Saturday, December 24, 2011

"when the Pharisees heard it" - What Happened in 2011

Mt. Fuji viewed from Tokyo...

What Happened in 2011

According to The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper of Japan, the ranking of world news stories in 2011 chosen by Japanese subscribers is as follows:

1. Thai Flooding
There are more than 3000 Japanese businesses now operating in Thailand.  Among them, more than 480 companies suffer the big floods this year.

2. Death of Osama bin Laden

3. Arab Spring

4. The Big Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand
About 250 people died for the earthquake in February 2011.  Among them 28 were Japanese.

5. The Euro Crisis

6. The High-Speed Train Accident in China

7. Apple's Steve Jobs

8. The World Population Exceeding 7 Billion

9. China's GDP

However, the death of Kin Jong-Il must be chosen by many if his death had been reported earlier.

EEE-Reporter's News Item Ranking of 2011:

1. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

2. Anti-Authoritarian Regime Movement in Islamic Nations

3. Death of Osama bin Laden

4. Euro Crisis

5. Occupy Wall Street Movement

6. Apple's Business Success

7. Thai Flooding

8. Unrest on Streets and Factories in China Intensified

9. Unfulfilled Democracy in Russia

As I wrote before, the Second Advent of Christ Jesus has started around 2010.  Let's review how it was calculated so.
Newton focused on  the year 800 when he calculated the year of the Second Advent, finally obtaining 2060 (= 800 + 1260).

Yet, from a global point of view, it is not 800 but 750 that should be the starting year of Newton's calculation. So, the Second Advent of Christ Jesus already started around 2010 (= 1260 + 750). 
Under the Abbasids, Islamic civilization flourished in the "Islamic Golden Age" (c. 750 CE - c. 1258 CE), with its capital at the cosmopolitan city of Baghdad.  
Although the city (Pella in Palestine where early Christians fled) was still inhabited as late as the tenth Century CE, it was the deadly earthquake of CE 747 that ended its long history as a city of major influence in the region 
 720 - The second oldest exisiting imperial chronicle and myth of Japan called Nihon Shoki (Record of Japan) was compiled following an imperial order. This book has become one of major documentary resources for shintoism. 
752 - The world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha, called "Daibutsu" in Japanese, was built in Heijyo-kyo (Nara City), following an imperial order.
"(Islamic) Golden Age" (750–1258)
The Battle of Talas (or Battle of Artlakh in 751 AD between the Arab Abbasid Caliphate and the Chinese Tang Dynasty, resulting in transfer of paper production technology from China to Europe.
In a wider scope, a prologue really started in 2001 with the 9/11 Terror Attack.  It must have been the last chance for the US to take the initiative in peace of the world.  But, President Mr. W. Bush reluctantly pursued Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and launched an unnecessary war in Iraq for the sake of Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

Another prologue was set off, on December 26, 2004, off Sumatra Island, Indonesia, with an M9.1 earthquake and big tsunamis that attacked the Indian Ocean coast lines taking 220,000 lives.  As Indonesia is the world largest Islamic nation, this could be regraded as a grave warning to Islamic nations and Muslims.

Then, in 2008, the US triggered the world financial crisis, which has become a major underlying factor of the 2011 Euro Crisis, from Wall Street.  The subprime loan crisis symbolized the general atmosphere in the American society so much contaminated by the false American Dream.  As the situation was so bad as even GM went bankrupt, the US voters, including swing ones among European Americans, opted for Mr. Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election.

Finally, in 2010, Haiti, so close to New York and Washington DC in a global scope, suffered a great earthquake in its capital Port-au-Prince immediately taking on 50,000 lives and subsequently claiming 250,000 more lives.    

Accordingly, on March 11, 2011, an M9.0 earthquake occurred off the northeast part of Honsyu Island, Japan, or in the North Pacific Ocean 350km northeast of Tokyo.  It was accompanied by 15-meter high tsunamis one of which attacked the Fukushima Daichi nuclear generation plant where six nuclear reactor units were installed.  It resulted in major hydrogen explosions in three reactor units  and one minor explosion in one of other units.  The earthquake and the tsunamis killed about 20,000 residents but the nuclear accident forced 100,000 Fukushima citizens to evacuate their homes around Fukushima Daiichi.

Truly, the Second Coming of Christ Jesus has really started already with judgment of the God on this human civilization.  Souls of innocent victims who lost their lives in this process will be saved in Heaven, but those who were responsible for aggravation of the civilization will not be able to escape the wrath of the God.

