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Speech on Pax Japonica delivered in London, UK

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The day before yesterday (November 24, 2017), I delivered a speech (of course, in English language!) in London, UK, where I was kindly invited by LID Publishing. I really appreciate all those who got together there and listened to my explanation on the inevitable near future when “Pax Japonica” will be realized.

Enjoy the short video and the text of the speech shown below. Please don’t hesitate to invite me to another event where the audience will be keen to know what “Pax Japonica” can be and why it will have to be realized.

Last but not the least, don’t forget to obtain my newly published book “Pax Japonica”, which is now on sale online, for example, through Amazon. com.

Speech on the occasion of the event “How to do business in East Asia: A High-level Networking” on November 24, 2017, in London, UK.

Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Nice to meet you. I’m Takeo HARADA. It is a great honor for me to speak about my new book “Pax Japonica” here, exclusively to you.

This is the very first book I wrote completely in English,while I’ve published more than 25 books regarding Japan, global economy, diplomacy, politics, history and even philosophy in both German and Japanese.
Before I’ll go forward into the main topic “Pax Japonica”, let me please introduce myself very briefly: As I mentioned, my name is Takeo HARADA. My first name “Takeo” simply means “brave man” in Japanese. My father named me so, after two legendary Japanese “brave” men. The one is Takeo MIKI, a former Japanese Prime Minister in 1970s. Another one is Lieutenant Commander Takeo HIROSE, who was a very famous spymaster of the Japanese Imperial Navy in the beginning of 20th century in Japan.

I myself began my professional career in the Japanese diplomacy. In 1993, just one year after the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, I joined the diplomatic service.

Why did I make up my mind to become a career diplomat? From 1970s, the so-called “trade war” between Japan and US continued. Since the latter half of 1980s, USG became so offensive, that it officially argued both the Japanese society and its cultural background caused all the troubles in Japan-US economic relationship. In short, Japan, my country, is the origin of evil, they said. As a young student at the University of Tokyo, I spontaneously reacted on such a trend from US.

Since 1986, Japan enjoyed the bubble economy, which was called the HEISEI bubble economy. Facing the bubble in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, we, all the Japanese,
were extremely proud of our nation’s economic accomplishments in the postwar era. I also shared this feeling of the then Japanese citizens, and asked myself the following questions:

“Why do the Americans blame us the Japanese so harshly?”

“Why don’t they accept their economic failure instead of accusing us?”

“What does the Japan-US alliance bring to us? Is that really worthy of maintaining?”

During the entrance examination for diplomatic service, Deputy Vice-minister enthusiastically recommended me to join the so-called “American school” in the house. The diplomats belonging to the school are those who were given opportunities to officially study at American best universities such as Harvard and Yale. They are “main stream” and used to occupy the majority of important posts in the ministry. If I had decided to join this “American school”, I were not here today. As a member of the main stream, I could have never doubted the status quo of Japan’s diplomacy and had kept on enjoying a typical career diplomat’s life in Japan.

However, I refused to follow the recommendation. Instead, I selected German language as my professional language.

Why? The reason was quite simple: Germany was also defeated in the WWII. Nevertheless, Germany never lost her prestige in the international community.

Look at Japan. Japan was totally disgraced after the WWII. US tried to completely change all the social systems in Japan. The situation there is quite different from one in Germany. From my viewpoint, we Japanese should learn a lot from German friends
how to protect nation’s independence.

The ministry dispatched me to Berlin in 1994, five years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. There, I had various opportunities to think deeply about several essential issues, such as:

“What is Europe?”

“What is the human history?”

and “What is openness and multiculturism?”

While Germany was slowly getting out of her lasting turmoil and becoming a great state in the European integration, Japan’s lost decades further continued. To rescue the country, the Japanese political and economic leadership accepted total “Americanization” with financial globalism.

When I was finally transferred to the headquarter in Tokyo in 1998, I soon realized Japan completely became another country that I hadn’t known before. The local people simply lost their national pride. All the Japanese mass media loudly spoke about success of the US investment banks and internet ventures. Everything which was conventionally called “Made in Japan” was completely rejected and replaced by globalism and financial capitalism led by US. As a young Japanese diplomat, I felt confused extremely.

