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Taiwanese raise $26 million for Japan relief

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Eds: APNewsNow. AP Photo TPE103, TPE102, TPE101 TAIPEI, Taiwan Taiwanese have raised 788 million New Taiwan dollars for relief to earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan, including a big donation to emergency workers who are struggling to prevent a full meltdown at a stricken nuclear power plant.

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Hiro S Nobumasa

Tainan, Taiwan

#2 Mar 20, 2011
Hymns and prayers emanated from a small church in a hilly part of Hsintic. They said the backyard used to be a part of a Japanese Imperial Air Force airfield that flew kamikaze missions .
But now all attention was on a very frail wheelchair bound lady in her 80's who personally offered a 10,000.00 NT donations for the quake and tsunami victims of Sendai.
This old lady only have a monthly 3000 NT$ stipend from the government which is no match for the cost of the medications for her various ailments.
If not for the missionary nuns who welcomed her in their hospice then she could still be living in the streets today .
Yet she could have been richer and more comfortable if she only simply accepted the two million yen ($17,800) offered from the Asian Women's Fund established in 1995 . But she said she would happily exchange all those money for a sincere Japanese government apology that never came.
So why are you helping the Japanese now? " I felt the pain of the victims especially the octogenarians. Besides, I'm a Christian."
When further pressed by some nosy reporters she finally said that..." not all Japanese are bad people...."
Did the Japanese government ever felt the pain of the thousands of fast aging 'Comfort Women' like her?
Let us all pray for the present and past victims.
Amen.
kunmingfling

Taiwan

#3 Mar 23, 2011
Hiro S Nobumasa wrote:
... So why are you helping the Japanese now? " I felt the pain of the victims especially the octogenarians. Besides, I'm a Christian."
When further pressed by some nosy reporters she finally said that..." not all Japanese are bad people...."
Did the Japanese government ever felt the pain of the thousands of fast aging 'Comfort Women' like her?
Let us all pray for the present and past victims.
Amen.
Hiro, let me be blunt... don't be offended...

there is no God... especially a personal Christian God.

Human beings help one another because love, compassion, empathy, altruism, benevolence, are genetically favorable traits passed down from our earlier ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago, maybe even millions of years ago...

Imagine our primate ancestors having ONLY wrath, envy, hate toward their fellow ape members during troubling times threatening their collective livelihood... without incentives to bond and help one another, they would less likely survive... hence their genes would not be passed down to future generations.

in other words, natural selection favors animals exhibiting love, compassion, empathy, altruism, and benevolence... and apparently humans today, for the most part, carry these genes to varying extents.
Rady

Taipei, Taiwan

#4 Mar 23, 2011
kunmingfling wrote:
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Hiro, let me be blunt... don't be offended...
there is no God... especially a personal Christian God.
Human beings help one another because love, compassion, empathy, altruism, benevolence, are genetically favorable traits passed down from our earlier ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago, maybe even millions of years ago...
Imagine our primate ancestors having ONLY wrath, envy, hate toward their fellow ape members during troubling times threatening their collective livelihood... without incentives to bond and help one another, they would less likely survive... hence their genes would not be passed down to future generations.
in other words, natural selection favors animals exhibiting love, compassion, empathy, altruism, and benevolence... and apparently humans today, for the most part, carry these genes to varying extents.
So because Japan didn't have love and compassion during WW2 this meant they don't want to pass their genes?

Since: Mar 11

Taiwan

#5 Mar 24, 2011
Rady wrote:
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So because Japan didn't have love and compassion during WW2 this meant they don't want to pass their genes?
battles and wars occur in every historical eras of human civilizations... apparently evolution favor the aggressors... their genes are passed on through generations with the help of those women they conquered.

altruism towards another group can also be viewed as a misfiring of a gene... like the maternal instinct to adopt other people's children, inadvertently wasting one's resources and time in ensuring the propagation of genes of a stranger.
Hiro S Nobumasa

Tainan, Taiwan

#6 Mar 24, 2011
kunmingfling wrote:
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Hiro, let me be blunt... don't be offended...
there is no God... especially a personal Christian God.
fling, I would only be offended if you say you're God :)

But the pains and humiliation suffered by the dying 'Comfort Women' is not a theological debate.

As the world sympathizes with the tsunami and radiation victims of Sendai maybe there is also hope that the Japanese government will finally open its heart and conscience to the few surviving 'Comfort Women' before it's too late.

If the poor and frail 'Comfort Woman' in Hsintic felt the acute pain of the Japanese people now why can't the Japanese government even think for a minute about her chronic physical and emotional
sufferings that have ruined her life forever?

