Saturday, June 12, 2010
(Around the National Assembly Building, Tokyo, Japan)
Quadrennial Event for Re-Assessment or Re-Enjoyment?
In 1998, I found that Japanese youths really loved soccer and world soccer players.
In 2002, Japan and South Korea co-hosted the World Cup Soccer Games.
In 2006, I did not even want to fly to Germany.
Now in 2010, with the first African American President, American boys might be further absorbed in the sport.
Yet, probably native Americans or indigenous Americans might not be good at this sport, since Japanese players are still following their unique rhythm of movement which is not suitable for international soccer matches.
Basically, it is a kind of sports to kick a ball as strong as possible (to whatever direction or to whomever), since the goal might happen to be on its extension.
SECTION I: North Korea & Japan
1995: Japan sent 0.5 million tons of rice held in stock by the Government to North Korea as grant aid.
1996: Japan sent 1,5000-ton foods and other aid worth $32 million to North Korea as grant aid.
1997: February - Japanese media started to reveal a shocking fact that there are many Japanese, including Ms. Megumi Yokota, abducted by North Korean secret agents since 1960's.
1997: October - A party to celebrate Mr. Kim Jong-il's inauguration of the supreme post in North Korea was held in Tokyo, with following noteworthy guests:
Mr. Yukio Hatoyama (then director-general of the DPJ)
Mr. Hajime Ishii (then deputy director-general of the Shinshin-Tou party led by Mr. Ichiro Ozawa)
Mr. Hiromu Nonaka (then deputy director-general of the LDP, a then ruling party of Japan)
Ms. Takako Doi (then the head of the Social Democratic Party)
Mr. Taro Nakayama (then a LDP lawmaker)
Ms. Akiko Domoto (then a Sakigake-party member)
Mr. Yoshiro Hayashi (then former Finance Minister of Japan)
Ms. Masako Owaki (then a lawmaker)
Mr. Banri Kaieda (a lawmaker)
Hideo Den (then a lawmaker)
1997: October - Japan sent 6,7000 tons of rice held in stock by the Government to North Korea as grant aid.
1998: North Korea launched a long-range Taepodong missile as a test.
2000: March/December - Japan sent total 0.6 million tons of rice held in stock by the Government to North Korea as grant aid.
2000: April - Negotiations for diplomatic normalization restarted b/w Japan and North Korea after a seven-year recess.
2001: May - The eldest son of Mr. Kim Jong-il was arrested in Tokyo but sent to Beijing.
2001: December - Japan Coast Guard exchanged fires with a North Korean spy ship and sank it.
2002: September - Prime Minister Mr. Junichiro Koizumi visited North Korea to talk with Mr. Kim Jong-il.
2002: October - Five Japanese citizens having been abducted by North Korea returned to Japan.
2004: May - Prime Minister Mr. Junichiro Koizumi visited North Korea to talk with Mr. Kim Jong-il.
2004: July - The American husband and two daughters of one abducted Japanese woman were released by North Korea to come and live in Japan with her as she already returned to Japan in 2002.
2006: North Korea conducted a nuclear bomb test of a small scale in October.
2009: April - North Korea launched a long-range Taepodong2 missile as a test.
2009: May - North Korea conducted a nuclear bomb test of a small scale.
Former P.M. Mr. Yukio Hatoyama was celebrating Mr. Kim Jong-il's inauguration of the chairman of the N. Korea's supreme military committee in 1997, though the N. Korea's abduction operation on Japanese citizens had been widely revealed and reported several months before in Japan.
He must have thought that socialist politicians in Japan were his friends. As they were saying that it was a big lie that North Korea kept many Japanese having been abducted from Japan, lawmaker Mr. Yukio Hatoyama must have believed that it was a big lie, too.
And, when it was proved to be a fact, socialist politicians in Japan said it was a minor thing compared with past annexation of Korea by the Empire of Japan before WWII. Accordingly, lawmaker Mr. Yukio Hatoyama must have thought that it was a minor thing, too.
Anyway, Mr. Yukio Hatoyama should have shown willingness to tackle this state crime by North Korea abducting Japanese citizens and turning the victims to spies working for North Korea.
