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Japan's Prime Minister Nobosuki Kishi, 1956.
The Coming War with Japan!
The United States, Australia and New Zealand have taken comfort that Japan is our ally and that a democratic system is at work in this country. Is this true? While the Nazis are working their way back in Germany, causing much rioting, uneasiness and fear, there is currently no parallel disturbances in Japan! Strange indeed. However, many ordinary Japanese themselves are concerned -- but not the West. Why? The truth revealed in this report about Japan should cause you to be alarmed!!
by Joseph Huang
At the end of World War II, with the victory of the Allies assured, Japan inevitably ate the humble pie. Japan was defeated, its industries destroyed and morale shattered as the new Constitution, written by foreigners, was imposed in place of its feudal system of government.
Now, since the war, the Japanese have invaded the Western world in waves. The first wave came with televisions, radios, cassette recorders, videos and stereos. Then, immediately following, by a bigger wave -- the automobiles, compact disk, computers and office equipment, etc. Following that came the third wave -- the yen export. During much of the late 1980s, floods of yen found their way into the United States bond market, real estate in Hawaii, Los Angeles and New York -- and high-tech companies throughout the West.
Presently, as the crisis at the close is fast approaching, an even greater threat to the world has arrived -- yakuza -- Japan's version of the Mafia, with Nazi and Japanese tourist elements combined into one.
Often, Japanese citizens are stunned when they discover their country's financial institutions are closely linked with gangsters. The yakuza are moving beyond their traditional focus on prostitution, gambling and drugs to expand into the fields of banking, real estate, corporate takeovers and into the highest positions of government. In the process, gang influence appears to have somehow penetrated the boards of some of Japan's most respected companies and the offices of the highest level of Japan's Ministries and influential politicians -- including the post of prime minister.
Rapid expansion of Japan's bubble economy during the 1980s fueled intense booms in stocks, finance and real estate. Yakuza and business entities both moved quickly to exploit this situation. According to Japan's National Police Agency, the yakuza control some 26,000 legitimate businesses in the country's largest corporations. Although direct and near-direct links are common, such relationships are generally mediated through complex networks of shell companies, financiers and private secretaries to politicians.
According to an article written by Robert Delfs published in the Far Eastern Economic Review (November 21, 1991), all newly appointed senior officers at one well-known major bank in the Kansai region are routinely introduced to Masaru Takumi at his Osaka residence. Takumi is the boss of the Takumi-gumi, an sub-organization of nearly 1,000 gangsters that belong to Japan's biggest yakuza organization -- the Kobe-based Yamaguchi-gumi.
While yakuza dealings with banks and securities companies have received the most publicity, the question of financial and other ties between the yakuza and politicians is even more sensitive. Many informed Japanese believe that the underworld contributes substantial amounts of money to the ruling Liberal-Democratic Party. The shocking fact is, the yakuza are part and parcel of the LDP! Its formation and the running of the party are the work of the yakuza. It is a relationship of interdependence, mutual help, friendship, cooperation and support.
History of Yakuza
The invasion of Korea in 1895 was the first coordinated work of the yakuza in foreign affairs. The account is well documented in an investigative book Yakuza, by David E. Kaplan, published in 1986.
As early as 1881 a yakuza gang, Genyosha (Dark Ocean Society), was formed under Mitsuru Toyama. Its aim was to tap directly into the samurai sentiment for expansion abroad and authoritarian rule at home. According to Kaplan, the Genyosha established
"through a campaign of terror, blackmail, and assassination, the Dark Ocean society's work would proved highly effective, exerting particular influence over members of the officer corps and the government bureaucracy, and playing an instrumental role in sweeping Japan into East Asia and, ultimately, into war with the United States" (ibid., pp. 33-34).
The Genyosha would send agents to Korea, Manchuria and other parts of China as spies. Kaplan continues,
"Genyosha's next mission was more ambitious. Toyama, acting on a secret request from the minister of war, was to 'start a fire' in Korea, creating a pretext for Japanese troops to move in. In 1895, a squad of Genyosha agents, trained as assassin-spies in the martial arts of the ninja, infiltrated the Korean Imperial Palace and murdered the queen. This act, in part, did indeed precipitate Japan's invasion of that country. The Japanese would not leave for fifty years" (ibid., pp. 35).
