Thursday, June 30, 2011

Japan-India trade agreement will take effect on August 1

Japan and India agreed that their free trade agreement would take effect on August 1.

U.C. Berkeley deletes a bunch of videos from its website

Yet another significant data alternation / deletion on the Internet occurred on this day.

For the past decade, UC Berkeley has been posting the video of some of its classes online. One of those classes was “IAS 180: Issues in Foreign Policy after 911.”

On June 30, 2011, the university replaced its old web server and in the process failed to migrate many of its old videos to the new server. The vast majority of the videos for IAS 180 vanished from the website.

This is significant because I believe that many of those videos were historically important. Many of those videos implicate America and Europe in all sorts of criminal activity (mostly acts of terrorism). I’m sure our government was happy to see them brought down. Luckily, I managed to download several of the old videos from that class before June 30.

On August 28, I sent Harry Kreisler, the instructor for IAS 180, an email asking him if I could post the videos on YouTube. It will be interesting to see if I hear back from him.

Message from the Director: Arrivederci

On June 30, 2011, Leon Panetta issued a farewell statement to the CIA on his last day serving as its leader. As CIA director, Panetta said he was “awed by technological marvels.” He did not say what those marvels were. I am pretty sure he was referring to whatever the government is doing to me. According to Panetta, the CIA applied its “unique strengths” in “fighting the cyber threat.” I assume the “cyber threat” is the threat that the information the CIA wants to keep quiet becomes public knowledge - for instance, information about all the illegal things they have been doing. From an emotional standpoint, Panetta said his tenure had taken him from the depths to the heights.

“We had one hell of a ride together,” said Panetta.

It certainly has been one hell of a ride.

What is interesting is that the government is once again releasing information that sort of corroborates my story. I think they are trying to frighten other governments into thinking that America will soon reveal the truth.

Japan will double its sales tax...maybe

The Kan administration decided to double the sales tax in Japan. However, according to Reuters, it was uncertain whether the government would be able to enact the plan.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The yuan starts going up again

Starting today, China would reverse the direction of the yuan. Over the next two days, China would strengthen her currency. In fact, by the end of this two day period, on June 29, the dollar would hit 6.463 yuan, which is almost exactly where it was on June 22, before China decided to weaken its currency for a few days.

Apparently, this made my government happy because TiVo shares would end their decline today. In fact, from June 28 to July 1, TiVo shares would rise 97 cents to $10.83.

Monday, June 27, 2011

NHK is right

It turns out that NHK was right. Today, Ryu Matsumoto became the reconstruction minister.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Pentagon Papers

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
On June 13, the U.S. government posted the Pentagon Papers on its website. Those documents offer more evidence that the West created the Cold War to split China and Japan.

At a news conference on April 7, 1954, a reporter asked President Eisenhower why Vietnam was important to America. In response, President Eisenhower laid out the consequences of allowing Vietnam to fall into Communist hands.

“It takes away, in its economic aspects, that region that Japan must have as a trading area or Japan, in turn, will have only one place in the world to go -- that is, toward the Communist areas in order to live,” said President Eisenhower. “So, the possible consequences of the loss are just incalculable to the free world.”

On March 12, 1954, the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote a memorandum on Vietnam to the Secretary of Defense. Like President Eisenhower, they said that allowing Vietnam to become Communist would eventually force Japan to become Communist. They also noted the danger of a Japan aligned with China and Southeast Asia.

“The rice, tin, rubber, and oil of Southeast Asia and the industrial capacity of Japan are the essential elements which Red China needs to build a monolithic military structure far more formidable than that of Japan prior to World War II,” said the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “If this complex of military power is permitted to develop to its full potential, it would ultimately control the entire Western and Southwestern Pacific region and would threaten South Asia and the Middle East.”
On Monday, TiVo and Vonage shares rose. But remember, my parents had just completed their sixth trip to Las Vegas. My government decided to drive TiVo and Vonage shares higher because I didn’t try to convince my parents that my government was doing something to me. As far as my government was concerned, my interaction with my parents was much more important than what I posted on my blog.

Friday, June 17, 2011

My parents drive home

My parents drove home today. They ended up staying an extra day to help me move. We did not spend much time (if any) discussing what my government was doing to me during this trip. We spent most of our time moving my stuff.

Once again, shares of Vonage would soar after my parents left. From June 17, to June 28, shares of Vonage would rise nearly 16%, from $4.08 to $4.73. However, shares of TiVo would go up and then would head back down. From June 17 to June 22, TiVo shares would go from $9.78 to $10.20. But from June 23 to June 27, TiVo shares would drop back down to $9.86.

