Yujiro Taniyama – Japan Broadcasting.net CEO
The heat is on.
As the Tokyo Olympics 2020 gets under way, there’s a crucial issue I’d like you to contemplate.
We broadcast, you decide.
Yujiro Taniyama – Japan Broadcasting.net CEO
The heat is on.
As the Tokyo Olympics 2020 gets under way, there’s a crucial issue I’d like you to contemplate.
We broadcast, you decide.
Yujiro Taniyama – Japan Broadcasting.net CEO
Masterpieces by Kai Kay and Joe Kay are ready.
From October 2 to December 9th, a special exhibition will take place at the Tokyo museum in Ueno.
I happened to find the poster on the train, and looks likely the masterpieces are coming all the way from DAION G TEMPLE in Korea, I mean Kyoto. It was founded in 1585 when the Shogun ‘Monkey’ Hideyossi was on the verge of unifying Japan. (He was called Saroo, meaning monkey by his boss Mr.Oda)
Also, I checked up on Joe Kay (定慶) the sculptor to discover he was a hot shot in the late 12th century during the mighty Kamacoora period.
So forget the Tokyo Disneyland fellas, head for Ueno station if you are traveling Japan!
Yujiro Taniyama, Japan Broadcasting.net Editor in Chief
Abe must ignore Putin’s bogus
Beer belly Vladimir has done it once again.
The Russian president in imploring Japan’s Abe Shinzo to invest on his soil to boost its struggling economy.
But he did it through an irrational way yesterday at the Eastern Economic Forum currently being held in Vladivostok. That’s right, Putin proposed a ‘peace treaty without preconditions’.
What a disingenuous, unfeasible intimidation against Tokyo.
Abe must repudiate this deplorable offer without question.
I emphatically claim so based on three Soviet transgressions of the past.
The first is Stalin’s blatant violation of a peace treaty.
On April 13, 1941, Japan signed a non-aggression pact with then Soviet Union which was valid for five years till April 1946. Despite the fact, after Truman dropped the notorious indiscriminate bomb on innocent men, women and children in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, Stalin immediately ordered his men to prepare for the invasion of Japanese territories in which he began three days later.
Russians attacked Japan’s Chishima Islands (Kuril Is), tortured and raped women and occupied it all including the northern territories of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Habomai and Shicotan.
No matter how the Russians self justify themselves, this is a clear violation of a bilateral pact. So when Putin said yesterday “a peace treaty without preconditions” – it meant that Russia has no intention to return the four islands in which Tokyo claims its sovereign rights.
Putin de facto kicked Abe in the crotch without warning.
Boy is he a typical Russian.
The second reason why the Russian President’s “sham peace treaty” offer ought to be neglected is due to a Soviet war crime hardly known to the western world today.
An abduction and enslavement of over six-hundred-thousand Japanese prisoners for 10 YEARS AFTER WW2 ENDED. They were sent to -40℃ freezing Siberia and elsewhere to construct railroads and various infrastructures.
The actual figure of the fatalities is yet unclear, but an American historian William F. Nima estimated 254,000 died and 93,000 missing.
This is not only a clear violation of international law but also an egregious war crime. Ex-Soviet/Russian governments have never given an official apology or compensation which inevitably has deepened Japanese antipathy towards the Kremlin in the past years.
And now we have Putin proposing a “peace treaty without preconditions?”
Give me a break, give me a Vodka fellas.
Thirdly, and lastly.
I simply don’t trust the Russians.
The Slav women are beautiful as they are indeed, but Kremlin stole Crimea in 2014, allegedly assassinated its former spy agent with deadly agent polonium, and the recent Novichok poisoning in the U.K. And Putin’s perpetual “don’t underestimate our nukes” bravado is more than repugnant. Therefore I believe my apprehension of Russia’s illicit occupation of Japan’s northern territories off the coast of Hokkaido (hit by a devastating earthquake last week) and its arrogant ‘peace treaty’ narrative surely is not baseless.
I mean, how can you forge a trustworthy relationship with a country whose allegedly infiltrated U.S democratic elections?! Moscow mule surely tastes good, but Moscow itself is nothing but a loose cannon far more than Trump to my understanding.
