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Posted on Sat, Jan. 27, 2007
In her first campaign trip to Iowa, Clinton stresses gender
By Steven Thomma
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DES MOINES, Iowa - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton opened her quest for the White House Saturday stressing her potentially historic role as a woman - a tough woman at that, who will "deck" opponents, win the presidency and enact universal health care that eluded her as First Lady.
"When you're attacked, you have to deck your opponents," the New York Democrat said to applause from a group of about 50 Iowa Democrats Saturday.
"I want to run a positive, issue-oriented, visionary campaign. But you can count on me to stand my ground and fight back," she said.
Clinton received enthusiastic applause from Democratic audiences throughout the day Saturday in her first visit since declaring her candidacy. That's important as she sets out to overcome the early lead built up in the state by former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.
"I intend to do it the old-fashioned way," she told Democrats at a town hall meeting later Saturday.
While she hasn't been to the state since 2003 - Edwards has been there 17 times since the 2004 election - Clinton vowed to return to living rooms, church basements and union halls for intimate conversations. That kind of personal encounter is expected in a state whose caucuses likely will kick off the 2008 presidential contest next winter.
Close conversations were impossible this weekend with more than 150 journalists tagging along, including television crews from England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Switzerland. But she vowed their interest would drop off and she'd get more chances to talk with voters.
The cheers seemed particularly warm from women, many of whom said they sensed the very real prospect of a woman president for the first time in their lives.
"I feel it in the heart," said Marcy Hintz of Des Moines.
"It's about time, if not past time, that we had a woman president," said a woman at the town hall meeting in posing the first question to Clinton.
Clinton welcomed the chance to talk about her gender.
"I know there are people who either say or wonder, will we ever elect a woman president?" she said. "I'm going to try."
She said the country is good at breaking historic barriers, and noted to applause that there are now 16 women in the United States Senate. "The numbers are increasing," she said.
Women in the audience cheered readily when Clinton asked them to "think of what you felt like when you saw Nancy Pelosi" sworn in as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
They nodded in agreement when she said, "I'm not the only woman here who thinks you have to work a little harder. I'm willing to do that."
And they laughed, along with all the men, when she said something few male candidates ever say: "I suspect there will be more stories about my clothes and hair."
She warned there may be other, "bloody," stories as well, perhaps a reference to her husband's infidelities. But she said they would be based on a double standard and urged voters to look past them to issues that matter to them.
Clinton came to Iowa without her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and did not mention him. She did mention the "Clinton administration," which drew applause, and one handwritten sign welcomed "President Clinton - 2008."
Coincidentally, her arrival Friday came 15 years to the day after she and her husband went on the CBS program "60 Minutes" to answer allegations of his infidelity.
"I'm not sitting here like some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette," she said then.
Clinton sought to differentiate herself from her rivals by nature of her long experience in public policy. Edwards served just one term in the Senate; the other candidate vying for the top tier in Iowa, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, is still in his first term after seven years in the Illinois legislature.
"I have a lifetime of experiences as well as qualifications from all the work that I've done that make me particularly well prepared to take office in January 2009," she said.
Clinton did not face any tough questions over her support for the Iraq war, though anti-war activists in the party complain that she hasn't called her vote to authorize the war a mistake as Edwards has done. Obama opposed the war from the onset.
"I've taken responsibility for my vote," she told one group of Iowa Democrats. "But there are no do-overs in life. I wish there were. I acted on the best judgment I had at the time."
She vowed universal health care, following Obama's call last week to extend health care coverage to everyone within six years.
Dr.北村 ただ今診察中：第121話 脳から見た女性のオーガズム
Female orgasms are potentially a deadly shocker for men
"If I'm ever reincarnated, I want to be a woman next time around," my 56-year-old (male) friend from my high school days blurted out to me one day after we'd met up for the first time in a while.
"Why?" I asked.
"Because when the sex is good, it's so much better than it is for guys," he said, then added: "Tell me why."
I was a bit perplexed. "I've never been a woman, so how would I know. Some women have faked orgasm, so it's a bit intrusive for a guy to stand there and talk about what a woman's orgasms should be like."
He shot back. "I'm not asking you to speak from personal experience. Tell me from the point of view of somebody who's been studying Japanese sexuality for 30 years."
