Saturday, April 21, 2012

"he saw other two brethren" - Balloons with Letters to Fukushima

Tokyo View from a Railroad Line

Balloons with Letters to Fukushima

On this March 11, namely one year after March 11, 2011, citizens of Shiga Prefecture, Japan, released to the sky 250 balloons each of which had a letter to victims of the 3/11 Tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

Shiga Prefecture is about 350 km west of the Tokyo area which is 220 km southwest of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Some of the balloons traveled in the air to fall in an agriculture field in Satte City, Saitama Prefecture, which is in part of the Tokyo Area.  So, in the morning of March 16, a housewife found a cluster of balloons, though she first thought they were garbage somebody tossed over to her family field.  But they were 30 balloons each of which had a letter to victims of the 3/11 Tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

As in Satte City there living are scores of refugees from Tomioka Town, situated close to the Fukushima Daiichi plant, she decided to bring the letters to the city office of Tomioka Town which was evacuated and is now provisionally set in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture.  Accordingly, good will of Shiga citizens reached to refugees from Fukushima Daiichi, traveling 600 km.

However, there were no report on whereabouts of  other 220 balloons.  Probably they flew to the  Pacific Ocean or fell in mountains around the Tokyo Are or in Fukushima Prefecture.

Generally speaking, wind flows from the west to the east over Japan.  Clouds float and move from the west to the east over Honsyu Island where Tokyo is located.  So, Shiga people must have thought the balloons would fly to the Tokyo Area and further to Fukushima Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture whose Pacific coasts were all hit and severely damaged by the 3/11 Tsunami.  But, what was important must have been their good will should be essentially carried to those refugees, evacuees, and victims through the heaven but not by mail being relayed on the ground.

Incidentally the above map shows estimated distribution of radioactive cesium released from Fukushima Daiichi all over Japan.  As wind sometimes blows from the northeast to the southwest over Honsyu Island, radioactive material discharged from Fukushima Daiichi has been somewhat scattered in the southwest of Fukushima Daiichi and as far as the Tokyo Area, though most of the dangerous material must have been carried to the Pacific Ocean.

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Mat 4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
Mat 4:22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
Mat 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

Friday, April 20, 2012

"some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred" - Ex-Police Captain Shot by Gangster in Japan

 Tokyo Subway Stations

Ex-Police Captain Shot by Gangster in Japan

An ex-police captain was shot to be badly wounded in Kita-Kyusyu City, Japan, 900 km west of Tokyo.

He had been in charge of fighting gangsters in the main city of Kyusyu Island, one of the four major islands of Japan, for 30 years till he retired in the last spring and started to work in the private sector.  So after his retirement, he has been under protection of the police.  But some suspicious guy was recently witnessed around his home.  And, yesterday when the ex-police captain was walking to his office in the morning,  a biker shoot at him three times while passing him.  Two bullets hit his thigh and loin, though the injuries were not life-threatening.

Fukuoka Prefecture where the city belongs is well known for bad reputation active gangsters have posed.  They especially intimidated construction companies.  In January of this year, the president of a construction company of Fukuoka was shot by a gangster to be badly wounded.  Early in this month one of top leaders of a crime syndicate was shot at his head to be seriously wounded by a member of another violent group in the area of Kyusyu.

The incident that an ex-police man who specialized in anti-gangster operation under police protection was shot by an apparent gangster gave a big shock to business people in the construction industry of Fukuoka.  By law, they are requested to report to the police if they are intimidated by gangsters who are extorting money.  But, they might become silent from the fear of being harmed by gangsters.

Now the law enforcement agency of the central government is sending reinforcements to Kita-Kyusyu City.  Police men in other prefectures and cities are being dispatched to Fukuoka Prefecture.

It is said in other countries being a member of a crime syndicate itself constitutes a crime.  But, in Japan laws are made on the premise of existence of gangsters in crime syndicates who have not yet triggered a crime.  If they commit a criminal act, laws apply.   Being a member of a crime organization is not a crime in Japan, and it is difficult to arrest a gangster for a reason that he only looks like getting prepared for a crime.  It might be too much respect for human rights of gangsters.

Japan has been one of the safest countries in the world, but it is not free from dark rulers targeting ordinary construction businesses for big money.  Justice should more prevail.  Japanese ordinary citizens should review a traditional sense of tolerance for anti-establishment guys on the street or in the neighborhood.

The Scene of the Shooting Incident of this January in Fukuoka Pref.

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Mar 4:20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"To preach the acceptable year of the Lord" - Christian America vs. Anti-Christ America

On the Platform of the Tokyo Station

Christian America vs. Anti-Christ America

It is not economic climate but the state of poverty that matters.

The number of poor Americans does not seem to be declining.  Earnings by poor workers do not seem to be increasing.  It means that the poor are getting poorer while the rich are getting richer.

So, it is unlikely that the gap between the rich and the poor will become smaller any time soon in the US.  Today, no matter how rich or how poor Americans are, they claim that they are Americans.  But, in the near future, it might change.

So, I think the following scenario can be realistic.

Poor Americans might definitely stop regrading themselves as somebody similar to rich Americans.  Rich Americans might definitely get indifferent to poor Americans.  The US might finally split into America for poor Americans and another America for rich Americans.  But violent revolution will not occur.  Most of poor Americans will lose interest in trying to get rich through hard working and business/industrial activities.  They will find more value in their living poor life than in their making desperate efforts to be rich to any extent.  They will be indifferent to rich Americans as much as rich Americans are indifferent to poor Americans.  But as the poor Americans will be content with their own life, there will be no drastic revolutionary movement.  Social movement of individuals from a lower layer to an upper layer will become rare.  The term American Dream will be completely vanished language to poor Americans.  And the proportion of this type of poor Americans will be around 40% unlike around 10% which was observed in an era when poor Americans meant mostly African Americans who accounted for about 10% of all the US population.

But, the key factor is religion.  More and more poor Americans might become more pious Christians in this trend eventually.  Then, they will know that their America is Christian America which cannot be merged with anti-Christ America where rich Americans live.

The point at issue is when or how or otherwise whether any poor American starts to shout that it is anti-Christ to live in rich America.  "We have to be poor Americans to be Christian Americans," he might shout rather.

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Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luk 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"commanded them not to speak at all nor teach" - A Rescued Man

 Streets Not Far from the Tokyo Station

A Rescued Man

There was a young Italian Judaist before WWII.

He was captured by Nazis after a long story to be sent to Auschwitz, a death camp.  He was assigned to a special task to clean a gas camber, so that he could survive till the German military collapsed, though it was a long story for him.  But Nazi troops tried to kill all the interns who worked like him in death camps to take out dead bodies of victims out of a gas chamber, clean the chamber for new victims, and bury corpses.  Nazis tried to erase evidence of their atrocity.  But the young Italian Judaist could narrowly mingle into other interns who were being transported to other facilities as Soviet troops and American troops came close to Auschwitz.

While being crammed in a car of a freight train, the young Italian Judiast found a dying man by his side.  And, while the train was moving further, the man finally died giving space to others.  The young Italian Judaist with others checked pockets of the man now lying on the floor.  He found a small wooden cross to take it into his pocket, as the young Judaist thought he would have been taken as a Christian if he had shown it to others on some occasion in future.

The freight train took survivors of Auschwitz finally to some facilities where they could welcome US troops coming in to liberate them all.  The first American soldier arrived there by jeep said that he had seen thousands of dead bodies in other camp.  So, the young Italian Judaist, his brother, and his elder sister survived though he lost his mother and two younger sisters in the death camp.

I don't know how he used the little wooden cross on any occasion.

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Act 4:18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
Act 4:19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
Act 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
Act 4:21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

" the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men" - Hitler and Ordinary People

Near the Tokyo Station...

Hitler and Ordinary People

A Japanese ex-professor was puzzled by Hitler, so that he wrote a book about Hitler.

He especially noted the following passages in a book Hitler wrote:

"Ordinary people have only limited absorptive capacity with small powers of comprehension, but they have big ability to lose memory.

Ordinary people feel more satisfaction inside their minds when hearing ideology that does not allow coexistence of other ideology than when facing liberalistic freedom."

The ex-professor said that Hitler himself was one of ordinary people.  Therefore Hitler knew ordinary people very well.

But the ex-professor said that he had felt mystery in personality of Hitler.  In order to understand Hitler, he wrote a book on Hitler based on his own experience of having lived in Vienna, Austria.

So, we should read the above passages in the Hitler's book as below:

"Hitler has only limited absorptive capacity with small powers of comprehension, but he has big ability to lose memory.

Hitler feels more satisfaction inside his mind when hearing ideology that does not allow coexistence of other ideology than when facing liberalistic freedom."

And, the reason why Hitler looked like being in a veil of mystery for the Japanese elite  scholar is that the Japanese scholar cannot fully understand ordinary people.

But there was of course another key element: religion.

AlQaeda killed so many people with confidence, because their acts were linked to their sense of religion.  Nazis also killed so many people with confidence (though trying to hide the acts from the world), because their acts were linked to their sense of religion.  If all the Muslims thought that leaders of AlQaeda could not be accepted and praised by Allah, no young Muslims would be recruited for suicide-bombing missions.  If all the Germans before WWII had thought that Hitler could not be accepted and praised by the Vatican, no ordinary Germans  would have been recruited for the ethnic-clearing missions against Judaists.

In addition, there was a hidden factor, too: Looking like an idol.

Like Chaplin, Hitler did not look like a very ordinary person.  In movies, Chaplin clearly looked different from other players though so uniquely comical.  In reality, Hitler looked different from other politicians as uniquely artful on the political stage.  Chaplin was truly an artist unlike other ordinary players.  Hitler was truly a politician like an actor unlike other ordinary politicians.

So, you can find one bad and dangerous combination: an ordinary person, a religious linkage, and an uniquely idol-like characteristic.

For example, former President Mr. W. Bush shared a sense of ordinary persons in terms of intelligence and a religious linkage as he could get rid of being an alcoholic with help from a priest, but he was not good at looking uniquely idol-like on the political stage though he tried to look charming.

And, of course, President Mr. Obama and Republican Mr. Romney do not meet the conditions for having the bad and dangerous combination above mentioned.  Yet, we may still have to take precautions against some dangerous biased movement in the American politics, since only the Devil can provide such wealth in Wall Street and such freedom in the mainstream American life.

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Dan 4:14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:
Dan 4:15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth:
Dan 4:16 Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.
Dan 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.
Dan 4:18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.
Dan 4:19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.

Monday, April 16, 2012

"in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden" - North Korean Death Camps

Around the Tokyo Station

North Korean Death Camps

Everybody hates Hitler.  Everybody might have to hate North Korea.
North Korea has hidden gulag, U.S. rights group says 
New report says more than 150,000 North Koreans incarcerated 
The Associated Press Posted: Apr 10, 2012 1:39 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 10, 2012 6:37 AM ET 
A new report says more than 150,000 North Koreans are incarcerated in a Soviet-style, hidden gulag despite the communist government's denial it holds political prisoners. 
The report released Tuesday by the U.S.-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea is based on interviews with 60 former prisoners and guards. It includes satellite images of what are described as prison labour camps and penitentiaries.
In the south of China there was Pol Pot's Cambodia killing millions of innocent Cambodians. In the East of China there is Kim's North Korea killing millions of innocent North Koreans not only in death camps but also in starving villages.
10 April 2012 Last updated at 14:57 GMT 
Report sheds fresh light on North Korean gulag
By Charles Scanlon
BBC News 
The research backs previous evidence that more than 150,000 political prisoners are being held in North Korea. 
The authors are calling for an international commission of inquiry to investigate.
The report - by the Washington-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea - uses detailed satellite photographs to identify barracks, work sites and execution grounds in forced labour camps hidden in remote mountain areas.
One sad lesson is that it is a war that freed Judaists having been put into Nazi's death camps.  Without WWII, European Judaists could not have been completely safe from Nazis.  But do we need a war to liberate those North Koreans in the death camps?
US: NKorean prison camps worse than Soviet gulag
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 
The report, is based its report on interviews with 60 former prisoners and guards, says the camp system was initially modeled in the 1950s on the Soviet gulag to punish "wrong thinkers" and those belonging to the "wrong political class" or religious persuasion. 
It cites estimates from North Korean state security agency officials who defected to South Korea that the camp system holds between 150,000 and 200,000 people out of a total population of around 24 million. It urges North Korea to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross access, and to dismantle the camps. 
King compared the vast number of North Korean detainees with the hundreds imprisoned in Soviet prison camps in the 1970s. He cited anecdotal reports that people have faced arrest, torture and imprisonment for making a joke about North Korean leaders and being overheard by government informants.
He said conditions in North Korea are worse today than in the repressive Soviet Union during the 1960s to 1980s. 
The committee's report described different kinds of detention facilities, including penal labor colonies where it says political detainees are imprisoned without judicial process for mostly lifetime sentences in mining, logging or agricultural enterprises.
There are some people in the world that are checking the death camps in North Korea even using Google Earth.
North Koreas' Largest Concentration Camps on Google Earth 
Despite reports of the use of an experimental gas chamber and experimentation on human subjects at Camp 22, there is no evidence that the camps engage in industrial-scale extermination operations such as those at Auschwitz. What we know of the camps’ brutal conditions suggest that they are comparable to those in the Nazi camps at Mauthausen and Buchenwald, which largely killed through a combination of exhaustion, disease, starvation, and arbitrary brutality. 
The camps do not exist merely to punish and isolate potential dissidents; they are also the foundation of the North Korean regime’s system of domestic terror. The system enforces obedience and suppresses thoughtcrime by threatening not just the life of the dissenter, but also the lives of his loved ones, according to Oh Gyeung Seob, a research fellow at the Sejong Institute: 
"The National Security Agency conducts surveillance to generate fear during the process of uncovering, investigating, punishing and purging political prisoners. Prison camps create more fear by treating existing political prisoners inhumanly," he explained, connecting the security forces and prison camp roles in totalitarian North Korea. 
Particularly, he explained, "The North Korean system is structured around the fear spread by the existence of political prison camps, meaning that public political opposition from citizens is impossible. Every person and the people around them are harmed by the system of guilt by association; therefore they suppress their political opposition of their own accord." 
The camps may also play a role in the regime's nuclear weapons development. Because of the proximity of one camp, Camp 16, to North Korea's nuclear and missile testing sites at Cape Musudan, forced labor from that camp may also be connected to North Korea's WMD development (see this page for Google Earth images of North Korean nuclear sites).

 (to be continued...)

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Gen 4:15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
Gen 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
Gen 4:17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
Gen 4:18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
Gen 4:19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
Gen 4:20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
Gen 4:21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
Gen 4:22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
Gen 4:23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.
Gen 4:24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
Gen 4:25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.