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Asia in the news articles, news, obituaries... 188 replies to this topic Started by Madara , Aug 18 2013 03:52 PM · 

#151 aine

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 09:58 AM

Korean comfort women are back in the news as a new statue is unveiled in Seoul, just in time for the Japanese Prime Minister's visit.


Do you think this will cause Shinzo Abe much discomfort during his visit? trollface.jpg

#152 maryshiin

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 12:34 PM

^it would be nice if it did :p 



#153 Madara

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 11:17 AM

China bars Miss Canada from Miss World contest. She's Chinese and a follower of Falun Gong.

 

http://www.nytimes.c...ref=todayspaper

 

Whose idea was it to let China host this pageant?   :headscratch:



#154 Madara

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 01:44 PM

Shigeru Mizuki, a pioneering manga artist, dies at 93:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...ref=todayspaper

 

He's most famous for creating "GeGeGe no Kitaro," but has also gained fame for a 4-volume series of historical manga, Showa: A History of Japan, covering Japan's history from 1926-1989, with a special emphasis on the war years. Mizuki served in the war and lost his left arm.

 

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#155 Madara

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 12:57 PM

More on Korean comfort women from WWII:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...ref=todayspaper

 

This time, a female Korean scholar has written a book downplaying Japan's role in coercing Korean women for the "comfort stations" set up for Japanese soldiers and emphasizing Korean collaborators' roles in luring Korean women into these positions. The scholar has been widely attacked in Korea. As usual, read the comments for other angles to the story.



#156 Ap2000

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 09:22 PM

Hopefully this will last longer than the last deal:

Japan and South Korea agree on WW2 'comfort women' deal

http://www.bbc.com/n...d-asia-35188135



#157 showraniy

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 11:25 PM

I've been reading a lot of things on this topic lately, and it's crazy interesting to get a much more intimate look at such an ugly time in human history. I hope it's not too easily forgotten, and I hope the statue in front of the Japanese embassy stays there.

#158 Ap2000

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Posted 03 January 2016 - 12:14 AM

I hope the statue in front of the Japanese embassy stays there.

 

I don't see why they put it up in the first place.



#159 showraniy

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Posted 03 January 2016 - 05:39 AM

Bitterness, from what I could gather, but I think it stands for a little more than that in terms of being a tribute to the women's suffering and torture that seems to be little talked about in the overall narrative of country-hatred-aggression. People talk about comfort women in a very general, glossed-over sense that doesn't do any justice to the real faces of the victims or the horrors those women endured, and I like to think of it as giving a face to the whole thing.

I can't really figure out how to put that more clearly, so I hope it makes sense.

#160 Madara

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Posted 05 January 2016 - 01:37 PM

Apparently, five people connected to a Hong Kong publisher that puts out books critical of Mainland China's ruling elite have "disappeared" and are believed to have been detained in China, although there's not confirmation of that:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...odayspaper&_r=0

 

The recent disappearance of five men tied to a publisher of provocative books about China’s top leaders has alarmed many people in this semiautonomous city, some who fear that the historic agreement guaranteeing the former British colony its separate government and legal system may have been dealt a severe blow.

 

 



#161 aine

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 03:44 AM

Japan takes no shit from no one

Perhaps cracking down on fictional sexual violence makes many people feel that at least something is being done. However, while we are busy debating the human rights of fictional characters, nothing is being done to protect the human rights of actual, living women.


I'm proud of you Glorious Nippon for remaining the rare voice of reason in the world folding itself up over who is more offended by everything they can think of.

#162 aine

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 11:20 AM

Female idol Mayu Tomita in critical condition after stabbing during fan event

 

A female idol was in critical condition after being viciously stabbed during an event for apparently refusing a gift from a reported fan in Koganei, western Tokyo, police said Sunday.

 

Mayu Tomita, 20, has yet to regain consciousness after being stabbed nearly two dozen times in the neck and chest on Saturday.

 

Tomohiro Iwazaki, 27, was arrested after witnesses said he attacked Tomita with a knife during an event at around 5 p.m. Saturday. The suspect admitted attacking her, the police said.

 

Tomita may have been a victim of stalking. The Metropolitan Police Department said the idol told them earlier this month that a man named Iwazaki had been persistently sending her messages via her blog and Twitter account.

 

(...)

 

ANN article, BBC article

 

Fuck. :facepalm:



#163 showraniy

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 04:31 PM

Yeesh, that poor girl... :/

I feel like this is the logical conclusion to fan delusions of closeness with celebrities, especially idols who are marketed as more approachable girl-next-door types. I hope the crazy fan gets jail time at the very least, and I hope the poor girl makes a full recovery.

What a whack job of a person to do that to someone else though.

#164 Mizura

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Posted 23 May 2016 - 04:33 PM

I heard about that. I hope she's okay and not completely traumatized because of this.