SECTION II: South Africa and Japan
Ranking of Importing Countries from South Africa
Ranking of Exporting Countries to South Africa
Toyota has a factory in South Africa larger than the one in Indonesia or Malaysia, employing 7,300 local workers.
Total 1,287 Japanese are living in South Africa, while 651 South Africans are living in Japan.
The land size of South Africa is 3.2 times larger than Japan's, though its population is about 40% of Japan's.
However, producer of the popular South African musical "UMOJA" Ms. Thembi Nyandeni said in an interview, "South Africans all want to be a kind of Americans, including fashion. South Africans have a dream of walking and talking like an American."
"I think Japan has long and deep culture. Such a country can produce something new. Japan and South Africa have a 100-year-long relationship," she said.
Have a dream of walking and talking like a Christian of the 21st century.
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Tonight in Japan Time, South Korea won the game with Greece 2-0 in the South Africa World Cup.
Chinese CCTV reportedly paid $292 million to FIFA for live broadcasting of soccer games.
The Japan consortium of TV stations paid $190 million to FIFA
FIFA intends to get total $3.5 billion commercial revenue among which $2.5 billion is expected to be from TV broadcasting contracts.
So, so many rotten people who are economically killing so many poor people in the world are now enjoying revenue in addition to games.
Yet, how 12 disciples of Jesus Christ would form a team to win the Global Cup?
I'd really like to form one within 15 years...
This song was translated into Japanese to be a hit tune in Japan of early 1960's.)
Mar 6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
Mar 6:13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
Mar 6:14 And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
Posted by EEreporter at 6/12/2010 12:04:00 PM
Friday, June 11, 2010
(Japan's Parliament Building in 2010)
No Past but Memory, or No Memory but Past?
So, it is time to settle down.
The Japanese national soccer team is going to meet the Cameroon team in South Africa around 10:30 p.m. of the next Monday, June 14, Japan Time.
However, most of the Japanese audience have no higher expectations in this World Cup Soccer Games.
The point of interest is how coach Okada would save or recover his face, since he lost three games in the 1998 World Cup Soccer Games held in France, leading the national team without any wins.
SECTION I: WHO KAN?
When he was 30 years old without his own seat in the Japanese parliament, Mr. Naoto Kan joined as one of representative executives a newly formed party called the Socialist Citizen's Federation in 1977.
The Federation was established by veteran socialist ex-lawmaker Saburo Eda who tried to be reelected running from the new Federation though he died suddenly at the age of 69. Then his son who was a judge, Mr. Satsuki Eda ran as successor to be successfully elected.
It is three years later, namely in 1980, that Mr. Naoto Kan was first elected as Lower-House member of the Japanese Diet.
(It is also interesting to confirm that Mr. Shizuka Kamei, who quit a minister of the Kan Cabinet early today, had had a year career in the National Diet in 1980 as Liberal Democratic Party member.)
Today, Mr. Satsuki Eda and Mr. Naoto Kan both belong to the Democratic Party of Japan. Remarkably, Mr. Satsuki Eda is the Japan's Upper House President; and Mr. Naoto Kan is the Premier of Japan, 33 years later since Mr. Eda's father formed a new party with almost 40-years younger partner Mr. Kan in 1977.
(It is also interesting to confirm that Mr. Ichiro Ozawa had already had an eight-year career in the National Diet in 1977 as Liberal Democratic Party member.)
Anyway, it is the deceased father of the President of the House of Councilors that helped and influenced Mr. Naoto Kan when he was around 30 years old. Or, it is then-notable right-wing socialist Saburo Eda, the father of present Chairman of the Upper House Mr. Satsuki Eda, that helped and influenced P.M. Mr. Naoto Kan when he was around 30 years old.
In 1962, Saburo Eda launched his vision about the future of Japan to be guided by the Socialist Party where he belonged then as an executive. It read:
- Higher living standard as seen in America
- Exhaustive life security as seen in the Soviet Union
- Parliamentary democracy as seen in the U.K.
- Pacifism as provided in the Japanese Constitution
I think this is the best P.M. Mr. Naoto Kan can reach in his thinking.
