The Japanese rightist

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Communists got Manchukuo (1)

Study of Manchukuo implies a lot of resources to us even now. Historically and geopolitically Japan and US are to cooperate for covering up continental superpowers but conflict for each profit in the continent. The two countries opened fire for the dream land, Manchukuo. Who won that area after all? Japan lost all, the US didn't won, and the continental super powers took all.

My claim throughout this article series is that the WWII between Japan and the US was determined already in 1931 when Japan seized Manchukuo. With a number of resemblances of situations, Japan nowadays have been seeing the future of Iraq or Iran superimposing on the aftermath of Manchukuo. The heartland country Manchukuo failed. So will the plan of Iraq and Iran fail. It's going to take a few articles to reach this conclusion. First of all, let us take an overview of the history and background of the Manchukuo.

The flag of Manchukuo consists of five colors. The base, yellow implies the color of Manchu. Red is assigned for Japan, blue for Hun(China), white for Mongol, and black for Korea. The concept with the five colors was called "五族協和"(five ethnics in coordination), a dreamy slogan.

You might say it's a propaganda. Of course the Japanese military neglected the coordinative cabinet's order. The military conducted assasination of the leader and allegedly obtained Manchuria. The Japanese people and media supported the military's runaway. Since the people permitted the military's dogma, the system of civilian control began to be out of control. There were many other greedy aspects Japan was showing at that time. However, there must be something more than those "evil Japanese" that I have been taught in school.

In order to reveal the circumstances of the period and the puppet country, I went to a nearby library where I found several books focusing on Manchuria. I found a book interesting because it was written by an American but published in Japan. Which country did he write this book in favor of?

"Manchukuo a bird's-eye view", James A. B. Scherer, Hokuseido Press(1933).

I opened the last page and found an intriguing phrase in the end.
She(Japan) made mistakes - what country hasn't? - but she is building a model State as a bulwark between Chinese anarchy and Russian communism, and as an object-lesson to China. She(Japan) is the spear-head of the West thrust between China and Russia, fighting a lone hand. If Theodore Roosevelt's Asiatic policy had been followed, perhaps she could have been spared some of the mistakes she has made during the last quarte-century. She might today be America's best friend in Asia. It is not yet too late to win her back.

What do you think about this? This book must indeed be written for Japan's profit probably with support of a Japanese publisher or supposedly government. The "mistake" he refers to as would be Japanese invasion into Manchuria with all the explosion and assassination of the local leader. And he concludes that America shouldn't become hostile on Japan's policy, and he suggests a satisfactory solution, "international cooperation in the internal reconstruction in China." Obviously his and Japan's plead didn't reach Washington.

When he wrote this book in 1933, he already foresaw occurence of the future war between Japan and the US. Hmm, Interesting. Although the world may look the runaway of Japanese military as dangerous enemy, the author didn't seem to share the same perspective. So what was he claiming as the threat? Firstly he points out China's anarchy.
A report in May, 1931, by General Ho Ying-chin, then leading his fourth campaign against Chinese Reds, estimated that since the middle of 1928 the communists had massacred over 260,000 people, burned 220,000 houses and destroyed about $200,000,000 worth of property, American money. In addition, 1,500,000 people had fled from their homes.

We hardly know that China was in anarchy at that time, and Chinese militaries invaded castles and massacre people inside. In China, massacring civilains inside castles has been historically and widely taking place. There's even a term, "屠城(slaughter castle)". In such situations, it was not desirable to continue or expand economical activities from European and American point of view.

Secondly, he notices the threat of Sovietism, prevailing into a south province of China and northern states, Manchuria, as shown in the map below. The shaded areas denote the places where Sovietism was influential. It is interesting that Sovietism or communism grew their strong influence along the railroads in Manchukuo (see the map). As written above, 260,000 people were already massacred by communists. Therefore, the author regards the invasion of communists as "nightmare of Japan".

Espionage, terrorism or propaganda by Soviet communists must have been a piece of cake in Manchukuo, for there's already 70,000 Russians living in Harbin. Manchuria was slowly leaving from Japan's hand.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Pachinko industry

I'm sure most of you have seen gorgeously decorated buildings like the pic below in front of every station or along every wide road if you have travelled to Japan. This article today is about Pachinko, an infamous gamble that Japanese newspapers or massmedia never report but is responsible for $300 billion underground industry.

Pachinko is the only illegal gamble you won't be arrested with, and it's widespread since the end of WWII. It's a very simple game. You enter the building, buy metal balls which you call "pachinko", flick them with a lever, and drop the flying balls in jackpots. Yes, it's a pinball machine. The actual style is a miniature and upright one. One pachinko parlor shop have more than 100 of machines. The only difference from pinball mahines is that you can retrieve more balls and afterwards change them into cash. Of course you can make your life only if you are very good at it, and indeed, there are those ones.

The lure of this game is outstanding enough to cause tragic accidents where babies are died of heat stroke in the car while their parents are carried away in pachinko parlors. Leaving babies for only 10 minutes is already dangerous! These days those parents tend to be sentenced to a heavy punishment for what they have done. These cases have been seen many times since I was small. It's not rare. Plus it's a waste of money and time.

