Prince Charles suggested Tuesday on a visit to the United Arab Emirates that banning McDonald's fast food was crucial for improving people's diets, a British news agency reported.
Ahhh,... I love a big Mac.
The Rose is without why; She blooms, because She blooms. These roses under my window makes no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are...there is no time for them....it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
Pyle's rich history offers an important corrective for those who believe that the future of Asian security can be assured through a bipolar U.S.-Chinese concert of power. Although increasingly aligned with the United States because of growing uncertainty about its external environment, Japan is an independent variable, and the Japanese elite will come to its own conclusions about how to safeguard Japan's interests. A positive U.S.-Chinese relationship is in Japan's national interest, but excessive U.S. accommodation of Chinese power at Japan's expense will lead to increased hedging by Tokyo and a less predictable Asian security environment. To give Japan the confidence to combine its already close economic ties with China with a similarly stable strategic relationship, Washington should base its engagement with Beijing on a close alliance with Tokyo. Pyle makes this point in a more understated way, noting that "successful coordination of engagement policies with Japan will require great sensitivity to the dynamics of Sino-Japanese relations."
Pyle's analysis also provides an indirect but powerful counterpoint to the belief that Japan's development of nuclear weapons is inevitable in the wake of North Korea's nuclear test last October. It is true that some senior Japanese politicians now muse openly about developing nuclear weapons, but the same politicians and their predecessors also privately -- and sometimes not so privately -- ruminated about possessing a nuclear deterrent during the Cold War. Japan's leaders are looking at North Korea's nuclear test within the context of Japan's overall national power. Japan's power assets include a strong alliance with the United States, the extended U.S. nuclear deterrent, domestic political cohesion, and regional economic relationships -- all of which would be put at risk by a unilateral nuclear weapons program. The Japanese are not about to slide toward nuclear armament -- so long as Washington remains attentive to the credibility of its own nuclear umbrella and to its strategic commitment to Tokyo.
The Education Ministry announced yesterday it will revise high school history textbooks shifting the Bronze Age on the Korean Peninsula one millennium ahead.
The government's decision was made amid China's apparent attempts to downplay Korea's ancient period as the communist country has claimed Korean ancient kingdoms as Chinese history.
The revised textbooks will be distributed nationwide in March, accepting Korean historians' claims that the current history books carry misinformation on the dawn of the milestone period in civilization's development.
The new textbooks will illustrate the Bronze Age on the peninsula as from B.C. 2,000 to B.C. 1,500, which is one millennium earlier than the years in current history textbooks.Korea Herald2007.02.24
I don't think that one can say definitively at this time, based on what has been publicly presented.
I am calling for an immediate retraction and correction from whoever is responsible, whether it be Yonhap or the www.occidentalism.org website
There are some odd omissions and apparent contradictions that have come up as to her father's identity, and they do warrant some further research if only to clear the airlink
“Are you being paid for your efforts to find out if Ms. Wat-kin's father was a part of Unit 731?”
—Gerry-Bevers, did you change that? Anonymous “Ponta” originally phrased this as: “Did you receive money in relation to this from Korean people?” So you dropped the KOREAN PEOPLE part. Now why did you do that, the alert reader may wonder …occidentalism
If the Koreans are so outraged by “comfort women” why is it that not a month goes by that we aren’t hearing about some Korean prostitution ring being busted in some corner of the world far removed from Korea. If Koreans don’t give a damn about “comfort women” today, why should anyone believe that Koreans cared about “comfort women”, during the Second World War. Here’s a recent raid on a Korean prostitution ring.
RCMP raided the heavily fortified Williams Road home - the windows were barred and the doors were reinforced with steel - Feb. 8 and arrested 14 people: Five patrons, two male employees and seven Korean prostitutes.
See Police raid pair of bordellos
Barred windows and doors reinforced with steel? High crime neighborhood? I doubt it. Let’s face it. Korea has always had a sizeable number of men and women who wouldn’t hesitate to exploit their fellow Koreans for a shot at the good life.
Lest you think this sort of behavior is limited to South Koreans, think again. Koreans in China are just as likely to sell their fellow Koreans for easy money.
