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Friday, December 31, 2010

Test Obama-X

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited China during October 12-14, 2009. Both China and Russia singed 12 agreements. According to the Chinese media, one of these agreements was that two countries would notify the other of ballistic missiles and the launch of carrier rockets. Usually, no country wants to sign a mutual notification of ballistic missiles agreement because it will disclose its national security. When the US and Russian signed the mutual notification of ballistic missiles in 2000 (when Madeleine Albright and Igor Ivanov signed the agreement), the Russians have difficulty detecting the location of American ballistic missiles since the US has more advanced technology than Russians. In fact, the United States has asked Beijing to sign the mutual notification of ballistic missiles agreements for years; however, the Chinese leaders have not said “yes.” By now Sino-Russian mutual notification of ballistic missiles agreement was signed; what will Obama do?

Gifs from the Taxpayers

“Those earnings are not the achievement of risk takers,” said George Soros. “These are gifts, hidden gifts, from the government, so I don’t think that those monies should be used to pay bonuses (Financial Time 24 October 2009).” He is right. The “fat cats” on the Wall Street basically took advantage of the little people whose taxes support their bonuses. The way doing business on the Wall Street in the capitalist system is the worst than the communist system in China.

Third-Class Politicians Only Provide the Third-Rate Policy-X

Jack Gallagher wrote an article in the Japan Times(Ishihara’s Bid for Legacy Was Olympian Waste of Taxpayer Money) on 11 October 2009. His analysis explored how the naïve Japanese politicians like the Governor of Tokyo, who has wasted more than 15 billion (Japanese yen) tax payer’s money, has tried to make his own legacy without concern over the people in Japan. The bid for the 2016 Olympic game is just the tip of the iceberg. In Tokyo, the Governor has wasted hundreds billions Japanese yen by created the soi-disant Shin Ginko Tokyo (some TV commentator in Japan has called it “Ishihara Bank”), which has not made much profit for years. Yet, immature citizens in Tokyo still allow him to sit in the Governor`s chair for nearly ten years. Why?

Laodicean Politics in Japan-IV

When politics shifted the balance of power in Japan, some new information which had been hidden for more than 50 years, came out. On 11 September 2009 before Hatoyama took the office, Japanese bureaucrats disclosed that they sent a congratulatory telegram to elected LDP politicians after each national election. Of course the tax payers paid for these telegrams. Each bureaucrat sent out telegrams to the 20-30 LDP politicians who might be the boss in his/her ministry. According to NTT the congratulatory telegram cost 80,000 Japanese yen (with 25 the Chinese characters) for 20 people (Daily Mainichi).

Chinese Green-I

In Rizhao, Shandong Province, there are 2.8 million residents and about 99 percent of the households are using solar water heaters, according to the Japanese media. China began to import the Japanese green technology to prevent pollution which has accumulated for the last three decades. Time on 2 November 2009 issue publishes an article regarding the Chinese environment policy which “China is fast becoming one of the world’s largest alternative-energy markets.” Will the Chinese government allow the foreign firms including from Japan and the USA to participate the Chinese green market?

No G4/G2-IX

In October, finance ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) nations held a meeting emphasizing the strong dollar. In the meeting, a G4 (Japan, China, EU, and the US) meeting was proposed by the US, according to the Japanese media. Last year, the White House began to propose the idea of G4, but EU has hesitated to agree the idea. When can EU agree with the G4 idea?

Learning History-VI

On 10 October 2009, Turkey and Armenia normalized relations and sought reconciliation after nearly a century of bitterness over their bloody history. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton worked so hard behind the scene for this day. Both Turkey and Armenia have been in dispute since the World War I massacres of Armenians under Ottoman rule. As a result, Turkey has not been able to join into EU for years. During this financial tsunami, both countries finally shocked their hands tying their economic relations. Is there anything that the Chinese and Japanese can learn from this lesson?

Secret Meeting/Test Obama-IX

Starting several years ago, Iran began to settle most of its crude oil exports in non-dollar currencies. In October, the Arab states in the Persian Gulf: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Qatar, were in secret talks with Russia, China, Japan, and France to replace the U.S. dollar in the trading of oil. According to the British media the U.S. government was aware the meetings took place. Now, the question is whether or not, but when, the U.S. dollar will lose its position as the major currency that is pegged with other currencies in the world. It is only a matter of time until the Renminbi becomes flexible with other currencies.

G20 Replaces G7/G2-VIII

In the G20 (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, UK, and USA) Summit at Pittsburgh (24-25 September 2009), the 20 largest economies’ leaders finally made one crucial decision – replacing G7, the anachronistic system. More than four months ago, my blog (“G7 Is Died/G2-IV,” posting date: 12 May 2009) stated clearly that the function of G7 is finished. The decision in Pittsburgh made the Japanese government mad because Japan will not be shinning anymore in the Western executive club. In particular, China will play the crucial role in G20 meeting. Besides Japan, Spain and Holland are not happy since both countries will be left out from G20 meeting, too.

East Asian Community-II

In 1990, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mahamad, proposed an East Asian Economic Caucus, but the idea was dismissed by the United States. In 1997 when the Asian financial crisis hit, Japanese Finance Minister, Miyazawa Kiichi, pushed to create an Asian Monetary Fund, which was quashed by the United States again. In October 2009, when the global financial tsunami instigated by the Wall Street is still bring down the global economy, the Obama Administration has little credibility to persuade anyone not join the East Asian Community when the Japanese Prime Minister, Hatoyama Yukio, made a proposal during the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) meeting in Thailand. The only problem is that Hatoyama’s proposal of the East Asian Community covers Japan, China, South Korea, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, and India. But, the traditional geographical knowledge of the “East Asian” Community does not cover Australia, New Zealand, and India.

Hu Jintao’s Military Control

Hu Jintao finally began to control the Chinese military. On 20 July, Hu Jintao promoted three “princelings” including the son of Liu Shaoqi, Liu Yuan, to general rank, the highest military rank in PLA. By now, 17 out of 27 military generals were promoted by Hu Jintao, controlling the PLA. Since Hu took the post in the PLA in September 2004, he has rarely promoted people into the general rank. Except in 2006 (10 people), Hu Jintao has only promoted 4 people in 2007 and 3 people in 2008. Also, only 3 people were promoted to general in 2009. By contrary, his predecessor Jiang Zemin promoted many to the rank of general -- 6 people in 1993, 19 people in 1994, 10 people in 1998, 16 people in 2000, and 15 people in 2004. According to Hong Kong media (22 September 2009), the grandson of Mao Zedong, Mao Xinyu also was promoted to major general.

BRIC-IV

When the International Olympic Committee decided to hold the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in the early October, it symbolized that BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) will be major power in the future. China held the 2008 Summer Olympic, Russia will host the 2014 Winter Games, and now Brazil will have the 2016 Summer Olympic. Tokyo spent 15 billion Japanese yen on its campaign to host the game in 2016, but Tokyo lost. More than half of population in the poll did not expect Tokyowould lose the games. But the naïve Japanese politicians spent tax payers money without accountability. Who will re-pay 15 billion Japanese yen of the tax payers’ money?

The Chinese Way of Hegemony-V

Former diplomat M. K. Bhadrakumar published an article in the Asia Times online (1 August 2009) titled “China dips its toe in the Black Sea.” Beijing and Moldova signed an agreement to loan $1 billion (with 3% interest rate over 15 years and a five-year period on interest payments). Moldova is small country surrounding by Ukraine and Romania, locating near the Black Sea. GDP in Moldova has only $ 8 billion and annual budget about 1.5 billion. Certainly, the Chinese loan will be one of big deal for the Moldova’s government. This symbolizes that Eastern Yellow-Dragon first leap across Central Asian to western edges of Eurasia since Genghis Khan’s era during the Mongolian dynasty (1279-1368). What is the next strategy from Beijing’s Eurasian foreign policy?

Test Obama-VIII

As New York Times (24 September 2009) describes the United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York, both China and the United States produce 40 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions. In the climate summit, the world needs the leadership from China and the US. Hu Jintao, China’s President, offers that China would reduce its carbon intensity – the amount of CO2 it emits for each dollar to economic output. China will plant to increase trees about 1,300,000,000 square meter by 2020, compare with 2005 level. The size of the area where the trees will be planted is several times the size of Taiwan. Hu’s statement is more specific, but President Obama’s speech lacks specific targets. Unfortunately, Obama could not change his speech because he made his presentation before the Chinese President.

Misrepresentation of Sino-Japanese Relations-I

Brad Glosserman, executive director of the Pacific Forum CSIS, wrote an article in the Japan Times regarding Japan politics after the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won the parliamentary election. “The real obstacles to improved Japan-China relations defy any change in government and many require changes not in Tokyo, but in China. The issues include territorial disputes, PLA modernization, a lack of respect for Japan, history, product safety, and crime. They speak to a profound unease in Japan about China’s rise, a sense that Japan doesn’t get the credit it deserves, and difficulties in Japan and Chinain dealing with other Asian nations as equals (16 September 2009).” Glosserman missed the points of Sino-Japanese relations which are more complicated and difficult than ever before. Glosserman`s explanation of Sino-Japanese relations are naïve.

Chinese Aerospace Industry/Doing Businesses in the Chinese Way-II

Today, only two aerospace companies: Boeing and Airbus, dominate the aerospace industry world-wide. . Now, the Chinese are trying to get into this monopoly industry. In 2008, the 90-seat passenger plane, ARJ21, made its successful flight. The ARJ21 might be suitable for regional and Chinese domestic flights. Another Chinese airplane is the C919, which can carry up to 190 passengers and is scheduling for entry into service in 2016. According to media in Hong Kong Beijingneeds to have following criterions: quality, reliability, performance, customer service, safety, and comfort to survive in the aerospace industry (South China Morning Post 9 September 2009).

Australia vs. China-III

In August, the Australian government issued a visa for Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer, but the Chinese government protested strongly. Kadeer visited in August to participate in the Melbournefile festival for the screening of a documentary (“Ten Conditions of Love”) about the exiled Uighur leader. A Chinese diplomat made a phone call to the festival’s director demanding that the film be dropped. Does the Chinese government do Australian “internal affairs,” as Frank Ching indicated in the Japan Times (18 September 2009).

Containing China?/Cold War Mentality-I

In the middle of August, Senator Jim Webb visited Burmameeting senior general Than Shwe and Nobel Peace Price Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. After Webb left the country, the Burmese government began to crackdown on the powerful ethnic militias that challenged the regime for more than a half century. As a result, more than 10,000 ethnic Chinese refugees went to neighboring China. Jim Webb is famous for advocating to contain China. Did Webb tell the Burmese government to fight against China, which has supported the Burmese government for years.

