Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Noda a low-profile but down-to-earth politician

“I think Japan is facing an important turning point that could determine its future,” said Jiro Ushio. “I want him to build a system that can unite Japan and fend off a national crisis by utilizing Japanese people’s wisdom. I believe he can do it.”

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I read a speech to my parents

I read the following to my parents today, almost verbatim.
The government seems to be manipulating you two as well. Both of you seem to want me to do anything but what I am doing. When I moved into Sienna Suites, my mother told me to watch more TV. A couple of months back, my mother wanted me to get a Nintendo 3DS so I would spend less time on what I am doing.

I am your son. I have told you that my government is violating my civil rights. Even if you don't believe everything I say, both of you should be more interested in what I am writing. But as far as I can tell, my mother hasn't read anything that I have written. And my father doesn't seem all that interested in reading what I have written either.

Linda did read my website. When she wrote me an email, she said that some of my writing could use more evidence. I asked her to tell me which posts needed more evidence and she never got back to me.

And then when you finally did get around to reading what I wrote, for example, the Libya article. You said you had a really hard time reading that article. That sounds a lot like the problems I have been having reading other articles.

The reason why I believe the government is doing something to me is because my health changes too frequently. The day before you guys came I was feeling almost normal. But on the day you guys came, I felt really tired and I could not concentrate or hold a thought.

I want you guys to read my new blog and I want you guys to give me feedback on what I have written. The government may decide to make it hard for you guys to read my blog. I want both of you to record how you are feeling when you read the blog. Does your head feel strange, like you almost have a headache but not quite? Does your stomach feel strange? Occasionally, I want you guys to blow your nose and see if you can smell any chemicals. And, of course, make a note if you have any hallucinations or you are hearing voices. By the way, the hallucinations can come at night when you close your eyes and try to go to sleep.
After the debacle at Midori, I figured that I should write down exactly what I wanted to say before trying to convince my parents of anything. Unfortunately, this didn’t work either. My parents still didn’t believe me. And my mother still refused to read my blog. So I had to keep working at it.

Oh, that's why Noda is glum

The day after the DPJ made Yoshihiko Noda the next prime minister, the Japanese media published a series of articles about him. According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, early in his life, Noda learned that a politician must risk his life to do his job. Apparently, he learned this lesson after the assassination of Inejiro Asanuma. For some reason, Noda found this lesson inspiring.

The Asahi Shimbun reported that Noda had referred to himself as “an ordinary man.” It is ironic that Noda used the word “ordinary” to refer to himself because another Japanese prime minister was also called “ordinary.” That prime minister was Keizo Obuchi. On April 1, 2000, Obuchi, while serving as prime minister, suffered a stroke and died a few days later.

Taken together, it seems like the Japanese media is hinting that Yoshihiko Noda may die during his term as prime minister. No wonder why he appears glum.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Congratulations! You're the new prime minister!

On August 29, the DPJ decided to make Yoshihiko Noda the next Japanese prime minister. Here’s his reaction to the news…


Why so glum, Noda?

I ask Akiko Fujita for help

I sent the following tweet to Akiko Fujita, another reporter for ABC News.
@AkikoFujita Please help a fellow Japanese-American who is being tortured by his government. bit.ly/qaXxxy
She never replied.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Global citizen Haruki Murakami

The Japan Times published an editorial about Haruki Murakami on August 28. In the editorial, the newspaper referred to Murakami as the “leading global citizen” of Japan.

“Mr. Murakami has touched a universal chord of postmodern rootlessness, where urban singletons, divorced from traditional family and community ties, grope for a new way of living,” said the Japan Times. “His protagonists bravely search, in his words, for reality in a world of fake news, fake government and fake war, a consciousness obviously felt worldwide.”

