Thursday, August 31, 2006


A Tokyo museum run by controversial Yasukuni Shrine is expected to drop an accusation that the U.S. forced Japan into World War II by crippling its economy, an adviser to the shrine said Wednesday.

This is a good news.

The changes, however, do not address criticisms that the exhibits neglect atrocities committed by Japan against its Asian neighbors during the war. Aug. 30, 2006. (AP )

Why not?
It would not be against Shinto'spirit to keep in mind that there were victims massacred by Japan.


August 30, 2006: Despite irritation at Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi's tactless visits to the Yakasuni Shrine (where World War II war criminals are honored), the Chinese are sending signals that they'd like an improved security relationship. Apparently the Chinese have been letting drop hints about possible mutual port calls by warships, and perhaps exchange visits by military personnel, to talk shop. The Japanese believe the primary reason for this possible easing of China's generally hostile line, is concern over the increasing problem posed by North Korea. The Chinese might also be trying to woo the Japanese away from close ties with Taiwan.strategy page
August 30, 2006: Despite irritation at Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi's tactless visits to the Yakasuni Shrine (where World War II war criminals are honored), the Chinese are sending signals that they'd like an improved security relationship. Apparently the Chinese have been letting drop hints about possible mutual port calls by warships, and perhaps exchange visits by military personnel, to talk shop. The Japanese believe the primary reason for this possible easing of China's generally hostile line, is concern over the increasing problem posed by North Korea. The Chinese might also be trying to woo the Japanese away from close ties with Taiwan.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Tuesday August 29, 5:54 PM
Japan still top Asian partner for U.S., as China narrows gap
(Kyodo) _ Japan remained top of the list of the United States' most important partners in Asia, but China, which ranked second, is gradually closing the gap, polls conducted by the Japanese Foreign Ministry in February and March showed Tuesday.

In a survey conducted among the general public in the United States, 45 percent said they think Japan the most important partner for the United States in Asia, down from 48 percent in the previous survey in 2005, while 47 percent of opinion leaders named Japan as such a partner, down from 48 percent.

But the ratio of Americans who view China as the most important partner for the United States in Asia increased to 33 percent from 26 percent among the general public and to 43 percent from 38 percent among the opinion leaders.

Although Japan has maintained the top spot for nearly a decade, a downward trend has been observed. In recent years China has been narrowing the gap with Japan, a ministry official said, alluding to the change in U.S. perceptions of China given its economic, military and political rise.

The Gallup poll commissioned by the ministry was done on 1,500 respondents aged 18 and above for the general public, while a separate survey was conducted on 254 leading figures in the U.S. academic, business, government, religious, media and labor sectors. Both polls were conducted by phone.

Results also showed that the ratio of Americans who see Japan as a "dependable ally or friend" rose to 91 percent from 90 percent for opinion leaders. Although it fell from 72 percent to 69 percent among the general public, it was still the second highest level.

The number of Americans who evaluated U.S.-Japan cooperation as "excellent" or "good" rose to a record high from 83 to 85 percent for opinion leaders and 61 to 63 percent for the general public.

Likewise, the ratio who said mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese is "good" marked a record 38 percent for the general public, up from 36 percent, and 25 percent for opinion leaders, up from 23 percent.

Those who expressed optimism over the future of Japan-U.S. ties totaled 42 percent in both groups while the ratio of respondents who believe the Japan-U.S. security treaty should be maintained remained high at 85 and 90 percent, respectively.

As for the current bilateral trade imbalance, the poll said 33 percent attributed it to U.S. industries' weak competitiveness and 30 percent to macro-economic discrepancies in both countries.

The total of respondents who blamed the closed nature of the Japanese market fell to 29 percent in the latest survey, a record low.

When asked if Japan plays an important international role commensurate with its economic strength, a record high 74 percent of the opinion leaders said "yes," citing fields such as science and technology and world economicskyodo

Monday, August 28, 2006


I picked up this photo while I was net surfing. It is a masterpiece.

Korea/wealthier than USA and Japan

Rank Territory Value


1 Taiwan 64519
2 Hong Kong (China) 51470
3 Singapore 48645
4 Malta 42407
5 Luxembourg 38526
6 Republic of Korea 38249
7 United States 38063
8 Norway 36830
9 Japan 35694
10 Ireland 34677


Congratulations Korea!!

Sunday, August 27, 2006


Korea's Future Lies With China, Not U.S.'

There are some lawmakers in South Korea who believe Korea should make a strategic partnership with China over America in the 21st century.

They are correct. In the 21st century, Korea needs to come closer to China. First, China and Korea share common interests that are larger than those between Korea and the U.S.

Hmmm, Korean politicians want to come closer to China,that is a good idea.
Does China want the reunification of the Korean peninsula?

In the Korean peninsula, the U.S. wants to maintain the status quo. China is different. The U.S. doesn't want to see economic cooperation between China and North Korea, either. China, on the other hand, wants the two Koreas to improve their relationship because China believes doing so would also benefit itself. But the U.S. doesn't want to see this [improvement].


It's because if South and North Koreas improve their relationship, South Korea's anti-American sentiment will get stronger.

Very sensible analysis.

American support of Japan to become a military power gravely damages the interests of South Korea and China. A newly-armed Japan's aggression target, first, will be Korea and then China. There is a clear difference of interest between China and America on it. Choosing America, South Korea will merely become its scapegoat.oh my news

Oh no no.No Japanese, including extreme rightists, do not want to invade Korea,never ever.They know all too well what Koreans are like against Japan.

Anyway, there is no better offer than that.I wonder why Korean politicians did not realized it.

from today's news

A seal which was loved by residents near Tokushima was found dead. The residents are in mourning.The seal came out near Naka river Tokushima, and used to live over there since then.


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agbir Singh, who was allegedly kidnapped and had his hair cut-off forcefully, on Sunday confessed that he had done the deed himself.

Superintendent of Police Sanjay Kumar said that the police was apprehensive about the story told by Jagbir and deputed Deputy Suprintendent of Police RC Rathi to probe the case thoroughly when members of the local Sikh community lashed out at the police for its lethargic and indifferent attitude in arresting the

Saturday, August 26, 2006


Friday August 25, 5:55 PM
China strongly protests Taiwan general's visit to Japan
(Kyodo) _ China strongly protests against Japan for allowing Taiwan's army commander-in-chief Gen. Hu Chen-pu to visit Japan, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

The visit is "a serious incident in Sino-Japanese relations," Liu Jianchao said in a statement posted on the ministry's website. "China strongly protests such action by Japan, which explicitly violates the principles and commitments in the three political documents," he said.

The documents, including a 1972 statement for normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries, includes Japan's "one-China" policy recognizing Beijing as the sole government.

"We strongly urge Japan to show through action its position that there is only one China...and prevent such incidents from happening again," the statement said.

Japan-Taiwan relations sources have said that Hu, who arrived as a tourist in Japan on Tuesday, observed large-scale live-fire drills by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in Shizuoka Prefecture on Thursday.

Defense Agency Director General Fukushiro Nukaga said Friday his agency has not confirmed if Hu was at the drill.

China regards Taiwan as a renegade province awaiting reunificatio(kyodo)

China is a big country but narrow minded.


At the IMF, which comprises 184 countries, a member nation's quota determines the share of its voting power and is set in line with the size of its economy.

Quotas have remained low for many emerging countries in Asia, including China, despite the rapid expansion of their economies.

Japan has thus called for boosting such countries' quotas, to give them greater voting power reflecting their growing economic presence.(mainichi)
foreign dispatches

By Yoon Ja-young
Staff Reporter

Korea will have a greater voting stake in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) soon, meaning the country will have more say in running the organization.

The IMF said its board agreed on Wednesday that Korea, along with China, Mexico and Turkey, should see ad hoc increases in their quotas, or voting shares. The organization would determine how much increase each country would acquire at its annual meeting scheduled to be held in Singapore next month.korea times

No mention about what Japan did behind the scenes.

Here is today's news from Ghana.

Japan grants $5.8m for rural electrification

Accra, Aug, 24, GNA - Ghana and Japan on Thursday repeated their commitment to work to bring about enhanced development, reduce poverty and improve the lives of the rural poor.

