Saturday, March 17, 2007

Commuter Railroad Near Tokyo


The Empire of Japan and The Morgan Group in 1930's

The Empire of Japan and The Morgan Group in 1930's

In "The House of Morgan" by Ron Chernow, the intimate relationship between the Empire of Japan and the Morgan financial combine before WWII was described over several pages.

The outline of the description is not so bad, but there are a few misunderstandings on critical issues, including characteristics and a political position of Korekiyo Takahashi, the then Finance Minister and a friend of powerful financiers' of the West, who was assassinated in 1936 by young officers of the Imperial Army.

After the Great Depression, the economy of the Empire of Japan continued to suffer a big recession mostly due to a slump in export to the U.S. It had to find a way to sustain its economy and decided to advance into a territory of Manchuria and the Chinese market with support of military power due to a quasi-state of war or an actual civil war going on in the area.

It was regarded as unlawful military invasion by the Empire of Japan on Manchuria and China by Western powers and the Morgan group which finally stopped to give support to the Empire.

It is true that various Japanese politicians and top businessmen, including close friends of the Morgan group's, were assassinated in 1930's by right-wing extremists and violent nationalists in the Empire of Japan.

However, if you viewed the age in a wider scope, things would look different.

The Empire of Japan had been pressed and intimidated by Russia and the USSR even after the Japan-Russo War in 1904, while the Imperial Japan's Army itself sometimes recklessly ventured into exchange of fires with reinforced Russian troops. Manchuria was expected to be the main battle field for the next Japan-Russo War which should have posed a serious threat to the Korean peninsula and down south to the Japanese Islands. But, Manchuria had been in fact under control of Chinese and Manchurian war lords, without any unified and stable administration or government, who often dealt with the USSR against Imperial Japan's interest.

China had been in civil wars, and nobody protected the order of economy and market; it is the Empire of Japan that established and introduced modern industrial infrastructure into China even in those days, as with the case in Korea, Taiwan, and Manchuria.

Moreover, Manchuria had been once occupied by the Russian Empire, the Philippines was a colony of America; Vietnam was a colony of France; Malaysia was a colony of Britain; Indonesia was colony of Holland; and European countries and the U.S. had long been trying to exploit the Chinese market.

It is not like that while Russia was peaceful, China was stable and unified, and other Asia countries were enjoying independence, suddenly the Empire of Japan got mad and waged greedy wars here and there in Asia in 1930's.

(However, the U.S. people and the Morgan Group were very nice to, and extended great aid for, the Empire of Japan when it suffered the Tokyo Earthquake of 1923.)

The Empire of Japan had to manage Manchuria for its security against the USSR and its economic interest, while the Chinese Communist Party tried to draw the Japanese Imperial military into the mainland China and their civil war so that Chinese National Party would have to fight Japanese soldiers rather than Chinese communists.

The Empire of Japan had been at its core a samurai-spirited country trying hard not to be colonized by the West and Russia. If challenged, it had to fight; otherwise, it could not maintain authority domestically. And, the Chinese Communist Party really so challenged to pull Imperial Japan's troops into the Chinese civil war between the Communist Party and the Nationalist Party, make situations complicated, and get compassion and support from the U.S. and the USSR. Accordingly, the Morgan group severed its tie with the Imperial Japan.

(The Empire of Japan had no grand design on how to occupy and administrate the whole China; its military was in a sense just taking up the gauntlet and could not stop it as a samurai, no matter how endless it would become in 1930's and 1940's.)

But, every tragedy before WWII in East Asia was essentially triggered by the Great Depression in the U.S. and subsequent mishandling of the situation by US politicians and businessmen including the Morgan financial combine, from a viewpoint of the Empire of Japan.

This is a humble and personal defense for the past Empire of Japan that had refused to sit and starve after the Great Depression, but decided to go out, leveraging its world-class military power, to control and manage the entire East Asia in a great turmoil in vain.

In addition, after WWII, the relationship between Japan and the Morgan group was restored and maintained well. Now, no one argued failures the both sides had experienced before WWII. But, misunderstanding remained should be resolved.

(What is the most heart breaking thing is that some Americans, maybe including you, have never understood the rigorous situations the Empire of Japan had faced eastward (the U.S.), westward (China), northward (the USSR), and southward (European colonial rulers) in 1930's. If I were an American and a follower of Jesus Christ, I suppose, I would not blame the past Empire of Japan, since Japan is truly situated at the End of the East.)


Friday, March 16, 2007

Sober in the Grass

(Today it snowed a little in Tokyo as the first in the season, more than 70 days later than in usual winter. We have to get serious about what has induced climate change.)


All You Need Is Love Which is Still All You Need

All You Need Is Love Which is Still All You Need

If you think that all you need is money while all people need is love, you may launch a religious band.

You may think that you give what you think looks like love to people and people give you real money.

This is bad, very bad, though it looks like a common procedure in religion business.

