Friday, September 06, 2013

"the eyes of the blind man with the clay" - Basic Uniqueness of Japan

Tokyo Haneda Airport

Basic Uniqueness of Japan

Ratios of foreign-born residents in OECD countries as of 2011 or so:

    Country         Percentage
1  Luxembourg     42.1

2  Switzerland     27.3

3  Australia        26.7

4  Israel             23.9

5  New Zealand   23.6

6  Canada          20.1

7  Ireland         16.8

8  Austria         16.0

9  Estonia        15.7

10  Sweden        15.1

11 Belgium       14.9

12 Spain          14.6

13 Germany       13.1

14 US               13.0

15 Norway        12.4

16 UK              12.0

17 France         11.6

18 Netherlands    11.4

19 Slovenia      11.2

20 Iceland       10.9

21 Italy            9.0

22 Portugal       8.3

23 Denmark        7.9

24 Russia         7.9

25 Greece         6.6

26 Czech          6.4

27 Finland        4.9

28 Hungary        4.7

29 Slovakia       3.9

30 Chile            2.2

31 Turkey          2.0

32 Poland          1.8

33 JAPAN          1.1

34 Mexico         0.9


Major countries such as the US, Germany, France, and the UK have foreign-born residents in ratios roughly between 11 to 13%.

Japan has 10 times less foreign-born people internally than those major countries.  In this context, social systems and economic systems that have worked well in those major countries might not necessarily work in Japan.

Incidentally, foreign-born residents in Japan usually mean Koreans and Chinese.  They look like Japanese in most cases, so that Japanese citizens don't feel strange or pressure when they see Koreans and Chinese in streets of Japanese cities.

(In  South Korea, among its 50 million population 600,000 foreigners live at least for three months, meaning 1.2% of the foreign-born visitors/residents ratio.)

Though today various G20 countries, including China and India, are engaged in international adjustment and harmonization efforts claiming their uniqueness, in the 20th century Japan was the only non-European/non-Christian nation involved in world order led by western powers.  It was not easy for Japan to advance to one of major industrial powers in the world in the 20th century, since Japan started its version of the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century.

So, some international trade treaty such as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) now being strongly promoted by the US cannot easily fit social and economic conditions of Japan, if it does not take into account this kind of uniqueness of Japan.
What can smoothly apply to a country where 10% of the population are foreign born cannot often easily apply to a nation where only 1% of residents are not genuine.

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Joh 9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
Joh 9:7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

"I am Jesus whom thou persecutest" - Missionary Luis Frois

Tokyo Bay

Missionary Luis Frois

When William Shakespeare was rising to stardom in London, a genius from Portugal was writing a great report on and history of Japan as he had been sent to the then mysterious country Japan for a mission.
Luís Fróis (1532 – 1597) was a Portuguese missionary. 
He was born in Lisbon and in 1548 joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). In 1563, he arrived in Japan to engage in missionary work, and in the following year arrived in Kyoto, meeting Ashikaga Yoshiteru who was then Shogun. In 1569, he befriended Oda Nobunaga and stayed in his personal residence in Gifu while writing books for a short while. 
His writings include the History of Japan.
However the original writings by Frois were not sent to Europe.  Only their copies were sent to the Portuguese court in the 18th century.  The original documents were stored in a Church in Macau.  But, in 1835 a fire broke out in the church to destroy the precious documents.

It was in 1970s that a Japanese scholar found, by chance, missing copies of the History of Japan in a library in Lisbon.  This discovery made the History of Japan by Frois complete for the first time.

It was the first book ever written by a European to describe detailed states of Japan, including battles and behaviors of samurais and daily lives and practices of ordinary Japanese, though the Japanese society there introduced was that of the late 16th century.

Even Japanese of today can understand, by reading the History of Japan Frois wrote with incredible skills and talent, how Japanese people lived and thought in the last years of the age of provincial wars of Japan, namely in the late 16th century.  Things very common to Japanese were not written down by Japanese themselves, but they looked very strange to Frois, so that he always made quick notes of such things, thus leaving concrete records of people's lives in those years.

Without the work by Frois, knowledge of the Japanese people on their own history must be more incomplete today.

As Frois was allowed to directly communicate with the greatest samurai hero Oda Nobunaga, whom Frois met with 18 times, and his successor Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified Japan after the civil war period, his remarks and opinions about Nobunaga and Hideyoshi always have caught the eye of Japanese readers.  Even Japanese authors who write novels about Nobunaga or Hideyoshi today would refer to passages in Frois' History of Japan where each of the historic figures is vividly and realistically described.

But Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa samurai regime which continued till 1868, put an end to the history of missionary work by Catholic priests and missionaries in the early 17th century when Ieyasu took over, through a civil war, as the samurai king of Japan from Hideyoshi's son.  Ieyasu ultimately forbade Christianity in the Japanese society.