Aside from most of Japanese anxiety on the prevail of this infamous gamble, the industy has grown to achieve $300 billion dollars. FYI, the medical industry is comparable, $300 billion, and car industry holds $410 billion dollars in Japan (as of 2006). Pachinko industry is a gigantic industry you never thought to be. For example, consider a man spending $100 for 30 minutes game and he played 2 hours. He would lose $400 if in bad luck. Of course he can win $2000 a day, but rarely happens. Those who line up to the door of the parlors in the morning before its open to get a good seat for so-called easy machines NEVER get surplus statistically.

Then why don't massmedia report this fact and alert people? Actually, I personally haven't seen ANY articles or programs that invoke discussion on the pros and cons of pachinko. If nothing is coming out of massmedia, there's a taboo inside it. That's the theme of my blog. In this case as well, the mastermind is zainichi again! In case of pachinko, the structure of the collusion looks to me enigmatic, a manifold among police, zainichi, politicians, North Korea, and mass media.

Finally I found a TV program that barely penetrate the kernel of pachinko industry. "Move" from TV asahi reported that this industyr consists of 50% South Korean owners, 30 to 40% North Korean owners, and 10% Japanese owners.

There was a valuable interview with a president, Han Chang-Woo (韓 昌祐) of the biggest pachinko chain shops "Maruhan". He was ranked 584th among world richest people according to Forbs in 2006. The interview is uploaded to Youtube but held in Japanese, so I'll briefly summarize his speech. His brother, a brick maker, smuggled him into Japan in 1945 just after WWWII because their life was economically hard to continue. He graudated Hosei University in Tokyo, but at that time (1952) the economy in Japan was not in a favorable situation even for Japanese student who graduated from university. He lived from hand to mouth even after graduation. Finally he met pachinko industry and got inclined to enlarge this business. In his interview, he defines pachinko industry as "discriminative occupation". Since no banks were willing to lend money to Zainichi Korean, people like him had to take a job like pachinko that handles money as close as possible.

The US must not have overlooked this loophole for North Korea's money. The problem of pachinko industry was reported to sanate by Larry M. Wortzel, Ph.D. from The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute in 2003. It goes:
Japan’s 18,000 Pachinko gambling parlors, some 30 percent of which are owned by ethnic North Koreans, bring in annual sales of $280 billion a year. Some of this money is also funneled into North Korea, although Japan is now tightening up on that practice.

LA times also points out the connection to North Korea in Decdmber 2006.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Comfort women? No, they are prostitutes (2)

The reason more and more Japanese get rightish after they become adolescent, as far as I can tell, is due to flood of books or internet. On the contrary, those who only watch TVs tend to have an opposite historical perspective.

Here's a case in point on the issue of "comfort women" or "sex slaves" alledgedly accused by South Korea. They have been condemning Japan for Japanese military forcing Korean women to have sex with soldiers during WWII. Abe made an objection in March 2007 with support of silent majority of Japan, stating "no coercing them into sexual conducts". Why is he so confident? How have Japanese been getting a "wrong" idea of justifying its atrocities? Were those comfort women really prostitutes? I'll show one of the most influential books written by Kobayashi Yoshinori, who is known to be a right-winger. Actually it's a comic book, which by the way you may guess was very influential. I cut two pages out of his book on the description of the "prostitutes" he calls, so please enjoy it with my translation.

I learned a valuable lesson from him this time. The prosecutors against Japanese government is stunningly hiding those facts:
1) The pimps were Korean.
2) Japanese military brought whorehouses under control to protect human rights of comfort women from pimps.
, which I have never heard from the accusing side. Why don't we take them into consideration and discuss this matter again?

The auther, Kobayashi, asked, for an insight, a note, 武漢兵站 (Bukan Heitan), written by an assistant manager of one of the controversial facilities. Wnen the assistant manager was dispatched to Wuhan (a city of central china), he found pimps who entered the castle and were coercing Korean women into sex slaves with no payment(↓).

He brought the pimps under control and made them pay to the Korean women so they can pay back as Japanese pimps did to Japanese comfort women. Those Korean women had debt of 6~7 thousand yen on average. Therefore, he set the payment to 4~500 yen a month, which would allow them to be released in one and a half year at the most. He also instruct the pimps to let the women work if they want even after their debt is gone so they can earn profit before going back to their hometown. (↓)

Kobayashi, the glassed rightist points out that the engagement by Japanese military was to improve human rights of those women who used to be literally "sex slaves"(↓).

