Monday, June 29, 2009

Of Faction Leaders...and the SSJ Forum

On June 29, 2009, in a response to one of my questions, Mr. Okumura tried to get me to join the SSJ Forum. Perhaps he wanted to continue the discussion there, instead of his blog. I didn’t take him up on his offer. I guess my government wanted me to continue doing the “New Diplomacy” on his blog, rather than in a forum. I’m not sure why.

In my comments, I argued that Japan was reorienting itself away from the West. In response, Mr. Okumura made one of his more interesting comments in which he said, “Don’t you think that there’s a lot of evidence that [the West] is reorienting itself away from the West?”

Unfortunately, I never got Mr. Okumura to explain that sentence fully.

During this exchange, Mr. Okumura inquired about my occupation.

“I don’t know what you do for a living, but you’re certainly good at raising difficult questions,” he said.

I replied that I was simply a computer programmer (which I was). At that time, I did not know that my government had been injecting thoughts into my mind.

Interestingly, and I just noticed this, someone called Armchair Asia wrote a comment advising Mr. Okumura to refrain from posting on the SSJ Forum.

“I rather you spend your time posting your own thoughts on your blog about politics than being pulled into the lonely obsessions of folks who are avoiding time with their families,” said Armchair Asia.

At this time, I had not seen my family in about 3 years.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Japanese Morning Press Highlights 06/26/09

On June 25, 2009, Katsuya Okada met with Michele Flournoy, the Under Secretary of Defense at the DPJ party headquarters. During the meeting, Flournoy said that if the existing plan to relocated Marine Corps Air Station Futenma within Okinawa was abandoned, the alliance between America and Japan would be seriously damaged. Okada said he opposed the existing relocation plan and he also had one other interesting thing to say.

“The present relations between Japan and the United States are plagued by the past,” said Okada.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Bushehr completed! We're going to start it at any second! Really! I mean it!

On June 9, Voice of America reported that Iran had finally finished constructing its first nuclear reactor in Bushehr. Iran began constructing the reactor 35 years ago. VOA reported that Iran would conduct some tests on the reactor before bringing the reactor online. VOA predicted that the reactor would become fully operational by the end of the year.


That’s a good one. To tell you the truth, I don’t know what the heck is going on with this reactor. But over the next two plus years, Iran would consistently threaten to start the reactor. At several points in time, they will claim that they actually have started the reactor only to later on admit that no; we have not started the reactor.

I have no idea what they are up to. It is almost like the Iranian government is intent on humiliating itself, repeatedly. It’s like they are trying to show the world that they are controlled by another government. If that were not the case, they would just start up the reactor and use it.

But, of course, no one outside Iran wants Iran to operate Bushehr1 and so their hesitation makes it appear as though Iran is controlled by another government.

1 Nuclear reactors produce plutonium. If Iran gains access to plutonium, it could create a nuclear bomb. That's why other countries don't want Iran to operate Bushehr.

Monday, June 8, 2009

My conversation with Mr. Okumura

I started posting comments on a blog called GlobalTalk 21 on June 8, 2009. The blog is run by a former Japanese bureaucrat, Jun Okumura. Initially, I posted under a pseudonym – KY Diplomacy – but that only lasted for one post. Starting on June 25, I began posting as myself.

Much of the information I posted on that blog was “given” to me by my government.

Monday, June 1, 2009

James Steinberg meets with Taro Aso

James Steinberg met with Taro Aso on June 1, 2009. During the meeting, Steinberg declared that America had reached an “inflection point” in its relationship with North Korea. America would adopt a new strategy to deal with the country.

Apparently, this strategy involved putting pressure on China. America would tell China that unless North Korea changed its behavior, America, Japan, and South Korea would enhance their security in a way that would affect China’s security. We decided to pressure China because, in our view, the only reason why the North Korean government could remain in power was because of the support it had been receiving from China. If we could get China to put a little bit of pressure on North Korea, that could conceivably make North Korea change its behavior. The goal of our new policy was to convince North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons.

“The U.S. may need to develop an imaginative formula to accomplish this task in an irreversible way,” according to a summary of the meeting.

For his part, Aso agreed that China had the most important role in influencing North Korea and he said that America and Japan should strengthen their bilateral alliance, as China would object to that.

I have a feeling this “imaginative formula” consisted of having me publish information on the Internet that the Chinese government wanted to remain hidden. In the not-too-distant future, I would publish information related to the contributions made by Japan to the development of the Chinese economy. I would also publish information related to why the Chinese Communist Party came to power – because the West wanted to split Japan and China. It turns out that the Chinese government doesn’t want anyone to know about this information, and so revealing this information might be a way of putting pressure on the Chinese government.