Japanese Intellectuals Blast Imperialism, Linking Island Claims To Japan’s Militarist History

Japanese scholars blasting imperialism

THE DONG-A ILBO

A group of 1,270 intellectuals in Japan, including Nobel Prize laureate Kenzaburo Oe, has urged Tokyo to self-reflect on the territorial disputes over the Dokdo islets and Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu in Chinese), saying in a statement, “Let’s end the vicious cycle of the terrestrial issue.” They issued a statement of appeal Friday in Tokyo saying, “We should not forget that this issue derives from the history of Japanese aggression in Asia.” The statement urges Japan to prevent a vicious cycle in which it disregards history and thus creates tension with and raises nationalism in neighboring countries, eventually triggering a crisis from terrestrial disputes.To prevent this imperialist trend that has Japan fast heading toward a right-wing ideology and to make the country directly face its history of aggression, the campaign has enlisted Hitoshi Motoshima, former mayor of Nagasaki, and Ken Tanaka, general secretary of the Article 9 Club, a group that seeks to preserve Article 9 of Japan’s pacifist constitution. The dispute over Dokdo also stems from the history of Japan’s aggression. The Japanese intellectuals said in their statement, “Japan annexed Dokdo at a time when Korea was the weakest and had no way to make a diplomatic demand,” admitting to the illegality of the 1910 Japanese annexation of the Korean Peninsula. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has made absurd claims, one of which being, “Korea is illegally occupying Dokdo.” Shinzo Abe, chairman of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party and a strong candidate for Japan’s next prime minister, has openly said, “If I take power, I will revise the Kono Statement and the Murayama Statement.” Noda and Abe should solemnly accept the earnest advice from the Japanese intellectuals, who said, “To the Korean people, Dokdo is a symbol of Japanese aggression and colonial rule.”The intellectuals are fully correct in raising concern over exclusive nationalism in Northeast Asia. Warning against nationalism being exploited by those in power as a means to overcome domestic problems, they urged a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes. In his op-ed piece published in the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun Friday, famed novelist Haruki Murakami said, “I fear that cultural achievements made by many people in Northeast Asia are being destroyed due to terrestrial disputes,” adding, “If the territorial issues move to the realm of the people’s sentiment, this will cause a dangerous situation with no way out.” The demand by the intellectuals that Korea, China and Japan should not be embroiled in nationalistic sentiment is, in principle, a move in the right direction. Korean society also needs to approach the conflict with its neighbors under the principle that it will preserve the cooperative relationship that the three nations have worked hard to build up thus far.

The appeal by the Japanese intellectuals offers a chance for not only Japanese people themselves but also Korea and China to logically view the terrestrial disputes, which have gone to the extreme. More than anything, a clue to resolving these disputes can be found only when ultra-nationalist politicians in Japan display a changed perception toward history.

Russian, Central Asian Air Forces Practice Cruise Missile Interception

Tajikistan participates in joint air defense drill

Asia-Plus

DUSHANBE, October 5, 2012, Asia-Plus — Tajikistan is participating in a joint air defense drill, dubbed Chistoye Nebo (Clear Sky).

An official source at the Ministry of Defense of Tajikistan (MoD), says the Chistoye Nebo 2012 exercise is being conducted in Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Tajik airspace from October 5 to October 16.

Tajikistan is represented at the exercise by the operational group of the Ministry of Defense, led by Colonel Saidahmad Umarov, the deputy commander of Air and Air Defense Forces.

The main purpose of the exercise is reportedly to rehearse interaction between air defense forces of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia within the CIS unified air defense system.  The exercise’s scenario is based on intercepting cruise missile attack.

Meanwhile, RIA Novosti, referring to Russian Defense Ministry Air Force spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Vladimir Deryabin, reports that Russian and Central Asian military pilots are carrying out joint exercises to repel missile strikes over Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

MiG-31 log-range interceptors, A-50U airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, Il-76 heavy transport planes, as well as anti-aircraft missile systems and radio equipment are being used in these training exercises.

Kazakhstan’s three airbases are reportedly hosting the active phase of the drills. It has also deployed five air defense brigades and command staff.

In line with the concept of the exercises, Kyrgyzstan is playing the role of a ‘designated adversary’ with its L-39 Albatros combat trainers and Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack aircraft.

Tajikistan is represented by Air Force command staff, Russian media sources report.

Mexican Federal Troops and Agents Take Positions Near US Border In Reaction To Zeta Drug War

[SEE:  Mexico deploys forces after murder of politician’s son near border with US]

Federals Agents Investigate Murder of Former Mexican Governor´s Son

Imagen activaMexico, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) Federal agents arrive today to the Mexican state of Coahuila to support the investigation of Jose Eduardo´s murder, son of former Governor and former president of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Humberto Moreira.The local prosecutor, Homero Ramos, told reporters that members of the deparments of the Navy, National Defense, Government and Public Security and the Attorney General will work with this goal along with the territorial authorities.Jose Eduardo, 25 years old, also nephew of the current governor, Ruben Moreira, was found shot dead yesterday near Acuña city.

This young man served as Program Coordinator of the Secretariat of state Social Development.

According to unofficial accounts, Jose Eduardo´s murder could be linked to the confrontation between police and a group of Los Zetas cartel, which occurred last Wednesday, in which several criminals were killed, including a possible nephew of Z-40.

The so called Z-40 is Miguel Angel Treviño, one of the main leaders of that gang.

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