A Renewable Myth

Friday, September 30 2011 @ 02:10 PM JST

Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto

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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