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sfjp330Oct. 27, 2016 - 12:59PM JST
kurisupisuOCT. 27, 2016 - 12:33PM JST So Abe might have been played by Duterte?
Japan has little choice. From Japan’s viewpoint, there’s good reason to strengthen security cooperation with Vietnam and the Philippines. Vietnam has the region’s second longest coastline and is an ideal choice for maritime security cooperation. The Philippines occupies one of the world’s most important and busiest sea lanes of communication with its widespread maritime territories. Majority of the crude oil and energy supplied to Japan go through this sea lane. That is the lifeline for Japan.
Posted in: Abe, Duterte sign military, economic deals
sfjp330Oct. 27, 2016 - 04:13AM JST
Saketown OCT. 27, 2016 - 01:48AM JST Does Duterte seriously think or believe that Communist China is just going to go as far as Economics with the Philippines?
The U.S. has been pulling back from economic assistance to the smaller and poorer but countries in the Pacific region for a number of decades now and China is filling the gap. This is apparent even in the US Pacific Territories. The US politicians are extremely short sighted as they do not see that economic development assistance keeps these countries in the U.S. economic orbit so that their respective economies and the financial institutions supporting it remain strongly influenced by international business patterns and regulations established with significant U.S. input. Duterte just negotiated for $13.5 billion in aid from China and a return of fishing rights to the Scarborough Shoal. That's a better deal than they were getting from the U.S.
Posted in: Philippine president assures Japan his visit to China was all about economics
sfjp330Oct. 27, 2016 - 03:48AM JST
smithinjapan OCT. 26, 2016 - 10:21PM JST You think allowing in medical marijuana, or just making laws less militant, is the same thing as easing immigration???
Compare to many western countries, there has been no Japanese government studies of the plant or its medical properties, leaving only speculation and criminalization of the herb. If the cannabis control laws were lifted, or even modified, researchers could begin independent studies to reveal solid evidence of the medical benefits. Japan's government would have to take the irrefutable proof under some type of consideration. The majority of people in Japan are so thoroughly brainwashed and generally hysterical at the mere mention of the word that it will take some serious convincing for the general population to be comfortable with it, let alone the legions of hyper-conservative nationalists in the government. Japanese people are about rules.
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sfjp330Oct. 26, 2016 - 05:01PM JST
You actually believe Japan is ready for this change? Culturally, Japan is still many decades away. It won't happen. In comparison, look at the immigration policy, it will be a slow process.
sfjp330Oct. 26, 2016 - 04:38PM JST
smithinjapan OCT. 26, 2016 - 04:29PM JST except in some cases allows people with terminal illness and/or terrible pain to relax a little and even work up an appetite and live a little longer.
How many people in Japan that you know that have terminal illness that are requesting for cannibus? Very few?
sfjp330Oct. 26, 2016 - 04:33PM JST
smithinjapan OCT. 26, 2016 - 03:46PM JST Why? because China might have to own up to the past instead of just trying to pay people off to shut up?
Maybe they don't have to shut up. China never "invaded" Japan.
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sfjp330Oct. 26, 2016 - 04:28PM JST
Is Japan that desperate to set up a meeting with Emperor and Duterte? Maybe so.
Posted in: Japan wary over Philippine leader's policy, manners in front of emperor
sfjp330Oct. 26, 2016 - 04:25PM JST
Penske NievkoOCT. 26, 2016 - 04:07PM JST She was one of the first politicians to publicly call for cannabis reform in Japan. Japan needs more outside the box thinkers like her.
Why? Japan has problem with excessive alcohol, cigarette and prescription drugs, etc. Outside of box, the U.S. federal law still outlaws the cannabis.
sfjp330Oct. 26, 2016 - 04:16PM JST
So the word "separation" is a passive note that was taken from U.S. and Japan? How times changed.
sfjp330Oct. 26, 2016 - 11:07AM JST
trinklets2 OCT. 26, 2016 - 10:57AM JST But they never realize that the lives of all Filipinos are at risk too due to his unclear and vague pronouncements.
Most Filipinos depends on other countries for their livelihood. The main trading partner is Japan, U.S. and China. If Duterte is talking about "separations", he should follow through. There is no big loss for Japan and U.S.
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sfjp330Oct. 26, 2016 - 10:57AM JST
japan4lifeOCT. 26, 2016 - 08:53AM JST Hopefully this will lead to a serious discussion on the need to legalize medical marijuana in Japan.
Do you want another problem for Japan. Japan already has binge alcohol, nicotine addiction from cigrarettes, prescription drugs problem. Do you really want to add to this list?
sfjp330Oct. 26, 2016 - 10:32AM JST
SuperLibOCT. 26, 2016 - 08:27AM JST The Russians should be more concerned with keeping their own planes in the sky.
