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A Renewable Myth


On September 13, Emperor Akihito, Hirohito's son, graced
the first Diet session under the Noda administration with his
routine appearance at the venue for the pointless deliberations
among brainless lawmakers.


The corpse of Mussolini
was hung upside down
in Milan.

Hitler killed himself in his
bunker in Berlin.
Japan is not the only country that has a mythical figure associated with its birth. But if the words "divine nation" should mean a country where an actual head of state has claimed to be descended from a deity, no other country qualifies for the characterization. Deep inside, everyone knows it's a hoax, but that doesn't matter as long as no one would dare to challenge the 13-century-old myth that Emperor Jinmu, son of the Sun Goddess, founded Japan on February 11, 2,671 years ago.
The myth about the Sun Goddess has its origin in two fictitious books compiled by court-retained historians in the early 8th century to fabricate the story about the birth of a homogeneous nation. It was a piece of cake for the professional liars to totally seal off the prehistoric truth because before them, the writing system imported from China had not taken root in this land yet. With this job extremely well done, the Emperors could solidify their reign over the most part of the Japanese archipelago from the ancient city of Nara. Still today, Akihito, incumbent "symbol of national unity," is officially recognized as the 125th Emperor.

In 1967, a prominent anthropologist named Chie Nakane authored a bestselling book titled Tate-shakai no Ningen Kankei. It also sold well even in the U.S. under the English title Personal Relations in a Vertical Society. Nakane's argument all came down to the notion that for better or for worse, Japan is a vertically structured hierarchical society. Needless to say, she was one of those liars. Actually, no other country is structured more horizontally.

For instance, when compared to Britain which is traditionally aligned by distinctive social classes, Japan is essentially a classless society. The Emperor is a transcendent existence to whom all other beings are faceless subjects. That is basically why Japanese leaders have always demonstrated their total inability to make an important decision, either top-down or bottom-up, until the problem at hand solves itself. Peer pressure always outweighs a strong leadership in this consensus-oriented society.

With their ingenious art of lying, successive Emperors have succeeded to indoctrinate their subjects into accepting the mercilessly oppressive regime under the guise of an egalitarian society. This is the key ingredient that can explain why and how the world's only divine nation has withstood these turbulent years despite utter incompetence of shoguns and prime ministers.

The tricky recipe has always allowed the national polity centered around the Imperial Institution to metamorphose in the face of a crisis as if it were an insect that is capable of defending itself by "protective mimicry." Small wonder the Japanese had no difficulty quickly transforming their country into a "democracy," when forced by Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1945, while keeping the Imperial Institution intact.

On April 28, 1945, Benito Mussolini was killed by a communist named Walter Audisio, and the next day his body was hung upside down in the street of Milan. The day after, Adolf Hitler killed himself in the Fuhrer's bunker in Berlin. On the contrary, Emperor Hirohito didn't feel obliged to follow suit in August of the same year. The super Class-A war criminal had an impeccable alibi on which to insist he wasn't really responsible for the loss of 3 million lives; he claimed he was just one of those poor victims of the Imperial Army.

MacArthur and his boss Harry S. Truman had a good reason to pretend to believe in the lie. By then, they were fully aware that the 12-century-old myth was still renewable, and that without it there would be no country for them to occupy in the first place. They didn't hesitate, either, to reuse the Japan-particular Kisha Kurabu (press club) system which was, and still remains composed of NHK, the national broadcaster, and mainstream newspaper publishers such as Asahi, Yomiuri, Mainichi and Sankei. The Americans thought these institutions would be instrumental, or even indispensable, because they had had a proven track record for their skills to manipulate people's hearts and minds on behalf of the Emperor.

These are why the domesticated, submissive and effete subjects still remain today under the spell of the ingenious trick invented 13 centuries ago.

Throughout these 66 years since the end of the Pacific War, the Japanese media have further polished up their art of lying. It now encompasses a wide variety of methods of lying which range from:

■ telling a straight lie, to
■ not telling the truth, to
■ deceiving themselves by means of self-censorship mechanism called
自主規制 (Jishu Kisei), which literally means self-imposed restrictions, to
■ telling the truth only when it is too late to do so, to
■ generalizing things which should not be generalized, to
■ politicizing things which have nothing to do with politics, to
■ turning the causal relationship upside down, to
■ emasculating their audience by mixing up news and entertainment in the Japan-particular Waido-sho (wide show) format.