Frois died in Nagaski, Japan, in 1592 during the reign of Hideyoshi.  At the time, Luis Frois had just wrote a record about 26 Japanese Christian martyrs who were executed by Hideyoshi.  Virtual king of Japan Toyotomi Hideyoshi was then also busy invading the Korean Peninsula to fight the Chinese Ming dynasty.

Marco Polo's book presented Japan to Europe in the end of the Middle Ages, but works by Frois introduce Japan which existed 400 years ago to modern Japanese.

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Act 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

"Jesus knowing their thoughts" - Oswald and Ruby

Rainbow in the Tokyo Suburbs, Yesterday

Oswald and Ruby

It is said that Lee Harvey Oswald received $200 periodically from FBI, as CIA introduced him to FBI.  Oswald, a low-level secret agent of CIA, worked as an informant for FBI before the JFK Assassination.

On the other hand Jack Ruby was a Mafia guy who had been sent to Dallas from Chicago by a Mafia group for its business expansion.

The fact that Ruby killed Oswald in the Dallas Police Department building indicated that there was a connection between CIA, FBI and the Mafia around the JFK assassination.

And President Johnson never tried for real to find truth of the JFK assassination.  President Nixon was intimidated by ex-CIA Hunt concerning the JFK assassination during the Watergate crisis.

So, it looks more reasonable to assume that Johnson and Nixon were involved in the JFK assassination than to believe that the JFK assassination was carried out by Oswald and Ruby alone.

Anyway the dangerous connection between CIA, FBI and the Mafia in 1960's seems to be gone nowadays, since Mr. Obama was elected as President after Mr. W. Bush.


[General Story]

Kennedy assassination investigation

As New Orleans D.A., Garrison began an investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy in late 1966, after receiving several tips from Jack Martin that a man named David Ferrie may have been involved in the assassination.[9][10] The end result of Garrison's investigation was the arrest and trial of New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw in 1969, with Shaw being unanimously acquitted less than one hour after the case went to the jury.[11][12][13]

Garrison was able to subpoena the Zapruder film from Life magazine and show it to the public for the first time. Until the trial, the film had rarely been seen, and bootleg copies made by assassination investigators working with Garrison led to the film's wider distribution.[14]

Garrison's key witness against Clay Shaw was Perry Russo, a 25-year-old insurance salesman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the trial, Russo testified that he had attended a party at anti-Castro activist David Ferrie's apartment. At the party, Russo said that Lee Harvey Oswald (who Russo said was introduced to him as "Leon Oswald"), David Ferrie, and "Clem Bertrand" (who Russo identified in the courtroom as Clay Shaw) had discussed killing President Kennedy.[15] The conversation included plans for the "triangulation of crossfire" and alibis for the participants.[15]


[Oswald and Ferrie]

In December 1966, Garrison interviewed Jack Martin. Martin claimed that during the summer of 1963, David Ferrie, Guy Banister, Lee Harvey Oswald, and a group of anti-Castro Cuban exiles were involved in operations against Castro's Cuba that included gun running activities and burglarizing armories.[31] Garrison would later write: "The Banister apparatus ... was part of a supply line that ran along the Dallas—New Orleans—Miami corridor. These supplies consisted of arms and explosives for use against Castro's Cuba."[31]

According to testimony by Banister's personal secretary, Delphine Roberts, Ferrie and Oswald were frequent visitors to Banister's office in 1963

David Ferrie (second from left) and a teenaged Lee Harvey Oswald (far right) in a group photo of the New Orleans Civil Air Patrol in 1955 (click to enlarge)


Banister and Oswald]

On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Banister and one of his investigators, Jack Martin, were drinking together at the Katzenjammer Bar, located next door to 544 Camp Street, New Orleans. On their return to Banister's office, the two men got into a dispute. Banister believed that Martin had stolen some files and drew his .357 magnum revolver, striking Martin with it several times. During the altercation Martin yelled: "What are you going to do — kill me like you all did Kennedy?" Martin was badly injured and treated at Charity Hospital.[19]

Over the next few days, Martin told authorities and reporters that anti-Castro activist David Ferrie had been involved in the assassination. He claimed that Ferrie knew Oswald from their days in the New Orleans Civil Air Patrol, and that Ferrie might have taught Oswald how to use a rifle with a telescopic sight.[20] Martin also claimed that Ferrie drove to Texas on the day of Kennedy's assassination, to serve as a getaway pilot for the assassins.[21]

Witnesses interviewed by the House Select Committee on Assassinations "... indicate Banister was aware of Oswald and his Fair Play for Cuba Committee before the assassination."[22] Banister's secretary, Delphine Roberts, told author Anthony Summers that Oswald "...seemed to be on familiar terms with Banister and with [Banister's] office." Roberts said, "As I understood it, he had the use of an office on the second floor, above the main office where we worked.... Then, several times, Mr. Banister brought me upstairs, and in the office above I saw various writings stuck up on the wall pertaining to Cuba. There were various leaflets up there pertaining to Fair Play for Cuba.'"[23] The House Select Committee on Assassinations investigated Roberts' claims and said that "...the reliability of her statements could not be determined."[24]