This feeling reached the climax, when I saw my boss, Director-General, went down on knees of a very young American director, who visited Tokyo from the Whitehouse, Washington D. C., during their meeting about DPRK. This very young envoy from Washington D. C. quoted some words and phrases of the then US President G. W. Bush.,
and my boss took note his every single word so seriously, as if he were a student.

Something I could not bear occurred to me abruptly. So, I left the front of the Japanese diplomacy afterwards. That was in the spring of 2005.

The reason why I wrote and published my book “Pax Japonica” is I just wanted to answer to my own question, which held me so long time:

“Why is Japan so oppressed?”

“Can we revitalize Japan again?”

“What is the role Japan should play in the future world.”
Before I quitted my job in the ministry, a synchronicity made one thing significant happen in my life. In 2002, I met a female American Jewish-Sephardic elite by accident. During our very intensive exchange of views afterwards, she, Anna, suddenly sent a message which totally changed my life:

“Well, Takeo, to be honest, there are only two options left for Japan’s future. If she’ll be able to manage to get a breakthrough, ‘Pax Japonica’ will be realized. However, if not,
Japan will be the very first country that will totally collapse.”

This is a phrase I quoted in “Preface” of my book. To be honest, I couldn’t simply grasp immediately what she meant to say. She expressively explained the time left for Japan is limited. Only until 2020. I was just embarrassed.

For me, this experience is quite similar to one, which KUKAI, the founder of SHINGON Esoteric Buddhism, faced in the ancient time in Japan. In 1971, I was born in Kagawa Prefecture in West Japan, which was called State of SANUKI in the ancient period. There, in SANUKI, KUKAI was also born in 774. He was a child of genius, so that he was admitted to visit the then state college where high-ranking officials were educated. Soon after he began to study, he immediately recognized that to do so brought him nothing essential. He left the college without any official permission, and walked around in forests and mountains.

One day, he visited Muroto Cape in Shikoku island of West Japan, and met an old Shaman by accident. He gave young KUKAI an advice, which irreversibly changed his entire life:

“Go to Dazaifu, where ships of talented students are to leave for the Chinese Tang Dynasty. Study hard there and grasp the truth of the world.”

KUKAI finally realized his own destiny, and became the founder of SHINGON Esoteric Buddhism, which has been spiritually protecting the Japanese Imperial House.

In my case, the female American Sephardic Elite’s words awoke me to my own destiny, which said:

“Seek the truth of Japan. Grasp it and explain to the whole world, so that the global community will eventually get into the new next era.”

Having recognized that, my new journey has been kicked off. Again, that was in the spring of 2005.

Almost 12 years have passed since then.  I’ve been dedicating my entire life to this question. And this book “Pax Japonica” is the first tentative report of what I’ve found, seen and personally experienced in this regard.

In the course of time, the global community obviously discovered Japan again. Having received my “Pax Japonica” from my office, Klaus Schwab, Founder of the World Economic Forum, for an example, kindly wrote a message to me, which said “Thank you for sending me the book ‘Pax Japonica’. I personally have witnessed closely the resurrection of Japan.”

In addition, the World Economic Forum recently released an article entitled “Is this Japanese concept the secret to a long, happy, meaningful life?” written by Laura Oliver. This short article highlights a concept in Japanese language “IKIGAI” or “reason for being”. The author suggests the readership to ask themselves the following four questions:

-What do you love?
-What are you good at?
-What does the world need from you?
-What can you get paid for?

Imagine, I’m the one typical example of ordinary Japanese citizen. Based on this capacity, I answer to the first question that I love peace and prosperity.

To the second question what I’m good at,  I would say I’m good at being honest and sincere.

What does the world need from me? I do not want to lead the world. But I’m feeling I should make a sufficient contribution to the world community.

Last but not the least, what can I be paid for? I make some products and technologies,
which should make others happier than before. People will pay for that.

“Being-Japanese”, which I try to explain in the book “Pax Japonica”, is so humble. That is totally different from “Being-Western”. I know it quite well, because, as I mentioned beforehand, I’ve been in Germany, particularly Berlin, for four years and got well acquitted with what Europe is. In my brain, there are indeed two channels since then. While speaking to the Japanese, I make use of one “Japanese” channel. During meeting with western people, my brain is automatically turned to another channel to let me behave myself in a western manner.