I couldn't drag the fight on any longer and looked at the issue from the point of view of a columnist. I'm sure you've heard of the phrase "sex is all in the mind." It's true, because sex is not just something that happens between the legs, but instead involves all the senses -- sight, sound, smell, touch and taste -- stimulating the brain (and specifically, the frontal lobe). Just as heroes are said to love sex, the more developed a person's frontal lobe is, the more active their sex life is going to be.
When it comes to the difference between male and female sexuality, it's impossible to rule out some sort of connection between the sex nerves in the hypothalamus, where sexual dimorphism (or distinction between the sexes) makes men twice as large as women. It is perhaps this difference in the brains that sees men seek direct stimulation while women need more touching. Even though men can reach climax with incredible speed, they also cool down rapidly, occasionally making it very irritating for them to be touched after ejaculation. This is a major difference from women, who take a long time to get back to normal following orgasm.
So, how do I answer my old classmate's question about why good sex for women feels so much better than good sex does for men? There's a hint hidden in the brainwaves. And I'll turn to another friend, in this case Ryuichi Kaneko, who joined me as one of the co-authors of "Sex no Subete ga Wakaru Hon (Everything You Need to Know About Sex)."
When an orgasm has been achieved through sex, you can measure theta waves. These are also said to cause the "running high" feeling of euphoria experienced sometimes by marathon runners. If theta waves are taken as a criterion, the entire brain emits theta waves when women reach an orgasm that are close on 10 times stronger than when men climax. So, if theta waves are an indication of an orgasm's strength, then women experience an orgasm that is physically impossible for men to go through. Putting it a little crudely, if the intensity of a woman's orgasm was played through a man's brain, there's a danger that the shock to his system would kill him. That risk makes it impossible to experiment on a man at the moment. And men can never become women. But my co-author, Kaneko, used the experience of people who have undergone a sex change (either a woman born with a man's brain or vice versa) to explain the pleasure women feel.
There is a very strong correlation between nerve transmitters called dopamine and pleasure. Arousal causes the pulse to rise, turns the face red and makes the eyes misty because of the effects of dopamine. There also appears to be a link between this and a woman's tendency to become prettier when she falls in love. If it becomes possible to measure dopamine, it may also become possible to measure a woman's pleasure.
Whatever way the body may be working, what we do know for sure is that precisely because it is impossible to measure how a partner is feeling it is all the more important to communicate and work out ways that you can both feel good. (By Dr. Kunio Kitamura, special to the Mainichi)
Japan, China tie dramatic knot / University students to perform play on links between two countries
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Starting Monday, students of International Christian University and Nanjing University in China will perform a play they have jointly produced from the students' viewpoint about the Japan-China relationship, on the ICU campus in Mitaka, Tokyo.
The students felt their nations tended to look at their relations primarily from the standpoint of their past history, but after discussions the students realized that they should put the past behind them and build a future for themselves. The end result was a future-oriented story.
They also filmed interviews in the streets of Nanjing to make a documentary.
The five Japanese and five Chinese students who will perform in the play, met at a hotel in Nanjing. They became friends through rehearsing together but still felt shy about expressing their honest feelings to each other.
Finally, one of them said there was no reason why Japanese and Chinese could not be friends.
Another said that they should not be burdened by their nationalities.
The title of the play is "Let's Go," or "Zouba" in Chinese.
The play, which will be performed in a mixture of Japanese, Chinese and English, will portray a group of students from Japan and China trying to understand each other by overcoming cultural and language differences.
Reika Ukawa, a fourth-year ICU student in charge of publicity for the play, said the story was written based on their discussions.
From March, about 30 students prepared for the performance after the university decided to accept students from Nanjing University in April this year.
In July, six members went to Nanjing and interviewed 42 citizens, students and victims of the Nanjing Massacre about their impressions about Japan. The group expected harsh accounts, but the Chinese were forgiving, saying that the past should not dominate the future.
"Since we were nervous about history, we became defensive. China is our neighbor, but we knew nothing about it," said Ukawa, 23.
In October, three students from Nanjing University came to Japan to discuss the play with the Japanese students.
Director Yusuke Fujiwara, 23, said that in the beginning, both sides were reluctant to reveal their true feelings. But shortly before the Chinese students returned to China they began talking about history, economics and politics.
In the middle of the process, a Nanjing University professor said their finished script could not be performed in China.
Because both sides tried to understand each other by overcoming their historical backgrounds, Chinese people would have mixed feelings if Japanese were depicted as understanding the past, according to the Chinese students.
