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Posted in: Over 100 Japan lawmakers had links with Unification Church: survey See in context

Nothing to be surprised about (i.e. the fact that it's Korean-based, that the network is so widespread and deep, etc.) if you understand what was unearthed by Congress about the UC- that it is essentially an anti-communist political tool created ultimately by the CIA (via the KCIA) to be used to further US hegemony in East Asia.

Once one sees that, it's obvious that Kishi (released from Sugamo prison by the US to do its bidding) would go along and help the UC gain a foothold in Japan, as it's clearly another key member of the pro-US/anti-communist coalition...goes hand in hand with the fact that the LDP was essentially installed by the CIA.

[ In 1977, the Subcommittee on International Organizations of the Committee on International Relations, of the United States House of Representatives reported that the movement was established by Kim Chong Pil, director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, for political purposes.[11]

[ In 1997, Congressman Donald Fraser launched an investigation into Moon's cult. The 444-page Congressional report alleged Moonie involvement with bribery, bank fraud, illegal kickbacks, and arms sales. The report revealed that Moon's 20,000-member Unification Church was a creation of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA). The Moonies were working with KCIA Director Kim Chong Phil as a political instrument to influence U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. CIA was the agency primarily responsible for founding the KCIA after WW II. ]

[ In a major covert operation of the cold war, the Central Intelligence Agency spent millions of dollars to support the conservative party that dominated Japan's politics for a generation.

Though the C.I.A.'s financial role in Japanese politics has long been suspected by historians and journalists, the Liberal Democrats have always denied it existed, and the breadth and depth of the support has never been detailed publicly. Disclosure of the covert aid could open old wounds and harm the Liberal Democrats' credibility as an independent voice for Japanese interests.

"This story reveals the intimate role that Americans at official and private levels played in promoting structured corruption and one-party conservative democracy in post-war Japan, and that's new," said John Dower, a leading Japan scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "We look at the L.D.P. and say it's corrupt and it's unfortunate to have a one-party democracy. But we have played a role in creating that misshapen structure." ]

https://www.nytimes.com/1994/10/09/world/cia-spent-millions-to-support-japanese-right-in-50-s-and-60-s.html

Note to JT: This post is definitely NOT off-topic.

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Posted in: South Korea, China clash over U.S. missile shield See in context

@Honest Dictator

CCP (unlike the US) doesn't have a history of using missiles to invade another country, so you're dead wrong there.

@Desert Tortoise

We all know that hardware can be switched out in an instant.

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Posted in: South Korea, China clash over U.S. missile shield See in context

China has not used missiles to attack other countries.

Everyone knows the US' track record...any wonder that China is not happy with the US building missile-related facilities and selling missiles to neighboring countries?

It's not rocket science.

For the same reason that Russia felt compelled to invade Ukraine after the US installed missile-related facilities in Romania and Poland, China may be goaded into a conflict over Taiwan, something not lost on Pelosi and her associates.

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Posted in: Truck maker Hino says emissions data faked for 20 years See in context

VW also faked data unfortunately it seems to be a tendency of the automobile industry- https://www.bbc.com/news/business-34324772

Having said that...20 years makes Hino a little special in this regard.

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Posted in: Former Prime Minister Abe dies after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

Police and the media have been quick to report a couple of days before the election that the killer has said he had nothing against Abe's political beliefs...and then report nothing is known about his motives.

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Posted in: High court rejects paternity harassment allegations by Canadian man See in context

Exactly, we're talking banks and stock traders here, the guys who love money above all else, don't expect much in the way of human rights from them.

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Posted in: Lower house speaker Hosoda sues publisher over sexual scandal See in context

Same 'ol LDP- never accountable and ALWAYS above the law, because they were made by and legitimize their benefactor's presence in Japan.

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Posted in: Japan's defense budget needs to be ¥10 tril: LDP policy chief See in context

Sure no problem in ratcheting up tensions which will then make war a forgone conclusion.

Makes sense.

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Posted in: Ex-minister convicted for receiving bribe from egg producer See in context

People seem to enjoy making light of this, which is fine.

