FROM LEFT, protesters in Seoul, protesters in Oakland, a rally in Tokyo, tractors marching on Ginza streets
As I've often written on this website, it seems next to impossible for
the Americans to revolutionize their way of viewing things in a Copernican
way unless a majority of voting age population realize in time for the Election of November 6, 2012 that Congressman Ron Paul is the only person who can bring about real change, or someone volunteers to do away with any other President, physically. Some already claim that they
have emancipated themselves from the U.S.-centric way of thinking, but that's too soon to be true.
Here's a question that may serve as an acid test for them: Do they know what TPP is? I think the best answer I can expect from them is that the acronym stands for the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership. It's totally inconceivable that they know it's yet another unforgivable crime Obama has taken over from Bush. As long as they think TPP is someone else's problem, they remain prisoners of the broken Ptolemaic system.
Since its members, except the U.S., are all small countries (Peru, Chile,
Malaysia, Brunei, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam,) if Japan
is forced to agree to join in at the upcoming APEC 2012 summit meeting
in Hawaii, the U.S. and Japan will account for 90% of the 10-country
"free" trade block, GDP-wise. In other words, it's in fact a
bilateral partnership between America and its Far Eastern satellite. As
a result, the expanded TPP is going to be the third unequal treaty incompetent Japanese leaders have been coerced into signing since the
Convention of Kanagawa of 1854. The last time we saw the signing of an almost unilateral deal here was when the 1960 revision of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the U.S. and Japan was countersigned by the undercover agent of the CIA under the guise of
the Japanese Prime Minister.
According to the Boston Herald, Obama said in Michigan earlier this month
that the new FTA between the U.S. and South Korea "will create 70,000
jobs and encourage international business partnerships [such as TPP]."
As this retired businessman always says, jobs are something that you can't artificially create out of thin air. So, you must ask where Obama got the fuxxxng 70,000 employment opportunities, and how. Of course, the bandit
has chiseled them from South Koreans with the help of his minion named
Lee Myung-bak. Initially, the South Korean president was responding negatively to
the solicitation from Washington. Ironically, though, Lee
changed his mind on November 23 when North Korea launched a surprise attack
on the South Korean islet of Yeonpyeong. It looks as though there was a
conspiracy between the CIA and Kim Jong-il. Anything goes for the Americans
inside this "arc of freedom and prosperity."
Actually, Lee has been facing a lot of protests back home. The
South Korean people are not so effete as the Japanese. And yet, they failed to
stop Lee from being red-carpeted in Washington. The reason they failed is because
the Republic of Korea, or any other modern nation state for that matter, is impregnable
enough to withstand a popular uprising or two.
This is also evident from the fact the Occupy
Wall Street movement which has spilled over to other U.S. cities seems to be getting
nowhere. You can't change anything just by playing tag or hide-and-seek with cops, while remaining the same immature person.
If you look at this YouTube video uploaded on October 25, you can tell
that no one in the "Occupy Oakland" rally knew exactly
what he was protesting against, and small wonder, no one was risking his life, either. Who would, when the goal isn't specifically defined? One of my friends said it looks as though
they were playing football or something like that.
If you don't want to believe me, wash your eyes and take a sober look at
what's going on in China.
Ten years ago, an influential Sinologist in the U.S., who is virtually
on the payroll of Washington, predicted that the collapse of China was
only a matter of time. That's quite OK with me because anyone has the right
to gamble on how things will unfold in an uncertain world like this one. Even so it's a pity he has failed thus far to learn his lessons from the fact that the Chinese
government has not only withstood an estimated 50,000-100,000 riots, civil
commotions and strikes taking place every year but also learned to leverage these insurgencies
in many ways. Now it seems to have acquired mastery of distracting people's
attention from the real implication of these local conflicts by localizing and trivializing them. Also the Chinese government knows very well how to "degass" dissidents, insurgents
and strikers to effectively neutralize them.
By contrast, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has no such headache
because his people, except the doubly colonized Okinawans, have long lost their
vigor to stand up against the government. If they still show some vital
signs, that is simply because the Americans have no guts to pull the plug
on the dying people. The last time we saw them standing up against their
government in a major way was 1960 when the revision of the security treaty
was signed. In this respect, Noda is the envy of Lee Myun-bak and Hu Jintao.
