Militarist Japanese government sabotaging Korean peace process

This 27 April 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Korean War Finally Ending, in Huge Victory for Peace Activists

North and South Korea have agreed to sign a peace deal, after nearly 70 years of war. Christine Ahn says this is thanks to dedicated activism inside and outside of the Korean Peninsula. In conversation with TRNN’s Ben Norton.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

‘Complete denuclearisation’ – Trump signs agreement with Kim Jong-un

US PRESIDENT Trump announced he has agreed to suspend ‘war games’ with South Korea in return for a commitment to the ‘complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula’.

Speaking at a press conference in Singapore after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the first time, Trump said: ‘The sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor.

‘I hope it’s going to be soon. But they’ll come off – as you know and as I have said, the sanctions right now remain but at a certain point I actually look forward to taking them off and they’ll come off when we know we’re down the road where it’s not going to happen, nothing is going to happen.’

… He announced: ‘We have done war exercises with a long period of time working with South Korea and we call them war games.

‘… They’re tremendously expensive. The amount of money that we spend on that is incredible. …’

In response to a question regarding the value of the agreement he signed with President Kim, Trump answered by implying he has his sights set on dealing with Iran.

Only months ago, Trump threatened nuclear war on North Korea. Now, the prospects for peace in Korea have brightened. That is not thanks to Trump and his militarist administration. It is thanks to the peace movement in Korea and worldwide. Earlier this year, that caused rapprochement between North Korea and the new South Korean government, elected after their militarist right-wing predecessors had been impeached for corruption. Rapprochement, eg, at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Trump and his new war-minded ‘security’ adviser John Bolton tried to sabotage that peace process. However, apparently Trump came to the conclusion that he still wanted to do warmongering, but that warmongerring all over the world at the same time would be self-defeating.

US President Richard Nixon was a war criminal, who had United States peace activists killed and who attacked press freedom in reporting on the Vietnam war. Still, Nixon came to the conclusion that it was undesirable to wage cold war on the Soviet Union and on China at the same time. So, the stopped the Cold War policy of not recognizing China. Though done by a crook of a president, that was in itself positive. Even though Nixon did it to concentrate warmongering on the Soviet Union.

It looks like Donald Trump’s recent handshake with North Korea’s Kim Jung-un is somewhat similar to Nixon’s 1972 handshake with Chairman Mao in China.

From News Line daily today:


Trump bending over backwards to make a deal with North Korea contrasts starkly with his conduct towards Iran, where he has ripped up a negotiated deal that kept Iran from producing a nuclear weapon, and where the US has threatened sanctions against its onetime allies, now in a G6 set-up that signed the Iran deal – as did the US – and now refuse to break it off, and thus face US sanctions. …

However, not even the US can take on the entire planet at the same time. This is why Trump has temporarily changed his tune in relation to North Korea.

However, other militarist politicians are not changing their tune in relation to North Korea. Especially so the right-wing revanchist government in Japan. Consisting of members of the ‘Liberal Democratic’ party. A beautiful name. Like the name ‘Freedom Party of Austria‘ sounds beautiful. However, both parties were founded after the second world war by ex-allies of Adolf Hitler. And at present, there are still echoes of Hitler-like ideas in both parties.

Instead of an all-out effort to clean up the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the right-wing Shinzo Abe administration is in denial about that disaster. Instead of stopping cancer causing nuclear pollution, they rather spend Japanese taxpayers’ money on militarism.

Peace between North Korea and South Korea and the USA would make it harder for Japanese warmongers to sell to the taxpayers more and more spending on war, with the North Korean bogeyman as the pretext.

It is time for Shinzo Abe to resign, and to give peaceful people in Japan the chance to repair the damage he caused.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Japan: war games are of vital interest

The Japanese Defense Minister says that the presence of US military personnel in South Korea and the joint war games are vital for security in East Asia.

Who is minister of war … sorry, I am supposed to use the euphemism ‘defense’ in the right-wing Abe administration?

It used to be Ms Tomomi Inada.

Pictures from Japanese neo-Nazi Kazunari Yamada’s website show him posing with Shinzo Abe’s internal affairs minister, Sanae Takaichi, and his party’s then policy chief, Tomomi Inada

These pictures from Japanese neo-nazi leader Kazunari Yamada’s website show him posing with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s internal affairs minister, Sanae Takaichi, and Abe’s party’s then policy chief, Tomomi Inada. Ms Inada later became minister of war … sorry for forgetting to use the euphemism ‘defence’ … of Japan.

