Saturday, May 09, 2015

"Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit" - Ice Cream and Comic

Public Parks around Tokyo

Ice Cream and Comic

I was watching white clouds slowly moving in the sky.

I thought I had not wondered why clouds floated in the sky when I was an elementary school boy or even when I was a science student in a university.  It is a too natural matter.  Clouds are floating in the sky.  There is no mystery.  Floating in the sky is what clouds should be.

I had never thought that H2O, a water molecule, was lighter than the air molecule consisting of oxygen (O2) and nitrogen (N2) mostly.  H2O has a weight of a certain multiple of 18, while the weight of O2 is that of 32 and the weight of N2 is that of 28.  Water as gas is lighter than an oxygen and nitrogen gas.  Accordingly water gas, namely vapor, floats higher than oxygen and nitrogen.

But when a water gas is condensed to liquid water, its density becomes larger than O2 or N2 gases.  So, rain drops on the ground.  A cloud consists of liquid and gas water.  They are narrowly floating above oxygen and nitrogen.

Then I saw green leaves of trees.  There were scores of trees with thousands or more young trees in a public park of May.  Then I saw the ground with full of small particles of sands and earth.  They are many.  I thought there are 300 billion stars in a galaxy and there are 300 billion galaxies in the universe.  So, in a total, more than 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10^23) stars in the universe.  And as we can divide the sky to 180 degrees x 180 degrees, in a narrow window of 1 degree x 1 degree we can see 10^19 stars at night in theory.  It is too many.  But it is not 10^10000 or more.

This universe and the nature are well designed with a great number of elements and components with stable structure.  But they were all created from one single explosion of vacuum energy 13.7 billion years ago.  How can this initial energy develop to the universe and the nature we see today?  It is a big wonder.  It cannot be possible without a great designer.  God designed it very well.

And God finally sent special spirit to a group of the primates who became mankind.  Before sending special spirit to a certain type of living things, God set this universe and nature.  What a great plan it was!

However a man is born and dies.  And his spirit disappears from this universe and nature, though it works lively in it till his death.  Whatever exists and happens between his birth and death must belong to God more than to him.

If you admit this theory, you will think that mankind has to live according to the will of God.  But, there is almost no one in this world that lives 100% according to the will of God.  Only one exception is Christ Jesus.

And what Christ Jesus said to mankind is to love God with all of their hearts and strength.  It means love is the key to connecting mankind to God.  But how can we prove that we love God so much?  How can we be rewarded for our loving God?

I stopped thinking.  It was time.  I started to walk and then heard elementary school boys in the low grades passing by and talking: "I will have an ice cream and then read a comic."

I later ate ice cream and checked a comic titled Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen).
Barefoot Gen is a Japanese manga series by Keiji Nakazawa. Loosely based on Nakazawa's own experiences as a Hiroshima survivor, the series begins in 1945 in and around Hiroshima, Japan, where the six-year-old boy Gen Nakaoka lives with his family. After Hiroshima is destroyed by atomic bombing, Gen and other survivors are left to deal with the aftermath. 
Barefoot Gen ran in several magazines, including Weekly Shōnen Jump, from 1973 to 1985. It was subsequently adapted into three live action film adaptations directed by Tengo Yamada, which were released between 1976 and 1980. Madhouse released two anime films, one in 1983 and one in 1986. In 2007, a live action television drama series adaptation aired in Japan on Fuji TV over two nights, August 10 and 11.

This anti-nuclear comic has been translated into English, French, Spanish, Russian, and other eight languages.  You may purchase one.  You may even eat an ice cream that must have been impossible luxury for the young boy Gen on August 15, 1945.

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Mar 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
Mar 5:8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
Mar 5:9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

"in thy fear will I worship" - The Hurt Locker and The Opium Money

Around Tokyo

The Hurt Locker and The Opium Money

SECTION I: The Hurt Locker

I saw an American movie The Hurt Locker that was awarded a big prize in 2008.
The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American war film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal (bomb disposal) team during the Iraq War. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay was written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded as a journalist in 2004 with a U.S. Army EOD team in Iraq.

It is not an impressive movie but it tells why the US has failed in Iraq through the War on Terror as proven by the rise of IS or the Islamic State.

The film must reflect the general tendency of Americans concerning the war in Iraq.  There are no serious descriptions of Iraqi people or ordinary Muslims in Iraq who are not responsible for the 2001 Terror and other acts of terror against the US and other Western nations.  

As American soldiers were indifferent with Iraqi people, the filmmaker must have been also indifferent with Iraqi people.  It must also reflect the attitudes of the US Government toward Iraqi people.  