The normal country report what Japan did in favor of the country, sometimes it express an address of gratitude,but Korea somehow forget it.


The South Korean firms are slowly gaining Japanese consumers' support, with their cars and home appliances seen as low-priced but good quality. The firms are shaking off the image previously associated with their products: cheap, but you get what you pay for.

Published 2006-08-26 15:22 (KST)
Amid a lengthy investment spree in China, many of Japan Inc's biggest names are making inroads into one of the world's few remaining communist states: Vietnam.
Vietnam has become an increasingly popular investment destination for Japanese firms seeking to reduce their excessive dependence on China and spread their business risks in Asia more evenly.
Lying behind what some people describe as the "China plus one" attitude among Japanese investors, are concerns about the risks involved in doing business in China. These concerns were fed by Beijing's slow response to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and also by the anti-Japanese riots that swept through China in April 2005.

More important is the currency factor, since a stronger Chinese yuan weakens the advantage exporters derive from operating in China. In the face of strong international pressure, especially from the U.S., China revalued the yuan against the U.S. dollar in July last year, albeit by a meager percentage. A further rise in the value of the yuan is anticipated in the medium and long terms. Also, labor costs are on the rise and shortages of power and water supplies have emerged as headaches for foreign firms with operations in China as well as for their local counterpartoh my news

China/dog hunting

China's insane way of killing dogs is posted
via写真で読む中国.Coupled with a statement that "China is a country where advocacy for abused animals is more recognized and permissible than advocacy for abused humans, this society needs profound reformation.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Is Japan turning to Right?
Here kanaiis an interesting analysis.
I don't care about if people are right wingers or left wingers, but I care if people have equal rigth to say things in the public forum.
asia times

Monday, August 21, 2006


the word senbotsusha, or "war dead," refers only to those killed in battle. Before the Pacific War, the only Japanese people killed in foreign wars were soldiers. Those conflicts never reached the Japanese archipelago. Yasukuni, since it enshrines only soldiers, represents this idea that civilians who die in a war don't count as "war dead." By the same token, civilians who died at the hands of Japanese are not acknowledged in any official capacity, but Korean and Chinese soldiers who were forced to fight for Japan are honored at Yasukuni, and even enemy combatants are honored at the Koa Kannon temple in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, which contains the ashes of seven of those infamous Class-A war criminals. Seventy percent of the 2.4 million Japanese soldiers who perished in the war did not die in battle, either. They starved to death or succumbed to disease. In other words, they were abandoned by their country -- literally, in the case of the 1,245,000 soldiers whose remains have never been collected and returned to their families. The message that these statistics convey to Hado is that "the country doesn't protect its soldiers, it only promises to worship them when they die."

In July, an international symposium on the subject of Yasukuni Shrine was held in Seoul. Scholars from all over the world discussed the history of the shrine and its political significance for modern Japan and Asia. According to a report on the symposium published in the weekly magazine Kinyobi, the participants concluded that Yasukuni has, since the war, taken on a new function.

In essence, the Japanese government and rightwing interest groups have come to think that Japan's current peace and prosperity was made possible by the sacrifice of all those Japanese killed in World War II. Their deaths are thus given some kind of meaning, and Yasukuni is the primary symbol of that idea.

Who gave them this idea? The symposium suggested it was the United States. American hegemony in the Pacific has always depended on a prosperous Japan, and if the Japanese people want to think that World War II had a silver lining then it's better to encourage such self-delusion if that makes them accepting of U.S. bases and the like. The American government would never countenance monuments to fascist sacrifice in Germany or Italy, but they tolerate a monument to Imperial militarism in Japan as long as it goes through a makeover into some kind of "peace shrine," which is what Koizumi seems to think it is.

All the media that editorialized about the comments made by the late Emperor Showa, regarding the reason he stopped visiting Yasukuni in the 1970s, assumed that what he meant when he expressed irritation over the shrine's acceptance of convicted war criminals was that he didn't want to honor such men. The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, which first printed the memo where the comment was recorded, said it showed "his sincere remorse for past wars." The Asahi claimed that the Emperor believed enshrining the disgraced war leaders was "tantamount to rejecting the rebirth of Japan as a peace-loving nation."

But there's another way to interpret the comment. Writing in Kinyobi, journalist Masanori Yamaguchi analyzed comments that Emperor Hirohito made during his first-ever press conference in 1975. The late emperor was evasive and opaque when asked about his responsibility for the war, and as for the people of Hiroshima, he said he felt sorry for them, "but it couldn't be helped." Since the Emperor was the supreme military commander during the war, Yamaguchi finds his lack of forthrightness "arrogant and shameless." Therefore, when he reads the memo, he picks up a totally different meaning than that which the rest of the media picked up. The 12 Class-A war criminals who were executed and the two who died awaiting trial were the Emperor's subordinates during the war. They died for him. Yamaguchi thinks that when Yasukuni decided to accept their names, the Emperor became angry out of a feeling of "self-protection." He was afraid that their enshrinement would "reignite" debate over his own responsibility for the war, which was glossed over when the Americans decided not to indict him.Japan times

The memo which has recently been released by the Nikkei may not be the words of the late emperor, but of Chamberlain Yoshihiro Tokugawa. The memo apparently was taken during a press session on April 28, 1988, but there are no records of such a session invovling the emperor on that day, and not only that, it seems Mr. Tomita (the author of the memo) did not even see the emperor on that day. Mr. Tokugawa, on the other hand, had retired as chamberlain on April 12, and was reinstated as an advisor on April 26, and the first day at his new office was April 28. The contents of the memo are also consistent with what Mr. Tokugawa has stated in his books and other interviews.

What is more, the Showa Emperor would never use the term “A-Class war criminals,” since he has always maintained that he alone was responsible for the war as the head of a constitutional monarchy. The emperor has said that, “although they may be war criminals to the Allies, they are nothing of the sort for Japan and are to me,loyal subjects.” Tojo was one of his most trusted subjects, and after the execution, the Tojo family has received personal tributes from the emperor every year. Royal envoys are still sent to Yasukuni, and other members of the royal clan have visited the Yasukuni even after 1978, which would be an act of defiance to the emperor and would never be dared by the royals or the Imperial Household Agency had the emperor been against the visit.

The reason why most of the prime ministers have not visited the Yasukuni after 1978 is because it became a political issue with China. Nakasone and Hashimoto were intimidated into never paying a visit, and the rest of the prime ministers were far too fearful of defying China. IMHO, it was probably the reason why the Showa Emperor stopped his visits, since under the present constitution, an emperor is forbidden from taking a political stand or expressing political views. This is also why his son, the present emperor, cannot go to Yasukuni, either, or even say whether he wishes to go or not.two cents at marmot

As a side note, it is not true Yaskuni enshrined only the war deads killed in the battle before the Pacific War.The deads who are assasinated, died in prisons,killed themselves,killed as a excution of sentence , are also enshrined.pge 35 靖国神社と日本人

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Young soldiers leaving Japan during that war often would say, "If I don't come home, I'll see you at Yasukuni." The souls of 2.5 million casualties of Japan's wars are believed to be present at that shrine. In 1978, 14 other souls were enshrined there -- those of 14 major war criminals

Between that enshrinement and 1984, three prime ministers visited Yasukuni 20 times without eliciting protests from China. But both of Japan's most important East Asian neighbors, China and South Korea, now have national identities partly derived from their experience as victims of Japan's 1910-45 militarism. To a significant extent, such national identities are political choices .

Leftist ideology causes South Korea's regime to cultivate victimhood and resentment of a Japan imagined to have expansionism in its national DNA. The choice by China's regime is more interesting. Marxism is bankrupt and causes cognitive dissonance as China pursues economic growth by markedly un-Marxist means. So China's regime, needing a new source of legitimacy, seeks it in memories of resistance to Japanese imperialism.

Actually, most of China's resistance was by Chiang Kai-shek's forces, Mao's enemies. And Mao, to whom there is a sort of secular shrine in Beijing, killed millions more Chinese than even Japan's brutal occupiers did.

