E.Todd suggests Japan have nuke

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Emmanuel Todd, a French historian, anthropologist and demographer, attracted attention in 1976, predicted the fall of the Soviet Union, based on indicators such as increasing infant mortality rate. His “After the Empire” became a worldwide bestseller.
He analyzes ideas, cultures, societies and nations in an unique way including Demography or Family system. And now he suggested Japan get nuke.

Todd recommends to Japan for having nuke

Emmanuel Todd said in an interview gaven to a Japanese newspaper the Asahi Shinbun in 2006,
“I think uneven distribution of nuclear weapons is the most dangerous situation to the world. The tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place because nuclear weapon was held by only the US at that time. The weapon never be used during the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union. When both India and Pakistan had nuke, they at last went to the peace table. The cause of unstable situation in the Middle East is that Israel has a monopoly on nuke. Also in East Asia, unstable due to nuclear only China has. Japan should have it, too.” Furthermore he said ” from Gaullist view.., if a nation had nuke it could be freed from any military alliance and become in no danger of being involved in a war”
As for the Japanese people’s strong sentiment against nuke because of experiencing the bombing, saying “I can understand the Japanese feeling about it, but they should face up to the difficult reality of the world. ”
he stated that the biggest reason why France went nuclear was that it had been invaded many times in history. It was the only nuclear weapons by which France got out from a geopolitical bad position at once.
He pointed out that if a country that has suffered a nuclear attack has nuke, it will initiate a full-scale discussion about nuke in the world and will become the significant turning point in the history of nuke.

Japan has forgotten a way of national defense because it has stood firm in defense of the unrealistic pacifist constitution ever since the end of the war. It has busily supported neighboring countries by giving money or technologies for their economic progress, and one day it find itself surrounded by enemies that it brought up. In the end, like the proverb says “a country that helps neighborers will go to ruin”
Now China begins to threaten Japan with their massive military force including nuke and tries to redraw its national boundaries by force. Their ambition is anachronistic imperialism which no one welcomes today. The growing inequality of military power of recent date is bringing about tension between Japan and China definitely. I think Japan has no choice but to have nuke to solve this serious problem. The choice will be not only for Japan but for the world including Asia.

Let’s Talk about the Truth of JP-SK Relations

This is an article from Sankei Shinbun, Japanese newspaper, on July 27, 2013. Professor James. E. Auer, the author of the article, showed surprise at S.Koreans completely ignorance on Japan and felt confused about their one-sided historical perceptions in another place. I think I want all S.Kreans to know about true histories between Japan and S.Korea.



Let’s talk about the truth of JP-SK relations

July 26 2013
James.E.Auer, a director of Center for U.S. Japan
Studies and Cooperation, Vanderbilt University


Last month, I visited to Seoul for three days at the invitation of a S.Korean senior politician who is a supporter of President Park Geun Hye. Unfortunately, most of S.Koreans whom I met there viewed Japan in a negative light.

<The comfort women were not exclusively the Korean women>

I asked the S.Koreans that I have met why they obviously changed their opinion about Japan-Korea disputes after the Japanese prime minister Keizo Obuchi and the President Kim Dae-jung (both at that time) issued a joint statement in 1998 saying that both nations agreed on settling the confrontation between the two and moving toward better relations.

Most S.koreans I met claimed that their stance have not changed since 1998. Instead, their current attitude of ant-Japanese are due to Japanese insensitivity toward bilateral history issues including Prime Ministers’ visits to Yasukuni Shrine or Japan’s claim to Takeshima (Dokdo).

I said them that none of the leader of Japan, S.Korea and the US would forgive the practices of prostitution conducted by Japan till 1945 in China

We have no hard numbers, but it might well be that the number of the Korean comfort women, who were sold by their poor peasant parents or applied for employment by other way, was more than that of the comfort women from Japan, China or other countries.

However, it was not a plan to recruit comfort women only from Korea. There seems little doubt that Japan sincerely feels a sense of remorse for the true suffering which this project inflicted on comfort women of all the nationalities during the war.

In those days, prostitution was legal in Japan. The US troops also received sexual services from Japan during the occupation. I don’t mean to suggest that these facts prove what happened was right, but I mean that they show how different values at that time were from the ones of today.

With regard to Japanese government officials’ visit to Yasukuni Shrine, I said them the Japanese leaders have not visited Yasukuni Shrine in order to either honoring some class-A war criminals listed there or praising Japan’s own behavior of apologies toward other countries. More importantly, it seems to be a big contradictions that such a country like China that hates criticism against its own internal affairs from abroad blames Japan for its politicians’ visits to the shrine which is dedicated to the Japanese soldiers who served and died for their country.

