Saturday, March 22, 2014

"Moses truly said unto the fathers" - The Most Responsible Country: the US

Around the Tokyo Station

The Most Responsible Country: the US

What is the state of global poverty?
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million people of the 7.1 billion people in the world, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. Almost all the hungry people, 852 million, live in developing countries, representing 15 percent of the population of developing counties. There are 16 million people undernourished in developed countries (FAO 2012). 
The number of undernourished people decreased nearly 30 percent in Asia and the Pacific, from 739 million to 563 million, largely due to socio-economic progress in many countries in the region. The prevalence of undernourishment in the region decreased from 23.7 percent to 13.9 percent. 
Latin America and the Caribbean also made progress, falling from 65 million hungry in 1990-1992 to 49 million in 2010-2012, while the prevalence of undernourishment dipped from 14.6 percent to 8.3 percent. But the rate of progress has slowed recently. 
The number of hungry grew in Africa over the period, from 175 million to 239 million, with nearly 20 million added  in the last few years. Nearly one in four are  hungry. And in sub-Saharan Africa, the modest progress achieved in recent years up to 2007 was reversed, with hunger rising 2 percent per year since then.
Developed regions also saw the number of hungry rise, from 13 million in 2004-2006 to 16 million in 2010-2012, reversing a steady decrease in previous years from 20 million in 1990-1992 (FAO 2012). 
The above is based on the new estimates of world hunger by the FAO using revised  proceedures. It is worth noting that the new estimates give a different answer than the old estimates as the graph below shows (Lappe, 2013).
Poverty is not a crime of the poor but of the rich.  Being rich while others are poor is a social crime, an ethical evil deed, and a religious sin.  This sin can be seen among people in any country and among countries in the world.

The US has been the most wealthy for a century and more.  Therefore it is the most responsible in terms of this sin domestically and internationally.

Trend of GDP by Major Countries

The US has a duty to solve problems arising from the gap between the rich and the poor.  With its economic, social, and cultural power, it must make full efforts to eradicate evils rooted in social conditions featured by the inequality in the distribution of wealth.  The US must contribute to achieving peace in the world where a war is often triggered by countries in their process of securing wealth and resources.  It is because the more you are given, the more you are requested from.
12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Once the US officially announced that it had a mission to make freedom and democracy prevail in the world.  It must realize that it has still an obligation to eradicate poverty internally and globally.  For this purpose, the US does not have to rely on its military strength.  But it must open its resources and products of its industry to the world.  Universities in the US can invite excellent students from the world, but its end should be to make their home countries rich and developed to the level of the US but not to make the US richer and more advanced than other countries.

In this context, the first country in the world to be judged and punished by Christ Jesus on His second coming must be the US.

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Act 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
Act 3:23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

Friday, March 21, 2014

"sit with me in my throne" - Reciting Namu Ami Dabutsu

Around the Imperial Palace, Tokyo

Reciting Namu Ami Dabutsu

There are wise men everywhere.

And people know wisdom makes people live wisely and smartly.  However, to make their living comfortable, most of wise men use their wisdom to obtain wealth and social status.  As such rich people with high position do not mind existence of and take care of poor and unlucky people, this world becomes so sinful and tragic for all.

So apart from how much wise a person is, Christ Jesus tells to learn and follow teachings of God.  Since human wisdom makes only wise men happy, He requests people to learn wisdom of God to make everybody saved and blessed.

How human wisdom is regarded by Christ Jesus is so simple.  It never saves people and never improves society.  It is because a man surely tries to use his wisdom for his interest but not for others.  So, Christ Jesus tells people to abandon their wisdom but learn and practice wisdom of God.

However, in Buddhism where existence of the sole creator of the whole universe is not admitted, wisdom is the only means with which a man can save himself.  So, Buddhists try to learn the highest wisdom Gautama Buddha acquired, since such wisdom would make them conquer every pain in this world and fear of death.  They want to be free from the cruel and rotten world and their fates of suffering cycles of birth in the helpless world eventually.

But, in order to get higher wisdom, a man has to train himself not only in terms of religious knowledge but also spiritual experiences.  It will take years and decades for a monk to reach a certain level of wisdom any other Buddhists would recognize as highly advanced and deeply insightful.  Life, pains, unhappiness, death, good, evil, and any other mental objects must be exhaustively examined and reviewed by a monk for him to grab a piece of truce of the inner space.

Of course, there is a long history in the Buddhism.  There are may precedent examples of ascetic training and study of truce.  Accordingly, there are thousands of holy books and creeds where wisdom of past Buddhists are collected and contained.  That is why a Buddhist monk has to read so many Buddhist scriptures to master teachings of Gautama Buddha and his followers.

