Monday, February 20, 2006


Censure on Japan for anything and everything

China exports criminals to many different countries in the world.
Murder of 2 kindergarteners in Shiga a hot topic on Chinese bulletin board

BEIJING -- The murder of two kindergarten children in Shiga Prefecture has become a hot topic on a Chinese news site's bulletin board.

Many of the messages placed on the People's Daily Online bulletin board on Japan-China relations criticized Japan's "closed society" for excluding foreigners.

One of the readers pointed out that the suspect, 34-year-old Zheng Yongshan who is married to a Japanese man, was not able to adapt to Japan's society. "Japan's society stubbornly refuses to accept foreigners."

"I suspect that terrible discrimination against her led the woman to commit the murders," one opinion read.

Other comments about the incident take a more calm approach.

"This sort of incident could occur in any country," one of them said. (Mainichi)

February 21, 2006

It is typical of Chinese to behave selfishly and blame others.

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Korean church founder sentenced to 20 years for raping, abusing girls

Church founder sentenced to 20 years for raping, abusing girls

KYOTO -- A church founder accused of 22 counts of rape and sexual assault against seven girls was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment by the Kyoto District Court on Tuesday.

Handed the prison sentence was Tamotsu Kin, 62, founder of the Seishin Chuo Kyokai church in Yawata, Kyoto Prefecture.

"He abused his position as a pastor, which is looked on with awe and reverence as someone close to God, and habitually committed the crimes," Presiding Judge Takeshi Uegaki said. "His actions were extremely malicious, to a level unparalleled by other sex crimes."

Kin was convicted of sexually violating seven girls aged between 12 and 16 in his pastor's office and other locations between March 2001 and September 2004. He faced charges for 22 attacks, including one attempted sexual assault.

On a regular basis, Kin preached that followers would "suffer in hell" if they resisted him, creating a situation in which his victims couldn't resist him, the court said.

Prosecutors said the charges they had laid against Kin were "the tip of the iceberg."

"He left the victims with scars that are difficult to heal," a representative of the prosecution team said. "In the public hearings, the defendant merely said he would not argue against the charges, and didn't divulge the truth. He has not offered the slightest apology."

During the trial, the victims presented statements, including one that said, "Not only has he failed to apologize, but his statements in the public hearings have been nothing but lies."

A group to support the victims has offered counseling, while the Kyoto Prefectural Government set up a project team using child consultation centers and clinical psychologists to care for the girls. A representative of the group that supports them said they are likely to need long-term care.

The victims have launched a damages suit in the Kyoto District Court against Kin and the church. The church has acknowledged that five of the girls were abused, but is arguing that is bears no legal responsibility and is not required to pay compensation. (Mainichi)

February 21, 2006

Korean name "Kim" is pronounced as "Kin" in Japan.
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The Tragic Tale of a Tokyo Hostess

ABC News: The Tragic Tale of a Tokyo Hostess
British Woman Gets Caught in the Dark Side of City's Famed Night Life

Obara is a naturalized Japanese citizen of Korean descent. He studied law and politics at one of Japan's most prestigious universities, and managed his family's real estate fortune. He developed a taste for the bachelor's high life, expensive boats, new Ferraris and, apparently, Western women. He was a regular on the hostess club scene, where he used several different names.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Liancourt Rocks - Takeshima - Dokdo

or ?

TAKESHIMA or dokdo ?

Korea should go to the International Court of Justice with Japan. Why not ?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Problem Solving Flowchart

Korean Problem Solving Flowchart
Ken Eckert

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Sunday, January 15, 2006



Let's review 2002's main points first.

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Sunday, December 25, 2005


racism, bullying and school teachers


I'm often asked by my friends when we will return to my home country. You see, my wife and I have a child who will be of age to attend school in a few years. I used to say that we would return home in the next couple of years because we don't want him to be subjected to racism and bullying. But as of this year, my main concern isn't racism, but rather the fascist tendencies of many Korean school teachers. This came to my attention when our nephew, a bright young boy who could read and write in English and Korean when he was only 3 years old, told me he wanted a war between Korea and Japan. "All Japanese are bad because Dokdo is our land and they want to steal it", he said. I inquired as to where he had learned such a thing, to which he replied, "My teacher. She said Japan is bad." I proceeded to explain to him the evils of war and propaganda. After a long discussion, he finally came to his senses and said,"My teacher is silly." She is indeed.

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I am Japanese, belong to Japan Defense Agency. Sorry for my poor English. I am tired of hearing this kind of matter conducted by Koreans. Before the WWⅡ, Japanse fishermen did their jobs peacefully on the island called Takeshima(Korean name: Dokdo),gathering delicious shells, Awabi or other marine products. To tell the truth, most Japanese are not concerned with this matter. However, we have a sympathy to the Japanese fishirmen who were deprived of their place of work. After WWⅡ, the Koreans suddenly claimed that the island were theirs. Some Japanese fishermen were shot by the coast guard of Korea. Although I don't know the precise number, some were killed. To my impression, the claim by the Koreans that the island is theirs, is merely a propanganda of Korean government which is often unpopular to the nation. Their policy is to scream 'Dokdo is our island' as a symbol of the anti-Japanese feelings and hide their political failures. The Japanese are exhausted to hear the same phrase 'Dokdo is our territory!!!!!' over and over again.
Please look at these pictures. This is the result of government-lead education. In Japan, no child draw pictures of this kind.
We are tired rather than angy.

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Seeing this site, you will see their lives in south korea. A lot of funny photos will certainly please you, I garantee

Posted by: shinchan

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``ppalli ppalli'' is a symbol of Korean traits

Scandal Puts Focus on South Korean Culture
Thursday December 22, 2005 8:47 PM

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Associated Press Writer

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Six-day work weeks from morning until night. Companies trumpeting bigger and bigger flat-screen TVs. A government that proclaims it wants to be a ``hub'' for everything from finance to robots. South Korea is fiercely committed to being No. 1, and doing it yesterday.

As South Korea's top scientist Hwang Woo-suk falls from his lofty perch amid a wave of allegations questioning his research, the country's competitive culture of always hurrying - coupled with a healthy sense of national pride and craving for international recognition - could be partly to blame.

``The Hwang Woo-suk case is a good example that in Korean society there still exists remnants of the past experience of fast growth,'' said Park Gil-sung, a sociology professor at Korea University. ``It's a problem of our social system that desires fast results.''

Hailed as the ``Pride of Korea,'' Hwang and all of his purported breakthroughs are now being investigated by science journals and universities.

Emerging from relative obscurity to reveal the world's first cloned human embryo in 2004, Hwang racked up a series of amazing achievements. He claimed this year to have cloned stem cells matched to patients with never-before-seen efficiency, and also created the first-ever cloned dog.

