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Japan, a nation of Liars
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Letís poison the Oceans

Japan is pouring thousands of tons of radioactive water into the ocean. And the world looks on with mouth wide open, speechless, or because it is Japan, or because the Americans did not protest, so the world cannot do anything. No, not that. The Japanese said the radioactive water is safe, no danger to human lives at all. The livestocks in the ocean will not be affected. Sashimi and sushi will be still as fresh as before, from the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean to the Artic and Antartica. There is no cause for alarm. Where is GreenPeace?

The good things are about to happen. The next generation of Japanese will become Ultra boys. The fishes in the oceans will turn up as Gigantors. There will be no more food shortages. Each Gigantor can feed more than what 10 whales could.

Oh I forgot, the Japanese have natural lightings in the dark. They will all glow beautifully. And so will the rest of the world in times to come.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Japan crying wolf
The most barbaric military power of the Second World War is crying wolf. It is screaming that China is flexing its muscle by having greater presence of its naval vessels in the East China Sea. It is trying to frighten the neighbouring countries that China is a growing military threat. It has forgotten that when it was a military power, Japan did not just flex its muscles by sailing its naval ships in the East China Sea. It sent its troops into China, conduct war with China, attempted to colonise China. And on record, it still holds on to many Chinese islands, the Ryukyu Island chains and the Diaoyutai.
Japan has a lot to fear China as long as it hangs on to Chinese territories it seized from China when it was a military power. There is no need to cry father and cry mother yet. China has not sent its troops into Japan. Neither has China landed its troops in those islands it lost to Japan.
Japan must be frightened, be very frightened, if it continues to occupy Chinese territories and claim that these territories belong to Japan. It is only a matter of time, donít worry Japan, donít worry. The Chinese need not fire a bullet for Japan to return the seized Chinese territories. The Chinese will apply the art of war, Sun Tsu style, by winning without fighting.
Japan can continue so shout and scream that China is a threat. It knows very well why it should be frighten of China. It is still occupying Chinese islands.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TOKYO - Japan's defense minister called on China on Aug. 12 to explain why it needs an aircraft carrier, after Beijing sparked increased concerns over its military expansion by starting sea trials for the vessel.
"As an aircraft carrier, it is of a highly maneuverable and offensive nature. We want China to explain the reasons why it needs it," Toshimi Kitazawa told reporters.

China should just tell Japan that it has taken note of their good advice to the Qing Dynasty that it was Chinaís fault to be weak and invited foreign aggression. So China is not going to be weak to invite more foreign aggression, especially from Japan.
China would want to be strong and not be blamed for being invaded by Japan. And hopefully Japan would also be strong. But if Japan is weak, then it will be Japanís fault if it invited China to invade and conduct a Rape of Tokyo, like the Rape of Nanking. But Japan need not worry as there is no Rape of Nanking, only a fiction in Chinaís history. And there will be no Rape of Tokyo, only another fiction of imagination.
Now, would this be a good answer to Toshimiís query?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Atrocities of Unit 731

In 1989 an appalling discovery swept across Tokyo. A construction crew working at Shinjuku found beneath a pavement, a massive cache of human remains. The horrific news spread quickly around Tokyo and the Japanese government decided to make a statement which would lead to the revelation of the most terrible secret of World War II. Some meters away from the construction site lay the wartime laboratory of Lieutenant General Shiro Ishii, father of Japan's top-secret biological warfare program; Unit 731.
Unit 731 was acquiring human guinea pigs from the Manchuria base to Tokyo. After the end of WWII, the bodies were disposed in a massive grave and Unit 731' s activities remained Japan's most closely guarded secret.


The above is copied from an article posted in 3in1kopitiam by Thomas Antoniadis.

Did the Japanese erect a memorial for the dead brutalised and murdered by Unit 731?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