Taking Advantage of Victims-V

One month after Xinjiang unrest on July 5, the Chinese government decided to provide millions in yuan (one yuan = $6.8) renminbi to victims whose stores were ruined. Unfortunately, some local government officials began to pocket some money intended for victims. In some cases, the victim should have received 3,000 yuan for one sq. km. and instead only receive 2,000 yuan for one sq. km. Can bureaucrats do the right thing for victims?

East Asian Community-I/Laodicean Politics in Japan-II

Before he took the office, Japanese Prime Minister, Hatoyama Yukio, made a proposal to Asian countries- to form an “East Asian Community.” This was not a new idea. The Japanese leaders had the same idea a long time ago, probably during the Meiji Restoration. During WWII, the Japanese imperial army executed the idea by launching the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, resulting in a lot of painful memories for people in the Asian region. However, this time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China issued a positive response to Hatoyama’s doctrine. But, the Korean media was relatively suspicious regarding Hatoyama’s motives (The JoongAng Daily 16 September 2009). In September when Hatoyama met the Chinese President Hu Jintao proposing the idea of the East Asian Community” in New York, Hu did not response directly. The Chinese leaders are perhaps beginning to be suspicious about Hatoyama’s idea. Will the East Asian Community be like the EU in the future?

Doing Businesses in the Chinese Way-I

“Whatever the cause, though, Beijing’s only smart way forward is to state clearly that a contract is a contract and that Chinese companies must abide by theirs (The Wall Street Journal 9 September 2009).” The controversy between the Chinese companies and the banks of the Wall Street is when fuel prices were high in 2008. China Eastern, Air China, and Shanghai Airlines, as well as China Ocean Shipping makes derivatives contracts with foreign banks to protect the companies from even higher fuel prices. However, after the Lehman Brothers was bankrupted on 15 September 2009, the price of oil has fallen dramatically. The Chinese airlines alone lost about $2 billion. On 7 September 2009, Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, which oversees these companies, posted a statement on its Web side suggesting that the Chinese government might sue to nullify the contracts. The Wall Street Journal criticizes Beijing to violate capitalism rule, while Beijing condemns foreign banks on the Wall Street to cheat rule by selling these contracts to the Chinese companies. Who is right?

Strategic Economic Dialogue/G2-VII

On 27 July 2009, President Obama welcomed the Chinese delegation during two-days of high-level talks between China and the U.S. The issues ranged from climate change to human rights. Of course, media in both countries widely reported the meeting. However, another nation is watching the meeting carefully too. That is no other than Japan (the Japanese media reported the “Chemerica” meeting widely), which had its opportunity to have “G2” meeting during the 1980s. After a few years, “Japan as a number one” and “G2” with Japan has basically disappeared from the newspapers including inside Japan. Now, Japan must be jealous.

The PRC Military Parade/The Chinese Way of Hegemony-IV

Military parades symbolize national unity and national pride; it is just a show. Both France and India have their military parades annually, but the U.S. rarely holds such parades, instead invading another country to demonstrate its military might. The October 1st Chinese military parade is the 15th military display since Mao Zedong declared the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. The 2.5-hours ceremony started with flag bearers marching precisely 169 steps that symbolized 169 years since 1840 when China was humiliated by the Western powers, ceding Hong Kongto the British. Hu Jintao, President of China, Secretary-General of the CCP, and Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese army, reviewed the troops in an open-top Red Flag (Hongqi) limousine made in China. “Today, a socialist China geared to modernization, the world and future has stood rock-firm in the east of the world,” said Hu Jintao, (People’s Daily). In his three-minute speech which was televised live nationwide and throughout the world, he mentioned “peace” 8 times, stressing the peaceful rising China. Most of the weapons including J-10 and J-11 jet fighters, were displayed for the first time for the public. At night, thousands of dancers and singers on Tian’anmen Square enjoyed 100 minutes fireworks display.

Yuanmingyuan-II

In 1860, the Western powers, such the British and French, invaded Chinaand destroyed Yuanmingyuan, the Old Summer Palace. They were looting and smuggling the finest pieces of the Chinese collections out of China. Thanks to voices of the Chinese people in the internet, Beijing finally decided to send a team of experts to museums around the world to investigate a million cultural relics which were looted from Yuanmingyuan. According to the Chinese media the team will go to museums in the US, Britain, France, and Japan. “But based on our rough calculations, about 1.67 million relics are housed in more than 200 museums in 47 countries (CCTV).” As the Chinese media states, “A country’s history is of interest to its people before those of any other nation. Having artifacts in a single location that is convenient for tourists and historians, but not the people of the country from which they were taken (South China Morning Post).” Will the Western countries hand over these relics to Beijing?

Internationalization of Renminbi-V

According to CCTV the Chinese government is going to sell Renminbi bonds denominated in Hong Kong on 8 September 2009. This is the first time that Beijing will sell its bonds outside of mainland China. About 6 billion yuan ($876 million) in bonds will be sold on 28 September 2009. The Chinese officials have often expressed concern about the stability of the dominant US dollar. Will the Renminbi be new global reserve currency?

Test Obama-VII

After the US won its intellectual property case involving music against China in WTO, the American government has agonized whether to impose special 421 safeguards against Chinese tires. In a politically sparked debate, Obama faced a dilemma based upon promises made to unions during his campaign for the presidency. As a result of these promises, despite large scale opposition, on 11 September 2009, the White House imposed special protectionist tariffs on tire imports from China. China has started its campaign of retaliation. An antidumping and countervailing case was brought against American chicken parts. Last week China announced new antidumping/countervailing duties cases against U.S. automobiles. Can Obama solve the "trade war" with China when he is going to be Beijing?

"Chimerica" Save North Korea-IV

According to the Global Times (3 August 2009), in July China once again rejected in Hong Kong the American proposal seeking cooperation to control North Korea if the emergent case (i.e., the collapse of the dictator regime) occurred in North Korea. This is the third time that China has rejected the idea of the “Chimerica” saving North Korea. The first proposal, initiated by South Korea, was offered by the U.S. in 2004. The second proposal was offered by the U.S. in August 2008 (see the post: “Chemerica” Save North Korea-I on 12 January 2009) after Kim Jong Il disappeared from the public for months prompting concern that the regime might be changed.

The First Execution of the Chinese Citizen in Japan

The first execution of a Chinese citizen living in Japan occurred on 28 July 2009 since WWII. In 1999, Chen Detong killed 3 people in Kawasaki, Japan. Chen was found guilty by the Tokyo Supreme Court in June 2006. Now, four more Chinese are waiting for the execution in Japan.

Which Country Will Be The First-III

On 16 July 2009, Bloomberg News reported that the Chinese stock market became the second place behind the Wall Street. The current market price of the Chinese stock market is worth about $3.210 trillion which overtook the Tokyo stock market ($3.200 trillion), but remains behind the U.S. stock market which is worth $10.800 trillion. When the global financial crisis is over, China might take over the second place of the economic superpower (GDP rank) too. Probably the earliest date will be 31 December 2009.

The Third United Front CCP-KMT-XI

On 26 July 2009, Ma Ying-jeou ran uncontested in the election for Kuomingtang (KMT) party chief. The Chinese communist party chief, Hu Jintao, congratulated Ma Ying-jeou. “I hope that our two parties can continue to promote peaceful development of cross-strait relations, deepen mutual trust, boost the well-being of compatriots on both sides and create a glorious resurrection of the Chinese race,” said Hu. Ma reply stated, “We should never stop efforts to consolidate peace in the Taiwan Strait, resume regional stability and sustain prosperity based on the principles of facing reality, building trust, shelving disputes and creating a win-win scenario (New York Times).” It is matter of time when not whether or not Hu Jintao is going to meet Ma Ying-jeou. This will be another step towards having the third united front CCP-KMT, making the Japanese right-wing nervous. On 12 October 2009, Ma Ying-jeou was inaugurated as the head of KMT, and the Chinese Communist Party called for the promotion of greater cross-Straits trust and understanding (People’s Daily).

Laodicean Politics in Japan-I

When former Koizumi Junichiro shouted during the 2005 lower house election, “I will destroy LDP if it does not change.” On 30 August 2009, the Japanese voters finally got rid of the lame-duck head of the LDP, Aso Taro, who has been viewed by many as the most arrogant, idiotic, and rich-boy prime minister in modern Japanese history. Ironically, Aso Taro really destroyed the LDP, a wish of Koizumi. Japan’s newly victorious Democratic Party headed by Hatoyama Yukio, who is the first prime minister who has a Ph.D. (from Stanford) and was educated in the West, will face tremendous tasks inside and outside of Japan . It will be unlikely Hatoyama will be able to solve all problems during his tenure office. As Murakami Ryu indicates his article in New York Time (8 September 2009), the Japanese cannot get all results during the four years of the Democratic Party as in the power. The fact of the matter is that the Japanese citizens are expecting a lot (just as Barack Obama in the USA). Can the Democratic Party delivery all expectations?

Learning History-V

During the U.S. occupation of WWII in Japan, the United States took large quantities of Japanese military government documents for the purpose of investigating Japan’s war crimes and gathering military intelligence. However, the US government copied about 3 percent of a total of 18 million pages of documents on microfilm and sent them back to Japan starting in 1958. These documents recorded the Japanese Imperial Army criminal atrocities, such as Unit 731 (biological and bacteriological weapons on human), comfort women, labor slavery, and Rape of Nanjing etc. between September 1931 and the end of 1948. According to the bill (106th Congress, 1st session) in association with: “(A) the Japanese Imperial Army; (B) any government in any area occupied by the military forces of the Japanese Imperial Army; (C) any government established with the assistance or cooperation of the Japanese Imperial Army; or (D) any government which was ally of the Imperial Army of Japan (Japanese Imperials Army Disclosure Act, 10 November 1999).”

In March 2009, the Japanese Imperial Army Disclosure Act took effect. This bill, which was included in the FY 2001 Intelligence Authorization Bill, was submitted to the Senate by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, and singed into law by President Bill Clinton in 2000. The content of the law is similar to that of the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act that was passed in 1998. Will the Japanese government and right-wings in Japan cooperate with the US to disclose their criminal acts?

Learning from Sichuan Earthquake?

A year ago, Sichuan had the 8.0 magnitude earthquake, killing near 70,000 people and destroying a number of schools. People thought the Chinese would learn less from the “Tofu” construction of schools in Sichuan. On 27 June 2009, one year later of tragedy from Sichuan, a building collapsed in Shanghai, where will held the 2010 World Expo. The photo (Xinhua News) of the collapsed buildings has been shown globally in the net. Sadly enough, the Chinese have not learned the lesson from the “Tofu” construction in Sichuan.

