Self-deprecating Reports that Fail to Mention Positive Measures to Prevent War Are Irresponsible
Japanese Feel Some Level of Ambivalence about “Patriotism”
【ニッポンの新常識】Common Knowledge Revisited 129

 The following is quoted from the forward to my new book “Japanese Finally Freed from the Taboo against Patriotism” (PHP Paperback).
Q “Are you glad that you were born in Japan?”
A “Yes.”
Q “Do you like the country of Japan?”
A “Yes.”
Q “So you feel patriotism toward Japan?”
A “Uh, when it comes to patriotism...”

This is the kind of exchange which could be expected if I were to interview people on the street. I can say with 100% confidence that at present the Japanese people feel some level of ambivalence about “patriotism.”
(End quote)

 Perhaps because many people identify with or have an interest in this opening passage, the book, which went on sale on August 9th, is selling at a faster pace that my book “The Tragedy of China and Korea Dominated by Confucianism” (Kodansha+α Paperback), which sold over 450,000 copies in five months.

 Patriotism is a natural feeling generally held by everyone. Except for Japan, people throughout the world proudly proclaim their patriotism.

 Education of small children to instill patriotism has not been done only by North Korea or pre-war Japan. As an American, when I started kindergarten I recited the following pledge of allegiance with my classmates every morning.

 “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

 When they recite the pledge of allegiance, all the children stand, face the flag, and place their right hand over their heart.

 In the U.S., this is repeated every morning until high school graduation at age 18. When Moritomo Gakuen was in the news, I found it curious that some of the media made a big fuss about the fact that its students recited the Imperial Rescript on Education. Japanese who were brainwashed to be “unconscious leftists” through the post-war education carried out by the Japan Teacher’s Union may want to say that “all Americans are online right-wingers.”

 Every year in August Japanese newspapers and television stations run a spate of self-deprecating reports focusing on the misery and tragedy of war. Of course, the terrible disaster of war must not be repeated, but do they believe that Japan will never again become a war zone if they just engage in self-tormenting reflections on past behavior?

 How to prevent calamitous war? Self-deprecating reports which fail to discuss concrete actions are irresponsible. Excessively stirring up feelings of war-weariness and weakening Japanese resolve for national defense only benefit Japan’s enemies.

 Do people who only find fault with Japan’s dark past and fail to give credit for its positive achievements have any feeling of patriotism and gratitude to their ancestors? This book is a must-read for such people.










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“Private Citizens” Will Influence Fate of the Abe Administration
Look to “Citizen Education” Which Produced President Trump
【ニッポンの新常識】Common Knowledge Revisited 128
 On August 3rd, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet. For the closely watched Minister of Defense he chose Itsunori Onodera, who previously held this position. Otherwise, he chose seasoned veterans such as Kamikawa Yoko as Minister of Justice, who was a former Minister of Justice, and Yoshimasa Hayashi, who was a former Minister of Defense. I hope Primer Minister Abe will finally press forward with his long-cherished wish to amendment the constitution.

 It is highly likely that the leftist media, which is bent on preventing a constitutional amendment, will continue to engage in biased reporting. Politicians and the people must not give in to this journalistic terrorism in the guise of being fair and neutral.

 If the opinion polls of the major media are to be believed, an unexpectedly large number of people have been deceived by so-called wide shows and news reports into thinking that the “Kake Gakuen” issue was a serious scandal, leading to a shift in the “non-approval ratings of the Abe administration.”

 In one sense, these people are victims of biased reporting, but they can also be said to be perpetrators in the sense that they are harming the national interest. People who do not confirm objective facts but rather are swayed by prevailing moods do not qualify as true citizens of a democratic nation.

 In the United States, junior high school students learn to debate in order to acquire logical thinking and presentation skills. They learn to suppress anger and tension through experiencing the exact opposite, namely victory and defeat. High school students learn the techniques of propaganda so that they will not be unduly influenced by the media. True citizens of a democratic society who cast their precious votes are nurtured in this way.

 If this kind of education did not exist in the United States, Donald Trump would never have become president.

 The democratic systems in the United States and Japan are very different. In the U.S., the administrative head of government, who is the president, and the law-making legislators are chosen in completely different elections. In the current U.S. government, not only Mr. Trump who was successful in the real estate business, but also Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had no political experience before assuming office.

