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A Timely Rape Gaffe by Former Okinawa Defense Bureau Chief Helped Everyone but His Boss in One Way or the Other


Satoshi Tanaka was sacked as
Director-General of the Okinawa
Defense Bureau because of his
honesty
I know it's useless to repeat the same explanation about Honne and Tatemae to the Americans who have been so used to the superficial and stereotypical views about the Japanese. Nevertheless, I can't talk about what's going on here in the last several days without touching on the dilemma inherent to these dishonest people.

This is especially true with Japanese government officials. They are extremely prone to a slip of the tongue because success in their career all hinges on their skills in balancing on a tightrope stretched between Honne and Tatemae.

Empty-headed Westerners tend to think when one speaks out Honne, literally translated as his true feelings, he is telling the truth and when he does Tatemae argument, he is lying. But nothing is farther from the truth. How can a born liar tell the truth at times? It's just that there are politically correct lies and politically incorrect ones. Therefore, when his tongue slips, everyone gets hurt in one way or the other by the inappropriate lie.

At times, however, a truthful thought slips out of the mouth of a relatively honest person such as Satoshi Tanaka, Director-General of the Okinawa Defense Bureau. On the night of November 28, Tanaka was fielding questions about the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' air station in an unofficial meeting with reporters. When asked why the Noda government is waffling on the submission date of Asesumento report, he reportedly answered this way: "Would you say, 'I will rape you,' before you rape someone?" He was reportedly under the influence of alcohol.

Noda had promised to deliver an environmental assessment report ASAP to the mayor of Nago, the city where Noda and Leon Panetta are planning to build a new airbase for V-22 Ospreys. It has a Japanese name (
環境影響評価書, or Kankyou Eikyo Hyoka-sho) but they always substitute this Jangrish name when referring to the report because these colonials think anything named in English sounds truthful and/or authentic.

The dozen or so news reporters present at the meeting were expecting to hear Honne from the Okinawa Defense Bureau chief whose tongue was getting more slippery because of alcoholic beverage. Yet, it's only a reporter from the local newspaper Ryukyu Shimpo that decided the slip was report-worthy. All others thought it would run counter to the media's mission as the mouthpiece of the governments of Japan and the United States. But when they learned the story was published by the local media outlet next morning, they had to follow suit.

In doing so, however, editors of mainstream media had difficulty finding a good reason for criticizing Tanaka for his careless remark because the last thing they would allow themselves to say was that the gaffe indicated the malicious Honne the Ministry of Defense had harbored against the Okinawans. Finally they came up with the same old trick of citing Tanaka's insensitivity to remind the islanders of the 1995 incident where three U.S. servicemen raped a 12-year-old local schoolgirl. As usual, the Japanese media wanted to trivialize the issue with America's illegitimate occupation of Okinawa by exaggerating the significance of the rape incident. Actually, there have been only 15 sexual offenses committed by GIs stationed in Okinawa in the last 14 years.

Their story about the Okinawa Defense Bureau chief rubbing the people of Okinawa in the wrong way gathered momentum as another Honne slipped out of the mouth of Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa. When asked by an opposition lawmaker whether he realized the significance of the "epochal" rape incident of 1995, Ichikawa admitted he didn't have a detailed knowledge of the particular case. The minister must be an extremely modest person. When he was appointed by Noda to take charge of nation's defense in September, he famously said, "I am the right person to ensure the rules of civilian control because I know nothing about defense."

Now that the censure motion against the Defense Minister is going to pass the Diet by December 9, the relocation plan for the U.S. Marine Corps to Henoko, Nago City, will suffer another serious setback, whatever the reason. It's a matter of time that U.S. government officials and mainstream media start to find in Noda another loopy Japanese prime minister. They will never learn that without this loopiness inherent to Japan's leadership, this country would have left America's political and cultural orbit long time ago. Their inability to learn lessons from past mistakes is most evident in their failure to understand that Honne and Tatemae are two different aspects of the same lie.

Needless to say the Okinawans have benefited from the rape gaffe which all newspapers insist has seriously hurt them. Ironically, though, they are not alone in appreciating Tanaka's "insensitive" remark; Prime Minister Noda also seems to feel grateful to Tanaka because now he can tell Obama that the setback in the progress of the relocation plan is not his fault. All in all, the slip of the tongue helps everyone but Ichikawa and his dotted-line boss in Pentagon.