A Nanjing University student then asked why they should be preoccupied with the past, a remark that made the students aware that they did not have to discuss the past to portray Japan-China relations.
"I used to think that historical issues were essential in handling Japan-China relations, but it was a wake-up call," Fujiwara said.
They reviewed the script and completed it in mid-December, about two months before the performance begins. They are performing a dress-rehearsal for the performance that begins Monday.
"I hope people will be able to learn at least a little bit about China," Fujiwara said.
The performance runs through Thursday at ICU, with two performances Wednesday.
Advance tickets are 500 yen (600 yen for tickets at the door.)
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The performance in Nanjing is scheduled for March.
(Jan. 27, 2007)
Britain stands firm in gay adoption row with Catholics
by Lachlan Carmichael
Thu Jan 25, 11:56 AM ET
The British government stood firm in a row with the Catholic church over proposed laws on adoption by gay couples, which clerics say run counter to Vatican teaching on homosexuality.
But Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was still trying to find a compromise on the law, which would force Catholic adoption agencies to consider placing children with gay couples.
"I have always personally been in favour of the right of gay couples to adopt," he said, but added: "I am committed to finding a way through this sensitive and difficult decision."
Catholic leader Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has warned that the new law could force the closure of Vatican-backed adoption agencies, known in particular for finding parents for children with difficulties.
Alan Johnson, minister responsible for adoptions, rejected demands that those Church agencies be exempt from a rule requiring them to consider offering children for adoption by gay couples.
Asked on BBC radio if he thought the government would resist calls for an exemption, Johnson said: "Yes, I do." He also downplayed suggestions of a rift within the British cabinet over the issue.
Murphy-O'Connor wrote to Blair earlier this week warning that the Church would have to close its adoption agencies if legislation forced them to act against their beliefs.
He has received support from the Protestant Church of England.
A spokeswoman from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said her Church was still awaiting an official government response, adding: "Our concern for the welfare of severely disadvantaged children remains."
Catholic adoption agencies have won a reputation for finding families for children with severe behavioral and physical problems.
Blair said the government was still working on proposals that would prevent gays from suffering discrimination and protect vulnerable children who have benefited from adoption through Catholic agencies.
"Both gay couples and the Catholic agencies have a high level of success in adopting hard-to-place children. It is for that reason we have taken time to ensure we get these regulations right," he said.
"We will announce a decision next week and then vote, probably next month," he added.
Johnson appeared to indicate that vulnerable children could still find homes if the Catholic agencies closed as a result of the row.
"The primary concern, of course, has to be the children concerned in the adoption process and I very much hope the Catholic Church does continue to provide the important service that they do," he said.
"But if they don't, I think we can ensure that children are not disadvantaged by that," he added.
Asked whether Blair's view was against exemption, he replied: "Yes, I think it is."
The proposals are reported to have caused a cabinet split, with Blair and Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly, a prominent Catholic, favoring an exemption, and colleagues including Lord Chancellor Lord Charles Falconer, insisting that the rules should apply equally to everyone.
Johnson denied reports that he had led a movement against Blair in cabinet over the issue. Blair's wife Cherie is a Catholic and he is thought to be sympathetic to the Church's position.
"I didn't lead a movement against anybody," Johnson said.
Churches set to lose appeal on UK gay adoption law
By Jeremy Lovell
Thu Jan 25, 9:50 AM ET
A bid by the Catholic and Anglican Churches in Britain to exempt Catholic adoption agencies from being forced to place children with gay couples got Muslim backing on Thursday but still looked set to fail.
The Equality Act, which comes into force in April, is designed to stop discrimination against gay and lesbian couples wishing to adopt a child, but the Church leaders called for an exemption for Catholic adoption agencies on faith grounds.
On Thursday, Muslims voiced support for the exemption and described the government's apparent rejection as absurd.
"The Muslim Council of Britain fully supports the principled stand taken by the leaders of the Catholic and Anglican Churches," it said in a statement, adding that homosexuality is banned in Islam.
The battle between Church and state involved British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was said to have favored an exemption, risking a revolt by most of his ministers and underscoring the weakness of his position in the closing months of his premiership.
But on Thursday Education Minister Alan Johnson, who has responsibility for adoption, said the government, including Blair, saw no case for special treatment.
"I don't see a case for exemption and I don't think the prime minister does," he told BBC radio.