As he announced one stride after another, the country rallied around him. Hwang, a trained veterinarian, was designated South Korea's first-ever ``top scientist'' in June by the government, winning special funding. The Foreign Ministry assigned a diplomat to assist him with international contacts.

Korean Air even gave Hwang and his wife free first-class flights for a decade, calling the scientist a ``national treasure.''

Not settling with Hwang's earlier success, the Ministry of Science and Technology pledged this year to make the country one of the eight world powers in the field, and ``provide a liberal and stable research environment to brilliant researchers and generate the second, the third Hwang Woo-suk.''

Hwang's work ``grew into a state project with government backing and then became the people's project, adding a massive weight of national expectation,'' the daily Chosun Ilbo wrote in a recent editorial.

``That very fact simply short-circuited any stringent verification procedures by scientists and the government,'' the newspaper said. ``Scientists kept mum because they saw hope in one of their own becoming a national hero, and the government was happy to bask in reflected glory without asking too many questions.''

After Hwang admitted ethics lapses last month by accepting eggs from female workers at his lab, the scientist's supporters still stood by him and hundreds of women offered to give their eggs.

But acknowledging ``fatal errors,'' Hwang last week requested that the journal Science withdraw a May article, acknowledging that at the time of publication his team had created only eight stem cell lines - not 11 as claimed - but produced the final three later. One of Hwang's former collaborators has said nine of the stem cells lines were entirely faked, and questioned the validity of the two others.

``I suspect it's a question of whether nationalism and the public spotlight kind of swept them along a little bit,'' said Michael Breen, author of ``The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies.''

``In that kind of rush to be first, they kind of cut corners,'' he said.

The high-speed culture is such a feature of South Korean society that it's a commonly used catch-phrase: ``ppalli ppalli,'' meaning ``hurry hurry.''

It's symbolized in everything from the hellish traffic in Seoul and Mad Max-esque bus drivers, to South Koreans' love of quick-hit coffee and energy drinks and downing shots of alcohol in a single gulp. A government campaign seems to have stemmed citizens' penchant to crowd in front of subway cars and not let exiting passengers leave before trying to push inside.

The dynamic culture has its upside, helping South Koreans build their country from the ruins of the Korean War into the world's 11th largest economy. Companies like Samsung Electronics are leaders in production of memory chips, flat-screen displays and mobile phones - and such corporate achievements are regularly feted in local media as a source of pride for all.

South Koreans didn't ``get to where they are today without hustling,'' said Mike Weisbart, a columnist at The Korea Times. That speed will also help the country quickly recover and keep up its breakneck development no matter the results of the Hwang scandal, he said.

``There's still way more dynamism going on here and much more lethargy in the West,'' Weisbart said.

But there is been downsides, too - sometimes with deadly effect.

In 1995, a Seoul department store collapsed, killing 501 people, in an accident blamed on faulty construction because of illegal design changes made after bribes to officials - payments referred to as ``hurry-up'' money. A bridge also collapsed in the city in 1994 for similar reasons, killing 32.

``Sometimes the ends justify the means and things that get in the way like sticking to the rules are annoying and seen as secondary,'' Breen said.

In central Seoul, Ahn Sang-bok, 38, a bank employee, was running across a bridge to get back to the office.

``I'm always in a rush, time is considered most important in our society and being No. 1 is definitely considered well by others,'' he said. ``I think Hwang had this kind of pressure and that's why he rushed his research.''

The quest for success and the run to get there starts young. Fifteen-year-old Jo Moon-joo, walking in downtown Seoul in her school uniform of checkered skirt and navy blue sweater, said teachers seat children in class by test results.

``If you get the highest mark you sit at the very front, and so on,'' she said. ``Teachers and mothers force us to become the first in everything.''

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Funeral in Korea

A Korean boy holding a photograph of a deceased person, Koizumi, in his arms.

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Monday, December 19, 2005


Violent Koreans in Hong Kong

The Chosun Ilbo
Korean Protestor in Hong Kong Mass Arrest

Some 600 Korean farmers and trade union activists were arrested on Sunday after all-night violent protests in Hong Kong during the WTO Ministerial Meeting there. Hong Kong police used tear gas for the first time since anti-British riots in 1967, and used armored vehicles to stop the rioters. It was the first mass arrest of Koreans abroad.

Altogether 1,400 South Korean activists took part in the protests against the opening of agricultural markets near Hong Kong’s Wan Chai that turned violent when protestors attempted to overturn police vehicles at around 5:30 p.m. Half an hour later, protestors armed with iron pipes wrested from police barricades faced off with police near the Hong Kong Convention Center, where the WTO meet was held. Seventeen policemen and 67 protesters were injured in the clashes.

Some 600 protestors continued violent demonstrations late into the night, culminating in a standoff on a stretch of a 10-lane road around Wan Chai where police had penned them in. Police arrested the demonstrators early on Sunday morning, after broadcasting an announcement in Korean. "Korean protesters, you will now be arrested on charges of violating Hong Kong’s public order law with your illegal demonstrations." The arrest proceeded slowly due to a shortage of security vans and took until around 2:40 p.m.

The Korean government has requested the protestors’ early release and asked Hong Kong to handle the situation properly. “We will work together with the Hong Kong authorities to ensure the situation is dealt with in a satisfactory manner,” a Foreign Ministry official told reporters. "The large number of protestors being taken into custody is very regrettable, and of course there is great concern about what will become of Korea's image in Hong Kong and the rest of the world.”

Meanwhile, WTO Ministerial Meeting ended on Sunday with the 150 member states agreeing to a “modest deal” of lower tariffs for manufactured goods and forestry and fishery products. But they failed to reach an accord on key issues concerning agricultural goods, including when exporters should stop export subsidies. They meet again in Geneva, Switzerland, in the first half of next year.
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Tuesday, December 06, 2005


The 38th Parallel was divided by the Americans

The Dong-A Ilbo
[Editorial] The Leader of Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee

NOVEMBER 26, 2005 07:19

Will the Presidential Committee on Investigating Past Abuses for Truth Seeking and Reconciliation to be launched on December 1 be able to subjectively review history with a balanced view and draw socio-political reconciliation from it? Or will it follow the opposite path?

The direction will be forecast by the assignment of Father Song Ki-in, who will be appointed to lead the committee and be given a status similar to that of a government minister. He is the spiritual pillar of President Roh Moo-hyun, and is regarded as some as the de facto power by being called the “Godfather” by the presidential staff originating from Busan. This is one of the reasons why we are interested in the thoughts of Father Song.

