横田めぐみさんママの声を、今こそ金正恩に届ける時

「拉致問題と言われていますが、これは本当は’問題’ではなくて事件なんです。何の罪のない人が突然他国にさらわれていくのですから」

横田早紀江さんの言葉だ。ぼくは先日、拉致を解決するための集会に参加した。200名ほどでいっぱいになる川崎市平和記念館が会場だ。最前列ど真ん中の席を確保し、2時のスタート前には座席は埋め尽くされた。ただ、その光景をみた第一印象は、高齢者が大半を占めているということに尽きる。時間とお金があるのは、たしかに年配の人たちだからといえばそれまでだが、10代、20代ミレニアム世代がぶいぶい言わせている米国トランプの集会などに比べると、その「大人しさ」と「グランパ感」には正直圧倒された。というか、見渡す限り10代はおろか二十歳前後の男女を見出すのは、トムクルーズのMission Impossibleに近いものがあった。

https://youtu.be/92_bDV0Wa00

1977年11月15日、新潟の海岸そばで北朝鮮に拉致された横田めぐみさんは、当時13歳のバトミントン少女だった。先週の10月5日に54歳の誕生日を迎えられたことを考えると、時が経つのは実に早い。早紀江さんたち拉致被害者の家族をサポートしている「あさがおの会」のお姉さんたちは、まるで女子高生の如きストレンスを醸し出しており心強かったが、とはいえ全体的にもっともっと学生たちに「拉致事件」を広めていく必要があるのではないか。それが率直な思いだ。

ブロガー谷山雄二朗、今回はその場で見たもの感じたものをストレートに読者に伝えることにする。一人でも多くの日本人とシェアすべきだと考えるからに他ならない。

午後2時の開演直前、横田早紀江さんがご入場された。ぼくの斜め前の関係者席に座られたが、インターネットやその他メディアでご拝見するよりも御年齢を感じさせられた。1977年の今頃、突然「行方不明」になった愛娘を探すこと今年で41年。その塗炭の苦しみおよびストレスは、到底我々の想像を絶する次元でないわけがない。今回アップロードしたショート・ヴィデオを見ればわかるように、早紀江さんは若い頃からそれは大変美しい方であった。しかしながら読者もご存知のように、ここ四十一年間はめぐみさんを救出すべく戦ってこられた。1997年になるまで、即ち「北朝鮮の国家犯罪だった」ことが判明するまでじつに20年もかかったこの「事件」を考えれば、Japanという列島が果たして本当に国家の体をなしているのか疑わしいと言わざるを得ない。そしてそれを最も痛感されているのもまた、横田滋さん、早紀江さん、拓也さんたちをはじめとする拉致被害者のご家族の方々に違いない。

いずれにせよ、ぼくが初めて肉眼でみた早紀江さん(馴れ馴れしく聞こえるかもしれないが、これが一番自然なのでそう呼ばせていただきます)は、実に美しい方であった。頭髪は雲の色になられ、お顔には無数のラインが刻まれている。その背中はじつに小さく、繊細だ。しかしながらぼくはそこにとてつもない美と滴り落ちるかのような気品及び剛健さをも肌で感じたのはなぜだろう。

確か五木寛之がなんらかの連載コラムで「金、金、金の世の中だ」と書いていたが、残念ながらぼくはそれを否定できるほどの立派な人間ではない。しかし横田早紀江さん、飯塚耕一郎さん、蓮池透さん、曽我ひとみさんたち拉致被害者家族の方々が戦ってきたこの「事件」は、決してお金では解決できない性質のものだ。何百万、何千万、何億円を積んでも愛する家族を取り戻すことはこれぞMission Impossible(MI)。その「解決策のない」血の滲むような苦悩と気の遠くなるような40年もの間(来年で42年目になる)体を張って猛進してこられた早紀江さんのその後ろ姿に、ぼくは地球より大きいものを感じたのかもしれない。そして自分の小ささも。

やがてめぐみさんの弟の拓也さんが会場に現れ、それに続き菅義偉官房長官が入り、早紀江さんの隣に座った。ぼくは今から五年ほど前、偶然東京駅新幹線ホームで同氏とすれ違って以来、勝手に同氏に親近感を抱いているが、最近「拉致担当大臣」なる新ポストを兼任することになったという。とはいえ、国は、政府はこれまで北朝鮮に取り残されている同胞たちを事実上見殺しにしてきた。これは何も菅さん一人に責任を押し付ける訳ではないものの、2002年の小泉訪朝でわずか5名の日本人が救出されただけで、この16年間何もできないできたことを考えると、我々一般の国民は決して政府への厳しい視線を切らしてはなるまい。だいいち、国民も国境も守れずしてなんのための国会議員か。化粧するだけが才能の三原じゅん子さんのような ‘fake politicians’ が、この国は単純に多すぎるのだ。そして何と言っても無能で、無気力で無思考の世襲議員の圧倒的数的優位が、横田めぐみさんたち同胞の救出にこの41年間障害物として作用してきたことを、いったい誰が否定できよう。アメリカ合衆国のダイナミズムは、その「世襲の欠如」からうまれている。せいぜいブッシュ親子ぐらいだ。その点、ぼくは菅義偉というマーヴェリックなポリティシャン(少なくともその親類に元首相はいない)に、密かに期待している。

