Saturday, January 08, 2011

"There cometh one mightier than I"

The Tokyo Tower
Viewed from Imperial Plaza
At the Center of Capital Tokyo(Photos taken by EEE Reporter in December 2010.)


Leadership Tested and Challenged


Mencius, namely a Chinese philosopher living around 300 B.C., said:

"There was a starving beggar who refused to accept a portion of foods a rich man threw onto him so arrogantly. Accordingly, the proud beggar died on the road, truly sorry to say.

There was a rich man who insinuated himself through dirty tricks and shameless lies into dominant figures in a higher place so as to take part of the wealth and power community of a nation. Accordingly, the successful men lost respect for justice and virtue.

Everybody has a mind to secure honor and an ideal, if it means to risk his own life. A sacred one is the one who always puts a higher priority on honor and an ideal to eventually die for this cause.

But, what is going on in this era now that only such a beggar risks his life to secure his honor?"


What I want to say is that if one ancient Chinese beggar had such a pride, what pride does Christ Jesus have?



CHAPTER I: AMERICAN PRESIDENTs


Cool Americans like Ronald Reagan.

Cold Americans dislike Mr. George W. Bush.

And, crazy Americans must probably opt for presidency by Mr. Bill Clinton as preferable.

The potential and tendency that realized presidency of Mr. Barack Obama seems to be reflected in some poll results:

Gallup poll
A Gallup poll about presidential greatness, taken February 9–11, 2007, asked 1006 adults in the US, "Who do you regard as the greatest United States president?"[16]

1. Abraham Lincoln (18%)
2. Ronald Reagan (16%)
3. John F. Kennedy (14%)

4. Bill Clinton (13%)
5. Franklin Roosevelt (9%)
6. Other/None/No opinion (8%)
7. George Washington (7%)
8. Harry Truman (3%)
9. George W. Bush (2%)
10. Theodore Roosevelt (2%)
11. Dwight Eisenhower (2%)
12. Thomas Jefferson (2%)
13. Jimmy Carter (2%)
14. Gerald Ford (1%)
15. George H. W. Bush (1%)
16. Richard Nixon (0%)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_rankings_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States


As for me, observing America over the Pacific Ocean, the historical rumor about greatness of President Lincoln can be very well accepted.

But, the impact of the personality of JFK and Richard Nixon is overwhelming.

(There has been even a rumor over the Internet that Richard Nixon knew something about truth of the JFK Assassination.)

And, it is Harry Truman that authorized the use of atomic (nuclear) bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the Japanese-American War in early 1940's, though it is Franklin Roosevelt that decided to open war against the Empire of Japan.

So, the new American President after 2013 must be more Christian, Judaistic, or otherwise a man with a strong sense of justice domestically and internationally.



CHAPTER II: JAPANESE PRIME MINISTERs

After WWII, Japan has the following prime ministers in order as an individual assuming the office, from Shigeru Yoshida in 1946 and Naoto Kan in 2010, with an approval rate each given by subscribers of The Nikkei Shimbun newspaper, a major economy-oriented paper in Japan:

Order as
Individual....Name.....Approval Rate (%)...

32....Yoshida, Shigeru....93....1946 -
33.... Katayama, Tetsu.... 22.1
34.... Ashida, Hitoshi.... 21.7
35.... Hatoyama, Ichiro.... 47.9...1954 -
36.... Ishibashi, Tanzan.... 47
37.... Kishi, Nobusuke.... 74.7
38.... Ikeda, Hayato.... 87.8...1960 -
39.... Sato, Eisaku.... 77.1
40.... Tanaka, Kakuei.... 72.4...1972 -
41.... Miki, Takeo.... 41.1
42.... Fukuda, Takeo 44.6
43.... Ohira, Masayoshi.... 59.8...1980 -
44.... Suzuki, Zenko.... 17.5
45.... Nakasone, Yasuhiro.... 82.6
46.... Takeshita, Noboru.... 39.6
47.... Uno, Sosuke.... 2.6
48.... Kaifu, Toshiki.... 13.3
49.... Miyazawa, Kiichi.... 34.6...1991 -
50.... Hosokawa, Morihiro.... 26.5
51.... Hata, Tsutomu.... 6.2
52.... Murayama, Tomiichi.... 16.3
53.... Hashimoto, Ryutaro.... 56.2
54.... Obuchi, Keizo.... 53.1
55.... Mori, Yoshiro.... 8.2
56.... Koizumi, Jyunichirio.... 79.3...2001 -
57.... Abe, Shinzo.... 25.9
58.... Fukuda, Yasuo.... 13.2
59.... Aso, Taro.... 25.1
60.... Hatoyama, Yukio.... 7.4
61.... Kan, Naoto.... 10.6....
2010 -

http://www.nikkei.com/news/research/vote/result/q=9694E0E5E3E0E0E2E3E2EBE3E2E0;p=9694E0E5E3E0E0E2E3E2EBE3E2E2;o=F2F2F2F2F2F2F2F2F2F2F2F2F2F2

However, in the order of approval rating:

#..... Name....Approval Rate (%)....
1.... Yoshida, Shigeru.... 93
2.... Ikeda, Hayato.... 87.8
3.... Nakasone, Yasuhiro.... 82.6
4.... Koizumi, Jyunichirio.... 79.3
5.... Sato, Eisaku.... 77.1
6.... Kishi, Nobusuke.... 74.7
7.... Tanaka, Kakuei.... 72.4
8.... Ohira, Masayoshi.... 59.8
9.... Hashimoto, Ryutaro.... 56.2
10.... Obuchi, Keizo.... 53.1
11.... Hatoyama, Ichiro.... 47.9
12.... Ishibashi, Tanzan.... 47
13.... Fukuda, Takeo.... 44.6
14.... Miki, Takeo.... 41.1
15.... Takeshita, Noboru.... 39.6
16.... Miyazawa, Kiichi.... 34.6
17.... Hosokawa, Morihiro.... 26.5
18.... Abe, Shinzo.... 25.9
19.... Aso, Taro.... 25.1

20.... Katayama, Tetsu.... 22.1
21.... Ashida, Hitoshi.... 21.7
22.... Suzuki, Zenko.... 17.5
23.... Murayama, Tomiichi.... 16.3
24.... Kaifu, Toshiki.... 13.3
25.... Fukuda, Yasuo.... 13.2
26.... Kan, Naoto.... 10.6

27.... Mori, Yoshiro.... 8.2
28.... Hatoyama, Yukio.... 7.4
29.... Hata, Tsutomu.... 6.2
30.... Uno, Sosuke.... 2.6

Incumbent Prime Minister Mr. Naoto Kan should humbly study the above two tables, since he is the only prime minister who graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology.