Most likely, my government did this in protest of what China was doing with the yuan. From June 23 to June 27, China weakened the yuan on every trading day. Overall, the dollar strengthened .0138 to 6.4766 yuan during this period. Both before and after this period, China strengthened the yuan. China must have been mad about something during that brief five day period. And my government decided to take it out on me.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I switch rooms

The one bedroom rooms at the Siena Suites have either one King bed or two double beds. My room had had one King bed. My father was convinced that I would be happier in a room with two double beds. I don’t remember why he was so convinced of this. In retrospect, I think my government wanted me to move to another room. To make that happen, they convinced my father that I must move to a room that has two double beds.

My father got his way. I moved to another room. In addition to having two double beds, I wanted a room that was located on the second floor at the end of the building (like my current room). Yesterday, the Siena Suites told me that they didn’t have a room available that matched my request. But today, I asked again and this time they did have a room available. I remember my mother telling me that this was my lucky day. I wasn’t so convinced.

In the middle of the night, a beeping sound woke me up. I couldn’t tell where it was coming from. I called the front office and they sent a guy to investigate. He couldn’t find the source of the beeping either. So I convinced management to give me another room for the night.

The next day, I discovered, in one of my moving boxes, my carbon monoxide detector. It was beeping. In my old apartment, I had the thing plugged into the wall. But you could also run the device off of a battery and I had one inside it. The battery just happened to run out of gas at the middle of the night. I’m not sure if my government had a hand in this or not. In any event, that was not the only problem I would encounter in my new room.

My new room is located right next to the laundry room (my previous room was also located next to a different laundry room). But the laundry room located next to my current room is different from my previous laundry room in one important way. The tension on the laundry room door closer is set much higher, meaning that the door makes a very loud noise when it is closed. Since the laundry room is open all day, I often hear that sound in the middle of the night, while I am sleeping. Needless to say, this hasn’t helped me conquer my sleeping problems. But I’m sure my government is happy about that.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Brother coming to Las Vegas on June 18

In an email, my brother told me that he was coming to Las Vegas. He asked me if we could meet up for lunch on June 18.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Kissinger in China redux

“Truman, you see, really was a great man,” said Clyde Prestowitz.

I became truly enraged when I read this. Remember, I had recently been assailing Truman for his role in the Korean War.

In retrospect, my government wanted to use this quote to piss me off (I am sure they drugged me to increase my anger). I still do not understand why they did this.

Hillary flees Nabro

The eruption at Nabro caused Hillary to cancel the remainder of her trip to Africa. This was the fourth time a volcanic eruption altered the overseas travel plans of either Obama or Hillary. Before the volcano erupted, there were a series of earthquakes, the largest of which had a magnitude of 5.7.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Nabro erupts

For the first time in recorded history, the Nabro Volcano erupted.

My parents arrive for their sixth visit

My parents drove directly from Sunnyvale to Las Vegas today. Unlike the previous four trips, they didn’t visit my brother in Los Angeles before coming to see me this time.

Shares of TiVo and Vonage would remain on a slightly downward trajectory throughout their trip except for on one day. On June 14, the shares of both companies made a one day leap upwards.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Japan itself must come up with solution

On June 7, 2011, Simon Tay wrote an article called “Japan itself must come up with solution.” In this article, Tay argued that the Japanese political system was failing and needed to be changed. While in the past America had been the driving force behind change in Japan, according to Tay, this time had to be different.

“Today’s Japan needs a re-opening and reform, as Mr. Kan has already recognized and called for,” said Tay. “But a solution – and perhaps an unorthodox one to break the present politics and head off the next crisis – needs to come from Japan itself.”

This article is significant because I may or may not be a source of that reform. Tay argues that I will not be. We’ll see. I’ll keep trying. It’s just a matter of who gets to the truth first and who gets to the public the first.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Austan Goolsbee resigns

Austan Goolsbee announced he would resign as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers on June 6, 2011.

After he resigned, he compared his time in the White House to a flight he once took – a flight that went through a thunderstorm. During that flight, the lights went out and the turbulence was so bad that the drinks flew across the cabin of the airplane. At one point, a teenager screamed, “We’re gonna die! We’re gonna die!”

After the plane landed, the teenager said, “This was my first time on an airplane. Is it always like this?”

“In Washington, I’m that kid,” said Goolsbee. “Is this normal? Is Washington always like this?”

Saturday, June 4, 2011

DPJ lawmakers jockey for position in race to succeed Kan

The Asahi Shimbun reported that Yoshihiko Noda was a “front-runner” in the race to succeed Kan. I am sure this made the West happy, as Noda, like Kan, wanted to raise the sales tax. I am sure that the West wanted Kan to resign as soon as possible. That was not in the cards.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Parents will visit me on June 12

In an email, my father told me that he and my mother would come to Las Vegas on June 12 and would stay until June 16.

Lame duck

After the vote, at a press conference, Kan said he would not resign until the government stabilized the situation at the Fukushima 1 reactor, which might not happen until 2012. This statement threw the DPJ into turmoil.