The 2-month-old Noda administration, along with the mainstream and alternative
media, has been repeatedly parroting the same fallacies about TPP with the help from the prompters in Washington. These guys are confident that the modus operandi of
Joseph Goebbels will still work in this country. The Prime Minister just insists he sees a positive trade-off between pros and cons to be entailed in Japan's
participation in TPP, without being able to specifically identify them. Now the national mantra goes: "We should follow
suit with South Korea because otherwise we would be left behind."
Incidentally, Naoto Kan, Noda's predecessor as Prime Minister, thought
it's going to be 平成の開国 (Heisei-no Kaikoku,) or the opening up of the country under the reign of the incumbent Emperor.
He was implying that Japan should do the same thing Emperor Mutsuhito,
grandfather of the super Class-A war criminal, did in the 1860s with the help of some feudal lords.
As someone has once put it, the Japanese have long been "emasculated by cheap entertainment." So, we haven't seen any sign of a massive revolt on the eve of Japan's forced
participation in TPP. Needless to say farmers are keenly aware that they
will be most directly affected. And yet, all we have seen here are sporadic
rallies staged by the headquarters of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives and
its local chapters. They all have lacked impact because there is no sign of spontaneity and zeal on the part of the folks mobilized to take part in neatly organized
demonstrations. The only thing that has impressed me thus far was an incident
where a couple of farmers drove their tractors through Ginza streets of central Tokyo.
When it comes to the chattering classes, Takeshi Nakano, a young associate
professor at Kyoto University, is the only person who has voiced his grave
concern over Japan's participation. The former bureaucrat at the Ministry
of Economy, Trade and Industry has repeatedly warned that the extremely
credulous Japanese people should know everything the government and the
media are saying is a downright lie. He also points out that there are
a lot of traps that these liars have never mentioned, such as the "ratchet
clause" and "ISD clause," which are most probably included
in the expanded TPP agreement.
If you are serious about knowing the truth about the U.S.-Japanese alliance,
I recommend you install an audio translation software in your computer and listen to Nakano's 3-part lecture. You may think he is fooling around
in his videos, but actually he is totally at a loss over how to wake up his students from the hypnotic state. At the end of the
last video, Nakano even hints that he can't really rule out the possibility
that the CIA may send him an assassin. As I have already told you,
Ichiro Ozawa, former head of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, has
already fallen victim to the "character assassination" attempted
by the puppets of the CIA such as the media, corrupt public prosecutors
I hope I was able to add something to your knowledge about TPP, but that
is far from enough; your sense of sympathy won't make a bit of difference until you fully internalize it. If you fail to internalize our heartache, your words of sympathy remain a lip service because still you are a believer in the imaginary Ptolemaic system. We've
already heard the nice words about "resetting the past" a thousand times from Obama as if the past can be reset unilaterally. Instead,
the idiot in the White House should have told the American people something like this:
"Each American individual should feel obliged to redress all the distress
Asian people have suffered, and still are suffering in many ways simply
because of the Ptolemaic way of thinking on the part of yourselves, your
parents and grandparents."
More specifically, each one of you should do your best so Ron Paul can
win the Election 2012. According to my calculation, if the Congressman
wins the GOP primaries and caucuses, he will still have to have support
from some 75 million voters in November on the assumption that the voter
turnout remains unchanged from 2008. To put it bluntly, someone should
assassinate the new President if you fail to send Ron Paul to the White
House. From an Asian point of view, your inaction will amount to a crime.
I am not blindly idolizing Ron Paul, however. He is absolutely right in
saying the interventionist policy is financially unsustainable. But we
Asian people cannot necessarily relate to his moral values which stem from
Christianity and the U.S. Constitution. For one thing, he doesn't give us his
answer to this hypothetical question: "What if the interventionist
policy were still financially sustainable?" In this respect, let me quote
Chalmers Johnson once again. He said, "[Interventionism] is a suicide
option because it's not only morally obscene but fiscally unsustainable."
I can't agree more.
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Tuesday, October 25 2011 @ 09:07 AM CDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
Which primate is more intelligent?
In the last couple of months, I was working on a J2E, a jargon used among translators to mean a Japanese-to-English translation. The gig had come from my friend Lara, Chen Tien-shi, a brilliant ethnologist specializing in the issues with statelessness and the Chinese Diaspora. I was fully tied up with an all-out legal and extra-legal battle against the City Hall. But I didn't want to decline her offer in part because the remuneration would help make ends meet. More importantly, she is one of the few respectable scholars I know in person.