Junichiro Koizumi, Japan's prime minister, made a campaign promise to visit the shrine regularly, and has done so, most recently last Tuesday, the anniversary of the end of World War II. Shinzo Abe, a nationalist who is almost certain to replace Koizumi, who is retiring next month, seems inclined to continue something like Koizumi's policy, and for at least one of Koizumi's reasons: China should not dictate the actions of Japan's prime ministers.

The museum adjacent to Yasukuni says "The Greater East Asian War" began because, when the New Deal failed to banish the Depression, "the only option open to Roosevelt . . . was to use embargoes to force resource-poor Japan into war. The U.S. economy made a complete recovery once the Americans entered the war." That is disgracefully meretricious -- and familiar. For years a small but vocal cadre of Americans -- anti-FDR zealots -- said approximately that. But neither Koizumi nor Abe includes the museum in his visits to the shrine.

It would be helpful if Abe would discontinue visiting Yasukuni. He could cite the fact, learned last month, that Emperor Hirohito, who died in 1989, stopped visiting it because he strongly objected to the war criminals' enshrinement. Because China decided to be incensed about Koizumi's visits, there has been no Japan-China summit meeting for five years. In 2005 there were vicious anti-Japan riots in China, and 44 million Chinese signed an Internet petition opposing Japan's quest for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. Relations between the nations are colder than at any time since relations were normalized in 1972, when Mao decreed that both the Chinese and Japanese people had been victims of Japan's militarists.

Things are so bad that, speaking about the incessant incursions by Chinese submarines and military aircraft into Japanese sea and air spaces, a senior Japanese official casually made the startling suggestion that China's regime, like Japan's regime before the war, does not fully control its military. But relations other than diplomatic ones are flourishing. China is, after America, the second-most popular destination for Japanese tourists. Ten thousand people a day travel between the two countries, and in 2004, for the first time since 1945, Japan's trade with China was larger than with the United States.

The controversy about Yasukuni should not mystify Americans. With their comparatively minor but still acrimonious arguments about displays of Confederate flags, Americans know how contentious the politics of national memory can be, and they understand the problem of honoring war dead without necessarily honoring the cause for which they died.By George F. Will
Sunday, August 20, 200


Saturday, August 19, 2006

Taiwan/Lee Teng-hui

aturday August 19, 1:48 PM
Ex-Taiwan President Lee to visit Japan next month
(Kyodo) _ Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui is set to make a six-day trip to Japan in mid-September, his office said Saturday.

The trip scheduled between Sept. 12 and 17 will focus purely on sightseeing and cultural exchanges, the office said in a press release, adding further details have yet to be set.

But the visit is highly likely to trigger criticism again from China, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that should be reunited with it, by force if necessary.kyodo


China/human right

Lawyers for blind Chinese activist boycott 'unjust and illegal' trial

BEIJING -- A blind Chinese activist was put on trial but his lawyers boycotted the proceeding after three of them were detained and they were barred from seeing their client, one of the lawyers said.

The trial of Chen Guangcheng, who was arrested after recording complaints by villagers of forced abortions, ended Friday after about two hours without a verdict, according to lawyer Zhang Lihui. He didn't attend the proceeding in a court in eastern China but said Chen's two brothers told him what happened.

Chen faced charges of illegal assembly and intent to damage public property, which his supporters say were fabricated in retaliation for his activism. He could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in jail.mainichi


the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon)

3 local governments receive death threats after planning to tax pro-Pyongyang group

The Yokohama municipal, Tokyo metropolitan and Saitama prefectural governments have received letters threatening to kill officials if they levy city taxes on a pro-Pyongyang group of Korean residents in Japan, police said.

The Yokohama Municipal Government received a similar letter on July 19. Police are investigating the incidents on suspicion of intimidation.

A senior official of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) said he believes the incident is an attempt to tarnish the image of the organization.

"We're not dissatisfied with the local governments over their decision on tax exemption. It's nothing but a farce that the culprit sent a letter to a prefectural government that is not even authorized to levy city taxes," the officials said. "I feel it's harassment against us."

The letters were typed on A4-size sheets titled "Blackmail letter." "If you levy taxation on Chongryon facilities, we will kill officials," the letters partly read

Following North Korea's recent missile tests, Yokohama Mayor Hiroshi Nakada declared on July 12 that the municipal government would no longer exempt 10 facilities in Yokohama that are linked to the pro-Pyongyang association from fixed property and urban planning taxes.mainichiAugust 19, 2006

横浜市の中田宏市長は7月12日、北朝鮮のミサイル発射に伴い、朝鮮総連関連の10施設に対して今年度の固定資産税と都市計画税を減免しないと発表した。同19日には「総連施設への課税に対し断固抗議する さもなければ職員を殺す」と書かれた脅迫状とカッターナイフの刃が送りつけられた。神奈川県警は、今回の脅迫状と同一犯が送付したとみて調べている。



Friday, August 18, 2006


Cards Played by the Chinese Communist Regime

Renowned political commentator Cao Changqing pointed out that being anti-Japan and banning anti-Japan protests has already become one political card for Chinese communist regime to play to secure its own ruling. When anti-Japan sentiment is needed, it will be instigated; otherwise it will be forbidden. This shows that the mainland regime is already extremely weak, and it can only maintain its rule through such roguish means.
Even when the Chinese communist regime condemns Japan, it doesn't do so on the basis of morality or justice. In fact, it is just playing politics, using incidents to instigate nationalistic sentiments to further the apparent legitimacy of its rule.

When Chinese regime feels that anti-Japan sentiment is beneficial to its rule, or an anti-Japan movement could gain more support from the military, or when distractions are needed to allay scrutiny of big disasters, the regime will incite the anti-Japan feelings of the populace. The regime never really looks at Japan, or indeed the international environment. It is mainly concerned with its own political need.
If Junichiro Koizumi's visit to Yasukuni Shrine is wrong, then the Chinese Communist Party is a war criminal and continues to commit crimes. The Party has killed many more Chinese people than those killed by the Japanese in World War II, and its crimes are even worse.

If a Chinese truly loves his own country, then he should first look into the crimes the CCP has committed and end the rule of this war criminal to free China.epoch timesAug 17, 2006


Some South Korean soldiers assigned to serve with the U.S. army here have been forced to recite memorized passages from a biography of Paik Sun-yup, which say that he devoted his early life to freeing Korea from Japanese rule. While Paik was decorated as a war hero, he is considered by modern historians as a collaborator with Japan during the colonial period.hankyorhe

What is the point?


1)Japanese militarism invaded China and damaged her greatly and committed cruel crime to Chinese people.
2)A criminals are responsible for such an invasion.They are enshrined at Yaskuni.
3)Yasukuni is a symbolof such militarism and glorify it,
4)Therefore, Japanese PM visiting Yasukuni means worshiping militarism and justify it.
5)These Japanese leaders acts hurts the feelings of the victim including China and damage the base of China-Japan relations.



Thursday, August 17, 2006



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(2006年8月10日19時35分 読売新聞)




The Japanese government has confirmed that the country’s most famous victim of North Korea’s bizarre abduction policy, Megumi Yokota, is dead but is hiding the fact for political reasons, a Korean activist claimed Thursday. Choi Sung-yong, president of the Family Assembly Abducted to North Korea made the remark in an interview with Jiji Press.Chosun

This is crazy,mad,insane.Suppose Yokota is dead.How about other Japense who had been abducted.How about Korean people who had been abducted.

I want to eat Kimchi to explode just like some Koreans.

North Korea has maintained that Yokota, who was abducted from Niigata Prefecture in 1977, committed suicide in 1994.

But, brushing aside the suicide story as a fabrication, the Japanese government has kept its view that Yokota and all other Japanese abductees confined in North Korea are still alive and demanded that Pyongyang allow them to return to Japan.

Concerning Yokota, North Korea provided Japan with bones as her remains, but Japanese DNA tests have found they are not Yokota's.

In the interview, Choi rebutted that Japan's National Research Institute of Police Science actually failed to identify the bones in its DNA testing.

