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The Only Way to Incite the Japanese Macaques to Occupy Nagata-cho or Kasumigaseki

The poor Americans are having difficulty in coming to terms with the idea that the world is no longer revolving around their country. Practically all of them, from liberal to conservative, from those in mainstream to those in fringe, from young to old, from rich to poor, still think it's America that decides when to bow out from center stage. It can't be helped because it took centuries even for the smarter Chinese people to abandon their Sinocentric views.

As a result, they have lost their sense of direction completely. Now they don't know where they are headed. The crowds of people who have occupied Wall Street and many other streets across the country are no exception. They only share a vague idea that something is fundamentally wrong. Wall Street is nothing more than a tentative target.

Some of the OWS participants carry signs that read: "This is only the beginning." The beginning of what is something they don't have the slightest idea about. This is reminiscent of anti-war rallies back in 2003. The most typical placards said: "War is not the answer." But nobody could tell what then the right way to respond to Bush's folly should be like. Now it seems very likely that all this fuss is getting nowhere.

Time and again, history has proved that in any spontaneous popular uprising such as the Paris Commune of 1871, it's more or less unavoidable that the people taking part in it "sleep in the same bed while having different dreams" as an old Chinese proverb goes. Now it looks as though some of the people hanging around the streets are fanatical believers in income equality. They are too empty-headed to tell thieves in Wall Street from the late Steve Jobs. On the other hand, more educated protesters seem to espouse the principle of self-reliance. As a result of the motley mix of people, the OWS now looks like a picnic, whereas it should look more like Civil War II.

Even worse; Wall Street occupiers, at large, are also too cynical to think they should develop a more narrowly-focused sense of purpose by weeding out counterrevolutionary elements. Yet, no one has come forward from among the mob to say it's an urgent task to direct the simmering anger of protesters at a clearly defined target, without killing their spontaneity and diversity. Now it is apparent that the Establishment can't wait that long to hijack the leaderless movement. News reports have it that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, for one, has already expressed her support to the OWS. Also, the stupid and obese white man, who made a fortune by writing a book about stupid white men for stupid white men, did the same.

If they still can decelerate America's march toward its total disintegration, or with luck, can even turn it around, the only way to achieve this end is for the OWS participants to join forces with Ron Paul who has just embarked on his campaign for the presidential election 2012. If both sides opted to leverage each other's strength to the fullest, this would certainly make an explosive combination of the two different elements. Then, Ron Paul would be more than just electable.

This is the last chance for these guys and their fellow countrymen to wake up to the reality of the twilight years of the American century, and learn to conduct themselves accordingly. If these guys are going to remain disoriented until they lose their momentum, let's forget it all. America is done for, and that is that.

On the other hand, the Japanese are known to be copycats who do whatever they do only taking a cue from the Americans. But when it comes to a revolution, it's a different story. The Japanese are totally change-disabled because they have no tradition of revolution in the last 1,300 years. That is why they have kept gawking at the OWS since its onset. They will remain so forever if an alliance fails to materialize on the other side of the Pacific. To them, it would amount to missing a once-in-a-millennium opportunity. Either way, this is going to be a watershed event in Japanese history.

If and when Ron Paul, as U.S. President, unilaterally terminated the U.S.-Japanese security treaty as he has always pledged to do, the Japanese people would suddenly realize that there are many streets to occupy, such as Kasumigasaki where there is a big concentration of government offices, or Nagata-cho where sits the Diet Building. Kabuto-cho where the Tokyo Stock Exchange is located bears little resemblance to Wall Street because the economic system which has been in place here has nothing to do with what you call capitalism.

Instead, though, we have the Imperial Palace which covers a 284-acre area. Although it is one-third as large as Central Park, the imperial estate is an ideal venue for a picnic, which may or may not turn into something bloodier than the massive rally staged there on May 1, 1946.