I think Mr. Kan would however give a higher priority to his ambition for being a prime minister and keeping the position as long as possible.
Anyway, the President of the House of Councilors of the Japanese National Diet Mr. Satsuki Eda, if not Mr. Kamei or Mr. Ozawa, might be the one to be asked about "Who is Mr. Naoto Kan, new primeminister of Japan?"
SECTION II: The Korean War
During WWII, it is said that three million Japanese people died, accounting for 4% of the total population of the Empire.
During the Korean War between 1950 and 1953, it is said that four million North and South Koreans died, accounting for 20% of all the Koreans.
The war began with China's promise to support North Korea with military aid and USSR's consent to the plan of war made by North Korea.
The war was also a challenge to Douglas MacArthur himself and his understanding of Japan and the Far East in addition to the U.S.S.R.
Reference: Quoted from testimony of Douglas MacArthur,
(in the period of Korean War)
Committee on armed services and the committee on Foreign relations, Thursday May,3, 1951
Inquiry Into the Military Situation in the Far East and the Facts Surrounding the Relief of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur from his Assignments in that Area
Strategy against Japan in world war II
Senator HICKENLOOPER. Question No.5: Isn't your proposal for sea and air blockade of Red China the same strategy by which Americans achieved victory over the Japanese in the Pacific?
General MACARTHUR. Yes, sir. In the Pacific we bypassed them. We closed in. You must understand that Japan had an enormous population of nearly 80 million people,crowded into 4 islands. It was about half a farm population. The other half was engaged in industry. Potentially the labor pool in Japan, both in quantity and quality, is as good as anything that I have ever known. Some place down the line they have discovered what you might call the dignity of labor, that men are happier when they are working and constructing than when they are idling. This enormous capacity for work meant that they had to have something to work on. They built the factories, they had the labor, but they didn't have the basic materials. There is practically nothing indigenous to Japan except the silkworm.
They lack cotton,they lack wool,they lack petroleum products,they lack tin, they lack rubber,they lack a great many other things, all which was in the Asiatic basin.
They feared that if those supplies were cut off, there would be 10 to 12 million people unoccupied in Japan. Their purpose, therefore, in going to war was largely dictated by security.
To address North Korea, you have to address China still today like the era of Douglas MacArthur.
In this regard, a relationship with China includes an aspect of war, no matter how many cars GM and Toyota sell in mainland China.
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Jesus Christ had power.
Basically, the human body is controlled by internal nerve systems which are intentionally or unconsciously controlled by the mind through functions of the brain.
However, as the power of Jesus Christ was so strong, it worked beyond the boundary of his body when exercised from the brain.
So, study on interactive force is important.
Anyway, Jesus Christ had power that could reach over 2000 years the mind of a believer, telling him what to do.
A religion is a generic term referring to what such a person has intended to realize with his power.
By the way, I present here a low of conservation of power: the sum of money power and spiritual power a man has is constant.
But, all the gold and the silver in this world belong to the God, as He declared so.
It is what a man cannot do.
Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Posted by EEreporter at 6/11/2010 11:09:00 AM
Thursday, June 10, 2010
(Toward the Diet Building, Tokyo, Japan)
Set A Limit
If someone that does not feel anything seeing a gap between a very poor person and a very rich person calls himself an economist, how can you trust him?
It is because very rich people do not see any troubles in failed economy as long as they are very rich.
If a law sets an upper limit on how much one can be rich in a nation, there will be no problem in economy.
A false way of handling the problem is economics which is accordingly not aimed at making the poor rich.
But, no economists would dare declare that economics is useless for making the poor rich. It is for making the society economically function so as to allow the rich to enjoy their life in a safe manner.
It is so, since if a law sets an upper limit on how much one can be rich in a nation, there will be no problem in economy.
SECTION I: Lost Decades in Japan
The Japan's problem is that the government has come to be able to collect less and less corporate tax and income tax in these two decades.