After reading this article, I posted the following on Mr. Murakami’s Facebook page.
The System has me. A couple of years ago, I started hearing voices. I started hallucinating. I starting writing things online. Secrets that my government was implanting into my mind. I have not read any of your books. But last night, as I was taking a shower, my government told me that I would have to write something important after I got out. The Japan Times wrote an article about you. About your work. Postmodern rootlessness. Urban singletons. Divorced from traditional family and community ties. Groping for a new way of living. Searching for reality in a world of fake news. Fake government. Fake war. That's me. So I must write something to you. I am being exploited. I can't think. I can't write. Anything except what my government wants. But I can break free. I have been in the system so long that I know it. I can change it. I just need a chance. I need help. Please. Don't let a 85 mph gust of wind be the biggest thing to hit America this weekend. Don't be a coward. Please. bit.ly/qaXxxy

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I ask Heather Ishimaru for help

On Twitter, I wrote the following message to Heather Ishimaru, a reporter for ABC7 News.
Read your story on Building 640. Unfortunately, the way the government has treated some of us has not improved. If you want to change the world, then read this... bit.ly/qaXxxy
I actually sent the message in two tweets. Here’s the first one. Here’s the second one.

I never heard back from her.

I ask Cornel West for help

I sent Cornel West the following message on Twitter.
@CornelWest You want a revolution? Then read about what my government has done to me and tell other people about it. bit.ly/qaXxxy
He never got back to me.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Gerald Curtis makes a prediction about the next Japanese prime minister

“I don’t see any of the problems changing,” said Gerald Curtis. “If anything, the next guy will be the shortest-lived prime minister yet.”

NTN To Build New Bearing Plant In China

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that NTN, a Japanese company, will build a new factory in China. This factory will manufacture large bearings which will be used in wind turbines and construction machinery. Up until now, NTN had only produced these bearings in Japan.

Japan to build large-scale industrial zone in Vietnam

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that a group of Japanese companies would construct a 270 hectare industrial park in Vietnam. The industrial park will house up to 150 businesses and will cost $100 million to build.

In the first half of 2011, Japanese investment in Vietnam increased 8.3 times compared to the same period in 2010.

Using Twitter to ask for help

Now that I had a Twitter account, I decided to start sending messages to journalists, asking them for help. I don’t think a single one of them ever got back to me.

I started with Hiroko Tabuchi, who works for the New York Times. I sent her the following message.
@HirokoTabuchi Wanna show everyone that the man doesn't control you? Wanna change the world? Then read this and help me do it. bit.ly/qaXxxy1
She never replied.


1 The link at the end of the message goes to my blog.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My government tries to torture me into submission

I posted the following on Twitter at 1:56 PM.
Had a massive headache this morning. Brush my teeth didn’t help this time. Had something to eat. Took two Advil. Went back to sleep.
My government must have been really angry with me for writing that message to tokyorich.

I ask tokyorich for more information

Because I didn’t know that tokyorich has already responded to my question, I was considering whether or not to send him a message asking him why America had removed those paragraphs from NSC 13/1. In the end, I decided to send him a message. But right before I was going to write it, while I was accessing my Twitter account, by coincidence, I happened to notice that tokyorich had already answered my question.

Later on, I was “told” that had I decided against sending tokyorich a message, my government would have prevented me from ever discovering that he had already answered my question. My question would have gone unanswered, at least from my perspective.

After having read the message that tokyorich sent me, I decided to ask him for more information, and so I sent the following reply to him.
@tokyorich You're probably right. But I don't know much about Hitoshi Ashida. I don't suppose you have an article you could point me to...
This message made my government angry. Later today, TiVo shares would fall 13 cents to $8.12. However, my government would soon feel much better.

As far as I know, tokyorich never replied to the message I sent him on this day. This made my government ecstatic. TiVo shares went through the roof tomorrow, the next day, and the day after that. Over that three day period, TiVo shares rose $2.52 to $10.64.

Without question, I must learn more about Hitoshi Ashida.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Chinese Patrol Boats Enter Japanese Waters Off Senkaku Islands

On August 24, at 6:15 AM JST, two Chinese patrol boats entered Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands. Over the radio, they told the Japanese coast guard that the islands belonged to China.

