Saturday, June 05, 2010

"he laid his hands upon a few sick folk"

(Not Abbey Road, But a Tokyo Bay Road...)

On Inauguration of New Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Yukio Hatoyama said that Prime Minister Elected Mr. Naoto Kan is 10 times or 1000 times smarter than he is.

However, it is said that mild P.M. Mr. Hatoyama got angry only once in the office of Prime Minister during his term of nine months when he found this April or so that one of his aid did not tell him the truth about a policy of the U.S. Government on the U.S. Marine Corps' bases in Okinawa, though the aid monopolized the issue at his hand.

An ex-elite-bureaucrat aid to the prime minister could not communicate well with American elite officials. P.M. Mr. Hatoyama, a well-educated celebrity, could not measure ability of his key aid.

Indeed, it is very sad to say that they should have been 10 or 1000 times smarter in dealing with the American military.

SECTION I: The End of Conservatives in Japan?

Japanese Prime Minister Elected Mr. Naoto Kan has, in his 30-year career in politics, neither belonged to, nor supported by the Liberal Democratic Party, the major conservative pro-American party since 1950's.

His assuming office of the premiership of Japan is a very drastic incident in terms of the Japanese political history since the end of WWII or at least since the end of the Vietnam War.

Traditional/conservative-minded or living voters in Japan consistently supported LDP candidates in national elections till August 30, 2009 when then opposition Democratic Party of Japan won 308 seats among total 480 Lower-House seats. The DPJ has many liberal politicians who might be rather regarded as a kind of terrorist supporters by the LDP and traditional establishment, though the 10-year old party has also many pure-conservative politicians. Mr. Naoto Kan is virtually categorized in the former, and Mr. Ichiro Ozawa and Mr. Yukio Hatoyama are virtually in the latter, according to conventional measures.

Therefore, veteran Lower-House lawmaker Mr. Kan is more symbolic as prime minister who indicates the end of conventional conservatives in the Japanese political circles.

It is so, since "Kan-san" is the first and probably last conventional liberal prime minister of Japan who got a real free hand without being tied down by the LDP or established conservatives (unlike the case of socialist premier Mr. Tomiichi Murayama in 1990's). In other word, Mr. Kan must have ever no linkage with U.S. CIA like Mr. Yukio Hatoyama or unlike any of former prime ministers from the LDP. In this context, the 30-8-2009 general election was revolutionary, no matter how humbly.

Conservative and traditional politicians in Japan must change their paradigm, since liberal Mr. Naoto Kan will be soon appointed to the prime minister by the Emperor according to the Constitution.

Note: "Kan" means the plant sedge. "Naoto" means a straight, quick, frank, or righteous man.

SECTION II: People & History or an Individual & History

Apparently people as a mass are flowing along the flow of history.

However, what occupies the mind of an individual has nothing to do with history in a ratio of 50 to 90%.

That is why people as individuals have to face something coming out of the blue like in the case of the Pearl Harbor Attack in 1941, the Assassination of JFK in 1963, and the 9/11 Terror in 2001, while they were eating, drinking, singing, dancing, or making money.

Especially, there are nations far from one another, though people are communicating, trading, and travelling over borders and distances. Things and matters are developing as if independently in each country, but a trend can meet another from a different country through an international channel, leading to conflict of interest.

China progressed with a steep economic growth, owing to great investments and support from Japan and America. Then, at a certain point in time, China emerged as a major international player to the eyes of American and Europeans. Eventually, elite Americans have come to be preoccupied by China in their global view, since China has purchased more American Treasury bonds than Japan around 2009.

In this way, local and unique progress of Chinese economic growth has been suddenly transformed to a significant presence in the world, at least, to American/European elites. So, we may wonder how people and individuals actually think and understand situations, living in this kind of trend of history. Are they prepared enough always?

When observing this movement with a focus on a mass of people, it looks like they all understand the wider situation, since they look like living and behaving reasonably. But, for each individual, it has very limited meaning.

That is why individuals in each country fail in realizing the era and make wrong judgement on international conflict and other issues, sometimes suddenly facing or discovering a new, strange, or unthinkable situation.

The lack of a right sense in history among individuals can be thus very dangerous to the world and the era, since a mass of people look like understanding everything but each individual does not much care about a real state of the world.

In summary, as American individuals failed in fairly coping with the Pearl Harbor Attack in 1941, the Assassination of JFK in 1963, and the 9/11 Terror in 2001, though as a mass of people they looked wise prior to each critical incident, they might be failing now, too, in terms of China and other emerging economies.

