Strong, incisive, and definitely opinionated, Yuichi Yamamoto is where I go to get perspectives on Japan. I may not always agree, but I am always impressed. The Japanese media, unfortunately, don't carry his brand of analysis.
- Gordon G. Chang
Gordon G. Chang is known as the author of an
insightful and courageous book titled The Coming Collapse of China (Random House, 2001).
Friday, November 28 2014 @ 08:33 AM CST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
BY DEFINITION, TO BELIEVE IS TO CLOSE THE DOOR TO CREATIVE DIALOGUE WHEREAS TO THINK IS TO INTERACT DIALECTICALLY WITHOUT RESORTING TO GUERRILLA TACTICS BOTH VIETNAM VETERANS AND DRAFT-DODGERS ARE SO GOOD AT.
The ersatz priest officiating a wedding ceremony for a Japanese couple at a makeshift Chaperu
Most Japanese of Masako's generation never worship, but happily embrace a trilogy of faiths. They see no contradiction in being taken to the local Shinto shrine to be recorded at birth, marrying in Christian ceremonies (thousands of them in Australian churches as part of a honeymoon package,) and having their bones buried in Buddhist family tombs.
From Princess Masako by Ben Hills
I'm missing Mr. Atsuta who owned a small Japanese-style bar sitting just across the narrow street from the rundown apartment building where I live. Atsuta sometimes came in early to serve Japanese lunch to neighbors who were fed up with greasy Chinese food. On such occasions, I often visited his shop to have sashimi lunch at an affordable price. But a couple of months ago, he suddenly closed down his shop presumably because what he had openly predicted became reality. Atsuta was always saying his family of three was on the verge of breakup.
Atsuta was a great conversationist, and more importantly he was like a walking Wikipedia. Aside from low-fat food served there, I always enjoyed discussion with the pleasantly talkative owner-chef over a variety of topics ranging from politics to history to culture to climate to food. It was amazing because he didn't attend any higher-leaning course. True, his knowledge was rather on the shallow side, but I know very few university graduates here whose insight into things is any better than his.
One afternoon, a year or so ago, we were discussing taxes and what we get in return for paying them. I was also so talkative as to mention how "DK" had saved my life when I was getting killed by the tax-collecting robbers at the Yokohama City Hall.
Aghast at my story about my savior, Atsuta paused in the middle of the preparation of my lunch, and said: "So this gentleman is not your son, or sibling. Moreover, he had no reason, whatsoever, to feel obliged to give you that much of money just because he empathizes with your way of life. I haven't heard of such a generous person in my life."
Subsequently our conversation went on like this:
Atsuta: "I think you must have a special kind of charisma. Without a doubt you'll make a well-deserved fortune in a matter of a year or two if you found a cult of your own." Me: "Maybe you are right. I would name it something like the Group of Creative Thinkers." Atsuta: "It's not sexy enough for the name of a cult. I wouldn't join such a cult myself. But the naming issue aside, what would the creed be like?" Me: "Thanks for asking. My tenet No. 1 would be something like, 'Never believe in anything or anyone.'" Atsuta: "Egad! What else would you tell your disciples to believe, [he added in a sarcastic tone] or not to believe, to be more precise?" Me: "My tenet No. 2 would be, 'Never believe in anything or anyone.'" Atsuta: "Is there tenet No. 3?" Me: "You bet there is. It's 'Never believe in anything or anyone.'" Atsuta: "Don't let me down. Now I've changed my mind. That way you could never be a guru. Forget about my suggestion that you should get into the cult business."
Early this past summer, my long-ailing Vista machine finally went dead. For a solid month I had to go through quite an ordeal to get a decent replacement at no cost. It's once again this charitable person who finally came to my rescue. He found me a used laptop machine with Windows 7 installed in it and spent a whole weekend to recondition it, all for free. He also bought me a speaker to be attached to the machine when he knew I wasn't happy with the poor sounds from the built-in speaker.
What if I had come back to Atsuta to tell him how the selfless guy helped me out of the computer crisis? I think he would have repeated the same thing: "Just the same, you don't have an aptitude for the cult business."
It was the same bar owner who taught me the official numbers of clergymen and adherents in Japan's religious groups are a gross understatement because only legitimized cults such as Soka Gakkai ("Value-Creating" Institute) are included in the statistics.
NOTE: Numbers of clergymen and adherents combined by religion are shown in 1,000 in this table.
Atsuta pointed out that the total number of people who are associated, in one way or the other, with religious groups including those without tax-exempt status will be greater than 300 million, i.e. almost 2.5-times larger than country's total population of 127.3 million.
Atsuta uncharacteristically failed to touch on the most important thing: what some of us call the Tennoist Cult just on a between-the-two-of-us basis. People are taught that the postwar Japan is a secular country. But the fact of the matter remains that the Tennoist Cult is not only given a tax-exempt status but affluently funded with taxpayers' money. Even Atsuta's estimate of 300 million is a gross understatement.
Australian journalist Ben Hills had a good point when he wrote the contemporary Japanese "happily embrace a trilogy of faiths." But actually he gave a wrong picture of this country. The readers of his book must have taken it that every Japanese individual goes back and forth, arbitrarily or opportunistically, among three religions during his lifetime. But actually, as I argued six years ago in my aborted book, it's something you would get when you randomly tossed incongruous religious ingredients into one salad bowl that governs Japanese people throughout their lifetime. Everything is fake in this cultural wasteland.
As you can see in the statistics shown above, there are only 1.95 million people who believe, rather than think, they are Christians. This translates into a mere 1.5% of the total population. And how many people are wedded in the Christian format? According to the data recently released by a major research company, an astounding 70% of people are wedded in Christian ceremonies although most of them still decide the dates of their weddings according to the Japanese version of the Buddhist calendar. For instance, Butsumetsu, the day of the 6-day Buddhist week on which Buddha is believed to have died, is almost always avoided even if it falls on a Gregorian weekend.
Actually I've known three American individuals who live or lived an easy life in the city of Yokohama, teaching locals "English" which sounds more like Japlish to me. Aside from their high-paying teaching job, they often have the offer for a side-job from the makeshift chapel attached to a five-star hotel. One of these guys once confided to me that he'd sometimes accepted such an offer to earn 15K yen just by pretending to be a priest for an hour. He didn't have to know how to proceed with the ceremony because he was given beforehand a bilingual manual which explained what he was supposed to say and do, and in which language, in every detail. His authenticity hinged solely on his blue eyes.
Does this still have anything to do with faiths? Practically every Japanese I've talked to in the past has said, "What's wrong with cherry-picking things we like?" Of course, nothing is wrong with apes aping others like this. It's their life, not mine. I'm just saying this isn't a laughing matter from the humanity's point of view. Obviously, it's the key to understanding this nation-state named Japan exactly how to define a cult.
Here let me ask you a simple question to find out if you are a cultist, which is more likely than not.
How do you define a cult as against a religion?
I'm afraid you don't know the answer because to you a cult is yet another religion you don't like for whatever is the reason. If you like it, of course it's a religion.
Someone is saying in his website:
"Cult is a system of religious beliefs that is followed by a small number of people whereas religion is an organized system of beliefs and practices followed by the majority of a population." This thinking-disabled person shows an unmistakable sign that he is a cultist himself.
My way of defining a cult goes like this:
"A cult is the fossil of your thought, religious or not."
No matter whether you are a theist or an atheist, when your thought failed to evolve into something more creative, it's destined to quickly fossilize into a mere belief.
In my most recent post, I theorized, or at least hypothesized, that this cult-ridden country disguised as a modern nation-state is "nothing but an illusion shared among 127.3 million people."
A vast majority of people found my argument not only ridiculous but even outrageous. It's true some small number of people said they agreed with me. But I suspect they didn't take my deliberate statement at its face value; to them it was just a salty analogy.
I knew I had to refrain from going too far with Newtonian analogies. But since I thought, rather than believed, my ontological inference about the mirage-like country is analogous closely enough to a physical or optical observation, I substituted a generally accepted physical law for my argument in order to make it more understandable to those who are not good at thinking.
I could have founded a cult of my own on my ontological theory and repeated one and the same idea over and over, as if it's a conclusion rather than a starting point, until after it fossilizes. But in fact, I chose to go on THINKING. Indeed, Japan is a cult-ridden nation. So is the United States. But SO WHAT?
To be more specific, there are four questions currently facing me: 1) Is a certain kind of class struggle still going on? 2) If that is the case, who is fighting against whom? 3) What weapons are available to them? 4) Is it a winnable war for us?
When addressing the first question, we've got to know if the ubiquity of cults is an issue particular to this nation of Shamanism. If there is a substantial difference between Japan and the United States, it lies in the fact that while Shotoku Prince was neither a guru nor a cultist, America's founding fathers were all cultists who based their dogma on John Locke's philosophical rubbish from the beginning.
But in recent years, especially since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American people have been increasingly into what I call Diversity Cult which is a natural consequence of Locke's delusion about "natural rights to life, liberty and property." Ironically, there is a striking resemblance between America's national cult and the Japanese obsession with Shotoku Prince's idea that "harmony should be put before anything else" as Article 1 of his 17-Article Constitution of the 7th century famously put it.
In 1967 a stupid anthropology professor named Chie Nakane argued in her bestselling book "Personal Relations in a Vertical Society" that Japan is a vertically-structured, hierarchical society. But she was 90-degrees wrong literally and 180-degrees wrong figuratively. The fact of the matter remains that this country has long been a horizontally-aligned, classless society. Everybody is equal under the reign of the phantom named the Emperor.
Now that the entire world is getting aligned more and more horizontally, it's an illusion if you see a conventional struggle such as one between labor and capital. And yet, with your outmoded way of viewing the division of society, you tend to overlook the fact that a class war is still going on.
These days the big battalions of thinking-disabled guys have been spreading their delusive propaganda, mainly on the web, that the Have Nots that account for 99% of the population are challenging the rule by the Haves. On the other hand another millions of thinking-disabled bastards, who call themselves truth-seekers, have been disseminating, also mainly on the web, their delusive dogma that the "dumbed-down sheeple" should wake up to the reality about handful of Jews constantly hatching an evil plot to dominate over the world. It's as though they haven't noticed the Internet is the worst conspiracy in history.
They are mistaken, if they aren't just lying, in part because they are so dumbed down themselves as to take it for granted that still there are stereotypical classes in this horizontally-aligned world. Ironically enough, they invariably base their childish conspiracy "theories" on Locke's 3-plus-century-old delusion. Jews are now targeting these "inalienable" rights of people, so they believe, if not think.
More importantly, they haven't realized that as a matter of the law of physics, the docility of the people can't support a gaseous thing like their nation-state. On the contrary, the more powerful the protest from the "awakened" people, the more likely it is that the gaseous substance, which is what a nation-state actually is, will be captured in a reinforced structure and become a solid and sustainable edifice.
Let's face it: it's none other than these self-styled dissidents who are effectively underpinning this otherwise fragile regime. They are irreplaceable contributors to the ultimate conspiracy of making the nonexistent thing visible and touchable.
Dissidents and mainstreamers are the two wings of the same dead bird because both of them got stuck with the worst type of paranoiac delusion that makes them see a class struggle where there is none. In the 21st century, the real war is being fought between thinkers and believers.