Viable approach is indispensable of course, but I am quite precarious on how Abe in the recent years has been contained by this beer belly loose cannon, having met more than 22 times in the recent years. Abe boasts that they call each other by their first names, but what’s hilarious at the same time deplorable is that Putin downplays the Japanese PM occasionally. In December 2016 meeting in Nagato (Abe’s home territory), the loose cannon was two hours forty minutes late.
That’s pretty humiliating for the host.
There’s no denying the fact that Putin is a formidable adversary like China’s Xi.
Foes and allies.
I understand Abe’s ambition to mark a historical legacy regarding the ‘4 disputed islands’, but he’s got to bear in mind that acting like a friend and being a friend is a totally different thing.
“Vladimir-Shinzo” sentimental indulgence may result in an irretrievable damage.
You may as well call it a “Novichok Sushi”.
Yujiro Taniyama. Editor in Chief – Japan Broadcasting.net net Inc
SHOTIME Otani san has done it again.
Today, his team the Los Angeles Angels (LAA) crushed White Sox 5-2, thanks to the three-run homer by the Japanese two-way star.
As I was watching the game, suddenly one thought popped up on my mind.
“Why is this guy so damn beautiful?”
If you follow MLB, I know that I’m not the only one with that question.
There’s absolutely no denying the fact that Otani is a pure classic in the world of baseball – he can pitch, and he can bat. He smashed his 19th homer today, a record breaker as a Japanese rookie in MLB.
We all know that this “Babe Ruth of the 21st century” will make history.
But what fascinates me the most is the fact that he can be distinguished from the rest of the MLB players in a remarkable way.
That’s right, OTANI SAN never spits.
When 99% of the American major league players spit out their dirty salivas from their mouth every five seconds, Otani never does. Spitting is so pervasive in MLB that I find it disgusting. It contaminates the ball park. Houston Astros’ Altuve spit out his saliva every two seconds even when he is in the bench.
The American public don’t seem to care less about it, but one thing is crystal clear – ITs NOT CLEAN. Both sanitary-wise and visually.
MLB guys may think this “spitting” is cool (that explains why so many does it), but in Japanese professional baseball you would hardly see any player doing it. Yu Darvish never spat out his saliva when he was in Nippon Ham Fighters, but as soon as he started to play for the Texas Rangers he was brainwashed and became a “spitter”.
Shohei Otani doesn’t follow suit.
I have never seen him spit on the ball park. Have you!? I don’t think so.
Not only does this simple fact make him an exemplary ball player, but a beautiful one.
The Japanese are probably the most ‘cleanest’ race in the face of the planet. Some girls take bath 5 times a day on weekends – in the morning, after the morning run, after lunch, after five and before going to bed.
Spitting is generally considered rude and dirty in Japan. So if you go to a public bath or an Onsen for example and see someone spit while washing up their body, the perpetrator always drains away his own saliva with shower or fresh water.
I mean, we all know that it is dirty, with germs.
So it simply strikes me as a pure mystery why the “Ball-park moms” in the U.S are never apoplectic when their kids or those in MLB are spitting around spreading filthy germs here and there. I do not mean to be disparaging to the Americans in any way, but it’s just incomprehensible.
Maybe its like the “Gun rights” in America.
Something that seems pretty unhealthy and ludicrous to my standard, when innocent kids and civilians are victimized in Sandy Hook and Las Vegas every now and then.
Lastly, we’ve got to bear in mind that the American kids who grow up watching MLB end up thinking “spitting germs is cool” by the time they are 18. Not only is it hazardous but also obsolete.
Spitting is like a CO2 emission from a four-wheel vehicle. It’s simply not cool. It’s not beautiful. So if MLB has a long term goal to turn baseball into a “Global thing” like soccer, then I humbly recommend that you find a way to mitigate this ‘unhealthy custom’ before its too late.
ShoTime Otani is beautiful.
Now we all know why!
Otani san for the ‘MLB Rookie of the year 2018’!
Yujiro Taniyama, CEO Japan Broadcasting.net
America honors its fallen heroes.
That’s probably the true greatness of America. And that’s what I learned yesterday afternoon, when I met one brave woman, Theresa at an old shrine in the off skirts of Tokyo.
This beautiful lady, from Illinois also had a lucid mind with voracious appetite to learn about Japanese culture.
