Study of English

August 30, 2007

NIPPON FALCONS LEAGUE / To pretest the Comfort Women Resolution

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Japan,Korea — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 2:42 pm

NIPPON FALCONS LEAGUE
To pretest the Comfort Women Resolution

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http://ianfu.blogspot.com/2007/08/nippon-falcons-league.html

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Wikipedia was unlocked / On the comfort women issue

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Japan,Korea — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 2:41 pm

Wikipedia was unlocked.
On the comfort women issue.

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http://ianfu.blogspot.com/2007/08/wikipedia-was-unlocked.html

August 13, 2007

China lobby pushed the Honda resolution

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Japan,Korea — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 2:46 am

China lobby pushed the Honda resolution.
 

http://ianfu.blogspot.com/2007/08/china-lobby-pushed-honda-resolution.html

U.S. government doesn’t endorse Honda resolution

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Japan,Korea,U.S.A. — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 2:45 am

U.S. government doesn’t endorse Honda resolution

http://ianfu.blogspot.com/2007/08/negropontes-remark.html

August 10, 2007

“Claim damages of the atomic bombing to the United States.” 72%.

Filed under: IANFU 'comfort women',Japan,U.S.A. — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 6:35 pm

“Claim damages of the atomic bombing to the United States.”  72%.

There is the discussion TV program which a comedian named OHTA, Hikaru presides at in Japan.
OHTA plays the part of the Japanese Prime Minister and proposes policies. Genuine politicians and celebrities discuss the proposal. And, audiences vote by the yes and no on telephone and Internet. 
The policy of “Prime Minister OHTA” tonight is so. “Damages of the atomic bombing are claimed to the United States. ”
I did not see the discussion time, and saw only the last viewer’s vote. Viewer’s vote results are following.
Agreement 72 percent and opposite 28 percent.
It is the result that is not possible in Japan before ten years. A completely reverse result would be given.
I think that the number of Japanese who value the alliance of Japan and the United States has increased for ten years. A nuclear issue with North Korea and an explosive expansion of a Chinese army are the reasons.
However at the same time, another phenomenon has occurred to the Japanese. It is a disappearance of “Brainwash by the United States”.
After World War II, the United States did thorough “Brainwash” to the Japanese under the occupation.
“In Japan, Evil Empire and the United States are countries of the justice.” “Japan’s war is completely evil, and war of the United States is justice.” “It is all correct that the United States did.”
For people knowing process of Japan-U.S. war definitely, these are mere ridiculous funny stories.
At last, these are disappearing after 50 years or more postwar days.
The start is Manga “On War” of KOBAYASHI, Yoshinori published in 1998. The American finished it up though various events happened afterwards. The comfort women issue resolution adopted by “Unanimity” by “Ten people present” in the U.S. House of Representatives the other day is it.
It is Chinese anti-Japan groups that supports assembly member Mike Honda who submitted this resolution as known well.
The leader layer in the United States will throw away Japan and ally with China. They intend to let China do what China would like in Asia. The comfort women issue resolution is outcome of the intention.
This situation is regrettable for the Japanese including me who thinks that the cooperation of Japan-U.S. is necessary for the peace and prosperity of the world.
However, there is no other way.
If you are an American, I say that congratulations.
Your new sworn friend in Asia is the country which sells poisoned pet food and a poisonous coating toy to another person calmly. China (and Chosun, that is Korea) is quite different from Japan in all respects. You had better prepare.

By the way, what should Japan do after the connection with the United States cuts?
China is a barbarous country of the former modern ages. Japan does not mean to become a dependency of such a country.
There is only one Japanese choice. It is the establishment of the independent defense system that doesn’t depend on the United States.
There are people saying such a thing in Japan.
“Japan that is the only atomic-bombed nation has a right only right to be nuclear-armed. ”
At present, I do not agree with this opinion. However, if the people of the United States chooses China, I can do nothing but agree with the opinion.

Nagasaki marks A-bombing: Yomiuri Newspapaer, Tokyo, Japan

Filed under: Japan,U.S.A. — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 12:34 am

Nagasaki marks A-bombing
The Yomiuri Shimbun

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20070810TDY01004.htm

NAGASAKI–Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged the government to be more aware of Japan’s status as the only nation that has experienced atomic bombings and to use its leadership in the international community to eliminate nuclear weapons, at a ceremony marking the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city Thursday.

