Holy Presents and Hopeful Presents
If an American Santa Claus has presented an i-Phone to an American boy or girl, it is not made in America but made in China.
Yet, in an i-Phone, Japanese components account for 34%, German components 17%, Korean parts 13%, and Chinese ones 3.6%, according to the Wall Street Journal.
So, Santa Claus should present an financial scheme to American consumers and workers that allows for American manufacturing of i-Phone products in America. In order to protect its intellectual property, Japanese component makers will all support production of Apple's devices in America.
If President Mr. Barack Obama can play a role of this Santa Claus, he really deserves another term.
SECTION I: Miracle on Christmas
Of course, I thought, walking last night, whether or not I might encounter a miracle on the Christmas Eve.
Then, the moment I stepped in a hundred-yen shop, my eyes were caught by green fruit readily displayed in cardboard boxes. They were a kind of oranges, looking green and looking like imported from Israel, since each of them had a label indicating "Jaffa."
So, I bought one of them paying 105 yen.
I have never thought anything from Israel could be sold at $1.2 in a 100-yen shop around Tokyo. But, so far, this is one of the direct answers to my thinking about a Xmas gift from Heaven in 2010.
I really wish that this miracle would help you if living outside Israel.
Remember: "Jaffa (*)," "Will," "Sweetie," "Product of Israel," and "P.Q"
(No Chinese allowed to infringe the right of production and sale of fruit "Jaffa.")
SECTION II: Russian Thief at a Fire?
The Russian President announced that Russia would not return to Japan the four islands annexed to Japan's Hokkaido Island.
Russia has not any right to take those islands as their own any more than the U.S. has any right on Okinawa Island though they occupied those Japanese territories after WWII ended.
On August 18, 1945, the Soviet Union started to invade the Kurile Islands situated between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean, though the Empire of Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945, accepting the Potsdam Declaration, after the Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic (nuclear) bomb attacks by the U.S. In this invasion, Soviet troops cruelly fired at Japanese soldiers remaining there about to disarm themselves. So, a battle after WWII erupted in the Norther Kurile Islands, which ended on August 21 leaving 600 soldiers killed and wounded on the Japanese side and 3,000 on the invading USSR side.
On August 26, 1945, the Soviet troops started to invade the Southern Kurile Islands; on September 5, they completed occupation of Etorofu and Kunashiri, which belong to the Southern Kurile Islands, as well as the independent Habomai Islands and Shikotoan Island.
In November 1946, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan submitted to the General Headquarters of the Allied Forces a document titled "Minor Islands Adjacent to Japan Proper. Part I. The Kurile Islands, the Habomais and Shikotan."
In the document, two major islands among four islands the Soviet Union unlawfully occupied since the end of WWII are described as part of the Southern Kurile Islands. So, some Japanese think that this document could be abused by Russia, since the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty specifies as follows:
(c) Japan renounces all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands, and to that portion of Sakhalin and the islands adjacent to it over which Japan acquired sovereignty as a consequence of the Treaty of Portsmouth of 5 September 1905.
But, note that the Soviet Union did not sign this Treaty that fixed the conditions under which Japan's independence after WWII was authorized by the U.S. and other members of the Allies who signed it.
However, the document at issue prepared by the Japanese Government in 1946 clearly showed the grave concerns and distinction of the Japanese Government before concluding the Treaty in 1951 about the two big islands and two other small islands off Hokkaido.
To understand the term "Minor" in the above document, the 1945 Potsdam Declaration should be referred to:
(8) The terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out and Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we determine.
According to the 1951 Treaty, Japan renounced all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands, so that the Islands were moved in the hand of the Allies but not of the Soviet Union alone.
The sequence expected after the conclusion of the Treaty is that the Allies, namely the U.S. and the USSR, were to enter negotiations as to how to deal with the Kurile Islands. But, as the GHQ of the Allied Forces had received the above 1946 document issued by the Japanese Government, the distinction between the Northern and Southern Kurile Islands must have been taken into consideration especially by the U.S. Accordingly, taking notice of Japan's claim, the U.S. must have allowed the Soviet Union to occupy only the Northern Kurile Islands.
As a matter of fact, though it was after the start of the Cold War, the U.S. Government, by issuing official memorandum on September 7, 1956, supports Japan's claim that the Southern Kurile Islands belong to Japan despite the Article 2 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty which forces Japan to abandon the Kurile Islands. Yet, the Article 2 does not specify which country among the Allies should take the Southern Kurile Islands.