[Shaw, Ferrie, and Oswald]

On January 29, 1969, Clay Shaw was brought to trial on these charges. At the trial, witnesses testified that they saw Oswald with Clay Shaw and David Ferrie, in Clinton, Louisiana, just two months before the JFK assassination. Vernon Bundy testified that he saw Lee Oswald and Clay Shaw together on the seawall along Lake Pontchartrain, in New Orleans during July of 1963. He said Shaw spoke with Oswald and gave him some money. Also, Perry Russo testified that  Oswald, David Ferrie, and Clay Shaw were present at a party at Ferrie's New Orleans apartment, in Sept. of 1963, at which they discussed the JFK assassination, including the use of a crossfire and having an alibi for that day. Shaw had been good friends with David Ferrie. 

Some of the news media falsely labeled Perry Russo as being a drug addict in order to discredit his testimony. 

Despite all this, on March 1, 1969, Clay Shaw was acquitted. The jurors felt there was a conspiracy to assassinate JFK, but they didn't think there was enough proof presented by Jim Garrison to convict him.


[Oswald and Rubby]

Did Jack Ruby Know Lee Harvey Oswald?

Feb 1, 2009 (rev. March 27, 2009)

There's no hard evidence that he did, but numerous people say they saw Oswald at Ruby's club, The Carousel, weeks before the JFK assassination.

by Don Fulsom

Jack Ruby (born Jacob Rubenstein) was a vulgar, violent, lowlife. But a proud one. He had risen from the Mob-dominated slums of Chicago—where, growing up, he'd run errands for Al Capone. Now, in 1963, Ruby ran his own striptease club in Dallas—seedy to some, but to Jack "a f----ing classy joint."

The Carousel was a run-down walkup on Commerce Street where Jack (or "Sparky," as the easily ignitable owner was known) oversaw a master of ceremonies, four strippers and a five-piece bump-and-grind band. On Commerce, flashing neon signs and scores of eight-by-ten glossy stock photos of near-nude gals beckoned horny guys to ascend the stairs and enjoy "Dallas's only nonstop burlesque."

Soon after Ruby murdered JFK assassination suspect Lee Harvey Oswald, Carousel emcee Bill Demar (Bill Crowe in real life) publicly identified Oswald as a recent patron. The magician-ventriloquist said he distinctly recalled Oswald because, as an audience member, Oswald had actually taken part in Demar's "memory act."


[Ruby and Ferrie]

How did this call connect Ruby to Ferrie? It's complicated. At the time, Ferrie was working for Gill, with Gill saying that Ferrie made long-distance calls from Gill's office at times. One of the residents of the Chicago apartment block was a young woman named Jean Aase. A few days before the assassination, Aase had gone to Dallas with a Chicago salesman named Larry Meyers, a married man about twice her age, who described her as a "dumb but accommodating broad", a "party girl", and a "semi-professional hooker". Meyers had dropped into Ruby's Carousel Club once on a visit to Dallas, and learning that Ruby was also from Chicago, struck up a friendship with him. Meyers liked to drop into the club when business brought him to Dallas, and on 20 November he brought Aase along and introduced her to Ruby. There was nothing more to it than that. Conspiracists find Meyers suspicious, but nobody ever found credible evidence that he was anything but what he seemed to be, a salesman.

OK, so that's the connection, such as it was, between Aase and Ruby. What about the connection between Aase and Ferrie? There wasn't much of one. Did Ferrie actually make the call? Gill was asked about the matter in 1967, but to no surprise, all he could reply was, essentially: "Who knows?" That ambiguity did not disturb Garrison, nor the did the fact that the Chicago apartment block had over a hundred apartments, and the call record said nothing about who the caller was trying to get in touch with. Garrison took great stock in "propinquity" -- that is, if two or more people crossed paths in any way, that implied an association between them. It wasn't that important to him to actually validate such an association; propinquity was good enough.


[Ruby, Oswald, CIA, and the Mafia]

Ruby's gun running was at least partly done with former CIA agent Thomas Eli Davis. (Henry Hurt, Reasonable Doubt, pgs 401-405) And Davis' connections reportedly went all the way up to the CIA assassin famously code named QJ/WIN. Davis had a slight resemblance to Oswald and he used the name Oswald at times in his work. (ibid, p. 402) In fact, Ruby was so close to Davis that, after he shot Oswald, Ruby actually volunteered Davis' name to his attorneys. Incredibly, Ruby said that if he beat the Oswald rap he wanted to go back into the gun running business with Davis. 

