Several of those interviewed described explicit and sustained efforts by the US government to deliberately mislead the public. They said it was common at military headquarters in Kabul – and at the White House – to distort statistics to make it appear the United States was winning the war when that was not the case. “Every data point was altered to present the best picture possible…Surveys, for instance, were totally unreliable but reinforced that everything we were doing was right and we became a self-licking ice cream cone.”
A female assembly member here found herself the target of swift retribution after she publicly accused the mayor of sexual assault. She was expelled from the assembly on Dec. 2 for “hurting the dignity of the assembly” with her “scandalous” remarks. She was expelled from the assembly on Dec. 2 for “hurting the dignity of the assembly” with her “scandalous” remarks.
By Jon Mitchell (Japan Focus) On July 8 1969, 19-year old US soldier Daniel Plemons was working at Chibana Ammunition Depot, Okinawa, in one of the most dangerous – and secretive – jobs in the US military: the maintenance of chemical weapons. “There were 500-pound (227 kg) bombs filled with nerve agent and we were […]
“I hope that victims of sexual violence will receive words of encouragement and messages like “You’re not the only one” so that the world can understand them.”
Veterans for Peace—Ryukyu Okinawa Chapter Kokusai (VFP-ROCK) President Douglas Lummis and members held a press conference at Okinawa’s prefectural press club on July 25. The group announced VFP-ROCK’s intentions to submit a new resolution for approval at the 34th National Convention of Veterans For Peace, which will be held in Spokane, WA next month. They seek to halt the construction of the new base in Henoko, Nago City with the new resolution.
Japanese government buried 2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid produced at Omuta factory all around Japan. Kitakyushu City University researcher speculates it was Japanese government policy to sell this chemical to the US military for use in the production of Agent Orange by mixing with 2,4-D-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. Official use, according to the government, was to control weeds in the […]
JAPAN AND ASIA/日本とアジア
By David McNeil An exhibition of censored artwork in Nagoya city triggers a furious debate on artistic expression. The artistic director of the Aichi Triennale 2019 had few illusions when he planned an exhibition called “After Freedom of Expression”. By choosing items that poked painfully at some of Japan’s most tender spots – war crimes, […]
“That’s like North Korea”—this is what many Japanese say regarding dictatorial practices such as pushing a single ideology onto the nation’s citizenry. I speculate, though, that the people of North Korea know in their hearts that their TV stations are broadcasting government propaganda, while the people of Japan are duped far better by the fun, festive commercials, ads, and other soft-power programs, because they don’t know that they themselves are bobbing up and down on the rough waves of an ocean of propaganda.
Japan Subculture Research Center “…New allegations have raised the possibility that the administration may have gone so far as to quash a rape investigation on behalf of a close friend of [Prime Minister] Abe: the dapper, hipster-bearded broadcast journalist Noriyuki Yamaguchi, who also penned two laudatory books on the prime minister… “Noriyuki Yamaguchi has categorically […]
by Valerie Wieskamp – It has become almost a requirement in American culture that people talk about “supporting our veterans”. But this is what our soldiers do-they invade, they rape, they silence. Not every soldier, of course. But militarism embraces violence, and no- our soldiers have not died defending our freedoms. They have died defending our […]
by Hifumi Okunuki (Shingetsu News Agency) Medical professionals, even doctors themselves, often accept this anachronistic apprenticeship system as a necessary evil or as shikataganai (unavoidable). This recalls how many in the medical profession readily accepted the inevitability of robbing young women of their spots in medical school while practicing some grotesque form of affirmative action […]
Story Transcript From The Real News Network SHARMINI PERIES: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries, coming to you from the Venezuelan Mission at the United Nations in New York. And I’m joined by the foreign minister of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza. I thank you so much for joining me. JORGE ARREAZA: Thank you very much for […]