A Patriot missile being fired
A Patriot missile being fired

The patriot missile was quite effective in shooting down Iraqi scud missiles, so this advanced version of the patriot missile deployed by Japan should have a good chance of shooting down North Korean nuclear tipped missiles.

Japan began deploying its first advanced Patriot missile defense system yesterday near Tokyo, part of an effort to accelerate missile defense capabilities following North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests last year.

The installment comes about a year earlier than originally planned.

Two PAC-3 launchers, brought in on about 10 military trucks, arrived at the Iruma Self-Defense Force base in Saitama, just north of Tokyo, before dawn. Japan plans to deploy about 30 mobile PAC-3 launchers at 10 military bases across the nation through 2010.

The Patriots would be used as a last resort if interceptors fired from US or Japanese ships fail to knock out incoming missiles. Japan will begin introducing Standard Missile-3 interceptors on its destroyers over the next few years as part of that effort.

Japanese Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma welcomed yesterday’s deployment.

“We will continue to improve our preparedness by steadily achieving deployment plans that are coming up,” he said.

The Patriot surface-to-air missiles offer protection for a relatively limited area — about a 100km radius. They work on a hit-to-kill basis as the target missile is making its descent toward its target, rather than intercepting the target at a higher altitude earlier in its flight.

Japan stepped up its missile defenses after North Korea shot a ballistic missile over its main island in 1998. Tokyo decided to further accelerate the building of its missile shield following Pyongyang’s test of long-range ballistic missiles in July and its nuclear test in October.

Last month, the US military deployed a newly operational detachment of Patriot missiles at a base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, where most of the roughly 50,000 US troops in the country are based.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, War on Terror. Date: March 30, 2007, 9:28 pm | 3 Comments »

Here is a speech by Taiwanese Jin Mei Lin about the importance of Yasukuni shrine to the families of the war dead, and explains why Yasukuni Shrine cannot be replaced by a secular memorial or alternative shrine. The video was put up and subtitled by Occidentalism commenter oniazuma, who has been doing a good job translating Japanese TV into English.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy. Date: March 26, 2007, 7:25 am | 47 Comments »

Here is Prime Minister Abe in parliament question time fielding questions about the comfort women on the 5th of March, 2007. Prime Minister Abe was earlier misquoted by the western media, and quite possibly deliberately misquoted by the New York Times on the comfort women issue. This video is ten minutes of Prime Minister Abe fielding questions from the opposition party. This video is subtitled in English.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, Verus Historia. Date: March 26, 2007, 5:57 am | 2 Comments »

Here is a video with English subtitles giving a background to the apology and admission of “coercion” in the 1993 Kono statement on comfort women. The video makes it clear that the government never had any evidence to suggest that there was coercion, and that the Kono statement was based on uncritical acceptance of testimonies and the feeling that such things might be possible in war time.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, Verus Historia. Date: March 26, 2007, 5:43 am | 19 Comments »

The following is a section of a 1696 Japanese document (元祿九丙子年朝鮮舟着岸一卷之覺書) talking about Korean fisherman An Yong-bok’s visit to Japan to complain about Japanese fishing at Ulleungdo. My translation of a Korean translation follows the document:

 

Thirteen ships carrying about nine, ten, eleven, twelve~thirteen, and fifteen people per ship went to Takeshima (Ulleungdo). When asked the number of people, he could not answer at all.

He said of the thirteen ships, twelve went to Takeshima (Ulleungdo) to gather brown seaweed, abalone, and to harvest bamboo. He said there was not much abalone this year.

According to An Yong-bok, “The eleven people in our boat planned to go to Houki Distict to talk with the Houki magistrate (島取 伯耆守). We got a favorable wind and came here and have been gradually trying to make our way to Houki. We left Takeshima (Ulleungdo) on May 15 and arrived at Matsushima (probably Ulleungdo’s neighboring island of Jukdo) on the same day. On the 16th, we left Matsushima and arrived on the coast of the western village (西村) of Oki’s Matsushima (隱岐松嶋) on the 18th. On the 20th, he said they entered the cove of 大久 village (大久村). He said that the beach of the western village was too rough, so they entered the cove of the central village. On the next day, the 19th, he said they left and arrived that evening at 大久 village (大久村) beach in Port Gayoi, where they tied up their boat. On the 20th, he said they went to 大久 village (大久村).