The man who Ruby was closest to in Havana was the mob associated gambler, Lewis McWillie. Elaine Mynier, a girlfriend of McWillie, described the two men. She said McWillie was "...a big time gambler, who has always been in the big money and operated top gambling establishments in the United States and Cuba. He always had a torpedo (a bodyguard) living with him for protection." She went on to say that Ruby was "a small time character who would do anything for McWillie ... (Marrs, p. 393, italics added) The Commission had to have known that McWillie was a gambler and killer who Ruby idolized. (WC Vol. V, p. 201, Vol. XXIII, p. 166) While managing the Tropicana in Havana, McWillie became associated with some of the Mob's top leaders like Santo Trafficante and Meyer Lansky, who were part owners. (FBI Memo of 3/26/64)
In fact, this aspect of Ruby's life – his relations to CIA-Mafia activities in Cuba – was obvious to even Commission staffers. Warren Commission attorneys Leon Hubert and Burt Griffin, who ran the Ruby investigation, wrote a memo to Chief Counsel J. Lee Rankin in March of 1964. They wrote that, "The most promising links between Jack Ruby and the assassination of President Kennedy are established through underworld figures and anti-Castro Cubans and extreme right-wing Americans." (John Armstrong, Harvey and Lee, p. 948) Two months later, they wrote another memo: "We believe that a reasonable possibility exists that Ruby has maintained a close interest in Cuban affairs to the extent necessary to participate in gun sales and smuggling ... Neither Oswald's Cuban interests in Dallas nor Ruby's Cuban activities have been adequately explored 

Because clearly those three areas of evidence would suggest the following:

1. Ruby and Oswald shared connections to the CIA and the Mafia

2. Ruby and Oswald knew each other through their experience in the Cuban crisis as extended into the USA

3. Ruby used his police contacts to enter the basement of City Hall and kill Oswald.

If this were all made clear to the viewer, one implication would be this. The CIA contacted one of the mobsters that they used in the plots to kill Castro: they needed some help again. From there the word was then sent down through intermediaries to Ruby. Ruby then used his extensive network of police contacts to silence Oswald before he could talk. All one needs to do to make this credible is recall the words of McWillie's girlfriend Elaine Mynier. She said that Ruby would do anything for McWillie. McWillie knew Trafficante since he had worked for him in Cuba. McWillie was also in contact with Ruby the month before the Kennedy assassination. Finally, Trafficante was one of the two main Cosa Nostra chieftains the CIA used in their (unsuccessful) plots to kill Fidel Castro. This time, it looks like they pulled it off.


[Ex-CIA E.H. Hunt]

JFK Murder Plot "Deathbed Confession" Aired On National Radio

Former CIA agent, Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt names the men who killed Kennedy

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
Monday, April 30, 2007

The "deathbed confession" audio tape in which former CIA agent and Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt admits he was approached to be part of a CIA assassination team to kill JFK was aired this weekend - an astounding development that has gone completely ignored by the establishment media.

Saint John Hunt, son of E. Howard Hunt, appeared on the nationally syndicated Coast to Coast Live radio show on Saturday night to discuss the revelations contained in the tape.

Hunt said that his father had mailed cassette the tape to him alone in January 2004 and asked that it be released after his death. The tape was originally 20 minutes long but was edited down to four and a half minutes for the Coast to Coast broadcast. Hunt promises that the whole tape will be uploaded soon at his website.

Click here to listen to a clip of the tape.

E. Howard Hunt names numerous individuals with both direct and indirect CIA connections as having played a role in the assassination of Kennedy, while describing himself as a "bench warmer" in the plot. Saint John Hunt agreed that the use of this term indicates that Hunt was willing to play a larger role in the murder conspiracy had he been required.

Hunt alleges on the tape that then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was involved in the planning of the assassination and in the cover-up, stating that LBJ, "Had an almost maniacal urge to become president, he regarded JFK as an obstacle to achieving that."


[Gangster Brading]

Eugene Hale Brading (also known as James Lee and Jim Braden) developed a long criminal record while living in California. Arrested 35 times he had convictions for burglary, illegal bookmaking and embezzlement.

On 21st November, 1963, Brading arrived in Dallas with a man named Morgan Brown. They stayed in Suite 301 of the Cabana Motel. Later that day Brading visited the offices of Texas oil billionaire Haroldson L. Hunt. It is believed that Jack Ruby was in the offices at the same time as Brading.

After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Brading was arrested and taken in for interrogation because he had been "acting suspiciously" in the Dal-Tex Building, overlooking Dealey Plaza. Brading told the police he was in Dallas on oil business and had gone into the building to make a phone call. Brading was released without charge.

Brading returned to his room at the Cabana Motel. It was later established that Jack Ruby visited the motel around midnight.