But this is an exception. The ordinary Japanese know only to live with their own sense and conscious, where the so-called “high context” culture is traditionally built in.

The famous concept of sociology was introduced by Edward T. Hall in his book “Beyond Cultures” in 1976. According to “Wikipedia”, his theory is based on the thesis that “messages exchanged in a high-context culture carry implicit meanings with more information than the actually spoken parts, while in low-context cultures, the messages have a clear meaning, with nothing implied beyond the words used.” In a higher-context culture, the way words are said is more important than the words themselves, so many things are left unsaid, relying on the context of the moment and the culture as a whole to impart meaning. In a lower-context culture, it is very important for the communicator to be explicit in order to be fully understood.

Why are we Jaanese so “desperately” different from you, ladies and gentlemen?

The way the Japanese live and behave themselves are just unique. You can recognize that at a glance. It is obviously separated from the rest of the world. How can “Pax Japonica”, or a period when Japan will generate all the essential principles for the rest of the world, be able to get started?

Let’s start with the question, why the Japanese are so unique. In my book “Pax Japonica”, you can find the reason why. There, I introduce to you the theory of Professor emeritus Tadanobu Tsunoda, which highlights the unique structure and mechanism of those who were born and live in the Japanese-spoken culture. Thanks to unique role of vowels in the Japanese language, the mother tongue Japanese and non-mother Japanese differ in their pattern of brain dominance, for example, when listening to sounds from the natural world – in particular, insect sounds.

The ordinary Japanese are not talented for assertive communication, because they process both logic and emotion in their left brain. To the contrary, the western people physically separate them: Logic in the left, emotion in the right brain. By doing so,
they can smoothly stick to logical thinking and arguing even without emotion.

Ladies and gentlemen, “Being-Japanese” is obviously rooted in this unique “Japanese language brain”. Feeling mixture of logic and emotion steadily, the Japanese are used to communicate with each other by not arguing, but sharing their own “feelings”. In order to acquire this “Japanese language brain”, you have to be nurtured in the environment where the Japanese language is dominant, until the age from 4 to 9. All the essentials in “Being-Japanese” are rooted in this language uniqueness, Professor emeritus Tadanobu Tsunoda explained to the public.

However, the current GOJ makes effort to introduce English lesson to the early stage of elementary schools, by saying, “We’re now living in the age of globalism”.
From my viewpoint, it’s forced suicide of a nation.

Now, you may have understood biological, physical and linguistic uniqueness of “Being-Japanese”. Of course, it’s not enough to prove the thesis that the era of “Pax Japonica” is now approaching. Having heard the concept “Pax Japonica”, you, the British citizens,
immediately remember “Pax Britanica” and the British Empire. Niall Ferguson, one of the Britain’s most renowned historians picked up nine features of “Pax Britanica”, as I quoted in my book:

-The English language

-English forms of land tenure

-Scottish and English banking

-The Common Law

-Protestantism

-Team sports

-The limited or “night watchman” state

-Representative assemblies

-The idea of liberty

Let us assume “Pax Japonica” will be built up. What can we regard as its typical features,
As we did in terms of “Pax Britanica”? In my book, I try to find them out.

In the first chapter, I underline the Japanese concept of “KWAI’I”, or loveliness and cuteness. From my viewpoint, such a cultural uniqueness as the concept of “KAWAI’I” is remarkable but not significant enough to make “Pax Japonica” as the next world order happen.

In the second chapter, I pick up technological innovation in Japan. People simply believe
Japan is a state of brilliant technology. The reality disappoints you tremendously. A series of SMEs have indeed developed brilliant technologies such as cold fusion and transmutation one by one. But the Japanese leading industrial companies are used to refuse them and hinder them from being brought to the market. Without relying on domestic innovation, big companies in Japan tend to just ask their US corporate partners to provide them with new technologies and services originally generated in US. This tendency is being accelerated especially after the collapse of the HEISEI bubble economy in 1990. Contrary to the general assumption, Japan is currently a nation of failed innovation.

