Now under revamp...Though it was 1590 that samurai lord Tokugawa Ieyasu came to this place so as to start the real development and prosperity of Tokyo (Edo).
China Effect of 2010
First of all, no Japanese politicians have ever asked me to defend national interest of Japan by writing some about the Senkaku Islands, the Russia-occupied Northern Territory, or any kind of Chinese lies in this blog.
It is all my initiative, in order for Japan not to be looked down on.
The U.S. sent troops to Iraq and Afghanistan and organized the G20 Summit so as not to be looked down on by the world in the wake of the 9/11 Terror of 2001 and the Wall Street Crisis of 2008.
Compared with the scale of the American pride, this is a very humble operation to defend Japan's honor and interest.
As today the Chinese Ambassador to Tokyo made a TV appearance speaking Japanese and appealing to Japanese audiences for mutual prosperity, I will make it sure that it is not my intention to harm any part of Chinese interest and honor. But, truth must prevail.
CHAPTER I: China Destroyed the DPJ
Yesterday, votes were cast in a city of Tokyo Prefecture to elect city council members. The result is as follows:
The ruling DPJ led by Prime Minister Mr. Naoto Kan failed against the conservative opposition LDP led by Mr. Sadakazu Tanigaki. The city, Nishi-Tokyo-City, has been regarded as one of major support bases for Mr. Kan.
The ratio of support between the two major parties in Japan is now 2 to 3 in favor of the genuinely pro-American conservative LDP.
Today's Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported results from the latest opinion poll. The percentages of those who answered to vote in favor of the two parties in the next national election are as follows:
(Note: As there are several parties active at a national level in Japan, the support rate of 25% in an opinion poll is regarded as large enough to win seats requested for a key ruling party or a major opposition party in the parliament.)
This ratio is also 2 to 3 in favor of the LDP that led Japan for half a century till the last fall, promoting free market and capitalism-based democracy.
But, in the last general election conducted on August 30, 2009, the DPJ garnered 308 seats and the LDP only 119. The ratio was more than 5 to 2, though the numbers of votes in proportional-representation constituencies are 29,844,799 and 18,810,217, namely more than 3 to 2.
In summary, the trend has changed. Just like the socialistic DPJ won overwhelmingly in the 30-8-2009 election with the voting ratio of more than 3 to 2, the conservative LDP is now expected to win the next general election in a ratio of 3 to 2 against the presently ruling DPJ. It will be anyway a clear victory.
But, what has caused this turnover in the Japanese politics? It is the arrogant attitude of the Chinese Communist Government concerning the Senkaku clash that occurred this September. The Chinese Communist Government acted so arrogantly while a Chinese fishing boat was captured and its skipper was arrested by Japan Coast Guard that was protecting Japan's Senkaku Islands. And, the Kan Cabinet made some grave concession skipping a legitimate legal process as if succumbing to the political pressure from China, if it was intended to save face of Beijing. Japanese voters felt that the ruling party DPJ is not strong to China and not faithful to Japan.
What is worse, the Kan Cabinet did not strongly protest at the Russian President visiting Japanese Etorofu and Kunashiri islands situated between the Okhotsk Sea and the Northwest Pacific Ocean, though Russia continues to illegally occupy them after WWII even neglecting the protest from the U.S.
Though P.M. Mr. Kan has decided to reduce a corporate tax rate by 5%, his fiscal 2011 budget bill swelled up to 92.4 trillion yen ($1 trillion) without indicating a clear path for revamping of the national finance and economy.
Yet, the major factor that contributes to this drastic decline of the DPJ is their secret promise to Beijing that the Senkaku video showing violent actions of the Chinese illegal shipping boat will not be disclosed to the Japanese public, though the evidence video has been already leaked by an officer of the Japan Coast Guard. The Kan Cabinet and China are afraid of expected anger of the Japanese people at unlawful acts of Chinese not only around the Senkaku Islands, Okinawa Prefecture, but also in general.
(In a similar context, China has also almost destroyed the popularity of American Democrats in the 2010 Midterm election.)
CHAPTER II: 10 Prominent Chinese Activists Jailed
China is very different from Japan and the U.S. First of all, types of crimes never or rarely found in both the advanced countries are often common in China. And, justice and laws are seldom applied to true culprits but in an inverted manner to those against those criminals.