An entire industry of trafficking women from North Korea into China, where they are sold to “husbands” who hold them with physical and sexual assaults as well as demands they perform backbreaking labor, has been documented by Radio Free Asia.
The traffickers mostly are ethnic Korean Chinese who act as scouts, distributors, brokers or transporters of the “merchandise.” They identify victims and lure them into crossing into China, where the victims are matched with potential buyers, the report said.
So what is it like being a slave to a Chinese man?
“He hits me every day, for any trivial reason. It’s not that I want to live here, but I have nowhere else to go,” trafficking victim Hoh Kyung-Soon told RFA. “I’ve tried escaping twice. I was caught and beaten to a pulp.”
See Report: North Koreans enslaved in China
Sex slaves, prostitutes, comfort women, whatever you want to call these women who get exploited, the Koreans are just as eager now to exploit their women as they ever have. You don’t need King Sae Jong to figure that out.
Posted on 18-Feb-07 at 4:56 pm | Permalinkbad_moon_rising at occidentalism
SEPTEMBER 25, 2006 donga.com english
When I heard the rumor by chance that young Korean women are held in custody in Albuquerque, what I thought of at first was 밯here is Albuquerque?�However, the curiosity why Korean women are locked up in a small city unknown to us in New Mexico was soon satisfied.
밢peration Cold Comport,�which was supposed to crack down on Korean sex trade shops, were launched on August 15 by 1,000 armed policemen in eastern cities including Washington D.C. and New York. It is said that during the operation, arrested women were sent into custody. Among 70 Korean women arrested, 15 out of 19 women who failed to be released on bail are in custody.
Albuquerque is a city of 500,000, which is built in the middle of a vast wilderness in New Mexico. The Detention and Correction Center that I visited on September 18 was in the middle of its downtown area unlike my imagination. However, security and guard were heavy, just like other correctional facilities. On the fourth floor of the building, seemingly the tallest one in the city, were Korean women in custody.
밯ith my hands tied and shackled, I was taken here by flight for 23 hours. They didn뭪 care even when I said I had a hygienic emergency.�
Korean women who came out to a hall after every 3-4 were locked up in a room, poured out complaints and pleas. There were so many complaints that Kwon Tae-myun, consulate general in Washington D.C. couldn뭪 even answer.
밢ut of the blue, policemen with guns raided us and we were dragged out without wearing proper clothes. We were locked up in some kind of a hotel for a week and were sent here. We couldn뭪 bring anything. They took our money.�
They had similar stories about how they came here. Then why did they come to this faraway country and end up in the sex trade business?
밒t is hard to make money when you are older than 30 in Korea. But, I heard that Asian women뭩 age is hard to recognize in the U.S. and that one can earn 20,000-30,000 dollars easily.�
Mrs. A, 35, took a flight to Mexico eight months ago after listening to one of her acquaintances. She was guided to Tijuana, Mexico which borders San Diego in California and after staying at a tourist home for a couple of days, she crossed the border hidden in a car with a back seat removed. It cost her $10,000 to cross the border. There were a lot of ethnic Korean women who came from Yongbyon, China at the tourist home.
In my humble opinion, when it comes to Gaijin and Japanese girls, there are three different types of girls.
Type 1 - Would not date a Gaijin for a variety of reasons. Language barrier of course, the somewhat true reality that most Gaijin do not end up living in Japan for the rest of their lives, and she may not particularly want to leave. Also, parents may not consent. She will marry Japanese and become a housewife.
Type 2 - Doesn't particularly think to date Gaijin, but is not opposed to the idea. May be reluctant to date Gaijin for many of the same reasons that Type 1 is opposed, but will be willing to give it a shot at least, perhaps if her English ability is okay/the Gaijin can speak some Japanese.
Type 3 - Prefers/actively seeks out Gaijin. Sometimes, a girl who has been abroad and seen how the world outside of Japan works, may not be able to easily return to Japan's rigid and old-fashioned system. So, this particular girl may be more suited to date Gaijin. However, that's sort of a minority within the Type 3. A lot of Type 3's just want to date Gaijin for the "cool" image. Therefore, as long as he's foreign, any guy will do. Many are looking for free English lessons. Others are looking for free plane trips overseas.
