voiceofokinawa comments

Posted in: Abe's fatal shooting continues to ripple through Japan a month on See in context

Tetsuya Yamagami, the suspect of Shinzo Abe's assassination, had a deep grudge against the religious group called the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification Church-turned, known widely as the Unification Church, for the exorbitant contributions his mother made to the cult group, causing the family's bankruptcy and disintegration.

Yamagami is said to have contemplated to initially kill the head of that religious group, but changed his mind to kill Abe instead, for he believed Abe had been closely associated with the religious organization. Yamagami also reportedly said he had watched a video message Abe had sent to the cult-related group's convention, expressing his solidarity with them.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 77th memorial of A-bombing amid Russia threat See in context

Toward the end of the war Japan's know-how for developing an atomic bomb was at an inception stage. It was nuclear physicist Yoshio Nishina, who was charged with Japan's nuclear weapons development program on the order of IJA, who confirmed that the so-called "special bomb" dropped on Hiroshima was an atomic bomb.

Japan might have used an atomic bomb on the U.S., no doubt, if it had developed one first, provided it had a means to carry out the strategy, because of a desperate situation it was put under. The catch is: Was the U.S. similarly so desperate to change the course of the war and so had to resort to atomic bombs over a dying Japan, whose defeat was imminent to anyone's eyes?

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 77th memorial of A-bombing amid Russia threat See in context

Randy Johnson,

I am posting my comments not as an Okinawan but as an individual of the mankind and a world citizen. In other words, Hiroshima and Nagasaki must be discussed as universal issues, not as localized nation-to-nation ones.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 77th memorial of A-bombing amid Russia threat See in context

Randy Johnson,

Now then, if what you mention in your post is true, does that justify why the U.S. had to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, instantly killing tens of thousands of people engaged in daily routines?

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 77th memorial of A-bombing amid Russia threat See in context

Randy Johnson,

Toward the end of World War II when the invasion of Okinawa by Allied Forces was looming, boy students of junior high schools and of the boys' normal school were recruited to help IJA Okinawa defense forces mostly for scouting and other chores. Girl students were also recruited to tend to sick and wounded soldiers as apprentice nurses.

What's that to do with the calamity resulting from the atomic bombs?

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 77th memorial of A-bombing amid Russia threat See in context

The Manhattan Project was initiated out of fears that Nazi Germany might finish developing atomic bombs ahead of the Allies. However, when Nazi Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945, it was found that Germany had relinquished its plan to develop atomic bombs, whereby the raison d'etre of the Manhattan Project was lost all across the board.

Nevertheless, the project to develop atomic bombs continued albeit with many opposing voices from among the relevant physicists, and the first test of an atomic bomb was successfully carried out on July 16, 1945. Didn’t Robert Oppenheimer, Director of the project, who is also known as the father of atomic bombs, become a staunch anti-nuke later on?

But the primary target of the atomic bombing, Nazi Germany, was gone already, so that the U.S. government shifted the target of bombing to a dying Japan. By that time, all the infrastructures of cities in Japan were almost nonexistent, having been destroyed by incessant B-29 bombardments. The sky over Japan was in complete control of the U.S. air force whereby the Enola Gay, the little boy (atomic bomb)-carrying aircraft, could drop the bomb on Hiroshima without facing any counter offensive.

In a sense, the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was an experimentation of new weapons on live human beings. In that sense, the use of atomic bombs was nothing different from the atrocity of Unit 731 of the IJA.

Definitely far more atrocious and inhumane than the occasional beheading of prisoners of war by IJA officers. Note, however, the perpetrators were caught and executed as war criminals after the war except Gen. Shiro Ishii of Unit 731, who was spared of his life in exchange of all the medical records of vivisections being given to the U.S. authorities. 

To say the atomic bombings were necessary to end the war quickly is nothing but a cop-out that the victor side had to add afterwards to justify the use of the diabolic weapons. You can't sleep a wink at night unless you justified yourself and thought that your action had been correct and righteous.

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Posted in: Kishida eyes talks with U.S. House Speaker Pelosi on Fri. See in context

Pelosi and her entourage came to Japan by military aircraft, which landed on U.S. Yokota Air Base in Tokyo. Apparently, they must have departed from U.S. Osan Air Base in Korea, thus making their tour look like patrolling their vast compound.

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Posted in: Kishida eyes talks with U.S. House Speaker Pelosi on Fri. See in context

quercetum (Aug. 4  05:41 pm JST),

I'm anxious to know how you will assess Pelosi's Asian tour.

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Posted in: Kishida eyes talks with U.S. House Speaker Pelosi on Fri. See in context

What's the purpose of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Asian tour and surprise visit to Taiwan first of all? To test China's nerves and make a fuss over the Taiwan Strait? Or to demonstrate her presence as the second in line to assume U.S. presidency after Vice President Kamala Devi Harris?

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Posted in: Hibakusha professor working to dispel A-bomb 'myth' in U.S. See in context

painkillers,

There were over 150,000 Allies in Japan prison camps at that time. Approximately 12,000 of those Allied prisoners were dying in those camps each month.