During those 50 years of occupation, the Japanese ruled ruthlessly over Korea and hundreds of thousands of Koreans were shipped to Japan for slave labour.
The success of the Genyosha provided the model for hundreds of other secret societies reaching into every corner of Japan and, eventually, through much of East Asia as well. One formed by Toyama's right-hand man, Ryohei Uchida, was Kokuryu-kai (Amur River Society or Black Dragons Society). Its initial secretive aim was the expansion of Japanese power to the Amur River, the boundary between Manchuria and Russia. With its continued success, the ultimate objective of the Society was no less than the domination and control of all Asia.
As written in Yakuza,
"The Black Dragon Society became the natural successor to Toyama's Dark Ocean, taking over its followers, its policies, and its goals. Under the patronage and guidance of Toyama, it would push Japan into a victorious war with Russia, commit political assassinations, and do for China what the Dark Ocean activities had done for Korea -- help create the conditions for a Japanese invasion'' (ibid., pp. 36).
On the home front, Toyama's technique for Japan's expansion was just as effective. He created another society, Dai Nippon Kokusui-kai (Great Japan National Essence Society), which operated with the strong support of the Home Ministry, the police, and high-ranking military officials. Other societies were soon formed for different political purposes. As a result, the country was destabilized as moderate politicians fell victim to assassination or were forced to withdraw completely from public life.
From 1930 until the end of the war, there were 29 rightist 'incidents'. Among them were attempted coup d'etats by military officers and ultranationalists, and repeated attacks on leading politicians and industrialists -- including the assassinations of two Prime ministers and two finance ministers.
Toyama finally died in 1944 at the age of 89 when his beloved Japan had conquered much of Asia and the Pacific. Among his right-hand men was Karoku Tsuji. He was known as Japan's Al Capone. Before the war, Tsuji and Toyama controlled many political thugs in Tokyo that effectively dominated the black markets, crime gangs, and the political life of greater Tokyo.
Formation of LDP
The formation of the main political party in Japan, LDP, was greatly influenced by criminals. A war criminal, Yoshio Kodama, was sent to Tokyo's Sugamo Prison and, among the inmates, was another famous yakuza, Karoku Tsuji. Kodama's earlier activities were in China, practicing Toyama's Dark Ocean Society criminal activities there.
Despite the fact that Kodama was designated as a Class A war criminal by the International Military Tribunal, he was released from prison mainly because the Americans needed him for his intelligence on China, which was then under Communist threat. Together with Tsuji, who was also released from Sugamo Prison, they were to form the conservative Liberal Party.
In November 1955, the Liberal Party merged with another conservative party, the Democratic Party, to form the Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP), which has run Japan ever since. From that point on, over the next few decades, Kodama was perhaps the most powerful individual within the LDP. Yakuza formed and partially financed the LDP and the yakuza dictated the party and country's policies as we know them today.
Kodama controlled who got the job of prime minister and what policies he was to follow during the post-war period. Kodama was appointed as advisor' to Japan's first post-war cabinet. It was reported that anyone who probed too deeply into his background, or his current activities, would be murdered by one of his underworld associates, or by his private army, which was said to number 20,000 men. Kodama's network of contacts reached into every ministry and into every branch of the police, which kept his whereabouts a secret.
Among Kodama's "accomplishments" was handing the position of Minister of Justice to Tokutaro Kimura. Kimura was designated as a Class D war criminal for his past activities. From that post, Kimura engineered the release of other yakuzas. He was later transferred to head the new Self-Defence Force. Kimura lived past his nineties and his other activities included forming many other societies -- all with aims of maintaining a sovereign emperor, eliminating the MacArthur constitution and strengthening the army. However, his most infamous success was revising the history textbooks to soften descriptions of wartime atrocities in both China and Korea.
Another graduate from the Sugamo prison was Nobusuke Kishi, who too was classified as a Class A war criminal. He was released together with Kodama, but soon staged the biggest political comeback in history!. In 1955, when the Liberal Party merged with the Democratic Party, he powered his way up, backed by Kodama, to become the secretary-general of the LDP, then pushed on to become the Deputy Prime Minister under the Yoshida government, and later Prime Minister in March 1957.
Another author, Roy Thomas, adds,
"Nobusuki Kishi, a former economic czar of Manchuria, and architect of Japan's wartime economy, joined Tojo's cabinet in October 1941, and was a co-signer of the declaration of war against the United States. He served as Industry Minister and, following Tojo's resignation in 1944, as Vice Minister of Munitions.
