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Conspiracy CalendarJanuary 9
PEACE CONTACTS DURING THE PACIFIC WAR
Chinese collaboration with Japan, 1932-1945


After the outbreak of the Pacific War, the Japanese limited themselves to intelligence operations against Chongqing. They expected that success on the battlefield, combined with other forms of pressure, would sufficiently destabilize Chongqing so that Japan could move on to what was called "surrender-inducement work" (qufu gongzuo). However, the war picture began to change very quickly for Japan with the disastrous defeats suffered at Midway and Guadalcanal in the months after June 1942. To end the China impasse, it was decided at an imperial conference in Tokyo on December 21 to implement a "New China Policy," which had as one of its main features the entry of the Wang Jingwei government into the war as Japan's ally." It was also decided that no further peace initiatives would be made to Chongqing. This was the second time in just under five years that Japan had refused to have dealings with Jing Jieshi.

On January 9, 1943, the Nanjing government declared war on the United States and Great Britain. Nanjing and Tokyo signed a "Sino-Japanese Joint Declaration" for the common prosecution of the war, as well as agreements for the return to China of the foreign concessions and the abolition of extraterritoriality. The intent of these moves was to strengthen the Wang regime politically. On October 30 Tokyo and Nanjing signed the "Sino-Japanese Treaty of Alliance." In a protocol to the treaty, Japan agreed to remove its troops from China as soon as the war was over. All of the measures taken in 1943 were aimed at increasing popular support for the Wang regime and stimulating enthusiasm for the regime's participation in Japan's "Greater East Asia War."

Conspiracy CalendarAugust 6
Hosokawa Morihiro
Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias


Hosokawa was born on Jan. 14, 1938, in Kumamoto prefecture. His direct ancestors were among the most famous of Japan's historical figures. After graduating in 1963 from Sophia University, a Roman Catholic institution in Tokyo, Hosokawa became a journalist with the Asahi shimbun. In 1971 he entered politics and became the youngest person ever elected to the (upper) House of Councillors. He served two six-year terms, spent eight years as governor of Kumamoto, then returned to national politics. Disillusioned with the scandal-ridden Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP), Hosokawa bolted the party in September 1990 and in May 1992 founded the Japan New Party (JNP). A mere two months later, he and three other members of the JNP won seats in the upper house. In the historic July 18 national elections, which ended the LDP's 38-year hold on the government, the JNP snared 36 seats in the House of Representatives. With the support of seven parties, Hosokawa was unexpectedly elected prime minister on August 6.

Conspiracy CalendarSeptember 11
The Power Elite Playbook, Corporate Generals Part 18
Illuminati Conspiracy Archive


General Arthur MacArthur left the Philippines on July 5, 1901 and became Commander of the Department of the Pacific from January 1904 to April 1907. He was a Civil War veteran and had fought against America's native population for thirty years. He was stationed in the Dakota Territory when the Spanish-American War began in 1898. He was sent to Manchuria to observe the Japanese military from January to September 1905, towards the end of the Russo-Japanese War. He then did a short stint as military attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. While in Japan, both the general and his son, Lt. Douglas MacArthur, met with Emperor Meiji who had collaborated with the British bankers in Japan's assault against Korea, China and Russia. Then the general, his wife and his son toured several Asian countries from November 1905 through June 1906 to assess their military strength. Who received that report? The MacArthurs visited Shanghai, Hong Kong, Ceylon, India, Burma, Bangkok, Batavia, Singapore, Rangoon and Saigon, and were possibly among the first U.S. officers to visit Vietnam.

Conspiracy CalendarMarch 22
AIDS in Japan: Review and Clinical Aspects
Nagasaki University's Academic Output SITE


Although Japan had been believed to be " a clean country " as regards AIDS until March, 1985, ll patients were reported since then. In Japan, the AIDS Research Committee was organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Japan, chaired by Dr. Shiokawa in April, 1984. in September, 1984, the Japanese Government established a surveillance system for the purpose to obtain nation-wide informations on the disease, and to contribute to the effective measures for prevention. The network consists of approximately 600 general hospitals with more than 300 beds all over Japan. The diagnosis of AIDS is based on the diagnostic criteria prepared by the committee, similar to the definition of AIDS made by CDC U.S.A. The reports come up to the committee through prefectural offices, and are studied for reports. On March 22, 1985, the committee reported the initial Japanese case of AIDS, who was a male homosexual, an artist aged 36, living in U.S.A. He returned to Japan after 16 years' stay, and visited a hospital in Tokyo.

Among ll patients with AIDS already reported in Japan, 6 are male homosexuals, and 5 are hemophiliacs. All patients were proved to be positive for serum HTLV-III /LAV antibody, and had a decreased OKT 4/ OKT 8 ratio. As regards opportunistic infections, 5 had Candida albicans infections, and 4 had Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Six of ll patients are known to have died. Difference from AIDS patients with AIDS in U.S.A. and western Europe might be a high proportion of cases with hemophilia, in particular hemophilia B ( 2 Of 5 hemophiliacs ) , and with Candida albicans infections.

Conspiracy CalendarJuly 7
Hitler’s birthplace strips Fuehrer of honorary citizenship
Toronto Star on Friday Jul 8 2011


Associated Press

BRAUNAU, AUSTRIA—Adolf Hitler is now formally persona non grata in the town of his birth.

The town council in the Austrian village of Braunau has unanimously decided to withdraw honorary citizenship from the community’s most infamous son, 78 years after the Nazi dictator was given the title.

Hitler was actually born in the tiny village of Ranshofen, next to Braunau and became an honorary citizen of that hamlet in 1933. But Ranshofen became part of Braunau a few years later and thus is universally recognized as Hitler’s birthplace.

Braunau historians say they aren’t sure if the title was transferable from Ranshofen to Braunau. But the town council decided to abolish it late Thursday — just in case.

Conspiracy CalendarApril 20
Astrology & Astronomy in Iran and Ancient Mesopotamia
Culture of Iran


Astrology is an occult practice that originated in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China. The oldest records belong to the 2nd millennium BC and from the Old Babylonian period. However, Sumerians had some understanding of the subject as early as 3000 BC......................

Today Judaism and Islamic calendars still use the same principle that the new calendar day begins at sunset. The constellations of the Zodiac preserved at the British Museum from this period have several familiar representations. The Bull, the Tortoise, a female figure with wings, the Scorpion, the Archer and the Goat-fish are all portrayed on stones, cylinder seals and gems. Calendars extensively utilized all such information and were both civil and religious institutions. Their origin was attributed to be the work of Gods and Goddesses.

Conspiracy CalendarApril 20
Hitler 'had Jewish and African roots', DNA tests show
Tekegraph 24 Aug 2010


Saliva samples taken from 39 relatives of the Nazi leader show he may have had biological links to the “subhuman” races that he tried to exterminate during the Holocaust.

Jean-Paul Mulders, a Belgian journalist, and Marc Vermeeren, a historian, tracked down the Fuhrer’s relatives, including an Austrian farmer who was his cousin, earlier this year.

