Friday, July 29, 2011

The dollar weakens on July 29

The dollar falls .0053 to 6.4366 yuan.

The People's Daily goes off

The Chinese government continued its blistering criticism of the way we handled the debt ceiling debate. The People’s Daily published an editorial in which the newspaper called our behavior “irresponsible” and “immoral.” In addition, the newspaper referred to what was going on at the “U.S. political stage” as a “farce.”

“Not a single representative has considered the world, and even U.S. national interests are being banished from the mind,” said the newspaper.

The world needs America to come to its senses

“The Americans can always be trusted to do the right thing, but only once all other possibilities have been exhausted.”

“Winston Churchill is reputed to have said in the context of American reluctance to enter the Second World War,” said the Daily Telegraph. “We can only hope that it is still true. Even by the notoriously fractious standards of Capitol Hill, the high-stakes game of brinkmanship playing out over the debt crisis has looked like a political system gone mad.”

Judge orders Nixon grand jury testimony unsealed

A U.S. District Judge ordered the government to release the transcripts of the grand jury testimony made by Richard Nixon on Watergate.

“The special circumstances presented here – namely, undisputed historical interest in the requested records – far outweigh the need to maintain the secrecy of the records,” wrote the judge. “The Court is confident that disclosure will greatly benefit the public and its understanding of Watergate without compromising the tradition and objectives of grand jury secrecy.”

Once again, the government threatens to reveal the truth and once again, nothing has happened.

Idiots.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My parents leave Las Vegas today, or maybe tomorrow

My parents were scheduled to drive back to Los Angeles today. I can’t remember whether they did that today or tomorrow. They may have stayed an extra day to help me switch rooms at the Siena Suites. That assumes, of course, that I switched rooms in July and not June, an idea that runs contrary to the data in the Siena Suites computers.

After my parents left, shares of TiVo and Vonage plummeted. From July 28 to August 8, TiVo shares lost an inconceivable 22%, going from $9.40 to $7.33. Vonage shares did even worse. They dropped 28%, going from $4.01 to $2.88.

Obviously, my government did not like the fact that I was now trying to convince my parents that my government was doing something to me. Nor did they like the fact that I was investigating NSC 13/3.

Boo hoo. Sniffle. Sniffle.

The dollar weakens on July 28

The dollar falls .0009 to 6.4419 yuan.

Bring some sense of global responsibility to brinksmanship-obsessed Washington

On July 28, Xinhua published an op-ed called “Bring some sense of global responsibility to brinkmanship-obsessed Washington.” In the article, Xinhua argued that the rest of the world was “kidnapped” by the “dangerously irresponsible” brinksmanship of the U.S. Congress.

“The ugliest part of the saga is that the well-being of many other countries is also in the impact zone when the donkey and the elephant fight,” said Xinhua. “The potential collateral damage is way too heavy.”

“How can U.S. politicians improve their mindset so that they will care at least a bit more about the rest of the world when handling domestic affairs with global reverberations?” asked Xinhua.

Hehehe.

Best quote ever.

The damage is already done!

Fareed Zakaria posted an article on CNN called “The damage is already done!
From now on, every time the debt ceiling needs to be raised, the world will wonder: Will the U.S. stand by its promises or will it break them?

The Truman Library responds

In an email, the Truman Library offered to send me a copy of NSC 13/3 if I paid them $20 and so I sent them the information for my credit card.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I try to convince my parents that my government is doing something to me

After being unable to convince the DPJ to tell the world the truth, after being unable to convince the DPJ to stop my government from abusing me, after failing to generate any buzz with the article I wrote on the Rwandan Genocide, after moving to a new place and finding that I suffered from the same problems, and after failing to generate any buzz with my article on Libya, I decided that I should try to convince my parents that my government was doing something to me. And so I scribbled a bunch of notes on a piece of paper and I tried to do just that while we ate at a Japanese restaurant called Midori. It didn’t work. My government made it hard for me to argue my case. And my government had been hard at work convincing my parents that I am wrong.

After we ate, I decided to keep working on writing everything down on my new blog and having my parents read that. Eventually, I figured the blog would contain enough information to convince them that what I was saying was true.

The dollar stops weakening

The dollar hits 6.411 yuan. The dollar would remain stuck at about this level until after August 5.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Earthquake after article

I posted an article on this blog about the earthquake that struck the Philippines on July 11. I posted that article today at 9:31 AM. Less than an hour later, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the Philippines. Apparently, someone did not like my article.