Six months ago, in an interview with a monthly magazine, Father Song said, “The people with vested power in our society are trying to continue to blind the normal people while letting their descendants enjoy the wealth and power,” and designated those who are pro-Japanese as the roots of those with vested rights. It is a masochistic, historical analysis that reflects a condescending view of Korean history as a shameful history filled by pro-Japanese and pro-Americans.

However, Father Song’s criticism of the powerful is quite self-contradicting, in that he is the patron of the current “Living Power Group.” Would it have been possible, in the first place, for Father Song, who has never studied history methodologically, to become the chairman of the committee to oversee the nation’s massive past history, if it hadn’t been for his special relationship with the president? Did the government not seize war trophies in the past few months, which can only be seen as the yielding of vested power, when it appointed their own people to official posts, including Father Song’s appointment?

If Father Song is to suddenly become “qualified” to criticize the powers of the past, shouldn’t he also then say a few words about the current regime “draining the life” out of the vested powers, in order to become balanced? Increasing social animosity toward the vested powers, excluding themselves, can only be seen as an act to extend and expand their own powers. In particular, is it reasonable to draw history, which should be left to the world of academics, to the political arena?

Father Song also said, “South and North Korea should join hands in encouraging the U.S. troops to withdraw. The prosperity of the nation can only be guaranteed when Seoul and Pyongyang closely unite, without letting the U.S. know about it.” Regarding the North Korea nuclear issue, he commented, “It will be difficult for North Korea to throw bombs toward this nation.” Prior to that, in an interview with SBS Radio in May 2003, he claimed that the 38th Parallel was divided by the Americans.

North Korea is ignoring calls from the international society that it will be aided if it renounces its nukes and improves its human rights, and adheres to its stance on nukes because it plans to preserve the regime by taking South Korea as military hostage. It was also previously disclosed that North Korea had already been preparing to set up its own separate government, even before an independent South Korean government was established. In such a situation, having lived his life under the South Korean constitution, is Father Song’s unconditional affection toward Pyongyang and blaming of the U.S. as the culprit of the division, a calculated distortion or historical ignorance? Has Father Song learned nothing from living on the eve of the Korean War of 1950, when the South Korean government, fooled by Kim Il Sung’s deceptive tactics, was totally unprepared for war?

We want to make clear that if Father Song oversees and directs the committee for the next four years, and decides to redraw history with a biased view, that it, too, will be a sinful act.

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Monday, November 28, 2005


Korea's scientists are liars

Why South Koreans Defend a Cloning Scientist
Inside the controversy over Prof. Woo Suk Hwang, who is embroiled in ethics questions but remains a hero in his homeland

Posted Friday, Nov. 25, 2005
If there's any consolation for Dr. Woo Suk Hwang, the South Korean stem cell pioneer who abruptly resigned Thursday from an international stem cell facility he helped to found amidst an ethics controversy, it's this: at least his own lab now has plenty of women willing to donate their eggs for research.

It was a lack of human eggs three years ago that is the source of Hwang's trouble today. The South Korean researcher, who in 2004 became the first to clone human cells and extract stem cells from them, stepped down from the World Stem Cell Hub, but will remain in charge of his lab at Seoul National University after confirming that two members of his team in 2003 had donated eggs for stem cell research. The news came just days after Hwang's partner, Sung Il Roh, disclosed that he had paid more than two dozen women $1,500 each for eggs used in the same research. Neither action was illegal: it wasn't until this year that South Korea barred payments for eggs, and there are no laws preventing subordinates from participating in a study they are conducting, although there are scientific ethical guidelines prohibiting such potentially coercive practices. However, the developments heightened the moral tensions crackling around a lab already facing concerns that its research could lead to full cloning of humans.

Donald Kennedy, editor-in-chief of Science, the journal that published the study in question in March 2004, told TIME today that he will be publishing a correction in coming weeks concerning the source of the eggs, clarifying that the donors had not, as the study originally stated, all been unpaid volunteers. After that, he said, they will await the reports from the investigations conducted by the South Korean Ministry of Health and by Seoul National University, where Hwang is a faculty member, and where he will continue to do stem cell research, to determine whether the integrity of Hwang's results were compromised in any way. So far, that does not seem to be the case. "We have no reason to doubt the scientific validity of the study," says Kennedy.

Despite the public mea culpa, Hwang has considerable support in South Korea, where he's something of a national hero. Earlier this week, the female head of an info-tech consulting company, along with 11 other business people, a lawmaker and a female comedian, set up a non-profit foundation to encourage women to donate eggs to stem cell research. Eighty women have signed up so far, a foundation spokesperson said. There has been a backlash against broadcaster MBC for airing a program this week that highlighted the ethical questions about how Hwang obtained eggs. Koreans have called companies that ran commercials during the weekly documentary's time slot and threatened to boycott their products if they didn't stop showing the ads or move them to a different time slot. Woori Bank and Kookmin Bank, two of the country's biggest lenders, have said they will pull the spots, and other companies are reportedly contemplating similar moves.

The news was a sudden reversal to what had been a very good year for Hwang. His lab produced a series of major steps forward in 2005, including the creation of the world's first cloned dog, Snuppy, by a process that was named by TIME earlier this month as the Invention of the Year. At a website called "I Love Hwang Woo Suk," decorated with a Korean flag and pictures of Hwang with Snuppy, many members have posted messages saying they would love to donate eggs. The founder of the site staged a 10-hour, one-man demonstration in front off MBC's offices Thursday, holding a candle as he stood in a cardboard box on which was written: "MBC must kneel down and apologize for dragging down Dr. Hwang."

Ku In Hoe, a professor of medical science at the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul and a member of the Korean Bioethics Association, described Korean reaction as "very emotional and very supportive" of Hwang's research: "They are enraged at the idea that ethical concerns could block scientific advances." She said government and media are confusing the public by obscuring the real issue—that "Korean science has lost credibility in the world." Seoul National University's oversight committee announced that its investigation showed no ethical or legal problems, she notes, but "Korea's representative scientist just turned out to be a liar. We should not try to cover this up. This scandal exposed the ugly underbelly of Korea's research environment."

In the past year, Hwang also refined his human-cell-cloning process to yield the first stem cells from patients with diseases, bringing medicine a step closer to the possibility of curing illnesses from Alzheimer's to diabetes with a patient's own rejection-proof tissues. Now his new lab will try to duplicate that scientific winning streak without him.

Telling lies just like breathing out

Koreans the spammers
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Thursday, November 24, 2005


Koreans the spammers

I found agitators for spams against the media in US. Koreans spread similar spams in every part of the world. The attitude of the Los Angeles Times is very well, because they don't give in to the pressure of the lawless Koreans.
A "Sea" Battle

What's in a name?
Well, when it comes to the sea between the Korean Peninsula and the Japanese archipelago, a history of colonization and oppression by one country on another.

