Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Who knowing the judgment of God" - (Rockets & Moon)


l'ere spatiale

Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Naoto Kan has left Tokyo for Davos, Switzerland.
Davos in 1930's and 1940's:

He does not speak fluent English, but I suppose only a few can speak fluent Japanese in Davos, though so many rich people are gathering from Europe, America, Asia, and so on.

CHAPTER I: Rockets and Artificial Satellites

I-1: Overview & Global Trend

Some people wrongly think that China is more advanced concerning rockets and high-speed trains than Japan.

It is wrong, as China was simply helped by the Soviet Union in the rocket field, and stole technology from Japan in the high-speed train sector.

After WWII, Japan developed its own rocket technology without help from the U.S.

Japan has more satellites or payloads in orbit than China has as of 2010.

No....Country....Number of Payloads in Orbit
1. Russia....*...1435
2. USA....*...1093
3. JAPAN....*...124
4. China....*...102
5. France....*...49
6. Germany....*...42
7. India....*...34
8. Canada....*...31
9. UK....*...29
10. Luxembourg..*...15

I-2: International Space Station and Japan's Konotori

Japan is also one of major contributors to operation and maintenance of the International Space Station.

Japan cargo shuttle hooks up with space station
Astronauts use robotic arm to bring in craft laden with supplies

By Denise Chow

An unmanned Japanese cargo spaceship safely arrived at the International Space Station on Thursday, delivering tons of provisions for the station and its crew members...

Station astronauts Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli maneuvered the station's robotic arm to grab the cylindrical Kounotori 2 vehicle as it came within 33 feet (10 meters) of the space station. They then worked to attach it to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module.
The successful capture of Kounotori 2 — also known as the H-2 Transfer Vehicle 2, or HTV-2 — was confirmed at 6:41 a.m. ET.

"We have HTV-2 in our grasp," Coleman said.

When the Space Shuttle is retired, this Japan's space cargo ship will be the only large-scale means to deliver stuff and materials to the ISS flying around the earth.

I-3: World Top 5 Rockets

Japan's HIIB rocket is one of the top 5 powerful rockets in the world, though China has a No.6 rocket.

Top 5 Biggest Rocket that Ever Created in the World

1. Proton (Russia)
The first Proton was launched in 1965 and the launch system is still used in 2009, which makes it one of the most successful proponents of gravity in space history. It has a height of 53m.

2. Falcon 9 (USA - Space X)
Falcon 9 is a two-stage can be used to orbit; oil and liquid oxygen rocket-powered launch vehicles manufactured by Space X. The rocket is still in development and will be launched in late 2009. This rocket has a height of 178 feet.

H-IIB rocket with liquid fuel is made in Japan that provides a launching system for the main purpose of launching the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) to the International Space Station (ISS). It has a height of 56m.

4. Space shuttle (USA)
Now here comes with sophisticated machines are the shuttle. Made in the USA, the Space Shuttle is being used to deliver cargo into orbit with a medium-size and operated by a crew of seven men. Space Shuttle has a height about 184 feet.

5. Ariane 5 (Europe - ESA)
Ariane 5's first flight test that failed in June 1996, with self-destruction during the 37 seconds after launch because of damage to the control software, which is undoubtedly one of the most expensive computer bugs in history. This rocket has a height of 193 feet.

(In terms of payloads to be lifted up to a lower orbit, the ranking order is probably Falcon 9, Space Shuttle, Proton, Ariane 5, and HIIB.)

I-4: Japan's Moon Mission

In 2008, Japan has successfully put its exploration vehicle on the orbit around the moon to take video pictures and collect various scientific data.

KAGUYA (SELENE) Image Taking of
"Full Earth-Rise" by HDTV

October 9, 2008 (JST)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) successfully captured a movie of the "Full Earth-Rise"*1 using the onboard High Definition Television (HDTV) of the lunar explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE) on September 30, 2008 (Japan Standard Time, JST, all the following dates and time are JST.) The KAGUYA is currently flying in a lunar orbit at an altitude of about 100 km.

(Click to a little enlarge.)