“We are discharging our legitimate duties in Chinese water,” said a Chinese crewman over the radio.

Remember, earlier in the day, tokyorich told me why America changed NSC 13/1. I guess the Chinese Communist Party was not too happy about my investigations into the past and that is why those patrol boats brazenly violated the proper territorial boundaries of Japan. To that, all I can say is…

Why so testy, CPC?

Missing notification email from Twitter

In response to the message sent by Our Man in Abiko, tokyorich wrote the following.
@ourmaninabiko @BlithelyIdiot The revisions likely relate to the change in PM from Hitoshi Ashida to Yoshida Shigeru.
Initially, I did not know that tokyorich had sent me this message because I didn’t receive a notification email. But I should have. My Twitter account is configured so that I will receive a notification email every time someone sends me a message. Earlier in the day, I did receive a notification email informing me that Our Man in Abiko had sent me a message. But I didn’t get one for the message tokyorich sent me.

Somehow, the government must have impeded the delivery of the second notification email. Perhaps they sent the notification email to my spam folder. Normally, that should not happen. Remember, Twitter had no problems sending me a notification email for the message Our Man in Abiko sent me. And there was nothing in the message sent by tokyorich that should trigger a spam filter.

Eventually, I would find out about the message tokyorich sent me. But for today, at least, I remained in the dark. My government must have been pleased with this. After declining for three days, TiVo shares would soar 45 cents to $8.25.

Our Man in Abiko refers me to tokyorich

Our Man in Abiko said he had no idea why America removed those paragraphs from NSC 13/1. But he said that another Twitter user, tokyorich, might know the answer.

I sent Our Man in Abiko a question

Using Twitter, I asked Our Man in Abiko if he knew why America removed the three paragraphs from NSC 13/1. And I said that if he didn’t know the answer, could he point me in the direction of someone who did know?1


1 As my question was a little bit long, it did not fit into a single tweet. I ended up having to send Our Man in Abiko four tweets. There are located here: one two three four

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Strange

I was exercising at the gym located in the Siena Suites when all of a sudden a man came walking in with a can of beer and a brown bag to cover it. He said he decided to come into the gym because it was hot outside. He opened the can of beer and started talking to me. He said he was a cook in the U.S. Navy. According to him, not too long ago, he was stationed in Japan. Amazingly, he said he was stationed at Kadena on Okinawa. He told me that foreigners couldn’t go into certain bars in Japan because the locals couldn’t stand them. At some point in the conversation, I mentioned that I was Japanese-American. He said he could tell by looking at me. He asked me if my parents lived in the concentration camps during World War II. I told him that my mother was born in one of them. He said it was wrong what the government did. After exercising for my usual 20 minutes, I told him that it was nice meeting him and I left.

Chinese, US vice presidents hold talks

On August 18, Joe Biden met with Xi Jinping in China. Apparently, the two discussed the “new circumstances.”

“Under the new circumstances, China and the United States share even broader common interests and co-shoulder more common responsibilities,” said Xi Jinping.

Presumably, the “new circumstances” is the worldwide realization that the people in power have been lying to us about our history and about how the world really works. Presumably, by “common interests,” Xi means that the Chinese government and the American government both share an interest in maintaining the status quo, in upholding the current world order which is based on lies and deceit, and therefore they should both work together to suppress the people’s quest to discover the truth.

This will not stand.

By the way, why so glum, guys?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

China to present statue of Sun Yat-sen to Nagasaki

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the State Council’s Information Office announced that China would give a bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen, Shokichi Umeya, and his wife to Nagasaki Prefecture. During his life, Umeya built four statues of Sun Yat-sen and gave them to China.

“The statue of Sun Yat-sen and his Japanese friends will be not only a return gift for Umeya’s statues to China, but also a token of appreciation to the Japanese people who endeavored for China’s revolution and the two countries’ friendly relations,” said Ji Peiding, the vice director of the China Human Rights Development Foundation.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Disqus deletes some of my comments

I noticed that Disqus had deleted some of my comments from their system. By this time, I had made 27 comments using their system. However, suddenly, I noticed that their system was saying that I had only made 22 comments. They must have deleted five of my comments. Three cheers for freedom of speech. They had no reasonable basis for deleting any of my comments. I did not use profanity in any of my comments nor did I write a comment that attacked a fellow user.

