This past Monday 66 years ago, the Pacific War came to an end. Until then, the Japanese had long been treated as subhumans by the Emperors and Shoguns. So it was quite natural that they were deeply perplexed at the new situation when Emperor Hirohito took off his mask of demigod as if the bastard had thought 3.1 million lives sacrificed for him were more than enough. In the course of searching their long-lost identity, they developed a weird tendency to emulate stereotypes created by the Americans as if they discovered their own selves in a mirror.
Some 30 years later, the American people, too, started to face identity crisis presumably because of their country's miserable loss in Vietnam. The self-complacent Americans had already lost the ability to do serious soul-searching, something which distinguishes human beings from apes. As a result, they have picked up the same habit of looking into a mirror to find their lost identity. Ironically, though, it's the other side of the same mirror the Japanese are looking into. Therefore, they always see their Japanese clones there in the dim light of the twilight years of the American century, instead of their true selves they are looking for. The real implication of the words "Japanization of America" is that most Americans today think the Japanese can be their role models. This is basically why they are so prone to overrate the Japanese at large.
Harvard professor Joseph Nye, for one, still keeps saying he admires the Japanese people for their unparalleled innovativeness. But actually, what he wants to say is that his fellow countrymen are equally, or a little more innovative. Of course, this is a delusion. Deep inside, he knows that if he agreed to the heretical notion that the Japanese are terminally ill, that would amount to admitting the Americans are also heading for ruin.
A week or so ago, Naoto Kan announced for the first time that he will step down as Prime Minister by the end of this month. I know self-proclaimed Japan experts in the U.S., who are virtually on the payroll of the mainstream media, will once again resume tweeting about a bright future for Japan under the new Prime Minister. In fact, though, Kan's belated resignation will not make a bit of difference to the dead-end situation facing the Japanese people. As Ron Paul reminds us in one of the YouTube videos I mentioned in my previous post, the government is a mere reflection of the people, not the other way around.
In the middle of the lingering heat and steam, I'll still be spending the last days of my life surrounded by brain-dead people who remind me of the old adage that goes: "死んだ魚は目で分る (You can tell when the fish is dead just by seeing its eyes.)" You can expect absolutely nothing from the dead. All I can do in the meantime, therefore, is to tell my firsthand account of the desolate landscape where 100 million zombies are roaming around.
I write these essays without any particular purpose in mind except that writing always helps me organize my thoughts in preparation for Noriko's next visit. The 27-year-old is one of the few friends of mine who remain loyal to this social outcast. We still care for each other romantically, but these days she often asks me to tell my story about Japanese history, especially its war chapter, even though even her parents didn't experience the Pacific War. She isn't a college graduate, and yet it's always amazing to know that with her astute comprehension and fine sensibility, she really eclipses highly-educated American ignoramuses who can't do anything more than shuffling secondhand information and ideas. I think that is because she hasn't been brainwashed by stupid professors and she knows firsthand what it is really like to be a Japanese without losing one's identity as an individual.
Truth-evading Americans always act like ostriches that stick their heads in the sand to avoid vomiting at their own ugly faces in the mirror. So they will never think about buying a language translation software to understand what Keiji Furuya, lawmaker of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, is saying in this video. Actually, he is mercilessly grilling the Prime Minister over the cozy relation Kan has had with a shady group of Japanese based in Tokyo. The group has been covertly fronting the North Korean government for many years.
It is true that Furuya, along with some other truth-seeking lawmakers of the LDP, could deliver a final blow to the already-faltering Prime Minister at long last, although the mainstream media have by and large ignored the stunning revelations. But that is far from enough. A real truth-seeker should address any conspiracy with the dragonfly's eyes, so to speak. As I wrote in my previous post, conspiracies are ubiquitous, multifaceted, and know no borders. With a parochial approach like Furuya's, a truth-seeker will never be able to uncover the total picture of the plot against people. For that reason, he should have dropped his treason angle altogether.
