Thursday, April 23, 2015

Chinese translation (April 9, 14 - 20)

  • Intelligence Report on Japanese POWs
  • Video of Japanese at the GlendaleCalifornia Comfort Women Statue
  • "When Modi met Netaji's 99-year-old aide in Japan"
  • "Large crowds welcome Japan's emperor and empress to Palau during visit to mourn war dead"
  • Japan-Burma:

April 17 at 11:18pm
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Intelligence Report on Japanese POWs

 I found this today while looking through WWII books in Yangon, Myanmar.

April 10 at 9:31pm 
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Video of Japanese at the GlendaleCalifornia Comfort Women Statue

The lady giving the talk wearing the black and white striped shirt is Phyllis Kim. Phyllis works at the Korean American Forum of California. (KAFC.)
穿黑色和白色条纹衬讲话的这位女士是Phyllis KimPhyllis KAFC(在加利福尼亚韩国系美国人协会)上班
KAFC exists only to create problems for Japanese in the United States.
Chinese are the mostly unseen hand operating the Korean puppets. As we investigate, we find Chinese footprints everywhere, including that Global Alliance (Chinese) filed an amicus curiae in the lawsuit filed by Dr. Mera against the local government. The purpose of the lawsuit was to keep this statue and the hatred it brings out of Glendale. The lawsuit did not succeed.
My apologies for the low quality of the video. I made it with an old camera phone and I had a heavier DSLR over my shoulder. Unfortunately I broke my good video camera in Afghanistan and have not replaced it. Judging by the low quality of this video, it is time to replace it.

April 20 at 6:46pm
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"When Modi met Netaji's 99-year-old aide in Japan"

Again, this 2014 piece goes against the narrative that we are taught that all of Asia hates Japan. The narrative is just not true. From my travels to about 19 Asian countries (currently in Myanmar), it seems that most of Asia respects and likes Japan. This article was written by someone I do not know:
"The meeting was rare and poignant - an Indian prime minister" kneeling down to greet a 99-year-old Japanese associate of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in Tokyo.
次会是罕的和尖 - 印度理在京跪下来迎接一位99内达吉 德拉 的日本人朋友
"In a photos released on Tuesday, Narendra Modi was seen peering into the eyes of Saichiro Misumi and then warmly clasping his hands.
“在照片上星期二公布,Narendra莫迪被三角佐一郎 眼睛凝然后紧紧握住他的手。
""Poignant moment! PMOIndia reaches out to Netaji's oldest living associate in Japan the 99 year old Saichiro Misumi," said a tweet by Ministry of External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akabaruddin.
“痛苦的刻!印度总理伸手向内达吉存的最大年纪的日本人朋友——99岁的三角佐一郎,”外交部部言人Syed Akabaruddin
"Earlier in the day, Modi at a function in the Japan capital, spoke about Misumi, saying there was a man in Japan who still vividly remembered all details about Netaji.
"This was Modi's second public tryst with an old comrade of Netaji.
"On May 8, during the Lok Sabha election campaign, Colonel Nizamuddin, a 114-year-old former INA officer, shared the stage with Modi at a rally in Varanasi. Modi had touched the war veteran's feet.
"Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was the founder of the Indian National Army (INA) that fought the British with help from the Japanese in India during the Second World War.
“内达吉德拉 是印度国民始人(INA),二战期间在印度接受帮助与英军战斗
"He was believed to have been killed in a plane crash in Formosa (now Taiwan). The region was under Japanese occupation at the time of crash. The ashes were taken to Tokyo and are kept at Renkoji Temple in the city."

April 9 at 8:19pm
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"Large crowds welcome Japan's emperor and empress to Palau during visit to mourn war dead"

There is a common thought that all of Asia hates Japan. This is false. I used to think the same, but now I have spent many years in about 19 Asian countries and my views have become reality based.

The problems come from only four countries:
1) China
 2) North Korea
 3) South Korea
 4) Japan

As example, here in Thailand, Thais have great respect and affection for Japanese. I spent about a year in Nepal and close to a year in India. They also respect Japanese. Indonesia has good relations. Philippines is fine. The problems come from the four countries listed about. Even Afghans, way over there across Asia, like Japanese. People in my hometown in Florida like Japanese.

One problem is that Japan is practically hermetically sealed off from the world. Sure, you can come and go. Japanese have freedom to travel and Japan's borders are open, and Japan has a vibrant press and open internet. But the language obstacle is enormous.

Few Japanese speak English, and few foreigners speak Japanese. So we have this wall. One of the most educated and informed populations on earth is basically sealed off by language right in front of us. The entire world could benefit if that wall was not there.

However, some Japanese resist the idea that Japanese should widely study English. And they have a good point when you sit down and listen to the argument. In a nutshell, the Japanese culture is superior in many ways. They do not say that to me, but I can see it, and I think I know what they are thinking.

The high quality of the culture is undeniable. Look at the country. Their concern is that if kids learn English before learning their own culture, this will dilute the best parts of Japanese culture. My argument is that if Japanese speak English this will improve debate going on in the world forum, and positive Japanese qualities can radiate out of Japan.

And we cannot read most Japanese press because it mostly is not translated (except for the leftwing papers). Few Japanese books are in English.

The Great Wall of Japan is language.

April 14 at 6:05pm 
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I talked with 8 women today. One was 93 and another 99. The rest were their daughters and granddaughters.
They have almost no collective memory of WWII. They never even met a Japanese or any foreigner until today. Just got electricity last year. I was the first foreigner that any had spoken with.
None of the 8 ladies ever has spoken on a phone. 116 families live in the village for a total of 472 people. None of the children have a computer.
They go to bed at 9PM and wake up at 4 or 5. They love the electricity but still go to bed at 9PM.
I asked if they are happy. All women said they are very happy. One woman started fanning me and I said thank you. She was very nice and all were happy for the visit. They never even asked what country I am from.
I asked many questions about WWII memories, but the only collective memory was of hiding underground from Japanese.
They said Japanese came but they never saw Japanese. I asked if men went to fight and they said no.
I asked if they heard any stories of rape or murder. They said they heard stories of rape but not in their village. I asked which village this story came from. They did not know.
I asked if the village headman was here and they said he is out due to New Years.
They all said I am the first foreigner they ever spoke with and were very happy with the visit, and they all said how happy they have been even without phones or electricity.
They do not even know how to use a phone. I said they are lucky.
Separately, if you get a chance to travel in Burma, you should do it now.
The people are especially friendly. Little kids come up with their parents trying their English. They are not begging, just smiling and wishing to talk. (I have no great experience in Myanmar -- others who have seen more will have better informed opinions.)
This is a very big, extremely complex country. My observations are from just a few short trips, but I can say that I like these people.
Burmese I have met in Thailand also have been nice. Reminds me of Thai villagers, Laotians, and sometimes of Nepalese.
In nearly every country I go to, the villagers are the friendliest.


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