Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tanaka noted that, in the not too distant past, Kan expressed his desire for the politicians to wrestle control of the government away from the bureaucrats. Tanaka said he supported this.
“However, in almost no time, he has changed his tune from one of moving away from bureaucrats to one of being completely in their control,” said Tanaka.
As an example of how the bureaucrats had Kan in their control, Tanaka cited Kan’s flip flop on the consumption tax. Before, Kan voiced his opposition to raising the tax. But now, Kan supports raising the tax. Tanaka apparently believes the bureaucrats got him to change his position.
“The biggest problem with Kan is that he has no vision of the kind of nation he wants Japan to become,” said Tanaka. “I have known him for close to 40 years, but I have never heard him mention anything along those lines. In a sense, the Kan government is like a bus that does not indicate its destination. The public will be wary about riding on such a bus.”
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Earlier in the week, Public Citizen sued the government in an attempt to get that information released, but so far, nothing has come of it. Instead of telling the truth, once again, our government decided to threaten to tell the truth.
Another year has passed – a year that saw several more civil wars erupt in the Middle East, countless people die, and more political theater.
Trash till the end.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I felt he found my letters
And read each one out loud
I prayed that he would finish
But he just kept right on
Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
According to her, for Japan, history kept repeating itself. Hama argued that the problems Japan suffered through over the past three decades were due, in part, to a lack of defiance.
“To defy the odds, to aim for the impossible, to think the unthinkable,” said Hama. “These things are so critical if one means to reach a new world. And a new world is what awaited us in 1985. It awaits us now. If only we had the guts to reach for it.”
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The authors referred to the election as a “bruising leadership race.” I’m not sure what was so “bruising” about that election except for the commentary I provided. Perhaps the authors known about what I have been doing.
The authors argued that the election gave Japan the opportunity to reset its relationship with America. They claimed that the issue of relocating Marine Corps Air Station Futenma had “dominated the U.S.-Japan security dialogue over the past year in a way that is out of all proportion to its strategic significance.”
Though the issue of relocating Futenma would drop from the headlines, the relationship between Japan and America would not improve. So much for the reset.
The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Haier agreed to use its sales channels to market products made by JS Group, a Japanese company. The two companies also agreed to develop products together.
The newspaper also reported that Yida Group, a Chinese company, had agreed to build condos in Dalian, China that contained energy efficient appliances made by Panasonic Electric Works.
And the newspaper reported that the Development Bank of Japan and the China Development Bank had agreed to work together on syndicated loans and M&A advising.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
America was involved in the problems of East Asia. Going to Hiroshima will not solve them. All it would do is stir up nationalism on all sides. That visit to Hiroshima by John Roos really didn't move forward relations one bit. That apology by Kan to South Korea really didn't move relations forward one bit. One of the problems of doing these things is that people claim that the actions are insincere. And in many ways these people are right. One of the reasons why these actions are insincere is because the people apologizing don't feel responsible for those prior actions. And they have good reason not to feel responsible. They didn't do it. People long since dead made the decisions that cost so many lives. The other reason these actions are insincere is because essentially no one - myself included - understands exactly what went on. No one understands why the various actors did what they did. In that context, any apology or action has to necessarily be insincere. What would really be helpful is for a more honest, public discussion of exactly what when on before the war, during the war, and after the war. I think this would lead to better decision making in the future and it would also lead to reconciliation. It would show that the idea of an East Asian Community has been something long sought for and worked for by all sides - Korea, Japan, and China. This would help improve relations between the three countries. It would, for instance, explain the actions of Junichiro Koizumi and show that what he did was vital to the emergence of East Asia and very much in the interests of South Korea and China.I believe someone from Japan “helped” me write this response.
Needless to say, this move failed to appease China.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
By beginning the investigation on 9/11, presumably, France wanted to send some sort of message to us. Perhaps, France wants to make it look like America caused the plane crash. Perhaps France has the evidence that implicates America and she will “miraculously” find this evidence 17 years after the plane crash. Perhaps America will use this “pressure” as an excuse to do what France wants.
As you can see, there are a lot of possibilities here.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
“Japan’s irresponsible moves may eventually set fire to the Sino-Japanese relationship, or even force a military showdown,” said the Global Times.
So much for transforming the East China Sea from the Sea of Conflict into the Sea of Fraternity. This incident would mark the beginning of yet another period of seikei bunri. On the surface, the incident would damage the political relationship between China and Japan, as both sides would complain furiously about each other’s behavior in the wake of the incident. Meanwhile, on the economic front, both sides would work together quietly to build their East Asia Community.
This incident is probably why Obama was smiling and giving a thumbs up sign yesterday (I assume that the collision was planned and I assume Obama knew about the plan beforehand).
Obama would not be smiling for long, however.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
“We fear that the mutual trust that exists between the two countries would be damaged by making such a proposal to Washington,” said the Asahi Shimbun. “This approach would require huge conceptual power and, more than anything else, an unshakable resolution.”
Saturday, September 4, 2010
“The chances are slim that the parties will reach an agreement through direct negotiations,” said the Asahi Shimbun. “That is why the United States must exercise strong leadership to achieve peace. It is hoped that Obama should take on an aggressive role and propose a specific peace plan to both parties after he listens to the positions of both parties.”
Unfortunately, the Middle East peace process is yet another issue in which President Obama has failed to lead. Apparently, he likes the status quo.
“This must not just end as a diplomatic show,” said the Asahi Shimbun.
Unfortunately, that’s all it was.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Time Magazine published an article written by Tony Blair on September 2, 2010.
“The next years will test the American character,” said Blair. “America won’t be loved in this presidency any more than in previous ones. But America should have confidence. That ideal, which produces the optimism that generates the achievement, is worth all the striving. It is the most precious gift a nation can have.”
Given how much Europe hated George Bush, it is pretty remarkable to hear Tony Blair say that Europe won’t like the Obama administration anymore than the Bush administration. It makes you wonder why he would say such a thing. It also makes you wonder why he wants America to have confidence.
Remember that, more than anything else, Europe and America fear having the truth revealed. Were the truth revealed, the people responsible for what has happened would be in a tremendous amount of trouble. However, it is not a great argument to say that we should suppress the truth to protect the powers that be. It’s much better to suggest that we shouldn’t reveal the truth because that would damage the confidence of the public. Were the public to know the truth, they would not be so confident in what their country was doing because what their country was doing was wrong.
Remember also that, during 2010, a group of individuals, including myself, were publishing on the Internet a bunch of information that Europe and America wanted to remain secret. I am sure that this was a big part of why Blair said Europe wouldn’t like the Obama administration any more than the Bush administration.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
“Considering information available at present, my judgment is that the classification of the crime is rape,” said the prosecutor.