It’s a shame no one believes me.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Debt crisis - a dangerous game

On July 24, Xinhua published an editorial called “Debt crisis – a dangerous game.” In that editorial, Xinhua said the world was “haunted” by the possibility that America and Europe might go bankrupt. The news agency also referred to what America was doing as “a dangerous game.”

Friday, July 22, 2011

Debt Ceiling Talks Collapse as Boehner Walks Out

On July 22, the New York Times reported that the debt ceiling negotiations between the White House and John Boehner had collapsed.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I contact NARA

I went to the NARA website and submitted a request for the document NSC 13/3 Recommendations with Respect to U.S. Policy Toward Japan.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Chinese government issues a statement

“We hope the U.S. government will take responsible policies and measures to boost global financial market confidence and respect and protect the interests and investors,” said the Chinese government.

Hehehe.

Best quote ever.

The Truman Library tells me to contact NARA

An official at the Truman Library, David Clark, informs me that his library does not have NSC 13/3. According to him, the document is located at the National Archives.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Why aren't we working with Japan and India?

The Washington Post published an op-ed written by Mike Green and Daniel Twining. In their article, they accused the Obama administration of mishandling our relationships with Japan and India.

“The Obama administration needs to consider what has shifted in these pivotal relationships and where it bears responsibility for the listlessness in our two biggest strategic partnerships in Asia,” said the authors.

According to them, India and Japan had decided to “pursue self-help strategies” because the Obama administration’s approach to China had convinced them that America would not defend our “common interests.” By “self-help strategies,” I assume the authors were referring to the free trade agreement that India and Japan had just recently completed. I am sure that the authors were not happy that Indian companies and Japanese companies would soon gain easy access to each other’s market while American companies remained on the outside looking in.

Not surprisingly, in their article, the authors hinted that that India and Japan might deserve a great deal of criticism. Apparently, the Obama administration was particularly fed up with Japan, as according to the authors, “senior Obama administration officials pepper talks about Japan with eye-rolling and expressions of exasperation.” However, the authors note that Japan and India “are the only Japanese and Indians we have, and a bolder vision for these critical partnerships is essential.”

In retrospect, it appears that we decided to cooperate more closely with Japan in order to convince China to strengthen her currency. On June 17, the dollar traded at 6.47 yuan. On July 18, a month later when this article was published, the dollar traded at 6.4688 yuan. The dollar had weakened by a mere .0012 yuan in a month’s time. I am sure that this made America and Europe very angry.

Apparently, it dawned on super genius Mike Green that the West must cooperate with Japan in order to get China to strengthen the yuan. Apparently, Japan insisted that we must reveal the truth about the history between China, America, and Japan in order to pressure China into strengthening her currency. Apparently, as part of this strategy, Japan insisted that I find and write an article about a 60 year old document: NSC 13/3.

Interestingly, from the date this story was published, July 18, until July 26, the dollar dropped in almost a straight line, falling from 6.4688 yuan to 6.4411 yuan. In eight days, the dollar weakened by .0277 yuan. That’s 23 times the amount the dollar had weakened in the month leading up to the publication of this article.

Apparently, simply indicating that America would work with Japan convinced China to strengthen the yuan. That, of course, leads to the question…why would China do such a thing?

I can think of at least two reasons why. Perhaps China agreed to play along because she truly values her relationship with Japan. And here’s another reason. Perhaps China also wanted America to reveal the truth about the history between our three nations.

Ooh, those sneaky, treacherous guys. They really take the cake.

Of course, it is possible that Mike Green understood what Japan and China had in mind. Remember, only a couple of days earlier, I posted a picture of Mike Green looking somewhat glum. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

China urges US to be 'responsible' on debts

“We hope that the U.S. government adopts responsible policies and measures to guarantee the interests of investors,” said the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

BAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! RESPONSIBLE? US? YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!

We’re not responsible. We’re…dangerous.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Can I get a copy of NSC 13/3?

My government “led” me to believe that a certain document, NSC 13/3: Recommendations with Respect to U.S. policy toward Japan, was an important document that I should read. This document was referenced in the Pentagon Papers.

I searched the Internet for the document and discovered that the Truman Library had released the document, or so they claimed. I sent them an email on July 13, asking them to send me the document.