[Financier Hunt]

Oil Baron H. L. Hunt

Conspiracy theorists are generally suspicious of the late Texas oil billionaire H. L. Hunt. Hunt was a rabid right-wing extremist with intelligence connections. According to one of Hunt's special assistants, Hunt's top aides often heard him say that America would be "much better off without Kennedy" (5:277). On one occasion Hunt reportedly expressed his desire to see JFK shot (21:215).

The day before the assassination, Eugene Hale Brading, a Mafia man with a long arrest record, visited Hunt's office building in Dallas. Brading was arrested in Dealey Plaza on the day of the shooting when he was found to have taken an elevator to the ground floor of the Dal-Tex Building shortly after the shots were fired. Brading was released, however, because he gave the police an alias. While in Dallas, Brading stayed at the Cabana Hotel.

Jack Ruby visited that hotel, and Hunt's office building, on November 21. Moreover, according to Hunt's former chief aide, John Curington, Marina Oswald met with Hunt two days before the shooting.

On November 23, Hunt asked his chief aide to see what kind of security the police had for Oswald. The aide reported that Oswald had very little protection and that security was very lax at police headquarters where Oswald was being kept. Hunt flew to Washington, D.C., shortly after receiving this report. Oswald was killed on November 24.

Dick Russell's book THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH contains an important examination of H. L. Hunt's troubling activities before and after the assassination, as does Livingstone's KILLING THE TRUTH (see also 5:276-278 and 10:568, 573-574).


Meyers, Army Security Agency, and Pepsi Cola]

Ed Meyers and his companion Jean Aase moved to the Cabana from the Love Field Ramada because, Meyers later said, of the noise at the airport. 

Meyers would later recall that he had previously stayed at the Cabana on other occasions he was in Dallas, including the grand opening gala, which was said to be quite an affair since Doris Day was one of the owners and the Cabana would become known for its high powered Hollywood entertainment. 

Lawrence Meyers’ brother Ed was staying at the classically refined Adolphis Hotel, across the street from the seedy Carousel Club, but Ed and his wife Thelma came over to the Cabana for a special party. Ed and Thelma owned a number of Pepsi Cola franchises in Brooklyn, New York, and had just returned from Mexico City where they met with Larry’s son Ralph, who was also said to be registered at the Cabana that night. Ralph had served in the Army Security Agency, was trained in Russian and the Monterey Language Institute and served at a top-secret base in Turkey before being sheep-dipped as a Chicago bus driver. He was then working as a journalist in Mexico City. 

Larry Meyers and his girlfriend Jean, Ed Meyers and Ed’s wife and maybe Ralph, would later be joined at the Meyers’ table by Jack Ruby. They would all eat dinner, have a few drinks and share a toast and a few laughs on a typical Thursday night in Dallas. None of them were aware of the catastrophic events that would overtake them the next day. Or were they? 

The circumstances of that evening would never be adequately explained, the official chronology of events, whether by contrivance or mistake, can be shown to be wrong, significant lines of inquiry would be left dangling as loose ends that would never be completely resolved. 

In reconstructing the events around the assassination of President Kennedy, the official government investigators put together a chronology of Jack Ruby’s activities, beginning with the morning of the assassination, Friday, November 22, 1963. According to the Warren Report: “Scrutiny of Ruby’s activities during the several days preceding the President’s arrival in Dallas has revealed no indication of any unusual activity.”


[Army Intelligence Special Agent]

Spec-5 James W. Powell, Army 
Intelligence Special Agent, 
Member of the 112th MIG 

Present in Dealey Plaza, took 
photograph of TSBD, 
and participated in search of 
the railroad yards and TSBD. Powell's 
statements to the FBI and USSS 
suggest that he wrote a report on 
his activities for his Army 
Intelligence C.O. and also turned
his film into the Army.



The following is the text of a memo written by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to his associate, Clyde Tolson concerning his control of the Warren Commission investigation and the treatment of Lee Harvey Oswald as the "lone assassin."

...Mr. Rankin of the difficulty about the Department's desire to issue certain conclusions; that they wanted to issue a statement before the report went to the Commission with the conclusion Oswald was the assassin, no foreign or subversive elements involved, and Rubenstein and Oswald had no connection; that I flatly disagreed; they took

it up with the White House and the President agreed with me that we should reach no conclusion; nevertheless the report does reach two conclusions in substance.

I said I personally believe Oswald was the assassin; that the second aspect as to whether he was the only man gives me great concern; that we have several letters, not in the report because we were not able to prove it, written to him from Cuba referring to the job he was going to do, his good marksmanship, and stating when it was all over he would be brought back to Cuba and presented to the chief; but we do not know if the chief was Castro and cannot make an investigation because we have no intelligence operation in Cuba; that I did not put this into the report because we did not have proof of it and didn't want to put speculation in the report; that this was the reason I urged strongly that we not reach conclusion Oswald was the only man.