A chromosome called Haplogroup E1b1b1 which showed up in their samples is rare in Western Europe and is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews.

"One can from this postulate that Hitler was related to people whom he despised," Mr Mulders wrote in the Belgian magazine, Knack.

Haplogroup E1b1b1, which accounts for approximately 18 to 20 per cent of Ashkenazi and 8.6 per cent to 30 per cent of Sephardic Y-chromosomes, appears to be one of the major founding lineages of the Jewish population.

Conspiracy CalendarJune 29
Ueno Zoo Tokyo, Japan
GiantPandaZoo.com


Official website: www.tokyo-zoo.net
Giant Panda Zoo 1971-2008 & Future Giant Panda Zoo 2011

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoological Gardens is the oldest zoo in Japan. Founded in 1882, it has grown over the years, expanded its area and been the flagship of the Japanese zoo world. Now it's home to over 2600 animals from 464 different species and provides visitors with learning experience about the diversity of animals as well as fun and enjoyment.

The Future of Giant Pandas in Tokyo

Ueno Zoo is expected to receive a breeding pair of giant pandas from China early next year. Tokyo's Governor Shintaro Ishihara announced on February 12, 2010 that the Chinese side has agreed to lease a pair of pandas for $950 000 a year.
Tokyo has been without a panda since the death of Ling Ling, on April 30, 2008.

History of Giant Pandas in Tokyo

Ueno Zoo had 9 giant pandas: Lan Lan, Kang Kang, Huan Huan,
Fei Fei, Chu Chu, Tong Tong, You You, Ling Ling & Shuan Shuan
Premier Tanaka receives a gift from China - Lan Lan & Kang Kang

On October 28, 1972 Premier Kakuei Tanka received a goodwill gift from the chinese government, a couple of giant pandas: Lan Lan & Kang Kang.
Lan Lan (female) was born approximately in 1969.
She has studbook number 111.
She was captured in Baoxing in September 1971 and was transferred to the Beijing Zoo later that month.
She came to the Ueno Zoo on October 28, 1972 with Kang Kang.
Lan Lan died on September 4, 1979.
She was pregnant when she died... It was the first panda pregnancy outside of China. The foetus received studbook number 211.
Kang Kang (male) was born approximately in August 1971.
He has studbook number 122.
He was captured in Baoxing in February 1972 and was transferred to the Beijing Zoo later that month.
He came to the Ueno Zoo on October 28, 1972 with Lan Lan.
Kang Kang died on June 30, 1980.

Huan Huan

Huan Huan (female) was born approximately in 1973.
She has studbook number 162.
She was captured in Baoxing on February 5, 1975 and was transferred to the Beijing Zoo in May 1975.
She came to Ueno Zoo on January 23, 1980 as a new mate for Kang Kang.
Huan Huan is the mother of Chu Chu, Tong Tong & You You.
Huan Huan died on September 21, 1997.

Fei Fei

Fei Fei (male) was born approximately in 1967.
He has studbook number 183.
He was caputured in the Chinese Sichuan Province in October 1976.
He was transferred to the Beijing Zoo in 1977.
He came to Tokyo on November 9, 1982 as a new mate for Huan Huan.
Fei Fei is the father of Chu Chu, Tong Tong & You You.
Fei Fei died on December 14, 1994.

Chu Chu

Chu Chu (male) was born on June 27, 1985 at the Ueno Zoo.
He has studbook number 293.
His mother is Huan Huan (162) and his father is Fei Fei (183).
He is the second cub born at the Ueno Zoo.
※ This description is probably wrong. According to Japanese Wikipedia, he is the first cub born at the Ueno Zoo. And I personally think so, after examining some other internet sites.
Chu Chu died on June 29, 1985 when he was only 2 days old.

Tong Tong

Tong Tong (female) was born on June 1, 1986 at the Ueno Zoo.
She has studbook number 313.
Her mother is Huan Huan (162) and her father is Fei Fei (183).
She is the third cub born at the Ueno Zoo.
She was the first giant panda born outside in Japan who survived and she soon became Ueno Zoo痴 most famous attraction!
Tong Tong died on July 8, 2000.

You You

You You (male) was born on June 23, 1988 at the Ueno Zoo.
He has studbbok number 345.
His mother is Huan Huan (162) and his father is Fei Fei (183).
He is the fourth cub born at the Ueno Zoo.
It was great for the Ueno Zoo to have this family of 4, but they wanted the young pandas to have a chance to bread when they were growing up.
You You left Japan and moved to the Beijing Zoo on November 13, 1992.
He was the first giant panda born outside of china who moved to his parents native country China.
He was loaned to the Shijiazhu Zoo from September 19, 1997 until November 29, 1999.
You You died on March 4, 2004 at the Beijing Zoo.

Ling Ling

Ling Ling (male) was born on September 5, 1985 at the Beijing Zoo.
He has studbook number 294.
His mother is Dai Dai (148) and his father is Lo Lo (186).
He was loaned to the Baoding Zoo from March 7 until April 16, 1987.
Later that year, he went on a a trip to the U.S.A. with Yun Yun.
They arrived at the Bronx Zoo, New York, on April 18 and moved to Busch Gardens, Tampa on November 5, 1987. They returned to the Beijing Zoo in April 1988.
On November 5, 1992 he was traded for the Japanese born You You. The Ueno Zoo, Tokyo became Ling Ling's new home.
After his Japanese mate Tong Tong died, he made three breeding trips to the Chapultepec Zoo to mate with their three females. He stayed in Mexico from January 29, 2001 unitil April 24, 2001, from November 12, 2001 until April 24, 2002 and from January 27, 2003 until April 26, 2003.
Ling Ling died on April 30, 2008 at the Ueno Zoo from an hart-attack.

Shuan Shuan

Shuan Shuan (female) was born on June 15, 1987 at the Chapultepec Zoo.
She has studbook number 332.
Her name means "Double Double" in Chinese.
Her mother is Ying Ying (165) and her father is Pe Pe (167).
She is the seventh cub to be born at the Chapultepec Zoo.
She went on a breeding loan to Ling Ling at the Ueno Zoo, Tokyo, Japan from December 3, 2003 until September 26, 2005.
The Present of the Ueno Zoo
Visit www.tokyo-zoo.net

Conspiracy CalendarAugust 13
1985: Japan
As they saw it


Younger leaders in two other factions, Kiichi Miyazawa in ex-Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki’s faction and Shintaro Abe in ex-Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda’s faction, maneuvered to succeed Nakasone in the 1986 party election. Opposition to Nakasone centered around his insistence on a tight budget. Miyazawa and Nikaido argued for increased deficit spending to boost domestic demand and reduce the role of exports in economic growth. They made use of American criticism of Japan’s large bilateral trade surplus with the United States in their attacks on Nakasone’s policies. However, Nakasone found support for his fiscal policy from Takeshita and Abe. The leader of the fifth and smallest LDP faction, Toshio Komoto, joined in the criticism of Nakasone but faced financial and political difficulties when the Sanko Steamship Company declared bankruptcy on August 13. Komoto, the former president of the company and its largest stockholder, resigned from the cabinet the same day.