For the total 61 prime ministers of Japan since 1885, their affiliated universities are as follows:

#...Graduated School...Number of P.M.s
1...University of Tokyo...15
2...Waseda University...6
3...Keio University...2
3...Meiji University...2
3...Kyoto University...2
6...Meiji Gakuin University...1
6...Sophia University...1
6...Seijo University...1
6...Hitotsubashi University...1
6...Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology...1
6...Seikei University...1
6...Gakushuin University...1
6...Tokyo Institute of Technology...1

Incidentally, Mr. Koizumi graduated from Keio University; Mr. Y. Hatoyama graduated from the University of Tokyo.

In addition, the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University are the two top national universities in Japan; Keio University and Waseda University are the two top private universities in Japan, in terms of reputation among the Japanese people.

Gakushuin University is well known as the university where Imperial Family members are expected to learn. Mr. Taro Aso graduated from this university.

After WWII, two of the prime ministers died actually while being in office: Masayoshi Ohira (1910-1980) and Keizo Obuchi (1937-2000).

But, there is only one prime minister who left the office while being highly supported by members of the ruling party and the general public: Mr. Junichiro Koizumi.

The next prime minister of Japan should exceed at least these three politicians in terms of his passion in playing a role of Japan's prime minister.


CHAPTER III: Waka Poem

Haiku is nice, but the spirit of the Japanese noble-class culture is in the waka poem, the tanka, or the 31-syllable Japanese poem;


Fujiwara-no-Teika (1162 – 1241) wrote as above shown:

"Haru-no-Yono Yume-no-Ukihashi Todae-shite, Mine-ni-Wakaruru Yokogumo-no-Sora"

"A spring-night dream, like a story of Ukifune, suddenly terminates while a ridge separates a horizontally flowing cloud in the sky so spotted."

Probably, the noble man Teika must have suddenly realized that he lost love toward a certain woman looking like the heroine in a famous story, called "Yume-no-Ukihashi" of the old imperial court in Kyoto.

Otherwise, the poem is regarded as expressing Teika's regret at the era of the imperial regime passing away to be replaced by the era of samurai.

Traditionally, the coming of a new year means coming of the early spring in Japan.



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Mencius, namely a Chinese philosopher living around 300 B.C., said:

"Even a sage or a scholar does not know something so common in the world.

It is because he has to know any key details about a matter so urgent and pressing, taking all his time.

Even an ancient sacred king could not show mercy and care to everybody in his kingdom.

It is because he has to concentrate on those having pressing needs and wanting urgent help, taking all his time.

That is why you should not suspect an honest sage or a scared king of his easiness or neglect."


What I want to point to is that Christ Jesus did not show his knowledge on how to win a war against the Roman Empire.


By the way, the next Monday January 10 is a public holiday in Japan. So, I will have a chance to go around some important place such as an old shrine around Tokyo or a viewing platform toward Mt. Fuji, probably through the Tokyo Station...



(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAwi4lfnavs

One of my favorite songs, as you like it probably...

A young man is talking with a poor and very sad man who had lost his young daughter and then his wife who had already gone mad...in the bright semi-tropical island of Okinawa.

"Hai-sai Oji-san" means roughly "Hey, mister!")




Mar 1:7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

Mar 1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.


Friday, January 07, 2011

"an angel of the Lord standing"

The Tokyo Imperial Palace Plaza
December 2010
The Space Linking the Tokyo Station to the Plaza(I am sometimes confused about the direction to the Tokyo Bay in this space. The Tokyo Station is on the Tokyo Bay side more than the Imperial Palace is, of course. But, as I know that the last shogun Yoshinobu fled the civil war being fought around Osaka by sea to directly land on the premises of the Edo Castle in 1868, I often feel that the Imperial Palace [Edo Castel] is closer to the Tokyo Bay than the Tokyo Station is. But, people who see me a little confused tend to think that I am a kind of fool. What do you think about it? I meant the direction.)



Elites Read, Write, Speak, and Listen; Christ Jesus Speaks


When the United States formulated the following basement of its Constitution, it started to move away from a possibility of developing into a Christian kingdom.
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

To your astonishment, from a religious point of view, the U.S. Constitution is a little anti-Christ.

But, it can be a Christian/Judaist complex nation.

Yet, will it be an anti-Islam secular nation?

Japan had Christian prime ministers in the past. I hope that the U.S. will have a Buddhist President someday, since it is not unconstitutional.

And, the Constitution of Japan in the 21st Century could start with the following Preamble...
We the people of Japan, in order to form a more perfect harmony, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings from Heaven to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for Japan of the 21st Century.




CHAPTER I: The Discourses of Mencius


Mencius said:
"A bureaucrat must be trusted by his king so as to rule a nation in a right manner.

Such a bureaucrat must be first trusted by his friends so as to be trusted by his king.

Such a bureaucrat must first serve and please his parents so as to be trusted by his friends.

Such a bureaucrat must first behave honestly and sincerely so as to serve and please his parents.

Such a bureaucrat must first know good from evil so as to behave honestly and sincerely.

This tells what the path of virtue and the moral principle for human beings are: the effort to know good from evil and behave honestly and sincerely based on the understanding of good and evil."


This teaching implies that being a king means to be served, respected, and revered by bureaucrats who, ideally, master the path of virtue and the moral principle.

Then what is the king expected to do with his subjects.

