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Nobel Peace Prize Pregnant Constitution

April 15th, 2014 | Tagged , | 2 Comments | 1226 reads

peacemedalThe IPCC has received him. The EU also. Last year it was the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons: The Nobel Peace Prize. That is awarded in recognition of outstanding service in peace work, and known to have not necessarily be persons.

Japan hat seit 1946 one in the world quite unusual Constitution. Together with the Americans worked to a constitution with pacifist from. Critics Hindes is emphasized, that these same constitution was imposed by the victors and not equivalent to the Japanese spirit. Primarily it comes to Chapter 2, Article 9:

1. Aspiring sincerely to an international order based on justice and peace, the Japanese people waived for all times of war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

2. To achieve the object of the preceding paragraph, are no land-, See- entertain and air forces or other war potential. A right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

Well this article is like everywhere in the jurisprudence to interpretation, because although forces are explicitly prohibited — but Japan has for some time about a technically well-equipped army, which of course we must not call, and therefore “Self-Defense Forces” called.

Well there are quite some time efforts on the part of policy, the article 9 change. And it is this endeavor closer than ever, because the current government has the upper hand definitely inclined in two parliaments and the right bearing or belonging. From this situation, the idea was born, Article 9 to nominate the Japanese constitution for the Nobel Peace Prize. And why not — it is remarkable, that this Constitution, particularly in East Asia, now almost 70 Years has consisted. And I imagine nothing Genüßlicheres, watch as the current Prime Minister Abe Shinzō this, as he accepts with sweet and sour smile in Stockholm the Nobel Peace Prize. An amendment to Article would then of course still possible — but certainly to convey to the population of heavy.

Too much hope I do not make myself: This year there were 278 Proposals for Nobel Peace Prize candidates. In March of this work have been a number of proposals screened out for “next round”. Among these products 9 of the Japanese Constitution. Now this proposal must assert to October against other candidates – for example against Pope Francis, Edward Snowden, the inhabitants of Lampedusa and… hears, hears! Wladimir Putin. But the idea is worth it after all, to be followed, and as much as I follow the call of a good business friend, to spread the news of the nomination.

Who wants to know more about it – or even want to support the cause, can do at Change.org that likes: See here. Currently there are nearly 30,000 Supporters, the target are 100,000.

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Interference Factor Handymensch

April 11th, 2014 | Tagged , | 3 Comments | 1622 reads

Docomo, one of the three major wireless carriers in Japan, has spread among the people recently an instructive video, and the video currently spreading very fast. It's about, what can happen, when you walk through the countryside while only looks at his cell phone. The simulation shows concretely, what happens, when 1,500 At the same time the famous people “Scramble”-Cross intersection in Shibuya and all to stare on your mobile phone. Das Score to Simulation, based on the highly restricted field of view of passers-by, said, that only one third may, without prejudice to cross the intersection in time – the rest is either too slow or collide with other pedestrians (about 400 Time) together.
As far as the simulation is not removed from the reality. Since my move I also get into Shibuya to best rush hours to. Here I pass countless stairs and narrow hallways, and half of others going through the course here with the spark in the styluses: Either, to read something, to write or watch TV. Many seem to really doing according to the method “the others are walking around already about me” proceed, but at some point the critical mass is reached – then there are too many cell phone junkies and no longer fits on. The fact, that the said people of course are much slower than the rest, makes me mad each time. In addition, there Naglfar blow at full volume through the headphones, and already achieved an operating, for the next 10 Enough hours in the office.
Of course, some contemporaries let their aggressiveness run free. This includes Bloggerkollege Coolio, as daily by some Japanese. Also I have after 20th homo Mobilfunkensis no desire for Dodge's and make me stubborn. Aah, Shibuya. The exact opposite of a walk through the forest! But here is the video:




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Okamoto Taro

April 8th, 2014 | Tagged , | 1 Comment | 1435 reads

Okamoto Taro: Sonnenturm in Osaka)

Okamoto Taro: Sonnenturm in Osaka)

My new, old home boasts two culturally valuable things. That's more than before: Before there was only Disneyland, and otherwise. And may be so entertaining Disneyland — as culturally valuable I would not necessarily call. Here, in the west of Kawasaki, however, there are two interesting museums. As would be the Fujiko · F · Fujio Museum (Fujiko F Fujio Museum), dedicated to the creator of Doraemon, the ever-popular in Japan, Blue Cat from Outer Space. The museum attracts at least around one million visitors per year and is here for good reason: Fujio was born in the area, and the first episodes of Doraemon play virtually in my neighborhood. The has since changed, however, fundamentally. Where alternated earlier bamboo groves and rice fields, today is all downright urban sprawl. Bloody immigrants…

