Saturday, November 05, 2011

"the LORD came down to see the city and the tower" - US Presidency

Yokosuka Japan's Naval Port on Tokyo Bay

US Presidency

The US had two stupid presidents in succession: Mr. Clinton and Mr. W. Bush.

They were one of causes of big calamities of the 9/11 Terror and the 2008 Financial Crisis, respectively.

But, what about incumbent President Mr. Barack Obama?  Will it be good to entrust one person with administration of the great country of America for eight years.  It is eight years but not eight months!

This is not the 20th, 19th, or 18th century.  This is the 21st century.  The paradigm about the top leader of a nation must be changed.  Everybody has information today.  People can communicate and move so swiftly over a great distance.   The term of office should be shortened accordingly.  The term of the US presidency should be reduced to two years.

Other important issue is concentration of power.  This is not the 20th, 19th, or 18th century.  This is the 21st century. The paradigm about the top leader of a nation must be changed.   Everybody has information today.  People can communicate and move so swiftly over a great distance.  The power of the top leader should be shared by others.  The power of the US president should be shared with others in a wider scope.

Otherwise, the US presidency should be transferred to a committee.  In other word, voters should elect, say, three presidents.  They form a committee.  Every administrative decision should be decided by voting by the three presidents.  For example, you may have "President Obama," "President Biden," and "President Hilary."  They would form the Presidential Committee to decide everything concerning the federal government.

If so applied, American voters have maximum 12 presidents in eight years.  The US Government will be surely able to avoid another 9/11 Terror and another 2008 Financial Crisis.

Anyway, it is time to change the form and functions of the American President, since it has passed 2000 years since the emergence of Christ Jesus, 500 years since the adventure by Columbus, and 60 years since establishment of a modern nation Israel.

Indeed, the Bible tells that Lord rewards everyone, a slave or a free man, according to his work.

APPENDIX. The 2008 Presidential Election

(to be continued...)

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There are too many unhappy people who are in the worst case cruelly killed and slain.

In most cases, people will be eventually determined not to be one of them if they observe those tragedies.

But, with an intervention of the concept of the God, it will be drastically changed.

It is so, since you will know that you will be requested by the God to take responsibility for every single unhappy person.

Truly, it is the God who decided to give life to every single man now living or once having lived on the earth.

Gen 11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
Gen 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Gen 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Gen 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.


Friday, November 04, 2011

"found the colt tied by the door" - Rice Culture

Tokyo Subway...

Rice Culture

Japanese do not grow wheat but rice.

Japanese eat rice as rice is the staple food for the Japanese people.  Of course, Japanese grow or import some wheat to make bread for domestic consumption.  Japanese eat noodles very often, too. But rice has been the staple food in Japan for 2000 years and more.  The Japanese culture is based on rice farming originally.  Some of the most important rituals the Emperor conducts are related to rice cropping.

Most of agriculture fields in Japan are basically paddy fields where rice is grown.  Rice fields are covered by water from spring to summer but get dry after harvest in autumn and winter in Japan.  In northern regions of Japan, they are covered by snow in winter.

So, the big difference between Japan and Europe is the staple foods, rice or wheat.  Yet, Japan is not alone in consuming rice.  For example, China consumes 17 times more rice than the Japanese eat per year, as China has 10 times more population than Japan.  

Rice Consumption
Unit: Kilo tons

But you cannot export rice to Japan.  Virtually no significant amount of rice is imported to Japan.  The virtual tariff duty imposed on imported rice is 778%.  The Japanese rice-producing farmers are heavily protected  by the Japanese government, though most of them are farmers with a side job.

Yet, if Japan joins TPP (Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement), it is expected that a tariff rate of rice will be removed or decreased to 0%.   This cannot be accepted by Japanese farmers and those who love the Japanese culture and traditions.

Refer to a Japanese rice farmer's video clip:

Typical of Japanese dishes with white rice in a rice bowl, with no beef steak but baked fish;


高山 写真
Rice bales were once a major form of tax paid by farmers to samurai lords,


Rule of the Sword for Rice Customs,

(to be continued...)