Since: Mar 11

Taiwan

#7 Mar 25, 2011
Hiro S Nobumasa wrote:
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fling, I would only be offended if you say you're God :)
But the pains and humiliation suffered by the dying 'Comfort Women' is not a theological debate.
As the world sympathizes with the tsunami and radiation victims of Sendai maybe there is also hope that the Japanese government will finally open its heart and conscience to the few surviving 'Comfort Women' before it's too late.
If the poor and frail 'Comfort Woman' in Hsintic felt the acute pain of the Japanese people now why can't the Japanese government even think for a minute about her chronic physical and emotional
sufferings that have ruined her life forever?
demanding apologies only reaffirms one's own egocentricity and the desires of humans to carry burdens of the past and expectations of the future... instead of immersing oneself in the present moment, where the metaphoric paradise truly resides.

to "turn the other cheek" is one of the few more profound quotes by an enlightened individual named Jesus Christ... but similar to Siddhartha (aka Buddha), their ancient teachings were misunderstood or misinterpreted by religious institutions to manipulate the masses.
Hiro S Nobumasa

Tainan, Taiwan

#8 Mar 26, 2011
kunmingfling wrote:
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demanding apologies only reaffirms one's own egocentricity and the desires of humans to carry burdens of the past and expectations of the future... instead of immersing oneself in the present moment, where the metaphoric paradise truly resides.
to "turn the other cheek" is one of the few more profound quotes by an enlightened individual named Jesus Christ... but similar to Siddhartha (aka Buddha), their ancient teachings were misunderstood or misinterpreted by religious institutions to manipulate the masses.
fling, only closet Imperial Japanese would dare think that the Comfort Women's desire to be given an apology by the government of Japan is egocentric.
After all their sufferings like being raped by 20 Japanese Imperial soldier every day for years your verdict of egocentricity
would only hold if they instead demanded millions of dollars.
The 'Comfort Women' didn't even demand for punishment of those savages, they didn't even ask for more money, that in itself is 'turning their other cheek '.
Your labelling the Comfort Women' as egocentric is sadistic at the least and I'm forcing myself not to believe that you are a soldier of the Japanese Empire which still believe that Japan was the saviour of Asia during the Asia-Pacific war .

Since: Mar 11

Taiwan

#9 Mar 26, 2011
Hiro S Nobumasa wrote:
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fling, only closet Imperial Japanese would dare think that the Comfort Women's desire to be given an apology by the government of Japan is egocentric.
After all their sufferings like being raped by 20 Japanese Imperial soldier every day for years your verdict of egocentricity
would only hold if they instead demanded millions of dollars.
The 'Comfort Women' didn't even demand for punishment of those savages, they didn't even ask for more money, that in itself is 'turning their other cheek '.
Your labelling the Comfort Women' as egocentric is sadistic at the least and I'm forcing myself not to believe that you are a soldier of the Japanese Empire which still believe that Japan was the saviour of Asia during the Asia-Pacific war .
if it's any consolation, my own grandma, who grew up under japanese occupation of taiwan, still carries with her the emotional scars of her tainted childhood... though her trauma wasn't as severe as those endured by comfort women or those savagely brutalized in nanjing, my grandma adamantly detest japan even till this day... unfortunately that same seed of animosity toward the japanese is shared by modern China, a direction steered by the state council's great propaganda machine.

upon painful afflictions, our natural gut instincts lead us deeper into a cyclic resentment cycle ... the downward spiraling cycle of hate have stained humanity's rear view mirror as much as it has clouded our road ahead...

the innate drive to annihilate our antagonists and/or to avenge our loved ones might have been useful tools for survival in our uncivilized past... yet this intrinsic hulk rage is certainly misplaced in our modern social environment... one that is supposedly striving for lasting peace and prosperity.

let us take a deep breathe for a moment and step back... without bias, nor judgement...

distancing ourselves from the egocentric box from which we've always perceived our world, we'd notice that the root of said socially unaccepted behaviors isn't limited to the japanese imperialists in the 1930-40's...

cutting the visible weeds of society never eradicates the long-term weed problem, does it?... to realize the garden of eden, we need to dig deep into the root, the source of problem:

humanity has been slaughtering, torturing, and raping one another in the worst conceivable ways for hundreds of thousands of years if not millions of years... though not a justification for the cruelty of WWII, human acts of depravity existed in nearly every civilization and culture as revealed by vast collections of recorded historical accounts and anthropological fossil records...