The video can be viewed through the following link:

By the way, doesn't look the above picture taken by the Japanese moon satellite like the Sun Flag?

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One of the reasons why I believe that the God is angry is as follows:

Egypt has 'conclusive' evidence that Al Qaeda group was behind church bombing

Palestinian militants linked to Al Qaeda are blamed in the New Year's Day attack that killed 25 Coptic Christians. With foreigners named as the culprits, religious tensions may ease.

January 24, 2011 By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Cairo — The Egyptian government announced Sunday that it had "conclusive proof" that an Al Qaeda-linked Palestinian militant group orchestrated the New Year's Day bombing outside a Coptic Christian church that killed 25 worshipers and exacerbated sectarian tensions across Egypt.


Mencius said:

"Unlike natural desires a man has, his respect for justice is not innate.

He must observe and think about events around him to have respect for justice.

Orientation toward justice is not natural for a man; it must come from the outside."

Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Friday, January 28, 2011

" hid from ages and from generations" - (Financial Crisis in 2011?))

The Tokyo Sky Tree Tower
A New Symbol of Tokyo?
Though 550 Meters High at Present

crise ici et là

Mencius said:

"Some people say there are black or ominous words.

But, those words are actually not so influential.

Worse are the derogatory words and remarks some people use to prevent a wise man from going up in the world."

So, we may use terms such as a "financial crisis" and "Islamic terror" or "Wall Street" as well as "the flu."

CHAPTER I: Global Risk

The World Economic Forum issued "Global Risks 2011 Sixth Edition, An initiative of the Risk Response Network"

The following is: Figure 1, Global Risks Landscape 2011:
Perception data from the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Survey

(Click to enlarge.)

My listing of global potential crises are as follows:

1. The Large Scale Natural Calamity of the Haiti Scale

Due to the great earthquake that hit Haiti a year ago, more than 300,000 people were killed with thousands more deaths due to pestilences that prevailed after the quake.

Tokyo, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Jakarta, and even Beijin can be hit by a great earthquake.

2. Terror of the 9/11 Class

Though major U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq and the Obama Administration is planning the last phase of its Afghan War, Mr. Osama bin Laden is still at large, if he is alive.

On the other hand, Islamic nations now face strong pressure from people for social and economic improvement. It is understandable, since only the Islamic world has no economic power while China, India, and Brazil are developing with strong momentum. If the process of economic growth and modernization of the Islamic world should not go smooth, young Muslims might find a cause to fight against their governments or Western nations that would not help them get rid of poverty.

3. A Burst of the Chinese Bubble Economy

The Chinese economy is not based on freedom, democracy, and justice. Anything horrible can happen in China in a large scale leading to hard landing of a burst of the current bubble.

4. Instability of Global Climate

Too hot summer and too cold winter might be a just beginning of coming instability of the global climate. Even a mini ice age is forecast by some scientists, though CO2 emission is ever increasing due to China, India, Brazil, Russia, and the U.S.

CHAPTER II: Domar Theorem

The financial deficit in Japan has recently resulted in a lower rating of the Japanese Government bonds.

Though the rating business cannot be trusted very much, maybe it is time for the Japanese people to think about the future of Japan.

Of course, some Japanese have already argued the (possible) financial crisis in Japan, using a concept called Domar's Theorem.

This “theorem” states that public finances can be guaranteed to become stable only if the nominal growth of GDP exceeds the rate of interest on debt.

It means that if a growth rate of Japan's nominal GDP is larger than an interest rate of the Japanese Government bond, Japan can avoid the financial crisis.

1) The interest rate for the Japanese Government bond is close to zero.

2) With its strong export potential, nominal GDP will increase.

3) Therefore, financial implosion can be avoided in Japan.

Especially, if one U.S. dollar is evaluated higher at 150 yen, though it is 83 yen now, Japanese export will even surpass Chinese export. In the American market, if a Japanese car is priced at half of the current price, twice more consumers will buy Japanese cars than now.

Nonetheless, it is time for Japan to introduce new economics with issuance of government notes or perpetual bonds.