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Mar 11:4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
Mar 11:5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
Mar 11:6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

"Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick" - Those Who Make Unforgivable Money


Those Who Make Unforgivable Money

[Updated on Nov. 29, 2011]

Human Trafficking

There are concerns about an increase of human trafficking crimes due to political, economic, and social stagnation of the world.

Trafficking is a lucrative industry. It has been identified as the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.[4] It is second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable illegal industry in the world.[5] In 2004, the total annual revenue for trafficking in persons were estimated to be between USD$5 billion and $9 billion.[6] 
In 2005, Patrick Belser of ILO estimated a global annual profit of $31.6 billion.[7] In 2008, the United Nations estimated nearly 2.5 million people from 127 different countries are being trafficked into 137 countries around the world.
Money is in advanced countries and victims are in developing countries.  Nobody is engaged in this business if he cannot make money but is only destined in a prison.
Human Trafficking: Facts & Figures 
– The United Nations estimates that 700,000 to 4 million women and children are trafficked around the world for purposes of forced prostitution, labor and other forms of exploitation every year. Trafficking is estimated to be a $7 billion dollar annual business. 
Children Are Not Protected
– Children from Pakistan and Bangladesh are kidnapped or sold by their parents to traffickers who take them to Persian Gulf States including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, to work as camel jockeys. These children 3 to 7 years of age and are malnourished to keep their weight below 35 pounds. They suffer physical abuse from the traffickers and work all day training camels. Many of these children suffer extreme injuries or death from falling off camels during the races. 
– Child victims of trafficking are very vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. Misconceptions that having sex with a virgin can cure HIV/AIDS have fueled an increased demand for child prostitutes. 
– Girls from 15 to 17 years of age are trafficked from Thailand and Taiwan to South Africa. 
Traffickers recruited these girls to work as waitresses or domestic workers. Once they arrive in South Africa they are forced into prostitution. 
– Filipino children are trafficked to countries in Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe and Southeast Asia, where they are sexually exploited. Traffickers loan parents a sum of money, which the girl must repay to the trafficker through forced prostitution. In one case, a Filipino woman rented her 9-year-old niece to foreign men for sex, and eventually sold her to a German pedophile. 
Close to Home in the USA
– 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the United States from no less than 49 countries every year. As many as 750,000 women and children have been trafficked into the United States over the last decade. 
– Women and children as young as 14 have been trafficked from Mexico to Florida and forced to have sex with as many as 130 clients per week in a trailer park. These women were kept hostage through threats and physical abuse, and were beaten and forced to have abortions. One woman was locked in a closet for 15 days after trying to escape. 
– Cases of trafficking into the United States include women and children who are trafficked from Honduras to Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas; Latvia to Chicago; Mexico to Florida; Korea to Michigan; Japan to Hawaii; Cameroon to Maryland; Taiwan to Seattle; India to California; Vietnam to Atlanta. 
– In Fresno, California Hmong gang members have kidnapped girls between the ages of 11 and 14 and forced into prostitution. The gang members would beat and rape them into submission. These girls were trafficked within the United States and traded between other Hmong communities. 
Sexual Slavery, In The 21st Century
– The Cadena smuggling ring trafficked women, some as young as 14, from Mexico to Florida. The victims were forced to prostitute themselves with as many as 130 men per week in a trailer park. Of the $25 charged the “Johns” the women received only $3. The Cadena members kept the women hostage through threats and physical abuse. One woman was kept in a closet for 15 days for trying to escape. Some were beaten and forced to have abortions (the cost of which was added to their debt). The women worked until they paid off their debts of $2,000 to $3,000. 
– Domestic servants in some countries of the Middle East are forced to work 12 to 16 hours a day with little or no pay, and subject to sexual abuse such as rape, forced abortions, and physical abuse that has resulted in death. 
– Traffickers in many countries in West Africa take girls through voodoo rituals in which girls take oaths of silence and are often raped and beaten, prior to their leaving the country. They are also forced to sign agreements stating that, once they arrive in another country, they owe the traffickers a set amount of money. They are sworn to secrecy and given detailed accounts of how they will be tortured if they break their promise. Traffickers have taken women and young girls to shrines and places of cultural or religious significance; they remove pubic and other hair and then perform a ceremony of intimidation.