In connection with stories indicating that Oswald could not have done this alone, I stated he was a marksman and it wasn't anything he
could not do; that we have tested it on our rifle range and were able to get shots off even faster than he did; that there is no question in my mind about it; that we also found the fingerprints and the bullets so conclusively fired from the gun; that we have all this and we have all the photographs.


[Hoover and Kennedys]

What Happened Between John F. Kennedy and J. Edgar Hoover?

...While the relationship between Hoover and JFK was mostly one of gossip and childish pranks, Hoover and Bobby Kennedy were involved in much more political skirmishes.



When the Suez Canal closed in 1956, Onassis made millions because he was the only independent ship owner with enough available tankers to transport oil around Africa's Cape of Good Hope. It was around that time that Onassis first met Jackie Kennedy when she and John F. Kennedy went for drinks aboard Onassis's yacht, Christina.

Onassis and Athina had two children — Alexander, born in 1948, and Christina, born in 1950 — but the marriage was far from perfect. Onassis was a serial adulterer, and his wife could not ignore the infidelities. She became addicted to alcohol and painkillers. The marriage unraveled for good when Onassis began a very public affair with opera singer Maria Callas, and the couple divorced in 1960. By that time, Onassis was one of the richest men in the world.

Onassis invited the young senator and his wife on board the yacht to meet Sir Winston Churchill, one of John F. Kennedy's idols. While the meeting between Churchill and Kennedy was anticlimactic, Onassis was immediately taken with Jackie.


Finally we can get the following figures:

Before the JFK Assassination

For the JFK Assassination

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Mat 9:3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
Mat 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
Mat 9:5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

"his raiment became shining" - Samurai's Hearing about Europe

From a Night Train, Tokyo Area

Samurai's Hearing about Europe

Giovanni Battista Sidotti (1668–1714), an Italian Jesuit priest who sneaked into Japan as a one-man Christian mission but was arrested by samurai authorities, started to undergo a trial by elite samurai bureaucrat/scholar Arai Hakuseki in 1709.

At the time, almost for a century the door to Japan had been closed by the samurai government led by the shogun from the Tokugawa clan.  It was because samurai leaders found that Christian missions from Spain, Portugal, or the Vatican were dangerous for their reign.  Those western missionaries turned Japanese farmers, townsmen, and even samurais to a Japanese-version of Christians, called Kirishitans, who sometimes came to deny the samurai authority.  Kirishitans did not pay respect for traditional religion Buddhism.  They were suspected to think they belonged to the Pope but not the shogun.  And the samurai government assumed that Spain or Portugal were actually trying to cause an uprising or a revolution in Japan using those Kirishitans and then finally invade Japan.

 So in 1612 the Tokugawa shogun issued a decree to forbid Christianity. It is estimated that at the time there were 750,000 Kirishitans.   Indeed those Christian missionaries were very successful since Francisco de Xavier visited Japan 1549 as the first Christian missionary to Japan.

After imposing the ban on Christianity, the samurai government succeeded in terminating Christian movement in Japan and forcing Kirishitans to abandon their faith by imposing heavy penalties, including death penalty.  Western missionaries were forbidden even to enter Japan.  Diplomatic relations between Japan and Spain/Portugal were cut off.  Only the Netherlands (having no intention to propagate Christianity in Japan) and China (the Qing dynasty) were allowed to continue trade with Japan in restricted ports.

But finally Kirishitans in west Japan launched a desperate war against the government in Edo (currently Tokyo) in 1637, though their motive was not 100% religious, since these rebellious Kirishitans were actually poor farmers and samurais not hired by samurai seigniors.  In this Shimabara Rebellion, a Kirishitan ad-hoc legion more than 30,000 strong stood firmly against about 130,000 samurai-government troops.  Battles continued for four months in the Shimabara peninsula in Kyusyu, 1000 km west of Tokyo.  Finally the Tokugawa regime killed almost all these insurgents, but it gave a great shock to elite samurais in Edo as 8,000 or so samurais were killed in this civil war.  Christianity gave great fighting spirit to those poor farmers and failed samurais who called themselves Kirishitans.  Accordingly the samurai government all the more strictly prohibited Christianity.  And as time went by, no western missions even tried to land on Japan.  Finally no Christians or Kirishitans came to exist on the surface of the Japanese society governed by the elite samurai.

But 70 years after the Shimabara Rebellion, a strange missionary priest sailed from the Philippines to Japan on board a ship tailored for him.   Italian Giovanni Sidotti landed on an island in southern Kyusyu in 1708.  Though he disguised himself as a Japanese samurai, he was caught out and sent to Edo for trial.

High-ranking samurai politicians in Edo put Sidotti in custody in some premises, but they could not easily decide what to do with him eventually.  So, notable samurai Arai Hakuseki, a politician and a Confucian scholar trusted by the shogun, took charge of conducting an investigation into the Sidotti case.   Hakuseki asked Sidotti about the essence of his religion.