On the morning of March 12, 2011, radioactive tellurium 132 was detected in a town sitting 3.7 miles away from the Fukushima No.1 plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company. This indicated that a melt-through, which would have more serious consequences than a melt-down, had happened to some reactor(s). For the first 11-plus weeks, then Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano kept saying people should calm down because the situation there was not so critical as to cause an immediate threat to people's health. All along, the members of the press clubs attached physically and collusively to TEPCO and government offices have acted as their faithful mouthpieces.

It was only when the IAEA sent a fact-finding delegation to Fukushima that Kan confidentially coughed up the critical data about tellurium 132 to chief inspector Mike Weightman. Even after that, the mainstream media were effectively holding back the whole picture of radioactive contamination from their audiences, until September 2 when Yoshihiko Noda succeeded Kan as Prime Minister.

Around that time a prominent political "analyst" in the U.S. argued that Washington should embrace Japan under the new leadership as "the anchor of the arc of freedom and prosperity." The political analyst, who has no ability to analyze politics, may not have realized it, but what he was doing for the U.S. government is essentially the same thing the 8th century "historians" whose area of expertise lay somewhere else were doing for the Emperors. The mandate given to both is to fabricate an utterly delusive story about this statehood.

I have nothing against fictions. But it's a different story if one who drew up a fictitious scenario tries to pass it off as real. You may agree to Joseph Goebbels' way of thinking that repeating a same lie hundred times will give it an indisputable credibility, but actually, there is more to it: the constant indoctrination not only makes it look real, but also creates a new reality.

Since taking office, Prime Minister Noda has been trying singlemindedly to dupe the world's most gullible people into swallowing a 11.2 trillion tax hike plan on the pretext that the reconstruction of the areas affected by the quake, tsunami and nuclear accident has made it necessary to boost tax revenues because Japan's debt-to-GDP ratio is even higher than Greece's.

It's as though he doesn't know we are fully aware that damages and losses from the "once-in-a-millennium" natural disaster could have been minimized had it not been for Kan's incompetence and media's lies.

More import, in all likelihood, the Fukushima accident would have been AVOIDED if Kan had acted immediately, heeding the advice given by specialists on the night of March 11.

To make the situation even worse, journalists, pundits and scholars in the West, especially in the U.S., have kept echoing and even amplifying these fallacies. The American political analyst who made the outrageously stupid remark about "the arc of freedom and prosperity" is not alone. Mythomania, also known as pseudologia fantastica, is a highly infectious disease. So it's small wonder that they have contracted the same disease through their addictive attachment to the terminally-ill country in the last 66 years.

As a result, a vast majority of those allegedly "polled" by the mainstream media approved Noda's tax hike plan in principle. To them, the only issue is how far to raise tax rates. Not a single taxpayer has come forward to say, "I refuse to foot the bill because there is no reason I have to suffer the consequences of someone else's fault."

This is yet another confirmation that Japan still remains a divine nation.


These are why I can't write a sentence these days without talking about pathological liars in Japan and their American counterparts whose brains have also been fatally damaged by the 13-century-old myth. ·

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Once Again the 13-Century-Old Myth Has Proved Renewable
Authored by: samwidge on Friday, September 30 2011 @ 05:54 PM JST

Myths are not so offensive here in the United States. We share the story of Santa Claus constantly and, in fact, he has run for president many times. True: He loses every election but we feel that our votes for him always make a strong impression on the winners; they won't be allowed to go too far. In the end, nobody believes that any government is supremely correct or honest.

We are not particularly confident of Santa Claus either.

I have the impression that your people tolerate these things in the same way we do.

Elsewhere, you said, "MacArthur and his boss Harry S. Truman had a good reason to pretend to agree with the liar in the Palace." That is the way things work in international issues: Pretend to agree. At the time, they were bucking the Allied attitude in wanting all the Japanese people annihilated. This was not a mild sentiment. It was hard, harsh and angry. If I understand correctly, agreement meant an easier restructuring of Japan by whatever governmental technique was chosen. Much easier.