Activist career: A distinguished professor and writer, Liu has been politically active since 1989 during the Tiananmen Square protests, where he notably helped persuade students to return home before soldiers forcibly cleared the area. For his participation in the demonstrations, Liu served 19 months in jail.
Current status: Serving an 11-year prison sentence in Liaoning province. Liu Xiaobo will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10, 2010.
Activist Career: In 1996,when he was 9 years old, Tian Xi was in an accident that left him with a mild concussion and requiring a blood transfusion. That transfusion inadvertently gave him HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
When a meeting with the director of the hospital where he believes he contracted the virus became heated, Tian flew into a rage and smashed a computer, fax machine and other office supplies.
The next day Tian was detained and later formally charged with "intentionally damaging property."
Current status: Tian Xi is still detained. His case went to trial, and he is currently awaiting a ruling.
Activist career: A best-selling author who began producing literary works at age 13, Yu Jie is an outspoken critic of China’s Communist Party. His work is banned in China.
Since his graduate school years at Beijing University, Yu – a devout Christian – has criticized the Communist Party on religious freedom, the stifling of democracy and other topics.
Current status: Since his latest book was published Yu Jie has remained under house arrest in Beijing. His computer, phone and other communication devices have been confiscated.
Activist career: A onetime economist turned human rights lawyer, writer and blogger, Feng Zhenghu spent three years in prison for “illegal business activities,” but he claims that a book he wrote criticizing Chinese regulations on foreign investment was the real reason for his jailing.
Current status: Though never actually formally arrested or detained by Chinese police, upon returning to his home in Shanghai, Feng has found himself subjected to regular government and police surveillance.
Activist Career: A longtime member of China’s activist movement, Bai began his activism in 1989 at Tiananmen Square, where he joined an illegal workers' union that supported the student protesters.
Current status: Police officials told Yang Dan that her husband would be held in detention for 30 days. The timing of his detention – as well as the rounding up and harassing of other activists – so close to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony has many speculating that this is a concerted effort by the ruling Communist Party.
Activist career: A self-taught lawyer, Gao built a Beijing law practice working on behalf of victims of medical malpractice and evicted landowners. His reputation was so great that he was selected by the Ministry of Justice in 2001 as one of “China’s 10 Best Lawyers.”
Current status: Gao has not been seen or heard from since April 2010, and the police have refused to give any information about his whereabouts.
In September, 30 members the U.S. Congress signed a letterurging President Barack Obama to push the Chinese government for the release of Gao, as well as Nobel prize winner, Liu Xiaobo.
Activist career: A prominent artist in Beijing’s burgeoning art community and a signee of the infamous “Charter 08,” Wu led a group of artists in their resistance against real estate developers trying to take over their studios.
Current status: According to his Canadian wife, Karen Patterson, Wu Yuren is in the Chaoyang District Criminal Detention Center. His trial has started, but they are awaiting news of when the next trial date will be.
Activist Career: Zhao Lianhai’s activism began in September 2008 when he discovered that his 3-year-old son had a kidney stone.
In the following few weeks, Zhao discovered that his son and nearly 300,000 other children in China had in fact been poisoned in one of the biggest food safety scandals to hit the country.
Zhao started a website to organize families and to facilitate discussion online about the compensation. He also organized parents to talk to the media about the scandal and to picket courthouses to demand justice.
Censors soon shut down the website, and Zhao found himself under police surveillance.
Current status: Zhao Lianhai is serving his prison term. His wife – who is unemployed – and two children are currently living off donations from supporters.
Activist career: Originally based out of Zhejiang, Cheng began her activism in 2006 after the alleged rape and murder in Hubei of Gao Yingying. Government officials quickly ruled it a suicide and claimed Gao had leapt to her death from the roof of the hotel she worked at.
As the government worked to shut down media coverage of the death, Cheng left her job and traveled to Hubei to provide assistance to Gao’s family.
She worked as an activist protesting against forced evictions of homeowners by land developers and called attention to the plight of child slavery after 1,500 children were rescued after being enslaved at brick kilns in Shanxi.