Of course, the BP failure in the Gulf of Mexico and the Israeli violence in the sea off Gaza would be put in some places in their world view and historical context by a mass of American people and individuals. If it was done very insufficiently, America might fail in future in handling matters related to those incidents at both the levels of a mass of people and individuals. And accumulation of such failures could lead to another tragedy of a large scale, global scale, or historic scale.

And, I hope that people, including a leader of a nation and an interviewer of any TV station, would discuss this sort of matter with the American President, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama.

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There are old Chinese living in Myanmar who fought the great war against the Empire of Japan as soldiers of the National Party in the region around borders between southern China and Myanmar through which American military aid and weapons were conveyed into various parts of China during WWII.

However, as the Chinese Communist Party tried to execute them after the Chinese Civil War, they could not return to their home in China while their leaders moved desperately to Taiwan.

They are now over 80 or 90 years old, still looking like heroes, though some have obtained nationality of Myanmar and their children and grandchildren live there.

Yet, it will be a kind of miracle if China should not suffer another civil war on its land in the 21st century, since there are still old soldiers around borders between southern China and Myanmar.


Paul McCartney played before the Obamas. What an ege, since he is a British man!)

Mar 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

Mar 6:6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

Mar 6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

Friday, June 04, 2010

"for he himself knew what he would do"

(The Yaesu Side of the Tokyo Station, not toward the Imperial Palace but toward the Tokyo Bay)

Nothing Is Worth Claiming Eternity But Words of The God

Japanese Prime Minsiter Mr. Yukio Hatoyama has had many big contradictions.

He however tried to solve one of them by delivering a speech to announce his resignation and his recommendation of resignation of Secretary-General Mr. Ichiro Ozawa of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan.

Now, Prime Minister Elected Mr. Naoto Kan is trying hard to build up his own Cabinet and management team of the DPJ while new contradictions are also growing behind the scene.

Anyway, Mr. Hatoyama has proved that he is a clever man to quit the dangerous work at a critical time, which Former Prime Minister Mr. Taro Aso of the Liberal Democratic Party could not, thus decreasing the LDP seats in the Lower House from roughly 300 to 120 in the general election of the last summer.

In terms of justice and ethics, P.M. Mr. Yukio Hatoyama has also proved that he is not so irresponsible as powerful lawmaker Mr. Ichiro Ozawa seems to be.

SECTION I: Naoto Kan Balloted for Prime Minister of Japan

The Lower-House (Shugiin in Japanese) of the National Diet chose Mr. Naoto Kan as the successor of retiring P.M. Mr. Yukio Hatoyama. Mr. Kan of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) will officialy become the 94th premier of Japan since 1885 after being appointed by the Emperor, which is rescheduled to be on June 8, the next Tuesday.

Among 480 members, 313 votes were cast for Mr. Kan.

For the Democratic Party of Japan to secure the powerful two thirds majority, it needs support from the SDP with their seven votes. Incidentally, the head of the Socialist Democratic Party (SDP) got seven votes. But, due to the Mr. Hatoyama's recent decision on the new base of the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa, the SDP cancelled the coalition with the DPJ.

However, the approval rating for the DPJ has already jumped up by several points, responding to the announced change in the leadership of the ruling DPJ and the Japanese Cabinet.

Yet, after the difficult Upper House election scheduled in July, lawmaker Mr. Kan has to face the party convention in September when his term as the head of the DPJ is terminated, since he is to just fill the term left by Mr. Hatoyama. It is still unknown if veteran Lower-House member Mr. Naoto Kan will be reelected.

Very veteran Lower-House member Mr. Ichiro Ozawa of the DPJ, who actually forced Prime Minister Mr. Hatoyama to decide his resignation, seems to still keep a strong card.

In addition, the Upper House (Sangiin in Japanese) of the National Diet has also balloted Mr. Naoto Kan for the premier of Japan with 123 votes among 242 seats.

SECTION II: Contradiction and History of America

From a certain standpoint, history is movement of the human world where a contradiction is solved tentatively by another contradiction.

An unbearable contradiction in the American society before its independence was solved tentatively by its independence as well as innovation and development.

An unbearable contradiction in the American society before the Civil War was solved tentatively by the Civil War as well as innovation and development.

An unbearable contradiction in the American society over the Great Depression was solved tentatively by social welfare policies by the federal government as well as innovation and development.