And in all fairness to unassimilated women, I'm inclined to include them in the class of thinkers although they are not always good at conceptual thinking. They remain unassimilated simply because of their instinctive desire to be with creative thinkers.
And what weapons are available to both sides? Although it's not a question of papyrus or electronics, the Internet seems to be the single most powerful weapon around. As a matter of fact, however, now it is monopolized by believers. They are effectively using what I termed
digitized utility altar. Sometimes they insist they are using the search engine as a thinking-aid as if there is such a thing that helps you think. Everything they say is an utter delusion.
Actually the Internet is a double-edged sword. If we thinkers use our ultimate weapon, i.e. the ability to think creatively, we should be able to turn the believers' only weapon against them.
There is no reason, whatsoever, to think we can't use the web-based technologies in an inventive way as even the thinking-disabled punk named
Mark Zuckerberg could do to attain his malicious goal in a matter of several years.
This website has been constantly unoptimized by these SEO companies who are affiliated, in one way or the other, with big names such as Google. Basically the business model of an SEO company is as simple as to optimize the traffic for those who want to "monetize" their website at the cost of those who don't. Sometimes I even suspect thinking-disabled elements among my audience are in effect unoptimizing my traffic.
Under the circumstances, I can't afford, financially, physically. or otherwise, to take steps to broaden my "audience base" any further. So I am not sure if I can do any more than I've done in the last ten years to make the war against the believing class winnable.
But I still think we have a fair chance of defeating believers thanks to their self-fulfilling prophecy of it. As I stressed in my June post, the fittest are the first to go extinct in a degenerating society. At least I see an early indication of that beyond the "cloud" of the World Wide Web. · read more (81 words)
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF.
Okinawa Governor-elect Takeshi Onaga
Outgoing Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
In the middle of writing on the result of Okinawa's gubernatorial election of November 16, I realized it would take too much time if I intended to analyze its implication to the fullest. I decided to make it short because I still have some backlog issues such as Japan's religious salad and consequences of the protracted drought of disruptive technologies. Hopefully I will further elaborate on my take on the Okinawa election, if I have time after I can release these pieces from the pipeline,
People in even more uncivilized countries such as the United States always talk about election fraud in the face of the loss suffered by a candidate they support, or as a handy excuse for not bothering to cast their ballots so they can say, "It's not my fault," whenever things go wrong.
But in Japan vote-rigging is a rarity simply because it's unnecessary. It doesn't make a bit of difference who wins the poll.
In the last thirteen centuries since Shotoku Prince promulgated the 17-Article Constitution, the ruling classes have been increasingly well-equipped with the art of governing, while their subjects have developed for themselves an ingenious art of being governed. Not that people don't fear, complain, resist or protest. On the contrary, they express dissatisfaction nonstop with their constrained lives.
I think this is primarily attributable to the tradition of shamanism. Let's face it: Japan is, in fact, a mirage. True, it isn't a nothing; something is there. But certainly this country is a mere optical phenomenon without substance. It comes into real existence only when it's met with fear, resentment, or any other strong feeling from someone. By this hypothesis the pathology of its insatiable desire for international recognition, or even the nationwide addiction to Sumaho and other mobile devices, can be explained, as well, in an indisputable way.
Believe it or not, I'm not exaggerating or just analogizing, but this country is nothing but an illusion shared among 127 million people. Maybe the same is more or less true with some other nation-states. But it's their headache, not mine.
I know if you are one of those thinking-disabled people who "think" they are thinking while in fact they are just shuffling information purely on an ear-to-mouth basis, you will find my ontological inference about this nation-statehood not only crazy but also outrageous. That's too bad. But I'm not in a position to babysit a curtain-climber like you.
I've learned from my firsthand experience that the entire game being played here is rigged from the beginning through the Shintoist ritual. I first learned as a university student how the system works from the nationwide protest against the 1960 revision of the U.S.-Japan security treaty. And then I learned more in depth about the same mechanism as a key staff member at the Human Resource Management section of KYB, a manufacturer of shock absorbers and other hydraulic equipment, who was in charge of industrial relations at the height of the labor movements dominated by belligerent communists from the late-1950s through early-'60s.
Now I know for sure it's much more than just degassing dissidents. The perpetual antagonism among people, who are actually obsessed with the idea that harmony should always prevail, is what has shaped the very foundation of this country.
Looking at Takeshi Onaga, the winner of the Sunday election, dancing his victory dance at his campaign headquarters, I realized all anew that Okinawa which was annexed by this mirage-like country in the 1870s has been irreversibly assimilated into America's Japan. Now the two parts of the "nation-state" have conglutinated to each other in a way to form a monster that looks pretty much like inoperable Siamese twins.
Onaga's predecessor is Hirokazu Nakaima. In the last eight years, he did the following three things: 1) he won two elections on his anti-base campaign pledge, 2) he upped the ante for the budget allocation from the Tokyo government for the "development" of the prefecture, and 3) now he is leaving office as a governor who did his best for his voters despite the fact it's Nakaima himself who gave a green light for the landfill at Henoko, the new site for the base of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Since Nakaima has already made the relocation plan a fait accompli, it's almost irreversible now. If Onaga really meant to rescind Nakaima's approval as he promised to the voters, he has no time to dance to the same old tune. But actually, Onaga, as the incumbent Mayor of Naha City, had previously confided to his fellow mayors that "no matter how we protest against the policy of the Japanese government, it will never be overturned," according to a Wikipedia entry. He reportedly added: "Yet we have to uphold our anti-base position because that is the only way to get more budget allocations."
In fact in the last forty years the Tokyo government has allocated an aggregate 10 trillion yen of taxpayers' money to Okinawa to compensate for "the disproportionately heavy burden" on the 1.4 million islanders.
This is a deja vu of what I have experienced time and again with the Yamatonchu in the last six decades. · read more (26 words)
Friday, November 14 2014 @ 06:13 AM CST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF.
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
John Locke (1632-1704)
The chattering classes in the West, from mainstream to fringe, still take it for granted that history repeats itself, while, in fact, it's not history that haunts human beings for centuries; it's their own stupidity. As I have introduced in this website, the idea central to the epistemology of Soren Kierkegaard is "repetition" but the Danish philosopher defined it as forward recollection which requires your willingness to learn.
According to these learning-disabled people, now we are witnessing Cold War II or even signs that World War III is imminent.
With my days being numbered, for my part, I can't afford to waste a single minute talking about politics. It's something other than politics that made me search for Vladimir Putin's take on what's going on in Crimea, the remainder of Ukraine and ISIS.
In one of the videos someone asked Putin how he viewed the situation. In response, the Russian President said something like this: "Nyet. In those days, Russia and America differed ideologically, but today we differ philosophically."
Putin's keen observation prompted me to take a hard think at the November 9 vote in Catalonia from a philosophical angle. That led me to write in my most recent post that Catalans' quest can only be understood as a philosophical departure from the modern nation-statehood which is essentially based on the Enlightenment theories.
To my dismay my serious argument backfired in a way that reminded me of the Rules for Posting I've asked my supposedly well-educated audience to observe since the inception of this blog.
Before launching the taboo-free website 10 year ago, I'd intensively read many books dealing with fraudulent journalism. In one of them, author Bob Kohn quoted a journalist as saying, "Progress cannot be made on serious issues because one side is making arguments and the other side is throwing eggs."
This is exactly what's going on here these days. I got hysterical rather than philosophical responses from my audience as if I'd touched on an indisputably sacred thing for the Americans. To them it's especially unacceptable if it's a serf in America's Far-Eastern fiefdom who questions the principle on which the Evil Empire has been built.
My blood pressure hit 200 mmHg for the first time since 2012. It still stays there. But I thought I had to pull myself together to fight back if I still want the Okinawans to do the same. This is why I quickly came back with some elaboration on my argument against Mr. Locke's crap.
I must admit I haven't read the original text of Two Treatises of Government, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, or any other work of John Locke. When I still had time to possibly study his works, it was already too evident to me, from the unprincipled way the average American lived his life, that Locke didn't deserve to be called a philosopher as compared to these thinkers in the European Continent, China and India.
For one thing, although his words quoted at the top of this post may sound somewhat plausible to those who never bother to think, they don't make a bit of sense from the epistemology point of view.
Here Locke failed to clarify two things.
Firstly he couldn't tell what exactly the verb "think" should mean. To me it means, first and foremost, to take nothing for granted because as I've said many times before, there's no such thing as thinking that isn't creative. In other words, to think does not mean to select the correct answer from among "Yes," "No," "I don't know," and "I don't care."
Equally important, Locke also failed to tell where man's ability of creative thinking comes from. As you were taught at school, he theorized that man's brain at birth is Tabula Rasa, i.e. a blank slate. He argued that through experience and reading afterward, one acquires knowledge. But the real question is exactly how he can acquire the ability to think that "makes what we read ours," if ever he has started from scratch.
We can see the same logical flaw, or gimmick to be more precise, in his idea about natural rights to "life, liberty and property." If our "state of nature" is like a blank slate, how can it be true that we were endowed with innate rights, nonetheless, or anything else for that matter?
He was wrong, too, about "social contract" which serves as the basis of legal rights according to his theory. Since there's no such thing in this world as a contract which isn't terminable, his social contract can't be a contract in the first place.
It is true Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers found Locke's philosophical rubbish quite useful as a dogma with which to propagate their political cause. They didn't really care if this particular school of empiricism was, in fact, nothing but a jumble of incoherent ideas. There's nothing particularly wrong, however, with these political racketeers who deliberately ideologized the words of their guru.
The problem lies with the fact that their posterity has decided to enshrine the delusive ideology as the founding principle of their country long after the expiration of its validity. Today even these anti-Semitic idiots who "think" they are seeking truth invariably base their delusive conspiracy theories on a childish premise that it constitutes an unforgivable crime to deprive someone of his inalienable rights.
Perhaps Locke and his American disciples were at fault for the fabrication because they forgot to provide their posterity with a prescription for the art of creative thinking. It's no accident that the entire nation of America now looks like a cult whose members have no ability to think, either innate or acquired.
I may be wrong, however.
I don't want to repeat the same thing over and over. But please be reminded one last time of what I wrote in September.
"A heavily intoxicated man always insists he is as sober as a judge. And a psychopath, almost by definition, doesn't doubt his sanity for a split second. Likewise, one who suffers the mental illness that I call premature senility never admits he is just shuffling information purely on an ear-to-mouth basis."
I may fall on Category 2 or 3 myself. That's why I always value frank feedback from my audience. So please feel free to correct me if you find my interpretation of John Locke inaccurate, or totally wrong. · read more (15 words)
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF. To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first set our hearts and brains right so as to cultivate our personal life. - English translation of Confucius' words 修身斉家治国平天下
On Sunday the Catalans went ahead with the "mock" vote on independence in defiance of the rulings by the Spanish Constitutional Court that a referendum, either formal or informal, is unconstitutional, while the Madrid government was looking the other way. According to provisional reports, 2.25 million people of the 5.4 million voting-age population have cast their ballots at 6,700-plus polling stations. By Japanese standard for "real" elections which cost taxpayers a tremendous amount of money each time, the estimated turnout for the Sunday vote which was readied mostly by volunteers is unusually high.