Human Trafficking

Even the US is not immune of this crime.

Europe is also responsible for human trafficking.

Asia is also a sinful world in terms of human trafficking.

Let's review the facts and data on human trafficking by those who make unforgivable big money.

Human trafficking and the facts
  • An estimated number of 700.000 to 4 million people are forced in forced labor (including the sex industry) as a result of trafficking. Of these are:
  • 1.4 million – 56% are in Asia and the Pacific
  • 250.000 – 10% are in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • 230.000 – 9.2% are in the Middle East and Northern Africa
  • 130.000 – 5.2% are in sub-Saharan countries
  • 270.000 – 10.8% are in industrialized countries
  • 200.000 – 8% are in countries in transitions
  • 161 countries are reported to be affected by human trafficking by being a source, transit or destination count. People are reported to be trafficked from 127 countries to be exploited in 137 countries, affecting every continent and every type of economy.
  • The majority of trafficking victims are between 18 and 24 years of age and 1.2 million children are trafficked each year.
  • 95% of victims experienced physical or sexual violence.
  • 43% of victims are used for forced commercial sexual exploitation of which 98% are women and girls.
  • 32% of victims are used for forced economical exploitation of which 56% are women and girls.
  • 52% of those recruiting females are men, 42% are women and 6% are both men and women.
  • In 54% of the cases, the recruiter was a stranger to the victim, 46% of the cases, the recruiter knew the victim.
  • Estimated global annual profits made from the exploitation of all trafficked forced labor are US$ 31.6 billion. Of this:
  • US$ 15.5 billion – 
  • 49% – is generated in industrialized economies
  • US$ 9.7 billion 
  • – 30.6% is generated in Asia and the Pacific
  • US$ 1.3 billion 
  • – 4.1% is generated in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • US$ 1.6 billion – 
  • 5% is generated in sub-Saharan Africa
  • US$ 1.5 billion – 
  • 4.7% is generated in the Middle east and North Africa

More specifically:
Over 500 Indian workers sue US firm for human trafficking
November 15, 2011 07:46
"Lawyers for a group of Indian guest workers, trafficked to the US from India to work in ship yards after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, have sued an American company, Signal International, along with its co- conspirators and other entities for human trafficking and racketeering. 
07/15/2010 17:43
India, world hub in human trafficking
  by Santosh Digal 
New Delhi (AsiaNews) – India is the world’s hub in prostitution-related human trafficking and forced labour, this according to a recent report released by the US Department of State. More than 1.2 million children in India are caught up in human trafficking as child prostitutes. Worse still, as many as 100 million people in India—soon to be the world’s most populous country—are involved in trafficking-related activities. Authorities believe 90 per cent of human trafficking in India is "intra-country, centred in the poorest states like Orissa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.,-world-hub-in-human-trafficking-18947.html 
September 25th, 2003
Dying to Leave
Human Trafficking Worldwide: China
Chinese women and children are trafficked for sexual exploitation to North America, Europe, and other Asian countries. In the U.S. several women working for an international ring — reportedly responsible for trafficking as many as 100 victims a month — were arrested in Houston, Texas, for transporting Chinese women into the country for prostitution. Los Angeles and New York are other common destination cities. In 1999, the Immigration and Nationalization Service estimated that up to 5,000 trafficked Chinese women were in L.A. 
While the majority of trafficking occurs within China’s borders, there are reports that Chinese men, women, and children are subjected to forced prostitution and forced labor in numerous countries and territories worldwide, including the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Malaysia, Taiwan, Angola, Uganda, Ghana, Zambia, Trinidad and Tobago, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, Chile, Poland, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, the Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, the Maldives, Oman, and Qatar. There were reports of Chinese nationals taking on significant amounts of debt, sometimes amounting to as much as $70,000 to migrate to foreign countries for work, making them extremely vulnerable to debt bondage and situations of trafficking. Concurrent with the increase of Chinese economic activity in Africa, there were some reports of Chinese workers trafficked to Africa by importers and construction firms. Chinese women and girls are also trafficked to Africa for forced prostitution. Experts and NGOs report that China’s population planning policies, coupled with a cultural preference for sons, creates a skewed sex ratio in China, which may contribute to the trafficking of women and children from within China, Mongolia, North Korea, Russia, Burma, Laos and Vietnam for forced marriage, leaving them vulnerable to involuntary domestic servitude or forced commercial sexual exploitation by their spouses. 
One major obstacle to the prosecution of trafficking is the powerful presence of organized crime groups (yakuza or boryokudan) controlling the sex industry. There are 24 boryokudans registered under the Anti-boryokudan Law, with a total membership of 85,800, including quasi-members (individuals who are not formal members of a boryokudan but are collaborating with it and using the boryokudan’s power to conduct illegal activities, or individuals who provide weapons or capital to boryokudans and contribute to the management of the group) A total of 30,550 members and quasi-members of boryokudans were arrested in 2003 mainly on charges of drug abuse, assault, extortion or theft.  There is also increasing collaboration and complicity between the boryokudans and foreign crime groups,59 The White Paper on Police 2003 and 2004 contains specific references to cases of trafficking of women for sexual exploitation, in complicity between foreign and Japanese organized crime groups. The emphasis of the White Paper is on the criminal aspects of international organized crime groups smuggling women illegally into Japan for sexual exploitation. There is extremely little information on the victims, indicating that there is still too little attention given to the human aspect of such crimes. 
The Japanese sex industry is largely controlled by boryokudans. Though illegal, prostitution is tolerated and largely provided in “restricted sex-related businesses”, which comprise a number of types of businesses defined under the Law on Control and Improvement of Amusement Business as businesses providing services aimed at fulfilling ‘the sexual curiosity of clients of the opposite sex’. Bars and night-clubs where hostessing is provided are “entertainment businesses” but not “restricted sex-related businesses” under this law. According to police statistics, in 2003 there were around 32,340 shops registered under this category. A total of 1,144 people were arrested in 2003 for violations of the anti-prostitution law, of which 260 (22.7 per cent) were members of boryokudans, indicating that prostitution is still a main source of funding for organized crime groups. Among people arrested, there were 50 Colombians, 46 Thais, 45 Koreans, and 42 Chinese.