He also quoted a Japanese government source as saying that when the government assigned the testing to Teikyo University, it already decided to take the stance of not recognizing the bones' authenticity.August 17, 2006 mainichi

Japanese Korean

In the case of a couple where one spouse is of Southeast Asian descent, the couple’s children bear skin color easy to distinguish from other children. On the other hand, the children of Japanese-Korean households are free from any such identifying features and thus not a target of appearance-based discrimination. However, they suffer from bias and discrimination as deep and as wide as the valley of emotions separating the two countries. Whenever relations rupture between the two nations, such as sentiments which swell on the remembrances of the March 1, 1919 uprising against Japanese rule and liberation day on August 15, 1945, these children’s hearts grow heavy.

Attending her first year of middle school, Ku Mo-kyeong was born to a Japanese mother and Korean father. Though she has never had any conflict with her friends because of her mother’s nationality, she grows uneasy when relations between the two nations become complicated. "My heart aches and I feel bad every time I hear bad things about Japan during the news," she said. She feels similarly when Japan is shown in a poor light during social studies and history class. "At such times, I say to myself, ’Well, not all of the Japanese are bad people,’ " she added.hankyoreh


Wednesday, August 16, 2006


China uses the Nanjing massacre and Japan uses the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings as national symbols of crimes by outsiders. Since China became Communist, it has employed purported history to gobble up Tibet, seize Indian territories, assert its claims in the East and South China Seas, and demand Taiwan's "return."

Today, unassuaged historical grievances not only engender ugly nationalism but also help spread the virus of xenophobia to the homogenized societies of East Asia. Focusing on unsavory history amplifies mistrust and runs counter to the liberalizing elements of globalization.

Yasukuni, a private Shinto memorial to Japan's war dead, is a symptom of the Asian malady, not the cause.

Koizumi's annual visits as prime minister to Yasukuni, a legacy of pre-1945 Japanese militarism, have certainly been provocative, particularly his latest - his first on the highly symbolic Aug. 15 anniversary of Japan's World War II surrender. Yet it would be naïve to assume that nationalism-mongering in East Asia will end if his successor were to avoid the shrine.

China's use of the history card against Japan predates Koizumi's Yasukuni visits. Even if Koizumi's successor were to change course, Beijing would still be able to exploit the issue of controversial Japanese history textbooks and what it sees as Japan's insufficient penitence for its 1931 occupation of Manchuria and 1937 invasion of Han China.

In fact, it was in the 1990s, when Japan was still China-friendly and the main aid provider to Beijing, that the Chinese Communists began a "political education" campaign demonizing Japan for its past atrocities. That campaign laid the groundwork for the upsurge of nationalism and the deterioration of China- Japan relations.

In seeking to address domestic political imperatives to replace the increasingly ineffectual Communist ideology with fervent nationalism, China's rulers have helped whip up Japanese nationalism. That is the kind of political shortsightedness that could one day spell doom for the Communist hold on power.

Those who seek to turn Yasukuni into a bigger issue than it really is are not only taking sides but also playing into the hands of Japanese nationalists, gratuitously arming them with leverage and even encouraging them to raise the stakes.

It is thus little surprise that Foreign Minister Taro Aso last week called for turning Yasukuni into a state memorial, while Koizumi's most likely successor, Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, publicly questioned the legitimacy of the Allied tribunal that convicted as "Class A" war criminals - guilty of "crimes against peace" - 14 leading figures who in 1978 were added to Yasukuni's rolls. For his part, Koizumi has used Yasukuni to stand up to China and fashion an extraordinary legacy pivoted on a nationalist shift in policy.

In his five years in office, Koizumi has not only built popular support for revision of the U.S.-imposed pacifist Constitution but also laid the foundation for the emergence of a more muscular Japan. To the nationalists, his Yasukuni visits epitomize Japan's return to being a "normal" state.

Both Japan and China need to break free from history. Yet in April 2005, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China demanded that Japan "face up to history squarely," setting the stage for his country's scripted anti-Japanese mob protests.

While railing against the risk of renewed Japanese militarism in Asia, Wen appeared oblivious to the fact that while Japan has fought no conflict in the past 60 years, China has waged wars on several flanks in the years since it came under Communist rule. Before asking Japan for yet another apology for its atrocities, China should face up to its more recent history of aggression by apologizing to the Tibetans, Indians and Vietnamese.

Disputes over Yasukuni, history textbooks, war museums and xenophobic cultural programming need to be resolved through quiet diplomacy, not an outpouring of inflammatory rhetoric that incites more forbidding nationalism.

Brahma Chellaney,international herald tribueAugust 15, 2006yale



The separation of the A criminals' name from Yasukuni does not solve the issue unless Yasukuni's view on history that glorifie the militarism attitude that honor the people who annexed Korea, honoring Korean victims at Yasukuni---these things must be changed.


Those differences have most likely cost South Korea its hotline to the White House and have driven it into isolation in the international community. Japan has aligned itself with the U.S. ever more closely as South Korea drifted away. The new overtures this government has made toward China have produced no echoes. This administration also tried to open a line to the North in an attempt to ease its isolation with its "one nation" rhetoric.

It is a sad president who is unable even to visit the North “indirectly.”

Why does South Korea find itself isolated in the international community and its communication channels with the North blocked at the same time?

Such slogans from the administration originate in an unusual mindset that reads the world not as it is but as it wants it to be. While every other country on earth lives in the orbit of world powers, our government insists that all other countries should circle around South Korea. Geocentrist leaders who persist that the sun circles the Earth are driving the satellite called South Korea on a collision course.

If Japan separated the A criminal's name from shrine,China would reconcile with Japan, and Korea would be more isolated.


Monday August 14, 6:06 PM
China to lure Japan FDI despite political strains
BEIJING, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Japanese firms will remain drawn to China despite political tensions and plans to diversify their overseas investments, the Japan External Trade Organisation said on Monday.

Japanese foreign direct investment in China hit a record $6.5 billion last year despite anti-Japanese demonstrations in April 2005 and a boycott of Japanese products, triggered by Tokyo's perceived failure to atone for wartime atrocities.

having made considerable investment already, and having built complementary relations in manufacturing and sales, the Chinese market remains important and attractive for Japanese concerns, and it will remain the focal point in Asia for their investment activity for some time to come,"Reuter

In other words, whether Koizumi visit Yakukuni or not, Japan and China are doing well economically.Koizumi's visit to Yasukuni might damage Chinese domestic issue,but it harms no economical relation between the two.Is that why Koizumi visited Yasukuni?


when China demanded that every nation recognize that it is a market economy under the WTO framework, the EU, the US and Japan were unwilling to do so. Why? Because Chinese farmers' land, urban housing, and the capital and operational rights of private enterprises are not guaranteed, and can be taken away by the CCP at any time. What kind of market economy is that?
n fact, the sale of farmers' land, the demolition of old urban housing and forced relocation are no longer news. China has said that there were more than 87,000 collective protests last year, an average of 238 per day, most of which were sparked by complaints over land sales and renovation projects. Because these problems cannot be properly resolved at the local level, many people have gathered in Beijing to file complaints, to the point that there is now a "complaint village" there.

China under the CCP's rule still has a communist economy led by a government with unlimited powers. This can never lead to sustainable times



The US Department of Defense's report regarding the Chinese military points out that since 1990, China's official defense budget has increased by more than 10 percent yearly, but the official budget is far less than Beijing's actual military spending. The speed with which China's military build-up is expanding is prompting even high-level officials in the White House to wonder which of China's neighbors are its enemiestaipie times


Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Injured man found at Kato's mother's house is rightist group member
YAMAGATA, Japan, Aug. 16 KYODO

Police begin probing fire at LDP lawmaker Kato's local premises
Police officers and firefighters investigate the gutted house of former Liberal Democratic...
A 65-year-old man who was found collapsed Tuesday with abdominal wounds inside the compound of the burned-down house of the mother of former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Koichi Kato is a member of a right-wing group in Tokyo, police said Wednesday.
The police plan to question the man on suspicion of setting fire to the house in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture after he recovers from his injuries.kyodo

A mad man, just kill yourself by commiting Harakiri.Don't bother others,don't destroy deomocracy.

