Monday, December 22, 2014

映画「アンブロークン」と大東亜戦争でのアメリカ人捕虜の真実 The movie “Unbroken”, and history of US POW’s

It seems that my post about the movie Unbroken has gained me a lot of new readers.


So now I would like to comment on the American POW situation in Japan in WWII.


Let me start with one fact.  Many more American POW’s died in Japanese camps than in German camps.  Many Americans use this fact to say that Japan was a brutal, evil nation in WWII.


That is simply not true.  Let look at the reasons for this.


First of all, among White Americans in WWII, many were ethnic German.  I myself was born in America, but I am ethnic German.  I do speak conversational German.  This would have been true of a certain number of American POW’s in custody during the war.


Also, American food, White people’s food, is based on German and English food.  So food given to prisoners in German prison camps would have been familiar to Americans.


And many Germans at that time had been to America.  In short, in WWII, both Germans and Americans knew quite a lot about each other.


On the other hand, an American POW in a Japanese camp who could speak Japanese would have been extremely rare in WWII.  And Japanese food would have been incomprehensible to Americans.  Americans are not very adventurous when it comes to food.  They do not like to try new things.


In the war, Japanese people were starving.  And at that time, few Japanese ate pork or beef, it was impossible to serve such meat to American prisoners.


It is true that some Japanese prison camp administrators would executed after the war.  One of the reasons was for serving Katsuobushi and Gobo.  For my non Japanese speaking readers, Katsubushi is dried Bonito flakes, we usually eat on rice.  American POW’s thought it was tree bark.  Gobo is a root vegetable, Americans thought is was tree root.


In Vietnam and Korea, American POW’s sometimes died because they refused to eat rice, or soybeans.  They wanted bread made specially for them.


On Facebook, one of my friends wrote how his father had worked in POW camps in the war, and that American prisoners were very rude to Japanese guards.


This exposes an aspect of American character which is not so nice.   Americans love to defy authority.  For 20 years in Japan, I used to work at talent agency putting foreigners on Japanese television and film.


I would go to a major train station in Tokyo at 06:30 in the morning, meet a group of foreigners, and take them to the film job.  I would then tell them that I was the manager, and would take care of them that day.


Often, some American, always an American, would say, “Nobody told me you were the manager, I am not listening to you!”.  It would be a bad day.  This American would cause trouble all day, on purpose.


This is a deep theme in American thinking.  That is why in an American job environment, people are easily fired, punishment is swift.


We have English phrases, like “Shape up or Ship out!”  “You are on thin ice!”


It is very difficult to explain these phrases to Japanese people, Japanese people naturally work hard.  Not so with Americans.


Such an attitude in a Japanese POW camp would have been disastrous for the American POW.  Japanese people look on a POW as some one who has been humiliated.  The POW should be humble.


So a Japanese guard would get very angry at such a rude American.  Working with Americans in Japan, there were many times when I wanted to beat them, they were so rude.


In Germany, German guards had more understanding of this.  They would smile at the rude American.  But when they found something, like a forbidden radio, or evidence of an escape attempt, German punishments were very severe.


And we must also remember that American racial prejudice, both then and now, was very strong against Japanese people, well against any non White person.


I think this too is a reason for so many American POW’s dying under Japanese custody in the war.  To White Americans, Japanese were an inferior race.  But as a POW, White Americans were in a position where they were forced to take orders from Japanese people, a non White race.


Their psychological world had changed, and they could not cope with this.  So in a spiritual sense, they gave up and died.


There is another thing here that angers me about Americans who criticize Japan for WWII.  In the Bush administration, torture of captured Muslims was common place.  America executed some 1,100 Japanese after the war for water boarding.


Former Vice President Cheney says what Americans did was not as bad as Japan.


But the torture that America conducted in Iraq was horrific.


The former Vice President is quite wrong.  Also, he does not mention that the American Army Air Force conducted a campaign of extermination against Japanese civilians during the war.


Americans have never experienced constant attack upon the homeland by a foreign power.


In the movie “Unbroken” Mr. Zamperini was an American Aviator, one of those who was exterminating Japanese civilians.  He should be grateful that he was not killed outright.  Americans killed half of surrendering Japanese soldiers when they tried to surrender.


This bombing of Japanese cities had no military purpose, all it did was kill civilians.  Americans to this day do not want to discuss it.


But Angelina Jolie should have been more alert to what is presently happening in Asia.


Japan is under attack by China, South Korea, and some Americans.  They are twisting the historical record in order to get money out of Japan, or to humiliate Japan.