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A Beginning of the End?
Authored by: Diogenes on Monday, October 17 2011 @ 07:44 AM JST
Everything that is in that video is exactly what the Occupy Wall Street is protesting. Will the movement last long enough for them to be made aware of what Ron Paul stands for, that he's even a candidate for president? This might just be the world's last chance. You are exactly right, if the American people can't recognize that Ron Paul is the only one to actually rescue them from the pack of psychopathic maniacs that run the system, then the country and the planet is truly done for. There won't be another candidate that has that kind of integrity to come along for decades, if ever again. If this sounds histrionic read this summation of what the U.S. government via its military has in store for every country on the planet. One only needs to read the first 8 or 9 paragraphs to get the whole picture.
The Only Way to Incite the Japanese Macaques to Occupy Nagata-cho or Kasumigaseki
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Tuesday, October 18 2011 @ 10:17 AM JST


Thanks for your offline feedback. You wrote that you somehow failed to post your comment online, but the only reason I can think of is because you have forgotten your password. If that is the case, please feel free to ask me.

One of the things which were new to me is that in your state or anywhere else, something to be called an ORT (Occupy Railroad Track) movement is going on. But I suspect this has nothing to do with the OWS, or similar movements in London, Frankfurt or Amsterdam.

As usual, your comment made me realize I should have made my point clearer so it is understood by my English-speaking audience. That's why now I have rewritten this essay to further clarify my point. As you know, I'm a blogger who can perish anytime soon. So I can't afford the time to talk about immaterial or irrelevant things. In other words, these issues with the OWS and Ron Paul are too important for me to ignore.

If the OWS participants were to be considered as cousins of those hobos and winos who occupy railroad tracks just for fun, it would be a total waste of time to talk about them. As a matter of fact, Japan is the only country among the G-8 nations where vandalism or any other obstructive behavior is a rarity among the "well-disciplined" people. That would mean that contrary to my observation, Japan is the only country in the world which is still sound and viable.

In this context, I will appreciate it very much if you bother to explain why you think I'm biased against my fellow countrymen as a prominent American writer has once pointed out.

Now I have retitled the piece as you can see here. I call them Japanese macaques only with a few exceptions. If you know Japanese people who don't look like apes by any chance, I will also appreciate it if you specifically name some of them. Your compatriots tend to talk about faceless and/or nameless people when they need to praise the Japanese at large for their inventiveness, politeness, diligence, perseverance, or any other virtue that could be bestowed upon a perfect person.

Yu Yamamoto
The Only Way to Incite the Japanese Macaques to Occupy Nagata-cho or Kasumigaseki
Authored by: samwidge on Tuesday, October 18 2011 @ 03:24 PM JST

Mr. Yamamoto,

You have done quite well in creating things your English-speaking audience can understand. Please don't be shy. You have much to offer and give views from positions that we cannot experience.

As I recall, there are two who say that you are critical of your own people. One was Gordon Chang and the other was... you. In fact, your book, "Unviable Japan" is a stern critique of the Japanese people and a loud warning that change is needed. Without those complaints, the world goes nowhere. Keep doing what you are doing. It is the most healthy approach. I cannot think of it as hate but as love. If you did not care about your people, you would let them hurt themselves as they want.

Strong views are views that get results and they seem far better than occupation of public property and of property owned by others. Results is the issue.

We do not really have an "Occupy Railroad Track" movement here. My comment in the matter refers back to early protest movements and attempts to change things. Another example of that approach is the self-immolation of Buddhist monks some years back. Right or wrong, those people offered everything they had to get their way and/or to teach lessons. There was some success and some failure.

All of this occurs in shades-of-gray. A fellow in my state recently chained himself to a crumbling building in hopes of forcing people to spend their money to restore it instead of tearing it down. He did not own the place and offered no money. Authorities cut his chain and sent him away. Safety experts were relieved to know that he would not be hurt by falling brick as the structure shook and rattled in the wind.

I would rather read your thoughts and disagree occasionally than hear about a painful sacrifice. I think that this is the core value of "Tokyo Free Press;" You force people to wonder about their nations.

Keep up the good work.
The Only Way to Incite the Japanese Macaques to Occupy Nagata-cho or Kasumigaseki
Authored by: Diogenes on Tuesday, October 18 2011 @ 11:08 AM JST
You are completely right about that fat American and Nancy Pelosi that are trying to co-opt the OWS. There are more "liberals" that are attempting the same move. I don't think they will succeed.

To claim that someone is critical of their own countrymen is to accuse them of being "self-hating (you fill in the country)." This tactic won't work any longer. Samwidge better go back to his play book and find a new argument.