川崎の福田市長が、オープニング挨拶をした。最初はテニスの松岡修造かと思ったが、「私はこの集会は毎年これが最後であることを願っています。北朝鮮から全員が帰国すれば、もう開く必要がありません」と、じつに心に染みる言葉をマイクに吹き込んだ。そうだ、その通りだ。横田ご夫妻は、長年川崎に住んでこられたということもあり、市のバックアップ、そしてご近所のみなさんの支援体制も目にみはるものがある。1990年代の終わりごろだったと思うが、JR川崎駅前のビルの一室で「横田めぐみさん写真展」が行われ足を運んだことがあった。あの時も、川崎市主催か後援だったと記憶している。今年の春、新宿駅の地下通路でめぐみさんの写真展示ディスプレーに行った時も、あさがおの会がフルサポートしていた。カネ、カネ

カネの現代において純粋に凄い人たちだと言わざるを得ない。武士だ。

菅さんが登壇した。そのスピーチの一部は、ニュースでも大きく報道されたのでここで述べるまでもない。「今が正念場」とのニュアンスを感じたが、軍備なき外交を標榜する我が国の政府に過度に期待しては到底なるまい。相手が狡猾極まりない北朝鮮であるならば尚更だ。どうであれ、この神奈川肉ならぬ神奈川二区(勝手に変換されてしまった、神奈川ビーフ)の官房長官からは誠意が伝わってきた。ぼくに欠けているものだけに、大いに勉強になった。とはいえ、そのSincerityだけでは横田めぐみさんたちは帰ってこないのも事実だ。

金正恩に語りかけた横田早紀江さん

そして早紀江さんがご登壇された。そのお姿をニュースで拝見した読者もいるだろうが、数秒間の映像を切り取って編集後に番組で使われるため全体像を掴めないのがいけない。だからこそ、今回、Team JBとともに作ったショート・ヴィデオはフルにアップロードさせていただいた。

結論からいえば、すべての日本人が横田めぐみさんのお母さんの言葉に耳を傾けるべきだとの一点に尽きる。これまでこれといった支援活動をしてこなかった身としては、偉そうに言える立場にないのは毛頭承知している。そこは反省材料だが、率直な話これまでぼくはどうすればめぐみさんたちの救出に関われるのか、まったく見当がつかなかったのだ。自分に一体何ができるのかわからかなったのだ。いや、現時点でも確信をもっているわけではない。おそらく大半の読者も同じではないだろうか。単なる狼少年の遠吠えというか、言い訳にすぎないといえばそれまでだが、それが偽らざる素直な気持ちだ。そしてそれは同時に、ぼくが「逃げてきた」ことの同義語ともいえる。横田滋さんや早紀江さんたちが戦っていたとき、ぼくは逃げていたのだ。ただおこがましく言わせていただくのならば、いや、ぼくも、あなたも自民党議員も誰もかれもが放置していたわけだ。その間、早紀江さんの美しい髪のカラーは変化し、曽我ひとみさんの夫は天国に召された。

うまくは決して言えない。ただ言えることは、今までのぼくは間違っていたということだ。お調子者のトランプさんと、肥満児のキムさんがシンガポールで会談した今、どんな手段を取ろうとも、いかなる道を外れたマキアヴェリズムに徹しようともわれわれは日本人として同じ日本人を助けるべきではないか。巨人の次期監督がHARAさんになろうとも、EGAWAさんになろうともどうでもいいことだ。ただ、金正恩さんが自分の祖父および父親の代に行われた国家犯罪に対し真摯に向き合い、それを償う気持ちが1mgでもあれば、それはこれまでのMIが、インポッシブルならぬ “Mission Possible” 即ち拉致被害者救出というこれまで考えられなかった筋書きへと180度転換しうるということに他ならない。

早紀江さんはスピーチのなかで、北朝鮮の三代目に真摯に語りかけられた。思えば被害者のご家族たちは、金日成、金正日そして金正恩と三代の最高権力者たちと戦ってきたとてつもない侍たちだ。誇り高き日本人だ。ただもう時間がない。横田滋さんは、胃ろうをされていると少し前に新聞で読んだ。やはり「今」が勝負だ、1秒1秒が。

室町時代の15世紀から16世紀さらには朱印船貿易が行われた頃、我が国の祖先たちは中国王朝、朝鮮そして東南アジア諸国に日本刀を売って外貨を稼いだ。他に類を見ないほど「キレた」からだ。それでは、この21世紀の刀とは何か。情けなくも憲法により軍事力に制約がかけられたままの今、それは日本海のはるか向こうに片手を伸ばし故郷の大地をもう一度踏みたいとの一心で助けをまっている人々を想う力、Imaginationではないだろうか。アインシュタインはかつていった。

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

今こそ日本刀を帯刀しようではないか。

Go see Super Buddhist sculptures by Joe Kay at Tokyo National Museum! 定慶

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!

