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Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry was Sacked for Telling the Truth

Left: The only thing Yoshio Hachiro did during his 200-hour stay in office was to sweat. That is what he had promised at his inaugural press conference as any Japanese politician does when he is at a loss over what to do.
Center: Hachiro bowed out on September 10.
Right: This idiot named Nobuteru Ishihara might have done the same thing if he were a member of the Noda cabinet.

My typology for mythomaniacs places ignorant liars in Type 1. They are too uneducated and/or retarded to deliberately deceive others. So, they normally go to the easiest dupes, i.e. their own selves. It is for this reason that their words and deeds often lack consistency and coherence. In all aspects, Yoshio Hachiro is a typical Type A.

Hachiro stepped down as Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in a matter of less than 200 hours since the Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda appointed him to the post. On the surface, he had to resign because of his insincere attitude toward the nuclear crisis in Fukushima. When he came back to his office from an inane "fact-finding" tour to Ground Zero of the nuclear accident, he rubbed his jacket against a reporter and jokingly said, "I will contaminate you."

But, the real reason he was dismissed was not because the childish joke he cracked on September 8 was found outrageously tasteless. The Prime Minister and the press corps, most of whom are a little closer to Type 2 (deliberate liars,) did not mention the crack, let alone reprimand Hachiro until he uncharacteristically used truthful words hours later. He told the reporters stationed in Kantei Kisha Kurabu, the press club exclusively and collusively attached to the cabinet office, that the neighboring area of the troubled nuclear power plant had looked like 死の町 (Shi-no Machi,) or a town of death - which is exactly what it was.

The neophyte at a high-ranking government post made a serious mistake when it momentarily slipped his mind that although his fellow countrymen are extraordinarily lenient toward liars and never tolerate honesty, they know deep inside that a lie is a lie even when it is told to one's fellow liars. That is why reporters who had shown little reaction to Hachiro's joke the evening before started mercilessly criticizing Hachiro the moment the second "insensitive" words slipped out of his tongue. They were belatedly saying in concert that his gaffes must have hurt the feelings of Fukushima citizens. In fact, though, it's not that the feelings of the people directly affected by the nuclear accident got hurt by the first slip, let alone the second one, but it's reporters themselves who felt humiliated by the truthful words "a town of death."

This is yet another reminder that in this country, an innocuous joke coupled with a fraction of truth almost always costs you a post.

Toward the end of the perpetual monopoly of power by the Liberal Democratic Party, we saw a stream of similar gaffes which were followed by resignation or suicide. In January 2007, for example, then-health and labor minister Hakuo Yanagisawa was forced to resign when he said women are birth-giving machines and that he wanted these machines to produce more.

People knew in their Honne that there was nothing wrong with his machine analogy if ever the constant decline in birthrate was really at issue as they all thought. But further down their minds, these self-deceptive people somehow felt uneasy with the widespread notion that the real problem facing Japan lies with the shrinking number of people, not their quality. That is why they demanded Yanagisawa's resignation so hysterically on the pretext that his remark was impermissibly tasteless.

You can find Type 1 liars with slippery tongues not only among government officials, but also lawmakers in the opposition camp. On the same September 10, Nobuteru Ishihara, Secretary-General of the LDP, said in his speech to this effect: when looking at the longtime oppression of the Muslims by the West, it is apparent that 9.11 was 歴史の必然 (Rekishi-no Hitsuzen,) or an inevitable consequence of history.

Later in the day, Ishihara said that he hadn't meant to justify terrorism. He has inherited the Type 1 blood from his father Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara. As is true with his retarded father, all the LDP lawmaker can do is to spread around secondhand fallacies without knowing he is just parroting words spoken by the predominantly American Type 2 liars.

His supposedly "witty" remark on the "timely" topic was already a downright lie in itself because as I have repeatedly argued in the past, it's an imperialist delusion that 9.11 has dramatically changed the lives of people including those living outside the U.S. Who said what concerns the Americans should also concern the Japanese?

At the same time, it is true that Ishihara touched on one aspect of the multifaceted truth when he told his audience that the Americans are now suffering blowback from the Arab world. But actually, he should have talked about the total absence of blowback from the Japanese before talking about peoples living in faraway lands. He didn't fail to dupe his audience into swallowing his shallow history lecture simply because they were also Type 1.

In all likelihood, the administration of Yoshihiko Noda will be even more short-lived than his predecessors'. Yet I cannot afford to waste my precious time commenting on these comment-unworthy Type 1 politicians every time their forked tongue slips. Perhaps I will feel an urge to update you only when Type 2 liars in the U.S. become intolerably verbose about Japan's political instability and the U.S.-Japanese alliance as the only stabilizing factor. Unfortunately, the voices of surface-scratching political pundits in the U.S. will become even scratchier because these self-proclaimed political analysts have no analytical ability to identify the real reason behind the political volatility inherent to the terminally-ill country.

