Monday, May 3, 2010

Now Jun Okumura calls me a blithering idiot

In response to my comment on rudeness and gaiatsu, Mr. Okumura published the following on Global Talk 21:
Mark:

You’re a blithering idiot. Okay, we’re even. Now, if you can leave it at that—not responding to this for a couple of days will do—I’ll do my best to respond to your comments.
Wait…who’s immature?

Notice how Mr. Okumura demanded that I keep quiet for a few days. My government wants me to believe that his demand had something to do with the negotiations between Israel and Palestine. At that time, both sides were supposed to begin indirect negotiations on a peace settlement. Perhaps Mr. Okumura believed that my comments could adversely affect the situation. Perhaps someone was not happy with the comments I made.

Boohoo. Sniffle. Sniffle.

Mr. Okumura also wrote a response to the anonymous comment about the PPO. He explained that PPO stood for Public Prosecutors Office. Apparently, the anonymous post was in reference to the complaint registered at the Committees for Inquest of Prosecution (CIP) against Ichiro Ozawa. Mr. Okumura referred to the people who submitted the complaint against Ozawa as “just a bunch of do-gooders.” By contrast, the anonymous comment implied that the prosecution of Ozawa was politically motivated. Mr. Okumura hinted that the PPO refused to charge Ichiro Ozawa because it didn’t want to risk losing a case and it didn’t want to appear to be playing politics by going after him. So instead, someone submitted a complaint to the CIP.

At the end of his comment on the PPO, Mr. Okumura wrote, “I hope this helped.”

As the anonymous comment implied, the timing of the investigation into Ichiro Ozawa could not have been a coincidence. Apparently, Japan decided to prosecute Ichiro Ozawa because of what the Hatoyama administration was doing. As I said earlier, there was a myth that Ichiro Ozawa controlled the Hatoyama administration. Perhaps the bureaucracy told America that they would cut the Hatoyama administration down to size by going after Ozawa.

Of course, in reality, Japanese politicians don’t control anything and this whole charade was nothing more than political theater. But in order for Japan to alter course, to move from the Hatoyama administration to the Kan administration, Japan wanted to provide a believable cover story on how they made the change.

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