Mencius said:
"When his bureaucrat resigns from a post in the court for any reason to leave his kingdom,
the king should send him off as far as to a border to a neighboring nation;

the king should send before him other servants to the neighboring nation to praise him about; and

the king should preserve the residence and fields he had once provided for the leaving bureaucrat at least for three years since his resignation.

With this three-fold courtesy performed by the king to his subject, the king is so served, respected, and revered by his bureaucrats and subjects."


In this way, a kingdom prospers and enjoys peace with a great king, excellent and honest officials, and hard-working and law-abiding people.

But, what if a king and his servants get rotten and depraved?

It is time for revolution.





CHAPTER II: THE 2010 RANKING OF WORLD PUBLISHING


It is documents and documents that enable the large-scale complex mighty work and operation of governmental agencies, businesses, and other modern industrial and cultural activities of groups of people in a nation, a region, and on the globe.

Accordingly, publishing is a key factor to the global civilization of this era. How many influential publishing companies a nation has can be a measure for potential of the nation. In this context, the world is still dominated by the U.S., the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Japan. We may refer to them as "Culture G8."


...The Group...Country...Turnover in 2009...

1. Pearson... UK... 5,289.82 (million euros)

2. Reed Elsevier... UK/NL/USA... 5,024.34

2. Pearson Education... UK... 4,181.42

3. Thomson Reuters... USA... 3,812.59

4. Wolters Kluwer... NL... 3,425.00

5. Bertelsmann... Germany

5. Lexis Nexis... NL

6. Lagardère Publishing/Hachette Livre... France

6. Elsevier Science... UK/NL/USA

7. Grupo Planeta... Spain

7. Random House... USA

8. McGraw-Hill Education... USA

9. De Agostini Editore*... Italy

10. Holtzbrinck*... Germany

11. Cengage Learning (ex-Thomson Learning)... USA

12. Scholastic (corp.)... USA

12. Wolters Kluwer Legal Tax, & Regulatory Europe... NL

12. Bertelsmann Direct Group... Germany

13. Wiley... USA

14. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt... USA

14. Penguin... UK

15. Shueisha... Japan... 1,010.00

16. Shogakukan... Japan... 966.00

17. Kodansha... Japan... 943.00


17. Wolters Kluwer Tax, Accounting & Legal... NL

Using their 2009 figures as a basis, we list 80 companies whose total sales amounted to more than 150 million euros. They represent 50 publishing groups in 16 countries. Taken together, they had a combined turnover of 50.45 billion euros (slightly up from 49.56 billion in 2008), 58 per cent of which was achieved by the top ten conglomerates (compared to 57 per cent in 2008).

http://www.publishersweekly.com/binary-data/ARTICLE_ATTACHMENT/file/000/000/127-1.pdf


No Islamic nations are listed, though.

And, no Chinese nations are listed, either.

No Hindu publishing companies are listed.

No African nations are listed; no Latin American nations are listed.

It is indeed difficult to check arrogance of Europeans/Americans and Christians/Judaists.

That is also why I have to write this English blog as part of EEE-Publishing from around Tokyo.


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By the end of the last year, Japan Post Service sold 3.5 billion standard postcards, a little less than the 2009's record. Like Xmas cards in Europe and America, Japanese people like to exchange New Year's greeting cards with relatives, friends, old acquaintances, business partners, clients, and so on.

(If 10,000 yen is a price for one New Year's postcard instead of 50 yen, the total revenue would be 35 trillion yen or 0.4 trillion dollars...which would significantly improve the national budget of Japan.)

One example of standard New Year's cards is as follows:

(Printed and sold at a convenience shop nearby.)

Mt. Fuji, the rising sun, common phrases for celebrating a new year, and an animal symbolizing the new year according to an ancient tradition are key parts to be expressed there.

There are many Western economists, experts, and journalists writing about something on Japan who however have never seen what New Year's greeting cards are exchanged among Japanese people on New Year's holidays.

Conversely, do you believe Japanese experts on American and European economy who have never seen Xmas cards exchanged among Europeans/Americans?

Yet, I do not think Judaists ever exchange any postcards among themselves, since such religious postcards should not be delivered or relayed through hands of heathen.





(http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=uNIyZWviBV4&feature=fvw

Something in Jerusalem...)



Luk 1:7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

Luk 1:8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,

Luk 1:9 According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

Luk 1:10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

Luk 1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.


Thursday, January 06, 2011

"and David the king begat Solomon of her"

December 2010
Around the Tokyo Station



Harming Rumor or Saving Leaks

There are many people even in Japan who are suffering from hurting lies and rumors.

(There are many people even in Japan who blindly believe hurting lies and rumors without checking evidence by themselves, only because their friends, bosses, or leaders tell so.

Even management of some famous companies in Japan uses this kind of hurting lies and rumors to, say, suppress unfriendly labor unions and put down their leaders.)

So, Wikileaks has been welcomed.

Nowadays, people might trust WikiLeaks more than Mr. Bob Woodward.

(Have you taken a look at "Obama's Wars?")

Yet, I do not trust hackers.

I do not trust Mr. Bill Gates, either, only because he was once a computer programmer using the BASIC language.

Or, can any inconvenient truth for Mr. Bill Gates and the like be included in classified documents managed by the U.S. Government?

I think I myself is not included in any part of such documents.

But, will you buy up all the hacked documents from the Wikileaks organization, Bill, at the cost of, say, $100 billion, since they might be abusing Microsoft's software? 

Anyway, the Department of Defense must not have dreamed of this situation when they first invented the military-purpose communications technology called ARPANET in 1969 that developed to the Internet later mostly on the UNIX operating system.




CHAPTER I: Cameramen Hit, Hit

Many Japanese are interested in WikiLeaks,

It is so, since the site undiscovered one real state of the War on Terror.

http://ameblo.jp/yama1717/entry-10576548567.html

Nonetheless, in general, no public accusation against U.S. soldiers and the WikiLeaks organization is heard in the Japanese media. The Japanese media do not even mention what company those killed Iraqi cameramen belonged to.