An unbearable contradiction in the American society over the civil rights was solved tentatively by civil rights legislation as well as innovation and development.

Unbearable contradictions in the American society over the economic competition against Japan and the military competition against the Soviet Union were solved tentatively by globalization of politics and economy as well as innovation and development.

Unbearable contradictions in the American society over the 9/11 Terror and the 2008 Lehman Shock are being solved by launching the War on Terror and leveraging the G2/G20 relationships as well as innovation and development.

Yet, resources to be applied to future solutions to any contradictions might be getting scarce and limited.

What then will be the fall of Super-Power America?

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If Mr. Yukio Hatoyama does not respect America, Mr. Naoto Kan looks like potentially pro-American like Foreign Minister Mr. Katsuya Okada.

No well-educated Japanese hate America from the bottom of their heart, if they live a rich life especially around Tokyo.

Accordingly, you cannot rely on Japanese politicians if you are going to launch war against America from somewhere on the earth some day.

Joh 6:3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.

Joh 6:4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.

Joh 6:5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?

Joh 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

"Is not this the carpenter"

(Tokyo Station)

Faith in the Morning & Death in the Evening in Contentment

There is a song in which it goes like "We can't wait for June!"

SECTION I: Ozawa, Hatoyama, & Kan

Mr. Ichiro Ozawa (1942-) could have been Japanese Prime Minister in October 2008, unless the Lehman Shock had happened, since he was the head of the Democratic Party of Japan at the time.

In late September 2008, then Prime Minister Mr. Taro Aso was about to dissolve the Lower House, though he could not in fact due to the Lehman Shock and some shocking survey results predicting big loss of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the expected Lower-House election.

If the Lehman Shock had occurred a few weeks later or in October 2008, the general election must have been launched by then P.M. Mr. Aso of the LDP, resulting in victory of Mr. Ozawa and the DPJ. Accordingly, Mr. Ozawa should have been nominated as prime minister of Japan.

In reality, several months later, while Mr. Aso was painfully struggling in coping with a falling approval rating of his Cabinet, a political fund scandal surfaced around 40-year-long politician Mr. Ozawa, which forced him to step down from the top position of the party in May 2009. (It is also interesting that Secretary Mrs. Hillary Clinton visited Tokyo and met with Mr. Ozawa in February 2009.) Then, Mr. Yukio Hatoyama (1947-) was elected as the head of the DPJ. Mr. Hatoyama chose his younger rival Mr. Katsuya Okada as Secretary-General of the party, going into the general election held on August 30, 2009, eventually to win the big victory.

Yet, if Mr. Ozawa had not decided to step down due to an arrest of his secretary on suspicion of illegal reporting of a political fund, Mr. Ozawa should have assumed the premiership after the election. Indeed, general expectations for the regime change among the Japanese people were so strong and hot that even Mr. Ozawa leading the DPJ should have been able to win the drastic summer election.

So, it is a kind of miracle that Mr. Ichiro Ozawa is now not prime minister of Japan.

As Mr. Yukio Hatoyama decided yesterday to step down from the premiership due to his too-low approval rating while the Upper House election is scheduled this summer, everybody thinks that Mr. Naoto Kan (1946-) will be elected to the head of the DPJ in its convention tomorrow and subsequently as prime minister of Japan in the National Diet on the same day or so.

Before Mr. Ichiro Ozawa joined the DPJ several years ago, the DPJ had been mostly managed by Mr. Hatoyama, the key founder of the party in terms of political funds, along with Mr. Kan, a kind of popular, liberal politician since his graduation of the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1970.

The human relationships between Mr. Ozawa, Mr. Hatoyama, and Mr. Kan must be of the most interesting concerns for professionals in the Japanese politics. Mr. Ozawa and Mr. Hatoyama are sons of successful politicians. But, Mr. Kan is simply an ex-liberal student of the era of the Vietnam War.

No matter how amateur Mr. Kan might look in comparison with establishment politicians, including Mr. Taro Aso, of the LDP that enjoyed power for 50 years or more till the last fall, Mr. Naoto Kan is from ordinary backgrounds of the Japanese society, thus being more trusted by ordinary voters.

Anyway, the story of the regime change in Japan has entered the second phase with the yesterday's public announcement of his resignation by P.M. Mr. Hatoyama (whose celebrity-natured flying over Nagata Cho District is thus coming to an end).