"The case for no exemption has been made very eloquently. The strength of that argument suggests that we cannot introduce legislation to protect gays and lesbians against discrimination and at the same time allow that discrimination to continue."
Blair said a decision would be taken next week and that while he favored the right of adoption by gay couples he also wanted to ensure the Catholic agencies continued their work.
"I have always personally been in favor of the right of gay couples to adopt. Our priority will always be the welfare of the child," he said. "I am committed to finding a way through this sensitive and difficult issue."
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans, and Archbishop of York John Sentamu wrote to Blair on Wednesday backing a call by the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor for the special exemption.
Murphy-O'Connor's letter to Blair argued that to force Catholic agencies to place children with gay or lesbian couples went against the Church's teachings.
"We believe it would be unreasonable, unnecessary and unjust discrimination against Catholics for the government to insist ... Catholic adoption agencies must act against the teaching of the Church and their own consciences," he wrote.
Murphy-O'Connor said it would be a tragedy if the agencies were forced to close as this could put some 4,000 children awaiting adoption at a disadvantage.
Despite a similar reaction to an equal rights law on adoption in the United States, so far Catholic adoption agencies in only two cities have shut.
Johnson said the Church leaders' pleas were a minority view and Jewish and Anglican adoption agencies had made no such call.
"I very much hope that the Catholic Church does continue to provide the important service that they do. But if they don't, I think we can ensure that children are not disadvantaged by that," he said.
"We want to try and find a way through," he said, suggesting a transition period before Catholic agencies had to comply.
The 12 Catholic adoption agencies in England and Wales handle around one third of all voluntary sector adoptions.
(Additional reporting by Sophie Walker and Paul Majendie in London and Michael Conlon in Chicago)
Japanese director announces production of Nanjing film to deny massacre
The Associated Press
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
When Japanese troops conquered the then-capital of China in 1937, historians agree they slaughtered tens of thousands of civilians in an orgy of violence known since as the Rape of Nanking.
But a Japanese nationalist filmmaker announced Wednesday that he is working on a documentary with a very different message: the massacre never happened.
The film, to be called "The Truth about Nanking" and completed in August, will be based on testimony from Japanese veterans, archival footage and documents that proponents say prove accounts of the killings are nothing more than Chinese propaganda.
"This will be our first effort to correct the errors of history through a film," director Satoru Mizushima said at a Tokyo hotel, joined by a group of conservative lawmakers and academics who support the project.
Mizushima, president of a rightwing Internet broadcaster "Channel Sakura," said he hoped to enter the film in international festivals later in the year. He is aiming to raise about 300 million yen (US$2.47 million; €1.89 million) for the effort.
The film is part of a gathering wave in Japan of "massacre denial" projects, mostly books, that attempt to debunk a slaughter that historians say killed at least 150,000 civilians. China says the death toll was as many as 300,000.
The film was certain to rile audiences in China, and opponents say it would only cause embarrassment for Japan.
"They say the film will transmit the truth about Nanking, but they will be only spreading shame for Japan," said Shinichiro Kumagai, a civil activist studying the massacre in Nanjing — the current name of the city — and supporting Chinese war victims.
"The move only reveals their inability to face Japan's wartime past by looking the other way," Kumagai said.
The film is based on the work of Japanese historian Shudo Higashinakano, whose work includes two books published in the late 1990s that claim the massacre was a hoax.
A Chinese court last year awarded a Nanjing Massacre survivor 1.6 million yuan (US$200,000; €156,100) in compensation after ruling against Higashinakano and another historian for claiming she fabricated her account of the atrocity.
The massacre, brought to a worldwide audience in English by Iris Chang's book, "The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II," is widely seen as a gruesome symbol of Japan's bloody conquest of East Asia in most of the first half of the 1900s.
The massacre is a cause celebre of Japan's increasingly active nationalist groups, which are pushing to cull references to it in public school textbooks and discredit accounts of the slaughter.
Japan's rightists argue Nanking's population was too small to have suffered such a huge massacre, and they claim doctored photographs and exaggerated witness accounts have created the false image of Japanese soldiers as craven and bloodthirsty.
Wednesday's announcement coincides with this week's showing of the documentary "Nanking," a study of the brutal Japanese occupation of the city, at Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
Mizushima said his project was aimed at countering that film, among others planned this year marking the 70th anniversary of the disgraced past.
