Saturday, April 04, 2009
"Thee Things Which Must be Hereafter"
A few years ago, Nippon Television Network Corporation, a major Japanese TV broadcasting station, conducted a popularity poll that resulted in the following ranking of historical characters:
(a 16th century warlord of Japan)
(the last hero of the samurai era in the 19th century of Japan)
(an American inventor)
(a 16th century virtual king of Japan)
(the founder of Panasonic of Japan)
(the first shogun of the last samurai dynasty of Japan)
(a Japanese medical scientist)
(a Catholic nun having helped the poor in India)
(an American handicapped heroine)
(a samurai hero at the end of the Tokugawa samurai regime)
It is a surprise that five of the top 10 heroes are samurais. Two Americans are also highly respected by Japanese TV audiences. While only one Japanese successful businessman is ranked in the top 10 list, three humanitarian-field heroes are highly appraised.
For reference, Cleopatra is No.70; Princess Diana No.12; and Jeanne d'Arc No.83.
But, who and what is Oda Nobunaga?
("Oda" is his surname and "Nobunaga" is his first name. But, a name of a historical figure of Japan is expressed in a Japanese manner: a surname first and a first name next.)
Put simply he is the leading samurai or bushi of the age of bloody provincial wars in Japan from the middle of the 15th century to the late 16th century.
Owing to Nobunaga's bloody success, Hideyoshi could put whole Japan under his control to be a virtual king of Japan. And, owing to Nobunaga's bloody success, Ieyasu could succeed Hideyoshi through fierce civil wars to set the foundation of the last samurai dynasty that lasted from the early 16th century to the late 19th century.
However, Nobunaga owes his success to Western products. He was the first Japanese samurai lord that adopted matchlock guns or harquebuses in a large scale in real battle fields. Nobunaga was also known as a great protector of Catholic missionaries from the Vatican to accept them into his territory, while fighting fierce battles against some Buddhist-sect insurgents. He also promoted importation of Western goods useful for his venture to dominate the whole country with arms and soldiers.
No matter how bloody his success was, Nobunaga acted and behaved like a real hero. He truly looked like having a new paradigm at least in the art of war. He is the No.1 iconoclast in the Japanese history, though he had commonsense enough, for example, to respect support of a samurai's faithful wife.
Yet, put simply he is the leading samurai or bushi of the age of bloody provincial wars in Japan from the middle of the 15th century to the late 16th century.
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The G20 Economic Summit in London was over. Some people are now talking and telling that the era of G2 of USA and China has come.
From the beginning, this economic crisis was triggered in New York and London while China was not cooperating with Japan for global financial stability. Every underlying condition of the G20 Summit does not justify its venue and attitudes toward China.
Finally, let's check the trend of direct investment from Japan to China in the past two decades:
Arranged by EEE Reporter)
And it is all for today.
C'est tout pour aujourd'hui.
Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Rev 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Rev 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Rev 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Posted by EEreporter at 4/04/2009 11:34:00 AM
Friday, April 03, 2009
(A naval gun used by the Imperial Navy of Japan in WWII)
"Go Through Samaria"
(For Whom It is to be Fired?)
In the summer of 2001, Japan launched a new large-size rocket named H-IIA.
After eight years of successuful operation of the H-IIA, a new version of H-II, called H-IIB, is now under development in Japan. It will have a capability to launch 16.5 tons of cargoes to the orbit 300km above the ground.
The H-IIB is expected to be first launched during 2009.
Comparison of Large Rockets of the World:
The basic paradigm for the 21st century economy must probably be created around the space-scale of the future view of mankind.
Yet, we had better check the present state of the space industry today:
San Diego, California – June 11, 2008 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today released its 2008 State of the Satellite Industry Report, showing a 16 percent growth in global revenues for the commercial satellite industry. Worldwide revenues in 2007 were $123 billion, representing an average annual growth of 11.5 percent for the period from 2002-2007...
Satellite services revenues continued to drive the overall industry, with a 60 percent total share of industry revenues. Detailed findings of the report indicate that:
- Satellite services revenues grew more than 18 percent, with satellite television contributing nearly three-quarters of the $73.9 billion in 2007 satellite services revenues.
- Launch services revenue grew to $3.2 billion in 2007, increasing nearly 19 percent from 2006.
- Strong sales in consumer hardware resulted in a 19 percent rise in ground equipment revenues over the previous year, posting 2007 revenues of $34.3 billion.
- More satellites were launched in 2007 than in 2006, but satellite manufacturing revenues dipped slightly from $11.6 billion, reflecting a higher number of microsatellites launched.
What inhibits deployment of mankind in the outer space is not technology.
It is a level of humanity of mankind.