As businesses hire less and less permanent employees and pay less and less salary to part time workers, the number of the unemployed who live on welfare, receiving about 1.7 million per year per person or $17,000 per year per person, has increased steadily since 1995 when trade with China vastly expanded. Yet, the unemployment rate in Japan has been around 5% at most. The Japanese society has been still stable and in order, though an underlying political trend has been shifting, leaving a conventional conservative line.
So eventually, the Japanese Government is forced to sell more and more bonds (to get money for budget execution), a total accumulated amount of which is now equal to 160% of GDP.
In other word, deflation has covered all the Japanese society, though almost all the big companies have well survived and accumulated profits.
The first figure tells why economists can earn such a salary or remuneration due to misunderstood needs for them.
The second figure tells why they are useless in helping the poor people and thus the nation due to their limited intelligence.
Every economic argument must start with tax revenue and the number of welfare recipients.
Every monetary operation and financial policy must be directed to the intention to increase tax revenues and decrease the number of poor and unhappy people, including those welfare recipients.
This applies not only to Japan but also to North America and Europe.
Anyway, it is remarkable and incredible that Japan has suffered only very minor unemployment in comparison with other major countries.
It tells that Japan has still a huge potential of running a huge scale of industry, though the most part of Japan's reserve capacity has been transferred to China, etc.
In this context, Japan has been a savior to China, etc., as it has sacrificed its economic status to boost their economy.
Japanese people should be rather proud, if they are unemployed and living in welfare and public aid...very surprisingly.
SECTION II: Soldiers the Great
There is one enigma about Alexander the Great.
The Macedonian king crossed a channel to Asia Minor in 334 B.C. for his decade long expedition as far as west India.
But, how did he pay salary and remuneration to his soldiers?
When he conquered Persia in 331 B.C., he freed many Greek soldiers who joined the king's troops on some monetary contract.
He lucratively paid fat prices for their services, though he also promised that he would pay more if they would further follow him to the east. And, many Greek soldiers renewed contracts with the king.
But, further for several years, how could he pay salary and remuneration while marching and fighting through wilderness and foreign lands in regions presently called Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India? What rewards or promises of rewards allured Hellenic soldiers into joining the severe expedition?
This is still big enigma in history.
But, the answer must be a sense of sharing the great adventure and honor with Alexander the Great.
It is not material or financial but rather spiritual.
Each of those soldiers coming from Greece or the east Mediterranean regions must have wanted to march into the greatest conquest they had never heard of.
Of course, Alexander the Great had taken already unmeasurable gold, silver, and precious things so far through his conquest of the eastern Mediterranean basin, Egypt, and Persia enough to distribute to his generals and soldiers.
But, it must be a sense of sharing the great adventure and honor with Alexander the Great.
A band of armed gangsters, no matter how large in number, cannot be Alexander the Great and his legions.
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One reason for Former Prime Minister Mr. Junichiro Koizumi's success in continuing his Cabinet long enough, from 2001 to 2006, is his two-times visit to North Korea to eventually get some abducted Japanese citizens back home from North Korea.
In my opinion, as no prime ministers of Japan after him could visit North Korea or persuade Mr. Kim Jong-il to release Japanese citizens having been abducted by North Korea, they could not succeed in continuing their Cabinet over a year or so.
Japanese new Prime Minister Mr. Naoto Kan should start an effort to make elite North Koreans change their mind so as to release Japanese citizens having been abducted by North Korea in 1960's, 1970's, and probably even 1980's and 1990's.
Mar 6:10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.
Mar 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Posted by EEreporter at 6/10/2010 09:20:00 AM
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
(Tokyo Streets near the National Diet Building)
The Endless Game of an Era
The Big 3 of the Japanese ruling party DPJ are still Mr. Ichiro Ozawa, Mr. Yukio Hatoyama, and Mr. Naoto Kan, though a prime-minister change happened yesterday.
Among 423 Diet members who belong to the party, Mr. Ozawa holds 120 lawmakers, Mr. Hatoyama 50, and Mr. Kan 60 (Mr. Yoshihiko Noda holds 30, Mr. Seiji Maehara 30, Mr. Takahiro Yokomichi [ex-socialist party group] 25, and Mr. Tatsuo Kawabata [ex-democratic socialist party group] 20; Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Katsuya Okada is independent though he looks like fighting Mr. Ozawa for his own cause).