God is might, Japanese version
The cocky Japanese and their warlike nature cannot be concealed for long. No Asian country that suffered the unprovoked invasion in WW 2 and suffered the beastly Japanese atrocities can ever forget what the true nature of the Japanese was and is. Today it is hidden under coat and tie and a superficial external manner of politeness.
Do not be deceived that the Japan Defense Force is for defense. It has all the capabilities to invade another nation and the Koreans would be easy meat. The North Koreans are now being targeted as a possible little boy to be whacked. Japan has declared openly its intention to shoot down the North Korean rocket delivering its satellite to space. And the excuse, similar to the Israelies and the Americans, it poses a threat to Japanís national security. And it has the backing of the international mafia gang of the US and the UK shouting the same slogan.
The rocket sending the satellite to space can be converted for military use. So can any aircraft/ships the North Koreans intend to build eventually be turned into long range bombers and warships. And if there are uranium ores found in North Korea, it cannot mine them as they have potential for making nuclear bombs. This is the logic of international gangsters.
On the other hand, it is alright for the mafia and the war mongering nations, and those that have been conducting aggression against other smaller countries, to own all the nuclear weapons and big invading forces. Those who own the big guns can then dictate to those without the guns, how to behave, what they can or cannot do. And in the name of its national security, no matter how far fetch, it gives them the right to attack another country, in this case to shoot down a satellite carrying rocket.
Yes, God is might and weaker countries must acquire nuclear weapons and a big armed force to avoid being dictated and treated like semi colonies of big powers. Their only road to freedom from oppression by the big powers is exactly the acquisition of nuclear arms and more arms, to keep the international mafia at bay.
Every country has a right to its own defense force and the judgement is not by pointing a finger at the other party of possible intent. It is the act of aggression, naked aggression that makes a country guilty of crime against another country. The mere acquisition of weapons is no crime and not necessarily an act of aggression. But when one has all the weapons, and acts like God, it is all a different matter. God is might and God is right when it has might.
Japan is thinking that it can still bully the Koreans and master over them like their old colony. It is inviting the wrath of God if it dares shoot down the North Korean rocket. It is an open act of war, unprovoked. And let the North Koreans rain down all they have on Japanese soil. The Japanese love war and have no fear for war and destruction. Another few Hiroshima and Nagasaki are small matters. Such an open war cry is nothing different from that of the Israelies.
Let God be the judge and deal the aggressors the judgement they deserved.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:39 am    Post subject: Japanese provocations against China Reply with quote

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Provocation by Japanese official harmful to ties
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BEIJING - A Japanese politician known for anti-China rhetoric has found himself back in the headlines with an announcement that the Tokyo metropolitan government would buy some islets of the Diaoyu Islands, which are incontrovertibly Chinese territory.

The provocative move by Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara is detrimental to China-Japan relations. If allowed to go ahead, such "purchase" would constitute grim violation of China's sovereign rights.

In a speech at the U.S. Heritage Foundation on Monday, Ishihara said he had approached for a deal the "private owner" of a small chain of uninhabited islets of the Diaoyu Islands, which are also claimed by Japan.

The hostile move, following his latest denial of the December 1937 Nanjing Massacre less than two months ago, came in defiance of the fact that the Diaoyu Islands have been an integral part of Chinese territory since ancient times and that China has indisputable sovereignty over them.

Observers believe that the motive behind Ishihara's move, taken at a time when the 40th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic ties is drawing near, is to generate publicity and gain political capital in Japan for his hawkish posture.

In other words, Ishihara is attempting to bolster his profile by sabotaging China-Japan ties.

China has repeatedly proclaimed its stance concerning the Diaoyu Islands and warned that any unilateral action taken by the Japanese side would be illegal and invalid.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has said China would not hesitate to take any necessary measures to safeguard sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.

Given the complex and sensitive nature of the issue, upon which the general atmosphere of China-Japan relations hinge, Japanese politicians at both central and local levels perhaps should exercise caution in their remarks and should not take any provocative moves.

The friendly ties between China and Japan have been the result of painstaking efforts by generations of political leaders and the civil societies on both sides.

The only logical approach to keeping the hard-won friendship is to cherish it, not damage it.