Nonetheless, some past leading Buddhist priests in Japan invented a new way of practicing Buddhism.   They proposed just chanting some simple religious expression or prayer to the Buddha, for example, "Namu Ami Dabutsu.".  They said, actually hundreds years ago, that farmers and other poor people did not have to learn difficult characters and read creeds but had better chant some simple but effective prayer to the Buddha or other deities of Buddhism.  Of course it was not a simple imprudent idea.  Schools founded by those priests produced many religious works and books to explain how such a practice was effective.
Hōnen (1133 – 1212) is the religious reformer and founder of the first independent branch of Japanese Pure Land Buddhism called Jōdo-shū ("The Pure Land School"). In the related Jōdo Shinshū sect, he is considered the Seventh Patriarch. Hōnen became a monk of the Tendai sect at an early age, but grew disaffected, and sought an approach to Buddhism that anyone could follow, even during the perceived Age of Dharma Decline. After discovering the writings of Chinese Buddhist, Shan-tao, he undertook the teaching of rebirth in the Pure Land of Amitabha through reciting the Buddha's name, or nembutsu. 
Hōnen's teachings: 
Reciting the nembutsu does not come from studying and understanding its meaning. There is no other reason or cause by which we can utterly believe in attaining birth in the Pure Land than the nembutsu itself. Reciting the nembutsu and believing in birth in the Pure Land naturally gives rise to the three minds (sanjin) and the four modes of practice (shishu). If I am withholding any deeper knowledge beyond simple recitation of the nembutsu, then may I lose sight of the compassion of Shakyamuni and Amida Buddha and slip through the embrace of Amida's original vow. Even if those who believe in the nembutsu deeply study all the teachings which Shakyamuni taught during his life, they should not put on any airs and should practice the nembutsu with the sincerity of those untrained followers ignorant of Buddhist doctrines.
Anyway the essence in nembutsu recitation is to direct one's mind to the spirit of the Buddha beyond any worldly matters and unholy spiritual matters.

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Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"the multitude cometh together again" - Sarin Gas Attack in Tokyo

Tokyo Suburbs

Sarin Gas Attack in Tokyo

The most impressive incident for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department in 140 years of its history is the Aum Shinrikyo cult terror using a sarin gas in 1995.

This horrible terror was conducted in several cars of subway trains running under business zones of central Tokyo.   Sarin gas released by cult members in crowded vehicles killed 13 commuters and subway staff members and injured 6,300 office workers who were heading their workplaces in Tokyo.
The sarin attack on the Tokyo subway, usually referred to in the Japanese media as the Subway Sarin Incident was an act of domestic terrorism perpetrated by members of Aum Shinrikyo on March 20, 1995. 
In five coordinated attacks, the perpetrators released sarin on several lines of the Tokyo subway, killing thirteen people, severely injuring fifty and causing temporary vision problems for nearly a thousand others. The attack was directed against trains passing through Kasumigaseki and Nagatachō, home to the Japanese government. It is the most serious attack to occur in Japan since the end of World War II.
The leader of the cult, Chizuo Matsumoto (1955-), called himself Shoko Asahara.  He was actually a pseudo-religious organizer talented in practicing yoga and delivering religious theory where Buddhism and Hinduism are mixed.  He also abused an eschatologic view employed from Christianity.

Aum Shinrikyo had about 10,000 members at its peak of activities around 1990.  It also earned $70 million per year through its business involving computer shops.  This cult was remarkably efficient in recruiting new followers from the campus of notable universities in Japan and acquiring rich believers to force them to donate money to the cult as much as possible.  It was suspected that Aum Shinrikyo had strong ties with some Japanese crime syndicates, the Russian Mafia, and North Korean agents.
Matsumoto, the guru of the cult, had a crazy plan to attack the administrative district of the central government.  He tried to kill bureaucrats and occupy core organizations of the Japanese Government in Tokyo, using his brainwashed followers armed with AK-47 rifles and sarin gas, in order to establish his own regime.  For this purpose, Aum Shinrikyo had factories where AK-47s and sarin were secretly produced by cult engineers and members.

Nonetheless, since this plan was leaked to the police and Matsumoto realized it, he launched, in a proactive manner, the sarin gas attack in Tokyo subway lines running though governmental districts of Tokyo.      

