Pete Shimazaki Doktor, August 22, 2019 In reaction to global Western imperialism, Imperial Japan prepared to sacrifice the recently colonized sovereign nation of Ryūkyū, renamed it Okinawa prefecture and used them as a firewall to stall an impending US invasion into Japan proper. The Tsushima Maru evacuated eight public schools almost eight months before the […]
According to The Guardian, of the 260 million cluster bomblets that rained down on Laos between 1964 and 1973, particularly on Xieng Khouang province, 80 million failed to explode.The GlobalPost reports that as of 2009 about 7,000 people have been injured or killed by explosives left from the Vietnam War era in the Vietnamese Quang Tri Province alone.
Rightwing Japanese revisionists cluelessly argue that it is wrong to single out Japan for what the US and Korea also have done. They are right in sense: patriarchy is not limited to Japan. And it is hypocritical for Americans to point the finger at Japan while it absolves itself of all wrongs. This goes for both the abuse of women as well as murder that is routinely viewed as “serving your country”. -Ed.
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.
A surprising number of people in Japan don’t seem to know much about atrocities committed by Japan during the Pacific War [and that] the group of right-wing nationalists, Shinto cultists, likely racists and historical revisionists that form Nippon Kaigi – and Abe’s hardcore base – have sought to rewrite Japanese history and textbooks for decades.
By JULES BOYKOFF AND DAVE ZIRIN JULY 23, 2019 12:08 PM (LA Times)
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 […]
個人がツイッターで呼びかけた「内閣総辞職を求める国会前抗議行動」は、またたく間に広がった。3月7日夜、手足が凍えるような寒さにも拘わらず、国会正門前には「公文書偽造」に怒るたくさんの人びとが集まった。2015年夏のシールズを彷彿させる状況で、「アベはやめろ、アソウはやめろ」の大合唱がこだました。 スピーチでは、「文書改ざんの関係者は、ロッキード事件の田中角栄や韓国のパククネのように逮捕されなければおかしい」「国家を私物化し、罪の上に罪を重ねた腐った政権は倒すしかない」など安倍政権の「犯罪」を糾弾する激しい言葉がつづいた。 共産党の宮本たけし議員（写真上）は「野党と市民の共闘」で政府を追いこんでいることを報告した。集会では、兵庫や静岡など各地から寄せられたメッセージが紹介されたが、積もり積もった安倍政権への怒りが全国的に沸点に達していることがわかる。中野晃一さんは「安倍政権はこれで終わる。北朝鮮問題の対応でも世界の笑いものになっている。野党を後押しして安倍政権にトドメを刺そう！」と檄を飛ばした。（M）
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Help insure that SNA can keep offering unbiased yet critical reportageCONTRIBUTE HERENissan Coup Turning Sour SNA (Tokyo) — The following stories were reported recently by the Shingetsu News Agency. Top Headline —The apparent Nissan coup against Carlos Ghosn begins to suffer serious reverses. Inside reports emerge that Tokyo prosecutors not only intend to indict […]
Grappling with Clientelism: The Japanese State and Okinawa under Abe Shinzo Gavan McCormack December 1, 2018 Volume 16 | Issue 23 | Number 1 Resume This is a slightly expanded version of the talk delivered by the author upon the occasion of the launch of his The State of the Japanese State at Foreign Correspondents […]
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 […]
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 […]
In 2012, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Open Source Center published a manual for U.S. officials advising them on how to shape Okinawan public opinion about the large U.S. military presence on their island. Categorized For Official Use Only, the 60-page CIA report is titled A Master Narratives Approach to Understanding Base Politics in Okinawa. It […]