Saturday, November 08, 2008

Mr. Tetsuya Tsukushi

(Around Tokyo)

Mr. Tetsuya Tsukushi

Yesterday, they reported that Mr. Tetsuya Tsukushi died at the age of 73.

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He started to work as a newspaper reporter in 1958.

He started to work as a TV commentator in 1978.

Since then, he has been one of top journalists on TV.

He has been respected by many Japanese senior journalists, such as Mr. Takashi Tachibana who drove many politicians into a corner, Mr. Shuntaro Torigoe who even went out to Iraq to check the underground cell where Saddam Hussein had hidden, and Mr. Soichiro Tahara who is still very active on TV discussion programs.

Forty-five years ago when JFK was assassinated, Mr. Tsukushi was already working as a newspaper reporter in Japan. Accordingly he observed the subsequent assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy as a member of journalism. So, it is understandable that he would not try to pursue promotion in the management organization but stayed outside to be a leading (liberal) journalist, though there must have been many reporters who opted for career success even in those days.

In this context, Mr. Tetsuya Tsukushi was older than the Vietnam War generation; without doubt he was one of the "JFK-live" generation.

That is why he could so well build his career as a reporter and journalist through the Vietnam War era, getting to the colorful TV studio as a star anchorman when the Japanese economy was about to catch up with the American economy in late 1970's.


Mr. Katsuhiko Shirakawa, a former Japanese lawmaker and state minister but presently notable critic, wrote in his blog that he was in Los Angeles when mysterious actress Marilyn Monroe died mysteriously.

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Though at the time he was a high-school student in Japan, he got a chance to go and study in America. He lodged with a rich American family whose house was near the one where Marilyn Monroe died.

Mr. Shirakawa’s generation is younger than Mr. Tsukushi’s, but the former state-minister wrote that he has never forgotten the underlying racial barrier he experienced in the U.S. in early 1960’s though thereafter he travelled so many times to America as a national lawmaker of Japan, the second largest economy in the world.

And today Mr. Shirakawa wrote that there is no color on poverty (and thus Mr. Barack Obama won the election as he had expected).

(Now, we may be allowed to take up a funny song, since it is about a man who got drunk and killed by a car accident, but later found himself lying alive in the middle of a field since he was expelled out of Heaven. )

Mat 11:8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

Mat 11:9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Who Celebrate Whom after Election?

(The moon observed in Japan)

Who Celebrate Whom after Election?

As of 2004, there are 61,515 lawmakers and legislators all over Japan.

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Among them 720 are national lawmakers or Diet members.

All I can say to them is be honest as much as Mr. Barack Obama has been.

SECTION I: Japanese Obamas

The Japanese political community may produce a hero like Mr. Barack Obama in the future.

According to a political information site in the Japanese Internet domain, Japanese national lawmakers whose blogs have been accessed most are as follows in the descending order:

1. Mr. Satoshi Takayama (Democratic Party of Japan)
2. Mr. Testso Morimoto (D)
3. Mr. Tatsuya Ito (Liberal Democratic Party)
4. Mr. Hideki Niwa (L)
5. Mr. Katsuya Okada (D)
6. Mr. Koichi Takemasa (D)
7. Mr. Takashi Kosugi (L)
8. Mr. Yamato Inaba (L)
9. Mr. Masaaki Akaike (L)
10. Mr. Syuichi Takashima (L)
11. Mr. Masaaki Taira (L)
12. Mr. Ken Kagaya (D)
13. Mr. Yukihisa Fujita (D)
14. Mr. Takeshi Shina (D)
15. Mr. Kazuo Aichi (L)
16. Ms. Hiroe Makiyama (D)
17. Mr. Eiichiro Washio (D)
18. Mr. Natsuo Yamaguchi (New Komeito)
19. Mr. Toru Doi (L)
20. Ms. Satsuki Katayama (L)

[As of 1 p.m. of Today]

However, the most notable Internet user among the Diet members is, probably, Mr. Ichita Yamamoto (L), though Prime Minister Mr. Taro Aso (L) ( ) is also very popular among young Internet users who love the fashionable electronics quarter of Tokyo, Akihabara.

Among the above 20, reasonably drawing public attention are Mr. Katsuya Okada, Mr. Tatsuya Ito, and Ms. Satsuki Katayama, in my personal view, though Mr. Muneo Suzuki (Shinto Daichi) as a comeback politician and Mr. Ryuhei Kawada (independent) as an AIDS fighter are managing their unique homepages, respectively.

