Category Archives: Japan

Oh, Those Nazis!

Since the end of World War II, the people of Japan have constructed a modern democratic society. However, their failure to address behavior during World War II in which Japanese soldiers murdered millions of people and raped a few million women has never been addressed. It is t his attitude which led Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso to utter inane remarks about how modern Japan can learn from those good old Nazis of yore. There is a movement within Japan to rewrite the Japanese Constitution and allow the nation to create a modern armed force. Aso suggested following the method employed by Adolf Hitler who simply voided the democratic Weimar Republic Constitution. As Aso notes, “it was changed before people realized it. Why don’t we learn from that method?”11

I assume it means the Japanese government should void those parts of the Constitution which prevent aggressive war. Just what Japan needs–go to war against China!!

No Regrets From Japan

The people of Japan  created a modern democratic society after the horrors of World War II. They renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy and worked to further the cause of freedom in the world. But, they never came to grips with what  happened during World War II when its troops brutally occupied large areas in Asia and subjected Asians to incredibly horrific actions. The notorious “Rape of Nanking” witnessed the rape of over 75,000 Chinese women and murder of over a hundred thousand humans. Japanese armed forces killed over six million Chinese and laid waste large areas of the country. Japanese soldiers violated the Geneva Convention when capturing enemy forces and on the notorious Bataan Death March murdered at least five thousand Filipino and American prisoners.

Toru Hashimoto,  mayor of Osaka, continues the denial path of Japanese politicians. He made a remark that forcing hundreds of thousands  of women  during the war to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers was simply a method of  controlling sexual desires of soldiers and he urged that American soldiers in Japan draw upon the services of Japanese prostitutes. He has  now apologized and argues his words were misunderstood.

Japan should consult German educators who have done an outstanding job of confronting the horrors of the  Holocaust. Japan could learn from Germany.

Rising Sun Declines

The former Japanese empire ran rampant over Asia bringing war, violence and rape to innocent people. In Europe during World War II the Nazi horror surpassed any prior example of destruction in human history. The people of Germany have acknowledged their guilt in such horror. But, the people of Japan continue insisting there was no rape in Nanking, their soliders did not kill millions of people, they are innocent victims  of American aggresssion. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto informed the world that 200,000 women from Korea and China who were forced into prostitution in order to serve sexual desires of Japanese soldiers was simply a necessary wartime matter. He notes that Japanese soldiers were away from home and needed some sex. Therefore, Asian women peformed a noble service in servicing desires of Japanse soldiers.

The mayor does not believe his comments were incorrect. However, “I admit that my international sensitivity was quite poor.” Perhaps, the government of Japan might check with the German government regarding how a nation that caused death should respond. Step one is educating new generations about their murderous ancestors.

Kim Jong Unable To Make Sense

The people of North Korea have not known any other information concerning that occurs in the world other than what emanates from government sources. The Wise and Great Leader of North Korea, one Kim Jong-un did spend years in Switzerland where he did get to understand something about the real world, but since his return to North Korea, his only encounter with reality was talking with former NBA star Dennis Rodman–about basketball. Kim Jong-un is uttering threats of nuclear holocaust in his warnings to South Korea. He has threatened to destroy Tokyo and most probably will send a missile into the air on April 15, birthday of grandfather, Kim Il-Sung.

Japan is preparing Patriot missiles to shoot down North Korean missiles. South Korea is preparing to blast away if something comes from up north. One is left wondering is this hysteria is simply a little pudgy boy seeking attention from those around him or is he dumb enough to believe his own rantings?

War In Asia?

It is not only that time of the year to be joyful, but that time of the year to be silly.  There are several tiny islands lying between China and Japan that have become the focus of posturing and threats and jet planes zooming in the sky. Ah, waters around the islands might contain oil deposits and whenever the word, “oil” enters a conversation then eyes light up with expectation  of money and power. The Chinese government placed an alert in case Japanese fighter jets appeared off the islands of Diaoyu.

No Virginia, Santa is not going to deliver a war in Asia. China with its ONE aircraft carrier–oh, it just landed A plane on it– is not prepared  to launch an attack on any other nation. Both sides are engaged in posturing, a Kabuki dance is unfolding in which both will dance, but neither will send their military into action. No Kamikaze pilots will be diving their planes into Chinese ships, and they certainly can’t dive them into non-existent aircraft carriers.