It goes without saying most of those who went to polling stations voted for secession while people who don't favor the idea just chose to stay home. Actually an interim report puts the rate of Si votes at 84.5%. But as I've said before, the real significance of the symbolic vote lies with something else than these numbers.
Catalan citizens are queuing to cast their ballots.
Josep-Lluis Carod-Rovira, former Vice President of the government of Catalonia
In a YouTube video I found several days earlier, Josep-Lluis Carod-Rovira, former Vice President of the Catalan government, exquisitely described the situation facing the people of Catalonia. He said to the interviewer, "Catalonia is like Scotland, but Spain is not like Great Britain."
Apparently Carod-Rovira just intended to make it understandable to outsiders who have little insight into history of the nation-statehood. But you can't deny this is something like saying, "Okinawa is like Guam, but Japan is like Puerto Rico." That is very true, but it won't bring you any closer to an actionable idea to look at the problem from this angle.
As a matter of fact, no pro-independence Catalan thinks about transforming the Kingdom of Spain into a United Kingdom.
To begin with, Spain and the U.K., or any other two countries, aren't really comparable. I even doubt David Cameron allowed the Scots to hold a referendum because he is an ardent believer in the principle of democracy. Perhaps he just wanted to degas the Scots after consulting with one of those reliable bookies.
This apple-and-orange comparison aside, we are still curious to know where the Catalans are heading.
Some pro-secession Catalans say eventually they will be seeking an independent membership in the European Union and the United Nations, while some others say their ultimate goal is to build "a nation without a state." It seems there is no common goal shared among pro-independence people of Catalonia as yet. But this is quite natural because you never know the consequence of your action when you commit yourself to an unprecedented kind of initiative.
In response to my previous post, more than half-a-dozen people gave me their comments, either online or offline.
Ms. Lara, Chen Tien-shi, associate professor of anthropology at Waseda University was one of them. Although Lara reserved her opinion for the time being, she showed a keen interest in the novel idea about a nation without a state.
Aside from her teaching job, Lara has been dedicated to helping "stateless persons" out of every kind of persecution inflicted on them. Deep inside, however, she doesn't seem to be comfortable with the way brainless people at UNHCR have defined a stateless person as if he is a pest. So I think the notion of a nation without a state, i.e. a stateless nation, must be quite a challenge to her.
Last night I ran into Lara when I stepped out of the apartment building where I live. She was standing by the garbage dumping site designated for the shared use among residents in this block. In the dark Lara spotted me with her cat's eyes well before I did her with my cataract-suffering eyes. As usual we had a pleasant stand-talking for almost 30 minutes. I refrained from reminding Lara of her homework in part because I know she is too busy, as a teacher, a mother and a human-rights activist, to address a challenging issue such as this one.
Another reason we didn't touch on Catalonia is because we know we can't discuss such an intricate matter in 30 minutes. We must have had to resort to borrowed words if we had attempted to do so. A really new idea will never shape itself from old ones as the Catalans seem to be demonstrating to us.
More importantly, we are a rare species of people around here in that we always value living each moment of our everyday life with a creative attitude than exchanging worn-out words. These are why we just updated each other on how life is treating us these days in a way that was heartening to both of us.
Mr. Hiroaki Koide, associate professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, also gave me an interesting feedback. The conscientious nuclear scientist concluded his mail by saying he hopes the people of Okinawa will take a similar step in the not-too-distant future to liberate themselves from American colonists and their Japanese minions perhaps in one go. He doesn't specialize in anthropology. So I think this is the best thing we can expect from Mr. Koide.
Aside from these offline responses, two American gentlemen expressed their thoughts online. As usual I learned a lot from their ways of viewing the situation facing us today. Admittedly, though, I got the impression that they are more or less at a loss over what exactly to make of the cracks showing everywhere in the post-WWII regime embodied in the United Nations and the European Union.
It seems to me that in the West, nobody can foretell what the geopolitical landscape will look like after the imminent collapse of the American Empire, perhaps with the exceptions of these mentally-retarded doomsayers and our poor friend Ching Chong Chang.
But actually everybody should be able to envisage his future on his own, right or wrong. It's really amazing to know Obama, Merkel, or any other leader in the West, doesn't have the foggiest idea about what their follies will result in.
By contrast, Vladimir Putin seems to have a brain which isn't that empty. Recently when asked if he thinks we are witnessing Cold War II in the wake of the turmoils in Crimea, Ukraine and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Russian President said:
"Nyet. In those days, Russia and America differed ideologically, but today we differ philosophically."
I think he's absolutely right.
In the last 238 years in America, and in the last 69 years in the rest of the world, people have taken it for granted that they are endowed with something "inalienable" which they are taught to call "natural rights."
It has never crossed their minds that Thomas Jefferson borrowed the "self-evident" and superstitious idea from John Locke simply because he thought it was a killer phrase that justified the killings of 25,000 Americans and 24,000 Britons in the American Revolutionary War.
Perhaps it was a valid idea for the propaganda to beautify their brutality, but not anymore. Now it justifies absolutely nothing.
Toward the end of WWII, it belatedly dawned on them that natural rights are not really natural. If the phrase should be interpreted to mean the rights to "Life, Liberty, and Property" as Locke put it, it is more applicable to animals than to human beings. In fact, it's purely an artificial thing invented by not-so-intelligent guys such as Locke and Jefferson.
But instead of going through a thorough soul-searching, people decided to reword the same old idea as human-rights.
The enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the U.S. further aggravated the situation. Now the pathological obsession with human-rights has turned into a diversity cult which has absolutely nothing to do with Putin's philosophy. Even these anti-Semitic idiots who call themselves truth-seekers invariably base their delusive conspiracy theories on a childish premise that it constitutes an unforgivable crime to deprive someone of his "inalienable" right.
But the fact of the matter remains that throughout the prolonged American Century, practically all Americans and most West Europeans enjoyed their natural rights sitting on the heaps of millions of Japanese, Vietnamese, Afghan and Iraqi corpses. Now they are standing on their empty heads. Never again will they become able to walk on their feet.
In recent years I've learned and relearned, through my first-hand experience with the gang of robbers at the tax-collecting department of Yokohama City Hall, that my constitutional rights are nothing but a castle in the air.
But nevertheless, I am very proud of being one of these level-headed and modest East Asians like Chen Tien-shi and Hiroaki Koide, who have never dreamed of taking away anything from anyone, or giving it back to him.
I think we owe this trait to Chinese thinker Confucius who said 修身斉家治国平天下 two-and-a-half millenniums ago.
The Catalans are the people who live in one of the wealthiest regions of a European country which supposedly upholds a traditional value system based on democracy and Christianity. · read more (31 words)
Thursday, October 30 2014 @ 03:33 AM CDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF. Catalonia Update November 6:
It seems Artur Mas' "watered-down" plan has been thwarted once again by the Constitutional Court. It's a déjà vu of the failed attempt of the Basque people six years ago. Just like the Basques did in 2010, the Catalans will hear "the European Court of Human Rights" repeat the same nonsense that the Spanish government had not violated the European Convention on Human Rights. Once again this will discredit the legitimacy of the entire European Union.
But I'm reasonably sure it doesn't make a bit of difference to Catalans' quest. The Mediterranean canaries will never forget the song they sang under the rule of Francisco Franco. Catalonia is like Scotland, but Spain is not like Great Britain. - Josep-Lluis Carod-Rovira, Former Vice President of the Catalan Government
On October 14 Catalan President Artur Mas announced the vote planned for November 9 would be downgraded to a legally nonbinding "public consultation" in response to the ruling by the Spanish Constitutional Court that the previously planned referendum on independence was unconstitutional,
Catalans demanding a referendum on independence
Tens of thousands of stupid students in Hong Kong have started "Umbrella Revolution" defying the teaching of Mr. Mao that a revolution is no picnic
In mid-September so many outsiders were up to pointless discussion over the Scottish referendum on the secession. Now the same ignorant people are saying essentially the same thing about where the Catalans are heading.
What I've heard from these self-styled political analysts and makeshift economists is split in two ways.
While some of them knowingly say Catalonia as an independent state would not be a viable economy, some others argue that the November 9 vote will certainly be rigged by the Madrid government because the financial crisis facing it would further deepen if the pro-independence Catalans should win.
To these thinking-disabled eunuchs, what's going on between Madrid and Barcelona is little more than a neighborhood squabble between a married couple who are on the verge of filing for divorce.
You may call their distorted view American cynicism. But I'm inclined to call it premature senility, the intractable mental illness caused by the total absence of creative mind.
However they may look to be divided over the issue, it all comes down to one and the same self-fulfilling prophecy projected to the Catalans: "Nothing will happen in November or any other point in time, in Catalonia or anywhere else." This is the same, old Zeno's nightmarish world of dichotomy which made them brush it aside when I wrote about a new sociopolitical model. They didn't give me a single specific reason why they thought it was a pipe dream to envision something that even the empty-headed punk named Mark Zuckerberg could have done in a matter of a year or two.
From generation to generation, they have taken it for granted that the American way of thinking, or to be more precise, shuffling information on an ear-to-mouth basis, should prevail all over the world. Since their childhood, they have been indoctrinated to believe in the immutable truth of the post-WWII regime which is embodied in the Charter of the United Nations. Actually I see a clear manifestation of a fatal birth defect in the 69-year-old U.N. constitution which is filled with empty promises about "the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples."
It's incredible to see more than 190 nation-states still keep dancing with the dead body as if to sanitize and authenticate their collusive allegiance to the U.S. government and the brain-dead people who have chosen to support it by their inaction.
Hong Kong is the most recent example although it isn't directly represented in the U.N. Having lived under the 1.5-century-long British rule, the Hong Kongers have been colonized to the marrow. In March 2013, a stupid guy named Benny Tai Yiu-ting founded an organization childishly named Occupy Central with Love and Peace. If I understand it correctly, the goal the OCLP single-mindedly seeks is the introduction of universal suffrage in the process for the election of Hong Kong's chief executive. (How modest!) They blindly believe in the crap which Americans and their minions call democracy.
The most important thing to note is that Catalonia is not a Hong Kong. There's absolutely nothing in common between the two regions.
Hong Kongers in and around the OCLP aren't seeking independence from the world's second largest economy. They know there's no such thing as an independence movement that isn't unconstitutional, but it's out of the question for these mentally inert and physically lazy kids to take painstaking steps to go extra-constitutional.
On the contrary, the Catalan separatists, like any other like-minded people in a nation-state, are NOT PROTESTING against anything. That's why they don't expect anyone to approve, let alone disapprove, their aspiration.
As I've said many times before, one's creative endeavor always involves two steps. The first thing he's got to do is to dissociate himself from the old link. Only then he can establish a new association. And that's what the Catalans are doing right now.
Maybe their goal has something to do with self-determination. But the real question is exactly WHAT they want to determine on their own and specifically HOW they are going to pursue it. As is often true with the pursuit of a creative goal, even the pro-independence Catalans don't seem to know the answer themselves.