(However, note that former Prime Ministers Mr. Shinzo Abe and Mr. Jyunichiro Koizumi are still on the active list of the Japanese Parliament members...)

SECTION II: Ms. Yoshiko Sakurai

Ms. Yoshiko Sakurai is one of the most prestigious critics in the Japanese journalism.

In her blog she recently pointed at the expected rocky road ahead for Japan in its relationship with the Obama Administration.

She found some indications that the situation will get worse between Japan and the U.S.

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One big factor adversely affecting the Japan-U.S. relationship is China.

The dollars China has accumulated in these years seem to captivate some Americans holding financial leadership in Washington D.C. and Wall Street.

Even Secretary Mr. Condoleezza Rice is actually advocating the plan to set up the Asian version of NATO, which should inevitably obscure significance and functions of the security partnership of Japan and the United States.

Nonetheless, she is a kind of classic works of the Japanese culture. She speaks exquisite and graceful Japanese, though she had higher education in Hawaii when she was young, though it is unknown if young lady Ms. Sakurai met young boy Mr. Obama then.


I really hate to say, “That is all for today.”

Last evening, Mr. Rush Limbo delivered temperate statements in his radio program received around Tokyo through the FEN station.

I mean he did not say that he would launch the second Civil War against president-elect Mr. Barack Obama, though he added that he was relieved to get rid of Mrs. Clinton.

Rush, it is Abraham Lincoln, JFK, and Mr. Barack Obama that have secured entry in the history textbook in Japan.

It is not Washington, Roosevelt, and Truman in my book.

Anyway, the 20-nation financial conference will be soon held in Washington D.C.

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(These days I have really longingly recalled the days under the premiership of Mr. Yasuo Fukuda when Toyota and GM were so shining on the snow-white hill. Haven’t you, Mlles.?

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Joh 11:7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.

Joh 11:8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

Joh 11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Ask and be Given like Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama

(City and Suburb around Tokyo)

Ask and be Given like Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama

In my dream of the last night or early this morning, I saw Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Taro Aso and U.S. President Mr. George W. Bush in addition to some Japanese honest politicians who wanted more of my say on recent situations.

So, I have to go to trouble to extend my view on U.S. politics, since Japan must take more important part in the international community and the coming era of history.

SECTION I: President Mr. George W. Bush

The Clinton Administration really disappointed people on its last days, since President Mr. Clinton looked less Christian than is expected for any U.S. President.

Then, his designated successor Vice-President Mr. Al Gore looked too intellectual and knowledgeable to behave and look humble in the 2000 Presidential Election.

So, American voters hesitated to fully support the Democratic Presidential candidate Mr. Al Gore in 2000, since the Republican candidate Mr. George W. Bush looked humble as he less boasted about his intellectual faculties than his rival.

American voters chose a President looking and behaving more Christian if not fully wielding merits he had acquired through higher education.

Indeed when an intellectually arrogant candidate, if not Mr. Gore, with a strong sense of being one of the American elite had been defeated by a self-declared regenerated Christian, exemplified by Mr. Bush, with compassion for students incapable of keeping up with classroom studies, not only Americans but also people in the world would have naturally thought that change came to America in 2000, as it actually happened.

Mr. Al Gore seemed to have many highly-educated friends with higher skills of manipulating big money relying on modern technology.

If Mr. Al Gore had won the 2000 Presidential Election, Wall Street must have more actively applied modern technology and systems to their (false) wealth creation which must have turned out to be more disastrous by 2008. As the Clinton Administration took such incentive measures for the American IT sector, the assumed Gore Administration must have driven the boom on Wall Street in the same manner.

However, President Mr. George W. Bush for himself did not especially encourage such exhaustive application of modern technology to Wall Street business, though he did not discourage any such movement.

We may be allowed to think that as Mr. George W. Bush did not do anything proactively to carry forward all-out application of modern hi-tech technology to the American financial sector, the subprime loan-triggered U.S. financial crisis was confined within a range of damages of one or two trillion dollars so far.

I mean that with other President of the Mr. Gore type the additional financial disasters might have been brought about in other fields than housing loan business by 2008. Hi-tech financial systems the Gore-type elite love must have applied to every aspect of economic life of American citizens, including middle-class citizens who do not need to apply for subprime loan schemes.

Omission or nonfeasance of President Mr. George W. Bush in terms of promotion of hi-tech systems on Wall Street when nothing looked wrong there ironically looks like having contributed to somehow containing the financial crisis and preventing occurrence of another Great Depression.