One of my concern is whether or not or otherwise how WikiLeaks will have an influence on the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.

(To be continued...)



CHAPTER II: Needs, Desire, & Supply



The most basic concepts in EEE-Economics is Needs, Desire, and Supply Potential.

Think this way if tentatively: As human beings have needs economics is eventually needed for survival.

As human beings have desire economics is eventually needed for law and order.

As human beings have supply potential, economics is eventually possible in a logical, systematic, and scientific manner if not disguise.

But, how do these factors increase and expand or how fast do they?

This question is very essential, since it is related whether or not mankind with ability of inventing a supply potential is blessed or coursed by the God Almighty.


Economics = Economics (needs) + Economics (desire) + Economics (supply potential)

If economics neglects the factor of desire unreasonably, it cannot be effective.

Economics cannot neglect the factor.

Economics should lay weight on the factor of supply potential.



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Christ Jesus also suffered hurting lies and rumors in his home town.

That is why He said not to go back and enter your own village. A prophet is destined to have enemies in his hometown. It is so, since an old friend or an old acquaintance can be one of the most fatal enemies.

What inevitably surfaces in this context is whether or not the return of Judaists in their home region, Palestine, after WWII is essentially blessed or not.

So, Holy Lord Christ Jesus said that you mind is where your treasure lies. And, if treasure you left in your hometown was taken by others, they would become your enemy if you should come back. Therefore, a prophet cannot be welcomed in his hometown, since to be a prophets is not an easy task from the beginning, good or bad. In addition, if you have no treasure you created with your own efforts left in your hometown, you cannot be, from the beginning, a prophet.

I this context, a female prophet must be reasonably rare.

And, what treasure do you have, though I don't ask you where?

In the Wikileaks site?

Anyway, say sorry, at least, to the families of those cameramen and their fellows hit and hit from half of or a quarter of a mile far and high.




Mat 1:5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

Mat 1:6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;

Mat 1:7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;


Wednesday, January 05, 2011

"the light shineth in darkness"

The Tokyo Station, January 2005
January 2005



On this Globe in this Era

It is 50 years ago that a Japanese elite diplomat first came to America. He was a little shocked to see that Americans were using jet planes to travel from New York to Washington D.C. as if they had been using shuttle buses.

Today, he has recalled it, thinking that those jet planes were actually a kind of Greyhound bus; thus the Japanese shinkansen bullet train system should be introduced between New York to Washington.

More disappointing is that there are still many poor New Yorkers who have no business for which to fly to Washington so frequently.


CHAPTER I: State of Japan - 10 Facts You Don't Know


Check economists or journalists around you talking about the so-called fall of Japan on their knowledge about the 10 important facts concerning the Japanese economy.

1) As of the end of fiscal 2008, Japan has net external or overseas assets reaching 266 trillion yen or $3.2 trillion. Japan is the largest creditor nation in the world, which is seldom mentioned by the Western media.

2) In the decade from 2000 to 2009, earning retained by Japanese businesses or their internal reserves increased from 142 trillion yen to 229 trillion yen or $2.8 trillion.

3) The corporate tax rate in Japan is going to be reduced by 5%, but it has been about 40% while the corporate tax rate in EU is about 23% and the global average is 26%.

4) The indirect tax rate (consumption tax rate) in Japan is 5%, while it is 19.5% in EU and 11% in the Asia-Pacific region, though the rate is 5% in Taiwan, too.

5) The ratio of the total individual income tax revenue over national earnings in Japan is 7.6%, the lowest level in the world, while the ratio is 10.3 % in France, 10.9% in Germany, 12.0% in the U.S., 12.6% in Sweden, 13.5% in the U.K., 14.4% in Italy, 16.8% in Canada, and 22.2% in Sweden.

(This low rate of individual tax in Japan must be viewed in light with the total individual financial assets in Japan of 1500 trillion yen ($18.3 trillion) including 770 trillion yen of cash and savings.)

6) The ratio of interest payment for outstanding government bonds over GDP is 1.3% in Japan in 2010. It is 1.9% in the U.S., 1.9% in the U.K., 2.2% in France, 2.3% in Germany, 3.3% in Portugal, 3.4% in Ireland, 4.6% in Italy, 5.4% in Greece, and an average of the EU area is 2.6%.

If the interest rate should increase twice in Japan, it would be still 2.6%, at a level of EU.

(On the other hand, the long-term government debt of Japan is 653 trillion yen or $8 trillion, while Japanese GDP is 477 trillion [nominal] or 540 trillion [real] yen.)

7) The ratio of total trade over GDP in Japan is 22%, the one in Korea is 82%, and the one in China 45%. The Japan has the fourth lowest ratio among 178 countries in the world.

8) Among 1689 companies listed in the 1st section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, 1031 businesses (about 60%) have branch offices or plants in China.

9) The total number of Japanese companies operating or investing in China is 10,778, among which small companies with 10 to 50 employees account for 33%.

10) In 2004, among the top 500 foreign-affiliated companies in China, 86 are established by Japanese businesses as No.1, 82 by Hong Kong as No.2, 76 by the U.S. as No.3, 51 by Taiwan, 50 by Korea, and so on. However, in terms of the total revenue, those established by he U.S. are NO.1, those by Japan No.2, and those by Hong Kong No.3.


Traditionally, the Japanese Government has adopted policies and implemented measures in favor of businesses, though the corporate tax has been relatively high due to some historical reasons. While being in deflation and recession over 20 years, the number of millionaires in Japan has been increasing along with an increase of earning retained by Japanese businesses.

However, along with domestic and global competition being intensified, Japanese businesses started to leverage cheap labor in China in a larger scale around 1990. As a consequence, prices of goods went down, but wages in Japan also fell or the raise of wages was avoided. For this reason, tax revenue of the Government fell, causing a big budget deficit. With income growth suppressed, downturn in spending and consumption became clear in Japan. Together with the birth rate falling, Japan has been in deflation for almost 20 years.

But, Japanese companies still continue to keep business in China, though a shift to India and other Asian nations have clearly started.