(to be continued...)

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The most viewed postings of EEE-Reporter in this month:

Mat 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
Mat 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Mat 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
Mat 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Friday, December 23, 2011

"the power of God" - Iwakura Mission

Mt. Fuji in December
Observed from 100 km Far (from a running train)...

The Iwakura Mission

(Updated in March 2012)

When the last samurai regime of Japan led by the Tokugawa clan fell to be taken over by imperial samurais in 1868, Japan had to accept unequal treaties with the US and other Western Powers.

The new modern government of Japan gave higher priority to diplomatic efforts to revise the unequal treaties.  In order to achieve this goal, the new elites of Japan, mainly consisting of former samurai of both the anti-Tokugawa camp and ex-pro-Tokugawa camp, first tried to know in earnest situations in the world as the samurai regime had closed the door to the world for 200 years.  For this reason, they sent a big mission consisting of 100 top politicians and bureaucrats to the US and Europe in 1871.
The Iwakura Mission or Iwakura Embassy was a Japanese diplomatic journey around the world, initiated in 1871 by the oligarchs of the Meiji period. Although it was not the only such "mission", it is the most well-known and possibly most important for the modernization of Japan after a long period of isolation from the West. It was first proposed by the influential Dutch missionary and engineer Guido Verbeck and was probably based on the model of the Grand Embassy of Peter I. 
The Iwakura mission followed several such missions previously sent by the Shogunate, such as the Japanese Embassy to the United States (1860), the First Japanese Embassy to Europe (1862), and the Second Japanese Embassy to Europe (1863). 
The purposes of the mission were twofold: 
- To renegotiate the unequal treaties with the United States, Great Britain and other European countries that Japan had been forced into during the previous decades. 
- To gather information on education, technology, culture, and military, social and economic structures from the countries visited in order to effect the modernization of Japan.

After they returned to Japan one year and ten months after, they had to however face a big turmoil which led to the last civil war in Japan called the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877.  So, it was not an easy and smooth process for the new Japanese elites to build a modern and Westernized nation in Japan in the late 19th century.

Anyway several years after the Iwakura Mission, one of its delegates prepared and drew up a report on the Mission which was authorized by the Imperial Government.  This report contains various sketches of places and cities the Mission visited in the US and Europe in addition to detailed descriptions of their journey.

San Francisco in 1872
Washington DC in 1872
New York in 1872
Boston in 1872
London in 1872
Paris in 1872
Berlin in 1873
Stockholm in 1873
Saint Petersburg in 1873
Rome in 1873
Vienna in 1873
The Mediterranean Sea in 1873
The Suez Canal in 1873

What is interesting about the Iwakura Mission is that it included several girls who were officially sent to the US for learning.  Some of them contributed progress of modern female education in Japan after they returned to Japan.

Especially one of them eventually married a general of the Imperial Army who led the whole Imperial troops in Manchuria during the Japanese-Russo War (1904-1905).  The general Iwao Oyama is the hero of the War on the Imperial Army side while Heihachiro Togo is the hero on the Imperial Navy side.

Anyway it is also interesting that the Mission headed for the east to America first without taking the westward route to Europe via South East Asia, South Asia, West Asia and the Middle East though they returned to Japan through the Suez Canal.

On Leaving Japan

Japanese Nobleman Iwakura in San Francisco in 1872 with a US minister-counselor to Japan

Top Delegates of the Iwakura Mission
Following of the Mission
Japanese Girls to be Sent to the US for Study

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Iwakura Mission Itinerary
A Port in the World of the late 19th Century

(to be continued...)

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Today an earthquake occurred in New Zealand though no victims were reported.

A year ago, a month after a big earthquake in New Zealand, the 3/11 Disaster occurred in Japan. The whole Pacific Rim must be still on alert for a possible big earthquake and accompanying tsunamis.

By the way, Christ Jesus came to this world to talk about the God.  The point at issue is today who would like to listen to Christ Jesus talking about the God.  If you do not, what can be Xmas for you at all?

Mar 12:18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying,
Mar 12:19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
Mar 12:20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.
Mar 12:21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.
Mar 12:22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.
Mar 12:23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.
Mar 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
Mar 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.
Mar 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Take no thought for your life" - Fukushima Accident Verification

Around the Tokyo Station...

Fukushima Accident Verification

According to recent reports by the Japanese Media, the confirmed sequence of the Fukushima Daiichi accident is as follows:

The No.1 Reactor Unit
March 11, 2011:
14:46 - M9.0 Earthquake

15:30 - Great Tsunami

        - The Isolation Condenser starts malfunction.