A saint needs no money. If you are not a saint, you have to follow him as long as you want to live on religion which cannot be business.

Therefore, if you think that all you need is money, you still have to follow a saint till you come to need no money.
* * *

This morning a US news program is focusing on alcohol addiction in a variety of ways.

Your enemy is not alcohol; it is rather bad money and stupid social systems.

Concentrate on your real enemies, but not on alcohol.

Try to improve the world and national economy and society as well as international relationships, and then you will be a winner over alcohol.
* * *

By the way, when Peter said to Jesus Christ on a hill at one night (when the "Transfiguration" occurred) that he would build three houses, one for Jesus Christ, one for Moses, and the rest for Elijah, he was actually making prophecy that there would be three religions in parallel: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

It is because the "two secret followers" they met on the hill were a rabbi (looking like Moses) and a soldier (looking like Elijah), but the latter must be an Arab who had been recruited by the Roman military in Palestine.
* * *

(Though I know all you need is love for God and neighbors, you may need someone in addition. Maybe, a good teacher, a good friend, or a good elder, without mentioning a good family to avoid something bad like addiction.)

All I need is, however, maybe nothing.

So far, everything seems to be reasonably going well or promised well as proven by this Report, doesn't it?


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Mt. Fuji pushed up by Eurasia plate, Philippin plate and North America plate

(Mt. Fuji is very exceptional in its origin, situated at the converging point of three or more major plates of the earth.)


Transfiguration, Crucifix, and Resurrection

Transfiguration, Crucifix, and Resurrection

Jesus Christ did not have to use spies; but there must be a kind of informants or secret followers.

If a soldier of the Roman military happened to be a believer like the centurion whose family had been saved by Jesus Christ, he could not come to listen to Him openly under the daylight.

If one of rabbis subject to a high priest happened to be a believer, he could not come to listen to Him openly under the daylight.

In that case, they had to send messengers to Jesus Christ and asked Him to meet them in the night, for example, on a certain hill.

In this way, Jesus Christ accompanied by Peter and other two disciples climbed a hill to meet the two secret followers one night.

It is described in the Bible as an occasion and a scene of the "Transfiguration."

The "two secret followers," however, that night must have brought a specific and horrible piece of information about Judas and a plot he was involved in.

(The Roman Governor, having realized a wide influence Jesus Christ had caused, must have decided to take a decisive action to handle the case for himself.)

Jesus Christ could have avoided confrontation with the plot and left Jerusalem or even Judea for as far as Egypt or Persia. But, as He was informed of details about Judas situations, He decided to save Judas and other followers by staying in the situation.

It must have been a very tense conversation. The two secret followers knew graveness of their information, and thus even the air around them got tense, since the two secret followers risked their lives to tell it to Jesus Christ.

The tension had an influence on Peter and other two who took the two secret followers as Moses and Elijah, due to extraordinary tense, pressure and the strong will to carry out a holy mission.

Jesus Christ could have avoided the encounter with the plot by performing miracles or using supernatural power. But, if he had done so, Judas or other followers should have been killed by Roman soldiers. Therefore, He decided to accept the accomplishment of the plot.

The moment He made this great decision, Heaven responded and praised Him, sending a "special power" to Him, making the clothes of Jesus Christ "dazzling white," so that He would revive after "Crucifixion" expected to inevitably happen sometime soon. He was now prepared for "Resurrection."

The rest of story is described in the Bible.

Avoiding the tragedy, which must have been very easy, is an act of an ordinary man or a person of religion by trade.

By saving the life of Judas or a lost sheep, who however committed a suicide later, Jesus Christ showed an extreme example of supreme altruism.

(If you do not save a sheep because it is just one of many, you will probably not save any sheep. If you do not save one man, you will probably not save mankind at all and you cannot be called the Messiah.)

However, it has not been taught as such for too many years, making Judas forever an enemy of Jesus' followers and making Jesus Christ a failed saint (significance of which should be discussed later).

Now, it is a time for religious establishments to put an end to their blasphemy. And, they should not continue to make their innocent followers pagans.

(It is truly said that unless you become like a little child in learning the Bible, you cannot enter Heaven.

Especially good girls in Europe and America should learn more respect to Jesus Christ and His chosen disciples who were all Israelites, though Japanese I am, shouldn't they?)


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Dazzling White

(On a hill, the clothes of Jesus Christ turned into dazzling white. Then, He met two special figures His three disciples took as Moses and Elijah. It is a key to interpretation of Jesus' uncomplaining acceptance of the Judas-involved plot...)


4.3 Trillion Dollar and 12,000 Dollar Credits

4.3 Trillion Dollar and 12,000 Dollar Credits

The New York Stock Exchange index fell by 242.66 points to 12075.96 dollars.

It was reportedly due to a concern over too much financing to clients with poor credibility in home financing.

Whatever reason they might have, there must be, behind the incident, some people who think it will be advantageous for them to sell stocks

Or there might be some people who would try to save their own assets by stopping to sustain the stock price level.
* * *

Japan has foreign claims totaling to about 4.3 trillion dollars.