In July 2017, Ms Inada resigned as war minister. Not because of her nazi scandal, but because of other scandals.

Ms Inada’s successor became Mr Itsunori Onodera. Wikipedia writes about him:

He was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in December 1997 from Miyagi Prefecture No. 6,[2] but resigned in 2000 in the wake of an electoral donation scandal.[3]… Like Abe, the majority of his government, and many predecessors as defense ministers, Onodera is affiliated to the openly revisionist lobby Nippon Kaigi.[6] Onodera supports Japan having the ability to launch a first-strike attack against enemy bases.[7]

The word ‘revisionist’ has lots of meanings. In Onodera’s context, it means denying that the 1930s-1940s Japanese imperial government, allies of Hitler and Mussolini, did anything wrong. Korea was then a Japanese colony. The Japanese occupiers then kidnapped teenage girls in Korea (and in China, the Philippines, Indonesia, etc.) to be raped as ‘comfort women’ in military brothels. Today, Japan’s ‘Liberal Democrat’ ‘revisionists’ deny this war crime and other war crimes.

The NOS article continues:

Minister Onodera responds to President Trump’s unexpected intention to stop the annual war games of South Korea and the USA on the border with North Korea. …

US President Trump said yesterday at the summit with [North Korean] Kim that he will stop the war games because they are expensive and provocative. …

Japan states that it intends to continue to conduct war games with the US and to work together to defend against missiles from North Korea.

Unfortunately, not only in Japan there are right-wing politicians trying to out-Trump Trump on militarism. Like in the USA: Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina) was less pleased, calling Trump’s reasoning for halting the military exercises “ridiculous”. [Reuters]

The Singapore summit and the growing war threat: here.

The massive war games send a regular threatening message to China, which is the true target of US and Japanese aggression. … The disagreements in Washington are over how best to proceed with planning for war against China and Russia: here.


Dolphin liberation in Korea

This video says about itself:

22 June 2015

I found dolphins at Jeju island in KOREA.

From the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea:

Dolphin liberation in Korea

May 27, 2018

Summary: Biologists have carried out a scientific investigation on dolphin liberation in South Korea.

“Dolphin liberation in South Korea has raised awareness towards the welfare of marine animals and has resulted in the strengthening of animal protection policies and the level of welfare.”

An engineering student, affiliated with UNIST has recently carried out a scientific investigation on dolphin liberation in South Korea. The paper presents the overall analysis of the social impact of the first case of dolphin rehabilitation in Asia, which occurred in 2013.

This study has been carried out by Sejoon Kim in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering in collaboration wit Professor Bradley Tatar in the Division of General Studies at UNIST. Their findings have been published in the April issue of the journal Coastal Management and will be published online, this month.

“After the release of captive dolphins from South Korean marine parks, there has been a growing environmental movement towards the conservation and management of marine and coastal ecosystems“, says Sejoon. “Although such movement relies on a single-species conservation focus and does not encompass an entire ecosystem, it has enormous symbolic significance for the welfare of marine animals.”

The research team hopes to expand their research to areas beyond the study of dolphin liberation and carry out in-depth case studies on various topics, including the whale-eating culture in Ulsan, the public perspective of dolphin shows, as well as the establishment of new types of dolphin life experience facilities.

Donald Trump sabotages peace process in Korea

This 24 May 2018 video is called Trump Calls off Meeting with North Korea’s Kim.

How Corporate Media Are Undermining a US-North Korea Nuclear Weapons Deal: here.

By Elizabeth Preza of AlterNet in the USA, May 24, 2018, 6:13 AM GMT:

Trump Blindsided South Korean Allies And His Own Staff With Summit Withdrawal: Report

The news report from North Korea that appears to have set Trump off was assessed as “low-level propaganda.”

President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to cancel, via letter, the planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un came as a surprise to South Korean officials and members of his own administration, the Washington Post’s Anna Fifield reports.

According to a Twitter dispatch from Fifield, who works as Tokyo Post bureau chief, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called an emergency meeting after Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo read the president’s letter to Jong-un before the Senate Thursday.

“We are attempting to make sense of what, precisely, President Trump means,” spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.

As Fifield notes, it’s midnight in Seoul.

NPR’s Steve Inskeep reports Trump’s decision also seems to have blindsided his own administration.