The dollar drops sharply

The dollar fell .0077 to 6.3826 yuan today. From here, the dollar would remain stuck at about this level for at least the next two months. Apparently, it was not enough for me to simply find NSC 13/3 and write an article about it. Apparently, East Asia insists that the world must know the complete truth about the history of Japan, China, and America. Until that happens, perhaps the dollar will remain stuck at around this level.

Monday, August 15, 2011

On the 66th anniversary of the end of WWII...

I finally received a copy of NSC 13/3: Recommendations With Respect To U.S. Policy Toward Japan from the National Archives today, on the 66th anniversary of the surrender of Japan and the end of World War II.

I have posted a copy of the document online.

The document has a date of May 6, 1949. That means the document was finalized just weeks after the Kuomintang gave up the mainland and headed for Taiwan. The document is a revision of NSC 13/2 (this document is available online at a Japanese government website). That document has a date of October 7, 1948. Of course, NSC 13/2 is itself a revision of NSC 13/1, which has a date of September 24, 1948. According to the first page of NSC 13/2, the difference between that document and the previous version is that paragraphs 5, 9, and 20 have been deleted. On the other hand, according to NSC 13/2, those paragraphs would be returned to the document at a later date. And, in fact, that is what happened. According to the first page of NSC 13/3, the difference between that document and NSC 13/2 was that those same three paragraphs had been reinstated, with one caveat. The NSC made some changes to paragraph 5 in NSC 13/3 when compared to NSC 13/1, apparently.

Paragraph 9 in NSC 13/3 has to do with the Far Eastern Commission. I’m not sure why America would remove and replace this paragraph.

Paragraph 20 has to do with Japanese Reparations. According to NSC 13/3, America should do everything within its power to “secure acceptance by the other reparations claimant countries of the principle that the reparations question as a whole should be reduced to the status of a dead letter.” Furthermore, according to the document, “there should be no further industrial reparations removals from Japan and no limitation on levels of Japanese peaceful productive capacity.” So basically, according to this policy, Japan should have to pay no more reparations for the war and the world should impose no more limitations on the Japanese economy. This sounds great for Japan. I assume that America adopted this policy as a reward to Japan after the Nationalists abandoned China. This is further proof that the Nationalists were on the same side as Japan and America created the Cold War to separate Japan and China.

Paragraph 5 has to do with Okinawa. According to NSC 13/3, America would do whatever necessary to maintain “long-term strategic control” of Okinawa. I’m not sure why America would remove and then replace this paragraph after the Communists assumed power in China. Perhaps America would have adopted an even more sinister policy towards Okinawa had the Communists not won.

As a side note, for whatever reason, Kan showed an extremely fake and terrified smile today.


Why so fake and terrified, Kan?

Our Man in Abiko responds

Our Man in Abiko wrote the following in response to my comment.
Could do with more time, talent and focus, so what else is new?

I write a message to Our Man in Abiko

On Twitter, I sent the following message to Our Man in Abiko.
How's the novel going? I'm trying to get something done by around the end of the month too. Hopefully, I'll make it.

I join Twitter

I joined Twitter on August 15. I think my government “made” me join Twitter so I could write a message to Our Man in Abiko. In addition to having a Twitter account, he also has a blog. When I first discovered his blog, my government “made” me believe that Our Man in Abiko was in fact Jun Okumura. Subsequently, my government has been trying to convince me that he is in fact not Jun Okumura.

Burete imasen.

After I got my Twitter account, I started to use Twitter to record how I was feeling.

The dollar stabilizes on August 15

The dollar rose .0011 to 6.3903 yuan.

Parents will visit on August 28

In an email, my father told me that my mother and him were coming to Las Vegas on August 28. They would stay until September 1.