Anyway, deflation is not a big problem for Japanese companies and Japanese millionaires. The big budget deficit is also not a big issue for big Japanese companies and Japanese millionaires. In other word, the lost 10 years, the 15-years long recession, or 20-years long deflation in Japan is all for benefits of Japanese businesses facing challenges of the era and Japanese millionaires whose financial assets have been increasing due to globalization of the money market.

(The United States had by far the most millionaire households (4.7 million) followed by Japan, China, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

http://www.bcg.com/media/PressReleaseDetails.aspx?id=tcm:12-49877)

President Mr. Clinton and other anti-Japanese politicians in America were once glad to see Japan in hardship after the so-called Money War between Japan and the U.S. in the 1990's. But, now the U.S. is in the worse state than Japan is.

The key to solution of economic and financial problems in Japan and the U.S. is cooperation between the two countries rather than competition among them in leveraging cheap labor force in China.

Of course, domestically, the Japanese Government should shorten the gap between the rich and the poor. By doing so, it can rectify the skewed balance of the national finance and budget.



CHAPTER II: What You Need is a Single Figure

We need a very simple figure to confirm the state of economy and finance of a nation.



"Politically realized zone" means that the economic state corresponding to this zone cannot be easily realized but can be if a government has a strong political intention to control the economy. In this case, it is probably no more a democratic, free, and open nation.


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There is one important political question in Japan: whether Japan should bring in a new constitution since the current one was enacted in 1947.

My concern is whether Japanese economy would be invigorated if a new constitution should be introduced.

In China, their implementation of a new policy of openness and reform in 1980's invigorated their economy, since it abolished the ban on pursue of capitalist's interest.

In the new constitution of Japan, it should be provided that every enterprise and business must contribute to realization and maintenance of sound national finance and economy.

And, the Government must print and issue yen notes if need arises.







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



Tuesday, January 04, 2011

"did baptize in the wilderness"

January 3, 2011
January 3, 2011
January 3, 2011



Business Has Resumed after Sacred Holidays in Japan



According to a survey recently conducted by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation targeting the manufacturing sector of Japan, India is regarded as the most hopeful country where Japanese businesses should directly invest in the next 10 years. However, as for the next three years, China is still the most hopeful country to invest into.

It is very reasonable that China has failed in obtaining the trust from the general pubic of Japan, especially after the illegal fishing-boat incident around the Senkaku Islands under protection by Japan Coast Guard.

The big difference between the U.S. and China for Japan is that most of the Japanese people do not trust China, most of them trust the U.S.

In a sense, China is crazy. If you want to understand China, you have to carefully check if the Nanjing Massacre truly occurred or which side first attacked the then international city Shanghai in 1937, the Imperial Military or Chinese troops.

In this context, the Chinese Communist Government is truly crazy, behaving arrogant to the Japanese people and trying to steal as many as assets from Japan.

But why? This is the big theme in 2011.


CHAPTER I: American Change in the 2nd Phase

The significance of the 2008 Presidential Election surfaced more clearly last year, namely in 2010.
WSJ
By ROBERT FRANK
MAY 15, 2010

"The fact that we're going to zero Protestants in the court may not be as significant as the fact that her appointment perfectly reflects the decline of the Establishment, or the WASP Establishment, in America," said David Campbell, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame.

A survey by Pew Research found only 21% of mainline U.S. Protestants had income of $100,000 or more, compared with 46% of Jews and 42% of Hindus.

The percentage of Protestants in Congress has dropped to 55% from 74% in 1961, according to Pew Forum. The corner offices of the top banks, once ruled by Rockefellers and Bakers, now include an Indian-American and the grandson of a Greek immigrant.

In "The Protestant Establishment," Mr. Baltzell pointed to the prejudice and insularity of the elite as the eventual causes of its decline. "A crisis has developed in modern America largely because of the White-Anglo-Saxon Protestant establishment's unwillingness, or inability, to share and improve its upper-class traditions by continuously absorbing talented and distinguished members of minority groups into its privileged ranks."

"The generations of affluence bred a certain kind of casual, passive approach to life and wealth building," he said. "Lots of people just got lazy."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704414504575244622954114574.html

If the next American President should not be from the Anglo-Saxon Protestant class, it would be more clearly understood by Americans and global citizens that the American change has entered its second phase.



CHAPTER II: Gold Prices Reflect American Decline

A Japanese blogger discusses implications of the recent price hike of gold against the dollar.

He thinks it reflects the true decline of America printing and issuing so many dollar bills to make its financial ends meet. The paper money dollar is losing its credit. Rich people in the world start hedging activities, buying gold.

http://fxdondon.iza.ne.jp/blog/

This decline of America as indicated in the hike of the price of gold against the American dollar suggests that a new power should be emerging. The blogger thinks it is China.

Till China becomes more sophisticated and civilized to be a true member of the international powers, rich people in the world would continue to buy gold instead of the American dollar and American financial instruments.

When China has come to act as a reasonable member of the international community, the price of gold will be also settled at a reasonable level, which is his conclusion.

But, I think his scenario is just half reasonable or truthful. China cannot stand alone, from the first thing, as experts know. China needs Japan's help even to stabilize its domestic political status. Chinese economy cannot do away with Japanese help, aid, and favor, either.

Like this, all the speculation about the future world cannot be complete without a good insight into a true balance of power between Japan, the U.S., and China. And, Japan is the most difficult player to understand among G3. It is so as even most of Japanese bloggers cannot fully comprehend it.



CHAPTER III: Captain Tokyo Non-Live


Q: What is this era, do you think?

C.T.: It is, in a historical term, just great, a great era we are in.

Q: How much great?

C.T.: Of course, once two thousand years or two millenniums as you often called. From Abraham to Christ Jesus, it is the first great two millenniums. From Christ Jesus to today, it is the second great two millenniums . Or you may refer to the first 2000 years as a period from the fall of Ur to that of Jerusalem, and the second as a period from the fall of Jerusalem to the fall of European Judaists. In either way, it is just great; a great era we are in.