POSTSCRIPT September 13:

Yukio Edano, former Chief Cabinet Secretary with the now-defunct Kan administration, has replaced Hachiro as Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. Unlike his predecessor, Edano is so skillful at deceiving the gullible Japanese that he could create a false sense of unity and the myth of safety by covering up all the fatal consequences of the nuclear disaster aggravated by Kan's mishandling of the situation.

Some independent journalists, including this blogger, are now speculating that Hachiro's dismissal had very little to do with his verbal gaffes. According to their speculation, Noda, who was elected to take the helm on his pledge to reconcile the longtime discord among a dozen intraparty factions, made the poor Hachiro represent his small group of lawmakers who had joined from the former Socialist Party when the Democratic Party of Japan was being founded. It could have been anyone else from the non-mainstream faction because for Noda, this was nothing but an alibi exercise.

As soon as Hachiro took office, he started hinting that he wasn't really enthusiastic about joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks as the U.S. government has been demanding, and about maintaining Japan's dependency on the nuclear power generation at the present level. Remember that his constituency is a farmland in Hokkaido. In short, Hachiro fell into the trap set up by the "Loach" or his puppeteers such as bureaucrats at the METI, those who have huge vested interests in the nuclear industry, or even the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States. ·

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Type 1 Liar Resigns for Telling the Truth
Authored by: samwidge on Sunday, September 11 2011 @ 06:53 AM JST
Between Japan and the United States, our people seem to be entrenched in a kind of political cult logic. You have the Cult of the Liar. We have the "Cult of the Movie Star."

Your people expect politicians to be scoundrels and elect them to office then toss them for meeting expectations. Our people expect politicians to be adorably handsome and elect them to office and leave them there even though they lack the required skills of office.

Some time back, you mentioned Japan's gushing thrill over our Barack Obama. That's an interesting angle because the Japanese are capable of gushing over our movie stars but not their own. Now that he is president, Barack proves himself incapable of that office. We won't toss him but we will also not reelect him.

At least we are capable of spotting a very serious failure. Have your people spotted his failure? Would your people have bothered to toss him?

We will replace our handsome, skilled speaker gently when the time comes. It strikes me as curious that Japan and many other nations take more interest in our leaders than in their own but only in positive ways. Then they make a point of showing how unimportant we are on the international landscape. They do so with no regard for our movie stars.



You referred to "... the longtime oppression of the Muslims by the West... " That is a curious idea and I would like to see you write more about it. We view the wall between Muslims and all others as immutable and universal. Obviously, the written Muslim edict is the slaying of the "infidel" and it has largely been directed against Christians. Are you saying that the functional conflict is aimed only at Christians? Are you saying that we are unkind to our fastest growing minority? It would help if the concept of oppression of Muslims was outlined and defined.

Anything you say in this regard will be of great value. We are now frequently being reminded that the Muslim people of Afghanistan have no knowledge of the Taliban attack on our New York Twin Towers and the devastation there. They have no understanding of our presence in Afghanistan and see us only as leaders in the fight against crime. (Media control of Americans is colossal!)

Both you and I are interested in control of large masses by media. Obviously, media has utterly failed to inform or control the people of nations where literacy and television ownership are low.

That's undiscovered new territory for western journalism! Conflict between peoples of the world is not about right and wrong. Conflict is about winning. It seems to me that we have failed utterly at properly using our most powerful tool against the Taliban --media.

Your thoughts?
Type 1 Liar Resigns for Telling the Truth
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Monday, September 12 2011 @ 08:41 AM JST


Since I don't see a parallel between policymakers and movie stars in the U.S., I think it makes little sense to compare politicians of the two countries that way. It seems to me they are all liars (more or less) and the only difference between American politicians and their Japanese counterparts lies with the fact that American liars are by far better at deceiving others whereas their Japanese counterparts are only good at deceiving themselves.

Actually it was a piece of cake for the Americans to instill in the brains of the Japanese an absurd idea that what concerns them should also concern us. As a result, my fellow countrymen all think they are in the same sinking boat the Americans are on board. 9.11 is a good example. From my point of view, the fact remains that 9.11 and subsequent wars are none of our business.

In relation to the excessively America-centric way of thinking your compatriots have never cast doubt on, I sometimes ask myself this question:

How would I react if I were an American citizen and somehow learned that Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or Barack Obama was an undercover agent of the intelligence agency of Japan, Israel or China?