Yonakuni Island/Diaoyu-VIII

On 4 July 2009, the Japanese government decided to send its Self-Defense force to the Yonakuni Island. This led to an alert by the Chinese media including both Taiwan and Hong Kong. The area of the Yonakuni Island is about 28 sq. km. with 1,700 citizen including two policemen, located in south about 500 kilometers from Naha, Okinawa, less than 110 kilometers from Taiwan, about 120 kilometer from the disputed Diaoyu/Senakaku Islands in the East China Sea. What Japan is trying to do in the Yonakuni Island??

End of G8/G7

When Hu Jintao, President of China, left Italy on July 7, in order to respond to civil unrest in Xingjiang, negotiators from G8/G7 (the United States, Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Russia, Canada, and Italy) realized that hopes had evaporated for any major diplomatic breakthroughs at the summit. In L’Aquila Summit, little agreement has been achieved, except some 25 billion agricultural investment initiative to help small farmers in Africa. The effect of G8/G7 has ended since the financial crisis in November 2008.

Apology from Japan/Learning History-IV

Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese Ambassador to the U.S., offered a direct apology to a group of the Second World War veterans taken prisoner by Japanese imperial army in the Philippines. “We extend a heartfelt apology for our country having caused tremendous damage and suffering to many people (Japan Times).” A meeting of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor hold at San Antonio, Texas on 30 May 2009. Fujisaki met a survivor of the 1942 Bataan Death March. It is easy for the Japanese to offer apology to the Americans, but not people in the Asian region including the Chinese and Koreans.

North Korean Nuclear War against China?/"Chimerica" Save North Korea-III

In the beginning of August, former President Bill Clinton visited North Korea asking for the release of two American journalists: Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who were sentenced 15 years in a labor camp. On 11 August 2009, the Chinese newspaper (Hong Kong Economic Journal) published a fantastic article (the author is a research associate from CISAC of Stanford University) regarding Clinton’s visit. During the summit North Korean leader Kim Jong Il enraged China. Recent activities by North Korea including the missiles launch, underground nuclear test, and refusing to participate in the six-party talk, which are aimed the Chinese, but not the Americans. “Our nuclear weapons cannot reach in the U.S., but it can launch into the west” – meaning China. The following day, Hong Kong media picked this story up. Interestingly, on 12 August 2009, Kim Jong Il emphasized the strong “friendship” with the Chinese after visiting the Korean national troupe. Will Kim Jong Il launch a nuclear war against China?

PLA Drills

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) launched its largest-ever tactical military exercise which involves four military commands: Shenyang, Lanzhou, Jinan, and Guangzhou on 11 August 2009. Each military commands has provided one army division that accounted about 50,000 heavy armored troops over thousands of miles has been participated in a series of live fire drills which will be lasting for two months. But, Nanjing military commands did not participate this drill, which the media in Taiwan are wondering. Why?

Internationalization of Renminbi-IV

On 2 July 2009, China’s central Bank, Bank of China, issued detailed rules for cross-border trade settled in yuan, or Renminbi. The first transactions with Hong Kong and Macao starts in July using yuan. The central government also approved five cities: Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, and Gongguan to settle international trade in Chinese currency (PBOC web). This reminds people of 1984 when the central government began to create four Special Economic Zone (SEZs) in southern China, eventually leading China to today’s economy power house. Will Renminbi be internationalized during the 21st century?

Test Obama-VI

After the 44th President was sworn into the White House, some new facts regarding 9.11 were revealed globally. Recently, an extremely interesting academic article was published in journal – The Open Chemical Physics Journal (vol. 2, 2009, pp. 7-31) on the issue. The nine authors from European countries and the United States: Niels H. Harrit, Jeffrey Farrer, Steven E. Jones, Kevin R. Ryan, Frank M. Legge, Daniel Farnsworth, Gregg Roberts, James R. Gourley, and Bradley R. Larsen examined dust from the World Trade Center in the article. (This and their paper can be downloaded at http://www.benthamscience.com/open/tocpj/articles/V002/7TOCPJ.pdf). By analyzing “distinctive red/gray chips” in the dust, the authors found “nano-thermite,” which caused the meltdown of the steel of the building. Did the terrorists possess “nano-thermite”? Where did nano technology in the dust come from? Will Obama re-examine the 9.11 evidence?

Learning History-III

On 18 June 2009, the United States Senate (111th Congress 1st Session) passed a resolution which formally made an apology to African-Americans for racial segregation. “Apology for the enslavement and segregation of African-Americans- The congress – acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow laws; apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow laws; and (C) expresses its recommitment to the principle that all people are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and calls on all people of the United States to work toward eliminating racial prejudices, injustices, and discrimination from our society (Concurrent Resolution SCN 26 ES).”
This is for the first time in its 230-year history, the US government issued a formal apology for slavery and segregation. The unanimous voice vote came five months after Barack Obama became the first black US president. The US House passed the similar resolution in July 2008. Will the Japanese Diet pass the apology resolution toward the damage of Asian people including Chinese and Koreans?

Trains Collide in China

On 29 June 2009, a train going from Changsha, Hunan Province (K9017) collided with the Shenzhen-bound train (K9063) at 2:34 in the predawn. The incident killed at least 3 people and injured an additional 60 passengers. The Japanese media (Kyodo News) reported that the train (K9017) had a special train which Jiang Zemin, former president of China and head of the CCP, along with his wife, headed to Guangdong Province. Immediate incident, the police unit 126 was secured the area heavily. The CCTV stated the incident, but never mentioned the special train and Jiang Zemin. Why have the Chinese media been silent about the special train of Jiang Zemin?

Japan Passing-III/Supercomputer-I

It is well-know that the world’s number one supercomputer, “Roadrummer,” was built by IBM for the U.S. Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Probably, people are assumed that Japan will be the second nation to build the fastest supercomputer after the United States. But, this is not true anymore. On 16 June 2009, Dawning Information Industry Co., in Shanghai created “Dawning 5000A,” which can run 100 trillion times in one second, 200 trillion times in one second at the maximum (Kyodo News and People’s Daily). The Chinese named the “Dawning 5000A” the “Magic Cube.” The “Dawning 5000A” will be the only non-American-made supercomputer to rank into the top ten list. China is also the number one position to build the fastest supercomputer in the Asian region. The “Dawning 5000A” employed AMD Barcelona quad-cores processor.

New Chinese Nuclear Submarine

According to the Chinese media, the Chinese President Hu Jintao inspected a new Chinese nuclear submarine in 1996. The news reflects the new type of submarine 094 or 095 has become part of the Chinese navy. However, during the 60 anniversary of the Chinese navy parade in Qingdao, China did not display its new 094 or 095 submarine. China only showed the old-type 092 nuclear submarine in the parade. Why?

Internationalization of Renminbi-III

On 7 June 2009, Guo Shuqing, the chairman of China Construction Bank (CCB), made a new proposal regarding Chinese renminbi. “I think the U.S. government and the World Bank can consider the possibility of issuing renminbi bonds in the Hong Kong market and the Shanghai market (Japan Times 9 June 2009).” Some Chinese leaders have tried to internationalization of the Chinese currency; Chinese media have repeatedly insisted in the dollar value. The US might face a hyperinflation after the financial crisis. Guo is a former head of China’s Foreign Exchange Administration, and China Construction Bank is the world’s second-biggest bank by market value currently.

Diaoyu-VII

On 8 July 2009, Hamada Yasukazu, former Defense Minister in Japan, indicated that the ground Self-Defense Force (SDF) troops will be deployed to Yonaguni Island, Japan’s westernmost islet. Very few people have the geographical knowledge of Yonaguni Island, which is just 110 kilometers from Taiwan’s eastern coast, and roughly 150 kilometers south of Sino-Japanese disputed islands, Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (Kyodo News and Phoenix TV). Japan’s move had made the Chinese media widely picked the topic as the top news in the Chinese media. What will the Chinese (from both Taiwan and mainland) do?

BRIC-III

The World Bank announced the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2008 on 1 July 2009. Among the top ten, the United States ranks number one at about $14.2 trillion and Japan as number two with $4.9 trillion. However, BRIC have increased their GDP ranks from the previous year. The GDP ranks are number 8th of Brazil (10th in 2007) and number 9th of Russian Federation (11th in 2007). India has $1.2 trillion GDP with 12th position, and China ranks the third with $3.86 trillion (World Development Indicators Database, World Bank). Some economists predict that China will overtake Japan by the end of 2009, when Japan has been recession, and China has been ok.

Rio Espionage Case/Australia vs. China-II

“Chinese authorities have in fact obtained evidence which proves that (Rio employees) – for a foreign country—Chinese state secrets, which hurt China’s economic interests and economic security,” stated by Wing Gang, a spokesman for Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC). The Chinese government detained four Rio employees, as well as a head of Shougang Group, Tan Yixin. The head of the Shanghai based branch, Stern Hu, who was a naturalized an Australian citizen. Stern Hu, who graduated from Beijing University and worked in the Chinese steel industry for years. He is best friends with Tan Yixin, who graduated from Qinghua University. If anyone spent a lot of time in China and studied Chinese culture, as well as politics for sometimes, one will understand the Chinese way doing business. There is a huge gray-zone between legal and illegal zones. Even though Hu and Tan are the Chinese, they cannot escape the control by the China’s Red-Five-Stars Flag. By the middle of July, Rio Tinto pulled their researchers out of China by moving to Singapore or Australia. The Western media began to speculate whether the Chinese President Hu Jintao supported the Rio espionage case (The Sydney Morning Herald), which the Chinese government has denied.

Kidnapped Children in China-I

Finally, the Chinese government began to crackdown on child trafficking early this year. The state-controlled CCTV broadcasted the top ten kidnapped criminals in China. Currently, a number of people have created an outcry over the internet reporting that children, in particular boys, ranging in age from 100 days to 8 years, have been kidnapped from poor and interior provinces, such Shanxi and Yunnan Provinces. A child may be sold for anywhere from 7,000 to 40,000 yuan (about $1,000-$5,000), depending on the age and sex. In one case, a son of a working couple was missing for years after he was kidnapped near their house. The parents have looked for their son for years, but without a good result. One day, the father made a business trip to interior China. When the father got off the station, suddenly a beggar kid grappled his right leg to beg . When the father offered money to this dirty boy, the beggar still grappled his leg and was crying saying something which the father did not understand. As the father took a look at the boy again carefully, he realized that the boy resembled his missing son. When the father checked the neck of the beggar, he found the boy had a birthmark in the neck. It is his missing son. “Where were you? What happen to you? Why don’t you say something? Son?,” said the father. When the beggar cried opening his mouth, the father realized that the son’s tongue has been cut off.

