Saturday, August 08, 2015

"they took up of the broken meat" - Trial of 40 Days or 40 Years

Fireworks Event around Tokyo

Trial of 40 Days or 40 Years

Nobody cannot live alone in this world, though there have been some exceptions like Robinson Crusoe.

But most of people think that if they don't obey the regime or the mainstream of society, they cannot live in the society at a reasonable living standard.  If you deny commercialism and the rule of money, you will lose your job or will be fired from your job.

If you don't obey any rules other than those taught by Christ Jesus, corporate management, which is a servant of Satan, will dismiss you from the company.  If you don't obey any moral codes other than those taught by Christ Jesus, communities where you live will expel you.  In that case, you have to be another Robinson Crusoe but not in a solitary island far off in the ocean but in the middle of a city or a village.  You must become homeless surrounded by enemies everywhere.  So you might be afraid and you might obey Satan that controls this world through money economy.

So, if you want to be a follower of Christ Jesus, you have to first go into the wilderness to live there for 40 days without money, status, and friends or a family.  If you can survive for 40 days, you will have self-confidence to live in a city or a village as a follower of Christ Jesus, fighting Satan.

Indeed, Christ Jesus Himself experienced this trial as the Bible depicts.

But, as a tribe, Hebrews had to live in the wilderness for 40 years after having exited Egypt, being led by Moses.

Maybe you can judge a nation, such as Japan, the US, the UK, China, and Russia, based on what they had achieved in 40 years after WWII, though it is 70 years today after the War.

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Mar 8:7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
Mar 8:8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.
Mar 8:9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.

"bare fruit an hundredfold" - Wall Street Judaists vs Holocaust Judaists

Imperial Palace Plaza, Tokyo

Wall Street Judaists vs Holocaust Judaists

As the Second World War ended on August 15, 1945 for Japan, the Japanese Media are presenting related articles, discussions, and opinions to the general public in these days.

Before the end of WWII, the world was divided mostly due to the Great Depression that had started in the US in 1929.  Each of major countries in Europe was also affected by this economic crisis, thus trying to recover by sacrificing other countries and territories.  The Empire of Japan was also hit hard.  But the Japanese economy showed earlier recovery than the US and Europe.

To cope with the great slump of economy after the Depression, the UK, France and other European countries, as well as the US, with colonies and overseas territories set up their own economic blocs to exclusively maintain and control their own economic zones and markets for their industries.  Accordingly, the global trade shrank.  And they could not well succeed in ending the recession.

On the other hand, Germany, the Empire of Japan, and the Soviet Union tried to get through recessions by applying strong control to their economy.  And they succeeded in overcoming the Depression in 1930s.  Especially the Empire of Japan was supported by its new colony or tribute country, Manchuria or Manchukuo.  In 1934, the GDP of the Empire of Japan returned to the level before the Great Depression.  For example, the US could not stabilize its GDP above the level before the Great Depression till 1941.

However, through the process of the recovery from the great recession, the Japanese society had to under go a bloody political crisis.  In 1930s, four prime ministers, including two ex-prime ministers, were assassinated in Japan by nationalists and nationalist-associated military officers and soldiers.  As a result, the military came to have a strong influence in the imperial government.   Though there were political parties and a fairly democratic parliamentary system in the Empire of Japan, militarism came to have strong momentum, leading to the wars with China and the US/the UK eventually.

In Germany, the Great Depression resulted in disunity among political parties, paving the way for Hitler's rise.
Overnight, the middle class standard of living so many German families enjoyed was ruined by events outside of Germany, beyond their control. The Great Depression began and they were cast into poverty and deep misery and began looking for a solution, any solution. 
Adolf Hitler knew his opportunity had arrived. 
In the good times before the Great Depression the Nazi Party experienced slow growth, barely reaching 100,000 members in a country of over sixty million. But the Party, despite its tiny size, was a tightly controlled, highly disciplined organization of fanatics poised to spring into action.
Put simply, the Great Depression caused the tragedy of European Judaists in WWII.

And the Great Depression had been caused by greed greed of Wall Street businesses where many Judaists were selfishly working to obtain great wealth.

Therefore, sinful and wealthy Judaists in New York eventually brought down the Holocaust in WWII through the Great Depression that started in 1929.

The issue at point is that there are still many sinful and wealthy Judaists in New York.