Conspiracy CalendarAugust 15
The Decision That Launched the Enola Gay
Air Force Association


"Bear the Unbearable"

Japanese deliberation on August 9 lasted all day and into the night. At a cabinet meeting that began at 2:30 p.m. -- hours after the second atomic bomb had fallen -- Anami said, "We cannot pretend to claim that victory is certain, but it is far too early to say the war is lost. That we will inflict severe losses on the enemy when he invades Japan is certain, and it is by no means impossible that we may be able to reverse the situation in our favor, pulling victory out of defeat." Finally, at 2:00 a.m. on August 10, the Emperor told the Big Six meeting (the Supreme War Council) that "the time has come to bear the unbearable" and that "I give my sanction to the proposal to accept the Allied Proclamation on the basis outlined by the Foreign Minister."

At 4:00 a.m., the cabinet adopted a message for radio transmission to Allied powers, saying in part: "The Japanese Government [is] ready to accept the terms enumerated in the joint declaration which was issued at Potsdam on July 26th, 1945, by the heads of the Governments of the United States, Great Britain, and China, and later subscribed to by the Soviet Government, with the understanding that the said declaration does not comprise any demand which prejudices the prerogatives of His Majesty as a Sovereign Ruler."

The Allied response August 11 said that the "authority of the Emperor and the Japanese Government to rule the state shall be subject to the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers" and that "the Emperor shall authorize and ensure the signature by the Government of Japan and the Japanese General Headquarters of the surrender terms."

V-J Day

The Anami faction continued to haggle, but at noon on August 14, the Emperor asked the cabinet to prepare an Imperial Rescript of Surrender. He said that "a peaceful end to the war is preferable to seeing Japan annihilated." The plotters engaged in various disruptive actions in the hours that followed, but it was over. At 11:30 p.m. the Emperor recorded his radio message for broadcast the following day. General Anami, preferring to die rather than see Japan surrender, committed seppuku at 5:00 a.m., August 15.
※ It is reported in Japan that General Anami committed seppuku at 5:30 a.m. more precisely.

Conspiracy CalendarJuly 25
Don't Eat the Curry
Time Sept. 14, 1998


The festival in Sonobe began like countless similar events held across Japan during the sticky days of late summer. On the afternoon of July 25, families from this small suburb outside Wakayama city in central Japan strolled down to the festival site. Volunteers had set up food stalls under white canvas tents where, at 5 p.m. sharp, housewives flicked on propane stoves to heat up three big pots of curry. Takatoshi Taninaka, chairman of the local residents' association, was one of the first to tuck in. But soon he and others started feeling queasy. Many returned home, embarrassed to get sick in front of their neighbors. That may have been a mistake. Unaware that anything was wrong, the housewives kept serving the curry. By the next morning, Taninaka was dead, along with his deputy and two children. Sixty-five others had been rushed to the hospital. Someone, it turned out, had added a deadly ingredient to the curry: arsenic.One of the worst cases of mass poisoning ever recorded in Japan, the Sonobe incident has attracted intense national attention. In the weeks since the festival, new twists have surfaced. Police have discovered arsenic in hair samples from two men hospitalized with undiagnosed symptoms resembling poisoning. The two regularly dined at the home of a Sonobe couple. Another man who was an employee of the couple died in 1985 under mysterious circumstances. Suspicion fell on the couple (who once used arsenic in their termite-extermination business) after press reports named them as beneficiaries of insurance policies taken out on the lives of each of the three men.The case has also raised troubling questions about the ability of police and doctors to respond quickly in such instances. The doctors who treated Taninaka didn't find out what killed him until they saw a police lab report more than a week later. Such incompetence is particularly alarming as Japan struggles to cope with a spate of copycat cases. Just last week, a man in a town of Nagano prefecture died drinking oolong tea from a tin laced with cyanide, and a taxi driver in Nara became ill after downing a drink adulterated with insecticide. Police officials say that, starting next year, they will routinely equip officers with high-tech poison analyzers.That won't do much to calm the anxious residents of Sonobe, a gray, treeless neighborhood that is no stranger to foul play. Locals still talk about the high school girl stabbed to death while delivering newspapers 10 years ago, the taxi driver who was fatally stabbed in 1993 and the 69-year-old woman beaten to death by her brother last year. Nor has anyone forgotten the woman who last year strangled her mother, left her in an irrigation ditch and then used the life insurance payment to pay off debts. All of this happened within a 1-km radius of where we live, says a longtime Sonobe resident, who declined to give her name. It's scary.

Skin Manifestations in Acute Arsenic Poisoning: Patients and Methods
Medscape


On 25 July 1998, a summer festival was held at about 18·00 h in the Sonobe district of Wakayama City, Japan. About 100 people from 70 families in this small community attended the festival. Volunteers had set up food stalls, and light meals were prepared. The curry was served from three large pots by neighbourhood housewives. Within 30 min, 67 people who ate the curry and rice, ranging in age from 1 to 68 years, including four pregnant women, developed profuse nausea and vomiting. They were brought to 13 hospitals, and 45 patients were admitted. By the next morning, four of them had died of acute circulatory failure. Their main symptoms and signs were nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache and hypotension. The chief laboratory findings were hypopotassaemia, abnormal peripheral blood leucocyte counts, liver dysfunction and abnormal electrocardiogram findings ( Table 1 ). On the following day, the police reported that cyanide had been detected in the vomit. About half of the victims were then treated with sodium thiosulphate. After 1 week, the police reported that arsenic trioxide had been detected in the curry. The predicted oral doses of arsenic trioxide ranged from 22 to 205 mg (mean ± SD 75·1 ± 36·7). Finally, it was estimated that about 135 g of arsenic had been added to a pot of curry, enough to kill up to 1170 people. As 1 week had already passed since the poisoning, the patients were not treated with dimercaprol, an antidote to arsenic.
According to the decision of the Wakayama District Court, some of the housewives began vomiting violently immediately after eating the curry around 5:50 p.m.

Conspiracy CalendarJuly 25
Arsenic Poisoning in Wakayama

The assassination of Empress Elizabeth of Austria was Japan's conspiracy. And the arsenic poisoning in Wakayama, Japan was carried out in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the assassination. Moreover, the Eschede ICE high speed train disaster in Germany was created for the purpose of connecting the two incidents behind the history. This is a typical Japanese conspiracy.

Gregorian August 11, 1338 ★Japan's oldest blood signature
Koki July 25, 1998
Gregorian September 10, 1898 ★Empress Elizabeth of Austria is assassinated by Luigi Lucheni.
Japanese
calendar
July 25, 1898
Gregorian June 3, 1998 ★Eschede ICE high speed train disaster in Germany
(5:59 p.m. Japan time)
Japanese
calendar
★Arsenic poisoning in Wakayama, Japan
(about 5:50 p.m.)
Gregorian July 25, 1998


Conspiracy CalendarApril 16
Fable creator will receive the award for his contribution to the development of gaming industry
World News – Russian opinion


BAFTA – British Academy Award and Television Arts, which is awarded for achievement in film, television, computer games and art for children. The Academy was established April 16, 1947, and first prize awarded in 1948. Since 1998, the BAFTA awards are also awarded for achievements in the field of video games. In 2006, the organizing committee of BAFTA equated the status of video games to movies and television, including organizing a separate broadcast the awards ceremony on television. Earlier awards for his contributions to the gaming industry from the BAFTA awarded Cigeru Miyamoto (creator of the game Mario, Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda) in 2010, Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari) in 2009 and Will Wright (developer of SimCity and The Sims) in 2007 year.

Conspiracy CalendarMarch 19
March 19, 1474: Venice Enacts a Patently Original Idea
Wired.com


1474: Venice passes the first-known written law to grant and protect patents.

The crafts guilds, especially those of Venice's lucrative glass-blowing trades, had their own restrictions, but the senate was hoping to attract foreign innovators (.pdf) as well. So it gave the new law force throughout all of Venice's territories:

"Any person in this city who makes any new and ingenious contrivance, not made heretofore in our dominion, shall, as soon as it is perfected so that it can be used and exercised, give notice of the same to our office of Provveditori de Comun [State Judicial Office], it being forbidden up to 10 years for any other person in any territory and place of ours to make a contrivance in the form and resemblance thereof, without the consent and license of the author."

The law went on to stipulate a means of enforcement:

Conspiracy CalendarMay 28
U.S. tells Iran to stop backing Iraq militias
REUTERS May 28, 2007


The United States urged Iran on Monday to stop supporting militias in Iraq in the most high-profile meeting between the two countries in almost 30 years that both sides later described as positive.

The rare talks in Baghdad were narrowly focused on Iraq's spiralling sectarian violence and did not touch on Iran's controversial nuclear programme, which has ratcheted up tensions between the two arch foes in recent months.

"Positive" was how both sides characterised the four-hour meeting that began with a handshake between U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Kazemi-Qomi at Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office in Baghdad.

In new violence in Iraq, a truck bomb exploded near an important Sunni Muslim mosque in central Baghdad, killing 24 people and wounding 68 others shortly after the talks broke up.

The Iranians appeared keen for further talks, with Kazemi-Qomi calling the meeting "a first step in negotiations between these two sides" and saying Tehran would seriously consider an Iraqi invitation for further discussions.

For his part, Crocker said he had been less interested in arranging further meetings than laying out Washington's case that Shi'ite Iran is arming, funding and training Shi'ite militias in Iraq, a charge Iran denies.

He said he did not produce any evidence, although the U.S. military has previously displayed what it says are Iranian-made rockets, mortars and roadside bombs seized in Iraq. The military says the bombs have killed scores of American soldiers.

"The purpose of this effort was not to build a legal case. Presumably the Iranians know what they are doing. Our point was simply to say we know as well. We wanted to say it is dangerous for Iraq and dangerous for the region," Crocker said.

"The talks proceeded positively. What we need to see is Iranian action on the ground. Right now their actions are running at cross purposes to their stated policy."

Kazemi-Qomi, speaking at a separate media conference several hours later, said Iran also saw positive steps in the talks.

"Some problems have been raised and studied and I think this was a positive step ... In the political field, the two sides agreed to support and strengthen the Iraqi government, which was another positive item achieved in these talks," he said.

He said Iran had offered to help train and arm Iraq's security forces, presently the job of the U.S. military.

The meeting marked a shift in the U.S. policy of shunning almost all contact with Iranian officials since Washington severed formal diplomatic ties with Tehran in 1980, 14 months after Iran's Islamic Revolution and five months after Americans were seized in a hostage crisis at the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

Crocker said he would refer to Washington a proposal by the Iranians for a mechanism with Iranian, U.S. and Iraqi participation to coordinate Iraqi security matters.

DANGEROUS

He said he had told the Iranians they must end their support for the militias, stop supplying them with explosives and ammunition and rein in the activities of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Qods Force in Iraq.

The Iranians had rejected the allegations but did not respond in detail. In turn, they had criticised the "occupying" U.S. military's training and equipping of the new Iraqi army, saying it was "inadequate to the challenges faced".

"In terms of what happens next we are going to want to wait and see not what is said next but what happens on the ground, whether we start to see some indications of change of Iranian behaviour," Crocker said.

In a brief address to the delegations before the start of the talks, Maliki said Iraq would not be a launchpad for any attacks on neighbouring states, an apparent reference to Iranian fears of a U.S. attack. It would also not brook any regional interference in its affairs, he added.

U.S. and Iranian officials had said they did not expect any breakthroughs from the talks, which come as U.S. warships hold war games in the Gulf and after Tehran said it had uncovered spy networks on its territory run by Washington and its allies.

While mid-ranking officials from Iran and the United States have met occasionally in the past, Monday's talks are the most high profile since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Conspiracy CalendarOctober 5
International Workingmen's Association

Gregorian September 5, 1864 ★Battles for Shimonoseki
★Achille François Bazaine becomes Marshall of France.
Japanese
calendar
★The General Council of the International Workingmen's Association is formed.
★The Indian city of Calcutta is almost totally destroyed by a cyclone; 60,000 die.
Gregorian October 5, 1864

Gregorian May 28, 1964 ★The Palestine Liberation Organization is formed.
Japanese
calendar
September 5, 1964 ★The 1964 Summer Olympics is held in Tokyo, Japan.
(the 100th anniversary of the formation of the General Council of the International Workingmen's Association)
Gregorian October 10, 1964
Japanese
calendar
★The 2nd edition of the Arab Nations Cup is held in Kuwait.
Gregorian November 13, 1964
Islamic calendar May 28, 1384 ★(birth) Megumi Yokota, one of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea.
★(birth) Seiko Hashimoto, former ice speed skater and track cycling sprinter from Japan.
(the 100th anniversary of the formation of the General Council of the International Workingmen's Association)
Gregorian October 5, 1964

Japanese
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October 5, 1977 ★Megumi Yokota is abducted by North Korean agents.
★National Museum of Ethnology opens to the public.
Gregorian November 15, 1977
Japanese
calendar
★(death) Charlie Chaplin, English actor and filmmaker.
★Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin meets with President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat.
Gregorian December 25, 1977


Conspiracy CalendarFebruary 16
Japanese Minister Apologizes to AIDS Patients Over Tainted Blood
NewsRx March 4th, 1996


Japan's health minister apologized for the first time on February 16, 1996, for the government's failure to prevent transfusions of HIV tainted blood in the early 1980s.

"I am truly sorry," Naoto Kan told HIV carriers and AIDS patients' parents, some of them carrying their dead children's bones.

Patients have long demanded a government apology, saying officials knew as early as 1983 that transfusions of untested blood posed an AIDS risk but didn't approve testing the blood until 1985.

About 2,000 people, mostly hemophiliacs, were infected with HIV, and activists say more than 400 have died.

Conspiracy CalendarJanuary 21
III THE FIRST JAPANESE EMBASSIES
MEIJI 1868 Revolution and Couner-Revolution in Japan


...... So, it was that some time in 1861, Ando and Kuze decided to send an embassy, to Europe this time....

After more than six months' preparation, the delegation left Shinagawa on January 21, 1862, on board the English Odin, and arrived at Marseilles on April 3, going via the Cape of Good Hope. It was admitted to an audience with Napoleon III on April 13 and then went to London where it signed a memorandum with the minister of Foreign Affaires, Lord John Russel.

Conspiracy CalendarJanuary 21
KATSU KAISHU
The Man Who Saved Early Modern Japan


Katsu Kaishu - consummate samurai, streetwise denizen of Downtown Edo, founder of the Japanese navy, statesman par excellence and always the outsider, historian and prolific writer, faithful retainer of the Tokugawa Shogun and mentor of men who would overthrow him ­ was among the most remarkable of the numerous heroes of the Meiji Restoration.

Kaishu's protégé was Sakamoto Ryoma, a key player in the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Surely Ryoma would agree that he owes his historical greatness to Kaishu, whom Ryoma considered 'the greatest man in Japan'. Ryoma was an outlaw and leader of a band of young rebels. Kaishu was the commissioner of the shogun's navy, who took the young rebels under his wing at his private naval academy in Kobe, teaching them the naval sciences and maritime skills required to build a modern navy. Kaishu also imparted to Ryoma his extensive knowledge of the Western world, including American democracy, the Bill of Rights, and the workings of the joint stock corporation.

Conspiracy CalendarAugust 4
August 4
Learn Japanese & Learn English


They say August 4 is day of chopsticks. Chopsticks in Japanese is hashi (箸). August 4 is written as 8. 4. 8 can be read as ha, and 4 is read as shi. Therefore 8.4 is hashi and it is a day of chopsticks. This anniversary was established in 1975.
There are many homonym in Japanese.
If we hear hashi, we can easily think of hashi (箸) which means chopsticks, hashi (端) which means tip or end, and hashi(橋) which means bridge.
I want to be a bridge between Japan and other countries. In that case we can say kakehashi (懸け橋) for bridge too.

Conspiracy CalendarJuly 26
Japan will send soldiers to Iraq
Association for Asian Research 7/26/2003


After heated debate, Japan’s parliament approved to send its armed personnel to Iraq, the first time ever since WWII. Some opponents claim that this dispatch will violate the peace article in Japan’s constitution. Japan’s premier indicated that he would be capable of convincing the public to support this act. A public survey on July 22 showed that 55% of the populace opposed this move, while 33% supported it.

Conspiracy CalendarSeptember 11
Kazuyoshi Miura: 1981 Old Case Headed back to Los Angeles

Trials & Tribulations March 15, 2008


As the story goes, on November 18th, 1981, Japanese businessman and clothing importer Kazuyoshi Miura and his wife, Kazumi, were sightseeing and taking photographs in downtown Los Angeles when supposedly two men attacked and robbed them on Fremont Avenue, just blocks from the Downtown Music Center and nine blocks from what is now known as Parker Center, LAPD headquarters. Around noon that day, Miura said that two men in a green car demanded money. When Miura didn't immediately hand over his cash, Kazumi was shot in the head and Kazuyoshi in the left leg and the robbers fled with about $1,200. Kazumi was left in a coma, and Miura became the example for every Japanese tourist's worst nightmare of what might befall them when visiting a big crime ridden US city.

Miura left the US while his wife remained in the hospital. Kazumi was eventually flown back to Japan on a US military craft and died there the following year. Miura became a "hero" in Japan. He thrust himself into the media spotlight speaking out about the violence in American cities. A few years later, sensational stories came out in the Japanese press that seriously challenged Miura's image. Allegations were made that Miura hired someone to kill his wife for the insurance money, approximately $650,000 at the time (which would translate into $1 million in todays market). Miura had taken three life insurance polices out on Kazumi, the last one on the day before the shooting. The sensational series in the Bunshun magazine called "Los Angeles Suspicions" suggested that Miura didn't just profit from the death of his wife in LA, but he also profited off the death of a mistress, Chizuko Shiraishi, via the $13,000 taken from her bank account when she disappeared. Found on a Los Angeles hillside, her body languished in the LA County morgue since 1979 until she was identified in 1984. Although her murder remains unsolved, Miura was named the chief suspect by then DA Ira Reiner in 1986.

Miura was arrested in Japan on September 11, 1985 with television cameras rolling just like they were when he got married to his next wife, Yoshi, that summer. His new wife loved the media spotlight too. She was included in a list of the ten most influential women of 1985 by one popular daytime show. Miura's arrest in Japan was the result of a new interpretation of Japanese law that allows the government to charge nationals arrested for crimes in other countries. What was also new for Japan was the fact that this was the first case where an arrest was initiated by accusations of a murder conspiracy in the local press. There was a lot of criticism in Japan that the media attention and coverage of Miura that went on 24/7 stepped outside the ethics of professional journalism and was illegal.

On October 3rd, 1985, Miura and an accomplice, Michiko Yazawa, a waitress and pornographic film star in Japan, were both charged with a failed murder attempt of Kazumi, in the New Otani Hotel in August, 1981, three months before Kazumi was shot in downtown Los Angeles.

Conspiracy Calendar14 December
As Iraq War Ends, Obama Thanks Returning Troops
Reuters December 14, 2011


Days before the U.S. military commitment in Iraq ends, President Barack Obama has thanked American forces who served in the nearly nine-year-long conflict.

The president visited Fort Bragg, North Carolina to welcome returning troops and express the country’s gratitude.

“So as your Commander In Chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I am proud to finally say these two words, and I know your families agree: Welcome home," said Obama. "Welcome home. Welcome home."

Special Forces soldiers from Fort Bragg were among the first to enter Iraq in the 2003 invasion. The base is also home to several units of paratroopers who helped lead the troop increase in Iraq in 2007.

Conspiracy CalendarAugust 4
Meiji Japan: Political, Economic and Social History 1868-1912

The head of this new Tokyo police system was a member of the mission and a former officer of the rasotsu, a Satsuma samurai named Kawaji Toshiyoshi, whose role in drafting the mission's report and his subsequent supervision of the establishment of the Keishi-cho earned him the title of "the father of Japanese police."

Conspiracy CalendarAugust 31
Petronas Towers
Famous Skyscrapers eHow.com


The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, as of March 2011 are recognized as the tallest twin towers in the world. Standing at 1,483 feet in height, with about 88 floors, the towers have a sky bridge connecting them, which is 557 feet above street level. Ground was broken on the project in March of 1993 and the official opening ceremony took place on August 31, 1999. The towers were also officially the tallest building in the world until 2004 when the Taipei 101 skyscraper took that record away from them.

Conspiracy CalendarDecember 26
Encyclopedia of hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones

On December 26, 1947, as an intense TYPHOON shot into the PHILIPPINES, a minor earthquake and tsunami rocked eastern Luzon, directly in the path of the raging storm, Forty-nine people were killed, including 34 of 63 passengers and crew aboard the Danish motorship Kina, wrecked when the tsunami rushed ashore off northern Samar.

Conspiracy CalendarDecemer 26
Tojo Claims War Fought In Self Defense
The Evening Leader December 26, 1947


Hideki Tojo, premier of Japan at the time of Pearl Harbor, took the witness stand at the War Crimes Trial today and defiantly declared, in a 65,000-word deposition, that the war was fought in self defense.

The voluminous statement, read by his Japanese attorney Iichiro Kiyose, asserted that "our decision to make war was made only as a last resort. A war of self-existence was our only alternative. We staked the fate of our country on that decision—and lost."

Conspiracy CalendarApril 14
Prosecutors lose appeal to execute killer youth
Japan Times March 15, 2002


HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) Public prosecutors on Thursday lost an appeal at the Hiroshima High Court over a life sentence given to a youth who killed a woman and her baby daughter in 1999.

The prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the murderer, now 20, but presiding Judge Koichiro Shigeyoshi upheld the March 2000 Yamaguchi District Court ruling. The convict's name was withheld because he was a minor at the time of the crime.

According to the district court ruling, the youth entered the home of Hiroshi Motomura in Hikari, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on April 14, 1999, posing as a salesman.

He strangled Motomura's 23-year-old wife Yayoi and raped her. He also strangled their 11-month-old daughter Yuka with a cord. He hid the bodies in a closet and made off with the wife's purse.

The Yamaguchi ruling said the youth could be rehabilitated as he was immature at age 18 when he killed them.

But the prosecutors disagreed and appealed for the death penalty, saying he had not shown remorse and the claim that he could be rehabilitated was "groundless." Defense lawyers told the Hiroshima court the youth had been abused by his father.

After the killings, Motomura began a campaign to raise public awareness about crime victims like himself, and the case drew attention.

Motomura voiced anger at both the killer and the justice system, which he said hesitates to send teen offenders to their deaths.

He also said victims of crime should be given more access to court documents related to their cases.

Conspiracy Calendarfebruary 28
Meaning of Death
LIFESTUDIES. ORG


Japan's first heart transplantation was performed in 1968. This transplantation was accused of murder, and heart transplantation from brain dead donors has not been performed until this year. On February 28, 1999, in Kochi prefecture, a man was diagnosed as brain death. As he carried the donor card, the physicians called the transplantation coordinator, and donor's heart, lever, and other organs were removed. There were three transplant cases from brain dead donors after the Kochi case in the same year.

People have been wondering why the Japanese medical system has refused brain death and transplantation for 31 years since the first heart transplant. I wrote about this elsewhere(1). Anyway, during this period, Japanese people have discussed and debated on this topic repeatedly on the front page of nation wide newspapers, weekly magazines, and TV shows. Numerous books on brain death and transplantation were published, probably more than a hundred. Some of them became bestsellers. During the discussion curious arguments were presented which have not necessarily been argued in English literatures.

Among them was the problem of "the two aspects of brain dead being." This theme was first presented by Michi Nakajima's book, "Invisible Death"(1985)(2). She stated that most family members did not accept the patient's death when he/she was diagnosed to be brain dead, but that they for the first time accepted death and burst into tears when the patient's heart beat stopped, and the body became cold. This book was widely read and shocked people. Takeo Sugimoto, a physician living in Kyoto, experienced a brain death case when his 6-year-old son was diagnosed to be brain dead. As a physician he perfectly understood the medical situation of his son, however, as a father he could not accept his son's death. He could not help thinking that his brain dead son was still alive and he continued intensive care to his son. When his son's heart beat stopped, Dr.Sugimoto for the first time realised his son was truly dead. In his book, "Uniform my Son might Wear"(1986)(3), the discrepancy between "scientific rationality" and "humane emotions" which simultaneously occurred inside Sugimoto's mind was vividly descrived.

In 1989 I published a book, "Brain Dead Person,"(4) arguing that the death of humans should be considered from the viewpoint of human relationships. That is to say, the question whether brain death is human's death deeply depends on the relationships that the brain dead person has had with each surrounding person on the bedside. As in the case of Sugimoto, a father who has had deep intimate relationships with his son may hardly accept his son's death as long as the body is warm and moist. However, a physician who saw the boy's body only a week ago may easily believe his death because the physician has never had long intimate relationships with the boy. In that book, I argued that the essence of the concept "brain death" in terms of ethics lies not inside the brain, but just in the human relationships the brain dead person has had between him/her and the surrounding people. This theme "brain death as human relationships" was widely discussed in 1990s.

Conspiracy CalendarNovember 29
The Tokyo Electric Power Company
Reference for Business


TEPCO has its roots in Japan's first electric utility, Tokyo Electric Lighting Company, which emerged in the mid-1880s, although TEPCO dates its incorporation from 1951, the year in which the Japanese electric power industry returned to private ownership after government monopoly control during World War II.

Even as the world's first public power stations were being established in London and New York in 1882, the Meiji government, in its effort to modernize Japan, formed an Institute of Technology. English and other foreign experts were invited to Tokyo to train the Japanese in the technology. In November 1885, Tokyo Electric Lighting Company used a Japanese-made portable generator to light 40 incandescent lamps in the Bank of Tokyo. Regular service began the following year when the company, capitalized at ¥200,000, was granted a charter to generate and distribute electricity and sell lighting accessories. A coal-fired thermal station, generating 25 kilowatts (kW), began operating in November 1887. By 1892, 14,100 lamps had been installed in post offices, banks, ministries, and Japan's first modern factories.

Tokyo Electric Lighting Company used thermal plants because coal was plentiful; the only other domestic energy resource, major river systems, was beyond the range of its primitive transmission technology. Hydroelectric power generation, introduced by the city of Kyoto in 1891, would become Japan's leading prewar electricity source, but was available to Tokyo only over long-distance trunk lines.

The company began to consolidate neighborhood thermal plants and by 1897 had ten units in Asakusa Kuramae power station, aggregating a capacity of 2,390 kW. Distribution efficiency improved in 1907 with 55 kilovolts (kV) transmission. By 1911, the company was also making tungsten bulbs.

Conspiracy CalendarDecember 8
The Politics of Adjustment
The Cambridge History of Japan: The twentieth century


The reform of the police was first undertaken by the staff of the Home Ministry's Police Bureau in the spring of 1946 and then was studied by a public advisory group called the Police System Council appointed in November of the same year. However, the police Law that followed in December 1947 and that authorized the establishment of 95,000-member municipal police units and a 300,000-member national rural police force reflected SCAP's especially the GS's, view, which favored maximum decentralization rather than the ascendancy of either Japanese group.

The reform of the local government system was accomplished in two stages: In the first stage, four bills designed to increase the autonomy of, respectively, metropolitan Tokyo, other cities, towns and villages, and prefectures were drafted by Home Ministry officials and then were debated, amended, and passed in September 1946 by both houses of the Diet. In the second, an advisory group was appointed and, under Home Ministry bureaucrats' guidance, prepared a draft local self-government bill, which was then debated by the Diet and significantly amended in response to SCAP's, as well as several Japanese ministries' demands before it was passed in March 1947.

Still more complex was the reform of the civil service itself. Here again, the initiative came from the Japanese government. The Cabinet Bureau of Legislation began to study the issue seriously in late september 1945 and by the middle of November submitted to the cabinet specific recommendations that followed those previously proposed by several groups, notably by the Imperial Rule Assistance Association (IRAA) in January 1941. Most of these recommendations were implemented by a series of imperial ordinances in the spring of 1946. In July of the same year, however, an ad hoc advisory group was appointed to review the reforms, and in late October it submitted to the cabinet a report proposing additional changes in the civil service personnel system. The ad hoc group's proposals also were partially implemented, but no sooner had its report been presented to the government than still another working group, somewhat ambiguously named the Administrative Research Bureau, was established in the secretariat of the cabinet to prepare for the expected visit of an advisory mission from the United States.

The American group arrived in Japan at the end of November 1946. Officially named the United States Personnel Advisory Mission to Japan and popularly known as the Hoover mission after its leader, Blaine Hoover, the group worked closely with the staff of the Administrative Research Bureau, especially in administering and processing an extensive survey of personnel practices in the main ministries, and then independently prepared a draft of a National Public Servants Law. To the surprise and dismay of the Japanese, not only was the document drafted by the American advisors alone, but more importantly, it contained a set of recommendations that represented a radical departure from the existing Japanese system and practices, including the establishment of an independent National Personnel Authority.

However, the National Public Service Law, which was promulgated in October 1947, was a substantially revised version of the Hoover mission's original draft. Hoover left Japan for the United States on July 1 of that year, and during his absence the Japanese managed to amend many of the original draft's key provisions. For example, the National Personnel Authority was renamed the Temporary National Personnel Commission, and the commissioners' powers and responsibilities were considerably more limited than the Hoover mission's draft had envisaged. The provision prohibiting public servants from engaging in strikes and other forms of concerted work stoppages was simply omitted, as was the key word class in the article providing for the classification of positions.

In November, Hoover returned to Japan, followed by those he had recruited in the United States to staff the GS's newly established Civil Service Division (CSD). Under Hoover's personal direction and SCAP's explicit endorsement, the division began a comprehensive re-view, and then extensive revisions, of the 1947 law. In the process, many of the provisions of the original Hoover mission draft, which had been either omitted or substantially amended by the Japanese, were restored, including the original name of the national personnel agency and the prohibition of strikes by public servants. The revisions and the new National Public Service Law was promulgated on December 3, 1948. Some of the revisions, however, were hotly debated, not only between the staff of the CSD and that of the Temporary National Personnel Commission, but, to further complicate the matter, also within the GHQ itself between the CSD and the ESS's Labor Division (LD).

The final outcome of the civil service reform thus reflected the intent of the original Hoover mission draft more faithfully than the 1947 law did. It was nonetheless a compromise reached by negotiation and bargaining both between the Americans and Japanese and among the Americans themselves. To an important extent, it also reflected the shift in the concerns of the Occupation policy, from Japan's demilitarization and democratization to its economic rehabilitation and political stabilization. SCAP's new objectives were basically agreeable to the upper echelon of the Japanese government bureaucracy, and so were many of the provisions of the 1948 National Public Service Law. Of all the major prewar political institutions, the bureaucracy alone survived the Occupation with few visible changes. In fact, its overt political influence increased, rather than decreased, during the period.

Conspiracy CalendarOctober 21
The Allied Occupation
The politics of labor legislation in Japan: national-international interaction


The general goals of the operation were set in the United States Initial Post-Surrender Policy for Japan of August 29, 1945. However, there was no centrally and meticulously designed plan for the operational policies. These policies originated and developed incrementally within SCAP and reflected the individual values of MacArthur and other SCAP officials, their perception of the Japanese domestic situation, and their anticipation of reactions in Washington. MacArthur injected a sense of urgency into the operation in order to avoid a prolonged occupation that would be self-defeating. This urgency resulted in the high premium attached by SCAP to reforms institutionalized through legislation. Nevertheless, MacArthur realized that long-lasting reforms depended on faithful application of such legislation conditioned by a thorough transformation of Japan's political culture.

Labor reforms, through legislation, were among the very first to be instituted; they were also among the first to be revised in response to unintended consequences and to changes in general SCAP policies. By the end of 1947, the foundation of Japanese labor law had been laid. It consisted of what are commonly known in Japan as the Three Basic Labor Laws; the Trade Union Law (Rodo Kumiai Ho) of December 12, 1945; the Labor Relations Adjustment Law (Roki Ho) of October 21, 1946; and the Labor Standards Law (Roki Ho) of October 21, 1947. These three laws were supplemented in October 21, 1947, by the National Public Service Law (Kokko Ho).

Conspiracy CalendarNovember 1
FRIDAt, OCTOBER 31, 1947
OFFICIAL GAZETTE


Cabinet Order No. 228
Regulations concerning the Establishment of the Office of the Temporary National Personnel Commission
Article 1. The Office of the Temporary National Personnel Commission shall have the following personnel :
Director
Secretaries of the Prime Minister's Office;
Full-time 1 person first class
Secretaries or technicians of the Prime MinisterJs Office :
Full-time 10 persons second class
15 persons third class
The post of the Director shall be filled by a first class secretary of the Prime Minister's Office. He shall take charge of business pertaining to the Office under the order of the Temporary National Personnel Commission.
In order to allocate business pertaining to the Office, the Chairman of the Temporary National Personnel Commission may establish sections.
Article 2. The Chairman of the Temporary National Personnel Commission shall direct and supervise the personnel of the Office, and shall be exclusively empowered to decide upon the appointment or the removal of third class officials.
Supplementary Provisions :
This Cabinet Order shall come into force as from November 1, 1947,
In Article 7 of the Regulations concerning the Temporary Establishment of Personnel in the Prime Minister's Office, " full-time 14 persons " shall read " full-time 9 persons," and " full-time 28 persons " shall read " full-time 21 persons."
In Article 1 of the Regulations concerning the Temporary Establishment of the Administrative Research Bureau the civil service system and " shall be deleted.
Prime Minister
KATAYAMA Tetsu
I hereby promulgate the Cabinet Order concerning the partial amendments to the Regulations governing the Organization of the Ministry of Finance.

Signed: HIROHITO, Seal of the Emperor This thirty-first day of the tenth month of the twenty-second year* of Showa (October 31, 1947)

Prime Minister KATAYAMATetsu

Conspiracy CalendarApril 4
Proliferating talent: essays on politics, thought, and education in the Meiji Era

Thus it was no accident that a superintendency of schools should have been created at just the time when the government had clearly set forth its open-country policy. immediately after the announcement of the emperor's audience with foreign envoys; and it was entirely logical for the presidium to insist on "rigorous procedures" to govern education at the time of that appointment. The intention was to keep out the influence of Christianity at all costs. The superintendents, led by Yano Harumichi, moved ahead energetically with their inquiries into the design of an educational structure; Iwakura, urged on by political demands, was eager to begin educating the nobility without delay and did not wait for a report of their findings. On 1868.3.12. he announced that Gakushuin, the court aristocracy's school, would reopen seven days later. This institution, established n 1845, was known for a Confucian educational philosophy that was strictly opposed to Shintoism. In 1862-1863, when the jingoist sonno joi - "Revere the emperor, repel the barbarians!" - movement was at its height in Kyoto, its zealots had made the Gakushuin the base of their activities, and the school's educational functions had been suspended as a result. Now Iwakuni was seeking to revive them.

Conspiracy CalendarOctober 10
The Period of Tolerance, 1945-1946
Tolerance, suspicion, and hostility
changing U.S. attitudes toward the Japanese Communist movement, 1944-1947


On 4 October 1945 SCAP ordered the release of political prisoners. This directive also specified that freedom of speech, assembly, religion and unionization should prevail. The prisoners were to be released by 10 October and the Japanese authorities were to reprt the liberation to SCAP no later than 15 October. These stipulations were included to assure the United States that the release process would advance immediately and without difficulties. Communist leaders were among those who were to be liberated, and the directive meant that the JCP was to become a legal party for the first time in its history. The release of political prisoners and the leagalization of the Communist Party were not unique to Japan since it had been done just a littele earlier in Germany.

Conspiracy CalendarNovember 15
JAPAN TO CUT EXPORTS OF TEXTILES
The New York Times November 15, 1986, Saturday


After a flurry of negotiations aimed at undercutting protectionist moves in the new Congress, Japan has agreed to sharp reductions of exports of textiles and machine tools to the United States, officials of both countries said today. The new arrangements follow the announcement by the Japanese Finance Ministry earlier this week that the United States had a record $5 billion deficit in trade with Japan in October, suggesting that this politically sensitive measure will exceed forecasts for 1986. Just last Aug. 6, President Reagan's veto of a textile quota bill was sustained by a margin of only eight votes in the House. And Democratic leaders have promised that trade legislation will come up early in the new Congress, now fully controlled by their party.

Conspiracy CalendarDecember 14
The man who predicted an earthquake
The Guardian 5 April 2010


On 6 April 2009 an earthquake devastated the Italian city of L'Aquila. A year on, it's reported that toads predicted the disaster. But there was a more vocal warning from a scientific technician – whose forecast was, fatefully, ignored

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As the events of the past year have shown, no factor should go uninvestigated in the quest to find a reliable predictor of earthquake activity. And while the toads attracted much coverage, the L'Aquila quake had already brought to prominence another more articulate, if also contentious, predictor: Giampaolo Giuliani, a scientific technician working near L'Aquila who for years had fought to be taken seriously. Then, at 3.32am on 6 April 2009, disaster struck the city in which he and his family lived.

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Undaunted, by 2006 Giuliani had built his first two radometers – at his own expense – and, encouraged by the test results, he re-submitted his request for funds and support. Again, it was turned down. So he continued his research in private, with only his eldest son and a couple of colleagues to back him up, as he built more radometers and linked them up into a small network.

Then, on 14 December 2008, the rise in earthquake activity around L'Aquila began with a "seismic swarm" of small tremors. These continued, off and on, into January and the subsequent months of 2009. None of the quakes did any real damage; most people going about their daily lives there did not even notice them.

But Giuliani noticed. On 27 March, he sent a message to his friend, the mayor of L'Aquila, who had helped set up one of his radometer stations in the basement of a school in the old town. Giuliani warned him there could be a quake within 24 hours. Next day there were indeed tremors – but still almost imperceptibly small, at 2.3 on the scale.

Conspiracy CalendarApril 26
Olympic Torch Hits Nagano Without Hitch
TIME Apr. 26, 2008


Cold rain in Nagano on Saturday failed to dampen the spirits of thousands of onlookers as they waited to catch a glimpse of the Olympic torch during the flame's 16th international stop before its arrival in Hong Kong on April 30.

Thousands of Japanese riot police were mobilized to safeguard the torch along its 18.7 km (11.6 mi) route in the city of Nagano — the host of the 1998 Winter Olympics. The show of force kept most protesters in line. Compared with those of some previous host cities, Nagano authorities managed to maintain relative calm, but the cacophony of slogans shouted by pro-China or pro-Tibet demonstrators, Japanese nationalists and human rights organizations flooded air already full of the colors of Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese flags. "Clearly, the mix of demonstrators shows that Japan is a peaceful nation after all," said Shinjyo Anzai, a monk of the Buddhist temple, Zenkoji, which refused to act as the starting point for the torch relay for security reasons and out of sympathy for Tibetan Buddhism. "Change won't come from the top — it comes from citizens with different opinions, and each needs to recognize the existence of the other."

Conspiracy CalendarDecember 1
Doraemon In Beijing
Funky Downtown


Doraemon is a robot cat who was created on December 1, 1969. Do you know that Doraemon initially was in yellow colour and has a pair or ears? But when its ears were eaten by rat, Doraemon was so scared until its body turned to blue. This is why the Doraemon you see today is a blue robot cat without ear.

Conspiracy CalendarJanuary 24
The Historical Density of the Proletariat
Revolution and subjectivity in postwar Japan


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Mashita Shinichi also criticized materialism for excessive objectivism in the wake of World War II. A prominent figure in the prewar antifascist front movement, Matshita had witnessed as a student the transition from Nishida to Tanabe in the philosophy department of Kyoto University from 1926 to 1929 and had become very familiar with the "philosophy of nothingness." Upon graduation, he formed a historical-materialist study group whose leading member was the Marxist philosopher Tosaka Jun. Mashita also became a participant in the Materialism Study Group when it was formed in 1932. After teaching for a few years, he returned to Kyoto University as a graduate student and was actively involved in the student protests that opposed the rightist-inspired dismissal from Kyoto's Law Faculty of the liberal legal scholar Takigawa Yukitoki. In 1933 Mashita Masakazu and Niimura Takeshi in publishing the antifascist journal with Nakai Masakazu and Niijima Takeshi in publishing the antifascist journal with Nakai Masakazu and Niimura Takeshi in publishing the antifascist journal Bi/hikyo (Aesthetics/Criticism). In 1953 this group began to publish Sekai bunka (World Culture) and became, in effect, part of the world-wide antifascist front that the Comintern had called for at its Seventh Congress. As a result, Mashita was arrested in the so-called Kyoto Popular Front Incident of November 1937, and in September 1939 he was sentenced to five years in prison, three of which were suspended. After the war, he taught at Nagoya University and eventually became president of Tama Bijutsu University.

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