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My vote for next "super-power" candidate

July 17th, 2006 . by Darin

Everyone has been talking about China being the greatest thing since sliced bread (however not without plenty of criticism as well), but I’ve personally been a backer of India. I just don’t see China continuing the way it has been without either collapsing on itself, or going through a major change (democracy) and succeeding in a way that wouldn’t be possible for the current China. I think India has a much better shot at things.

Today I got some reaffirmation of my thoughts.

India develops bird flu vaccine [The Hindu]

NEW DELHI: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has developed a vaccine against bird flu. This was announced here on Sunday by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar at the 77th annual general meeting of the ICAR Society.

The vaccine was developed at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, Bhopal, the only facility in the country to conduct tests for the H5N1 variant of bird flu. It was entrusted with the task of developing a vaccine by the ICAR after the Avian Influenza outbreak in February. The ICAR provided Rs. 8 crore for the purpose.

This is great news for everyone, a vaccine for the bird flu has been developed. A potential major world-scale epidemic may be averted. Do I need to remind anyone how China handled (caused) the last major health epidemic on this earth? China almost kills off the human race, and India saves the human race. Bravo. I congratulate these scientists, however I can’t get the thought of the last scientific genius that never was, Hwang, out of my head. If these guys are lying too….

But things aren’t perfect in India either. While they have one up-ed China in the human extinction department, the government has recently taken a page right out of the Chinese playbook, internet censorship. [Moneycontrol.com]

The Indian Government has issued an order to all Indian ISPs for a ban on various blogging sites. While no official release has been made on this front, the reasons being attributed to this ban range from it being a preventive measure to stop sleeper terrorist cells from accessing instructions contained in blogs, to a new measure to try and control the spread of information through blogs. The order was issued by Department of Telecommunications (DoT). The known list of blocked domains is *.blogspot.com, *.typepad.com and geocities.com/*.

Is this a response to the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai? I don’t think so, I think someone is just using those attacks as an excuse. I hope this issue gets resolved and we don’t end up with another Great Firewall.

I plan on going to India early next year for a friends wedding, I’m hoping to see an India that gives me more confidence that it is the best contender for “super-power”, but I’m not about to ignore things that say otherwise either.

All White Dating: Dating for White Folk

July 15th, 2006 . by Darin

UPDATE: Apparently what I consider common knowledge is different from others. It is illegal for a business to turn people away based on their race, that is called racial discrimination. And since I’m covering all my bases of obviousness, 2+2=4.

Original Post: Well now isn’t this friendly…

Dating for White Folk

Check out this ‘news’ article:

White Population Decline
July 12, 2006

In 1900 about 33% of all humans were of white European descent. Today they are only about 16%. IF BIRTHRATES DON’T RISE, they will be less than 3% of the world population in 2100 and who knows after that. In some European nations, less than 1 white child is being born per couple every generation on average instead of 2.1 which would keep the population level. Imagine that, the white populations of these countries will cut in half every 25 years or so if nothing changes. Even in America the white birthrate is less than 2. The reason these nations’ populations are still rising is because of rapidly-multiplying non-white immigrants and children. What would happen if the race that has contributed the most to the scientific/cultural advancement of humanity vanishes?*

I’m sorry, but this just isn’t acceptable. A special club just for white people? Do you guys have uniforms too?

Welcome to A W D
See why A W D is the fastest growing relationship site on the web. Create your A W D profile to begin the exciting journey towards finding your match.

Fastest growing relationship site on the web! That’s frightening. Fortunately they are stupid enough to post their statistics right on their own page.

Site Statistics

Members in Last Week: 16
Total Male Members: 9
Total Female Members: 7
Pictures in Last Week: 8
Members online: 0

Now that’s mighty popular I’d say…. Now if you’re against dating outside of your race, I guess that’s really not anyones business other then your own because that alone isn’t harming anyone, but you don’t need to make a special web site for your little club, you can just register on any of the other gazillion dating web sites, I’m pretty sure they have a space where you can fill out race. Or better yet, go outside and meet a real person. However if you’re the type of person that would look for a ‘match’ on a website titled “Dating For White Folk” that may be a bit too much to expect.