Link to document and the rest of An’s testimony

Notice that An Yong-bok mentioned two Matsushimas (松島). The first Matsushima was close enough to Ulleungdo that An and his party got there in less than one day. However, it took Ah and his party two days and two nights to get to the other Matsushima, which he referred to as “Oki’s Matsushima.”

I cannot read that chicken scratch on the Japanese document, so could someone please confirm for me that it does say “Oki’s Matsushima (隱岐松嶋)”?

Anyway, now let’s compare the above story with the one An Yong-bok told Korean authorities:

An Yong-bok, a resident of Dongrae in Gyeongsang Province, went to Ulsan to visit his sick mother. There he met the monk Noi-hyeon and others, who he told about his trip to Ulleungdo, which he said was an island with an abundance of products. Noi-hyeon and his party listened to the story and decided to go to Ulleungdo with Yeonghae resident Yu Il-bu and his party.

Many Japanese ships were at the island, and the people in the party were afraid to approach them, but An Yong-bok yelled in a thundering voice, “Ulleungdo is our territory. What are you Japanese doing crossing over our border? I am going to capture you.”

At this the Japapanese answered, “We are residents of Matsushima (松島) and come here sometimes to catch fish. That is all. We were just getting ready to return.”

Then An Yong-bok said, Matsushima is Jasando (Usando), which is also our country’s land. How can you be living there?”

The next morning they got in their boat and sailed to Jasando, where they found Japanese boiling fish in a big pot. An Yong-bok hit the pot with a stick and broke it and yelled at them in a loud voice. The Japanese gathered their pots together loaded them on their boat and ran away. Then An Yong-bok and his party got in their boat and chased after them, but they met a wind and drifted to Oki Island. The head of Oki Island came and asked why they had come there.

[An said] said, “Last year when I came here, there is a letter written by the Gwanbaek (觀白 – an aide to the shogun) saying that both Ulleungdo and Jasando are Joseon territory. But the promise has not been completely kept. Why are you now again trespassing? Please relay this to Houki.”

The head of Oki Island said he comunicated this to Houki, but even after a long time there was no answer. He got angry, got on his boat, and headed to Houki.

Notice that the two stories do not match up. For example, in the story he told the Japanese he did not mention anything about a confrontation with Japanese fisherman on Matsushima. Also, in the story he told the Japanese, he said he left Matsushima the following morning after his arrival, but in his story to Korean officials, he said he chased after the Japanese immediately.

I think the story he told the Japanese was the real story for a few reasons. First, why would An and his party give the Japanese time to gather their things together and load them on their boat before chasing after them? That does not make sense. Wouldn’t it have been easier to just grab them while they had the chance? Also, the story about drifting to Oki after pursuing the Japanese fisherman sounds very fishy. An Yong-bok had obviously planned to sail to Japan before leaving Korea since he had prepared the clothing and other articles needed to fake his being a Joseon government official. And is it just a coincidence that An landed on “Oki’s Matsushima,” which is the name of the island he say the Japanese fisherman said they were from? I think An made up the story about the Japanese fishermen and his drifting to Japan to keep from getting in trouble with Korean authorities.

In the same interview with the Japanese officials, Ah said that Ulleungdo was thirty ri (120 kilometers) from the Korean mainland and fifty ri (200 kilometers) from Matsushima. Since the Korean mainland is actually about 140 ri from Ulleungdo and Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo) is only 92 ri, the Matsushima An was referring to was obviously not “Dokdo.” Therefore, I think the Matsushima he was referring to was “Oki’s Matsushima,” which is number 8 on the following map:

Can anyone give me some information on Oki’s Matsushima? For example, could someone tell me the size of the island? I am wondering if it is about one-third the size of Ulleungdo, which would match up with other statements. Also, could someone give me the Japanese names for some of the placenames mentioned above, specifically 大久村?

Update: There appears to have been a mistyping in the Korean translation of the Japanese document. Instead of “Oki’s Matsushima” (隱岐松嶋), the document seems to have said only “Oki Island” (隠岐島).