Enjoy!

‘Novichok Sushi’ Putin must compensate for enslaving 600,000 Japanese prisoners before proposing a murky ‘peace treaty’

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”.

アメリカ人の大坂なおみが、日本人になるために

松下幸之助は言っている。「日本はよい国である。よいものがあっても、そのよさを知らなければ、それは無きに等しい」と。

全米オープンテニス女子を制したNaomi Osakaの偉業を、強調しすぎることは無い。心から祝福する。ただ、彼女を盲目的に「日本の大坂なおみが優勝しました」と持ち上げ、自己陶酔に国民を導くこの国の新聞とTVの無知蒙昧は、いかに我が民族に物事に対する物差しが欠如しているかの裏返しでもある。

結論から言おう。彼女の中身は、99.9%アメリカ人である。

AP通信の報道によると、Osaka選手は日本人の母とハイチ人の父の間に日本で生まれ3歳の時に米国に移住。それ以来、フロリダ州を住居としているとのことなので、厳密にいうならば「移民」(米国側からみれば)の如き存在である。トランプが度々取り上げる「不法移民」ではないが。

いや、言うまでもなくすでに米国籍を取得しているのかもしれない。とはいえ、”Japanese”として国際試合に出場している以上、TOKYO2020までにはそれを破棄し二重国籍状態をなくすと思われる。

世界のPanasonic創業者である松下幸之助の言葉を冒頭で紹介したが、彼のいう「日本のよさ」をNaomiは99.9%知らない。3歳からアメリカ在住なのだから当然だ。米ニューヨークタイムズ紙は、彼女の母であるTamaki氏がここ10年以上、日本家族とは “little contact” 即ちほぼ不通状態にあったと報じている。

それがおそらく事実であろうことは、Naomiがほとんど日本語を喋れないことからもうかがえる。優勝後の翌日に行われたNHKインタヴューで冒頭に「イマワ シンジラレナイ。スシ、オイシカッタ」と可愛らしい声で言ったものの、結局それだけ。続いての「大きな舞台にはるほどいいプレーができると思っている」「今月の東京の試合でも頑張りたい」などそれ以外は、完璧な米語。 つまり日本語では言えないということだ。ただ「日本人」として出場している以上、なにか最後に日本語で言わねばならないと思ったのか「キノウノ シアイ カッタ。オウエン アリガトウ ゴザイマス」(5秒)。そしてその後なぜか「コンバンワー ハハハ」「オヤスミー」と、米国アクセントでインタヴュー内容となんの脈絡もないカットが出てくるので、これは演出上、NHK側に言わされたのに違いない。

断っておくが、ぼくはここでNaomi Osaka選手を呵呵大笑するつもりも、卑下する考えも毛頭ない。前述したように、彼女はテニス界の新女王であり、これまでに血の滲むような努力があったであろう事は想像に難くない。ビッグな快挙だ。ただ、極めてプロブレマティックなのは、「では日本人とは何なのか」という根本的な命題が今回の一連の「大坂なおみ報道」からまったく欠けていることである。

単純な話、ぼくにはなぜ彼女が住み慣れたアメリカ国籍でなく、日本国籍で出場するのか不思議なのだ。なぜならばもしも本当に「日本人」としての誇りを持っているのであれば、間違いなくその言語を学ぶはずだからだ。僭越ながらぼく自身は8歳の時、父の仕事の関係で南オーストラリア州に引っ越したが、毎日漢字を20個書かなくてはお小遣いを貰えなかった。小学校は現地校だったが、通常の英語で行われる授業とは別途に通信教育(わずかな量だが)で日本語を学び続けた。日本人としてのアイデンティティを育むためであり、そうしてくれたことに対し親には感謝している。

ところが、Osaka選手はこうした日本人ならば当然行うであろう「母国語」の基礎教育をまったく受けてこなかったと思われる。でなければ、あの訪日外国人レヴェルのあの日本語は説明がつかない。名前こそOsaka = 大阪と、日本の第2都市ながら母親のTamaki氏には娘を日本人として育てる気持ちは毛頭なかった、と考えるのが自然だ。にもかかわらず、なぜNaomi Osakaは日本人として国際試合に出場しているのか。その点が、どうしても腑に落ちない。日本のスポンサーを得やすいとの打算が働いている可能性が極めて高いが、となれば一体「日本人」とは何なのか。所詮はスーパーで売買できる便利な商品にすぎないのではないか、との結論に達しざるを得ない。