In this connection, some American visitors to my website still owe me their answers to my questions. One of the questions I've asked them is how the Americans can claim to have the moral authority on which to label these Jihadists of the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) "terrorists" just because they beheaded some Western hostages. Their ancestors killed at least 24,000 Britons to liberate themselves from the British rule. And in the last seven decades, they have lived easy lives on the heaps of millions of Japanese, Vietnamese, Afghan and Iraqi corpses.
They certainly know how to sidestep a serious challenge such as mine. Most typically they make believe they didn't hear me. But sometimes they resort to the absurd myth that just like Mahatma Gandhi, alone, could make India an independent state in 1948, Martin Luther King, Jr., alone or backed by the entire black population, could bring about what Americans wrongly call "equality" and "justice" with his highly-touted nonviolence principle.
I don't think there's a good reason to believe a cultural revolution should always be bloodless. Who knows if someone in his right mind stakes his life on an artistic creation or extralegal advocacy?
By now I have tentatively concluded that political or economic independence of the Catalans is the smallest part of their bid. (See NOTE.) They are well aware that since there already are 200 too many "modern" nation-states in this world, it doesn't make a bit of sense to add another micro-nation to the list. Presumably that's why Artur Mas thinks the symbolic vote which will most probably take place on November 9 will still make a significant difference to the lives of the 7.5 million Catalan individuals.
NOTE: This needs a further discussion. But in the interim, I think it's theoretically possible for you, for instance, to be a French politically and at the same time a German economically. In reality, too, the multiple nationality of this kind has already proved workable to a certain extent in Europe. Most importantly, if we intended to fully exploit the leading-edge web-based technologies, we should be able to change our nationality back and forth between two or more with a single click of the mouse. The only problem lies with the fact that people are scared to death of real change.
Obviously one of the things the pro-independence Catalans are concerned about is the fact that their ethnic identity has started to wane as the Catalan language is quickly becoming obsolete in schools or elsewhere. This is quite natural because a language is the most important vehicle on which to share different ideas among community members.
At least in that respect, the same problem faces the Okinawans. Recently UNESCO has stepped up its drive to prevent ethnic languages around the world from going extinct. To that end the international body has added the standard Ryukyu language and its six dialects (奄美語, 国頭語, 宮古語, 八重山語, 与那国語, 八丈語) to the long list of "endangered languages."
The Japanese, who are known for their insatiable desire for international recognition, must have appreciated the move at UNESCO had it not been for the fact that their government has been trying to exterminate these languages, in order to expedite assimilation, since the annexation of the Rtykyu Kingdom in the 1870s.
Beware, though, we should keep in mind that these busybodies in UNESCO are virtually on the payroll of Washington.
As I have repeatedly warned in this website since 2008, ideas and words are inseparable twins. There's no such thing as a creative idea expressed in worn-out words, or brilliant words to express a mediocre idea. UNESCO's effort to preserve the endangered languages just for preservation's sake is yet another cheap trick to contain the colonials in the status quo of Pax Americana.
You can't keep the language alive if you've kill the thought beforehand. That is why I didn't bother to go over the long list to find out if the Catalan language, which is a branch of Romansch, was considered to fall on that category.
It goes without saying that in music or any other art form, there is the same interdependency between the message and the medium with which to convey it. And from a broader perspective, we can see a similar relationship between the end and means practically in all human activities, including science, business and politics.
Two weeks or so ago I hit another gold vein in the Google junkyard. When I was looking around for pieces of information that would help me understand what's really going on in the half-autonomous region of the Kingdom of Spain, I came across dozens of videos of a 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist and vocalist named Andrea Motis as exemplified at the bottom of this post.
I was struck by Motis, but at the same time I was deeply impressed by another multi-instrumentalist named Joan Chamorro who has been mentoring Motis since she was in her early teens.
I have also been acting as a self-appointed adviser to half-a-dozen young musicians, including members of the band organized by my biological son since I called it a career some eight years ago.
Like I've said many times, creativity creates itself when dissociative spontaneity meets associative discipline in a person. And the single most important role for a mentor to play with his mentee is to expedite this process.
Time and again I've learned easier said than done in this country. As you may know, in the last one-and-a-half centuries, constant bastardization of Western ideas at all levels has turned this country into a cultural junkyard.
With all this in mind, I viewed Motis videos in the chronological sequence. And now I've found out that this mentor-mentee relationship between the two gifted musicians might not have developed the way it did had it not been for the cultural climate of Catalonia. Now I knew this is exactly what Catalan's bid is all about.
If you are an American, you may say, "This young lady plays fairly well these musical pieces written by American composer Jimmy McHugh. But her English pronunciation is not always perfect."
I'm afraid you are mistaken. This is Catalan jazz and the words are sung in standard Catalan English which sounds greater than "Japlish" or even American English.
It's about time you should know the American Century is long over now. Outside the Pacific-rim region, not a few people, who "go on creating themselves endlessly" as Henri Bergson would describe them, have already chosen to break away from the orbit around the Planet of the Apes. Eventually that will leave the East Korean macaques all by themselves desperately clinging to the path to ruin. · read more (456 words)
Saturday, October 11 2014 @ 08:13 AM CDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
WELCOME TO THE WORLD'S MOST UNPLEASANT WEBSITE.
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF. [People would ask me,] "Haven't you ever felt that you had to be quick, quick, quick, that time was short? Do you think you're immortal?" I would answer ..... "That's it, I think I'm immortal." .... I had killed myself in advance because only the deceased enjoy immortality. I had taken precautions against accidental death, that was all. - From Les Mots (The Words) by Jean-Paul Sartre (English translation by Bernard Frechtman)
You always say there's no point in discussing the life-and-death issue. Some of you even think it's tasteless to touch on it, especially in public, because it's purely a personal matter like urination. But why then can't you just shut up, or stop thinking aloud, in the face of the demise of your friend or relative, or when your doctor diagnosed you with a life-threatening illness as if your thought or experience isn't worth sharing?
In my humble opinion, as long as you show vital signs, however weak they might be, you can't avoid talking about it because life can be looked at only in the light of death, just like death can be dealt with only from the perspective of life.
The un-PC part of the IQ scale
Seven years ago I bought the permanent leasehold for a secular burial site on a hilltop in Gunma Prefecture
When I was young, I took many achievement tests and some aptitude tests. But I've never had my intelligence quotient measured in my lifetime. So I can't tell exactly, but it's quite evident from the results of the tests I've taken, my IQ was below 100. That means now I am a moron, at best, with my intelligence further deteriorating as I grew old.
For most of my lifetime I've had to study perhaps 10-times harder than you smart guys to overcome my intellectual impairment. To that end I've read 10-times as many books as you've read, including literature on specific areas of expertise such as business administration and the computer.
Not that I've loved reading. I was, and still remain, an extremely lazy person, Even worse, I've been afflicted with serious attention deficit disorder. This has made it impossible for me to become a real bookworm in my lifetime.
As a result, my way of reading books had to be very different from yours, and still remains so today,
I often skipped a paragraph or two every time I turned a page, or sometimes skipped a page or two every time I moved on to the next chapter. Whenever I did so, I filled in the gap with my own imagination, and claimed at the end that I read it.
I'm almost inclined to say this is the most creative way of reading books. Now as a blogger, I normally assume very few people read my post word for word. And perhaps this is why I boldify, italicize, and underline so many words.
In schools I seldom resorted to cheating simply because I was still a chickenhearted boy. But after starting to work, I grew bold. Cheating was sometimes inevitable for the survival of a dull-witted youth like me.
For a six-month period from October 1963, I was attending "IBM Sales School" as a trainee. There were five phases in our course and at the end of each phase we had to take a test on computer programming by COBOL, FORTRAN and Assembler. And we were told if we failed in a test, that's it, we would be fired right away,
I still remember sneaking, with some fellow trainees, into the training center located in downtown Tokyo to steal the question sheet for the test scheduled for the next morning, after killing time until midnight at a nearby coffee shop. In those days, security wasn't as tight as it is today even in a technology company. Not a single surveillance camera was in place. The only thing thieves like us had to do was to show the old night guard the ID cards, whether or not they were counterfeit. And the drawers of the instructor's desk remained unlocked.
In short I was the worst type of student who had great difficulty swallowing, let alone digesting, any idea taught second-hand by the teacher. As a matter of fact I failed in practically all entrance exams I took at the ages of 6, 12, 15, 18, 19 and 23.
The test I took when applying for a position at Japan's subsidiary of IBM at the age of 27 was the first one I passed on my own. I think it was just a fluke that I was one of the 2-dozen guys who passed the screening exam and the subsequent interview from among the capacity crowd of applicants packing the huge auditorium of Tokyo's Sophia University.
But when it came to learning through real-life experience, the intellectually-impaired man, that I was, looked like a caught fish returned to the water. After serving out a sentence of 16-years in classroom which was torturing to say the least. or boring at best, I was far better motivated because now I could set my own goal and decide how to pursue it all by myself. This way I got everything given to me and some things prohibited to me.
This is not to say, however, that I seldom made mistakes. On the contrary, I made a lot of them, though they were mostly "smart mistakes," because it's as hard as forecasting the course and velocity of a typhoon to predict what action or reaction to expect from an unprincipled pseudo-Christian, pseudo-Buddhist or fake atheist. The behavior of those who can't think using their own brains is always predictably unpredictable.
Seven years ago I purchased the "inalienable permanent leasehold" on a secular burial site for my deceased parents at the top of a hill in Gunma Prefecture. If I include the transportation cost for the urns containing ashes of my parents from a "Buddhist" temple in Tokyo, and other related expenses, it cost me more than a fortune.
From the beginning I'd had no intention to have my ashes buried there alongside my parents'. But I simply assumed my sons, together with their wives and children, would join their paternal grandparents according to the Japanese tradition. But now it seems they don't know, themselves, where to have their ashes buried. That would be OK with me unless their plan was to vegetate for an indefinite period of time. Actually there are signs that they assume they are immortal.
When I found out my investment in the hilltop grave turned out to be a total waste of time and money, I virtually disowned them. I wasn't a parent who was particularly demanding of his children. At any point in their formative years I didn't try to mold them in any way as my father had tried on me. I just wanted to prevent them from being molded by Soka Gakkai or any other cult because I knew they wouldn't grow into a mature men if their spontaneity, which is the only enabler of creative attitude toward life, was nipped in the bud.
My way of letting them know they were now disowned was to tell them they should never look for my corpse, and they should refuse to comply if and when the police bring it along and order them to incinerate it and bury the ashes in a designated place. It's not really likely these law-abiding guys will adhere to my wish, but I don't really care how they will act when I vanish. That won't make a bit of difference to the dead one.
For better or for worse, this is how I became what I am. For all these years of ups and downs with two divorces and disownment of two prematurely grown-up sons in between, I've learned and relearned from my real-life experience how to find the stream of the Styx on my map.
Despite all these mistakes, now I know creativity is everything that really counts either in business or personal life. It's your creative mind that keeps you on this side of the stream. The moment you lose it, you'll be on the other shore.
However, it's an unfounded belief that the Styx is always a river of no return. You sometimes come back from there, if only to cross it again for good at a later point in time. This is why some of you sometimes feel death is at the very core of life. Death and life, therefore, are inclusive of each other, and the former doesn't give a meaning to the latter, or vice versa.