We believed the myth of overwhelming cruelty in other races/nations/ethnic groups. That is why we wanted to be so final with Japan. That idea lessens today but will never be completely gone. It turns out that Third World countries operate with similar myths about us. (I hope they are myths!)

I have been reading a new book by a man from India, Dinesh D'Souza. This interesting tome is, "The Roots of Obama's Rage." Although the book includes several unreasonable tirades against Barack Obama, it strikes up some points about international myth mongering. The author says that Obama believes that we Americans were busy working with other colonialists like England to control and strip the third world countries. D'Souza says that WWII had something to do with our intolerance of the similarly evil colonial operations of Germany and Japan. We didn't like the competition.

D'Souza follows that idea further to explain President Obama's kowtowing to Arabs and the Chinese. He is alleged to feel that this will reduce conflict at a time when America's leadership and charity must come to an end.

"Mythomania." Not a bad way to look at it. Perhaps myths are the closest we can get to truth.
Once Again the 13-Century-Old Myth Has Proved Renewable
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Saturday, October 01 2011 @ 11:47 AM JST


samwidge,

Thanks. Just a couple of points below.

I'm not interested in blogging about benign myths such as Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse or William Tell. I wanted to talk about the particular myth that killed millions of people until the end of the Pacific War. After MacArthur artfully renewed it, the same myth has killed, and will be killing another millions, albeit very covertly. One example of its consequences is the ongoing nuclear crisis. Another is the 11.2 trillion yen tax hike plan. An overwhelming majority of taxpayers are supporting it. Not a single Japanese has come forward to say, "We don't want to foot the bill for Kan's inaction on the night of March 11."

You wrote, "[Pretending to agree with a liar] is the way things work in international issues." But why then didn't Bush agree with Saddam Hussein in 2003? Why didn't Obama agree with Gaddafi in 2011?

In this relation let us be reminded that when the U.S. Armed Forces invaded Sicily in 1943, American generals and soldiers reused the "comfort station" (i.e. whorehouse) which had been comforting German and Italian soldiers. What do you make of this?

To the American people, the moral issue is a relative thing. But to the peoples in America's satellite countries, it's an issue of live or die.

All in all, I don't think I can agree to this statement: "Perhaps myths are the closest we can get to truth."

Yu Yamamoto
A Renewable Myth
Authored by: Diogenes on Saturday, October 01 2011 @ 12:14 PM JST
Sometimes synchronicity happens to deliver just what is needed at the right time. This article's opening paragraphs deliver just such a gift.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29260.htm

"Napoleon Bonaparte called history 'A set of lies agreed upon.”'

"It’s even been said that lies are the glue that holds civilization together.

"And now, before our eyes, lies accumulate like flies on flypaper, germy, nasty things that get processed, pasteurized, and homogenized into history. Examples seem endless: from elections rigged with e-voting, to the heinous false flag circus of 9/11, to the Global War on Terror, to evisceration of the Constitution to “protect” people, to the off-the-charts upward transfer of wealth of bankster bailouts, to the murder of over a million people amid destruction of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya....

"Look around, look in the rearview mirror, lies, and lies about lies ad nauseam...becoming history. Napoleon implied that it has always been this way, but one might wonder: Has it always been this bad? Might we respond to Napoleon’s observation with, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet?”

"If indeed our trajectory involves ever-increasing divergence between history, and truth, is there some agent we could point to that facilitates this madness—something greatest of all at conditioning people to absorb lies? Something invasive, powerful, and even addictive enough to render majorities of populations unable to think critically—unable to tell truth from lies, leaving them gullible enough to swallow whatever mainstream corporate media (CorpoMedia) feeds them? There is one agent towering above other suspects, and almost every American is hooked. The agent is called TV."

So there you have it. You can have the modern version of myth making via the electronic means--television--or you can go back in history and have paid myth makers doing the same. And, as Napoleon tells us, the only necessity is that the lies must be agreed upon. The question is: Why do people so easily agree and how can this hypnotic spell be broken? That's the only question worth debating.
A Renewable Myth
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Saturday, October 01 2011 @ 09:24 PM JST

Diogenes:

Thanks for the link. Especially, I found Rand Clifford's addiction analogy convincing because pathological dependence on "endorphin" is exactly why a 65-year-old American has spent 9 years before the TV screen. I'm reasonably sure that he has slept for 22 years. (Napoleon slept only 9 years in his 51 year life.) But I don't know what the 65-year-old is up to in the other 34 years. Maybe, he is chatting and tweeting on the web and reading books written by mainstream liars except when he eats.

