Author: Steve Halley

The Continuing Issue of the Comfort Women

Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, has stated opposition to the Korean president, Moon Jae-in’s proposal that their two countries revise a 2015 agreement between the two countries concerning comfort women testimonies. However, Abe does agree that the two countries need to meet to discuss a “future-oriented” relationship between their two countries. They did so during the recent Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The leaders of several other countries around the world were also present.

The question of the comfort women stories refers to the era of Japan’s colonization of Korea from 1910 to 1945. These were kidnapped women and girls who were forced to have sex with around 100 men every day. These females were often deprived of adequate food and water. During that time the Japanese forced many Korean women to serve their soldiers via prostitution. During World War II, many of these women were shipped off to the front lines to serve in brothels for the Japanese officers. In recent times these women have been called Korean comfort women.

South Korea’s renewal of this feud is considered very inopportune at this time with the imminent North Korea nuclear threat. In the 2015 agreement, Japan officially apologized to the South Korean comfort women and set up a 1 billion yen fund for those of them still living. However, in the instance, Japan also had some demands. They asked that all of South Korea’s statues commemorating “comfort women” be removed. Up to that time, South Korea had installed such statues in several countries around the world: the United States, Australia, and Germany.

South Korea is now coming to the conclusion that this was not enough. In the brief time since the 2015 agreement, the 46 surviving South Korean victims and still living victims from neighboring countries have staged protests. And they were not alone in protesting. Hundreds of South Koreans have joined in the protests and many more have expressed decided discontentment with the 2015 agreement. So the South Korean government put together a five-month investigative team to look into the 2015 agreement between Seoul and Tokyo.

The task force found that the former South Korean government, led by former President Park Geun-hye, had failed to fully take into consideration the opinions of the still living Korean comfort women. Thus, the recent demand to revisit the 2015 agreement. This information has been relayed to the world via Moon’s spokesperson, Kim Eui-kyeom. Via Eui-kyeom, Moon also told the world that he sincerely hopes Japan will work with him to heal these old wounds. But for his part, Abe has said the Japanese government will not budge on the issue “one millimeter.”

Not everyone prefers the euphemism, South Korean Comfort Women. Although South Korea and Japan are adamantly opposed to this issue, they are strongly united in attempting to get North Korea to back off of its nuclear and missile programs plan. In 2014 the U.N attempted to get this changed to “enforced sex slaves.” At the time of colonization, the Japanese called these women “ianfu.”… Read More

Japan Pleads with South Korea to Honor Comfort Women Agreement

On Tuesday, the Japanese government urged South Korea to live up to its promise of implementing the comfort women deal. This came about as South Korean’s new Foreign minister met with her Japanese counterpart in Tokyo during an official visit. The South Korean government has in the recent months raised questions with the deal hence making it one of the top agenda for their meeting including North Korea’s nuclear program. The comfort women testimonies have been heard throughout Asia for years.

The Tuesday meeting between the two foreign ministers comes amidst Moon’s visit to China a few days ago. During his visit, the South Korean president sought more cooperation with the Chinese government where he emphasized about reviewing the comfort women’s deal with Japan and the need to dialogue with North Korea about their nuclear program. His comments were received with suspicion amongst most politicians from Japan.

Kang Kyung-wha‘s two-day visit to Tokyo is viewed by many as a way of showing that South Korea has not completely taken sides with China. The two foreign ministers reiterated that their countries were working closely to monitor the situation in North Korea. Nonetheless, their efforts are being tainted by the Korean comfort women deal together with a plethora of issues surrounding Japan’s occupation of South Korean Peninsula between 1910 and 1945.

Is the Deal Workable ?

In 2015 Japan closed a deal with Park Geun-hye who was later impeached in a bid to try and amend a strained relationship between South Korea and Japan. There had been such efforts made earlier although they did not bear any meaningful results. In the deal with Park, Japan was to acknowledge the involvement of its military in prostitution business within the formerly occupied territory. Prime minister Abe even went ahead to issue an apology and a trust fund was also established to support the victims.