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The Chinese government and the Chinese people must realise that the only true friend of the Chinese is the full might of her military power which should be constantly upgraded and improved and should encompass all fields and aspects of military technology inclusive of rocketry, missiles , nuclear and cyber warfare systems. All other talks of friendship with other countries are false and self deceiving. Looking back in history which countries have not deceived and cheated China and invaded China. Russia is still holding a few million square miles of Chinese lands in the north, Japan is still clinging to Liu Chiu Tao which it renamed Okinawa, while India continues to occupy large chunks of Chinese land in the south western part of China. If China wants to survive she must be constantly vigilant and alert and be prepared to fight a total all out ruthless war against any country or countries which insist on giving trouble to China. China and the Chinese people should never be bullied and trampled on again.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shintaro Ishihara is going to buy Diaoyutai
The right wing militant governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, is still waving his samurai sword like a true samurai. He is still living in the days of the Japanese Empire, when Japan ruled East Asia, with Korea and Taiwan as their colonies and China a semi colony. Yesterday he proudly announced that he is going to buy Diaoyutai, a Chinese island which the Japanese claimed during the Empire days and named Senkaku, from a Japanese owner. Whatís next, he is going to buy over Taiwan from another Japanese and Dokto from another Japanese as well.
China is lucky that it now carries a bigger stick than the samurai sword and when comes to the crunch, China can wield the stick and swing it hard at the Japanese. What else can the Chinese do if the Japanese insist on taking over Diaoyutai? The Japanese position has weakened over the last decade with the realization that China will go to war if Japan dares take over the island. They used to arrest Chinese and Taiwanese fishing boats and chased them away with their coast guards like what the Philippines were trying to do. The Philippines too were arresting Chinese fishing boats till the latest incident when they threatened some Chinese fishermen with their WW 2 antique warship donated by the Americans.
What happened after the provocative attempt to arrest the Chinese fishermen and threatening to defend their claims with their big guns? They quietly sailed back to Luzon on the pretext of refueling and needing food ration. Or was it that the Chinese told them that they would be sunk by Chinese submarines on their flanks if they refused to get lost?
Lately the Japanese too have been less brazen in arresting and chasing away Chinese fishing boats. They know that their Empire days are over, except for militants like Shintaro. It may be time for some fireworks. And this time it would be the Chinese turn to tell the Japanese that it was the Japanese fault for carrying a smaller gun than the Chinese. That was what the Japanese told the Chinese when they invaded China in the early 20th Century. The Japanese like Shintaro may want to taste their own medicine by pushing the boundary against China. They can still count on America to fight on their side. They can try and see if Tokyo still exists in the aftermath.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yuriko Koike smearing Chinaís contribution to save Europe
While Europe is in the doldrum needing resuscitation, China and the BRIC nations are pumping US$55 billion into the Save Europe Fund with Chinaís share at US$43b. In a report in Today, this Yuriko is accusing China of extending a helping hand to promote its strategic interests, not a white knight. Chinaís buying land in Iceland is for Chinaís benefit and not for Iceland. Chinaís enormous embassy is to improve intelligence collection. Chinaís investment in the port and transport services in Greece is to Chinaís advantage.
So, what should China do while spending all the billions of hard earned money to invest in these countries that would not benefit China or must not benefit China? These monies did not fall from the sky. And these monies are different from the monies and national treasures that the Japanese robbed from China, Korea and Southeast Asian countries during the Japanese invasion in the Second World War.
Now what is Japan going to do with those ill gotten wealth to help the European countries that would not benefit Japan as well? What is Yurikoís agenda for writing this scathing attack at China?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

China, Taiwan, Korea, what are you going to do about it?
The Japanese have arrested 14 Chinese citizens in Diaoyutai, a group of islands seized by Japan after it defeated China in 1894. But the post WW2 Treaty after Japan surrendered made Japan returned all the land and islands grabbed by Japan to their rightful owners.
The Japanese also claim Dokdo Island belonging to Korean want to take their claim to the International Court. They have nothing to lose as the Island was Koreanís. And they could even win if they could somehow get the International Court on its side. When claiming someoneís island it is always okay to bring it to a third party like what the Philippines and Vietnam are trying to do.
The Japanese are prepared to use force to hold on to their loots of the days of military adventurism. Even after the defeat and surrender, they are not repenting and think they are still the biggest Imperial power in East Asia. Diaoyutai and Okinawa etc are islands conquered and taken from their owners. There were historical records and Japanese acknowledgement that they were Chinese territories. Japan only grabbed them when China was weak and defenceless. Japan has shown that it would not return them unless forcefully taken back by the rightful owners.
Though PM Noda has claimed that Japan would not resort to war during his anniversary speech on the surrender of Japan, Japanese militarism is on the rise. They are unrepentant. In the latest incident they rammed their navy ships against the Chinese fishing boat that brought the Hongkies and Taiwanese to set foot on the island.
Now Japan is showing that it would use force to hold on to these captured territories. What would China, Taiwan and Korea do if they claimed that these are their territories? Japan has arrested Chinese citizens in Chinese soil and even talked about selling the islands among themselves? At least Koreaís President Lee Myung Bak has made a visit to the Dokdo Island which they have regained control. When is China and Taiwan going to do something to claim back their islands for good?
The time is now. Not doing anything when its citizens are arrested in Chinese territory is saying that it is not their island and they are only making a claim for it. China and Taiwan, the ball is now in your court. Allowing the Japanese to get away again this time is as good as giving up your claim. The Vietnamese and the Philippines and the US are watching to see how China responds to defend its land and people. Any weakness would be a sign for more encroachment and adventurism by the Trinity of Evil in the South China Sea.
China, Taiwan and the Koreans should work together and give an ultimatum to the Japanese to return all the lands taken from them and put an end to Japanese aggression and imperialism on their sovereignties. Weakness is sexy and inviting for more trouble.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