It is related by Sereno S. Pratt that in 1792 there was a little office at No. 22 Wall Street for the public sale of stocks. A number of men, engaged in the business of buying and selling, were accustomed to meet near a large buttonwood tree which stood near 68 Wall Street. In 1817, the New York Stock Exchange, about as present constituted, was organized. 
The Stock Exchange is private institution. It is practically a commission club in private hands. It is not incorporated.
Its membership is strictly limited to 1,100 men.

It is interesting to tabulate the growth of Jewish membership as shown by the old directories of the Exchange.
In the year 1872, with a total of 1,009 members there were 60 Jews.
In 1873, with a total of 1,006 members, the Jewish membership decreased to 49.
In 1890, with membership limited to 1,100 there were 87 Jews.
In 1893, with the same limit of membership, there were 106 Jews.
At the present time, still with the same rigid limitation of membership, there are 276 Jewish members. 
It is said that the Jewish membership is really somewhat larger than the last figures indicate, owing to the fact that some of the Jewish members bear non-Jewish names and have adopted some phase of the Christian faith and have cut themselves off, outwardly at least, from the Jewish community. 
The figures show, therefore, that Jewish membership increased from 5 7/8 per cent of the total in 1872 to 25 per cent in 1919. 
In its reference to the Stock Exchange under the head of “Finance,” the Jewish Encyclopedia states that Jewish membership is “only 128,” “a little more than 10 per cent.” The date of these Jewish statistics is not given. The article quoted has, however, an argumentative as well as informative purpose. The statement concerning the 10 per cent membership on the Exchange is made to call attention to the fact that “Jews form at least 20 per cent of the whole population of New York, and much more than that percentage of the business section.” The Jewish population of New York City has since increased to 25 per cent of the whole, and the membership on the Stock Exchange has increased to the same point. 
But it has taken 47 years for the Jews to gain that 25 per cent membership. Their control of the Exchange, at the given rate of progress, is only a question of time.

However, some people think that the Great Depression realized a process for American Judaists to become truly Americans.
New York Jews and Great Depression: Uncertain Promise (Modern Jewish History) Paperback – October 1, 1999
by Beth Wenger (Author)

Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
In the 1930s, the two million Jews living in New York City represented the largest ethnic group in the city. Jewish immigrants had established themselves as successful professionals and entrepreneurs during the prosperous '20s, but with the crash of 1929 and the ensuing years of the Great Depression, they were faced with more than just economic crisis. Wenger, a professor of Jewish history at the University of Pennsylvania, offers an informative history in which the Depression became the catalyst that transformed the Jewish immigrant into the American Jew. She puts a positive, though not altogether convincing or reassuring, spin on a process of acculturation through which "New York Jews ensured the persistence of Jewish identity and community by tailoring Jewish ethnicity to American norms." Challenged by rising anti-Semitism, employment discrimination and college quotas, New York Jews drew upon a tradition of private philanthropy and communal responsibility to establish "informal networks for economic assistance and personal support." In the New Deal era, the Jews of New York found that public welfare and social legislation were at one with this tradition, and forged a lasting bond with the Democratic Party. Wenger provides valuable detail on the history of philanthropy, social services and political activism in the Jewish community, though there is less than one would like on the personal and social lives of these first- and second-generation immigrants. But readers interested in the history of Jews in New York will appreciate the author's thorough treatment of a decade of transition. Photos.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Luk 8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

"But Jesus stooped down" - A Look-alike of Oswald

National Diet Bldg. and Tokyo Metropolitan Police Dept. Bldg, around the Imperial Palace

A Look-alike of Oswald

If you plan to kill JFK and set up Oswald as the sole assassin, how would you build up the whole scheme?

It is not difficult to shoot and kill JFK as proven in the RFK and Rev. King cases.  But it is not easy to set someone up for a murderer of a big guy such as JFK, RFK, or King.  However, if you had known Oswald since he had been stationed in Atsugi, Japan, as a marine, or he had defected to the Soviet Union to live there for a few years (as a CIA agent), the final element for the planned assassination would be just in your hand.

You persuade Oswald to set a sniper's nest in the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository building after sending him to the workshop through a network of secret agents. And you also tell Oswald to stay at the entrance to the 6th floor so as to prevent anybody from entering the room till the JFK motorcade passes the Dealey Plaza.  You can take alibi from Oswald this way.  In addition, you surely make him leave three shell casings and a rifle around the sniper's nest, though Oswald might forget to place the rifle at a proper location.