With such greed and malevolence in addition to disregard of the poor and the weak, which are often observed among successful Americans, Europeans, and Chinese, mankind must not be allowed to advance to the universe.
Yet, technically, mankind needs an economic paradigm of the 21st century with a greater view on the earth and its future, namely in the scale of the whole planet.
In this context, a frontier spirit toward the space is more acceptable than a greedy spirit being embodied on the subprime loan-based money making on Wall Street.
If you without enough love to your enemies don't discover how much tainted or crooked your mind gets when looking up at the blue sky in the spring, your spirit might not be sound and righteous at all.
Anyway, the future is for young people; and I suppose they love the space.
Let an old paradigm pass, since a cannon can deliver the dirge of the end of an era.
It is so, since I don't care sometimes whether it is fired or even not.
(Quel est le temps et l'espace, tout comme l'argent et le confort sans la foi et l'amour, mon ami? Yet, the fearful God sometimes directly commands time and space surrounding your existence and life. Have at least a natural fear of God, if He is so benevolent to mankind...
Joh 4:1 When therefore the LORD knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
Joh 4:2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)
Joh 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.
Joh 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.
Posted by EEreporter at 4/03/2009 12:30:00 PM
Thursday, April 02, 2009
"But By Every Word"
(Farewell to Wealth and Abominable Dream)
I don't know who the Japanese is, though he sporadically writes blog messages from Wall Street, New York.
Therein he has introduced a letter an AIG employee wrote to his boss, by quoting an article of The New York Times.
DEAR Mr. Liddy,
It is with deep regret that I submit my notice of resignation from A.I.G. Financial Products. I hope you take the time to read this entire letter….
You and I have never met or spoken to each other, so I’d like to tell you about myself. I was raised by schoolteachers working multiple jobs in a world of closing steel mills. My hard work earned me acceptance to M.I.T., and the institute’s generous financial aid enabled me to attend. I had fulfilled my American dream...
At this part, I thought that I found that mentality of such an elite employee was one of the reasons for the AIG's debacle.
You should not use such words as "M.I.T." or "American dream" while you write something to appeal to very poor people in the world.
Anyway, let's continue to check it.
That is why I have decided to donate 100 percent of the effective after-tax proceeds of my retention payment directly to organizations that are helping people who are suffering from the global downturn. This is not a tax-deduction gimmick; I simply believe that I at least deserve to dictate how my earnings are spent, and do not want to see them disappear back into the obscurity of A.I.G.’s or the federal government’s budget. Our earnings have caused such a distraction for so many from the more pressing issues our country faces, and I would like to see my share of it benefit those truly in need….
On March 16 I received a payment from A.I.G. amounting to $742,006.40, after taxes...
It is enough. It is still a long way for this American to become a true hero in the world where "MIT," "Wall Street," and "American Dream" never earn respect.
But, if a young bureaucrat of the Japanese Government repents in his way of professional life and starts to work in NGO or something like that to help poor people, say, in Iraq, Afghanistan, or a Caribbean country, he would actually give up a life-time benefit of hundreds of millions of yen or millions of dollars.
All an ex-AIG employee should say is "This is not a right thing for an American Christian to do! The AIG business is not righteous business."
Indeed, life insurance must not be provided on a business base. Capitalism invaded this forbidden sector by mistake a very long time ago. From the beginning, AIG and the like are wrong companies.
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This evening Ms. Hiroko Kuniya, a veteran Japanese female TV presenter, addressed a state of learning English in Japanese business communities.
In Japan, you can be as rich as those rich Asians and Africans who speak English and French very fluently, even if you cannot speak English at all, since Japan itself is one independent and affluent civilization.
So, basically there is no incentive for Japanese people to learn how to speak English fluently, since in Japan you can be as rich as those rich Americans who speak English very fluently, even if you cannot speak English at all, since Japan itself is one independent and affluent civilization.
Yet, I sometimes marvel at the ability some non-natural-bilingual Japanese experts exhibit in understanding what American counterparts say; One example might be Mr. Heizo Takenaka, a notable economist and ex-state minister of Japan.
But, if they can discuss all the agendas in Japanese in the Davos Conference and the G20 Summit Meeting, those sessions would be more fruitful, in my judgment, since the modern Japanese language completely covers both all the Asian concepts and all the European concepts in its representation space and expression feeling.
(Comment pouvez-vous entendre tous les mots de Dieu, tout en étant tentée par un fond mélodie? That is why not all the girls are allowed to enter Heaven...
Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Posted by EEreporter at 4/02/2009 12:24:00 PM
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
"Some Thirty, and Some Sixty, and Some An Hundred"
(Good for G.M., Good for Toyota)
From April 1, fiscal 2009 has started in Japan.