In an interview, she says it was an extremely emotional experience to make the movie.


She should have done more research, then she would know that Japanese prison camp guards in mainland Japan did not eat prisoners as sashimi, and that Koreans on Tinian could not be captives of Japan because they were indeed Japanese at the time.  


If she is going to say this movie is a historical narrative, she has to get the details correct.


American and Japan did fight a terrible war that ended 69 years ago.  Americans very easily say that Japan was evil, and that America made Japan a better nation.


This is simply not true.  Japan was a different nation, not evil.  And actually, Americans did not reform Japan so much.  Japan’s recovery after the war was due to Japanese hard work, not American generosity.


Since the end of that war, Japan has loyally supported America in every way, even when it damaged Japan.  When speaking about the war, Americans should try to remember this fact.


For my new readers, I cover these topics and many others in my new book, “The Truth about Americans”.


Or, you can buy it at Kinokuniya main store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, 3rd floor.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014




Friday, December 12, 2014

映画「アンブロークン」は重大な間違いが有ります。 The movie unbroken contains grave errors.

Cannibalism did not happen in mainland Japan where Mr. Zamperini in the movie was imprisoned.  And the American record with Japanese POW’s was not so good either.


So many Americans just refuse to consider that Japan was not evil in WWII.  There are two sides to any story, or conflict, and Americans cannot accept that Japan might have had reasons for war.


The way these Americans think, unless an American says it, it is untrue.  This is not respect for Japan.


They cannot accept that American pressure on Japan then was a strategic mistake.


By this time, 69 years after the war, any fair account of the war should include Japanese source material.


In a movie of this stature, by Angelina Jolie, that claims to be truth, she should have realized that a scene where Japanese troops ate POW’s like sashimi would strike a nerve in Japan.


She should have done research.  If she had, then she would have found that there is no record of any such incident in mainland Japan in the war.


Well Hollywood movies often make stupid mistakes, particularly about Japan.


I remember the American movie Pearl Harbor.


It was pretty cheesy.  It focused on the American Army Air Corps pilots Taylor and Welch.  They were the only pilots able to get airborne in the attack, and claimed four Japanese planes shot down.


Well in the movie, it seems like they almost won the battle themselves.  The movie is full of historical errors.  The biggest of these is that in the movie pilots Taylor and Welch participated in the Dolittle raid.  That is total fiction.


Here is one way that the movie producers pictured Japan.  It is supposed to show Japanese attack planning before the Pearl Harbor attack.


It is pretty ridiculous, men in loincloths, moving ship models in a pool, with a Japanese shrine gate with a rising sun flag hanging from it.


It seems that the producers did not care about any kind of accuracy, they simply threw together some objects which they thought would symbolize Japan.

これを見ると、映画の制作事務所は正しく日本を見せる事を全然考えていません。 只自分たちの考えで、”これが日本”の様に自分たちの想像からシーンを作っています。

Well, as I said, it is an awful movie.  Hollywood often makes bad movies.  Tora tora tora was a much better movie about Pearl Harbor.


But Angelina Jolie claims that her movie is true history.  Then she should have done much more research.  And why the Olympic symbols in the movie posters?

しかし、アンジェリーナ・ジョリーさんは彼女の映画が 正しい歴史と言っています。沢山の研究を行うべきでした。それと、映画のポスターで、オリンピックシンボルはどう言う意味ですか?

I cannot see how those Olympic symbols could represent Mr. Zamperini’s efforts as an Olympian.  Is this insinuating that Japan is an unfit country for the Olympics?


Ms. Jolie should have been aware of the history controversy that is going on between Japan, Korea, and China at the present time.  She should have made efforts to ensure that all scenes in the movie are based on fact.


And she should have not relied simply on one old man’s testimony, even it is Mr. Zamperini himself.


With the Comfort Women issue, testimony is all the critics of Japan have.  And we have seen that such testimony is often mistaken, and changes constantly.


So until Ms. Jolie issues an apology and retraction concerning the cannibal scenes of this film, We should boycott this movie, and all her future productions.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

まもなくの干ばつでアメリカ南西部の崩壊 The coming collapse of the American Southwest by drought

Often in my writing, I refer to the collapse of the American southwest.  And I refer to this when I say that American civilization as a whole is likely to collapse.


Just what do I mean?


A California reservoir


OK, let me put down some figures.  By my estimate from many news reports, total crop yield in California is down about 30% this year.


However, there is heavy use of groundwater for agriculture.  In drought years, it is as high as 65% of water used, compared to 40% in normal years.


