Monday, January 16, 2017
Japan: Tomomi Inada Japanese Minister of Defense on the right wing of the right wing and future Japanese Prime Minister : A Closer Look
Inada questioned why the 2007 film Yasukuni (produced by Chinese director and some scenes of the movie were politically expressed by Chinese side) received Japanese government funds, and said that such funds should not be given to films with a "political agenda".
Inada was a supporter of right-wing filmmaker Satoru Mizushima's 2007 revisionist film The Truth about Nanjing, which denied that the Nanking Massacre ever occurred. After Takashi Kawamura, Mayor of Nagoya City, made denialist statements about the Nanking Massacre, on 6 March 2012 in Tokyo, at the Simposium to support Kawamura's statement, she opposed to the history class in the Japanese school education, because the teachers, who could be members of Japan Teachers Union and be sympathized with China, teach the pupils about the Nanking Massacre of the Second Sino-Japanese War at the school classes. At that time, she said, "When Japanese Prime Minister definitely denies the Nanking Massacre, such a non-sense school education could end."
Inada insisted that The International Military Tribunal for the Far East after World War II, was against the principles of the modern law and the International Military Tribunal for the Far East was only a part of the policy of Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers during the Allied occupation (mainly United States' occupation) of Japan after World War II, and she also said that Japan should totally deny the historical viewpoints, which too much emphasized the Japanese military invasion in China, following the decision of The International Military Tribunal for the Far East. In August 2015, Inada expressed her intent to form a committee to verify the authenticity of the tribunal and the views of Japanese history it employed. "Inada has argued that the Tokyo Trials distorted Japan's responsibility for the war", according to the Wall Street Journal in 2016.
Inada was shown smiling in a picture with Kazunari Yamada, leader of the National Socialist Japanese Labor Party (NSJAP), who has praised Adolf Hitler and the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. But, after the photo was released by the press, she said publicly that she was unaware of his career. A staff member of Sanae Takaichi, Minister of Internal Affairs, whom she was with at that moment, said that he "was an assistant for an interviewer", and "We had no idea who he was back then, but he requested a snapshot."
Inada was a signatory to the "The Facts" advertorial, supported by The Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact and published in The Washington Post on 14 June 2007. The advertorial asserts that there is no proof of the Imperial Japanese Army's system of Comfort women during the Pacific War. She also helped to launch the LDP Special Mission Committee to Restore the Honor and Trust of Japan, which in 2015 recommended to Prime Minister Abe that Japan counter what it views as false allegations against Japan regarding the Comfort Women issue. When the committee demanded that an American textbook publisher correct its depictions of comfort women that were "at odds with the position of Japan," Inada called these depictions an "infringement upon the human rights of Japanese children living in the United States." "In 2012, ... Inada wrote in a newspaper column that 'there is no need for an apology or compensation' to women who served Japanese soldiers sexually in World War II because she said the Japanese military and government didn’t compel the women to perform such services," the Wall Street Journal reported at the time of Inada's appointment as Defense Minister. On the other hand, in a 2013 press conference, Inada called the Comfort Women system a grievous violation of women's human rights.
"In one incident in 2011, South Korea barred ... Inada and other Japanese lawmakers with conservative views from entering the country", the Wall Street Journal reported in a review of Inada's career in 2016.
In 2015, when Prime Minister Abe prepared the statement on 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Inada said, "No need to express the word like remorse", "stop continuing to apologize [to China and other Asian countries]", "military invasion is not appropriate word [to express the Japanese action in Asian countries before the end of the war]".
That same year, Inada went against her party's traditional opposition to LGBT rights by setting up a committee within the party to discuss the matter.
Posted by nickglais on 1/16/2017 09:28:00 AM
Tomomi Inada, Japan's Minister of Defense is an Historical Revisionist does not recognize facts of Japanese Aggression in Second World War.
Tomomi Inada, a lawyer-turned-lawmaker, is a regular at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine which honours war dead including convicted war criminals -- a gesture seen by neighbouring countries as an endorsement of Japanese wartime atrocities.
She has made remarks defending the atrocities, including forcing many Asian women into sexual servitude in military-run brothels, and has led a party committee to re-evaluate the judgement of the war tribunal by the Allies.
Here is an extract from an article by Hugh Cortazzi former UK Ambassador to Japan on the extent of Japanese Historical Revisionism.
Japan’s right-wing politicians who react badly to foreign criticism are often insensitive to the feelings of foreign people whom they seem to despise. They seem to regard any foreigner who does not praise every aspect of Japan and points out that there were dark moments in Japanese history as a “Japan basher” and, accordingly, an enemy of Japan. This attitude is harmful to Japan’s national interests and reputation.
I was shocked to read in a recent issue of the journal of the Foreign Correspondents Club in Tokyo a farewell article by the correspondent of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which I know from my service in Germany as a highly respectable serious journal that would never report sensational stories and always checks its facts.
"When the correspondent wrote an article critical of the Abe administration’s historical revisionism, the Japanese Consul General in Frankfurt, presumably acting on instructions from Tokyo, called on the paper’s senior foreign policy editor to complain about the article.