“At the top of the temple, I saw a huge statue of two dogs. One had its mouth open, while the other had it closed. Can you tell me why?” , she asked.
To my shame, I did not know the answer.
“Good question. Those dogs are called KOMA-INU. They are de facto guard dogs that protect the shrine from evil spirits”
Theresa nodded. “I see, but what do we make of the ‘mouth’?”
“To be honest, I don’t know. I sincerely apologize for my ignorance”
One elder man that stood next to the lady made a little laugh. He resembled Clint Eastwood in a way. Together, they were visiting Japan for about two weeks.
By the way, I later learned that day that the KOMA-INU on the right usually has its mouth wide open and the one on the right ‘closed’. And that the former is barking the sound “A”, while the latter “UN”. According to some sources I found on the internet, these ‘dogs’ are in fact mythical creatures and not precisely ‘dogs’. And that they signify 「阿吽 =A UN」- the first and the last words of the alphabet of Sanskrit.
And subsequently, it derived the meaning “From the beginning to the end of life and the universe”. The Japanese alphabet today also starts from “A” and ends with “UN”.
So I suppose in a broader sense, we can understand that the ‘auspicious dogs’ are there to emphasize the greatness of the whole galaxy.
The collision on Aug.21, 2017
“On August 21, 2017, 10 sailors were killed when the destroyer collided with an oil tanker as it entered the busy waterway into the port of Singapore. The collision occurred two months after seven sailors were killed when the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan” (ABC News, May 25, 2018)
I remember the tragic accident that occurred consecutively last year, and had a big impact on me since they had both departed from Yokosuka, a naval port in Japan.
At the same time, I recall being emphatically apoplectic pondering “Who’s responsible for this? A flawed leadership that took the lives of so many young brave men?”.
This was a time when the North Korean ‘Fatty’ Mr.Kim was intimidating Japan with his ICBM toy and nukes. U.S President Trump was also busy downplaying him as a ‘little rocket man’. And I must admit that when these two fatal incidents occurred, I became wary of the “Greatest military in the world” – that somehow kept crashing into commercial ships due to negligence and order.
Especially when the national security of Japan hugely relies on defense-treaty with Washington, it could not be overlooked.
We humans are pretty dumb that we often forget important things.
On the other hand, we remember unnecessary things like the ‘Blue GAP dress’ of the great bravado Ms.Monica Lewinsky.
So when I coincidentally banged into Brandon (U.S Navy strongman) at the shrine yesterday, and had a conversation with Theresa and ‘Clint’, it kindled a zeal of patriotism and pride within me.
“My son died in the USS John McCain collision last year”
I was left speechless when the blond lady told me her story.
Theresa’s son Logan was just 23 when the critical accident sent him to heaven. “He arrived at Yokosuka in May last year, and also left there on the same month. Then it happened”.
She showed me the photo of the great handsome man on her silver pendant.
It read 【REMEMBER PO2. LOGAN PALMER】. Poignant and stunned, there was a few seconds silence in the old shrine where people in Kimonos were also paying a visit.
What also moved me deeply was the fact that this beautiful mom whose beloved son was taken away from her had the indisputable strength and courage to share her sensitive story with a total stranger like myself. I had introduced myself as the “Most crazy outspoken Samurai in Japan” – which is probably true, and also probably eased our tensions.
Theresa was also an elastic thinker and savvy about politics.
She spoke her mind, on immigration and upcoming election – something I adore and undeniably lacks in the mind of the Japanese. In my country, there’s a saying “沈黙は美徳: CHINMOCK WA BITOCK” – meaning silence is beautiful. And such ‘silence’ is unfortunately ubiquitous in Japanese society. Not only is such a mentality misleading, its obsolete especially when we have the rise of our great neighbor China both militarily and economically.
Furthermore, unless you speak out, the world will easily forget critical matters.
Had it not been for Theresa’s brave heart to share her story of Logan, I would have never learned that such young American heros made ultimate sacrifices for their beloved nation but also for defending the Japanese people under the 1960 defense treaty then signed by PM Kishi and US President Eisenhower.
“You know what Theresa” , I said
“We the Japanese today are so dumb and complacent that most of us are ignorant of the fact Logan and his fellow comrades died on duty, protecting peace and stability for us as a whole”.