Q: What is that "Christ Jesus?" Is it your version of "Jesus Christ?"

C.T.: As we are already in the second great 2000 years, we have to change the way calling the greatest and holiest Jesus. People called Him for 2000 years "Jesus Christ" almost in vain. So, we have to change our way calling the greatest and holiest Jesus "Christ Jesus" even in order to celebrate this new two millenniums.

Q: What is this era? I meant it in a more limited time window.

C.T.: It is the start of the last phase of the Industrial Revolution that was launched in England in the late 18th century. It should be also noted that the American War of Independence also erupted around the time of the British Industrial Revolution. The U.S. is one of the main fruits of the Industrial Revolution. But, as with the era triggered by the Industrial Revolution coming into the last phase, the position of the U.S. would also undergo a big change. It should be also noted that the biggest wealth holder is the U.S. that have most leveraged the modern industrial power. But, as with the shift of the era, the wealth the U.S. holds will also change in terms of quality and quantity.

The Industrial Revolution also led to great innovation in development of weapons. It is the U.S. that first invented the most destructive weapon, atomic bombs or nuclear bombs. As the U.S. itself well understands, effect of the Industrial Revolution reached its summit in the U.S. Accordingly, the U.S. naturally symbolizes this era of the last phase of the Industrial Revolution.

Q: Will America continue to dominate the world, say, for the next 2000 years, if any?

C.T.: Everybody thinks that without another Industrial Revolution or Scientific Revolution, mankind cannot survive the next 200 years due to depletion of energy sources or some serious impacts the human technology gives to the nature.

Logically, if the U.S. should lead this Revolution, it would lead the world for the next 100 years. But, for political, cultural, and religious reasons, it is doubtful that the U.S. can maintain its integrity as a single nation as we see today even in the next 50 years.

With the background of the very advanced science and technology, the U.S. will have to face a serious challenge in terms of politics, culture, and religion, which will decide the fate of America in the long future.

Q: What has been the 21st century so far?

C.T.: Very drastic. The 9/11 Terror of 2001 and the 9/15 Lehman Shock are truly historical events, of course, of the 21st century. But, behind the great drama played by America, China has succeeded in launching its industry to a certain level with a scale as large as Japan's.

In this context, this period of time has revealed that the U.S. has to address Islam, Wall Street, and China in a practical term.

Q; What was the year 2010?

C.T.: It was a very difficult year. In the U.S., President Mr. Obama had to carry out a kind of quasi-revolution; in Japan, the pro-Chinese/Korean socialistic DPJ had to carry out a kind of quasi-revolution. Of course, China has to start to face the world as a responsible member of the global power community. G20 nations are being focused on in terms of economic growth, being requested to take some share of global responsibility.

It was not a very good year for mankind. So many leaders failed all over the world.

Q; What will be this year 2011?

C.T.: To be honest, I myself have tried to refrain from thinking about what 2011 would be in these weeks. But, I think it will be a great year,...like, say, flying over Mt. Fuji against rosy sun rays.

Q: Doesn't it look like badly burning, does it?

C.T.:....


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Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
John F. Kennedy

Watch the little things, a small leak will sink a great ship.
Benjamin Franklin



So, Americans can be trusted, since Chinese elites look like trying to enjoy life as much as possible, while knowing the American proverbs, before war puts an end to mankind and a small leak sinks a great ship.

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
Albert Einstein


So, we have to look on China and do something, since they have become crazy to earn big money through Wal-Mart, based on Japanese manufacturing technologies.




Mar 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Mar 1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

Monday, January 03, 2011

"having had perfect understanding of all things "

November 2007Mt. Tsukuba, 880 meters high, 70 Km northeast of the Tokyo Station; there is a great shrine situated on a straight line imaginarily drawn between the summits of Mt. Fuji and Mt. Tsukuba since antiquity. This shrine happens to be in the woods spotted in the left-hand side of the above picture. Accordingly, Mt. Fuji, the shrine, and Mt. Tsukuba constitutes a sacred border. As for Mt. Asama, it is a little obscure, though its summit can be spotted even from an old post called Urawa, a town adjacent to the Tokyo metropolitan area.



A Shrine Teaching Humility, An Edifice Teaching Hubris

A certain Japanese TV critic always says that China is now the established sponsor of the U.S., since China has purchased a huge amount of Treasury bonds.

The U.S. has no way but to befriend and please China.

Yet, it is just one or two years ago that China became the largest purchaser of U.S. Government bonds. Till ten, Japan had been the biggest sponsor of the U.S. for so many years. And, Japan still keeps almost the same amount of American bonds as China does, while contributing to growth of the American industry and employing so many Americans unlike China

Such a Japanese critic might dislike or hate America and Japan, so that he wants China to make Japan and America its subjects. It is a typical of mental tendency found among Japanese leftists and socialists. They do not respect China, but dislike or hate America and Japan so much as to praise China as the sponsor of America.

One problem is that such a critic never loses a chance to make a TV appearance. It is probably because Japanese TV audiences, in general, from the beginning never believe whatever TV critics say in a TV program. Japanese audiences simply like to see somebody on TV criticizing the Establishment of Japan and America. As long as such critics criticize the Establishment of Japan and America, Japanese audiences are tolerant toward those TV guys praising China, though everything has its limit.




CHAPTER I: Followers of Twittering Politicians

The specific numbers of followers of Twitters posted by Japanese politicians are as follows:

1...Yukio Hatoyama...671088...Former P.M. (DPJ)

2...Hideo Higashikokubara...277749...Former Miyazaki Pref. Governor

3...Ren-Ho...209679...Female minister (DPJ)

4...Kazuhiro Haraguchi...179721...Former minister (DPJ)

5...Yuriko Koike...99549...Female former minister (LDP)

6...Sadakazu Tanigaki...93393...Party President (LDP)

7...Taro Kono...82168...Party executive (LDP)

8...Senba Kaientai...71262...Group supporting Toru Hashimoto, Osaka Governor

9...Ichita Yamamoto...65606...Party executive (LDP)

10...Keiichiro Asao...48903...Lower House member (Your Party)

11...Toshio Tamogami...47633...Ex-general of Self Defense Force

12...Satsuki Katayama...40111...Female party executive (LDP)

13...Hiroshige Seko...39201...Party executive (LDP)

14...Kenzo Fujisue...36810...Party executive (DPJ)

15...Hiroshi Nakata...36467...Ex-Mayor of Yokohama

http://meyou.jp/ranking/follower_politician




CHAPTER II: On the Third Day of the Sacred Three Days of 2011

January 3, 2011
January 3, 2011
January 3, 2011
January 3, 2011
January 3, 2011
January 3, 2011
"So, who's shrine is this? Where are descendants of the gods enshrined here?"