However, the headquarters of Aum Shinrikyo situated at the foot of Mt. Fuji were raided by 2,500 policemen two days after the sarin gas attack in Tokyo.  The cult organization and management collapsed as many leading figures of the cult were arrested.  Two months later Matsumoto or Asahara was found and arrested in one of buildings in the headquarter precincts.  He was sentenced to death in a judicial court and this judgment was finally fixed in 2013 after long judicial processes.

Though it is said that the ex-guru of Aum Shinrikyo behaves like a mad man in the cell, there seems to be no chance for him to escape from death penalty.  But, his death might make him a martyr hundreds of remaining members of the cult, which changed its name already, would respect and revere all the more.  The competent government office might be caught in a dilemma.

So, this is the most impressive incident for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department in 140 years of its history: the Aum Shinrikyo cult incident involving a sarin gas attack in Tokyo subway lines which was set off on March 20, 1995.

Aum Shinrikyo Cult Headquarters

Raid by the Police on Cult Precincts, Taking out Chemicals Used for Sarin Production

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Mar 3:20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
Mar 3:21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
Mar 3:22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
Mar 3:23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"for all the evils which Herod had done" - The Diary of Anne Frank

Tokyo Suburbs

The Diary of Anne Frank

In Japan a 36-year old jobless man damaged and torn pages in 300 or more copies of The Diary of Anne Frank mostly in scores of public libraries in Tokyo.
Authorities in Tokyo have arrested an unidentified 36-year-old male for vandalizing books related to Anne Frank, including The Diary of a Young Girl (The Diary of Anne Frank). More than 300 copies of books related to Anne Frank have had their pages torn out throughout the city. 
Tokyo police say the unemployed suspect admitted to vandalizing 23 copies of Frank-related material at a library on February 5th. In addition, it has been reported that some of the torn pages were discovered at an undisclosed residence in the capital. Although his motives appear unclear, many Japanese media outlets have reported that there are doubts regarding the suspect’s mental competency. 
Authorizes are investigating further to determine if the individual is involved with incidents of vandalism that have occurred at 38 libraries in Tokyo since last month. 
The Diary of Anne Frank was first published in 1947 in Amsterdam. It was first published in English in 1952, and likewise, in Japanese, quickly becoming an international bestseller.

The arrested man reportedly said to the police that he wanted to assert publicly that The Diary of Anne Frank was not written by Anne Frank.  The police seems to suspect that this crime suspect is mentally impaired.

Though the Empire of Japan allied with Nazi Germany during WWII, the Japanese people have had no racial prejudice on Judaists.  Most of the Japanese people know the title, The Diary of Anne Frank, and probably read it once in their lives.  And they are all impressed positively by the book and Anne Frank.  It is popular enough to be targeted by a mad man, in a sense.

However it is still unknown why and how Satan has used this criminal in Tokyo to issue any warning to Judaists in the world.

One thing sure is that if Anne Frank had been able to flee to the U.S., she must have had a happy life.

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Luk 3:19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip's wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done,
Luk 3:20 Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"he that believeth not is condemned" - Earthquakes in the Pacific near Tokyo

Around Tokyo Suburbs

Earthquakes in the Pacific near Tokyo

The Tokyo area is evaluated scientifically to have a local earthquake of a magnitude 7 or more at any moment or at a possibility of 80% in the coming 30 years.

But the Pacific Ocean off the Boso Penisula situated between Tokyo Bay and the Pacific is also a candidate to cause a big earthquake, since the sea area has had earthquakes, as shown below, for 30 days from the end of 2013 to January 2014.

This south Kanto Area suffered at least three times M8-class earthquakes in the past: one in 1677 (noted as M8.5), one in 1703 and other in 1923 as shown below.

Though an interval of these subducition-zone earthquakes is said to be 200 to 400 years, an inland earthquake can be set off during the interval.

Anyway 330 years have passed since the 1677 Enho Boso Earthquake.  Tokyo should be on alert, since such an earthquake could cause at least a few meter-high tsunami in Tokyo Bay, inundating a large urban area on the bay even if it is a few meters high.

To make sure, for this reason, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics must be cancelled.

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Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Monday, March 17, 2014

”through ignorance ye did it” - Radioactive Labor Structure in Fukushima Daiichi

Shinkansen Trains, Japan

Radioactive Labor Structure in Fukushima Daiichi

The evil of the nuclear power industry is in its labor structure.

Permanent employees of nuclear power generation plants usually do not tackle tasks where they may be exposed to high radioactive doses, but workers hired by second-tire or third-tire contractors are assigned to radioactively dangerous jobs in plants.

Owners or operators of nuclear power generation plants are usually large companies recognized as excellent ones in terms of financial and social status.  Regular employees of such companies are well protected by management.  From those employees, future leaders of the nuclear industry might emerge.  They are under life-long protection of the nuclear industry.