SECTION II: Review of the 2008 Presidential Election

As the Japanese media are reporting the outcome of the election in prime time or on their front page, some Japanese critics and pundits are really excited by the Obama boom coming true. But others have pointed at the margin of mere 6% between the winner Mr. Obama and the loser Mr. McCain as a sign for deeply rooted conservatism in the U.S. society.

A Historic Presidential Election (Sen. Amy Klobuchar)
November 5th, 2008

The 2008 presidential election was historic in so many ways. Just consider the record-breaking numbers:

Some 135 million votes were cast for president, the most ever in American history.

Sixty-four percent of eligible voters participated, the highest national turnout since 1908.

In Minnesota, voter turnout was close to 80 percent, probably the highest in the nation.

But there’s something special about this election that goes well beyond, and much deeper, than what numbers alone can convey. The energy and idealism generated by Barack Obama’s candidacy, across every region and nearly every demographic group, is something we simply have not seen for many years.

But, the fact the "Whites" who voted for Mr. Barack Obama accounted for 43% tells everything. Indeed, it must be 6% of poor European Americans who opted for the Democratic Party to protect their lives and secure their survival in the ever heartless American material society that has decided the outcome.

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Of course, Hispanics must have followed suit as they have seen that scale of debacle of Wall Street.


That is all for today.

In their news reporting from America, many Japanese TV stations showed Mr. Jesse Jackson with tears.

Some female announcers and news casters even tried to look "black."

But, strangely much mentioning neither Martin Luther King Jr. nor JFK in the Japanese media, though they wisely cited an example of the Carter Administration.

So, I have to say that the God Lord seems to have forgiven King Solomon, since even Jesus Christ positively referred to the son of David in addition to the Queen of Sheba.



Luk 11:5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

Luk 11:6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

Luk 11:7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

Luk 11:8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

Luk 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Listening to a Radio and Watching TV on November 5

Listening to a Radio and Watching TV on November 5

Did they say that even drug-addicts had been out for voting?

SECTION I: African Americans vs. Enemies of America

Now around 1:00 p.m. in Tokyo, and the U.S. military radio and the NHK satellite TV channel are broadcasting live coverage of the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.

One thing sure in the near future is that enemies of America all over the world would deliver criticism not to Mr. George W. Bush but to Mr. Barack Obama.

Arabs, Asians, Latin Americans, and Africans fighting against the U.S. in these decades or years will point their spear at an African American Mr. Barack Obama but not a European American Mr. George W. Bush.

Or will they soften their tactics and strategies against the U.S. only because the U.S. President is now African American?

SECTION II: King David

The God did not forgive King David.

Jesus Christ made no positive mention of King David.

Of course, the Gospel refers to King David so many times, but the Gospel has not saved the world yet.

The prophet Nathan speaks out against David's sin, saying: "Why have you despised the word of God, to do what is evil in his sight? You have smitten Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife." And although David repents, God "struck the child ... and it became sick ... [And] on the seventh day the child died."

According to the King James Version of the Gospel, “And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David's son?”

If Israel today is based on the glory and the blessing King David is believed to have enjoyed 3000 years ago, it might be a big mistake.

Nonetheless, the future generation of African Americans might believe that Mr. Barack Obama have received blessing and glory in the autumn of 2008.

SECTION III: Hebrew Ostracon of 3000 Years Ago

Pieces of ostracon on which ancient Hebrew words had been written were discovered recently in Israel.

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They were apparently part of ware used in the era of King David.

Archaeologists reportedly identified words such as "judiciary," "slave," and "king."

Indeed, these words have turned out to be a prophecy that an African American be elected as the U.S. President very legally.


That is all for today.

All you have to do is check prophetic sentences in your Bible, if written in old French.

(Now Japan’s NHK satellite channel has started to relay Mr. McCain’s concession speech from the U.S. while the FEN radio channel is following NHK’s live broadcast 20 seconds or so behind due to its transmission delay, probably……John, dream never dies so long as it is shared by fellow soldiers.

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Mar 11:5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?

Mar 11:6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

Mar 11:7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.

Mar 11:8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.

Mar 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:

Mar 11:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Check Bureaucrats

(Mt. Fuji of Japan, 60 miles far)

Check Bureaucrats

Bureaucrats should be inquired of how much they have tried to prevent this global financial crisis.

Can you believe that none of bureaucrats in the Treasury Department and other offices of the U.S. Government could realize the coming disaster before September 2008?

Can you believe none of bureaucrats in the Treasury Department and other offices of the U.S. Government had any critical data and information related to the coming disaster before September 2008?