Sidotti explained, "The universe was created by the God."  But Hakuseki gave Sidotti argument, saying, "Then who created the God.  If the God had spontaneously emerged, there is no wonder if the universe spontaneously emerged, too.  The universe could be created without the God."

Arai Hakuseki further told his opinion, "You said that the God felt pity for mankind, so that He sent His Son to the world to have Him atone for the wrong mankind did.  But it sounds so childish."

Finally Hakuseki recommended the samurai government not to execute Sidotti but retain him in custody in the premises without sending him back to overseas.  Samurai bureaucrats followed this advise but forbade Sidotti to try to convert any Japanese to Christians.

So, a wife and husband whose deceased parents had been Kirishitans were assigned to a job of taking care of Sidotti in the premises.  But they were secretly taught Christian creeds by Sidotti.  And seven moths or so later, as they came to be suspected, the Japanese servants confessed their sin, namely becoming Christians, to supervisors.  Then the three, Sidotti, the husband, and the wife, were separately put in jails.   A few weeks later they all died of illness, probably because conditions of the jails were so bad.

Arai Hakuseki then wrote some books about situations in Europe based on information he got through the trial and conversations with Giovanni Sidotti.  These books became a great help for samurais in the late 19th century when they were forced to open the nation as the global situation changed so much due to the Opium War and so on.

Seiyo-Kibun (Hearing about Europe) by Arai Hakuseki

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Mar 9:3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
Mar 9:4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

Monday, September 02, 2013

"letters to Damascus to the synagogues" - A Ruling in Samurai Era Japan

Tokyo Suburbs

A Ruling in Samurai Era Japan

Arai Hauseki (1657-1825) was an elite samurai directly serving the Shogun (the king of whole samurai clans in Japan) who presided the samurai government placed in the great castle of Edo (presently Tokyo).

Hakuseki is today however known as one of the greatest scholars in the samurai era (1603-1868) reigned by the Tokugawa clan or the Tokugawa shogun.

One day he was informed of a worrisome criminal case.   A owner of an inn in Shinagawa town in southern Edo wanted maidservants.  So he sent out to local regions one of his assistant managers to get suitable girls, providing him with 20 ryo ($40,000 or so) as working funds.

The assistant manager traveled far to the west, passing through checking stations on the Tokaido highway linking Edo to Kyoto and further going down to the Ki-i Peninsula south of Kyoto 500 km from Edo.  There he found a poor wife and husband who had two young daughters.  So the Edo man fraudulently persuaded the married couple to send their girls to Edo for some good chance to make money.  Finally the whole family, namely the couple and their daughters, decided to go up to Edo with this smart townsman.

However they had to go through a critical checking point on the highway to Edo.  To avoid investigation by the samurai police, they took a detour in mountains to Edo. After clearing the checkpoint, the Edo man asked the parents to sell their daughters to the inn at 25 ryo.  But the father of the daughters refused it.  So, the band finally came to Edo to settle the matter.

But the owner of the Shinagawa inn didn't like the young daughters, since they looked so young.  He rejected an idea of hiring the two girls and tried to fire the assistant manager.  But the failed man begged desperately his master to take care of him and the family he took with him to Edo from the distant village.  Eventually the owner of the inn asked a broker of prostitutes to take care of those girls.  As a price of the girls, he took 105 ryo from the broker, while distributing 34 ryo to the assistant manager and 14 ryo to the parents.   Then the duped parents had no way but to live on some business the broker provided for them.  As time went by, the mother of the girls died of illness.

One day people around the father of the sold girls advised that he should honestly deliver himself to the samurai authority as breaking through a barrier station on a highway was a serious crime, though they were sorry for the tragedy the family suffered.  Following the advice, the father surrendered himself to the samurai authority.  But while the criminal investigation was going on, he died of illness, too.  Two young daughters were left in a licensed quarter of Edo so helplessly.

Finally a samurai judge ruled that the father's dead body should be displayed, as a punishment of braking a checkpoint and changing of address without official permission, publicly in his home country as a serious offender; the two girls should be demoted to the public servant class or should belong to the inn owner; the assistant manager should be beheaded; and the inn owner should be banished to a far local area from capital Edo.

But Arai Hakuseki reviewed this easy ruling to override it.  Hakuseki issued a new judgment: This serious crime was conducted by a sole initiative of the greedy inn owner.  He should be beheaded.  His assistant manager who persuaded the family to break through a checkpoint station should receive sever punishment.  The father of the girls should be pardoned as he could be regarded as a victim of this serious fraud, though he was already dead.

So, the Edo Government took up the judicial opinion by Arai Hakuseki to handle the case and correct the ruling.  The two poor girls were sent back to a samurai lord who governed the local country in west Japan where their family had lived before this incident.
This is one example of daily administration by samurai bureaucrats in the Edo period, though it is also an example where wisdom and sense of justice of Arai Hakuseki was manifested.