Posted by Gerry-Bevers, filed under Verus Historia. Date: March 25, 2007, 8:25 am | 292 Comments »

24  Mar
Uncle Sam

I have seen many different versions of Uncle Sam, but I don’t think I have ever seen one like this…

gay uncle sam

Posted by Matt, filed under Funny. Date: March 24, 2007, 9:04 am | 1 Comment »

24  Mar
Kim Wansop speaks

Here is Kim Wansop speaking about the Japanese administrative period of Korea. Kim Wansop has come into a lot of trouble for expressing his opinion in Korea, including having his book identified as one that damages the morals of youth, lawsuits, harassment and threats of violence on his person.

Posted by Matt, filed under Verus Historia. Date: March 24, 2007, 8:54 am | 83 Comments »

The following is my translation of a March 23 article from the online version of the Korean newspaper, “Segye Ilbo”:

Dokdo Center, “East Sea Cannot Beat Sea of Japan”

[Segye.com] “The percentage of world maps that show Sea of Japan is so much higher than those that show East Sea that it is incomparable….Now Takeshima is generally used more around the world than Dokdo. If the Sea of Japan and Takeshima are combined,  their synergy will make it much more likely that they will be recognized as Japanese territory.” (Dokdo Center)

At 10 a.m. on the 24th, a Dokdo Solidarity Academic Forum will be held in the auditorium of the Dokdo Center. The participants will discuss the need for creating systematic countermeasures for dealing with the fact that the name East Sea cannot win over the Sea of Japan, which has global recognition.

The Dokdo Center claims that since the people of the world commonly see the name East Sea in terms of a compass direction, we need a proper name that will be recognized by the people of the world. The center says, therefore, we need to put forth a name that is historically and logically more rational than the Sea of Japan. The center added, we have to name it “Joseon Sea” since that name was commonly used in East Asia for the East Sea in the past.

Among those presenting at the forum will be Dokdo Museum Director Lee Seung-jin and Busan Foreign Language University Professor Kim Mun-gil, who will be using a great deal of Japanese data to shed more light on Korea’s territorial claims.

Segye.com Reporter Yu Myeong-jun [email protected]

March 23, 2007 (Friday) 17:28

Link to the article

So, since Koreans are the only ones in the world who use the name “East Sea” for the Sea of Japan, they now want to drop that name and, instead, use “Joseon Sea,” a name that no one in the world uses, including Koreans? Does that make sense?

It seems pretty obvious to me that Koreans just view this “sea-naming” game as a kind of competition with Japan, which does nothing but make Koreans look silly in the eyes of the world. Someone in authority in Korea needs to stand up and say, as loud as he or she can, “Let’s just drop this issue before we look any sillier than we already do. Pursuing this is hurting us more than it is helping us.”

Posted by Gerry-Bevers, filed under Verus Historia. Date: March 23, 2007, 8:35 pm | 8 Comments »

22  Mar
AIDS lunacy

There are actually people out there trying deliberately to spread the AIDS virus.

A PSYCHIATRIST who called Michael Neal the “most evil man” he had met in 20 years urged authorities to lock him up two years ago but was ignored.

Neal, a grandfather, formerly of Coburg, is accused of attempting to infect at least 16 men with HIV between 2000 and 2006 while he was subject to Department of Human Services orders not to engage in unprotected sex or attend gay beats.

The revelation came as a court heard yesterday that Neal claimed to have organised a “conversion party” in 2005 at which up to 15 men “gang-banged” a teenager to infect him with HIV.

The court also heard there was a “bug chaser” movement in Melbourne’s gay community who wanted to contract the disease and “breed” it.

Police allege two men contracted HIV from Neal, who is facing 121 charges, including intentionally causing a very serious disease, attempting to cause a very serious disease, rape, and possessing and producing child pornography. He has denied the charges.

Two Department of Human Services workers told his committal hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday that Neal’s psychiatrist, Dr Fintan Harte, told them in 2004 that the only way to guarantee the public’s health was to “lock this man up for life”.