In short, life isn't the prelude to the glory of death and death isn't the grand finale of life filled with much ado about nothing.
To be more specific about creative mind, nothing creates it; it creates itself when innate spontaneity and acquired discipline meet in a person. Actually it actualizes itself in two steps. At first it dissociates itself from the established link, and then gets re-associated to create a new link.
This should also mean that like tango, it takes two or more to be creative. A potentially creative idea becomes actually creative only when it's shared with someone else. I know an uncreative person will never understand this, even when his IQ is on the high side. He is so much in love with himself that he constantly mistakes an absurd illusion in his head for something of real value.
In the same book from which I've quoted a passage at the top of this post, my philosophy teacher also wrote since his father died when he was 2-years-old, he "had no Superego" and that made it relatively easy for him to commit a symbolic, or simulated, suicide to "become completely posthumous."
He added: if his father had lived longer, "he would have lain on me at full length and would have crushed me." But actually, thanks to his father's short-lived life, "I, the dead one, did not love myself."
Fortunately or unfortunately, I didn't have to kill myself in advance. My father lived much longer, and taught his poorly gifted offspring to learn things in the most painstaking and ineffective way. But the result was no different: I ceased to love myself when I was still a child. This saved me from becoming one of those self-important narcissists or self-deprecating eunuchs I see everywhere these days.
When I retired at the age of 70, I took another big decision of life: I decided to opt out of
Japan's medical cartel, which is formed by doctors, medical schools, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment manufacturers, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the media and the 127-million gullible people. I opted out of it, totally and for good, because essentially it's an integral part of what the late Chalmers Johnson called Japan-particular "cartels of the mind."
Now I know death is always a solo business. I'm getting more or less prepared for an unaccompanied, undisturbed, solitary death.
In the last paragraphs of my favorite whodunit Playback written by Raymond Chandler, the private dick receives a long-distance call from Paris. In the middle of the conversation with the lady calling from France, the line suddenly goes dead. And soon afterward the lawyer who has hired him for a criminal case calls him.
"His voice rose to a sharp crackle. 'I demand a full report from you at once. Otherwise I'll see that you get bounced off your license.' 'I have a suggestion for you, Mr. Umney. Why don't you go kiss a duck?' There were sounds of strangled fury as I hung up on him. Almost immediately the telephone started to ring again. I hardly heard it. The air was full of music."
My final death will be just yet another moment I've experienced time and again in my 78-year life. Because I know very well there is absolutely nothing new in it, except it's final, I'm sure I won't find it worth sharing with anyone.
But until the day before the last, my telephone will keep ringing because these un-assimilated young Japanese ladies want me to re-experience the creative moments we shared amid this pandemic of premature senility and juvenile dementia.
Recently one of the regulars of my website warned me that I'd gone too far with this "hair-splitting" discussion, and I should get back to my "core competence of showing us how to avoid criminals in office and media."
I didn't suggest he go kiss a duck. But once again I was surprised to know Americans don't understand there's no such thing as a political issue, or a media issue. What's really at issue is always their own brains which can be seriously afflicted with the refractory mental illness.
It's none of my business. Yet I'm afraid your telephone will also be ringing every couple of weeks until I fall into my big sleep. There are some more things I want to share with you about this hair-splitting life-and-death topic - unless you explicitly unsubscribe from me in time, that is. · read more (54 words)
Wednesday, October 01 2014 @ 01:33 AM CDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF. A heavily intoxicated man always insists he is as sober as a judge. And a psychopath, almost by definition, doesn't doubt his sanity for a split second. Likewise, one who suffers the mental illness that I call premature senility never admits he is just shuffling information purely on an ear-to-mouth basis. - From my own post dated September 23
LEFT: Wandering around aimlessly in the sate of near-fugue CENTER: Karuta is believed to have a magical power RIGHT: Feeling cured by the Karuta therapy
These days religious cults are pervasive on both sides of the Pacific, and in the rest of the world, perhaps to a lesser degree. Given this climate, it can't really be helped if most of you belong to one or two of them, or even more. Yet it's regrettable that you are strongly discouraged, if not prohibited, by your guru(s) from using your own brain.
Aside from the likes of Alef, formerly known as Aum Supreme Truth (Japanese version of Peoples Temple,) there are a wide range of cults subtly legitimized under the guise of harmless groups. They include the Tennoist cult at the top of this pseudo-secular nation, the powerful Soka Gakkai, innumerable "Buddhist" sects, and the truth-seeking cabal headed by a disguised conspirator named Benjamin Fulford - if you exclude those technology-driven cults such as Apple, Google and Microsoft.
For most of my adulthood, I've struggled to distance myself from these fanatics as much as practicably possible, but often to no avail. How should I have dealt with the situation when I found out my ex-wife, her parents and siblings had all become avid believers in the poisonous superstition Soka Gakkai kept spreading as it's still doing today, and were constantly trying to proselytize my biological sons who were still in their formative years?
A conversation I had with one of these cultists typically went like this:
Cultist: "Listen, we have the supreme truth with us." Me: "Show me the evidence?" Cultist: "As you can see in this booklet, the famous Mr. So- and-So endorses our belief." (These days I would be shown a website, instead.) Me: "Just because someone endorses it doesn't make it evidence." Cultist: "Don't be silly. It's not only him. There are thousands and thousands of respectable people behind us." Me: "If you accumulate tons of fake evidence, that doesn't make it authentic." Cultist: "You are an impossible nutter. Pity for your kids."
Actually it's a pity for me, too. Now it seems to me we are all granted the inviolable right to BELIEVE in whatever we want to believe. The only thing prohibited to us is to THINK.
As I've said many times before, these cultists are NOT psychos. Neither are they indoctrinated by psychos. They have brainwashed THEMSELVES by strictly avoiding the use of their own brains.
For an amputee it's not totally impossible to overcome his handicap if he has the courage to face up to the fact that he is one-legged, or legless. But when it comes to a person whose ability for creative thinking has been amputated, that's it: he will never realize he has a serious problem inside.
As I explained in my post dealing with the issue of premature senility, it's the lack of creative mind that causes dementia, either senile or juvenile. It can never be the other way around. So it's turning the causal relationship upside down to say the disease disables your ability to think creatively. And you can't cure a disease without knowing its cause.
To make the issue even more complicated, it always takes two or more, to be creative. This makes dementia a highly infectious disease.
So if there is a cure for the mental illness, the key to finding it is to know how to build a creative relationship with someone or something.
According to a report released earlier this year by Japan's National Police Agency, within recent 12 months, 10,322 sufferers of Ninchisho (dementia) went missing in the state of fugue, i.e. dissociative amnesia, formerly called psychogenic amnesia. (They never distinguish amnesia from dementia.)
Needless to say, this is a gross understatement. What if a missing person had been living alone, or the spouse failed to report the incident to the police because he or she was also afflicted with the same illness? And equally important, what if the missing person was under the age of 65? In this country tailed shrinks take it for granted there's no such thing as the mental illness that I call "juvenile dementia."
These days self-proclaimed experts in psychiatry, who are all suffering the same disease themselves, say there are proven ways to prevent the elderly from wandering about aimlessly. According to them, one of the most promising methods is what they call the Karuta therapy.
Essentially Karuta is a game about word associations that can be shared by everyone. But how can it cure these people who have chosen to escape from everyday associations into a dissociative world? Since dissociating the established link is the first step toward redefining themselves, it must have serious adverse effects to bring them back in the middle of their journey. Maybe they will find all by themselves a new identity with which to become re-associated with the society if these dregs of humanity such as social workers, shrinks and cops let them remain missing.
. On one of the early days of this past summer, I was introduced to a young guy named Rikki Naito by the wife of the owner of a small eatery I frequent. When he came in with his lanky friend, I said to myself: "I'm lucky to have almost finished my dinner just in time. Otherwise I would have to eat with a lot of disturbance from these Sumaho-addicted punks."
Then I noticed a peculiar thing: they didn't carry Sumaho or any other mobile device.
The next thing that astonished me was Naito's way to respond to me when I said, "So you are Japan's super-featherweight champion." He stood up and answered very politely but briskly: "Yes, I'm Rikki Naito, current titleholder in that class." He added: "But it's a long way to go until I make it to the world." Although he sounded very modest, Naito looked quite confident about his pursuit.
He stayed upright until I left the shop after the exchange of some more words.
As soon as I came home, I quickly studied his profile on the web because it was a pleasant surprise to have encountered such a guy after writing off almost all male Japanese including my prematurely grown-up sons.
From the video embedded at the bottom of this post, I learned many interesting things about and from the up-and-coming fighter. Among other things, I thought I found in his sportsman-like attitude the missing link I was looking for, for many years.
Sportsmanship, i.e. manliness, consists of four closely interconnected attributes.
I don't remember exactly where German philosopher and psychiatrist Karl Jaspers inserted this parable, but it goes something like this:
The director of the mental hospital is known for his fatherly compassion toward the inmates. One day when he strolled around the garden, he spotted an inpatient casting a fishing line into the swimming pool. The director stopped by the patient. Smiling knowingly, he said, "What kind of fish do you catch here?" The madman replied: "Don't be silly, doc. You can't catch any fish in a swimming pool."
My interpretation of the allegory is that when a man does a thing just out of spontaneity, he doesn't know, or even doesn't need to know, the reason why he is doing what he is doing. Since nobody or nothing has forced anything on him, he's fully committed to it without showing the slightest sign of cynicism.
Acceptance of the rules of the game
Once you have chosen the game to play on your own, you are ready not only to adhere to the rules but also to accept anything given there. It's out of the question to complain about them.
As a matter of fact, most people have a pathological fixation to the past which prevents them from looking to the future. As a result, they untiringly lament over the given condition as if it weren't their own choice.
It's a different story, if you were forced to choose the game. For instance you tend to cry out against widespread contamination of sports with commercialism, nationalism and performance-enhancing substances. But there's no point in doing so if you aren't really in love with sports in the first place.
I do often talk about the history and status quo of Okinawa. But not once have I made such a stupid remark like the injustice in the colonized islands should be ended. It's my own problem, no one else's.
Unwavering resolve to excel
The first thing a committed person will do is to identify his shortcomings because only by overcoming his weak spots, he can possibly outdo others. This is the only way to pursue professionalism.
An effete person, who I'm inclined to call an eunuch, doesn't have an aspiration to excel. He is too lazy and inert, mentally rather than physically, to work hard to outperform his opponent. In our chattering classes, too, there are so many ill-disciplined people who habitually avoid mental exercise. Their soul has withered from the beginning. As a result, their "brain muscles," as well, quickly wither.
An old adage goes: "Age may wrinkle your face, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles your soul."
Respect for others
It's quite natural that one who does his best to excel in his game knows other people who do the same, including the loser, deserve his respect. As you can see in the video, Rikki Naito's respect goes to his father more than anyone else.
You think sportsmanship is a cousin of Bushido, samurai's chivalry. But it's the farthest thing from it. With sportsmanship, everything starts from spontaneity.
The unPC part of IQ scale
Until I became acquainted with Rikki Naito, I simply thought one's creative attitude hinges solely on his intelligence quotient.