If an interest rate 5% is applied, Japan gains annually about 215 billion dollars without making any business activities.

But, as the borrowers in the world do not want to return money to Japan, there is possibility that they hope that Japan is involved in wars and gets destroyed or that Japan will disappear from the world map.
* * *

In terms of economy, there is always potential that moves a trend in the opposite direction for profits of specific stakeholders.

Experts in Tokyo and New York should have a talk to secure 4.3 trillion dollars and 12000 dollars, respectively, if we cannot abandon them.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tokyo Bay Disney Land


"Though Japanese I Am"

"Though Japanese I Am"

He made a desperate appeal to her: "Though I am Jewish, you love me, don't you? Won't you?"

She, who had been aware that he was Jewish from the beginning, said calmly, "You are exceptional, for you are different from other Jews."

Mr. Peter Frankl, a Hungary-born French mathematician and now resident in Japan, gave her up eventually, and lost a motivation forever to return and settle in his home country Hungary, thus seriously thinking about tragedies induced by difference in races and religions.

He could not reside permanently in France because he felt like an alienated individual, though he speaks French fairly well and loves Paris and unique French culture.

He often worked in the U.S. where he has the best senior associate for his profession, but as he could not adapt himself to worship of money seemingly spreading in the US society (and in addition, he doesn't like to drive a car but loves cycling), he decided not to live in the U.S.

In Japan, people were, in most cases, kind and polite to him and actually accepted him, though they looked at him sometimes as if he had been a kind of menageries, since in those days an encounter with Westerners were not so common for ordinary Japanese citizens in their daily lives.

He however decided that he would stay in Japan, for people welcomed him; "If I am regarded as a kind of menageries, it is far better to live in Japan," he mused.

Now, the very successful mathematician and street performer, to our surprise, Mr. Peter Frankl is busy writing books in Japanese, appearing in various TV shows, and traveling all over the world, while teaching and studying mathematics in Paris and Tokyo.

* * *

Until I recently read a book, published in 2003, he wrote in Japanese, I did not realize he is a Judaist origin.

But, thanks to Mr. Peter Frankl, I got very valuable information on conversations actually happening somewhere in the world.

* * *

Mr. Peter Frankl was raised as an atheist. Therefore, he might not like to be called a Judaist (Jew). If so, I am very sorry for him.

But, now, you know that there is such a man who is a son of Holocaust survivors and has been living happily in Japan, though he thinks he is an atheist.

* * *

I may say someday to a beautiful and intellectual blond girl: "Though I am Japanese, you love me, don't you? Won't you?"

("Your God is my God who is exactly the God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus' followers, and a certain great Arab as well as his followers.")


Monday, March 12, 2007

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Jesus Christ, the Roman Governor, Judas, and We

Jesus Christ, the Roman Governor, Judas, and We

When Jesus Christ was arrested by Roman soldiers, all of His followers ran and hid with a shudder of horror.

How then can you blame Judas who might have been caught by terror, when he might have been coerced into cooperation with the Roman Governor and subsequently leaders of Israelites in power 2000 years ago?

As long as there is even the slightest possibility for Judas to have been intimidated with a death threat, you should not blame and judge him.

If Jesus Christ had saved the life of Judas, under a death threat by Romans, by sacrificing Himself through acceptance of accomplishment of the plot in which Judas played the significant role, Judas could be regarded as the most beloved follower by Jesus Christ, though ironically.

I mean there is such a probability of our inexcusable mistake in dealing with Judas.

Judas was given some silver coins, but as he realized that he had been manipulated and duped by the Roman Governor, he committed a suicide, in my interpretation.

Jesus Christ cannot be such a religious leader as would commit mistakes in choosing right staff.

There is an unpardonable possibility that mankind has been trapped by the Devil for 2000 years.

But, then, who should take responsibility, in company with me?

Am I alone facing the Roman Empire?

(If the Roman Governor had been an admirer of Jesus Christ, he would not have arrested and judged Him. The Roman Governor would not have done so, especially since Judas, a nameless, poor, and powerless man, and leaders of Israelites 2000 years ago, with less bargaining power to Romans than King Herod had, acted on their own initiatives from their own emotional and business interest and thus appealed to the Roman Governor. Besides, why did the Roman Governor himself interrogate Jesus Christ in person? Weren't there other officers? What was the grave threat to the person of the Roman Governor?

Wasn't there any lesson Romans had learnt form the wars Cleopatra had brought down on them 60 years ago, just like WWII to the present day?)

Maybe I am not alone, now.


The Tallest Office Bldg. in Quake-Prone Japan

(This morning, I woke up at 9:30 and found that the Prime Minister was being interviewed in a Sunday's TV program broadcast for an hour. He performed live calligraphy with a writing brush, displaying Kanji letters meaning an "Unshaken Mind"...)