Where did you pick up these figures? Or are they your own confabulations?

Weren't there many nuclear scientists at Los Alamos who were opposed to drop the atomic bombs on cities, thinking it was too inhumane?

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Posted in: U.N. chief warns world is one step from 'nuclear annihilation' See in context

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said North Korea is preparing to conduct its seventh nuclear test, Iran “has either been unwilling or unable” to accept a deal to return to the 2015 nuclear agreement aimed at reining in its nuclear program, and Russia is “engaged in reckless, dangerous nuclear saber-rattling” in Ukraine.

Funny that the secretary of the U.S., the first ever country that developed and used atomic bombs, sort of a trailblazer of the era of nuclear wars, should accuse North Korea, Iran and Russia for conceiving to possess and use nuclear weapons, 

 Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's plea for nations to stick to NPT will fall on the deaf ears of conference participants, despite the fact that Japan is the only country that suffered atomic bombings, and as far as it seeks the U.S. nuclear umbrella for protection.

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Posted in: Kishida pushes action plan for nuke-free world at United Nations NPT confab See in context

Probably, his plea will fall on deaf ears, in particular, on those of nuclear club countries. Notwithstanding, such pleas and efforts should never be discontinued.   

In a similar vein, Japan should endeavor to propagate the war-renouncing spirit of its constitution to the world community rather than thinking of revising it so that it can wage a war just like other mediocre countries.

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Posted in: Kishida Cabinet support sags to record low 51% after Abe funeral plan See in context

A researcher specializing in modern Japanese politics says, according to today's Mainichi Shimbun, that he feels somewhat worried about the state funeral to be held for slain ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for it runs counter to the course of post-war Japanese history.

 According to the researcher, the so-called Meiji Constitution of pre-war days stipulated how and on what condition a state funeral would be held for fallen statesmen, but it was made the most use of by then sitting governments as a tool to make the entire nation to toe the governments' policy lines, especially as regards wars.

The state funeral provision was repealed when the new constitution was instituted. The post-war constitution has no provision about a state funeral for politicians who left a prominent footprint and legacy for the nation.

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Posted in: Kishida to call for keeping non-use of nukes principle at NPT confab See in context

Desert Tortoise,

Dude, no western nation has any interest today in the year 2022 of invading China. None.

No name calling, please. You're right when you say no western nation has any interest of invading China today. But they used to have, actually occupying it and enslaving its people. That's an indelible fact that makes people in the West fearful of their retaliation. Will China attack Western powers for retaliation? I doubt it.

Territorial matters are different in nature and should be discussed on a different plane.

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Posted in: Kishida to call for keeping non-use of nukes principle at NPT confab See in context

Desert Tortoise,

Nobody in the west wants to conquer China. Rather we are genuinely afraid they are going to try to conquer us.

Haven't Western powers invaded and conquered China, if not all, and subjugated it as a servile state? There's a memorial on Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, commemorating Chinese coolies who lost their lives, having mutinied against the slave ship's captain.

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Posted in: Kishida to call for keeping non-use of nukes principle at NPT confab See in context

Desert Tortoise (Today  08:38 am JST),

Of course, I am fully aware that my proposal will fall on deaf ears. But efforts must be made anyway because that's the only and shortest way to realize genuine world peace. But the U.S. seems encouraging Japan to take a reverse course, which conservatives in Japan are jumping at, taking it as a boon.  

China, on the other hand, seems to make the most use of it, abusing Japan while it's weak militarily albeit at face value.

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Posted in: Kishida to call for keeping non-use of nukes principle at NPT confab See in context

A good endeavor on the part of Japan, the only country that suffered atomic bombings. In the same vein, why shouldn't Japan call on nations to emulate its war-renouncing constitution, incorporating an Article 9-like provision into their constitutions?

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Posted in: Japan discusses regional defense in rare visit to Taiwan See in context

It seems that warmongers want to help Japan take the place of the U.S. should a contingency ever occur in the Taiwan Strait and eventually in the Senkaku/Diaoyudao waters. These Japanese lawmakers – Shigeru Ishiba, Yasukazu Hamada, Akihisa Nagashima and Takayuki Shimizu -  seem to be looking in every nook and cranny for making Japan a deja vu monster once again.

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Posted in: N.Korea's Kim says country ready to mobilize nuclear war deterrent See in context

Calling each other's bluff. That's how it seems to me -- tit for tat.

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Posted in: Pope Francis visits Quebec, meets with Canadian PM Trudeau See in context

The Pope admitted to the wrongdoing that Christian settlers committed against indigenous peoples with the help of the church.

Now, blame after blame is being filed against China for its human rights abuse in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the country. Probably, Chinese President Xi Jinping is trying to embrace the Uighur minority into the larger and so-called more benevolent Han culture.

Such attempts to conform indigenous peoples to mainstream culture, through language education, et al., however, have seen a failure in the United States and Canada. The governmental authorities made efforts to "civilize and westernize" native American children through the residential school regime, thus detaching them from their parents and traditions. 