Actually one of the young, bright ladies I was associated with was a great conversationalist, She could express her thoughts and feelings much more clearly and effectively than I.
At one time, I asked her if she'd ever had her IQ measured. She confided that when she was attending the kindergarten in the Chinatown, she was put on the watch list as an enfant terrible because her IQ was measured somewhere over 150.
She wasn't an obnoxious genius type. Far from it. On the contrary she was one of the most pleasant and outgoing personalities I've ever met. Obviously she was a rare exception.
Thanks to the young boxer, now it flashed on me for the first time that manliness, or womanliness for that matter, matters as much as intellectual faculty. Even if your IQ is extraordinarily high, your intelligence is a wasted treasure unless you strive to leverage it.
I don't know for sure the opposite can be true, too. But the most important point here is that as is true with a physically handicapped person, one whose IQ is on the low side can avail himself of one artificial gadget or another, if he has a strong will to overcome the disadvantage.
By now I'm more or less prepared for the final departure from all this ado about nothing, or to be more precise, something yet to be known. Now my only concern is how to keep my mind unclouded so I can witness the not-so-great moment myself. The only thing I wouldn't tolerate is if I'm going to survive my alertness.
In that respect the major source of concern for me is the fact that my IQ, which couldn't have been any higher than 100 from the beginning, now seems to be coming down further. For one thing, the self-analysis of my throughput time indicates my mental agility has slowed down and is still decelerating very quickly.
In the last nine months since the beginning of the year, I wrote an estimated 60,000 words for this blog. On the surface I seemed to be on the prolific side. But productivity-wise my performance in the same period is way below standard when taking into account the facts that I could only upload 12 posts where a combined 23,000 words were actually used, and that for this much of output, I spent a disproportionate amount of time. Certainly this is the bad news.
But the good news is the fact that there's ample room to improve my creativity. According to my throughput analysis, the total time worked roughly broke down into 10% for actual writing on the blog editor, another 10% for research. and 80% for thinking.
Now that I've learned from the well-mannered young guy what real sportsmanship is like. If I try hard to fully exploit my not-so-high intelligence, I should be able to make up for the slowdown on the part of my eyes and fingers. And only that way I can repay what I owe these young Japanese.
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Tuesday, September 23 2014 @ 01:13 AM CDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF. For me as leader, my time is nearly over. But for Scotland, the campaign continues, and the dream shall never die.
- Alex Salmond, outgoing Scottish first minister, in his concession speech
In the first half of this year, I reread dozens of short and long poems from Man'yo-shu (The Anthology of a Myriad Leaves) along with books on Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, official history books compiled by court-retained historians in 712 and 720 AD, respectively. I also reread a book about Yamataikoku Naofumi Uchiyama authored after meticulously digging into tons of literature and material which told him dozens of conflicting stories about the origin of this country. The late Uchiyama was my brother-in-law, who was a multitalented Nissan executive.
Although nation's ancient history still remains more or less a riddle to me, now I have understood it can be roughly summarized like this:
In the Jomon Period (13th-15th century to 4th century BC,) this archipelago was inhabited by the Ainus and the Ryukyuans. And toward the end of the ensuing Yayoi Period (3rd century BC to 3rd century AD,) people from the three kingdoms (Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla) in the Korean Peninsula came, saw and conquered the indigenous tribes and dispersed most of them to the northernmost island of Hokkaido and the southern islands of the Ryukyus.
The first thing the conquerors did after they pacified the mainland is the compilation of Kojiki and Nihon Shoki. With these books they wanted to establish a false legitimacy of their rule by inventing the absurd myth that they had been there since 660 BC to reign over the nation. To that end, they sealed off the prehistoric truth, totally and for good.
It seems the compilation of both Kojiki and Nihon Shoki was ordered by 40th Emperor Tenmu (631-686 AD) although he died before these epics were completed. It's interesting to know that according to non-mainstream Man'yo scholar Yasuko Kobayashi, Tenmu was a disguised Korean general who defected from the Goguryeo Kingdom (later to be renamed Goryo,) one of the three kingdoms in the peninsula at the time.
On the other hand it still remains a mystery who ordered whom to compile Man'yo-shu, which is more of a lyric poetry at least on the surface, and what for he or she or they tackled the painstaking task of anthologizing 4,500-plus poems when the system called Man'yo Gana (phonogramic application of the Chinese ideograms) had yet to be established. But not a few Man'yo scholars believe it was also Tenmu who ordered the compilation although in the middle someone on the direct lineage of 38th Emperor Tenji (636-672 AD) took over the project.
Since I thought it was a total waste of time to delve into court infighting, all I know about Tenji is that he was Tenmu’s longtime nemesis because he was most probably a disguised Korean prince who defected from Baekje, another Kingdom of the Peninsula.
Yuji Seki, one of non-mainstream experts in Japan's ancient history, has repeatedly argued it's important to unmask these impostors because you can only prevent history from repeating itself by revealing the truth behind all this fabrication. Although the truth-seeking historian stops a little short of insisting Japan could have taken a different course than it actually did, he won't stop peddling around the plausible but unsubstantiated idea that the Japanese could learn an unequivocal lesson from its history.
Unlike with Seki, my only concern is who I am. Am I an East Korean, or a remnant of the Ainus or the Ryukyuans? As always my answer is: "I don't know exactly, and I don't really care either." All I know for sure is:
And yet I'm anxious to know why I'm so concerned about the fate of the Okinawans this late in life. I don't know the answer yet, but as a matter of fact, the Okinawa issue has always been one of the few things I can really internalize no matter what my ethnic origin might be.
In my previous post I introduced an impressive presentation Mr. Hiroaki Koide, Associate Professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, gave at Okinawa University.
If there was something to be desired in the otherwise excellent lecture, it's the fact that with his worn-out antiwar, anti-American rhetoric, the nuclear scientist obscured his key message that each individual should be held responsible for his own suffering as well as others'.
For one thing Mr. Koide shouldn't have made a misplaced mention of the disproportionate burden on Okinawa by pointing out 74% of U.S. military bases in Japan are on the tiny islands that account for a mere 0.6% of the entire archipelago.
As you can see in the video embedded at the bottom of this post, former U.S. Defense Department official Morton Halperin recently visited Okinawa. (I got an impression that this female interpreter is a hearing-impaired and Japanese-illiterate person.) He was a key negotiator in the nominal reversion of Okinawa, but he left his post shortly before the agreement was signed because of a feud with Richard Nixon's national security adviser Henry Kissinger.
In one of the interviews with the Japanese newspapers, Halperin said:
"[When I first visited Okinawa in 1967] the American military did not believe there were bases on Okinawa. They believed Okinawa was a military base. Literally, they viewed the whole island as one military base." (Emphasis mine.)
That means the all-too-familiar story about 74% concentration of the U.S. military bases in Okinawa is essentially a nonissue frequently used as a red herring.
I don't think it's fair to expect a nuclear scientist to present his audience with well-informed, actionable ideas for the issue at hand. All I'm saying is that Koide should have dropped all this empty lip service if he had to stop short of elaborating on it. Even these geniuses like Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer could do little more than playing "Cat's Cradle" after they let the genie out of the bottle.
I hadn't known this name Masaki Tomochi until I found it in the September 15 article of The Guardian. According to the British daily, Tomochi, who heads this study group for Ryukyus' independence, was now "seeking inspiration from Scotland." So at first I thought he must be one who was ready for what David Cameron said would be "a painful divorce" rather than "a trial separation" when the British Prime Minister was scaremongering on the eve of the referendum. But I was mistaken.
I was stunned to know from his inaugural press conference held in Okinawa in May last year that its constitution stipulates only ethnic Ryukyuans are eligible to join the study group which is meant to serve as the foundation of a new independence party.
His statement simply indicated he doesn't know anything about the mind-boggling tasks to be entailed in his essentially extralegal cause of secession.
Certainly Omochi knows secession is basically unconstitutional in any nation-state, and even the "International Law" and the U.N. Charter give nothing more than a muddled promise about "self-determination" of "people." And yet what this guy seems to be launching is nothing but an exclusive cabal which is the farthest thing from the Scottish National Party from which he was supposed to seek inspiration.
Omochi is just eying a handsome amount of alimony and property division at a minimal pain of divorce. A political racketeer like him doesn't give a damn about the fact that the only thing the cause of secession requires is committed individuals.
The Ryukyu independence movement has already been suffering a serious setback in the last decade. I started intensively discussing the issue some four years ago. In those days there sill were a certain number of people who were active in advocating the idea of secession. Lim John Chuan-tiong, then Assistant Professor at the University of Ryukyus, was one of them. But it seems this dubious British-Chinese has fled to Taiwan recently.
Now things are getting even uglier toward the gubernatorial election scheduled for November 16 as another murky figure slated himself as a pro-independence candidate. His campaign pledge was to let the Chinese People's Liberation Army along with troops from the Republic of Korea take the place of U.S. Armed Forces after the southernmost prefecture secedes. The fact that he quickly removed his name from the list in a matter of weeks indicates he was a spoiler whose role was to discredit Okinawa's aspiration for liberation.
In his book titled Dismantling the Empire, the late Chalmers Johnson wrote America's presence in far east is not only financially unsustainable but also morally obscene.
No doubt about that. Morally speaking, Americans should be held responsible more than anyone else for all the sufferings inflicted on Uchinanchu, as the people in Ryukyu Islands call themselves, and Yamatonchu, as they call mainlanders. But things about the perpetual occupation of Okinawa aren't that simple.
The most sticking point there is the fact that the situation still remained fluid before the loot was returned to the Japanese government that had once fenced it to the chief of thieves. But until the nominal reversion of Okinawa in 1972, the islanders did little more than untiringly commemorating April 28 (see NOTE 1) as "the day of infamy" while in fact May 15 (see NOTE 2) was going to bring about an aggravated humiliation. Their virtual inaction during the period from 1952 to 1972 makes them deserve all the sufferings that ensued.
NOTE 1: On April 28, 1952, a nominal sovereignty was returned to Japan.
NOTE 2: On May 15, 1972, Okinawa was nominally returned to Japan without superseding Hirohito's "Okinawa message" and the bilateral security treaty of 1960.
Actually Okinawa is not a moral issue, but a humanity issue. And needless to say, humanity here has absolutely nothing to do with your cheap humanism.
As I've repeated one hundred times in this single-issue blog, the only difference between the ape and man lies in the fact that unlike the ape, man thinks. In other words, while the ape may perform better than man in coming up with the right solution to a given problem, it's only man who can identify the real issue which he can really internalize. It's this ability of internalization that can find him the right cause to become committed without reservation.
In this context there is an intractable problem always facing us.
A heavily intoxicated man insists he is as sober as a judge. And a psychopath, almost by definition, doesn't doubt his sanity for a split second. Likewise, one who suffers the mental illness that I call premature senility never admits he is just shuffling information purely on an ear-to-mouth basis.
In the vast intellectual vacuum prevailing on both sides of the Pacific, it's these people who have adamantly refused to lend an ear to my argument on the basics about humanity.
They say they only believe in truth about reality. As a matter of principle I have no problem with that. Unfortunately, though, they tend to ignore the simple fact that if their truth is something that's already there awaiting revelation, it's not only useless but also harmful to uncover it because after all you can't undo anything once it came into existence.