Incidentally, the same rape analogy is also very true with the nation-dividing discussions over the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership. On the sideline of the APEC 2011 summit meeting, Noda promised Obama that Japan will participate in TPP, while on the other hand telling his people that he just expressed his willingness to take part in the "preparatory" talks on TPP. Semantics aside, however, what he has done thus far all amounts to this: he has taken off all his underwear and slipped into Obama's bed, and yet still keeps saying, "Don't worry, I'll get out of bed if Obama says he wants to fxxk me."


Unfortunately for the Japanese Prime Minister, though, the rapist will never say, "I will rape you," before he actually does it. Noda is badly in need of a one-on-one lecture by the former Director-General of the Okinawa Defense Bureau. ·

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A Timely Rape Gaffe by Okinawa Defense Bureau Chief Helps Everyone but His Boss
Authored by: Diogenes on Sunday, December 04 2011 @ 04:44 PM JST
I love your cynicism. It's amazing how the media ignore a gigantic issue, and when it is reported by other sources, has to create the necessary spin on it. At some point, these guys must have to meet with American "coaches" to get them to do the bidding of the U.S. You know, like yakuza enforcers.

If strategy is everything, the occupied Okinawans need to change their strategy to get this colonial occupation to end. What method to use I can't say, but if they wait for any of their other occupiers to do anything, the Japanese, nothing will happen. I'd read that Okinawa had two kingdoms. I wonder if those monarchies still exist and what status the Okinawans give them if they are? Maybe a person of royalty might have more influence than some simple politician.

In the meantime, in the U.S., we are occupied by corporate America, the monsters that own the government, lock, stock, and barrel. Now we've just had the Senate pass SB 1867, which declares that the entire planet, including the continental U.S., is a battlefield. It also allows the military to arrest anyone, anywhere on the planet. This bill, originally a military funding bill, specifies that all Americans are subject to this legislation besides foreigners. The sponsors of the bill claim that once arrested by the military, the right of habeas corpus, trial by civilian court, and right to an attorney are forbidden. As one Senator openly stated, persons arrested under this bill will be disappeared and kept locked up until the so-called "War on Terror" is over. In other words, welcome to the new American Gulag system, where the detainees will be locked up for the rest of their natural lives.

Maybe Japan is filled with loopy politicians, but it's beginning to look more and more attractive as a place to seek refuge from the new Stalinist world in North America.
A Timely Rape Gaffe by Okinawa Defense Bureau Chief Helps Everyone but His Boss
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Monday, December 05 2011 @ 05:05 AM JST

I can't agree more to your suggestion that the occupied Okinawans should change their strategy to get this colonial occupation to end. Yet I must admit that it's almost unimaginable that this will happen in the foreseeable future without the outbreak of an extraordinary situation such as full-fledged warfare between China and America. I don't think any other people in history have been inflicted by such a multi-layered mechanism for oppression.

On the other hand, I don't believe bringing back the old monarchies will help the Okinawans out of their predicament. The CIA has sometimes tried this method but usually to no avail. Usually these monarchies had had to go into exile because of their quislingism while on the throne.

Senate Bill 1867 was quite new to me. I think you are right here except when you say you see a Stalinist regime emerging on the horizon. It may be a wishful thinking, but I think the American people, 99% or not, will choose to destroy their country, for instance by way of Civil War II, before Gulag-like camps are erected all over the nation.

Yu Yamamoto
A Timely Rape Gaffe by Okinawa Defense Bureau Chief Helps Everyone but His Boss
Authored by: samwidge on Sunday, December 04 2011 @ 06:50 PM JST

It intrigues me that you mention drinking and alcoholism in so many of your posts. We undoubtedly have problems just as big here but not so easily named. I cannot help but wonder if known public drunkenness makes it hard for Japanese leaders to work effectively with the bosses of Islamic nations, countries that are not tolerant about alcohol.

High-level Japanese alcoholism sounds like something that could make international relations very difficult.

You have met many different societies. Would you say that the Japanese are less discreet than others? (I have a very good opinion of the Japanese people I have met and had not realized that drinking might be a problem.)