The municipal government held its annual memorial to pray for the souls of the atomic-bombing victims and peace at the Peace Park in the Matsuyamamachi district, close to Ground Zero of the 1945 bombing. About 5,500 people, including survivors and bereaved families of victims, attended the ceremony.

In the city’s annual Peace Declaration, the mayor expressed his deep concern about a recent remark made by then Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma that appeared to justify the atomic bombings, and Cabinet ministers’ positive remarks concerning Japan’s possession of nuclear weapons.

“Today, in the midst of erroneous interpretation of the atomic bombings and discussion of the possible possession of nuclear weapons even in Japan, it is necessary to enact the three nonnuclear principles into law, not merely state them as national policy,” the mayor said in the declaration.

The ceremony started at 10:40 a.m. with the ringing of bells by high school students.

Three books, listing the names of 3,069 atomic bombing survivors in the city who died or were confirmed dead in the past year, were placed in a sacred box in front of the Statue of Peace.

The number of names now totals 143,124.

Following an offering of water to the souls of the victims by bereaved families, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, and representatives of 15 foreign governments, including ambassadors from Pakistan and Iraq, which sent delegates to the ceremony for the first time, offered wreaths with the bereaved families. A record number of foreign governments were represented at the ceremony.

At 11:02 a.m., the time when the bomb was dropped, attendees offered silent prayers while bells, sirens and ship’s horns at Nagasaki Port sounded en masse.

At the beginning of the Peace Declaration, Taue referred to former Mayor Itcho Ito, who was fatally shot in April. In November 1995, Ito spoke at the International Court of Justice in The Hague showing a picture of a deceased boy who had been horribly burned by the atomic bombing.

Taue noted that following his predecessor’s appeal the international court declared that the use of nuclear weapons is a violation of international law, and said, “We vow to carry on his commitment to the elimination of nuclear arms.”

The mayor urged the government to enact Japan’s three nonnuclear principles–not possessing, producing or allowing the entry of nuclear weapons–into law and work toward making Northeast Asia a nuclear weapon-free zone.

He also said the government should persist with the six-party talks to persuade North Korea to drop its nuclear programs.

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Abe apologizes again

After the ceremony, Abe reiterated his apology about Kyuma’s remark saying, “I’m terribly sorry for having hurt the feelings of many atomic bombing survivors.”

“As for the elimination of nuclear weapons, I’ll continue to do my best to prevent a tragedy caused by nuclear weapons from occurring again,” he said.

Abe then met with representatives of atomic bombing survivors in a hotel in the city, and reiterated his intention to relax criteria for recognizing sufferers of radiation-related sicknesses following the atomic bombings.

(Aug. 10, 2007)

August 8, 2007

The Democratic Party opposes the extension of antiterrorisum law of Japan.

Filed under: Japan,Korea,U.S.A. — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 9:59 am

The Democratic Party opposes the extension of antiterrorisum law of Japan.

This “Democratic Party” is “Democratic Party of Japan”.

The DPJ won a great victory by the other day’s the House of Councilors election, and the government party lost a majority.

Representative OZAWA, Ichiro of the DPJ has a sense of closeness in China and Chosun (Korea) and holds the anti-American thought.

The extension of antiterrosisum law is difficult in what the situation is.

Japanese of large majority that values the alliance with the United States including me have a big sense of crisis.

The number of Japanese who regret having voted for the DPJ getting angry at the scandal of the Liberal-Democratic Party will increase in the future.

Machine-guned schoolchild’s satchel. 62 years from the day. The guardian deity of children is open to the public also this year.

Filed under: Japan,U.S.A.,WW2 — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 8:16 am

This is an article printed in Yomiuri newspaper of Japan.
I translate this article into English if there is free time.
If you are an American, it is not a too happy article.