 Japan has a parliamentary cabinet system whereby the prime minister is chosen from among the legislators, and he appoints the ministers of state. The majority of ministers must be appointed from among legislators (Constitution, Article 68(1)). In Japan, the prime minister, who is the head of the government, is always a member of the national legislature (Diet).

 It is uncommon for someone who is not a Diet member to be appointed as a minister of state. In the approximately 70 years since the current constitution was adopted, only 30 non-Diet members have become ministers of state. [In the four-and-a-half years] since the second Abe administration began, not one person from outside the Diet has been appointed.

 When ministers are appointed based on their faction affiliation within the ruling party, the number of times they have been reelected, and personal preferences, they are often looked down upon by the opposition parties, the media, and the bureaucracy, who then work against them.

 I think that the future of the Abe administration will be determined by whether it is able to harness the abilities of a wide variety of private citizens who are not members of the Diet.

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True Nature of “Imperial Headquarter Announcements” from a Portion of the Media Regarding the “Kake Issue”
A Lie Repeated 100 Times Becomes the Truth
【ニッポンの新常識】Common Knowledge Revisited 127
 The biased television reporting on the “Kake Gakuen” issue during the last few months can only be said to be out of control. Even the behavior of the public broadcasting station NHK which should be especially mindful of abiding by the provisions of Article 4 of the Broadcast Law is outrageous. To confirm, here are the provisions of the law.
 (国内放送等の放送番組の編集等)第四条 放送事業者は、国内放送及び内外放送(以下「国内放送等」という。)の放送番組の編集に当たっては、次の各号の定めるところによらなければならない。
(Editing and Other Matters of the Broadcast Programs of Domestic Broadcasting, etc.)
 Broadcast Law, Article 4. The broadcaster shall comply with the matters provided for in the following items when editing the broadcast programs of domestic broadcasting or domestic and international broadcasting (hereinafter referred to as “domestic broadcasting, etc.”):
 一 公安及び善良な風俗を害しないこと。
 二 政治的に公平であること。
 三 報道は事実をまげないですること。
 四 意見が対立している問題については、できるだけ多くの角度から論点を明らかにすること。
(i) It shall not harm public safety or good morals.
(ii) It shall be politically fair.
(iii) Its reporting shall not distort the facts.
(iv) It shall clarify the points at issue from as many angles as possible when there are conflicting opinions concerning an issue.
 On July 25th, former Ehime Prefectural governor Moriyuki Kato testified at out-of-session hearings held by the Upper House Budget Committee in scathing criticism concerning the allegations of his former junior colleague and former vice minister of the Ministry of Education Kihei Maekawa that “I doubt his mental state” and “He speaks as if his suppositions are all fact. I fear that he will influence all the people in this direction. I cannot understand his psychological need to manufacture such a fiction in light of these dangers.”
 Upper House member Shigeharu Aoyama declared that “the words ‘foregone conclusion Kake’ [meaning that it was a foregone conclusion that Kake Gakuen would be approved to create a new veterinary department] were merely a ‘foregone conclusion’ in the mind of Maekawa. It can only be said that this was a preconception in Maekawa’s mind.”
 Despite the fact that “there were such conflicting opinions,” news and information shows did not present differing views [from those of Maekawa]. In the near future, the “Association of Audiences Seeking Adherence to the Broadcast Law,” of which I am a founding member, will publish the results of a shocking investigation of the “Kake Issue.”
 According to the results of the “2016 National Public Survey Concerning the Media” conducted by the Newspaper and Broadcast Investigative Foundation, public trust in “NHK television” was 69.8%, with 68.6% for “newspapers,” and 59.1% for “commercial television broadcasters.”
 There is nothing so sinister as media which enjoys high public trust feigning “fairness,” “impartiality,” and “neutrality” while pouring out lies and bias. Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels said, “The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed,” and “If a lie is repeated often enough [100 times] it becomes the truth.” There must be many people in the media who idolize Goebbels.
 Judging from the bias of program producers and commentators, I can only think that they are beholden to foreign governments who either want to prevent constitutional amendments to make Japan a normal country or who have something on them personally.
 As with “imperial headquarters announcements” during WWII, the reason for their failure to report the repeated intrusions of Chinese government vessels into Japanese territory, the deceptions of the Okinawa anti-base protesters, or the resignations of Australian ministers of state and parliamentarians over issues of dual nationality is no doubt because their “imperial headquarters” is not in Tokyo, but rather in Peking, Pyongyang, or Seoul.

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