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Posted in: S Korea rulings on wartime cases may reflect judges' conviction See in context

@noriahojanen

The Korean Court should order the Blue House to arrange compensations to the plaintiffs.

The Korean Court that has the final say on this matter, the supreme court, already ruled in 2018 that Japan was not protected from damages resulting from war crimes of Imperial Japan, triggering the current wave of lawsuits. 

So there is only one possible outcome; this verdict simply thrown out and Japanese defendants ordered to pay by the Supreme Court again.

@hiro

Is kinda funny when the court decide to fight among themselves. 

That happens all the time in countries with complete separation of power, such as the US and Korea. There is also the final arbiter to sort out conflicting rulings like this.

@Fighto!

The rulings will be overturned, simple as that.

Exactly.

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Posted in: Apple in talks with CATL, BYD over battery supplies for its electric car See in context

@1glenn

Lithium iron phosphate, isn't that the new battery that is supposed to last the life of the EV

Lithium Iron Phosphate is un-competitive due to heavier weight and lower energy density.

The requirement that the vendor build a factory in the US limits Apple's options, since the only mass-volume battery manufacturers with US plants are Panasonic, LG, and SK.

Out of three Panasonic is a non-starter, even its sole customer Tesla's trying to move away from it.

So Apple's options are LG and SK, back to square one.

Apple actually chose SK battery when it was negotiating a US build of its Apple Car on top of Hyundai's e-GMP platform at Kia's US factory. Apple's only other platform provider option is Volkswagen, which uses SK battery for its EVs.

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Posted in: U.S. eases 'Do Not Travel' advisory for Japan See in context

@1glenn

Would it not be sufficient to require that visitors to Japan from the USA be fully vaccinated with a CDC approved shot?

You will be amazed how easy it is to produce fake CDC vaccination card. There is absolutely no security feature built into the CDC card and anyone can produce a fake one or pay someone to do it for like $20.

The EU vaccine passport mayby acceptable for entry into Japan, but absolutely not the CDC vaccination card. Yes, I have one in my hand right now, but I wouldn't trust another person's vaccination card.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2021/05/01/fake-covid-19-vaccination-record-cards-are-a-growing-problem-says-fbi/

Fake Covid-19 Vaccination Record Cards Are A Growing Problem, Says FBI

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against 16 Japanese firms See in context

@Strangerland

without proposing anything as a replacement.

Moon administration already did that.

1) A new apology statement that explicitly states the guilt of Imperial Japanese military high command ordering the forced conscription of comfort women. Abe statement DID NOT acknowledge that Imperial Japanese high command ordering the forced conscription of comfort women; rather Abe stated in Abe statement that Japan's responsibility was that of a moral one where crime took place in territory under Japan's occupation, but Japanese state had nothing to do with it.

2) There is actually no demand for new compensation; rather Japan change the name of already paid fund from donation to apology compensation(謝罪金). Yup, Abe called 2015 payment a donation.

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against 16 Japanese firms See in context

@Desert Tortoise

Is there an English language version I may read? Thanks.

The article says Korean judges have absolute freedom as to how they render verdict and this is reflected in chaos of conflicting trial outcomes based on political leaning of judges, and the final call is made by the Supreme Court, which already decided in 2018 that Japanese state and companies were not protected by the 1965 treaty.

Separately, currently serving appellate judges who analyzed the verdict for press concluded this judgement will be overturned at the Supreme Court because it was based on political and diplomatic reasoning which has no place in a court verdict, rather than legal reasoning. It is as if this judge wrote his verdict to be overturned by appellate court and get his hand off similar cases.

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Posted in: Japanese rice dealers turn to China amid domestic consumption drop See in context

Can't imagine Chinese consumers picking up Japanese rice given Fukushima reputations. Must be Japanese restaurants picking them up since it's hard to reproduce authentic sushi taste with Chinese rice.

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against 16 Japanese firms See in context

@obladi

while the court's decision may be legally correct

No it's not, because it contradicts the prior ruling of the Korean supreme court.

2018 : Korean supreme court finds in a lawsuit brought by four former-forced laborers that the right to seek damages for the criminal activities of Japan was not terminated by the 1965 Basic Treaty and awarded damages to four forced laborers.