I did some looking around for similar services that only cater to people of a certain race, but the closest thing I could find was services that have listings of women from the main three Asian countries seemingly looking for white partners.

Does anyone know of any websites like this ‘white folk’ one that are only for people of a certain race? What would happen if someone from outside that race were to register for the site?

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* I thought China held exclusive rights to that line of bullshit. That and the number “4,000” when used with “years” and “greatness”.

Korea Telecom and VANK CM – Is VANK appreciated inside Korea?

July 14th, 2006 . by Darin

They say give up, 97% of the worlds mass calls it the “Sea Of Japan” — but we say, “IT’S A START!”

I really do think VANK is doing more harm than good. I doubt many people are affected in a ‘positive’ way by getting spam from VANK. They were able to get a map changed on about.com, however the administrators of the site say the changed it not because they had a good argument, but because they were sick of getting 20 or so spams a day. [1]

VANK stands for – ‘Voluntary Agency Network of Korea’, a civilian international exchange association in Korea. We work for the promotion of Korea’s image all over the world by Internet. VANK was established in 1999 by volunteers, and now has over 12,000 members. Using email or internet we serve as cyber travel guides to overseas Koreans and foreigners so that they can understand Korean culture and language better, and at the same time we hope we build international friendships. VANK is a great chance for those who are interested in Korean language, arts, cultural education, history, geography, social studies, sciences to learn about our country, and we also welcome with open arms anyone just wanting to make Korean friends!

Yes, the image of Korea is so much better now that the world knows people who are incapable of providing useful information therefor resort to harassment feel they are the best representatives of a nation of some 49 million. [2] I do wish the normal people of South Korea would step up and tell everyone they think these guys are fools just like the rest of us do and then present a logical argument to prove the rest of the world wrong once and for all, because as for now, we are forced to assume the self-declared representative of all Koreans -slash- author of “The Hate Japan Wave” is actually an accurate representation. Or perhaps he is???

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[1] http://geography.about.com/library/weekly/aa022402a.htm
[2] http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ks.html#People

MOFA makes Sea of Japan videos

July 14th, 2006 . by Matt

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has produced a video about Korea trying to change the name of the Sea of Japan to the East Sea. The video completely debunks the Korean case, and it is in English. Japan Probe got the scoop on this one – well done, James! Be sure to look at Japan Probe’s take on the video. The video is below in three parts.

Trying to change the name from the Sea of Japan to something else is just pure anti-Japanese sentiment. Koreans do not realize how foolish this make them look to people overseas.

Raped Filipino worker tries to stay in South Korea

July 12th, 2006 . by Matt

A group of OFW’s (Overseas Filipino Wokers) that were sent to South Korea

A Filipino worker that was raped and beaten by an stranger identified as a Korean man in South Korea has vowed revenge (according to the headline of the article) and said she would stay in South Korea to get justice.

THE Negrense overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in South Korea who was raped and left badly beaten vowed to fight back the legal way.

A staff from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Manila told Sun.Star Bacolod Wednesday night, that the Negrense begged OWWA Administrator Marianito Roque for her continued stay in Korea until justice is given her.

The Negrense, who hails from Hinigaran town, was working at a vehicle spare parts factory in Chungnam Asansi of Dunloppo Myum, Sanjan in RI-149 Bugo Engineering, 336-873 RO Korea.

At about 9:30 p.m. of July 2, just as she was coming out of her boarding house to buy something to wear for her birthday, she was allegedly attacked and raped by a still unidentified Korean.

She fought and survived but was severely injured and is still being confined at a hospital in South Korea.

According to OWWA, the Negrense OFW will have to stay for six more weeks in the hospital before she can be declared as totally recuperated.

“She’s still very optimistic to gain strength so as to attend to her case personally. She’s extra-ordinary and we salute her for her courage and optimism,” the OWWA staff said.

But, the victim’s parents are getting worried of their daughter’s situation.

They will be sending their son to Korea to attend to their daughter’s need while confined in the hospital.

Filipino politicians have promised to help, including from a region of the Philippines that has an interesting name.

Fifth District Representative Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo Jr. of Negros Occidental also vowed to give some assistance to the victim’s brother in terms of room accommodation in South Korea.

The Daily Star goes into greater detail –

The Negrense woman who was allegedly raped in South Korea had suffered from such a brutal beating that her jaw was fractured and she survived only when she played dead and was stuffed in a large culvert pipe by her attacker.

This was disclosed yesterday by the parents of the 30-year-old Hinigaranon, whose name is being withheld by the DAILY STAR, who said she was attacked and raped at about 9:30 p.m. on July 2 and remains in a hospital in South Korea.

She also sustained wounds in her ears, lost three teeth, was boxed in the stomach that caused swelling, while her arms bore rope marks and her legs had injuries, her father said. Even my daughter could not believe that she would survive what happened to her, which lasted from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., the father said.

She told her parents she does not want to return home because she wants to ensure that she gets justice for what happened to her.

A very nasty attack. Of course, abuse of Filipino workers is nothing new. It happens in South Korea, it happens in countries in the Middle East and Malaysia. The problem is apparently so rife that it is damaging diplomatic relations between the Philipines and other countries.

Has Oshima had enough?

July 11th, 2006 . by Darin

Oshima, the Japanese ambassador to Korea has had to deal with a lot from his counter parts in Korea. They really don’t treat him well; I would have gone home by now myself, but he’s a bigger man then me. But he looks pretty pissed in this article.

Even if you joke he’s silent … Japanese ambassador Oshima.

“So how are things going?”

“…” — —

“I’ll tell you how things are going! You’re little friend to the North is firing missiles at us and you’re telling us to calm down and now your making jokes! That’s how things are going! You wanna talk about 歴史認識, how about we talk about you’re mental disorder 認識!![1]” … Is what I think he meant to say, but I could be wrong. Perhaps that’s why I’m not an ambassador.

The article complains that when the Korean ambassador greeted Oshima in English, he just nodded his head as to say, “whatever” and sat down.

Yea, he’s pissed. And he should be. If I were him I’d also be at home in some bar in Tokyo drinking heavily while wondering why he ever took this job. (I have a friend who works for Japan’s S. Korean mission who tells me the pay is great, until you consider the daily death threats when people follow you home on your way from work — but that’s a whole ‘nother post.)

This article was brought to my attention by mumur, who always has the latest dirt on Korea. The funny part is, while one would think the Japanese media is out to get Korea, most (but certainly not all) of his sources come from the Korean media. Naturally the original articles aren’t meant to be negative towards Korea, but anyone who lives outside the bubble of deception can’t help from laughing when reading them. mumur’s comment on the article was this:

When a person who normally doesn’t get angry displays his anger quietly it’s scary…. Too scary.

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[1] 認識 [にんしき] (n,vs) recognition, cognizance, cognisance.

– It had a much better flow to me in Japanese then a bumbled English translation.

Hate Japan Wave… Published in Japanese!

July 10th, 2006 . by Darin

***UPDATE*** It just arrived, and it’s in Black and White!! How lame. I thought it was in color because the Korean one seemed to be in color based on the images I had seen on line. How foolish of me since I even included a picture from the book right here in this post that showed it was in black and white. I just flipped through it really quick and it seems like good reading material for the bathroom, you know, just in case I run out of toilet paper in an emergency.
I found this on the “Enjoy Korea.jp” BBS (actually an interesting site that I think is run by Naver — It has a really good JapaneseKorean machine translation service that is great for me as I can’t speak Korean at all). While the “Hate Korea Wave/Hate the Korean Wave” (whatever the final decision on that was — I’ve never read it so I can’t say) has gone unpublished in Korea for doubts of it’s legality, the “Hate Japan Wave” was recently found on bookshelves in Japan.

The book that “Koreans must read now!’ proclaims: “Hey Japan, just 1/10th is good enough so take after Germany! This book is a firm and resolute rebuttal to the reckless Japanese book, “Hate Korea Wave” and will rise up the ugly true form of Japan.”