Since 2003, many US soldiers had come and fought in Iraq to destroy the Saddam Hussein Administration and they returned to the US, without real care and compassion to Iraqi people left behind without competitive and effective government.  Accordingly, internal and sectarian conflicts happened to continue to date.  From this chaos, IS terrorists have gained their hegemony in some areas across Iraq and Syria.

The US did not learn anything from the war in Iraq and deepened their relationships with Iraqi people, which is clearly seen in the film The Hurt Locker (except a kind of friendship between an American soldier and an Iraqi boy).  The US Government, soldiers, and citizens did not mind respect, dignity, and welfare of Muslims in Iraq, but they have just pursued their own individual matters through the war.

If the US wants to solve the issue of the Islamic terror, it must solve problems of Muslims.  But, the US simply sent troops to Iraq to destroy social, political, and security infrastructures of Iraq.  What American soldiers mind is their own hurt hearts that were so badly affected through battles in Iraq.

SECTION II: Opium and Money

During WWII or since the Imperial Japan's Army occupied Manchuria and started war with China in 1930s, opium was used as a means to raise money for military operation in China and Manchuria by Japanese generals.

However, the Japanese Army officers involved in this illegal business used some private persons to handle opium as their proxies.  One of them succeeded in establishing a big network to grow, harvest, refine, and sell opium in Manchuria and China.  This person called Satomi accumulated big money.  Satomi managed his organization from Shanghai during WWII.

However, when the Empire of Japan surrendered to the US, Satomi was arrested in Japan as a war criminal by the US military.  Mysteriously, he was not indicted and freed without trial.

Then Satomi used his hidden fortune to support some right-wing politicians.  One of those politicians was Nobusuke Kishi, ex-prime minister of Japan and a grandfather of incumbent PM Shinzo Abe.  It is also believed that Kishi was also involved in opium business as Kishi, a leading bureaucrat of the Empire of Japan at the time, had been dispatched to and worked in Manchukuo (a nation established in Manchuria by the Empire of Japan) in late 1930s.  So, after WWII, it looks natural, Kishi received money from Satomi who also ran his opium network in Manchukuo.

If this rumor is true, the assets PM Abe inherited from his grandfather Kishi include money earned by Satomi and other secret agents of the Imperial Army during WWII in opium business in China.

Every family has a dark side, and the Abe family can be no exception.

Hopefully, a film based on this rumor might be made in future under the title of The Opium Money.  It will be a big hit in Japan and China, at least.

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Psa 5:6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
Psa 5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
Psa 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

"ponder the path of life" - In the Case of Nobusuke Kishi

Around Tokyo (44 km and 42 km to the sea)

In the Case of Nobusuke Kishi

Nobusuke Kishi, a grandfather of incumbent Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, made his first trip to the US in 1926 to attend the Sesquicentennial International Exposition hosted by Philadelphia.  At the time, Kishi was a young and rising elite bureaucrat of the Imperial Government of Japan.
In 1926, Philadelphia hosted the Sesquicentennial International Exposition, a world’s fair, to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Although it opened to great fanfare, the exposition failed to attract enough visitors to cover its costs. The fair organization went into receivership in 1927 and its assets were sold at auction.

Kishi was impressed by the scale and power of the American industry.  For instance, automobiles were regraded as a kind of luxury in Tokyo at the time.  But Kishi saw many used cars piled and deserted in fields and suburbs in America.  The rising Japanese government official realized that the US had industrial power beyond comparison with the Empire of Japan.  GDP of the US was more than 10 times larger than that of the Empire.  So, though there were many things to learn from the US, those advanced features of America could not be simply introduced to Japan.  The industrial base was so different.

Kishi left the US for Europe after attending the Exposition in Philadelphia.  His business trip extended from the UK to Germany.  His memory about the UK was that it was very cold in London.  And, as walkout and strikes were going on in factories around London, he could not encounter then-famous black fogs there.  

In Germany, Nobusuke Kishi found a clue to boost the Japanese industry and the society.  Germany did not have abundant natural resources in contrast to the US.  But German industrialists, scientists, and engineers were fully exercising their talents to develop advanced technologies.  Kishi thought the German way of boosting industry could apply to Japan.  America was too large and rich with too lucky circumstances in terms of natural resources and democratic systems.  The American way could not fit Japan, though the Empire of Japan was successfully promoting its industrial revolution, the only and first example in Asia.  But, Japan could adopt the German way by concentrating resources to key industrial fields and technologies.

When Kishi returned to Tokyo, He submitted a report to inform senior bureaucrats of what he had observed and thought in the business trip to the US and Europe.