Another museum is 冈本 太郎 Okamoto Taro dedicated — his character one of the most, performing artists of our time in Japan. Okamoto wurde 1911 born in Kawasaki, and went with 18 Years to France, where he 11 Remained years. The German photographer Gerda Taro got to know him at that time, and the meeting seemed to be impressive: They “lent” himself to his name and made him own surname. It is “Taro” in Japan das, what in Germany “Hans” is – in which “Taro” is still relatively popular. After the invasion of the Wehrmacht in Paris Okamoto went back to Japan, where he was not spared the military service. He was sent to the front in China and remained there after the war, finally a half years as a prisoner of war.

Okamoto Tarō: Mütterturm - in Ikuta, Kawasaki

Okamoto Taro: Mütterturm – in Ikuta, Kawasaki

After that, Okamoto devoted entirely to art. He built a studio in Tokyo on, authored a textbook on contemporary art and earned himself as a sculptor. He was particularly interested in the age-old art of the Jōmon period as well as for the simple art of Okinawa. 1970 he was commissioned to, to create a sculpture for the Expo in Osaka, reminiscent of Picasso's pictures. And so was his most famous sculpture: The 太陽 の 塔 Taiyo-no-tō Sonnenturm, has lost nothing of its influence.

Das Museum in Ikuta, Kawasaki, is beautifully situated in a small valley and is waiting with a large sculpture and many smaller exhibits on. The large sculpture called 母 の 塔 haha-of-your – Mütterturm. And, he had it with towers.

As with some 80 Years subsided, the creative power, decided Okamoto, that most of his works of art are to be transferred to the City of Kawasaki. And so the idea was born, to devote a museum. My 84 Years, in 1996, starb Okamoto.

Personally, I like Okamoto's works of art – they offer a unique blend of very old and very modern art forms, are slightly playful and stimulate the imagination.

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Finally: The largest yakuza clan has its own website!

April 3rd, 2014 | Tagged | 3 Comments | 2329 reads

Offizielle Webseite des Yamaguchi-Clans

Official website of the Yamaguchi clan

No, the first of April was yesterday. So it's no joke: 山口組 Yamaguchi-gumi, Japans größter-Yakuza clan, has its own website. Now, one might speculate, die Domain lautet yamaguchigumi.com oder so, but no: The site is under the sonorous, catchy domain name http://zenkokumayakubokumetsudoumei.com/ erreichbar. And the first message, jumping an eye-: 麻 薬 追 放 国土 净化 同盟 fighters Tsuihō Shirai Kenzai Jōka Dōmei – Association for the banishment of drugs and the clearing of land. Sieh an, sieh an! Was findet man dort? Ein paar YouTube-Videos und Photos, including by Kazuo Taoka, the late, dritten Clanchef. Interestingly, among others, the page about activities: So wird here reported, as the clan for Halloween (!) Distributed sweets to the little ones in the neighborhood. Now that's a headline: “Yakuza celebrates Halloween with children!”. Would not a band member “Trick or Treat” contrary to roar, I would leave but very nimble rüberwachsen quite a lot of chocolate, that's for sure.

Why a Website? Japan has tightened the screws in recent years. So companies and businesses have for some time compliance documents submitted or. sign, in which they explain, to have nothing to do with the Yakuza. Where the term “Yakuza” is of course not used, since the word itself could act transfiguring. Newspeak is the word Violence Institute – Violent gang, but everyone knows, what is meant. Well Yakuza have been trying for a long time, with (semi)legitimate business to make money. As well as getting away from the bad image, and the website seems to be an attempt to. You can see the page of course befitting “liken”, and also do some. The police may facilitate the work of the, but they can find out as relatively simple, who might have something to do with it. If you look at the video of the New Year's temple visit of the 6. Clanchefs an, you have to chuckle a bit at the end. In the credits under “Production & Processing” no name, but simply “Project Team”.

Well. To ban drugs from the country is not a bad idea. What the Yakuza but else so all drives these days, is not visible from the side. But somewhere the money will come for the candy for Halloween already.