That is basically why they are so prone to delusion that distorts your perception so severely that you believe history could have unfolded in a different way than it actually did.
Once duped by the guru of a truth-seeking cult, you'll soon develop abnormal fixation to the past and permanent inability to look to the future. What's wrong with the argument by a Holocaust-denier, for instance, is not that he denies the systematic slaughter of Jews, but that he denies what's done is done.
It's this delusion that made people brush it aside as a pipe-dream when I made a suggestion about a brand new sociopolitical model. I wrote, though in a little too sketchy way, there's no reason we can't do what the empty-headed kid named Mark Zuckerberg could do in a matter of a few years. Unfortunately, it seems quite unlikely that someday they will understand that it wasn't a pipe-dream, but a surreal dream, in the sense the Frenchman who first coined the word surréel (beyond reality) must have meant.
In recent years, we are seeing the first signs that the America-centric "international community" has started tottering. Particularly in the eastern part of Ukraine, Catalonia of Spain, and even some counties in American states, cracks are showing in the middle of the edifice and still widening, though very quietly and at a glacial pace. But the self-complacent and learning-disabled Americans don't seem to realize the post-WWII undercurrent has already changed.
As for the Islamic State in the Iraqi territory, all the Americans can say is that we shouldn't call it a nation because it's nothing more than a group of terrorists. They still believe they have the right to tell these guys how to build a new nation. They shouldn't forget their ancestors killed 24,000 Britons when pursuing their independence.
Someone from among my American audience said he defines the word "terrorist" like this: "A terrorist is one who terrifies." In response to the absurd truism, I asked him: "If you call them terrorists just because they beheaded an American journalist, what do you call Harry S. Truman and hundreds of millions of people behind him?" Thus far I haven't heard a word from this person.
Truman is the guy who incinerated more than 150 thousand citizens of the two strategically unimportant local cities, and many more, when it must have been a piece of cake for the United States to instantly decapitate the nation by destroying Hirohito who'd holed up in the palace in central Tokyo just like a sitting duck. Equally important, in 1947 he subtly blackmailed Hirohito into giving up Okinawa to the United States in exchange for his acquittal from execution at the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal.
In the last ten years I've been calling on America's chattering classes to urge their president to immediately invoke the termination clause of the security treaty - and nothing else. Putting aside the heartache of the Okinawans, that is the only way to stop their own society from further sliding down the evolution tree. But all I've heard to this date from these brainless and spineless egomaniacs are transparent excuses such as, "I was still a fetus when Truman ordered the genocide," "I didn't vote for Bush," "I don't support Obama," "I hope I'll be dead by the time Hilary Clinton is elected U.S. President," and so on and so forth.
What a NINCOM-P-O-O-P-ISH people.
Now I must conclude that to the Americans, the Yamatonchu, and even not a few Uchinanchu as well,
OKINAWA IS ALWAYS SOMEONE ELSE'S PROBLEM AND WILL REMAIN SO UNTIL DEATH DO US PART.
This leaves me alongside a small number of Okinawans still dreaming of something beyond the reality of modern nationhood. What we envision here may not look very real as yet. But we are just saying what looks to be there, e.g. the runt in the Imperial Palace, is actually nonexistent, while you guys insist what actually isn't there, e.g. the Black Kenyan Monkey fighting against terrorists, is existent. It's obvious which is a mere delusion that gets us nowhere. · read more (1 words)
Thursday, September 04 2014 @ 11:11 AM CDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF. Last night I saw upon the stair a little man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. Oh, how I wish he’d go away.
- from a popular rhyme composed by William Hughes Mearns
I'm still behind the cause of Mr. Takashi Hirose. To my regret, however, his approach isn't really paying off despite the fact that the anti-nuclear power movement seems to have further gathered momentum when measured by the numbers of people he and his colleagues have mobilized.
The reason behind this is because Hirose has ideologized the issue by getting more and more involved in politics himself.
Recently someone close to him uploaded interesting videos which show an all-night debate program aired 23 years before 3/11. It, in itself, is yet another Shintoist ritual called Dibehto in this country, but if you have some Japanese proficiency, you will know Hirose, still in his mid-40s, already had an unparalleled insight into problems entailed in nuclear power generation, but at the same time his weak spot was already there.
When an empty-headed cynic named Susumu Nishibe challenged the arguments by Hirose and some nuclear scientists who sided with him as helplessly childish, Mr. Hirose had to pretend he hadn't heard him. Actually Nishibe said to the effect that speaking against nuclear energy is like saying we should refrain from driving cars just because tens of thousands of people lose their lives in traffic accidents every year.
Nishibe's argument was equally, or even more, childish. So it's all the more regrettable that the youngish Hirose was at a loss over how to counter it. 26 years have passed since then. I think it's about time he should have learned that by politicizing the issue, he is externalizing it as if it were someone else's problem.
In fact, the single most important thing for an activist, or any human being for that matter, is always to internalize the issue at hand. If you are really serious about the risks involved in manufacturing, selling, buying and driving cars, you should stop engaging in such activities altogether to be the role model for others. In short:
You shouldn't cherry-pick.
Fortunately for us, though, there are a handful of level-headed nuclear scientists and medical experts who pursue the same end using a much more down-to-earth approach. One of them is this Hiroaki Koide, Associate Professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute. He has made it clear to the public that he doesn't want to become associated with any political group.
On June 18, Koide visited Okinawa University to give a 3-hour presentation in which he stressed more than anything else that citizens of Okinawa, Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Fukushima have one important thing in common.
He started off his lecture by summarizing the situation in Fukushima from a nuclear scientist's point of view. There was nothing particularly new in the numerical data and factual pieces of information he gave to the audience. But I think the introductory part of the speech served his purpose of reminding what his audience had almost forgotten.
Then the lecturer moved on to the historical background against which the Japanese, especially people in Okinawa, Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Fukushima have been going through all these sufferings.
Mass suicide in Okinawa, June 1945
The nuclear scientist did not directly mention this particular incident that happened to hundreds of female Okinawans in June 1945. One year earlier almost thousand Japanese civilians committed mass suicide by throwing themselves off "Banzai cliff" when the U.S. Marines had advanced to the northern tip of Saipan. Banzai literally means "Long live the Emperor."
In June next year another hundreds of women did exactly the same thing toward the end of the bloody battle of Okinawa. When doing so, they all cried Banzai.
Seven decades later, male Japanese macaques are still chitchatting over the incident. Some say these women were forced to do so while some others insist it was a voluntary act. It's as though they think it matters whether or not they were forced by the military personnel to kill themselves.
Memo W. J. Sebald addressed to Douglas MacArthur
As to the prolonged, or even perpetuated, U.S. occupation of Okinawa, Mr. Koide touched on what is vaguely known to the Japanese subjects as "Emperor's Okinawa Message". (See POSTSCRIPT dated September 10.)
It was a top secret thing until the document was declassified some 60 years later.
To make the long story short, the father of incumbent Emperor Akihito sold off Okinawa and its residents to the American people just to reciprocate the super-generous leniency Hirohito was expecting from Harry S. Truman.
Hiroshima in the 1930s or early-'40s International University of Okinawa, August 13, 2004
Although Mr. Koide stopped short of elaborating on the true story behind the Hiroshima bombing, he showed his audience a picture similar to this one I embed here.
The stupid peoples on both sides of the Pacific have been untiringly disputing over whether the use of enriched uranium-based atomic bomb against the Japanese could be justified. As I've repeatedly argued in this blog, this is a red herring.
If ever that's what's at issue, all I can say is the A-bombing would have been justifiable if it had been targeted at the Imperial Palace to decapitate the nation. In fact, though, U.S. Commander-in-Chief ordered the Enola Gay to detonate Little Boy over the strategically unimportant local city named Hiroshima.
There is a conspiracy theory that goes like this:
Two months before the success of the "Trinity" test in the desert of Alamogordo, U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson secretly contacted Emperor Hirohito, via Shigeru Yoshida (to be profiled later) to ask where to drop the bomb. Without hesitation Hirohito said he wanted Harry S. Truman to pick Hiroshima presumably because the city is 420 miles away from his residence in central Tokyo.
The story can be true because there's no other way to logically explain what happened here in the summer of 1945.
But as I've said time and again, all conspiracy theorists are not only disguised conspirators themselves but invariably play a pivotal role in evil plots. Their role is always to give gullible people an extremely poisonous illusion that you could possibly undo history.
Whether or not we call it a conspiracy, the same gang of rogues are still there to wreak havoc on the Japanese. In the last two decades or so, the entire population has been parroting the media saying that the postwar regime is over now. But Mr. Koide asked his audience: "How can that be true when the war is far from over yet?"
Japan started working on the nuclear development in the mid-1950s under the agreement on U.S.-Japan cooperation for "peaceful uses of nuclear energy." While Japan still remains totally shackled with the U.S. East Asia policy, it has acquired all the core technologies needed for its nuclearization, i.e. those for uranium enrichment, nuclear reactor and reprocessing of used fuel to extract fissionable plutonium.
According to Koide, there is only one nuclear-capable nation aside from the 5 NPT-authorized nuclear powers and those who have nuclear weapons outside the non-proliferation framework, i.e. India, Pakistan and Israel. (He is skeptical about the existence of the nukes in North Korea because from the nuclear scientist's point of view, the country has yet to acquire all of the three essential technologies.) And this de facto nuclear power is the country named Japan.
In 1968, then Prime Minister Eisaku Sato (to be profiled later) announced his Three Non-Nuclear Principles, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 1974. But the fact of the matter remains that the Japanese government has long complied with the U.S. demand that the deployment of tactical nukes in Japan, especially bases in Okinawa, should be tolerated.
The last part of his presentation was devoted to summarizing the situation facing the Okinawans today.
In 1972, the Okinawa Islands, along with Daito islet, were returned to Japan according to the "Agreement between Japan and the United States of America Concerning the Ryukyu Islands and the Daito Island" countersigned between Eisaku Sato and Richard Nixon. But that didn't make a bit of difference because Hirohito's memo of 1947 and the security treaty of 1960 weren't superseded by the agreement.
In August 2004, a U.S. Marine CH-53D copter crashed into the campus of the International University of Okinawa.
As shown in the photo embedded above, the campus was immediately sealed off and the Japanese police stood guard outside the barricades to stop students, faculty members and other onlookers from interfering with the work being done inside. As you can see in the picture, one of the guys working on the removal of the debris was wearing a coverall and using a Geiger counter.
Koide explained: "Since a small crack in the blade can cause a serious accident, every helicopter is equipped with crack detection devices which have a certain amount of Strontium 90 in them." Although this may not constitute a violation of Sato's principle, the accident refueled the wrath among Okinawans of the situation they were in for almost six decades.
Here is an incomplete list of criminals whose names were mentioned, explicitly or implicitly, by Mr. Koide.