Fortunately or unfortunately, Furuya is not a mainstreamer in the LDP. I say fortunately because he is a diehard Tennoist (cultist-like believer in the Imperial Institution.) On the one hand, the right-wing nut uncovered DPJ's connection with North Korea, but on the other, he was covering up other conspiracies, or the other part of the conspiracy, which certainly involve equally or more unscrupulous criminals at home, such as the Emperor, yakuza, mainstream media, opposition lawmakers and bureaucrats, and foreign intelligence agencies in South (not a typo) Korea, China and the U.S.
On the other hand, it is unfortunate because the party leadership is now eying a "grand coalition" with the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which is now on the brink of falling apart. To clear their way toward tying up with the DPJ, the party cadres need to overpower antimainstream factions such as one in which Furuya belongs.
In the last decade or two, the media have been using an absurd rhetoric about a "modern two-party system." But it's actually a twin-party system that's been in place here since LDP-spinoffs, including Kan, founded the DPJ. Up until recently, DPJ cadres thought the twin-party system disguised as a two-party system was the only way to perpetuate the same rotten political framework called the 1955 System. But now, it's been dawning on them that the gimmick won't work anymore, either. That's why the DPJ leadership is also seeking an incestuous marriage that will certainly send this rotten regime back to where it started 56 years ago, or well beyond.
Whine No More, You Weepy Bag
When Sakie Yokota, de facto spokeswoman of the AFVKN, learned the news, which was nothing new to sane people such as myself, she reportedly said, "Now I'm totally at
a loss over who to trust. I want to vomit." Actually, the weepy, old dupe should have learned by now that one can, and should, live without
trusting anyone in the world filled with conspiracies.
Kan is concurrently heading the special task force which is supposedly trying to solve so-called abduction issue. Time and again in the last 7 years, I have argued that the issue is practically nonexistent for many obvious reasons. At least, I think Kim Jong-il was right when he unilaterally declared the case closed several years ago. But no one has ever taken me seriously. Most Japanese, and Americans alike, kept abetting these dupes in the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea in protesting the "unforgivable state crime."
In 2004, a prominent American writer interviewed Yokota at a coffee shop in central Tokyo. Two years later, he wrote in his book: "[Abductee Megumi Yokota's] parents symbolize the transformation of ordinary Japanese citizens from the meek and mild to the assured and assertive." Now in the wake of the revelation, the author fell silent in order to get away with the fake issue he and his colleagues on both sides of the Pacific had played up in the last seven years. He will remain silent until the "assured and assertive" woman resumes sobbing, and then vomiting again, before yet another "Japan's first truly new" Prime Minister. I know that many other mainstream ideologues in the U.S. have also developed similar models for lucrative monkey business in recent years. Now they are all enjoying an affluent life. But these racketeers should know they are already MORALLY BANKRUPT.
Flip-Flop in Energy Policy
As recently as October 2010 in Hanoi, Kan and then-Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara were all smiles in a photo session. Kan had just signed an agreement with his Vietnamese counterpart in which for Japan to provide Vietnam with technological assistance and fissile materials needed for the first nuclear power plant in the country.
But now the outgoing Prime Minister has started to say Japan should phase out all its nuclear facilities as quickly as possible. It's as though he thinks the devil is in the nuclear technology itself whereas the fact of the matter remains that it dwells in his empty head.
It's commonplace all over the world that policymakers politicize what should not be politicized at all. But in this shamanist country, politicization always means ritualization. As usual, when the priest disguised as Prime Minister announced the policy change out of the blue, it delighted the world's most suggestible people. It instantly refueled the all-too-familiar anti-nuke hysteria across the nation, especially in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the 66th anniversaries there, both mayors parroted Kan's new policy. These learning-disabled guys still make believe you can reset what was done 66 years ago just by chanting the same old incantation for a nuclear-free world. By the same token, they think Kan's mishandling of the situation is reparable. Let bygones be bygones.