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Iwao Hakamada or the living plea against the death penalty

March 31st, 2014 | Tagged , | 7 Comments | 2908 reads

In der vergangenen Woche machte ein alter Mann die Schlagzeilen, der nur noch mühsam gehen und sprechen kann: Iwao Hakamada, born 1936 in Shizuoka und damit 78 Years old. Before 48 Jahren war er das Gegenteil dessen, was er heute verkörpert: Er war ein Profiboxer. Heute hält er jedoch einen vom Guinnessbuch der Rekorde zertifizierten, traurigen Rekord: Niemand sass länger in der Todeszelle als er. Exactly – 48 For years. In der vergangenen Woche entschied das Gericht, nach zahlreichen erfolglosen Anläufen zuvor, dass der Fall wieder neu verhandelt werdenund der Angeklagte bis dahin freigelassen werden muss.

Hakamada arbeitete nach Karriereende in einer Miso-Fabrik. 1966 brannte das Haus einer seiner Vorgesetzten nieder, und nach eigenen Angaben versuchte Hakamada, das Feuer zu löschen. Nach dem Brand fand man die Familie des Vorgesetzten – Man, Frau und zwei Kindererstochen in der Ruine. Und es fehlte eine grosse Menge Geld. Umgehend wurde Hakamada festgenommen. Und es begann eine Tortur. Angeblich wurde er 264 Stunden lang verhört, oftmals 16 Hours a day, 23 Days. Das reichte anscheinend aus, ihn zu brechen: Er gestand die Tat. Aber er widerrief sein Geständnis vor Gericht. Doch die Polizei präsentierte ein Pyjama des Verdächtigen, mit Blutflecken der Opfer. Drei Richter verurteilten in 1968 zu Tode.

Da sass Hakamada also in der Todeszelle. In Japan bedeutet dies verschärfte Einzelhaft, nur sehr wenige Besuche und absolute Ungewissheit: Weder der Todeskandidat noch seine Familie oder Anwälte erfahren, wann die Hinrichtung stattfindet. Dies kann ein paar Monate oder ein paar Jahrzehnte nach der Urteilsverkündigung geschehen. Nur wenige Stunden vor der Hinrichtung wird der Todeskandidat eingeweiht.

Es gab etliche Versuche, den Fall wieder aufzurollen. Einer der drei Richter, Kumamoto, trat 2007 an die Öffentlichkeit und erklärte, dass an dem Fall wahrscheinlich etwas faul war. Und doch dauerte es bis 2014, bis endlich erneut verhandelt wurde. Dieses Mal mit einer DNA-Analyse, die nahezu zweifelsfrei feststellte, dass Hakamada mit dem einzigen Beweisstück nichts zu tun hatsehr wahrscheinlich wurde dieses von der Polizei gefälscht.

Alone 2013 wurden in Japan acht Gefangene exekutiert. Hakamada hat die lange Einzelhaft mürbe gemacht. In den letzten Jahren wurden fast alle Besuche nicht genehmigtdas betraf vor allem seine ältere Schwester, die in all den Jahrzehnten immer zu ihm stand. Nun ist er alsodraußen”, in einem Zeitalter, in dem er sich nur schwer zurechtfinden dürfte. Gebrochen, mit Diabetes und psychischen Schäden. Ob er jemals wieder froh wird? Man darf es bezweifeln. Dieser Fall zeigt deutlich, warum die Todesstrafeob in Japan oder anderswoabgeschafft gehört. Und dass die japanische Art und Weise, Todeskandidaten zu behandeln, einfach unmenschlich ist. Sure, der Großteil der Japaner unterstützt die Todesstrafe. Ist es deshalb richtig, als Außenstehender die Abschaffung zu verlangen? Necessarily. Der Großteil der deutschen Bevölkerung stand auch hinter den Nazis. Das bedeutet jedoch nicht, that the, was die Nazis gemacht haben, was correct. Eine etwas brutale Analogie, perhaps, aber bloss weil die öffentliche Meinung nach dem Galgen verlangt, muss das noch lange nicht heissen, dass dies legitim ist.

Dieser Fall kennt eigentlich nur Verlierer: Hakamada, seine Familie, das japanische Justizsystem, die Polizeikeiner hat etwas gewonnen. Aber es kennt einen Helden: Kumamoto, dessen späte Reue dafür gesorgt hat, dass der Fall wieder in die Öffentlichkeit rückte. Er hätte genauso gut schweigen können, aber er trat an die Öffentlichkeit, weil ihn sein Gewissen plagte. Und natürlich Hakamada’s Schwester, die all die Jahrzehnte zu ihm gehalten hat.