As the Soviet Union did not join this Treaty (though it supported the 1945 Potsdam Declaration), virtually only the U.S. could handle disposal of the whole Kurile Islands, since the Islands are situated only between Japan, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. over the surrounding seas. Eventually, the U.S. Government supports Japan's claim that the Southern Kurile Islands belong to Japan despite the Article 2 of the San Francisco Peace Treaty which implicitly provides that Japan must give up its territorial right on the Islands if either of the U.S. or the USSR should request it based on the Treaty. As the USSR did not sign the Treaty, it has no right about disposal of the whole Kurile Islands. Its occupation to date has no grounds in international treaties concluded after WWII.
1) In the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, Japan renounced all right, title and claim to the Kurile Islands.
2) The disposal of the whole Kurile Islands was, from a view of legal theory, committed to the U.S. and the Soviet Union because they are the only two members of the Allies virtually adjacent to the Islands over the sea.
3) However, the Soviet Union did not sign the Treaty, leaving the U.S. as the sole right owner on the disposal of the whole Kurile Islands.
4) Since Japan had informed the U.S. of the distinction between the Northern and Southern Kurile Islands before the 1951 Treaty, the U.S. agreed to Japan's claim by issuing official memorandum on September 7, 1956. It should be also noted that the Cold War already started at the time.
5) This official indication of the standpoint of the U.S. Government about the Souther Kurile Islands fixed the matter legally. The Southern Kurile Islands issue included in the 1951 Treaty was legally settled as the U.S., the sole member concerned in this issue, accepted officially Japan's claim that the Southern Kurile Islands belong to Japan as a historically authentic territory of Japan. As for the Northern Kurile Islands, they are left for negotiations between Japan and the U.S.
6) The Soviet Union however did not terminate its military presence in the Northern and Southern Kurile Islands. Its successor Russia has still kept them, neglecting all the legitimate processes about the Islands after WWII. (As for the Northern Kurile Islands, the U.S. has connived at the Russian military presence so far, but Japan can request the U.S. to make a final decision on the disposal of the Northern Kurile Islands, too.)
So, now you know why Kunashiri and Etorofu Islands of the Southern Kurile Islands belong to Japan, though they were once renounced by Japan and they are surely geographical part of the Kurile Islands.
In addition, the Habomai Islands and Shikotan Island are also unlawfully and illegally occupied by the USSR and Russia since September of 1945, as they are beside Kunashiri Island.
Lastly, some Japanese politicians, in addressing this diplomatic and security issue, has been taking a strategy of claiming that the Southern Kurile Islands are not included in the concept of the Kurile Islands specified in Article 2 (c) of the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty. This strategy is however not legitimate. No matter how complicated, they should follow the above stated sequence of the rational claim and explanation.
(If the Soviet Union had signed the 1951 Treaty, the U.S. would have supported Japan's claim in its negotiations with the USSR, since the 1946 document issued by the Japanese Government showed the clear distinction between the Northern and Southern Kurile Islands.
Of course, the U.S. can request Russia also to return the Northern Kurile Islands to Japan as the sole authentic right holder over the Islands based on the 1951 Treaty for fixing the matter about the Japanese-American War between 1941 and 1945. In this case, Japan might transfer some islands of the Northern Kurile Islands to the U.S. so as to return American friendship and cooperation.
As for the status of the U.S. as a party concerned with the Kurile Islands, refer to the Aleutian Islands Campaign where the invading Imperial Army and Navy fought against the American forces.
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Blessed be the LORD, who executes righteous deeds, crowning his saints with loving-kindness and mercy. My soul cries out to praise thy name, to sing high praises for thy loving deeds, to proclaim thy faithfulness--of praise of thee there is no end. Near death was I for my sins, and my iniquities have sold me to the grave; but thou didst save me, O LORD, according to thy great mercy, and according to thy many righteous deeds.
- Psalms Scroll of The Dead Sea Scroll -
If the Dead Sea Scrolls had been found before WWII, would more European Judaists have been saved from atrocity inflicted by Nazi Germany?
Anyway, it is not small-sized diamonds or Jaffa that is the most valuable asset in Israel; it is the Dead Sea Scrolls, though they were found by local Bedouins in 1946.
Does the discovery mean Heavenly authorization for Judaists' return to Palestine and Jerusalem?
If not, what does it imply?
This is the most valuable question and agenda to all the people, including The New York Times stuff and Harvard professors.
So, now, actually it is already December 26 in Japan.
Yesterday, namely on December 25, I watched a Kurosawa film "Tsubaki Sanjyuro" through a cable TV channel.
"A valuable sword is in a sheath. Do not be a sword that has no sheath to settle into."
This is the word I would like to present to you as an Xmas present, no matter if you are in Beijing, Pyongyang, or Moscow.
Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Mat 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?