Then, you tell Oswald to leave the TSBD building and return to his rooming house to fetch a revolver.  A car will come around the house to pick Oswald up and send him to the Texas Theater.  Now you have Oswald in the movie theater, but you have to lead the police there and kill him.  But how?

If the police is informed that police officer Tippit has been killed by a man like Oswald who is now in the Texas Theater, they would surely rush to the theater.  And, if Oswald resisted with his gun, he must be shot to death by some police officers.

But why do you have to choose officer Tippit?  Maybe it is a recommendation of Jack Ruby.  Ruby is the only guy who actually and openly killed a man in the JFK case.  He is a dangerous guy.  If Ruby could kill Oswald, an alleged assassin of a US President, he could most probably recommend killing of Tippit.  Indeed, Ruby had a direct connection with the Mafia, and Tippit was shot four times and he received the fatal bullet at his temple, which looks like a Mafia shooting.

But to complete this scheme, you need a look-alike of Oswald who is supposed to shoot Tippit (probably with another killer with an automatic gun).

Even if Oswald arrested had been true Oswald, an Oswald whose shooting Tipit was witnessed must have been a look-alike.

This scenario is based on the following analysis:
Killing Tippit and Capturing Oswald,

But your plan fails as the fact was:
After searching two other theater patrons, Patrolman M.N. McDonald reached Oswald and told him to get on his feet:
Oswald rose from his seat, bringing up both hands. As McDonald started to search Oswald's waist for a gun ... Oswald then struck McDonald between the eyes with his left fist; with his right hand he drew a gun from his waist. McDonald struck back with his right hand and grabbed the gun with his left hand. They both fell into the seats.
Three other officers, moving toward the scuffle, grabbed Oswald from the front, rear and side. As McDonald fell into the seat with his left hand on the gun, he felt something graze across his hand and heard what sounded like the snap of the hammer. McDonald felt the pistol scratch his cheek as he wrenched it away from Oswald. Detective Bob K. Carroll, who was standing beside McDonald, seized the gun from him.
... As Oswald, handcuffed, was led from the theatre, he was, according to McDonald, 'cursing a little bit and hollering police brutality.' 
This photograph depicts Oswald on his way to the police car:
At 1:51 p.m., police car 2 reported by radio that it was on the way to headquarters with the suspect [for the murder of Officer Tippit, not for the assassination of the President].

Oswald was arrested alive.  You have to use Ruby, though some people should realize that it is a large-scale conspiracy, involving the Mafia, and Ruby might betray you later.

Apart from numerous conspiracy theories presented by various people after the assassination of Oswald by Ruby, Ruby conveniently died in a jail.
Ruby died of a pulmonary embolism, secondary to bronchogenic carcinoma (lung cancer), on January 3, 1967, at Parkland Hospital, where Oswald had died and where President Kennedy had been pronounced dead after his assassination. He was buried beside his parents in the Westlawn Cemetery in Norridge, Illinois.

And in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated.  You might well apply a lesson learned from the JFK case in 1963 to these cases in 1968, since you were clean now with the death of Jack Ruby in 1967.  Nobody could refer to Ruby anymore.

(It seems that Oswald under tension was rushing to the Texas Theater by taxi, but he realized that he had to retrieve a pistol from his residential room.   He got off the taxi to walk back to the rooming house.  And then a car having watched the house appeared to pick him up.)

To make sure, there seems to be a chain of conspiracies in some part of US elite communities that has stretched from the Pearl Harbor of 1941 to the JFK Assassination in 1963 and further to the 2001 9/11 Terror.  In my view, to cope with the dark force behind these conspiracies without clearly being aware, Americans finally chose Barack Obama as US President in 2008.

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Joh 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

"preached Christ unto them" - Miracles before the Hiroshima Day

A Tokyo Subway Station

Miracles before the Hiroshima Day

It was a very hot day, today.

I was walking to a railroad station, wishing that God would show me a miracle.   I looked up at the sky, and there were no clouds at all, even no drifting ones.   "This is the very blue sky of August," I thought.  On a raised path between buildings, I checked Mt. Fuji, 100 km far.  The air with summer vapor hindered the view of the mountain.  Only a lower slope of Mt. Fuji was seen.

When I was returning from the station, I found that one big clump of clouds occupied a part of the west sky.  It was dark in the evening sky.  Then without sounds, the whole clump of clouds flashed.  The instant strong light from the inside of the clouds showed detailed structure of the clump, though it was fairly far.  It was not yet a huge cumulonimbus cloud, but it had a similar momentum in a way of overlapping various gray clouds to form the one big clump in the western sky.