Yasukuni/Omae's analysis

Omae Kenichi
1.It is obvious that Hirohito emperor,who holded the supreme command under Meiji constitution, is responsible for the war.
2.He was given a new role for the advantage of the occupation.without being holded the responsibility.
3.It is understood that all the responsibility lies in A criminals.
4.The emperor visited Yasukuni for a while after the war.
5.He quited visiting after A criminals was enshrined.
6 Japan-China friendship was built on the understanding that A criminals were responsible for the war and both nationals were victims.
7. China insists that we must start asking all over again the question as to who should be held responsible for the war,if Japanese prime minister visits Yaskuni,which enshrine A criminals,
8.Koizumi insists that an individual be free to pray for the war-dead,and that a foreign nations should not interfere with a domestic matter.
9.Many Japanese are content with the second role of the emperor,and appreciate and respect him.He died in 1989.
10.Tomita memo and memorial record in 90's make it clear that he assumed the only second role.

Given this background, it is clear that three hidden agenda make the issue hard to understand.
1.The emperor forgets the fact that he was pardoned for political purpose and he tried to distance himself from A-criminals,pretended that he himself was a victim.
2.Then Tanaka faction and then Chinese administrators interpreted the postwar arbitrarily without making its presuposition known to the nationals and they abused the interest and right of ODA and so on.
3.While Koizumi was busy attacking Tanaka faction,stepping on a detonator of the interest and right....he got in the dilemma(visiting Yasukuni,not visiting Yasukuni is no good.


Chidoriagafuchi is only for war deads. It is not planned to include A criminals.
Public officers should go to Chidorigafuchi,and should not visit Yasukuni.
Yasukuni shrine, do whatever you want.

I am not inclined to blame only A criminals. We can create a new nation,and we can progress only if Japanese nationals and the emperor equally take responsibility.







"People criticizing me are telling me not to do anything to annoy China and South Korea. But I don't think that's necessarily right,

"If Bush of the United States tells me not to go, would I stop? No, I would still go even then. But President Bush would not say anything so immature,"

"Even if I avoided August 15, there are always some forces and some people who criticize me and try to bring up this issue,"

"As the difference is the same no matter when I go, I think today is an appropriate day."

Koizumi said he was honoring all war dead and not necessarily the war criminals such as hanged prime minister Hideki Tojo, who ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor.AFP

AFP/Pool - Tue Aug 15, 3:55 AM ET
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (R) has apologized again for the "huge damage and suffering" Japan inflicted on Asian nations in the 20th century, hours after a visit to a controversial war shrine(AFP/Pool/Toshifumi Kitamura)(AFP/Pool/Toshifumi Kitamura) AFP/Poolyahoo

marmot hall The comments are interesting. I was expecting more severe attack on Koizumi was coming. For some reason, the atmosphere of K blog sphere has changed.

I think Yasukuni's war manorial definitely needs correction in its historiography

Monday, August 14, 2006


Steinberg placed the blame for the troubled relationship equally on the shoulders of both Washington and Seoul. George W. Bush, for failing to demonstrate a coherent policy toward the North, and Roh Moo-hyun for barging ahead with naive engagement policies regardless of Pyongyang's brinkmanship diplomacy.Korea herald

I think this Steinberg is wrong.Bush has been coherent about North Korea, and he has been right about it.

Korea/Japan/National flag

61st Liberation Daykorea herald


In contrast,

Wed Jul 26, 11:57 AM ET

TOKYO (AFP) - A music teacher lost a court battle over her refusal to stand up to honor Japan's flag and anthem, which are both often seen as symbols of the country's militarist past

"It is not deemed an abuse of authority for the education board to take the action on the grounds that she committed an act unbecoming a public servant and breached her obligation to concentrate on duty," presiding judge Yasuo Kanai saidlink

the Tokyo government led by Governor Ishihara circulated detailed instructions on the mandated use of the flag and anthem at school ceremonies such as entrance and graduation events

You[The Japanese emperor] said it is "desirable not to force" teachers and students across the nation to hoist the Hinomaru flag, and sing the Kimigayo anthem in unison at school.

Though I think it is wrong to force people to hoist the Japanese flag,to sing the national anthem,the point here is not that.In Japan, people are such that they don't hoist the flag like people in Korea and some people even refuse to do that even when it is occupational obligation.People hoisting the national flag willingly like the people in Korea above would be regarded as ultra-nationalists in Japan.



Korean Royalty visited Yasukuni with Japanese Royalty at last!!!!! 1941


In August 2006, what if military conflict between Korea and Japan happens in reality, not in a film? Most professionals analyze that the difference between objective military strength will surely lead Korea to defeat.

Self-Defense Network�official Shin In-gyun, who maintains that national defense expenditure should be increased for self-defense, said, In modern wars, no one can win a victory by using Uldolmok, like Admiral Yi, nor can only courage defeat enemies. Differences between capabilities of high-tech weapons and equipments are directly linked to victory and defeatdonga

via Asia watch
Why are they thinking of the war with Japan instead of the war with North Korea? Japan is an ally of South Korea while South Korea is legally at war with
North Korea.

Japan/war responsiblity

He is accurate to the point,as always.

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Stripes on Friday ran a story titled, "USFK morgue incident inspired S. Korean horror movie" that outlines the way that the movie "The Host" is based on a real-life pollution case whose convicted perpetrator remains in his old job here.

The film attributes the birth of a mutant monster in the Han River to chemicals dumped by U.S. Forces Korea personnel, a McGuffin some interpret as anti-American

Fourteen days after it opened, "The Host" has now been seen by 7.63 million people and is setting new standards for the Korean film industrychosun



China was the primary source of the ocean-borne garbage, followed by Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Russia, Indonesia, the U.S., Britain, the Netherlands, and the Philippines.

South Korean refuse is no stranger to foreign shores, either. Japan has become particularly sensitive regarding an inflow of Korean sea waste.

In 2003 and 2005, Japan sent marine security officials to South Korea’s Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries to ask Seoul to set up countermeasures regarding the influx of sea waste from Korean shores.

In one Japanese prefecture, Ishikawa, about 38 percent of the total garbage washed up came from South Korea, according to a research survey. Only seven percent of the waste was from China and Thailand.

In another Japanese prefecture called Kanakawa, about 70 percent of plastic waste came from overseas and of that waste, 80 percent originated from North and South Korea.

In 2001, one northern coastal area of Brazil found waste from 48 countries on five continents, including South Korean bottleshankyoreh



Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006

Yasukuni gripes still dog nation
Voices from group of war dead kin want Class-A 14 out

Kishimoto, one of 12 executives, wants the Shinto shrine dedicated to the nation's 2.47 war dead to strike the 14 names from its roster, hoping the moves helps mend Japan's strained relations with China and South Korea and other parts of Asia over their enshrinemen

The relatives and conservative leaders often cite the argument put forth by academics that because the term "crimes against peace" did not exist in international law before the end of World War II, the Tokyo Trials were unfair and their judgments invalid.

Association executive Kishimoto doesn't think the tribunals were fair, but he and many kin of the war dead want the war criminals off the roster because they want Yasukuni depoliticized so the Emperor and senior government officials can visit before the last members of the generation that lived through the war pass away, he said

The visits to the shrine have garnered support and opposition from the public. In a Yomiuri Shimbun poll released Wednesday, 50 percent of respondents said Koizumi's successor should not visit Yasukuni, while 40 percent said the trips should continue
"They fought purely for the sake of their families and the state they loved."

While that may be true for family members who lost their loved ones and earnestly want to believe they died for a sacred cause rather than a war of conquest, many see this attitude as clear evidence the shrine is continuing to glorify Japan's military aggression

Koizumi has tried to distance himself from Yasukuni's view of history. He has claimed repeatedly that he is just an ordinary person going to Yasukuni to mourn the war dead, and he does not suggest support for Yasukuni's position on the war.

"I think many people visit to mourn the war dead, regardless of what Yasukuni Shrine is thinking," Koizumi told a Lower House Budget Committee on June 12, 2005.