● Matthew C. Perry ● Harry S. Truman ● Ruth Benedict ● Douglas MacArthur ● Dwight Eisenhower ● Barack Hussein Obama ● Shigeru Yoshida who served as Prime Minister during 1946-47 and 1949-54 ● Yoshida's grandson Taro Aso who served as PM during 2008-9 ● Nobusuke Kishi, who was an undercover CIA agent disguised as PM during 1957-60 ● Kishi's younger brother Eisaku Sato, who was PM during 1964-72 ● Sato's grandnephew Shinzo Abe, who was PM during 2006-7 and came back to the same position in 2012 ● Kazumi Matsui, current Hiroshima Mayor who let more than 70 Hiroshima citizens die in huge landslides while he was chanting the same old incantation for a nuclear-free world toward the 69th anniversary ● Emperor Hirohito ● Hirohito's son Akihito.
The list will go on and on if we omit small fish the no-nonsense nuclear scientist didn't even think were worth mentioning, e.g. Ching Chong Chang and ベンジャミン古歩道.
I don't know, neither do I want to know, if some of them are Freemasons or their minions. So many Americans, and Japanese alike, have given us paper-thin excuses such as "I didn't vote for Obama," or "I don't support Abe," etc. But so what?
If you are an American, you can't deny you are part of America. It's OK if you are still determined to deny that. But beware the Japanese are the people who have been defended by 神風, or Divine Wind, in the face of a crisis. And this time around 偏西風, or Subtropical Westerlies, have sometimes taken Divine Wind's place to send Cesium 137 and other radioactive materials westward.
Here again, let me reiterate the most fundamental thing about life.
No one but yourself can manipulate you. A French philosopher put it this way:
We are our choices.
It's an extremely unusual thing that a 65-year-old top-notch scientist like Koide has yet to be promoted to a higher position than an associate professor. He didn't say a word about it. He just hinted that Shozo Tanaka is his lifetime role model.
In concluding his remarkable presentation, Mr. Hiroaki Koide quoted the old saying that goes: "An ignorant leader for ignorant people." He wanted to say each individual citizen deserves all the pain inflicted on him with the only exception of children.
I don't think you are willing to study Japanese as hard as we do English because the only Japanese words you have to know are 偉大な日本国民はアメリカ人にとって大切な友達 ("The great Japanese people are our important friends.") After all most of us are vassals and serfs living in America's far-eastern fiefdom.
But just in case, I'll embed below here the YouTube videos of Mr. Koide's lecture. If you carefully look at his presentation slides, you will know there still are a small number of Japanese individuals who refuse to observe the rules of the game unilaterally imposed by American apes.
POSTSCRIPT September 7: If I had attended Mr. Koide's class, I would have asked him this question, if nothing else, in the Q&A time: "Mr. Koide, I'm afraid iPhone and other types of mobile devices are more or less hazardous to mental and physical health. Could you give us some quantitative data to prove or disprove my fear?"
POSTSCRIPT September 8: In response to the above question Mr. Koide took his precious time to give me a mail this morning. He explained he and his colleagues in the institute specialize in "Ionizing Radiation" (電離放射線) which is normally dealt with separately from Non-Ionizing Radiation (電磁波.) But he referred me to his old friend who has long been investigating the health hazard of Non-Ionizing Radiation. Also Mr. Koide sent me a report he wrote ten years ago in the wake of the helicopter crash into the campus of the International University of Okinawa, in which he detailed how Strontium 90 affects the human body. Now I got a lot of homework.
POSTSCRIPT September 10: Since the document in question was declassified, Japanese dupes have been told that the message was verbally conveyed by this "adviser to Emperor" named Hidenari Terasaki to William J. Sebald, then U.S. Ambassador to Japan ad interim, who then passed it on to Douglas MacArthur in writing. But I don't believe that's how it actually happened. There wasn't, and still isn't, a single Japanese individual who was able to verbally articulate an intricate message like this one. According to Japanese newspapers, the 12,000-plus page "Annals of Emperor Showa" released yesterday by the Imperial Household Agency do not specifically answer the question as to whether Hirohito actually made "such a remark." Obviously, the Japanese people are now given a meticulously cooked "history" which is the 21st century version of Kojiki and Nihon-shoki compiled in the early-8th century by court-retained historians. It's about time we should realize it's a total waste of time to seriously discuss the myth about this fake nationhood at face value.
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OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF. eisaku otsuka john maynard keynes karl marx john forbes nash jason stutman paul knoepfler 大塚英作 ケインズ マルクス ネフラー 慶応大学 横浜国立大学 energy and capital SAPジャパン beauty contest full employment nobel prize acceptance speech equilibrium disequilibrium
I've always believed in numbers and the equations and logics that lead to reason. But after a lifetime of such pursuits, I ask, "What truly is logic? Who decides reason?" - from the "Nobel Prize acceptance speech" of John Forbes Nash, Jr. which was fictionalized in the 2001 U.S. film A Beautiful Mind.
The late Eisaku Otsuka, PhD in game theory
In the last half of the 1950s I was supposedly majoring in macroeconomics at Keio University. But actually I skipped most classes because I thought it would be a total waste of time to listen to these taped lectures on John Maynard Keynes, Adam Smith or the like. Moreover, it was on the eve of Rokujunen-nen Anpo Toso (nationwide uprising against the 1960 revision of the Security Treaty.) I didn't really care which theory better explained the new stage of the strategic alliance between the two sick peoples.
And throughout my 46-year career, I kept feeling the same way. As a matter of commonsense, we all knew in the wake of the heightening of a political tension, oil prices would ho up, and as a result, the demand for the hard currency would also soar. But we didn't have to revisit any macroeconomic theory every time that happened.
Today I still know that in theory, demand and supply tend to adjust themselves against each other through the price mechanism, and that in reality, though, they are manipulated by government intervention, most typically through suicidal quantitative easing or measures for what they call income redistribution.
From time to time I ask myself why I've never been really interested in the contention between proponents and opponents of Keynesian theory. My answer is always like this: Both camps take it for granted that at the end of the day supply and demand reach an equilibrium in one way or the other. I think they are missing the point when they say constantly rebalancing the two should be our ultimate goal.
For one thing, it's not really at issue how to achieve a full employment. Or are we yet to emancipate ourselves from the absurd myth that dates back to 1917 when Vladimir Lenin said, "He who does not work shall not eat," or even to the New Testament in which Paul the Apostle said exactly the same thing?
Perhaps Karl Marx was an exception. Although at first glance he also seems to have thought life and business are driven by the desire of revolutionaries to establish a new equation in the context of "dialectical materialism," he was actually more inclined to believe creation, not production, is what man's economic activity is all about. In a sense, he was seeking a disequilibrium.
Stock chart of AnGes MG, Inc., one of the hundreds of stem cell- related companies
Paul S. Knoepfler is now updating his closed community on stock prices
I was caught totally unprepared. Not that I found Jason Stutman's argument irrelevant to the issue at hand. On the contrary, I thought it was a real challenge to my creativity angle; there's something that explains why people on both sides of the Pacific, who all seem to suffer premature senility, think I am ideologizing the Obokata affair while, in fact, I am trying to un-ideologize it.
Last night I revisited the famous Keynesian analogy of the stock market to a beauty contest. (See NOTE 1.) Then I quickly walked through a wide range of arcane macroeconomic theories from Nash Equilibrium (See NOTE 2) to General Equilibrium to Walras' Law.
NOTE 1: In his General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money Keynes wrote: "It is not a case of choosing those [faces] that, to the best of one's judgment, are really the prettiest, nor even those that average opinion genuinely thinks the prettiest. We have reached the third degree where we devote our intelligences to anticipating what average opinion expects the average opinion to be. And there are some, I believe, who practice the fourth, fifth and higher degrees."
NOTE 2: A Wikipedian explains: "The Nash equilibrium is a solution concept of a non-cooperative game involving two or more players, in which each player is assumed to know the equilibrium strategies of the other players, and no player has anything to gain by changing only their own strategy. If each player has chosen a strategy and no player can benefit by changing strategies while the other players keep theirs unchanged, then the current set of strategy choices and the corresponding payoffs constitute a Nash equilibrium."
Among other things, this Nash Equilibrium thing conjured up in my mind the face of the late Professor Eisaku Otsuka who was conferred a doctorate degree in game theory by the University of California, Berkeley back in 1987. I vaguely remember hearing him casually telling me of the idea first presented by John Forbes Nash. He was one of the most intelligent and humane persons I've ever met in my lifetime.
When we first met in 2000, he was a professor at the School of Business Administration of Yokohama National University, and I was a contractor at the rotten Japanese subsidiary of German software giant SAP AG who was working on its "university alliance program." My plan was to build an application hosting network through which dozens of business administration classes across the country could use SAP's huge "Enterprise Resource Planning" system configured for a model company.
While most other participants were too change-disabled to become committed to the purpose of our ambitious project, Professor Otsuka seemed to know helping students learn "business as-is" was the smallest part of our goal. Despite financial constraint and other difficulties facing him, he volunteered to host Japan's first inter-university network of its kind from his department simply because he thought, like I did, working on "business to-be" was crucially important in nurturing creative minds in students if we still intended to reinvigorate Japan Inc. which had gone belly up when the bubble burst. I would never have succeeded had it not been for his understanding and cooperation.
I fondly remember traveling with him to Miami and Orlando to join big conferences sponsored by SAP America. On these occasions we didn't discuss much about game theory because I was, and still remain, in the dark about that discipline. But between the two of us, and sometimes joined by faculty members of universities from all over the world, we talked a lot about how to educate business administration students.
In Orlando, Florida, Prof. Otsuka already kept his headgear on during sessions. He confided to me with a charming smile: "Before coming here I was going through a radioactive treatment." When the professor passed away, he was still in his late-40s.
Having reread some of his papers for the first time in years, now I got the impression that dedicated scholar and educator as he was had started to think an equilibrium in itself can NOT be the goal of business or life.
In this respect, the Nobel Prize acceptance speech by John Forbes Nash, Jr. is very intriguing. Following the sentences quoted at the top of this post, he said: "And I have made the most important discovery of my career, the most important discovery of my life: It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reasons can be found."
My interpretation of his speech is that for him equation is no longer there to seek, if it may be bestowed on him as a token of reward toward the end of his life. And by the word "love" he must have meant not only his personal feelings for this particular lady sitting among the audience in the ending scene of the 2001 U.S. film "A Beautiful Mind," but more in general, the manifestation of one's creative attitude toward life.
POSTSCRIPT: My assumption was that the scriptwriter didn't embroider his words too far. Although I later learned the speech was a total invention, I have a good reason to say I wouldn't have been surprised if Nash had given an acceptance speech which was worded more or less like that. That's why I still keep it there.
Now everyone surrounding me suffers a refractory mental illness. I've termed it Redwood Syndrome because you want to vegetate, or think everyone else wants to vegetate for 3,200 years like a giant sequoia tree in Sierra Nevada, California.
And the last thing you would accept is this idea that perpetual disequilibrium inherent in human society is the only source of élan vital (vital impetus) for Creative Evolution. Small wonder these days practically everyone tries to find his place in the role of an intermediary between supply-side and demand-side. It's out of the question for you to pursue your own value.
One example is Paul S. Knoepfler, Associate Professor at University of California, Davis School of Medicine. It's hysterically laughable to know now he is working on his own Beauty Contest. As if that isn't enough for him, the respectable biologist seems to have started to give investment tips to his audience lately. · read more (47 words)