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.

“When will US & JP’s financing help for China be over?”

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Developed countries have not extended economic assistance to China in order to help the country become a military superpower and invade its neighbors.
Watching how China interacts with its neighboring countries these days, we find that the territorial dispute with Japan has nothing to do with historical issues between Japan and China.

“When will US & JP’s financing help for China be over?”

The US media had argued that it was no longer viable in today’s situation, where China has achieved rapid economic growth, for Japan and the US to continue to provide financial help to China every year.

Foreign Policy, an American magazine specializing in foreign affairs, published the article on 12th July, saying that Japanese and Americans are raising serious questions about their continued financing of China, while the country is not only the greatest competitor for Japan and the US geopolitically, it also overtook Japan in economy size as the world’s second-largest economy in 2010.

Furthermore, according to the article, the US govt gave China 28.3 million dollars in economic aid in 2012 to spend on an environmental program, the development of rules of law and the battle against AIDS in China. Even though Japan and China have been in a touch-and-go situation with a great deal of complexity, Japan provided China with 8 hundred million dollars in 2011 due to Japan’s feeling guilty about the historical issues between the two countries. And now peoples of Japan and the US have come to express their opinion that their govts should stop giving aid to China because it already has the ability to solve its social problems on its own.

In addition, the media reports that the peoples of supporting countries to China including Japan and the US feel the aid unreasonable, and wonder how much longer they will have to aid China’s development before they can stop giving aid to such a country as China that is beginning to finance Asian-African developing countries aggressively. http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20130716-00000041-scn-cn

Actually Japan Drifts to the Right?

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There are some peoples who say with enthusiasm that Japan is drifting to the right. Is it really like that? Is Japan just trying to only become a normal country whose people care about the land they live on as every coutry’s people do?

Japan has apologized over and over again and made many reparations to the victim countries after the war.
The problem is that some govts of these countries have not only not informed the public about these facts but have also provided their people with terrible anti-Japan educations for a long time. Therefore, no matter how much Japan shows its sincerity, it couldn’t establish better relations with them. Actually, it was only in 2005 that the S.Korean people knew about Japan-Republic of Korea Basic Relations Treaty of 1965, 40 years after of the conclusion of the treaty!, in which the two countries came to important arrangements about postwar reparations, and Japan promised to offer a huge amount of money to S.K, roughly 1.5 times the national budget of it at the time. Later, S.K govt received it without telling its people. In addition Japan has supported the Korean govt every time it was hit by a currency crisis or economic troubles by giving 1-1.5 billion-dollar per event or by concluding bilateral swap agreements with S.K, of course, these also have been disclosed in public.

If Japan seems to have take a tougher line to these countries recently, it might be because the Japanese govt is gradually begining to doubt whether these countries really are worthy of its confidence?, they really can follow the international rules? For example, nonsensically, the number of Nanjing Massacre’s victims is increasing substantially every year in China, or they say in S.K parents have taught their children “You do every bad thing for beating Japanese” and now the children have been speaking evil of Japan with mixture of fact and fiction to the people of the world just in keeping with the teaching, or if Japan remarks against their will a bit, their govt incite a riot against Japan and sometimes makes its people destroy Japanese company buildings there and doesn’t try to make any compensation for their enormous loss. I wonder why such violence could be allowed in the international community these days?
I dare say, instead the international community accuses Japan of the issue of comfort women 70 years ago, it should have more interest in China’s violence directed against Japan,Tibet and Vietnam or tens of thousands of N.Korean women who said to be sold openly to China near the borther between N.K and China NOW.

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 ?”

Asian countries’ history textbooks

The following sentence is the extracts taken from an article in the Yomiuri Shinbun on 16 December, 2008, under the sub heading of “The Japanese textbook is the most controlled of all, it neither admires the war, nor fuels patriotism” The article was written on the basis of the result of ” The comparative study of history textbooks of Asian countries and America” conducted by the Stanford University.
It says..
contrary to expectations “They(Japanese history textbooks) don’t glorify the war, emphasize the importance of the military, or describe acts of heroism on the battlefield. They are timelines that only give accounts of historical events without describing narratives.” and says that on the other hand, the textbook of one of the neighboring Asian countries obviously fuels the people’s ethnic self-esteem or nationalism, some other country’s one describes their many heroic military operations proudly, but not enough writing on the historic big events that many countries’ textbooks must reference.