History repeating itself

When 14 Chinese landed in Diaoyutai, a Chinese island, they were arrested by the Japanese coast guards. And Japan retaliated by allowing 14 Japanese to land at the island to plant the Japanese flags. And China is as helpless as before, like in the19th and early 20th centuries when Japan violated China proper. And what could China do? The old China govt protested vehemently. So did the old Chinese of yesteryears. That did not stop the Japanese from encroaching and seizing more and more concessions and land from China, including war damages.

The Chinese govt and the Chinese people today are protesting like their past govt and past Chinese over this recent incident. And the Japanese continue to violate Chinese territories and refused to return the islands they conquered from China. History is repeating itself all over again. Would the ending be the same, with the Chinese rubbing their backside and walk away, humiliated by the Little Japan?

Protests have broken up in many Chinese cities to boycott Japanese goods. No protest from Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora yet. It is acceptable for Sinkie Chinese not to join the PRC Chinese as the forefathers of Sinkie Chinese did not come from China, probably from the USA or UK. But how could Taiwan step aside and pretend that it has nothing to do with it? Didnít it claimed to be the govt of China once, and didnít it claim to own Diaoyu and the surrounding islands?

It would be quite different if Taiwan and the Chinese across the world boycotted Japanese products like they did during the Second World War. It would be better if the Koreans also join in the boycott. The result this time would then be very different. Though China is good enough to deal the Japanese a bloody nose, it is restraining itself for the time being. If the Japanese continue their foolishness, this time China should exact a replica of the 21 Demands from the Japanese, plus interests.
Would there be a worldwide boycott of Japanese goods by Chinese around the world? No need to count on Sinkieland.

Another way to deal with the Japanese farce is to let 40 fishing boats from China and Taiwan to sail to Diaoyu. China and Taiwan would then send a fleet of coast guard ships to prevent those in the fishing boats to land on Diaoyu, but land they would with the coast guard boats doing a big wayang. But they must approach fully armed and ready for battle with the Japanese coast guards.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:55 pm    Post subject: Professor Li Xingguang open letter to Shintaro Ishihara. Reply with quote

Cooperation offers best chance of escape from Diaoyu dilemma
Global Times | 2012-8-20 0:50:03
By Li Xingguang
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Mr. Shintaro Ishihara,

I am writing this open letter to you in response to your attempts to "purchase" the Diaoyu Islands this April. As a fellow alumnus of Hitotsubashi University, I feel very sorry about the consequences that your actions have caused, especially around the time of the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan.

We talked in 2009. The content of the dialogue was published on the official publication of Japan-China Science, Technology and Culture Center.

In that dialogue, you have mentioned that issues of global warming instead of arms races should be given priority in the 21st century. Sovereignty must be respected, but we should avoid wars caused by the disputes over sovereignty.

According to media reports, it seems that your distrust of China has increased again after the Diaoyu Islands collision in 2010. Recently, you have also mentioned that China has implemented a plan to overthrow Japan's actual control of the Diaoyu Islands. However, this is far from the truth. If Japan unilaterally enhances its control on the ground, China will certainly take countermeasures.

You proposed that Tokyo can purchase the Diaoyu Islands and then deliver it to the country, on the condition of setting up lighthouses and other facilities on the Diaoyu Islands. Japan's unilateral actions will inevitably provoke a backlash from China, and this must be avoided.

I believe China and Japan should engage in dialogue and jointly construct facilities that meet the requirements of the 21st century.

Japan's unreasonable argument that no diplomatic problems over the Diaoyu Islands issue exist will narrow the diplomatic space available to the country.

