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"The Character Assassination of Ozawa Ichiro" by Karel van Wolferen

A week or two before 3.11, an intriguing book written by veteran Dutch journalist Karel van Wolferen was published from Kadokawa Shoten, under the bilingual title 誰が小沢一郎を殺すのか? - The Character Assassination of Ozawa Ichiro. The Japanese part literally means "Who is going to kill Ichiro Ozawa?" I am a seasoned translator who is extremely fussy about word choices. But since there are no Japanese words precisely equivalent to "character assassination," I think the discrepancy between the two languages here is more or less permissible.
When it comes to the subtitle, however, I find the way translator Minori Inoue handled it somewhat objectionable, whether or not he did it with the consent of the author whose manuscript had no subtitle in it. Inoue settled for a Japanese phrase which goes 画策者なき陰謀, literally reverse-translated as The Conspiracy without a Conspirator. Of course, this is a gimmick to promote the sales of the book. Needless to say, there is no such thing as a crime without a mastermind or a perpetrator.

Despite all this, I think the book is a must-read particularly if you are one of those suckers who are usually wasting time and money on the rubbish written by Japan "experts" in the U.S. or the U.K. such as Joseph Nye and Bill Emmott. Unlike these bastards who are totally incapable of analyzing politics, or anything else for that matter, the Dutch journalist has real insight into Japan. More important, he has conscience that prohibits him from giving his audience delusive ideas such as Japan should be treated as "the anchor of the arc of freedom and prosperity."

With his outstanding analytical ability, Wolferen knows a political analyst should never generalize things although that is the most effective way when brainwashing people. In the first chapter, the author explains why he has delved so ardently into the character assassination of Ichiro Ozawa since 1993 when the scandal-tainted politician left the Liberal Democratic Party. He notes that although character assassinations are commonplace in any country and at any time in history, the particular one persistently targeted at Ozawa has some distinctive features.

For one thing, Japanese assassins are much more insidious and persistent than their foreign counterparts. Also, they always base their accusation against their foe on extralegal social norms instead of written laws. A violation of laws such as the Political Funds Control Law doesn't matter that much here. As a result, it takes a tremendous amount of time for them to achieve their ambiguous goal. Ozawa is not yet really done for, but it's already been 18 years since they started targeting the self-proclaimed reformist.

As Wolferen points out, another fallout from the character assassination in Japanese style is that the total picture of the scheme is impenetrably opaque. All along it remains unclear who is going to get rid of Ozawa and what for. The methods to eliminate the target are also by far subtler and more roundabout than those used in a negative campaign in the U.S.

These are the reasons Wolferen decided to write The Character Assassination of Ozawa Ichiro.

When you are through with this book, you will certainly have a little clearer picture of what the fuss over the "criminal" case against the former head of the Democratic Party of Japan is all about. At least you will get a vague idea about the conspirators who have hatched this plot. But, it looks as though the clearer ideas you get from the book, the more cryptic the real implication of the character assassination looks. This is where Wolferen fails.

Questions that still remain unanswered in the book include:

■ How did the translator come up with the misleading subtitle? Can it be that he thought, by any chance, there are too many conspirators to list, even by group names such as the corrupt public prosecutors, bureaucrats who have huge vested interests across the nation, the U.S. government, liberal and conservative ideologues retained by Washington, the mainstream media, and the alternative media? I even suspect that Inoue thought it wouldn't make sense to point a finger at a fictitious figure such as the son of the Sun Goddess - or the author may have told his translator to refrain from explicitly offending the incumbent emperor, in deference to his readers.

■ What's wrong with assassinating the most unscrupulous political figure, in one way or the other? Wolferen still believes Ozawa has been a reform-minded politician and that is why he left the Liberal Democratic Party in 1993. Even so, the author admits he hesitates to call him one of the greatest politicians in the postwar Japan. Actually, it's unlikely that a bandit like Ozawa can be a reformer as he claims. But at the same time, you can never expect a law-abiding person to be an agent of change. After all, he deserves the predicament he has been going through in recent years. But that does not mean these corrupt prosecutors and judges have the moral authority to punish him. This is the tragedy inherent to Japan.

■ Why on earth didn't the more or less faceless conspirators think about economizing time by quickly killing Ozawa physically as someone had a yakuza mobster stab to death Koki Ishii, the maverick lawmaker, back in 2002? Can't it be that the assassins are targeting not only Ozawa but also millions of other Japanese? If that is the case, it all clicks because you can't kill so many people at a time.

■ If we should take the tricky subtitle at face value, what would be wrong if we assumed there is no particular victim in the ongoing character assassination? Actually, I often get the impression that it's other people who fell victim to the crooked lawmaker - and not the other way around. I also believe anyone else could have been scapegoated in place of Ozawa almost by the definition of the word. If I were Wolferen's translator, I might have subtitled the book something like
被害者なき犯罪 or The Crime without a Victim.

■ If DPJ's landslide over LDP two years ago should be considered to have marked the end of the 1955 System as the author seems to believe, why are we still seeing the same attempt by the same people to get rid of Ozawa going on endlessly? From this blogger's point of view, the coup d'etat Ozawa staged in 1993 was just a hiccup of the system artfully crafted by the U.S. government in 1955. Its design concept was such that nobody should be able to alter it, let alone destroy it. Wolferen writes the political landscape resulting from Ozawa's departure from the LDP was something to be called "1.5-party system" and that as a result of the snap general election in August 2009, a fullfledged 2-party system is now in place in this country. But he is uncharacteristically wrong here; we now have a very unique twin-party system where the two political groups are really inseparable from each other as if they were the Siamese twins.

Actually, this country has been going around in circles for decades now. Every attempt to transform it into a viable nation has proved futile. Wash your eyes clouded with all the hogwash about Japan you've heard from the likes of Joseph Nye and Richard Armitage, and take a sober look at what's really going on here. Do you see the faintest signs that Japan is changing?

On October 6, Ozawa pleaded not guilty at the opening of his trial. But people can't wait until April when the first ruling is expected. They have already stepped up their criticism against the villain. Day in, day out, and almost around the clock, the entire population, from self-proclaimed pundits and scholars, to brainless punks, is cheerfully ganging up on Ozawa as if they can change their country only by ostracizing the former "shadow shogun."

Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan has resumed his secular pilgrimage at its checkpoint No. 54, expecting he will have been cleansed of his past political sins by the time he reaches the goal where the 83rd temple sits. In the meantime, his successor Yoshihiko Noda, who claims to be as innocent as
泥鰌, a loach, is committing another bunch of sins, such as planning to take part in the TPP talks scheduled for November just to please Obama, going ahead with the relocation plan for the U.S. Marine Corps's air station to Henoko, another city in the same Okinawa main island, and trying to dupe the gullible Japanese into footing the bill for the government's mishandling of the 3.11 disaster.

I think if there still is a way to implement a disruptive change in this country, the first thing the Japanese people should do is to find answers all by themselves to the questions Wolferen validly identifies but stops short of answering himself. Among other things, it is crucially important to specifically identify institutions to be targeted by assassins before deciding whether to destroy them physically or by character assassinations.

If I may take the liberty of answering these questions on behalf of Wolferen, I would say the primary targets are the EMPEROR and those who benefit from the TREATY of MUTUAL COOPERATION and SECURITY between the UNITED STATES and JAPAN.
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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.
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The Fundamental Things Apply as Time Goes by

This broad named Fumiko
Hayashi recently succeeded
an equally crooked guy named
Hiroshi Nakada as Yokohama

The camera-shy double-chinned
zombie at the tax collection
department wouldn't listen to my
tuition-free lecture on the
Recently I often indulge in retrospection as anyone of my age does, particularly in the light of my typology for pathological liars. When looking back on thousands of people I've become associated with throughout my adulthood, I always feel contented that I have encountered not a few adorable people who have made my life worth living, or at least more tolerable than it would have been without them.

They were mostly women. This is no accident because it's a universal truth that the oppressed always outshine the oppressors. Although it can never be the other way around anywhere else in the world, this is especially true with this male-dominated country where young women often remain unassimilated.

On the other hand, my contempt toward male liars stems from education I received at home and in schools during my formative years.

As I have already told my audience, my father's way of educating me was abnormally Spartan. In later years I termed it a double-edged sword. The reason he had an obsessive idea that his dim-witted son had to grow at any cost into a topnotch scientist like himself was because he thought that was the only way to avoid offering his offspring to Emperor Hirohito as one of those millions of sacrifices. I think he was right; if the war had lasted five more years and I had failed to meet his expectation, I would most probably have been loaded into a small plane together with gallons of gasoline and dived into a U.S. warship for the absurd cause of defending Hirohito against his enemy. Things did not unfold that way, but just the same, I fell apart years after the war defeat.