Actually, Kan is still wavering because his impromptu denuclearization policy has backfired especially from the business circles. Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda, for one, has voiced his displeasure with Kan's unprincipled and incoherent way of handling the touchy issue. It's against this backdrop that Kaieda made a scene in the Diet, as I already told you in my previous post.
In this relation, it may interest you to know that as of writing this post, Kaieda and Maehara are among the most promising contenders for the next Prime Minister of Japan. Yesterday, Kaieda told reporters that the guiding philosophy of his administration would be that harmony should be put before anything else. He was referring to the 17-Article Constitution promulgated by Shotoku Prince in the 7th century.
Nadeshiko Soccer Players Addicted to Cultural Steroid
I used to love playing baseball, golf and some other sports. Even after I knew I had grown too old to do sports, I was having fun watching sporting events on TV for some more years. But recently, I've stopped watching, too, with the only exception when an LPGA tournament is televised from the U.S. Actually, I am an ardent fan of Ai Miyazato because from her sparkling eyes, I can tell she is driven solely by her enthusiasm to excel, which is what any sport should be all about. Although you may have difficulty understanding me, money is always a different issue.
On the surface, Miyazato looks to have been assimilated more or less into the nation of dead fish, and yet it's no accident the top-ranked golfer is an Okinawa native. This year she was slumping until she won the Evian Masters last month. I'm expecting more to come until the end of this season.
Other Japanese athletes, especially male macaques such as those in the Samurai soccer team, are motivated by a very different thing. They are heavily dependent on what I call "cultural steroid." The performance enhancing agent most commonly used by these mediocre athletes is, needless to say, Hinomaru, Japan's national flag. With the help of this particular kind of steroid, even second-rate athletes can sometimes win. One example is the Nadeshiko women's soccer team which won the final against the U.S.A. that took place in Frankfurt last month.
The reason the Japanese go over the top in politicizing a sporting event is because it can easily create a false sense of unity. To create the sense of oneness this way, they don't necessarily have to outperform their opponents because to them, win or lose doesn't really matter. As is evident from the suicide mission performed by Kamikaze pilots toward the end of the Pacific War, the Japanese are all defeatists. That means losing the game is sometimes more politically effective than winning it. In this context, the Nadeshiko soccer team needn't necessarily have won the title to "encourage the disaster-stricken people."
But on that V-A Day, an unusual thing happened across the Pacific. Judging from the way New York Times and many other U.S. newspapers reported the result of the final match, quite a few Americans celebrated Japan's victory as if it were their own feat. At least, no one expressed a sense of humiliation. The American people used to hate losing the game, but not anymore. In recent years they are getting more and more used to being defeated. As a result, the American people today are all defeatists like the Japanese.
This once again reminded me of the April 16, 1951 editorial of the Asahi Shimbun. On the morning of the last day of Douglas MacArthur's Japan assignment, Japan's leading daily wrote: "It was General MacArthur who taught us the merit of democracy and pacifism and guided us with kindness along this bright path. As if pleased with his own children growing up, he took pleasure in the Japanese people, yesterday's enemy, walking step by step toward democracy." So the Nadeshiko's victory is MacArthur's dreams come true.
It goes without saying that the first thing the Nadeshiko women did after returning home, aside from the drinking binge they'd had the night before, was to pay a courtesy call on the drug dealer at the Prime Minister's office. Kan reportedly told Nadeshiko members that learning the precious lesson from their come-from-behind win in Frankfurt, he had renewed his resolve to stick at his job regardless of the cabinet approval rating that kept sinking well below 20%.
Tokyo Governor is Offering a Big Treat of Contaminated Food to International Athletes
Shintaro Ishihara, who is in his fourth term as Tokyo Governor, has come back to Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, with his second bid to host the summer games in 2020. You can't rule out the possibility that in 2013 the corrupt IOC members vote in favor of Ishihara's bid, but I think before doing so, they should look at this video.
If they don't comprehend what Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama, head of Radioisotope Center attached to Tokyo University, is talking about in a Diet testimony of July 27, they should at least look at this article on the Wall Street Journal.