On her part, South Korea was to declare that the matter was resolved and it could no longer be reversed. The deal was supposed to bury the hatchet between the two neighbors and help them focus on building a prosperous future together. However, it did not take long before voices of opposition began to echo from South Korea. Most of the victims, as well as human rights groups, were not happy with the deal terming it a slap on their faces. They urged the South Korean government to renegotiate the deal so that all the victims together with their families are duly compensated and accorded respect by the Japanese government.

Although there have been a lot of pull and push between the two groups, there are hopes that the comfort women deal could soon be implemented in full. The official visit by the South Korean foreign minister on Tuesday is a clear indication that there is goodwill regarding the whole process. Doubts had been expressed by several countries such as the United States as to whether the deal would be implemented by South Korea considering the recent opposing remarks from various quarters.

Apparently, the South Korean ministry of foreign affairs has formed a task force which will review the terms in the comfort women deal and give recommendations. It is upon those recommendations that the South Korean government will make the final decision as to whether to modify and implement or to scrap the deal all together. The report is supposed to be published by December, 27th.

The Japanese government on its part says that they are hopeful that South Korea will put the interest of the region first and the importance of their relationship as they review the terms of the deal. Besides, the international community has also urged South Korea to ensure their relationship with Tokyo is not strained by the comfort women agreement.… Read More

4 Ways to Emotionally Connect with Your E-Commerce Customers

Unlike a local mom-and-pop shop, an e-commerce business does not have the opportunity to see its customers in person and make that connection face-to-face. When it comes to selling online, one of the most important parts is making sure you emotionally connect with your customers. If your company conducts business solely online, consider the following 4 ways you can better connect with consumers, win their business and gain loyal customers.

1. Create a Story

A great place to start is by offering the story of your brand. Let your customers see what your brand’s characteristics and values are. Share where it all got started, what your company’s approach to doing business is, and what it values most. Give your brand a voice. In humanizing your brand and revealing its purpose, you will generate positive emotions from current and potential customers.

2. Reveal Why Your Product is Remarkable

What makes your product special? Is there something unique about your process? A great way to make an emotional connection with your customers is to make them feel involved. Go beyond providing exceptional customer service and address the element that often gets overlooked. Point out what it is about your business, its products/services and culture that makes you stand out from your competitors.

3. Use Flashy Images and Videos

Taking advantage of images and videos is the perfect way to trigger the emotions of your customers. A great photo, for example, can lead to feelings of joy, sadness, fear and or love. An interesting video can capture consumers’ attention and lead to them to share it with friends and family. Ultimately, a photo or video can quickly put a face to the team behind your brand.

4. Touch on Consumer’s Need to Give Back

More than ever before, consumers are incredibly concerned with the social responsibility of companies. They want to know how the businesses they are giving their money to are giving back to their communities. If your brand supports a charity or is very active in your community, it will win the trust of consumers and generate positive emotions about your business.

Are you struggling to secure the resources you need to expand your business and fund your expansion efforts? E-commerce businesses are often considered too risky to work with, but not for high risk specialists. If your business is seeking such services (business funding options, payment processing, chargeback protection, etc.), consider what a high-risk merchant account could offer your business in flexibility.

Author Bio: Electronic payments expert, Blair Thomas, co-founded eMerchantBroker. His passions include producing music, and traveling to far off exotic places. eMerchantBroker is America’s No. 1 high risk merchant account company, serving both traditional and high-risk merchants.Read More

Valentines Day an Occasion for a Memorable Day to Cherish and Remember

The echo of these three words ‘I love you’, lasts a life time. These are the most awaited words by in love couples. Once marriage is solemnized these words take the back seat as the couple begins to settle down in life. There are occasions in life such as Valentine week when the love is again acknowledged and magic of love surrounds the couple. They intend to spend as much as possible in togetherness. Wife goes out of the way to pick gift for the husband on Valentine day. Valentine Week begins from February 7th and ends on February 14th. Valentine is celebrated in remembrance of Saint Valentine; it is celebrated around the world.