The ethnic Chinese was born and brought up in Japan and completed her doctorates in the prestigious Tsukuba University. She has an excellent writing skills in Japanese, English, and perhaps in Chinese as well. But this time, the Japanese material given to me for English translation was not her writing, except for the opening speech of a symposium she had organized, inviting many speakers without special academic background from various ethnic groups. Actually it was a massive transcript of the conference. Presumably, most of the presenters hadn't used PowerPoint slides. As a result, the overall quality of the transcript was extremely poor.
I used to claim to be a "value-adding translator" but this time around the time constraints and the deteriorating health would not allow me to add any value. So I farmed it out to two fellow translators living in Yokohama. They are about my age but much more experienced than I as far as language translation goes. But I shouldn't have expected them to send me back good enough "deliverables," another jargon. What I received in a ZIP file when the delivery date was drawing near was more of a disaster. It took me a solid 3 days and 3 nights to straighten out the doubly messed up WORD files.
I somehow managed to survive the ordeal, but this experience has reminded me all anew that you've got to have two different abilities aside from a reasonably functioning body to be able to connect people to each other through translation, be it J2E, E2J, Thai-to-Japanese, Chinese-to-English, and even J4J or E4E, i.e.: - Ability of abstract thinking which Betty Friedan called "fluid intelligence." - Ability of contextual thinking which Friedan named "crystallized intelligence." My physical ability including eyesight keeps deteriorating, and as the women's lib activist-turned-antiageism advocate warned, the progress of decrement of my fluid intelligence seems unstoppable. And now I've started to suspect my crystallized intelligence, alone, can't help much although it still seems to be growing.
Earlier today I tried out Google Japan's automatic translation software,
though not for the first time, to find out how it handles my most recent post titled The American Revolution is No Picnic and an article contributed to the Yomiuri Shimbun daily by Leon Panetta, who
is currently visiting Japan, under the title of The United States and Japan: an Enduring 21st Century Alliance. Maybe I just wanted to restore my sense of superiority over apes.
I think you may want to translate the Japanese texts I am going to copy-paste at the bottom of this piece back into English on the premise that they will not get garbled
on your computer. I don't have any tool to do the Japanese-to-English translation
on my end, but I am sure the Panetta part will still make some sense although
it would be only a little better than if you gave a chimp a J-E dictionary
and told him to do the translation. On the contrary, you will find my essay
totally destroyed by the ape presumably because he got frustrated at his
inability to understand the context in which I wrote this essay. In short, this is really reminiscent of the transcript of Lara's symposium before I put it in order.
Believe it or not, Japanese linguists, knowledge engineers and software engineers have been strenuously working on the development of translation software for almost half a century. And that
is why these idiots at Google Japan put the software to actual use so confidently a decade or so ago. The application may be more or less workable
with the likes of Panetta, but it never works with anyone who, like myself,
doesn't want to swallow a ready-made context. The same is true with Ron Paul,
You may burst into laughter looking at my essay reverse-translated into
English, as I did at its Japanese text, but to me it's not a laughing
matter. The most important thing you should bear in mind is that when a software developer designs a system or writes a program specification for it, the first and the last thing he does is to make the computer emulate his own way of thinking. That means that the merciless destruction of my message about the American Revolution, and the good comprehension by the Google ape of Panetta's remarks, only with minor deformations here and there, should be understood as something that exactly mirrors the inside of the totally impaired brains of the Japanese.
Small wonder practically all Japanese now blindly believe in hogwash that the cross-Pacific alliance should endure until death do them part, or Japan should be treated as the anchor of the arc of freedom and prosperity, while stubbornly refusing to listen to heretical views like mine. My argument against the security treaty hasn't been understood by these mentally-retarded people on either side of the Pacific. I'm afraid it will remain so until the end of time.
Remember the American people are getting Japanized very quickly primarily because of the rotten bilateral alliance. The Americans, now living in a high-context society, are still using English, one of the most low-context languages. As a result of the incongruous mixture of the language and the underlying social context, U.S. Defense Secretary, like most of his fellow countrymen, is now speaking a "no-context" language, so to speak, which is the only language that the chimp retained by Google Japan can understand.