Sarah Palin On Debt Ceiling

“We cannot default, but we cannot afford to retreat right now either,” said Sarah Palin. “Now is not time to retreat, it’s time to reload.”

Obama says has reached his limit in debt talks

“I have reached the point where I say enough,” said Obama. “Would Ronald Reagan be sitting here? I’ve reached my limit. This may bring my presidency down, but I will not yield on this.”

OSS mission to Vietnam 1945

On Tom Ricks’ blog, in the comments section, in response to the quote about the Vietnam War, a person whose username is FG42 posted the following.
I wonder how many people know about the OSS mission to Vietnam in 1945. A team of 7 OSS soldiers parachuted into North Vietnam in 1945 to help the local guerillas fight the Japanese and to rescue downed American pilots. The team was known as "Deer Team," and they worked closely with the Viet Minh (the precursor of the Viet Cong resistance)....and with their two leaders, Ho Chi Minh and Vo Nguyen Giap. There are period photos showing the American soldiers sitting around with Ho and Giap, and the OSS vets told of long "bull sessions" with them about many things, including the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, etc., etc. When WW2 ended and the Vietnamese declared their independence from colonial France, Ho included language from the American Declaration of Independence. Ho wrote letters to President Truman requesting the support of the US for the independence of Vietnam. And the OSS Deer Team sent reports up the chain of command saying that Ho was more a nationalist than a communist, and that the Viet Minh was mainly concerned with getting rid of French colonialism. Of course, those communications either never got to Washington, or they were ignored by the powers-that-be. The result is what we all knew. The US stepped into the French shoes and fought a tragic war, which was so costly to both sides and so unnecessary.
There was a Deer Team that did go to Vietnam at the end of World War II. And Ho Chi Minh really did use language similar to what is found in the Declaration of Independence. Presumably, he did that in an attempt to persuade America to become his ally against the French. That was his way of saying, “We are like you. We believe in the same things you believe. Help us.” Unfortunately, ideals are not that important when it comes to the policies adopted by our government.

America justified the Vietnam War as a war against Communism. But I believe, as the above comment suggests, the war was really about kicking the French out of Indochina. And by the way, despite what we said publicly, I believe we intervened in Vietnam to extend western dominance over that country.

Whoops.

I wrote a couple of articles on the Vietnam War

In response to the Vietnam War quote published by Tom Ricks on his blog, I decided to post something in the comments section. Here it is.
I wrote a couple of articles on the Vietnam War

Here's one of them.

http://bfanwo.blogspot.com/2010/09/normal-0-false-false-false.html

There's more on my blog.
I don’t think I got much (if any) traffic from that link.

Why so glum?

I happened to visit the CSIS website today and I noticed that Mike Green, the Senior Adviser and Japan Chair, had a new picture of himself posted there.


He doesn't look too happy. Why so glum, Mike?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Misconceived

In response to the Vietnam War quote published by Tom Ricks, a person whose username is ELLEVEIRA posted the following.
What it really was was a war of not yet completed national liberation vs French imperialism. Since the age of imperialism had ended, the US effort to maintain the French puppet government in the South was a long term impossibility.

Norway charges radical cleric for death threats

Norway finally got around to filing charges against Mullah Krekar. Remember, Krekar founded Ansar al-Islam, an Al Qaeda linked terrorist organization in Iraq. Krekar founded that organization a decade ago. And, as far as I can tell, he’s been living in Norway ever since. The fact that Norway has not arrested him proves that Europe controls Ansar al-Islam. Otherwise, they would have thrown him in jail by now. As for why they filed charges against him now, presumably, some other government succeeded in pressuring Norway into arresting him.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Unstructured

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
“The war did not end with my election. It entered a new phase.”
President Clinton on the Vietnam War

Sixteen years ago today, President Clinton announced that America would normalize its relations with Vietnam. On the other side of the world, on that same day, Ratko Mladic was walking through the streets of Srebrenica and preparing for what would come next.

For most people, these two events seem unrelated, but they are not.

On November 20, 1969, America agreed to return Okinawa to Japan. On that same day, a group of activists called Indians of All Tribes seized control of Alcatraz and demanded that America return the island to the Native American people.

For most people, these two events seem unrelated, but they are not.

On May 15, 1972, America returned Okinawa to Japan. A couple of days before that and a week or so afterward, the Red Army Faction bombed a pair of U.S. military facilities in Germany.