Of course when I say dumb, I myself is included.
Jackie Kennedy may have been capricious, but that goes the same with the descendants of the former Samurais, now nothing but a flock of sheep that’s deprived of the mentality of military independence. The Samurais are dead today. Without and American hero such as Logan, the national security of my nation would be under a grave risk.
CCP (Chinese Communist Party) hegemony shall result in pandemonium in the near future unless an appropriate measures are taken ‘by the Japanese themselves’. Our current overly subservient stance on Washington is counterproductive not only for Mr.Trump but for Tokyo as a nation. I recall the U.S President commenting “Isn’t Japan a country of Samurais? Why didn’t they just shoot the North Korean missile down?” after Pyongyang fired two ICBM mussels on 29 August and 15 September last year over Hokkaido.
Trump is correct.
And I deeply anticipate on the future of the little subordinate nation of gadgets and automatic toilets.
Rest In Peace 10 American Samurais
United States of America is not a perfect country, as far as I know.
But there’s no denying the fact that it’s a great one. Especially its eye opening how deeply their veterans and heros are respected. It’s not an understatement to underscore that spirit is the fabric of American strength, because without it no country is eligible to become a true global power.
“I’ve got a bracelet that has the names of all the ten sailors that died on the ship”, Theresa said.
The benign lady from Illinois is the true Samurai, I thought.
Jacob Daniel Drake, Dustin Louis Doyon, Charles Nathan Findley, John Henry Hoagland III, Logan Stephen Palmer, Kenneth, Abraham Lopez, Kevin Sayer Bushell, Corey George Ingram, Timothy Thomas Eckels Jr.
Theresa always carries the souls of the fallen American heros with her, no matter where she goes.
Tomorrow, 1 year anniversary of the US destroyer McCain will take place at the Yokosuka U.S Navy base.
Now I know why Theresa and ‘Clint’ is currently visiting my country.
Shall the souls of the 10 brave men Rest In Peace.
Thank you Theresa, for sharing your precious story once again.
Japan must honor fallen American heros today.
Hope everything is going well.
Btw, there’s a good news.
I have decided to host a little morning-walking tour for all you great foreign tourists visiting Japan.
Have you ever heard of the “Yasukuni Shrine”?!
Well, for we the Japanese it is a sacred place established in 1869 after the Meiji Restoration, where those who gave ultimate sacrifices for the nation are enshrined. Over 5 million people visit the place annually.
However, the place has been a bone of contention since 1985 – when the Chinese government objected after then PM Nakasone made a visit. South Korean government followed suit.
Some people call it the Shrine of “Voldemort” (from Harry Potter), but then why is it that I see so many foreigners visiting the Yasukuni these days?! As a matter of fact, I’ve met and made friends with quite a few Chinese people there too.
Why is it so “controversial”?!
I want to bring the events of World War 2 to open discussion, so that you can understand Japan better by tackling this whole issue. Especially when we live in the age of “Fake News” and Mr.Trump, it is crucial to embrace correct knowledge and information and think for ourselves.
As “Mr.Omotenashi”, my job is simply to offer you an opportunity to feel the Yasukuni, and to hear the “untold side of the story” – It’s up to you to decide, of course!
Japan is not only about Mt.Fuji, Pokémon and Doraemon!
August 15th will mark the 73rd year since the end of WW2.
And it is highly likely you will hear the word “Yasukuni” that day on CNN, AP and other major western corporate medias. But then my question is “Wait a minute, isn’t it preposterous that this issue has been an impediment between Tokyo and Beijing for the past 30 years? There’s got to be a solution for god’s sake!”
Then let’s think and learn history together. A broad public discussion I believe is the catalyst for peace.
Just as a reminder, the shrine will be packed with people before noon. But in the early morning hours, it should be fine. So don’t be late!
Also, Shintoism is rather a ‘way of life’ than a religion. So you needn’t worry visiting the shrine even if you are a Christian or a Muslim.
As the old men used to say, ‘Seeing is believing’.
Hope to see you there!
Date: August 15, 2018
Time: 9:00am 〜 10:00am
Language: ENGLISH 【Kids and children welcome!】
Samurai Guide: Me
How to get there: Take the subway TOZAI line, get off at KUDANSHITA station.
