Monthly Archives: March 2017

You and Your Wife. Episode 2

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Since I released the last column entitled “You and Your Wife” and described what problem the on-going political scandal around the House of ABE exposes, a lot of both Japanese and foreign readers kindly pay great attention to it. Astonishingly, the latter even began to discuss whether we should pick up the issue on the indirect involvement of Ms. Akie ABE, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo ABE’s wife, in the distorted purchase of a former state real property by the private school called “MORITOMO GAKUEN“ located in Osaka. Some foreign readers argued it’s not appropriate to highlight such a “private” instead of political achievements of the ABE administration so far. Unfortunately, I don’t personally support such a pseudo-argument, while I’m fully aware of a significant fact in the Japanese modern history that obviously stands behind the shining couple “Shinzo and Akie ABE”.
In 1955, young mothers in Japan totally shocked to hear a series of babies suddenly died for an unknown reason particularly in the western part of the country. This was exactly the very beginning of the tragedy called “Morinaga Arsenic Baby Formula Affair”. For almost 15 years, the esteemed group company “MORINAGA” never accepted the accusation that its baby formula produced in a plant in the Tokushima Prefecture mistakenly included arsenic, which is extremely hazardous and harmful to human health. All through the 1960s, MORINAGA’s products were publicly criticized, and consumers’ protest organizations harshly appealed to the Japanese public opinion that the Japanese consumers shouldn’t buy the company group’s products.
From my viewpoint, it seems ridiculous that the Japanese mass media don’t even touch upon this historical fact in the context of the current political scandal around “MORITOMO GAKUEN”. The First Lady of Japan, Akie ABE was born as a daughter in the Family of MATSUZAKI, one of the legendary owner families in the Morinaga Group Company. As she got married with Shinzo ABE in 1987, the “Morinaga Arsenic Baby Formula Affair” was never forgotten in the Japanese society. It’s quite obvious that the marriage itself was partly based on political motivation of the group company, which was continuously criticized due to a social crime against its consumers. The group company “MORINAGA” continuously needed unbroken ties with the political establishment, while the Family of ABE, a part of the Japanese political legend in the context of post-war conservatism, urgently needed a huge amount of money to acquire the position of the Japanese Prime Minister.
Even though the majority of the Japanese nation seems not to remember the affairs anymore, the victims’ organization “HIKARI-NO-KAI” still keeps on fighting against social discrimination and appropriate compensation. In this mean, the “Morinaga Arsenic Baby Formula Affair” never dies forever.
To avoid any misunderstanding in the readership, I’d like to take this opportunity to underline I personally know Akie ABE and highly respect her as a new type of social activists for the better world. Having said that, I assume that her enthusiastic attitudes in social activities is closely related with her memory of the shadow history of the above-shown affair. It seems that she’s been trying to compensate for social justice by walking around in the country. If she really does so and wants to keep on doing so, it’s high time for her to officially show up in the Japanese Diet to tell the truth in terms of the “MORITOMO GAKUEN” to the public. It’s not her husband’s ambition but her own family legacy that now matters. As one of the great fans of the First Lady, I want to urge her to accept my recommendation immediately. Unless she won’t change her position, we’ll soon be reminded of the following proverb: The history always repeats itself. For the first time, as a tragedy. But as a comedy for the second time. Stay tuned.

You and Your Wife.

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In Japan, being someone’s wife legally gives you something profitable. For example, you don’t need to pay any tax, all the children declare not to inherit your husband’s legacy for the sake of you as his wife. An old Japanese idiom says “内助の功”, which simply means “wife’s achievement to support her husband’s work outside the house”. The fathers of the Japanese civil law paid attentions to this and enhance such a custom by even adapting the original western civil law texts to it. In this regard, you as the husband may not argue that you’re not responsible for what your wife has done, because both you and your wife take advantage of this typical Japanese legal and social system.

To understand what’s happening right now in the House of Shinzo ABE correctly, you have to take this into account. The point is how deeply Akie ABE, the first lady of the Japanese Prime Minister, is involved in the affair of the ultraconservative elementary school to be established called “森友学園” in Japan. The founder of the elementary school, Mr. Yasunori KAGOIKE, is said to have been politically preferred when he succeeded to acquire the real estate for the school, which had originally belonged to the Government of Japan. The House of ABE is being blamed because it reportedly affected the deal either directly or indirectly.

We can’t deny the one thing: The first lady, Akie ABE, is personally committed to the elementary school and enthusiastically supported it. She even accepted to become its honorary president, which was publicly announced in the school’s official website. Mr. Yasunori KAGOIKE leaked that she “personally” made a financial contribution in amount of 1 million JPY to the school and handed over the money to him privately without any receipt. Her husband, Shinzo ABE, had firmly denied neither he himself nor his wife did have something to do with the illegally preferred deal of the real estate. Nevertheless, the moment of the truth will come, when the donation will be proven to have been done by Akie ABE. The Japanese Diet officially resolved that he should be summoned as a sworn witness before the Diet. He’ll show up on March 23 in the Diet.

Besides the above-shown Japanese idiom, I personally imagine what actually happened between Mr. KAGOIKE and the House of ABE on the critical date in 2015. Thanks to a person who stands closely to the first lady, she kindly invited me on January 2, 2015 to the suite room of the Grand Hyatt in Roppongi, Tokyo, where she and her husband, the Japanese Prime Minister, privately enjoyed a short vacation. I asked her to do so, because I wanted to make a presentation on a brilliant Japanese high technology for combatting the tritiated water in Fukushima to Shinzo ABE face to face. Even though he personally showed great interest in the technology, nothing happened after that. However, I can still imagine what the first lady wrote to me at that time:

“The Prime Minister has just won the general election, while I had contributed to the victory much more than before. Therefore, maybe, he’ll accept my request smoothly.”