The Japanese Consul General refused to produce any facts to counter the arguments in the correspondent’s article and then apparently went on to insult the correspondent and the paper by suggesting that money was “involved,” and that the reporter had to write pro Chinese propaganda to get a visa for China. These remarks were not only unjustified but inept.
Sadly this is not an isolated case. The Japanese Consul General in New York in January requested McGraw-Hill, a reputable U.S. educational publisher, to delete paragraphs in a book produced by two U.S. scholars about “comfort women.” The publishers rejected the request and told the Japanese official that the scholars concerned had properly confirmed the facts.
It is probably impossible now to say for certain how many “comfort women” were forced to serve members of the Imperial Japanese armed forces, but there is overwhelming evidence that this obnoxious practice was widespread. Koreans were not the only women forced into prostitution.
Japanese revisionists also refuse to accept the facts about the Nanjing massacre. In this case, too, it is impossible at this stage to confirm the exact number of those killed, but the evidence from a variety of sources including Japanese confirms that numerous atrocities were committed by members of Japanese forces not only in Nanjing but also elsewhere in China. Anyone who points out such facts is only spelling out the truth and is not a Chinese propagandist.
When I wrote an article some months ago, which noted the fact that there was a dispute over the Senkaku Islands, despite my known antipathy to the anti-democratic behavior of Beijing, I, too, was accused of repeating Chinese propaganda and helping China.
Reports in the British media about Japanese school history books only refer to the downplaying of the Nanking incident and the “comfort women” issue. No mention has been made of what the textbooks say (or do not say) about the thousands of prisoners of war and forced laborers who died in the making of the Thailand-Burma Railway or other incidents in Singapore and Hong Kong when Japanese soldiers broke not only the Geneva conventions but Japan’s own moral code. There is no wish here to rekindle the inevitable resentments, which soured Anglo-Japanese relations in post-war years, but any attempts to water-down the facts or delete them from the record damages relations".
Posted by nickglais on 1/16/2017 05:32:00 AM
Sunday, January 15, 2017
US Naval Hegemony will face asymmetric Naval challenges from China and Russia and also Iran and North Korea in future.
But don't forget the Japanese Navy !!!!
THE HUBRIS OF THE US HEGEMON
A Costly Victory for United States posited in China US War Scenario Video above - this without a full scale land invasion which would be even more costly for US.
China can be militarily defeated my times but eventually would recover and be the winner - exactly what Lee Kuan Yew said about Taiwan if China invaded Taiwan she might be defeated two or three times but eventually would win.
If US military has any sense of history even militarily defeating China would not constitute victory - it took China some hundred plus years to recover from humiliations and defeats of 19th Century but eventually China would rise to fight again.
PS : When US Military re -run the Battle of Stalingrad in their war gaming Germany wins - they forget that war outcomes are determined by people - in Stalingrad by the Russian People under Communist Leadership.
Do no underestimate what the Chinese People could achieve if called upon to fight for their country.
Posted by nickglais on 1/15/2017 09:43:00 AM
Saturday, January 14, 2017
China, Russia, US Tensions - China & Russia warn of unspecified countermeasures against the US’ deployment of THAAD in South Korea
Democracy and Class Struggle see the Kissinger Trump Foreign Policy and the THAAD deployment unifying China Russia and North Korea.
The contradictions between China, Russia and North Korea has exercised western intelligence and Foreign relations analysts like Kissinger who guides Trump for some time.
However exploiting contradictions between China Russia and North Korea - the Kissinger Trump Foreign policy wet dream - will have the opposite effect of unifying them.
That strategic unification of China, Russia and North Korea will require some cleansing in Moscow of foreign relations "experts" who have been spreading illusions and are even deluded about Trump and Kissinger.
Beijing has some similar "experts" but they are much smaller in number and tend not to make their views public.
The Annual US/South Korean mock military and nuclear attacks on North Korea must be ended before any conversations can be opened up with North Korean leadership.
Posted by nickglais on 1/14/2017 02:45:00 PM
US President-elect Donald Trump has said that he will not commit to the 'One China' policy unless new conditions are met
Democracy and Class Struggle remembers the Obama speech in Australia and the Asian Pivot in 2011 as the beginning of a new offensive against China we are now entering stage two of this offensive with this interview of Trump in Wall Street Journal.
China has a preference for soft power but in 2011 we saw articles in the People's Liberation Daily for the first time saying US will have to decide which is more important Los Angeles or Taiwan and the hard power option started to emerge.
If the US thinks that China will continue with the soft power option in view of the interview with Donald Trump in the Wall Street Journal they are making a very serious miscalculation - hard power has already moved forward in China's tools in view of Trump's arrival and public statements.
2017 is already cursed with interesting times
US President-elect Donald Trump has said that he will not commit to the 'One China' policy unless Beijing changes its currency and trade policies.
Trump, who has often questioned America’s commitment to the 'One China' policy in the China-Taiwan row, made the remarks in a wide-ranging interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday.
Asked if he supported China's policy on Taiwan, Trump said, “Everything is under negotiation including ‘One China’.”
