016 - 02:57AM JST
"Japanese internet users complained it was sexist."
Cite source of the complaints, please.
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