2021 : As more damages lawsuit cases filed by former comfort women and forced laborers reached his desk, a lone lower court judge overrules the verdict of the supreme court, claiming that the right to seek damages is covered by the 1965 Basic Treaty.

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against 16 Japanese firms See in context

@kaimycahl

 I think this ruling is a sign of moving on!

No, this is a one-man crusade against the judicial establishment, which will be overturned once it reaches the Supreme Court but this judge wanted to make his voice heard.

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Posted in: Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against 16 Japanese firms See in context

Don't get your hopes high.

This is the same judge that ruled against comfort women damages suit case, which contradicts with the previous ruling of the Korean supreme court.

Of course both of his rulings will be overturned at the supreme court.

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Posted in: Japan launches study to verify COVID vaccines' effects on citizens See in context

@thepersoniamnow

So you would be forgiven for assuming that the vaccine works differently on Asian people??

Vaccines and medications do work differently along the ethnic and gender lines.

For example, it's well known that 80% of J&J vaccine recipients who develop blood clotting are women.

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Posted in: Japan protests Russia's impounding of fishing boat, detention of crew See in context

Is "Japan's EEZ" claimed or actually Japan administered EEZ?

Knowing Japan, it's most certainly the claimed EEZ, which in turn means the fishing boat was operating in Russian EEZ and is subject to Russian fishery laws.

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Posted in: Japan rejects South Korean protest over Olympics map See in context

@Erik Morales

I do not see any lies. That island is Japanese.

The difference is that while all Japan can do to assert its claim is to claim, Korea can actually have the start of Olympic Torch Relay on the Liancourt Rocks and broadcast it live to the world the next time they host Olympics.

That's the difference.

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Posted in: Hikaru Utada’s haunting new music video for 'Pink Blood' released See in context

Kinda amazing how Utada Hikaru the natural-born American couldn't break into American music scene, while BTS and BlackPink rule American music scene right now.

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Posted in: Japan rejects South Korean protest over Olympics map See in context

@Strangerland

Who officially calls it that?

IHO.

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Posted in: Japan rejects South Korean protest over Olympics map See in context

@Tom Doley

Then China should show Daiyou islands on their map at the 2022 Olympics.

I forgot. Yes indeed China will display the Diaoyu Islands on their Olympic maps as Chinese territory next year along with the 9 dashed lines. Japan will protest, but Japan started it first.

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Posted in: Japan rejects South Korean protest over Olympics map See in context

@Commodore Perry

I wonder what Japan would do if on a map the Sea of Japan was changed to the Sea of Korea?

That already happened. The sea between Japan and Korea is now officially called the 18th Sea at IHO. Sea of Japan has been retired and will never be uttered at IHO documents and meetings again.

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Posted in: Japan rejects South Korean protest over Olympics map See in context

This stupid Japanese action will backfire, because the next time Korea hosts Olympics, not only will Korea visibly mark the Liancourt Rocks on their map, but also start the Olympic Torch relay from the Liancourt Rocks as the eastern end of Korea and broadcast it to the world.

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Posted in: S Korea court to rule June 10 on 16 Japanese firms' wartime labor case See in context

@Falco

About those “defamation claims”...

Well, the Korean appeals court already ruled her claims as false. End of controversy within Korea.

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Posted in: S Korea court to rule June 10 on 16 Japanese firms' wartime labor case See in context

@Peeping Tom

That confirms they had balls.

It's not having the balls. It's called the disregard for human life.

I actually saw the protagonist of Eternal Zero(Japanese TV drama), Miyabe Kyujo, citing Japanese disregard for life and American value for life as the reason why Japan was losing the war; it was clear to Miyabe while little regard was given to protecting Japanese pilot's life in the Zero, the US fighters he was fighting against were armored like hell and allowed damaged planes to return and come back for another fight.

Sadly, something Koreans and Chinese know nothing about.

Korean weapons are distinctively American-like in engineering philosophy. While American warships have dual layer air-defense, Korean warships have triple layer air-defense. While American M1 tanks only had passive composite armor and are only now adding active defense, Korean K2 tanks had again triple layer defense, passive composite armor, passive protection(electronics warfare), and active protection(anti-tank missile interceptors). This is the reason why Korean weapons are getting rave reviews and winning orders overseas.