Japan will benefit from a stable relationship with a rising China. In the past century, Japan maintained its top ranking in Asia. However, during the transition period of great shift in relative powers, Japan should take a long-term-oriented policy toward China.

The attitude toward the disputed Diaoyu Islands can be seen as a test.

If China and Japan could really set aside the dispute over sovereignty and jointly construct facilities, manage the surrounding waters and explore resources on the seabed, then the previous agreement made with China over joint exploration of oil fields in the East China Sea could be launched immediately.

You have collected over 1.3 billion yen ($16.35 million) in public donations for your project. All this has had a certain effect in whipping up nationalism among the Japanese.

Now the situation has come to a point of mutual provocation stimulated by media coverage. What is worrisome is that this kind of situation has been escalating endlessly.

If tension over the Diaoyu Islands intensifies, it will provoke memories of the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95 among Chinese. If China had not lost that war to Japan, the Diaoyu Islands would never have been ceded to Japan.

If the scars of history are irritated over the Diaoyu Islands dispute, the feelings of Chinese people toward Japan will inevitably worsen, with calamitous potential consequences for a Japanese economy heavily dependent on China.

The best for both China and Japan is to set aside sovereignty disputes and jointly explore resources, as you previously agreed.



Ling Xingguang, a professor of international politics at the University of Fukui in Japan

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Japan, the day of reckoning beckons
Flashing across several newspapers was Japanís call on China to protect its citizens amidst public protest over the landing of Japanese nationalists in Diaoyu Island in a tit for tat move by the Japanese. This brought back vivid memories of the early 20th Century, the days of Shanghai Bund, of foreign concessions in China. During those dark days of Chinaís history, when foreign soldiers were stationed inside China, including several of the big cities, there were also many protests by the Chinese students and nationalists in China against foreign encroachment and aggression. Japan was one of the big powers occupying parts of China and with its own concessions.
In those days, there were no calls for protection of Japanese nationals inside China. If there were, it was the Chinese govt calling for the protection of Chinese nationals inside China from cruelties and attacks by the Japanese in particular, and the western powers in general. In those days, the Chinese citizens were victims of foreign soldiers in their own country.
Often, the Japanese would provoke incidents with the citizens and used it to attack and encroach further into China, claiming reparations and demanding compensations for Japanese military actions against the Chinese govt, and more territorial concessions as well.
The China then was a broken country, disunited, poor agricultural land that was torn apart, and with no modern industries. They donít even have a proper army and no arms industry to produce even small arms. Today, China is a full fledge superpower that would even hold the mighty US forces at arms length. Would the Japanese dare to trigger any incident and attack China again? A united China with military forces much bigger than the Japanese in all areas is not going take any Japanese engineered incident lightly.
How genuine is this Japanese fear for the safety of its citizens inside China? Over the past decades after China became a peopleís republic, there were many incidents of public protest but hardly a Japanese citizen was hurt unlike when Japan was invading China. Are the Japanese plotting new excuses to revisit the days of old Shanghai and old China? Would there be another coalition of western forces in the likes of the League of Nations to attacking China?
Would China take it like it did before, being beaten to pieces? Or would China deal a forceful blow to the invaders this time round? Would Japan be able to run free in China again? Or would Chinese troops be running free in Japan should hostility breaks out?
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In 1941, then Japanese emperor Hirohito, like his military advisors, believed that Japan could win a single "decisive battle" against the US and then engage in negotiations that would leave it in an advantageous position.

It's not Japanese tradition to directly confront with a powerful opponent and risk humiliating failure.

And back then, only ultra-nationalist fanatics believe Japan could completely defeat the US.

However at that time, the majority of Japanese believed that confrontation with the US was inevitable.

Most thought Japan could win a single decisive battle and then break even or gain from the war, just as it had done following the naval clash at Tsushima during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05).

When we talk about Japan's "insanity" before World War II, we often concentrate on the aggressive and authoritarian nature of Japanese militarism.

But in some ways Japan was also "forced" to declare war against the US, though it cornered itself through its own aggression.

The Japanese leadership was fatalistically convinced a clash was sure to come with a US it believed was inexorably opposed to Japan's rise.

The Japanese saw this as the first step to an inevitable war and believed that if they didn't strike first, the US would take the initiative. This thinking ultimately doomed the Japanese empire.

Now history is pushing Japan to another critical point. The question of national direction has seriously worried some Japanese elites since the disastrous earthquake in March 2011.