"I don't want you to think my visits to the shrine are an indication that I support the shrine's opinions."

Koizumi said Japan accepted the outcome of the Tokyo tribunals and he "does not intend to say anything about it or oppose it."

"We have accepted the tribunal. We should never wage war again. I recognize those (Class-A war criminals) as war criminals," he said.

Prime Minister Gen. Hideki Tojo (1884-1948)

Tojo was prime minister at the time of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. Later, he served concurrently as army minister, internal affairs minister and chief of the Army General Staff Office. He was held responsible, among other things, for the war Japan waged, for the inhumane treatment of POWs and other atrocities. He was hanged.

Gen. Kenji Doihara (1883-1948)

Known as a China expert, Doihara served as the director of the Military Intelligence Bureau in Mukuden, Machuria. He brought out Puyi, the last emperor of China's Qing dynasty, to install him as the puppet head of Manchukuo. Hanged.

Prime Minister Koki Hirota (1878-1948)

Hirota was the only civilian sentenced to death. He was found guilty of approving the army's advancement into China and the navy's expansion into the Pacific Ocean. He was foreign minister during the the Marco Polo Bridge Incident in 1937, which triggered the war in China. Bert Roling, a Dutch judge on the 11-member Tokyo tribunal, said Hirota and three other civilians -- including Foreign Minister Shigenori Togo, also enshrined -- convicted as Class-A criminals were innocent.

Gen. Seishiro Itagaki (1885-1948)

Itagaki was a key military planner in the occupation of Manchuria and establishment of the puppet state Manchukuo. He later helped expanded the offensive into China. He was hanged.

Gen. Heitaro Kimura (1888-1948)

The least-known figure among the 14, he became vice army minister in 1941 and commander of the Burma Area Army in 1944. He was hanged.

Lt. Gen. Akira Muto (1892-1948)

Muto strongly advocated expanding the fighting with China after the 1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident. He was chief of the Military Affairs Bureau at the time of Pearl Harbor. He was hanged.

Gen. Iwane Matsui (1878-1948)

Matsui was commanding officer of the expeditionary force responsible for the Nanjing Massacre in 1937. He was found guilty and hanged for his role in the atrocity.

Prime Minister Gen. Kuniaki Koiso (1880-1950)

Koiso was chief of staff of the Kwantung Army and governor general of Korea before he replaced Tojo as prime minister in 1944. Sentenced to life in prison, he became sick and died.

Prime Minister Kiichiro Hiranuma (1867-1952)

Hiranuma was a prominent rightist. After serving in key judicial posts, he became prime minister in 1939. Sentenced to life, he was paroled in 1951 and died of natural causes.

Ambassador to Italy Toshio Shiratori (1887-1949)

Closely working with Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka, Shiratori helped conclude the Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy in 1940. Sentenced to life, he became sick and died in prison.

Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu (1882-1949)

Umezu was the last chief of the Army General Staff Office, and signed the formal surrender to the Allies on the battleship USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945. He was sentenced to life in prison, where he died of cancer.

Foreign Minister Shigenori Togo (1882-1950)

Togo served as foreign minister twice -- during the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack and when Japan surrendered in 1945. He led efforts to accept the Potsdam Declaration and end the war, resisting pressure from the military to continue fighting. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, where he died of an illness.

Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka (1880-1946)

As chief delegate to the League of Nations, Matsuoka declared Japan's secession from the international body in protest of the league's resolution in 1933 denouncing Japan's turning Manchuria into Manchukuo. As foreign minister, he negotiated the Tripartite Pact in 1940. He died of an illness during his trial.

Adm. Osami Nagano (1880-1947)

Nagano was chief of Naval General Staff Office at the time Pearl Harbor was attacked. He died of an illness during his trial.Japan times Aug. 12, 2006

靖国論議も本格化してきましたね。まあ、国内でどんどん議論していくのはいいことだと思います。ところでdog nationって中国韓国って意味ですか?---なんちゃって。

Philippines/ Japan

Japan role in peace effort seen big help
By Edwin Fernandez
Last updated 01:25am (Mla time) 08/12/2006

COTABATO CITY—The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has lauded Japan for promising to send representatives to an international monitoring team (IMT) that seeks to ensure that the ceasefire agreement between the government and rebel group is holding.
“Japan has decided to participate in the IMT by sending an official who will play a leading role in the economic and social development area,” Bunye said on July 22.

Unlike Malaysia, which has led the peace monitors in the past two years, Japan will not be sending military forces as ceasefire observers but will help in the economic aspect of the


Friday, August 11, 2006

China/freedom of expression

Friday, Aug 11, 2006,Page 1

A Chinese online encyclopedia has closed down due to government pressure as China continues to crack down on Internet information it sees as dangerous, an international rights group said.

e-Wiki, a collaborative Internet encyclopedia modeled on the hugely successful Wikipedia, closed itself down late last month, Reporters Without Borders said in a statement received yesterday.Taipei times



Prince Mikasa, 90, a brother of Emperor Showa, apologized to former Chinese President Jiang Zemin for Japan's conduct in the Sino-Japanese War, at a banquet in the Imperial Palace during the latter's visit to Tokyo in 1998, according to Jiang's book recently published in China.

"I'm still profoundly ashamed of the violence committed by the Imperial Japanese Army. I want to apologize to the Chinese people," the prince was quoted as saying.yomiuri

偉いね。ところで、Jiang Zemin ってのは江沢民のことだね。江沢民は傲慢な人間だと言われているが、だからといって謝罪して悪いわけじゃない。とは言え、謝罪ばかり要求されるのも困るものだね。中国はまず自国の国民に謝罪すべきじゃないのか?

Japan/North Korea

Man sold Pyongyang restricted device


YAMAGUCHI--Police on Thursday arrested a North Korean man for illegally exporting equipment to his homeland that can be used to make biological weapons.

The suspect, Kim Young Gun, is the former president of Meisho Yoko, a Tokyo-based trading company. He said he was aware the freeze- dryer his company shipped to North Korea had military applications.

Kim, who goes by the name Minoru Kida in Japan, is suspected of violating the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Control Law.


Thursday, August 10, 2006


17% of Car Accident Patients Are Phony

One out of every six patients from traffic accidents is “phony,” the Korean Non-life Insurance Association announced Tuesday.korea times

This is via Lost Nomad and the funny commment follows.
freind of mine got in an accident about 6 months or so back. Not his fault of course. So in dealing with the insurence rep right out the front gate of Camp Humphries - HIS REP TOLD HIM TO FAKE AN INJURY TO GET MORE MONEY! Even though he was fine. Luckily (for the Korean guy), he’s an honest person - and refused to fake any injury.

The kicker is - when he said we WILL NOT fake an injury just to get more money - his insurence rep (korean woman) looked at him like ****HE**** was crazy!Lazy_Contractor at lost nomad

1 liar

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


在韓米軍のwithdrawal についてです。


South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon urged Japan to normalize the two countries' relations as soon as possible by reducing strains, suggesting Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi should stop visiting Yasukuni Shrine,

Korea thinks Japanese prime minister visiting shrine stopped the two countries from a diplomatic meeting.

Ban said it is important to start negotiations through diplomatic dialogue while North Korea should make efforts to improve the situation, the official saibloomberg

Korea thinks N Korea's missile tests should not stop the two counries from diplomatic dialogue.



The government of Japan has donated 1 million USD in support of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) programmes in Ethiopia for the year 2006.

In its release sent to ENA Thursday, UNHCR said Japan is always in the forefront to support the UNHCR's humanitarian activities and it has already contributed over 58 million USD to assist global refugee programmesThe Ethiopian Herald (Addis Ababa)

August 5, 2006

Why not Japanese governent nor Japanese media publicize this kind of news more? .?
Does it go againt national character?