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<Yasukuni is no different than Arlington>

Now the US president and leaders of other countries include Japan and S.K. visit the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, US, even though there are many tombs of Johnny Rebs who fought for the South that supported slavery. Today most of advanced countries don’t accept slavery, but there is no one who claim to remove the tombs of Johnny Rebs from the National Cemetery because they believed in slavery.

After much talk with the S.Koreans I found that the most difficult problem was concerned with “Takeshima” I said that Japan didn’t seem change its views of the problem due to legal bases favorable to Japan. Meanwhile, I asked, though Japan never be likely to send SDF troops to drive away the S.Korean soldiers from Takeshima now, why they don’t stop worrying about the issue. The only answer that I heard from them was because the SKoreans thought the Japanese govt should agree the opinion that Takeshima belongs to S.Korea absolutely.

There was only one group that didn’t complain about Japan. They were in the base of S.Korean navy. I saw “Cheonan(天安)” which was the S.Korean corvette (a patrol combatant craft) torpedoed by N.Korea before. The officers never talk about politics, instead, talk of the need to collaborate with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the United States Navy to counter vicious and unpredictable behaviors by N.Korea realistically.

<Contribution of JP-Sino War and JP-Russo war to Korea>

What can we do to change S.Korea’s attitude towards Japan for the better? One of my students who has lived in Seoul since his/her birth and worked there for more than 20 years since graduated from Vanderbilt University, said that he/she thought Japan would have to keep taking a patient stance until the Koreans overcome thier inferiority complex. I’m sorry to say that it seems to be right to the point. However I would expect President Park to be able to work out a deal with Prime Minister Abe.

Although the Japanese would never mention this, I believe it deserves consideration for the Koreans that there was a common reason for Japan to win the two wars against China in 1895 and Russia in 1905. Japan wasn’t against Korea at that time, but it was afraid that Korea come to be controlled either by China or Russia.

If China won JP-Sino War, Korea might have become a colony of China, also if Russia defeated Japan, Korea must have been Russian’s. After all Japan’s victories of the two wars leaded Korea to the position of a democracy based on the market economy like today.
(sorry if misinstlation)


http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/news/130726/kor13072603210001-n1.htm

Need Reinvestigation of Comfort Women

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The Koreans are putting up a statue of comfort women from one to another in the US (why in the US?, not in SK? I think). I’m not sure whether the taking of women by force or “sex slave” is true or not yet because I have seen the Koreans have lied without reservation about history or other things.

For instance, they dare to claim Confucius was Korean or Chinese characters originated in the Korean Peninsula (crazy!). Also they claim unique Japanese cultures identified and agreed upon by the world in history such as Judo, Katate, Sado (Japanese art of tea ceremony), Samurai, Ninja, etc., originated in Korea and spread the fabrications all over the world. Again their govt has not announced an enormous amount of reparation money from Japan officially for a long time, and driven its people to anti-Japanese demonstrations, seeing with a straight face them saying “Japan neither apologizes nor makes reparations.” It can’t be helped to be said that they are the people who don’t much feel guilty for lying. So, the Korean’s side of the stories is to be suspected.

However, it doesn’t mean that the Japanese military were totally innocent about the comfort women issue because there seems to have been non-Korean testimonies and witnesses. WW2 was a long and massive war. Especially in its final phase the Japanese army might lose control over its front-line soldiers. A lot of tragedies would happen there. Even in these cases, they should be set apart from such systematic atrocities as the Nazis did.

Anyway now is just like a situation where many blind men touch different parts of an elephant and each says in his/her own way “The elephant is something like that..”
Now the issue needs a systematic reinvestigation by setting up a committee of independent and impartial experts in history and international law.

the U.S. ‘s annual report about China

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A new age where people cannot criticize China’s autocratic manners for fear of its economic and military power seems to be just around the corner.
It pretended to be asleep when it was weak and poor, but has moved ahead with built-up arms and doesn’t even try to hide its ambitions with its increasing economic development. China is trying to bring last century’s barbaric and egocentric views of the state into the world again today where people have been overcoming these faults in one way or another through the experiences of two world wars. I don’t think the world should allow China to continue such deeds.
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The Baseline of China around Senkaku is the breach of international law

