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    Seiharinokaze

    BOOK SNIFFER,

    Hostility between Japan and China started when Japan took over the rights/interests in Kwantung province and the South Manchurian Railroad from Russia after the Russo-Japanese War. Chinese asserted their rights to abolish unequal treaties which they concluded with the West including Japan and regain concessions. They tried to do that not by living up to the world standard and modernizing their social system but by spewing anger and violence. Communism was also fanning their nationalism. Even in Mukden (Shenyang) area alone, more than 300,000 cases of damage and injury to Japanese and their property were reported annually in early 1930's. These Chinese intifada or terrorism led Japan to the Manchurian Incident.

    As for the liberation of Asia from the western colonization, Japan sent troops to the South East Asia because the Allies laid an embargo on oil to Japan while supporting KMT China. Security and cause for independence were symbiotic making use of each other at this time of history. So the Burma Campaign was fought between the forces of the British Empire and China with support from the United States, against the forces of Japan, the Burma National Army, Thailand and the Indian National Army. Chinese merchants in Malay however who got a commission for managing plantations on behalf of absent landlords in Britain sided with the Allies unlike other Burmese and Malays.

    Posted in: Abe has no plans to visit Pearl Harbor; Obama offers condolences over Okinawan woman's murder

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    Seiharinokaze

    The President’s chief of staff, William D. Leahy–the five-star admiral who presided over meetings of the Joint Chiefs of Staff–noted in his diary seven weeks before the bombing of Hiroshima: “It is my opinion that at the present time a surrender of Japan can be arranged with terms that can be accepted by Japan and that will make fully satisfactory provision for America’s defense against future trans-Pacific aggression.” http://www.salon.com/2016/05/11/wedidntneedtodropthebombandevenourwwiimilitaryiconsknew_it/

    Power vacuum in northeast China after Japan surrendered made poor provision for America’s and Japan’s defense against future East Asia’s instability. Present China and the Korean peninsula are out of kilter by all odds even 70 years after the war.

    Posted in: Obama's Hiroshima visit looks to future amid charges of selective amnesia

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    Seiharinokaze

    A stronger yen hurts Japanese exporters, a key driver of the world’s third largest economy, by making their products relatively more expensive overseas.

    No, stronger yen hurts Japanese exporters not by making their products relatively more expensive overseas but by forex loss resulting from the appreciation of the yen. Cheap yen in the last few years didn’t make the Japanese products cheaper in the US market. The exporters’ profits came from exchange gains. The U.S. blames its own huge trade deficit to the monetary policies of major trading partners. Higher yen won’t reduce America’s trade deficit as we can see what happened after the Plaza Accord of 1985. They do this when the election is approaching.

    Posted in: U.S. pressures Japan not to devalue yen

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    Seiharinokaze

    The war Douglas McArthur Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers who convened the Tokyo Trial in which Japan was condemned for aggression said later that Japan’s purpose in going to war was largely dictated by security. If so, when Japan sent troops to Southeast Asia to get oil and iron, Britain may well have been more concerned about losing Indochina than about supporting China. By the same token Japan was more concerned about securing Manchu (northeast China) than supporting Chandra Bose and his Free India. And yet Japan has been apologizing all these years.

    Posted in: A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet them, apologize in Hiroshima

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    Seiharinokaze

    timtak

    The sales tax hike was legislated by DPJ, LDP and Komeito (the tripartite agreement of 2012) and scheduled to be implemented with even the reduced tax rate arranged by efforts of Komeito (who wants to take credit for it and appeal to voters for the next election). It is something officially decided and should not be changed lightly. So if the government intends to change it, they perhaps first leak their intention to mass media and have it float. And then the prime minister himself or the chief secretary denies such news, keeping the dignity of the administration and lulling of course the Finance Ministry. In this way the postponement of the sales tax hike is gradually being allowed for. Abe and Suga are crafty.

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    Seiharinokaze

    When the head of the main opposition party calls for the delay of the sales tax hike, it is no more an issue for the election. Abe is considering Komeito which played the main role in having the reduced tax rate incorporated into the upcoming sales tax. He cannot dampen their exploit before the election.