CHAPTER III: Ezra Vogel

Mr. Vogel became too famous as an expert on Japan. Accordingly, Chinese spies, agents, experts, professors, business and bureaucratic elites must have come to him to establish a special relationship with him.

Those Chinese, using fluent English, must have told Mr. Vogel that the Senkaku Islands belong to China; Chinese businesses have never infringed Japanese copyrights and stolen Japanese industrial properties; the Imperial troops killed 300,000 citizens in Nanjing; the Empire of Japan started the war around Shanghai in 1937; Chinese intellectuals taught Japanese elites new Kanji expression to adopt Western cultural concepts first imported to China and then to the Empire of Japan in the 19th century; and probably the Qing Dynasty won the 1895 Japanese-Sino War, which are all lies.

It is said that Chinese businesses abuse Japanese copyrights and patents worth $100 billion every year, without paying due patent royalties to Japanese authors, right owners, and inventors..

Japan: From China War to China Peace
February 20, 2007

Speaker
Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor Emeritus of the Social Sciences, Harvard University

And what might be a tripwire--would it be the Senkaku Islands, or Yasukuni?

"There's no single thing now that would be that tripwire," said Professor Vogel. "Probably the main thing, my guess would be, would be the domestic politics in China that would make it very difficult for some leader to manage."

The current leadership, the leaders who came in after Deng Xiaoping, are people "who have come up through the system, bureaucrats who have risen to the top, and they've learned how to manage things well, but they don't have that extra power that enabled the great revolutionary generation, like a founder of a Japanese company, to make bold decisions. So I fear that if the Chinese leaders felt threatened, they might clamp down on Japan."

What is the status now of the textbook issue?

Specialists who examined Japanese textbooks report that they do talk about Japanese aggression into China and the Nanjing massacre, though "they do so only very briefly," Professor Vogel replied.
"When many Japanese students graduate and go to China, and Chinese say 'Did you know about XYZ?," many Japanese have to say 'No, I'm sorry I didn't know about it.' I think that you could say the textbooks did not give the kind of detail that prepares their students to answer the accusations some Chinese students make."

Would it be plausible to say that China is the second most important relationship for Japan, after the U.S., but Japan is not necessarily the second most important relationship for China?

"I think for China in fact Japan probably is still the second most important country," Professor Vogel responded. "The last time I saw the figures, almost half of Chinese exports go through foreign-owned companies in China. And a very large part of those are Japanese companies. So even for their exports, China is still very heavily dependent on Japan.

"As you know, many Japanese business people the last several years have had as their investment strategy 'China plus one.'" They keep a factory in Vietnam, or India, or Malaysia or Thailand so if there are problems in China they can move more manufacturing from China to somewhere else very quickly.

He concluded, "We need wise leadership in both countries to manage relations between them, for there are real dangers, and there is also great potential for widespread cooperation in keeping with their deep common interests in peace and prosperity."

http://www.japansociety.org/japan_from_china_war_to_china_peace

If Mr. Vogel wants to understand Japan and China. He must put his feet into Japan's shoes or China's shoes, or otherwise assume he is either a Japanese or a Chinese to see reality correctly.

But, unfortunately, he seems to have chosen to be a Chinese eventually, but not perfect one, sine he looks like truly believing what genuine Chinese elites know to be untrue.

So, you had better read EEE-Reporter rather than Harvard books on Japan and China or CIA reports on Japan and China.


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It is the year of 596 that the first full-scale Buddhist temple (wooden), Hokkouji, was built in Nara, Japan.

It is the year of 637 that the first full-scale Christian church (wooden) was built in York, England, by King of Northumbria Oswald.


But, most of British elites and intellectuals think that their Christian tradition is older than the Japanese tradition in Buddhism.

This lack of understanding is still today reflected in their attitudes talking about Japan, as you see in The Economists, The Financial Times, and even in The New York Times.

Of course, it was 550 years before the birth of Christ Jesus that Confucius was born in China. But, subsequent wars and revolutions had almost totally harmed the tradition and spirit of great ancient Chinese philosophy in mainland China, though it was implanted in Japan as if fleeing the war-torn and dictator-oppressed Chinese minds.

What I want to say is that Japan can do what Anglo-Saxons and Chinese cannot do, as it has proven so many times in history. The point at issue is hubris of Anglo-Saxons and Chinese that cannot find any merit in Japanese humility.

To be succinct, Chinese have failed in Confucianism and Buddhism while Anglo-Saxons have failed in Christianity due to their hubris. But, Japanese have still a chance to succeed due to blessed environments natural and spiritual which make them humble like when being in a shinto shrine.

Anyway, remember that the first Buddhist temple was built in Japan in 596; the first Christian church in England in 637.






Luk 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

Luk 1:4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.


Sunday, January 02, 2011

"one crying in the wilderness" - Review of the 2000s & Famous Japanese Paintings

February 2009Mt. Asama, 150 km north-northwest of Tokyo


On the Second Day of 2011 Since the Birth of Christ
(Review of the 2000s & Famous Japanese Paintings) 


A Japanese proverb: "Nasake-wa Hito-no Tame Narazu"
One good turn deserves another; a kindness is never lost. Specifically, if you give somebody a helping hand, other people will help you on a different occasion. Your mercy to a poor man is not only for his sake but also for your sake. So, be kind to others like being kind to yourself.