19:00 - The reactor core starts to melt down.

March 12:
5:46 -  A fire engine starts to pour water into the reactor vessel.

15: 36 - Hydrogen explosion


The No.3 Reactor Unit
March 11, 2011:
14:46 - M9.0 Earthquake

15:30 - Great Tsunami

16:03 - The Reactor Core Isolation Cooling System starts to be manually operated.

March 12:
11:36 - The Reactor Core Isolation Cooling System halts.

12:35 - The High Pressure Core Injection System starts automatically.

March 13:
2:42 - The High Pressure Core Injection System is halted manually.

9:00 - The reactor core starts to melt down.

9:25 - A fire engine starts to pour water into the reactor vessel.

March 14:
11:01 - Hydrogen explosion


In summary, due to an accident if a cooling system of a nuclear reactor unit is stopped, the nuclear fuel inside the reactor unit starts to melt down within several hours after losing the fuel cooling function.  And, then hydrogen explosion occurs in a day or so after the start of meltdown even if some water is poured into the reactor unit with an ad-hoc means.

The Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Unit No.1 Explosion

The Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Unit No.3 Explosion

Now the big argument is going on in Japan as to whether there was a possibility or a chance to stop the hydrogen explosions that occurred on March 12 and March 14.  And, it is now investigated by a special committee set up by the parliament why Tokyo Electric Corporation (TEPCO), the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, and the emergency response team led by the then Prime Minister Mr. Kan could not prevent the hydrogen explosions.

The High Pressure Core Injection System, The No.3 Reactor Unit

The Japanese Government renewed the radioactive contamination map:

Tokyo has narrowly escaped the radioactive material fallout, though northward neighboring Chiba Prefecture is somehow influenced.  Apparently Fukushima Prefecture suffers Cesium 134/137 fallout though higher-concentration is limited in the northwest area from the Fukushima Daiichi plant.          

A Recent Aerial View of Fukushima Daiichi; the No.1 reactor unit is now covered by newly built outer walls.

The change in the temperature of the No.1, No.2, and No. 3 containment vessels and pressure vessels are as follows:
The temperature shifts in the No.1, 2, and 3 reactor units of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power generation plant from July 19 to November 17, 2011.

However, Fukushima Daiichi looked like being bombed after three hydrogen explosions in March.

Fukushima Daiichi aerial View after the Three Hydrogen Explosions

Now, decontamination of cooling water being circulated is performed with various facilities.  Cesium absorbed-material was put in containment towers and stored on site.

Cesium Absorption Tower Deposit in Fukushima Daiichi in December

Now let's review the shift of radiation doses measured in Tokyo after March 11, 2011:

So, it is not the No. 1 unit explosion on March 12 or the No. 3 unit explosion on March 14, but other events on March 15 and March 21.

The No.2 Reactor Unit
March 15:
00:00 - Vent is started.

06:10 - The suppression pool partially explodes with a pressure decrease.

08:25 - White smoke discharged from the 5th floor.

March 21:
18:22 - White smoke discharged from the ceiling. 

19:01 - Smoke stops.


The No.3 Reactor Unit
March 15:
06:14 - Smoke is generated.

March 21:
15:55 - Grey smoke is delivered 

16:49: - Grey smoke turns to white.

18:02 - Smoke stops.


The No.4 Reactor Unit
March 15:

06:14 - An explosion makes a hole on the reactor building wall.

09:38 - A fire on the third floor.

12:25 - The fire stops.

March 21:



As there were four days between March 11 and March 15, TEPCO and the Japanese Government should be questioned about their efforts to prevent a large-scale radioactive disaster.

If they had been able to handle the reactor units No.2, No.3, and No.4 to prevent any type of explosions and fires from them, there should not have been this scale of radiation dose problem around Fukushima Daiichi.

(to be continued...)

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When a number N increases from 0 to 1, its value V can be expressed as follows:

V = N

But, when N becomes larger than 1, its value should be expressed as follows:

V = 1/N

The point at issue is that this method can apply to the human world.  When one's wealth increases from $0 to, say, $1000, its effective value V can be expressed as follows:

V = N

But, when N becomes larger than $1000, its value should be expressed as follows:

V = 1000 x (1000/N)

If you have $10,000, its effective value would be, $100 (= 1000 x 1000 / 10000).