What about the Japanese constitutional pacifism? As I referred, the ordinary Japanese really love to live with peace and prosperity.The problem is, however, they just take it for granted. Historically viewing, the constitutional pacifism in the postwar era of Japan was a result of the Imperial diplomacy after the total defeat in the WWII. Japan can remain “peaceful”, because it has been physically and lawfully backed by Japan-US alliance since then. What will take place, if this pre-condition will be dramatically changed in the very near future? Of course, every single Japan-expert categorically rules out this kind of potential.

However, according to classified information I obtained and mentioned in my book “Pax Japonica”, there is indeed a secret agreement between the Japanese Imperial House and USG in terms of termination of Japan-US alliance. In 2045, 100 years after the end of WWII, Japan will get back her full sovereignty from US, I mean, both militarily and financially. In this book “Pax Japonica”, I try to describe the detail of this project,
and the future reality around Japan we’ll face within 28 years.

Ladies and gentlemen,

the keywords of this historical projects are: “dramatic climate change” caused by “irregularity of solar activities”, “sovereign debt shock from Japan”, “off-balance sheets assets” and “Emperor of Japan”.

Let me summarize what I wrote in this book “Pax Japonica” in this regard. Recently,
irregularity of solar activities has been scientifically proven. This is not my unique idea. This is causing climate change, particularly global cooling in the northern emisphere in winter. The drastic change of nature gives extremely negative effect to the human immune system, which leads expansion of various epidemics. In cold weather,
the humankind in advanced countries located in the northern hemisphere gradually tend to stay at home and not aggressively do economic activities, which was quite similar to the era called “Little Ice Age” from 16th to 18th century.

Total deflation emerges. Combatting this irreversible natural phenomenon, all the people are being mobilized to do business with digital equipment.The so-called “FANG”, Facebook, Amazon, Netfrix and Google” are therefore encouraged these days.

This is my personal observation. Nevertheless, this global initiative led by Europe and US won’t give us a final solution to save the world community heading to irreversible global climate changes. Massive quantitative easing in advanced economies and even China,
will start total inflation one by one to combat the on-going deflation.

The point is  this inflation will soon turn out to be hyperinflation, by 2020 at the latest, even without remarkable positive effects to rescue the global economy entirely. Well,
US and Europe seem to successfully get rid of the turmoil at the early stage, as we see right now.

But the question remains in my country, Japan. The Bank of Japan still stick to its historical quantitative easing, while the inflation target is never reached so far. In this regard, Japan is the anchor of global economy,  and keeps on easing the financial market.

Someday in the very near future, external factors such as higher prices of commodities, will accelerate domestic inflation in Japan dramatically, so that Japan will inevitably get into hyperinflation. Keep in mind Japan’s sovereign debt is much more than 260 percent of her GDP.That will trigger both Japan’s own default and default domino of other nations including US and China. The moment of truth will come much sooner than we normally expect.

Now, remember the words of Anna, an American Sephardic elite, I mentioned in the beginning of my speech:

“Well, Takeo, to be honest, there are only two options left for Japan’s future. If she’ll be able to manage to get a breakthrough, ‘Pax Japonica’ will be realized. However, if not,
Japan will be the very first country that will totally collapse.”

This sounds like a mission impossible. Is there any way out from such a dramatic disaster you may soon face?

In the last chapter of my book “Pax Japonica”, I say “Yes” to this question.

In the medieval era,  Marco Polo, Venetian merchant and explorer, once called Japan
“Jipang” or a country of gold in his book “Book of the Marvels of the World”.

According to classified information I obtained, Japan is still “Jipang”, while the Japanese Imperial Family holds huge amount of off-balance-sheet assets, and some of its members are newly designated as “signers” of these off-balance-sheet assets shared by Imperial Royal families of all over the world. In context of this traditional off-balance-sheet assets,
not PRC but the human network of descendants of Chinese dynasties from the ancient to modern times matters to the Japan’s Imperial House. The headquarter of this human network was formerly located in Nanjing, and is currently in Yunnan. The human network has been controlling the hugest amount of “off-balance-sheet assets” traditionally, which even the Japanese Imperial House has been relying on historically.

Ladies and gentlemen, you may wonder whether I’m talking about an usual “conspiracy theory” you can find everywhere.

