Saturday, October 26, 2013

"Who then can be saved?"

Part of Tokyo Suburbs

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Mar 10:26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
Mar 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Friday, October 25, 2013

"go through the eye of a needle" - Other Piece of Evidence on Senkakus

Beach on the Pacific Ocean, 80 km Southwest of Tokyo

Other Piece of Evidence on Senkakus

In 1616 when the Tokugawa samurai regime of Japan was not yet to close the country, the samurai leaders in Edo (presently Tokyo) decided to check if they could take any part of Taiwan.  Receiving an order, samurai governor Murayama, stationed in Nagasaki, sailed out, leading 13 ships where 4000 samurai soldiers were on board.  

However a typhoon attacked the fleet to disperse them.  Only three ships reached Taiwan but samurai troops faced strong resistance by Taiwan natives.  Samurais eventually retreated from Taiwan.

On the other hand, other seven ships of this fleet arrived at Fujian Province, a region on the Chinese continent facing Taiwan over the East China Sea.  However as a few decades before the then samurai king of Japan Hideyoshi made a war against the Ming dynasty (the Chinese empire at the time) twice mainly on the Korean Peninsula, Ming fleets commanded by Chin Yo Yu (in Japanese, 沈有容) did not welcome the Japanese ships but fought them.  One Japanese ship was sunken.

But during this naval battle, other Japanese ship got to a Chinese island 40 km off the Chinese continent, which was called To-waku Island (in Japanese, 東湧島).  Then the Ming military sent a reconnaissance officer in the disguise of a fisherman.  So, Chinese officer To Haku Ki (in Japanese, 董伯起) was arrested by samurais to be brought to Japan.  However governor in Nagasaki Murayama decided to send back To Haku Ki to China in order to establish trading relations with Ming.  Governor Murayama appointed a samurai named Doyu Aakashi to the commander for this mission.

The commander Akashi reached the Huangqi Peninsula of Fujian Province where he delivered To Haku Ki to the Ming authorities.  Then Ming naval general Chin Yo Yu and vice governor of the sea region of the Ming government Kan Chu Yo (in Japanese, 韓仲雍) interrogated Aakashi and other samurais.  On this occasion, those high-ranking Ming officers made clear to the Japanese samurais the extent of the sea territory of the Ming dynasty from the Chinese continent into the East China Sea.  It was recorded in Ming Jitsu Roku (in Japanese, 明実録), the Authentic Record of the Ming Dynasty.
Ming Jitsu Roku (in Japanese, 明実録), the Authentic Record of the Ming Dynasty

Specifically, contents of this interrogation and discussions can be found in Vol. 560 of Shin-syu-ken-kotei-jitsuroku (in Japanese, 神宗顕皇帝実録) or the Authentic Record of the Holy, Manifest Emperor, the Authentic Record of the Ming Dynasty.

In it the Chinese officials said, "The territory of Fujian is surrounded by the Tai-san (in Japanese, 台山) islands, the Sou-san (in Japanese, 礵山) islands,  To-waku Island (in Japanese, 東湧島) which is currently To-in Island (in Japanese, 東引島), U-ki Island (in Japanese, 烏坵嶼), and the Penghu qundao islands of Taiwan."

The original Chinese sentence is: 迤南而為臺山、為礵山、為東湧、為烏坵、為彭湖,皆我閩門庭之內,豈容汝涉一跡,此外溟渤,華夷所共

These islands were all situated close the Chinese continent except the Penghu qundao islands of Taiwan.  The most distant islands were To-waku Island (in Japanese, 東湧島) which is currently To-in Island (in Japanese, 東引島), 40 km from the Fujian land.  Accordingly it is apparent that the Ming Dynasty did not think that the Senkaku Islands 330 km east of the Chinese continent belonged to China.
From Chinese Continent to To-waku Island (東湧島) and Uotsuri-jima (魚釣島) of the Senkaku Islands

So, the current claim by China that the Senkaku Islands were subject to China from the era of the Ming Dynasty 600 years ago is groundless.