I suspect the quite same thing happened to the MORITOMO-GAKUEN affair. Shinzo ABE finally accepted her wife’s request and met Mr. Yasunori KAGOIKE, regardless of the fact that he wasn’t committed to the ultraconservative school. The reason why he did so was quite simple: His wife, Akie ABE, the first lady, enthusiastically committed herself to the philosophy of the school. Because he couldn’t help recognizing her contribution to his victory in the previous general election, he gave a small present to her by holding a short meeting with Mr. Yasunori KAGOIKE in Osaka, I suppose, as they really did vis-à-vis to me in Roppongi, which was never recorded officially.

But again, in Japan, the rule of the household’s integrality can’t be denied both politically and legally. Well, dear Prime Minister, it’s the high time for you to resign right now, as I repeatedly recommended you to do so in this column. Unless you won’t follow my recommendation, something much more disastrous will happen and destroy all the political legacies of the House of ABE. Take care and call me if you need any essential advices from me.

It’s Show Time for Pax Japonica.

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This week, my colleague in charge kindly found out my first book written in English and to be released in June from UK (and in August from US) is just listed on AMAZON.com. To be honest, I was astonished because I’ve been still working on revision of the book’s text with my publisher!

The Publisher, Lid Publishing, announced on the AMAZON.com what content my new book includes as follows:

Japan, the world s third largest economy and its largest creditor nation, has been in crisis for more than two decades. Its economy has been depressed or in recession in much of that period, its banking sector in a critical state, and its public sector burdened by recurring fiscal deficits and mounting debt. Today, the hegemonic role in global trade and financial markets has been assumed by the USA and China. Yet, this book argues that a possible future Pax Japonica one in which Japan will overcome its paralyzing debt and once again play a leading role in global finance can become a reality. Leading international strategist Takeo Harada provides new and astounding insight into Japan s hidden role as designated controller of large often secret funds kept for the purpose of rescuing humankind from ultimate disasters. For this reason, Japan s role in the global economy can never be under-estimated and remains critical to its progress.

Wow! Fantastic! Check it out and don’t forget to make a reservation online (Since the book will be published in the early summer as I mentioned above.).

In the course of time, one my elder mentors in the INTEL world suggested I should gradually close my mouth and rigorously categorize the readership and clients according to their significance to my project “Pax Japonica”. The audience in general should be provided only with general information, while those who makes non-disclosure agreements in written forms may access to classified information(機密)I have. And only for the few selected people (particularly here in Japan), the strictly confidential intelligence (厳密)is reserved. Well, the time when I’ll have to totally shut up to the public will come soon, I suppose.

In this mean, the above-shown book entitled “Pax Japonica” could be my last book in the world. Again, don’t forget to reserve it on the AMAZON.com.

Dear Prime Minister Shinzo ABE.

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I always give an advice to my foreign friends when they express their wish to get to know Japan much more deeply. I repeatedly tell them as follows: “It’s not Japanese Prime Minister but our Emperor who really governs here in Japan.” Because of the constitutional strict rule after the WWII, nobody believes our Emperor still has sufficient power to both psychologically and physically lead the nation. However, once Japan faces enormous difficulties which seem to be extremely hard to overcome, the Japanese nation tend to rely on not the political power the democratically elected PMs have, but the legitimacy of the Imperial House. Well, this is Japan.

Currently, Shinzo ABE, the Japanese Prime Minister, has been getting involved in more and more political turmoil, even though his party, the LDP, remains the most powerful one in the Japanese Diet. In addition, Donald Trump, the US President recently welcomed Mr. and Ms. ABE even in his luxurious Villa in Miami, which is usually interpreted that PM ABE is fully backed by the US supreme power.

Nevertheless, the political tragedy to be has abruptly begun just after his arrival back to Tokyo. The Japanese mass media are loudly pointing out that ABE’s office including his wife should have abused its political power to take an illegal preferential measure to an ultra-conservative school “MORITOMO-GAKUEN” located in Osaka. In the very beginning of the on-going drama, no major mass media in Japan dared to attack PM Shinzo ABE, except for TV TOKYO Corporation. When I found it out, I spontaneously thought this should dramatically escalate in the course of time. Why?

Since the occupation period after the WWII, the Japanese mass media have been strictly controlled by USG in close connection with the Japanese Imperial House. The Central Intelligence Agency and other US intelligence agencies are in charge and empowered to give nor mere “requests” but “orders” to the mass media in Japan. Because I had very closely contacted particularly a guy working in the above-mentioned TV TOKYO Corporation, I’m quite sure how daily news is both artificially and strategically “made” according to these orders.

In short, we have to recognize the on-going framed-up scandal around the “MORITOMO-GAKUEN” has to be, from my viewpoint, a typical covert action done by US intelligence agencies. And behind them, our Imperial House is always standing.

Jun’ichiro KOIZUMI, the former Japanese PM, can still enjoy his quasi-political life in the Japanese society, because he was so talented to make a decision to resign as soon as someone whispered to him the following: “Our Emperor recently talked to himself that the time has come for you to end up.” I would say, if Shinzo ABE, our dear Prime Minister, wouldn’t also do so, everyone would have to worry about your health condition from now on. The critical date will be either 6th or 7th of March, the date just after the arrival of their Imperial Majesties from Vietnam. The next PM to be, Taro ASO, who is in charge of the next bubble economy to be in Japan until the spring of 2018, is waiting. Don’t forget it.