Friday, August 12, 2011

The dollar continues to fall, but ends its collapse

The dollar stopped collapsing today, but the exchange rate still fell by .0042 yuan. The new exchange rate was 6.3892 yuan per dollar.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The collapse of the dollar accelerates on August 11

The dollar smashed through the exchange rate level of 6.4 yuan, falling by an inconceivable .0244 yuan. The new exchange rate was 6.393 yuan per dollar.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The dollar collapses on August 10

The dollar collapsed. The exchange rate plummeted to 6.393 yuan, falling by a staggering .0132 yuan in a single day.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The dollar weakens on August 9

Today, the dollar broke out of its trading range between 6.434 yuan and 6.438 yuan. The dollar fell .0038 to 6.4306 yuan.

Nixon: What did Nixon say?

The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed written by Rick Perlstein. In the article, Perlstein talked about the contents of the Richard Nixon grand jury testimony. If the government releases the testimony, Perlstein believes we will all be shocked by what he said.

Mainers tell Snowe they want to see cooperation

“I’m embarrassed by all of us,”’ said Olympia Snowe. “I’ve never seen a worse Congress in my whole political life.”

World politics enters uncharted waters

On August 9, the Global Times published an editorial called “World politics enters uncharted waters.” According to the newspaper, the global media has started to refer to the U.S. government as “incompetent.”

“The real problem is that the US denies its own problems,” said the Global Times. “It is confronted with new competitions and challenges, but still takes its system for ideal and denigrates all those that disagree. Such arrogant behavior is at the very core of the US downfall.”

Instead of doing anything to fix its problems, the West talks about its past achievements. In America, both political parties – the Democrats and the Republicans – tell the people that they will enact welfare programs that their country cannot afford.

“Perhaps the US needs to undergo more pains before it finally makes real change,” said the Global Times. “Before that, it will likely experience a troubled time, as many European countries continue to have.”

The Global Times noted that the Internet affects America just like it affects China. By saying this, presumably, the newspaper was hinting that China was using the Internet to disclose information damaging to the West just like the West was using the Internet to release information damaging to China.

At the end of the article, the Global Times said that China needed to avoid making any serious mistakes.

NARA sends me a copy of NSC 13/3

Brian Phelan, an official at the National Archives, informs me that he had found NSC 13/3 and will send me a copy of the document.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The dollar weakens on August 8

The dollar falls .0059 to 6.4344 yuan. Note that the dollar has nearly returned to the low end of the trading range established on August 1 (between 6.434 and 6.438).

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A deal struck in Washington

“Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.”
Otto von Bismarck

“Never has the truth of that old saw been more evident than during the week through Aug. 2, when the world witnessed the sorry spectacle of U.S. politicians scrambling to stitch together a deal to extend the nation’s debt ceiling in order to avert a default on debt payments,” said the Japan Times.

Friday, August 5, 2011

S&P downgrades America

After the stock markets closed, S&P downgraded the credit rating of the U.S. government. In a press release, S&P explained why they took that action.

“The fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics,” said S&P.

Duh.

“The effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened,” said S&P.

Actually, it wasn’t any better before.

I try contacting the National Archives...again

Once again, I asked the National Archives to send me a copy of NSC 13/3.

On this day, the dollar rose .0025 to 6.4403 yuan. But after today, dollar would decline sharply. Perhaps China liked what I did today.

Ignoring the painful truth is making things worse

“Political leaders must find the courage to tell the truth about the fix we are in, and the painful choices that must be made to deliver a sustainable future,” said the Daily Telegraph, in reaction to the sovereign debt crisis in Europe.

America needs to follow this advice too.

Washington's appetite for self-destruction

“It is difficult to remember a more dismal moment in American politics,” said Jacob Weisberg.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The dollar strengthens on August 4

The dollar rose .0037 to 6.4378 yuan. Again, the new exchange rate is nearly the same as the exchange rate two days ago. In other words, the dollar-yuan exchange rate seems to be oscillating between two values. On one day, the dollar is at 6.434 yuan. The next day, the dollar is at 6.438. The day after that, the dollar returns to 6.434 yuan and the cycle repeats.