"Keeping silence to a film like this would allow anti-Japan propaganda to spread around the world as universal knowledge," he said, adding that such works contribute to anti-Japanese sentiment by portraying his countrymen as "brutal barbarians."
The Japan Times
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007
POLITICIANS, WRITERS BACK COUNTER TO CHANG'S 'RAPE'
Filmmaker to paint Nanjing slaughter as just myth
By JUN HONGO
About 40 people, including Diet members, university professors and critics, rallied Wednesday behind a Japanese director's plan to shoot a film putting his spin on the Nanjing Massacre in which he claims the butchery of Chinese by the Japanese Imperial Army is nothing more than political propaganda.
In a news conference held to "strike back against an erroneous understanding of history," people including Upper House members Hirofumi Ryu and Jin Matsubara gathered to support Satoru Mizushima, director and producer of "Nanking No Shinjitsu" ("The Truth About Nanjing"), which will depict the filmmaker's account of what took place in 1937.
Though not present at the news conference held at a hotel in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, supporters of the film also include Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara and well-known journalist Yoshiko Sakurai.
"Gov. Ishihara has shown his keen support and I am very thankful," said Mizushima, 57, who has taken part in the production of more than 300 films and documentaries, including the 1995 war epic "Minami No Shima Ni Yuki Ga Furu."
"I feel a huge responsibility to spread a correct understanding of history," the director reckoned.
Most historians see the ruling by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East as the commonly accepted version of events. It stated that more than 200,000 Chinese were victims in the Nanjing Massacre perpetrated by the Imperial army. However, the number of people killed and other facts about the incident have been debated for decades.
Mizushima's announcement follows the screening of "Nanking" earlier this month at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. The documentary received rave reviews for portraying the slaughter of Chinese by Japanese soldiers.
The movie features interviews with Nanjing residents as well as filmed stage readings by Hollywood actors Woody Harrelson and Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway.
But Mizushima, who sees the release of "Nanking" as a "setup by China to control intelligence," claims that film is based on fabrications and gives a false impression that Japanese soldiers committed atrocities and were evil.
He said he feels obliged to counter that film by making his own, which he said will tell the world what really happened.
"The anti-Japan propaganda will spread all over the world and become an established fact. That would not only put shame on the Japanese people but also disgrace those who fought in the war, which is unacceptable," Mizushima said.
Upper House member Ryu of the Democratic Party of Japan agreed, claiming "many people show no concern regarding the issue, but correct history and the truth must be brought out."
Mizushima's film, scheduled to hit theaters in December in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the fall of Nanjing to Japanese forces, will feature interviews, documentary footage and re-enactments by actors.
But the director vowed the movie won't be bigoted or spread anti-Chinese ideology.
"A part of history is being distorted. My goal will be to tell the facts as they are," he claimed.
Using documentaries to spread different interpretations of history has been a common occurrence, he said.
In 1998, a film featuring the life of wartime leader Gen. Hideki Tojo -- which critics said tried to glorify Japan's wartime role -- was released simultaneously with the Chinese-Hong Kong film "Don't Cry, Nanking," which portrayed the sufferings of a Chinese family in Nanjing during the 1930s.
When Iris Chang's controversial nonfiction book "The Rape of Nanking" was published in late 1997, conservative scholars held a news conference in Tokyo to point out historical inaccuracies they claimed it contained. Chang's book is expected to be released as a feature film in 2008.
JAPAN: Unease over Japanese Rape of Nanking film
Nationalist satellite TV channel announced plans for film to combat 'anti-Japanese propaganda'
South China Morning Post
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Tokyo --- Japanese nationalists yesterday announced plans to produce a film marking the 70th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre.
Tentatively called The Truth of Nanjing, the film will be directed by Satoru Mizushima, the head of a nationalist satellite TV channel.
"If we remain silent, anti-Japanese propaganda will spread across the world," Mr Mizushima told a news conference flanked by dozens of supporters, including members of the Japanese parliament.
He announced a committee of scholars and politicians to raise funds for the movie, which they hope to finish by the end of the year.
Chinese historians say 300,000 civilians were slaughtered in Nanjing, known as Nanking in December 1937, in an orgy of murder and rape by Japanese troops.
Chinese state media have also announced a movie based on the best-selling The Rape of Nanking by late American author Iris Chang.
In Xiamen, Li Yiqiang of the Southern Association for Safeguarding the Diaoyu Islands, said plans for the Japanese movie showed that there were still Japanese unwilling to admit the truth of the Nanking Massacre.