For the people who have studied history at the Japanese school, it was nothing special that the content of the history textbook is the “timelines that only give accounts of historical events without describing narratives”. The Japanese have always been taught that is what is the history education all about. Conversely We are surprised that there are any kind of history textbooks else.

I think if you read this, you will know some of the truth about the relationships between Japan and its neighboring countries. There are no real right wings in Japan, but only people who became aware of the importance of caring their own country as every country’s people do.
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“The Japanese textbook is the most controlled of all, it neither admires the war, nor fuels patriotism”

There have been concerns about worsening relationships among Northeast Asian countries due to the differences in historical perceptions about the past war. The ASIA-PACIFIC RESEARCH CENTER (Shorenstein APARC) at Stanford University conducted a project of a comparative study of the history textbooks used today in Japan, China, Korea, America and Taiwan.
The result shows that Japanese history textbooks don’t glorify the war and are the most controlled of all the textbooks in the study. We will introduce the following two articles. One is the result of the study written by Mr.Peter Duus, professor of Japanese History, one of the major members of the study. Another is a summary of the study written by Mr. Daniel C. Sneider, the former correspondent of a U.S. Paper in Tokyo.

Implicit Lesson

The Japanese history textbooks for high schools have gained a bad reputation in the foreign mass media for the last 30 years. They have been criticized for not paying much attention to the responsibility for starting the Pacific War or bringing suffering into people’s lives in the regions Japan occupied. Some even maintain that the content of these books has become increasingly patriotic.
The study of “Divided Memories and Reconciliation” at APARC disclosed the fact that such criticism over Japanese history textbooks was incorrect. They don’t seem to be patriotic, instead they seem to inspire the least patriotism of all. They don’t glorify the war, emphasize the importance of the military, or describe acts of heroism on the battlefield. They are timelines that only give accounts of historical events without describing narratives…

Strange Result

In contrast, most of the East Asian countries claim in their guidelines of school textbooks that the history textbook should enhance the people’s ethnic self-esteem and national identity (a sense of belonging). This is seen as being a basic role in the history education of the country. Enhancing ethnic self-esteem sometimes produces a strange result. For example the Korean history textbook doesn’t mention the main events during the war, which the other countries’ textbooks refer to, such as the war that occurred in China in 1937, the Pearl Harbor attack and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Instead it focuses entirely on the Korean’s resistance movement against Japan’s colonial administration or their cultural development in literature. In other words Korean’s history textbook is a story of the ethnic strife’s process for liberation.

Ethnocentric Description

It is probably the Chinese history textbook that describes the war in the most patriotic way. It is filled with descriptions of heroic military operations, and even suggests that it was China, chiefly the Communist Party of China, that ultimately defeated Japan. There are no references to either the war which took place in the Pacific or the importance of a role that the allied country had played there.
It also doesn’t highlight the role that the atomic bombing had played in ending the war, rather it says that the determining factors for ending the war were the general attack against Japan demanded by Mao Tse-tung and the Soviet Union’s entry into the war.
The history textbooks of China and Taiwan say that the victory in the Anti-Japanese War wiped out China’s disgrace for a century, which the Imperialism force brought on her by disregarding her rights and benefits.
The Chinese textbook also insists that China has kept on struggling for anti-imperialism even after the war against the US that it regarded as a new enemy. New China is described as the winner of the Korean war in the book, stating that they stopped the US from trying to chase “the progressive forces ” away from Asia.

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. . . .the article of the Yomiuri Shinbun
the article of the Yomiuri Shinbun

THE WALTER H. SHORENSTEIN ASIA-PACIFIC RESEARCH CENTER
http://aparc.stanford.edu/research/divided_memories_and_reconciliation/

Thanks letter from Chinese govt to Japanese

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This is a letter of appreciation from the Chinese Consul of Nagasaki to Japanese fishermen, presented on 20th May,1920, for the reason that 7 Japanese fishermen saved 31 Chinese crew who had been shipwrecked off the coast of one of the Senkaku islands (Chin:Diaoyutai). The letter had been kept by a son of one of the rescuers, and then donated to the government of Ishigaki.
In the letter we can see the words for the place name that the Chinese survivors drifted to, described clearly as “Wayo Island, Senkaku Islands, Yaeyama District, Okinawa Prefecture, Imperial Japan(日本帝国沖縄県八重山郡尖閣列島和洋島)”. Wayo Island is what the Chinese call Uotsuri Island now, which means that the Chinese Government at the time undoubtedly recognized the Senkaku Islands as Japanese territory. I think this would be a strong evidence that proves the validity of the Japanese claim over the Senkaku Islands.