Jon Huntsman, American Ambassador in China

On 16 May 2009, Barack Obama nominated Jon Huntsman, Governor of Utah, as the next ambassador of China. Jon Huntsman is moderate Republican who speaks fluent Chinese. Obama’s move is extremely smart because he has eliminated a number of his enemies who might run in the presidential race in 2012. Besides Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jon Huntsman lost his chance to run the presidential race against Obama in 2012. Huntsman probably figured out that the current chaotic Republican Party would not have a strong chance to win the 2012 race either. It is better for him to serve one of the most important ambassadors globally – China than to prepare to run the 2012 presidential race.

Roh Moo Hyun Case

It was a sad day for the South Korean people when former President Roh Moo Hyun committed suicide on 23 May 2009. One of many reasons for Roh’s suicide was that he felt strong responsibility towards the Korean citizens as prosecutors began to make the bribery case. Well, it is time for the Chinese to learn responsibility too. In case of Taiwan, former President Chen Shui-bian is currently facing a bribery case and is in prison where he writes his books. Chen has constantly claimed his innocent even though his son admitted his guilt of money laundering. In the case of mainland China, no top leaders has been prosecuted for bribery case; however, a few people globally believe that the leaders in Beijing are so clean because there is no an independent judiciary system under the Chinese communist party dictatorship. As a result, no top Chinese leaders are getting in trouble like Roh Monn Hyun in South Korea or Chen Shui-bian in Taiwan.

Japan Passing-II

On 25 May 2009, North Korea conducted its second nuclear test since October 2006. About one hour before North Korea regime tested the bomb, the government informed the White House, and so did China. However, North Korea has never cared about Japan at all. The government of Japan should consider “Why?”

BRIC-II

Since a seminal 2001, Jim O’Neill, chief economist of Goldman Sachs began to use the word, BRIC in the research report; today BRIC has turned into an interesting word in the current financial crisis. BRIC, meaning Brazil, Russia, India, and China, met in Yekaterinburg, Russia for a summit on 16 June 2009. BRIC accounts for 42 percent of the world’s population and shares 15 percent of the $60.7 trillion global GDP (Reuters News). Interestingly, A couple days before this summit, G7 (or G8) had their own finance minister meeting in Italy.

No Thanks/G2-V

On 20 May 2009, China and EU held the 11th China-EU Summit. At the meeting, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao rejected the idea of G2. “Some say that world affairs will be managed solely by China and the US. I think that view is baseless and wrong…. Multi-polarization and multilateralism represent the larger trend and the will of the people…. China stands ready to develop friendly relations and cooperation with all countries and it will never seek hegemony (22 May 2009 Global Times).” The G2 idea was proposed by prominent politicians including Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezzinski after the international financial meltdown.

The Third United Front CCP-KMT-X

On 26 May 2009, the Chairman of Kuomingtang (KMT) Wu Poh-hsiung met with General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Hu Jintao in Beijing. During the talks between leaders of the two parties, Hu Jintao made a stunning proposal suggesting that the “end hostility and [that two sides] reach [a] peace agreement,” noting that the “two sides, however, should be prepared and create conditions for solving these problems (military issues).” Wu will talk to Ma Ying-jeou regarding the military trust and peace agreement. This is another victory for the Third United Front CCP-KMT.

The Chinese Spy for Japan

According to the Japanese media, the Chinese government sentenced Yu Jiafu, a former reporter of Xinhua News Agency, to 18 years in prison recently. The 62-years-old reporter has admitted that he gave the top-secret information regarding the Chinese foreign policy of North Korea to foreign diplomats including Miyamoto Yuji, the Japanese Ambassador to China in 2006. Yu was under house arrest from 31 July 2007 by the State Security Bureau of Langfang, Hebei Province. On 21 December 2007, the Chinese reporter was arrested officially. He was found guilty of obtaining illegal profit by providing the information.

Great Wall is Great!

In 2009, a Chinese government study was released reporting the total length of the Great Wall according to the Chinese media. A joint project between the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping utilized GPS devices to map parts of war built during Ming dynasty – stretching from Mt. Hu in northern Liaoning province to Jiayu Pass in the western Gansu province. The Great Wall is 8851.8 km long, about 2,500 km longer than the original survey in the 1950s. The joint project will continue for another year in order to map sections of the wall built during the Qin and Han Dynasties.

End of Tamil Tiger War

In May, Tami Tiger rebels were crushed by the Sri Lanka government’s military, finishing more than a quarter of the century civil war. Since January 2009, the conflict between the government forces and rebel militants cost the lives of at least 7,000 civilians. The western media has denounced the Sri Lanka government because many civilians were used as human shields. Sri Lanka has bought a lot of weapons from China to help in its crackdown against the rebels. As a result, some western media criticized the Chinese government who supports the abuse of human rights. Should the Chinese government take the responsibility for the many civilians’ lives since China, like the US, France, and the UK., is selling the weapons in the global market?

UN Human Rights Council

The 60-year-old Human Right Commission was replaced by the UN Human Rights Council on 15 March 2006. This year is election year for the members of the UN Human Rights Council (2009-2012): 5 seats from African States, 5 seats from Asian States, 2 seats from Eastern European States, 3 seats from Latin American & Caribbean States, and 3 seats from Western European & other States. The members of the Council are elected by a secret ballot in the General Assembly and must receive at least 97 votes from Assembly’s 192 countries. Members shall not be eligible for immediate re-election after two consecutive terms. Both China and the US were elected to the Council, and others are Cameroon, Djibouti, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Bangladesh, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Russia Federation, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, Belgium, and Norway. Where is Japan? Is Japan able to collect 97 votes in the UN?

Taking Advantage of Victims-IV

Last year, the government amended the Law on Precautions Against Earthquake and Relief of Disaster, which would protect schools and hospitals requiring them to be able to stand at least a 8.0 earthquakes. In May, it is the first anniversary of the 5.12 earthquake in Sichuan Province. The Chinese government confirmed a total of 5,335 students killed or missing according the Xinhua News on 7 May 2009. Another 546 students were disabled, and about 3,340 schools needed to be rebuilt from the disaster. However, the crucial question is how the Chinese are going to deal with the responsibility of these “Tofu” school constructions. According to the government, near 50 percent of schools were built before 1988 when the law required such buildings to meet the earthquake code. As a result, the government will not seek criminal charges against of any construction companies or corrupt officials who might benefit from these constructions. Ironically, about 15 kilometer of the earthquake center, the three-floor Liuhan Xihuang Elementary School did not collapse; all 511 students are fine. One of the reasons is that the school was not built as a “Tofu” structure. How can the Chinese government explain to those who lost their children in these “Tofu” schools? Ironically, the Chinese local government has harassed many foreign journalists, such as Irish Times, Finnish Broadcasting Company, Agence France-Press, and Financial Times because these journalists have tried to interview the parents who lost their children. Why?? Can anyone in China provide an accountability regarding the “Tofu” schools?

Third-Class Politicians Only Provide the Third-Rate Policy-IX

On the surface, Japan is the second economic superpower after the US, but poverty is a major problem which is threatening the basic social welfare in reality. Every three years, the Japanese government conducts a research of poverty levels. According to the Labor and Welfare Ministry 2007 report that the Gini coefficient, a measure of income distribution inequality, recorded 0.5263 in 2005 before the financial meltdown. This datum indicates the worst than 0.4983 registered in 2002. In fact, in 2007, about 10.32 million people earned less than 2 million yen annually. What have the politicians, in particular members of LDP who have controlled Japan for more than six decades, done for the Japanese citizens?

Australia White Paper/Australia vs. China-I

On 2 May 2009, the Australian government issued its defense white paper indicating that it planned to spend $72 billion protecting itself against the Chinese military threat during next 20 years. The Royal Australian Navy is going to purchase weapons including 100 F-35 jets, 12 new submarines, 8 frigates, and 24 combat helicopters to defend its interests in the Asian-Pacific region. This decision will make the United States happy since Obama is busy addressing the chaotic financial crisis at the home. Japanese right-wings will love the decision by Kevin Rudd, while Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ma Zhongxu asked for an objective analysis without bias (Xinhua News). The fact of the matter is that the Australian army spends $72 billion (for next 20 years) which is less than the Chinese annual official defense expenses. What is purpose for Australia to upset the Chinese?

Slavery of Aso’s Family-IV

Since the end of WWII, it is the first time former POWs have stepped onto Japanese soil to seek apology from the Japanese prime minister Aso Taro, whose family made POWs serve as slaves in Fukuoka Prefecture. Australian Joseph Coombs, British James McAnulty, the son of late POW, and Patrick McAnulty, arrived in Tokyo on 21 June 2009. “We’d like an apology for the brutal treatment and the conditions we had to work under…. The memory will always be there, but an apology will help ease some of the pain that we experienced…. (Japan Times 20 June 2009),” told Japan Times. “There was always some violence,” Coombs said. “You only had to have one bad guard, one brutal guard, and that could ruin the whole thing; they could make our lives” difficult (Japan Time). Aso’s father was the head of Aso Mining at the time. Aso Taro became president of Aso Cement Co., during the 1970s before going on to politics. Both Cooms and McAnulty agreed that Japanese should be more “educated” on the issue of the Second World War II history (Asahi News).

Third-Class Politicians Only Provide the Third-Rate Policy-VIII

Prime Minister Aso Taro made another interesting question on 22 May 2009. “It cannot be true that the number of new influenza infections in China is so low... (Japan Times 4 June 2009).” Because China has 1.3 billion people, about 10 times larger than Japan’s, China should have more people infections. However, Aso forgot the fact that China also experienced its bitter experience of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2002, causing more than 320 people death.

Japan Passing-I

In the beginning of June (June first), Treasury Secretary Tim Githner went on his first foreign trip – China – to reassure Chinese leaders that America is committed to long-term fiscal discipline. In other words, he kept asking the Chinese to keep buying US bonds in order to maintain the recovery of American economy. Interestingly, Githner is not going to visit the second economic power – Japan, but passing Japan. Probably, the United States needs China more than Japan at this moment.

The Chinese Way of Hegemony-III

When the Chinese President Hu Jintao met with heads of 29 foreign navy delegations which participated in the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in April, Hu launched the idea of the “harmonious ocean.” Hu stated, “China will never seek hegemony, nor will it turn to military expansion or arms races with other nations…. China will unswervingly stick to the road of peaceful development, which demands China to adhere to its defensive national defense policy. The road of peaceful development is a strategic choice made by the Chinese government and people in the line of the nation’s peace-loving traditional culture, the tread of our times and the fundamental interests of China (PLA Daily).” Following Hu’s statement, Chinese ambassador to the UK, Fu Ying, delivered a speech at Oxford University on 29 April 2009. It is the first time a Chinese official has addressed the Oxford Union in 185 years. “China is both big and small, strong and weak nation…. And China is destined to be a strong country without hegemony…… (Embassy of the PRC in the UK).” Will the traditional Chinese hegemony appear to current political affairs?