If you think so, you’re urged to read my book “Pax Japonica”. By doing so, you’ll fully become confident of the story I’m now telling is real and significant for the future world. As far as I’m informed, the fact the current Emperor of Japan, AKIHITO, declared his intention for abdication clearly shows the beginning of a new era.

Towards this new era of the world history, a lot of things have to be done. The previous DPRK, for example, has to be swept away, since the new world order will be established
by kicking off the restructure of East Asia. This new trend will include establishing,
particularly the ties between Japan and China as a whole nation.

In Chapter 4 of “Pax Japonica”,  I mention the forthcoming trend in East Asia as follows:

“Once the ties between the Japanese Imperial House and the traditional leadership of the whole Chinese nation can be restored, the former’s attempt to win back Japan’s full sovereignty, and reach the final goal of establishing Pax Japonica will be both financially and politically by the latter, which will override the West.”

Thanks to the generous investment from the historical “off-balance-sheet assets”, all the brilliant technologies of Japanese SMEs, which were once abandoned and forgotten,
will be dramatically vitalized, and applied both domestically and globally. In parallel with accelerated preference of the global community for cultural and social “Being-Japanese”, these technological changes from Japan will revive the whole world, where the “off-balance-sheet assets” will be again massively invested under the command of the Japanese Imperial Family. Of course, all the processes will proceed peacefully.

The final stage of pre-“Pax Japonica” is already beginning, and, of course,
we can’t fully recognize at this stage yet how the new world order called “Pax Japonica” will look like after its completion.

My own role is being in transition: From mere “observer” to well-informed “activist”. Having read through my book, a prominent US private banker murmured to me,
“He’s insider.” Yes, I’m indeed an insider with the mission to build up “Pax Japonica”,
and will further pursue the inevitable possibility to create “Pax Japonica”, where not only the Japanese but also all the other nations and people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Join me to work on it together.

The time left is limited until the point when unprecedented events and accidents will take place one after another on the globe, and all the other means are exhausted from the viewpoint of other nations.

At this final stage, they will eventually turn to the Japanese, and ask them the ultimate question:

“Well, what do you think, our Japanese friends? What should be done to save the whole world?”

The questions I wrote in the epilogue of my book “Pax Japonica”. I sincerely hope,
ladies and gentlemen, all of you will have fully understood what answers the Japanese will give to the questions, by reading my book “Pax Japonica”.

Thank you very much.

 

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Legitimacy beyond Legality.

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We normally believe there are things around us, which have been existing as they are. We pretend as if we had forgotten there must have been the critical moment when these things were “created”. Instead of arguing on this decisive moment enthusiastically, we’re used to focus only on situations where these “created “things exist. Within this framework, we’ve been living and firmly believe nothing will happen which will lead us to a dramatic change of the world as it is (at least) so far.
However, the time is now approaching to us when all of us will be forced to change this kind of conventional perspective and viewpoint drastically. In the next period, we’ll face the next crucial moment of “creation” per se, when nothing but knowledge and expertise on “creation” from scratch matter. Facing such an abrupt change of the surroundings, almost all the predominated “frameworks” will never work. This is exactly the very challenge we, all the human beings, are to tackle in the course of time till the end of this year.
Having said that, I’m now wondering what’s “legality”. As far as the conventional frameworks do work, we can and shall rely only on “legality”, which allows us to do something according to laws. But how about the period of total creation? For the God, for example, there is no prefixed law, since the God is the very person whose words make laws and rules. From my viewpoint, we, the human being will sooner or later face work on total creation due to abrupt changes of the surroundings, as the God did (and has been doing since then).
In such a situation, there is only one thing we should keep on paying attention to. That’s not legality but “legitimacy” which has to be backed by “values” we intuitively prioritize. Human intuition works, conditioned that we, the human beings make utmost efforts to adapt ourselves to the surroundings as the practitioners of the Japanese old Shintoism (古神道) and esoteric Buddhism do.
Whatever you call it, the moment of truth in this regard is approaching even in an accelerated manner. Whether you’re now sensing it or not, really matters. What do you feel??
Reference:
The Basic Law of the Federal Democratic Germany
Art. 20 (4) says:
All Germans shall have the right to resist any person seeking to abolish this constitutional order, if no other remedy is available.