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It is 10 years since the 9/11 Terror of 2001.

So, it is no wonder that Egypt is in a state of quasi-revolution after Tunisia.

A decade before 2001, the Berlin Walls fell and the Soviet Union also collapsed, while Iraq invaded Kuwait triggering the Persian Gulf War.

The contrast between Dubai and Iraq was so stark that every Muslim has observed them, referring to Koran. The outcome is now being manifested in Egypt. But, the true challenge is whether or not Islam can lead the world overcoming American Christianity, though it failed against European Christianity.

By the way, many in Japan are sick with the flu, since Tokyo has been dry for scores of days with little rain and snow, though some other prefectures north of Tokyo are covered by snow. So, snow falling is not so bad as sufficient humidity can prevent an outbreak of the flue. Anyway, God gives health as well as illness to some people in order to manifest His power. Don't you think so?

Yet, you may carry some amulet, in case.


I first thought that a European American girl was singing this song. Indeed, 20 years after WWII, African Americans were really rising. Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. was three years old then, though...)

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father" - (China's Features)

Tokyo Downtown

Pas une blague

Mencius, an ancient philosopher of China, said:

"Confucius served the Court when he had to do so.

Confucius left the Court when he had to do so.

Confucius stayed away from the Court when he had to do so.

This is the right way for a master.

When the society becomes depraved, a master should leave it.

When the society becomes quiet, a master should perform his way in it.

This is the right way for a master."

This is a teaching that you should not join any violent social movement, such as seen in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tibet, and even many local villages and towns in China, though not so much reported.

CHAPTER I: Alarming Chinese News

According to the Chinese site of BBC on November 9, 2008, the Beijing authority announced that about 20,000 officials of the central and local governments of China ran away to foreign countries with stolen public money which surprisingly totaled 800 billion yuan ($130 billion) since the middle of 1990's.

Recently, executives of the major four banks in China also decamped while illegally and secretly transferring funds in their banks to overseas accounts. Specifically, total 42 branch chiefs and branch executives of the banks left China in the disguise of overseas inspection and holiday trips and never returned. They fled to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the U.S., and Western Europe where their family members were already waiting for them. The total amount of money those bank executives took out is more than $2.23 billion.


CHAPTER II: Alarmed Japanese Cartoons

It cannot be a joke anymore, if China's GDP consists of 10 to 30% of contribution from goods and products produced in China while violating and infringing intellectual property rights of Japan.

Nintendo Says "Heyday" of Video Game Piracy Over, Studies Disagree

By Michelle Castillo on January 26, 2011

Nintendo claims that the new 3DS will have the most sophisticated anti-piracy software out there (and is smartly remaining mum on the details). Not that it really matters though: Nintendo UK general manager David Yarnton told CVG that because of an influx of laws against piracy, the "heyday" of buying illegal games is pretty much over...

This comes out in the wake of the report that the Association of UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) estimates that for every one game legitimately purchased, other four are being bought illegally. Even at a 1:1 ratio, the organization estimates it will cost about $2.38 billion U.S. dollars in sales a year and about 1,000 fewer jobs for people in the industry...

Japan's cartoons plundered by pirates
April 3, 2010

Japan's cartoon industry, a mainstay of the country's bid to revive the economy through "soft" exports, is losing $2.4 billion a year to Chinese piracy.

The number represents more than twice what the Japanese animation industry made from total global exports of cartoons and cartoon-related goods during its best year...

Japanese intellectual property rights in China beyond just cartoons, is expected to cause considerable embarrassment to the Japanese Government, which has set a target of earning Y2.5 trillion (£17.4 billion) per year from exported content by 2020.

Those who do not respect the Japanese manga (cartoon) culture do not respect the Japanese super-express train (Shinkansen) technology. Accordingly, China is now selling their version of super-express train systems to the U.S., though the Chinese Shinkansen are based on the technology they stole from Japanese manufacturers.

CHAPTER III: Youth Unemployment Rate

An American professor working in a university in Japan said to The Washington Post recently that Japanese youths have no hope for employment after graduation from colleges, so that the whole Japanese society is in the blue mood and the Japanese people want to put down China rising with great eclat and without any worries, which is a sheer lie.