So why are Korean weapons designed for survivability? The combat death benefit of Korean military is at least $500K for a conscript soldier, and Korean government could end-up paying $1 billion for the death of 2,000 troops in combat, so they invest in survivability to reduce death insurance payout.

@Falco

just ask Park Yu-ha

1) Park Yu ha is a Japanese literature professor, not a history professor.

2) The court already ruled against her on defamation and her claims as historically false.

3) 300 history professors challenged her to debate on TV, she could pick any one of her choosing. She ran of the obvious reason.

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Posted in: S Korea court to rule June 10 on 16 Japanese firms' wartime labor case See in context

@mikeylikesit

Your claims about Japan’s failure to surrender are historically false. 

Absolutely true and accurate.

Japan tried to open peace negotiations as early as 1942

Peace negotiation(aka truce) is not surrender. Of course Japan's end goal was a truce even before the Pearl Harbor, that is Japan takes what it needs and then force the US to sign a truce, this was Tojo Hideki and Yamamoto's war plan all along.

And the US has made it very clear from the beginning that it wasn't interested in any truce, the only acceptable outcome was Japan's unconditional surrender. This was for Japan's own benefit as the US's intension was to wipe clean of Japanese aristocracy that led to militarism and sow seeds of democracy in Japan. And to bring democracy to Japan the emperor had to go.

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Posted in: S Korea court to rule June 10 on 16 Japanese firms' wartime labor case See in context

@Desert Tortoise

 PRC will never permit a unified Korea if that unified Korea is democratic

That's exactly the reason why the ROK has an insanely powerful military, probably the only one in Asia able to defeat the PLA in an all out ground war.

China would go to war in an instant to prevent it from happening.

China actually has been in a secret negotiation with the ROK on terms of China not intervening during North Korean regime collapse scenario since 2009.

China absolutely doesn't want to go into North Korea, one wrong move and Beijing could be nuked by Kim Jong Un.

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Posted in: Japan to provide ¥19 bil to TSMC-led advanced chip project See in context

@1glenn

Taiwan is also helping to build a new semiconductor plant in the US, but it will be awhile before it comes online.

What TSMC is building in Japan is a 20 nm fab, nothing cutting edge but good enough for Japan's embedded chip makers. There is no use for cutting edge 5 nm and 3 nm processes in Japan because Japanese chip makers have no use.

What TSMC is building in the US is the cutting edge stuff, because of demands from US customers like Apple and AMD. Ditto for Samsung, which is building the latest $20 billion 2nm fab in the US to serve customers like IBM, nVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Tesla.

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Posted in: S Korea court to rule June 10 on 16 Japanese firms' wartime labor case See in context

@Yohan

textbooks published in North- and South Korea are so much better and not brainwashed at all?

History textbooks of ROK is much closer to international historical consensus than Japanese history textbooks.

Korean history textbooks are brutally honest about historical facts, as to not repeat the mistakes of their ancestors which is the point of history education.

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Posted in: S Korea court to rule June 10 on 16 Japanese firms' wartime labor case See in context

@Desert Tortoise

The US could not have landed forces in the northern half of Korea in time to prevent the Soviets from occupying it and because of the Yalta Conference probably would not have tried. 

If Japan surrendered right after Hiroshima, then the Soviet Union couldn't have declared war against Japan, and Japan may have even kept the Kurils, as the condition of the Soviet recovery of the Kurils was the declaration of war against Japan.

Universal Jurisdiction does not apply to civil damages.

The comfort women case is a war crimes/crimes against humanity case where the defendant is the Japanese state and is definitely covered by the universal jurisdiction.

The forced laborer cases are damages lawsuits against Japanese corporations who do not enjoy sovereign immunity as claimed by the Japanese government in the comfort women case.

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Posted in: S Korea court to rule June 10 on 16 Japanese firms' wartime labor case See in context

@Yohan

Nonsense - DPRK was established 9 September 1948. Japan surrendered in 1945.

A quick history lesson on the foundation of North Korea.

1) February 1945 : During the Yalta Conference, the Soviet Union agreed to occupy northern half of Korea if it went to war in Japan, as well as regaining control of the Kurils.

