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Did You Notice the Second Double-Suicide in 8 Months?

Several years ago
Kan took a secular
pilgrimage to get
purified of his
political sin -
apparently to
no avail
Of course not, because what I foresaw here happened on February 15 in an anticlimactic way when head of Democratic Party of Japan Naoto Kan decided, after months of hesitation, to suspend Ichiro Ozawa's party membership. Kan had been fully prepared for a devastating counterattack, but his go-for-broke decision instantly triggered an avalanche within his party. Just for one thing, 16 Diet members declared independence from the party leadership although these rebels stopped short of leaving the DPJ because Ozawa still intends to subvert it from within.

Then came Seiji Maehara's resignation as Foreign Minister late last week when illegal donations he had received from a South Korean resident in Japan somehow surfaced. The fact that Hillary Clinton's pet decided to step down so quickly is an unmistakable evidence that the small amount of money from the owner of a Korean barbecue restaurant in Kyoto was just the tip of the iceberg. He is a small-time thief when compared to Ozawa, but as every big thief readily admits to the smallest part of his crime to save the rest of his loot, Maehara said when announcing his resignation that he would return the money in question to the Korean woman. Without a doubt, he must have received millions of dollars from organizations affiliated with yakuza syndicates that often front the CIA.

At any rate all this dealt a fatal blow to Kan whose approval rating had already plummeted to 18%. So it's a miracle that he still stands on his feet. Actually it's a foot that is still supported by the major opposition Liberal Democratic Party which is, for obvious reasons (see Note below,) not enthusiastic about toppling the administration by a gentle touch with a fingertip.

NOTE: The most important among other reasons is the Futenma relocation plan. The LDP knows it wouldn't be able to implement the plan, either, if it could get back in power tomorrow. Match-fixing is not confined to sumo in this rotten nation.

Another crutch is being offered by the CIA.

On February 16 in Okinawa, Robert Gates said: "My hope is that we will get resolution, particularly on the configuration of the airfield or the runways perhaps later this spring. And that would then allow us to go forward with our planning [to realign military forces in the region based on the agreement reached in 2006.]"

When in business I was working on risk management for many years. Especially through my first-hand experience with credit checking of prospective business partners, I learned a lot about corporate behaviors. In general, recidivism rate is in the neighborhood of 50%, but it is much higher when it comes to special types of crime such as drug abuse or rape. But now as a blogger who has delved into the history of modern Japan since retirement, I have a conviction that it's even harder to prevent a CIA type of crime from being recidivated. It's almost an unbreakable addiction.

Gates is currently in a position to kiss the dirty ass of Obama as Defense Secretary, but he was a Director of the CIA from 1991 through 1993. If you look at his Feb. 16 statement with this in mind, you can decipher his coded directive meant for Kan's government. If I should fully spell out my interpretation of Gates's remark, here it is:

Kishi vowed, as an
undercover agent of
the CIA, Japan
would remain
America's loyal
partner until
its demise
Koizumi was
frolicking before
George W. Bush,
singing Rub Me

"As the Japanese Prime Minister, you should bulldoze our plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps' Air Station from Futenma to Henoko no later than April so we can replace the conventional gunships with Ospreys no matter how the Okinawans protest against the deployment of the widow-making machines. It must be a piece of cake to neutralize the Okinawa governor because he is an unprincipled opportunist. As for Ozawa, you have done a good job, but you have yet to put the final nail in his coffin. In November Hu Jintao invited him to a Yokohama hotel where he was staying during the APEC summit 2010 to have a clandestine meeting. We won't tolerate it if this happens once again. In order to carry through with our plan at any cost, you may also have to sack some more people even within your own camp. For example, our Secretary of State is in love with that punk named Maehara, but don't hesitate to kick him out if it is really necessary for our cause. To make your life easier, my old buddies in the CIA will take care of the Japanese media and public prosecutors capitalizing on our cozy relationship with yakuza.

"Eventually, you will have to step down prematurely but that's only after you accomplished something that really gladdens Obama. Remember none of your predecessors who did what our presidents wanted them to do were labeled traitors afterward.

"In 1955, American taxpayers had the CIA fund the launch of your alma mater Liberal Democratic Party through Yoshio Kodama who had reigned over Japanese underworld since wartime. To reciprocate our generosity, Nobusuke Kishi, Kodama's cell mate as Class-A war criminal, signed the revision of the security treaty in 1960, weeks before he was forced to step down. But his exit was not too disgraceful. In 2005 Junichiro Koizumi bulldozed the postal privatization bill in compliance with Bush's demand based on the U.S.-Japan Regulatory Reform and Competition Policy Initiative and he has even been remembered as a reformer since he fled political world to avoid his responsibility for the disastrous consequence of the privatization. I hope that at least your name, too, will be on our list of patriots."