CHAPTER I: Gini Coefficient

The gap between the rich and the poor can be measured using the so-called "Gini coefficient" (between 0 and 1, or 0 and 100).

(Click to enlarge.)

The Gini coefficient is a measure of the inequality of a distribution, a value of 0 expressing total equality and a value of 1 maximal inequality...

The Gini coefficient is a measure of the inequality of a distribution, a value of 0 expressing total equality and a value of 1 maximal inequality...

Worldwide, Gini coefficients for income range from approximately 0.23 (Sweden) to 0.70 (Namibia) although not every country has been assessed.

US income Gini indices over time:
1929: 45.0 (estimated)
1947: 37.6 (estimated)
1968: 38.6 (lowest index reported)
2006: 47.0 (highest index reported)
2009: 46.8

EU Gini index:
2005: 31.0 (estimated)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gini_coefficient


As for Japan more specifically, Gini index from a survey by the Japanese Government:

Based on income in the market:
Before 2000: 40 to 45
2005: 52.63
2008: 53.18...(worse than the U.S. and China)

Based on after-tax incomes:
2008: 37.58...(looking better as indicated in the above CIA figure)
(http://news.searchina.ne.jp/disp.cgi?y=2010&d=0903&f=national_0903_045.shtml)

Also, note that Islamic nations look relatively better as Japan is; India does not look like having a big disparity, either.

My conclusion is that the domestic gap between the rich and the poor will cause some drastic changes in China and the U.S. (over Mr. Obama's change) in the near future, as well as in South Africa and Brazil, if any.

(Japan is already in this process since the 30-8-2009 general election...)



CHAPTER II: Review of the 2000s

Happy New Year, President Mr. Obama and the American people!!
The U.S. ranks 7th in expat rental costs
4 June 2010

According to EuroCost international, the United States (New York City) is the seventh most expensive place for expatriates to rent a 2- or 3-bedroom apartment. The most expensive country is Japan (Tokyo). Here is the top ten list:

1. Japan (Tokyo)

2. United Kingdom (London)

3. China (Hong Kong)

4. Russia (Moscow)

5. Angola (Luanda)

6. India (Mumbai)

7. United States (New York City)

8. Japan (Osaka)


9. Singapore (Singapore)

10. Lebanon (Beirut)


The U.S. ranks 13th in human development
19 October 2009

1) Norway

2) Australia

3) Iceland

4) Canada

5) Ireland

6) Netherlands

7) Sweden

8 France

9) Switzerland

10) Japan

11) Luxembourg

12) Finland

13) United States
14) Austria

15) Spain


The U.S. ranks 3rd in innovation
21 May 2009

Top Ten Countries in Innovation
2009 "Ranking America" (http://rankingamerica.wordpress.com)

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the United States has an innovation index score of 9.50, which makes the United States tied for third with Finland in that category. Japan ranks first, with a score of 10.00.

1..JAPAN...10.00

2..Swizterland...9.71

3..Finland...9.50

3..USA...9.50

4...Sweden...9.44

5...Germany...9.40

6...Taiwan...9.37

7...Netherlands...9.16

8...Israel...9.13

9...Denmark...9.08

http://rankingamerica.wordpress.com/tag/japan/


A Happy New Year, Taiwan!! Remember that nobody has the right to occupy and govern Taiwan (if the U.S. would dare not), though the Empire of Japan once gave up its sovereignty over Taiwan after WWII.

A Happy New Year, Norway, too!!




CHAPTER III: Famous Japanese Paintings

By Alan Faeorin-Cruich, eHow Contributor
updated: May 24, 2010

Japan has a distinct art culture, completely different from North American artwork which draws upon European influences. Many Japanese paintings are painted on wood, or rice paper; a favored medium with traditional Japanese artists. The earliest surviving paintings are murals painted onto temple walls, dating to roughly 300-400 A.D.

The Great Wave by Hokusai
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Wave_off_Kanagawa

Shi Shi by Ando Hiroshige
http://yajifun.tumblr.com/post/882910425/lion-training-cub-hiroshige

Scroll of 55 Famous Places Associated with the Avatamsaka Sutra, 12th Century
http://bunka.nii.ac.jp/SearchIndex.do?startPoint=0&indexNum=20&searchType=4&linkType=history&era_cd=8


Beauties Beneath Trees, 8th Century
http://shosoin.kunaicho.go.jp/publictreasure/0000010168001.html


My Favorite One (painted in 1830's around Edo [Tokyo]):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%8Cmiya-shuku

One of major streets linking local areas to the then samurai-period capital Edo (Tokyo) runs through this area. On the embankment over paddy fields in the spring the street stretches. In a palanquin sits a young woman with her parasol. Following is a kind of townsman with a half-sized sword on his belt. The most impressive are the old farmer and his grand-daughter walking before a kind of humble stone monument. Mt. Fuji and sakura cherry trees need not to be foolishly mentioned. Yet, click on it to enlarge.

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Ranking of Japanese Politicians for their Use of Twitter:

1...Ren-Hou...454
2...Higashikokubara, Hideo...341
3...Hatoyama, Yukio...303
4...Office of Ozawa, Ichiro...287
5...Haraguchi, Kazuhiro...169
6...Aso, Taro...118
7...Yamamoto, Ichita...111
8...Masuzoe, Yoichi...89
9...Sengoku, Yoshito...86
10...Koike, Akira...69
11...Takenaka, Heizo...62
12...Koike, Yuriko...58
13...Hamada, Koichi...53
14...Katayama, Satsuki...51
15...Tanigaki, Sadakazu...49
16...Kono, Taro...45
17...Fujikawa, Yuri...45
http://www.talenttwitter.com/tllink/ct_10

The right-hand side numbers are rating; in boldface are female national/local politicians.

Just note that Mr. Hatoyama (DPJ) and Mr. Aso (LDP) are former prime ministers, so badly criticized by the American media.





(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oVzHm_S0-A&NR=1

Of course, this can be a new year message to Russia, North Korea, and China, can't it?)




Mar 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

Mar 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.