In the meantime, I attended a private grade school and high schools because I failed to enter a privileged public school which my father thought was the first step toward the fast track to the exempt status from the suicide mission. The name of the schools was Seijo Gakuen. The institution had been founded by a progressive educator named Masataro Sawayanagi amid the social milieu widely known as Taisho Demokurashii, or Taisho democracy. Dishonest historians in Japan all characterize the Taisho Era (1912-26) as the days when something similar to Western democracy was briefly flourishing.

It's an illusion, however. They cannot but call it that because there is a tacit agreement which strictly prohibits them from mentioning the fact that Emperor Yoshihito was even more insane than his son Hirohito as a result of incestuous marriages practiced for centuries within the imperial family. The incapacitated demigod wasn't even able to prepare his subjects for the inevitable war against the West, let alone prevent the rise of the most belligerent elements within the Imperial Army toward the 1930s. The fact remains that the accidental resemblance of the era to democracy was nothing but a fallout from the 15-year hiatus in the imperial reign resulting from the severe mental illness suffered by Yoshihito. In fact, it didn't even bear the faintest similarity to the Weimar Republic because the lunatic on the throne had nothing in common with Paul von Hindenburg.

When founding Seijo Gakuen against this backdrop, Sawayanagi imported a progressive education method advocated by Helen Parkhurst based on her belief in trinity of truth, virtue and beauty. It was called the Dalton Plan because the Dalton School in Massachusetts first implemented the method in 1919. Even today, Japanese schools all aim at nurturing conformists, but the principle being practices in Seijo Gakuen was to train its students to be different from each other. Spending my formative years in this institution, I developed my hatred toward conformism.

In short, I was torn between two radically different education methods for almost twelve years. The principles were not only irreconcilable with each other, but also totally incongruous with the norms of the society.

Due to this educational background of mine, I experienced great difficulty throughout my early adulthood dealing with my workplace colleagues and bosses, including expats from Switzerland and some other European countries. My employers were all suffering from complete lack of spontaneity and innovativeness on the part of their employees. All they could do was to comply with commands given from above. Early on, therefore, the typical alumnus of Seijo Gakuen couldn't get along very well with these self-deceptive people. Although I could develop, over time, the art of lying which they called "interpersonal skills" as I grew into a mature corporate manager, I couldn't cultivate lasting relationships with them. Moreover, my attempts to revolutionize the ways of doing business eventually cost me the big promotion to top executive positions.

Now I classify them into Type 1 liars. Since they were too uneducated and/or retarded to deliberately deceive others, they settled for deceiving themselves. People say ignorant liars are relatively harmless, but my way of thinking is that on the contrary they are sometimes more harmful than deliberate liars who I classify as Type 2, because they don't know they are lying.

In my second career spent at the Japanese subsidiary of a German software company, and the subsequent post-retirement years, I started mixing with a different type of people with different educational and occupational backgrounds, including prominent "experts" in politics in Northeast Asia and a small-time literary agent who would later turn down my manuscript on the pretext of minor grammatical inaccuracies and "run-on" sentences involved in it. Most of them were Americans.

In 2004, I decided to devote the rest of my life to writing, including blogging. I already knew that I had dared to play the unrewarding role of the Cretan who insisted all Cretans were liars. But I hadn't known yet that these highly-educated and well-informed people were essentially no different from Type 1 liars who had tormented me throughout my 46-year career. That is why I thought my target audience would have to be Westerners, especially Americans.

On both sides of us, expectations were quite high. As you can see somewhere on this website, an American writer wrote: "Strong, incisive and definitely opinionated, Yuichi Yamamoto is where I go to get perspectives on Japan." But the ensuing exchange of views between us has revealed that he was lying. Actually he just expected me to say what he and his fellow countrymen wanted to hear.

In the last seven years, Type 2 mythomaniacs in the U.S. untiringly flooded me with these questions:

■ How to cope with the problem with Japan's shrinking and aging population,
■ How to handle the abduction issue with North Korea,
■ How to counter China's provocation in the disputed waters in the East China Sea,
■ How to realign U.S. military forces in Japan,
■ How to decelerate the whirling of the revolving door of the Prime Minister's office,
■ Whether or not the Japanese Prime Minister should visit Yasukuni Shrine,
■ Whether or not Japan should be given a permanent seat on the UNSC,
■ Whether or not the Little Boy and the Fat Man can be justified,
■ How soon Japan should phase out its dependence on nuclear power generation,
■ What to make of the ongoing "Arab Spring."

The list of silly questions goes on and on.

As I have repeatedly argued, practically none of these "issues" are real. If there are some exceptions, these are someone else's headaches or heartaches, certainly not mine. I was taken aback to know that in America today, even professional analysts have no ability to analyze things to identify real issues. To borrow Peter F. Drucker's way of saying it, these guys should know that giving a wrong answer to the right question is much better than giving the correct answer to a wrong question,

I might as well have established a set of FAQs in which every answer would go like this: "Who knows? And who cares? All these questions you repeatedly raise are red herrings invented by the Japanese media and amplified by Japan 'experts' in the U.S. who are virtually on the payroll of the mainstream media."

These days political analysts in the U.S. often talk about macro/micro economy as if to make up for their inability to analyze politics. But of course, the makeshift financial analysts cannot analyze economy any better than politics. Even worse, since they have no firsthand experience and knowledge in any other business than their own monkey business, these self-styled economists don't have the foggiest idea of what man's economic activities are all about. By contrast, Japanese businessmen do have some foggy ideas about that. They are equally ignorant, but not that arrogant.

In total disappointment, we have become increasingly alienated from each other in recent years. That left me with an even smaller number of people who still remained responsive to this blog. For a while, I thought they were my last bastion, so to speak. Unfortunately, though, I soon learned that most of them are yet another type of dishonest people.

When I mentioned, for the first time, the constitutional, but extralegal battle I'd launched in April against the municipality of Yokohama over my refusal to pay income-unrelated residential taxes, they made an aboutface on me presumably because they thought any person who dares to put into action what he says is the right thing to do is a psychopath. The acid test revealed that those who I am inclined to classify as Type 3 are no different from the Japanese whose Honne is always miles apart from their Tatemae.

The Japanese have been known for their trait for
総論賛成・各論反対 (So-Ron Sansei, Kaku-ron Hantai) which literally means agreement in principle and opposition in specifics. While in business, especially in the bubble and post-bubble years, I tried hard to convince my subordinates, peers and bosses that our organization was badly in need of reengineering and downsizing. No one raised an objection. But when I was handing a pink slip to any one of them, he never failed to violently resist.

On the contrary, employees of government agencies at all levels have never faced this dilemma. That makes it all the more difficult for me to convince these ignorant and arrogant tax collectors. Actually I am on the brink of surrender with more than 30% of my pension annuity being robbed starting October.

Initially, I based my protest primarily on the Constitution, particularly its Articles 14 (equality under law,) 25 (right to maintain the minimum standards of wholesome and cultured living) and 29 (inviolable property right.) But it was as though I was talking to a brick wall.

Japan's Constitution, which was virtually promulgated by Gen. Douglas MacArthur 67 years ago, upholds three principles in it: pacifism, egalitarianism and reciprocity. The first two were superfluous because the Japanese have long been extremely blood-phobic people who have never risked their lives to defend their innate right and dignity against anyone at home or from abroad, and its rulers could perpetuate an oppressive, but classless society since the early-8th century with their ingenious art of lying. On the contrary, the reciprocity principle has never taken root in this land.

When it comes to subordinate laws, Japanese lawmakers have all been stupid enough to model them after the so-called Anglo-American legal system which tends to leave a lot of leeway for the discretion of people practicing law because of its "enumeration method." On the other hand, the Japanese at large never understand that people define the law, not the other way around. As a result, the reciprocity principle supposedly governing relationships between taxpayers and the state has always remained a Tatemae. Under the circumstances, I don't think I have to tell you how the tax collectors have actually exercised their discretionary power which is way too much for these immature guys.

If I were Fumiko Hayashi who recently succeeded the equally crooked Hiroshi Nakada as Yokohama Mayor, I would certainly replace the crowd of highly-paid zombies with a much smaller number of robots whose brains are stuffed with the articles of local tax law, related ordinances and precedents.

Now that they have finally started to forcibly exercise the order of attachment, I decided to drop my plan to file a civil lawsuit. Instead, I now think about filing criminal charges against them, invoking Article 193 of the Penal Code which goes like this:

When a public officer abuses his or her authority and causes another to perform an act which the person has no obligation to perform, or hinders another from exercising such person's right, imprisonment with or without work for not more than 2 years shall be imposed.

I know I have little chance to win the case because the independence of the three branches of the government is one of those nominal things pervasive in this Tatemae society. Especially the cozy relations between the judicial and administrative branches of the government here makes it quite unlikely that I can put them behind bars. Yet, I can't but go on "until I have my sword broken and arrows exhausted." The crisis I'm going through right now is something that literary poses an existential threat.