Officials of the Ming government, in the early 17th century, clearly stated to Japanese samurai officers that Chinese power did not cover the sea out of 40-km zones from the Chinese continent while Uotsuri-jima, Taisho-to, and other islands of the Senkaku Islands are situated more than 330 km far from the continent.

This description in the authentic old Chinese history book was recently found by Professor Ishii of Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University.  So, we have obtained other piece of evidence for the Japanese assertion that the Senkaku Islands belong to Japan, since Okinawa people have sailed around the islands for 2000 years.

Also refer to the other posting related to the Senkaku Islands:

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Mar 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

"for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God" - JFK, MLK, and RFK

Marunouchi Side of Tokyo Railroad Station


I have been thinking about the JFK Assassination like so many people concerned with mysteries.  

And recently I came to believe that M.L. King was assassinated as a kind of camouflage for the RFK Assassination.

If there had been no assassination of M. L. King, peoples in the world would have only seen a series of assassination of J.F. Kennedy and R.F. Kennedy.  Especially American citizens would have been critically alerted and angry.  "Why should only Kennedys be assassinated," they would think.

So, without the M.L. King assassination, there should have arisen a strong demand in the American public to review the JFK Assassination in the wake of the RFK Assassination.  It was not desirable for those guys involved in the JFK Assassination.  They had to dilute the impact of the planned assassination of another Kennedy.  So, they decided to kill M.L. King.  Then a shock from expected death of Robert Kennedy in another assassination incident would have become vague to any extent.

The JFK and RFK Assassinations only should have been very shocking and alarming, but the JFK, M.L. King, and RFK Assassinations would have made the matter a little complicated and diversified.  American people would have not demanded a through review on the JFK Assassination which occurred just five years before the planned attack on RFK in 1968.          

Chapter 6
The Assassinations of Robert Kennedy
and Dr. Martin Luther King
and Lyndon B. Johnson's Withdrawal in 1968 
   The Power Control Group faced several dangers in 1968. While President Johnson had cooperated fully with their desires in Viet Nam and in other parts of the world, he had not met their requirements in other areas. He had gone too far in appeasing the blacks and had shown some signs of giving in to the young people in America in early 1968. Through threats to expose his role in covering up the truth about the JFK assassination or personal threats to the safety of his family, the Group forced his withdrawal from the 1968 election race. Their plan now was to install Richard Nixon as president at all costs.  
      Robert Kennedy and Dr. King posed real threats to this plan. Dr. King was beginning a movement in the direction of a coalition with Malcom X followers and other black militant groups. He was speaking out against the Viet Nam war. His influence might help defeat Nixon at the polls. So the Power Control Group created an environment in which he could be assassinated by his arch enemies.  
      The FBI and J. Edgar Hoover had become a vital part of the Power Control Group by 1968. Hoover had no love for King and was harrassing him in several ways. The Power Control Group undoubtedly let Hoover know that it wouldn't be a bad idea to have King out of the way before the election campaigns really warmed up. They also passed the word along to some of the groups who were out to murder King that the crime would probably not be stopped. Fletcher Prouty has described this approach in some detail.[1] The net result of these actions was the assassination of Dr. King by a group of wealthy white bigots who employed two of the intelligence community's own expert assassins. One of these men, Frenchy, had fired shots at JFK. The other, Jack Youngblood, was a soldier of fortune and CIA contract killer. They recruited James Earl Ray and set him up as a patsy.
The daughter of John F Kennedy is assigned to the Ambassador to Tokyo.  However it is unknow if Caroline Bouvier Kennedy would be happy to think that bad guys involved M.L. King only for obscuring the shock the possible direct series of assassinations of her father and uncle only might have generated.

The JFK Assassination on November 22, 1963 concurred with the start of direct satellite linkage of TV broadcasting over the Pacific Ocean between Japan and the US.  The first content broadcast live from the US to Japan was this shocking news of the death of the US President in Dallas.  The TV image was surprisingly clear.  Accordingly the then prime minister of Japan and the then foreign minister promptly flew to Washington DC.