Well I’m not Korean (or Japanese for that matter), but I’m eager to see the true ugly form of Japan rise up… So I bought it from Amazon.co.jp.

It wouldn’t be Korean with out Dokdo written all over it! I gotta get me one of those ties.

Some of the comments on the Enjoy Korea blog are as follows:

sonnal02 from Korea says,

I’ve never seen this book in Korea…

slesher from Korea says,

No publisher would pay for this book so the author had to use his own money and publish it himself.

romero1982 from Japan says,

However selling this book in Japan is good business; it will definitely be the most profitable manga the author has ever written.

It seems as though no one is taking this book seriously, so it should be a good comical read. Apparently the book claims that there is no ‘formal form’ of Japanese. True there aren’t as many forms as in Korean, but to say that there is no formal form is just wrong. Especially when the statement is translated into Japanese and their is a perfectly good word in Japanese for this ‘formal form’ (敬語); if there was no ‘formal form’ then their would be no word for it correct?

Anyways I’ll probably post some scans of fun parts up to go along with Matt’s previous posts about it.

China Fined Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank roughly 24 Million Dollars

July 9th, 2006 . by Darin

As reported by the Mainichi Shimbun:

三菱東京UFJ:中国が行政処分 28億円支払う

On the 8th it became clear that the Chinese financial authorities took administrative measures on the Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank Shenzhen branch office for loaning an excessive amount of money to a local company, and was fined roughly 2,800,000,000 Yen (1 USD = 114.065 JPY : 24,547,407.18 USD).
In 2003 the Shenzhen office lent roughly 14,000,000,000 Yen (122,737,035.90 USD) to a large Chinese pharmaceutical corporation, however the Chinese financial authorities determined that this was an “excessive amount” compared to the scale of the corporation and took measures on the branch office. Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank said “we cannot make a comment in relation to the investigation” when contacted.

As reported by the Asahi Shimbun:


It has been learned that Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank was fined 2,800,000,000 Yen (24,547,407.18 USD) by the Chinese authorities for “unfair business dealings” at the end of last year in relations to loaning money to a Chinese corporation. The bank has already paid the fine, however it says it “cannot comment as the Chinese office has not made this event public”.
According to sources close to the situation, in 2003 the UFJ Bank (now Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank) Shenzhen branch office lent 1,000,000,000 Yuan (1 USD = 7.98550 CNY : 125,226,973.89 USD) to a company related to a large Chinese pharmaceutical company in the form of stocks. The Chinese authorities determined that this was “unjust” as the amount of financing was too much for the scale of the corporation.

As reported by the Yomiuri Shimbun:


On the 8th it was learned that the Shenzhen (China – Guǎngdōng Province) was fined approximately 2,800,000,000 Yen (24,547,407.18 USD) by the Chinese financial authorities for excessive lending to a local corporation.
The branch office in it’s previous form, UFJ Bank, act of loaning 14,000,000,000 Yen (122,737,035.90 USD) to a related company of a large Chinese pharmaceutical company, 三九企業集団 in 2003 was labeled “too great for the scale of the corporation” by the Chinese authorities.
Mitsubishi Tokyo UFJ Bank said “we can not comment what so ever as it is in relation to the investigation”.

Shenzhen (深圳) on wikipedia

Occidentalism, No Longer A One-Man Show

July 8th, 2006 . by Darin

Hello everyone, my name is Darin, and I’ll be helping Matt by posting here at Occidentalism from now on. I’m an American going to school in Japan studying graphic design at a moderately respected university with a very highly respected art college. I’m only closing out my first semester here, but I went to an international university for two years and hung-out on the beach in Okinawa for 7 or so months before coming here which puts me at a little over 3 years time total in Japan.

Friday (7/7) was Tanabata [wikipedia]

I was never really interested in politics when I was in America, but it was unavoidable at an international school comprised of students from all over Asia (and me the American) coming together to study languages, cultures and history. Since then I’ve been reading lots about [predominately] Japanese politics.