Students start to go to new schools and graduates start to work in companies.
Even in TV stations, new programs start and some old ones are terminated. Or some TV personalities are replaced by new ones. Yet, Ms. Hiroko Kuniya is now making her appearance as usual on a notable NHK's TV program, reporting Japanese high-tech industry's strategies.
As NHK is a public broadcasting corporation supported by a Japanese national budget, only sophisticated and decent personalities are allowed to announce news, moderate a discussion program, interview VIPs and ordinary people, or presenting any such a program on NHK channels. Remarkably, in these decades, no one has been able to replace Ms. Kuniya, though nowadays bilingual newscasters and candidates are many around the Japanese TV broadcasting industry.
When she was studying in a university in the U.S. in late 1970's, G.M. must have been so overwhelmingly shining on American streets even in the post-Vietnam era, since Japanese youths then felt so lucky and rapturous to see a Cadillac though such an encounter was rare on a Japanese city road. And, she must not have wished to work in Toyota, a Japanese auto maker which was then not the number one company in Japan for students who were to graduate from schools soon.
And, if a prophet had told her then that G.M. would face real bankruptcy while there would be 300 million consumers in the U.S. 30 years after, she would not have even taken it serious and must have forgotten it instantly.
It was late 1980's when I first saw Mr. Kuniya on TV, but I could not foresee that she would still make a TV appearance for 30 minutes every evening 20 years after, though I felt in those days that she had a hard core in her clean-cut integrity, alienating me from a TV somehow.
Anyway, there is a reason why the U.S. automobile super-manufacturer has to face bankruptcy in the early 21st century.
The key is of course integrity of an entity.
The unbridgeable gap between the management in its headquarters and workforces in its plants must be harming and distorting the G.M.'s integrity for so long.
Why Toyota Can Finally Take Over the U.S. Car Market
By 24/7 Wall St. Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2009
Toyota's (TM) share of the U.S. light vehicle market is 18% and Honda's (HMC) is 10%. GM's (GM) share of its home market is about 22%. Fifty-five years ago, the No.1 U.S. car company had 54% of the U.S. market. By this time next year, GM's piece of the American car pie could drop another 50%, bringing it closer to Honda's.
Toyota has played a long waiting game. It played well. It made better cars than U.S. companies. It kept labor costs low. It built a reputation for durable and dependable products. The Japanese car company is being hurt by the global car sales downturn, but it never had the labor cost or corporate debt problems that plagued GM. It has the balance sheet to make it through the crisis. Maybe Toyota has been lucky for decades or maybe Toyota was just smart.
Whether it is due to wits or good fortune, Toyota will become the No.1 car company in the U.S. sometime in the next year, and an American car operation will never hold that position again.
Toyota has been neither simply lucky nor just smart; the Japanese car maker has been just cautious. In other word, they mind fully psychology of American consumers: how much they are proud of GM or how much they are cool to G.M. Accordingly, it is more a matter of G.M. than of Toyota.
What's more, the U.S. media have not realized how much American consumers respect Japan in these decades.
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Twenty years later, Toyota may face real bankruptcy.
You might be reporting it, say, from ABC or CNN.
In addition, you must now know how important integrity is, since it is good for G.M. and Toyota if not so clean-cut.
(L'argent ne fait pas le bonheur. It is so since love is originally not from money.
Mar 4:1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
Mar 4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
Mar 4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
Mar 4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
Mar 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
Mar 4:6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
Mar 4:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
Mar 4:8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
Mar 4:9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Posted by EEreporter at 4/01/2009 11:56:00 AM
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
"His Secret is with the Righteous"
(Evil Flow of Money?)
Traditionally, it is said in Japan that there are two things too much for Japan: Mt. Fuji and Sakura cherry blossoms, though they are the symbols of the Japanese spiritualism impossible to replace.
Today, there are two things too much for America: the California Poppy and the Rocky Mountains, or the Rose and the Mississippi.
SECTION I: Abolish BIS Requirements!
Mr. Yoshimi Suzuki, a very veteran Japanese economist, claimed that it is BIS regulations that should be blamed and corrected.
He argued that the capital adequacy requirements the BIS has imposed on banks worldwide with an aim for BIS bureaucrats to control the global financial sector is one of the major underlying factors that have invited this financial crisis.
The BIS requirements have not returned banks and other financial institutions to healthy conditions, but they have amplified economic fluctuation, leading to the bubble.
According to his claim, the BIS requirements must be abolished, since the definition of equity capital or capital owned by an individual bank is very groundless.
International standards are of course needed to allow any bank of any country to join the respectable and honorable international financial sector.
But, as the international financial sector is now found not to be respectable and honorable at all, those standards and requirements must be abolished.