The Japanese call the body of water the "Sea of Japan," and they claim it¹s been that name before the 20th century, citing maps from the 19th century. South Koreans, however, argue that the name is a remnant of Japan's imperial past, and they too point out maps from the same period that have it labeled as the "Oriental Sea," "Sea of Korea" or "East Sea."

While diplomats on both sides try to reach some agreement, most newspapers and map publishers in the United States, including the Washington Post and Rand McNally, have decided to stay out of this fray by printing both the "Sea of Japan" and "East Sea" when referencing the region, either in a story or on a map. One major media outlet that continues to just print the "Sea of Japan": the Los Angeles Times, which covers the region with the highest number of Korean Americans in the United States.

Does this not sit well with you? Then you could write an e-mail to the Los Angeles Times at, with something along the line of this, sponsored by KAC-Los Angeles and The Korean American Federation, L.A.

Dear Editor,
I am compelled to discuss the issue of how your publication uses the
geographical name the "Sea of Japan" for the body of water that lies between
the Korean Peninsula and the Japan archipelago. Some argue that the body of
water should be referred to as the "East Sea" because of Korea's location
next to it.

It is very difficult to find one name that has been used consistently to
identify this body of water. The "United Nations Conference on the
Standardization of Geographical Names" has recommended that countries having
a dispute over the name of a shared geographical area should endeavor to
seek agreement through consultation. In addition, the world's most respected
publishers and cartographers ? such as Rand McNally, National Geographic,
CNN, USA Today, the Financial Times and the Washington Post ? increasingly
refer to it as the "East Sea" or "East Sea (Sea of Japan)."

Therefore, I urge you that both names be used simultaneously whenever your
publication refers to this body of water while Korea and Japan try to
resolve the dispute over this name.

Thank you for your time.
Sincerely yours,

My conviction that Koreans are liars was confirmed by this. Koreans always cause troubles to others because of their groundless insistence.

Japan had to take unnecessary measures against Koreans' self-centeredness. You can see it here.
Sea of Japan
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Monday, November 21, 2005


A made-up world opinion of the comrades

It seems that communists and sympathizers are desperate to make up a world opinion.

South Korean Tells Japan's Leader to Stop Visiting Shrine

Published: November 19, 2005

PUSAN, South Korea, Nov. 18 - President Roh Moo Hyun of South Korea urged Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan to stop visiting a nationalistic Japanese war memorial in a meeting here between the leaders on Friday, saying the visits raised fears of a revival of Japanese militarism.

The bilateral talks, which took place on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting, took place just a month after Mr. Koizumi's latest trip to the Yasukuni Shrine, a memorial that commemorates Japan's war dead, including high-ranking war criminals from World War II. The visit aggravated Japan's already strained relations with its Asian neighbors.

Mr. Koizumi defended his visits to the shrine, saying that he prayed for peace there. But Japan has found itself continually confronted at the summit meeting here over its handling of its wartime conduct, and has been diplomatically shunned by its neighbors in a region where China's influence is growing rapidly.
Because of Mr. Koizumi's latest visit to the shrine, China's president, Hu Jintao, rejected Mr. Koizumi's request for a meeting here. Mr. Roh agreed to one, but Seoul pointedly downgraded Friday's talks as a "courtesy meeting" with the South Korean host of the summit meeting. Also, Mr. Roh refused to say Friday whether he would go through with a scheduled visit to Japan next month.

The two-day summit meeting here was expected to conclude Saturday with calls for increased cooperation in fighting the spread of avian flu and for Europe to open further its agricultural markets. After a scheduled meeting with the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Mr. Bush planned to visit the Osan Air Base south of Seoul before flying to Beijing.

Protesters marched through the streets of Pusan on Friday, but the turnout, estimated by authorities at 15,000, was far lower than the 100,000 that organizers had predicted.

The Japanese-South Korean meeting contrasted with South Korea's increasingly warm ties with China. In a meeting between the leaders of those countries on Wednesday, Mr. Roh and Mr. Hu said they were united in their views of the region's history against those of a "neighboring country."

In a brief speech at the summit meeting on Friday evening, Mr. Koizumi played down the frictions with China, telling the assembled leaders that Japan's economic ties with China were growing and moving in the right direction.

"There is absolutely nothing to worry about in Japan-China relations," Mr. Koizumi reportedly said. "China's growth is an opportunity."

In their 30-minute meeting on Friday, Mr. Roh told Mr. Koizumi that South Korea was not interested in further apologies from Japan about its wartime conduct.

"Stop apologizing; actions are more important," Mr. Roh told Mr. Koizumi, according to Mira Sun, a spokeswoman for the South Korean leader.

Mr. Koizumi, who has shored up his domestic support partly by appealing to Japan's rising nationalist sentiments and taking a tough stance against his Asian neighbors, said after the summit meeting that he was considering returning to the shrine next year. He told reporters that he would make a decision "appropriately," the same expression he had used before his most recent visit.

Criticism of his trips to Yasukuni, regarded by many as a symbol of unrepentant Japanese militarism, originated mostly in China and South Korea. But after last month's visit it widened to include the rest of Asia, North America and Europe.

Under Mr. Koizumi, Japan has responded to sweeping changes in the region by further strengthening its security ties with the United States. The two Koreas, once fierce enemies, are moving increasingly closer, and they share, with China, historical grievances against Japan.

Standing next to President Bush in Kyoto, Japan, early this week, Mr. Koizumi rejected the criticism that he has made Japan too dependent on the United States, even as he has antagonized Japan's Asian neighbors.

"The better our relations with the United States, the easier it will be for us to build good relations with China, South Korea, Asian and other countries in the world," Mr. Koizumi said. "That's my basic belief."

In keeping with that belief, Japan lobbied unsuccessfully to have the United States included in the first East Asian Summit, a meeting of regional nations scheduled to take place next month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, while South Korea kept a studied silence.

Asahi Shimbun, Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times, Xinhua, chicom, Chinese merchants abroad, South Koreans and North Koreans; Red ring desire to spread propaganda against Japan.
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Sunday, November 20, 2005


NYT writes on "The wave of hating Korea"

Norimitsu Onishi, is virulently anti-Japan and anti-US and is also fiercely pro-Koreans and pro-China, sent another poor writing. The New York Times' correspondent, is supposedly descended from Korean stowaway and pretending to be Japanese, seems to attempt to make an ugly images of the comic books. Because he, like Koreans, could not deny the facts in the books.

Ugly Images of Asian Rivals Become Best Sellers in Japan

Published: November 19, 2005
TOKYO, Nov. 14 - A young Japanese woman in the comic book "Hating the Korean Wave" exclaims, "It's not an exaggeration to say that Japan built the South Korea of today!" In another passage the book states that "there is nothing at all in Korean culture to be proud of."