たかが日本人、たかがオーサカナオミと言うなかれ。

というのも、言葉と国民は相即不離の関係にあるからである。

少子高齢化で労働者人口が激減しているわが国には今、過去最高の249万人の外国人が暮らしている。今年の6月、政府は2025年までに新たに50万人の外国人を新たに受け入れることを決定した。しかも新たに外国人労働者に求めるレヴェルは、日本語能力試験のN4、つまり「ややゆっくりとした会話であれば内容がほぼ理解できる」水準だが、農業と建設業ではそれさえも不要だとか。

Naomi Osaka選手は世界的なテニスプレーヤーだが、日本語に関してはこの「N4」のレヴェルにさえ達していないはずだ。安倍首相は、彼女と同レヴェルすなわち日本語の会話もままならない外国人を50万人受け入れることを「移民政策ではない」と、不思議かつ荒唐無稽として思えない発言をしているが、その背景にあるのは日本に未だ根強い排外主義だ。ぼく自身は、ファミリーマートや7Eleven一つみても分かるように現在の深刻な人手不足の状況からすれば、外国人労働者は当然ながら大幅に増やすべきだと考える者である。とはいえ、「N4」にも達しない、ほとんど日本語が通じない外国人を受け入れることに対しては反対だ。にもかかわらず政府が事実上それを許可し、どうじに「移民政策ではない」との詭弁に徹していることは「日本人」の定義があやふや千万だからではないのか。日本語ができない人は、日本人にはなれません。それが政府と国民の本音なのに、国際世論および排外的との批判を恐れてか誰も言わない。付け焼き刃は鈍りやすい、と昔から言うがこうした日本人の曖昧な態度が、国家としてのインテグリティを損なうことは明白すぎることだ。

そのご都合主義は、メディアも政府も変わらない。

「保守」とされ、移民受け入れにより懐疑的なスタンスを取る読売と産経にしても、今回のNaomi選手の快挙に関しては「日本人の大坂なおみ、優勝!」といったスタンスで美味しい部分だけを切り取っている。普段は、憲法9条改正とか独立自尊とか国家の誇りとか愛国心を基軸に紙面を作りながら、アメリカ人としてフロリダで事実上育ったNaomi Osaka選手に対してだけは、その日本語力の欠如を問わない紙面づくりに終始しているのはもう滑稽そのものだ。

最新の人口動態調査によると、日本の人口は2018年1月1日現在で過去最大となる37万人減少した。逆に外国人人口は、過去最多となる249万7656人をマーク。後者が今後、右肩上がりで伸びていくことを考えると「日本人」とは何なのかを真剣に我々一人一人が自問自答することが急務ではないか。

ドナルド・トランプ米国大統領の英語力は、小4レヴェルだとされる。

大坂なおみよ、2020年夏までに少なくとも同レヴェルまで日本語を磨いてくれないか?でなければ、ぼくはどうしても先のインタヴューの最後に「コンバンワー」「オヤスミ」と不自然な一言カットを挿入せねば日本人アイデンティティを匂わすことさえ出来ない君を、日本人としては応援できない。だいいち、天照す大神さえもおそらく知らないであろう君が仮に東京五輪テニスで金メダルを取ったところで、君が代を唄えるのか?猫ひろしが、カンボジア国家をまったく歌えなくても構わないが、全米覇者が「母国の国歌をしらない」となれば抱腹絶倒ものですぞ。

最後に松下幸之助はこうも言っている。

「もう一度この国のよさを見直してみたい。そして、日本人としての誇りを、おたがいに持ち直してみたい。考え直してみたい」と。

Naomi, 君はあらためて自分の国籍のほうを考え直してみてはどうだろう?

そして本当に”Japanese”になる覚悟があるならば、くどいようだが言葉だ。

And if you need a tough spartan, strict teacher, you know who to call!

Good evening and good nite!

谷山雄二朗 – Japan Broadcasting.net Editor in Chief

Peace-loving Superpower Japan’s 【Yasukuni Shrine 8.15 Morning-Walking Tour】Join me!

Hey Goodfellas!

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!”

Visiting Japan?

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!

Yujiro

Date: August 15, 2018

Time: 9:00am 〜 10:00am

Admission: FREE

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!

Remember Hiroshima. The Bourbon whiskey story

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.

That’s war.

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,

Yujiro

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

Gaijin Friendly Superpower – GFS must be Japan’s goal for 2050. Immigrants welcome!

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!

 

 

Thank you.