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April 21, 2008

Who is Nazi? It’s you China.

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Who is Nazi? It’s you China.

They do not think telling lies to be shameful.
Have you understood the reason why the Japanese dislike Chinese (and Corean)? The Japanese and they are different at all.


April 19, 2008

“FREE TIBET” in Nagoya, Japan

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“FREE TIBET” in Nagoya, Japan

April 16, 2008

Dalai Lama’s birthplace locked down / Yomiuri Newspaper, Tokyo, Japan

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Dalai Lama’s birthplace locked down
Takanori Kato / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent

The front gate of the Dalai Lama’s childhood home in Pingan County, Qinghai Province, ChinaXINING, China–One month after massive riots in Lhasa in the Tibet Autonomous Region last month, the Dalai Lama’s childhood home in neighboring Qinghai Province has been besieged by the Chinese authorities.

Relatives currently living in the childhood home of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader have effectively been placed under house arrest, with their movements outside the home strictly limited.

“It [the house] is located deep in the mountains. Ask anyone up there and you’ll easily find it,” a Tibetan resident told us when we asked for directions to the Dalai Lama’s birthplace having come off the expressway stretching from the province’s capital of Xining.

By the time we reached the house in Pingan County after driving about 40 kilometers through the mountains at an altitude of about 3,000 meters it was already after 5 p.m.

Both sides of the house’s front gate, which was tightly shut, were emblazoned with notices from the provincial judicial authorities dated April 2 .

One notice was written in Chinese, the other in Tibetan. The Chinese notice stated that the authorities prohibited all “destructive antigovernmental behavior” and the reproduction or distribution of the Dalai Lama’s image in any form. The notice also said that anyone providing information about such activities would be rewarded.

Going round to the back of the house, we knocked on the door. A man answered the door and asked, “Where are you from?”

When I identified myself as a Japanese reporter, he suddenly looked nonplussed.

“We can’t help you at the moment, and we’d like you to leave immediately,” he said, before disappearing behind the door.

Later on, a neighbor told us in confidence that the house had been under a tight police guard earlier in the day.

“During the daytime, several police officers blocked the road leading up to the house. They’ve only just left,” the villager said.

The Dalai Lama moved to Lhasa after spending several years in this house after his birth in 1935. He was later forced to flee to India following the Tibetan uprising in 1959.

Though the Chinese government has accused the Dalai Lama of initiating the latest protests in Tibet, for Tibetans in the region, he remains the spiritual leader.

On Feb. 21, before the uprising took place in Lhasa, there was a clash between monks and police officers in Tongren County in Huangnan, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, which is about 150 kilometers south of Pingan County.

When we visited the site of the incident, a young monk expressed anxiety.

“Military officers are coming round and searching our rooms every day. If they find even a fragment of a Dalai Lama photograph, they will take us away immediately,” he said.

(Apr. 15, 2008)

April 13, 2008

Do they have the qualification to hold the Olympic?

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Do they have the qualification to hold the Olympic?

April 12, 2008

Video: Dalai Lama talks in Japan Part5 of 5

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Video: Dalai Lama talks in Japan Part5 of 5

Video: Dalai Lama talks in Japan Part4 of 5

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Video: Dalai Lama talks in Japan Part3 of 5

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Video: Dali Lama talks in Japan Part2 of 5

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Video: Dalai Lama talks in Japan Part1 of 5

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Dialogue the only cure for torch, Tibet unrest / Yomiuri Newspaper, Tokyo, Japan

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Dialogue the only cure for torch, Tibet unrest
The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Olympic torch relay for this summer’s Games has been marred by the actions of pro-Tibet demonstrators. Protests against the Chinese government’s crackdown in Tibet look set to escalate as the torch continues on its path toward Beijing.

To successfully carry out the Games–an event of peace–the Chinese government must restart talks with the exiled Tibet government as soon as possible.

The relay started April 1. In London and Paris, groups of exiled Tibetans and human rights activists resorted to disruptive tactics, with some trying to grab the torch and to block the relay run. However, these unruly protests will do little to whip up sympathy for the causes the demonstrators are championing.

The torch relay will move to San Francisco on Wednesday. After passing through several cities in Southeast Asia and elsewhere, the torch’s path will come to Nagano on April 26. Every possible measure must be taken to ensure that no unrest occurs as the torch is carried through the Japanese city.

The blame for this disgraceful situation that runs counter to the Games–a sporting event–rests with the Chinese side.


Hu standing firm

U.S. President George W. Bush held talks with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, last month over the phone. In the conversation, the U.S. president expressed his concern over the Tibet situation and urged Hu to start “substantive dialogue” with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

However, the Chinese president responded by justifying the use of force in the crackdown in Tibet. Hu described the protests in Tibet as undisguised serious and violent crimes.

Tibet is calling for a “high level of autonomy,” not independence. Dialogue between the Chinese government and the Tibetan government-in-exile had been held intermittently in the past, but these talks have gone cold since last year.

Demonstrations are continuing in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, and neighboring areas. Failure by the Chinese government to handle this smoldering tinderbox appropriately could end up casting a pall over the Beijing Games.

Leaders of such countries as Brazil, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany and Poland have already said they will stay away from the Aug. 8 opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.


Simmering tensions

In China, patriotic nationalistic sentiments are becoming increasingly fervent. An Internet petition decrying recent anti-Beijing Games protests, including pledges not to attend the opening ceremony, collected 2.2 million signatures, mainly among young Chinese.

If these angry sentiments end up morphing into criticism directed toward the Beijing government, the fabric of Chinese society could start fraying.

The Dalai Lama supports Beijing’s hosting of the Olympic Games. He also has been quick to speak out against actions to disrupt the torch relay. The Buddhist spiritual leader also has gone to pains to say he was ready to have talks with the Chinese government.

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet with Hu when the Chinese president makes a state visit to Japan next month. The Japanese government should use Hu’s visit as an opportunity to develop proactive diplomacy with China, to help bring stability to Tibet and to ensure the Beijing Games are a shining success.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, April 9, 2008)

(Apr. 9, 2008)

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