A flash of lightening repeated in an interval of about 5 seconds.  I stopped walking to observe them many times untiringly.  It is as if huge bombs had been exploding endlessly in the dark clouds without sounds.  However only a few pedestrians realized the mysterious show in the sky around Tokyo.

Later I checked a newspaper and found some articles about Japan-related WWII stories, including the 1941 Hiroshima atomic bomb:

Some Americans were promoting a project to return Japanese flags US soldiers had collected in battle fields in the Pacific Ocean in WWII to families of fallen Japanese soldiers who had possessed the flags when they died.  Some members of the project visited the Prime Minister Office to hand over scores of old Japanese flags to PM Shinzo Abe.

Another article introduced two women who suffered the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack in August 1941: one died in 2011 and another still alive.  They are just ordinary Japanese women but they wrote books about their experiences in Hiroshima.

Ms. Teiko Okuda was 31 years old at the time.  She was not directly exposed to the blast of the atomic bomb, but she ventured into Hiroshima City to look for a child of her brother who had been sent overseas as a soldier.  Ms. Okuda walked through the devastated city for eight days from the day when Hiroshima was attacked.  She was carrying some foods and water, which she gave to suffering children whenever she encountered them on the destroyed streets of Hiroshima.  Every child dying in her arms wished to give foods and water they were being provided for by Ms. Okuda to their dying family members.  Ms. Okuda later wrote a book on this tragic experiences to publish it at her own expense.  The circulation of copies of the book was thus limited.  But last year a producer of a major publisher found this book to decide its release from the company, though Ms. Okuda died at the age of 96 in 2011, while her self-published book reached the fourth edition.  

Ms. Shizue Inada, 95 years old, issued a book last year on her Hiroshima experiences.  She was working as a 24-year old public heath nurse in a town 6 km far from the center of Hiroshima City.   In a house where she visited for her duty in the morning of August 6, 1941, she witnessed a huge mushroom cloud of the atomic bomb.  She returned to the town office while watching the weird cloud.  Then she started to help and treat victims of the atomic bomb attack in a first-aid station set up in a primary school.  Six days after the tragic day, she went to the center of explosion to look for acquaintances.  After that, her whole body exhibited purple blotches; she though she was dying, too.  But she survived to date.  Next year she married and moved to a prefecture near Tokyo to work and raise three children.  She joined some anti-nuclear movement managed by exposed persons.  She even traveled to the US and Switzerland for peace activities.  And, though she is very old now, she decided to issue a book last year.

Indeed, it is August 5 today, and it will be August 6 tomorrow: the Hiroshima Day.

Finally as part of a miracle of today, I am writing this report.

A uranium gun-type atomic bomb (Little Boy) was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, followed by a plutonium implosion-type bomb (Fat Man) on the city of Nagasaki on August 9. Little Boy exploded 2,000 feet above Hiroshima in a blast equal to 12-15,000 tons of TNT, destroying five square miles of the city. Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects of the atomic bombings killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 39,000–80,000 in Nagasaki; roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day.
(According to Hiroshima City, at the time 350,000 soldiers and citizens, including Taiwanese and Koreans and American prisoners of war, were living or passing the city.  It is not yet known precisely how many people were killed in Hiroshima, though it is thought that 140,000 people died due to the atomic bomb attack by the end of December 1941.

The number of fallen Japanese soldiers in Hiroshima is believed to be between 10,000 and 30,000.  In addition, the number of American prisoners of war killed in Hiroshima was 23, though only 17 of them were identified with their names.)

Near the Center of Explosion, Hiroshima City, before the Atomic Bomb Attack

After the Blast of the Atomic Bomb

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Act 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

"upon the mountains of Ararat" - Aesop's Fish

A Tokyo Railroad Station

Aesop's Fish

It is very interesting that 500 years before Christ the world had seen great philosophers or persons of religion: Daniel, Socrates, the Buddha, Confucius, etc.

But the most interesting one that seems to have had an influence on Christ Jesus is Aesop.
Aesop (c. 620–564 BCE) was an Ancient Greek fabulist or story teller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables.

