Saturday, January 09, 2010

"shall be punished with everlasting destruction"

(Tokyo, January 1, 2010)

In These 4500 Years

As Dubai people enjoyed the boom, terrorism never ended.

Super-rich Muslims must have wanted to divert to America the brunt or gun points terrorists directed at them, so that they could enjoy prosperity at Dubai.

If super-rich Americans thought that it was a necessary price for big fortunes they could partake in at Dubai, they would not press super-rich Muslims to join the War on Terror but rather help them prosper at Dubai.

Conversely, super-rich Americans, poor Americans, super-rich Muslims, and poor Muslims alike have to get united to eradicate terrorism.

SECTION I: 2000 Years for Mankind

The Great Pyramid of Giza was built around 2551 B.C.

The Second Temple in Jerusalem was built around 515 B.C. The Old Testament was started to be compiled and arranged around this period.

So, it took 2000 years that the Great Pyramid of Giza had been proven to be useless for mankind. Or, any great material monument mankind has ever built is useless. But, for the case of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the God had given the 2000-year time period.

Then, around 500 B.C., a surge of spiritual development was observed in Israel, India, and China. For example, history witnessed the Old Testament in Israel, Buddha in India, and Confucius in China around 500 B.C., namely 2000 years after the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Yet, it was also 2000 years after Abraham and his family left Mesopotamia that Jesus Christ emerged in Israel with the subsequent establishment of the New Testament.

Indeed, before Jesus Christ, Alexander the Great actually observed the Great Pyramid of Giza and Caesar also observed the Great Pyramid of Giza, but the Pyramid did not give any eternal glory to them.

Jesus Christ, who reportedly had ever been in Egypt while He was a baby, never mentioned the Great Pyramid of Giza as well as the Great City Rome, Alexandria, and Athens. Yet, His teaching laid foundation to the present-day prosperity of Europe and North America.

And, 2000 years after 500 B.C., Christoper Columbus reached part of the American Continents and Martin Luther started liberal Christianity or Protestantism in Germany around 1500.

And, 2000 years after the emergence of Jesus Christ, you are actually viewing EEE Reporter being posted in Japan, since it is now the year 2010.

That is why I am telling you that you are blessed to be born around 2000 if not around 1500 or, otherwise A.D.1 or 500 B.C., since 2551 B.C., when the Great Pyramid of Giza was built, could be regarded still as the starting point of this conflict between spiritual value and material value.

SECTION II: The Great Pyramids of Giza

The pyramid is a magnified capstone ancient Egyptians put on the top of their big rectangular cubic tomb underground.

Originally, for some reasons, ancient Egyptians put a humble triangular pyramid as a symbol of a tomb under the ground. As time went by, this symbolic capstone grew to be the great pyramid.

Accordingly, as for the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Giza terrace or tableland is the shared main body of the tombs, and the the Great Pyramids themselves are capstones. The bodies of the kings who built the Pyramids must be resting under the Pyramids in the Giza terrace.

However, it is well known the formation of the three Pyramids simulates the three central stars of the constellation Orion. It might be however just a part of fruitless religion.

Yet, I like to see Orion in the night sky nowadays. The stars M43 and M42 down the three belt stars of Orion look like being simulated by the great Sphinx.

Anyway, Orion observed together with the Pleiades might be the best night scenery, though it is very unlikely the Messiah will come from there.

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Today I saw on TV a Japanese female medical doctor working in Vietnam to perform surgical operations to children born with facial deformation around the mouth.

Many people in Vietnam are still riding on bicycles like in China in 1980's, but it is truly a piece of good news that some Japanese are providing free medical services for poor Vietnamese in the early 21st century, though 50,000 or so American soldiers died in the Vietnam War.

No super-rich Americans died in the Vietnam War; no super-rich Americans and Muslims look like going to die in the War on Terror.

Poor Americans and Muslims had better turn to Japan if not Vietnam.

(A Japanese song called "Subaru (the Pleiades)"... )

2Th 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

2Th 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2Th 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Friday, January 08, 2010

"we should not trust in ourselves, but in God "

Blind Leaders Leading Blinded People

Africa is not on the path for prosperity to be another Japan, since Europe is exploiting Africa.

