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What’s wrong with his Japanese education?

What’s wrong with his Japanese education

The video below is a part of Prime Minister Abe’s Q&A session, which I tried to translate as accurately as I could. Feel free to improve it.

A woman asks, “As for the LDP party, what sort of policy do you intend to focus on?” He answers:

“The Preamble of the Constitution of Japan asserts that ‘we have determined to preserve our security and existence, trusting in the justice and faith of the peace-loving peoples of the world.’ In other words, it says that we leave it to the rest of the world to ensure our own security. And, ‘We desire to occupy an honored place in an international society striving for the preservation of peace, and the banishment of tyranny and slavery, oppression and intolerance for all time from the earth.’ It does not mean that we think of banishing tyranny and slavery, oppression and intolerance. The international society thinks so, and that’s how we seek help from them. It is petty. Quite frankly, it is a disreputable/undignified constitution. Because it is not made by the Japanese, isn’t it? Due to such constitution, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not obliged [allowed?] to make comments (on the Constitution). That is left to the international community to do so. That’s how the spirit has become. I think that it is important to change from there.”

I know it is quite puzzling. When I saw this video, I was dumbfounded at first, as his answers show a complete misunderstanding of the Constitution. (Or, he lacks a basic understanding of the Japanese language). I now find it quite interesting as this reveals his revisionist logic.






Momotaro and the Zokkoku Theater

This is my blog about the Client State – Japan with a satire flavor. I hope to write an English paper on the Zokkoku sometimes soon, so I won’t go into detail now.

属国劇場 ~ 「あれから桃太郎は」







Fake news

Last March 4, the BBC reported on the joint declaration regarding fake news, disinformation and propaganda by Mr. David Kaye (UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression) and his counterparts from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Organisation of American States (OAS) and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).

After some minutes of flicking and clicking online, I got into one of the United Nations’ websites which I thought would shed more light on this declaration. Someone from the Special Procedures Division of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights responded promptly to my request for a copy of the declaration.

This declaration focuses on concerns about fake news and the risk of censorship while trying to combat these. It, likewise, mentions the danger in which the growing prevalence of fake news or disinformation, fuelled by both State and non-State individuals and agencies, mislead citizens and interfere with people’s right to know the truth. Charter 6, the last section, says “All stakeholders – including intermediaries, media outlets, civil society and academia – should be supported in developing participatory and transparent initiatives for creating a better understanding of the impact of disinformation and propaganda on democracy, freedom of expression, journalism and civic space, as well as appropriate responses to these phenomena.”

Last month, you most probably heard about the much publicised video of a female cyclist responding to catcalls from men in a van by chasing them and destroying their vehicle’s wing mirror. This was posted on Facebook then by the media; several of them later updated their stories calling it as a hoax or fake.

How to recognise fake news?

Publishing or reporting fake news undermines the trustworthiness of the media as a whole. But, why are some media outlets and journalists not careful and thorough with their information?

選挙 と 日本会議 と 主権を制約しようとする「自虐」の日本人!?




一水会の鈴木邦男氏が日本会議の中心人物たちのことを、「優秀な人たち」と評価していた。 。。。


Deported of Indochina: "We Are Forgotten Ones of History"


Jérôme Jadot, Cécile Mimaut - "Les déportés oubliés d'Indochine" (21-04-2016)



4月21日 2016年 ジェローム・ジャド(国営ラジオ フランス・アンフォ)



日本礼賛 と 星の王子様のうぬぼれ男(2)

This is again about my English essay Superb Japan!? - Superb Japan!? ― 日本礼賛の幻想

In my Japanese blog (1), I write on Japan’s recent self-praise claims in connection with the conceited man in The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, though of course I did not mention it in my English essay. That’s why you see the cute Little Prince.

Credits: Le Petit Prince Collection by AmiAmaLilium on DeviantArt
under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License

日本礼賛 と 星の王子様のうぬぼれ男(2)




愛国心や戦意高揚をねらった称賛扇動と軍国主義は、密接なつながりがあることは述べました。(英文エッセイには、もちろん「星の王子様」は登場しません)過去にはアジアの「指導民族」であるという優越心が、自国の来し方や侵略戦争を善なるものとして正当化したわけです。 - Superb Japan!? ― 日本礼賛の幻想














Why does the U.S. have military bases in Japan?

Nice video! To add a little more information to it, not only the US taxpayers’ money is spent to retain 800 US military bases, but also astronomical sums of money have been spent from the rest of the world!

For example, the US-Japanese governments plan to build a new military US base in Henoko, Okiwana. The Japanese taxpayers’ money has been currently used for all the expenses associated with relocation, construction, and maintenance of the US military bases. If we have a new base for 200-year service life in Henoko, it would cost 1 trillion 500 billion yen.

Not surprisingly, local opposition has been growing stronger.

We know that the US military bases are not to defend Japan. What then is the democratic legitimacy to keep all the US military bases in our country!?

Okinawa 2 (I love Okinawa)

I visited Okinawa last month. Okinawa hosts 74 % of the U.S. bases on 0.6 % of the land. Despite overwhelming opposition, the Japanese government is taking the lead in efforts to build a new U.S. military base in Henoko Bay, emphasizing the deterrence value of the U.S. bases in Japan. Our policy makers want to proceed with the construction "shuku shuku to (calmly and solemnly)."

It is shockingly mindless and undemocratic to disregard the Okinawans' will. Here are some of useful websites on anti-U.S. base acitivities and protests (see the Japanese version – four of eleven sites are in English).

  1. 辺野古(新基地阻止)基金
  2. 辺野古への土砂搬出反対 協議会が発足
    (辺野古に埋め立てる土砂が足りず、多府県からけずって運搬する。すべては米軍のために ― なんとも馬鹿げている)
  3. 映画が描く沖縄基地問題と日本の選択
  4. 『戦場ぬ止み(いくさばぬとぅどぅみ)』劇場予告編
  5. 三上智恵監督インタビュー
  6. New Wave to Hope宮島玲子さんらの活動
  7. 米軍基地はもういらない〜辺野古の海を守る人々
  8. チョムスキー氏「反基地に奮闘する県民、県政を強く支持」
  9. "All Japan" versus "All Okinawa" - Abe Shinzo's Military-Firstism 「オール・ジャパン」対「オール沖縄」 安倍晋三の軍事最優先主義
  10. Economics of U.S. base redevelopment sway Okinawa mindset
  11. Looking at Flaws in the Henoko Landfill Permit Process from the Standpoint of the Right to Self-determination

大好きだよ沖縄 2(希望としてのおきなわ)

20代の頃、ベニスのある詩人にたずねた。「イタリアの人は、どうしてこんなに温かいのだろう?」すると。「クリマ、クリマ (clima, clima)」気候のせいだよ、という即答がかえってきた。




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