Arai Hakuseki (1657 – 1725) was a Confucianist, scholar-bureaucrat, academic, administrator, writer and politician in Japan during the middle of the Edo Period, who advised the Shogun Tokugawa Ienobu... 
In 1693, Hakuseki was called up to serve by the side of Manabe Akifusa as a "brain" for the Tokugawa shogunate and shogun Tokugawa Ienobu. He went on to displace the official Hayashi advisers to become the leading confucianist for Ienobu and Tokugawa Ietsugu. While some of Hakuseki's policies were still carried out after Ienobu's death, after the 6th shogun, Tokugawa Ietsugu, died and Tokugawa Yoshimune's rule began, Hakuseki left his post to begin his career as a prolific writer of Japanese history and Occidental studies.

A View of Edo (Tokyo) in the Samurai Era

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Act 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
Act 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
Act 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
Act 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Sunday, September 01, 2013

" the ministering to the saints" - Princess Diana & Interest Parties

Rice Paddies around Tokyo

Princess Diana and Interest Parties

Princess Diana was linked to the Rothschild House and the Churchill family through marriages of her relatives and ancestors as shown below.  It can be traced back for 300 years.

Note that a person in a cell is a parent of a person in a cell directly below.

Each column represents a different family.  Each horizontal pair of two cells given the same color means that a marriage combined two persons indicated in the two adjacent cells.

For instance, Rosemary Rothschild married Denis Berry whose brother married a sister of Francis Roche, the mother of Princess Diana.

In addition, each column or each family represents each major sector of the British society: Rothschild for the money market, Berry for the media, Roche for political communities, Spencer for the peerage, and Churchill for nobility.  Accordingly Princess Diana embodied influence of all these different categories of dominant people.

Incidentally I drew up this figure several years ago referring to many sources, including some books written by Japanese author Takashi Hirose, so that some persons in the table might have already gone if they are indicated still alive in the figure.  

Now we can view the position of Princess Diana in a wider scope including American and Islamic connections, since I made up the following chart several years ago.

Note that each dashed line connecting two persons or entities means there is a business connection between the two.  Normal lines or curves mean a family linkage; especially the line between Mr. Adnan Khashoggi and Dodi Al-Fayes is emphasized to show their blood relation, namely an uncle and a nephew.

Of course the key figure here is Mr. Adnan Khashoggi who might have happened to be a relative of a future king of England through romantic association between Prince Diana and his sister's son Dodi Al-Fayes.
Back in the 1970s and 80s Adnan Khashoggi was in the news on a weekly if not a daily basis. Rumor had it that the weapons trader turned deal-maker was one of the richest men on earth. At first the media covered him because of his luxurious lifestyle of private jets, big yachts, glamorous women, and hobnobbing with royalty. Then he became associated with the Iran-Contra and Lockheed scandals. After that he went on the decline.

Now it is apparent that the UK royal family is eager to promote British business in the armaments industry since Prince Charles sometimes visited Saudi Arabia for sale of UK arms.

Prince Charles 'smoothing the way for arms sales to Saudi Arabia'
15th March 2013, from CAAT
Prince Charles' forthcoming visit to Saudi Arabia has been condemned by arms trade campaigners because "it openly supports a deeply repressive and abusive regime and promotes the already strong military ties between the UK and Saudi Arabia."

This tendency must have reflected in Prince Diana's association with the nephew of the death merchant Mr. Adnan Khashoggi.

But a British tie with Israel might be a key to understanding the current situation in the Middle East.
Arms exports and collaborations: the UK and Israel 
Developments since CAAT's 'Arming the Occupation' report, October 2002
Harald Molgaard, June 2005 
The UK's military exports to Israel are relatively small in value but, as 'Arming the Occupation' made clear, they continue to break the consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. TheUK (like Israel's close ally the US and other members of NATO) also continues to reward Israel for its experience of military conflict, gained through the invasion and occupation of its neighbours and in its illegal occupation of parts of Palestine, by importing military goods from Israel. 
Israel's arms exports are assisted by the new dynamic of collaborations between European arms manufacturers and the Israeli arms industry. This approach is spelt out by Shimon Eckhaus (Israel Aircraft Industry's Marketing VP) 'The only mechanism of enabling successful penetration is by activating local factors in each country and signing cooperation agreements with them'.1 
Israel's arms industry has forged close links with US, German, French and UK arms companies and owns a number of European arms producers. 
Details of arms sales and collaborations between the UK and Israel are laid out below.

So, merchants of death are so many between the UK and the Middle East.  Even the British royal family plays some key role in these transactions.  

Therefore it is no wonder if those arms traders took part in the mysterious death of Princess Diana in Paris in 1997.  And some military personnel of any country might have been involved there.

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2Co 9:1 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:
2Co 9:2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
2Co 9:3 Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready: