Thursday, October 20, 2005


Information Source Laundering ?

Asahi shimbun seems to use a correspondent of NYT to concoct an international opinion.

The articles translated automatically by AltaVista Babel Fish
American NY times paper, as for Yasukuni worshipping "meaningless provocation"
2005 October 19th 11:14
That the American newspaper New York times entitled "the meaningless provocation of Tokyo" with editorial dated 18th, Prime Minister Koizumi with Yasukuni Shrine worshipping "admitted the worst tradition of the Japanese militarism", you criticized harshly.
As for the same paper with this editorial, as for worshipping "it is the precalculated insult for the descendant of the people who have become sacrifice depending upon the Japanese war crime", that you expressed. "Japan feels concern to the road of empire principle conquest faces with no one again", that while doing, listing the economic relation and the like of Japan and China, "presently it calls the nightmare in the neighboring country and it is the worst time to waking up", that it analyzes. "As for Japan in order to be able to enter 21st century which is honor, now we should face in history of 20 centuries", that it concluded.
As for pro-Japanese of the United States of course, as for the opinion which appraises the Yasukuni Shrine worshipping of Prime Minister Koizumi even inside bush administration it is possible to say that it is nil. Many strategies without to make east Asia unstable that relations of Japan and South Korea of Japan and China and are deteriorated in vain, not to be unable to give adverse effect to 6 person conferences and the like, because also the American national interest is impaired. Also the state department (マコーマック reporting official) with calls "the solution which leads conversation" in related country which includes Japan. The New York times paper took harsh attitude in the Japanese historical recognition problem, but you can call the editorial of this day the thing which speaks for the viewpoint inside such United States.
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Koizumi Visits War Shrine, as He Pledged
Published: October 17, 2005

TOKYO, Monday, Oct. 17 - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi prayed at the Yasukuni Shrine on Monday morning, fulfilling a promise to make annual visits to a war memorial considered a symbol of unrepentant Japanese militarism in Asia.
Mr. Koizumi arrived at the shrine in central Tokyo shortly after 10 a.m., entered through the main gate and offered a brief prayer. He wore a dark gray suit and blue tie, in contrast to his more formal dress in previous visits, apparently in an effort to play down the visit's significance.
The visit was likely to further strain Japan's relations with China and South Korea, whose leaders have been demanding that Mr. Koizumi stop his visits. The Japanese prime minister argues they merely pay homage to this country's fallen soldiers.
As an indication of the visit's sensitive nature, Seoul quickly summoned Japan's ambassador to South Korea to lodge a protest, and Kyodo News reported that the Japanese Embassy in Beijing warned Japanese citizens that the visit could cause "strong reactions from the Chinese government as well as the public."
Relations between Tokyo and Beijing have declined this year to their poorest in decades, partly because of Chinese objections to the visits. The shrine's leaders and museum strongly present the view that Japan waged war in Asia to liberate it from Western powers and was pushed into World War II by the United States.
For months the visit had been expected by nationalist politicians arguing for a tougher stance against a rising China and dreaded by business leaders whose fortunes are increasingly tied to trade with China.
Mr. Koizumi has paid his respects at the shrine on different dates in each of the past four years, but appeared to have timed his fifth visit with particular care. After his continued visits and other factors caused violent demonstrations in China and South Korea this year - the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II and Japanese colonialism in Asia - he avoided going before Aug. 15, the date the war ended.
Instead, he visited when his domestic support is possibly at its strongest, after his landslide victory in the general election in September and the passage in Parliament on Friday of his effort to privatize the nation's postal services. Mr. Koizumi had called an early election after rebellious members of his own party voted down the privatization bill.
Mr. Koizumi's visit to the Shinto shrine coincided with the start of a fall festival there, where Japan's 2.5 million war dead are enshrined as deities. Asian neighbors object particularly to the fact that Class A war criminals, including leaders responsible for wartime atrocities, are also worshiped at the shrine.
The visits have also divided opinion among Japanese, who worry about antagonizing China. Last month, in a suit brought about by Japanese and Asian plaintiffs, the Osaka High Court ruled that the visits violated Japan's constitutional separation of religion and the state. The prime minister has always maintained that he has prayed at the shrine as a private citizen, and not in his official capacity.
"I don't understand why my visits to Yasukuni violate the Constitution," Mr. Koizumi later told Parliament. "I'm paying my respects to those who died in the war, with the conviction that we must never wage such a war again."
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The correspondent has Japanese-style name and is said that he has Canadian citizenship. And it is also said that he is not a Japanese race but an ex-Korean resident in Japan, because of his name and his anti-Japanese manner.

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