I got into blogging after I discovered that many foreign bloggers are much better at discussing Chinese/Japanese/Korean politics then the people from those nations themselves because there is no national pride involved in the issue for us foreigners causing us to get emotional; previously I had really only talked about the issues with Chinese/Japanese/Korean people and the discussions would almost always turn out with the boys screaming and threatening violence, and the girls crying. Blogging provided a nice sense of physical safety and the ability to talk about things at the same time.

Perhaps I was wrong because as I was in the process of moving from Okinawa back to the Tokyo area someone decided that they were going to delete my blog and mess with my accounts. Lesson learnt; leave all your wordpress passwords at the random password assigned so that you never use the same password twice. For a few months I just said, “forget it” and didn’t have anything to do with political blogging. But like an alcoholic who just can’t stop drinking, I’m back for my fix. I got my new political blog, Black Ship running again mid last month with a new philosophy: no more commentary, no one wants to hear what I have to say about things. I decided that there were already plenty of people out there with blogs, and I would be able to serve the community best just by translating things from Japanese to English that would otherwise be unavailable — basically I would just become a resource for others and if anyone saw something they liked, they could just go ahead and use it as a source.

Well it turns out Matt decided that he wanted to use it all, so he asked me to post here as well… and here I am. You guys will get all of my projects that are posted on my own blog and maybe even some good ol’ fashion commentary. So stay tuned, and let me know what you think.


Kokuhaku: Pictures

July 8th, 2006 . by Darin

Jenkins was born in Rich Square, North Carolina. He joined the National Guard in 1955, well below the minimum enlistment age. He joined the army in 1958 and was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division. He served in South Korea from 1960 to 1961, in Europe to 1964, and in South Korea again. In South Korea, Jenkins was assigned to night patrols. As a result of fears that he would be transferred to combat duty in Vietnam, he started drinking alcohol. While patrolling the Korean Demilitarized Zone in the early morning of January 5, 1965, he told his patrol that he was going to investigate a noise. He subsequently crossed into North Korea and surrendered to forces there. Shortly thereafter North Korean propaganda declared that a U.S. sergeant had defected and broadcasted alleged statements by the defector, reportedly in stilted English. The U.S. Army claimed Jenkins wrote four letters stating his intention to defect, the original copies of which were lost. His relatives maintained throughout his absence that he was abducted.

Jenkins drew international interest again in 2002, when North Korean leader Kim Jong-il confirmed that North Korea had abducted Japanese citizens. The surviving abductees were allowed to travel to Japan, but Jenkins stayed behind. On assurances of protection from the Japanese government, he travelled with his daughters to Japan by way of Indonesia for medical treatment, arriving in Japan on July 18, 2004. Japan formally requested a pardon for Jenkins, which the U.S. declined to grant. After expressing a desire to put his conscience at rest, Jenkins reported on September 11 to Camp Zama in Japan. He reported in respectful military form, saluting the receiving military police officer. On November 3 Jenkins pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and aiding the enemy, but denied making disloyal or seditious statements—the latter charges were dropped. He was sentenced to 30 days’ confinement and received a dishonorable discharge, being released six days early, on November 27, 2004, for good behavior. Jenkins and his family settled on Sado Island in Japan, which is Soga’s home. Jenkins, his wife and two daughters traveled to the United States, arriving on June 14, 2005, to visit his 91 year old mother in North Carolina, USA, returning later in the month. He published a book in Japanese in October of 2005, titled To Tell The Truth (ISBN 4047915106), about his experiences in North Korea.[1]

I bought Jenkins’ book a long while ago while still in Okinawa. It’s really interesting for anyone who is at all interested in North Korea. It’s currently available only in Japanese in an unfinished form; which would make us think that there will be an English version available sooner or later. There are some theories as to why it has not been published in English yet, but that’s not the topic for right now. Since the book is currently available only in Japanese, yet provides great insight into North Korea, and is just all around an interesting story, I’ve decided that I will share it with everyone. The book opens with a few pages of pictures from Jenkins’ life in North Korea and shortly after leaving. I’ll start by showing those, only after which will I share some quotes and/or complete stories that I find to be particularly interesting.

Mr Jenkins, now settled in his new home on Sado Island, Japan, true home of wife Hitomi.

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