Rest In Peace US Destroyer John S. McCain’s 10 Samurai Sailors 【1 year anniversary】

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.

Long live Liu Xia! Freedom-fighter Germany has done it once again

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.

 

Why?

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!

 

 

 

Thank you.

 

By Yujiro san

Good morning Taiwan! The world loves you

Dear HRH Ms Tsai Ying wen
Hello ma’am. 

My name is Yujiro Taniyama, and I am an Outspoken Samurai of the 21st century. 
And I do not work for the lavish, corrupt Panda communists in your neighborhood.

Yes ma’am, the so called “PRC” stands for “Panda Republic of Corruption”; as we know the people of the modern world are well aware of the fact Beijing downplays its own citizens, crackdown and kidnapping of human rights lawyers is rampant – meaning the notion “PEOPLE” simply doesn’t exist in PRC. 
I emphatically condemn the repugnant statement that was made 2 days ago by the enslaved Panama government.

 Cutting Official diplomatic ties?!

Big deal ma’am. 

Forget it. 

The term “Official” don’t mean a thing in this tumultuous world of hypocrisy we live in. 
PRC is a menace of Asia, to say the least. 

I know that, you know that, Japan coastguard guys know that. Even the famous loose cannon Trump is probably aware too. 

The latest callous behavior by the PRC, or the Panda Republic to undermine the sovereign democratic state of Taiwan by  pressuring the owner of the Panama Canal is nothing but a ruthless bully. 
The remorseless communist nation may be the world’s No.2 economy flexing its rapidly growing military muscles, intimidating its neighbors perpetually over territorial issues. 

However, you’ve got to bear in mind that the majority of the people of the free world absolutely loathe the PRC and it’s oppressive system, hugely arrogant and deploringly abrasive in its character. 

On the other hand, the people of Taiwan has definitely won empathy globally, for what it’s made of; rule of law, democracy, human rights and the benevolent morality. 

At least that is what the Japanese think. 

Term “Official diplomacy” is dead

Purportedly there are just 20 nations left in which you enjoy “official diplomatic ties”. 
So?!

So what?!

Before I move on, let me please respectfully apologize to you on behalf of our people – for abandoning Tokyo-Taipei “official diplomatic relationship” back in September 1972 under the Tanaka Kakuei administration. 

Ms Tsai, Taiwan was the member of the P5; or the permanent member of the UN Security Council as “CHINA” until the hypocritical United Nations ousted your ancestors in 1971; handing over the prerogative to Mao Tse Tung’s PRC. 

Till then, “China” was synonymous for Taiwan. Taiwan was China. And it is well proven by the fact that your national flag carrier is called “CHINA AIRLINES”.

The PRC wants that crucial “naming”  back, and that desperately deep inside  I presume. 

I disavow any sort of crackdown on human rights activists and lawyers seeking freedom and prosperity. PRC does that ma’am, as you may be well aware. Kidnapping of Hong Kong Bookkeepers was a horrendous act, indeed. 
Taiwan “isolation” won’t happen 

That being said, I would like you and your great Taiwanese people to know that the usage of the term  “official diplomatic ties” (ODT) is totally obsolete. Though Japan’s PM Abe may not have ODT with you, it’s a well known fact that you two have amicable ties. 

Over 4 million Taiwanese nationals visited Japan in 2016. 
That’s huge. 

Taiwan is also a common destination for us the Nippon Gin too. I’ve enjoyed a round trip across Taiwan in the past ; from Taipei, Jiufen, Hualien, Kaohsiung and more! 

Breathtaking landscape, amazing food and the people. 

Tokyo – Taipei relationship is unshakable, unbreakable. 
You know that, and so do I. 

Both our people share the same basic principles of a civilized modern world. Freedom of speech is guaranteed. 

Btw, a baby Panda was born recently at the Tokyo Ueno zoo; but remember ma’am, that Pandas do not “speak” – meaning free speech is nothing more than a dream over there in the “land of Corruption”. 

That being said, I unequivocally convey to you that “official diplomacy” no longer has a meaning, and that the Japanese people unconditionally support your defiance towards the despicable Panda bully. 

The term “Taiwan isolation” does not exist in Global dictionary. 
But if by any chance it does, make sure to first put a blame on untrustworthy phoney – the double standard United Nations and its “allies”. 
Those people only preach, but do not practice. 

Probably even the Loose cannon Trump may be more credible than those fake opportunistic hypocrites. 

As long as you and I, the people of Taiwan has the psychological strength to fight tenaciously along with we the Japanese, there is no way we could succumb to the Panda attacks. 

Their vicious, primitive and barbaric greed has no place in human society today. 

Our strength shall prevail, as the “undemocratically elected PRC” will drown in the super sticky “Natto Onsen”. 

Please try it next time you come to Tokyo, Ms Tsai. 
I will be honored to pick you up at the Handa Airport, if your “unofficial route” doesn’t work. 
Please don’t hesitate to call me. 

Thank you, and talk to you soon. 

Good Rising!

Yujiro Taniyama 
Japan Broadcasting Editor in Chief