There is a popular view that currently what Japan needs most is a new spirit of striving to make the country stronger, otherwise their national decline will be inevitable.

Several important elements aggravate such a sense of crisis. First, the third generation in the post-war era has already grown up under the penetration of Western culture. They are not as good as the two post-war generations at either enduring hardship or working collectively.

Besides, Japan faces a continued demographic crisis as its society ages. And the continued economic stagnation since the popping of the bubble economy in 1997 worsens people's sense of frustration and anxiety.

In this period, China's rise has been in sharp contrast with Japan's decline, which strikes Japanese national confidence.

In the eyes of some Japanese elites, Japan's morale is fading, and could only be restored through waking the nation's sense of superiority and its national dignity.

China has thus become a target to stir up Japanese national morale. Some Japanese politicians take aggressive actions over issues like the Diaoyu Islands dispute, catering to the public's deeply rooted sense of fear and anxiety.

It is often difficult to change an element rooted in a nation's collective consciousness. The national spirit of tenacity enabled Japan to recover from the post-war ruins within a decade. However, the fatalist view that confrontation with others is inevitable still lingers.

In this new era of globalization, many countries are facing challenges in consolidating national spirit. The US, European countries and China are all not exceptions. But seeking an enemy and binding the national fate with a battle against it will not solve the problem, nor will it magically unite the new generation in the same consensus that drove their grandparents to work to rebuild society.

Japan's hesitance in its China policy shows that it may make a fundamental mistake and see the increasingly powerful China as its enemy.

If Japan doesn't properly recognize the value of its own neighbor, or fails to seek the path of win-win cooperation which is the mainstream trend in Asian development, the nation will be increasingly trapped by its own fears.

The author is a senior editor with People's Daily. He is now stationed in Bangkok. dinggang@globaltimes.com.cn
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North Korea offering the olive branch
With the young Kim Jong Un in charge, changes are starting to take place in North Korea. So far the indicators are quite positive. He is coming on as a livelier and down to earth person, more open and easy going. There is a high and good possibility that the North Koreans would adopt the Chinese model of economic growth by opening up, like Myanmar. They have made trips to China for more talks and fact finding missions.
The latest and most promising sign is to open discussion with Japan, likely to be for aids and economic cooperation. It would be a good opportunity for Japan to open up and engage the North Koreans, extend whatever economic assistance they could to help the North Koreans to become wealthier, seeing more promises and hopes of a better life. A rich and prosperous North Korea is likely to be friendlier and less confrontational and could be an active member of the world community. It is to Japan and the South Koreaís interest to integrate the North Koreans into the world system with economic growth and less military provocations.
Japan could go one step further, as just economic growth is not enough. The centuries of historical debt, particularly of land grabs must be settled as soon as possible. Japan could stand out as the country that is genuine to bury the past by unilaterally announcing the return of all islands taken from its neighbours during its colonial days. Such a gesture will be greatly welcomed by its neighbours, and the world will see Japan in a very positive light. It will also remove forever the torn of nationalism and historical antagonism that could erupt and undermine the good relations built over the years. War is no longer an option today and the earlier the root for future wars be killed and cleared, the better for all the countries in the region. Holding on to war loots is untenable and will need to be addressed and return at some point in time.
Would Japan seize the moment and rise above selfish individual and national pride to ride this new wave of economic cooperation with its neighbours? Or would Japan arrogantly and stubbornly want to hold on to the islands it grabbed from its neighbours and eventually rekindle a bitter war of mutual self destruction? Is it worth clinging onto other peopleís islands?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Japan pushing the limits of Chinaís tolerance
The Japanese govt is pushing ahead with its farce buying of Diaoyu Island from another Japanese whose fictitious claim to ownership of the island must the height of Japanese trickery. They did this kind of shit over and over again during Imperial Japan to bully a decadent and weak China. It is trying to do the same today to a China that could give them a bloody nose any time.
Japan is forcing the hands of Beijing and the latter has no choice but to respond robustly or it would lose its credibility in the eyes of its citizens and would also encourage adventurism in South China Sea. China would now have to mount a military force to protect its island, like it or not. This could lead to a military confrontation that China has chosen not to oblige for a long time.
The world, the Asean countries and the US are watching how China would respond to this aggressive act against its territories. Backing out and allowing the Japanese to continue in its heady encroachment of its islands is a no option.
Japan has made the first offensive move. The ball is now in Beijingís court.
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