#165 JPope

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 09:09 PM

 
Seasoned Studio Ghibli animator Makiko Futaki passed away on Friday (May 13) while being treated for an unspecified illness, reports suggest. She was 58 and had a private funeral.
 
For over three decades Futaki served as the animator for an incredible list of unforgettable animations – working alongside the iconic Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki.
 
She brought to life the characters of Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Akira and My Neighbour Totoro to name just a few from her illustrious career.


#166 aine

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Posted 30 October 2016 - 12:28 AM

Some strange shit going down in South Korea

#167 Ap2000

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Posted 30 October 2016 - 10:48 AM

That bitch Park never should have been put into office.

Holy fuck do I hate her.



#168 showraniy

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Posted 30 October 2016 - 02:03 PM

Wow, I'd never heard of any of that stuff--or even Park Geun-hye--before that piece, but that's crazy stuff.

Strangely, I still think she sounds like progress compared to past South Korean presidents, so hopefully the country continues where she left off with an even better president. I do feel sorry for her on a personal level though, because it seems she's allowed her life to be utterly ruined by her white-knuckled grip on the psychic abilities of the Choi family.

#169 Ap2000

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 07:39 PM

Several 100.000 people are demonstrating against Park now:

http://www3.nhk.or.j...ws/20161113_04/



#170 Thea

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 05:01 PM

Japan in the news today! So Space World, an amusement park, bought and froze 5000 already dead fish in their skating rink entitled "Freezing Port." Other than those 5000 fish, there were also large photographs frozen in the ice (for instance, that whale thing). I think it was a pretty cool idea. If they had had some way to make the ice clear and more visible, despite the skate marks, it would have been even cooler.

 

But, some Japanese equivalent to PETA became outraged, as well as people on social media, and after a very fruitful two weeks it was taken down. They will hold a religious ceremony and reuse the fish as fertilizer. Any thoughts? Mine are obvious, as the fish were already dead, purchased from a fish market. They were probably already planning to reuse them like this when the attraction ended, since they were kept frozen. There wasn't anything wrong with it.



#171 Ap2000

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 06:40 PM

Mine are obvious, as the fish were already dead, purchased from a fish market.


You could pretty much justify any usage of the fish with that, even selling them to necrophiliac fishfuckers. lol

I don't really have an opinion on it.

#172 showraniy

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 06:54 PM

Eh, it's wasteful of what could've been food, but I've no ethical stance one way or the other otherwise. I'm more bothered that the fish are sticking out of the ice, to get run over by ice skates and send fish chunks all other the place, lol.

#173 Ap2000

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 07:32 PM

I'm more bothered that the fish are sticking out of the ice, to get run over by ice skates and send fish chunks all other the place, lol.


In the video you see they're all fully enclosed in ice.
But I was confused at first too (and it is quite a clickbait picture).

#174 aine

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 10:12 PM

wasteful of what could've been food

That's the only aspect that really bothered me about this too, but considering the massive amounts of food wasted every day anyway 5000 fish is a fraction of a drop in the bucket.

 

I'm more bothered that the fish are sticking out of the ice, to get run over by ice skates and send fish chunks all other the place, lol.

In the video you see they're all fully enclosed in ice.
But I was confused at first too (and it is quite a clickbait picture).

Modern journalism, everyone!

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(picture unrelated)

#175 Thea

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 11:40 PM

 

Mine are obvious, as the fish were already dead, purchased from a fish market.


You could pretty much justify any usage of the fish with that, even selling them to necrophiliac fishfuckers. lol

 

This is true! But I meant it for this justification, you're the one that brought up necrophiliac fishfuckers. Interesting, no? :tongue: (Totally a joke)



#176 WonderBuono

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 01:39 AM

I saw this on the news at work today. They conveniently forgot to mention that the fish were already dead, or I didn't hear it.

 

Part of me thinks it's kinda cool but another part thinks it's kinda gross to be skating on dead fish so idk.



#177 Ap2000

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 08:00 AM

This is true! But I meant it for this justification, you're the one that brought up necrophiliac fishfuckers. Interesting, no? :tongue: (Totally a joke)


I've been around the interwebs, you know.

#178 aine

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 09:45 AM

This is true! But I meant it for this justification, you're the one that brought up necrophiliac fishfuckers. Interesting, no? :tongue: (Totally a joke)


I've been around the interwebs, you know.


You know you've been around the interwebs for too long when you actually remember seeing pictures of necrophiliac fishfuckers. :ph34r:

#179 Ap2000

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 10:43 AM

You know you've been around the interwebs for too long when you actually remember seeing pictures of necrophiliac fishfuckers. :ph34r:


It was an animated gif for me.  :f5:



#180 Thea

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 03:28 PM

Oh my god you're serious?  :confused: I never knew nor do I wish to really know, lol.