Valentine Gift for Husband Online is the right way to go about the occasion. The range of gifts is mind boggling. There is something for every budget. From electronic items to clothing, bonsai and other plants, flowers, gifts, cakes and chocolates, token gifts the selection is wide. A special effort put by the wife make the love bond stronger and life happier. Love does wonders to a relationship. Once you are online you visit gift website you will images of gifts with price and discounted prices. Scroll down the page and see what is being offered. You will come across flowers, exotic flowers, carnations, gerberas, lilies, mixed flowers, orchid, flower bouquet, Sweets, dry fruits, soft toys, personalized gifts-cushions, t-shirts, greeting cards, mug, glasses, key chains, heart shaped glass photo frame, perfume and deodorant hamper, fragrance hamper, precious moments photo album, wallet, glass bottle quotation, wall clock, quotation book, German silver gold plated pen set, love couple teddy etc. Flowers come in many format such as flower arrangement-basket arrangement, glass vase, handheld bunch, heart shaped floral, floral combo, flowers with chocolates, flowers with gifts, flower with teddy, flowers with wine, home décor, sports items books , perfumes and fragrance etc. Candles offered are in variety such as jars, tin candles etc. Other items of interest are show pieces, figurines 24 carat gold plated, wind chimes 24carat gold plated.

Once you made the selection put the items in the online cart. Tick the occasion for the gift and the person’s relationship with you. Move to the next page give the address and time of delivery. It could be in the morning, afternoon and even midnight. The websites has network and they can deliver gifts nationally internationally and even in the same city within 4 hours. In some cases shipment is free. Make payment through credit or debit card. You can now rest and your gift will reach the destination. If you have a query take to customer care on phone or through E-Mail. Express delivery costs a little more but reaches the destination faster.

Valentine Gifts Online are not static. More and more variety is added periodically. On special occasions unique gifts are added to the list. Gift hampers, personalized gifts, fashion accessories, fragrance, greeting cards, small appliances etc. are added to the list. What you saw last year will be in changed format this year. Enjoy the unconditional love token gifts by sharing it with your man.

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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Addresses Divorce Rumors

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Christ Embassy Church in Nigeria and one of the most recognized evangelists in the world is known as a godly man. Allegations of a divorce of his wife has Oyakhilome speaking out and denying any such thing. During a recent Sunday sermon, Pastor Oyakhilome made his first statements about the divorce and in his words says that the news of a divorce is ‘crazy and stupid’.

Oyakhilome is well known throughout the world for his Christ Embassy Church which is headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. He was also the founder of Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated and is also the head of three Christian based television stations throughout the world. Oyakhilome states that divorce is against what is written in the bible and as being a Christian man and a deliverer of God’s word that divorce is not an option that he would be able to take. Oyakhilome has stated that the only way that he would consider a divorce from his wife is if she insisted on it and according to Oyakhilome the rumors of his wife wanting a divorce are simply not true.

‘Christians must not and they certainly should not have a divorce. It should not be but you also have to see that a Christian does not have to take that option. They may do it but it certainly does not mean that it is right’ said Pastor Oyakhilome. The pastor went on to state that being married to a preacher or someone who goes out and does God’s work does not exactly make the woman one who is of God. Oyakhilome explained this point by stating that not all men of God who are spoke of in the Holy Bible do not always have wives.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome then went on to address the Nigerian and South African media whom were the first ones who started reporting that he and his wife were heading for a divorce settlement. The pastor stated the things that were being written of him and his wife were ‘stupid’. He scalded them for investigating into his private life and at the same time asking for people around the world to pray for him and his wife.

‘I was not accused of the things that the media houses were saying nor did I do those stupid things that you are accusing me of. I do not need to go that low and make accusations with such discussions. Jesus Christ was blamed and accused of many things which were certainly not true. He had a lot of frivolous charges. There will always be those out there who wish that these accusation were true but you know that despite of all of the false lies and accusations that were made against Jesus Christ it did not change who he was’ said Oyakhilome.

Pastor Oyakhilome went further discussing the divorce matter by saying that being a pastor being and being a man of God are two entirely different things. He stated while others look at him as being a preacher and a pastor, in the end he is a man of God.

‘There are preachers then there are men of God. There is something that everyone should know when it comes about being a Man of God. A man of God is not someone who just worships God or who preaches the Word of God. A man of this type is directed by God and is set on a course by God’ explained Oyakhilome.… Read More

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