I'd say the majority of girls in Japan are Type 1/2. Type 3 is definitely the minority, but to us Gaijin they can be easily found because they often seek us out. These girls are also the most dangerous if you're looking to seriously date, and many a Gaijin male have had their hearts broken by Type 3's. ...Myself included.
The girls who do the Gaijin Test Drive (take the BMW out for a spin, but with no intention to buy - they've got a Toyota at home) are predominantly Type 3, but occasionally you get some Type 2 mixed in, and even sometimes Type 1Gaijin Smash
THE deal struck in Beijing this week, which is supposed to end up in the denuclearisation of North Korea, is no cause for celebration. To the contrary, it is likely to detract from Australia's security.
That's because this deal is likely to erode Japan's willingness to rely on the US for its nuclear security, and thus strengthen the hand of those in Tokyo who say that Japan needs its own nuclear deterrent
"It is not desirable for ties between Japan and the United States to be adversely affected" by demanding that Japan do what it has already done, Kato told a news conference.Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007
U.S. resolution on sex slave apology bad for ties: Kato
IN 1944, a truck full of high-ranking Japanese officers arrived at a prison camp in Java. The young female prisoners were forced to line up. Among them was Jan O'Herne. She was 21.......
For 50 years Mrs O'Herne, who now lives in Adelaide, kept the story — and the horrors — to herself. Now she is going to Washington, where she will tell the US Congress of what she endured.............
more than half a century after her dignity was stripped from her, Mrs O'Herne is still waiting for an apology from Japan.Penelope Debelle, Adelaide
February 14, 2007
The Year of 2001
On the occasion that the Asian Women's Fund, in cooperation with the Government and the people of Japan, offers atonement from the Japanese people to the former wartime comfort women, I wish to express my feelings as well.
The issue of comfort women, with an involvement of the Japanese military authorities at that time, was a grave affront to the honor and dignity of large numbers of women.
As Prime Minister of Japan, I thus extend anew my most sincere apologies and remorse to all the women who underwent immeasurable and painful experiences and suffered incurable physical and psychological wounds as comfort women.
We must not evade the weight of the past, nor should we evade our responsibilities for the future.
I believe that our country, painfully aware of its moral responsibilities, with feelings of apology and remorse, should face up squarely to its past history and accurately convey it to future generations.
Furthermore, Japan also should take an active part in dealing with violence and other forms of injustice to the honor and dignity of women.
Finally, I pray from the bottom of my heart that each of you will find peace for the rest of your lives.
Prime Minister of Japanmofa
A gathering looks back with sorrow and prayer
By Tony Stephens
April 25 2003
On Anzac eve, the Japanese went to St Mary's Cathedral to apologise. Shigenobu Watanabe, a Buddhist priest, offered a prayer. Film director Shigeki Chiba brought a letter from Cardinal Peter Shirayanagi in Tokyo.
They received apologies, too. Christine Dudley, a lecturer in Macquarie University's Japanese Studies department, apologised for the racism in the old White Australia policy.
At the centre of this service of reconciliation stood Jan Ruff-O'Herne. Now 80 and living in Adelaide, she was a Dutch national interned in Indonesia by the Japanese invaders in World War II. At 21, she was dumped in a brothel for the benefit of Japanese officers. The Japanese called such young women "comfort women".
Mrs Ruff-O'Herne said yesterday: "It's a hideous euphemism. We were sex slaves for the military." She has been much honoured for her work on behalf of the sex slaves, having been recognised by the Australian and Dutch governments and awarded the RSL's Anzac Peace Prize last year.
The Pope recently made her a Dame Commander in the Order of St Sylvester.
Mrs Ruff-O'Herne said of Cardinal Shirayanagi's apology, sent even though the Japanese Government still refuses to accept any responsibility: "This is a healing of wounds, a bridge of peace."
Two former soldiers who had fought the Japanese, Brother Colin Campbell and Father Frank Callanan, preached reconciliation. So did Tom Uren, the former MP and a survivor of the infamous railway. Choirs from Japan, China, Fiji and the Women's Federation for World Peace sang.