So, they use subcontractors for dangerous jobs in a nuclear power plant.  And a main subcontractor usually use a second-tire subcontractor which in turn contracts a third-tire subcontractor.  This chain of weird outsourcing continues often to involve sixth or seventh-tire subcontracting.  A little generous wages an electric power generation company pays to one worker, who is expected to work in a highly contaminated environment, reduce substantially when they reach the hand of the worker, since each tire subcontractor takes big portions off them.  Sometimes  a subcontract worker employed at the bottom of this hierarchy through a long and complicated chain of subcontracting receives only a half, one third or so of the original wages.  For the worst example, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the owner of Fukushima Daiichi, pays $1,000 per day to a recovery worker, but the worker actually gets only $100 as subcontractors pick money from the original amount as costs for management or any excuses. 

What is worse, those subcontract workers receive high doses.  It is not only dangerous to their health but also problematic to their professional life.   When their institutional limit of exposure to radiation is exceeded, they are not allowed to work.  And since more and more workers have come to have a higher cumulative radiation dose, it is afraid that there will be shortage of manpower in the Fukushima Daiichi plant in near future.

An average dose for subcontract workers in Fukushima Daiichi was over 1 milli Sievert, but that for regular employees of TEPCO is less than 0.4 milli Sievert as of 2010 when the Fukushima Daiichi accident did not yet occur.

As of 2012 (after the accident in Fukushima was set off in March 2011), there were reportedly 281 subcontract workers whose cumulative dose was between 15 and 20 milli Sievert, but there were no TEPCO stuff who marked this level of dosage.           .          
In one year over 150 workers reached cumulative exposure levels which exceed 5 year upper limit

According to Japanese law, nuclear plant workers can be exposed to no more than 50 millisieverts of radiation per year and 100 millisieverts over the span of 5 years. 
The labor ministry says that as of March 2012, just one year since the onset of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, 167 workers had left the plant with cumulative exposure levels of over 100 millisieverts. 
During the spring months of April, May, and June, 79 workers were exposed to more than 20 millisieverts, and 215 others from 10 to 20 millisieverts. 
University of Tokyo Professor Kazumitsu Nawata warns of the consequences of losing nuclear plant workers with necessary expertise. He says young workers must be trained due to the need for massive manpower to fully bring the Daiichi plant under control.
Nonetheless, the most sinful party is wealthy consumers living in Tokyo and other big cities. Their lavish living has been based on abundant electricity transmitted from power generation plants, once including Fukushima Daiichi and other nuclear power generation plants.  They never suffer a high radiation dose.

The Fukushima Daiichi accident exposed this sinful structure of the industry in terms of safety and welfare of workers as well as dignity of citizens.

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Act 3:17 And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
Act 3:18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"the Spirit of God descending like a dove" - How Much Spent for Fukushima Daiichi Accident

Shinkansen Trains around Tokyo

How Much Spent for Fukushima Daiichi Accident

Since the start of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, the Japanese Government and the very utility TEPCO have spent about 8.5 trillion yen or $85 billion for fixing the accident up to date, though it is not yet contained fully.

The breakdown of the costs is as follow:

1. Decontamination Work......$35 billion

2. Damages and Compensation.....$35 billion

3. Restoration from the Accident.....$15 billion

Total................................................$85 billion

According to the Japanese Government, a nuclear power generation plant can generate electricity at cheaper costs than in a thermal power plant using fossil fuels.  To produce electricity of 1 kilo watts per hour, a coal thermal power plant needs costs of 9.5 yen while a nuclear power plant 8.9 yen.  So, the Government and the nuclear industry has been strongly promoting expansion of use of nuclear energy despite the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

The Government has also estimated that the total costs to run a nuclear power plant, including those for reactor decommissioning, damages, and decontamination work, would be $58 billion.

However, the actual costs accumulated in these three years since March 2011 are already $85 billion, as above indicated.   It has exceeded the Government's estimation.

What is worse, the issue of responsibility is still unclear.  Who should take primary responsibility when a large-scale nuclear accident occurs in a nuclear power plant?  To our surprise, this issue is not yet clearly addressed in Japan.  Indeed, nobody in the Government and TEPCO has been indicted for responsibility for failure in preventing the Fukushima Daiichi accident, though criminal investigations were conducted on some politicians and TEPCO executives.

No matter how much Japanese economy is large and Japan has advanced technology, Japan cannot bear suffering another nuclear accident.  It must abandon all of 50 nuclear reactors.

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Mat 3:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
Mat 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.