The Middle East is not on the path for prosperity to be another Japan, since Europe and America are exploiting the Middle East.

Central America is not on the way for prosperity to be another Japan, since America is exploiting Central America.

But, East Asia and South East Asia are on the way for prosperity to be another Japan, since Japan has been helping them in these decades.

That is why European elites and American elites do not admire Japan unlike East Asians and South East Asians.

It is time to accept the truth.

SECTION I: Dollars and Gun Around Kabul

A veteran Japanese professional cameraman climbed one of mountains surrounding the city Kabul for the purpose of taking pictures of the capital of Afghanistan.

As the banking system in Kabul does not work well today to serve foreigners, he was carrying all the money he had in his purse and also in a special belt.

Then a gunman appeared, pointing the gun at the cameraman and searching his body for money. The armed robbery soon found the purse with full of crisp bills. Then the Afghan brandished his gun to the Japanese who immediately ran down the rocky mountain.

However, the smart Japanese saved most of his money, since only 10 of U.S. $1 bills and only 10 of Afghan $1 bills were in his purse the Afghan robbery took out of him. But, they were all crisp bills without any stains and blots. Accordingly, the robbery misunderstood that the parse contained 10 of U.S. $50 bills and 10 of Afghan $100 bills, since it is unthinkable that any one is carrying 20 crisp one-dollar bills in his parse in Afghanistan or anywhere in the world.

His assets in his money belt were surely secured and preserved.

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The Japanese cameraman recently posted his idea about money in general in his blog.

The issue is that while the Bank of Japan has issued only bills worth 80 trillion yen ($0.8 trillion), total deposits in commercial banks in Japan reached 1000 trillion yen ($10 trillion). It is because money has been created by commercial banks through credit creation in the concrete form of lending money into accounts of clients.

Put simply, if a bank judges that you are a man who can return money or pay interest, it will lend you money. Yes, the bank will lend you money if it does not have cash at all. But, it causes no troubles, since all the banks follow this scheme. Banks are transferring and receiving this transparent money in the concrete form of figures and numbers in computer files nowadays.

The point at issue is whether you are qualified or not in the credit appraisal by a bank. To be qualified, you have to be rich. You must have credit or social status a poor man however cannot enjoy.

If you are rich or a person of position, a bank will trust you and lend you money if the bank does not have any money or cash, since all the banks follow this scheme, transferring and receiving transparent money through computer systems using figures and numbers.

Indeed, it is time to review this scheme: Is it quite sound or sophisticated otherwise so laughable and nonsense?

SECTION II: Jesus Christ and Global Warming

We may say that the easiest way to reduce CO2 emission is to limit the amount of oil/coal/gas all the countries are allowed to use.

So, COP-X arguments should be focused on what percentage of total reduction should be adopted.

If you like, each country should reduce its amount of oil/coal/gas to be consumed in its territory by 1%, 2%, 3%, 5%. 8%, 13%, 21%, or 34% so as to prevent global warming.

This is the surest way to reduce the total amount of CO2 mankind emits to the air.

To do this, all the countries must lower their living standard. For example, America must lower its living standard to the level of Afghanistan's. All the advance countries must be as poor as the poorest country is. This is the last solution for reduction of CO2.

But, America and other rich countries would not accept this solution: lowering the living standard to the level of Afghanistan's.

Instead, America and other rich countries would try to prevent poor countries to be rich, try to make poor countries continue to be as poor as they are today, or try to make poor countries poorer, so that CO2 emission is a little suppressed.

America and other rich countries would even try to make some rich countries poor and poorer. No rich countries want to be poor if it is necessary to reduce CO2 emission, but they will make some rich countries poor and poorer, so that CO2 emission is a little suppressed.

In this situation, a country should stand against one another with clear intention to have other countries bear the burden of reducing the amount of oil/coal/gas to be used for maintaining material civilization.

This is the very situation Jesus Christ prophesied: "When the end is near, a country should stand against one another."