The Empire of Japan progressed to a great extent in the industry sector till 1941 when the Empire entered war with the US as part of WWII.  But, all the Japanese bureaucrats and military leaders, who shared the same view on the US as Kishi's, never dreamed of starting war against the US to occupy Hawaii and California and destroy the American industry.  All they aimed at in their strengthening the Imperial military was to prevent advancement of the US military force, which allowed the US to colonize the Philippines at the time, to the Far Easy including the Empire of Japan, Manchuria, and mainland China.  From the beginning, the Imperial Government of Japan had no intention to enter an all-out fatal war with the US.

Nonetheless, the US Government wanted to join the UK in the war against Nazi Germany, since WWII had already started in Europe.  As the Empire of Japan was a military ally to Nazi Germany, the US Government wanted the Empire to start a war against the US.  The war between the Empire and the US would automatically lead to the American entry into the war against Nazi Germany.

Accordingly, the Roosevelt administration imposed various stern economic embargo against the Empire of Japan, in addition to a conventional racist policy against Japanese immigrants.  Specifically, when the Imperial Government sent troops to Vietnam through negotiations with France, the colonial master of Vietnam at the time, President Roosevelt stopped all oil export to Japan.  The Imperial Navy lost its main fuel source.  The world second largest naval fleets of the Imperial Japan would be unable to sail in a year or so.  The Imperial Government was driven into a corner; it had to decide to whether it should withdraw all the troops from Vietnam and China as the US so demanded, or it stood against the US to check and suppress the US navy while advancing to Indonesia with big crude oil fields under control of the Netherlands. 

Kishi, who became one of top officials of the Imperial Government at the time, and other leaders of the Empire thought that if the Empire had accepted the US demands, the US always determined to enter the war against Nazi Germany would further pose new difficult requests.  So, they planned and executed the Pearl Harbor Attack, hoping that the US Navy would be simply unable to interfere the Empire's advancement to Southeast Asia to obtain crude oil and other natural resources they could not import from the US anymore.

Nobusuke Kishi was promoted to a state minister by Prime Minister Hideki Tojo immediately before the Pearl Harbor Attack carried out in December 1941.  When the Empire was defeated in 1945 after long and fierce battles and suffering Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks, Kishi, as with Tojo, was arrested as a war criminal by the US military stationed in Japan and led by General MacArthur.  Eventually, General Tojo was executedin December 1948, but Kishi was in prison in Tokyo only for three and half years.  Kishi was acquitted and freed in 1948.

Kishi later became a lawmaker through winning general elections.  And, in 1957, Nobuuske Kishi was elected in the Japanese parliament as the 56th prime minister of Japan.

Now, one of Kishi's grandsons, Shinzo Abe. is prime minister of Japan.  PM Abe looks like being strongly proud of his grandfather Kishi.  Shinzo Abe is very pro-American despite the fact of Kishi's aversion to General MacArthur who ruled Japan for several years after WWII and under whose name Nobusuke Kishi was arrested and put into a jail as an A-class war crime suspect.   

The point at issue is that Nobusuke Kishi thought that the Imperial Japan's war against the US was a kind of defense war like General Tojo thought.

The Pearl Harbor Attack was a justifiable act of defense for leaders of the Empire of Japan at the time, no matter how aggressive, adventurous and destructive it was.   

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Pro 5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
Pro 5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
Pro 5:6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
Pro 5:7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

"loose the seven seals" - The Last Word of Hideki Tojo

Rice Paddies around Tokyo

The Last Word of Hideki Tojo

The last word of Hideki Tojo, the prime minister of Japan who ordered the Pearl Harbor Attack of 1941:
I cannot help but feel heartbreaking grief when I recall the situation at the time of opening the war.  The imminent execution of me is consolation for me as an individual (who is desperately looking for a means to make his apology to the Emperor and the Japanese people), but I know that my responsibility for domestic tragedies (of the war against the US) cannot be compensated by my death.  However, as for my responsibility for international tragedies (associated with Empire's war against the US), I plead my innocence in every respect.  I am just forced to yield to force (of the American military).  Personally, I think I will proceed to a scaffold with satisfaction of accepting the blame for domestic tragedies.  Nonetheless, I am truly regretful for my fault of having my colleagues being forced to take responsibility (for the war) and having even low-ranked officers (of the Imperial military) being forced to be punished (as war criminals).
(the rest is omitted)

Former Prime Minister and full general of the Empire of Japan Hideki Tojo reportedly cited this word  hours before he was executed by the US military in Tokyo around midnight or 0:00 a.m. of December 23, 1948.