"After the surrender, Kishi was held for three and a half years at Sugamo Prison as a Class "A" war criminal. But in 1952 he was released under a general amnesty and began a new political career during which he showed that he had lost none of his old style. It took him five years to become prime minister, so that in thirteen short years he had moved from Tojo's war cabinet to become head of the U.S.'s most trusted ally in the Pacific" (Japan: The Blighted Blossom, 1989, pp. 31).
The influence of these criminals was based on mutual help and continued into the next generation. David Kaplan writes,
"When Kishi assumed office in March 1957, he took the nation's highest post only five years after depurge, and nine years after release from war criminal status. This mutual assistance among the Sugamo graduates would mark Japanese electoral politics for years to come.
"Kishi managed to help return to centre stage a whole galaxy of prewar rightists and yakuza allies. Among them were two symphonious, and notorious, names -- Ichiro Kono and Bamboku Ohno. Kono was a part of many major LDP decisions, including those to name Prime Minister Kishi and his successor, Eisaku Sato" (Yakuza, pp. 82).
Bamboku Ohno was closely connected to the Kobe-based yakuza, Yamaguchi-gumi. Backed by Kishi and Kodama, Ohno assumed the secretary-general post in the LDP party, where he remained until his death in 1965.
During the period under Prime Minister Kishi, from 1957 to 1960, Kishi continued to strengthen the far right-wing in the LDP. He kept an eye on future succession as well. Among the Kishi cabinet was Yasuhiro Nakasone, the youngest member of the Kono faction and a protege of Kodama.
After the death of Ohno and Kono in the 1960s, Kodama continued to mastermind the selection of the post of the Prime Minister, including Eisaiku Sato and Kakuei Tanaka. In an interview with Sankei Shimbun in August 1981, Tanaka, when asked about what he thought of the war against the Chinese and the 11 million Chinese killed, had nothing to say except that he found it 'very regrettable' (Japan: Strategy of the Unseen, by Michael Random, pp. 62).
By 1981, the hawkish Nakasone finally ascended to the nation's highest post and became Japan's longest serving and most influential prime minister. An advocate of increasing military budgets and making Japan a nuclear power, he had headed the Defense Agency and, as a protege of Kodama, had impeccable extreme right-wing credentials. The ties between Tanaka and Nakasone were close ones -- both were affiliated with the yakuza and ultranationalist groups.
Writes Roy Thomas,
"More than half of Japan's mobsters are supporters of the nationalist wing of the LDP, and are indistinguishable from the neofascist cliques which increasingly thrive within the party. During the 1980s, under the premiership of Yasuhiro Nakasone, the number of such groups increased. It is estimated there are now about 120,000 right-wing conservatives with yakuza ties" (Japan: The Blighted Blossom, pp. 233-234).
Note -- there are 120,000 members in the current LDP with yakuza affiliation, and from this pool will come Japan's future cabinet ministers and prime ministers!! Incredible!! Unthinkable!!
The yakuza war criminals, unlike the Nazis in Europe, were never eliminated by the American Occupation. In fact, they grew and prospered with the Occupation. The majority of the worst criminals, with Class A war criminal records, spent a few years in prison, after which they walked free with a change of clothing and went on with life as usual. Years later, they are the same group of gangsters that control and run Japan.
In contrast, the Nazis were driven underground following their defeat. Many were captured, tried and brought to justice or fled into the unknowns of South America. For Nazism to make a comeback in Europe now means to start all over again and in the process create lots of social disturbances, commotion, fear, and rioting as we witness today. This scenario is similar to what happened in Germany during much of the 1930s. However, there is no parallel in Japan today!! All this time the yakuza have been well accommodated at the highest political level, lingering and watching like an osprey patiently circumnavigating the sky above the vast expanse of water, all the time getting ready to strike!!
Among those gangs that emerged after World War II was the Kobe-based, Yamaguchi-gumi, under the dynamic leadership of Kazuo Taoka. Over the next thirty years, this gang was to emerge as the largest yakuza in Japan with over 13,000 members at its peak. According to the Far Eastern Economic Review (November 21, 1991), researched by Robert Delfs, the leadership had now passed into the fifth kumicho (supreme boss), Yoshinori Watanabe. Yoshinori was in fact the leader of another Kobe-based Yamaken-gumi, a rival to Yamaguchi-gumi. Now the rivals had merged.