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    Seiharinokaze

    Easing money policy which was started by the Governor of the Bank of Japan did not increase consumption or investment. Deflation cannot be ended by enlarging monetary base. What is short is not money but demand. Raising sales tax dampens consumption. Delaying it is a matter of course. All the opposition parties also oppose to the sales tax hike now, so it cannot be an issue for the election. What is weird, however, is the silence of the Finance Ministry. In addition to the above economic and political situations, it may be also due to the Cabinet Personnel Bureau which was set up by Abe (and Suga) with the aim to control the personnel affairs of high ranking officials of each ministry. Have the Finance Ministry capitulated to Abe who doesn’t seem to feel so guilty about fiscal finance (let BOJ buy up GBs) or are they just be playing possum?

    Posted in: Abe to delay sales tax hike over economy fears: Nikkei

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    Seiharinokaze

    TPP which Abe at the back of his mind did not want to be realized seems to be aborted for reasons of America’s own (how lucky for Abe). And should Mr. Trump be elected president, he may get mad about Okinawa opposing to the relocation of Futenma air base within the prefecture for such a long time and think it better to transfer the airbase to Guam at Japan’s cost. Not sure if anybody can then convince him of the validity of the Marines being required to be stationed near and mobilized along with the land, sea and air forces, therefore to be in Okinawa (either at Henoko or Futenma). Abe may welcome it inwardly.

    Posted in: Japan's U.S. ambassador takes veiled swipe at Trump's 'America First' stance

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    Seiharinokaze

    Germany adopts a policy of protecting its own industrial technology and prevents the hollowing-out of domestic industry. It also benefitted from cheap euro thereby increasing the ratio of export to GDP at 40% (Japan’s being at 11%) and bringing about huge trade and current account surpluses as if they entered in its Fourth Reich. It sticks to the principle of fiscal balance which German Constitution obliges them to keep. They sell goods to near sovereign default countries in Southern Europe but do not financially support them. Even when the global economy is slowing down, Germany keeps its austere fiscal policy unwilling to expand its domestic demand. Abe may want to suggest to Ms Merkel that too good a model performer can be a disservice to grasshopper neighbors.

    Posted in: Merkel, Abe differ on how to fix world economy

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    Seiharinokaze

    The French contract is not an export of subs but a joint development of a sub not designed yet and it includes local production in Australia with technology transfer as well as creation of employment in the country. What Aussie demands seems inappropriate for a contract of sub building which is a security matter rather than business and includes military secret technology. Soryu a sub in active service (not a hard sell plan) is a result not only of numerically calculated design and technology but by the seat of the pants workmanship in the dockyard. Sheet steel and screws are often hammered and lathed and fine-tuned manually by a skilled workman. Such artisanal knowhow unlike secret technology cannot be digitalized and informed methodically to others. That might be what Mr. Costello was not aware of.

    Posted in: How France sank Japan's $40 bil Australian submarine dream

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    Seiharinokaze

    US Congress may not ratify TPP and major candidates for US presidency oppose to it. Remember Ms Clinton urging Japan to conclude it with a soft grim face. Now Japan doesn’t have to push through the Diet what seemed to be an imperative by the US. Besides investment provisions of TPP will bring about new types of discrimination and loosen economic regulations needed for environmental protection, as Prof. Stiglitz lectured us. The US is now more concerned about BOJ buying government bonds without increasing GBs yield.

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    Seiharinokaze

    This government seems strong seeing as they dismantle JA Zenchu and discontinue the subsidy. They can keep bureaucrats under control so as not to let them hinder the government from bulldozing and crushing a solid rock old Japan. Abe might not count so much on farmers votes perhaps.