Given my theory about recidivism, which is nothing more than a commonsense matter, there is no other way to decode Gates's statement.

When the symbolic double-suicide took place, I was fully tied up with other things which were much more rewarding than talking to brain-dead Americans who claim to be Japan experts, but it wouldn't have made any difference to their stupidity and arrogance if I had had some time to spare for them. U.S. scholars and pundits are much too shallow to figure out what is really going on in this "docile satellite" of the American Empire.

Since these bastards have, by now, completely lost the thread of the kabuki play which was all started by the CIA, they will remain ignorant, forever, about how the recidivists in the CIA are manipulating the hearts and minds of the Japanese macaques. Now in the face of the increasingly intricate plot of Act 5 of the kabuki farce, they give an implausible excuse that goes like this: "After all, we are too preoccupied with other areas of the globe such as the Mideast to be really concerned about Japan."

But be concerned, because Japan is, in fact, the 51st state of the U.S. whereas Arab countries such as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are not the part of America. Self-respecting people in these countries are now waking up to the reality that unless they stand up against the dying Empire right now, they will be taken along to the bottom of hell. They don't really care whether or not they should seek for a first-ever homegrown "democracy" in the East.

Stupid ideologues in the U.S. are untiringly disseminating the same old fallacies about "digital wildfires" and "Twitter revolutions." But these are NOT what's going on in the Middle East, let alone in the People's Republic of China. People outside of the U.S. are simply fed up with America. To them even al-Qaeda is better than America.

As a 75-year-old Asian citizen I also think I have had more than enough from the Americans.

Up until weeks ago, I had a longtime American friend of Egyptian origin. When I wrote on this website that Obama should not meddle in the Egyptian Revolution because it's none of America's business whether or not the Muslim Brotherhood will win the internationally-"monitored" (i.e. tampered) elections, I carelessly mentioned her name because she is the only ethnic Egyptian I know in person.

The woman uncharacteristically exploded. She wrote: "I think Obama is one of the greatest presidents of the United States. History will prove it. The U.S. did not really meddle in the revolution except it may have pressured Mubarak to leave sooner than he was going to. (snip) I don't want to be part of your anti-Obama campaign." So I deleted my post.

I lost yet another American friend just because I told the truth. Initially this saddened me, but by now I have started to think it can't really be helped. It's no accident that the erosion which started 50 years ago on this end of the "umbilical cord" is now quickly eating into the other end. At any rate, it's a total waste of time to exchange views with ordinary Americans like her who have been brainwashed by politicians, pundits and scholars all armed with cheap, obsolete ideologies.

If you have seen Cool Hand Luke, the 1967 U.S. film starring Paul Newman, you may remember the famous line. Toward the end of the film, Luke Jackson says:

"What we've got here is a failure to communicate."

And this is exactly what we've got here in and between Japan and the U.S. in the era of social networking.

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Did You Notice Another Double-Suicide?
Authored by: samwidge on Wednesday, March 09 2011 @ 09:27 AM JST

You have international experience and I do not. Is it the case that Japanese leaders tend not to stay in office as long as those of other stable nations? Are resignations and suicides significantly more frequent in Japan?

Would it be fair to say that Japanese leaders do not stay comfortably in office long enough to learn their jobs, to understand the people who support them and to develop effective relationships?

It is true that some people compete for high office here only because of the excellent retirement programs. I note that things are different in Japan. Senior officers of government and industry tend not to retire wealthy. Perhaps there other subtle but important differences, differences that make it difficult for our nations to understand each other?

I think your term, "docile satellite" is a very good one though it may not cover the problem completely or fairly. As an American who never leaves the country, I was startled to discover the prayerful awe that other nations have for us.

In the future you are going to be startled by how oddly we behave when all of our people discover that awe (that we never appreciated) is evaporating. Already, we are terror stricken to realize honestly that our schools are not the best in the world, that our highest intellectual performers are temporary visitors from China.

We are no longer the world's greatest source for new ideas in electronics, nanotechnology and chemistry. Even in gold mining, we can't come near the expertise of the Australians. We do not know any of that yet but when our people figure it out and learn to admit it, we will be angry. When the health of our nation descends to that of Argentina and Paraguay, our people will be terribly embittered.

Like our sense of justice as victors of WWII, we will fail to comprehend that the victory cannot be permanent. In fact, we will never be able to admit that any nation can be as good or as just as ours.


A very interesting aside to your article is that the Osprey is extremely vulnerable to certain kinds of attack. It won't take long for military officers of competing nations to guess what those particular vulnerabilities are. Gunboats are not obsolete at all.

It will be interesting to note that we will find it impossible to abandon the idea that our victories in anything at all are "just" and any other nation's victories are "evil."

You keep touching things that are absolutely essential in world understanding. The al-Qaeda/al-Obama question is one that vexes me and few care to identify and question it at all. Good for you. Keep going!