In another comic book, "Introduction to China," which portrays the Chinese as a depraved people obsessed with cannibalism, a woman of Japanese origin says: "Take the China of today, its principles, thought, literature, art, science, institutions. There's nothing attractive."

The two comic books, portraying Chinese and Koreans as base peoples and advocating confrontation with them, have become runaway best sellers in Japan in the last four months.

In their graphic and unflattering drawings of Japan's fellow Asians and in the unapologetic, often offensive contents of their speech bubbles, the books reveal some of the sentiments underlying Japan's worsening relations with the rest of Asia.

They also point to Japan's longstanding unease with the rest of Asia and its own sense of identity, which is akin to Britain's apartness from the Continent. Much of Japan's history in the last century and a half has been guided by the goal of becoming more like the West and less like Asia. Today, China and South Korea's rise to challenge Japan's position as Asia's economic, diplomatic and cultural leader is inspiring renewed xenophobia against them here.

Kanji Nishio, a scholar of German literature, is honorary chairman of the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform, the nationalist organization that has pushed to have references to the country's wartime atrocities eliminated from junior high school textbooks.

Mr. Nishio is blunt about how Japan should deal with its neighbors, saying nothing has changed since 1885, when one of modern Japan's most influential intellectuals, Yukichi Fukuzawa, said Japan should emulate the advanced nations of the West and leave Asia by dissociating itself from its backward neighbors, especially China and Korea.

"I wonder why they haven't grown up at all," Mr. Nishio said. "They don't change. I wonder why China and Korea haven't learned anything."

Mr. Nishio, who wrote a chapter in the comic book about South Korea, said Japan should try to cut itself off from China and South Korea, as Fukuzawa advocated. "Currently we cannot ignore South Korea and China," Mr. Nishio said. "Economically, it's difficult. But in our hearts, psychologically, we should remain composed and keep that attitude."

The reality that South Korea had emerged as a rival hit many Japanese with full force in 2002, when the countries were co-hosts of soccer's World Cup and South Korea advanced further than Japan. At the same time, the so-called Korean Wave - television dramas, movies and music from South Korea - swept Japan and the rest of Asia, often displacing Japanese pop cultural exports.

The wave, though popular among Japanese women, gave rise to a countermovement, especially on the Internet. Sharin Yamano, the young cartoonist behind "Hating the Korean Wave," began his strip on his own Web site then.

"The 'Hate Korea' feelings have spread explosively since the World Cup," said Akihide Tange, an editor at Shinyusha, the publisher of the comic book. Still, the number of sales, 360,000 so far, surprised the book's editors, suggesting that the Hate Korea movement was far larger than they had believed.

"We weren't expecting there'd be so many," said Susumu Yamanaka, another editor at Shinyusha. "But when the lid was actually taken off, we found a tremendous number of people feeling this way."

So far the two books, each running about 300 pages and costing around $10, have drawn little criticism from public officials, intellectuals or the mainstream news media. For example, Japan's most conservative national daily, Sankei Shimbun, said the Korea book described issues between the countries "extremely rationally, without losing its balance."

As nationalists and revisionists have come to dominate the public debate in Japan, figures advocating an honest view of history are being silenced, said Yutaka Yoshida, a historian at Hitotsubashi University here. Mr. Yoshida said the growing movement to deny history, like the Rape of Nanjing, was a sort of "religion" for an increasingly insecure nation.

"Lacking confidence, they need a story of healing," Mr. Yoshida said. "Even if we say that story is different from facts, it doesn't mean anything to them."

The Korea book's cartoonist, who is working on a sequel, has turned down interview requests. The book centers on a Japanese teenager, Kaname, who attains a "correct" understanding of Korea. It begins with a chapter on how South Korea's soccer team supposedly cheated to advance in the 2002 Word Cup; later chapters show how Kaname realizes that South Korea owes its current success to Japanese colonialism.

"It is Japan who made it possible for Koreans to join the ranks of major nations, not themselves," Mr. Nishio said of colonial Korea.

But the comic book, perhaps inadvertently, also betrays Japan's conflicted identity, its longstanding feelings of superiority toward Asia and of inferiority toward the West. The Japanese characters in the book are drawn with big eyes, blond hair and Caucasian features; the Koreans are drawn with black hair, narrow eyes and very Asian features.

That peculiar aesthetic, so entrenched in pop culture that most Japanese are unaware of it, has its roots in the Meiji Restoration of the late 19th century, when Japanese leaders decided that the best way to stop Western imperialists from reaching here was to emulate them.

In 1885, Fukuzawa - who is revered to this day as the intellectual father of modern Japan and adorns the 10,000 yen bill (the rough equivalent of a $100 bill) - wrote "Leaving Asia," the essay that many scholars believe provided the intellectual underpinning of Japan's subsequent invasion and colonization of Asian nations.

Fukuzawa bemoaned the fact that Japan's neighbors were hopelessly backward.

Writing that "those with bad companions cannot avoid bad reputations," Fukuzawa said Japan should depart from Asia and "cast our lot with the civilized countries of the West." He wrote of Japan's Asian neighbors, "We should deal with them exactly as the Westerners do."

As those sentiments took root, the Japanese began acquiring Caucasian features in popular drawing. The biggest change occurred during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 to 1905, when drawings of the war showed Japanese standing taller than Russians, with straight noses and other features that made them look more European than their European enemies.

"The Japanese had to look more handsome than the enemy," said Mr. Nagayama.

Many of the same influences are at work in the other new comic book, "An Introduction to China," which depicts the Chinese as obsessed with cannibalism and prostitution, and has sold 180,000 copies.

The book describes China as the "world's prostitution superpower" and says, without offering evidence, that prostitution accounts for 10 percent of the country's gross domestic product. It describes China as a source of disease and depicts Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi saying, "I hear that most of the epidemics that broke out in Japan on a large scale are from China."

The book waves away Japan's worst wartime atrocities in China. It dismisses the Rape of Nanjing, in which historians say 100,000 to 300,000 Chinese were killed by Japanese soldiers in 1937-38, as a fabrication of the Chinese government devised to spread anti-Japanese sentiment.

The book also says the Japanese Imperial Army's Unit 731 - which researched biological warfare and conducted vivisections, amputations and other experiments on thousands of Chinese and other prisoners - was actually formed to defend Japanese soldiers against the Chinese.

"The only attractive thing that China has to offer is Chinese food," said Ko Bunyu, a Taiwan-born writer who provided the script for the comic book. Mr. Ko, 66, has written more than 50 books on China, some on cannibalism and others arguing that Japanese were the real victims of their wartime atrocities in China. The book's main author and cartoonist, a Japanese named George Akiyama, declined to be interviewed.