“The news seems also to have surprised much of the administration, too,” he wrote, noting that the statement Trump gave as his reason to cancel the summit (namely that Mike Pence is a “political dummy”) was assessed as “low-level propaganda.”

As CNN’s Jamie Tarabay pointed out, a number of foreign journalists were on the ground in North Korea [to report on dismantling a nuclear weapons test site] when the president’s letter became public.

“Hoping they emerge safely,” Tarabay wrote on Twitter.

How Kim-Trump tensions escalated: The more the U.S. said ‘Libya’, the angrier North Korea got: here.

War danger remains despite North and South Korean leaders holding second summit: here.

Trump and Kim agree to work towards the denuclearisation of Korea: here.

Korea peace progress, thanks to peace activists

This video from the USA says about itself:

Korean War Finally Ending, in Huge Victory for Peace Activists

27 April 2018

North and South Korea have agreed to sign a peace deal, after nearly 70 years of war. Christine Ahn says this is thanks to dedicated activism inside and outside of the Korean Peninsula.

PEACE campaigners around the world took part in demonstrations yesterday calling for the release of hundreds of people imprisoned in Korea for refusing to join the armed forces: here.

Trump’s warning to Kim Jong-un: make a deal or suffer same fate as Gaddafi. Asked about ‘Libya model’, Trump says: ‘That model … was total decimation. That model would take place if we don’t make a deal’: here.

‘POLITICAL DUMMY’ Pyongyang has issued a new threat to pull out of next month’s summit with the U.S., citing the “unbridled and impudent remarks” of “political dummy” Mike Pence, who said North Korea “might end like Libya.” [HuffPost]

Religious bans on films, dancing in Germany

This video from South Korea says about itself:

18 August 2017

Kpop Banned Dance: MV vs LIVE

Korea’s biggest broadcasting companies have strict rules and standards on what lyrics and dance moves can be performed. If they feel a dance move is too explicit idols groups must change it in order to perform. The following dances listed below were deemed inappropriate for live stage, therefore they changed it. In some cases they don’t change everything but the camera will focus elsewhere during those moves. It’s important to note that not all channels banned these dance moves, each broadcasting company is different to the others.

‘Kpop vs’ playlist: here.

Intro and outro song: D.Holic – Chewy

1. AOAMiniskirt
【During live performance when they had to dance that part they only did the hand gesture because the skirts were pre-unzipped】
2. AOA – confused
3. HELLOVENUS – WiggleWiggle
【Instead of twerking they moved their butts side to side. Also in their dance practise video they lift their shirts up, this didn’t make it on live performances】
4. Dalshabet – Be Ambitious
【Korean broadcasting companies must view girls revealing skin as stripping because it’s not the exposure that’s the issue it’s the action of taking a cloth off or revealing more skin that gets banned. Dalshabet had to drop the tear away dance and only do the hand action】
5. Dalshabet – BBB
6. Dalshabet – Joker
【Joker had many controversies, first the Korean pronunciation for joker sounds an awful like a Korean cuss for big ‘you know what’ and the dance didn’t help when they were touching their crotch area】
7. Tara Jiyeon – never ever
8. Rania – DR Feel Good
【the up and down movement while they were kneeling down was banned they end up just holding the downwards move awkwardly】
9. Sunmi – full moon
【1 second of a female idol spreading her legs is enough to ban it and force then to change the dance】
10. Rainbow – A
11. Rainbow Blaxx – Cha Cha
12. Stellar – Marionette
【Stellar is no stranger to bans and their company is partly at fault there. Their butt rub was changed to a more tamed butt lift move】
13. Stellar – Vibrato
14. L4 – move
【these girls didn’t perform this on broadcasting at all but when they did at a live performance everything was changed】
15. Fiestar – One More
【this song also caused controversy for their suggestive lyrics about a threesome as for the dance, they removed the kneeling in front of the guys】
16. Fiestar – You’re pitiful
【no dance move goes unseen, the quick dance where they go down and bounce was banned】
17. Gain – Paradise Lost
【so much was changed in this and its looks evident as the original dance was perfectly matched to the song】
18. Sistar – how dare you
【this song is old because if they danced it now it would be accepted however the standard for what appears on TV was more strict back then. A simple butt rub wouldn’t pass】
19. Sistar – so cool
20. Exid – up down
【the famous hip dance was banned for being sexually suggestive, instead they move their hips sideways】
21. Hyomin – nice body
【most of the butt dance was accepted surprisingly, however the ending had to be done facing the camera】
22. Girls day – something
23. After school – first love
【surprisedly most broadcasting companies allowed the pole dancing to be aired, however not all but they did allow them to dance with chairs】
24. Hara – Choco chip Cookies
25. 4minute – mirror mirror
26. Hyuna – roll deep
【there’s no surprise hyuna would be on this list, after all her song bubble pop had to end early due to it being banned and it was no different for roll deep, luckily she changed the dance rather the stop promotions】
27. Brown eyed girls – Abracadabra
【not only did the MV get banned for having a lesbian theme but so did the dance as it was too explicit for TV】
28. Secret – poison
29. Cross gene – amazing/bad lady
【The crotch rub just too sexual even for a male group】