Xi should learn a lesson from the Canadian and American acculturation programs, brutal as they were.

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Posted in: Unification Church ties to lawmakers emerges as major political issue in Japan See in context

Today's Daily Gendai reports that the 35 lawmakers in the Abe faction of the LDP are connected closely in one way or another with the so-called Unification Church, renamed the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, that was originally founded by the self-proclaimed disciple of Christ, Son Myong Moon, in South Korea during the Cold War.  

Moon and his Japanese sympathizers, spearheaded by Nobusuke Kishi, the slain ex-prime minister’s grandfather, were connected closely in that they were staunch anti-communists. It’s said that Kishi helped the Unification Church establish its chapter in Japan.

No wonder that the assassin, Tetsuya Yamagami, believed that Abe had been an important supporter of the Unification Church.

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Posted in: Civic group asks court to halt state funeral for ex-PM Abe See in context

The Kishida government plans a state funeral to demonstrate the majority of the nation’s respect and affection for the slain former prime minister, but the fact that pros and cons have occurred about it seems to indicate that the government has done the contrary.

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Posted in: With Russia's war in Ukraine, Japan renews focus on nuclear deterrence See in context

According to WIKIPEDIA, civilian casualties during WW II were 7 to 16 million for China while those for Japan were 0.5 to 1 million, of whom atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were about 0.21 million.

Comparing China’s casualties with Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s, some poster seems to contend that Japan should have been retaliated against more than it actually was. 

Note, however, that during Mao Tse-tung’s Cultural Revolution, those who lost lives are said to have numbered 20 million, according to some scholars. 

Can one compare those figures on the same table, though?

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Posted in: Japan to hold state funeral for Abe in autumn See in context

The July 16 Ryukyu Shimpo editorial expressed doubt and reservation about the Kishida government's plan to hold a state funeral for the assassinated Shinzo Abe. So did Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kadzuo Shii; and so did Toru Hashimoto, former Governor of Osaka.

The Kakegakuin and cherry blossom garden party issues are still in limbo. Above all, his decision to forge ahead with the landfill work in Henoko, Okinawa, to build a replacement for USMC Air Station Futenma in line with U.S. wishes must be questioned severely from every aspect.

Abe may have been the longest serving prime minister, visited more foreign countries than any of his predecessors to solve problems through diplomacy, but it’s also true that his government was of jaundiced history.

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Posted in: A look at the Unification Church's ties to Japan's politics See in context

I always wonder what the act of believing is. The mother donated the cult group a hundred of millions of yen believing she was doing a really good thing. But her donations lead to the family’s downfall and bankruptcy. So, from the perspectives of a social norm, the mother’s act was unpardonable.

This can happen not only between cults and their followers, but also between mainstream religions and their followers for newly adopted religions often deny traditional social norms and mores: indigenous culture, that is.

Then, was Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu’s prohibition and persecution of Christians permissible to preserve Japan as it was? I really don’t know.

I take Mao Tse-tong's cultural revolution in a similar vein.

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Posted in: A look at the Unification Church's ties to Japan's politics See in context

It's become apparent that the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was motivated by the assassin's mistaken belief that Abe was responsible for his mother and the family's bankruptcy by closely associated with the Unification Church.

The Kishida government, meanwhile, announced that Abe's national funeral will be held in September, saying Abe held the longest administration in Japanese politics, that he was gunned down while campaigning and that condolences for his death have come from hordes of dignitaries home and abroad.

There's cons and pros about the national funeral in Japan.

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Posted in: Asian security experts say Japan vital for shoring up rules-based international order See in context

FYI. The official English translation of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution is as follows:

ARTICLE 9. (1) Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

(2) In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be sustained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized

The "land, sea, and air forces" in the English translation above are written as the "Army, Navy and Air Force" in Japanese.

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Posted in: Asian security experts say Japan vital for shoring up rules-based international order See in context

I propose a campaign be started right then and there to propagate the spirit of Article 9 to the world.

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Posted in: Asian security experts say Japan vital for shoring up rules-based international order See in context

If every country had a war-renouncing provision in its constitution like Article 9 of the Japanese constitution and were honest enough to pursue its spirit, the world would be a much better place than now: peaceful, altruistic and non-jingoistic.

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Posted in: China warns Kishida about amending Japan's constitution See in context

Kyo wa heiwa dayo ne (Today  09:14 am JST):

Goodness gracious its completely understandable if you look at what happened during the Japanese invasion of China

You seem to regard Japan's pacifist constitution as a kind of a penalty for the war it started. There might have been some such aspect to the constitution when it was drafted. 

But note that the new constitution was enthusiastically accepted by the Japanese people as a whole. The new constitution is permeated with pacifism and humanitarianism with an emphasis on human rights and so was celebrated with pomp and circumstances by all the nation when it was promulgated. In a way, it was the expression of remorse for the war it started and for the atrocity it committed..

I admire pacifism and humanitarianism struck home in it. I therefore think it shouldn't be revised for worse; rather that all the nations in the world should emulate it. Can you and China accept that?

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