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the letter of appreciation in English

letter of appreciation

Republic of China, 8th year in winter.
31 fishermen including Mr.Gojun Kaku郭合順 living in Keian恵安prefecture Fujian, had a day of storm, were wrecked and drifted down to Wayo island, Senkaku islands, Yaeyama district, Okinawa Prefecture, the Empire of Japan.
Mr.Sonban Tamayose 玉代勢孫伴 living in Ishigaki village, Yaeyama county, Okinawa Prefecture, the Empire of Japan, was kind enough to give aid to them and return them safely to their home country. You reallly achieved a great thing. So we thank you here and offer a letter of appreciation to you with our whole heart.

Republic of China Consul to Nagasaki 馮冕
Republic of China 9th year 20th May

A Japanese scholar’s point

People in any other country outside Japan may not know that no matter how dirty words China or N,S.Korea tosses against Japan, both Japanese people and media(TVs, radios and newspapers ) seldom criticize or speak evil of them. Even though many Japanese companies had dreadful experiences by violent anti-Japan demonstrations over disputes of Senkaku islands last September in China, rather, our medea said recently ”We should provide the latest technologies for reducing air pollution to China with no compensation” ..
So most of Japanese must not be able to believe their own ears to hear that Japanese today drift to the right. I can tell you that in every respect, Japanese are far less nationalistic than Chinese or Koreans.

Then, today I will introduce an article where the author unusually speaks right out for the modest Japanese. He is a political and historical scholar, seems that he has lived in Korea, very angry about what the neighboring countries have done in these days.
As the article is long I translated only extract. (sorry if mistranslation)

The world of “Better tell a lie ’cause sometimes you get lucky. ”

I think it has become clear for Japanese that Japan is encircled by a family of grave nations,that is, kidnapper(North Korea), islands robber(South Korea) and sea robber(China).

《in quest of victory against Japan》

Since I have written a book called “Anti-Japan Triangle in East Asia” I’ve given warning through these columns again and again, that Japan would have to be faced with crises by them like now . Their nationalism override on Sinocentrism that is the principle they are absolutely right. The three countries are opposed to the prosperity of Japan forever and ever because they considered Japan as outlying region in the Middle Ages. Their nationalisms burst from the layer of heritage in the form of anti-Japanism.

There also were problems in the process of attaining independence. S.Korea was freed by the US without the battle against Japan, N.Korea conducted only limited guerrilla war against Japan and yet lost big, ended up getting a Soviet’s puppet, and China restored it’s energy while their fellows fought against Japanese troops, after the war it gained independence by kicking the fellows out.
These countries could not create the national stories without a pseudo-history that they defeated Japan.
Therefore They will continue to infringe Japanese sovereignty and inveade Japan to show thier peoples that they are battling against Japan all the time. (snip)

《Don’t close your eyes to China and N.Korea’s wrongs》

In postwar Japan, the left-wing intellectuals have spreaded around a pattern of the simple dichotomy of good and evil, that is to say, as Japan caused damage to China and Korea by invading them it is evil, on the other hand China and Korea are right. They said if Japan is 2 meter-level evil, invading Tibet by China is 1 meter-level one. furthermore even said “Japan’s war responsibility for China is not counterbalanced only because China has equipped with nuclear arms” ( from “Ideological change in Japan’s foreign policy” written by Sakamoto Yoshikazu) Sakamoto is the latter standard-bearer of “Global Citizen” Now his words noted above is a good material that says a lot about his views.

Th similar people like him say something similar. This is the follwing tone..”The reason why S.Korea doesn’t accept the joint petition of the two countries to International Court of Justice, is because Japan lacks a sense of responsibility for the history”, “Japanese are under the sociopsychological situation
that they want to forget the fact that they invaded Asian countries in the war”

However, to borrow their phrase, the evils that the three countries did have exceeded 2 meters. They kidnapped many Japanese, scraped off the Japanese islands, try to fill both the South and East Seas with human wave tactics. They insulted the Japanese head of state, mugged the national flag from the
official car the Japanese ambassador ride, randomly destroyed and looted many Japanese factories or department stores by violent demonstrations under Beijing’s control

In terms of “Better tell a lie ’cause sometimes you get lucky” these countries and the Japanese left-wing intellectuals make a little difference.