ランドセルに機銃掃射、あの日から62年…今年も地蔵公開
 戦時中に疎開先の東京・八王子市で米軍機に銃撃され、小学4年生で死亡した神尾明治(あきじ)君(当時9歳)のランドセルを背負った地蔵が8日、今年も地元の相即寺(八王子市泉町1132)で公開される。
 ボール紙を黒っぽい布で覆ったランドセルは62年前に明治君が背負っていたもので、ところどころがほころびている。それでも毎年、ご開帳される日には多くの人が供養に訪れ、平和を願っている。
 明治君は太平洋戦争末期、品川区から兄とともに八王子市に疎開し、1945年7月8日朝、友人たちと遊んでいたところ、米軍戦闘機の機銃掃射を受け、亡くなった。母親は悲嘆にくれる中、同寺の地蔵堂で153体ある地蔵の中から、明治君に似た面立ちの地蔵を見つけ、遺品のランドセルを背負わせたという。
 それ以来、この地蔵は「ランドセルをしょった地蔵さん」として近所の人に知られるようになり、明治君の命日など年3回、ご開帳されるようになった。
 昨年冬、明治君が通っていた国民学校の後身である品川区立原小学校(現・区立伊藤学園)の4年生が、学芸会で明治君の疎開時の出来事などをモチーフに、家族や命の大切さを訴える内容の創作劇を上演。70歳を過ぎた明治君の元同級生からは、「二度とあってはならない悲劇を若い世代にも伝えてほしい」との声が同学園に寄せられた。
 こうした声を受けて、先月19日には、区内のホールで再演され、明治君が銃撃されたシーンや母親が地蔵にランドセルを背負わせる場面では、会場からはすすり泣きも漏れていた。
 相即寺は8日のご開帳について「夏休み期間中、たくさんの児童に、地蔵を実際に見てほしいから」と話している。
(2007年8月7日13時46分 読売新聞)

Machine-guned schoolchild’s satchel. 62 years from the day. The guardian deity of children is open to the public also this year.

  KAMIO, Akiji (nine years old at that time)  in the fourth grade of elementary school died during the war by being gunned to the United States air force plane in Hachioji City, Tokyo. The statue of ZIZOU the guardian deity of children shoulders his satchel is open to the public on the eighth in the buddhist temple Sousoku-ji in local. 
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August 7, 2007

“Hiroshima prays for peace”:Yomiuri Newspaper, Tokyo, Japan

Filed under: Japan,U.S.A. — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 2:36 am

Hiroshima prays for peace / 40,000 commemorate 62nd anniversary of A-bombing of city
The Yomiuri Shimbun

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20070807TDY01003.htm

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Prayers were offered for a nuclear-free world at a ceremony marking the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II, held Monday at the Peace Memorial Park in the city.

“Here in the 21st century, the time has come when problems can actually be solved through the power of the people,” Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba declared.

Akiba said he would call for the elimination of nuclear weapons, as it is the will of humanity, at a general meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments, an international organization of municipalities, to be held in South Korea in October.

Despite international efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation, North Korea conducted a nuclear test in October.

The ceremony, organized by the Hiroshima municipal government, was attended by about 40,000 people, including the bereaved families of atomic bomb victims, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and ambassadors from 42 countries–the largest number ever.

At 8:15 a.m.–the time Hiroshima was bombed 62 years ago–Yukiko Kuroda, representing the bereaved families, and 12-year-old Ryosuke Soda, symbolizing the next generation, rang a bell for peace. All participants fell silent for a minute of prayer.

“Despite their [the survivors’] best efforts, vast arsenals of nuclear weapons remain in high states of readiness–deployed or easily available,” Akiba said. “Proliferation is gaining momentum, the human family still faces the peril of extinction.”

He added that old-fashioned leaders, clinging to an old worldview, have ignored the voices of atomic bomb survivors.

Akiba described efforts made by Mayors for Peace, attended by leaders of 1,698 cities in 122 countries and regions, and the Hiroshima municipal government’s plan to host exhibitions on the atomic bombings in 101 U.S. cities.

Recently, former Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma made a comment that could have been taken as justifying the U.S. atomic bombings.

Akiba said the government is obliged to learn the realities of the bombings and the philosophies of the victims, and spread this knowledge across the globe.

Akiba also offered prayers for former Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito, who was shot dead in April during his reelection campaign.

In closing his speech, Akiba said, “Let us pledge here and now to take all actions required to bequeath to future generations a nuclear weapon-free world.”

Two 12-year-old primary school students–Hiroki Mori and Nao Yamasaki–read out their vows for peace, saying that to create a peaceful world, strength and gentleness were necessary to break the chain of hate and sorrow.

