Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kisha Club/The 3rd-Rate Journalist in Japan-II

-->Anyone who is studying “Japan” including language, culture, and society etc., will find an unusual word -- “Kisha club,” “press club”. Kisha club was historically established in 1890, originating from a small number of reporters who formed a group demanding the Imperial Diet to allow them to sit in on session. Today, Kisha club is mainly attached to government ministries and industries, and their members generally belong to major Japanese newspapers, broadcasters, and wire services. But, here is one of main differences from the Western press club. The membership of the Kisha club is limited to major Japanese news organizations and excludes foreign press, magazine reporters, and freelance journalists etc., who might be triggered criticism. In other words, like typical Japanese “iron-triangles,” The Kisha club embraces a cozy relationship between politicians, businessmen, bureaucrats, and academic scholars. In fact, Katsumata Tsunehisa admitted in a news conference on March 30, that the  Chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), was entertaining retired Japanese journalists in Beijing on March 11 as Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE) (Japan Times, 3 May 2011).  That may be why no Japanese journalists from the  Kisha club has asked crucial questions during any press conferences held by Tepco, the Safety Agency, or the  prime minister’s office. 


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Panic of Washington D.C. Metro

M 5.8 Earthquake Hit Virgina;
The Metro (Subway) is Panic

Sources: Photography by Unryu Suganuma on August 23, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

WikiLeaks-III/Human Right Award in Australia

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, was awarded the gold medal from the Sydney Peace Foundation on 10 May 2011. Mary Kostakidis, veteran Australian broadcaster, presented the award to Assange; the foundation recognizes his leadership, courage, tenacity in journalism (Digital Journal 11 May 2011). Assange is the fourth person to receive the award following after Dalai Lama (from China), Nelson Mandela (South Africa), and Ikeda Daisaku (Japan).  Washington might not like the award, and the award has had little covered by the Western media. Why?

Source: Guardian News (access date: 22 August 2011)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dalai Lama-VI

Lobsang Sangay was elected as the prime minister of the exiled Tibetan government after the Dalai Lama resigned. Dalai Lama called, “some of my political promulgations such as Draft Constitution for Future Tibet (1963) and Guidelines for Future Tibet’s Polity (1992) will become ineffective (Japan Times 27 May 2011).”  As a Chinese journalist indicates, basically the Dalai Lama’s statement ends the policy of independent Tibet because documents both in 1963 (which declares Tibetan independence) and in 1992 (which implicates Tibet is not a part of Chinese territory). When Lobsang Sangay was interviewed by BBC News “Hard Talk” in May 2011, this Harvard Law School scholar insists on no violation of its movement. However, everyone whether in Beijing or in Dharamshala are focusing on one thing right now. That is, when is the 75-years-old Dalai Lama going to die? Will the 14th Dalai Lama like the fifth Dalai Lama (in 1679) pick his successor before he passes away? Can anyone in Dharamshala conceal the fact from Beijing as the Dalai Lama dies? Obviously, two 15th Dalai Lamas might emerge after this Dalai Lama is gone.

Source: Guardian News (access date 12 August 211)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

BRICS-I

When Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs created the word, “BRIC” 10 years ago, he did not expect that “BRIC” would become “BRICS” in 2011. BRIC added "S" -- South Africa to become "BRICS" officially. This was done at the summit in Hainan Province, China when BRICS made its Sanya Declaration. Meanwhile while the world is watching the annual IMF and World Bank spring meeting, BRICS holding their annual summit. As BRICS account for 40 percent of the world population and 24 percent of global GDP, they have a legitimate complaint that the world has been economically dominated by the developed countries (G7) with only about 10 percent of the global population (Japan Times 3 May 2011). In the communiqué, BRICS determined to end Pax Americana by making the transition to new world order and blamed “old hegemony” (i.e., the US) for the global financial chaos (Financial Times 16 April 2011).  BRICS demanded comprehensive reform of the UN and reform of voting rights in IMF. As William Pesek of the Bloomberg News states, “What is really highlighted is what really matters: the “C” in BRICS (Japan Times 2 May 2011).” Now, China is asking to reform the special drawing right (SDR) in IMF after the Chinese became vice-director. 
 Source: Chinese President Hu Jintao (Center), Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (2nd Right), Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (2nd Left), Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (1st Left) and South African President Jacob Zuma (1st Right) attend a photocall in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, April 14, 2011. Xinhua News, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-04/15/c_13829493.htm (access date: 6 August 2011)