In filing another report in the Review, Delfs confirms the selection of Japan's prime minister by yakuza,
"Now new information released by the Tokyo District Prosecutors Office in connection with the Sagawa Kyubin scandal suggests that leaders of Japan's largest yakuza gangs were involved in the selection of Noboru Takeshita as prime minister in 1987" (December 3, 1992, pp. 18).
Thus selection of current prime ministers in modern Japan is still tightly controlled by the yakuza. A former chief inspector in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department admits,
"In the past politicians used the yakuza as bodyguards, but now yakuza have helped to decide on our prime minister" (ibid.).
Thus every single prime minister in Japan since World War II has been a yakuza or was hand-picked from that criminal gang!!
The structure of the yakuza is generally in a pyramid format, while a few are in federation with each other. According to Robert Delfs, the Yamaguchi-gumi organization in 1984 comprised over 750 gangs in all, with an average 25-30 members per gang. These were led by 102 senior bosses or junior leaders. Each of the Yamaguchi-gumi's bosses pays a fixed amount of money to the organization every month.
The head of sub-gangs similarly receives smaller regular payments from leaders of their subordinate gangs, and so on, down to the level of individual gang members. Individual gang leaders will have to source their revenue. Often turf disputes among sub-gangs and other conflicts are mediated at high levels of the organization, limiting the effects of inter-gang warfare in public.
Recruitment & Discipline
Once recruited into the yakuza, followers are expected to adhere to strict discipline. Any misconduct requires the amputation of the last finger, lopped off at the joint, wrapped in a fine cloth and solemnly presented to the boss as a mark of atonement.
The big difference between the yakuza and the rest of corporate Japan is, of course, the type of people who belong to the organization. Like the Mafia, the yakuza began organizing in families, with a godfather at the top and new members adopted into the clan as older brothers, younger brothers, and children. The yakuza, however, added to that structure the unique Japanese relationship known as oyabun-kobun, or literally, father-role/child-role.
Entering into the yakuza is performed by a ceremony, using a formal exchange of sake (rice wine) cups to symbolize the blood connection between the oyabun and kobun, usually performed with great significance before a shrine devoted to Shinto, the indigenous religion of Japan. A statement is read to him during the ceremony --
"Having drunk from the oyabun's cup and he from yours, you now owe loyalty to the ikka (family) and devotion to your oyabun. Even should your wife and children starve, even at the cost of your life, your duty is now to the ikka and ovabun. From now on, you have no other occupation until the day you die. The oyabun is your only parent; follow him through fire and flood" (Yakuza, pp. 20).
This 'occupation' is a life-long relationship. The oyabun provides advice, protection, and help, and in return receive the unswerving loyalty and service of his kobun.
As we enter into the 1990s, due to the high value of the yen and the collapse of the bubble economy leading to the current recession, Japan's major companies are no longer taking as many recruits into the organizations as they did in the past. In fact, many major multinational organizations are shedding workers -- something unheard of in a country known for its lifetime employment. With the current rising unemployment, this presents an easy opportunity for the yakuza organizations to expand their membership network.
In the years ahead Japan should be watched closely by those living in the West, especially those who understand biblical prophecy. It is not surprising that the United States and the Australian governments are dozing in their policies. With the apparent end of the cold war, the Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines has now been abandoned by the Americans. Under pressure to reduce the deficit, the U.S. is encouraging the Japanese to take a higher share of the defense of the western Pacific, i.e to rearm. Taking a more ridiculous policy is Australia. The Labour government under Paul Keating will allow the Japanese army to train on its soil. In reality, the army will be here to map the Australian terrain, its strategic points and installations, and its intelligence network -- getting ready for another day to strike.
According to David's investigations, as early as the mid-1970s, "yakuza members were sighted in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan" (Yakuza, pp. 210). In most places, they practiced a familiar pattern: they followed in the trail of Japanese businesses, including drugs and guns, and tourism. Now, their travels have taken them beyond East Asia -- to South and Western Europe, and the countries of the Pacific Basin. Missing fingers and body tattoos are not regularly on the minds of Customs inspectors in Sydney and Sao Paulo.