Anyway, let’s check the current state of the Treasury Departments or Ministries of major countries:

Country……Floor Area of Main Office……Number of Personnel
JAPAN…………58,984 m2……………………2,334
USA………………20,234 m2…………………(total 115,897)
UK…………………32,030 m2…………………1,060
GERMANY………41,028 m2…………………1,909
FRANCE…………230,000 m2………………9,219

(m2 = square meter = 10 sq. ft. )

With hundreds or thousands of officials in the main office, they could not correctly forecast and comprehend the magnitude of the coming financial disaster originated on Wall Street.

For example, a certain career civil servant of the Japanese Government wrote in his blog that he had been given precious advice by his boss after taking a meal and alcohol together in the evening:
"You have to maintain a good human relationship with staff of assessing agencies. Personal information about such officials you get in a drinking party or so must be shared by us as an organization and thus taken over by your successor. Accumulation of such relationships and information is critical for business in our department."

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Mentality and conventions of Japanese elite bureaucrats can be inferred from the above episode of giving top priority to inter-ministerial business.

On the other hand, U.S. Treasury Department seems to face a challenge to recruit competent former-employees of Wall Street companies for supervising such financial institutes.

Crisco’s Corner
Looking for a Job? Then the Department of Treasury

October 14, 2008

According to Govexec, the Department of Treasury is hiring up to 1000 people for the Office of Financial Stablity. The types of the people that are needed will be people with financial skills, auditors, and financial managers…

But bringing people up to speed is a separate issue. By some estimates, it takes five years to become a qualified bank examiner. Oversight of the bailout cannot wait that long, so the Office of Financial Stability will need to hire people from the private sector ready to take on huge responsibilities from day one…

One of the problems about the job is that Federal jobs is the pay limits. Here is an excerpt that describes the pay limits
“Federal pay constraints pose another obstacle. The maximum salary for an FDIC bank examiner was $160,910, according to a 2007 analysis by the Government Accountability Office. The highest pay for an SEC lawyer was $126,987. The pay cap for those in the senior executive service is $191,300. None of these salaries can compete with the remuneration available to the best and brightest on Wall Street.”

Of course, we need bureaucrats. But, they must not be organization-oriented or payoff-oriented, especially in this time of the critical global financial crisis.

Lastly, check how many government employees each major country has.

To our astonishment, Japan has lees public employees than in other major countries in terms of the number per 1000 citizens.

I don’t know what conclusion you may get from the above table, but the U.S. looks like controlled by a comparatively small number of employees of the Federal Government in Washington D.C. though it places a great deal of weight on the state, regional, and local level.

It is yet hard to say anything about the favorable state and the desirable relationship between the government and financial institutes like those on Wall Street

So far, I will just call your attention to bureaucrats who are regarded as hidden but focal parties involved in, or responsible for, this global financial crisis.


That is all for today.

Copyright of my pictures belong to the God.

But, I think this blog EEE Reporter is Guinness-worthy as the blog written in English that has presented most pictures of scenes and scenery around Tokyo in a year.

Yet, you may like to take ones for the God, too, even if you do not run your own blog.


Pro 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

Pro 11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

Pro 11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Don’t Be Fooled On Presidential Election

(Mt. Fuji 100 km far from the east in early November; Click to enlarge.)

Don’t Be Fooled On Presidential Election

Today, Monday November 3, is a public holiday in Japan, since it is the Culture Day.

People in Japan, too, are waiting for the first business day, tomorrow Tuesday, of this week, since the U.S. Presidential Election voting will begin and the Tokyo Stock Exchange will open after the extreme volatility of the last week.

Last evening I went out to the field nearby to happen to see Mt. Fuji as you see in the above picture corner.

It was late since I could not deliver a postcard earlier, though I have to still prepare some for some business. That is why Mt. Fuji looked so dim 100 kilometers far.

Yet, I saw some signs in the sky. You might be able to catch on them.


There is a very reasonable report and work of analysis on swing voters.

who are the swing voters?
Key Groups that Decide National Elections
The Democratic Leadership Council

By Al From and Victoria Lynch
September 2008

Our estimate is that together white men and women with at least a high school education but no college degree swing the outcome of a general election by an astonishing average of 6.7 percentage points between elections that Democrats win and lose, respectively.

That is more than double the margin by which President Bush defeated John Kerry in 2004. Cutting into Republicans’ traditional margin with these voters could well mean the difference between a broad Democratic triumph and a narrow Democratic defeat.