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Science thriller live

March 26th, 2014 | Tagged | 6 Comments | 2758 reads

Obokata bei der Arbeit. Photo von 伊藤壽一郎, veröffentlicht hier: http://bizmakoto.jp/makoto/articles/1401/30/news037.html

Obokata at work. Photo von Shou Ichiro Ito, published here

In Japan, you can currently pursue a real live science Crime, because the media have a taste for it and so haunts the story in all the newspapers and channels. It's about so-called STEP-Zellen – and it is good, that there is this shortcut, because the full name does not notice it so easily: Stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency cell. As a layman, I would almost say times, STAP-cells are the biochemistry, what was the Higgs particle in physics for a long time: It is believed, that there is such a thing, but found not one has it. Well, the Higgs particle was finally found, and stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata by the renowned RIKEN Research Center stated, To have made STAP cells. Oh: STAP cells are stem cells, obtained from normal, already specialized cells wins, by placing them on one or the other way (Pressure, Chemicals, etc.) Exposes stress. Would this actually succeed, this would definitely be a sensation, because at the moment it is still very difficult and costly, to win real stem cells. Could one's own stem cells thereby gain, that we say his own hair at times 48 Ratio can in 0.5% nitric acid under UV light are one minute, this would revolutionize medicine.

Obokata's findings brought it up in the most well-known scientific journal Nature, but then came Teruhiko Wakayama, one of the co-authors, and pulled the brake: The article should be retracted, because there were too many inconsistencies. It started a dispute before the delighted press. Here, the 30-year-old, good looking stem cell researcher, because of the somewhat older scientists in the baggy look. Who is right? It probably seems really to be a lot of inconsistencies. Especially since there is no one even remotely managed, the Experiment, said to have led to the emergence of STAP-cells, repeat. Today also was not published, that the cell samples, which were analyzed in the research report, derived from mice, that were not involved in the experiment.

Very strange, the whole. But what stunned me, was the presentation of the researcher in the media: Da stand sie, with flowing mane and without gloves in the biochemistry laboratory. I had once the pleasure, to see a lab from the inside, in the DNA and other stuff were explored. There was nothing with bare hands and flowing hair – too dangerous. The chemical used in these laboratories for the coloring of DNA ethidium bromide, for example, penetrates in a few seconds even ordinary latex gloves – not to mention all of naked skin.

Of course I would treat the researcher's success. But all seems very strange to…

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The everyday, controlled by garbage / Aggressive newspaper pusher

March 22nd, 2014 | 14 Comments | 4034 reads

Müllfahrplan

Garbage schedule

The Move is finally done — the second within two months (first the company, then the family) — and this much is clear: I've had enough of moves. Definitely. Yesterday's move was more or less smoothly from the stage and was after all the same 9 Hours to the end. Well, es regnete in the stroma, and the floats were stuck for a while in a traffic jam, but in the end everything is there, where it should be, and it is far also cure-all. Man, who was responsible for, to lift the stuff out of the car, had a bad foot and was quite old. From other 3 Workers were two abundant weak in the chest, so that ultimately a single one made the most alone. If I were he, I would probably at the end of the day the other three heavily in the … but we leave the. Thank God I work in a different industry. A few halogen lamps did not survive the move, but otherwise…

Today, I therefore had to inquire me first, like that so runs with the waste so. In Urayasu, my current place of residence, was allowed to only certain combustible garbage bags for (red) and non-combustible waste (blue) use: These were quite expensive and you could only buy in Urayasu. With the price we paid almost a garbage fee to the City. Combustible waste could Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday rausstellen to pick up. Cardboard and paper on Saturdays. Cans, Bottles and other small, non-combustible waste on Wednesday. Greater waste by appointment only and after “Müllmark the” purchased by the City of. Example: To a small folding chair to throw away, you pay 400 Yen (3 Euro currently). Etc..