Finally, alarmingly, "there are now more slaves on the planet than at any time in human history."

APPENDIX I. Thailand as the Main Destination Country
The recent flooding in Thailand might be a wrath of God for the country is full of victims of human trafficking.

1. Children from Myanmar are brought into sex business, begging and soliciting business, and other extreme forms of child labour.
2. Children from Laos are found in sex business, other extreme forms of child labour.
3. Children from Cambodia including both Cambodian and Vietnamese from Cambodia are brought into sex business, begging and soliciting business, and other extreme forms of child labour.
4. Children from Vietnam are often brought into sex industry in Thailand via Cambodia.
5. Children from Republic of China are brought into sex industry. Most of them are from Yunnan. In addition, there are 'Dai' or 'Tad Lue' from Xintiabanna, minority ethnic groups, and Chinese who are brought into sex industry in Thailand.

APPENDIX II. The US as the Main Destination Country 

New BJS report details 2,515 human trafficking investigations (stats)
Richard Webster, Domestic Crimes Examiner
April 28, 2011 
We’ve been hearing more about human trafficking and the human sex slave industry recently because that phenomenon is sharply on the rise, unfortunately due to low star-up costs, low overhead, and a high monetary return for the trafficker. Most suspected incidents of human trafficking investigated between January 2008 and June 2010 involved allegations of adult prostitution (48%) or the prostitution or sexual exploitation of a child (40%), the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. 
Federally funded task forces, led primarily by local law enforcement agencies, investigated 2,515 incidents of suspected human trafficking between January 2008 and June 2010. Although most incidents involved allegations of sex trafficking, 350 incidents involved allegations of labor trafficking in unregulated industries (e.g. drug sales, forced begging, or roadside sales) and/or more commercial industries (e.g. hair salons, hotels, and bars).
But, there are 10 million illegal foreign workers in the US.  In this order, 1000 or 10,000 persons are within an error.  It is estimated that there are 15,000 cases of human trafficking into the US from various countries. What is worse, it is said there are many organ trafficking cases from Latin America to the US.

(to be continued...)

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Joh 11:3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
Joh 11:4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.