On average, white men with at least a high school diploma but no college degree swing the outcome 3.7 percentage points, and white women with the same education swing it 3 percentage points…

To win a national election, Democrats don’t need to win those key categories of swing voters, but they cannot be blown out among them. Losing them by 5 percentage points is likely to yield a Democratic victory; losing them by 25 percentage points is likely to yield a very different outcome...


But the following table indicates that moral judgment and decision on voting by European-American women can critically contribute to the outcome of American elections eventually even in a historical context.

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From a historical point of view, without support from European-American women for the emancipation of slaves before and during the Civil War, African Americans cannot enjoy the current state of freedom.

Therefore, the final result of 2008 Presidential Election would be highly influenced by whether a majority of European-American women would or would not think that it is their moral duty to vote for any Democratic Presidential candidate, namely Mr. Barack Obama in this case of 2008.


It is truly disappointing to see that a first rate journalist associated with The New York Times still cannot understand the significant difference between Japan and China without mentioning Japan’s great contribution to the U.S. economy in these decades.

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No, we don’t need a president defending greed on Wall Street, but we do need one who can explain that we are all in the same boat, that a leak at one end can sink everyone and that while we must regulate, we don’t want to kill risk-taking and the rewards that go with that — which are essential to growing our economy.

Second, we need a president who can energize, inspire and hold the country together during what will be a very stressful recovery. We have to climb out of this financial crisis at a time when the baby boomers are about to retire and going to need their Social Security and eventually Medicare. We are all going to be paying the government more and getting less until we grow out of this hole.

Third, we need a president who can rally the world to our side. We cannot get out of this crisis unless China starts consuming more and unless Europe keeps lowering interest rates. Everyone is interconnected, and everyone is still looking to America to lead.


Even top journalists in New York cannot understand that the key point is not the American economic situation but the fact that the whole world is being badly damaged financially by greed and crimes so common on Wall Street.

American voters must vote for a candidate who does not damage the world. American domestic issues are a secondary matter, since American economy cannot stand alone in immaculate condition if the world economy gets derailed by selfish and irresponsible quest of the American Dream by American citizens.

On the other hand, some Japanese are worried by the expected policies and measures President Mr. Barack Obama would take in his pursuit of the American national interests.

It is because Americans wrongly think that China will become a democratic nation along with development of its economy and increase in its national wealth, they state.

But, China has no intention to adopt democracy. Chinese communist-party leaders stealthily and essentially regard the U.S. as an ultimate enemy. China sends hundreds of spies and agents to Washington D.C. and New York to win over influential American politicians, high-ranking officials, first-rate critics, economists, and researchers, and businessmen by bribery, they argue.

China has already reinforced a tie-up with Russia, waiting for the debacle of value of the dollar, the state bankruptcy of the U.S., and inevitable global great depression, they conclude.

But, Americans, especially the Democratic elite, still believe that China is a good friend of America’s, while Chinese people have no freedom in political activities and social and cultural initiatives except quasi-free market transaction and participation.

What is worse, Chinese agents in Washington D.C. and New York are actively engaged in disseminating an anti-Japan view in terms of history and culture, since Japan is the only nation that can fatally stand against China and help the U.S. avoid complicated and malicious traps China has been installing around the U.S., they emphasize.

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But, it will be Japan that will have to go to trouble to rescue the world (with its national power appraised as No. 2 in the world) from possible disasters President Mr. Barack Obama would cause on No. 1 America with relation to China, since they are highly anticipated to happen on the analogy of the Clinton Administration.

That is why some Japanese pundits and critics think that "fools vote for Obama" while China and Russia are waiting for the coming of their Age as the Two Superpowers that will supersede the U.S. while the American Democratic elite blindly trust their Chinese and Russian friends.

As for me, I don’t think that it is fools that vote for Mr. Barack Obama.

It is so because Mr. Barack Obama looks like being overwhelmingly supported by poor African Americans and pious European-American women.


That is all for today.

Some Japanese are working hard even on a public holiday, helping the poor as volunteers, discussing no-nonsense problems, visiting a family member or a friend in a hospital or a prison, or performing their duty as a citizen and a public servant like honest Chinese and humble Americans.

And, a miracle can happen at any moment on those occasions.

It is so, since even Japanese people die like everybody in the world who expects to meet the God or Allah before he or she enters Heaven.

Indeed, the same standard will apply to Japanese as to Christians and Muslims, since the God is only one, though it is about one percent of the whole Japanese population that call themselves a Christian, a Muslim, or a Judaist.

Truly, this is the issue to be placed above the economic one in terms of importance for mankind.

Pro 11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

Pro 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

Pro 11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.