China/human right

China is a country where advocacy for abused animals is more recognized and permissible than advocacy for abused humans. Part of why the dog killing got so much attention is that unlike say, the number of people killed in a given mining accident, or the number of people executed for capital crimes, dead dog statistics aren't considered state secrets in China. Likewise, while NGOs in China that focus on issues like the rule of law or rights of workers have to tread carefully if they want to stay in business, people gathering to take in stray cats or protect pandas can operate freely. The coverage in the Chinese media served as a stark reminder of how seldom people in China are allowed to express similar outrage when it comes to cruelty toward other people.Time


Japan/china/forced labor

A Chinese man forcibly brought to Japan during World War II to work at a coal mine in Kuriyama, Hokkaido, attended a memorial service for dead colleagues on Monday in the town

Japanese should keep it mind what had happened to Chinese by Japanese during War Two.


(毎日新聞) - 8月8日yahoo


Report: Files Show War Crimes in Vietnam
By Associated Press

August 7, 2006, 11:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Atrocities against civilians and prisoners by Army soldiers during the Vietnam War were more common than originally disclosed to the public, according to a Los Angeles Times review of recently unsealed government files

Some 9,000 pages of records -- the largest collection of documented war crimes in Vietnam -- include sworn witness testimony, investigative files and status reports for top military brass that detail 320 wartime atrocities substantiated by the Army.

Still, few soldiers were held accountable for the war crimes, according to the newspaper's findings which appeared in Sunday's edition.

The abuse was not restricted to one rogue Army division, but was committed by every Army division operating in Vietnam, the Times review found.

Among the incidents documented in the files:

* Seven civilian massacres from 1967 to 1971 that left at least 137 dead.

* Seventy-eight additional attacks on unarmed civilians that left at least 57 dead, 56 wounded and 15 sexually assaulted.

* 141 incidents in which U.S. soldiers tortured civilian detainees and prisoners of war.

In one incident detailed in the report, members of the B Company in February 1968 rounded up and gunned down a group of villagers that included women and children after being ordered by a lieutenant to "kill anything that moves."

The files, collected by a Pentagon task force in the 1970s, do not include the most notorious U.S. atrocity, the 1968 My Lai massacre. The incident, which left some 500 Vietnamese villagers dead, was exposed by reporter Seymour Hersh the following year.
The files show investigators found enough evidence to charge 203 soldiers with crimes related to the mistreatment of Vietnamese civilians and prisoners. But only 57 soldiers were court-martialed and 23 convicted, the Times reported.

Fourteen soldiers received prison sentences ranging from six months to 20 years, but most served much less time.

A former legal adviser to the Army's Criminal Investigation Division said there was scarce interest in prosecuting Vietnam war crimes after the war.

"Everyone wanted Vietnam to go away," said Steven Chucala, now a civilian attorney for the Army in Virginia.


Monday, August 07, 2006


87,000 riots were reported in China last year.The number of riots had increased by about 13,000....According to the news agency,China newspaper,99% cases of the riots took place as a protest against the viloatoin of human rights.And the riot s are on the increase by 17% from 1993 to 2003....


 華僑向け通信社・中国新聞社によると、国政の助言機関、全国政治協商会議の任玉嶺・常務委員が、シンポジウムの席上で明らかにした。任委員によると、暴動の99%が庶民の権利が侵害されたことが原因で発生。93年から03年まで毎年平均17%の割合で暴動が増え続けているという。2006年08月05日19時20分ashahi com

korea/dog soup

35.6% of those who have a dog as a pet enjoy eating dog meat soup.
This goes against the belief that if you breed a dog, you don't eat it.

"애완견 사육자 35.6% 보신탕 즐겨"
“개 키우면 보신탕 기피는 사실과 달라”

애완견을 키우는 사람 3명 중 1명꼴로 보신탕을 먹는 것으로 조사돼 애완견을 키우면 보신탕을 기피할 것이란 통념이 사실과는 다른 것으로 나타났다.chosun.com2006.08.06 08

"愛玩犬飼育者 35.6% 犬肉のスープ楽しんで"

愛玩犬を飼う人 3人の中 1名ずつで犬肉のスープを食べることと調査されて愛玩犬を飼えば犬肉のスープを忌避することと言う(のは)通念が事実とは違うことで現われた.

Hmmmm .....They love dogs that much? Too cute to resist eating it?


Former High Court Judge Faces Arrest Over Bribery

By Kim Tong-hyung
Staff Reporter

Prosecutors Monday requested an arrest warrant for a former high court judge suspected of having received bribes from a lobbyist in exchange for favors in legal cases.Korea times08-07-2006



My only questions with these results are, who the hell are the 12% who think things are going well for the Korea-Japan relationship? I haven't met a Korean yet that thinks relations are good between Japan and Korea, but according to this survey they are out there.
GI Korea
the favorable 12 % are Koreans engaged in profitable business relations with the Japanese.

Korean affection is easy to buy



China/violent bar

Bar offers violent solution for strains
By Wu Jiao(China Daily)
Updated: 2006-08-07 06:24

NANJING: A new bar in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu Province, is offering an outlet for the stresses and strains of modern life.

Customers will be able to pay money to beat up staff, smash glasses, shout and scream, and, if these anger management techniques don't work, receive psychological counselling.china daily


Sunday, August 06, 2006

Yasukuni in Korea

According to the Chosun Ilbo, the leadership of the KCTU visited all three of North Korea’s “revolutionary holy spots” during a visit in August 1999, despite South Korea’s National Security Law banning visits to such shrines.*

The KCTU unification committee chairman said the union leaders “paid the visit to the cemetery since North Korea kept asking us to do so. And we concluded that the visit would not be problematic because the cemetery honors not only communist revolutionary martyrs but also those who fought against Japan’s colonial rule. I don’t understand why the visit is causing such a controversy.” Jin added the government’s ban on visits to the cemetery is vague, inconsistent and arbitrary.Marmot



Jeolla provinces step up efforts to embrace multicultural familieshankyoreh


Saturday, August 05, 2006


Interview with Korean Prime Minister

"We understand Japanese effort and concern about Japanese victims of abduction by Norht Korea.However,in Asia there are still a lot of Asian people forced to mobilized by Japan against their will. (The exerpt from Japanese Chosun below)

1)There were asian people mobilized by Japan during World Was Two,but there is no such people now
2)Japan left the whole Japanese property in Korea when Korea got the independence,and
Japan apologized and compensated by the treaty between Korea and Japan.
3)The abduction by North Korea has nothing to do with the Japanese acts during WWⅡ
4)This is a statmenet by Korean Prime Minister.
5)Korea is hopeless,at least in relation to Japan.





China expresses concern over reported Abe visit to Yasukuni
(Kyodo) _ China on Friday expressed concern over reports that Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo last April, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Earlier Friday, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi said in an apparently veiled criticism of the move, "It is a tradition for people in the Orient to refrain from doing things neighbors despise." He made the remarks during a roundtable discussion in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecturelink

The war shrine is seen by neighboring countries as a symbol of Japan's past militarism.Korea herald

The Japanese prime minister has usually visited the controversial shrine on or around the date marking his country's unconditional surrender to the U.S.-led Allied Powers in World War II, also the day marking Korea's liberation from the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule, the reason many South Koreans believe the Japanese leader's shrine visits signal his country's wish to revive its past militarism.

"The (Japanese leaders') visits to Yasukuni shrine may become one of the key issues," the ministry official added.

The South Korean foreign minister has refused to visit Japan amid a diplomatic row that was sparked by the Japanese leaders' repeated visits to the controversial Tokyo shrine.

Koizumi claims his visits to the shrine are made within his personal capacity, but South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has suspended his regular summit with the Japanese prime minister since late last year, saying he would never "accept Japan's position" on the shrine.yohan

Neighbouring countries strongly oppose visits to the Yasukuni Shrine.

They say the shrine honours Japan's militarist past, because 14 Class A war criminals are among the 2.5 million war dead commemorated there.BBC

The world despise Chinese aniti-Democratic regime.
North Korea and China are building Militalism NOW..
Go ahead, make Korea's day.