Because of the drought, water is not being replaced in the aquifers, and serious land subsidence has been the result in the Central valley.


Land subsidence over the years in California.


California produces some 2/3rds of America’s fruits and vegetables.  There are now shortages which mean increased prices.


I have been watching this drought for years.  It is not a temporary thing.  It is a permanent climatic change.  In the 1920’s, when water rights were set out, it was an abnormally wet period.


The American southwest from time to time suffers extreme drought.  And this one is increased due to the effects of human made climate change.


How long will it last?  Some scientists say 1,000 years, some say 500.


It is certainly the worst in 1,200 years.


Some people think that an El Nino event in California this year will help.  But scientists say that if El Nino develops, it will be weak.


To recover from the drought, California will need two years of strong El Ninos.  And that is just not going to happen.


Towns and cities in California are running out of water.


San Diego is so desperate for water, they will now recycle sewage water.


Voluntary calls to restrict water use, such as watering lawns, has not worked.  Not enough people cooperate.  So special water police are being formed.


Recently, a strong rainstorm hit California.  But it offers no hope of stopping the drought.


And in the Great Plains states, the Ogallala aquifer is nearly gone.  And it cannot be replaced.


What is making this drought so terrible is extreme heat.


Americans do indeed have some idea of the problem, but they do not like the solutions.


Only drastic measures can save America now, something like immediately totally giving up gasoline powered cars.  Americans don’t want to, so they deny Climate change exists.


And even if Americans gave up their cars tomorrow, I think it is now too late.


So what will eventually happen?


People will leave.  Unemployment is very bad in the agricultural areas of central California.


As the drought will will not abate, people will eventually move.  And the people who will move will tend to be the more useful people in a community.


These will be city administrators, Corporate people, police and fire personnel.


The loss of Corporate people will mean that eventually companies will relocate.  The loss of city administrators, police, and fire personnel will mean that city services will disappear, the towns will fall into anarchy.


This is already true in the US, many urban areas are not governed, simply abandoned by government.  Just look at Detroit, or Camden New Jersey.


Once a certain number of vital personnel have left, airports will reduce service, or cease to function at all.


The US military would be able to keep several major airports functioning for a time.  But eventually, air travel in the west of America will collapse.


And all the while, there will be food shortages.  Americans have put up with many financial difficulties, but there has always been cheap food.


No longer.  As time goes on, fewer and fewer Americans will be able to afford food.  California agriculture is in a state of collapse.


In about two years, California will be completely out of ground water.


This will trigger a mass exodus of people trying to leave the area.  The only way they can travel is by car.  Shale oil is a failure, there will not be enough fuel for all those people to travel somewhere.


The roads of the American southwest will be lined with cars, out of gas.  The skeletons of the passengers will be there too.


The American southwest is a big place, with a lot of distance between towns.  There will be no one to help, too far to walk, and too hot.


Many will die.


The US military will attempt to keep order, but the do not have enough troops to patrol all of the American southwest.


But remember, there are many more guns in the hands of American citizens than the military or police.  Many local groups will fight Federal troops to get water or food.  Really.


There are many private armed groups in the US that do not like the Federal government.  In such a time of crisis, they will rule over local areas, and resist the Federal government.


Here is a list of such groups:


Many of my Japanese readers may think I am exaggerating when I say that such private militia groups will defy the Federal government.  It has already happened.


In March of 2014, at the Bundy ranch in Nevada, thousands of militia troops showed up to fight Federal agents, who were trying to confiscate Mr. Bundy’s cows for grazing on Federal land.


The Federal agents gave up, and prevented a bloodbath.


Bundy ranch, anti government militia troops are on horseback, Federal agents in the cars.


An armed militia trooper sights in on Federal agents.


Eventually, the US Navy will abandon it’s main Pacific base in San Diego.  Also the bases in San Francisco bay.  If the technicians who maintain US warships and aircraft leave for lands east of the Mississippi river, the bases not function.


The only repair facility for the US Pacific fleet will be in Yokosuka Japan.


And since Hawaii depends on food from mainland America, it will become a hellhole of starvation.


That means that Japan will become the top Naval power in the Pacific, with perhaps a few US ships able to help out.


As there is no sign of the drought decreasing, because of continued heat increases, and ground water disappears in two years, we can now say with some certainty that America west of the Mississippi faces massive disaster in two years.


The North American continent is undergoing a fundamental climate shift.  America west of the Mississippi river, except for Seattle and Portland, will become deep desert, like the Sahara.  Most people who live there will have to move, or die.


Look at these pictures of scared climate scientists, they know what is coming.