Like many in Taiwan who are virulently anti-China, Mr. Ko is fiercely pro-Japanese and has lived here for four decades. A longtime favorite of the Japanese right, Mr. Ko said anti-Japan demonstrations in China early this year had earned him a wider audience. Sales of his books surged this year, to one million.

"I have to thank China, really," Mr. Ko said. "But I'm disappointed that the sales of my books could have been more than one or two million if they had continued the demonstrations."

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Welcome to Pusan's love hotels

Olympic dreams and love hotels at APEC
14 Nov 2005 08:54:35 GMT

Source: Reuters

By Jon Herskovitz

PUSAN, South Korea, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Participants at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum had a chance to experience South Korean passion and spirits on Monday ahead of the arrival of leaders later in the week.

Here are a few notes from the southeastern port of Pusan, which is hosting the summit:


South Korea's second city, with a population of about 3.7 million, is awash with hotel rooms.

But the five-star rooms go quickly in any city when leaders of 21 economies, foreign ministers and chief executives from some of the world's richest companies -- along with all of their related staff -- turn up at the same time.

As a result, media groups and other APEC participants are staying in places euphemistically called "love hotels" where couples can rent rooms by the hour.

Pusan's love hotels have spruced up their rooms, covered mirrors on the ceilings and put their cleanest sheets on round beds for a new sort of clientele.

News agency journalists found their pink-lit rooms to be spacious and clean, but lacking some amenities. Since typical customers do not usually worry about unpacking, the rooms come with no closets and only two hangers.

There are no exact figures for the number of love hotels in Pusan because they are not registered as such, but a city official estimated that about 30 percent rent rooms by the hour.


APEC has a happy hour for participants to down spirits fit for a king. Every afternoon during the event, South Korea's Ministry of Culture and Tourism is sponsoring a liquor-testing session where participants can taste wine-based spirits once served at Korea's royal court.

The drink called "samhaeju" has a deep and slightly sweet taste, not unlike mead, and is about 18 percent alcohol.

"This is a wonderful drink for cold days," said Kwak Yong-hwa, an exhibition worker.

The ministry is sponsoring a traditional Korean foods booth too, complete with people dressed in royal garb. The character who plays the king gets to use silver chopsticks because they are supposed to change colour if there is a poison in food.

The booth offers food-tasting sessions and a little hands-on experience with Korean cuisine.

Participants can roll up their sleeves and try making cakes with green, red and pink rice in the shape of flowers for a dish called "tteok".


Pusan expects to announce during APEC that it wants to host the 2020 Olympics, a city official said on Monday.

Pusan Mayor Mayor Hur Nam-sik is planning a news conference to announce that his city will officially seek to be a candidate for the Summer Games in 15 years' time, the official said.

South Korea hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.


A group of North Korean defectors living in the South will try to present a gift of traditional ceramics to U.S. President George W. Bush, who arrives in South Korea on Wednesday.

The defectors want to thank Bush for his push to improve human rights in North Korea. (With additional reporting by Lee Jin-joo in Seoul)
Korean cuisine

Monday November 14, 10:46 AM
APEC Visitors Forced To Lower Standards On Accomodation

BUSAN, Nov 14 Asia Pulse - While five-star hotels here are enjoying brisk business with the APEC forum, some visitors are being forced to lower their standards as premium accommodation in Busan has pretty much dried up, according to hotel officials Sunday.

Some visiting executives, the kind that are used to staying in the best hotels, are finding that they have to make do with lesser accommodation. With 800 executives from around the region scheduled to attend the APEC CEO Summit on Nov. 17-18, some have had to find places to stay other than the six top-quality hotels specially designated for the use of 21 Pacific Rim leaders, the officials said.

A total of 2,500 rooms have been reserved for the APEC period at the six Busan hotels chosen for their proximity to summit venues, level of service and outstanding views.

All other five-star hotels in the city claim to be booked out by government officials attending the APEC forum, they said.

"The hotel business in Busan is thrilled about capitalizing on APEC to enhance its reputation worldwide. But some CEOs are having a hard time finding a good place to stay," said Yu Eun-joo, a public relations official at the Paradise Hotel Busan.

The Paradise Hotel is to accommodate seven heads of state attending the 21 APEC economic leaders' summit on Nov. 18-19, the largest number for a single hotel.

Lee Mi-young, an assistant public relations manager at the Westin Chosun at Haeundae Beach, agreed on the situation.

"If a hotel accommodates a head of state, the hotel cannot lodge other guests due to the large number of the VIP's accompanying delegation," Lee said.

"Also, if a hotel has been designated to accommodate heads of state, it is required to restrict other guests from using the hotel to ensure the leaders' safety, which means some CEOs and private visitors have to find other places to stay," she said.

Although it is not to provide lodgings to a head of state, the Hotel Paragon, a five-star hotel with 232 units, is fully booked with APEC-related guests.

"The city has been blocking all the rooms at the five-star hotels in Busan in case of an emergency situation. As I've heard, some businesspeople and tourists are having to stay in four-star hotels or even condominiums," an official responsible for managing rooms, said on condition of anonymity.


'Love Motels' Abound Near APEC Summit
Wednesday November 16, 1:52 pm ET
By Burt Herman, Associated Press Writer
Round Beds and Red Lights: Many Guests at Asia-Pacific Summit in Korea to Stay in 'Love Motels'

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) -- Round beds and red lights are among the amenities on offer to guests attending a regional summit in this port city.
While world leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit will stay in five-star hotels, hundreds of others are booked into "love motels" -- the colloquial term for lodgings more suited for the kind of "love" that lasts for hours rather than for eternity.

The affordable motels are a fixture across South Korea. In one of the world's most densely populated countries, where extended families often live together, such accommodations provide a refuge for those seeking discreet locations for intimate encounters.

Luxury hotels in Busan's Haeundae beach area near the summit venues are at a premium, housing an estimated 10,000 guests connected to APEC's weeklong meetings, culminating in the leaders' summit Friday and Saturday.

"A lot of visitors have requested rooms at super-deluxe hotels, but due to the limited number of hotels available, not everyone was able to stay at the hotels they desired," said Koo Yu-na, an official with the APEC accommodation team.

The room shortage sent organizers to the "love motels," which often have fanciful English names like Crystal or Luxury. Nearly half of these motels are fully booked during the summit, Koo said.

"Love motels" are decked out with features designed for covert liaisons of amorous sort. Curtains of rope at parking lot entrances allow cars inside but keep out prying eyes. Frosted glass and heavy curtains in the rooms provide further cover.

The features are necessity for some visitors: Adultery is illegal in South Korea and punishable by up to two years in prison, although the law is only really enforced by angry spouses.

