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It is hard to explain why conventional bombing of a city is principally better, morally, than a nuclear bombing of a city. If Obama apologized for the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he should also apologize for all the other bombings of Japanese and German cities during WWII. Nuclear bombings were not prohibited by the Hague conventions. By ...


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Japan and Australia are both MNNAs (major non-NATO ally) Japan allows the US to have large bases on its territory, that alone makes it a major ally. The ability to station troops, aircraft and harbour battleships in Japan is of strategic importance in the American policy of military superiority in the Pacific. To allow a foreign power to station its ...


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I think there are two main reasons. Ethics (which does apply to dogs in many parts of the world) and the fact that there aren't that many whales (as opposed to dogs). Ethics It's seen as immoral. This argument also applies to dogs (note, pictures may be disturbing). As such, you see a lot of outrage about dog consumption as well. For example, these ...


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Their economies are radically different otherwise. Greece has a weak economy in most fields, with the exception of tourism. Japan is a manufacturing and scientific powerhouse. Greece runs recurring high deficits and had rarely, if ever, shown inclination to stop doing so. While Japan was criticized at the start of their financial decline for insisting on ...


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This modern theory is far from commonly accepted. One comment is that printing itself out of debt may be possible for country that is a global reserve currency, but only as long as it is a global reserve currency. This status changes over time. If Japan were to print, investors would demand more interest for government and private debt. That's known as a ...


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There is an ethical argument that hasn't been mentioned yet. Many people find whale hunting unethical (see JJJs excellent answer), despite supporting deer hunting and chicken farming, because we think whales are smart. There is a correlation between how intelligent an animal is (or we think it is), and how likely people are to oppose its hunt and ...


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Mostly because Japan doesn't actually have deflation at the moment (although it may have between 1998 and 2008). In the last ten years, Japan's inflation rate has been as high as 3.7%. Another way of saying this may be that they already did fix their problem. Japan had deflation, primarily between 1998 and 2008 with occasional returns since. But ...


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Yes Pacta sunt servanda, agreements must be kept. The Treaty of San Francisco is 70 years old which is young compared to many older treaties. Agreements have a few "outs," neither of which are valid in Japan's case: Duress: Agreements signed under duress can sometimes be nullified. Japan could perhaps be said to be under duress from the United States. As ...


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One undiscussed reason that Japanese whaling is so specifically opposed by certain nations (specifically New Zealand & Australia) is that much of the Japanese whaling happens in the Southern Ocean, near these countries but very far away from Japan. Part of the national self-image of these countries is that of custodians of the environment; New Zealand's ...


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The U.S. is likely to become less involved in the Middle East and Asia. Japan will need to secure oil supplies. Peter Zeihan has given many speeches over the last decade about how demographics and fracking affect geopolitics. Many of these speeches are on YouTube. In these speeches, he argues: The U.S. established a world order in 1945. The U.S. paid ...


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The holocaust took place to some extent within Germany, and German Jews/gypsies/homosexuals were taken to extermination camps. There was no equivalent within Japan itself. Japanese war crimes took place in China and Korea, a long distance geographically and cognitively from people in Japan. The holocaust was separate from war. The Nazis wanted to exterminate ...


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Other than the fact that apologizing is political suicide there are a few good reasons. No country really ever apologizes for acts of war, they may be sorry for starting a war, but its very rare that anything specific is mentioned. The bombings really weren't that destructive compared to the conventional bombings carried out against Japan and Germany. The ...


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The agreements cover fundamentally different things. The agreement rejected repeatedly by the House of Commons, the withdrawal agreement, covers: The rights of EU and UK citizens in the UK and EU. The transition period. The treatment of goods in transit on the last day of the transition (they can be exempted from new tariffs, etc). Legal processes begun in ...


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Short version... After WWII, three important things happened: Japan's military forces were disbanded A revised Japanese Constitution was drafted which included Article 9, forbidding the establishment of a military body for the purpose of waging war on another country. As part of the post-war rebuilding, Japan became an occupied territory under the control ...


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Is Japan still bound by the terms of its surrender in WWII? Yes, but... Can the Japanese legally build an offensive military force to counter those threats? In other words, are they pacifists by choice, or are they still bound by their terms of surrender and the treaties they signed? Japan recently announced it was working on revising its constitution, ...