Yet, artificial CO2 emission might not have a decisive influence on the global warming as well as global cooling, scientifically.

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Today's material civilization is like the Great Pyramid.

However, 2000 years after the completion of the Great Pyramid, it had no value. Accordingly, the Old Testament was compiled, leading to the beginning of the New Testament 600 or 500 years after, namely the birth of Jesus Christ.

Today's material civilization must look like the Great Pyramid in future.

It is so, since 2000 years later, it will have no value.

Justice and love to the poor must become foundation to the next 2000 years of mankind.

Today's war, terror, global warming, financial crises, and so on must be viewed from this viewpoint.

2Co 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:

2Co 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

2Co 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

Thursday, January 07, 2010

"your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world"

(Touching a tip of the Pacific Ocean 40 Km southwest of Tokyo.)

More than Living for Money and Pleasure

Today, before noon, I saw five police or defense-force helicopters in formation flying toward me, though 400-meter high.

Approaching enough, they gradually U-turned midair, while I was watching, to the south or Tokyo. Anyway, such a thing never happened in my life.

Accordingly, I have recorded it here, since there might be five people viewing EEE Reporter in Tokyo.

SECTION I: Japanese Homeless Women

Several days ago, a Japanese TV station presented a homeless woman living alone on Tokyo streets for years.

She was not admitted to a shelter the Japanese Government had set up for homeless and jobless people to spend this New Year Season somewhat decently, because she had to first go and file a request at a local public office of a ward where she mainly lived. But she was not welcomed by officials of the public ward office who advised her to go to certain remote public facilities instead of the Government-set-up shelter.

The Government shelter so televised and covered by the media during New Year holidays this year was basically intended to provide aid for those who were recently fired by businesses, such as subcontractors of Toyota, Nissan, or Sony, due to this recession.

The over-middle-aged homeless woman would not go to the remote facilities, since she had no homeless friends in the area and no acquaintances in homeless aid groups working in the area where the recommended facilities were situated. Besides, if she had traveled to the remote facilities, she might have been simply and coolly advised again to go to other facilities.

Of course, officials of the public ward office who advised her to go to the distant facilities must have well understood that it was difficult for her to move there leaving her friends, her last resort of living in this world. They sent her back to cold, winter streets of Tokyo, while they knew that a chance of her accidental death was very high.

It is said that women account for 5% or so of all the homeless persons in Japan estimated to be around 50,000 among 125 million population.


There was a case that a homeless lady was killed by a young adult who mobilized teenagers to attack and rob her of money in a local city of Japan.


If the situation is so bad even in Japan, how desperate it is in China, the U.S., and the U.K. where so many racial, ethnic, and religious prejudices and conflicts are alienating people and groups of people from one another!

SECTION II: 1549 to 1639 of Japan

Christianity was officially introduced into Japan in 1549 and was officially terminated in Japan in 1639, once.

Around 1500, Christopher Columbus reached part of the American Continents. Then, half a century later Christianity reached Japan.

(It was just like that in 1955 Sony rolled out its first transistor radios [for listening of consumers] in Japan to be a global maker while in 2005 EEE-Reporter Blog was launched in Japan to be a global announcing site.)

Nestorius Christian is believed to have reached Japan more earlier, though evidences are scare.

The most authentic record is as follows:
Francis Xavier reached Japan on 27th July, 1549, with Anjiro and three other Jesuits, but it was not until 15th August that he went ashore at Kagoshima, the principal port of the province of Satsuma on the island of Kyūshū. As a representative of the Portuguese king, he was received in a friendly manner, hosted by Anjiro's family until October 1550. From October to December, 1550, he resided in Yamaguchi. Shortly before Christmas, he left for Kyoto but failed to meet with the Emperor. He returned to Yamaguchi in March, 1551, where he was permitted to preach by the daimyo of the province. However, lacking fluency in the Japanese language, he had to limit himself to reading aloud the translation of a catechism.