ironically within these past few millenniums, many of these "just wars" were mandated by the old testament biblical teachings of yahweh or by the orders of mohammad... yet many fail to realize that such institutions are merely projections of 10 trillion cells within each of our bodies... each cell capable of echoing four billion years of hostile, survival struggles... an epic string of battles that begun in their early genesis as proteins brewing in ancient earth's primordial soup... the home of our earliest ancestors: the first unicellular organisms.

to single out and centralize the countless fallen victims of nature's aggressive means to propagation is not only egocentrically myopic... but disrespectful to all the anonymous grandparents of grandparents of so on so forth who came before our grandparents... those unsung heroes who endured the harsh, barbaric past... a fierce race between death and reproduction... if our ancestors were to hold hands side-by-side to form a human chain of seniority, the line would span over 30 kilometers long... that's how far back we need to pay tribute for the sacrifices made, without which none of us would be here.

most importantly, by neglecting the genetic burdens carried by shadows of the past, we'd risk repeating vestigial behaviors of hostility.

Since: Mar 11

Taiwan

#10 Mar 26, 2011
Hiro S Nobumasa wrote:
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fling, only closet Imperial Japanese would dare think that the Comfort Women's desire to be given an apology by the government of Japan is egocentric.
After all their sufferings like being raped by 20 Japanese Imperial soldier every day for years your verdict of egocentricity
would only hold if they instead demanded millions of dollars.
The 'Comfort Women' didn't even demand for punishment of those savages, they didn't even ask for more money, that in itself is 'turning their other cheek '.
Your labelling the Comfort Women' as egocentric is sadistic at the least and I'm forcing myself not to believe that you are a soldier of the Japanese Empire which still believe that Japan was the saviour of Asia during the Asia-Pacific war .
if it's any consolation, my own grandma, who grew up under japanese occupation of taiwan, still carries with her the emotional scars of her tainted childhood... though her trauma wasn't as severe as those endured by comfort women or those savagely brutalized in nanjing, my grandma adamantly detest japan even till this day... unfortunately that same seed of animosity toward the japanese is shared by modern China, a direction steered by the state council's great propaganda machine.

upon painful afflictions, our natural gut instincts lead us deeper into a cyclic resentment cycle ... the downward spiraling cycle of hate have stained humanity's rear view mirror as much as it has clouded our road ahead...

the innate drive to annihilate our antagonists and/or to avenge our loved ones might have been useful tools for survival in our uncivilized past... yet this intrinsic hulk rage is certainly misplaced in our modern social environment... one that is supposedly striving for lasting peace and prosperity.

let us take a deep breathe for a moment and step back... without bias, nor judgement...

distancing ourselves from the egocentric box from which we've always perceived our world, we'd notice that the root of said socially unaccepted behaviors isn't limited to the japanese imperialists in the 1930-40's...

cutting the visible weeds of society never eradicates the long-term weed problem, does it?... to realize the garden of eden, we need to dig deep into the root, the source of problem:

humanity has been slaughtering, torturing, and raping one another in the worst conceivable ways for hundreds of thousands of years if not millions of years... though not a justification for the cruelty of WWII, human acts of depravity existed in nearly every civilization and culture as revealed by vast collections of recorded historical accounts and anthropological fossil records...

ironically within these past few millenniums, many of these "just wars" were mandated by the old testament biblical teachings of yahweh or by the orders of mohammad... yet many fail to realize that such institutions are merely projections of 10 trillion cells within each of our bodies... each cell capable of echoing four billion years of hostile, survival struggles... an epic string of battles that begun in their early genesis as proteins brewing in ancient earth's primordial soup... the home of our earliest ancestors: the first unicellular organisms.

to single out and centralize the countless fallen victims of nature's aggressive means to propagation is not only egocentrically myopic... but disrespectful to all the anonymous grandparents of grandparents of so on so forth who came before our grandparents... those unsung heroes who endured the harsh, barbaric past... a fierce race between death and reproduction... if our ancestors were to hold hands side-by-side to form a human chain of seniority, the line would span over 30 kilometers long... that's how far back we need to pay tribute for the sacrifices made, without which we would not be here.

most importantly, by neglecting the genetic burdens carried by shadows of the past, we'd risk repeating vestigial behaviors of hostility.
Hiro S Nobumasa

Tainan, Taiwan

#11 Mar 27, 2011
kunmingfling wrote:
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the innate drive to annihilate our antagonists and/or to avenge our loved ones might have been useful tools for survival in our uncivilized past... yet this intrinsic hulk rage is certainly misplaced in our modern social environment... one that is supposedly striving for lasting peace and prosperity.
fling, the frail, sickly 'Comfort Women' only wants a simple Japanese government apology not revenge.

