America's Japanization in Its Final Stage - PART 1: Arizona Shooting

Friday, January 21 2011 @ 02:11 AM JST

Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto

Anyone can become angry - that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way - this is not easy.
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Fully Japanized?
I am a belligerent person who firmly believes every one of us has the right to resort to homicide, including suicide, when all other means have been exhausted to eliminate someone who stands in our way. This is what the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is (or was, at least) all about.
It's true what Jared Lee Loughner did in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8 constituted a first-degree crime, and yet, that does not necessarily mean it was morally unjustifiable. Actually the first thing that popped up in my mind when I heard the news was that the gunman had just targeted the wrong person.

As a result, Loughner unwittingly made a heroine out of a harmless "Green Dog Democrat." On the surface, he can be likened to Lee Harvey Oswald who made the mediocre President an instant hero in November 1963. In fact, though, he is a far cry from Oswald because Mrs. Gabrielle Giffords is not that important political figure, after all.

To me, the real implication of the assassination attempt is that the process of America's Japanization is in its final stage now and cannot be reversed anymore.

Japan's Swords and Firearms Control Law has its origin in the Meiji Era when samurais were prohibited from carrying around their swords, but the fullfledged ban on portable weaponry was implemented for the first time when General Douglas MacArthur issued a directive in 1946.

It is noteworthy, however, that in reality the comprehensive ban ordered by MacArthur has not made any difference to public safety in this country. Throughout the Japanese history, practically no leaders, be it the Emperors, Prime Ministers or Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, have faced a serious attempt of assassination.

The way a dissident Japanese assaults a VIP is typified by the WWII veteran named Kenzo Okuzaki who had narrowly survived the bloody battle in New Guinea for the absurd cause of preserving the polity centered around the imperial institution. In 1969, he "assaulted" the Emperor with a kiddie's slingshot. Although the two small pachinko balls (pinballs) fell short of hitting the bastard, Okuzaki had to serve a 13-year prison term. He could have used a firearm if he had really wanted to kill Hirohito, but it was only in 1983 that he used one. At that time he seriously injured a son of his former boss and got a shorter prison term.

From this, you can safely conclude that in no event do the Japanese show the guts to kill their leaders. This is where lies a fundamental difference between the Japanese and other peoples. Even Adolf Hitler narrowly escaped assassination attempts on several occasions. That is why he chose to kill himself in the face of the siege of Berlin by the allied forces. On the other hand, it did not cross Hirohito's mind that he might as well disembowel himself in the last days of the war.

Not that Japan is an assassination-free society - far from it. Quite a few people have been murdered, either covertly or in broad daylight. Maverick lawmaker Koki Ishii, for one, was stabbed to death in October 2002 when he was digging into the dubious process of the "cleanup" of bad loans at failed megabanks. Most probably, this wouldn't have happened if he had been the Prime Minister at that time.

These are basically why Japan's imperial lineage has never been disrupted in the last 2,670 years since the son of the Sun Goddess allegedly founded this country.

A Wikipedia entry about the concept of Japanization also refers to it as Tennoization (literally translated as Emperorization.) This is very correct because in Japan, the Emperor, and the Prime Minister to a lesser degree, are fully guaranteed the safety of life no matter how they have caused their subjects to suffer an intolerable plight.

Now that the Americans have developed a tendency to direct their anger to the wrong ones, as the Japanese always do, the Black Dog at the White House should rest assured that he will never be targeted.

With their nation increasingly mirroring Japan, the American people will soon start killing each other, and sometimes their own selves.

At least you would need a bazooka to attack someone in the White House. And in the wake of the Arizona shooting, a tighter gun control will possibly be put in place in the U.S. But don't worry; you can kill women, elderly or kids without a gun. If you are not familiar with the simple art of murder, you can count on your Japanese friend for coaching. Or better yet, you can import the samurai sword or ninja's throwing stars from Japan.

Needless to say, though, the easiest target to take out your murderous impulse on is none other than your own self.

In his 2004 book titled Japan Unbound, John Nathan quoted Yoshi Yamamoto, Director of the Mental Health Center of Yokohama Hospital, as saying, "Some 5 million Japanese are contemplating suicide at any given moment." Since then, Japan's suicidal population has been growing further.

Yesterday, the Kanagawa Shimbun daily based here in Yokohama released the result of a survey it conducted last month. According to the report, at least 11.4% of the respondents had thought about killing themselves in the last 12 months. If you apply this rate to nation's entire population, you will know more than 14 million people are on the brink of committing suicide.

This is what can happen today in Japan - and tomorrow in the United States.

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