The MLK and RFK Assassinations were rather viewed in Japan as part of the global turmoil of the era centering round the anti-Vietnam movement and liberal student violent movements.  And the essentially horrible incidents were obscured by the American great success of the Apollo program to send men to the moon in 1969.

But some people must have recalled all these Assassinations along with the shocking news of the Watergate scandal involving President Nixon, which was first reported in 1972.

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Mar 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"the eyes which see the things that ye see" - B29 Superfortress

Tokyo Bay

B29 Superfortress

During WWII, Tokyo suffered air raids by US bombers 106 times since November 1944.  Especially the capital of the Empire of Japan was made a big air raid on on March 10, April 13, April 15, May 24, May 24, and May 25 to 26, 1945.

However, the so-called Tokyo Great Air Raid usually means the air tack carried out on May 10, 1945 when 100,000 Tokyo citizens were killed due to bombings and fires caused by incendiary bombs total 279 B29s dropped on down-towns of Tokyo.  This air raid injured 400,000 citizens and forced one million people to be evacuated.  Total 270,000 buildings and houses were burnt and lost.

This Tokyo Great Air Raid started at 0:07 a.m. and ended at 2:37 a.m.  B29s flew low 2000 meters or lower above the ground as new tactics, since high-altitude bombings had not resulted in big achievement, though the B29 was most strongly featured by its ability to fly 10,000 meters high.

The leading player of these bombings was the B29 bomber.  It was a warplane more advanced by one generation than other fighters and bombers having been used by nations at war in those years.
The B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing that was flown primarily by the United States toward the end of World War II and during the Korean War. It was one of the largest aircraft to see service during World War II and a very advanced bomber for its time, with features such as a pressurized cabin, an electronic fire-control system, and remote-controlled machine-gun turrets. The name "Superfortress" was derived from that of its well-known predecessor, the B-17 Flying Fortress. Although designed as a high-altitude strategic bomber, and initially used in this role against the Empire of Japan, these attacks proved to be disappointing; as a result the B-29 became the primary aircraft used in the American firebombing campaign, and was used extensively in low-altitude night-time incendiary bombing missions. One of the B-29's final roles during World War II was carrying out the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

General characteristics of the B29
Crew: 11
Length: 99 ft 0 in (30.18 m)
Wingspan: 141 ft 3 in (43.06 m)
Empty weight: 74,500 lb (33,800 kg)
Loaded weight: 120,000 lb (54,000 kg)
Maximum speed: 357 mph (310 knots, 574 km/h)
Cruise speed: 220 mph (190 knots, 350 km/h)
Stall speed: 105 mph (91 knots, 170 km/h)
Combat range: 3,250 mi (2,820 nmi, 5,230 km) 
10× .50 caliber (12.7mm) Browning M2/ANs in remote-controlled turrets.[60]
2× .50 BMG in and 1× 20 mm M2 cannon in tail position (the cannon was later removed)[N 11]
Bombs: 20,000 lb (9,000 kg) standard loadout.   
The US manufactured about 3,900 B29 bombers during WWII almost all of which were assigned to the war against the Empire of Japan.  But more than 1,500 B29s were damaged in the air of Japan due to Japanese antiaircraft artillery and interceptors.  Specifically more than 700 B29s were shot down during their action for bombing Japanese cities.

But what is more impressive might be following facts:

1.  The US Government spent total $30 billion for development and production of about 3,900 B29 bombers during WWII.  On the other hand, they allocated $20 billion for their development of atomic (nuclear) bombs which were actually used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

(For reference, GDP of the Empire of the Empire of Japan in 1941 was $200 billion while the US GDP was $1100 billion.)

2.  The US military studied in earnest features of Japanese houses and towns. They actually built a mocked Japanese town in Dugway Proving Ground, Utah.  An American architect who had lived in Japan for 18 years before WWII was in charge of this simulation project.  In fact, they built perfect Japanese residential houses to find the best way to destroy them.  The answer is thorough use of firebombs.