7 May, 2013 Mainichi Shinbun

On May 6th, the U.S. Department of Defense released its annual report about the military force of China.
The report points out that “in September 2012, China began using improperly drawn straight baseline claims around the Senkaku Islands, adding to its network of maritime claims inconsistent with international law.” over the Senkaku islands in Okinawa Prefeture. It has adopted a negative stance consistently on taking a particular position over the issue of territorial rights, but accordingly the report states that China’s behavior was unjustified.
On September, the Chinese govt set its own baseline to show China’s sovereignty over Senkaku and submitted the material to the UN as a countermeasure to Japan’s nationalization of the Senkaku Islands. Although the Japanese govt doesn’t accept it, China’s public ships, such as those used for marine patrol, have violated Japanese territorial waters in the surrounding sea repeatedly since then. The Japanese and U.S. governments agree on the position of, “We stand against any unilateral action by force, which tries to change the existing state”, and continue to monitor China’s comings and goings.
(The rest is omitted)
http://mainichi.jp/select/news/20130507k0000e030094000c.html
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An excerpt from Annual report to Congress of th US

The Chinese government maintains that its maritime rights extend to virtually the entire South China Sea and often illustrates this claim using a “nine-dash line” that encompasses much of the South China Sea area. At the same time, Beijing is ambiguous about the precise meaning of the nine-dash line; to date, China has not clarified the meaning of the nine-dash line or its legal basis. In April 2012, Chinese maritime law enforcement vessels and Philippine coast guard vessels engaged in a protracted standoff at Scarborough Reef, after the Philippine Navy attempted to conduct a fishing enforcement action against Chinese fishermen.
Although overt tensions between China and the Philippines subsided by year’s end, both sides continue to claim jurisdiction over the reef. Chinese law enforcement vessels have maintained an almost continuous presence ever since.
In November 2012, China also added a map which contained the nine-dash line to all of its new passports. This action elicited negative responses from other nations in the Asia-Pacific region. China’s increased reference in official government materials to the nine-dash line is a source of concern to its neighbors and other nations because, at a minimum, it creates an impression that China is not merely claiming all the land features within the nine-dash line, but it may also be claiming a special sovereign status of all the water and the sea-bed contained therein.
China claims sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands (what the Chinese refer to as the Diaoyu Islands) in the East China Sea, territory also claimed by Taiwan and Japan. In April 2012, the Governor of Tokyo announced plans to purchase three of the five islets from private Japanese owners. In response, in September 2012, the Government of Japan purchased the three islands. China protested the move and since that time has regularly sent maritime law enforcement ships (and, less often, aircraft) to patrol near the Senkakus to protect its claims; this has included regular Chinese maritime operations within 12nm of the islands. On September 25, China published a white paper entitled, “Diaoyu Dao, an ’Inherent Territory’ of China.” In addition, in September 2012, China began using improperly drawn straight baseline claims around the Senkaku Islands, adding to its network of maritime claims inconsistent with international law. In December 2012, China submitted information to the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf regarding China’s extended continental shelf in the East China Sea that includes the disputed islands.
http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2013_China_Report_FINAL.pdf

Right to Blame

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China’s military budget has become the second largest in the world after America. It has been increasing at an unusually rapid rate, more than double in the past 6 years. Now it is beginning to step on the toes of other countries’ territories with its massive military power, having an intensive conflict with Japan, Philippines and Vietnam over the Senkaku Islands and the South China Sea. It has also become a serious problem that China has tortured many Tibetan monks, pushed them to suicide after invading Tibet and has been cracking down on Uighur.

On the other hand, Japan has maintained the pacifist Constitution since the end of the war, which advocates the renunciation of war and complete pacifism, for which even the right to life of Japanese could be threatened if Japan were to go into real combat. An attempt to revision of the constitution still could face stubborn opposition from its own people. As the constitution prohibits Japan from sending the Self-Defense Forces to a war zone, they have never killed even a single foreigner after the war. So, again, Japan’s contributions to the United Nations is still the world’s second largest after America. It has provided financial and technological aid to developing countries generously and played a big role for peace and development of the world ever. Its people of today hate any kind of conflict or speaking ill of other countries.

I think it is absurdly illogical that in spite of the above situation China describes Japan as “becoming militarized” or blames Japan on the war that happened 68 years before. I guess most Japanese can’t believe their ears to hear China’s accusation against Japan, and would say “Why are we Japanese who have practiced pacifism seriously criticized for militarization by China that continues military expansion and endangers the safety of its neighbors even now ?”

It’s ironic..

This article appeared in Sankei Shinbun 27 May. 2006, written by Kevin M Doak who is a professor of University of Illinois.
It says, it’s ironic that China who works toward a military power desperately accuses the Japanese PM of visiting Yasukuni. I agree with this remark.

