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China, Japan and South Korea fashion show was more than just style and culture

China, Japan and South Korea fashion show was more than just style and culture

Kanako Itamae, Sarah Deschamps and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

China just held the East Asia fashion show in Beijing and the venue was given extra importance because of the current status of Japan and China relations. Indeed, tensions have also increased between Japan and South Korea because of similar issues related to territory and ownership. Therefore, the East Asia fashion show was a timely reminder that outside of the political realm you have enormous sanity.

Junko Koshino, a Japanese fashion designer, commented that “Politics and culture are essentially different…We will go down together if we remain affected by political fallout.”

This statement may be a little over dramatic because while trade and cordial ties are obviously important between the three nations involved in the East Asia fashion show. It is also factual that each nation is blessed with a diverse trading angle and in times of crisis each respective nation will respond by implementing diversification. Of course, hiccups will occur on the way and this isn’t desired but clearly the sentiments behind the statement by Junko Koshino were deeply appreciated.

China is “the new kid on the block” when it comes to fashion because of past constraints by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Yet since the economic reforms of Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997) under his leadership, then China began to open up in the economic arena. Following on from this came the loosening of outside influence because greater openness became the norm and a new China emerged.

Therefore, not only did the domestic nature of fashion in China change but also with each passing year more and more international boutiques desire to enter the vast market of this nation. In South Korea K-pop (Korean pop music) is making waves both regionally and internationally. Not surprisingly, the fashion angle is also starting to blossom outside of South Korea because of the growing awareness of culture from this nation. This isn’t surprising because Korean culture is extremely rich.

Japan, of course, is internationally famous for fashion and this applies to various angles. For example, from elegant and refined fashion designers to kawaii (cute) culture and many subcultures within major cities like Tokyo and Osaka. Likewise, the quality of Japanese fashion is extremely elegant and the fabrics used are of the highest when it comes to high-end fashion in this nation. One only needs to visit trendy fashion districts like Aoyama, Ginza, Harajuku, Ikebukuro, Omotesando, Shibuya, Yurakucho, and many other parts of Tokyo, to understand the power of fashion within this country.

The East Asia fashion show didn’t disappoint because Beijing pulled out all the stops in order to make it a great success. Exquisite designs and the richness of culture were clearly visible because China, Japan and South Korea are blessed with fabulous designers. Also, areas like Confucius values are shared easily between all these nations despite the impact of modernity and new influences which have entered each nation.

Zhang Zhifeng from China and Chang Kwang-hyo from South Korea also echoed the sentiments of Junko Koshino. Therefore, these three amazing fashion designers, and other important individuals who participated in this fashion show; highlighted the need to build new bridges in order to overcome political obstacles.

leejay@moderntokyotimes.com

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Armed forces of Syria to launch counter attack after FSA enters Aleppo: Erdogan rattled

Armed forces of Syria to launch counter attack after FSA enters Aleppo: Erdogan rattled 

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The government of Syria is fighting for its survival because of outside forces destabilizing this nation.  Therefore, the armed forces of Syria are bracing themselves for an important counter attack against Islamists who have entered Aleppo in vast numbers. This reality shouldn’t be ignored but politicians in Washington, London, Ankara and Paris are maintaining their pro-Saudi Arabia and Qatar agenda.

President Bashar al-Assad fully understands that when journalists are deliberately killed by FSA terrorists and when refugees are also killed in Damascus by the same forces; that this doesn’t even enter the radar in Washington. Likewise, when political ministers were killed by terrorists the anti-Syria nations didn’t even bat an eyelid. On the contrary many international politicians and journalists gloated that the days of President Assad were numbered.

However, the Syrian armed forces have fought back against FSA terrorists, Islamists, covert operatives and other sinister forces which are aimed at weakening Syria on the bequest of Washington and Riyadh. Thousands of Syrian soldiers from all faith groups have sacrificed themselves in order that Syria can remain independent and free from foreign control. Therefore, despite the mounting months, outside meddling, media wars, economic blockade, terrorism, and outside forces supporting sectarianism – the Syrian army on the whole remains loyal to President Assad.

Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom met Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey but clearly he missed a golden opportunity to plead with Erdogan to stop violating the sovereignty of Cyprus. Instead both political leaders maintained their anti-Syria rhetoric. Cameron stated that “the very real concerns we have that the regime is about to carry out some truly appalling acts in and around the city of Aleppo.” He negated to mention that the crisis in Aleppo is based on the FSA moving into this city. Also, the brutal murders of refugees by the FSA skipped the mind of Cameron, just like the massacres of black Africans by rebel forces in Libya “on the watch” of the United Kingdom and other nations.

The leader of Turkey once more reminded the world how immature this politician really is. Erdogan stated that“In Aleppo itself the regime is preparing for an attack with its tanks and helicopters ….my hope is that they’ll get the necessary answer from the real sons of Syria.”  It is worth noting that not only is Turkey still violating international law by its illegal occupation of Northern Cyprus – but tens of thousands of Kurds and their villages have also been destroyed by countless different governments of this country. Indeed it is reported that several thousand Kurdish villages have been wiped from the map over the last few decades. However, this and the invasion of Cyprus are tolerated because Turkey is in NATO.

Similar leaders from nations which have been responsible for the deaths of countless numbers in many nations followed the Erdogan line. In other words, Western politicians want the Syrian government to accept that the FSA can kill them in terrorist attacks and that the same terrorists can control major cities. It is not only absurd but it is credulous that major international media agencies are spreading this propaganda on behalf of nations supporting international terrorism and sectarianism.

Recently the Russian Foreign Minister, Lavrov, was visibly riled by the US State Department which implied that terror acts were only natural given the prevailing conditions in Syria. Lavrov responded by commenting that“This is direct endorsement of terrorism. How are we supposed to understand that?

Lavrov continued by stating that This is a sinister position – I cannot find words to express our attitude towards that….In other words this means ‘We are going to support such acts of terrorism until the UNSC does when we want.” 

However, given the reality that America forgave the Bosnia and Saudi Arabia ratlines with regards to the fact that the majority of Islamists who did September 11 emanating from Saudi Arabia. Alongside the fact that many of these very same Islamists had been on the same side of America in Bosnia, then anything is possible from political leaders in Washington. The same applies to the allies of America assisting in the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan respectively. This applies to Islamists utilizing vast areas of Pakistan alongside the deaths of many American soldiers in Iraq because of the Saudi Arabian angle. Despite this, the US and Saudi Arabia have a strong relationship but Pakistan is disillusioned because of the endless drone attacks which have killed many innocent people in Pakistan.

Hillary Clinton made it clear that once the FSA stays in control of parts of Syria then ratlines can be poured into these areas in order to crush the armed forces of Syria. Turkey, the nation which “ran to NATO” after a plane was shot down by Syria, is hiding behind NATO and its friendship with America by allowing the FSA to obtain military arms and training. Therefore, it is essential for the government of President Assad to retake Aleppo from FSA terrorists.

If the armed forces of Syria can crush the FSA in Aleppo and a real agreement is made whereby the FSA is forced out of major cities – then a political solution can be found whereby the violence ceases. However, if the FSA stays in control of important parts of Syria then clearly outside nations will use these areas in order to attack Damascus in the future.

In the last few weeks the FSA launched attacks against the cities of Damascus and Aleppo but this is being manipulated and turned on its head. After all, how can you blame the government based in Damascus for defending their country from an organization which keeps on spreading its carnage throughout major cities in Syria?

 

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