Where to meet: EXIT 1 of the station, ground-level.
(You go up the escalator/stairs, and when you see the sky, please looks for me! Also, no reservation needed. Just be there 9 sharp!)
For inquiries, Email: Tokyo@JapanBroadcasting.net
※ Please carry a bottle of water or cold green tea with you. It’s gonna be boiling HOT!
※ If by any chance you’re late, walk towards the shrine’s super big Torii gate and try to find the group! It shouldn’t be that difficult because my voice is super loud.
Also, please note that I cannot take the slightest responsibility if you break your leg or get run over by a truck or for whatever happens during the tour. I’m not a Spider-Man.
※ 日本人参加者も、大歓迎です！ 英語での異文化交流に、ぜひご参加ください（キッズも大歓迎！訪日観光客の友だちが、いっぱいできるカモ？）・九段下駅1番出口に、9時集合!
Today marks the 73rd year since the notorious A-bomb attack on Hiroshima.
Pandemonium took over the Americans against Japan on Aug.6, 1945.
Journalist Paul Ham mentions in his book “Hiroshima Nagasaki” as follows.
“There is not a frisson of concern or regret here at the human cost. Observation and testing of the A-boom victims, not their treatment, were the priorities of the American scientific teams. ”
It’s highly regrettable to say the least. When thousands of innocent civilians were annihilated ‘instantly’, the figure amounting to 140,000 by the end of 1945 – it is also worth noting that according to the Hiroshima city government report, 308,725 names have been registered as the victims of the ruthless attack. This means that over 160,000 people had suffered from radiation sickness in the aftermath of the bombing.
I truly recommend you read “Kuroi Ame” (Black Rain) by Ibuse Masuji to understand what this “radiation sickness” is all about. An unfathomable tragedy, a pure war crime that downplayed mankind is what you will learn there.
U.S President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima in May 2016, as the first sitting American president. The move of redemption was indeed poignant, though he did not apologize on behalf of his fellow Americans bearing in mind that the majority of Americans today still “justifies A-bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki” – well that’s how they are taught in high schools of the U.S. But what they don’t know, or learn is that Japan had already been de facto well defeated prior to the inhumane bombing, which targeted thousands of men, women and children.
Americans in the mid south often enjoy the term “Remember Pearl Harbor”. But the Japanese attack then targeted military targets, and not civilians. Over two thousand U.S servicemen died. This is a crucial difference compared to over 300,000 CIVILIAN CASUALTIES in Hiroshima. And moreover, when some of my great American friends point out that the Pearl Harbor attack was “sneaky” – a term often used, I cannot help but respond by pointing out the infamous “Battle of Tonking” in Vietnam on August 2, 1964 when the U.S made a sneaky attack on the North Vietnamese by claiming that “they had been attacked by Uncle Ho” – which was later revealed by the New York Times that it was nothing but a hype. A cooked up lie.
And neither do I justify everything Japan did during that war.
Inevitably today marks the 73rd year that claimed the lives of thousands in Hiroshima. And as a Japanese national, I cannot help but speak out on behalf of the deceased that it is a petty nonsense to take it for granted the unsubstantiated myths – that “A-bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved 1,000,000 American lives”. Truman simply used this narrative to justify his means. As Paul Ham has clearly pointed out, the Washington dropped the 2 bombs for the sake of dropping it.
As a human experiment.
Lastly, I want to wrap up the blog by revealing a shocking piece of story.
According to the book I ready recently – “The Day Man Lost” (Kodansha International Publishers/1972) , the prominent author Hando Kaztoshi writes;
“Enola Gay landed at the northern airfield of Tinian Island at 2:58 p.m on August 6th. The twelve crew members were greeted by hundreds of their fellow U.S servicemen to celebrate the success of the mission.
The club of commissioned officers was filled with buoyant laughter. That evening, a flamboyant celebration party was held on the island and by midnight, some passed out after consuming dozens of Bourbon whiskey bottles”.
Such a behavior well contradicts to the teachings of Christianity.