Employment and labour markets: Key tables from OECD - ISSN 2075-2342 - © OECD 2010

Youth unemployment rate
% of youth labour force (15-24)

.....*....*....2009 (%)





Czech Republic...16.6

















New Zealand...*...16.6




Slovak Republic...27.3






United Kingdom...18.9

United States...17.6


Then what about China and especially Chinese students? According to a TV report broadcast in Japan, many Chinese students who cannot find jobs on graduation are living with friends and fellows in very humble places in cities, going about getting jobs.

China's Surprising Unemployment Problem
Shaun Rein, 09.07.10, 01:15 PM EDT
The country is failing to properly educate its growing middle class.

Dexter Roberts wrote recently in BusinessWeek that more than 25% of this year's university graduates in China have failed to find a job. Meanwhile executives at nearly a hundred multinationals recently told my firm that their biggest challenge for growth is recruiting and retaining talent. At more than one-third of the big businesses we talked to they said their annual employee turnover is 30%. In the U.S. 11% turnover is considered too costly because of the expense of recruiting and training; 9% is just right for getting new ideas into an organization and getting rid of dead wood.

Though most of Chinese students today do not join riots and strife caused by poor workers and farmers against corporate management and local authorities in China, there is a very grave possibility for their involvement. Indeed, it is said that the number of clashes that happened between those poor people and the police and so on was 100,000 in China last year.

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According to a theory, less ice in the Arctic Ocean due to global warming disturbs the flow of the air around the north pole, resulting in movement of the cold air mass to the south, namely Europe, North Asia, and North America.

While the temperature in Greenland is relatively high, Europe, North Asia (including Japan), and North America are suffering low temperature.

Anyway, there are some scientists who predicted last October that this winter would be the coldest one in these 1000 years!

Coldest winter in 1,000 years on its way

Published: 04 October, 2010, 07:20
Edited: 22 October, 2010, 17:34

After the record heat wave this summer, Russia's weather seems to have acquired a taste for the extreme.

Forecasters say this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years.
The change is reportedly connected with the speed of the Gulf Stream, which has shrunk in half in just the last couple of years. Polish scientists say that it means the stream will not be able to compensate for the cold from the Arctic winds. According to them, when the stream is completely stopped, a new Ice Age will begin in Europe.

So far, the results have been lower temperatures: for example, in Central Russia, they are a couple of degrees below the norm.

"Although the forecast for the next month is only 70 percent accurate, I find the cold winter scenario quite likely," Vadim Zavodchenkov, a leading specialist at the Fobos weather center, told RT. "We will be able to judge with more certainty come November. As for last summer's heat, the statistical models that meteorologists use to draw up long-term forecasts aren't able to predict an anomaly like that."

In order to meet the harsh winter head on, Moscow authorities are drawing up measures to help Muscovites survive the extreme cold.

Maybe, one reasonable reasoning is that the God is angry at mankind.

Love the God instead of money to get rid of the coldest winter in these 1000 years, at least if you live Europe, North Asia (including Japan), and North America!

Jam 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

Jam 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?" - (Energy Use or CO2?)

Tokyo Sky Tree Tower 1700 Feet High
Under Construction

De comparaison pour le réchauffement climatique

Mencius said:

"A virtuous master is different from ordinary people in that he always examines his conscience.

A master practicing benevolence, mercy, and justice respects, cares, and loves people in public.

And, such a master is in return respected, taken care of, and loved by people in public.

You must meet your obligation first before blaming others."

CHAPTER I: Energy Use Efficiency

Japan produces steel with input energy less than that any other country uses.

Japanese steel industry is the most energy-efficient and energy saving in the world. But, the U.K. and other European countries are requesting Japan to get more energy-efficient so as to reduce CO2 emitted in the world. Isn't something wrong, since they are too easy on the U.S. and China?

CHAPTER II: CO2 Emission per GDP

Japan emits the least amount of CO2 to the air per GDP among major nations including EU, the U.S., Canada, Korea, Australia, India, China, and Russia.