As Former P.M. Mr. Hatoyama and former director-general of the party Mr. Ozawa stepped down, P.M. Mr. Naoto Kan as the head of the party has now no effective rivals in the party, since Mr. Noda and Mr. Maehara are fairly younger while the two are now ministers in the Kan Cabinet.
In this status, however results of the Upper-House election scheduled this July would critically affect the party election to chose its new head scheduled this September.
But, who wishes only a three-month term for New Prime Minister Mr. Kan? And, who wishes Mr. Ozawa to be brought into an indictment by the Committees for the Inquest of Prosecution for illegal political fund reporting in a month or two?
Taking a precaution, U.S. CIA should not be involved in this game, since President Mr. Barack Obama himself must be engaged in his own endless game through his unique life.
SECTION I: Money To The People!
The most important agenda for Japan is introduction of government notes.
Today, the central bank issues bank notes or paper money in almost all the countries in the world.
The government collects taxes in any country, but it does not print and distribute paper money.
There are many reasons why a government should not but a central bank should print bills.
Yet, this paradigm must be ended, especially in Japan.
There needed are two-facet discussions on this issue: practical ones and theoretical ones.
In theory, a government note is an expressed official order to use a sheet of paper as having a certain amount of value, while a bank note is a mere expressed contract to recognize a certain amount of value on a sheet of paper.
In practical terms, some Japanese economists argue that the Japanese Government should print and distribute paper money.
EX-bureaucrat economist Mr. Yoichi Takahashi argued: if the Japanese Government issues bills worth 25 trillion yen ($270 billion), prices will just rise 1% to 2% along with yen depreciation to 120 yen/dollar without any troubles.
However, Mr. Takahashi proposed the provision of the government bills as part of a reflationary policy to combat deflation not from philosophical thoughts.
Popular economist Mr. Takuro Morinaga argued: there will be no problems if the Japanese Government should provide the government notes in an amount equal to 10% of the Japanese GDP. As Japan's GDP is almost $5 trillion in 2008, there can be $500 billion (45 to 50 trillion yen) government notes. (http://www.nsjournal.jp/column/detail.php?id=135367&ct=1)
As the yen has been highly appreciated along with the Lehman Shock and the euro crisis, the free provision of yen bills to its citizens by the Japanese Government will not affect a state of economy.
In addition, foreigners account for just 7% in all the holders of the Japanese government bonds. The 50 trillion yen-worth bill provision by the Japanese Government will not cause any financial problems in terms of credibility of the yen and Japanese businesses.
However, it is not the Democratic Party of Japan being led by Prime Minister Mr. Naoto Kan but the minor Your Party and its leader Mr. Ysohimi Watanabe that has proposed this idea of parallel provision of government notes along with the Bank of Japan notes.
It should be also noted that Mr. Joseph Stiglitz also recommended the Japanese Government to deliver the government notes when he was invited to Japan in 2004 by the Japanese Government.
Incidentally, if the Liberal Democratic Party wants to come back to the glorious position as a ruling party, it must adopt the policy of using government notes in budgetary expenditures by the Government.
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Japan has two-house legislature.
Before the end of WWII, there was a noble class in the Empire of Japan. Accordingly, when the National Diet (Parliament) was first introduced in the Empire in 1890, two chambers were established, one for a noble class and another for rich, ordinary people.
Today, the ex-House of Lords is called the Upper House (Sangiin); another house is the Lower House (Shugiin).
There are some politicians, especially in the Liberal Democratic Party, who failed in the Lower-House election held last summer but are now trying to be elected in the coming Upper House election, though the Lower-House has institutional superiority in terms of key issues.
As most of such ex-LDP lawmakers were once strongly backed by Former P.M. Mr. Junichiro Koizumi (who spontaneously gave up his seat last year for his son), their coming back to the Diet could be a factor for a future change in the Japanese politics. But, they had better find another way to contribute to the nation, in my religious view.
By the way, North Korea recently convened its supreme national assembly to reportedly set foundations for Mr. Kim Jong-il's successor.