Obviously we have to change a few habits in Kawasaki, and experience has shown that not so easy. Here we need interestingly, no special garbage bags — everything goes, as long as the bag is at least semi-transparent. Here, then, is flying normal garbage out only twice a week: Mondays and Thursdays. Bottles, Cans and, it times to a, Batteries, Tuesday will be picked up. In my previous place of residence was allowed to dispose of the batteries in a town hall. There, where I work, we are stopped, Throw away batteries along with all the other garbage. Friday here: Recyclebare Plastikverpackungen. This is also in contrast to the previous place of residence: There you could throw this garbage only at a handful here and there be imputed container. The only, what does not change, is Saturday: “Mixed Paper”.

Let's see at the small print: “Please enter the waste to 8 Set clock in the morning on Einsammeltag to outside”. And after: “Please do not put out garbage after collection – and not put out at night”. I think that's great every time: The daily routine should therefore be determined by the garbage. A concrete example: My work starts at 10 Clock in the morning. This is not so rare — Japan begins to work later in the rule as in Germany. But one remains according to earlier or later in the evening at work. Since I to 10 need start and all in all an hour to the workplace (that is even relatively short), I stand shortly after 8 Clock on. So when should I take my garbage to outside? On the way to work? Too late. In the night, when I get home? Prohibited. Or should I order in the morning 7 Clock up, bring out and sleep on the trash? I do not know. At my previous place of residence it was okay: The garbage truck came towards the end 9 Clock over, so that I could make out the trash in the morning. As it is here, I do not know.

It took half an hour yesterday, after we had moved, passed as a man with us: He belonged to the handle column of “Yomiuri Shimbun” – one of the largest daily newspapers in Japan. I was busy – what a miracle the middle of moving – So my wife was talking to him. Be “Match” (meant here as an English word!): “My boss has recently drawn into this system. To ensure a good neighborhood, I would like them, to accept a free 3-month subscription.” My wife thanked heartily and said, for something we just do not have time, and the man reacted quite angrily and walked immediately from.

This may sound unspectacular, However, this manner, a newspaper subscription for sale, is more than brazen. Ultimately, it is more of a threat: “If you do not accept the subscription, makes you the neighbor hell”. Which I see with equanimity. Of the 11 Houses here were only insofar 3 sold, because the houses were not completed until just. And if the other two owners really work for Yomiuri, I venture to doubt. We'll find out soon. In addition, the Yomiuri heard operatively with our clients, and I have accordingly a good line up.
Now, the Yomiuri newspaper is an acceptable. There are better, there are also many Poorer. But their oppressors columns have a pretty bad reputation – which is often worked with threats. This is at least in our case, definitely backfired. And I hope, the man comes back and then I am at home. Then there will be an interesting conversation in private.

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Moving or – back to the roots

March 16th, 2014 | Tagged | 19 Comments | 3338 reads

umzug-nach-kanagawa

Umzug nach von Urayasu Kawasaki

After nine years in Urayasu in Chiba Prefecture, it is next Thursday so far as: Move. The last move is 4 Years back, and the distance at that time was just 50 Meter. This time it is a little further: About 40 km. It draws us into the Kanagawa Prefecture, respectively, in the west of the city of Kawasaki. The closer the move, awake sentimentaler wird man: We have many friends and acquaintances. On the other hand – 40 km are not the world, and we'll settle us. The new choice of venue is no accident utter: Of 1998 to 1999 I had lived in the new home before (and then found halfway habitable).

What I will miss: Our neighbors (Fishmonger 3 Generations under one roof), very many friends and acquaintances, proximity to the sea, the countless parks. The madness at the Disneyland train station every evening and every morning. The Blick vom Balcony direkt zum Tokyo Sky Tree.

What I will not miss: The mammoth power poles in front of our house. The fact, all, absolutely everything, neu ist. The absence of even the tiniest surveys. The new flat itself, only so runs down in the winter, the water on the discs (inside, of course!). And the fact, that the city simply times when earthquakes do not have good cards.

The move is a change: Finally, my daughter has to change schools. But better now, after the first school year, than a few years later.

On the subject maybe later something more, but I want to give to the reader a lesson: So possible, does not pull the end of March to! As the school in Japan begins in April (and in many companies also on fiscal year), settle very many companies their employees (together with families) End of March. Say: Removals are many times more expensive than usual at this time of year.

Noted among the also-rans: This is my second move this year, as I have already relocated the company in January. That's enough for the next few decades in terms of moving…

Because of the move are already a few days draufgegangen. Sunday will be no different: For new housing drive, Would be to connect gas, Provide air conditioning and can connect, Curtain rods and curtain etc attaching.