Roy Thomas continues,
"In France and England it is admitted that the yakuza are becoming as dangerous as the Sicilian Mafia in their world-wide scope. They have been behind extortion rackets in London and other European cities, and trading frauds in England and Australia. In November 1987, yakuza activities in Britain were the topic of a full-length British TV documentary" (Japan: The Blighted Blossom, pp. 236).
The yakuza have also arrived in the United States. You can spot them at international airports. A typical member is a trim, alert man with a thin moustache, sharp eyes and, perhaps, wearing a false fingertip. According to Al Gano, a Customs Patrol Officer in the Honolulu International Airport,
"There's a couple of ways you can spot a yakuza, For one thing, your average Japanese tourist... walks humbly. The Boss -- the oyabun -- is usually surrounded by his boys -- the kobun -- and they're carrying his bags, lighting his cigarette, and saying, 'hai! hai! (yes, yes)."
To carry on their activities in the United States, and because of their limited English, the yakuza has had to work in collaboration with other gangs ranging from the notorious Hong Kong 14K Triad to other Mafias. Perhaps the major figure of interest in Hawaii, with the same fame as Kodama, is Kenji Osano. Osano's wealth was estimated at over $1 billion, and he used that money to become the largest individual Japanese investor in the United States, buying up five Waikiki hotels: the Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian, Surfrider, Moana, Princess Kaiulani, plus the Sheraton Maui on that island.
When the United States was continually running a trade deficit with Japan during much of the 1980s, one of Nakasone's advisers suggested buying Hawaii outright as a way of balancing the deficit. It might seem outrageous for Americans to hear such a proposition, but such an alternative solution for a continuous deficit in the long run might be viewed in a more favourable light -- debt in the multiple trillions could be wiped out and we could start afresh with a clean sheet !
Like good businessmen everywhere, yakuza are investors, and they have expanded their activities mainly because of a strong foothold in their favourite base of operations abroad -- the tourist trade. Police have since monitored a host of Japanese drug couriers working their domain through such ports of entry as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver. Other police reports identify yakuza activities in Roanoke, Virginia, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, and in the state of Arizona.
However, before the war, the most active yakuza activities in the U.S. were carried by the Tokyo Club, in a little community of Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles. Little Tokyo lies in the heart of southern California with some 200,000 people of Japanese descent. The name Tokyo Club had ceased in 1941, but since then other societies had taken over its activities.
As early as 1981, a report from the BOCCI, an arm of the California Department of Justice states,
"Law enforcement authorities have noted during the past several years that a number of Japanese organized crime members have immigrated from Japan and are now residing in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas. There are approximately 50 gang members and associates now living in California.
"Law enforcement sources indicate that Japanese organized crime groups are operating tour agencies, Japanese gift shops and night clubs. Their criminal activities include extortion of Japanese business, harassment of Japanese tourists, prostitution, gun and pornography smuggling, narcotics distribution and laundering money" (Yakusa, pp. 249).
The Japanese have also found a permanent base in Las Vegas. As early as 1971, the multibillionaire Kenji Osano was negotiating the purchase of the Sands Hotel and Casino, but was forced to withdraw because of his links with the Lockheed scandal.
The yakuza are in America, and are here to stay. Once entrenched it is extremely difficult to dislodge them. Now Australia and the United States are great deficit nations and Japan has huge assets and other investments in each of these countries to protect.
What Should We Expect?
Will America and Australia experience a series of incidents as happened in Korea in 1895, setting conditions ripe for an invasion?
Do we expect an unexpected Pearl Harbour strike as happened on that horrifying morning in December 7, 1941 when most Americans are looking forward to their Christmas holidays?
To answer that question, we need to analyze some of Japan's weapon technology. The fact is, given Japan's high technology for commercial use in nuclear energy, Japan also has the expertise to divert their technology to military weaponry if it so desires, at will, should the situation dictate. The Japanese have recently bought a shipload of plutonium from the French that could allow them to manufacture 126 nuclear bombs -- and that is the first of many shipments to follow.
Some may take comfort in the fact that even if the Japanese have developed the nuclear weapon, they do not possess the delivery system to target the enemy. According to Daniel Burstein, "Mitsubishi Heavy cited evidence that it already produces better-quality F-15s than McDonnell-Douglas, the American licenser of the F-15 design" (YEN! The Threat of Japan's Financial Empire, pp. 287).