However, if u live here, u r in effect making jokes at your own expense, as ultimately they r stealing from all taxpayers.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. fly fighters after China drill, North Korean missiles See in context

The right-wing war mongers out in force as usual...it won't be a surprise if WWIII does break out thnx to them and the whole military industrial complex

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Posted in: Japanese writer who documented WWII Tokyo firebombing dies See in context

There are official documents which show unequivocally that Roosevelt and the US top brass wanted to enter the war.

Regarding how the US treated Japanese POWs, here's an interview with a Marine vet who openly admits taking one out to be shot-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vSf8oMyaN0

So yeah obviously you've been indoctrinated pretty well.

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Posted in: Japanese writer who documented WWII Tokyo firebombing dies See in context

@Desert Tortoise

[ May 1953: Attacks on major dams[edit]

After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops.[26]

On 13 May 1953, 20 F-84s of the 58th Fighter Bomber Wing attacked the Toksan Dam, producing a flood that destroyed seven hundred buildings in Pyongyang and thousands of acres of rice. On 15–16 May, two groups of F-84s attacked the Chasan Dam.[27] The flood from the destruction of the Toksan dam "scooped clean" 27 miles (43 km) of river valley. The attacks were followed by the bombing of the Kuwonga Dam, the Namsi Dam and the Taechon Dam.[28][29] The bombing of these five dams and ensuing floods threatened several million North Koreans with starvation; according to Charles K. Armstrong, "only emergency assistance from China, the USSR, and other socialist countries prevented widespread famine."[20]

And yea, I put more stock in those researchers than your testimony.

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Posted in: Lessons I learned about body positivity after visiting a Japanese hot spring See in context

Brought to you by the Japan Onsen Association.

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Posted in: Seeking ways to cope with the dreaded May malaise See in context

It's called not liking your job.

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Posted in: Fire chief in Akita Prefecture starts forest fire trying to scare away wasp See in context

Well at least he was able to contact his co-workers immediately and extinguish the fire which apparently was spreading rapidly.

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Posted in: Man suspected of sexually assaulting teenage girl after giving her sleeping pills See in context

If her blood tested positive for the pills then yea her case will be very strong.

Otherwise...he said-she said situation could be on the horizon...

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Posted in: We can no longer separate the security of the Indo-Pacific from that of Europe, and I am determined to enhance Japan’s commitment to the security of Europe. See in context

Just want DC elites want to hear- more money from Jpn taxpayers for US weapons (fat kickbacks for LDP Kishi and the boys).

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Posted in: Ruling LDP proposes doubling of defense budget See in context

Unfortunately it is wishful...when Japanese citizens rose up in the 1950's and 1960's, the US used their connections in the LDP to destroy any such hopes and utilized legislation to blacklist protesters, yakuza, police and SDF to violently suppress, and the CIA to infiltrate.

And after Abe passed security laws which allows anyone threatening national security (i.e. the current US-Japan arrangement) to be jailed, it's pretty much 'wishful thinking at best.'

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Posted in: Ruling LDP proposes doubling of defense budget See in context

On the other hand, if it results in a reduced reliance on American military and a higher possibility of getting them out of the country, that would be great news.

The push to arm Japan has been coming from the US since the Cold War era in order to strengthen Japan as a proxy pro-US force to increase American hegemony in the region. As Japan buys more arms from the states ($ for the elites), the SDF will increase military exercises with the US military...so in any case the short answer is zero chance that the American military will ever leave Japan.

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Posted in: Ruling LDP proposes doubling of defense budget See in context

In the recommendations submitted to the government, the LDP also called for the relaxation of restrictions on arms exports.

Completely reveals that the LDP is interested in anything but peace.

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Posted in: Salsa & Avocado Smoky Whopper kickstarts Burger King Japan’s new Smoky Whopper lineup See in context

Never seen grilled over open flame in BK Jpn

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Posted in: Ukraine apologizes for juxtaposing photo of late emperor to Hitler in video See in context

AntiquesavingToday  05:37 pm JST

*I am guessing the Video didn't include images of Roman Shukhevych, Stepan Bandera, Vasyl Kuk, Dmytro Klyachkivsky all members of the Facist OUN/UPA now declared heroes by Ukraine.*

If Ukraine is going to point a finger it needs to remember when you point a finger at someone you have 3 pointing back at you.

Yep all very inconvenient facts that no one wants to confront lol

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Posted in: U.S. Marine indicted over sexual assault of woman in Okinawa See in context

Yes this will happen repeatedly so long as you have US military bases on your turf, and the hard reality is most cases will not be reported in the media...this occurred in December and has only come to light 4 months later!- "They indicted him on Dec 23, but said they refrained from notifying the public about the case "due to its nature."

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. hold navy drills off Koreas See in context

“Our works contribute to the regional peace and stability,” the Japanese navy tweeted.

The reality is these type of exercises only motivates NK to develop their missiles even more...which is exactly the outcome that conservative right wing extremists who profit off of the development and sales of arms want.

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Posted in: Ruling LDP to seek enemy base strike capability See in context

OssanAmerica

*Any person who was never charged, tried or convicted despite having been in custody and questioned is not a criminal.*

Yeah technically you are correct, but in real life Kishi and other elites like him who exploit normal citizens are the biggest crooks.

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Posted in: Ruling LDP to seek enemy base strike capability See in context

If you do some research you'll find the US has been pushing for Japan to rearm, as the LDP essentially only acts in concert with US regional and global military objectives.

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Posted in: 44-year-old man arrested after paying minor for sex See in context

Wow slow news day...this type of incident occurs basically worldwide.

It's called guy got no game but some cash on the side for girl willing to become 'entrapped.'

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Posted in: Japan to release hundreds of thousands of kiloliters of reserve oil See in context

Essentially a futile gesture by Biden et al which uses up fuel Japan has set aside for emergencies.

[ The coalition Biden assembled — bringing together India, China, Japan, South Korea and the U.K. to tap their strategic oil reserves — is unprecedented, Galimberti said. Altogether, the group could be adding 70 million to 80 million barrels of oil onto the market, he estimates.

“It’s kind of a coalition of oil importers,” he added. “But can they really supplant, or can they really represent a rival to OPEC-plus? The answer is absolutely not.” That’s because the group of importers are using their strategic petroleum reserves, which are limited. On the other hand, OPEC and its allies have oil reserves that can last for decades. “So there is no comparison between the two,” Galimberti said. ]

https://japantoday.com/category/business/explainer-what-is-the-strategic-petroleum-reserve

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Posted in: Japan to release hundreds of thousands of kiloliters of reserve oil See in context

While the Japanese government has been hesitant to tap into its stockpiles as it could deplete reserves on hand for natural disasters, a senior industry ministry official said earlier it was "not an option" to refuse the U.S. request.

Yes as noted shows clearly that Japan is merely at the beck and call of the US when you get down to it.

But this is no surprise, as we know the US created and manipulated the LDP, i.e. releasing Abe's war criminal grandfather Kishi Nobusuke from Sugamo prison, installing him as Prime Minister, and getting him to push through the US-Japan Security Agreement against the wishes of the Japanese people (Kishi was forced to quit as PM a la Park Geun-hye due to the huge demonstrations).

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Posted in: Japan institute to receive int'l scholars as exception to COVID rules See in context

@Wobot

Here's some relevant background:

[ In this case, the friends were Robin Chandler Duke, her husband, the late Ambassador Angier Biddle Duke, and the late Japanese entrepreneur, Ryoichi Sasakawa. Robin and “Angie” Duke, a prominent New York couple, had met Ryoichi Sasakawa in the late 1970s through their common interest in supporting United Nations programs in the developing world.

Angie Duke had been interested in Japan and its culture since 1937 when, as a student, he first visited that country. Serving as Chief of Protocol under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, he accompanied Prime Minister Eisaku Sato during his visit to the United States. In 1976, as Commissioner of Civic Affairs and Public Events for New York City, he was in charge of arrangements for the visit of Emperor Hirohito to the city.

The great-grandson of Washington Duke, for whom Duke University is named, Angie Duke was a diplomat with a distinguished career when he first met Ryoichi Sasakawa. ]

https://us-jf.org/about-the-foundation/history/

Same upper crust East Coast elites (the Dukes).

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