While men, women and children were left totally vanquished in Hiroshima, the fact that these ‘christian’ Americans were cheering like animals gives me the creeps. Racism was rampant in “White America” back in 1945 of course, and the “Japs” were considered nothing but a bunch of vulgar yellow monkeys. The Japanese were downplayed as an inferior race of Asia. Even the famous New York Times frequently used the term JAPS during the war.
I do not ask for any sort of penitence from the Americans today. But what I do demand is that they learn from the insane folly of their ancestors – who cheered and celebrated with Bourbon whiskey a couple of hours after dropping the weapon of mass destruction.
The lack of sensible humanity is extremely dangerous, given the fact that even North Korea possesses the sinister weapon today.
RIP all the victims of WW2.
Your Obedient Servant,
Imperfect Samurai Yujiro Taniyama, CEO, Japan Broadcasting.net Inc
Takuya Yokota confessed in his latest interview for the latest “Bun Gay Shunju” magazine that if by any chance he gets to reunite with his abducted sister Megumi in the coming future, that he wants to apologize to her for not being able to rescue her for over 40 years.
On November 15, 1977, a junior high school student Megumi Yokota was forcefully kidnapped by the North Korean spy agents near the beach in Niigata, which faces the Sea of Japan.
She was on her way from school.
The disruptive Pyongyang regime has kept her hostage ever since. Kim Jong il, the father of the incumbent admitted and apologized on September 17, 2002 that “some of his men who defied orders” had abducted dozen Japanese citizens since the 1970’s.
Whereabouts of Megumi is an enigma till this very day. But Takuya also mentioned that he had told PM Abe to remain adamant towards the authoritarian regime who is also a master of deception.
“My dad is 85, now in hospital and Mom is 82. We don’t have much time left” , says the younger sibling of the kidnapped.
I believe that Japan must remain firm and not be duped by Kim Jong un’ s sham as well as Trump’s impulsive tweets regarding this sensitive issue.
And we must keep Takuya’s hopes alive.
I want to underscore the fact that is not he, but the government that ought to apologize after all.
Please join our petition to raise awareness of this unknown issue.
Thank you very much.
Yujiro Taniyama, CEO, Japan Broadcasting.net, Inc.【JB】
Her husband “incited subversion”.
Her husband was a criminal because he demanded the basic rights any human being are entitled to; free speech, human rights and the rule of law.
Her husband was imprisoned for 11 years in 2009.
Her husband took part in 1989 Tiananmen massacre that slaughtered thousands of its own innocent people.
Her husband was diagnosed with liver cancer while held custody in prison and died soon after on July 13, 2017.
The “husband” mentioned above was a prominent Nobel prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo. And “her” refers to his widow Liu Xia.
What a country, China.
Because these two Samurais were both “former” Chinese citizens. I use the term because the husband has already passed away, while his adoring soulmate and wife finally arrived in Germany today (Jul. 10th, local time) after eight gruesome years of house arrest by the ruthless Beijing authorities.
Undeniably it was conducive to German-Sino relations that Mrs. Angela Markell and her mighty friends purportedly put enormous pressure on the suppressors of basic human rights in CCP – or China Communist Party. It also taught the world today how inexplicably malice and spite this authoritarian regime of 1.5 billion people is. I have always been incredulous on how CCP downplays its people as well as the rule of law.
Look at the ongoing “South China sea dispute” for example. Their arrogance is beyond belief. And as an imperfect Samurai, I am unequivocally adamant that Japan should and must remain vigilant on the procedures on how the CCP inflicts violence on truly brave men, including Nobel peace prize winner His Holiness the Dalian Lama 14th of Tibet but also its neighbors of Asia by using its rising economic power as the leverage.
Tokyo must prove that it has the balls, instead of behaving in a nonchalant manner when it comes to blatant human rights abuses such as this Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia case. Just because the Dalai Lama was welcomed by Mongolia back in 2016, CCP started bullying Ulanbaator soon after freezing its $4 billion loan as well as imposing higher ‘commodity tax’. This shows how frivolous and brash Beijing’s assertion is, whenever they claim “We intend to pursue dialogue through peaceful means. China is a country based on rule of law” – whatever that means. It’s nothing but a hype considering how they de facto use human rights issues (like Liu Xia case) for its political gains.
When Merkel visited Beijing this May, Chinese premier Li Keqiang argued that “China’s constitution protects human rights” , which is of course nothing but a petty nonsense. And here he is today, right at this very moment in Berlin signing a commercial deal said to worth over $23 billion USD.