Today General Tojo is linked to his status, the A-class war criminal of WWII, in Japan.  There is no movement in Japan at all to resuscitate the honor of General Tojo.  However, General Tojo and other A-class war criminals were, rather secretly, enshrined in Yasukuni Shrine of Tokyo in 1978.

In Yasukuni Shrine, fallen soldiers, total about 2.5 million, of the Empire of Japan since late 1860s are enshrined.  The Shrine regards General Tojo and other A-class war criminals executed by the US military as soldiers killed in war.  They have no intention to separate the souls of General Tojo and other A-class war criminals, though there are big arguments in Japan about whether or not the Shrine should separate them from other 2.5 million souls.

Interestingly, Emperor of Showa, who had presided over the Empire of Japan during WWII (and before/after WWII), stopped visiting Yasukuni Shrine when he was informed of Shrine's act of enshrining the souls of General Tojo and other A-class war criminals, though the Emperor visited the Shrine occasionally after WWII.  His imperial son, namely the incumbent emperor of Japan, has never visited Yasukuni Shrine at least since he ascended the imperial throne in 1989.

Put simply, General Tojo was faithful to Emperor of Showa till his death, but the Imperial Family denied their relationship with General Tojo showing no support for, and sympathy with him.  It means that the upper society, as well as the general public, of Japan denies General Tojo and regards him as a war criminal of WWII.

However, the fact that General Tojo admitted in the Tokyo war crimes tribunal, virtually subject to General MacArthur of the US Army, that the Emperor had no responsibility but only he was responsible for the war against the US (and other allied nations) in order to defend the Emperor proved that General Tojo was not a coward.

You may sometimes have to listen to what even a coward would say according to significance of the matter.  That is why I have checked the last word of General Tojo.

Hideki Tojo (1884 – 1948) was a general of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA), the leader of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association, and the 40th Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II, from October 17, 1941 to July 22, 1944. As Prime Minister, he was responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor, which initiated war between Japan and the United States, although planning for it had begun before he entered office. After the end of the war, Tojo was arrested, sentenced to death for Japanese war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, and hanged on December 23, 1948.

It is said that after WWII the family members of General Tojo had a hard time but they could survive without being under violent attacks from General Tojo's enemies or ex-soldiers.

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Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Monday, May 04, 2015

"Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works?" - Bad Film Paradise Now

Around Tokyo

Bad Film Paradise Now

I saw a Palestinian movie Paradise Now.

This film was put into DVD in Japan under the editorship of Ms. May Shigenobu.
Mei Shigenobu (1973-) is the daughter of Japanese Red Army terrorist Fusako Shigenobu and of a Palestinian terrorist who was reportedly the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.[1][2] Some news agencies have given her name as May Shigenobu.
The father of Ms. May Shigenobu was reportedly killed.  Her mother, Fusako Shigenobu, is now in a Japanese prison.

Paradise Now is not a film ordinary Japanese like to see.
Paradise Now (Arabic: الجنّة الآن‎) is a 2005 film directed by Hany Abu-Assad about two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Israel. It won a Golden Globe for best foreign language film and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category.
If you are strongly against suicide bombing terror, you will never handle this issue in a manner as Paradise Now does.

There are two factors mingled in this film: individual problems and problems of mankind.  You are free to made a decision on your life and actions.  But having this freedom never means being blessed by God or Allah.  Even Hitler had freedom to eradicate Judaists from Europe, which he actually tried to carry out.

But, as a member of mankind, you have to do what a member of mankind should do and you should not do what a member of mankind should not do.

Any member of mankind should not present terrorists as if they deserve being depicted in a film without clear accusation.

If a film focuses on the human nature of a suicide terrorist, you have to show how he has been brainwashed by terrorist leaders who never blow themselves up in suicide bombing.  The tragedy of a suicide terrorist consists here.

If there had not been any such terrorist leaders around a suicide bomber, he or she should not have carried out suicide bombing.  No poor individual has ever built a terror organization and made up a doctrine to justify suicide bombing and carry it out by himself.  He or she happened to encounter a terrorist group and believe their doctrine.  They are educated and brainwashed to be suicide bombers.  The human tragedy of them is related to this fate.

It looks like this film was created with support from Germans who had cynicism in the Palestinian situation.  And its Japanese version was made with support from a daughter of a Japanese female terrorist.  This film cannot bring about peace.

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Exo 5:3 And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
Exo 5:4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens.
Exo 5:5 And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.
Exo 5:6 And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying,
Exo 5:7 Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

"Adam lived an hundred and thirty years" - The Japanese Emperor

Around Tokyo

The Japanese Emperor

There have been 125 emperors in Japan, including those who apparently belonged to a myth rather than real history.  The incumbent Emperor is the 125th emperor.