Japanese bank aid for irrigation projectlink

Bangladesh-Japan cooperation
Fri, 4 Aug 2006, 09:19:00link

Nukaga to visit Indonesia next week to enhance friendly tieslink


Friday, August 04, 2006

Treaty with China

Treaty of Peace between the Republic of China and Japan

Signed at Taipei, 28 April 1952
Entered into force, 5 August 1952, by the exchange of the instruments of ratification at Taipei

The Republic of China and Japan,

Considering their mutual desire for good neighbourliness in view of their historical and cultural ties and geographical proximity; Realising the importance of their close cooperation to the promotion of their common welfare and to the maintenance of international peace and security; Recognising the need for a settlement of problems that have arisen as a result of the existence of a state of war between them; Have resolved to conclude a Treaty of Peace and have accordingly appointed as their Plenipotentiaries,

His Excellency the President of the Republic of China: Mr. YEH KUNG-CHAO;
The Government of Japan: Mr. ISAO KAWADA

Who, having communicated to each other their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed upon the following Articles:—

Article 1

The state of war between the Republic of China and Japan is terminated as from the date on which the present Treaty enters into force.

Article 2

It is recognised that under Article 2 of the Treaty of Peace which Japan signed at the city of San Francisco on 8 September 1951 (hereinafter referred to as the San Francisco Treaty), Japan has renounced all right, title, and claim to Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu (the Pescadores) as well as the Spratley Islands and the Paracel Islands.

Article 3

The disposition of property of Japan and its nationals in Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu (the Pescadores), and their claims, including debts, against the authorities of the Republic of China in Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu (the Pescadores) and the residents thereof, and the disposition in Japan of property of such authorities and residents and their claims, including debts, against Japan and its nationals, shall be the subject of special arrangements between the Government of the Republic of China and the Government of Japan. The terms nationals and residents include juridical persons.

Article 4

It is recognised that all treaties, conventions, and agreements concluded before 9 December 1941 between Japan and China have become null and void as a consequence of the war.

Article 5

It is recognised that under the provisions of Article 10 of the San Francisco Treaty, Japan has renounced all special rights and its interests in China, including all benefits and privileges resulting from the provisions of the final Protocol signed at Peking on 7 September 1901, and all annexes, notes, and documents supplementary thereto, and has agreed to the abrogation in respect to Japan of the said protocol, annexes, notes, and documents.

Article 6

(a) The Republic of China and Japan will be guided by the principles of Article 2 of the Charter of the United Nations in their mutual relations.
(b) The Republic of China and Japan will cooperate in accordance with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and, in particular, will promote their common welfare through friendly cooperation in the economic field.

Article 7

The Republic of China and Japan will endeavour to conclude, as soon as possible, a treaty or agreement to place their trading, maritime, and other commercial relations, on a stable and friendly basis.

Article 8

The Republic of China and Japan will endeavour to conclude, as soon as possible, an agreement relating to civil air transport.

Article 9

The Republic of China and Japan will endeavour to conclude, as soon as possible, an agreement providing for the regulation or limitation of fishing and the conservation and development of fisheries on the high seas.

Article 10

For the purposes of the present Treaty, nationals of the Republic of China shall be deemed to include all the inhabitants and former inhabitants of Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu (the Pescadores) and their descendents who are of the Chinese nationality in accordance with the laws and regulations which have been or may hereafter be enforced by the Republic of China in Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu (the Pescadores); and juridical persons of the Republic of China shall be deemed to include all those registered under the laws and regulations which have been or may hereafter be enforced by the Republic of China in Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu (the Pescadores).

Article 11

Unless otherwise provided for in the present Treaty and the documents supplementary thereto, any problem arising between the Republic of China and Japan as a result of the existence of a state of war shall be settled in accordance with the relevant provisions of the San Francisco Treaty.

Article 12

Any dispute that may arise out of the interpretation or application of the present Treaty shall be settled by negotiation or other pacific means.

Article 13

The present Treaty shall be ratified and the instruments of ratification shall be exchanged at Taipei as soon as possible. The present Treaty shall enter into force as from the date on which such instruments of ratification are exchanged.

Article 14

The present Treaty shall be in the Chinese, Japanese, and English languages. In case of any divergence of interpretation, the English text shall prevail.
In witness whereof the respective Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Treaty and have affixed thereto their seals.
Done in duplicate at Taipei, this Twenty Eighth day of the Fourth month of the Forty First year of the REPUBLIC OF CHINA, corresponding to the Twenty Eighth day of the Fourth month of the Twenty Seventh year of SHOWA of Japan and to the Twenty Eighth day of April in the year One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty Two.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Plenipotentiary of the Republic of China

Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Plenipotentiary of Japan

[場所] 台北
[年月日] 1952年4月28日

Joint Communique of the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China

September 29, 1972

Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka of Japan visited the People's Republic of China at the invitation of Premier of the State Council Chou En-lai of the People's Republic of China from September 25 to September 30, 1972. Accompanying Prime Minister Tanaka were Minister for Foreign Affairs Masayoshi Ohira, Chief Cabinet Secretary Susumu Nikaido and other government officials.

Chairman Mao Tse-tung met Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka on September 27. They had an earnest and friendly conversation.

Prime Minister Tanaka and Minister for Foreign Affairs Ohira had an earnest and frank exchange of views with Premier Chou En-lai and Minister for Foreign Affairs Chi Peng-fei in a friendly atmosphere throughout on the question of the normalization of relations between Japan and China and other problems between the two countries as well as on other matters of interest to both sides, and agreed to issue the following Joint Communique of the two Governments:

Japan and China are neighbouring countries, separated only by a strip of water with a long history of traditional friendship. The peoples of the two countries earnestly desire to put an end to the abnormal state of affairs that has hitherto existed between the two countries. The realization of the aspiration of the two peoples for the termination of the state of war and the normalization of relations between Japan and China will add a new page to the annals of relations between the two countries.

The Japanese side is keenly conscious of the responsibility for the serious damage that Japan caused in the past to the Chinese people through war, and deeply reproaches itself. Further, the Japanese side reaffirms its position that it intends to realize the normalization of relations between the two countries from the stand of fully understanding "the three principles for the restoration of relations" put forward by the Government of the People's Republic of China. The Chinese side expresses its welcome for this.

In spite of the differences in their social systems existing between the two countries, the two countries should, and can, establish relations of peace and friendship. The normalization of relations and development of good-neighborly and friendly relations between the two countries are in the interests of the two peoples and will contribute to the relaxation of tension in Asia and peace in the world.

1. The abnormal state of affairs that has hitherto existed between Japan and the People's Republic of China is terminated on the date on which this Joint Communique is issued.

2. The Government of Japan recognizes that Government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal Government of China.

3. The Government of the People's Republic of China reiterates that Taiwan is an inalienable part of the territory of the People's Republic of China. The Government of Japan fully understands and respects this stand of the Government of the People's Republic of China, and it firmly maintains its stand under Article 8 of the Postsdam Proclamation.

4. The Government of Japan and the Government of People's Republic of China have decided to establish diplomatic relations as from September 29, 1972. The two Governments have decided to take all necessary measures for the establishment and the performance of the functions of each other's embassy in their respective capitals in accordance with international law and practice, and to exchange ambassadors as speedily as possible.

5. The Government of the People's Republic of China declares that in the interest of the friendship between the Chinese and the Japanese peoples, it renounces its demand for war reparation from Japan.

6. The Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China agree to establish relations of perpetual peace and friendship between the two countries on the basis of the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit and peaceful co-existence.

The two Governments confirm that, in conformity with the foregoing principles and the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, Japan and China shall in their mutual relations settle all disputes by peaceful means and shall refrain from the use or threat of force.

7. The normalization of relations between Japan and China is not directed against any third country. Neither of the two countries should seek hegemony in the Asia-Pacific region and each is opposed to efforts by any other country or group of countries to establish such hegemony.

8. The Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China have agreed that, with a view to solidifying and developing the relations of peace and friendship between the two countries, the two Governments will enter into negotiations for the purpose of concluding a treaty of peace and friendship.

9. The Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China have agreed that, with a view to further promoting relations between the two countries and to expanding interchanges of people, the two Governments will, as necessary and taking account of the existing non-governmental arrangements, enter into negotiations for the purpose of concluding agreements concerning such matters as trade, shipping, aviation, and fisheries.

Done at Peking, September 29, 1972

Prime Minister of Japan

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China

Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of Chinamofa