I fully thank the defiant courage of the German lawmakers, activists and all those involved in rescuing Mrs.Lu Xia from a folly nation that imprisons not only those who cherish freedom as a human being, but also their partners. Communism indeed has historically proven its failure when the wall of Berlin went down in 1989 and the Soviet Union collapsing in 1991. Communism labels materialism above the rights of its people. Communism is also a practice that allows the ruling party CCP to behave as the GOD.
Preposterous as it may be, its how things work in that country. Tokyo enjoys over $330 billion USD trade with Beijing today. But that does not mean it should turn a blind eye to opaque motives that brings vertigo among the civilized due to its unilateral self-righteous behavior. Not only the incumbent but also the post-Abe administration must have the balls and the guts to raise acrimonious debate over CCP’s relentless actions whenever needed.
Because it is only Japan that can balance them, both economically and militarily. Diplomacy is not only about acting as a pawn of Washington or Beijing to gain economic surplus. That’s what you call a slave of capitalism.
As I condone the spirit of free-trade, I do not fully agree with the Trump administration’s policies. But still, I must admit that it would be counterproductive for mankind and the region, for a communist-insidious-bully to become the hegemon of Asia in the 21st century.
My understanding is that Liu Xiaobo should never have been incarcerated in the first place, if it actually the “Chinese constitution protects human rights” as claimed by Mr Li. With Kim Jong Un with his new “toy” called the nukes, the Japanese should wake up from its longtime sleep since 1945 if it longs to decide its own fate. And in order to do so, its national security strategy must change.
Constitutional wise and military wise. Vietnam, the Phillippines and Taiwan surely counts on Tokyo to play a decisive role to maintain freedom and rule of law.
Asia is not a Disneyland.
Long live Liu Xia!
By Yujiro san
Yujiro Taniyama, Japan Broadcasting . net CEO
Japan is an obsolete nation.
Not industry-wise, but diversity-wise.
This island nation of 127 million is Gaijin-phobic; meaning it unfortunately resents foreign nationals to the bone. Shame, of course but an extremely conservative and homogeneous society as it is, its just the way it goes.
I know this little business hotel near Shinjuku Gyoen station that emphatically denies Gaijins, or foreigners. That’s right, there are lots of “Mr.Trumps” in the land of Sushi.
However, Tokyo better start changing its mind.
The Japanese in general, that is. Because the ‘land of the rising sun’ now faces an imminent demographic trap as the world’s fastest aging nation. Our population is said to be shrinking by roughly 270,000 annually, while over 25% of the Japanese are now aged over 65.
By 2040, it is plausible that Japan’s population will decrease down to merely 111 million, which is undeniably an entrance to perpetual pandemonium.
To begin with, our economy won’t survive. Unsustainable.
This is a crucial factor especially when considering the recent rise of China.
The authoritarian state defies human rights as you may already know, and imposes strict censorship nationwide. “Sensitive issues” such as Tibet, Taiwan and Uighur must be overlooked in order to justify their political means.
Beijing today uses its economic leverage to downplay Taiwan, successfully pressuring western corporate airlines such as Qantas, Canadian Airlines and the British Airways to label Taiwan as “part of China” on their websites.
Furthermore, we all know that international law don’t mean a thing to the Chinese authorities. When the International Court of Arbitration, or the Hague concluded that China’s so called the “9 dotted line” claim in the contentious South China Sea is baseless, both historically and legally, Beijing responded by merely uttering “The ruling is nothing but a rubbish” – whatever that means.
And instead, what China does is to flex its military muscles intimidating the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia needless to say Taiwan.
I mean, that’s not very healthy fellas.
We all know that deep inside, don’t we?!
That being said, Japan has a crucial role to play now in this 21st century.
To become a exuberant nation not only soft-power-wise, but also militarily too. It is only Japan that can actually contain China after all. In Asia, that is. And I’d like to underscore the fact that it is nothing but utterly ridiculous and hilarious when Beijing mumbles “Militaristic Japan once again? That’s a true threat to the region. We can’t acknowledge that” – whenever Tokyo beefs up its military strength to encounter Beijing’s recent military buildup.