President Mr. Barack Obama should have declared in the Congress that it is time to aim at Japan but not at China for industrial and technological development.

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A spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo said in a newly started periodic press conference, "We admit that it is a grave matter that a level of mutual trust has fallen as indicated by opinion surveys in both Japan and China. There is something that we have to feel apologetic for."

The pro-Chinese socialistic Kan Cabinet of Japan failed in three incidents since its start in last June: a proposal of a 5% rise of the consumption tax, its hiding of the video showing violent behaviors of a Chinese fishing boat invading Japan's Senkaku Islands sea area, and the appointment of Mr. Kaoru Yosanao to a minister in charge of financial matters though Mr. Yosano was finance minister in the Aso Cabinet of the pro-American conservative LDP that lost power in the last general election.

Those who do not respect China account for 80% among Japanese voters, nowadays or since the Senkaku incident.

However, the Obama Administration and the U.S. Democrats have virtually rolled out the red carpet to the Chinese National Chairman, praising their economic success. But, everybody knows that China as a matter of fact stole the Japanese super-express Shinkansen technology and the American stealth plane technology.

Anyway, let's see how Chinese workers who are refused payment of their due salary by corporate management are protesting on China streets, since there are many in the situation and they are sometimes violated by corporate management, according to a Chinese Japanese.

By the way, ranking of countries with viewers accessing EEE-Reporter in these months, except Japan:
2...The Netherlands

Of course, some viewers are from Israel.

Joh 1:25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

Joh 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

Joh 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"Hold thy peace"

Asakusa and the Sumida River

Examen de la consommation d'énergie

Mencius said:

"A master has a worry that is concerned with his whole life.

But, a master has no worry that is concerned with a temporary or sudden trouble in his daily life."

CHAPTER I: Energy Efficiency

The U.S. and China are G2 that use fuels, namely coal and oil, to generate electricity more than other advanced countries.

Input Heat Amount for Electricity Generation (the smaller, the better):


North Europe:...104







Chins emits CO2 more than the U.S. in its industrial sector. Accordingly, the U.S. and China are G2 that emits heat-trapping gases more than other advanced countries.

CO2 Emission per Unit of Output in the Power Industry on Generation (the smaller, the better):







(Energy Balances of OECD Countries, 2004-2005)

In summary, it is absurd that the U.K. and other European nations apply pressure to Japan so that Japan will reduce an amount of oil fuel and emission of CO2, while selfishly proud G2, namely the U.S. and China, are consuming coal and oil as much as they like so as to emit CO2 as much as they like.

Note also that electricity generated from nuclear power plants accounts for 80% of total electric power distributed in France. However, it is potentially hazardous to the environment, especially, in the long run.


[To be continued...]

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Mar 1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

Mar 1:26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

Mar 1:27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.

Monday, January 24, 2011

"he called his name JESUS" - (TPP)

Old Down Town
Near Tokyo Bay(Click to enlarge)

TPP et la pauvreté

Mencius said:

"Words so plain but so profound are good words.

Deeds so simple but so widely effective are good deeds.

A master uses simple words coming out of his heart which however has a deep meaning.

A master simply disciplines himself with an intention to make the world peace, which however has a wider influence in the world."

CHAPTER I: Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership

One of big agendas being focused on in Japan is as to whether or not Japan should join the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP).

The key condition is that member countries should withdraw application of customs duties on imported agricultural products. As this is very advantageous for the U.S. and Australia, they are expected to join TPP whose members include Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore. TPP also aimes to reduce all trade tariffs to zero by the year 2015.

TPP is an international agreement that is better for a country with a huge agricultural land or a kind of city nation. In this context, it is complementary among these types of countries. But, Japan does not fall in these categories. Yet, as no tax will be imposed on exporting industrial products, the Japanese industrial community is willing to join TPP. The U.S. who wants to export more agricultural products to Japan also wants Japan to join TPP. Accordingly, the Kan Cabinet of Japan has raised this agenda with an intention to join TPP. It is because this socialistic regime is highly supported by the major labor union in Japan, called Rengo, that has a policy to cooperate with corporate management who wants duty-free export to the U.S.