“Even those who had stood behind Kan during the no-confidence-vote saga were taken aback,” said the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Hatoyama was “flabbergasted” and “appalled” and “shaking with anger,” especially after seeing Kan smile at the press conference. Apparently, he thought Kan had agreed to resign this month. After Okada said that Kan had not agreed to resign before a certain date, Hatoyama called Okada a liar and he called Kan a swindler. He was so angry, in fact, that he decided, once again, to try and bring down the Kan administration (I remember laughing uncontrollably when I first learned about this). Unfortunately, you can only hold a no-confidence vote once per Diet session. With that option gone, Hatoyama, in consultation with Ozawa, decided to organize a DPJ general meeting at which he and Ozawa would demand that Kan resign.

“What on earth are this country’s politicians doing?” said the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. “This was the question on everyone’s mind as they watched the no-confidence-vote kabuki theater staged by lawmakers totally divorced from reality.”

Of course, while all this was going on, Daniel Inouye was in Japan. My government would later “tell” me what Japan told him. The alliance would remain in the dumpster as long as the relationship was dominated by lies and secret dealings (much of which involved the CIA). As long as this situation continued, Japan would continue to ignore America and would work with China to build an all mighty East Asia Community that excluded America. The Kan administration was now a lame duck and would do nothing that America wanted. America would have to wait until the next administration to get anything and would have to work with Japan in order to force Kan into resigning.

This, of course, sent my government into a furious rage. Over the next two trading days, TiVo shares would drop 59 cents to $10.11. Vonage shares, after rising by 7 cents today, would plummet nearly 17%, dropping from $4.80 to $3.99 over the next ten days.

Back when all this happened, I remember being very angry with Japan for not telling the world the truth. I thought Japan had lost a golden opportunity. I did not understand what Japan was thinking.

Japan desperately wants to discredit and get rid of the American system of government. In fact, much of what the DPJ has done since it assumed power has been focused on this one goal.

As for myself, at this point in time, I had not yet given up on our system of government. For me, that would come later, during the debt ceiling crisis.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I begin writing a long article on Libya

At the beginning of June, I started writing an article about the civil war in Libya. I would spend all of June writing that article.

The Gang of Six is our best shot

The Washington Post published an op-ed written by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles. In their article, they referred to the Gang of Six as the “last, best hope” for an agreement to reduce the deficit. They said that everyone would have to give up something “to protect the country they love.”

“This is the time for heroes,” they said. “The country is ready for leaders in Washington to put politics aside, pull together — not apart — put national interest ahead of political interests and put the next generation over the next election. Pray for the Gang of Six.”

That sounds pretty dramatic. They both seem to believe that not coming up with a substantial deficit reduction package would be devastating for America. But why? Throughout the Obama administration, the government has been able to borrow money at low interest rates. Thus far, America has not faced a borrowing crisis.

So why does America need to reduce its deficit? Remember, Japan just suffered a devastating earthquake and she needs to spend money to repair herself. As such, Japan has less money to lend to us. That means we need to reduce our budget deficit.

But what happens if we don’t do that? Remember, at the end of 2010, I told Mr. Okumura that it might not be such a bad idea for Japan to focus on her economy. I also told him that if the West made too much trouble then Japan could tell the world the truth.

Given that we seem to have no desire to reduce our deficit, if Japan were to follow my advice, they would now tell the world the truth. Perhaps this is what Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles are afraid of.

Our salutary debt-ceiling scare

“As the sun rises in the east, the debt ceiling will be raised,” said Charles Krauthammer. “Getting there, however, will be harrowing. Which is a good thing.”

Govt Unveils Plan To Double Sales Tax To 10%

Dow Jones reported that Japan planned on increasing her sales tax from 5% to 10%. This, combined with the defeat of the no-confidence motion, must have made my government happy. TiVo shares jumped 55 cents to $10.70. Vonage shares performed more modestly. They rose 4 cents to $4.73.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The no-confidence motion fails

Because Ozawa told his supporters he would abstain from voting, because he told them they could vote however they pleased, the Diet voted against the no-confidence motion by a vote of 293 to 152.

It was at this point when I gave up on Japanese politicians. After the vote, I remember Kozo Watanabe saying something about how Ozawa was a crybaby (or something to that effect). Immediately after he said that, my government gave me a headache and I had to lie down. Apparently, my government wanted to make it look like Watanabe’s words had made me depressed when in fact it was my government torturing me.

This will not stand.

Ozawa tells his supporters to vote as they wish

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Ozawa would allow his supporters to vote against the upcoming no-confidence resolution. The newspaper also reported that Ozawa would abstain from voting. Apparently, Ozawa made these moves in reaction to Kan’s statement which said that he would eventually step down.

Kan Says He'll Step Down When Quake Response On Track

In an effort to prevent the no-confidence motion from passing, Kan said he would resign at an unspecified future date.