Two weeks ago, someone unexpectedly extended me a helping hand. Ironically enough, though, it's a he, and he is a Japanese. Here I call him "DK." DK said: "I will make up for the shortfall you are going to suffer because of the robbers in the city hall for the simple reason that I have always empathized with your way of thinking and living. You should not repay it because it's a grant aid."

DK is a youngish IT engineer and a father of a 5-year-old kid. He and his wife have not really been responsive to my web essays, either online or offline. But every time we have a talk over a small lunch or a cup of coffee at the nearby Starbucks, I can see our wavelengths are very close. Since the time I first told them I had launched an all-out war against Yokohama city, they have been rooting for me without reservation.

Believe it or not, I was looking for a tovarishch, or two, not a potential benefactor. So I must have declined his generous offer outright if he had said he was doing it out of sympathy. But this is not to say I have no problem accepting the kind offer he made out of empathy. I am fully aware that DK is not that wealthy. He has to support not only his immediate family, but some aged in-laws. Also, he can't save too much money for rainy days so as not to repeat my mistake.
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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.
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Three Distinctive Types of Pathological Liars

This is a rewrite of my previous post. I just wanted to further clarify my points.

Left: Yasuo Ichikawa, Defense Minister (Type 1)
Center: Yoshio Hachiro, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (Type 1)
Right: Jun Azumi, Finance Minister (Type 1)

When former Prime Minister Naoto Kan took office 15 months ago, a prominent pundit in the U.S. promised Japan's bright future under the "first truly new" leadership. It didn't take long, however, until Kan proved yet another incompetent and unscrupulous leader, but the pundit didn't blush for a split second. He didn't even feel obliged to post a correction anywhere on the web. That made the person I used to admire a liar.

Now that Yoshihiko Noda took office as the seventh Prime Minister in five years, the self-styled prophet looks to have resumed circulating a fake picture of Japan's rosy future for - how many times it was he did that. But if he still claims to be a political analyst specializing in Northeast Asia, he should know his job is NOT to count the number of the Prime Ministers who have come and gone through the revolving door, but to analyze the situation to identify the real reason behind the political volatility inherent to this society. On August 27, however, he already wrote that the U.S. government should "stand firmly behind Japan [under the new leadership] to help Tokyo become the anchor of the arc of freedom and prosperity." After all, he has learned nothing from his repeated mispredictions in the last several years. Or, should I say he has learned too much?

On this side of the Pacific, Kan's approval rating had plummeted to 13% before his resignation at the end of August. But in a matter of 24 little hours since Noda took over the premiership, we were told to see a V-shaped turnaround of the cabinet approval rating. According to the mainstream media, it was polled at somewhere between 60-70%. These figures were certainly unaudited and most probably fabricated, but to make the results of their surveys look a little plausible, shameless pollsters didn't forget to add that poll results at this stage were somewhat inflated with pollees' high expectation for the new administration. But of course, it's a lie because expectation is one thing and approval is quite another.

So the question to be asked is why the approval rating shot up so dramatically even before Noda took a single step to rectify the messy situation his predecessor has left behind. The new Prime Minister has so far avoided specifically mentioning any backlog issue because he knows he is one of the primary accomplices in Kan's crime. No sane person would believe he can give a new perspective to these problems unless he officially admitted all the sin he committed as the Finance Minister of the now-defunct Kan administration.

One of his headaches which still hangs in the air is the stunning revelation that the Democratic Party of Japan has had cozy relations with a shady group of Japanese which has covertly fronted the North Korean government for many years. (See FOOTNOTES 1, 2.) In July, some hawkish elements in the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, such as Shoji Nishida, could deliver the final blow to the already-faltering Prime Minister and his cabinet when they brought up to the surface the fact that Kan and his colleagues had "donated" more than 200 million yen to the organization closely connected to the main culprit of the 1970 hijacking of JAL's Yodo-go and one of the perpetrators of the series of "abductions" of Japanese citizens.

When Sakie Yokota, de facto spokeswoman of the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea, learned these facts, she reportedly said, "Now I'm totally at a loss over who to trust. I want to vomit."

As I have already told my audience, the aforementioned pundit interviewed Yokota in 2004 at a coffee shop in central Tokyo. Two years later, he wrote: "[Abductee Megumi Yokota's] parents symbolize the transformation of ordinary Japanese citizens from the meek and mild to the assured and assertive." Although the American writer has been playing dumb about the new revelation, the "assured and assertive" woman was dying for a shoulder to cry on. But now that she found someone to trust in the new Prime Minister, Yokota has resumed whining in the way she has been whining for the last 34 years.

The learning disability coupled with extreme mood swing Yokota and other Japanese have shown throughout these turbulent years tells you they are incredibly immature people. After all, Douglas MacArthur was absolutely right. At the same time, these symptoms are an unmistakable evidence that they are suffering an incurable mental illness named self-deception. Of course, this is not to say American people are mentally sound, by contrast.

I became really confused. Who are deceiving whom, how and what for? Now in an attempt to sort this all out, I pondered how to classify these mythomaniacs in a meaningful way. As a result, I have identified three distinctive types (FOOTNOTE 3) as shown below:

Type 1: Ignorant Liars. They are uneducated and/or retarded. So when they lie, they are not aware that they are lying. All they can do is to parrot what they hear from Type 2 liars purely on an ear-to-mouth basis. Their proliferation, especially in Japan, has by far outpaced the growth of the Type 2 population because people all believe - or make believe, to be more precise - in the myth that an ignorant person can never be a villain.

Type 2: Deliberate Liars. Most of them are highly-educated and relatively well-informed professionals, but they only talk about raw facts that fit into their delusive ideologies. These surface-scratchers never really analyze things because they don't have to.

Type 3: Hypocrites. At times they can tell the truth but never act accordingly. What they do has nothing to do with what they say.

When Yoshihiko Noda was elected to succeed Naoto Kan as Prime Minister, he exquisitely portrayed himself as Dojo, a Japanese loach that prefers murky water around rice paddies to fresh water of limpid streams. Whether it's a loach or a roach, Noda expressly contrasted himself with Kingyo, the showy goldfish. With this analogy, he wanted to say that he may look ugly and fatuous unlike his predecessor and former boss but he is a guileless, harmless and unpretentious person. Noda knows very well that deprecating himself in such a humble way is the best way to dupe the world's most gullible people into believing he is an honest and reliable person. This way the new Prime Minister has succeeded in impressing himself favorably on predominantly Type 1 people at home and abroad.

Noda was not deliberately lying when he likened himself to Dojo, but he wasn't telling the truth when he implicitly likened his predecessor to Kingyo. Actually, his way of differentiating himself from his predecessor was reminiscent of the way Kan contrasted himself with Ichiro Ozawa to defend his premiership against the challenge from the scandal-tainted rival 12 months ago. It didn't take long, however, until Kan proved as unscrupulous as Ozawa, the central figure in this kleptocracy.

I think Noda should be classified as Type 1 himself, while Kan is a little closer to Ozawa who should be placed in Type 2.

Mythomaniacs in the media are saying it's too soon to really size up Noda's ability because the new Prime Minister still remains an unknown. It's media's modus operandi to buy time until it is too late. In fact, though, we can already size him up because at least, Noda has named his cabinet members.

As I wrote in my previous post, Noda's appointment to the head of the Democratic Party of Japan was nothing but a result of the power dynamics currently prevailing in the party. It's small wonder that he handpicked his cabinet members based solely on the traditional criteria called 派閥均衡 (Habatsu Kinko, or balancing power among intraparty factions,) under the guise of 適材適所 (Tekizai Tekisho, or the principle of putting the right people to the right positions.)

One of these right people is Yasuo Ichikawa, who was put in charge of the Defense Ministry. Actually, he has no defense expertise, whatsoever, because he is a former bureaucrat in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. At his inaugural press conference, Ichikawa reportedly said, "To be honest with you, I'm an amateur. But I think the more you are in the dark about defense, the more you can ensure the adherence to the principle of civilian control." Obviously, the idiot is Type 1. That means he will blindly follow any instruction given by Leon Panetta even more than his predecessors did. As usual, my sympathy goes to the islanders of Okinawa, Japan's last colony.

Another "right person put in the right place" is Yoshio Hachiro who was appointed to take charge of economy, trade and industry. Born into a farming family in Hokkaido, Hachiro worked in an agricultural cooperative for many years before getting into politics. Except for the primary sector, therefore, he has no knowledge in the formidable problems deep rooted in Japan's industrial structure.

His first job as head of the METI is to take part in the annual APEC Leaders Meeting to be held in November in Hawaii. On the sidelines of the meeting, Hachiro is supposed to talk with Rebecca Blank, Acting Secretary of U.S. Commerce Department, or whoever his dotted-line boss will be, over Japan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP.) He knows deep inside that it's inevitable for him to eventually cave in to the undue demand by the U.S. But his negotiation skills will be evaluated solely in terms of how long he can procrastinate with his muddled words before patience wears thin on the part of his U.S. counterpart. Hachiro has already promised farmers in his constituency that he will "sweat a lot."