2) July 1945 : Battle Of Okinawa was lost. Japan has no option left but to surrender.

3) August 6, 1945 : Hiroshima nuke attack.

4) August 8, 1945 : Soviet Union declares war against Japan, fulfilling the condition of the division of Korea.

And the rest of history. Had Japan surrendered the day after Hiroshima, the division of Korea would have been avoided and North Korea wouldn't exist today. But the Japanese decision to stick with Gyokusai policy(fight to the last man, woman, children) even after Hiroshima nuclear strike sealed the fate of North Korea.

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Posted in: S Korea court to rule June 10 on 16 Japanese firms' wartime labor case See in context

@Yohan

Japan is not responsible for what happened to the Korean Peninsula past WWII.

Actually Japan is directly responsible for the creation of North Korea, by refusing to surrender after the defeat in Battle of Okinawa and dragging the inevitable outcome to allow Soviet Union to declare war against Japan.

Japan was a spent force after Okinawa and any further resistance was futile, but the Imperial Japanese leadership decided on Gyokusai, fighting to death by last men, women, and children rather than to surrender. And from the ashes of Gyokusai policy, North Korea was born.

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Posted in: S Korea court to rule June 10 on 16 Japanese firms' wartime labor case See in context

@Falco

The Koreans learned nothing after that other lawsuit was rejected two months ago.

That ruling contradicts a prior ruling by the supreme court that held Japanese state liable based on the principle of universal jurisdiction and is likely to be overturned on appeals.

And this is a separate case where the defendants are Japanese corporations, not Japanese state, so they don't even enjoy the benefit of sovereign immunity defense.

@Fighto!

crooked Moon will ensure that the Japanese companies lose and lose big.

In Korea, there is a clear separation of power and the executive has zero influence over the judiciary. The outcome of verdict is anyone's guess.

Japan will limit the numbers of tourist and business visas granted to Koreans after the pandemic.

I don't think Koreans would care, given Japan Boycott is still in full force in Korea.

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Posted in: Honda Aircraft Co unveils HondaJet Elite S See in context

@Desert Tortoise

there might be room for a faster, higher flying and maybe more aggressive looking "Type R" Honda Jet of some sort.

Aircraft performance, unlike automobiles, is heavily governed by aerodynamics and aircraft shapes are designed to a specific target speed, including a never-exceed speed; So unless Honda is changing the shape of airframe, it is not safe to go faster.

what is the market for such business jets in compact, crowded Japan with it's excellent Shinkansen trains and short distances between cities vs the market for these kinds of airplanes in the US?

There is no market for such aircraft in Japan. Honda Jet category of private light jets are individual owned(wealthy people looking for a ride to their vacation destinations), not corporate owned. Corporate jets are much larger and flies further, often across the US and intercontinental.

Japan doesn't have enough wealthy individuals needing a quick getaway to Hokkaido or Okinawa, and private flight regulation is tight and strict.

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Posted in: Honda Aircraft Co unveils HondaJet Elite S See in context

@Sindhoor GK

the person behind the whole Honda jet thing is Machimasa Fujino.

And he's literally like the only Japanese person at Honda Jet.

https://mms.businesswire.com/media/20131017006559/en/387915/5/Honda_Aircraft_ribbon-cutting10-17-13%231.jpg

setting up entire testing sites in Japan.

It had nothing to do with testing. Japan lacked aircraft engineering talent and supplier base, and Fujino correctly analyzed that Honda Jet could only be developed and built in the US given the talent pool situation in Japan. To develop Honda Jet in Japan, Honda would have had to import an army of American engineers to oversea and train Japanese engineering trainee, which would be both cost and time prohibitive.

The correct way to create an aviation company in Japan is to start the company in the US and staff it with American talents, then bring in Japanese trainees to US and let them learn from Americans while on the job.

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Posted in: Honda Aircraft Co unveils HondaJet Elite S See in context

@Mike Donovan

Made in USA

Yes, this is a 99% Engineered-And-Made-in-USA American aircraft by Americans.

Honda only provided capital. That's why it succeeded while All-Japan Mitsubishi MRJ/SpaceJet failed.

I'm going to hold out for the lightweight Hondajet Type R

FAA regulations doesn't allow such modifications.

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