The government, TEPCO and media have exerted every effort to cover up the enormity of the radioactive contamination caused by their gross negligence. But the fact of the matter remains that the radiation dose equivalent to that of 29.6 atomic bombs of the Little Boy type has been spread around well beyond the designated evacuation zones and a good part of the food chain is now getting seriously polluted, according to Professor Kodama. That is why he and his team have visited Fukushima Prefecture every weekend to take "extralegal" measures for decontamination. And that is why the professor "lambasted" lawmakers for their incompetence and inaction.
IOC members should also note that most seismologists are saying the probability of an earthquake of 6-minus or higher by the JMA Seismic Intensity Scale hitting Kanto area that includes Tokyo in the next 30 years is as high as 87%.
In short, Ishihara is a downright psycho as this blogger has repeatedly warned.
Shame on Tokyo citizens who have elected this bastard, dubbed a "social Neanderthal" by Australian journalist Ben Hills, to the cushy position at the metropolitan government - already four times since 1999.
Media Hype for Setsuden
It's not a legal requirement but every Japanese is willingly cooperating with the government's calls for Setsuden (power saving) by strictly adhering to arbitrarily self-imposed quotas. Nobody voices a complaint that there is no reason ordinary citizens should foot the bill for government's mishandling of the Fukushima accident. This is reminiscent of the wartime slogan that went: "欲しがりません勝つまでは (We don't ask for food and clothing until Japan defeats America.)"
Once again, the mainstream media are fulfilling exactly the same mandate given to NHK and major newspapers such as Asahi, Yomiuri, Mainichi, Sankei in the 1930s through the first half of the '40s.
In the above photo, Monta Mino, the single most popular host of Waido-sho (Japan-particular format in which for more than half-a-dozen idiots to present news, sports and entertainment in a total jumble,) is saying, "The most effective way to save power is to turn off the TV." He thinks he is joking. But he is wrong, joking or not. The helplessly retarded guy can't see the very simple fact that it would be most effective if the government ordered all but one TV stations to close down and made the last channel concentrate solely on weather reports and earthquake/tsunami forecasts. I'm serious.
In the last several years, a conspiracy was going on between TV broadcasters and consumer electronics makers to switch to the digital broadcasting. At 12 noon, July 24, all the analog transmissions came to an end. The conspirators had been saying, day and night, that no household should be left behind as if watching wide show programs around the clock is the indispensable part of our life, and as if the digitalized wide shows can be any different from analog wide shows. According to recent surveys, some 100,000 households were actually left behind. They call them 地デジ難民 (Chideji Nanmin, or refugees denied access to the digital terrestrial broadcasts.)
Of course, I opted to join them in part because I couldn't afford to buy new equipment. But more importantly, I thought idiocy like Mino's is a highly infectious disease. Now I think I made the right decision. Am I increasing my dependency on the Internet? Not quite. There's no reason to believe alternative media are more reliable than their counterparts in the mainstream. To tell the truth, I could still watch wide shows on my computer, but that's what I wouldn't normally do.
Then came Kan's tax hike plans to raise 13 trillion yen needed for the reconstruction of the disaster-stricken areas. It's somewhat sickening to see these generous suckers once again becoming ready to swallow undue burdens. Now the only headache for the government is how to talk the opposition LDP into accepting the tax hike bills. Primarily to that very end, the DPJ is now seeking the unholy alliance with the LDP.
Here's a tip for the black swindler in the White House. If I were him, I would certainly tell his underlings in Tokyo to grant his debt-ridden country a moratorium on $882 billion-worth Treasury securities. As of December 2010, China's U.S. debt holding was $1,168 billion. But the Chinese would never write off or reschedule a single buck of it because that is the last thing sane people would do.
Most of these individuals represent the effete people whose ancestors have never revolted against the Emperors, Shoguns, or Prime Ministers in the last 13 centuries, if not 2,671 years as the official history book puts it.