The Impropriety of Interfering with Memorial Services
by Kevin M Doak

It is quite ironic that Chinese government accuses PM Junichiro Koizumi of visiting Yasukuni shrine in relation to Japan’s militarism or glorifying war. Now the whole world knows China is building the arsenals on a massive scale. The militarist China itself accuses the Japanese PM of visiting Yasukuni by saying that Japan trends toward militarism. The asserting that a country is militaristic because its PM visits its shrine is something like a bad joke. If China consistently condemns the visit to Yasukuni, they should find more stronger reasons.

It is nothing more than China’s excuse that it connects the visit to Yasukuni with militarism. It is a fact that the reason why China makes critical attacks on Yasukuni is not only to use them as weapons of politics or diplomacy against Japan, but to counteract religions or belief from fear. The Chinese govt. is controlled by the Communist Party and every communist is an overt anti-religious atheist. The Communist Party has the stance that they denies any religions or belief essentially and tries to impose such a undemocratic principle on a diplomatic society, Japan. The principle leads to suppression of freedom and human rights of the people.

China accuses Japan’s class-A war criminals but no matter how bad Hideki Tojo and others were, they might matter much less than Mao Tse-tung who killed more than 20 million of his people. Yet Mao received China’s highest accolade after his death and the people expressed their sympathy for him. According to the logic that China uses to Japan, the Chinese people also should not express their condolences for Mao due to his “Crime” in his lifetime, but I would like to recognize their right to do it. This is not a matter that foreign nations or people should get involved in.
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Many foreign troops visited Yasukuni Shrine

The country whose military has the most frequency visited Yasukuni formally is the USA, the second is Germany.
Especially the military attaches of the German Embassy in Japan always visit there both upon arriving in and just before leaving Japan.

Until some time ago, Japanese ministers used to visit Yasukuni shrine as a matter of course. It, however, slipped into a troublesome political issue insidiously. I think main players in complicating the situation would be left-wing powers which came into the postwar Japan and have worked behind the scenes. They always have emitted smoke without fire, spoiled relations between Japan and the rest of the East Asian countries.
Normally, it would make no sense for differing with other country’s way of enshrining its war dead. Even the US army that was engaged in mortal combat with Japan in the past war has viseted Yasukuni many times, and of course successive Japanese PMs also have visited Arlington Cemetery.
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. . . .* Militaries that have ever visited Yasukuni*

Commander Ricardo Laure and the 51 crew of the Juan Sebastián Elcano,training squadron of the Spanish navy

Commander Ricardo Laure of the Juan Sebastián Elcano, training squadron of the Spanish navy, and his 50 crew members

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General Lieutenant Johanes Steinhoff of Luftwaffe

General Lieutenant Johanes Steinhoff of Luftwaffe

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Rear Admiral Daniel.T.Smith, Captain general of the US Army in Japan, and 25 top officials

Rear Admiral Daniel.T.Smith, Captain general of the US Army in Japan, and 25 top officials

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Crew members and cadets of the french escort ship Victor Cherchez and the aircraft carrier Jeanne d'Arc

Crew members and cadets of the French escort ship Victor Cherchez and the aircraft carrier Jeanne d’Arc

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Cadets of Army-Navy-Air Force of Italy

Cadets of Army-Navy-Air Force of Italy

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Ambassadors to Japan, Colonel Sylva and cadets of the Emeraldas, training squadron of the Chilean navy

Colonel Sylva and cadets of the Emeraldas, training squadron of the Chilean navy, and Ambassador of Chile to Japan

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Military attaches of Brazil,Israel, Pohland and Turkey

Military attaches of Brazil,Israel, Poland and Turkey

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Captain Luis and his 60 men of training squadron of Peru

Captain Luis and his 60 men of training squadron of Peru

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Cadets of the United States Air Force Academy

Cadets of the United States Air Force Academy

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Minister of Defense Andreotti and the cadets of Army-Navy-Air Force of Italy

Minister of Defense Andreotti and cadets of Army-Navy-Air Force of Italy

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Major of Marines Oscarmás, Captain of the Libertad, training squadron of the Argentina navy, and navy cadets.

Cadets and Lieutenant commander Oscarmás of Commanding officer of the Libertad, training squadron of the Argentina navy

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Major of marines ,a commander of training squadron of Thailand

Major of marines Bantom, a commander of training squadron of Thailand

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Captain of the Custódio de Melo,training squadron of Brazil, cadets and 120 crew

Captain of the Custódio de Melo, s training squadron of Brazil, cadets and 120 crew members