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Monster at U.S. State Department Chasing after Its Fellow Monsters in Foreign Lands

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first set our hearts and brains right so as to cultivate our personal life.
- Confucius

The mom of a
sonuvabitch in U.S.
State Department
Judging from your responses to my review piece on Chalmers Johnson's Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope, I have figured out that the time is not ripe yet to try to convince the American people that maintaining military bases all over the world is a "suicide option" as the late Johnson warned. Under the influence of patriotic idiots from both "conservative" and "liberal" camps of the nation, the American people are fully determined to brush aside any commonsense argument such as mine.

They stubbornly refuse to understand I'm not one of those empty-headed peaceniks like the moron in the White House. On the contrary, I think war is a great thing because more often than not it is filled with a promise of real change, while peace always stinks.

Why, then, do I disagree with these mainstream political analysts retained by the military-industrial complex of the U.S.?

Reason 1: For better or for worse, there will never be WWIII if the appellation should mean a nuclearized version of WWII as these crisis-mongers want us to envision it. 21st century's warfare is nothing like ones familiar to the lovers of spectacular films starring Bruce Willis.

Reason 2: More importantly, no one knows where to find the real enemy these days. Old hawks in America should know that not a single nation in history has waged a war against someone who held its IOUs worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

I must admit that by now the American people have grown too ignorant and arrogant to wake up before they run out of time. Yet, I hope that if there still remains some sanity in the corners of their minds, it will be a little easier for them to take my views of the nonmilitary part of America's interventionism a little more seriously.

In 1821 John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, said:

"America goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy."

190 years later, in the twilight years of the American century, we have a serious problem with the Monster in the U.S. State Department crusading against her fellow monsters in foreign lands.

The former shyster believes she has the right to police people's way of life on every corner of the world. And now that the nation of Confucius has started to threaten America's primacy, her fanaticism is going over the top.

Worse, America's arrogance has spilled over across the Atlantic. Emboldened by Clinton and other busybodies in America, an increasing number of Europeans have now started telling Asians what to do, and how to do it. Examples:

■ In October the Norwegian Nobel Committee thought the Chinese government should release Liu Xiaobo from jail because he is the year's Peace Prize laureate. (Actually, things unfolded the other way around; Liu was awarded the prize because he had been imprisoned.)

■ In November Reporters with(out) Borders (RSF) further elevated the Japanese media to No. 11 position as if Japan's Glass Firewall, which poses a more serious impediment to press freedom than China's Great Firewall, had been torn down. On the other hand, the "press freedom watchdog" thought China should remain at the bottom of the ranking primarily because many dissidents are still behind bars.

In short Thorbjoern Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and Jean-Francois Julliard, Secretary General of RSF (I don't know how to create the French letter "C" with accent sedille on my computer) arrogantly thought the Western standards should apply everywhere in the world.

Yet, even these European bastards eclipse before the mom of a sonuvabitch in the U.S. Department of State.

When Colin Powell was Secretary of State, he signed the 2004 Trafficking in Persons Report, in which Japan was downgraded from "Tier 2" to "Tier 2 Watch List" on the ground that the country had imported too many sex slaves from its backyard countries. Then in 2005, Condi Rice moved up Japan back to the Tier 2 placement simply because then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, known for his perpetual abuse of women including his ex-wife and a geisha who committed suicide, had taken a legislative measure for import ban. Since the token measure was implemented, an increased number of Japanese men had to go abroad to buy sex.

Ever since I'd lost interest in the TIP Report until several days ago when I somehow started wondering how the annual report signed by the Monster was organized.

Out of curiosity I clicked the PDF file titled "TIP Report 2010" on State Department's website. I was overwhelmed by the unprecedentedly voluminous report; it took 10 minutes until my cheap computer finished downloading the 22MB, 373-page-long report.

Its content is essentially no different from the days Powell and Rice were in office but I see a distinctive fingerprint of the Monster in the monomaniac meticulosity with which the report was compiled.

Japan's placement remains unchanged at Tier 2. That indicates the Monster found the sexual behavior of Japanese men barely acceptable when compared to that of her adulterous husband.

If there is anything new in the latest edition of the report, the Monster had her men redefine the scope of the survey into the situation with modernday slavery in each country. For one thing, prostitution is now included in the list of "What is NOT Trafficking in Persons." Of course, that does not mean the Monster has ceded it to someone else as none of her babies. Presumably she gave it up to make her friend Angela Merkel happy. Germany where prostitution is flourishing is still among Tier-1 countries.

American taxpayers are funding the "discretionary" $55 billion/year operation with 25,000 direct employees on its payroll. If you take into account the fact that the State Department often rents out the USS George Washington from the Defense Department when the Monster's menacing look isn't effective enough, and that it habitually depends on CIA spies, you will find the stupidity of American taxpayers really appalling. Without doubt, they are heading for ruin.