3. General LeMay was the commander who introduced a change of role of B29s from high-altitude day bomber to low-altitude night bomber.  In Japan some Japanese hate the name LeMay, since he looked most responsible for the deaths of 100,000 Tokyo citizens on March 10, 1945.  But his boss general Henry Arnold was more responsible.  General Arnold had been preparing  for Tokyo raids for three years before the actual bombings on Tokyo started.  He decided to use a new type of incendiary bomb, later called a napalm bomb, for Japanese cities on his own authority.  Arnold wanted to build the US Air Force by expanding air fleets of US Army.  To achieve this goal, he needed big contribution from air fleets and B29s to the coming victory over the Empire of Japan.  So, he appointed LeMay suitable for cruel tasks as the commander of air raids on Japan.

4. General LeMay and his staff first targeted six big cities of Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Yokohama, and Kobe (however Kyoto was dropped from the targets due to objections from Secretary of War Henry Stimson).  After having bombed enough these big cities, they selected 180 medium or small cities based on national census data of the Empire of Japan.  But the war finally ended when B29s bombed the 57th medium city of Japan.  The last city actually attacked in this scheme was Toyama City on the Sea of Japan.  Even on August 15 when the Emperor announced surrender of Imperial Army and Navy by radio to the Japanese people, B29s bombed Kumagaya City and Isezaki City, north of Tokyo.  Anyway the post-war economic recovery of Japan was partially made possible because most of small and medium cities could get rid of exhaustive bombings by B29s.

A Downed B29 in Japan

Image of a Japanese Interceptor against B29s

In addition, the Imperial Navy produced about 10,000 Zero fighters during WWII, though other types of warplanes were developed toward the end of the war to cope with the high-power B29s.  Zero fighters were exhaustively used for kamikaze (suicidal attack) missions.  But at the end of the war only 1,000 Zeros remained most of which were however set apart for expected battles on mainland Japan rather than being used for interception of B29s on the air over Japanese cities.

Incidentally, that famous Iwojima Island was important for B29 missions to bomb Japan as they needed an airfield for emergency escape in this island when returning to their main air bases in Mariana Islands.

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Luk 10:23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"he that endureth to the end shall be saved" - Who Killed Mongolian Buddhists

National Diet Building, Tokyo

Who Killed Mongolian Buddhists

In 1939, immediately before the start of WWII, a big battle was fought by the Imperial Army of Japan and Soviet Union troops at the border between Manchukuo, a puppet nation of the Empire of Japan, and Mongolian People's Republic, a satellite nation of the USSR.
The Battles of Khalkhyn Gol constituted the decisive engagement of the undeclared Soviet–Japanese border conflicts fought among the Soviet Union, Mongolia and the Empire of Japan in 1939. The conflict was named after the river Khalkhyn Gol, which passes through the battlefield. In Japan, the decisive battle of the conflict is known as the Nomonhan Incident (Nomonhan jiken) after a nearby village on the border between Mongolia and Manchuria. The battles resulted in total defeat for the Japanese Sixth Army.

Documents obtained from the former Soviet Union authorities after the fall of the communist empire in 1991 show, however, that it was not one-sided defeat on the Japanese side.

Forces on the Japanese Side:

Troops:       24,000
Artillery:         120
Tanks:            100

The Loss on the Japanese Side:

Death in action:      8,440
Injured in action:     8,864
Tanks:                        30
Warplanes:                180  

Forces on the Soviet Side:

Troops:       52,000
Artillery:         570
Tanks:            800

The Loss on the Soviet Union Side:

Death in action:        9,700
Injured in action:     16,000
Tanks:                        400
Warplanes:                  360

The staff headquarters of the Imperial Army in Tokyo judged that the USSR could not mobilize big troops to the expected battle ground around the river Khalkhyn Gol.  It was because the distance from the nearest base with a railroad station of the Soviet Army to the battle ground was more than 600 km (400 miles), while the distance to the nearest base of Japanese troops was about 200 km.  So, the Japanese generals in Tokyo sent only a division which had been organized on a tentative base.