But in the domain of N between $0 to $1000, the spiritual value should be further expressed as:

SV = 1/N

If you have $0, its spiritual value can be the infinite dollar.

Luk 12:22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
Luk 12:23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"Herod, arrayed in royal apparel" - A Roman War

Tokyo, around the Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace

 A Roman War

Every Christian must know that Roman Emperor Valerian launched a large-scale oppression on Christians in the third century:
Valerian (Latin: Publius Licinius Valerianus Augustus;[1]193/195/200 – 260 or 264), also known as Valerian the Elder, was Roman Emperor from 253 to 260. He was taken captive by Persian king Shapur I after the Battle of Edessa, becoming the only Roman Emperor who was captured as a prisoner of war, resulting in wide-ranging instability across the Empire.
Valerian - Roman emperor (253-60). Member of a distinguished family, he had held several offices before the army proclaimed him emperor in 253 at Rhaetia. Weak and irresolute, his abilities were unequal to the difficulties of the times; his son and coregent, Gallienus, was lacking also in force. Christian tradition regards him as the originator of the persecution of the Christians under Decius. Though kindly disposed towards the Christians as emperor he was driven to in severe measures by the hostile party, whose leader, the general Macrianus, aimed only to gain advantages for himself through the difficulties internal disturbances would cause the emperor. In 257 Valerian issued a rescript, in kindly language, taking from Christians the right to hold assemblies or to enter the subterranean places of burial, and sending the clergy into exile. In 258, by a new and absolutely merciless edict, bishops, priests, and deacons were executed immediately, men of senatorial and equestrian rank were punished with degradation and confiscation of goods to be followed by death if they refused to offer heathen sacrifice, women were threatened with confiscation of their property and exile, and Christians in the imperial household were sent in chains to perform forced labour on the imperial domains. In this persecution Christian Rome and Carthage lost their leaders: Pope Sixtus was seized on 6 August, 258, in one of the Catacombs and was put to death; Cyprian of Carthage suffered martyrdom on 14 September. Another celebrated martyr was the Roman deacon, St. Lawrence. In Spain Bishop Fructuosus of Tarragona and his two deacons were put to death on 21 January, 259. There were also executions in the eastern provinces (Eusebius, VII, xii). Taken altogether, however, the repressions were limited to scattered spots and had no great success. Valerian was finally captured by the Persians and died a prisoner. Macrianus and his two sons were killed in the struggle for the throne. Gallienus, who became Valerian's successor, annulled at once all his father's laws hostile to Christianity.

Valerian is historically more unique as captured emperor in the Battle of Edessa: 
The Battle of Edessa took place between the armies of the Roman Empire under the command of Emperor Valerian and Sassanid forces under Shahanshah (King of the Kings) Shapur I in 259. In this battle, the Sassanids crushed the entire Roman army, while suffering minimal losses.
Shapur I defeated and captured Emperor Valerian, along with many other high ranking officials, though not much is known about the battle itself. The outcome of the battle was an overwhelming Persian victory, with the entire 70,000-strong Roman force being slain or captured. This compared starkly to the minimal number of Persian casualties.

This place Edessa is also a very unique place:
According to Christian legend, the Image of Edessa was a holy relic consisting of a square or rectangle of cloth upon which a miraculous image of the face of Jesus was imprinted — the first icon ("image").
According to the legend, King Abgar of Edessa wrote to Jesus, asking him to come cure him of an illness. Abgar received an answering letter from Jesus, declining the invitation, but promising a future visit by one of his disciples. This legend was first recorded in the early 4th century by Eusebius of Caesarea,[1] who said that he had transcribed and translated the actual letter in the Syriac chancery documents of the king of Edessa, but who makes no mention of an image.[2] Instead, the apostle "Thaddaeus" is said to have come to Edessa, bearing the words of Jesus, by the virtues of which the king was miraculously healed.
The report of an image, which accrued to the legendarium of Abgar, first appears in the Syriac work, the Doctrine of Addai: according to it, the messenger, here called Ananias, was also a painter, and he painted the portrait, which was brought back to Edessa and conserved in the royal palace.[3] 
The first record of the existence of a physical image in the ancient city of Edessa (now Urfa) was in Evagrius Scholasticus, writing about AD 600, who reports a portrait of Christ, of divine origin (θεότευκτος), which effected the miraculous aid in the defence of Edessa against the Persians in 544.[4] The image was moved to Constantinople in the 10th century. The cloth disappeared from Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade [Sack of Constantinople] in 1204, reappearing as a relic in King Louis IX of France's Sainte Chapelle in Paris. It finally disappeared in the French Revolution.[citation needed]

In summary, there was a Roman emperor who suppressed Christians so bad but was defeated in a mysterious way against Persians in the battle of Edessa which could be mysteriously connected to the Shroud of Turin.  But what about the Persian King who defeated Valerian.
Shapur I or also known as Shapur I the Great was the second Sassanid King of the Second Persian Empire. The dates of his reign are commonly given as 240/42 - 270/72, but it is likely that he also reigned as co-regent (together with his father) prior to his father's death in 242 (more probably than 240).[2]
Shapur conquered Armenia, invaded Syria, and plundered Antioch. Eventually, the Emperor Valerian (253–260) marched against him and by 257, Valerian had recovered Antioch and returned the province of Syria to Roman control. In 259, Valerian moved to Edessa, but an outbreak of plague killed many and weakened the Roman troops defending the city which was then besieged by the Persians. In 260, Valerian arranged a meeting with Shapur to negotiate a peace settlement but was betrayed by Shapur who seized him and held him prisoner for the remainder of his life.[8] Shapur advanced into Asia Minor, but was driven back by defeats at the hands of Balista, who captured the royal harem. Septimius Odenathus, prince of Palmyra, rose in his rear, defeated the Persian army and regained all the territories Shapur had occupied. Shapur was unable to resume the offensive and lost Armenia again.[9]

King Shapur I supported Manichaeism, though he later adopted Zoroastrianism:
Manichaeism was one of the major Iranian Gnostic religions, originating in Sassanid Persia.
Although most of the original writings of the founding prophet Mani (c. 216–276 AD) have been lost, numerous translations and fragmentary texts have survived. Manichaeism taught an elaborate cosmology describing the struggle between a good, spiritual world of light, and an evil, material world of darkness.
Through an ongoing process which takes place in human history, light is gradually removed from the world of matter and returned to the world of light from which it came. Its beliefs can be seen as a synthesis of Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Buddhism.

(to be continued...)

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Act 12:18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.
Act 12:19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.
Act 12:20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country.
Act 12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.
Act 12:22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
Act 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
Act 12:24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"till he send forth judgment unto victory" - The Korean War


The Korean War

(to be continued...)

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In Japan, still many discussions have been made  on TV about the effect of Kim Jong Il's death.

The focus is on his son who has virtually succeeded the supreme position of North Korea.  But he is too young to lead the nation.

Some South Korean expert has predicted that North Korea will face a kind of crisis with the new nominal leader Mr. Kim Jong Un.

One thing for sure is that the new leadership will not make full efforts to save poor children, poor women, the poor old, and other poor people of North Korea like the regime of Kim Jong Il.  They must face the wrath of God.

Mat 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
Mat 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
Mat 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

Monday, December 19, 2011

"I will say to my soul, Soul" - North Korean Starvation

Around the Tokyo Station...

North Korean Starvation

There are many sites indicating hardship of North Korean citizens:
Hidden Footage from Inside North Korea: Starvation and Ange 
Starvation Risk Seen in Korea
MARCH 26, 2011
SEOUL—North Korea's government food distribution system will run dry in May and put one-quarter of the country's 24 million residents at risk of starvation, the U.N. World Food Program said in an assessment that may influence whether the U.S. and other countries provide assistance to the country. 
North Korean Children Facing Starvation
11:47am UK, Thursday October 06, 2011 
Holly Williams, Sky correspondent
Food shortages are leaving many children in North Korea severely malnourished, with aid groups warning that some could face starvation without access to food. 
Tales of starvation and death in North Korea
22 September 2010 Last updated at 10:45 GMT 
North Korea's ruling Workers' Party has announced its first major conference in decades.
It could see the nation's reclusive leader, Kim Jong-il, appoint one of his sons to a key position, paving the way for his eventual succession. 
GLOBAL HEALTH -- December 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM EDT
Aid Groups: Children in North Korea at Risk for Starvation this Winter 
Malnourished children line the floor of a pediatric ward of Rinsan County Hospital in flood-affected North Hwanghae province in North Korea. Photo courtesy visiting U.S. NGOs.
There are some analysis on Korean unification:
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009, 9:37 P.M. ET
Study Sees Gains in Korean Unification
SEOUL -- A united South and North Korea could boast an economy larger than France, Germany and possibly Japan by the middle of the century, according to a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. study that challenges conventional wisdom about unification.
Since the reunification of West and East Germany 20 years ago, South Korean leaders and economists have convinced many people here that reuniting with North Korea would be costly and disruptive. In the latest gloomy forecast, a government think tank last month said the tax-burden ratio, or proportion of tax revenue to gross domestic product, would need to rise by two percentage points and stay at that level for 60 years to pay for unification.
Today, South Korea's GDP is about $800 billion and North Korea's is believed to be around $20 billion, though no data has been collected in the North since the 1960s. Some economists say they believe its output is considerably less, while others note that most estimatesleave out the North's well-known illicit activities such as producing narcotics and counterfeing currency.
Recent surveys show unification will be a hard sell in South Korea. In one done by the state-funded National Unification Advisory Council in March, only 45% of respondents said unification is very important.
—Jaeyeon Woo contributed to this article.   
Prospects from Korean Unification
Authored by Colonel, Australian Army David Coghlan. | April 2008 
Throughout the 1990s, predictions of Korean reunification were rife. Since then, enthusiasm for such predictions have faded, and although the underlying assumption of reunification remains, forecasts of when and how this will occur have been more subdued... 
As such, with the current course of events, China holds and will do so for the foreseeable future the initiative to influence events on the Korean Peninsula. By underwriting North Korea, China secures its strategic buffer, allowing a stable environment in which trade and investment with South Korea can flourish, while at the same time and at the expense of the United States, Beijing gains kudos and influence among South Koreans. However, the wildcard of war, which would most likely result in consolidation of American influence over a unified Korea, is Beijing's worst scenario... 
This situation has come about because of Washington?s declining influence on the peninsula primarily due to its inconsistent policy approach toward Korea, and on the reunification issue in particular. Conversely, Chinese Korean policy appears successful to the extent that should events continue on their current course, the United States faces a distinct possibility of a unified Korea tilting toward Beijing... 
The current Japanese approach to Korean reunification and beyond is counterproductive to Tokyo?s long-term objectives involving Korea. This can only be resolved through policy change that allows Japan to reconcile with its history and to effectively address Korean concerns in this area. Japan should then embark upon a range of initiatives toward Korea that seeks to build trust between the two countries, including a commitment to finance a substantial amount toward the cost of the post-unification rebuild of Korea. However, Japan has to be realistic and hedge its bets should a unified Korea lean toward China. Tokyo needs to actively pursue a closer alliance with the Washington... 
Meanwhile Russia is quietly working at regaining lost influence on the peninsula to ensure its own security and position itself to take advantage of significant economic opportunities that reunification of the peninsula would present. As such, Moscow supports the status quo and, should reunification occur, Russia would prefer, as a hedge against China, a unified Korea that tilts toward Washington... 
Such a commitment should include a pledge of significant financial support toward the cost of rebuilding a unified Korea; this is one of the few areas where China will be unable to compete with the United States. If successful, such policies can demonstrate to the Korean people that the United States, rather than China, offers them the best strategic partnership for a post-unified Korea. However, given current prospects, this will not be easy.

(to be continued...)

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There are two grave underlying or hidden political movements in Japan.

One is linked with North Korea.  It is also related to South Korea and China.  They have a complicated mind set against Japan.  Japan is bigger and stronger than any force in Asia except the U.S.  Even China's economic success was only possible by relying on Japan.  Yet, they know they can get profits to pretend challengers to Japan.  Or some of them have found an only effective strategy in pretending a challenger against Japan to get profits in a hugely unbalanced relationship with Japan.

Another is a kind of nationalist Japanese who abuse Japanese sense of superiority over Chinese and Koreans.  They always try to arouse Japanese sentiments and anger against rude and selfish Koreans and Chinese.  They try to look strong supporters for the Imperial Family.  But they can be divided into three: pro-American, anti-American, and opportunistic.

But ordinary citizens find a kind of gangsters in both the movements.  And it is suspected that the same dark force is behind both the movements.  If you do not respect a kind of revolutionary Japanese who are tied up with anti-Japanese Koreans and Chinese, you might face a violent attack of a kind of terror.  If you do not respect the "so-called Japanese nationalists," you might face a violent attack of a kind of terror.

That is why most of the Japanese people do not like pro-Korean/pro-Chinese movement and the so-called selfish nationalist/imperial movement.

For example, some stupid so-called nationalist calls any Japanese they dislike "Korean."  Any stupid nationalistic Japanese who calls a Japanese "Korean" should leave Japan leaving his nationality of being Japanese.

Luk 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
Luk 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
Luk 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
Luk 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Luk 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?