The only war that will unfold will be a war of words.

Painful Memories Linger

The people of Japan live with the memory of what their soldiers did during World War II. From 1941 to 1945 they occupied China and proceeded to murder at least four million people. Their invading army occupied the city of Nanking and proceeded to rape over 100,000 women as well as killing untold thousands. During the war, Japanese soldiers murdered captured prisoners, they beheaded US pilots, in the name of their emperor and society. One would assume with this track record, Japanese officials would apologize for their atrocities. No such apology has ever been given.

The people of Germany inflicted the Holocaust on six million Jews and murdered over 30 million other Europeans. Since the end of WWII, Germany has engaged in excellent education programs to ensure its youth remembers what their grandparents did. However, Japanese officials refuse to acknowledge any wrong doing. Dozens of Japanese lawmakers, including members of the Cabinet, visited a shrine dedicated to those  who murdered and raped.

What will it take to persuade Japan to accept responsibility for the horrors it inflicted upon the innocent?

Rocky Road For Japan And China

There are occasions in life when nations have absolutely no reason to become upset, but for some officials the opportunity to let the nation know they will not back down is a wonderful photo op. There are five uninhabited islands which lie off the coast of China or Japan or Taiwan depending on how one gazes out from their place of origin. There have been mass demonstrations in China and Japan as people riot over islands which they could not locate on a map.

Actually, no one even agrees on the name of these islands. They are eitherthe Senkaku or Diaoyu islands depending on whether you are Japanese or Chinese. Now, do you want to know the real reason for this great dispute? Take one guess. OK, you are right, it is all about the POSSIBILITY of oil in the vicinity fo the islands.

Ah, we have come a long way from the time when China was being bossed around by a bunch of European nations of invaded by Japanese soldiers.

Anyone for common sense??

G8 Ain’t Happy Time For Many

There will be another meeting of G8 leaders who will gather in Chicago in order to discuss the state of world economies. Protesters will gather in the near vicinity of these illustrious heads of states, but it is doubtful if their words or sounds will ever reach the ears of those with power. One young protester summed up feelings of his group: “All we want to do is work, to her able to support ourselves. But, thanks to the rich being greedy, we can’t even do that.”

First, let us clear up some confusion.  Those who are rich are wealthy because they are wealthy. Protesters seek to transform a billionaire into someone who has to survive on a few hundred million. God has ordained that those with money are his favorite children. Just ask them. Let me make clear to those protesting, please check out the garbage area of hotels and you will find ample food for an evening’s mail.

Idiot’s Delight In Japanese Government

There is increasing evidence the modern world is led by men and women who lack something we might term as “common sense.” The people of Japan were hit by a huge tsunami which devastated the country and resulted in the death of thousands. Of course, having nuclear plants build in areas which might be hit be waves from the ocean was not the brightest idea in the world. A few months ago the Minister for Disaster Management was fired for making insulting remarks.

So, along comes a new Minister for Disaster Management and he proceeds to be a public relations disaster. Tatsuo Hirano explained to the media what happened when the waves hit. “There were those who  moved to safety and thought, w’ll be safe here.’ Then, there w ere idiots like my old comrade who didn’t take shelter. He is dead now.”

OK, we all might be guilty of a slip of the tongue. But, terming people who died, not due to their own fault, as being”idiots” is hardly what one expects from government officials. Just another example of  idiots calling others idiots.

Oh, Tatsuo did apologize, sort of. “I apologize if my remarks upset anyone.”

To Nuke Or Not To Nuke?

To develop nuclear energy plants or not to build nuclear energy plants is now the question of the hour. The disaster in Japan provides evidence constructing nuclear plants in area which are subject to earthquakes may not be the most responsible manner of dealing with nuclear energy At least two Japanese nuclear plants are sending out radiation into the atmosphere and it is still uncertain whether or not one of these plants will explode. Those involved in development of nuclear energy are now rethinking the entire process and wondering if it is possible to secure from governments and local populations support for these edifices. Frankly, we do not know how to deal with this issue, but we do know it must be confronted and those within the physical environs of such plants should be provided the economic means to leave if they fear for their safety.

It is a tough call, but if an individual is living in the area they should have the right to leave–and be paid for their homes. On the other hand, perhaps we could use a nice controlled atomic disaster. It at least would create jobs.