Japan is already more militarized than most Americans and Australians think. Its wealth could quickly become a means to build one of the world's most technologically advanced arms industries in a short time. Over the next decade, Japan will evolve a new generation of military technology easily convertible from defense to offense.
A 'Star Wars' type system is another possibility. Having brought Japan into the initial stages of Star Wars research, the United States may abandon the programs as too costly, especially with the end of the cold war, a new administration under the Democrats, and a growing deficit to worry about. Japan, with its combination of high technologies and financial resources, will be quite willing to develop and perfect such a system.
Japan is known for its ability to adapt technology for its own use, especially in miniaturising high-tech products, ranging from camera, television, video camera, motor vehicle and electronics. Japan is reportedly ahead in the field of nanotechnology. When this new technology is combined with artificial intelligence, the effect could be more dreadful than nuclear weapons!!
New Weapon Technology
In an eye-opening book, titled Engines of Creation by K. Eric Drexler, the author explains the coming revolution in machine building, a new-found technology that will enable us to construct machines a thousand times smaller than a microchip, or the same size as an enzyme. This field of technology is called 'nanotechnology' (nano means the billionth part), and could be used to revolutionize research into all areas of our lives from within the heart of the living cell to the depths of space itself.
The machines or molecular assemblers will be able to analyze and construct virtually anything that can be conceived, atomic layer by atomic layer. Machines might be programmed, for example, to enter individual cells and repair damage or destroy diseases, even prevent the very process of aging. Similarly, small machines could be sent into outer space to construct spaceships or complex scientific equipment out of basic ingredients that need be nothing more than earth and air. Once they control the machine tools and combine with a system of artificial intelligence to automate engineering, final products could flow forth almost like magic!
Deadlier than Nuclear Weapons
Writing on nanotechnology, Drexler warns,
"Replicators can be more potent than nuclear weapons: to devastate Earth with bombs would require masses of exotic hardware and rare isotopes, but to destroy all life with replicators would require only a single speck made of ordinary elements. Replicators give nuclear war some company as a potential cause of extinction, giving a broader context to extinction as a moral concern" (Engines of Creation, pp. 174).
Despite their potential as engines of destruction, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence systems lend themselves to more subtle uses than do nuclear weapons. A nuclear bomb is a weapon of terror that can be employed to deter aggression and, if used, can only blast things. Nanotechnology, however, is more versatile and effective in achieving its goal.
In time, nuclear bombs may be the weapon employed by extremist groups, such as the yakuza, Nazis and other madmen to advance their mad purposes. Apart from such purposes, no one who has the capacity to detonate such a weapon today could imagine he could win the war -- considering the after effect that all might perish in a nuclear holocaust. But nanomachines and artificial intelligence systems could be used to infiltrate, seize, change, and govern a territory or a world without nuclear fallout.
The coming breakthroughs in nanotechnology will confront states with new threats and encourage sharp changes in how states behave. This naturally gives cause for concern. Totalitarian states have, historically, excelled at slaughter and oppression as witnessed by the atrocities committed by the Japanese and German armies.
Eric Drexler goes on to explain,
"... with advanced technology, states need not control People -- they could simply discard people... States have needed people as workers because human labor has been the necessary foundation of power. What is more, genocide has been expensive and troublesome to organize and execute. Yet, in this century, totalitarian states have slaughtered their citizens by the millions. Advanced technology will make workers unnecessary and genocide easy. History suggests that totalitarian states may then eliminate people wholesale" (ibid., pp. 176).
A major conference on nanotechnology was held in October 1989, sponsored by the Foresight Institute in California. From that conference, Drexler concludes, "it became clear that Japan has for several years been treating molecular system technology as a basis for twenty-first century technology" (ibid, pp. 241). Drexler warns,
"The threat of advanced technology in the hands of governments makes one thing perfectly clear: we cannot afford to have an oppressive state take the lead in the coming breakthroughs.
"The basic problems I have outlined are obvious: in the future, as in the past, new technologies will lend themselves to accidents and abuse. Since replicators and thinking machines will bring great new powers, the potential for accidents and abuse will likewise be great. These possibilities pose genuine threats to our lives" (ibid., pp. 177).
Could Japan be the first nation to master the science of nanotechnology for mass destruction purposes? Such a possibility is unthinkable, even if the chances are remote.