Basically, it's none of my business, though. On this side of the Pacific, we are more concerned about intangible consequences from Washington's spending spree.
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Distant glitter of Polaris keeps guiding Japan's anti-slavery activists

In early May, a person who identified herself as Ms. Fujiwara contacted me over my November 25, 2004 article titled "Compliance with someone else's moral standards is far from enough". Actually the U.S.-educated young lady is running the Japan office of Polaris Project, an NGO based in Washington, D.C.

Since her first e-mail already indicated that we have a lot in common with respect to our areas of concern, which is rarely the case with my interactions with fellow countrymen, I asked her for a sit-together or two to exchange views in person. Although the intelligent and self-driven person seemed fully tied up with her own job almost around the clock, Ms. Fujiwara could somehow manage to comply with my request.

At the top of the questionnaire I sent her beforehand was a query about the scope of her activities. I wasn't just curious about it. I thought it would give me an important clue to her undertaking and mindset to find out how she defines the scope of her anti-slavery activities, and how far she has broaden her perspective along the way. The width of perspective is always the key to deepening one's thought.

More specifically I asked her what types of modern-day slavery listed below fall on her scope of activities and range of perspective.

Type of Human Rights Violation Victim Perpetrator Site of Crime Examples
1 Sex Slavery Japanese Japanese Japan Ubiquitous
2 Sex Slavery Non-Japanese Japanese Japan Ubiquitous
3 Sex Slavery Non-Japanese Non-Japanese Japan Korean brothel operators who "deliver" Korean call girls to Japanese customers
4 Sex Slavery Non-Japanese Japanese Overseas 1) Japanese pedophiles buying local kids in Southeast Asian countries, 2) Company-paid hotel orgy of 2003 in Zhuhai, China
5 Sex Slavery Japanese Non-Japanese Overseas Japanese prostitutes being exploited by gigolos in Paris
6 Sex Slavery Non-Japanese Non-Japanese Overseas Vary from country to country
7 Domestic Violence/Abuse Japanese Japanese Japan 1) Girls who fell victim to their violently possessive "boyfriends", 2) Kids who fell victim to their abusive fathers, 3) Girls who had to undergo a back-alley abortion all by themselves
8 Abduction Japanese Non-Japanese Japan Japanese who were kidnapped by North Korean agents in late-1970s through early-1980s
9 "Reverse Prostitution" Japanese Japanese Japan "Host clubs" where young women are exploited both sexually and financially by male prostitutes
10 Other Human Rights Violation Japanese Japanese Japan Pervasive practice of sexist/ageist discrimination
11 Other Human Rights Violation Non-Japanese Japanese Japan 1) Any form of racial discrimination, 2) Cheap labor imported from Japan's backyard countries
12 Other Human Rights Violation Japanese Non-Japanese Overseas Japanese consulate official in Shanghai who had to kill himself in May 2004 after being blackmailed by Chinese authorities
13 Other Human Rights Violation Non-Japanese Non-Japanese Overseas Hundreds of millions of Chinese victims of servitude who have to work 80 hours per week at an hourly wage of 20-30 cents. (Japanese are not perpetrators but they are among the main beneficiaries)
14 Unsettled Atrocities in Distant Past Non-Japanese Japanese Asia 1) Wartime "comfort women", 2) Forced laborers "recruited" from Korean Peninsula
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In response to Supon Borisuit's inquiry

On May 31 TokyoFreePress received a mail from "Supon Borisuit" who had been interested in "Prostitution in Japan" (TFP, September 28, 2004). The sender of the mail asked us to provide him or her with the English translation of the 1956 Anti-prostitution Law.

For an unknown reason, though, our reply mail failed to reach the other end. So we post it below here:
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Compliance with someone else's moral standards is far from enough

Triggered by the recently released ILO report titled "Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation in Japan", the government and the media have belatedly started to tackle the trafficking issue in earnest. At least that's what they are saying. Prior to the International Labor Organization's report, the U.S. State Department released its 4th annual "Trafficking in Persons Report" . In the report signed on June 14 by now-outgoing Secretary of State Colin Powell, Japan was downgraded from "Tier 2" to "Tier 2 Watch List" placement, a notch below those respectable countries such as Iran, China, Uganda, etc. Tier 2 nations are defined by the State Department as "countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards (set forth by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003) but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards", whereas Tier 2 Watch List represents those countries that fall somewhere between Tier 2 and Tier 3. Tier 3 nations are making little efforts to catch up. · read more (2,476 words)
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Prostitution in Japan

They say it's the oldest profession. Some also say, knowingly, prostitution is ubiquitous on this planet. So what makes me discuss all anew this oldest and widely-"accepted" activity of mankind? But actually I am not talking about prostitution in general, but the particular form it takes in Japan. · read more (651 words)