Japanese politicians at large seem to think "sweat" is a very usable word when they are at a loss over what to do. It's as though they think perspiration serves as an alibi for their inaction in the face of a conflict between two irreconcilable interests. Hachiro is no exception. I think he is self-deceptive enough to be classified as Type 1.

Another Type 1 is Jun Azumi, new Finance Minister. He is a former NHK reporter, which means he is a habitual liar. Worse, Azumi doesn't have the slightest idea about finance. Just like the Dojo did when he was appointed to the same post by Kan 15 months ago, Azumi will hastily purchase an outdated textbook which tells him the fairy tale that the money markets are basically governed by the economic fundamentals everywhere in the world. As a result, he will always act like a chick surrounded by vultures.

In early August, his predecessor Noda ordered the Bank of Japan to step into currency markets to stem the further depreciation of the greenback. To that end, the BOJ bought the U.S. currency worth 4.5 trillion yen. The pointless intervention caused Japan an appraisal loss of 100 billion yen overnight. I'm sure Azumi will repeat the same folly over and over again during his tenure.

In the worst case, the amateur Finance Minister can be duped into granting the debt-ridden U.S. government a moratorium on $882 billion-worth Treasury securities held by Japan as of December 2010.
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Japan's New Prime Minister Set off Relapse of the Epidemic of Pseudologia Fantastica in the U.S.

Members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) have long been discussing whether to include "pseudologia fantastica" in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as a distinct psychiatric disorder. I suspect that the reason it hasn't been considered a "coherent enough entity" for the inclusion in the DSM thus far is because in America, like in some other countries including Japan, there are so many pathological liars there that the bible for psychiatrists would become meaningless if it included the widespread disease.

Yesterday, yet another idiot named Yoshihiko Noda (photo) was installed as Japan's seventh Prime Minister in five years. When his predecessor Naoto Kan took office in June last year, not a few self-proclaimed Japan experts in the mainstream U.S. hailed him as "Japan's first truly new leader."
As usual, it didn't take long until Kan proved not only an idiot but also a scoundrel. That is why these scholars and pundits quickly fell silent about Japan and remained so in the last 15 months. But now that the new one, who likens himself to 泥鰌 (Dojo), a Japanese loach, was going to succeed Kan, mainstream ideologues in the U.S. all came back to resume disseminating the all-too-familiar delusion about Japan's bright future.

On the eve of Kan's belated resignation, one of those prominent mythomaniacs wrote that the U.S. government should "stand firmly behind Japan [under the new leadership] to help Tokyo become the anchor of the arc of freedom and prosperity." Once again, we are taken aback at this hogwash.

In the past, many, including myself, assumed that the highly-educated person was well-versed in this country as he claimed. But now we have learned that is not the case. How can one be a Japan expert when he doesn't know that in the last 66 years, especially during these "lost 20 years," the Japanese have been living in a dystopia where freedom and prosperity in the real sense of the words have never prevailed?

We still don't know if he is one of those professional liars or just a learning-disabled person. For instance, doesn't he know how many of the last six Prime Ministers were chosen by popular vote, if indirectly? The correct answer: NO ONE but Hatoyama.

This is more or less true with their predecessors. In the first 10 years after the war, practically all Prime Ministers, including the Class-A war criminal-turned CIA agent Nobusuke Kishi, were picked by the U.S. government. Even after the rotten political system was put in place in 1955 by the CIA, the mainstream media have always fixed the poll on behalf of the U.S. intelligence agency. Ian Buruma once called them political sandmen.

Toward the end of the monopoly of power by the Liberal Democratic Party, pathological liars in the government and media were disseminating a myth that the dissolution of 派閥 (Habatsu), intra-party factions inherent to the 1955 System, was underway. Simply, this can't be true, because Habatsu is the integral part of the system through which to funnel the handsome amount of taxpayers' money called 政党助成金 (Seito Joseikin) or subsidies appropriated to political parties. Pork-barrel operators use the subsidies as seed money with which to maintain and further beef up their corrupt relations with their electoral and industrial constituencies.

The loach's rise from obscurity at the August 29 general assembly of Diet members of the Democratic Party of Japan was no different from the cases with his predecessors; it was nothing more than the result of the power dynamics currently prevailing between 主流派 (Shuryu-ha) - mainstream factions - headed by the likes of Yoshito Sengoku and Seiji Maehara and 反主流派 (Han-Shuryu-ha) - anti-mainstream (but most powerful) factions - headed by Ichiro Ozawa and Yukio Hatoyama.

To put it bluntly, it was Noda's turn to take the helm this time around simply because his faction is small enough for bigger ones to manipulate as they like. Small wonder Noda's first words in his victory speech were: "Let's call it a no-side." (A no-side means the end of a Rugby game which is signaled by the referee's whistle.) Even during the pointless debates among the five contenders, everyone was referring to Article 1 of the 17-article constitution promulgated by Shotoku Prince in the 7th century. The more empty-headed Maehara was saying the same thing in a more childish way; he said, "Whatever is the outcome of the election, let's do 全員野球 (Zen-in Yakyu.)" The Japanese word means a ballgame where each player is required to sacrifice himself for the team. The Aug. 29 farce was yet another evidence that constant alignment and realignment of factions are what Japan's volatile politics is all about.

It's totally unimaginable that any one of these thieves can lead the nation's way out of the "unprecedented" crisis.

Talking of Maehara, self-styled hawk, the same American writer wrote: "At the moment, the front-runner to replace Kan is Seiji Maehara, the former foreign minister, who resigned in March in the wake of a minor political contribution scandal. He would be a strong friend of the United States." (Emphasis mine.) This can mean he is completely out of touch with what's going on here. Or, it's more likely that he is one of those truth-deniers.

Why on earth does he think the former Foreign Minister quit so readily when it was revealed he had received a peanut of 0.59 million yen from a South Korean resident here? It's a matter of commonsense that his quick resignation indicated the particular donation was just a tip of the iceberg. Furthermore, recent revelations have it that Maehara, Washington's pet, has had cozy relations with North (not a typo) Korea.

Thanks to the big quake of March 11, his boss Kan could survive the similar revelation that he has had collusive relations with Seoul. But finally, Kan had to step down primarily because in July it came to the surface that he and some other DPJ members had "donated" more than 200 million yen to a shady group of Japanese which has fronted the Pyongyang government for many years. This intricate picture is something that is way beyond comprehension of simple-headed American ideologues.

All in all, the fact of the matter remains that not a single Japanese administration has represented, and will never represent the ordinary Japanese people.

American pundits virtually on the payroll of the mainstream media do know how many Prime Ministers have come and gone through the revolving door. But they don't have a good enough analytical mind to tell the reason behind the recent acceleration of the whirling of the door of the Prime Minister's office. These political "analysts" aren't there to analyze things in the first place. Their only job is to spread around fallacies such as the one about Douglas MacArthur's success in building a "democracy" in the Japanese archipelago.

Actually, I couldn't afford to waste my precious time on this bullshit. I should have established by daybreak an important Word document along with an Excel sheet with which to convince the brain-dead and sadistically ruthless tax collectors at the ward office of the municipality that I have no reason and no money to settle the delinquent citizen tax bills of 700K yen. I may be on the verge of losing this constitutional, but extralegal battle, yet I can't lose it because it's literally an existential crisis I've been going through since April.

Despite time constraints I've had at this moment, I got sidetracked once again when I carelessly read the fraudulent essay I came across on the web. It prompted me to quickly write this post, instead. I felt I can't take it anymore. I couldn't care less if American literati keep discrediting themselves this way. But I found the downright lie about "the arc of freedom and prosperity" especially outrageous because it's none other than these liars that keep encouraging my foes at Yokohama City Hall to persecute someone who has fallen behind the imaginary arc. If you think this is a far-fetched argument, you know nothing about the Japanese.
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Show Me Someone Who is NOT a Psychopath

Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
- from Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Scottish journalist Charles McKay (1841)

It's a matter of commonsense that the CIA recidivists are behind these rebels in the streets of Tripoli. As some experts have observed, the way they fire their assault rifles from the hip is an unmistakable evidence that they have been recruited by the intelligence agency, and/or they are disguised members of al-Qaeda. In the video embedded above, the former Deputy Speaker of the Belgian Parliament puts it in a broader perspective when he says what the Americans term "the Arab Spring" is, in fact, the beginning of the "second colonization of Africa."

Believe it or not, though, I couldn't care less whatever is underway 6,580 miles away from Tokyo. Neither do I care at all if that person named Muammar Gaddafi is a psychopath as many Americans call him. He hasn't inflicted any harm on me or my friends.

Just let me ask you something here: "Have you ever asked yourself why the hell the American people repeat the same folly over and over again, learning no lessons from their failures of nation-building in Japan, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq?" Of course you haven't, because you think you already know the answer. Then, why don't you just go ahead and implement the corrective measure you have in mind? Actually, you can't find the answer without first identifying the root problem very specifically. You may be a heretic. In fact, though, your delusion that you can know the correct answer without knowing the real question indicates you are trapped in the huge intellectual vacuum created by mainstream ideologues.