Diaoyu-VI

The deadline for coastal states to submit the delimitation of the maritime beyond 200 nautical miles to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea was 13 May 2009. The Chinese government submitted initial information on the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in the East China Sea to the United Nations (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC). In the East China Sea, the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands have been the major territorial dispute between Japan and China. What will Japan and China do next?

Zhao Ziyang’s Book

In June 2009, it is 20 anniversary of “June Fourth” movement. In May, the posthumous memoir of former head of the Chinese Communist Party Zhao Ziyang, Prisoner of the State, was published in the U.S. This book is based on Zhao’s 30 audiotapes which were recorded at his home from 1999 to 2000. One of the important claims by Zhao Ziyang is that the Chinese economic reform, such as dismantling agricultural communes and mapping out export-led growth model, were designed by Zhao, but Deng Xiaoping took most credits. Of course, “without Deng’s support,” none of the economic reform would be possible. Regarding the “June Fourth” movement, Li Peng, played the crucial role in the crackdown against students. Today, the question will be: can China archive its stability and current economic performance if the student leaders including Cai Ling take power in the Chinese politics during “June Fourth Movement?”

The Third United Front CCP-KMT-VIII

On 26 April 2009, Chen Yunlin, Head of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, and Chiang Pin-kun, Head of the Straits Exchange Foundation met for the third time to enter a new agreement between the Taiwan Strait in Nanjing. This deal included an increase in the frequency of direct flights, to allow mainland investment in Taiwan, to permit cooperation in criminal investigations, and to permit banks to open branches in each other’s territory, according to the Chinese media. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO), by the end of April, invited Taiwan to participate in meetings in May because Beijing began to allow Taiwan to join international organizations by using the name “Chinese Taipei.”

Aircraft Carrier-IV

When Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations visited China to participle in the celebration of the Chinese navy’s 60th anniversary in Qingdao in April 2009, a reporter asked a question regarding China’s plan to build its first aircraft carrier. “The advert of an aircraft carrier on the part of the PLA navy, to me, really doesn’t change the nature of our operations at all (China Daily).” He added, “The real issue is: how are those aircraft carriers used, and what is the intent of that capability (Washington Post)?” At the same time, the Japanese media reported China’s first aircraft carrier. However, soi-disant “China threat” is the main theme for Japanese journalists (Kyodo News). Of course, the U.S. would not worry about one aircraft carrier from China because the American navy has more than a dozen aircraft carriers. The Japanese would not need to worry about the Chinese aircraft carrier if Japan never did anything wrong (including many issues since 1894) to the Chinese. Do discussions regarding the so called “China threat” indicate that the Japanese acknowledge their wrongdoings and fear Chinese revenge?

Third-Class Politicians Only Provide the Third-Rate Policy-VII

According to the Nikkei Shimbun 112 LDP Lower House members, or 37.8 percent of the chamber, have direct blood kin in politics. In Aso’s current Cabinet, 11 out 17 ministers belong to political family dynasties (Japan Times). Since the 1990s, 9 out 11 prime ministers (Miyazawa Kiichi, Hosokawa Morihiro, Hata Tsutomu, Hashimoto Ryutaro, Obuchi Keizo, Koizumi Junichiro, Abe Shinzo, Fukuda Yasuo, and Aso Taro), each inherited their “family politics” role. Because these family dynasties continue to expand, talented people basically cannot join politics anymore. Under the name of “democracy,” the political corruption is continuing to play out in Japan. The more political dynasties continue to grow, the less people are interested in politics.

The Third United Front CCP-KMT-IX

When both sides of the Taiwan Strait are getting friendlier, one of groups is getting upset -- the Japanese right-wing groups. In May 2009, the Japanese envoy (de facto Japanese embassy in Taipei), Saito Masaki gave a speech at a university in Taiwan. In his speech, the Japanese envoy stated that the Taiwan status has “not been determined.” This statement outraged both the Ma Ying-jeou government and the mainland who issued a statement in protest. This exposes how desperate the Japanese right-wing groups are.

Buraku vs. Google/Burakumin-II

Google got into trouble in Japan when Google Earth added historical maps of Japan. Recently, the Justice Ministry in Japan investigated the company because its historical maps revealed “burakumin” location for century ago. The burakumin is a former low-caste community which is one of many taboo issues in Japan. This reflects that Japan is still on of the most invisible racial societies in the world. If the society cannot allow historical evidence to be discussed based upon the historical context, the country is really in trouble. Japan might hide some historical facts, but it will never solve any historical problems including burakumin. Unless the Japanese are willing to facing history sincerely, the Japanese society will always be viewed as an invisible racial society. Maybe it is time for Justice Ministry to ask itself why the Japanese cannot overcome the burakumin issue before making entering an investigation of Google. Is Google a racist company? Or are the Japanese racists?

Democracy or Delusion?/The Radical Japanese Right-wings-I

Everyone is thinking that Japan is democratic society. However, one needs to see it before to believe it. On 20 April 2009, a group of right-wing activists drove a truck with loud speakers passed the house of Dewi Sukarno, who was the former first lady of Indonesia, in Shibuya, Japan. “Go home, traitor!!” It was around 9:30 a.m., when people were out and about on the streets. The major reason of the clashes between Ms. Dewi and the right-wing is that she is too soft on North Korea’s satellite launch during recent TV appearances. Is Japan a democratic society which should allow different opinions to exist? The fundamental principles of democracy are at the turning point in Japan.

New Phenomenon in Japan–II

These days, Shii Kazuo, party chief of the Japanese Communist Party (JCP), is busy, but he is happy. Shii is one of the happiest people in Japan during this financial chaos. In 1922, the JCP was founded, but it was an illegal organization. In 1945, the JCP was legalized; however, it struggled though polarizing splits between the Soviets and Chinese Communist. The JCP has died down since 1970s. Nevertheless, the JCP is relatively popular among the youth during this financial meltdown. The JCP has increased its members about 415,000 (latest count), and its news paper Akahata [Red Flag] has reached 1.6 million readers (Japan Times). According to the JCP about 1,000 new members are joining its ranks every month (contrast to the massive exodus from ruling LDP (Liberal democratic Party), whose membership has dropped from 5 millions during its heyday to 1 million today). In addition, a video of Shii is broadcasted in YouTube, where most Japanese young people are accessing channels. Karl Marx’s Das Kapital is available in manga or comic cartoon form for the Japanese youth. Will the JCP win more seats in the next the lower house election?

Internationalization of Renminbi-II

Sin-ming Shaw published an interesting article in a Japanese newspaper, titled “Crony capitalism has taken root in America” (19 May 2009 Japan Times). Shaw criticized Obama’s “stress tests” as the crony capitalism that will corrupt Third World counties to the U.S.A. Just like former treasury secretary Robert Rubin, who served as a director and senior counselor at Citigroup, (which is almost bankrupted), Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Obama’s chief economic adviser Larry Summers are trying to stabilize prices of bank shares in the stock market, but not cleaning up crony capitalism on the Wall Street. In addition, Obama continues to print US dollars as part of his monetary policy. Harvard economist Martin Feldstein has warned that inflation is going to threaten the American economy after 2010 (23 April 2009 Bloomberg News). No wonder the Chinese are worried about the value of the green bucks. Will the Chinese Renminbi be the major currency in the Third World when the dollar faces high inflation?

Nuclear-Armed Japan

Japan is only country which experienced nuclear bombs. On 19 April 2009, the right-wing politician Nakagawa Shoichi, famous for his drunken appearance during an interview at the February 13-14 minister level G7 meeting, said, “It is common sense worldwide that in pure military terms, nuclear counters nuclear (Japan Times).” A country does not have to possess the bomb in order to secure its nation if the country can make friends with others. Even if Japan has the bomb, it will not make Japan secure because Japan does not have real fiends in the Asia region. Until Japan ready to clean up its dirty laundry, in particular a number of issues in WWII; therefore, Japan will not gain trust among other nations. No national trust means no national security!

East Asian Community-II

In 1990, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mahamad, proposed an East Asian Economic Caucus, but the idea was dismissed by the United States. In 1997 when the Asian financial crisis hit, Japanese Finance Minister, Miyazawa Kiichi, pushed to create an Asian Monetary Fund, which was quashed by the United States again. In October 2009, when the global financial tsunami instigated by the Wall Street is still bring down the global economy, the Obama Administration has little credibility to persuade anyone not join the East Asian Community when the Japanese Prime Minister, Hatoyama Yukio, made a proposal during the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) meeting in Thailand. The only problem is that Hatoyama’s proposal of the East Asian Community covers Japan, China, South Korea, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand, and India. But, the traditional geographical knowledge of the “East Asian” Community does not cover Australia, New Zealand, and India.

Currency Wars-II/Dollar Tsunami

The Thailand media (The Nation) published an article “Dollar Tsunami Will Threaten Asian Economies” on 5 November 2010. According to the article, “US banks and US funds are getting almost free money from the Fed to speculate in global assets. Fundamentally speaking, the US dollar does not have any intrinsic value because it is not backed by any assets. The Fed just prints more and more dollars out of thin air. As a result of this second round of printing, we can expect to see bubbles in equities, commodities, oil prices and other hard assets.” During the first round of quantitative easing by the Fed, it spent $1.7 trillion to purchase US Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities in 2009. Yet, it has failed to jump-start the American economy. Many countries including China, Australia, India, South Korea, and Thailand are vulnerable to the inflation, it might create hyperinflation in the future. As the Nation asks, “how can the Fed expect the second round to have the intended effect? If this second round also fails, will the Fed continue to introduce further rounds into infinity?” Will the Fed keep a shadow account or engage in off-balance-sheet transactions? The US government should learn from Thailand’s experience and mistakes during the 1997 as the country defended its baht off-the-balance-sheet.

Another “Card” by the West/“Double Standard”-I/Is the Western Media Right?-IV

After the West failed to use its “currency card” to pressure the Chinese government to appreciate the Renminbi, the West began to use another card – the “human right card.” Since Liu Xiaobo received the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, almost all western media has begun to pressure Beijingto release Liu from imprisonment. In pressuring China, it is important that the West look at their own actions. When Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (5 times) during the British colonization of India, where were the Western governments and Western media? Instead, the British government wanted to make sure Gandhi did not receive the prize by pressuring the Norwegian government between 1937 and 1948. Why? When will the West begin to learn from history and stop applying its “double-standard?”

The G2 Game/G2-XI

When the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao visited European countries including Greece, Italy, Turkey, Spain, and Germany (a surprise visit) in October, he came bearing gifts: billions of dollars worth of business deals and a wave of favorable attention from a crucial foreign investor. This month, the Chinese president Hu Jintao visited Portugal and France. President Hu ordered airplanes worth billions of dollars from France creating thousands of new jobs. The Chinese message is clear: do not follow the US which is pressuring China regarding the Renminbi's appreciation. Many other European countries, such as Ireland and Hungary, are ready to open their hands to ask China to investment their countries. Ultimately, “Beijing hopes to achieve not just more business for its own companies, but also greater influence over the economic policies set in the power corridors of Brussels and Germany (1 November 2010 New York Times).”

Rare-earth Metal Restriction

Certain rare metals are necessary for the development of high-tech equipment and the next generation of automobiles. Currently, China provides more than 90 percent of the global market for these rare metals, such as lithium, terbium, and dysprosium. For instance, Japan depends on China for 97 percent of these rare metals. Since last year, Beijing announced that it would reduce exports of these rare metals worrying Japan and the U.S. By 2015, Chinese export of these rare metals is expected to drop to approximately 5,000 tons (Nikkei Weekly 1 March 2010). According to the Duowei Timesin Washington D.C., China is learning from the Australian model that controls its natural resources. From now on, advanced nations should not expect to obtain these rare metals easily from China. During the Sino-Japanese territorial disputes in September, China began to use its rate metals "card" to influence its diplomacy against Japan (Financila Times 28 September 2010). The USA also began to review its policy of the development of the rare metals. What are the rare earths used for (Japan Times 24 September 2010; Foreign Policy 29 September 2010)?

Energy-efficient Fluorescent Lights: europium, terbium, yttrium

Hybrid Vehicles: dysprosium, lanthanum, neodymium, praseodymium, terbium

Automotive Catalytic Converters: cerium

Wind Turbines: dysprosium, neodymium, praseodymium, terbium

Fiber Optics: erbium, europium, terbium, yttrium

IPods: dysprosium, neodymium, praseodymium, samarium, terbium

MRI Machines: lutetium crystals

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs: terbium

Halogen Lights: scandium

Is the Western Media Right?-III

Gregory Clark, Australian diplomat and a longtime resident of Japan, published the article, “Western Media Play along in the Disinformation Game,” in Japan Times on 25 June 2010. Clark asks the fundamental question about Western journalism, “Are they being manipulated by governments? Or are they just plain lazy, happy to go along with what everyone else is saying and what readers want to believe without wanting to look too closely into relevant background?” He gave a few examples what Western media has been distorted news in the world.

1. The distortion news is Tian’anmen massacre in 1989, the 21st anniversary of the Tian’anmen Incident. Because Western and Taiwanese intelligence agencies planted the theme of massacre in order to blacklist China for arms sales from the West including European nations and the US.

2. The torpedo attack on a South Korean warship in March is another problem. The Western media made little or no mention of the fact that the incident was in disputed waters between the two Koreas, the arbitrary line drawn by the US under the 1953 Korean War armistice. Furthermore, Sweden, the only neutral member in an international investigating group, withdrew from the final report. The Western media have reported little of these facts.

3. The Western media distorted the fact that both Japan and China claimed an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) overlapping each other in the East China Sea. When the Chinese navy activity in the East China Sea in March-April, the media condemned the Chinese military activities only.

4. When Japan claimed a 4000,000 sq. km EEZ in Okinotorishima, the western Pacific coral reef, the Western media distorted the Chinese view of Okinotorishma. Beijing does not dispute Japan’s ownership of the Okinotorishima reef. Yet, China cannot be silent when Japan violated international law, which states that rocks unable to sustain economic activity cannot have an EEZ.

5. Many media in Japan have accused the Hatoyama administration of ignoring the Chinese and North Korean threat as Hatoyama was trying to relocate the U.S. Marine base to Henoko, Okinawa. The Cold War mentality by the Western media has successfully brought back the relocation of American base proposed by the LDP previously.

6. In the case South Ossetia, the American media reported that Russia attacked Georgia, almost the exact opposite of what occurred. Similarly, with respect to the 1962 Sino-India war, the Western media distorted the fact the Indian army attacked China first, not vice versa. It is time for the Western media to clean up their dirty laundry; the media received CIA funds to assist journalists in winning the journalist awards.

"Chimerica" Save North Korea-VI

It is unusual that Kim Jon-il visited China twice within a year. On 27 August, Kim met the Chinese leader in Changchun, China. According to a Chinese newspaper published in Washington D.C., on his last visit Kim asked for a Chinese fighter-jet (J-10) for free. Hu Jintao rejected Kim’s request. Then, Kim cut off his trip short, returning to North Korea. Many western media, as well as Korean and Japanese newspapers reported that Kim requested Beijing’s recognition of the next North Korean next leader. The fact of the matter is that China will not interfere in North Korean domestic affairs. Taking a look at the Liuqiu Kingdom's case, Liuqiu (Ryukyu in Japanese) had relations for more than 500 years with the Chinese dynasties, yet the Chinese rulers had never cared who the next king of the Liuqiu Kingdom would be. Most TV commentators and newspaper analysts should study Chinese history before speaking out in the public regarding Chinese foreign policy.

The Third United Front CCP-KMT-XIII

On 29 June 2010, Chiang Pin-kung, head of Taiwan delegation, and Chen Yunlin, the head of the mainland China delegation, signed the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement (ECFA) in Chongqing, where Communist leader Mao Zedong and Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek tried to negotiate a united front against the Japanese during the second world war. The trade pact avoided using the words FTA (Free Trade Agreement) which might involve the sovereignty issue. The free-trade deal will remove tariffs for 539 products and services (worth $13.4 billion) of Taiwanese goods coming to China, while Chinese companies will get tax breaks on about 267 goods (worth $3 billion) to Taiwan (Mainichi Daily, Washington Post). The mainland China has made huge compromise for Taiwan including banking and agricultural sectors. ECFA has made both South Korea and Japan very nervous because neither has signed a FTA with China, which opened FTA deals with ASEAN this year. Taiwan will certainly provide advantages for Taiwan to access the ASEAN market and other Asian nation’s markets.

Currency Wars-I/Internationalization of Renminbi-XII

Kevin Rafferty published his article in the Japan Times, titled “Appreciating the Renminbi” to defend Beijing’s action. While the G20 summit gathered in Toronto, Canada on 27 June 2010 to discuss the global economy, the Western media focused on one of the hottest topics, the appreciation of the Renminbi. “Beijing is right to claim that it is impossible to plan for an economy if the currency is 6.83 against the dollar today, 6 tomorrow, maybe 5.5 the next day and 5.8 the day after that as traders play their games. Japan has enough experience of the damage of currency fluctuations,” states by Rafferty. Certainly, the appreciation of the Japanese yen in the 1980s has destroyed the growth of the Japanese economy since the Plaza Accord insisted upon by the Americans. Furthermore, current Chinese trade surpluses constituted about 0.6 to 0.7 percent of global GDP, the highest in more than 100 years (American economy in the 1920s at 0.4 percent of global GDP or Japan in the 1980s at 0.5 percent). However, China only accounted for 8 percent of global output and is a much smaller economy than either the US in the 1920 with 30 percent of global GDP or Japan in the 1980s with 15 percent (Japan Times 26 June 2010).

As Lindsey Grahams and Charles Schumers in the US congress have continued to scream about the appreciation of the Renminbi, they are still dreaming because they successfully pushed the Japanese in the corner to force the appreciation of yen in the 1980s. Yet, the American politicians do not understand that China is not Japan, which has become the “51 state” of the US. Today’s image of the Americans attacking China is exactly the same as the 1980s when American politicians were bashing the Japanese. Beijing did not put the U.S. where it is. As Bloomberg News Columnist William Pesek states, “It was the administration of U.S. President Bill Clinton that decided to remove Depression-era banking-system safeguards and fight efforts to regulate derivatives. It was U.S. President George W. Bush who removed every financial regulation in view, squandered a budget surplus through tax cuts for the ultra-rich and put a pointless war in Iraq on a credit card. China didn’t tell Americans to buy homes they couldn’t afford. …. China didn’t lobby against reforms that might protect the U.S. from another financial crisis. That will be on U.S. President Barack Obama (Japan Times 26 June 2010).” Right now, U.S. lawmakers are looking perfect scapegoat – China -- for their problems. As the Financial Times described it on 28 September 2010, G2's (China and the United States) "currency wars" are under way.

Internationalization of Renminbi-XI

One week before the G20 summit in Toronto, the Chinese central bank, People’s Bank of China announced “Further Reform the RMB Exchange Rate Regime and enhance the RMB Exchange Rate flexibility” at night of 19 June 2010. “In further proceeding with reform of the RMB exchange rate regime, continued emphasis would be placed on reflecting market supply and demand with reference to a basket of currencies. The exchange rate floating bands will remain the same as previously announced in the inter-bank foreign exchange market. China’s external trade is steadily becoming more balanced. The ratio of current account surplus to GDP, after a notable reduction in 2009, has been declining since the beginning of 2010. With the BOP account moving closer to equilibrium, the basis for large-scale appreciation of the RMB exchange rate does not exist. The People’s Bank of China will further enable market to play a fundamental role in resource allocation, promote a more balanced BOP account, maintain the RMB exchange rate basically stable at an adaptive and equilibrium level, and achieve the macroeconomic and financial stability in China (Web of the People’s Bank of China).” Many countries including US Treasury secretary Tim Geithner, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, the European Commission, and Japan’ finance ministry, praised the Chinese decision regarding the flexibility of Renminbi or yuan. By September 2010, banks in Japan, such as Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho Corporate Bank, and SMBC, started services that allow Japanese companies and individuals to open yuan-denominated accounts in Japan.

Hayabusa and Japanese Military Power

In May 2003, with the backing and help of the US, Japan Aeronautical Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched Hayabusa [peregrine falcon] from Kagoshima Prefecture, landing on the asteroid Itokawa twice in November 2005. The 550meters-long Itokawa’s orbit is located between Mars and Earth, discovering by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology team in 1998 and named after the late Itokawa Hideo, Japan’s pioneer in rocket engineering. In the evening of 13 June 2010, Hayabusa landed in the desert near Woomera, southern Australia. On Itokawa, Hayabusa was to shoot two metal balls at the asteroid’s surface and collect debrit blown up by the impact. If Hayabusa brought back 0.1 millimeter of sand from Itokawa, scientists could analyze the formation of the asteroid. Hayabusa achieved the first-ever, round-trip voyage of a spacecraft to a heavenly body other than the moon. Its trip became the longest voyage in space- 2,592 days (the previous record of 2,534 days was held by the Stardust mission of NASA between February 1999 to January 2006).