In my personal opinion, the DPJ should not elect their new head as prime minister of Japan this time. Instead, the DPJ lawmakers should ballot Mr. Shizuka Kamei of the People's New Party for the new prime minister, since senior lawmaker Mr. Kamei is now a Cabinet minister in charge of managing the internationally controversial Japan's postal service sector while he has been a big rival for ex-prime minister Mr. Junichiro Koizumi of the LDP who led Japan in a tie up with ex-president Mr. George W. Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 Terror.

(However, I do not feel like saying, "Bye-Bye Hatoyama Junichiro!")

In summary, in Japan, it is still in an era of those who graduated from school in the era of the Vietnam War.

SECTION II: Advantage in History

Those who lived in a peripheral region to the center of civilization of an era could have sometimes great advantage.

One outstanding example is Alexander the Great.

Without great cultural backgrounds based on the ancient Greek Civilization, the great troops and legions of Alexander the Great should not have been so built up.

The deeper nation's cultural backgrounds are, the stronger its troops can be.

However, such a nation must be situated rather in a peripheral area to the center of civilization.

In this context, the Roman Empires was situated in a peripheral area to Greece in a wider scope than in the case of Alexander the Great.

England, Germany, and Russia were also situated in peripheral areas to the center of Europe before the 20th century, since the Vatican continued to stay in Rome.

America was, too, situated in a quite peripheral area to whole Europe in a far wider scope than in the case of Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire, and modern England, Germany, and Russia.

The same goes for Japan. That is one of answers to the question, why were Japanese troops so strong during WWII?

(To be continued...)

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It is not bad to change the prime minister of a nation every year through democratic process.

It is democracy itself.

People and voters are executing their power.

Conversely, it is very dangerous, strange, and evil to allow one man to stay in the highest position in the government for years like in America and other nations.

Japan is the most advanced in this regard.

Accordingly, Japan will have a new prime minister tomorrow, though foreigners will not be able to enjoy this political spectacle since they do not share the national feeling of the Japanese people.

What I want to say is: "Is that guy the best in your country for years?"

Mar 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

Mar 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

Mar 6:4 But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

"when the Lamb opened one of the seals"

SECTION I: Japan's P.M. Hatoyama Announced Resignation

Now, Mr. Yukio Hatoyama is addressing the people over TV live broadcasting on his decision to resign from the premiership.


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Today, from 10 a.m. on, all the Japanese media have reported the drastic movement around Prime Minister Mr. Yukio Hatoyama and subsequent commotions in the society without a break.

Even some of his adversaries said that Mr. Hatoyama delivered a moving speech finally in his career as prime minister.

The new president of the Democratic Party of Japan is to be elected on June 4.

The new prime minister of Japan will be elected early in the next week.

Factions and groups in the DPJ and the number of lawmakers in each:
Ozawa Group...150
Hatoyama Group...45
Noda Group...35
Maehara Group...30
Kan Group...30
Ex-Socialist-Party Group...30
Ex-Democratic-Socialist-Party Group...30
Hata Group...20


I can hear music in their voices...Yes, I can...since it is June already.)

Rev 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

Rev 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Rev 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

"ye do not your alms before men"

(No Places Other Than Tokyo That Are Like Tokyo)

People's Hero & Lawmakers' Hero

I opened the door to step out.

The first thing I saw was a bright big star over roofs as it was at dusk.

SECTION I: Will Hatoyama Quit?

If P.M. Mr. Yukio Hatoyama should step down immediately, 10 or more candidates of the ruling DPJ will be elected in the coming national election of Japan to choose 121 new Upper House members.

"Hatoyama has totally screwed things up," said Gerald Curtis, a professor of Japanese politics at Columbia University in New York. "Clearly, the party sees a disaster looming."
Should Hatoyama step down before the elections, likely candidates to replace him include Finance Minister Naoto Kan, National Strategy Minister Yoshito Sengoku and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, Curtis said. Hatoyama’s term as party leader expires in September.

Hatoyama was hailed for unseating the Liberal Democratic Party, which governed almost without interruption for more than 50 years, and ushering in a new chapter in Japanese democracy.

Indeed, if Former Prime Minister Mr. Taro Aso should have stepped down before the national election in 2009, 40 or more candidates of the then ruling LDP must have been elected to secure at least one third of the total 480 Lower-House seats, though the LDP got only 119 seats which was 180 seats down from previously occupied about 300 seats.

No matter what a prime minister says, he will never have compassion for weak candidates in his party. Mr. Hatoyama is, like Mr. Aso, trying to stay in the position of premier as long as possible, thus causing big troubles to scores of candidates from his own party.