You always put the blame on a growing number of psychopaths for the crimes committed by the U.S.A. in Africa and Asia. But in order to clearly identify the issue at hand, you should first define your terminology very precisely. Previously I wrote that since conspiracies are ubiquitous these days, seeking the truth about a conspiracy without specifically defining what conspiracy you are talking about, and why, will get you nowhere. By the same token, if you name the culprits psychopaths without defining what exactly the word should mean, you will always end up in the endless shouting contest where you and your opponents are calling each other psychopaths.

Of late, the sterile climate has spilled over to this side of the Pacific. As my predominantly-American audience is becoming more and more aware that this blogger suffers a mental illness, one of you said a couple of months ago that I am a "mild" schizophrenic. I have no problem being labeled that way, except that I find the qualifier a little insulting. I even think I would have really appreciated his frankness if he had been more specific about the reason he thought I look like a nut by clearly defining the schizophrenic symptoms he saw in this blogger. That way, he might have diagnosed me as a case of psychopathy, rather than schizophrenia. According to a vague definition given by the American Psychiatric Association, psychopathy is "a more severe form of antisocial personality disorder."

In the late 1970s through '80s, American anthropologist Edward T. Hall made an extensive research into Japanese culture to find out the real reason behind the spectacular growth of the Japanese economy. He drew the conclusion that Japan's success was attributable primarily to the fact that this country is a "high-context" society where people communicate amongst each other with a high-context language. In my interpretation, an "HC" language does not require each word to be defined precisely because the sender and the receiver of a message supposedly share the same understanding even before the word is spoken. A 17-syllable Haiku piece or a short text message is still considered long enough here. The real problem facing the Japanese today, therefore, is the fact that this success factor identified by the anthropologist more than 20 years ago is now quickly turning into a failure factor.

On the contrary, English is one of the most low-context languages. But with this silly thing called Twitter sweeping through America, its people have started speaking an HC dialect of English. That is basically why they think just tweeting a word "psycho" is good enough to make a difference to their psychopathic society which still remains low context.

In my previous post, I called Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara a psycho. On second thought, however, I realized I shouldn't have used such an ill-defined word to describe a guy who is offering athletes from all over the world a big treat of contaminated food in his second bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2020. Not that I think I was too harsh with him. On the contrary, I was too complimentary to the Governor because practically every ordinary Japanese is more or less a psycho today.

As usual, I looked up the word psychopath not only in the dictionary but also in APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, WHO's International Classification of Diseases, and some other websites. It was appalling to know that none of these authoritative documents clearly define the mental illness.

Take DSM for example. Its fourth edition published in 1994 defines antisocial personality disorder like this.

A) There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three or more of the following:

1. failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest;

2. deception, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure;

3. impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead;

4. irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults;

5. reckless disregard for safety of self or others;

6. consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations;

7. lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another;

B) The individual is at least age 18 years.

C) There is evidence of conduct disorder with onset before age 15 years.

D) The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or a manic episode.

As you may agree, this is real rubbish that indicates even among American shrinks, intellectual faculty is quickly deteriorating. If they think these criteria serve their purposes, they are psychos, too. Small wonder, in 1988, a psychiatrist wrote in the British Journal of Psychiatry that since the catch-all definition of psychopathy is little more than a moral judgement masquerading as a clinical diagnosis, it should be scrapped altogether.

Most other related websites are even more biased not only morally but also ideologically. One of them lists such names as Pol Pot, Adolf Hitler, George W. Bush, John McCain, and Joseph Stalin as "famous sufferers of psychopathy," without giving a single piece of neuroscientific evidence. There's no website that puts on its list Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta or Ben Bernanke, let alone Japanese names such as Emperor Hirohito, Hideki Tojo, Shintaro Ishihara and Naoto Kan. In short, they think anyone they hate is a psycho. This indicates that these self-styled psychiatrists can also be psychos themselves.

Admittedly, I am equally in the dark about neuroscience. So I don't have the slightest idea about what kind of abnormality of secretion of neurotransmitters such as dopamine makes you a nut. And yet, I think I would be able to come up with a more objective, religion-/ideology-free and actionable set of diagnostic criteria for psychopathy if I took into account additional attributes such as ability of abstract thinking (NOTE 1) and contextual thinking (NOTE 2), physiognomical features (NOTE 3), ideological/religious tilts, manifested goal of life, willfulness (NOTE 4) and methodology to attain it, presentability (NOTE 5), propensity toward fanaticism, sexual orientation, financial condition, etc.

NOTE 1: It's a known fact that in the U.S., psychos' IQ is on the high side. But this is not to say an idiot can't be a psycho. Actually, most Japanese psychos are idiots as is the cases with Tokyo Governor Ishihara, outgoing Prime Minister Kan and contenders for his successor Kaieda and Noda. Current Finance Minister Noda, for one, ordered early this month the Bank of Japan to step into the currency markets to stem the further depreciation of the U.S. dollar. To that end, the central bank bought the U.S. currency worth 4.5 trillion yen. As a result of the pointless intervention, Japan suffered an appraisal loss of 100 billion yen overnight.
NOTE 2: Thanks to the HC language they use in the HC environment, Japanese idiots are good at handling "multifaceted" or ill-defined issues. To be more precise, they procrastinate things until the problem defines, and then solves itself.
NOTE 3: In the mid-1960s, Ichiro Kawasaki, former Japanese Ambassador to Argentina wrote in his controversial book to the effect that the Japanese are the world's third ugliest people only next to Pygmies and Hottentots. Kawasaki stopped short of mentioning the first-rate meanness lying underneath their ugly physical appearance, but many physiognomists, including Abraham Lincoln, have argued that your face always mirrors your soul.
NOTE 4: While American psychos attempt to topple or subvert an institution they are targeting very willfully, their Japanese counterparts attain the same end primarily by "gross negligence" or inaction.
NOTE 5: In the U.S. mainstream, there are quite a few psychos who are highly educated and well mannered. But that does not mean a weird-looking and ill-mannered person can't be a psycho.

When you apply these yardsticks to your patients, you will find out that:
● their symptoms are the responses to the particular environments they are in,
● the "Mask of Sanity" they wear varies from country to country, and
● the threshold between normal and abnormal varies accordingly.

This exercise will lead you to conclude that in a terminally-ill country, such as Japan and the U.S., psychopathy is the norm. In our countries, you can't walk a block without stumbling on a psycho.

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Japanese Individuals to Watch (in one way or the other)

This past Monday 66 years ago, the Pacific War came to an end. Until then, the Japanese had long been treated as subhumans by the Emperors and Shoguns. So it was quite natural that they were deeply perplexed at the new situation when Emperor Hirohito took off his mask of demigod as if the bastard had thought 3.1 million lives sacrificed for him were more than enough. In the course of searching their long-lost identity, they developed a weird tendency to emulate stereotypes created by the Americans as if they discovered their own selves in a mirror.

Some 30 years later, the American people, too, started to face identity crisis presumably because of their country's miserable loss in Vietnam. The self-complacent Americans had already lost the ability to do serious soul-searching, something which distinguishes human beings from apes. As a result, they have picked up the same habit of looking into a mirror to find their lost identity. Ironically, though, it's the other side of the same mirror the Japanese are looking into. Therefore, they always see their Japanese clones there in the dim light of the twilight years of the American century, instead of their true selves they are looking for. The real implication of the words "Japanization of America" is that most Americans today think the Japanese can be their role models. This is basically why they are so prone to overrate the Japanese at large.

Harvard professor Joseph Nye, for one, still keeps saying he admires the Japanese people for their unparalleled innovativeness. But actually, what he wants to say is that his fellow countrymen are equally, or a little more innovative. Of course, this is a delusion. Deep inside, he knows that if he agreed to the heretical notion that the Japanese are terminally ill, that would amount to admitting the Americans are also heading for ruin.

A week or so ago, Naoto Kan announced for the first time that he will step down as Prime Minister by the end of this month. I know self-proclaimed Japan experts in the U.S., who are virtually on the payroll of the mainstream media, will once again resume tweeting about a bright future for Japan under the new Prime Minister. In fact, though, Kan's belated resignation will not make a bit of difference to the dead-end situation facing the Japanese people. As Ron Paul reminds us in one of the YouTube videos I mentioned in my previous post, the government is a mere reflection of the people, not the other way around.

In the middle of the lingering heat and steam, I'll still be spending the last days of my life surrounded by brain-dead people who remind me of the old adage that goes: "死んだ魚は目で分る (You can tell when the fish is dead just by seeing its eyes.)" You can expect absolutely nothing from the dead. All I can do in the meantime, therefore, is to tell my firsthand account of the desolate landscape where 100 million zombies are roaming around.