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Three years later and …

March 13th, 2014 | Tagged , , | 1 Comment | 1097 reads

With a little delay I would now like my two cents to the 3. Add the anniversary of the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster. In the Japanese television ran to the occasion several documentaries or snapshots, some interesting facts brought to light by harrowing.

This includes the situation in the disaster areas simply. It was very quick clean up – which must be conceded. A large proportion of debris disappeared already after one year, and much more the year after. But what happened after that? Unfortunately, not much. By sources, I can not come up unfortunately, but it has been mentioned, for example, that

- Only 4% of residents, which would have to be located above the sea level, were actually resettled
- Only 2% the really new to build houses were built
- 0% of the tsunami hazard statement supporting new land use planning have been completed.

Will hot: Places like Minamisanriku or Ōtsuchi, which were almost completely destroyed, are indeed cleaned up, but: What remains is an uninhabited wasteland, and you do not know, what is to come of it.
Is there a lack of money? Probably not. It is verhanden enough money to rebuild – even so much, that even outlandish, receive distant projects money in watering method. It would be planning. And that goes something like this: To ever plan first, the dikes need to be rebuilt, since most were destroyed. And the dikes must be higher and wider. But most of the land belongs to someone behind. In not a few cases are in the land several owners as a community, who have purchased or received the country many decades ago. These people must be bought from the country (be fetched or the consent, cede the land). If the original owner passed away, the children need to be addressed. Or the grandchildren. And then you come to, for example around 200 People, scattered throughout the country, which one must personally respond, ransom to one or the other ha. This effort understandably overwhelmed the authorities.
On the other hand, the unrouted do not agree in many cases. Some want to resettle, others want to definitely stay. A group fighting to, that a ruin as a reminder to future generations remains – another group wants to eliminate the consequences completely. Accordingly, it is a mammoth task, to find a consensus for every little reconstruction project.

Some Japanese broadcasts on the subject of Fukushima were also very interesting. Even though some may think in Europe, that the issue in Japan does not play a big role more — it is not so. In Japan, you look with horror on that, what's happening in Fukushima. But at the same time you talk about it like in Japan, as radioactive contaminated sites are cleaned and the residents go back soon. An expert on the subject – I am sorry to here again owe a source – said, the cause of the frequent “smaller” Asked accidents at nuclear power plants, quite succinctly: Of course something like this is occurring increasingly, because there are not too many nuclear experts, and most of them are busy, prepare other nuclear power plant for the re-opening. That makes sense, but can not be cynical: You gambled the future of our country, only to similar potential hazard to call back to life. This logic is a real perverse.

Who more determined to make progress – interested or non-progress in the reconstruction, which is the website of the Ministry for Reconstruction (Renaissance Hall) commended: www.reconstruction.go.jp. The quality and number of data, however, is sparse, but it must be so comfortable with a government website.

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Geopolitik hautnah

March 7th, 2014 | Tagged | 2 Comments | 2678 reads

Simferopol, Hauptstadt der Krim, im Jahr 2004

Simferopol, Capital of Crimea, in 2004

A few days ago I said to my wife: “A few more days, and then you can say, that you were ever in Russia”. That was not true, but in the Crimea she was already – there I had it before 10 Looped years. What happened during those weeks in Ukraine, followed more or less attention in Japan, even though – it seems at least – evaluation of free. From the policy you do not hear too many comments, but that is understandable: What happens to the Ukraine, Cane Japan on equal sein (as cruel as it sounds), because there you have to defend no interests. The attitude towards Russia wants to be Hindes well considered, because ultimately you will have back Putin a few islands north-east of Hokkaido. And as strange as that sounds: This goal is Japan possibly by a neutral to sympathetic attitude of Russia towards closer than ever since the end of World War II.

Of course, I sincerely hope, that the situation in Ukraine can be resolved peacefully. On the other hand, it looks much like, as if repeated exactly, was forming 24 Years Transnistria happened (and, also there at that time I had dragged my wife): The Russian population majority says from country (in jenem Fall damals Moldau aka Moldawien) the, the Russian army defends the population by force of arms, but Russia scares ultimately shrink from, to connect the region to Russia. What is, is a quasi-independent republic, only by Russia and a few other, quasi-independent republics is recognized. The same thing happened so finally in Abkhazia, located a few dozen kilometers south of Sochi. The madness has method, but with western standards only difficult to understand. And ultimately proves only one: It has learned nothing.

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