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There is no reliably humane way to kill whales according to the New Zealand government. The article starts with the statement: "Experience has shown that it is very difficult to kill a whale at sea humanely; that is, by causing minimum pain or instantaneous death."


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I would disagree with your initial statement "Many cultural cuisines like rabbits, cows, trout, pigs, chicken, reindeer or walruses are consumed without international criticism", at least in spirit. There are protests, within and across national boarders, about the hunting or eating of certain groups of animals, including those in your list. Cows are farmed,...


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One little Japanese secret is this (alas the data was as of 2016): Of Japan’s net debt of 130% of GDP, about half (66% of GDP) is owed to the Bank of Japan, which the government in turn owns. By 2018 that percentage was down somewhat the BOJ owns about 45 percent of the 1 quadrillion yen Japanese government bond (JGB) market, crowding out banks and ...


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During and after the financial crisis a number of governments actually did so, through a programme called "Quantitative Easing". Their central banks "printed" money (actually, incremented their own balance with themselves) and then used this money to buy corporate bonds (i.e. they lent the newly created money to industry). Because the newly created money was ...


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Because the Japanese government doesn't want him to! source (german) Dennoch betonten sowohl die Bürgermeister der bombardierten Städte als auch Japans Außenminister Fumio Kishida, eine Entschuldigung Washingtons sei nicht nötig. The mayors of both bombed cities and the Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida emphasized that an apology of Washington is not ...


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Quoth Wikipedia on obstructionism: Another form of parliamentary obstruction practiced in the United States and other countries is called "slow walking". It specifically refers to the extremely slow speed with which legislators walk to the podium to cast their ballots. For example, in Japan this tactic is known as a "cow walk", and in Hawaii it's known as ...


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Shinzo Abe stated during a speech entitled "Japan is back", the following line Now, if you look at the lapel of my jacket, I am wearing a blue-ribbon pin. It is to remind myself, each and every day, that I must bring back the Japanese people who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Among them was a girl, Megumi Yokota, who was only ...


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Abe visiting Iran is not necessarily a sign that Japan is working against the United States. For all we know, the Donald Trump administration asked Abe to negotiate with Iran on their behalf. Think Progress: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Iran on Wednesday marks the first time a leader from Japan has gone to Iran since the 1979 ...


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An important factor is the posture of German versus Japanese leaders. For instance, when he was sentenced to hang at Nuremburg, Hans Frank, a leading Nazi opined: "A thousand years will pass and still Germany's guilt will not have been erased." On the other hand, in his radioed "surrender announcement" to the Japanese people," the Emperor Hirohito said, "...


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I'm only going to try to cover things that haven't been mentioned in other answers and try to preempt any begging of the question that might come. There are environmental and practical concerns to eating certain animals that don't apply to the same degree as other animals. For example, pretty much all meat provided by domesticated animals come from prey ...


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Brief - though partial - answer: Japan is an independent state, which prints its own currency. Greece is a member of the EU, and its currency, the Euro, is controlled by EU bodies - It could not simply print more Drachmas to pay its debt as an (emergency) measure. The EU insisted it follow an austerity program, which only worsened the economic situation; ...


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Yes, Japan has a de facto military known as the Japan Self-Defense Forces and they have a Ministry of Defence. Although this is not considered exactly the same as a regular military, since it developed as more of a police force or national guard, it is a relatively formidable conventional army. Japan's military spending is regularly one of the highest in ...


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Just because a lack of immigrants were not the cause of the crisis, does not mean they couldn't have been a solution, much like how medicine does not cause a disease, but it sure as hell can cure it. In that case, certainly one would classify one's inability to cure the disease as a drawback. Thus, the entire answer by that poster can be disregarded unless ...


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Depends on what you mean by a common rulebook, but probably not. The key points of the agreement seem to be: Japanese tariffs on EU food imports (which are currently very high) will be reduced to zero for around 85% of goods, a saving of $1 billion or so annually EU "Geographical Indication" protection will be respected by Japan, so e.g. only wine from the ...


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Some data on United States and Japan cooperation. The United States is Japan's largest largest economic partner while Japan is the US's 4th largest trading partner, with trade totalling an estimated $270.7 billion in 2016. The number of US troops based in Japan is more than in any other foreign country, an estimated 54,000 troops is stationed in the country,...


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