The Samurai Strategy
On that early Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, 360 Japanese aeroplanes took off from six aircraft-carriers 275 nautical miles from Hawaii. Within a few hours, after a surprise assault that has gone down in history, they destroyed 90 percent of the American Pacific fleet. This was the famous Pearl Harbour attack, launched at a time when Japan and the U.S. were still at peace, and at a very moment negotiations were going on in Washington to try and avoid war. The Commander-in-chief of the Japanese fleet, Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku, fearful of his failure to defeat the Americans if it came to war, wanted to terrorize the Americans with one hammer-blow.
Describing this strategy, Michael Random writes,
"This strategy of inflicting death blows out-of-the-blue has been a characteristic feature of Japan throughout her long history. The rule is that once an action has been decided on there must not be a hair's breath between attack and defense. It is the secret of any battle and a fundamental rule in the martial arts. At the time of the war of the clans, every strong chief always began his attack with an unexpected strike, which had been meticulously prepared. When the moment for action has come, that action has to be powerfully destructive" (Japan: Strategy of the Unseen, pp. 50).
In showing more evidence of such strategy, Random continues to describe the earlier history and strategy of Japan in its war with Russia,
"On the night of February 8/9, 1905, Admiral Togo made a similar attack on the Russian base at Port Arthur before there had even been an official declaration of war. Togo immobilized and destroyed a great part of the fleet before the Russians, like the Americans later at Pearl Harbour, had a chance to realize what was happening to them. He immobilized the great Russian vessels by sinking one of his own boats in the harbour entrance. Again, on May 27, 1905, Togo intercepted the Russian Baltic Fleet in the Narrows of Tsushima. It was the greatest and most modern fleet of the day. This was a further surprise attack planned with incredibly minute attention to detail. The strategy of this battle is one of the most perfect ever seen in the history of great navies. Only two or three boats escaped from the disaster. In one night, Japan became one of the world's greatest maritime powers. For the first time in history, an Asiatic country had managed to beat a Western power, for whom the preponderance of the West thenceforth ceased to be an absolute myth" (ibid. ).
When we analyze the pages of history, a pattern becomes clear -- where Japan is dealing with weaker nations, such as Korea and Imperial China, and is concerned about world opinion -- its territorial expansion is through a series of 'incidents'. But where Japan is dealing with a major nation, such as Russia and the United States of America, a bolt, out-of the-blue, is the standard strategy. A series of 'incidents' will work against Japan in a major war. International opinion is of irrelevance in a life-and-death struggle. In dealing with a major enemy, the secret consists of being always ready. The more hidden the power, the stronger it is. It must be faultless and unexpected. The Japanese operate like the German equivalent, i.e. the Blitzkrieg -- they attack at lightning speed, with surprise, swiftness and violence.
Long serving Heads of State, China's Deng Xiaoping and Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, are anxious about the increasing rearming of Japan. Both have personal memories of Japan as a military power and both countries suffered greatly under the Japanese during the Second World War. In contrast, most of the leaders of the West, especially the descendants of patriarch Joseph, ranging from Prime Minister John Major of Britain, President Bill Clinton of the United States, and Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, are a young, new breed of politicians, born after the Second World War, who have not lived through any great dangers. They perceive things with a modern illusion. They grasp tourism and the hospitality industry as our saviour to the depressed manufacturing and rural industries. The arrivals of these affluent Japanese tourists look wonderful. Busloads of shoppers unloading their bounteous yen on various retailers who are always eager to wait on them. New planeloads are constantly arriving bringing the newly-weds, honeymooning in vast, open, serene beaches of Hawaii, or can be found in the Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe and the Niagara Falls.
Those traveling to Australasia end up in the sulphur pools of Rotorua or around the lakes or slopes of the Southern Alps. Others found themselves among the koalas, the kangaroos, the penguins or the coral reefs.
Like a fish skimming along the peaceful coastal waters surrounded by a supposed tranquillity in the deep and a clear blue sky above, it might swiftly and unknowingly end up in the clutches of an osprey after a lightning-like motion. When there is calm, we may expect a sudden lightning bolt to strike. It is time to sit up and watch as we enter into the unknown -- a turbulent period of time unprecedented by any suffering mankind has ever experienced in the past. As Roy Thomas concludes in his observation, "like a kabuki play -- the actors change over the years, but the roles they play are always the same."
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