Whether Panetta really meant what he said, or just thought his worn-out rhetoric would be effective enough to anchor the minds of his Japanese counterpart Yasuo Ichikawa and his fellow dupes to the hogwash about "enduring 21st century alliance," we see an unmistakable sign there that the collapse of the United States is at its doorstep. The intellectual decline apparent from the Twitter craze in the U.S. has already confirmed that there's no way back for the Americans. · read more (91 words)
Thursday, October 20 2011 @ 09:04 AM CDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
Every election cycle we are treated to candidates who promise us "change,"
and 2008 has been no different. But in the American political lexicon,
"change" always means more of the same; more government, more
looting of Americans, more inflation, more police-state measures, more
unnecessary war and more centralization of power.
- from The Revolution by Ron Paul
Five months from now, these folks will be doing the same hanami, cherry-blossom viewing party.
Mao Zedong is often quoted as having said, "A revolution is not a
dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery;
it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous,
restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of
violence by which one class overthrows another."
If Mao were still
around, he would say basically the same thing with one modification and
He would replace the word "dinner" with "picnic" because
anyone in the 99% Club can't afford a decent dinner, let alone a gorgeous one, anymore. And he would
add something to his long list of what are not a revolution: "and
being glued to the computer all day long to splash 140 colorful words all
over the cyber space." As Doyle McManus of Los Angeles Times reminded us when arguing against the notion of Twitter Revolutions, "a successful
revolution continues to be low tech and still requires people to go into
the streets and risk their lives."
Unfortunately, though, a good part of the occupiers of the streets of New
York, London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam still think a revolution is a picnic. The only peoples who seem to understand what Mao meant are the Greeks and the Japanese. You may wonder why you don't see a single me-too demonstration taking place in Tokyo. That's very uncharacteristic of the Japanese. I think the only reason Tokyo citizens haven't occupied the Imperial Palace or the streets of Nagata-cho and Kasumigaseki is because they know
nothing is more fun than getting drunk and singing along to the karaoke
tapes, ideally under the cherry trees in full bloom.
Needless to say, all members of America's 1-Percent Club are really terrified
of the fact that there still is some possibility, albeit remote, that Texas
Congressman Ron Paul becomes the 45th President of the United States. But
it's interesting to know that most 99-percenters are also fearful of his victory in 2012. Astoundingly enough, even those who are behind the former obstetrician seem to flinch at his unwavering resolve to perform a risky Caesarian section as U.S. President.
Actually they are not exaggerating when they say if Ron Paul goes ahead with his bold plans to balance the budget by 2015, it will have a devastating effect on the entire nation. He has already made it clear that he would cut the government spending by $1 trillion in his first year in office. This would certainly send
the already ailing U.S. economy into a tailspin. Simply it's next to suicidal. Under Ron Paul, America would look like
a panic-stricken junkie on his first day of the rehab program.
Back in 1951, French novelist Albert Camus wrote a book titled L'Homme Revolte (The Rebel). It ignited a fierce rebuttal from the opponent camp. Its leader Jean-Paul Sartre argued that a rebel is a clown because he always
needs his enemy to withstand his rebellious attack so he can remain a rebel.
By contrast, opponents of Camus went on, a revolutionary destroys his foe to
change everything including himself. Mao Zedong harbored a similar idea about
revolutions. He once wrote: "If you want to know the taste of a pear,
you must change the pear by eating it yourself." The implication is that the pear is no longer there, but that's what a revolution is all about.
The same irony precisely applies to people called critics, as well. Just imagine what will happen to an anti-China ideologue in the U.S. when the country ceases to exist as he may have predicted previously. He will be out of work at least for a while. To make his monkey business a going concern, he has to have extraordinary skills to find a false target of his criticism one after the other.
For decades by now, the Americans have been used to the revolutionary foreign policies
of their governments which all came down to the same, old "scrap and build"
tactic. Contemporary Americans, however, can't see the threshold
between a rebellion and a revolution when it comes to their own country. Although you may see an irony there, it's actually an inevitable consequence of the role of a busybody their governments have played in foreign countries.
Since childhood, Americans have all been indoctrinated not to internalize things. To them, therefore, it's always someone else's problem. That's why stupid Americans keep talking about change while staunchly refusing to
change their own selves.
Quite a few Americans have already started to worry about the consequences
of the Election which Ron Paul will most probably lose. According to these change-resistant
people, the U.S. under the new administration will look more and more like
the former Soviet Union or East Germany with more "police-state measures"
taken by the President. They say these measures will include an enhanced version of the Total
Information Awareness programs. · read more (261 words)
Monday, October 17 2011 @ 06:14 AM CDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
The poor Americans are having difficulty in coming to terms with the idea
that the world is no longer revolving around their country. Practically
all of them, from liberal to conservative, from those in mainstream to
those in fringe, from young to old, from rich to poor, still think it's
America that decides when to bow out from center stage. It can't be helped
because it took centuries even for the smarter Chinese people to abandon
their Sinocentric views.
As a result, they have lost their sense of direction completely. Now they don't know where they are headed. The crowds of people who
have occupied Wall Street and many other streets across the country are no exception. They only share a vague idea that something is fundamentally wrong. Wall Street is nothing more than a tentative target.
Some of the OWS participants carry signs that read: "This is only the beginning."
The beginning of what is something they don't have the slightest idea about.
This is reminiscent of anti-war rallies back in 2003. The most typical
placards said: "War is not the answer." But nobody could tell
what then the right way to respond to Bush's folly should be like. Now it seems very likely that all this fuss is getting nowhere.
Time and again, history has proved that in any spontaneous popular uprising such as the Paris Commune of 1871, it's more or less unavoidable that the people taking part in it "sleep in the same bed while having different dreams" as an old Chinese proverb goes. Now it looks as though some of the people hanging around the streets are fanatical believers in income equality. They are too empty-headed to tell thieves in Wall Street from the late Steve Jobs. On the other hand, more educated protesters seem to espouse the principle of self-reliance. As a result of the motley mix of people, the OWS now looks like a picnic, whereas it should look more like Civil War II.
Even worse; Wall Street occupiers, at large, are also too cynical to think they should develop a more narrowly-focused sense of purpose by weeding out counterrevolutionary elements. Yet, no one has come forward from among the mob to say it's an urgent task to direct the simmering anger of protesters at a clearly defined target, without killing their spontaneity and diversity. Now it is apparent that the Establishment can't wait that long to hijack the leaderless movement. News reports have it that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, for one, has already expressed her support to the OWS. Also, the stupid and obese white man, who made a fortune by writing a book about stupid white men for stupid white men, did the same.
If they still can decelerate America's march toward its total disintegration, or with luck, can even turn it
around, the only way to achieve this end is for the OWS participants to join forces with Ron Paul who has just embarked on his campaign for the presidential election 2012. If both sides opted to leverage each other's strength to the fullest, this would certainly make an explosive combination of the two different elements. Then, Ron Paul would be more than just electable.
This is the last chance for these guys and their fellow countrymen to wake up to the reality of the twilight years of the American century, and learn to conduct themselves accordingly. If these guys are going to remain disoriented until they lose their momentum, let's forget it all. America is done for, and that is that.
On the other hand, the Japanese are known to be copycats who do whatever they do only taking a cue from the Americans. But when it comes to a revolution, it's a different story. The Japanese are totally change-disabled because they have no tradition of revolution in the last 1,300 years. That is why they
have kept gawking at the OWS since its onset. They will remain so forever if an alliance fails to materialize on the other side of the Pacific. To them, it would amount to missing a once-in-a-millennium opportunity. Either way, this is going to be a watershed event in Japanese history. · read more (135 words)
Tuesday, October 11 2011 @ 03:08 AM CDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
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
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
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
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. · read more (105 words)
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,
■ 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. · read more (32 words)
Tuesday, September 20 2011 @ 03:23 AM CDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
This broad named Fumiko Hayashi recently succeeded an equally crooked guy named Hiroshi Nakada as Yokohama Mayor
The camera-shy double-chinned zombie at the tax collection department wouldn't listen to my tuition-free lecture on the Constitution
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
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,
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
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
■ How to realign U.S. military forces in Japan,
■ How to decelerate the whirling of the revolving door of the Prime Minister's
■ 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
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
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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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
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. · read more (366 words)
Monday, September 05 2011 @ 08:28 AM CDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
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. · read more (449 words)
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
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. · read more (19 words)