“Since the war, our country for 62 years has taken the path toward international peace,” Abe said during the ceremony. “We’ll firmly maintain our three nonnuclear principles.”

During the past year, 5,221 atomic bomb survivors have died or have been confirmed as dead, and their names were added to a monument for the victims. There are now 91 books remembering victims, containing 253,008 names.

As of the end of March, there were 251,834 living atomic bomb survivors across the nation, with an average age of 74.6 years old.

(Aug. 7, 2007)

August 5, 2007

The day of Hiroshima on August 6 “Between a rock and a hard place on N-arms”, Yomiuri Newspapaer, Tokyo, Japan

Filed under: Japan,U.S.A. — Sei-no-Syounagon @ 11:34 pm

The day of Hiroshima on August 6

Between a rock and a hard place on N-arms
The Yomiuri Shimbun

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/editorial/20070806TDY04008.htm

On Monday, Hiroshima observes the 62nd anniversary of the day it was devastated by an atomic bomb. Nagasaki will do likewise on Thursday.

The two cities have held a memorial service on these days every year to pass on the tragedy of the victims to future generations and to exhort the eradication of nuclear weapons that disregard the law of humanity. Despite the earnest calls of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world is still besieged by nuclear fears.

North Korea, which defied international calls for restraint and tested a nuclear device in October, undoubtedly poses the biggest threat to Japan. Six-party talks aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions have yet to present a clear path for the reclusive state to follow for that end.

Suspicions also have increased over Iran’s nuclear development.

On June 30, then Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma said the atomic bombings were “something that couldn’t be helped.” His remark touched off fierce criticism as, many said, it appeared to justify dropping the atomic bombs on the two cities. However, the rebukes were mostly emotional, and did not provoke much discussion over Japan’s complicated situation when it comes to nuclear issues.

Japan cannot possibly condone the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that claimed more than 200,000 innocent lives.

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Two birds with one stone

The dominant view in the United States, on the other hand, says the atomic bombings were necessary for bringing an early end to World War II, averting U.S. military operations to invade the Japanese main islands and thereby saving the lives of many U.S. soldiers.

Although the United States was well aware that Japan had almost completely lost the capability to continue fighting the war, Washington used the horrific nuclear weapons without giving any prior warning.

Dropping the atomic bombings had the purpose of deterring the Soviet Union from joining the war against Japan. Testimonies given in the United States substantiate this.

During debates among party leaders just before campaigning for the House of Councillors election kicked off last month, Democratic Party of Japan leader Ichiro Ozawa urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to demand the United States apologize for the atomic bombings.

However, Abe responded, “It’s also true that Japan needs the [U.S.] nuclear deterrent” to counter North Korea’s nuclear threat.

The dropping of the atomic bombs can never be justified. On the other hand, the nation has no option but to depend on the U.S. nuclear deterrent for our national security. Japan has been tormented by this dilemma since the end of the war.

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Activists divided

In 1965, Japan’s antinuclear movement split into two groups–the Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo) aligned with the Japanese Communist Party, and the Japan Congress against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikin) affiliated with the former Japan Socialist Party.

The breakup was mainly caused by friction between the JCP and JSP, with the former asserting that nuclear weapons possessed by socialist nations were for defensive purposes, and the latter denouncing nuclear weapons held by any state.

Japanese antinuclear activists have unbendingly called for the eradication of nuclear weapons since the years of U.S.-Soviet confrontation until today, when Japan is staring down the barrel of the North Korean nuclear threat. These activists have never squarely come to grips with this dilemma.

In a peace declaration to be made Monday, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba is expected to strongly reject the “outdated, mistaken policies” of the United States. However, Akiba is not expected to directly mention the North Korean nuclear program in the declaration.

How can we make our calls for the eradication of nuclear weapons more compelling? We must rise up to this challenge.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Aug. 6, 2007)

(Aug. 6, 2007)

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Hiroshima Mayor AKIBA, Tadatoshi is known as a leftist with strong sense of intimacy in China and Chosun (Korea) . He was a member of the former Japan Socialist Party.
There is rumor that he is a descendant of Chosunese (Korean) who acquired a Japanese nationality in the Japan-Chosun (Korea) consolidation age. I do not understand whether it is true.

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