On another issue, you said only one reporter "... decided the slip was report-worthy." That is interesting as well because it sadly demonstrates that few Japanese reporters today consider themselves independent. Tokyo Free Press is definitely independent. As a young reporter working part-time and with terrible pay, I was independent, too. That independence was so startling to well-paid, full-time professionals that I was asked where I got all my news stories. My independence seemed to get professional respect but nobody followed suit.

It must be exactly the same for you.

This would explain why Tokyo Free Press is so popular.

It would also say something about why neither you nor I have acquired meaningful wealth.

I would be very interested to learn more about the rape statistics. One per year seems very high although, of course, I do not know the population/troop numbers. I hope you will cover this in future posts.
A Timely Rape Gaffe by Okinawa Defense Bureau Chief Helps Everyone but His Boss
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Monday, December 05 2011 @ 07:02 AM JST

If you need to have a look at the official statistics about the sexual offenses committed by U.S. servicemen stationed in Okinawa, the following figures will serve your purposes::
1996: 1
1997: 1
1998: 0
1999: 2
2000: 2
2001: 1
2002: 1
2003: 2
2004: 0
2005: 0
2006: 0
2007: 1
2008: 4
2009: 0

Since the total population of U.S. military personnel and their families stationed in Okinawa was 44,963 (including 25,080 soldiers and generals) as of March 2008, the sex crime rate per 100.000 has averaged 2.38 in the last 14 years.

If you compare this to the overall rate of sexual offenses committed by Japanese rapists you may conclude a GI is a little more likely to be a rapist because approx. 1.2 rapes committed by Japanese for every 100,000 people have been reported in recent years. When you compare this 2.38/100,000 rate against domestic sex crime rate in the U.S., which stands at 37.0/100,000, you will be impressed to know how well these U.S. servicemen behave themselves living far away from home.

Yet it should be noted that these figures are not really comparable between each other because there are huge cultural differences between the two peoples, such as:

1. Japanese women have tended to fantasize about befriending good-looking guys with blue eyes or sensual boys with African ancestry. They are always chasing after GIs. That is why I am inclined to call most, if not all, of those who fell victim to U.S. soldiers "voluntary victims."
2. In both countries, a rape constitutes a crime only when the victim files a complaint. But unlike their American counterparts, Japanese parents tend to treat their daughters as if they were commodities. They never regard their daughters as a human being. Most of the time, therefore, they stop their daughters from filing a criminal complaint. That is why this part of the official statistics is largely understated.

In concluding my lengthy reply to your comment, let me reiterate the most important point I wanted to make. It's a total waste of time to delve too far into the "issue" with sexual crimes being committed by U.S. military personnel stationed in Okinawa. It's no issue, in the first place, when compared to the large-scale state crime the U.S. government has been committing in the Northeast Asia in the last 66 years. Now a growing number of people think enough is enough.

Yu Yamamoto
A Timely Rape Gaffe by Okinawa Defense Bureau Chief Helps Everyone but His Boss
Authored by: samwidge on Monday, December 05 2011 @ 08:59 AM JST

I am deeply honored that you would take time to develop so very much information at my request... and so well done, too!

As an author, you write about things that matter to you. You tend to write about the larger scale of international politics. Books on such subjects are not always popular or profitable because the public just doesn't care about the intimate details of boring things like the manipulation of masses. Too complicated for the average wit.

In your report on Okinawan rape you open a whole new discussion, one that is immensely popular here. We remember little of Okinawa but the subject of military rape in international situations would do well. It does not need to be a big book, just one well researched and focused.

In this country there is no meaningful defense allowed against an accusation of sexual affront. Admittedly, this is a complex issue but, in the end, it is impossible to defend if someone accuses you of a sexual offense. Under most situations an accused is allowed to know the nature of accusation only if the accuser permits it.

Few people in American law are willing to admit this but, when confronted with direct questions they invariably concede or refuse to answer. Any information you could assemble on military rape would sell well. If you could comment on situations in other lands, that would be a happy plus.

In this case, your point about parental disdain for Japanese daughters is amazing. That alone would cause large numbers of Americans to do something (though I cannot predict exactly what that something might be).

Please consider a book on rape.



A Timely Rape Gaffe by Former Okinawa Defense Bureau Chief Helped Everyone but His Boss in One Way or the Other
Authored by: Diogenes on Monday, December 05 2011 @ 09:28 AM JST
Well, the facts are that the American Gulag has been in place for a long time. Besides Guantanamo Bay military base being used as a prison to house kidnapped foreigners and possibly even American citizens, there is a secret CIA prison in Poland. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,621450,00.html It's likely that these secret prisons are being used not to just illegally house these caged people, but medical experiments are being done on them, no different than the Japanese Unit 731 in Manchuria or the famous Dr. Mengele in Deutchland.