Germany is a secular country, where there is separation between state and (Christian) church? Think again …

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Dancing and watching New Kids Nitro is illegal in Germany today

Who goes to the cinema on Good Friday in Germany will have to do with a film that fits the Christian holiday. In addition to the ban on dancing, which applies in some federal states, there is also a film display ban on more than 700 films. Among the illegal films are King Kong, Terminator and the Dutch film New Kids Nitro. Two years ago, a cinema in Bochum was fined 100 euros when The Life of Brian

a Monty Python comedy, considered ‘blasphemous’ by fundamentalist Christians

was screened.

The ban on dancing and films in Germany stems from the idea that the passion of Jesus Christ must be commemorated in peace. …

Since 1952, a list of prohibited films has been kept. According to the FSK [censorship organisation], the films on the list contain a storyline that is ‘unsuitable’. What is not appropriate about them remains vague. The German watchdog does not use a fixed list of criteria. However, ‘blasphemy‘ and ‘immoral behaviour’ are mentioned as a reason to ban a movie ….

There has been discussion about the ban on dancing on Good Friday. For a violation of the ban you can get a 1000 euro fine. Two federal states deal with this flexibly. In Berlin, for example, the ban applies only between 4 am and 9 pm and also in Hamburg partying at night is not illegal.

Japanese sex slavery not settled, Korean president says

This video says about itself:


Jan Ruff-O’Herne told her shocking story on Australian Story in 2001 – a secret that took her 50 years to come to terms with before finally, she revealed it in a letter to her two daughters.

An idyllic childhood in Java was brought to an abrupt end by the Japanese occupation during Word War Two. Aged 21, she was taken from her family and repeatedly abused, beaten and raped – forced to be a sex slave for the Japanese military.

The term coined for this brutal sex slavery was ‘comfort woman‘. But since revealing her ‘uncomfortable truth’ Jan Ruff-O’Herne’s suffering has been transformed into something affirmative.

In February this year, this 84-year-old Adelaide grandmother made the long journey to testify before Congress in Washington DC. The Congressional hearing was the pinnacle in her 15-year global campaign to seek justice for ‘comfort women‘. Now six years since Australian Story first aired her story, Jan Ruff-O’Herne feels she is one step closer to finally achieving her ultimate goal.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday, March 2, 2018

South Korean President insists sex slave issue is not over

SOUTH KOREAN President Moon Jae In assured citizens today that, whatever Japan may say, the wartime sex slave issue is not over.

In a speech marking a national holiday commemorating Korean resistance to Japanese occupation, President Moon said that Japan cannot declare the issue to have been relegated to history, insisting that Tokyo must apologise and confront its wrongdoings.

“As the perpetrator, the Japanese government shouldn’t say: ‘It’s over’,” he insisted.

“Wartime crimes against humanity can’t be swept under the rug by saying: ‘it’s over’.”

The scandal of what Tokyo refers to euphemistically as “comfort women”, those forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops, is a sensitive issue for all Koreans.

Park Geun Hye, President Moon’s ousted [impeached] predecessor, negotiated a deal in 2015 under which Seoul promised not to raise the issue again, while Japan paid 1 billion yen (£6.8 million) to a foundation supporting the victims.

Tokyo fell short of taking legal responsibility for Japan’s actions and Mr Moon condemned the deal as “wrongful” and urged Japan to make a “heartfelt apology”.

“The true way of resolving a tragic history is to remember that history and to learn from it”, he said.

He also expressed hopes for strong future relations “with the closest neighbour on the backdrop of a sincere apology”.

Tokyo government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said this “goes against the Japan-South Korea agreement.

“We cannot accept it at all and feel it is extremely regrettable. We immediately conveyed our stance and made a strong protest to the South Korean side through diplomatic channels”.