They are thus not a hero, since they sacrifice scores of lawmakers just to save their face.

If Mr. Taro Aso should have resigned before the 2009-30-8 election for Japan, Mr. Yukio Hatoyama should resign, too, before the expected 2010-11-7 election for Japan.

Lower-House lawmaker of the Democratic Party of Japan Mr. Yukio Hatoyama should not think that he would enjoy life after leaving politics when he quits the premiership three or four years later. But, he should resign now and help his party for many years to come as one of senior members of the party.

You must be content with one time experience of being in charge of national budget compilation as prime minister, since Japan is a great country as the visiting Chinese Prime Minister so admits and praises publicly in Tokyo.

SECTION II: Salary vs. Dividends

Japanese businesses have well survived and operated over the so-called "lost decade" in 1990's and the so-called "another lost decade" in 2000's.

But, as a salary level of their employees was suppressed lower, a strong deflationary pressure happened in the whole society. However, businesses have secured reasonable profits through these periods. Then, where has the money gone? Indeed, it has gone to shareholders in the form of cash dividends.

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The above figure clearly tells how deflation in Japan has progressed as the Bank of Japan discussed.

In other word, a huge amount of money to be paid to Japanese workers and to be collected by the Japanese tax offices has been partially accumulated by company management and partially transferred to the financial sector in New York and London.

P.M. Mr. Yukio Hatoyama wrote some before assuming the office of prime minister eight months ago about his negative judgment on Wall Street. But, before he is in earnest tackling this issue, Mr. Hatoyama has lost confidence among Japanese voters and workers, probably because he is a billionaire with many personal assets operated in the stock market, unlike poor Okinawa people living around harassing U.S. military bases.

Anyway, remember if only one man has $100 trillion, economy is not possible.

If 12 men share $100 trillion, economy starts to emerge.

If 10 billion people share $100 trillion, even economics starts to look possible.

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The sky was blue to my satisfaction.

A passenger jet was flying 27,000 feet high alone, looking so small and fast.

Then a jogging-walking woman with a hat and dark glasses passed by me, having talked to angling boys, murmuring something, and speaking to an old man over a canal, and starting to walk backward.

A pathway was white and dry framed by green grass growing with vigor.

The sky must have been still blue to my satisfaction.


This song should be also referred to as "Profiles in Courage," since a book of the title was presented last fall to Mr. Hatoyama by Mr. Obama in Tokyo.)

Mat 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Mat 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Monday, May 31, 2010

"saving for the cause of fornication"

(See You, Tokyo, So Soon!)

Insidious Strategy

The head of the Social Democratic Party of Japan is a female Upper-House member who is also a lawyer and a graduate of University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law.

Before she was recruited by the Party, she had often made TV appearances as a liberal lawyer.

A lawyer, TV appearances, and then a politician elected by many voters or audiences seem to be a fast track for some ambitious youths in Japan, which however must be sternly checked nowadays, since the head of the Social Democratic Party of Japan might be acting as the coup de grace to the Japanese prime minister.

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So, I really do not like pious women to make a foolish TV appearance whether from Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, or Tokyo.

SECTION I: The Hatoyama Cabinet

The approval rate for the Hatoyama Cabinet has fallen to 17% according to a survey by The Asahi Shimbun newspaper, a kind of liberal paper.

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The direct factor is a decision by Prime Minister Mr. Yukio Hatoyama to fire a Cabinet minister from one of ruling parties, the Social Democratic Party, due to her refusal to endorse Mr. Hatoyama's decision on relocation of U.S. Marine Corps' base within the Okinawa Island, though Okinawa people want it out of the southern island.

P.M. Mr. Hatoyama of the Democratic Party of Japan promised several months before that he would settle this national security issue by acquiring consent from the two other ruling parties. But, instead, he drove out the minister from the SDP out of the Cabinet, as her presence meant discord in opinion among Cabinet members while the Constitution requests the complete accord in making a Cabinet decision.

However, the prime minister seems to be determined to surmount the situation into the summer Upper House election. He seems to be also trying to detach himself from the most powerful DPJ politician Mr. Ichiro Ozawa, a 40-year long lawmaker, who has been acting like a virtual boss to Mr. Hatoyama for many years. This movement was however predicted by notable journalist Mr. Soichiro Tahara who met the prime minister several weeks ago.

Practically, it is very difficult to force the prime minister of Japan to resign, though it is at any time possible by law: Convene a Lower-House assembly and vote for a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet, if passed, which would force resignation of the prime minister or allow him to dissolve the Lower House for election asking judgement by the people.