Father Claude Mostowick, chaplain to Pax Christi, read submissions from United States scientists who had worked on the atomic bomb project, arguing against using the bomb on people.
If it must be used, they said, it could be dropped on an uninhabited island as a clear demonstration of its power. Their plea failed.
A Japanese cruiser had escorted the Anzacs to Gallipoli. At the end of World War I, the Japanese argued for a racial equality clause in the peace treaty with Germany. Australia's Prime Minister Billy Hughes attacked the proposal, which was lost.
Last night, however, Kayo Yoshida handed a painting by her artist sister, Mizuyo Kawabata, to Mrs Ruff-O'Herne. "It will hang in a place of honour in my home," she said.Smh com
The man executed as the war criminal for the charge was Yoshiharu Okada. (Maybe Keiji Okada, I’m not sure how to read the kanji.) He was found guilty for kidnapping, forcing prostitution, and rape of Dutch women at Semarang and exectued by the Dutch.two cents at occidentalism
Okada seemed to have been ordered by his superior to set up a officers’ club, and so he asked Governor Miyano of Sumerang to have some Indonesians working under him to recruit some women. The day before the club opened, he visits the women for the first time to see how everything is, and reports to a visiting general staff that, “They are so cheerful and young that I’m worried some of our men might fall in love and commit suicide together.” The facility was closed down after the General Staff Yamamoto hears that the women were taken by force. (There is also testimony that the faciltiy was simply shut down because business was not good and it had to be restarted using non-white women.) Of the 35 women at the officer’s club, 25 were found to have been forced into prostitution, but the tribunal could not make clear who had been responsible for the actual forcing since the local Indonesian officials were never called in as witness, and find Okada guilty on the basis that Okada should have known no (or only a few) women would willingly become prostitutes, so his orders for recruitment was equivalent to ordering a kidnapping. Okada writes in his diary, “I have treated them so well, and yet they are now accusing me with blatant lies. Alas, I imagine they must do so now that the tides have turned and they cannot claim to have cooperated with us. I see I have been made the mastermind. I have nothing more to say. My hands have been bitten by the dogs I have fed.” (I believe the dogs refer to the Japanese owners of the clubs and not the women.)
The man who ordered Okada, Asao Okubo, comminted suicide in Japan after receiving the notification of detainment, and was never tried. Another man, Shozo Ikeda was sentenced to 15 years in prison, although he was on an official trip to Tokyo at the time of the crime. Nine others were sentenced to 2 to 20 years in prison, including the owners of the club
English school condemned for limiting teachers to blond, blue eyes.....
According to people related to the school, several kindergartens in Kofu have asked it to send English instructors so their children can get accustomed to "foreigners," attaching such conditions as "blond hair" and "blue eyes."
The school "was aware that it was an old discriminatory idea, but couldn't resist customers' needs,"
one related person said, noting that the school now regrets it.Kyodou February 11
Arudou, associate professor at Hokkaido Information University, who is working on human rights for foreign residents in Japan, also filed written requests with the school, kindergartens and the Kofu Regional Legal Affairs to promote human rights.
So what is the point in compiling figures for crimes committed by non-Japanese at all? I just find the very idea of it, if not repugnant, then at least sinister. The idea’s just culturally ‘foreign’ to me.Of all the countries I’ve lived in, Japan likes to draw a distinction between natives and non-natives more than any other.,,,,Overoften
I’m tired of being treated like some kind of sub-human day in, day out. It’s terrible for one’s soul. I can no longer handle being a total outsider. Ponta (thanks very much for your efforts on this BTW Ponta) mentioned that Japanese people are also outsiders in many situations and that it is all relative. True. However as a gaijin here I am ALWAYS an outsider in EVERY situation. That is a big difference........It’s not all bad though. I’ve learnt a lot from my time here. Even the unpleasant situation of being an outsider and targeted by racism has it’s benefits. As a white 30 year old Australian male, I am very much of the majority in my home country. Living as a minority has really allowed me to empathise with immigrants in Australia. This has motivated me to do as much as possible to help fight against racism and bigotry in Australia and assist minorities when I return.
I’m outta here!Heading Out