Now this time, not Anglo-Saxon countries but Japan must be in charge of drafting new standards and requirements to apply to any bank of any country wishing to join the international financial sector no matter how many dangerous and evil players are there.
SECTION II: A BIS REPORT
Any serious economic issue must be argued and analyzed at least in a time span of a decade.
BIS Working Papers
Global monitoring with the BIS international banking statistics
ASIA OSC = Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR and Singapore; ASIA PAC = China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan (China) and Thailand; CARIB = Aruba, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the Netherlands Antilles and Panama; CH = Switzerland; EM EUROPE = Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine; EURO = euro area countries; JP = Japan; LAT = Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru; OIL = OPEC member states (excluding Indonesia) plus Russia; OTHER = Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand,
Norway and Sweden; UK = the United Kingdom plus the offshore centres Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey; US = the United States.
1 The thickness of an arrow is proportional to the amount of cumulative net bank flows between regions. Net flows between regions A and B equal the sum of: (1) net claims (assets minus liabilities) of banks in A on non-banks in B; (2) net claims of banks in B on non-banks in A; and (3) net interbank flows between A and B. Some regions include countries which do not report data. The thickness of the arrows is scaled by the overall flows cumulated over the respective period, and thus is not directly comparable across panels. In contrast to Figure 4, the size of the circles has no significance.
Figure 5 presents the net flow of capital channelled through banks, cumulated over two periods (1990–97 and 1998–2006). This allows for a comparison of the net flow of funds through banks before and after the Asian financial crisis. Each arrow in Figure 5 provides two pieces of information: the direction of net capital flows between two given regions and the relative size of these flows (indicated by its thickness).
Between 1990 and 1997, the United States and emerging Asia-Pacific stood out as the main net borrowers on the international banking market, whereas Japan was the main provider of funds (Figure 5, top panel). In line with the renewed growth of its current account deficits over this period, the United States experienced a net inflow of $433 billion via the banking market. Roughly 85% of this was provided by Japanese and UK residents. At the same time, residents of Japan and the countries that now comprise the euro area jointly exported $195 billion to Asian offshore centres and emerging Asia-Pacific, accounting for 74% of the overall net banking flows into these economies....
On Wall Street, they have been simply too proud in these two decades borrowing such a huge amount of money from Japan, which actually is proven to be an act of fools nowadays, though some of them still look so proud or rather evil on Wall Street.
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Jesus Christ kindly taught us not to pull out weeds in haste.
It is so, since wheat and other valuable plants might be harmed by such a hasty operation.
So, we have to let them grow together until the harvest time.
However, it is all for protecting valuable plants such as sakura, the rose, or the California Poppy.
In addition, it is the fleur de lis (iris) in the case of France.
(Si le ciel est bleu le jour, à régler pour lui si le voyage dans ce monde.
Pro 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
Pro 3:32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
Posted by EEreporter at 3/31/2009 11:11:00 AM
Monday, March 30, 2009
"From Heaven is above All"
I was tired of practicing mediation.
So, I opened up my eyes to instinctively look out of the window of a Shinkansen train.
Then I instantly saw Mt. Fuji 20km or 13 miles far surrounded by the unique and overwhelming terrain.
It was snow-capped and gigantically occupying the space out of the window against the blue sky.
Its wide broad base facing the Pacific Ocean over the super-express railroads could be also fully observed, though a little skew.
As I had no camera, I could only let the scenery slowly moving behind against the 200km/h train.
And I realized that I had not even thought I might have been able to watch Mt. Fuji today while being carried out toward Tokyo along the Pacific Coastline.
I was thus greeted today by an Angel, in my interpretation.
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Top Four Volcanic Countries:
Japan has the most volcanoes in terms of the number of volcanoes divided by the area of national land.
Top Three Geo-Thermal Generation Countries:
No.1 Indonesia 27,791 MWe with 150 live volcanoes
No.2 USA 23,000 MWe with 133 live volcanoes
No.3 Japan 20,540 MWe with 100 live volcanoes
(MWe = Megawatt electrical
If a volcano erupted once in 10,000 years, it is classified into a live volcano.
An average life-span of a volcano is one million years.
Yet, Mt. Fuji is jut 100,000 years old.
To your surprise, Mt. Fuji is very young.
(But, have you ever seen a one-million-year-old volcano?)
Yet, it was in 1707 that Mt.Fuji erupted most recently.
Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
Joh 3:31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
Posted by EEreporter at 3/30/2009 06:24:00 PM
Sunday, March 29, 2009
...................................AL The AL
I will be back on Monday night
Since I'm gonna get a ticket to ride."
Mar 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.
Posted by EEreporter at 3/29/2009 10:49:00 AM