Simple arithmetic aside, my sympathy goes more to a greater number of people
who get killed by others or kill selves every year than to those identified or presumed as dead in the once-in-a-millennium calamity of March 11. It is true that the weak should take the blame for their weakness, but it is also true that the leader of the country should be held responsible for their plight that has weakened them.
As I wrote in my post titled For Whom Kamikaze Blows, Prime Minister Naoto Kan is among those who benefited most from the earthquake of Magnitude 9.0 and 33-foot tsunami that followed it. As if to make sure that he can make the most of the windfall disaster, Kan has been exacerbating the situation by mishandling the constant drain of radioactive contaminants from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. At least, that's what he looks to be doing through his right-hand man Yukio Edano.
Inauguration of Taisei Yokusankai
on October 21, 1940
Drowsy-eyed Ministers at the
Diet session of March 29, 2011
As a result, we are now witnessing a social milieu, which has a striking
resemblance to 大政翼賛会 (Taisei Yokusankai). Taisei Yokusankai is the grand coalition formed for the cause of 国体維持 (Kokutai Iji or preserving the polity centered around the Divine Emperor) on the eve of the oil embargoes imposed against Japan. If there is any difference between Taisei Yokusankai and Kan's virtual coalition that even includes the Japanese Communist Party,
you can find it in these pictures. In the Diet session of March 29, where
lawmakers supposedly discussed the source of the emergency relief fund,
most Cabinet members, including Kan, were intermittently taking a nap.
They would say it couldn't be helped because they were so exhausted from working hard since March 11, but I am sure I've worked much harder and longer on a very demanding gig only to make ends meet despite the difficulty caused by Parkinson's Disease. Actually, these highly-paid bastards looked so dozy because they rest assured that the Kan administration, which had been on the verge of falling apart before the quake, is now getting a boost from the newly emerging monolithic political climate.
But everything else is an exact replay of Taisei Yokusankai. The mainstream media, especially reporters in 官邸記者クラブ (Kantei Kisha Kurabu or press club exclusively and collusively attached to the Prime Minister's office,) have been doing a good job just like their forerunners did in the early-1940s. Now Yukio Edano, the Cabinet spokesman, owes them a lot for their wholehearted cooperation with his 大本営発表 (Daihon-ei Happyo or press releases by the Imperial Army Headquarters.)
You may ask: "Is Kan alone in leveraging the disaster?" Good question. Actually there are many others who are taking advantage of the national tragedy.
This climate is really reminiscent of the wartime slogan "一億火の玉となって" (Ichioku Hinotama to Natte, or One Hundred Million Hearts Beat as One.) On TV we watch an endless stream of supposedly touching stories about selfless deeds. But in reality, other types of crimes than those by policymakers are now rampant across the nation, especially in the afflicted areas. Among other things, looting and charity-swindling are widespread more than ever although the media have hushed them all up.
Is there anyone else who is cashing in on the catastrophe? You bet there is: the United States of America. If Obama and his people weren't terminally ill as the Japanese are, they would have thought it's about time to pull the plug on Japan, the nation now proving unviable for the fourth time in its modern history. In fact, though, the U.S. is now sending in 450 military and non-military personnel, together with two "barges," SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters aboard USS Ronald Reagan and a "military robot" of the type used for bomb disposal in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This robot developed by a defense contractor named QinetiQ North America surprised me because until now I thought Japan is a leader in robotics. Now I have learned Japanese robots are only good at playing the violin as the one developed by Toyota or playing the role of a pet as the one manufactured by Nintendo. This is yet another confirmation that Japan's technological supremacy is nothing but a myth.
Other countries such as Israel, France, Germany and China are also lending a helping hand, but in a more modest way. Though off the subject, it was interesting to know the initial reaction of Edano, the licensed shyster, to foreign medical teams. He reportedly insisted that they should be prohibited from treating patients on the grounds that they are not licensed for medical practice here.
Japanese people who were at a loss over what to do are now exulting at the sight of foreign rescue teams arriving one after another. Especially the one from the U.S. have really heartened them. But with my longtime experience with American people, I would call their massive relief operation "fishing in troubled waters." There's no other way to explain it.
As I have already written on this website, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, on February 16 in Okinawa, 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.]" The coded directive to Kan can be deciphered like this: "We can no longer tolerate your inaction and irresoluteness beyond the end of April."
Given the unexpected seismic activity, Gates's order may have to be changed, but only slightly. I am sure that the U.S. will go ahead with its plan against the will of the Okinawans before the dust settles in Miyagi, the prefecture hardest-hit by the natural calamity, and in Fukushima, the prefecture hardest-hit by the manmade disaster. Until then, the Japanese won't give a damn to what happens in Okinawa Prefecture.
This reminds me of one of my friends with quotation marks. (These days I have many foreign friends who I've had to refer to with quotation marks for an obvious reason.) His name is Benjamin Fulford. I know self-styled conservatives in America have developed allergy to "truth-seekers" like Fulford. Some of them have even hysterically warned me that my association with such a nutter will tarnish my credibility, but I don't care.
Quite expectedly, the Canadian conspiracy theorist based in Tokyo now theorizes that the devastating quake was caused by HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) based in Nevada or New Mexico, just like the Niigata Earthquake of 2007 which also caused a serious damage to the nuclear power plant located near the epicenter. I don't know if his theory is fully substantiated. Neither do I want to know. But I wouldn't be surprised if Fulford proved to be right, because it isn't hard to see the fingerprint of the CIA there.
Whether or not there was a conspiracy, I am only concerned about what's coming next from the recidivists in Washington, rather than rogues stationed in Nevada or New Mexico.
Fulford's theory about the motive this time is that "the rogue element"
of the U.S. government wanted to warn Japan to take part in the TPP talks.
(He has subtly changed his rhetoric since Obama became the President, but I don't see any difference
between Bush and Obama. Both are villains and morons.) To me his hypothesis about the motive does not make
sense at all because now it's out of the question for Kan to think about joining
the TPP framework at the cost of the primary industries.
If I were the rogue element of the U.S. government, I would have intended to expedite the progress of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps to Henoko where Ospreys, the aircraft dubbed Widow-Making Machines, will be deployed covertly.
At any rate, these are why I care more about those people who can't expect any help from the governments of Japan and the U.S.