I write these essays without any particular purpose in mind except that writing always helps me organize my thoughts in preparation for Noriko's next visit. The 27-year-old is one of the few friends of mine who remain loyal to this social outcast. We still care for each other romantically, but these days she often asks me to tell my story about Japanese history, especially its war chapter, even though even her parents didn't experience the Pacific War. She isn't a college graduate, and yet it's always amazing to know that with her astute comprehension and fine sensibility, she really eclipses highly-educated American ignoramuses who can't do anything more than shuffling secondhand information and ideas. I think that is because she hasn't been brainwashed by stupid professors and she knows firsthand what it is really like to be a Japanese without losing one's identity as an individual.

Truth-Seeking Lawmakers

Truth-evading Americans always act like ostriches that stick their heads in the sand to avoid vomiting at their own ugly faces in the mirror. So they will never think about buying a language translation software to understand what Keiji Furuya, lawmaker of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, is saying in this video. Actually, he is mercilessly grilling the Prime Minister over the cozy relation Kan has had with a shady group of Japanese based in Tokyo. The group has been covertly fronting the North Korean government for many years.

It is true that Furuya, along with some other truth-seeking lawmakers of the LDP, could deliver a final blow to the already-faltering Prime Minister at long last, although the mainstream media have by and large ignored the stunning revelations. But that is far from enough. A real truth-seeker should address any conspiracy with the dragonfly's eyes, so to speak. As I wrote in my previous post, conspiracies are ubiquitous, multifaceted, and know no borders. With a parochial approach like Furuya's, a truth-seeker will never be able to uncover the total picture of the plot against people. For that reason, he should have dropped his treason angle altogether.

Fortunately or unfortunately, Furuya is not a mainstreamer in the LDP. I say fortunately because he is a diehard Tennoist (cultist-like believer in the Imperial Institution.) On the one hand, the right-wing nut uncovered DPJ's connection with North Korea, but on the other, he was covering up other conspiracies, or the other part of the conspiracy, which certainly involve equally or more unscrupulous criminals at home, such as the Emperor, yakuza, mainstream media, opposition lawmakers and bureaucrats, and foreign intelligence agencies in South (not a typo) Korea, China and the U.S.

On the other hand, it is unfortunate because the party leadership is now eying a "grand coalition" with the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which is now on the brink of falling apart. To clear their way toward tying up with the DPJ, the party cadres need to overpower antimainstream factions such as one in which Furuya belongs.

In the last decade or two, the media have been using an absurd rhetoric about a "modern two-party system." But it's actually a twin-party system that's been in place here since LDP-spinoffs, including Kan, founded the DPJ. Up until recently, DPJ cadres thought the twin-party system disguised as a two-party system was the only way to perpetuate the same rotten political framework called the 1955 System. But now, it's been dawning on them that the gimmick won't work anymore, either. That's why the DPJ leadership is also seeking an incestuous marriage that will certainly send this rotten regime back to where it started 56 years ago, or well beyond.

Whine No More, You Weepy Bag

Sakie Yokota

Kan is concurrently heading the special task force which is supposedly trying to solve so-called abduction issue. Time and again in the last 7 years, I have argued that the issue is practically nonexistent for many obvious reasons. At least, I think Kim Jong-il was right when he unilaterally declared the case closed several years ago. But no one has ever taken me seriously. Most Japanese, and Americans alike, kept abetting these dupes in the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea in protesting the "unforgivable state crime."
When Sakie Yokota, de facto spokeswoman of the AFVKN, learned the news, which was nothing new to sane people such as myself, she reportedly said, "Now I'm totally at a loss over who to trust. I want to vomit." Actually, the weepy, old dupe should have learned by now that one can, and should, live without trusting anyone in the world filled with conspiracies.

In 2004, a prominent American writer interviewed Yokota at a coffee shop in central Tokyo. Two years later, he wrote in his book: "[Abductee Megumi Yokota's] parents symbolize the transformation of ordinary Japanese citizens from the meek and mild to the assured and assertive." Now in the wake of the revelation, the author fell silent in order to get away with the fake issue he and his colleagues on both sides of the Pacific had played up in the last seven years. He will remain silent until the "assured and assertive" woman resumes sobbing, and then vomiting again, before yet another "Japan's first truly new" Prime Minister. I know that many other mainstream ideologues in the U.S. have also developed similar models for lucrative monkey business in recent years. Now they are all enjoying an affluent life. But these racketeers should know they are already MORALLY BANKRUPT.

Flip-Flop in Energy Policy

Banri Kaieda

As recently as October 2010 in Hanoi, Kan and then-Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara were all smiles in a photo session. Kan had just signed an agreement with his Vietnamese counterpart in which for Japan to provide Vietnam with technological assistance and fissile materials needed for the first nuclear power plant in the country.

But now the outgoing Prime Minister has started to say Japan should phase out all its nuclear facilities as quickly as possible. It's as though he thinks the devil is in the nuclear technology itself whereas the fact of the matter remains that it dwells in his empty head.

It's commonplace all over the world that policymakers politicize what should not be politicized at all. But in this shamanist country, politicization always means ritualization. As usual, when the priest disguised as Prime Minister announced the policy change out of the blue, it delighted the world's most suggestible people. It instantly refueled the all-too-familiar anti-nuke hysteria across the nation, especially in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the 66th anniversaries there, both mayors parroted Kan's new policy. These learning-disabled guys still make believe you can reset what was done 66 years ago just by chanting the same old incantation for a nuclear-free world. By the same token, they think Kan's mishandling of the situation is reparable. Let bygones be bygones.

Actually, Kan is still wavering because his impromptu denuclearization policy has backfired especially from the business circles. Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda, for one, has voiced his displeasure with Kan's unprincipled and incoherent way of handling the touchy issue. It's against this backdrop that Kaieda made a scene in the Diet, as I already told you in my previous post.

In this relation, it may interest you to know that as of writing this post, Kaieda and Maehara are among the most promising contenders for the next Prime Minister of Japan. Yesterday, Kaieda told reporters that the guiding philosophy of his administration would be that harmony should be put before anything else. He was referring to the 17-Article Constitution promulgated by Shotoku Prince in the 7th century.

Nadeshiko Soccer Players Addicted to Cultural Steroid

Ai Miyazato

I used to love playing baseball, golf and some other sports. Even after I knew I had grown too old to do sports, I was having fun watching sporting events on TV for some more years. But recently, I've stopped watching, too, with the only exception when an LPGA tournament is televised from the U.S. Actually, I am an ardent fan of Ai Miyazato because from her sparkling eyes, I can tell she is driven solely by her enthusiasm to excel, which is what any sport should be all about. Although you may have difficulty understanding me, money is always a different issue.

On the surface, Miyazato looks to have been assimilated more or less into the nation of dead fish, and yet it's no accident the top-ranked golfer is an Okinawa native. This year she was slumping until she won the Evian Masters last month. I'm expecting more to come until the end of this season.

Other Japanese athletes, especially male macaques such as those in the Samurai soccer team, are motivated by a very different thing. They are heavily dependent on what I call "cultural steroid." The performance enhancing agent most commonly used by these mediocre athletes is, needless to say, Hinomaru, Japan's national flag. With the help of this particular kind of steroid, even second-rate athletes can sometimes win. One example is the Nadeshiko women's soccer team which won the final against the U.S.A. that took place in Frankfurt last month.

The reason the Japanese go over the top in politicizing a sporting event is because it can easily create a false sense of unity. To create the sense of oneness this way, they don't necessarily have to outperform their opponents because to them, win or lose doesn't really matter. As is evident from the suicide mission performed by Kamikaze pilots toward the end of the Pacific War, the Japanese are all defeatists. That means losing the game is sometimes more politically effective than winning it. In this context, the Nadeshiko soccer team needn't necessarily have won the title to "encourage the disaster-stricken people."

But on that V-A Day, an unusual thing happened across the Pacific. Judging from the way New York Times and many other U.S. newspapers reported the result of the final match, quite a few Americans celebrated Japan's victory as if it were their own feat. At least, no one expressed a sense of humiliation. The American people used to hate losing the game, but not anymore. In recent years they are getting more and more used to being defeated. As a result, the American people today are all defeatists like the Japanese.

This once again reminded me of the April 16, 1951 editorial of the Asahi Shimbun. On the morning of the last day of Douglas MacArthur's Japan assignment, Japan's leading daily wrote: "It was General MacArthur who taught us the merit of democracy and pacifism and guided us with kindness along this bright path. As if pleased with his own children growing up, he took pleasure in the Japanese people, yesterday's enemy, walking step by step toward democracy." So the Nadeshiko's victory is MacArthur's dreams come true.

It goes without saying that the first thing the Nadeshiko women did after returning home, aside from the drinking binge they'd had the night before, was to pay a courtesy call on the drug dealer at the Prime Minister's office. Kan reportedly told Nadeshiko members that learning the precious lesson from their come-from-behind win in Frankfurt, he had renewed his resolve to stick at his job regardless of the cabinet approval rating that kept sinking well below 20%.