Then there is the allegation of a prison ship run by the U.S. Navy. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/02/usa.humanrights

Over the past decade, treasonous politicians have enacted bills such as the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which cancels habeas corpus. http://www.aclu.org/national-security/military-commissions-act-2006 This is a summary of what this bill allows.
"The MCA eliminates the constitutional due process right of habeas corpus for detainees at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere. It allows our government to continue to hold hundreds of prisoners for more than five years without charges.

"It also gives any president the power to declare — on his or her own — who is an enemy combatant, decide who should be held indefinitely without being charged with a crime and define what is — and what is not — torture and abuse."

Republican presidential candidate Michael Bachmann is openly advocating water boarding, saying it is necessary. Torquemada, the chief inquisitioner at Toledo, would have made the same argument during the Spanish Inquisition.

The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/november2006/031106civilsuppression.htm
states that "the President may employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States, the President determines that domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of ("refuse" or "fail" in) maintaining public order, "in order to suppress, in any State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy."

Bush tried to take charge of the National Guard in New Orleans during the hurricane Katrina event, but the governor refused to let him. Problem solved with this bill by our quislings in office. He was attempting to set a precedent with the Katrina disaster. These guys are dying to get the military actively involved in “policing” and get people used to seeing them in full uniform patrolling the streets. SB 1867 now cements that fact in specific language that is unequivocal.

Then there is the un-Patriot Act http://www.aclu.org/national-security/surveillance-under-usa-patriot-act This is a quick summary of that Bill of Rights killing law.

"The result is unchecked government power to rifle through individuals' financial records, medical histories, Internet usage, bookstore purchases, library usage, travel patterns, or any other activity that leaves a record. Making matters worse:

"The government no longer has to show evidence that the subjects of search orders are an "agent of a foreign power," a requirement that previously protected Americans against abuse of this authority.
"The FBI does not even have to show a reasonable suspicion that the records are related to criminal activity, much less the requirement for "probable cause" that is listed in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. All the government needs to do is make the broad assertion that the request is related to an ongoing terrorism or foreign intelligence investigation.
"Judicial oversight of these new powers is essentially non-existent. The government must only certify to a judge - with no need for evidence or proof - that such a search meets the statute's broad criteria, and the judge does not even have the authority to reject the application.
"Surveillance orders can be based in part on a person's First Amendment activities, such as the books they read, the Web sites they visit, or a letter to the editor they have written.
"A person or organization forced to turn over records is prohibited from disclosing the search to anyone. As a result of this gag order, the subjects of surveillance never even find out that their personal records have been examined by the government. That undercuts an important check and balance on this power: the ability of individuals to challenge illegitimate searches."

Essentially, any government agent including local police can break into your house, install key logging software on your computer, and copy your hard drive and you'll never know it. When personal records are searched, the act demands that the doctor's office or library keep quiet about it or face imprisonment. Using this kind of spying like the National Security Agency's planned mega-centers that when done will have the ability to record literally every email, phone call, text message, and fax, so if the state determines you are reading the wrong material, you can now be scooped up off the street or from your house and be disappeared forever. There is nothing being done about these Guantanamo prisoners, even though Obama claimed falsely that he was going to release them to have civilian trials. I could go on, but this is just some of the reality of life in the U.S.

Do people care? I can't get my neighbors to even see the fact of chemtrail spraying. I wouldn't dare mention this stuff. I'd get the glazed denial look of Star Treks' “Full Shields Up, Mr. Spock.” People wonder how Tojo or Hitler came to power. My god, it's happening right now in 2011 and has been a rather rapid escalation. Like the Nazis, the traitors in this country will break no laws when the military begins arresting people. This “right” to arrest is specifically spelled out in SB 1867 and all the other “laws” that make the illegal, legal. As I expected, a quick search on the mainstream media sites and nightly network news programs shows a complete blackout of this legislation. We're essentially toast, and this treasonous act was passed by a yea vote of 93 : 7. I was asked how they could vote for this. How did they vote for all the other legislation? There's no point in even wondering why. It just is what it is.