Unless you are smoking pot, or really dumb, it is unthinkable that Japan will become a military superpower as we did back in the 1940s. It is China that is a pure, irrefutable threat today in Asia.
Go ask any Vietnamese or Taiwanese and you’ll get just one simple answer.
However, the biggest issue here is that the Japanese themselves no longer have the “balls” to contribute to the peace and stability of the region. Or at least to me that’s how it looks to my eyes.
Seriously, the Japanese’s post war infatuation with Americanism and capitalism has exceeded a decent level. Samurais are all dead today. If there are any, I’m pretty sure they are all fakes. In that sense, Trump’s petulant snub on Japan back in March 23, 2016 during the U.S election (CNN interview) that “The Japanese should defend itself against N.Korea” actually makes perfect sense.
“NATO is obsolete”, Ivanka’s father said some time ago.
“Japan’s constitution article 9 is obsolete”. I’ve reiterated this simple fact thousands of times already, but the polls still show that the descendants of the Samurais are nothing but an emasculated flock of sheep.
“We don’t want war!” screams the liberal women in their 60’s and the 70’s.
Of course nobody wants war. But Mr Hitler and Mr Stalin. The problem with the leftists in Tokyo today is that they have this inexplicable symptom to turn a blind eye to the recent Chinese military aggression, but instead assert “Defend article 9 of the constitution! Yah!” – wholeheartedly body and soul.
This is not only unthinking, but merely stupid.
And whats even more preposterous, the same people claim “Get out filthy Gaijins! No immigrants! No hairy white beasts and monsters from the third world!”
So the conclusion here is, that 127 million Nippon-Gin today are abnormally complacent that they don’t demand any fundamental changes in social structure. They may want raise in wages or course, but not Gaijins, or immigrants. This homogeneous, insular mindedness will prove costly in the long run, given the fact the current ruling Abe administration’s “Immigrant policy” is nothing but a sham reform.
The government don’t even refer to the immigrants as such, but calls them “guest workers”. What a dumb, euphemistic term that is, just like the ‘Comfort Women’. Whats even worse, though the Japanese government recently announced in June that by 2025, it will accept five hundred thousand “guest workers”, they will all have to go home after five goddam years. And they can’t bring their family members with them either. It’s banned. WTF!
Smart MP’s including Abe knows that the land of the rising sun desperately needs immigrants to sustain its strong economy. But at the same time, they are also well aware of the fact should there be any general election, the ruling LDP will lose as soon as they announce acknowledging “Immigrants”.
So in that sense, Abe is stuck in a dilemma urging him to speak from both sides of his mouth like his golf boss Donald. Japan needs a leader with lucid thoughts, to explain our current situation demographically as well as the threat of the disruptive Chinese.
There’s never been any coherent policy by the lawmakers in this country regarding immigrants nor boosting its low birthrate.
Bravado is all they have. No crotch.
Besides, the complacency of Japan also roots from the dominance of politics by ‘political elites’ from ‘political families’. Just because their father or grandfather was a MP, they become one. No matter how stupid you are, you get elected. Because the constituents are even dummer.
The current minister of finance Taro Aso’s grandpa was Yoshida Shigeru that rebuilt post war Japan under the “McArthur Umbrella”. The ‘rising star’ Ishiba Shigeroo’s father was a well known politician. Then comes Koizumi Shinjiro, an eloquent speaker but all he does is repeat what his daddy Koizumi Junichiro says – like “abandon nuclear energy! wow!”. This is a total farce given the fact LDP endorses nuclear energy as core energy supply of Japan.
What’s even more hilarious, the former PM Koizumi is now teaming up with Japan Communist Party (JCP) the former foe – calling Abe to abandon TEPCO and all the remaining nuclear plants nationwide, which is far from feasible.
So you see ladies and gentlemen, as the emasculated Japanese today repudiate war and military build up to confront China, they also resent the Gaijins, Immigrants or whaterver you call it.
And unless Kim Jong un or Mr Xi attacks Hokkaido or the Senkaku islands, the current murky system governing this ‘Sushi nation’ will never renovate.
GFS – Gaijin Friendly Superpower Japan by 2050 will never be achieved either.
It’s a shame indeed.
Good Gaijin, Good life!