I am a nicotine addict. So far I have consumed 650,000 pieces of cigarettes in my life. Yet I've never thought about using the 12-step program to kick the habit because I've known it's an illusion that someday you can be a vice-free person. And there's no such thing as a harmless illusion. We all know what happened to the Americans when the Prohibition was enacted in 1920. If I had stopped smoking, the same thing would have happened to me. I would certainly have developed a more harmful habit such as using cocaine. In the worst case, I would even have become an addictive liar.

These are why I've tried to live by the Serenity Prayer of Alcoholics Anonymous in the last couple of decades. Simply it would have an adverse effect on us, if we pursued an unrealistic goal.

It's amazing to know in this relation that the average Japanese is glued to his TV set for less than 1 hour or 2 these days. Instead, his hand is glued to his handset, or vice versa, even when in bed or bathroom.

The TV, the Internet, the book, and even the language itself are all tools of communication. And I think what to communicate is much more important than what tool to use. So I don't think we can make a lot of difference to a society where a malicious myth prevails as long as we get stuck in the witch-hunting mindset.

Yu Yamamoto
A Renewable Myth
Authored by: Diogenes on Sunday, October 02 2011 @ 10:47 AM JST
The roots of Obama's rage? Here's part of what an Amazon description of the book says: "What really motivates Barack Obama is an inherited rage—an often masked, but profound rage that comes from his African father; an anticolonialist rage against Western dominance, and most especially against the wealth and power of the very nation Barack Obama now leads. It is this rage that explains the previously inexplicable, and that gives us a startling look at what might lie ahead."

Really? If Obama is an anti-colonialist, what about Libya? For those of you that don't know, Libya is in Africa. What about AFRICOM http://www.africom.mil/ ? Bush couldn't get troops on the ground in Africa during his eight years, but that "anti-colonialist" Obama has. AFRICOM was created during Bush's term and yet had to be based in Germany. No African country wanted American military bases in their countries. The head of NATO is now saying that NATO wants Libya to join that organization. So we can expect that Libya will be the next member. Where has Obama contested this NATO request? Africa is heading back to the heart of darkness and Obama is leading the charge.

So who to believe? This Neocon writer or your lying eyes?
A Renewable Myth
Authored by: Diogenes on Saturday, October 15 2011 @ 10:31 AM JST
Just to be clear for Samwidge, here's the latest on Obama's colonialism that D'Souza claims is "NOT" part of Obama's rage. This is from the U.S. Department of Defense. http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=65664 I quote:

"WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2011 – President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment to central Africa of 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces whose mission is to help regional forces fight the notorious Lord's Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony.

"In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Daniel Inouye, president pro tempore of the Senate, Obama notified Congress of his actions, as required by the War Powers Resolution of 1973, a federal law intended to limit the president’s power to commit the United States to armed conflict without congressional consent.

"On Oct. 12, the president wrote, the initial team of U.S. combat-equipped military personnel deployed to Uganda. A total of 100 service members and civilians will deploy to the region over the next month, including a second combat-equipped team and headquarters, communications and logistics personnel.

'“Subject to the approval of each respective host nation,” the president wrote, “elements of these U.S. forces will deploy into Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”'

Samwidge and D'Souza must be smoking the same hallucinogenic substance. It seems that Obama not only supports the Libyan "freedom fighters" that are sacking Libya for NATO, but the murder by these same "freedom fighters" of black Africans found in Libya doesn't seem to matter to him. Now that four more African countries are soon to be invaded with the direct orders from Obama, we have to conclude that it must be Obama's white half that is sanctioning these murders of black humans. Perhaps he has a KKK relative in his genetic closet. Either that, or to take a cue from the Zionist lobby, he's a self-hating black.

Given enough time, every country on the planet will be occupied by either the U.S. military or NATO. Welcome to the 21st century.