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    Seiharinokaze

    Firebombing of Tokyo was done in March. Atomic bombings were carried out two months after Japan started feeling for peace (whether or not monitored by the Allies) through mediation by the Soviet Union with conditions of the assurance of the emperor’s status, self-disarmament, punishment of war criminals at the hands of Japanese, no occupation of Japan, Korea and Taiwan by the Allies. If an early end of the war was desired to save lives, those conditions seem to deserve attention or compromise instead of atomic bombings. The Acting Secretary of State of the time Joseph Grew who sought to work out an alternative to the use of the atomic bomb might have shown interest.

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    Seiharinokaze

    Vogel also has a favorable impression of Japanese women. Thirty years ago, the standard for women to achieve equality with men obliged many of them to affect masculine mannerisms. But Vogel feels that Japanese women are able to debate with men as equals while maintaining their femininity.

    Equals? Actually they are the boss. Japanese household is governed by women. Men are controlled by wives who hold the purse-strings and even husbands’ willpower. Mountain goddess, kakaa-denka, oni-yome, slave driver, as you name it. This may be what helps make this society comparatively stable in the days of prolonged recession in addition to such social merits like the small disparity in wealth and the medical insurance program for the whole nation.

    Posted in: 'Japan as Number One' author Vogel still upbeat on country's future

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    Seiharinokaze

    Economic sanctions by the West continue and Saudi Arabia and the US are in a kind of a oil price war to make it difficult for Russia to acquire foreign exchange. China is quick to take the occasion and tries to have Russian oil price further discounted. Turk also has fangs. So now is a good time to push ahead negotiation for the northern territories. Abe and Mr. Putin seem to have a good chemistry. Habomai and Shikotan will be returned. Kunashir (the second largest island) might be a bargaining chip.

    Posted in: Russia, Japan agree to Putin-Abe meetings this year

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    Seiharinokaze

    The army recognized by June 1945 that to continue the war to the end was technically impossible due to the lack of numerical strength of the army left. The crucial point was how to surrender and preserve the emperor as the head of the state. The Allies did not make it clear whether they would secure the position of the emperor after Japan surrendered. That was the sole condition that Japan set for surrender, something more important than seppuku of the nation. And when the Japanese leadership was disputing over the matter, the atomic bombings were dropped.

    Posted in: G-7 foreign ministers call for nuclear disarmament in Hiroshima declaration

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    Seiharinokaze

    Atomic bombings did not shorten the war or save the Allied solders. The atomic bombs were dropped just when the Japanese leadership was heatedly discussing on how to surrender, not continue the war with the emperor preserved as the head of the state.

    Posted in: G-7 foreign ministers call for nuclear disarmament in Hiroshima declaration

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    Seiharinokaze

    The reporter of the AP didn't mention what drew the attention of Japanese media. G7 Hiroshima Declaration in the English text says in its first paragraph "The people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced immense devastation and human suffering as a consequence of the atomic bombings." The same part in the Japanese text reads "原爆投下で広島と長崎は甚大な壊滅と非人間的な苦難という結末を経験した". "Human suffering" is worded as "inhuman suffering (非人間的な苦難)" in Japanese. How human means inhuman, if not inhumane, is beyond me but smells of a strained parley between Kishida and the Department of State on how to articulate or equivocate a touchy matter.

    Posted in: G-7 foreign ministers call for nuclear disarmament in Hiroshima declaration

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    Seiharinokaze

    Three years ago Abe didn’t support President Obama who tried to carry out a military attack on Assad’s government in Syria. Putin appreciated it perhaps. Now again Abe rejected President Obama who asked Abe to refrain from visiting Russia in May. To appease Washington, Abe invited Ukraine President Poroshenko, but Abe doesn’t seem to be half as enthusiastic as he should be in isolating Russia.

    Posted in: Russia says Abe may visit in May for meeting with Putin

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    Seiharinokaze

    “Postponing (the tax hike) requires legal revision. Given such constraints, I will make a decision in a timely and appropriate manner”.

    It is strange (or probably not so strange) for Abe to say so, seeing as he formerly said that he plans to raise the sales tax as scheduled. Sankei and Yomiuri newspapers report that postponing the sales tax is Abe’s fixed program whereas Asahi along with the Finance Ministry says that the sales tax should be raised on schedule.

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