Tokyo Governor is Offering a Big Treat of Contaminated Food to International Athletes

Shintaro Ishihara, who is in his fourth term as Tokyo Governor, has come back to Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, with his second bid to host the summer games in 2020. You can't rule out the possibility that in 2013 the corrupt IOC members vote in favor of Ishihara's bid, but I think before doing so, they should look at this video.

If they don't comprehend what Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama, head of Radioisotope Center attached to Tokyo University, is talking about in a Diet testimony of July 27, they should at least look at this article on the Wall Street Journal.

The government, TEPCO and media have exerted every effort to cover up the enormity of the radioactive contamination caused by their gross negligence. But the fact of the matter remains that the radiation dose equivalent to that of 29.6 atomic bombs of the Little Boy type has been spread around well beyond the designated evacuation zones and a good part of the food chain is now getting seriously polluted, according to Professor Kodama. That is why he and his team have visited Fukushima Prefecture every weekend to take "extralegal" measures for decontamination. And that is why the professor "lambasted" lawmakers for their incompetence and inaction.

IOC members should also note that most seismologists are saying the probability of an earthquake of 6-minus or higher by the JMA Seismic Intensity Scale hitting Kanto area that includes Tokyo in the next 30 years is as high as 87%.

In short, Ishihara is a downright psycho as this blogger has repeatedly warned.

Shame on Tokyo citizens who have elected this bastard, dubbed a "social Neanderthal" by Australian journalist Ben Hills, to the cushy position at the metropolitan government - already four times since 1999.

Media Hype for Setsuden

Monta Mino

It's not a legal requirement but every Japanese is willingly cooperating with the government's calls for Setsuden (power saving) by strictly adhering to arbitrarily self-imposed quotas. Nobody voices a complaint that there is no reason ordinary citizens should foot the bill for government's mishandling of the Fukushima accident. This is reminiscent of the wartime slogan that went: "欲しがりません勝つまでは (We don't ask for food and clothing until Japan defeats America.)"

Once again, the mainstream media are fulfilling exactly the same mandate given to NHK and major newspapers such as Asahi, Yomiuri, Mainichi, Sankei in the 1930s through the first half of the '40s.

In the above photo, Monta Mino, the single most popular host of Waido-sho (Japan-particular format in which for more than half-a-dozen idiots to present news, sports and entertainment in a total jumble,) is saying, "The most effective way to save power is to turn off the TV." He thinks he is joking. But he is wrong, joking or not. The helplessly retarded guy can't see the very simple fact that it would be most effective if the government ordered all but one TV stations to close down and made the last channel concentrate solely on weather reports and earthquake/tsunami forecasts. I'm serious.

In the last several years, a conspiracy was going on between TV broadcasters and consumer electronics makers to switch to the digital broadcasting. At 12 noon, July 24, all the analog transmissions came to an end. The conspirators had been saying, day and night, that no household should be left behind as if watching wide show programs around the clock is the indispensable part of our life, and as if the digitalized wide shows can be any different from analog wide shows. According to recent surveys, some 100,000 households were actually left behind. They call them 地デジ難民 (Chideji Nanmin, or refugees denied access to the digital terrestrial broadcasts.)

Of course, I opted to join them in part because I couldn't afford to buy new equipment. But more importantly, I thought idiocy like Mino's is a highly infectious disease. Now I think I made the right decision. Am I increasing my dependency on the Internet? Not quite. There's no reason to believe alternative media are more reliable than their counterparts in the mainstream. To tell the truth, I could still watch wide shows on my computer, but that's what I wouldn't normally do.

Then came Kan's tax hike plans to raise 13 trillion yen needed for the reconstruction of the disaster-stricken areas. It's somewhat sickening to see these generous suckers once again becoming ready to swallow undue burdens. Now the only headache for the government is how to talk the opposition LDP into accepting the tax hike bills. Primarily to that very end, the DPJ is now seeking the unholy alliance with the LDP.

Here's a tip for the black swindler in the White House. If I were him, I would certainly tell his underlings in Tokyo to grant his debt-ridden country a moratorium on $882 billion-worth Treasury securities. As of December 2010, China's U.S. debt holding was $1,168 billion. But the Chinese would never write off or reschedule a single buck of it because that is the last thing sane people would do.
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Tell Me What is NOT a Conspiracy

As usual you guys don't want to believe me, but I think practically everything you say or do can fit into the dictionary definition of the word "conspiracy" which normally goes like this: "A conspiracy is an agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act." To empty-headed and self-righteous Americans, this is clear enough, but outside the U.S., no one can be so sure that he is rightfully doing what he is doing because right or wrong is purely a subjective matter.

Here's my way of defining the word: "A conspiracy is an agreement to perform together a counter-revolutionary act to preserve the status quo." In other words, you better stop talking about conspiracies unless you are fully committed to a specific plan to revolutionize your country, your friends and kin, and most importantly yourself. As I will tell you paragraphs later, you can't change anything just by tweeting at your computer.

On the eve of the "historic" agreement reached in Washington to raise the constitutional debt ceiling, I was mining for YouTube videos about Ron Paul because I wanted to know how the U.S. Congressman from Texas views the ongoing conspiracy that has gone totally unchecked by now. To me he is neither a truth-seeker nor truth-evader. Instead I would call him a truth-doer. I hit quite a few interesting videos there. Embedded below is one of them.

Here you will know that to Ron Paul, 2012 is not the year of the farce called Presidential Elections, but the starting point of an American Revolution. Know-it-all cynics are saying, "The old daydreamer would never be able to bring about change even if he won the race." But, then, who else could stop the bloated Federal government from further "defaulting on the average American" and block "the road to serfdom"?

I'm not sure because I am not in prediction business, but the early indications from "straw polls" and a growing number of young, bright people rallying behind him seem to tell that it's not really a pipe dream to see Mr. Paul becoming the oldest-ever President of the United States. Unfortunately, though, I'm reasonably sure that if he wins, either on the Republican ticket or Libertarian's, it is quite likely that he is doomed to fall victim to the biggest conspiracy since 11/22/1963. On "one glorious morning" in 2088, your grandchild who now looks very much like a zombie may walk into the National Archives to find out the truth about the assassination of Ron Paul. But what good would it do?

In another video titled Government is a Reflection of the People, he stresses that real change comes from the people, but realistically speaking, the rotten society won't change overnight.

This brings us to the question: "Who should take the blame for the intellectual decline of the American people?" Without doubt, it's those scholars and pundits who are virtually on the payroll of the mainstream media that have brainwashed their audiences so effectively. Now, most Americans are conditioned to see what is actually nonexistent. For one thing, they have seen a series of revolutions in Arab countries. These delusive people have been taught to take it for granted that the popular uprising in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya is a spontaneous response to the longtime oppression by authoritarian regimes. To this end, mainstream pundits are untiringly spreading the absurd myth about "digital wildfire" that has supposedly led to "Twitter revolutions,"

It is true that relatively sober-minded journalists in the U.S. view things a little differently. Doyle McManus of Los Angeles Times, for one, argued in January that although "social media may sometimes serve as an accelerant, a successful revolution continues to be low tech and still requires people to go into the streets and risk their lives." Even so, McManus stopped short of mentioning a possible conspiracy by CIA recidivists.

Mainstream ideologues in the U.S. have created a huge intellectual vacuum in the brains of American people by disseminating quick answers based on unsubstantiated premises to self-planted and poorly-identified questions. For one thing, they have just swallowed National Institute of Standards and Technology's official story about 9/11 which, in fact, has a lot of flaws and holes. The niche resulting from this is exactly where a horde of "fringe" theorists have been spawned from every corner of the world since the turn of the century. And this is what these truth-seekers owe truth-evaders.

Needless to say, there are some, if not many, truth-seeking folks who are by far more intelligent, serious and conscientious than crooks in the mainstream. Dr. Judy Wood, the brilliant author of Where Did the Towers Go?, is a good example.

Unfortunately, though, a greater number of conspiracy theorists have one important thing in common with mainstream crisis-mongers. On the surface, mainstremers categorically brush aside heretical theories as unsubstantiated although their own arguments are equally, or even more, groundless. In fact, though, orthodox ideologues feel grateful to heretics because they are willing to abide by the tacit rule that prohibits both sides from questioning what I call the imperialist assumption for the rigged debates. It almost looks as though there is a tacit agreement between the two camps which calls for a reciprocity principle.

You may take it for granted that what is important to America should also be important to the rest of the world. If that is the case with you, I'm afraid your brain is already irreparably damaged. Once upon a time, the world was revolving around the U.S.A., but not anymore.