For most people, these events seem unrelated, but they are not.

On January 1, 1979, America normalized its relations with China. On January 16, the Shah of Iran left his country.

For most people, these two events seem unrelated, but they are not.

On July 16, 1990, Hisahi Owada arrived in China. During that trip, Japan agreed to restart its development assistance program for China. Japan had suspended that program in the wake of the Tiananmen Square protests. On the same day that Owada arrived in China, Saddam Hussein ordered his Republican Guard to move towards Kuwait. A few weeks later, Iraq would invade Kuwait.

For most people, these two events seem unrelated, but they are not.

In the spring of 1994, America was deciding whether or not to extend Most Favored Nation trading status to China. America was also trying to pressure Japan into reducing its trade surplus. On April 6, someone assassinated the President of Rwanda. That assassination ignited the Rwandan Genocide.

For most people, these events seem unrelated, but they are not.

On June 8, 2001, President Bush signed a trade agreement with Vietnam and sent it to Congress for approval. On June 22, Vietnam began its ratification process for the treaty. The previous day, on June 21, the Middle East Broadcasting Corporation interviewed several members of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Those terrorists suggested that a major attack might soon occur. After the broadcast, the NSA detected a large increase in the amount of threatening communications. Less than three months later, Al Qaeda would crash four planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.

For most people, these events seem unrelated, but they are not.

On February 18, 2006, Vietnamese and Japanese officials held a meeting to prepare for the start of formal negotiations for a free trade agreement. On February 20, the Thai Deputy Commerce Minister announced that the free trade agreement between Japan and Thailand would be signed in less than two months. On February 23, Japan and Chile conducted the first round of negotiations for their free trade agreement. The previous day, on February 22, Iraqi insurgent bombed the al-Askari Mosque in Samarra. That bombing ignited a wave of sectarian violence.

For most people, these events seem unrelated, but they are not.

On June 13, 2007, the Japanese House of Councillors ratified the free trade agreements with Chile and Thailand. On that same day, Iraqi insurgents bombed the al-Askari Mosque for the second time.

For most people, these events seem unrelated, but they are not.

“The future would seem less deeply unstructured if we drew conclusions from one simple truth: Those who have the best tools to make history are also those who have the sharpest awareness of its tragic character,” said Therese Delpech, the director for strategic studies at the Atomic Energy Commission of France.

The West has a philosophy called “price tag.” Whenever a nation, usually America, does something favorable for East Asia, Europe does something that America doesn’t like. Europe does this in an attempt to convince America not to do – or not to allow – such a thing to ever happen again. The price that America must pay for these transgressions is sometimes a terrorist attack, or an invasion it must repel, or a genocide it must prevent. The West must stop making these tragedies to advance its interests. It is wrong and it is not even working anymore. History must end.
The day after I posted this, TiVo shares would drop 3 cents to $10.28. Vonage shares would drop 13 cents to $4.61.

The Philippines knows about my blog

On July 11, 2011, at 1:47 PM Pacific Standard Time, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Philippines. Later on that day, at about 8:30 PM, my blog received several pageviews from the Philippines. I think the Philippines blamed America for the earthquake and threatened to make the contents of my blog become public knowledge as retribution for the earthquake.



The history of the Vietnam War still hasn't been written

“I don’t think the history of the Vietnamese war will be written before the year 2000. I think by the year 2000 we will see what the import of the Vietnamese war was in southeast Asia, but it will take that long to, I think, sift it out. I don’t think you could get the history of the Vietnamese war by studying any of our papers. I certainly wouldn’t want to take it out of the big papers. It’s my opinion that it has been the poorest reported war of the four that I’ve had something to do with.”
– General Bruce Clarke

Today, on his blog, Tom Ricks posted an article about this quote.

“The more I learn about the Vietnam war, the more I agree with him,” said Ricks.

Soon after Ricks posted this quote, a flurry of commentators began responding to this article in the comments section. Several of these comments were very interesting, as you will see. I am sure that some government somewhere must have gotten these commentators to post their opinions as part of the New Diplomacy. I don’t know if these commentators realized that they were being used for this purpose.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Why we're in the budgetary soup

“Governing is about choosing, and in the budget debate, there are no popular choices,” said Robert Samuelson. “But the reality shaping them all is an aging society in which programs for the elderly are pushing the budget into growing disequilibrium. Until the political gatekeepers acknowledge this — meaning the left recognizes the need for genuine benefit cuts and the right accepts some higher taxes — public understanding and political agreement will remain hostage to partisan fairy tales. It’s time to deal with facts.”