So long as the prime minister keeps a majority support from ruling parties, a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet cannot be passed if submitted by the Opposition, no matter how his approval rate has dropped.

But, if the prime minister, like the case of Mr. Hatoyama, takes the direct reigns only on one eighth of all the national lawmakers in his party (actually 56/423), he can be ousted from the position of the head of the party. Then, his confidence will be surely voted down in the Lower House, since even members of his party would join the non-confidence.

The world thought eight months ago Mr. Yukio Hatoyama was a true Japanese hero when his party took over power from the Liberal Democratic Party, a very conservative and pro-American, old party. But now, 80% of Japanese voters have come to think that he thinks too light of significance of politics. His words never touch hearts of ordinary Japanese any more, though his words are mild and his manner is gentle.

In my view, it will be very difficult for P.M. Mr. Yukio Hatoyama to continue his way while he and his party have a kind of insulted elite bureaucrats for real in these months under the banner of superiority of lawmakers over government officials, a sort of the last remnants of the Empire of Japan that faded away with the end of WWII.

SECTION II: An Account on Okinawa

The Okinawa islands are closer to Shanghai than to Kyoto or Tokyo.

The Imperial myths of Japan (the Yamato court) have no reference to Okinawa. Okinawa had its own king till 1879.

However, Okinawa people belong to the Japanese race in terms of history spanning over 10,000 years; their dialects and the other mainland dialects constitute together the Japanese language.

Yet, it is the region that has the least tie with the Imperial tradition of Japan (since the establishment of the Yamato regime around the third to the fifth century).

Attitudes toward Okinawa in Japan, 1945-1947

On September 20, 1947, Hirohito conveyed to MacArthur's political adviser, William J. Sebald, his position on the future of Okinawa. Acting through Terasaki, his interpreter and frequent liaison with high GHQ officials, the emperor requested that, in view of the worsening confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States, the American military occupation of Okinawa and other islands in the Ryukyu chain continue for ninety-nine years. Hirohito knew MacArthur's latest views on the status of Okinawa when he made this offer. [MacArthur had been quoted as saying, "The Ryukyus are our natural frontier" and "the Okinawans are not Japanese."] The emperor's thinking on Okinawa was also fully in tune with the colonial mentality of Japan's mainstream conservative political elites, who, like the national in general, had never undergone decolonization. Back in December 1945, the Eighty-ninth Imperial Diet had abolished the voting rights of the people of Okinawa along with those of the former Japanese colonies of Taiwan and Korea. Thus, when the Ninetieth Imperial Diet had met in 1946 to accept the new "peace" constitution, not a single representative of Okinawa was present.

SOURCE: Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, by Herbert P. Bix (HarperCollins, 2000), pp. 626-627

Note that no one calls the Showa Emperor just "Hirohito" in Japan, though you may say "Hirohito Ten-noh (Emperor)" in Japanese, but "Showa Ten-noh" is far normal.

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I smoke.

It is so troublesome when I catch a cold, as I smoke.

It needs a special care as it can be so troublesome when I catch a cold, as I smoke.

So, I went out for a medical doctor to get some medicines days ago.

Then I felt as if I had been so blessed, since I got now ethical medicines.

And, of course, I do not like others to smoke before me, very personally.


Finally, you have to belong to authority evil, false, worldly, or holy...)

Mat 5:31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

Mat 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Jeanne d'Arc in Japan's Political Circles?

(And...Captain Tokyo!?!)

The iPad is now a focus of interest in Japan.

But as time goes by, it will be a common gear everyone uses according to needs.

As long as mankind uses characters, letters, figures, symbols, pictures, and documents as a means to manage things and thoughts, a device for handling information will continue to progress.

But, if a man can be happy to have a cellular phone, everybody in the world must be happy now.

The ratio of happy people vs. unhappy people in society cannot be changed with progress of technology.

Rather to win competition, many people are trying to get the most advanced and sophisticated tools for business.

Anyway, in a few years, more progress will be achieved in iPad type devices.

Then, believers in the world might come to see more clearly whether those high-tech devices are blessed by the God or not.

Today, I just used it in a nearby computer shop. It was slower (in its response) than my request being issued without much thinking...

And, I found a digital camera (optical X 15) on sale which is made by "GE" and priced at less than 20,000 yen! Baby, it is a GE!! looked like being heaven-sent around Tokyo.