In this respect, it is noteworthy that a good part of conspiracy theorists make believe that 9/11 has changed not only America, but also the entire world, completely and for good. Their ridiculous notion has really delighted mainstream ideologues because that is exactly what they are commissioned to propagandize by their employers in Washington. But saner people in Asian and Arab nations doubt the spectacular event in 2001 was that special. It always puzzles them why on earth the American people at large tend to single out 9/11, or 11/22 for that matter. It's only the world's most gullible and suggestible Japanese who readily swallow the absurd idea that truth is a universal thing. But the fact of the matter remains that TRUTH VARIES FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY - or even from an individual to another.

Now let me ask you this question: "Has it ever crossed your mind that from the Japanese point of view, such dates as 8/6, 8/9, and 1/19 by far outweigh 9/11?" If you don't know what happened on January 19, 1960, The Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security was signed on that day between Dwight Eisenhower and the CIA undercover agent Nobusuke Kishi, disguised as Japanese Prime Minister at that time. I'm certain that your answer to my question is in the negative.

Much less is it likely that you know the very foundation of this country in the early-8th century was a huge conspiracy in itself. In the subsequent 13 centuries, conspiracies have always been a norm here. If you bother to study the Japanese history more in-depth than you surface-scratchers normally do, you will learn how stupid it is to talk too much about 9/11 and the so-called war on terror it ignited.

I am an avowed Buddhism fundamentalist. By now I'm aware very few Americans understand me because all they have learned about Buddha's tenets is largely distorted with a lot of exoticism, oversimplification and ridiculous mythification. Actually, the key to understanding Buddhism lies with the Sanskrit word "Satya" which just means looking at truth as it is. My interpretation of Gautama Buddha's words about Satya can be summarized this way:


That is why the real Buddhism knows no god, no ideology and no fanaticism or extremism. It is only radical about truth in the real sense of the word.

During my long absence from the blogosphere, I was waging a fierce war against my Parkinson's disease, its complications (see NOTE below), and some other ailments such as cholecystitis, hepatitis and severe cataracts. At the same time I was at war with the City Hall on the constitutional, but extralegal battleground. Who could have done anything more amid the monsoonal heat (90-95 degrees F) and steam (80-85%.)?

NOTE: As some of you have kindly pointed out, the complications of my PD include mental illnesses such as a "mild" schizophrenia and serious depression.

In the meantime, I was just looking on as the people in my country of birth are wallowing in the dead-end situation as if it were a result of 3/11. Those under the heavy influence of mainstream ideologues in America are still chitchatting a lot about the Tsuittaa Kakumei (Twitter Revolutions) in Arab countries, but I see absolutely no signs of popular uprising on the Japanese horizon. It can't be helped because in this country there has been no tradition of revolting against the ruling class at least in the last 13 centuries. Now I'm inclined to call them Japanese macaques. I know I shouldn't expect these apes to evolve into human beings someday. · read more (251 words)
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Why Don't We Join in the "Morphic" Journey after the Imminent Demise of Japan and America?

When any particular organized system ceases to exist, as when an atom splits, a snowflake melts, an animal dies, its organized field disappears from that place. But in another sense, morphic fields do not disappear: they are potential organizing patterns of influence, and can appear again physically in other times and places, wherever and whenever the physical conditions are appropriate. When they do so, they contain within themselves a memory of their previous physical existences.
- Rupert Sheldrake, The Presence of the Past (1988)

The issue with the life-or-death of an individual, or a group of individuals such as a nation-state, is not a laughing matter. It is for this simple reason that I have always refrained from talking about the fate of a foreign country, except when retaliating against arrogant American busybodies. They think they have special privilege to make their living by peddling their armchair prophecies about the future of foreign countries. That is why these guys predict so lightly that China or any other country they don't like is doomed to failure by such and such date, or that Japan or any other country they are fond of will survive formidable difficulties facing it by "reinventing" itself over and over again.

Thus far they have succeeded to dupe America's super-credulous audiences into believing in their opportunistic diagnoses of Japan. But I will never retract mine because if I changed my diagnosis, my entire 75-year life mostly spent here would turn into "much ado about nothing," retroactively. My dignity as a man is at stake in these statements I have deliberately made.

I have long defined Japan as a Culture of Apologies, but now I'm inclined to call America a Culture of Quotations. These self-styled scholars and pundits have long made it a rule to cherry-pick this idea here, that idea there, without really internalizing them. They jump at any idea that fits comfortably into their cheap ideologies. For one thing, they often compare communism against democracy, but they haven't read a single book written by Karl Marx, let alone Friedrich Hegel who had a profound influence on Marx's thoughts. As a result, they've got something that looks very much like spaghetti inside their skulls. It is true that in some areas of expertise such as computer science, web-based technologies, musical art, business administration, and quite understandably, psychiatry, America remains the world leader. But these are exceptions to the Culture of Quotations.

Also, I know some exceptions at an individual level. My American friend who has been known on this website by his handle "Diogenes" is one of them.

Last week, Diogenes sent me another gift. It was a book titled The Presence of the Past. I hadn't known its author even by name while many Japanese acquaintances of mine could tell who they thought Ruper Sheldrake was. According to these superstitious people, Sheldrake is a guy who developed a theory that scientifically explains the psychic power the likes of Uri Geller claim to have. Of course, that's not what the British biochemist actually is.

This post is not meant to be a book review, but I thought author's thought-provoking hypothesis of "formative causation" through "morphic resonance" on "morphic fields" was worth mentioning here. Sheldrake presents it in comparison with conventional ideas such as Newtonian inertia and Darwinian assumption of survival of the fittest.

When I was on the book, Plato's "recollection" and Kierkegaard's "repetition" were always on my mind. I don't claim to have delved into the history of European philosophy extensively. Yet, I am confident that unlike the average American, I have learned from some European thinkers, Plato and Kierkegaard in particular, to think things over very systematically and conduct my life very methodically. So, let me summarize their thoughts below here.

Plato was one of the disciples of Socrates. I think Socrates can be a good role model for American "thinkers" because he famously said, "All I know is that I know nothing." But Plato did not really agree to his teacher's agnosticism because his epistemology all boiled down to the idea that learning is nothing but recollection of what you have already known deep inside. 22 centuries later, Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard thought backward recollection is not enough to cope with difficulties facing modern man living in an uncertain world. In this context he came up with the idea that forward recollection is crucially important in real life. He named it repetition.

He warned, however, that if you try to repeat something without recollecting what exactly you have to repeat, you will end up in a life that is nothing but a fuss over nothing. To Kierkegaard, faith in God was the guiding light, but to atheists like myself, too, there is something that can help avoid a chaotic life.

We call it intuition.

It's no accident that the media in the U.S. are single-mindedly targeting intuition on the part of their audience, just like Joseph Goebbels did as Hitler's propaganda minister. Goebbels not only believed but also proved that repeating a same lie over and over again will give it an indisputable credibility. As a result, the American people have now had their intuitive faculties, as well as abilities to learn, or even think, seriously damaged. Small wonder their first, and last response to my theory about the unviable Japan is that it's totally counter-intuitive.

Admittedly Sheldrake's hypothesis is so extensive and have so far-reaching implications in many areas that they can't be fully proved in a matter of decades. That is why it still remains a hypothesis.

On the contrary, it's relatively easy to vouch my heretical theory. In fact, it has already worked itself out at least four times in the last 150 years. If I have to specifically name these epochal events one last time, they are 1) Commodore Perry's port calls in the 1850s, 2) the war defeat (or the launch of the unwinnable war) in the 1940s, 3) the burst of the bubble economy in 1990 and 4) the man-made disaster of 3/11/2011. What else do I have to have to substantiate my hypothesis?

Sheldrake's hypothesis has also helped me deepen my understanding of two other important theories.

One of them is Dr. Frank W. Putnam's clinical analysis of cases with child abuse. According to him, most of those who had been abused, sexually or otherwise, in their childhood, started to feel, typically in their adolescence, that something remained unsettled deep inside. This sense of uneasiness almost always led them to a compulsive urge to be re-victimized over and over again. Putnam could have said the same thing if he had learned the modern history of Japan.

The other one is Harvard professor Robert D. Putnam's theory about path-dependent trajectories. He said: "Where you can get to depends on where you're coming from, and some destinations you simply cannot get to from here." This also explains why Japan's insatiable aspiration for Westernization in the last 150 years has taken a fatal toll on this country. When I first quoted Putnam, one of my former American friends said he didn't like his "determinism," which is not exactly what it is, as if like or dislike of someone's thought was all that matters in his brain-dead country. Obviously he was badly in need of good education.

The Japanese disease is no longer remediable. If we still want to see a new and viable organism emerging in this archipelago, it will be born only out of the ruins of the nation-state named Japan.

To this end, I have repeatedly argued that the United States should pull the plug on the life-support system called the strategic alliance between the U.S. and Japan. It's quite unlikely that this country would survive the termination of the 50-year-old security treaty, but that is the only way for Japan to possibly "appear again physically in other times and places, wherever and whenever the physical conditions are appropriate."

And this is the only way for America to possibly break its addiction to recidivism.
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