Ten days later – the day her fiancée says they were planning to be married – authorities arrested Cheng for “disrupting the social order” and summarily convicted her.
Current status: Cheng Jianping is serving a year’s sentence at the Shibali River women’s labor camp in Henan.
Activist career: Liu Xianbin personifies the political dissident who remained in China post-1989 to push for political change from within.
Since being released from prison in 2008, Liu has continued his work as an activist.
Current status: Liu Xianbin has been in detention since June 28, 2010.
If you go to Shanghai for business or study, you are safe. If you go to Beijing to befriend Chinese elites or sub-elites, you are safe. But, if you start to check a state of observing human rights in China based on your Christian conscience or your moral standard, you will so easily find millions of hidden victims of the Chinese success. You will then find yourself standing on a crossroad: a way for a hero or another for a coward at a corner of Beijing or Shanghai.
It is so since it might really endanger you, if you mention any of the ten people above listed on the street of Shanghai or Beijing.
You are safe shouting "Down with The New York Times" on the street of New York. But, if you shout "Down with the Chinese Communist Party" on the street of Beijing, you will not be safe at all. So, fly to Tokyo and then you can tell anything about China in addition to The New York Times.
(If China says that some old books written 500 years ago describe the Senkaku Islands so that the Islands are theirs, The New York Times must say, "Wait, Japan has been the world best peace-loving country after WWII while helping Chinese economy so much. In addition, Okinawa/Ryukyu people of Japan must have been sailing around the Senkaku Islands in these 2000 years. We have to check Chinese official documents related to the Senkaku Islands as well as their respect for human rights. Oh, what groundless descriptions the both have! China is not an owner of the Senkaku Island and not a conformist of human rights. Besides, the Japanese-Chinese War in 1930's and 1940's started as China first attacked Japanese Marines stationed in Shanghai. We might have caused grave damage to Japanese reputation as we have to democracy-loving people in China! How can we compensate it?" Indeed, China is not a hero fighting an aggressive liar of Japan, but itself an aggressive liar.
For your reference, the Far East 2000 years ago looked like below:
(Click to enlarge.)
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As no staff members of The New York Times, probably, cannot read what has been discussing over the Internet in Japan, of course, in Japanese, I will give some clues.
Hundreds of blogs and web sites in Japan are discussing how Japanese businesses of a medium or small size that moved to China were betrayed by Chinese workers, customs, and the Chinese Communist Government.
They stole Japanese technologies and know-hows after inviting Japanese makers into China. They violated industrial and business rights of those Japanese companies. China changes regulations and rules at will. But, when a Japanese company tries to withdraw from China, Chinese authorities force the Japanese management to leave every asset behind in China. Otherwise, Japanese executives of the company would be arrested for the reason of violation of a contract.
So, hundreds of Japanese companies, mostly small and medium-sized enterprises, lost profits and assets in China, because they could not see through a true intention of China inviting Japanese companies so enthusiastically.
It also applies to South Korea. Even Samsung's success is based on transfer of Japanese technologies, Japanese engineers, and Japanese machines for production.
It is estimated that damages Japanese companies suffer due to infringement of intellectual property rights is about $100 billion per year.
But, why has such a situation happened?
One of the reasons is that Chinese are in general all aggressive liars while Japanese are not. Rather, Japanese respect human rights of every Chinese, including those committing crimes in Japan, since Chinese are the No. 1 in terms of the number of foreign criminals in Japan as I once reported.
Anyway, Chinese people celebrate the Lunar New Year or the Chinese New Year, while Japanese celebrate the New Year following the Western calendar.
Now, will The New York Times trust when China says that Japanese do not celebrate the New Year following the right calendar? Chinese are blaming America, too, since America does not use the Chinese calendar, while Chinese are officially Marxists.
Do not trust anything Chinese say, including GDP; this is a lesson those Japanese have learnt who ran away from China leaving their factories and assets in China, surrendering to various types of intimidation.
And, remember that the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake occurred on December 26, 2004, namely 12:26 of 2004. It was followed by the 2008 Sichuan great earthquake and the 2010 Haiti great earthquake.
Heb 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
Heb 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Heb 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: