Saturday, October 20, 2012

"all these have I observed" - The Greatest Issue for Imperial Japan

Tokyo, Japan

The Greatest Issue for Imperial Japan

The incumbent Emperor of Japan is the 125th emperor in the Imperial House family line.

This is the only family line for the imperial monarch of Japan.

In other word, only one family has presided over the land of Japan and its history since the beginning of the nation Japan.

So, according to the Japanese myth, 660 years before the birth of Christ Jesus, the first emperor Jinmu was established as he was a descendant of Japanese gods.  Since then to date, only one imperial house occupied the imperial status.

However, from a scientific viewpoint, it is believed that the first emperor whose existence looks so real is Emperor Ojin who lived from the 3rd to the 4th centuries AD.   So, it seems that the imperial family of Japan has a 1700 year-long authentic family history.

The most important thing in this genealogy is that any emperor is a son of the father who is linked to a preceding emperor only through a paternal line.  In other word, any emperor is linked to the first Emperor Jinmu through the paternal line.

It is probably related to the shinto religion, though no theory on it is clear.  Customarily the imperial house has observed this rule.  So, they could prevent other families to get mingled with the imperial family to take over the imperial position.

There were some female emperors in the past.  Nonetheless, they had all fathers who had been an emperor.   Those  Madam Emperors were all on the male line of the imperial succession.

But, according to the current Japanese Constitution, established after WWII, the emperor has no political power and right.  Everything about the Imperial House is decided by the Japanese Government.  And the  Government still upholds an old provision, made before WWII under the Constitution of the Empire of Japan, that the emperor shall be a son of the father who was the preceding emperor or a brother (or a son of a brother or a male-line grandson) of a preceding emperor.

Yet, the incumbent  Crown Prince has no sons but only one daughter.  The only younger brother of the Crown Prince has two daughters but one son.  And, there are no other male members in the Imperial Family who might become emperor in future.  There are no living grandsons (except the incumbent Crown Prince and his brother), no great-grandsons (except the said one), no eligible male-line nephews, or  no eligible male-line grand-nephews of the late Showa Emperor, the father of the present emperor.  

There are no noble class in Japan, and there is only a limited number of branches of the Imperial Household (including brothers of the Showa Emperor and their offspring) in Japan after WWII.  Accordingly, if the son of the younger brother of the Crown Prince should not beget boys in future, the imperial family tree could be terminated, unless the Government changes the related provision in the law concerning the Imperial House.

One solution is to bring back old members of branches of the Imperial Family who were forced to step down from the imperial position after WWII.  Some members of those branch families preserve male members who are linked to a preceding emperor though a paternal line.

Though it seems to need to trace their pedigrees over 400 years to connect to the last emperor from their own family line, they had been members of the large imperial family.  They had never lived outside this supreme class of Japan except almost these 70 years after WWII.  So, the gap of 400 years for such branch families to the past emperor from their house might not be a problem at all, since it is also an issue of the shinto religion or the imperial shinto.

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Mar 10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
Mar 10:20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Mar 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Mar 10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

Friday, October 19, 2012

"a division therefore again among the Jews" - A Bullied Girl in Japan

In a Tokyo Governmental District....

A Bullied Girl in Japan

A primary school girl in Japan wrote to the editor of a newspaper.

She wondered if she was truly lucky as she was born as a human being.  She thought a human looks like the sliest but the most easy-going  animal.  So, she wondered if it was truly the greatest thing to be born as a human being.

There is one junior-high school girl in Japan who has been bullied since she entered an intermediate school.  So, she finally gave up learning in the same class room with her enemy pupils.  She started to learn alone in a medical room of the school.  But she made a high score in each test, though she could not join skill practice in a class room with other school boys and girls.  She tackled the same test as other students did, but alone in the medical room.

She studied hard even at home.   It is because she had an aim to get into a first-rate high school through an entrance examination.

But, she got shocked recently to know that high schools in her prefecture check assessment of test-taking pupils concerning their performance in class rooms in addition to giving them a paper test on a test day.  Unfortunately, the junior-high school girl has not joined class-room and group activities, so that assessment of her concerning class-room performance is not so high or at an average at best.  Accordingly her chance to get into one of the the best high schools in the prefecture looks very small.

As a consequence, she has become unable to sustain enthusiasm for learning and studying to make a high score in tests.

However, in some other prefectures in Japan, high schools adopt a special method in their examination process to fairly treat those bullied pupils or handicapped children forced to study in their homes or in special places for any reasons.  In such a prefecture, the said school girl can be fairly assessed and allowed to study in the high school she wants to enroll in.

Indeed, it can be easy or difficult to live as a human in this world depending on a situation and environment.

And Christ Jesus said to follow Him as a yoke he provides is light.

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Joh 10:19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
Joh 10:20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
Joh 10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
Joh 10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

"asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter" - Remote Control False Charges

Around the National Diet Bldg., Tokyo

Remote Control False Charges

Some false charges have attracted big attentions from the Japanese society.

Some citizens allegedly sent anonymous blackmail mails over the Internet to some public institutions in Japan, though from their homes using their own PCs.

Some of these mails were sent to a primary school where a grandson of the Emperor studies.  Others were sent to a notable shinto shrine.

The police however soon identified the senders to arrest almost all of them.  It seems that policemen in charge checked IP addresses included in data accompanying the mails.

Those Japanese who got haplessly arrested resisted arrest, but finally confessed that they actually did the crimes.

But, later it was found that some of their PCs used for the criminal acts had been clearly contaminated by computer viruses.  These viruses allowed for remote control of the contaminated PCs from somewhere in the world over the Internet.  A hacker who manipulated this virus could write a blackmail letter and send it to his target from a hijacked PC someone owned.

So, public prosecutors decided to discharge defendants whose PCs were found to have been attacked by some hacker who secretly sent viruses  into those PCs.

And, finally, the hacker sent an e-mail to a TV station and a certain lawyer, telling that he is the one who hijacked others' PCs to use them as platforms for sending the blackmail mails.  The hacker presented critical evidence, as revelation of a secret, that proves that he is the very culprit who has done the Internet crime.

So, it is now clear that the police arrested and indicted several innocent persons for crimes they have never committed.  The Japanese police, of course, know this kind of remote control technique, but failed to carefully check those PCs as to the state of virus contamination after they confirmed IP addresses of those remotely-controlled PCs.

The hacker even used servers operated in Europe as a means to access PCs those innocent Japanese users were using  in their homes.  So, it is almost impossible for the Japanese law enforcement authority to trace the hacker by his footprints left in communications logs of those PCs.

One Japanese university student aged 19 was arrested for the above stated blackmail case.  The young man contended that he was innocent when the police started to investigate him in a police station.  But after days of hard interrogation, he finally falsely confessed that he had sent a blackmail mail to a certain school.  Then, he was placed on probation after a month-long judicial process.  But now the police and the society know that this young man is innocent.

So, do not use the PC and the Internet so often to protect yourself from hackers and policemen acting imprudently.

Malware Dubbed "The Remote Control Virus" by Japanese Media Used to Make Death Threats in Japan 
October 11th, 2012 by Symantec Leave  
News broke over the weekend in Japan that police had arrested three people over the past few months in relation to death threats being posted on bulletin boards and sent through email. However, it was also reported that the suspects were subsequently released without charge due to the discovery of a particular malware infection on all of the suspect’s computers that is believed to have been used to make the threats. Examples of some of the threats include a posting to a government website stating that the person posting the threat will commit mass murder in a popular shopping area; a posting to an Internet forum saying that he/she will blow up a famous shrine; an email sent to an airline company threatening to use a bomb to destroy an aircraft; and an email threatening the kindergarten where a child of the royal family attends. Police are currently investigating the connection between the threats and the malware. 
From our analysis, we have confirmed that the malware is capable of controlling a compromised computer from a remote location, which is not anything new to malware. Furthermore, from the various functions we have confirmed, the creator has the capability to command the malware to make the threats mentioned above. We have also discovered that a string of characters used to process encrypted communication with the creator is in Japanese and the code is taken from a Japanese website. Therefore, we believe the creator is most likely a person who has a good understanding of the Japanese language.

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Act 10:17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,
Act 10:18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
Act 10:19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
Act 10:20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"you up to the councils" - General Election in Japan

The Japanese National Assembly Bldg., Tokyo

General Election in Japan

A general election seems to be close in Japan.

Prime Minister Mr. Noda promised to dissolve the Lower House soon when he asked help from LDP President Mr. Tanigaki this August.  But Mr. Noda did not keep this promise while Mr. Tanigaki lost the position in the opposition party LDP.

Mr. Noda was successfully reelected as the head of the DPJ in September, though Mr. Tanigaki could not even run for the presidential election of his party in September.  Now, the head of the largest opposition LDP is Mr. Shinzo Abe who once assumed office of Prime Minister of Japan, specifically, between 2006 and 2007.

But the promise PM Mr. Noda made with Mr. Tanigaki still remains.  Mr. Noda was desperate this summer trying to make a tax-rise bill pass the Diet.  He however got support from Mr. Tanigaki who then led the LDP to have lawmakers pass the bill.  But Mr. Tanigaku requested early  dissolution of the Lower House, which premier Noda accepted as everybody now knows.

The DPJ took over power in 2009 through a big and hot general election.  Then, the socialistic party has had three top leaders who have become prime minister: Mr. Hatoyama, Mr. Kan, and Mr. Noda.  But recent polls show that the DPJ will lose the coming election against the conservative LDP.

Among 480 seats in the Lower House of the Diet, the DPJ won 308 seats in the summer of 2009.  But the incumbent ruling party is expected to get only 90 seats or so in the coming snap election.

The capitalistic LDP won only 119 seats in the summer of 2009.  But this  very pro-US party is expected to get 240 seats this time.

So, after the coming general election, it is anticipated that the center of gravity in the Japanese politics will move to the right-wing or conservative side again.  That is why China is so intent on some diplomatic war against Japan, specifically, over the Senkkau Isands in the East China Sea.

But, real negotiations might be only possible with a conservative Japanese regime and the Chinese Communist Party.

Incidentally, the Lower House of the Japanese Parliament has right of priority in choosing the prime minister of Japan, though the Upper House has almost the same constitutional right as the Lower House does.

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Mat 10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
Mat 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
Mat 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Mat 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"as sheep in the midst of wolves" - Vulnerable Internet

Downtown, Tokyo

Vulnerable Internet

The technology is progressing so rapidly in a field of electronics.

The advancement of electronics has enabled high-speed computation and ultra-speed telecommunications.

Then, personal computers, cellular phones, and the Internet have triggered a kind of revolution in the society globally.

The point at issue is of course personal information.

As the society has advanced, each individual has more various types of personal data.  And, all these data are stored somewhere in various computer systems.  For these systems to work efficiently, they have to be connected with the Internet.

Of course, in most cases, only an individual who knows a password can access his own personal data in a system.  Or some system administrators who are in charge of maintenance of the system can access personal data of their clients.

What should be noted is that it is not impossible for someone with special skills and knowledge to access and enter such a system as manages a huge amount of personal data, too.

For example, it is probably not impossible for someone with special skills and knowledge to get into database where personal data of President Mr. Obama are stored and saved over the Internet.

So, the best way to keep secrets is to keep personal information on sheets of paper which are locked in a safe or such an appropriate cabinet.         

Yet, banks expect you to use an online account which can be also accessed via the Internet.  And, if a bank system is not connected to the Internet, it is linked to its own separated telecommunication network.  And it is also possible for  someone with special skills and knowledge to break into such a dedicated system independent from the Internet.

Probably you have to use a cash dispenser, but your account is not necessarily perfectly protected from intruders.  Somebody might find a way to get in it through the Internet over some bridge.  Or he might get a help from an insider who connects such an independent system to the Internet.

So, essentially this cyber space is vulnerable.

Accordingly, it is necessary to find a way to protect the society and individuals from cyber attacks.  A war must be always started between bad guys and good guys in the cyber space.

Everybody in the world must help good guys win; otherwise everybody might lose all his personal data and money over the Internet.

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Mat 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.