A Russian expert warns that the successful mission by Hayabusa might provide a turning point for the Japanese military power, which currently ranks 5th in military spending on new high tech weapons for its Navy and Air Force (Japan News). The “Japan threaten” might come to reality.

Independent State of Okinawa?

The Ryukyu/Liuqiu Kingdom was an independent country until Japan annexed the islands in 1879 when the Chinese dynasty was weak. Since then, the Japanese have called it Okinawa. Recently, Kina Shokichi, a former member of Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), published the book titled Okinawa no Jikokentteiken[Okinawa’s Right to Autonomy], on 31 May 2010. What Kina has proposed is that Okinawa should be an independent state. According to the Japanese media, Prime Minister Kan Naoto told Kina that “Okinawa should just become independent (Japan Times17 June 2010),” if negotiations to remove the American bases in Okinawa are not resolvable. If the majority of people in Okinawa are not happy regarding the Japanese government’s policies toward Okinawa, they might have the right of the self-determination. In fact, people in East Timor, which is newly state in the Asian region, got their self-determination from Indonesia. Yet, the right-wing in the mainland Japan will be extremely be unhappy if Okinawa became an independent state.

Afghanistan’s Rare Metals

When Obama announced to go back Afghanistan to fight against terrorists, many believe that Obama’s strategy will fail badly. Yet, when Pentagon announced that Afghanistan might become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” one of many rare metals in the world (New York Times, 13 June 2010), Obama’s Afghanistan’s strategy might be successful in the near future. In the 21stcentury, rare metals have been indispensable for cell phones, laptops, space shuttles, satellites, electric cars, and other high technologic articles. For instance, Bolivia posseses the largest lithium deposits in the world, and China has huge amount of many kinds of rare metals, iron, gold, lithium, niobium, and cobalt. During the former Soviet Union’s occupation of Afghanistan in the end of 1970s, Soviet mining experts started to map and college charts. After the Soviet withdrawal, Afghan geologists took the charts home to protect them during the chaos era. In 2001, Afghan geologists produced these maps and charts again after the fall of the Taliban. In 2007, the US Geological Survey studied and confirmed these facts again. The approximately $1 trillion in mineral resources might eventually help the economic development of Afghanistan, one of the poorest nations in the world. Afghanistan’s Minister of Mines, Wahidullah Shahrani, reported the estimates mineral wealth at $3 trillion or more (Japan Times19 June 2010). Unfortunately, the rare metals are located in Ghazni Province where Tablian has had a strong foothold.

The Ambassador of China from Japan

After Kan Naoto took power from Hatoyama who resigned as prime minister on 2 June 2010, he appointed Niwa Uichito as the ambassador of China, succeeding Miyamoto Yuji in late July. Niwa was part of the student movement against the 1980 revision of the Japan-U.S. security treaty when he was a student at Nagoya University. He joined Itochu and became president in 1998, as well as chairman in 2004 and adviser in 2010. This will be the first ambassador to China from the private sector since the two countries normalized diplomatic relations in 1972, where there have been 12 Foreign Ministry officials serving as ambassador to China. Niwa has been promoting tie-ups with Chinese companies in the food and textile sectors. Unfortunately, Niwa had dealed with the problem of a fishing boat collision in the East China Sea. Usually, former bureaucrats would be diplomats for the Japanese government, yet this reflects the Kan administration’s determination to control power in Japanese politics. At the same time, former vice chairman of Nomura Securities Co., Toda Hiroshi, was named as ambassador of Greece. These changes were a first in Japanese politics since WWII.

Supercomputer-III

US and European researchers issued a list of the world’s supercomputers on 31 May 2010, compiled by Hans Meuer of the University of Mannheim, Germany; Erick Strohmaier and Horst Simon of NERSC/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Chinese Nebulae system at the National Supercomputing Center in Shenzhen ranked the second-fastest machine behind the US Department of Energy’s Jaguar (1.75 petaflops per second) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (Japan Times). The Chinese Nebulae, which is capable of sustained computing of 1.271 petaflops per second, was built by Dawning Information Industry Ltd. On the TOP 500 list, China has 24 supercomputers, 9.2 percent of global supercomputing capacity, up from 21 systems six months ago. The US had 282 systems, 55.4 percent of overall list while Europe had 144 systems on the list (including (38 in Britain, 29 in France, and 24 in Germany). In the Asian region, Japan has 18 systems, up from 16 six months ago, and India had five systems in the list (CCTV).

The Strike in the Communist China

In school, students learn that labor strikes do not exist in Communist societies. According to Marxist theory, a strike can only exist in capitalist society where unions are the primary force to enforce the workers’ rights including wage hikes. Ironically, Honda Motor Corporation (Honda’s Chinese assembly joint ventures: Guangqi Honda Automobile and Dongfeng Honda Automobile) in Communist China faced worker strikes; the Honda operation was basically stopped since 27 May 2010. Honda began to offer a raise of 366 yuan (about 4,881 Japanese yen), and settle by offering a 24 percent pay raise to placate staff (Japan Times23 June 2010). Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer for Apple and Dell, has increased its wage as much as 70 percent. The image of the cheaper labor in China is not true anymore. As the Los Angeles Timesstates, “An inevitable consequence of a country’s economic development is that its workforce comes to expect more. More schooling, better jobs, more money. That’s what happened in the United States and Japan in the last century, and now it’s happening in China, which has seen a series of labor strikes at Honda Motor Co. factories and a spate of suicides at the electronic components plants belonging to Foxconn Technology Group.”

The US Killed Hatoyama Administration/Laodicean Politics in Japan-IX/Futemma Airbase-III

Before the Chinese prime minister landed on Chinese soil, the Japanese prime minister announced his resignation on 2 June 2010. In Hatoyama’s speech, two issues were addressed: relocation of Futenma and political funds scandal. Since the first day that Hatoyama replaced the LDP from power last August, the US has not helped Hatoyama at all. Instead, the US killed the Hatoyama Administration.

First, when Hatoyama was inaugurated as the prime minister in September 2009, he launched the idea of an “East Asian Community,” which was viewed with suspicion by the White House. The US repeatedly questioned whether or not the US was part of the “East Asian Community.” Since then, the idea of “East Asian Community” was basically stopped.

Second, the relocation of the Futenma air base in Okinawa has been a problem for Hatoyama. In order to resolve this issue, he needs three parties: the White House, Okinawa people, and people to be relocated in Futenma, to agree with each other. Obama has rejected meeting Hatoyama, even though the Japanese prime minister requested an appointment. During the April security summit in Washington D.C., Hatoyama had tried to meet with the 44th president, but the prime minister never had the opportunity. By using this incident, a naive American journalist with the Washington Postcalled Hatoyama “loopy,” adding fuel to Hatoyama’s plunging domestic approval rating.

Both the White House and American media killed the Hatoyama Administration. Of course, Hatoyama lacked leadership and political skill; there were many things Hotoyama could have done to avoid resigning. Despite this fact, however, there is no question that the US, including the American media indirectly influenced Japanese politics and intervened in Japanese domestic affairs, especially with respect to the Futenma air base. Ironically, the White House press secretary stated on 2 June 2010, “The U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship is very strong and deeply rooted in our common interests and values. Our Alliance has flourished under each Japanese Prime Minister and U.S. President for the past half century and will continue to strengthen in the years to come (Statement from the Press Secretary on Japan).” Well, according to this statement it appears that the US will continue to influence Japanese domestic affairs indirectly, making sure every prime minister will serve American interests only. The US should remember that Japan is a sovereign nation, and Americans should respect Japanese domestic affairs.

Sino-Japanese Hotline

On 31 May 2010, Japan and China agreed to have a hotline between Hatoyama Yukio and Wen Jiabao, who visited Tokyo after holding a summit in Jeju, Korea, where three countries: Japan South Korea, and China talked about rising tensions after the sinking of a warship in March by a North Korean torpedo. In order to avoid sudden clash between Japanese and Chinese military, Japan insisted on the hotline with the Chinese leaders. In particular, Japan has been worrying about the rising military power in the East China Sea. Current Japanese Prime Minsiter Kan Naoto, according to Hatoyama, should use this hotline to discuss the territorial disputes in the East China Sea (Jiji Press).

Go Back to the Past/Futenma Airbase-II/Cold War Mentality-IV

Hatoyama Yukio visited Okinawa for a second time since he took power in Nagata-cho on 23 May 2010. He told Nakaima Hirokazu, Governor of Okinawa, that the Okinawans need to accept the Henoko district in the city of Nago which is located in the northern part of Okinawa as the potential site for relocation of American Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. This is just the same as the 2006 pact between Tokyo and Washington on Futenma’s relocation, which was entered into by the LDP (Japan Times). The major reason for this relocation is“deterrence” to the U.S. Marine corps. During the election campaign, Hatoyama repeatedly expressed that Futenma’s relocation should be “outside Okinawa at the least.” Hatoyama needs to show his leadership to the people of Okinawa. In fact, less than 1,000 American Marine corps cannot be the “deterrence” against the North Korean army, not to mention Chinese military might.

Obama Doctrine/Need “Help?”

On 22 May 2010, the 44th President of the United States declared that America cannot act alone in the world and pledged to shape a new “international order.” The Obama Doctrine is a departure from “cowboy diplomacy” of his predecessor, George W. Bush. “We need intelligence agencies that work seamlessly with their counterparts to unravel plots that run from the mountains of Pakistan to the streets of our cities… The burdens of this century cannot fall on our soldiers alone. It also cannot fall on American shoulders alone. Our adversaries would like to see America sap its strength by overextending our power. And in the past, we’ve always had the foresight to avoid acting alone. We were part of the most powerful wartime coalition in human history through World War II. We stitched together a community of free nations and institutions to endure and ultimately prevail during a Cold War. Yes, we are clear-eyed about the shortfalls of our international system. But America has not succeeded by stopping out of the currents of cooperation – we have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice, so nations thrive by meeting their responsibilities and face consequences when they don’t. So we have to shape an international order that can meet the challenges of our generation.… The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times – countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing wounds…. But this is a different kind of war… Al Qaeda and its affiliates are small men on the wrong side of history. They lead no nation. They lead no religion. We need not give in to fear every time a terrorist tries to scare us. We should not discard our freedoms because extremists try to exploit them. We cannot succumb to division because others try to drive us a part. We are the United States of America (Remarks by Obama at West Point Commencement, 22 May 2010).”