From Aristotle and Herodotus we learn that Aesop was a slave in Samos and that his masters were first a man named Xanthus and then a man named Iadmon; that he must eventually have been freed, because he argued as an advocate for a wealthy Samian; and that he met his end in the city of Delphi.
So, it is no wonder that Judaists and Christ Jesus heard some stories created by Aesop.
The following Bible verses may have been taken from Aesop:
1. The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle 
Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
2. The Mouse and The Bull 
Ecclesiastes 9:11 "The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong… but time and chance happeneth to them all."
3. The Kingdom of the Lion 
Isaiah 11:6-9 "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid... And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together… They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain..."
4. The Raven and the Swan 
Jeremiah 13:23 "Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil." 
5. The Two Pots 
Douay-Rheims: Ecclesiasticus 13:3 "What agreement shall the earthen pot have with the kettle? for if they knock one against the other, it shall be broken."
6. Wolf in Sheep's Clothing 
Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
7. The Quack Frog 
Luke 4:23 "And he [Jesus] said unto them… Physician, heal thyself."
8. The Fisherman and His Pipe 
Luke 7:32 "They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept."

It is so interesting that Christ Jesus adapted The Fisherman and His Pipe.
Luk 7:29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
Luk 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
Luk 7:31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
Luk 7:32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
Luk 7:33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.
Luk 7:34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
However the original story regrading The Fisherman and His Pipe is as follows:
There was once a fisherman who saw some fish in the sea and played on his pipe, expecting them to come out onto the land. When his hopes proved false, he took a net and used it instead, and in this way he was able to haul in a huge catch of fish. As the fish were all leaping about, the fisherman remarked, 'I say, enough of your dancing, since you refused to dance when I played my pipe for you before!'

It is a little hard to find relevance between Aesop's story and Christ's saying.  But, even if fish or people didn't act as expected by God, God would take a decisive step to realize what He has expected.

We should dance and weep, when we are expected to do so by God.  But the minds, hearts, and souls clouded and soiled by desire and money cannot dance and weep if they see a sacred man being executed.

So, I have to liken people of our generation to those fish.

Additionally, Aesop's Fables were first introduced into Japan in the late 16th century by Catholic missionaries to Japan.  The Fables had some influences on the Japanese literature in later centuries.

アリとキリギリス(The Ants and the Grasshopper)

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Gen 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

Monday, August 03, 2015

"Jesus put forth his hand" - How an Anti-Nuclear Film was Made

Around Tokyo

How an Anti-Nuclear Film was Made

In March 1954, the crew of the Japanese fishing boat Daigo Fukuryumaru was exposed to strong radiation caused by a US hydrogen bomb test in the southern Pacific Ocean.

Eventually, one of 23 crews of the fishing vessel died of radioactive disease in September 1954.  This incident was widely reported not only in Japan but also globally, and the world became aware of danger of the US thermonuclear device test being conducted on Bikini Atoll.

However, the Japanese Government did not take a stern attitude to the US.  As the US Government paid $2 million as consolation payment to victims in 1955, Tokyo stopped protest to Washington, while the US Government never officially apologized.  The Japanese Government did not want to rouse the Japanese people to blame the US that inflicted nuclear damage to Japanese again, in addition to the use of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII.  Tokyo wanted to keep good relationships with Washington for economic interest and in prospect of obtaining nuclear energy technology from the US in the future.

Accordingly the general public of Japan gradually forgot the Daigo Fukuryumaru Incident.  However, there was a film director in Japan who wanted to handle this incident in his work.
Lucky Dragon No. 5 (Daigo Fukuryu Maru) is a 1959 Japanese film directed by Kaneto Shindo (1912-2012). It is based on the story of the Daigo Fukuryū Maru.

An ageing fishing boat, Dai-go Fukuryū Maru ("Lucky Dragon No. 5") sets out from the port of Yaizu in Shizuoka Prefecture. It travels around the Pacific, line fishing. While the ship is near Bikini Atoll, the ship's navigator sees a flash. All the crew come up to watch. They realize it is an atomic explosion, but take the time to clear their fishing gear. A short time later, grey ash starts to fall on the ship. By the time the ship returns to port, the sailors have been burned brown. They unload the fish, which are then transported away. They visit the local doctor and then go to Tokyo for an examination. It turns out they are all highly radioactive. Their symptoms become worse, and the contaminated fish causes a panic. The men are taken to hospitals in Tokyo, leaving their families behind. The radio operator, Kuboyama (Jūkichi Uno), dies from the radiation.