The 'One China' policy refers to the policy or the diplomatic acknowledgement that there is only one state called China, despite the existence of two governments – one in China and another in the island of Taiwan.
Under the policy, the United States recognizes and has formal ties with the government in Beijing rather than Taiwan. China has considered Taiwan a breakaway province since a government was established there in 1949. Beijing believes the island will be reunified with the mainland one day.
Last month, Trump stirred tensions when he talked over the phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, an unprecedented move that angered Beijing.
Trump defended his decision on Friday, saying, "It would have been very rude not to accept the phone call,” from Taiwan’s president. The US president-elect has claimed that Tsai called him.
“We sold them $2 billion of military equipment last year. We can sell them $2 billion of the latest and greatest military equipment but we’re not allowed to accept a phone call,” he stated.
The conversation between Trump and Tsai was a first by a US president or president-elect since Washington cut ties with Taiwan in 1979 and committed to the 'One China' policy.
Despite trying to calm the tensions, the administration of President Barack Obama has also challenged the 'One China' policy by authorizing military deals with Taiwan.
On Friday, Trump also spoke about China’s currency policy. He said he wouldn’t declare China a currency manipulator on his first day in the White House, as he had promised. “I would talk to them first.”
“Certainly they are manipulators. But I’m not looking to do that,” he said.
Nevertheless, Trump slammed China’s currency policy. “Instead of saying, ‘We’re devaluating our currency,’ they say, ‘Oh, our currency is dropping.’ It’s not dropping. They’re doing it on purpose.”
“Our companies can’t compete with them now because our currency is strong and it’s killing us,” the billionaire lamented.
Trump has repeatedly accused China of devaluing yuan, a move that Washington says is done to favor Chinese exporters at the expense of their foreign competitors.
According to Amitai Etzioni, ( watch the video) professor of international Affairs at George Washington University, “the United States is preparing for a war with China, a momentous decision that so far has failed to receive a thorough review from elected officials, namely the White House and Congress.”
This war would begin with a “blinding attack against Chinese anti-access facilities, including land and sea-based missile launchers … satellite and anti-satellite weapons”.
The incalculable risk is that “deep inland strikes could be mistakenly perceived by the Chinese as pre-emptive attempts to take out its nuclear weapons, thus cornering them into ‘a terrible use-it-or-lose-it dilemma’ [that would] lead to nuclear war.”
Source: John Pilger
Posted by nickglais on 1/14/2017 04:08:00 AM
Friday, January 13, 2017
The Centre, along with state governments, has launched a severe offensive against the Maoists.
I am really worried. I fail to understand why the government is punishing Maoists. The real problem is the land issues. Rights of adivasis have been snatched. Though the governments of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha passed land bills, giving rights to adivasis and saying that non-adivasis could not acquire land in the forests, in actuality the reverse is happening.
How is the government helping non-adivasis acquire land?
By giving mining rights to multinational companies. The Congress government had done the same, but [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi is selling adivasi land more aggressively.
Has that battle now entered a decisive stage?
Yes, it seems so. The onslaught would finish by next year. My question to him [Modi] is, why is he taking it as a war? The mission will kill adivasis. His policy is: remove the water, and the fish would ultimately die. His war is not against Maoists but against adivasis. Maoists are supporting adivasis in the jungles. So he wants to kill Maoists and ultimately the adivasis would die.
But what is wrong with private investment in mining? It would develop the economy.
How could that be? A large number of adivasis would be displaced. The huge displacement would create a massive law and order situation. [There would be] poverty as these people rely heavily on forests.
How will Mission 2016-17 be different from Operation Green Hunt?
Now it is an all-out war, unlike in the past. The government is using aerial strikes. The state governments, which wanted to crush the Maoist movement, received a great fillip when Modi became prime minister.
But why would the Modi government be more aggressive than previous Congress governments?
Because Modi’s political ideology is based on the theory of anti-communism. He views communists as enemies, more than other parties do. So, he is the fiercest and wants to finish Maoists as early as possible. Also, this government follows a World Bank-guided economic model, which would ask the government to open the mining sector to multinationals.
A top Maoist leader told THE WEEK that Maoists would abandon guerrilla action. Is it possible?
I am not sure. But the new generation of Maoists is different. Even if they do away with guerrilla war, they cannot abandon the struggle and revolution. Otherwise, they would not be called Maoists
Posted by nickglais on 1/13/2017 01:04:00 AM
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Democracy and Class Struggle has been pointing out that Iran is target of new Kissinger Trump Foreign Policy for some months.
What is interesting in the senate hearings is how hostile some of the new appointments are to Russia including Mattis - which is again what we expected.
We think those that think there will be improvement of US Russian relations of under Trump are seriously mistaken.
We cannot conceive the Kissinger Trump terms of new relationship would be acceptable to Russia under Putin.
We also need to note Rex Tillerson's comment at Senate hearings on China.
“We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.”
2017 is going to bring unimaginable suprizes particularly in Asia.
Posted by nickglais on 1/12/2017 01:44:00 PM