The X-51A WaveRider

On 25 May 2010, Boeing tested flight of the X-51 WaveRider which is an unmanned aerial vehicle in Edward Air Force Base. The X-51 was released from a B-52 bomber off the southern California coast and flown only five minutes. A supersonic combustion ram jet which accelerates to about Mach 6 – six times the speed of sound, can reach as high as 50,000 feet. The unmanned plane is able to attack anywhere in North Korea, Afghanistan, or Iran with one hour, and might be use to kill terrorists group in caves between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Okinotori Islet Bill and Japanese Diet

On 18 May 2010, the Japanese Diet (House of Representatives) unanimously passed a bill which will protect the Okinotori Islet. Under the new law Japan would invest and repair the islet by creating an EEZ. In the following day, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ma Zhaoxu denied the Japanese claim that Okitori Islet was an islet, claiming that it was a bare rock which does not qualify for 200 EEZ under international law.

Secret Funds/Third-Class Politicians Only Provide the Third-Rate Policy-XIII

On 30 April 2010, former Chief Cabinet Secretary Nonaka Hiromu who served as the government spokesman during 1998-1999, made a stunning claim in the Asahi Shimbun. According to Nonaka, the LDP gave an average of 50 million yen to 70 million yen a month to the key politicians and political commentators. On one occasion, a political commentator called Prime Minister Obuchi Keizo requesting approximately 30 million yen because he built a new house. All journalists except one political commentator, Tawara Soichiro, received the money. Here is the problem. The LDP has used a secret fund to manipulate not only opposition politicians, but also journalists who manipulated the public opinions for years. It might explain why the LDP successfully controlled Japanese politics since WWII. Those journalists who received the secret funds need to take responsibility for their actions. If the journalists cannot do their job to be objective and are merely in bed with the LDP deceiving Japanese voters, they should pay the price in the Japanese way – seppuku or hara-kiri. No wonder journalism by Japanese journalist are not well respected internationally.

Two days after the August 30 Lower House election ended decades of power by LDP, the LDP-led government withdrew 250 million yen from a Cabinet secret fund, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirano Hirofumi. In Japan, the cabinet has a discretionary budget, “kimitsu-hi” or secret fund, which can be used without restraint by the chief cabinet secretary, who has no obligation to submit receipts on use of its funds. All past administration (LDP) described “kimitsu-hi” as necessary for “smoothly implementation” of their government duties. According to Kyodo News, the Cabinet Secretariat received around 1.2 billion yen each year from fiscal 2004 through fiscal 2008 – roughly 100 million yen each month. Documents show that the Cabinet Secretariat received a considerably larger sum of 250 million yen on September 1, two days after the DPJ landslide victory over the LDP in the Lower House election, but the money disappeared by the time the DPJ assumed power on 16 September 2010. About 250 million yen had disappeared in a period of around two weeks, Kawamura Takeo of the LDP is responsible for explaining what happened. Basically, the politicians stole about 250 million yen tax payers’ money; none is taking responsibility in Japan.

In 2001, the DPJ submitted a bill that would oblige the Cabinet to record how the fund is used and disclose it to the public. Hatoyama Administration disclosed that “kimitsu-hi” started in 1947, but it was not intended to be a secret fund (Sankei Shimbun 25 May 2010). Now the DPJ are in power, and what happened to “kimitsu-hi”?

SM-3 Interceptors/Test Obama-XX

George N. Lewis from Cornell University and Theodore A. Postol from MIT published their article titled “A Flawed and Dangerous U.S. Missile Defense Plan” in Arms Control Today(May 2010) published by the Arms Control Association, a private group in Washington, D.C. The Pentagon claimed the rocket-powered interceptor SM-3 (which Japan is also participated) hit 84 percent of incoming targets in tests. However, Professors Lewis and Postol found the results of a success rate of 10-20 percent by re-examination. Ironically, the Pentagon came out to defend its record by forcefully discrediting the paper. Bureaucrats do not want take any responsibility, but only spend tax payers’ money to make “successful tests.”

Toyota in American Politics

Republican governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour, published an article in the Washington Post on 24 February 2010, when the Toyota CEO, Toyoda Akio, testified before the U.S. Congress. “That’s why I hope Congress will resist the temptation to attack Toyota simply to advance the interests of its American competitors. Toyota should not be blamed implicitly for the problems of Detroit’s automakers. Moreover the decision to bail out bankrupt General Motors and Chrysler with $60 billion from U.S. taxpayers has put Washington in an uncomfortable position (Washington Post).” Everyone knows that the mid term election will come up in November; some politicians, in particular from Detroit area, will not able to come back to the Capital Hill. Some politicians are trying to score their points by attacking Toyota. By September, Toyota had settled high-profile lawsuit over fatal Lexus crash in California (20 September 2010 Japan Times) for millions dollars.

Clinton Asia Tour/Japan Passing-V

The US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton started her Asian tour on 21 May 2010. The first stop was Japan, where she only stayed three hours and fifteen minutes for a meeting with foreign minister Okada Katsuya and Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio. No significant agreement was reached between Japan and the USA. Thereafter, Clinton went to the World Expo in Shanghai and stayed five days before stopping in South Korea, and going back to the US. While the Japanese media complained about her short stay, the Chinese media emphasized the importance of Sino-US relations. Along with 200 people in the American delegation, Clinton led the largest group to visit China than ever before. Well, at least, Clinton stopped by Tokyo.

Which Country Will Be The First-VII

In the Asian region, no one expects that China has the largest carrier in the region. According to the Japan Times (14 May 2010) China Southern Airlines is Asia’s largest carrier by passenger numbers after overtaking troubled Japan Airlines (JAL). In fact, China Southern overtook JAL in 2008, rising to 58.24 million, and reached a total of 66.3 million passengers in 2009. Meanwhile, JAL carried 46.87 million passengers in 2008, and 41.98 million in 2009. China Southern is less well known internationally, but it focuses on shorter-haul domestic services in China.

Unexpected Victory for Japan

When the America-backed proposal to ban export of Atlantic bluefin tuna convened at the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES on 18 March 2010, the Japanese government felt the Japanese consumers might not be able to eat tuna in the future. There was fear that sushi was finished! However, when CITES voted, only 20 nations supported the Moraco proposal to ban bluefin tuna, with 68 nations against the proposal, and 30 abstaining. As a result, the Moraco proposal backed by the European nations and the US lost the battle. Interestingly, neither the Japanese media nor the Japanese government understood why the proposal did not go through. The fact of the matter is that China, along with its allies, in particular, the countries from African continent and from the Middle East region, voted against the Moraco proposal.

The 5,113 American Nuclear Warheads

On 3 May 2010, the Pentagon disclosed the number of the nuclear warhead. The total number is 5,113 nuclear warheads currently deployed. It seems to everyone that the announcement is unprecedented because it had been top secret in the USA. Yet, most scholars know the number of nuclear warheads in American stockpiled for years. If Obama really wanted to have “constructive” discussion, he should reveal how many these warheads are targeting against Russia, China, North Korean, or even American allies. To reveal the number of the nuclear warheads does not make Americans less guilty since the US is the first and only country ever used the bomb for non-nuclear country in human history.

China’s Vote Rate in the World Bank

In the end of April 2010, the World Bank finally decided to provide more voting power to emerging economies, such as China. The developing countries voting shares in the World Bank gained 3.13 percent to a total stake of 47 percent. However, the US remained its majority stake of 16 percent, and Japan received a reduction of voting rate to 6.84 percent. China’s share rises to 4.42 percent from 2.77 percent. Why did the World Bank not reduce the American voting power at all even though the Wall Street was instigated global financial chaos in 2008.

Learning from Greek

As Greece failed into financial chaos, Japan should learn some lessons. Currently, the Japanese fiscal budget deficit reaches nearly 200 percent of GDP. “It’s necessary for the government to make the medium-term fiscal road map as concrete as possible,” stated the deputy managing director at the IMF, Shinohara Naoyuki (Japan Times 27 April 2010). In fact, Standard & Poor cut the outlook of Japanese bonds’ AA rating to “negative.”

Is the Western Media Right?-II

The 44th president gathered 36 heads of states in Washington D.C. for the security summit. On 14 April 2010, Washington Postpublished “Among Leaders at Summit, Hu’s First,” summarizing the winners and losers during the summit. Based on Al Kamen’s writings, the winner is the Chinese President Hu Jintao who got the 90-minutes meeting with Obama. The loser is the Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio who did not get to meet with Obama even though the Japanese government requested the meeting. Simply to meet Obama will be the deciding factor of the winner and loser. Then the question is how about the leaders from North Korea and Iran, who were never invited to the nuclear security summit. They might be the real winner.

Rehabilitation of Hu Yaobang

The April 15 is the anniversary of the death of Hu Yaobang in 1989. Hu got heart attack which initiated on the student movement in Tiananmen Square. On 15 April 2010, Wen Jiabao published the long article in Renmin Ribao, praising Hu Yaobang’s work style for the people. As the secretary of the century office, Wen worked with Hu Yaobang closely and often accompanied Hu to make trips around the country for the inspections. On the same day, the Chinese communist party newspaper also published a long article regarding Hu Yaobang as secretary of the CCP. In this article, the inspection photo showing Hu Yaobang touring Guizhou Province accompanied by Hu Jintao, who was secretary of Guizhou Province. It is clear that the Chinese government is beginning to rehabilitate Hu Yaobang. This indicates that the June Fourth movement in 1989 might eventually be revaluated in the future.

Space Competition

The US government has secretly developed its new weapons for year. On 23 April 2010, a miniature space shuttle, X-37B, which is 8.9m long and has a wing-span of 4.5m, was launched from Florida by the Atlas V Centaur rocket. The X-37B will be used to position satellites and other types of surveillance. This is unmanned spacecraft which can stay in orbit for up to 270 days. Both Chinese and Russian media widely report the X-37B, but not in Japan.

Goldman Sachs Shock

On 19 April 2010, The Wall Street Journal published a long article on a SEC (Security and Exchange Commission) investigation. The case involves the hedge fund, Pualson & Co., which allegedly sold CDO (collateralized debt obligation), ABACUS 2007-AC1, in violation of U.S.law. CDOs are derived from mortgage bonds, but they do not actually hold assets even though one can invest in them. The key figure is Paolo Pellegrin, the head of the hedge fund. The British government stated that the U.K. would also investigate Goldman Sacks transaction in 2008. As Robert Samuelson states in the Japan Times, today’s the main business on Wall Street is trading for their own accounts and creating trading opportunities for clients (Japan Times). Goldman Sacks might just do their business between the “black” and “white” parts, which ultimately created world financial system tsunami. By 15 May 2010, besides Goldman Sacks, JP Morgan, Citi-group. Deutsche Bank and UBS, are all the subject of criminal investigation for selling mortgage-related deals.