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Boehner: Big deficit deal won't work

On July 9, John Boehner told Obama that his Republicans would not agree to raise taxes to reduce the deficit. Since Obama had been insisting that tax increases should be a part of any big deficit reduction package, Boehner said that Congress should instead shoot for a small deal, one that reduced the deficit by $2 trillion over ten years instead of the large $4 trillion deal that was previously being considered.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Implosion

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
On April 16, 2010, Stanley McChrystal gave a speech on Afghanistan at IHEDN. That speech had one really interesting line in it.

“In the years since the coalition has been there - the international community back in numbers – we’ve made a lot of mistakes,” said McChrystal. “We, the international community, all of us, have made many mistakes, usually because we didn't understand.”

Unfortunately, McChrystal doesn’t bother to explain that quote. He doesn’t say what the mistakes were nor does he say what was misunderstood.

Here’s my guess as to what he meant. It appears to me that the international community has used Afghanistan as a battleground to fight amongst themselves.

Back in 2008, in an effort to placate America, Japan considered sending some of its helicopters to Afghanistan. America had been asking Japan to do something to help improve the situation in Afghanistan. But before Japan would send those helicopters to Afghanistan, Japan told America that “the international community – especially Afghanistan, the UK, Germany, and Canada -- must welcome and support publicly the Japanese plan.” In addition, “the United States should highlight the importance of Japan’s mission regardless of the substance of the activities.”

This information was contained in one of the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. After reading that cable, you may wonder why Japan wanted the approval of Britain, Germany, Canada, and America before Japan would send its personal to Afghanistan. I am willing to bet that Japan believes as I do – that those four countries are busy fighting it out in Afghanistan and Japan refused to be a part of it. Japan needed the approval of those countries because if one of those countries didn’t support the plan, they might attack Japanese personal in Afghanistan.

It looks to me like the different terrorist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan are all supported by foreign countries. For example, it looks like Canada supported Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. Canada only designated that group a terrorist organization on July 6 of this year, despite all the acts of terrorism committed by that organization over the previous four years. Perhaps Canada supported that organization before July 6. Perhaps Canada merely designated that organization a terrorist organization because some other countries were pressuring it to do so. Perhaps Canada will continue to support TTP while claiming otherwise.

Of course, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that America would have its own group of terrorists in Afghanistan. After all, the CIA originally provided funding to the Afghans so they could fight the Soviet Union.

As part of the reconciliation process, the Taliban has met with U.S. officials on more than one occasion in Germany. It was probably no coincidence that the talks were held in Germany. Not surprisingly, France wants to get in on the negotiations process also. Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist who covers Afghanistan, has begged his fellow journalists to keep the details of the negotiations secret, saying that the negotiations will fail otherwise. He says that the participants want secrecy. Of course, if the insurgents in Afghanistan are backed by Western governments, both the insurgents and those governments would want nothing more than a little bit of secrecy to hide the truth about their conduct.
Earlier in the day, TiVo shares closed at $10.78 and Vonage shares closed at $4.78. From here, they would both decline until August 9. Of course, my government didn’t like this article, but the real reason why those shares declined was because I was shifting my focus away from Blogging for a New World Order and toward my new blog. This blog.

A crucial 72 hours

On July 8, NBC reported that the next 72 hours would be crucial in determining whether or not Congress could reach a substantial deal to reduce the deficit.

Norway police seek to charge 3 over bomb plot

Reuters reported that Norway would file charges against three men who allegedly had links to Al Qaeda. The leader of the three, Mikael Davud, an ethnic Uighur from China and a citizen of Norway, wanted to bomb the Chinese embassy in Oslo. Another member of the group, Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak, an Iraqi Kurd, wanted to bomb Jyllands-Posten.

According to the Associated Press, the arrest of those three suspects was unusual for a country like Norway. Just to clarify, it was not unusual for a terrorist to live in Norway. But it was unusual for Norway to arrest them. Getting Norway (or Sweden) to crack down on terrorists has been a long time request of America. But until today, America hadn’t enjoyed a lot of success in getting those two countries to comply.

“There is some frustration from other countries,” said Magnus Ranstorp, an official at the Swedish National Defense College.