Tokyo did not take the occasion as a chance to invade Mongolia and drive Soviet troops out of the satellite country of the Soviet Union.  The central government in Tokyo had a localization policy for this border conflict, though generals stationed in Manchuria intended to make the best use of this opportunity for exercising their military power no matter how their military means were restricted by Tokyo.  On the other hand, the Soviet Union and Stalin had to show their military strength to Tokyo so that the Empire of Japan would not launch a full scale war against Moscow, since there was a strong possibility that the Soviet Union had to concentrate on a coming war against Nazi Germany.      

But the issue at point here is not on the Empire of Japan but the satellite country of the USSR Mongolian People's Republic.

Stalin and leaders in Moscow wanted to put Mongolians under their rule, while this once-glorious Asian tribe had narrowly got independent from China and established their own country in 1924.  Like the Empire of Japan put Manchu under its rule, Russian communists wanted to take Mongolians on their side.  But there was a big obstacle: Buddhism.

To get rid of influences of Mongolian Buddhist leaders or lamas from the general public of Mongolia, Stalin and Russian communists decided to carry out a purge of high-ranking monks.

From 1932 to 1939 when the Nomonhan Incident occurred, Soviet agents and their Mongolian henchmen arrested and killed 14,201 Buddhist monks in Mongolia while put into jails 3,751 monks for 10 years.  Those communists also killed more than 20,000 Mongolian politicians, military officers, and active anti-Soviet Mongolians.  This number was huge as the population of Mongolian People's Republic at the time was about only 700,000.

But after WWII the Chinese Communist Party committed a more horrible purge of Mongolians living in Chinese territory.  Between 1966 and 1976, the Chinese Communist Party arrested about 800,000 Mongolians and executed 100,000 of them.                    

Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Anyway it cannot be thought that the Imperial troops of Japan killed more Mongolians or Manchus or even Chinese in Manchuria than Russian communists or Chinese communists having killed so many innocent or Buddhist Mongolians before and after WWII.

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Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Monday, October 21, 2013

"have treasure in heaven" - Workers in Fukushima Daiichi

Prime Minister Office Bldg., Tokyo

Workers in Fukushima Daiichi

Even today 3000 workers are engaged in recovery work in the Fukushima Daiichi Plant which fell into malfunction due to big tsunamis since March 11, 2011.

But they are not so happy.

They have to work in dangerous environment with poor facilities.  What is worse, most of them have been recruited by dubious companies or subcontractors at the fourth, fifth , or lower tier in contract structure down from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).  Therefore some percentage of a salary TEPCO paid for one worker is taken by those companies involved in this contract chain.

For example, a second tier subcontractor paid $250 (25,000 yen) for one worker per day to a third tier subcontractor.  Finally a worker employed by a fifth tier subcontractor in this chain of recruiting received only $110 per day for his work in Fukushima Daiichi.  It is also doubted that some businesses run by crime syndicates are involved in this chain of recruiting Fukushima Daiichi workers.  Some money TEPCO pays as labor costs eventually settles in the hand of gangsters.

What is more dangerous is a disciplinary problem.  In a rest room of Fukushima Daiichi, it is often observed that some tired workers lie about without protective masks on their faces while a dosimeter alarm is ringing.  There are even teenage workers who are not given a warning about danger of radioactive material.

It is estimated that Fukushima residents account for 60% of those workers in Fukushima Daiichi.  Some of those Fukushima citizens lost their jobs, agriculture fields, and houses due to the Fukushima Daiichi accident.  They like to stay in Fukushima Prefecture even if they have to work in the radioactively contaminated Fukushima Daiichi plant.

There is a volunteer group that helps those workers living and working in poor conditions.  They receive complaints and appeals from those workers at a pace of 20 workers per month.

In some statistics there are 500,000 people in Japan who have ever worked in a nuclear power plant.  But some of them are forbidden by law to work for one year if an accumulated dosage they received during their work in nuclear plants should become larger than 100 mSv in five years.
Contaminated Water Tanks in Fukushima Daiichi
No.4 Reactor Building in Fukushima Daiichi

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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.