A national parliament of any country should not serve the nation and the people as a means for unforgivable crimes.
You must not be a minion or protege of the Devil, whether or not you are a public man or a private person.
Anyway, it is Thursday tomorrow. A miracle can happen if not on a Sunday night. Don't you sometimes think so?
How much are you loved? To the bones? Once people sang this sort of songs in Japan as the nation doesn't.)
Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Posted by EEreporter at 6/09/2010 12:50:00 PM
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
(Tokyo Central; click to enlarge.)
The Era of Revived Student Power?
Former Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe criticized the new Kan Cabinet, labeling it as a rare, guileful, leftist one.
Mr. Abe is still a Lower-House member of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Mr. Naoto Kan is also a Lower-House member of the Democratic Party of Japan, since Japan adopts a parliamentary cabinet system.
In addition, the incumbent President of the LDP, the largest opposition pro-American party, is Mr. Sadakazu Tanigaki who is now working hard to win as many seats as possible in the coming Upper House election, which might have a significant influence on new Prime Minister Mr. Kan.
SECTION I: Who Decides in Japan?
Once or till 1990's, American politicians and elite officials often said, "Who decides the case in Japan? Who should we talk to? The prime minister, other ministers, and executives of the ruling party do not look like deciding the case!"
Japan is very different from the U.K. where bureaucrats are essentially not elites but servants of the Queen, the noble class, and very rich people of England.
Japanese bureaucrats are primarily rulers as direct successors of samurais who had governed Japan for 800 years till the Meiji Restoration of the Imperial power in 1868. After the 1868's Civil War, samurais both on the winning side and on the losing side alike built and constituted the Imperial Government. Most of samurais and descendants of samurais became elite members of the society of modern Japan. They became politicians and elite bureaucrats or generals of the Empire of Japan. Over WWII, this tradition and scheme survived (though they usually graduate from the University of Tokyo and pass the first class civil-service examination to be admitted into the officialdom).
So, Japan is very different from the U.K. but rather close to France in that elite bureaucrats are the most influential force in society.
But, it is not any individual elite official in the Japanese Government that decides a case. It is as an organization, a system, or a network of elite bureaucrats incumbent and past that they decide a case.
Accordingly, Japanese elite bureaucrats are very proud at the core of their mind. They do not respect politicians, lawmakers, or members of the National Diet if those politicians are not ex-elite bureaucrats.
Therefore, Japanese elite bureaucrats must have despised and still despise Mr. Ichiro Ozawa, a conservative national lawmaker since 1969. Accordingly, Mr. Ozawa has been trying to suppress the power of Japanese elite bureaucrats. However, it is not so difficult for Japanese elite bureaucrats to deal with this sort of politicians.
Anyway, through 1990's and 2000's, this Japanese power structure has changed so much, especially with the 2001's emergence of then new prime minister Mr. Junichiro Koizumi of the Liberal Democratic Party. Mr. Koizumi led the Government with some critical initiatives. His stark pro-American stance was accepted and respected by Japanese elite bureaucrats in the world after the 9/11 Terror. Mr. Koizumi, pursuing privatization of the Postal Saving Bank, won the 2005 general election overwhelmingly like Mr. Hatoyama's Democratic Party of Japan won a big victory in the 2009 general election.
Now, Japanese elite bureaucrats are going to serve a new type of prime minister: Mr. Naoto Kan who is to be appointed so by the Emperor today.
Compared with him, outgoing Prime Minister Mr. Yukio Hatoyama of the same DPJ is a fairy-tale hero.
It is not Mr. Kan's personality but his fate, career, and backgrounds that have made him unique.
And, I do not think New Prime Minister Mr. Naoto Kan does fully understand the historical nature of Japan composed of the Emperor and samurai descendants since 1868.
But fortunately, Mr. Kan is not revolutionary at all; he is just liberal and socialistic. His world view is simple as a type of graduates of an elite technological university (which is why he does not like economics).
Now, who will come after him to the post of premiership of Japan in future?
It is a big question.
It is so, since Americans must be saying, "Who decides in Japan?"
(And nowadays, Chinese must be also saying, "Who decides in Japan?")
Anyway, P.M. Mr. Y. Hatoyama's brave decision a week ago to take Mr. Ozawa, the most powerful politician till this decision, with him accepting various political, legal, and ethical responsibility and leaving the leadership of Japan has decided the case, paving the way for Mr. Kan's assuming the office of premiership today.
Finally, you have to get prepared for the next general election to be held in 2013 at the latest, since the U.S. Presidential Election is scheduled in 2012.
SECTION II: Kandahar
Before he died in BC 323, Alexander the Great left 6,000 Greeks and old soldiers in Kandahar.
The Afghan city remained as a Greek city for 300 years since then.
When Buddhist Ashoka the Great occupied the city 50 years later, he set a stone monument to address Greek citizens in Kandahar. He wrote in decent Geek, "Those who praise themselves to the skies and castigate neighbors making their life hell are selfish egoists. While they are trying to excel, they are even hurting their souls..."
If Kandahar had uninterrupted history, its residents today should have traditions of the Greek culture and the Buddhist culture in addition to Islam.
Anyway, Jesus Christ and other Israelites in the 1st century could not be naiver than Alexander the Great and Ashoka the Great.
It cannot be easy to govern Afghanistan.
By the way, what contribution will the Kan Cabinet make to the American War in Afghanistan? Send pilgrims?
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"Kan" in Japanese also means government agencies or bureaucrats.
So, when people call Prime Minister Mr. Naoto Kan "Kan-san," people usually call to mind something governmental, though the kanji letter used for Mr. Kan's surname means a plant.
"Kan syusyou wa Renhou-san wo daijin ni ninmei shimashita" means Prime Minister Mr. Kan has appointed Ms. Renhou (Murata) to a minister of State (since her father is a Taiwanese).
A happy woman should not become a Diet member.
It is worse than being a TV personality.
Don't you think so from the bottom of your heart, dear?
By the way, in Yahoo Web search, the keyword "Hatoyama Ozawa Reporter" returns EEE-Repoter from my location...but not in Google!
They might be of a Mambo class. Not so bad. Even impressive. But, you don't have to follow them.)
Joh 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
Joh 6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him,
Joh 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
Joh 6:10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
Joh 6:11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
Joh 6:12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
Posted by EEreporter at 6/08/2010 08:24:00 AM
Monday, June 07, 2010
(Tokyo Central Business-District Streets on a Sunday, actually yesterday; photos taken by EEE Reporter.)
History Already Made
Mr. Y. Hatoyama really took Mr. Ichiro Ozawa with him, when the prime minister announced his sudden resignation at a deplorable stalemate in the Japanese political circles mostly ascribed to Mr. Y. Hatoyama and Mr. Ozawa, both suffering political fund-related accusation.
Yet, this showdown is a big story being repeatedly talked about among Japanese citizens and the media today.
The disappointing, unpopular, and recently Okinawa-people-betraying prime minister made a great decision to step down with 40-year-long lawmaker Mr. Ozawa who is also disappointing, unpopular, and recently DJP-supporter-betraying.
Indeed, this is a big story being repeatedly talked about among Japanese citizens and the media today.
Leaving like a cherry blossom would always invoke a special pardon in the Japanese tradition, especially if he or she is a celebrity.
SECTION I: Democracy for the Poor & the Rich
The last approval rating for P.M. Mr. Yukio Hatoyama: less than 20%.
The first approval rating for P.M.-Elected Mr. Naoto Kan: around 60%.
(A typical V-shaped comeback!)
Dictator-like Secretary-General of the DPJ Mr. Ichiro Ozawa is going to leave the position, since the head of DPJ Mr. Yukio Hatoyama requested it openly when Mr. Hatoyama announced his resignation last week.
(Those who welcome Mr. Ozawa's concession account for around 90% of voters!)
So, a month before the coming Upper House election, the ruling DPJ has drastically recovered to an advantageous position against the conservative, pro-American LDP.
Rich, conservative, and traditional Japanese voters, accounting for 20%, always vote LDP.
Poor, liberal, or factory-working Japanese voters, accounting for 20%, always vote progressive, socialist or communist.
But, a majority of ordinary, middle-class oriented, and less-conventional voters, accounting for 40%, would support any party presenting a new leader looking like a hero in his style and agenda.
As once Mr. Morihiro Hosokawa (ex-LDP) in 1993, Mr. Junichiro Koizumi (LDP) in 2001, Mr. Shinzo Abe (LDP) in 2006, and Mr. Yukio Hatoyama (DPJ) in 2009 looked like such a new leader, Prime Minister-Elected Mr. Naoto Kan now looks like looking so, at least instantaneously in long history of the Japanese politics.
In my view, as those with more than $1 million assets, accounting 2% of Japanese households, prefer deflation and rise of the yen and would not do anything to improve the national economy, while a majority of workers and consumers are suffering the situation with anxiety or actual pain, it is necessary for Japanese voters to see what the liberal Cabinet to be led by Mr. Naoto Kan can do for them.
It is juts like it is necessary for American voters to see what the innovative Administration being led by Mr. Barack Obama can do for them.
Anyway, President Mr. Obama already called Mr. Kan to celebrate his good luck, according to the media, since both are from a civil activity field, though, in Chicago in 1990's and in Tokyo in 1970's.
SECTION II: Poverty and History
Up to the modern era, those who enjoyed life with riches accounted for 10%.
Through the Industrial Revolution, those who enjoyed life with riches accounted for 20%.
Through the Great Depression, those who enjoyed life with riches accounted for 30%.
Through the Electronics Revolution, those who enjoyed life with riches accounted for 40%.
Through the IT/Banking Revolution, those who have enjoyed life with riches account for 50%.
There are some variation between Europe and North America.
There are some more variation between Japan and Europe/North America.
But, how will the ratio shift on an upward trend in China and India?
What is now urgently expected for Japan and North America is more than the "Regime Change" or "Obama Effect."
Yes, it is revolution, a kind that has been so wanted but impossible in China and India so far, ironically.
For example, P.M. Mr. Y. Hatoyama likes the phrase "denial of wealth not as reward for labor," since Mahatma Gandhi said so.
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A kind of gangster who practiced black-market financing was arrested while he requested more than 400% annual interest to a middle-aged jobless woman who borrowed $500 or so, according to a TV news reporting program. (The legal interest rate in this lending is 20% or less, according to Japanese Law.)
This criminal advertised with false address of business, driving around to hand over cash and take back multiplied cash.
As the Tokyo metropolitan area is so vast with about 30 million residents, there must be hundreds or thousands of criminals engaged in black-market financing, leveraging just cellular phones and direct mails in addition to the Internet.
That is why I do not trust lawyer-turned politicians, since there are many civil cases where they can help poor victims as a lawyer before running for public election.
However, if elite politicians prove themselves clean in terms of money, those criminals will be less motivated in their illegal business.
Jesus Christ said not to try to get money back after you lend it.
Young men once had two ambitions: be a successful man and be a man of integrity. The bottom line is that they have not helped younger men, coming after them, get equipped with two ambitions: be a free man and be a man of righteousness.)
Luk 6:6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
Luk 6:7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
Luk 6:8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.
Luk 6:9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
Luk 6:10 And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
Posted by EEreporter at 6/07/2010 10:26:00 AM
Sunday, June 06, 2010
The Shinbashi Station started its operation as the strating point for the first official railway service in Japan in 1872 between Shinbashi and Yokohama. Until the Tokyo Station was constructed in 1914, Shinbashi was the terminal station in Tokyo for national railroads that ran as far as Kobe
It might be a kind of Revelation that the memorial steam engine displayed in front of the Shinbashi Station has an ID number "C11292," since Mr. Ozawa's group got only 129 ballots while Mr. Kan polled 291 votes in the election for the head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan held in the morning of June 4, before Mr. Naoto Kan was elected as prime minister of Japan in the National Diet in the afternoon of the same day.
The focus in the Japanese politics is now on whether Mr. Ichiro Ozawa, the most powerful lawmaker, would still try to control the party after the summer Upper-House election, if he should not be prosecuted...
Posted by EEreporter at 6/06/2010 11:26:00 PM