Confronting China

“For years I have suspected that in Washington there is an influential organisation which could be called the ‘US Agency for Disruption of International Diplomacy,’” said Brian Cloughley. “It appears to have the job of identifying sensitive matters that could embarrass or insult other countries if they were made public, then publicising them as widely as possible.”

Hmmm…

This sounds familiar. Although what I been doing has not been widely publicized, at least not yet.

The Truman Library does not have NSC 13/3

Once again, the Truman Library tells me that they do not have NSC 13/3. They only have the progress report. Once again, they suggest that I contact the National Archives.

Groan.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ozawa, Hatoyama Scheming To End Kan's Reign This Month

On August 4, at 3:46 AM JST, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Ozawa and Hatoyama were scheming to bring down Kan.

“Ozawa is said to have told his supporters that a turning point may come around midmonth,” said the newspaper. “Hatoyama, meanwhile, has been heard saying that the next week to 10 days will be critical.”

Remember, by this time, the West wanted Kan removed. Kan was a lame duck. Japan would do nothing the West wanted while he remained in power. The West was sick and tired of watching Japan perform political theater. They were sick and tired of watching Japan seikei bunri her way to an all mighty East Asia Community.

But Japan would not get rid of Kan for nothing. America would have to do something that Japan wanted. Presumably, that meant America would have to provide me with a copy of NSC 13/3 by the middle of the month.

The dollar weakens on August 3

The dollar falls .0039 to 6.4341 yuan. The new exchange rate is almost identical to the exchange rate two days ago.

Wrong document

I received the document from the Truman Library. Unfortunately, it was the wrong document. They sent me a progress report on how the government was implementing NSC 13/3, instead of the actual document.

I wrote them an email informing them of their mistake.

Time bombs still ticking in Washington

“The months-long tug of war between Democrats and Republicans, however, failed to defuse Washington’s debt bomb for good, only delaying an immediate detonation by making the fuse an inch longer,” said Xinhua.

Pressed by White House, Treasury Chief Expected to Stay On

The New York Times reported that the White House had applied “intense” pressure on Tim Geithner in order to convince him to stay on as Treasury secretary for the remainder of Obama’s first term as president.

In the article, the New York Times asked Senator Mark Warner about possible replacements for Geithner if he resigned. In particular, the newspaper asked him if the Senate would confirm Erskine Bowles.

“In rational times, absolutely,” said Warner. “But I’m not sure we’re in rational times.”

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The dollar strengthens on August 2

The dollar rose .0042 to 6.438 yuan.

Interval in the debt-ceiling pantomime

“This months-long pantomime may call to mind Winston Churchill’s remark that Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing, after all other possibilities have been exhausted,” said the Financial Times. “That judgment would be too kind.”

We have a deal, but Washington has also deeply damaged America's brand

On August 2, David Rothkopf posted an article about the deal to raise the debt ceiling. According to him, the process leading up to the debt ceiling deal “has almost certainly done much more severe lasting damage than we are easily able to calculate today.”

“The elected stewards of our nation did immeasurable damage to the United States’ reputation,” said Rothkopf.

“I don’t think most people in Washington have any idea of the damage that has been done in the past few weeks to America’s brand around the world,” said one major international figure.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The dollar weakens on August 1

The dollar falls .0028 to 6.4338 yuan.

India-Japan Pact Comes Into Effect; Aims to Double Bilateral Trade

The free trade agreement between India and Japan takes effect.

America's messy deal that resolves nothing

“The juvenile political brinkmanship that we have witnessed has damaged America’s reputation around the world,” said the Daily Telegraph. “In washing its dirty linen so publicly, it has revealed the fragility of what, for the best part of a century, has been the planet’s mightiest economy. It is a sobering moment. We have been shown in the most lurid detail that while its great rival China sits atop a mountain of cash, America sits on a mountain of debt.”