Other amenities can include the red lights and round beds. At the Motel Aqua Beach where some journalists are staying, staircase railings are decorated with fanciful drawings of bare-breasted maidens.

Not included are closets. Instead, guests get a couple of hangers, enough to hold what you came in wearing.

APEC organizers acknowledge some guests aren't pleased.

"We have had visitors complaining about outdated facilities at some of the inexpensive hotels," Koo said.

South Korea has turned to the "love motels" before during big events, with many visitors staying in them during the 2002 World Cup the country co-hosted with Japan and during the Asian Games later that year.

And despite the influx of APEC guests to Busan, the motels aren't necessarily happy. Intense security means many local clients are staying away. Rooms that can be rented by the hour, possibly several times over the course of a day and night, are now occupied 24 hours by single guests.

At the Queen, which boasts neon lights and rope curtains but where managers insist this isn't a "love motel," business has turned for the worse during APEC. Normally, all 42 rooms are full but only six were occupied early this week.

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Monday, November 14, 2005


Paradise for researcher on embryonic stem cells

It seems that the country is free of ethics.

U.S. Scientist Leaves Joint Stem Cell Project
Alleged Ethical Breaches By South Korean Cited

By Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 12, 2005; Page A02

A leading University of Pittsburgh researcher on embryonic stem cells said yesterday that he will disengage from a recently launched collaboration with a team of world-renowned South Korean scientists because he is convinced that the lead Korean researcher had engaged in ethical breaches and lied to him about them.

The Pitt scientist, Gerald P. Schatten, has for more than a year been the prime American stem cell scientist working with the South Korean researcher, Woo Suk Hwang of Seoul National University. Hwang was featured prominently in news reports in 2004 when he and his co-workers became the first to grow human embryonic stem cells from cloned human embryos. Since then, he has become something of a national hero and a global scientific celebrity.

Human embryonic stem cells, which have the capacity to become every kind of human tissue and are highly coveted for their potential to treat a wide variety of diseases, had previously been harvested only from conventional human embryos created through the union of sperm and eggs.

By deriving stem cells from cloned embryos, Hwang offered the first proof that a theorized approach to stem cell medicine -- "therapeutic cloning," or the creation of stem cells genetically matched to any patient who needed them -- was achievable.

Embryo cloning requires human eggs, which are typically donated by women in a process that requires a month-long series of hormone injections followed by a minor but not risk-free surgical procedure. Because of the modest but real health risks involved, researchers who perform the procedure are required to get informed consent from donors and fulfill other ethics requirements.

For many months after Hwang's 2004 publication, rumors had spread in scientific circles that the eggs Hwang used to achieve that landmark result had been taken from a junior scientist in his lab. That situation, if true, would be in violation of widely held ethics principles that preclude people in positions of authority from accepting egg donations from underlings. The rules are meant to prevent subtle -- or not-so-subtle -- acts of coercion.

Questions have also circulated as to whether the woman received illegal payments for her role.

Schatten said that Hwang had repeatedly denied the rumor and that he had believed Hwang until yesterday. "I now have information that leads me to believe he had misled me," Schatten said. "My trust has been shaken. I am sick at heart. I am not going to be able to collaborate with Woo Suk."

Just last month, at a high-level ceremony in Seoul attended by the South Korean president, Schatten and Hwang had announced a major not-for-profit collaboration that was to involve the creation of at least two major human embryo cloning labs in the United States and Britain. The plan was to have Korean scientists churn out as many as 100 specialized stem cell colonies each year for distribution to scientists for disease research.

Schatten said the University of Pittsburgh will release a statement today announcing its decision to pull out of that still nascent arrangement. Schatten said he will also announce his discovery of certain technical mistakes in a scientific paper he and Hwang had published together this year, though he added that he believes those errors were unintentional and did not represent evidence of scientific misconduct. He emphasized that the science behind the 2004 paper documenting the derivation of stem cells from cloned human embryos remains, to his knowledge, reliable.

The impact of yesterday's revelations could be far-reaching, Schatten and others acknowledged. Hundreds of scientists have visited Hwang's Seoul laboratories in the past two years, and many have initiated collaborations with him. The field has also been under scrutiny because of ethical concerns about the creation and destruction of cloned human embryos.

"The National Academy of Sciences guidelines for stem cell research prohibits payment to egg donors, and scientists in the U.S. have embraced those principles," said George Daley, a researcher at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and at Children's Hospital Boston, who is scheduled to visit Hwang in Seoul later this month to look into setting up a collaboration. "There is a right way and a wrong way, and we must be sure to perform this vitally important medical research the right way."

Hwang could not be reached for comment last night.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Ending the U.N. Commission on Human Rights

Ending the Commission on Human Rights
The U.N. Commission on Human Rights is rightly regarded as epitomizing the “dictators’ debating club” esthetic that some ascribe to the whole organization. Recent members of the Commission include Libya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, China, and Cuba—all of which are known for their deplorable records on human rights. Like clockwork, the Commission issues regular resolutions condemning Israel while overlooking real offenders—such as many of its members.

While Hyde’s legislation supports replacing the Commission on Human Rights—which can be regarded, by now, as sullied and unsalvageable—with a new Human Rights Council, it should explicitly call for the abolition of the Commission. To ensure this new body would be no facsimile of its predecessor, the legislation prohibits membership to countries that violate human rights or are subject to specific human rights resolutions. The bill also seeks to prevent the new Council from maintaining a standing agenda item that relates to one country or region. This would prevent the Council from singling out Israel the way that the Commission does today.

One improvement that could be made to this section of the bill would be to require that member states participating in the human rights bodies at the U.N. be democracies. Another would be to eliminate the General Assembly’s 3rd Committee (which addresses social, humanitarian and cultural affairs) to reduce redundancy.

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It clearly benefits democracies in Asia.

Taiwan has a golden opportunity

By James Auer

Saturday, Nov 05, 2005,Page 8
In March 1996, when Taiwan's first democratic presidential election was held, Beijing tried to threaten the Taiwanese electorate by firing missiles into territorial waters near Keelung and Kaohsiung. Two US aircraft carriers were dispatched, the first of which, the USS Independence, arrived off Keelung from its home base in Yokosuka, Japan.

On Oct. 28th, the US and Japanese governments announced in Tokyo that the successor to the USS Independence, the USS Kitty Hawk will be replaced in 2008 with a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The following day, in Washington, the US secretaries of state and defense and the Japanese ministers of foreign affairs and defense announced new roles and missions for US and Japanese forces and a realignment of US bases in Japan. Both of these announcements are very positive factors in support of Taiwan's self-determination.