But, many Japanese citizens and critics are against TPP. Especially, Japanese farmers array themselves firmly against TPP. "TPP will destroy the Japanese agriculture sector. It will destroy the Japanese culture based on traditional rice farming," claim opponents on both the conservative and liberal sides.

Among incumbent and potential members of TPP, Japan's average customs duty on agricultural products are high:

Singapore: 0.2%
Brunei: 0.1%
New Zealand: 1.4%
Chile: 6.0%
USA: 5.5%*
Australia: 1.3%
Peru: 6.2%
Vietnam: 18.9%
Malaysia: 13.5%
JAPAN: 11.7%*

Yet, in a wider scope, Japan's average customs duty on agricultural products are not high at all:

India: 124.3%
Norway: 123.7%
Bangladesh: 83.8%
Korea: 62.2%
Switzerland: 51.1%
Indonesia: 47.2%
Mexico: 42.9%
Brazil: 35.3%
Argentina: 32.8%
EU: 19.5%
Malaysia: 13.6%
JAPAN: 11.7%

Ranking of countries in terms of an amount of agricultural production:

1. China
2. USA
3. India
4. Brazial
6. France

Ranking of countries in terms of an amount of import of agricultural products (in $billion):

1. USA...74.7
2. Germany...70.3
3. UK...53.5
4. JAPAN...46.0
5. France...44.5

Size of the farm lot per farm household

Australia: 3400 ha
USA: 180 ha
JAPAN: 2.2 ha

Rice is the main staple of the Japanese farming sector. For thousands of years, the Japanese people live on rice but not bread made of wheat. The tariff imposed on rice import is 788% in Japan. If this duty rate should be pulled down to 0%, three million Japanese farmers would be wiped out.

The ruling DPJ led by P.M. Mr. Naoto Kan has less supporters in local agricultural areas in Japan than the conservative opposition LDP. So, the DPJ would pursue TPP, but the LDP might eventually turn down TPP, though the U.S. expects Japan to join it. This can be a big agenda in the next general election in Japan.

CHAPTER II: Poverty in the U.S. and the U.K.

If you choose randomly 100 Americans, 16 of them are not rich at all.
Census: Number of poor may be millions higher
1 in 6 Americans — many of them 65 and older — are struggling in poverty

updated 1/5/2011 4:46:10 PM ET

WASHINGTON — The number of poor people in the U.S. is millions higher than previously known, with 1 in 6 Americans — many of them 65 and older — struggling in poverty due to rising medical care and other costs, according to preliminary census figures released Wednesday.

Under a new revised census formula, overall poverty in 2009 stood at 15.7 percent, or 47.8 million people. That's compared to the official 2009 rate of 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million, that was reported by the Census Bureau last September.

If you choose randomly 100 Britishers, 18 of them are not rich at all.
Defining the poverty line as those individuals and households with incomes less than 60% of their respective medians:

- 17-18% of the population are found to be in poverty at any one time consistently, from 1994-2004. Source: BBC News [7]

- In 2003 to 2004, 21% of children lived in households below the poverty line. After housing costs are taken into account, this rises to 28%.[8]

- 3.9 million number of single people in the UK living below the poverty line in 2005. Many of these people are divorced women. (Poverty among single people is not as high profile as that suffered by families and pensioners). Source: The Elizabeth Finn Trust/BBC News [9]

- Nearly 60% of those in poverty are homeowners. Source: BBC News[10]

And, if you choose randomly 100 Japanese, 16 of them are not rich at all.

But, if you choose randomly 100 Chinese, only 3 of them are not rich at all!!

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To be rich or richer than your neighbor, you will not simply give your money to your neighbor.

The only way to be rich or richer than your neighbor is not to give your money to your neighbor.

There are no rich persons in the world who become rich while giving their money as much as ordered by Christ Jesus to the poor.

So, being rich and richer than your neighbor is a sin before Christ and before the God.