I would certainly abandon my sense of national identity and patriotism, totally and for good. The next presidential election wouldn't mean anything anymore.

What do you think?

Believe it or not, this is analogous to what happened to Japan in 1960. To me, Japanese politicians are all unscrupulous liars and American politicians are even more unscrupulous ones.

This may be a side issue, but you seem to think Obama is as handsome as a movie star. But I can't disagree more. I am a believer in physiognomy. The way he looks and the way he speaks always sicken me.

Yu Yamamoto
Type 1 Liar Resigns for Telling the Truth
Authored by: samwidge on Monday, September 12 2011 @ 10:03 AM JST
Your thoughts in this last post underline how extraordinarily valuable Tokyo Free Press is to those who will read. You show the subtle differences in thinking between the peoples of our nations.

You make that distinction very clear by asking, "How would I react if I were an American citizen and somehow learned that Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or Barack Obama was an undercover agent of the intelligence agency of Japan, Israel or China?"

Until you said this, I has presumed that 18th century nationalism was gone from all of the so-called Free World nations. Obviously, I and other Americans are profoundly wrong... We are wrong in denying the value of that old-style nationalism, too.

Here we expect and demand that all our presidents actually be undercover agents of the intelligence agencies of other nations. After all, we are a nation of all nations. We elect these people because we assume that they will do the right thing for all, even it it costs us dearly. Often they must do their work in secret. We know that. We also know that their decisions will hurt. Their alliances will frequently favor certain nations and oppose others. Obvious examples include Canada, Great Britain and Japan.

It is poorly understood (because it is a minor secret) that we demand our presidents to participate secretly with the goals and beliefs of other nations. President Obama is receiving intense criticism because of his recent rhetorical failures in supporting one of our most treasured nations. He has spoken up in defense of that nation's enemies and our majority is deeply offended by this.

That nation is Israel with its Mossad. The Israelis are allowed our military secrets to a greater extent than any other and that includes the British! Our people want to continue that connection (though I strongly oppose it).

To view the strange conundrum of Israel as an American intelligence connection, review the "Remember the Liberty" story. That phrase alone will anger an American Jew despite the fact that the vast majority of people who care knows the truth of the story. When Israel's attack on our ship was discovered, our military was immediately dispatched and told to shoot but President Lyndon Johnson called our fighters back without explanation of any kind. Because he made that change, a good number of our sailors were killed immediately. The ship was effectively destroyed. This was at the beginning of the Six-Days War and Israel did not want us to know that it was about to break its treaties in starting that war.

We will never know exactly why President Johnson did as he did. I would have impeached Mr. Johnson for his act of treason. Most don't care to discuss it. They presume that all the Arabs Israel was about to attack deserved to die regardless of any treaty. One of the suppressed sub-stories is the summary execution of about 250 Egyptian prisoners of war without cause.

There are many stories like this that are easily proved but for which no explanation other than that our government is expected to have secret connections to other nations.

History drifts. Note that the Rosenbergs were summarily executed years ago but more recent Russian spies are just sent home to welcoming parades.

Type 1 Liar Resigns for Telling the Truth
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Tuesday, September 13 2011 @ 05:37 AM JST


Once again I seem to have failed to get my message through across the Pacific.

In this post, I wasn't talking about nationalism, or any "ism" for that matter. To me, Japan is an entity that now poses an existential threat to the 75-year-old individual named Yamamoto.

To make a long story short, the municipality of Yokohama is now robbing me of 50% of my pension annuity starting October. I would have hung myself last week had it not been for a generous grant aid offered by a local friend who has always shown empathy for my way of life and philosophy underlying it. My battle to overcome this predicament has nothing to do with ideologies.

Also I think you are talking about a different thing when you say, "Here we expect and demand that all our presidents actually be undercover agents of the intelligence agencies of other nations." Of course you do not really mean it. But believe me, I have never said a word that I don't really mean.

Let me add something about the "Loach Cabinet." Dubbed the puppet of the Finance Ministry, Noda is now heading for tax hike on the pretext that it is essential for Japan's recovery from the disaster as if we taxpayers were at fault for the disaster aggravated by the incompetent government.

Yu Yamamoto
Type 1 Liar Resigns for Telling the Truth
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Tuesday, September 13 2011 @ 08:25 AM JST


Let me correct myself.

In my last response to your feedback, I wrote there is no "ism" that really concerns me. I was wrong; actually the mechanism of exploitation of people does concern me.

Yu Yamamoto
Type 1 Liar Resigns for Telling the Truth
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Tuesday, September 13 2011 @ 08:19 PM JST