The threat of North Korea's 200 plus intermediate-range Nodong missiles directly threaten Japan in the way that Chinese missiles threaten Taiwan. China helped to create North Korea's nuclear weapons program and now desires to force Taiwan from a path of self-determination to one of repression in a similar fashion to that of former president Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石).

If China succeeds, not only will Taiwan lose the freedom it has enjoyed since the end of martial law and the advent of free national elections, but US and Japanese security in the Western Pacific will be compromised. China also wants to replace the US as the chief source of influence in East Asia by driving a wedge between Japan and the US and by convincing Taiwan, Southeast Asian countries and even Australia that they would be better off following Beijing rather than Washington.

Despite its economic rise China cannot succeed unless Taiwan, Japan and the other Asian countries agree to live under Chinese hegemony. The Oct. 29 joint statement reflects Washington's determination to remain meaningfully engaged and Japan's commitment to stand by its alliance partner of more than half a century.

This is not only a step which benefits Taiwan, but it clearly benefits the US, Japan and other democracies in Asia. It will be criticized by the Chinese government, as was the deployment of the two carriers in 1996, but I dare say it is even good for China whose government will respect the combined determination of Washington and Tokyo -- whose economies and militaries dwarf those of China and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

The heart of the US-Japan alliance is the US Seventh Fleet which is often characterized as the "spear" of the alliance, while Japan's Self-Defense Forces are the "shield." The tip of the spear is the aircraft-carrier battle group, of which the US has 11, all of which will soon be nuclear powered and which can therefore travel faster, even in heavy seas, and can sustain themselves at sea without refueling for significant periods of time.

Only one US carrier has ever been based outside the US, in Yokosuka, where the USS Midway was sent in 1973. Its arrival strengthened the credibility of the US commitment to East Asian security immeasurably at a time when, as Beijing is saying now, Moscow was saying that it was the wave of the future in Pacific Asia.

On Feb. 19 the same four US and Japanese officials who met in Washington on Oct. 29, met in Tokyo and promulgated some "Common Strategic Objectives," one of which was maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

What this means is that, unless the Taiwanese people choose to become a province of China, the US and Japan will act to maintain Taiwan's choice to determine their livelihood independently of Chinese coercion. The Oct. 28 statement about the nuclear carrier and the Oct. 29 joint statement means that Washington and Tokyo will have a far more efficient means of achieving those Common Strategic Objectives.

As reported in an interview with the Taipei Times published on Oct. 31, retired Japanese Admiral Sumihiko Kawamura, a former anti-submarine air force commander, stated that China's submarines are mostly conventional and even its Kilo class submarines are easy to detect. He said that in conflict with the US and Japan, China's submarines were likely to last less than a week.

Asked if he thought that Taiwan needed to have new submarines as a top defense priority, Kawamura said P-3C maritime-patrol aircraft and better command, communications, coordination, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) should take precedence.

A few Taiwanese submarines which are unable to communicate with US and Japanese aircraft carriers, surface ships, maritime-patrol aircraft and submarines might not survive a Chinese onslaught, and the US and Japan would be handicapped to come to the support of a Taiwanese navy and air force with which it cannot communicate on a real time basis.

The Feb. 19 statement of US-Japan common strategic objectives was an important signal to Taiwan and to China.

The Oct. 28 aircraft carrier decision and the Oct. 29 statement of the US and Japanese governments are evidence that by linking Taiwan to the US-Japan alliance, today's young Taiwanese and their children may continue to decide their own futures, a hard fought legacy achieved by their parents and grandparents after much suffering.

Washington and Tokyo are acting in their own national interests, but their decisions of Feb. 19 and of Oct. 28 and 29 have presented Taiwan a golden opportunity for freedom in the 21st century.

James Auer is a research professor at the Vanderbilt School of Engineering. He served as a special assistant for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for 10 years.

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How can we help?

Editorial: A Japan that can say `let's go'

Wednesday, Nov 02, 2005,Page 8

A number of recent developments have highlighted the Japanese government's efforts to play a greater role in regional security, and Taiwan should do everything it can to support these moves.

On Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi reshuffled his Cabinet, while Washington and Tokyo on Saturday reached an agreement over realigning US forces stationed in Japan, as well as expanding cooperation between the US military and the Japan Self Defense Force.

As Japan continues its steady march towards becoming a "normal" member of the global com-munity, Taiwan has everything to gain from maintain-ing a robust and balanced relationship with Tokyo.

Critics are wont to describe Japan's efforts to take more responsibility for regional security as a "resurgence" of militarism, but the truth is that the days when Tokyo could survive by buying its way out of security commitments are long gone.

Koizumi's reasonable efforts to revise Japan's Constitution -- which has never been amended since its ratification in 1947 -- do not signal a return to the nationalistic militarism that consumed Japan after the country's first foray into democracy ended 75 years ago this month, when then-prime minister Hamaguchi Osachi was mortally wounded by a right-wing assassin.

What they do signal is the growing awareness in Japan that security and stability require proactive policies, and an understanding that the region's liberal democracies -- Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the US -- have a natural confluence of interests.

And although Chinese ultra-nationalists and their "Greater China" lackeys rant about Japan's history of military aggression in World War II, these critics would do well to remember that it is China that has fought in four international conflicts since 1945 -- against South Korea and the UN, India, the Soviet Union and Vietnam -- and is now the world's most rapidly modernizing military power.

The facts simply do not indicate a resurgence of Japanese imperialism. But they do indicate a healthy skepticism about the intentions of the authoritarian regimes in Beijing and Pyongyang.

Japan, for all of its faults, is a liberal democracy with a government that is responsible to the people. Media outlets like to describe prominent Koizumi Cabinet officials -- such as newly appointed Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe -- as hawks, but again, the facts simply do not support such a description.

For instance, Abe is best known for his outspoken criticism of the bloodthirsty North Korean regime -- which is not simply the provenance of hawks. He is also known for demanding an accounting of the num-erous Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang's agents, as well as for his staunch support of the 45-year-old US-Japan security alliance.

It is hardly odd for a Japanese politician to be wary of North Korea. The Japanese shogun Hideyoshi Toyotomi was famously alleged to describe the Korean Peninsula as "a dagger pointing at the heart of Japan," and given the bellicosity and open hostility of the North Korean regime, it is little wonder that most modern Japanese still feel this way.

In any other country, criticizing hostile regimes would be considered common sense, not hawkish, but the unforgiving and myopic nature of Chinese and Korean nationalism refuses to countenance a Japan that is anything other than accommodating.

What the region needs is not a spineless Japan, but an alliance of democracies that have real clout to ensure that regional conflicts remain the responsibility of diplomats, not generals.

Therefore, while the US and Japan continue to search for the means to keep their security relationship healthy, responsible governments in the region should support these efforts.

And the only question for Taiwan is: "How can we help?"

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