But, the title of the Japanese emperor, "Ten-no" in Japanese, had not been used till the 40th emperor Ten-mu.
Emperor Tenmu (631 – 686) was the 40th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.  Tenmu's reign lasted from 672 until his death in 686.
Before Ten-mu, the title great king (”oh-kimi" or literally "dai-oh") had been used.  The background against this drastic change is a little complicated.

First of all, Japanese elites knew at the time that China used the title emperor ("ko-tei" in Japanese).  And under the Chinese emperor there were some kings in China.  Monarchs of tributaries to China were also called kings.  But Japanese rulers before the era of Ten-mu had avoided simply using the title king but had called themselves great king each, since Japan was not under direct authority of the Chinese emperor.  And then, when Ten-mu changed this title, he did not interestingly adopt the title ko-tei for himself, though he introduced the new expression ten-no for the same meaning as ko-tei.

Today, Japan uses the English word emperor for ten-no, while they use the same word emperor to express the Chinese emperors of the past as well as other imperial monarchs in other countries of the past, including Roman emperors.  And, they call all the other emperors, except Japanese ones, ko-tei in Japanese.

For Japan: Emperor = Ten-no
For other empires: Emperor = Ko-tei

The kanji characters used for ten-no are of course different from ko-tei, though one of two component kanjis is the same between the two kanji expressions.  The very component kanji ("no" of ten-no and "ko" of ko-tei) is pronounced "no" or "ko" in Japanese as in these cases, though the sound "no" is very exceptional.  It has a meaning of something that emits great light,

The point at issue is that when Ten-mu abolished the title of the ruler of Japan, oh-kimi (great king), he didn't dare to adopt the same expression as the Chinese emperor.  But he used the kanji expression "ten-no" (ten means heaven) though giving the same meaning as ko-tei (emperor).  He carefully made a distinction between the Japanese imperial ruler and the Chinese one.

In the seventh century, China was a super power in Asia, though it did not occupy any part of Japan.  There were no other countries in Asia that could put themselves at the same position as imperial China.  The Chinese imperial court called monarchs of those countries using the title kings or the likes.  For the Chinese imperial court, China was the most advanced country; China was the center of civilization; and no kingdoms could be allowed to stand on a par with China.  Under the heaven, there was only one emperor, who was the Chinese emperor.  This was the Chinese idea and philosophy.

(China knew the existence of the Roman Empire.  Chinese at the time must have known that there was emperor in the Roman Empire.  But Rome was too far. Their military would never face the Chinese imperial military.  Accordingly, Chinese didn't care about the Roman emperor.  However, they probably called it the Roman king.)

Nonetheless, the Japanese ruler Ten-mu adopted the new title ten-no. And, it was accepted by the Chinese imperial court, since Japan was not included in countries which brought tribute to the Chinese emperor.  Japan had and has never been officially subject to China.  The Chinese emperor was not in a position to tell a Japanese ruler what title he had to adopt.

However, it is true that Japan imported many cultural products from China, including kanji letters, Confucianism, Buddhism, etc.  The Japanese imperial court sent official envoys to China from 600 to 894 to learn the advanced Chinese culture, paying full respect to the Chinese emperor, though it was different from paying tribute.  Though there might have been various communications between private sectors of the two countries even in those years, voyages from Japan to China over the East China Sea could not be easy due to typhoons and rough winter weather.  It seems that only the Japanese imperial court could build and send ships that could safely sail across the sea.  (Traveling through the Korean Peninsula to the Chinese capital must have been more dangerous due to some complicated relationships between Japan and Korea at the time.  Korea was a tributary to China in most periods of history.)

Since the beginning of history, Chinese troops never occupied any part of Japan.  And, Japan has never been a country that brought tribute to China.  But, the imperial court of Japan or the ruler Ten-mu carefully avoided using the same kanji expression as that used to indicate the Chinese emperor.  So, Ten-mu called himself ten-no while calling the Chinese emperor ko-tei, with an implication of an emperor for both. 

But why did it take 40 monarchs for Japan to adopt the title ten-no (emperor)?  Why did the 40th Great King of Japan Ten-mu suddenly change his official title to emperor?

There are various theories about it.   But, there were no records about this drastic change.  Ten-mu himself, in addition to any scholars, bureaucrats, and noblemen of the Japanese imperial court, wrote the background.  This is one of mysteries in the Japanese history.

I will later discuss this issue.

Emperor Tenmu

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Gen 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:
Gen 5:4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
Gen 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.