For U.S., it's been over 15 years in war in middle east. U.S. should be more concerned with minding their own business.
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sfjp330Oct. 26, 2016 - 10:25AM JST
GyGeneOCT. 26, 2016 - 09:29AM JST I agree with him on cleaning up the country of drug users and pushers that have ruined millions of lives.
How do you know thousands of these people that were killed were really drug users and pushers without the due process of legal rights? Where is the evidence? How many innocent people were killed and destroyed the family based on rumors? Is Philippines is democratic country?
sfjp330Oct. 26, 2016 - 10:14AM JST
LFRAgainOCT. 26, 2016 - 09:27AM JST Trump supporters tend to be ill-informed dolts.
The US Government has announced that Democrats Obamacare premiums are set to rise 25 percent in 2017, the largest increase since its 2013 inception. The Democrats tend to be ill-informed dolts.
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sfjp330Oct. 26, 2016 - 08:18AM JST
Northernlife OCT. 26, 2016 - 07:54AM JST There is a reason why its accepted for medical use in America in 25 states.
Despite medical cannabis laws in 40 states, cannabis is still illegal under federal law. Under federal law, cannabis is treated like every other controlled substance, such as cocaine and heroin.
sfjp330Oct. 18, 2016 - 01:04PM JST
mtuffiziOCT. 18, 2016 - 12:24PM JST china and korea will never stop on this subject, why waste time to please them?
Regarding Japan’s attitudes towards China, let’s not forget the many billions in loan assistance which Japan has provided to China over many decades, and which China has eagerly taken to finance its development. It seems odd that China conveniently forgot past aggressions from Japan when billions of money was flowing its way. China’s continuing problems with its neighbors go far beyond its relations with Japan.
How time has changed. It may seem strange today but Mao Zedong discouraged public discourse about the Japanese invasion and waived reparations. During his reign, Nanking was far from becoming Chinese target for Japanese brutality. Why Japan became a easy target? This was when new communist leaders, transforming their country into a market economy, first began to face the problems of uneven growth, which included social unrest on a huge scale. Honoring the memories of Sino-Japanese War became main focus to the post-Cold War Chinese strategy of finding new foils internationally and fresh ideological legitimacy at home.
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sfjp330Oct. 18, 2016 - 12:58PM JST
The first Russo-Japanese agreement to deal with the status of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands was the 1855. The islands of Kunashiri, Shikotan and the Habomai Islands, that all lie to the south of Etorofu, are not explicitly mentioned in the treaty and were understood at the time to be a non-disputed part of Japan. The treaty also specified that the island of Sakhalin/Karafuto was not to be partitioned but was to remain under a joint Russo-Japanese condominium.
In a subsequent 1875 Treaty of Saint Petersburg Russia and Japan agreed that Japan would give up all rights to Sakhalin in exchange for Russia giving up all rights to the Kurile Islands to Japan. The 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth, gave the southern half of Sakhalin Island to Japan. In 1875, the treaty of St. Petersburg, Russia gave up all rights to the Kurile Islands to Japan.
Posted in: Japan denies discussing joint administration of disputed Russian-held isles
sfjp330Oct. 18, 2016 - 08:51AM JST
It will affect the beauty but they should put 8 foot fence with cameras.
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sfjp330Oct. 18, 2016 - 08:50AM JST
ThePBot OCT. 18, 2016 - 08:30AM JST Kurils being Russian is the cause of that??
Who said anything about Kurils being Russian? If Kurils being Russian, why would Russia offer two islands back to Japan in 1956 if you own it? Japan refused. Putin still has the same offer on the table. Any treaty with Russia is a problem.
sfjp330Oct. 18, 2016 - 08:04AM JST
Daniel Neagari OCT. 17, 2016 - 03:32PM JST I know for many Yasukuni is like the "devil"... but hope you understand that it is the soul of the country.
Do you see German Chancellor and 100 of their top government reps visiting the Nazi grave? In a wording and verbal openings on diplomatic meets, Japanese officials delivered apologies, but there were never formal documentation of apology with promises to fix their mistakes by taking such actions and such. The Japanese apologies were always vague and lacked details, other than saying sorry and we'll never do it. In meantime in Japan, over 100 Japanese politicians keeps going to Yasukuni and worship 14 Class A war criminals as gods and glorify the old days by adding easily accepted forms such as textbooks, popular magazine and newspaper articles and suggesting Japanese legitimacy on their position in WWII. Then someday, we'll come across generation of Japanese population that really believes that their course of action in WWII was the right thing and wanting retribution. The young Japanese students are clueless of Japan's relations with the outside world. With Abe's administration Japan things really started to look that way.
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