Japan is a civilized country but the way they treated the 'Comfort Women' even today only makes people wonder.

The State Council or equivalent of any other country will not dictate how Japan will be viewed by people from Arizona or Okinawa .

The Comfort Women will all soon come to pass and with them Japan's last chance to either turn right or left.

Since: Mar 11

Taiwan

#14 Mar 27, 2011
Hiro S Nobumasa wrote:
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fling, the frail, sickly 'Comfort Women' only wants a simple Japanese government apology not revenge.
Japan is a civilized country but the way they treated the 'Comfort Women' even today only makes people wonder.
The State Council or equivalent of any other country will not dictate how Japan will be viewed by people from Arizona or Okinawa .
The Comfort Women will all soon come to pass and with them Japan's last chance to either turn right or left.
for the frail and sickly, i suggest drinking chicken broth soup.

the great warren buffet once said, influential leaders should always admit wrong when mistakes are made...

but from a legal standpoint, to concede fault and bear sole responsibilities for the numerous repercussions caused by the former japanese administration (over half a century ago) might not be the most advisable course of action...

however, the current japanese ministry of foreign affairs could offer humanitarian aid or monetary donations to the surviving comfort women as a goodwill gesture in lieu.

but even so, i believe the cpc will still cast the rising sun as the target nemesis to collectively defeat in a tactic to stir national unity... in a similar manner, the face of the u.s. has also been carefully sculpted to rally the people of china behind their government's 5 and 10 year plans... ultimately toward a common goal of surpassing the west as the world's number one... demonizing thy neighbor has been a longstanding survival tactic for governments through the ages.

believe it or not, a nation with 100% state controlled news media can in fact skew mass public opinion...

the state council is notorious for tightly controlling all media outlets; tv, film, radio, web, press, and public venues... even the chinese denizens themselves acknowledge the veil around them but accept it, especially the ones working in the state-run media... my communist friends at cctv and btv of beijing privately complain to me about the suffocating monitoring, filtration, and censorship of information flow to the public...

what one sees and hears everyday indeed conditions one's mind to think and behave in certain ways... just look at the plethora of ads in ever corner of your life.... corporations don't spend that kind of money for no reason.

adding to my previous posts... understanding the broader history and science in comprehending the true reality of our world helps us accept the imperfections of our fellow man and in ourselves... this is the first step in the healing process for the conquered and the conquerors... to better our planet, we begin with ourselves... as we are all connected; socially, biologically, and chemically... we are one.
Hiro S Nobumasa

Tainan, Taiwan

#15 Mar 27, 2011
kunmingfling wrote:
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for the frail and sickly, i suggest drinking chicken broth soup.
the great warren buffet once said, influential leaders should always admit wrong when mistakes are made...
but from a legal standpoint, to concede fault and bear sole responsibilities for the numerous repercussions caused by the former japanese administration (over half a century ago) might not be the most advisable course of action...
however, the current japanese ministry of foreign affairs could offer humanitarian aid or monetary donations to the surviving comfort women as a goodwill gesture in lieu.
but even so, i believe the cpc will still cast the rising sun as the target nemesis to collectively defeat in a tactic to stir national unity... in a similar manner, the face of the u.s. has also been carefully sculpted to rally the people of china behind their government's 5 and 10 year plans... ultimately toward a common goal of surpassing the west as the world's number one... demonizing thy neighbor has been a longstanding survival tactic for governments through the ages.
believe it or not, a nation with 100% state controlled news media can in fact skew mass public opinion...
the state council is notorious for tightly controlling all media outlets; tv, film, radio, web, press, and public venues... even the chinese denizens themselves acknowledge the veil around them but accept it, especially the ones working in the state-run media... my communist friends at cctv and btv of beijing privately complain to me about the suffocating monitoring, filtration, and censorship of information flow to the public...
what one sees and hears everyday indeed conditions one's mind to think and behave in certain ways... just look at the plethora of ads in ever corner of your life.... corporations don't spend that kind of money for no reason.
adding to my previous posts... understanding the broader history and science in comprehending the true reality of our world helps us accept the imperfections of our fellow man and in ourselves... this is the first step in the healing process for the conquered and the conquerors... to better our planet, we begin with ourselves... as we are all connected; socially, biologically, and chemically... we are one.
fling, why are you mixing the CPC with the Comfort Women ?

We are not talking about people of 60 years ago, it's about todays Japan whose children deserves a much better future that will hopefully have a clearer conscience which their innocence rightly deserves.