Francis was the first Jesuit to go to Japan as a missionary.[citation needed] He brought with him paintings of the Madonna and the Madonna and Child. These paintings were used to help teach the Japanese about Christianity. There was a huge language barrier as Japanese was unlike other languages the missionaries had previously encountered. For a long time Francis struggled to learn the language. Artwork continued to play a role in Francis’ teachings in Asia.[citation needed]

For forty-five years the Jesuits were the only missionaries in Asia, but the Franciscans also began proselytizing in Asia as well. Christian missionaries were later forced into exile, along with their assistants. Some were able to stay behind, however Christianity was then kept underground as to not be persecuted.

(To be continued...)

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There was a change in the Japanese Finance Minister.

It is purely an inner-party issue of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan.

Though Prime Minister Mr. Yukio Hatoyama did not intend this change, the former Finance Minister decided to leave the Cabinet based on his personal judgment about situations involving human relationships with top leaders of the Party as well as progress in investigation by public prosecutors into allegations of mishandling of political funds by some Party members.

However, the New Finance Minister of Japan Mr. Naoto Kan is truly a stranger as an expert in finance, though he has been a national lawmaker for 30 years or so.

And, it is unknown what personal relationships he has with Chinese leaders and American leaders. Probably, only a few...

You may check Prime Miniter Mr. Hatoyama's remarks on this issue at his personal Twitter site in Japanese:

Indeed, Twitter is getting popular among some elite politicians in Japan, though twits are not desirable at all in the National Diet or Parliament.

Rom 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

Rom 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

"unto the uttermost part of the earth."

I do not dislike dogs which respect human beings on any occasions.

There are several types of dogs indigenous to Japan, but basically it is Shiba-Inu, a smaller type, that is the most unique and basic as a Japanese dog.

The Shiba-Inu dog is believed to have come to the Japanese Islands tens of thousands years ago with people who had reached this easternmost land of the Eurasia Continent from Siberia down to Hokkaido and Honshu Islands.

Ancient Japanese of thousands years ago buried their dogs with love as
unearthed objects tell.

Anyway, DNAs of those dogs reveal that they are different from Japanese wolves that became extinct in the early 20th century.

In addition, there are no evidences that the tiger ever lived on the Japanese islands, though mammoths and dinosaurs did.

(Note: "Inu" means a dog in Japanese, "Oh-Kami" a wolf, and "Tora" a tiger.)

SECTION I: Japan in 1760's

There are three prominent figures in Japan of 1760's under the Tokugawa samurai feudalistic regime.

Empress Go-Sakuramachi () (September 23, 1740 – December 24, 1813) was the 117th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. She is the last and most recent woman to reign as Empress regnant, out of eight in the history of Japan. She was the eighth woman to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne.[1] The years of her reign spanned the period from 1762 to 1771.

Tanuma Okitsugu ()(September 11, 1719, Edo, Japan - August 25, 1788, Edo) was a rōjū (senior counselor) of the Tokugawa shogunate who introduced monetary reform. He was also a daimyo, and ruled the Sagara han. He used the title Tonomo-no-kami.

Motoori Norinaga (Japanese:; 21 June 1730–5 November 1801) was a Japanese scholar of Kokugaku during the Edo period. He is probably the best known and most prominent of all scholars in this tradition.

Japan closed the door to foreigners in those years for Tokugawa's policy of seclusion implemented from 1639 to 1853.

However, China and the Kingdom of the Netherlands kept trading relations with Japan, so that Japanese elite samurais comprehended what was going on in the world. However, world information, including knowledge of Christianity, was blocked from diffusing among ordinary farmers, craftsmen, and merchants.

Accordingly, the very unique culture power Japan further deepened its features in this period without influences of China and Europe in large.

In this context, it is noteworthy that Motoori Norinaga dedicated his 35 years, from his age of 35 to 69, to sincere study in the "Kojiki," an old document of imperial history and myths reportedly written in 712, respecting Japanese traditions rather than teaching of ancient Chinese philosophers the samurai regime paid much regard to.

Even today, the "Kojiki" and the "Nihon-shoki," the imperial and official classical history book written in 720, are the two major sources for studying and understanding Japan before the 8th century.