Film director Shindo was at the time a member of an independent film making organization.  He did not belong to any movie companies.  Therefore, he had not enough money.  But, as he had already made a film on Hiroshima, Shindo was strongly motivated to handle this nuclear disaster.

Shindo and his crew visited and stayed in the port town Yaizu, 200 km west of Tokyo, for taking pictures.  But their budget was depleted.  They found they had no more money to pay accommodation charges to a Japanese-style inn where they were staying.  But the owner of the inn cooperated with Shindo, allowing them to stay till their shootings were over.  And finally, Shindo and the crew left Yaizu, just promising they would pay the charge some time in future.

But, this film Daigo Fukuryu Maru was not accepted widely in Japan.  People wanted to forget about the tragedy.  Japan was entering an era of high economic growth by mainly exporting goods to the US market.  So, it was mainly leftist people that praised this film.  This film could nolt achieve even reasonable financial success.  Shindo could not pay debts to the inn in Yaizu.

Director Shindo thought that his ambition to run an independent film-making organization failed.  But he wanted to make another one as the last trial.  It was The Naked Island (Hadaka no shima), released in 1960, though it had nothing to do with nuclear disasters.  It was made with the least amount of budget Shindo had ever used.   However, this film was highly appreciated overseas.  Shindo could sell performance rights to foreign agents at reasonable prices.

And then Shindo visited Yaizu to pay the debts to the inn owner.  The owner was surprised and could not easily believe that Shindo and his poor crew could produce a great hit.

In March 2011, an M9.0 earthquake occurred in the Pacific off the northeast part of the Japanese mainland.  It triggered great tsunamis that in turn triggered the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear accident.  Some Japanese facing a threat of radiation exposure recalled the film Daigo Fukuryu Maru, though Shindo died next year after making his last film, which was an anti-war story, in 2011.  Kaneto Shindo was 98 year old when he made his last film, making him the oldest film director in the world.

The wooden ship Daigo Fukuryumaru is today exhibited on Tokyo Bay, though you may purchase the DVD of Daigo Fukuryu Maru through a vendor.


Bikini Atoll east of Guam

Film Poster of Daigo Fukuryu Maru (a black-and-white movie)

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Mat 8:3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

"he came again into the temple" - Christians, Friends of Judaists before WWII?

A Shinto Shrine around Tokyo

Christians, Friends of Judaists before WWII?

Alfred Smoular (1911-1995) joined the resistance movement in France during WWII.

However he was captured and sent to a concentration camp.  He was later even sent to Auschwitz.

Luckily he could survive the horrible and difficult time of the war.  After WWII, he started to work in AFP, since he had graduated from the Sorbonne.   And then, he was dispatched to Tokyo as a special correspondent to cover the Korean War.  He married a Japanese woman to live in Japan till his death.

He did not long mention or write a book about his experiences in Nazi concentration camps where he experienced extreme crimes against humanity.  But in 1988, he wrote his memoir 186416 Souvenirs de la Resistance et de la Deportation, which was translated into Japanese and published in Japan.

In this book, the author Smoular wrote that he heard a terrible thing from a French diplomat during the Korean War.  The diplomat said that when he was a junior member of the French Foreign Ministry before WWII, he had written a report on Nazis' persecution of Judaists; but his boss recommended him to burn the report, since nobody wanted to know such a thing.  And, the diplomat confessed that he had burnt the report.    

Smoular noted that an attention should be paid that Hitler had taken over power through a series of democratic elections in Germany before WWII.

Indeed, Hitler took power relying on support from lower-middle-class Germans rather than working-class Germans.  And traditional sentiments of the German people must have been more strongly preserved and observed among those lower-middle-class Germans than any sectors in the German society.  Disbelief in Judaists had been long hidden in the major sector of Germany as well as Europe in general.

However, the most interesting thing is that Judaists living in Germany before WWII had not realized the dangerous potential of this pan-European anti-Jewish sentiment.

Jewish people in Europe before WWII thought they were surrounded by Christians who respected the Old Testament, Abraham, and Moses, so that they were safe, since those Christians were a kind of friends to Judaists.  It was a big mistake.  But why did they misunderstand the surrounding Christians, including Hitler?

This is a big question yet to be fully answered while 70 years have passed after WWII.

Anyway, when Columbus reached America around 1500, all the Judaists in Europe should have started to leave for the New World.

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Joh 8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
Joh 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
Joh 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
Joh 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.