As they say in Naha, " broken glass leaves blood splintered in mind and spirit forever but clear water cleanses ones soul."
Hiro S Nobumasa

Tainan, Taiwan

#16 Mar 28, 2011
"however, the current japanese ministry of foreign affairs could offer humanitarian aid or monetary donations to the surviving comfort women as a goodwill gesture in lieu."

Japanese Imperialists still don't get it.

Many very poor and very sick ' Comfort Women' could have been richer and more comfortable if they only simply accepted the two million yen ($17,800) offered from the Asian Women's Fund established in 1995 . But they said they would rather happily exchange all those money for a sincere Japanese government apology that never came.

Thus the so-called Asian Women's Fund have since expired and closed doors with many 'Comfort Women' still refusing to take the money without an official Japanese government apology.

Since: Mar 11

Taiwan

#17 Mar 28, 2011
Hiro S Nobumasa wrote:
"however, the current japanese ministry of foreign affairs could offer humanitarian aid or monetary donations to the surviving comfort women as a goodwill gesture in lieu."
Japanese Imperialists still don't get it.
Many very poor and very sick ' Comfort Women' could have been richer and more comfortable if they only simply accepted the two million yen ($17,800) offered from the Asian Women's Fund established in 1995 . But they said they would rather happily exchange all those money for a sincere Japanese government apology that never came.
Thus the so-called Asian Women's Fund have since expired and closed doors with many 'Comfort Women' still refusing to take the money without an official Japanese government apology.
we are looking at the issue from different perspectives... lets zoom into yours:

will the japanese government give an official apology anytime soon?

most likely not.

should the comfort women live out the rest of their lives in hapless grievance?

hopefuly not.

then how should they spend their remaining days?

cherish each morning stroll in the park alongside their loved ones... listening to acappella chorus of the birds... feeling the warm morning sunbeam peaking through scattered silhouettes of tree leaves... filling their lungs with deep, nourishing breaths of life.... savoring each bite of food with gastronomic gusto...

to attain true happiness and peace of mind, which is ultimately what we want for comfort women or any victims of abuse, is not to dwell in a puddle of incessant thoughts (including the justification or redemption of painful memories)... but instead, focus on the rhythmic pulse of the now, which naturally avert attentions from the noises of the past and future... noises in the mind that the majority of us also suffer from.

even if you got the japanese to apologize to them, it will not resolve engrained flaws of humanity... just a quick fix, like scratching an itch but not curing the infection... to really contribute to our society for the betterment of our future... we need to seek a permanent solution for our collective internal conflicts... and teach it to our descendants.
REM 228

Taipei, Taiwan

#18 Mar 28, 2011
justice must prevail we can forgive not forget . criminals not rewarded but punished!
Rady

Taipei, Taiwan

#19 Mar 29, 2011
Can the Japanese government be sued if the water in Boston is contaminated with radiation?
so li

Taipei, Taiwan

#20 Mar 30, 2011
japan government lie own people serious problem due nuclear leak no tell truth! japan government also lie story of comfort women! lie always lie! america order 80 km away japan only 20! why lie?
Hiro S Nobumasa

Tainan, Taiwan

#21 Mar 30, 2011
kunmingfling wrote:
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...even if you got the japanese to apologize to them, it will not resolve engrained flaws of humanity... just a quick fix, like scratching an itch but not curing the infection... to really contribute to our society for the betterment of our future....
Maybe for the Comfort Women at this stage of their lives an official Japanese government apology is enought humanity not only for themselves but also for the innocent Japanese youths of today.
Hiro S Nobumasa

Tainan, Taiwan

#23 Apr 4, 2011
The Japanese people are so angry that Prime Minister Naoto Kan visited the disaster area only after 22 days.

That is a very justifiable anger!

But the Comfort Women have waited for an official Japanese government apology not only for 22 days or even 22 years but more than 66 years!

Yet the surviving Comfort Woman in Hsinchuc have no hatred but love for the Japanese people who are also suffering now as a result of the same attitude from the Japanese government.

Now maybe the whole world will also feel the pain when
Tokyo Electric warns it might release 11,500 tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant into the Pacific to help bring the crippled complex under control.

Maybe this time people all around the globe will understand the pain and agony silently felt by the Comfort Women and the big heart she have when she gave her modest 10,000.NT donation for her fellow victims of the Japanese government.

She is sharing her money and heart for the Japanese people while the Japanese government via TEPCO is sharing Japanese government radioactive water for all the worlds oceans to share.
paul shykora ARTs

Calgary, Canada

#24 Apr 4, 2011
..GOOD ..OKAY...''thankyou's''...yada u...eh...

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