In fact, instead of arresting them, sometimes Sweden and Norway would tell their suspects that they knew what they planed on doing they warned them of the consequences.

“[Norway] is not so interested in actually making arrests,” said Brynjar Lia, an official at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment.

Neither Norway nor Sweden had suffered a serious terrorist attack in 25 years. Of course, the fact that those countries haven’t had a serious attack in a long time, combined with the fact that they aren’t very interested in arresting terrorists despite the pleas of other countries, implies that those terrorists are assets of the Norwegian and Swedish governments. They are radicalizing those terrorists and sending them overseas to attack other countries.

Presumably, they radicalized Mikael Davud. Presumably, they wanted to use Davud to destroy the Chinese embassy because they were mad at China (perhaps because China hasn’t revalued the yuan fast enough).

This will not stand.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My new neighbor

Later on, I would discover that someone new moved into the room above me today. From what I can tell, the occupants of this room always have the “Do Not Disturb” sign hung on their door. I almost never see the occupants of this room leave their room.

I would later learn that my upstairs neighbor paid the Siena Suites to stay through June 25, 2012. That doesn’t make a lot of sense. A place like the Siena Suites is usually used for one of two reasons. Either you stay here for a vacation or you stay here because you just moved to Las Vegas and you need to stay somewhere for a short while before you find an apartment. For people who stay in Las Vegas for six months or longer, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to stay at the Siena Suites because signing a lease for an apartment would be more affordable.

At the Siena Suites, rent is charged on a monthly basis, so there is no reason to pay for longer than a month. You can stay for less than a month, but it will be more expensive. So if you want to stay longer than a month, you should pay your rent once per month. That’s your maximum discount. You do not get a discount for paying for more than 30 days.

I believe my government has some sort of control over my new neighbors. I am not sure if they realize it. The same thing that happened to me at San Moritz is happening to me at the Siena Suites. My neighbors often make loud noises at interesting times. My government has “convinced” me that the noises are a response to things that I am either thinking or writing. The noises typically signal that my government disapproves of something that I am doing.

The noises are loud enough to wake me up at night. I still have problems sleeping. I’m not sure if the noises are waking me up at night.

Notice that my upstairs neighbor moved into their room less than three weeks after I moved into my new room. My government has “told” me that this is not a coincidence.

The LDP wants special bonds for reconstruction

The LDP said the reconstruction should be financed through the issuance of special bonds. The government would increase taxes (including income taxes and corporate taxes) to redeem the bonds.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Parents coming to visit on July 24

In an email, my father told me that he and my mother would come to Las Vegas to see me from July 24 to July 28.

Tatsuo Hirano will replace Ryu Matsumoto

Dow Jones reported that Tatsuo Hirano would replace Ryu Matsumoto as reconstruction minister.

Hirano was a former bureaucrat in the farm ministry. He joined the Diet in 2001 as a member of the Liberal Party. Ozawa led the party at that time.

“While he is a member of the Ozawa camp within the DPJ, there is said to be some distance between the two, as they do not see eye-to-eye on certain policies — including the need for financial reconstruction,” said the Japan Times.

This must have made my government happy.

An American soldier will not be prosecuted

The Asahi Shimbun reported that an American soldier who killed a teenager in a traffic accident in Okinawa would probably not be prosecuted. I am sure this made my government happy.

Monday, July 4, 2011

CPC urged to remember historical missions

“The Communist Party of China is standing at the intersection of history and the future after 90 years of progress and a more magnificent journey is unfolding,” said the People’s Daily Online.

Ooh, those sneaky, treacherous guys. They really take the cake.

Hehehe.

Ryu Matsumoto will resign

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Ryu Matsumoto would resign. Apparently, my government wanted him to resign because the dollar rose to 81 yen after he announced his resignation.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Ryu Matsumoto does political theater

The new reconstruction minister, Ryu Matsumoto, met with Takuya Tasso, the governor of Iwate (Iwate was the prefecture hardest hit by the earthquake). During the meeting, Matsumoto was very rude. A firestorm of criticism ensued. Some even speculated that Matsumoto was rude because he wanted to bring down the Kan administration.

“It was likely an act that expressed the fact that he could no longer stand to work under Prime Minister Kan,” said Sadakazu Tanigaki.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

China will probably raise interest rates

The Beijing Times reported that China would probably raise interest rates one or two times during the third quarter.

Friday, July 1, 2011