As Koran was first compiled around 650, the Kojiki and the Nihon-shoki could be regarded as a kind of religious books of Shintoism or Japanese spiritualism.

If you are studyng Japan and Japanese, one of your highest goals is to understand the Kojiki and the Nihon-shoki, though the Nihon-shoki is written in classical Chinese and Kojiki is written in mainly classical Japanese with some classical Chinese.

Without 35-year work by Motoori Norinaga, Japan today should have only the Nihon-shoki written in classical Chinese, as the oldest, authentic history book of Japan.

(Note 1: As Japan had been under strong and difficult military, diplomatic, and political pressure from superior China in the 7th century, the Japanese Imperial court prepared the Nihon-shoki to claim its historical independence from Chinese dynasties. For this purpose, it was written in Chinese of the era to claim that Japan was as civilized as China, since Japan had an official history book like each Chinese dynasty had.)

(Note 2: "Kojiki" means an old-thing document in Japanese; "Nihon-shoki" a Japan's authentic document.)


(To be continued...)

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Everybody is talking about BRICs: Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Their combined share of GDP in the world is expected to get 20% or more in 2010. However, they are not Islamic nations. They are rather socialism-oriented economies.

In any way of grouping, Japan (GDP share 6%) is unique like America (20%) because of religion.

So, history first, religion second, and economy third.

Respect historians more than religious professionals and economists.

Act 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

Act 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

"In the beginning was the Word"

(This is the sun of January 1, 2010; This is Mt. Fuji of January 1, 2010. What else do you expect to see?)

Symmetry and Asymmetry

Dubai is situated in the middle of Baghdad, Tehran, Kabul, and Yemen.

The distance from Dubai to each other location is almost the same, in the global scale.

Have any Muslims said that Allah wants wealth and peace to be distributed from Dubai to Baghdad, Tehran, Kabul, and Yemen?


A young Haitian said, "Nowhere to work here. You cannot be even forced to be a thief, since there is nothing to steal here."

One of the reasons why the U.S. cannot be praised is that the super power cannot even help Haiti develop economically.

If the U.S. helps duly those poor Caribbean countries as well as central American countries, American GDP will surely fall by 10% or so.

Japan has helped Taiwan, South Korea, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and even North Korea develop their economy. Accordingly, Japan has to experience deflation for so long, since Japan has to invest so much in those countries and import their inexpensive goods so much rather than boost up Japan's domestic demands.

It is partly to protect natural environment of Japan. Too much industrial development was about to harm the Japanese land to an irreversible degree in 1990's.

Yet, it is very strange or sinful that Haiti and Dominican Republic share the small island, while speaking French and Spanish, respectively, without any hope for prosperity though situated so close to America.

(That is why Japanese conservative people often say, "Look at those countries once occupied by the Empire of Japan. They are all prosperous now to a reasonable extent. So-called Japan's colonization is so different from that by America, France, Spain, and the U.K. The Empire of Japan introduced modernization to those countries and invested more than it exploited before WWII." There might be some exaggeration, but Taiwan with the world second tallest building is far better than Haiti and Dominican Republic today, as you know.)

SECTION II: Japan in 1960's

The world changed so drastically when it left its 1960's compared with when it had entered its 1960's.

At the beginning of 1960's, American citizens and students believed that American leaders in politics and economy respected Jesus Christ as much as they did. But, at the end of 1960's, they did not.

In 1960, Sony established Sony America in America.
In 1961, Sony went public on the American market as the first of Japanese businesses.
In 1963, Sony's president Akio Morita and his family moved to America to live.
In 1968, Sony established Sony UK in London.
In 1970, Sony established Sony GmbH in Germany.

At the beginning of 1960's, some Japanese people thought Japan would further grow economically as much as Italy sooner or later.

Tokyo Olympic Games were indeed held in 1964, following 1960 Rome Olympics.

In 1969, the Japanese Gross National Product (GNP) ranked No.2 in the world following the U.S.

Yet, unlike at the beginning of 1960's, universities and colleges in Japan were popularized in a large scale for the first time in the Japanese history in the late 1960's, thus changing the landscape of Japanese social structure from high-school graduate dominant society to university graduate dominant society as demonstrated by the student movement in late 1960's which was essentially different from the similar movement in early 1960's led by elite students and laborers over security partnership of Japan and the United States.

