Thursday, July 06, 2006

Appealing to Japan with Seven Missiles So Launched

Appealing to Japan with Seven Missiles So Launched

As I had warned, North Korea fired some missiles, actually, to certain areas of the Sea of Japan along Russian coast lines.

And now, people are talking about brinkmanship-addicted North Korea, embarrassed China, cautious Russia, betrayed South Korea, and peace-addicted Japan.

However, so long as none of those missiles, reportedly test-fired, does not fly over Japanese islands to the North Pacific or the Bering Sea near Alaska, there is nothing to worry about seriously, though North Korea is believed to have some nucleus bombs.

North Korea has no options ultimately but to get great support from Japan.

They fired some missiles, as if they had been urging Japan to do something to help and rescue them.
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But, it might be interesting for some people to confirm the following facts that happened around July 5 in the East Asian time zone:
- Japanese Prime Minister returned home from his state visit to the U.S.

- The U.S. was celebrating the Independence Day.

- The Space Shuttle was about to be launched.

- The USS aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk was in port at a Japanese northern port city facing the Sea of Japan.

- The flag ship of the US Navy's seventh fleet was in port at a Russian port city facing the Sea of Japan.

- The North Korea diplomat branch was busy dealing with Japanese reporters invited to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, to give some information on an abducted Japanese who has been the focus of the social interest in Japan.

- Leaders of the largest opposition party in Japan were on a visit to China to meet Chinese leaders, including Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party.

- The G8 summit meeting in Russia is getting near, according to schedule.

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If North Korea launched a missile, namely Taepodon 2 or 3, capable of carrying a nucleus warhead over the Japanese land to the U.S. maritime border with an intention to display their military capability of hitting the U.S. soil, they would incur American attacks at least on their missile sites and nucleus facilities.

In that case, the U.S. would not just sit and wait for another 9/11 terror to happen sometime in future with nucleus missiles instead of passenger jet planes.

North Korea might like to appeal to other countries that hate the U.S. for possible sales of missiles capable of hitting the U.S. mainland

However, under such conditions and through overt anti-American dealings, it is very unlikely that any countries would purchase such ballistic missiles, which might be used as an excuse of attacks on them by the U.S.
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Nonetheless, North Korea seems to like to have a missile capable of reaching the American Continent, but they think they have to do so without giving a sense of imminent threat to the world and also without having the world get concerned much about possible nucleus warheads.

Yet, it may be for possible sales of those missiles in addition to getting in the inside track in negotiations with the U.S.
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But my feeling is that some leaders of North Korea, including or excluding their supreme leader, had planned the test firing of the seven missiles at this time, aiming at appealing to Japan.

They might highly expect Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to make the third visit to Pyongyang to resume diplomatic sessions between the two countries for normalizing their relationships.

Of course, there are still many obstacles for Japan to take up the diplomatic channel into North Korea, such as Japanese abducted by and still kept in North Korea.
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Again, in future, I hope that North Korea will become a friendly nation to Japan so as to become another Swiss between its old allies, China and Russia, and the U.S. force-dominant South Korea.

But, before that, all nations must be judged by the God Almighty.


Sunday, July 02, 2006

70% of Modern Chinese Terminologies Are Japanese Originally

70% of Modern Chinese Terminologies Are Japanese Originally

A Japanese scholar visited Beijing University in 1973, that is, at the peak of the Cultural Revolution, and had a talk with professors and students.

A Chinese student said, "Though Chinese characters were invented in ancient China, modern Chinese academic terminologies were all imported from Japan, weren't they?"

It is true. Majority, namely about 70%, of modern Chinese terminologies related to natural science and social science were originally invented in Japan when Japan opened its door to the world late in the 19th century.

However, though they share the same writing expressions of those terminologies, pronounciation is very different between Japanese and Chinese, in addition to their grammar.

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When Japanese began to absorb Western Civilization, they encountered many unfamiliar or different-style concepts, such as Communism, Socialism, Economy, Freedom, and Market, though similar concepts had been in Japanese culture and society. Accordingly, Japanese invented a new expression to each of those new concepts.

In doing so, they first selected two or more conventional Kanji characters as elements related to a new concept. Then, by combining these Kanji characters in a very innovative way, Japanese invented many modern Japanese academic terminologies, each of which precisely matches a Western academic terminology.

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As Japanese Kanji letters had been originally imported from China and thus almost identical with Chinese letters, Chinese scholars and leaders decades ago or more than a century ago decided to import those Japanese Kanji-based terminologies, since until the mid 20th century China had been in wars, civil wars, and great social turmoil without any room for stable basement and development of academic activities.

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Modern Chinese terminologies related to natural science and social science are expressed in combination of two or more Chinese characters. But, those who first invented such combinations to mean modern concepts, which were imported from Europe and America, were Japanese, not Chinese, of almost 150 years ago.

China imported those terminologies expressed in Kanji letters from Japan, and they still continue to use them even under the regime of the Chinese Communist Party.

It is said almost 1000 terminologies were imported to China from Japan before WWII, WWI, and the Japanese-Russo War, which helped Chinese people develop modern science and culture.

Japan is the only country from which China imported such new words to use in its society as well as in daily lives and activities of the people to that extent.

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Now many Americans are learning Chinese.

More advanced they are in their study in Chinese, more they will learn terminologies Japanese invented and Chinese imported in the Meiji Era, late in the 19th century.

It is not a secret between Japan and China. Most of Chinese scholars love to use those Japanese-Kanji-based terminologies which give them new insight about depth of Japanese Kanji letters or their own Chinese characters.

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In other words, they are learning Japanese terminologies when foreigners are proudly learning Chinese.

Put extremely in favor of Japan, it is like they are actually using Japanese technologies, inventions, and funds, when foreigners are sometimes proudly using Chinese modern products, services, and systems.

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Other important issue is that due to the great work of those Japanese in the Meiji Era, Japanese as well as Chinese have not had to learn English, French, Germany, Latin or any other foreign languages to master Western science and culture.

Every valuable Western work can be translated into Japanese as well as Chinese using those terminologies expressed in Kanji letters.

In this respect, Japan has been a very exceptional country.

It is why, for example, African leaders are often astonished at and perplexed by a fact that while no Japanese speak English or French well they have such advanced technologies and economy.

While only one percent of African population had a chance to read and understand Western science and technologies with learnt Western languages, 100 percent of the Japanese had basically a chance to master it in their own language.

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Even without Japan in history, Chinese civilization might be well advanced until the late 19th century.

But, the whole world today must look very different.

The difference must be more significant than in case of no existence of New Continents, including the American Continent.

However, can you really imagine such a world of today?

The difference is only matched by that caused by assumed non-existence of the God-blessed Israelites for 4000 years of human history, in my view.