“Once my handling of the earthquake disaster is settled to some extent and I have fulfilled my role to some extent, I would like younger generations to take over (my) various responsibilities,” said Kan.

Ozawa Rounds Up 70 Rebel DPJ Lawmakers To Vote Against Kan

Dow Jones reported that Ozawa had convinced 70 DPJ lawmakers to support the no-confidence motion. The motion needed the support of about 78 DPJ lawmakers in order to pass.

History Ends Here

Right before the no-confidence vote, in an effort to convince Japan to do the right thing, I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
“The rise of China is something we have been eagerly waiting for.”
Taro Aso

On February 17, Yao Jian, the spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, said China began its rise when Deng Xiaoping visited Japan on October 22, 1978. According to Yao, Deng asked Japan to provide China with its technological and financial resources. Deng believed China would need those for his modernization program. Yao also said that during the trip, Deng rode the bullet trains in Japan.

“The Shinkansen is so fast,” said Deng. “It was as if it was urging us to dash.”

For the past three decades, Japan has helped China modernize its economy. But things could have turned out differently. After the Tiananmen Square protests, the West imposed sanctions on China. The West often instigates riots in other countries in an effort to provoke their government into killing the protesters. Once that happens, the West will place sanctions on those countries. This procedure is an effective way to hurt a country.

Had the sanctions against China been left in place, China would have turned out differently, and not for the better. It would probably look more like Burma. But the sanctions were lifted, thanks in large part to the efforts of Japan. Japan pressed for the removal of the sanctions at the G7 meeting that took place on July 9, 1990. At that meeting, Japan pressed the other countries to resume their aid programs to China. On the other hand, at the very same meeting, Japan said it opposed providing aid to Russia because Russia continued to maintain its hold on the Northern Territories, which Russia took from Japan at the end of World War II.

Both China and Russia needed help to develop their economies after the end of the Cold War. While Japan helped China, Japan largely stayed away from Russia. Instead, America and Europe took the lead on helping Russia develop. That didn’t work out well at all. Instead of helping Russia, the West sent its economy into a collapse worse than the Great Depression in America.

Despite all the controversies over history, despite all the territorial disputes between its neighbors, despite all the collisions between Japanese ships and the ships from its neighboring countries, Japan has continued to help its neighbors develop. On the surface, the political relations between Japan and China appear troubled. But in reality, both countries are working together. On the surface, the Japanese political system seems indecisive, stagnant, and dysfunctional. Actually, in reality, the Japanese political system has been indecisive, stagnant, and dysfunctional but it has been indecisive, stagnant, and dysfunctional for a reason – Japan did not want to change.

“When it comes to Japan’s movement toward a new Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, I believe that Japan may know exactly what it is doing, that its bureaucrats are quite capable of guiding the nation in this direction, and that its seeming indecision merely reflects a delicate sense of timing and excellent camouflage for its long-range intentions,” said Chalmers Johnson.

Japan has a policy called seikei bunri – the division between economics and politics. According to this policy, Japan will pursue economic relations with its neighbors regardless of how bad the political relations with its neighbors are.

In fact, the political tension between Japan and China has had several positive effects for both countries. Whenever an incident occurs, the politicians from both countries become consumed with dealing with the crisis. This leaves no time for anything else. In particular, it leaves no time for dealing with anything that America wants.

The continued tension between Japan and China also gives America an excuse for spending too much money on its defense. East Asia wants America to spend too much money on defense because that spending boosts their exports. Higher military spending means more jobs and more income. That translates into higher imports, some of which comes from East Asia.

Of course, while East Asia demands that America spend too much money on their defense, East Asia works together to keep their defense spending low. During the Reagan administration, when America was trying to get Japan to boost its defense spending, China howled in protest, claiming it feared a return of Japanese militarism. In reality, China was helping Japan. Increasing its defense spending was the last thing Japan wanted to do. Japan used the complaints from China as an excuse for why it would not increase its defense spending.

I am sick of these games. Japan needs to change. China needs to change. America needs to change.

On February 28, the vice foreign ministers of Japan and China met with each other in Tokyo. They agreed that 2011 would be crucial for the bilateral relations of their two countries. This year is a crucial year for Japan and China. It is also a crucial year for America. The current world order is not working. We need a new one.

History ends here.
Apparently, my government was not happy with this article (or the no-confidence motion) because shares of TiVo and Vonage declined today. TiVo shares dropped 19 cents to $10.15 while Vonage shares dropped 8 cents to $4.69.

The opposition submits a no-confidence motion against Kan

The opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against Kan. The Diet would vote on the resolution tomorrow. According to NHK, Hatoyama intended on voting in favor of ousting Kan. Kenko Matsuki believed the Diet would vote to remove Kan. On the other hand, the Washington Post reported that the resolution would likely fail.