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(To be continued...)

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Monday, January 04, 2010

"the wicked doth compass about the righteous"

(Mt. Fuji of January 1, 2010; Japanese Shintoism sometimes regards a mountain as a shrine body itself - Mt. Fuji is also a shrine.)

Rebellion, Restoration, and Salvation

Now the holy three days from January 1 were over in Japan.

But some 800 jobless and homeless people in Tokyo have been especially taken care of by the Government providing them shelters and other aid for them to spend the New Year season decently, as the Japanese media have been covering those victims of a great recession since the second half of 2008.

Yet, I recommend the Bank of Japan to lend those jobless and homeless people $1000 per month per person under the government's guarantee, since it totals only $0.8 million per month while the Government can print its own yen bills as many as needed or wished by law.

If BOJ would not, the Government should establish a new bank for this function, the National Bank for Poor Japanese (BPJ). Then, other nations would follow suit with, say, the National Bank for Poor Americans (BPA).

SECTION I: Ryoma Sakamoto

Late last night, when I checked some satellite TV channels before finally switching off the TV, a certain TV station happened to present a mysterious history program.

It extended a unique theory that Sakamoto Ryoma was assassinated by his friend Nakaoka Shintaro at Kyoto in 1867.

Sakamoto Ryoma (family name is Sakamoto) is No.1 samurai hero Japanese people respect so much, since he contributed to success in ending the feudalism samurai period and opening a new era for modern Japan. Without him, it is believed, more bloods should have been shed and more chaotic situations should have lasted longer through civil wars between the last samurai regime of the Tokugawas based in Tokyo and emerging power of anti-Tokugawa samurai groups associated with the noble class and the imperial family based in Kyoto.

However, Sakamoto Ryoma was assassinated in Kyoto at one cold night, though he was talking with his long-time samurai friend Nakaoka who was also attacked and died two days later. Sakamoto was an expert in swordplay, but he always carried a handgun imported from America, since he had been attacked sometime before by Tokugawa police forces. Yet, he was killed by sword without effectively fighting back in his hiding room of a merchant house in the middle of Kyoto, the imperial capital of Japan.

Who sent the assassins is still a mystery without evidences. Who those samurai assassins were is still a mystery today without evidences. Though there is a common theory that Sakamoto was killed as some leader of the Tokugawa samurai government ordered a police platoon of Tokugawa's branch troops stationed at Kyoto to attack Sakamoto.

The TV program of the last night presented a new theory that Nakaoka betrayed and actually killed Sakamoto, but Sakamoto fought back with his handgun to wound Nakaoka; yet some foreign figures, most probably English diplomats or merchants, were involved behind the scene in this historic assassination of Sakamoto Ryoma who is still respected as a revolutionary samurai hero by many Japanese who voted the last summer in the general election to realize the regime change paving the way for the Hatoyama Cabinet.

SECTION II: Japan in 1860's

Around 1860, many samurais were victimized in assassination, attack in darkness, terrorism, and bloody machinations, while all the samurais, samurai clans, and samurai groups were divided into the Tokugawa camp and the anti-Tokugawa forces backed by the noble class and the imperial family.

Eventually, the era of samurais had gone with old social structure based on feudalism.

Both the pro- and anti-Tokugawa samurais, after the end of the Civil War in 1868, changed their clothes, hair styles, and habits, to be Western-style ministers, politicians, governors, bureaucrats, military officers, police, teachers, post masters, and medical doctors and professors in addition to businessmen, while gradually opening to ordinary people, namely non-samurais, the gate for the politics and other fields with the higher social status.

The Chiyoda (Edo) Castle used by the Tokugawas for 270 years was changed to the Imperial Palace.

(To be continued...)

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(This piece of music is called "Spring Sea," the most revered sound as so expected to be played in a new year social party of a Japanese style.


Hab 1:1 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.

Hab 1:2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

Hab 1:3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.

Hab 1:4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.