And, such a sinful person will not be admitted into Heaven.

Logically, poor people should not envy the rich.


Mat 1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

Mat 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

La Bataille de Falaise Rouge

Sky Tree Tower
Now 550 Meters High

La Bataille de Falaise Rouge

The Battle of Red Cliffs (Sekiheki-no-Tatakai in Japanese) was one of major battles in the Chinese history which was fought on the Chang Jiang (Yantze River) in AD 208 between one powerful warlord, Cao Cao (So-So in Japanese) who forcibly took over power from the Han court, where he had become prime minister, and other two warlords who tied up to encounter 200,000 mighty troops led by Cao Cao.

It was made into a Chinese film called "Red Cliff" which I saw tonight on TV.

It is said that a shift in the wind decided the outcome of the war, since both the camps tried to burn naval ships the opponent side mobilized.

In addition, Cao Cao (AD 155 - 220) was of the northern origin as with most of his generals and soldiers. Accordingly, many of them got sick due to local disease in the southern areas along the Chang Jiang where they fought. The difference between Norther China and Southern China has been large from ancient days.

The Three Kingdoms period (simplified Chinese: 三国时代; traditional Chinese: 三國時代; pinyin: Sānguó shídài) is a period in the history of China, part of an era of disunity called the Six Dynasties following immediately the loss of de facto power of the Han Dynasty emperors. In a strict academic sense it refers to the period between the foundation of the Wei in 220 and the conquest of the Wu by the Jin Dynasty in 280.  However, many Chinese historians and laymen extend the starting point of this period back to the uprising of the Yellow Turbans in 184.
The three kingdoms were Wei (魏), Shu (蜀), and Wu (吳).

This era in China is also important for the Japanese history. One outstanding queen of Yamato, Japan, is actually recorded in the Chinese official history book about the Wei Dynasty.

Himiko or Pimiko (卑弥呼, d. ca. 248) was an obscure shaman queen of Yamataikoku in ancient Wa (Japan). Early Chinese dynastic histories chronicle tributary relations between Queen Himiko and the Cao Wei Kingdom (220-265), and record that the Yayoi period people chose her as ruler following decades of warfare among the kings of Wa. Early Japanese histories do not mention Himiko, but historians associate her with legendary figures such as Empress Consort Jingū, who was Regent (ca. 200-269) in roughly the same era as Himiko.

This is one of the biggest mysteries in the Japanese history. The official history book (Nihon-shoki) compiled around AD 720 did not mention anything about Queen Himiko of Yamato, though Yamato (in Nara Prefecture, south of Kyoto) is the birthplace of the Imperial regime. There are even some theories that claim that Himiko's Yamato was not in Nara but in some prefecture in Kyusyu Island, straightly south of the Korean Peninsula.

Himiko, as a tributary queen, sent envoys to the Wei Dynasty which was then governed by a grandchild of Cao Cao. In return, the king of Wei provided many gifts, including 100 or more special mirrors, with the Japanese queen. Many of those mirrors have been excavated in old tomb mounds in various prefectures around Nara and Western Japan. So, no one doubts historical existence of Queen Himiko, but arguments about where she lived and her court was situated are yet to be fixed.

Most importantly, there is no evidence that Queen Himiko is one of direct ancestors of the Imperial Family of Japan. (If so, the Imperial Family of Japan was once in a dependent position to a Chinese king, which cannot be accepted by Japanese nationalists.)

Anyway, if Cao Cao had been killed in Battle of Red Cliffs, probably the Wei Dynasty must not have been established or would have collapsed soon after the Battle. If so, Queen Himiko in Japan might not have enjoyed strong diplomatic support, though not militarily, from the Chinese Continent, while her regime was also at war with some local kings in Japan. In this case, Himiko's regime in Yamato might have been terminated, which means the history of the Imperial Family of Japan must be drastically changed.

So, though Cao Cao, leading the northern forces of China, lost more than 100,000 soldiers in the Battle of Red Cliffs against the southern and western camps of China in 208, his survival decisively influenced the Japanese history.

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