Kobayashi secondly picked another private note, Kankou Ianjo(漢口慰安所), which describes various episodes about what was going on in the same city, Wuhàn. The command center of logistics the auther worked at not only kept the facility under control but also protected those "comfort women" from undue exploitation by pimps. He founds several brutal cases made by Korean pimps. When they collected Korean women from poor villagers, they didn't make any documented contract for those women. In other words, they freely used the women and threw them away as a slave. This means the women never get to have chance to go back, but they didn't seem to be aware of the fact. The doctor Fujisawa, the author of the note, ordered the pimps to create due bills for them and made a system in which the women can be free as soon as they pay it back. (↓)

A comfort women, who was named Keiko as her professional name, was very popular and made 30,000 yen at once. This amout corresponds to $400,000 nowadays. Her dream was to earn 50,000 and run a restaurant in her hometown, Keijo (Old name for Seoul). "What an admirable woman," said Chief Ikeda, and he handed her a testimonial.(↓)

The thirty fourth Division landed on Wuhan in 1939. Suddenly the busy days have come for those women and they started to earn a lot with the soldiers lined up. (↓)

When soldiers were about to take off their shoes, women urge them to come soon, "Don't take off your equipment and come on now." (↓)

So, the soldiers walk on their knees and do it anyhow with their shoes and leather leggings on.(↓)

The ball was in women's court. Soldiers typically squeeze out their little savings.(↓)

The women worked hard saving time for cleansing their virgina. When the doctor checked them, their labia were swallen. He ordered them to take a rest for three days, but the women ...(↓)

But the women started to protest against him instead of being relieved! Their logic was as follows: "Recently we were leading pretty dull days with few customers. Now that we are finally having a perfect chance to earn a lot with a big division passing this city, we have to earn as much as possible. It's very cruel to force us to overlook this opportunity."
The rule defines the fee as 1 yen for thirty minutes, but the women changed the rule: they kick the customers out with 2 and a half yen for 10 to 15 minutes. (↓)

Kobayashi now questions, "so, the true story was like this, and how can you conclude that rapes were going on or they were slaves?"(↓)

It's just universal. There are women to earn money and horny men to buy women.(↓)

"Those soldiers should be blamed anyway, those Japanese soldiers!" Such people yelling like this are typically military segregationists. They just don't like whatever Japanese military do. I (Kobayashi) hate "leftists" who hate Japan, government, and military, even though those "leftists" are Japanese. They are pleased when regarding Japan as evil. I hate it.

So, what do you think?

Tuesday, March 06, 2007









私は外国に住んでいるため、あまり目だった活動ができません。英文サイトを空いた時間に作るくらいの微力な存在です。しかし、英文サイトを作ってから、だんだんとリンクが集まり始め、今では南京大虐殺を英語で検索すれば、30番目くらいに出てきます。"zainichi"を英語で検索すれば、5番目です。"Uyoku"に至っては4番目です。十分発信力が出てきたと実感しています。日本には変な右翼がいて、私たちとは違うことを知ってもらう必要があります。また、在日差別が実は逆差別であるものだと知ってもらわなければなりません。そのためにも、せめて検索順位4、5番目でもキープしておくのは効果があります。他にもあります。"Malaysia WWII"と二語でgoogle検索してみると、このブログが1番に来るんです。 「日本軍がマレーシアに虐待した」という断罪的、一方的な歴史をもう一度見直してもらうのに、非常に効果的である、ということになります。



英文での情報発信力を高めるために、私のブログの内容をコピペして丸ごと使って頂いても結構です。英文を書けない人にオススメ。日本に味方する情報量を増やさねばなりません。質より量です。 (著作権は放棄しませんが、非営利の目的であり、かつ日本の良いところを知らせるための内容であればご自由に。)


分かる人だけ分かるオオニシ(Onishi Norimitsu)情報:
哲光 Chul-Gwang 철광(チョルグァン) 本当にありがとうございました。

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Heightened tensions between Zainichi and Japanese

If you are an enthsiastic reader of this blog, you know what zainichi people are. The conflict condition between Zainichi and Japanese rightists has caused intolerable strain these days. A half of zainichi in terms of ideology, pro-DPRK clan, held a big rally March 3rd 2007 at Hibiya, Tokyo, to protest against pressure onto them, claiming abolishment of discriminative treatment. It's funny. I feel like they have discriminated Japanese on the contrary. It's also shocking to know the fact that they can hold such a rally right in the center of Tokyo. (Hibiya is a walking distance from Tokyo station.)

The rally and a demonstration march were reported by a number of rightish bloggers. That day was over without any violent conflict.

It looks to me just a hostile demonstration against our state power.

There already was a conflict between Tokyo prefecture and Zainichi before this rally. Tokyo led by Ishihara asked court for cancellation of use by Zainichi prior to March 3rd. The reason for their appeal is "Public facilities in Tokyo should be for public open to everybody, not for specific party. But they are apparently taking place an exclusive rally." The court, however, dismissed the appeal and permitted the usage. Mass media seemed to stay neutral as to this issue.

Here was another plan to be held March 4th for DPRK's similar activity near Shinjuku. Yoyogi district in Tokyo cancelled the usage of a facility for Zainichi 2nd March because the symposium was intended to exclude Japanese. Hey, Debito, why don't you come out and yell at zainichi? They were about to keep out Japanese. That's discrimination you always mention.