"[Shooting a movie like this] will only deepen the rift between people of the two countries," Mr Li said.
Peng Xi , deputy director of the Institute of Japanese Studies at Nanjing University, thinks more lightly about the incident.
"China now adopts a strategy of focusing on the big picture and tolerating small differences," said Mr Peng. "I don't think that this incident will have a big impact."
Additional reporting by Ng Tze-wei.
Date Posted: 1/25/2007
Aljazeera News (English)
Film calls Nanjing massacre 'hoax'
A Japanese filmmaker has announced plans to make a documentary saying that the "rape of Nanjing" in 1937, in which China says 300,000 civilians were killed by Japanese soldiers, never happened.
Satoru Mizushima said his film to "correct the errors of history" will be based on documents showing that Chinese accounts of the killings were a hoax.
Mizushima said his film, The Truth about Nanking, will counter Nanking, a documentary shown this week at the Sundance Film Festival in the US which draws on letters and diaries to portray atrocities suffered by the Chinese at the hands of the Japanese army in the city formerly known as Nanking.
"This will be our first effort to correct the errors of history through a film," Mizushima said in Tokyo.
He said they film would also use testimony from Japanese veterans and archive material.
The director, who is president of Channel Sakura, a right-wing internet broadcaster, said he aims to raise about $2.5 m for the project and participate in international festivals this year.
"Keeping silence to a film like this [Nanking] would allow anti-Japan propaganda to spread around the world as universal knowledge," he said.
The film, supported by conservative members of Japan's parliament and academics, is the latest in a rising tide of mostly book projects trying to debunk the Nanking massacre which Japanese historians say killed 150,000 civilians.
Shinichiro Kumagai, a civil activist studying the massacre in Nanjing, as the city is now called, and supporting Chinese war victims, said the film "will be only spreading shame for Japan".
"The move only reveals their inability to face Japan's wartime past by looking the other way," he said.
Mizushima's documentary will be based on the work of Shudo Higashinakano, a Japanese historian whose work includes two books published in the late 1990s that claim the massacre was a hoax.
Last year, a Chinese court awarded $200,000 in compensation to a survivor of the massacre after ruling against Higashinakano and another historian for claiming she fabricated her account of the atrocity.
Sino-Japanese relations soured over repeated visits by Junichiro Koizumi, the former Japanese prime minister, to the Yasukuni shrine where 14 World War II executed war criminals are honoured among the country's fallen.
Japan's increasingly active nationalist groups have been pushing for references to the Nanjing massacre be removed from public school textbooks.
In a separate development on Thursday, nearly 50 Chinese sued the Japanese government for a 2003 incident in which construction workers broke open a barrel of poison gas left behind by Japanese troops in the second world war.
Forty-three people who were injured and five relatives of one victim who died in the incident want $11.8 million in compensation.
The suit, filed at Tokyo District Court, also demands that Japan cover medical costs and income losses due to health problems blamed on the accident, which happened in Qiqihar city in northeastern China.
Why Japan Boycotted the International Conference of Banning the Cluster Bombs?
When I read the article of the Mainichi Journal of Dec 18 last year telling me that the Ｉｎｔｅｒｎａｔｉｏｎａｌ Conference be held in Oslo and yet Japan was not invited,
Ｉ was wondering why so and why Japan did not asked Norway to invite Japan. There was no reason for Japan not to Join the nternational cooperation banning the cluster bombs that are so cruel and inhuman.
I was so shocked to know through another Mainichi article of Jan 6 which told me Japan itself criticize the conference. According to that article Norway proposed UN to organize a UN conference on banning the cluster bombs but many countries opposed it. Therefore Norway had no choice but organizing another conference which is composed of only willing countries and NGO.
Japanese diplomat Mr. Nobuaki Tanaka now working as deputy UN Secretary General for Disarmament criticized NGOs in the press conference saying that organizing the like-minded conference against the opposition of many UN member countries means the same of US unilateralism which NGOs ciriticize so harshly.
It is said Japanese military industries are lobbying Defence Ministry not join the conference. But real reason for Japan not enthusiastic about the conference is the fact that US and Israel use cluster bombs in Iraq and Gaza. Japanese Government does not and cannot undertake any independent diplomacy against the interest of these two countries. Even if that diplomacy suits well Peace and Humaniterian Diplomacy which Japan so repeatedly declared towards the international community.
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