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      ArtfromArk
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      A lady barber. It was so nice, she did a good job on my hair. Anyway, she asked me where I was from, and when I told her, she started talking about the recent presidential election. “You know”, she said, “that election was like two kids arguing on the school playground”. And I was like, “Yup, that’s about it”. Anyway, during the course of the conversation, she mentioned something that I had never heard before, that Biden doesn’t care too much for Japan. I told her that the Pacific War (as WWII is known in Japan) has been over for 75 years, and we’re friends now. I have no idea why Biden wouldn’t care so much for Japan. You know, it’s now one of America’s staunchest allies in Asia. So I’m kind of confused now. Does anyone know about this?

      “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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      djean111
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      I can’t see Mr. I Love War, Let’s Have Some MORE!!! getting rid of his nukes, which means no one else will either.  With good reason, IMO.

      I got my hair cut in Tokyo when I was working there – the Japanese secretary and I and another engineer who was there with me for a little while  checked out several places by seeing what the ladies looked like when they emerged.  Picked one – it was almost two hours of pampering, hair washed several times to get rid of cut hair, tea and cookies for my friends, seemed like one hair at a time was cut, escorted down the stairs to the street with much bowing from both sides.   Spent $75, which is something I have never done before or since.  Worth every penny, though!

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      ArtfromArk
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      This particular barber was working for a franchise, which had a set rate of 1200 yen (about $11) per men’s haircut. There wasn’t so much pampering, especially when there were two masked guys waiting behind me, but still worth every penny!

      “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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      soryang
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      Breaking down Biden’s approach to relations with S. Korea, China and Japan
      Posted on : Nov.9,2020 16:35 KST Modified on : Nov.9,2020 16:35 KST
      Gil Yun-hyung, staff reporter

      Rewind the tape seven years to Dec. 12, 2013. That’s when Joe Biden, as vice president under President Barack Obama, urged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to pay his respects at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, where known war criminals are enshrined. Abe retorted that he would decide for himself whether or not to go.
      Biden and Abe’s argument took place during an hour-long phone call that began at 10:40 pm. Biden was trying to stop Abe — a historical revisionist who basically denies Japan’s past acts of aggression — from visiting Yasukuni Shrine, which honors the “Class A” war criminals who initiated hostilities in the Pacific War.
      While the Trump administration has taken little interest in assuaging South Korea and Japan’s bitter dispute over outstanding historical issues, the Obama administration tried to act as a mediator to maintain a healthy cooperative relationship between two crucial allies. In 2013, just as today, Seoul and Tokyo’s relationship was repeatedly disrupted by the question of how to resolve the comfort women issue, referring to women from Korea and other countries forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese imperial army.
      Today, Japan refuses to attend a trilateral summit with China and South Korea until South Korea takes “acceptable action” on the issue of compensation for victims of forced labor during Japan’s imperial rule over Korea. But back in 2013, it was South Korea that had backed out of a summit with Japan, demanding that Japan take “sincere action” to resolve the comfort women issue. The issue was creating a serious headache for the US

      http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/969186.html

      There is a lot more useful info on Biden- Abe, US Japan Korea issues in the article. Hankyoreh is the best South Korean newspaper. The analysis goes on to discuss Biden’s approach to China and how it may affect his attitude toward the US allies. My guess is that the Japanese may be apprehensive that a Biden administration wouldn’t continue to follow the current US establishment’s overbearing approach to China and South Korea which is favored in the conservative view of Japanese national interests.

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      Earthartist
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      When I lived in Taiwan my hair got shorter and shorter because when you got your hair cut you got a really nice neck and face massage!

      But to your question, this is my guess. Biden was a war baby, if my father is any example of what soldiers thought of the Japanese, the comments and all the books I grew up with made the Japanese seem like monsters. Dad called them Japs till the day he died. I actually think when he was stationed in Japan he met and liked some Japanese. But I think he could never recover from having kamikazes  hit his ship. The older he got the more he hated them. He did tell me at one point that we started the war by blocking oil from Japan literally starving people. I had never heard this before. So I think he was conflicted. Biden more then likely being older then me was even more indoctrinated with the hate for the Japanese, his indoctrination in school was not broken up by the 60s which I benefited from. I also lived and spent a lot of time in Asia and saw things in a different way then I think Biden did. Then biden  is a racist and I have yet to meet a racist who excepts anyone that is not their own color.

      Earthartist

    • #376738
      Bernin4U
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      A suitcase or two full of paper dropped off at Hunter’s doorstep would be a good start.

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