Despite more than eight complaints about his sexual behaviour over five years, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Robert Hall, told the court on Tuesday he referred Neal’s case to police only last year after he was told the father of five had child pornography — a matter he considered criminal.

Department of Human Services worker Elizabeth Hatch told the court yesterday that Dr Harte expressed concern about Neal having unprotected sex with other people in July 2004 and believed therapy would have little effect, if any.

“He stated that Michael Neal enjoys infecting people with HIV and that he cannot see Mr Neal maintaining safe sex with others,” Ms Hatch, a registered nurse who worked on Neal’s case, said in a statement tendered to the court. “Dr Harte also said the only way to guarantee the public’s health would be to lock this man up for life.”

She said Dr Harte’s claim was put to an “HIV advisory case panel” and resulted in Neal being placed on an order to practise safe sex, not to attend sex-on-site premises, not to share injecting equipment and to continue counselling and contact with the department.

It was the first of four orders placed on Neal between 2004 and 2006 before police were notified of his case and arrested him in February last year.

Ms Hatch said Neal asked the department to pay for Viagra in 2003 because he found it difficult to get an erection with a condom on.

She also received a report that Neal had said “welcome to my club” after having unprotected sex with a man who did not know Neal was HIV-positive.

An HIV-positive man who said Neal tried to infect him with the virus in 2000 also told the court there was a movement of “bug chasing” and “gift giving” in the gay community — terms used to describe the deliberate transmission of HIV.

The student said Neal looked triumphant when he asked him how it felt to “take a big pos load” when they had unprotected sex in 2000.

“There was absolutely nothing arousing or erotic about what he said. It was more a statement of violence,” the student said.

Another man who alleges Neal planned a “conversion party” to infect him with HIV told the court that Neal claimed to have injected a 15-year-old boy with crystal meth, also known as “ice”, before he was “gang-banged” by up to 15 men at his Coburg home in 2005.

There was a time, perhaps 20 years ago or so, when the few people infected with HIV could have been compassionately separated from the general public, and combined with rigorous testing of the general population, the spread of the deadly disease could have been halted, or eliminated all together. Now AIDS is spreading everywhere, and there is a deadly fear of it in almost everyone. In Africa, AIDS kills more people than wars, famines and floods put together, and in some countries 1 in 5 persons or more are infected with HIV. People with HIV/AIDS through their numbers have even created a kind of masculine chic associated with having HIV.

I think we in Australia still have a chance to deal with the HIV/AIDS problem, but we need to deal with this realistically and accept that asking for voluntary restraint from carriers, many of whom do not know they are infected anyway, is hopeless. We need to deal with this in the same way as we would deal with any rapidly spreading disease. It may seem harsh, but we need to physically separate those people infected with HIV/AIDS from those that do not. We also need a program of compulsory screening for the virus. We could have done this before, but we did not and now we are paying the price. If we delay and the situation becomes as desperate as it is in Africa, then it will happen, and when it does it will be millions of people interned in spartan conditions rather than the thousands today that we could accommodate in comparative luxury until they pass away from AIDS.

I acknowledge that my proposal will severely restrict the rights enjoyed by people infected with HIV/AIDS, but I think that the overall benefit to society is just so overwhelming that they should made to sacrifice.

UPDATE: See the comments for criticism of my proposal.

Posted by Matt, filed under finger chopping wacky, Rants. Date: March 22, 2007, 10:39 pm | 12 Comments »

The following is a September 14, 1961 article from the Donga Ilbo (link supplied by Ken) and my translation:

“UN Soldier Comfort Women Registration Starts on the 13th”

From the _3th, as planned, the Seoul Metropolitan Police transferred the authority to register comfort women for UN soldiers to the front-line offices of the city’s Social Bureau (UN Soldiers’ Comfort Women VD Control Section).

Officials said, however, that this registration applies to women living with even one foreigner, regardless of legal marital status, and to women working as comfort women for UN soldiers.

Link to Enjoy Korea Discussion Board (Japanese)

It seems the South Korean government did not have a problem with the concept of “comfort women” back in the 1960s. It also seems that even Korean women married to foreigners had to register.

Posted by Gerry-Bevers, filed under Uncategorized. Date: March 21, 2007, 10:34 pm | 28 Comments »

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