Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Relevant articles and comments deleted from JapanToday website: HASHIMOTO, ISHIN no KAI

This post includes two articles (slightly edited for brevity and copyright sake, though I don't think the CIA gray media moguls would sue me!) relating to the recent Osaka elections that saw Toru Hashimoto elected as mayor and his ally as governor.

The fact that the JapanToday editorial staff deleted these articles from their site appears to represent an act of censorship targeting content that is averse to the political agenda being promoted by the so-called Ishinkai and Hashimoto. It also appears to be  a violation of their Terms of Use agreement, and could be a violation of the right to freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution of Japan. As mentioned in an earlier post, they have refused to provide the Japanese version of the Terms of Use, and I am too busy to pursue the matter.
The political significance of these articles is that Hashimoto is of burakumin derivation and has been widely reported to have affiliations with figures connected to organized crime. 

Moreover, I have encountered problems related to CIA supported burakumin affiliated with organized crime in Kyoto, as well as the mayor of Kyoto, who appears to have illicitly courted the support of the burakumin voting block, at the very least. I will address the Kyoto CIA/burakumin issues in a future post.
The following articles detail some relevant background information on Hashimoto and the burakumin-yakuza connection. 

BBC article on Osaka election: 

Gangster son takes on conservative Osaka mayor

Eric Johnston may be a CIA officer, but not all of his articles in the Japan Times are objectionable (i.e., probably CIA-fed propaganda generated by some shadow team). The article by Mr. Johnston on a burakumin group affiliated with organized crime and the activities of one of its leaders is informative.  

Japan Times Eric Johnston article: 

Osaka activist's arrest lays bare yakuza ties with 'burakumin'

I apologize for not being able to do better with the formatting issues and text readability. Also, this is a somewhat more tedious task than reading previous blogs, but if you have the time to go through these, there are some interesting comments and interactions among the participants of the discussion. Some of the participants are in all likelihood intelligence operatives cooperating in the propaganda effort as plants (in the discussion).  

My handle has been masked as "*****", but I have used a different color text to highlight my comments, some of which are a bit embarrassing.

Two-man Osaka mayoral race gets under way
POLITICS NOV. 14, 2011 - 07:00AM JST 
Campaigning began Sunday for the Nov 27 Osaka mayoral election. ….
Hashimoto resigned as governor on Oct 31, three months before his term expires, to run for mayor. He said he made the decision because he was unable to achieve administrative reform due to continuing opposition from Hiramatsu. Hashimoto said there is too much inefficiency and overlap in the administrative functions of the prefecture and the city.
Hiramatsu is advocating grassroots politics, from the bottom up. He said that policies need to reflect the voices of local communities and that Hashimoto is advocating one-man rule, NHK reported.
Hashimoto said that he would consolidate the administrative frameworks of the city and the prefecture to create a new Osaka to compete with Tokyo and other major cities around the world. He said that changing Osaka is the first step toward changing Japan.
… Hashimoto is backed by his regional Osaka Ishin No Kai (Restoration Group), which has a majority in the Osaka prefectural assembly and Osaka municipal assembly, NHK reported.
Japan Today
papigiulioNOV. 14, 2011 - 08:41AM JST
I so hope Hashimoto wins, very smart guy and I think its time for some fresh blood to run Osaka and make it blossom.

Jared NormanNOV. 14, 2011 - 09:43AM JST
Hashimoto has good ideas, I think this can be a start to much needed change. Different from the old guys.

BogiNOV. 14, 2011 - 10:24AM JST
Be careful of Hashimoto. He has shown in his time as governor dictatoral tendencies and he is very narrow-minded. He does have some good ideas, but if you want a leader that listens to the people, he is DEFINITELY NOT your man.

smithinjapanNOV. 14, 2011 - 10:49AM JST
I saw Hiramatsu yesterday walking down the Tenjinbashisuji arcade downtown in Osaka. He was surrounded by media and he shook some hands and what not, and then completely ignored me as he greeted people to my left and right. I don't really care, since I know little of the guy and can't vote anyway, but what bugged me is that all these old men in orange jackets would not let me cross through the arcade while the guy passed by and ignored me, citing security reasons.
What I DO know of the guy is that Hashimoto is right -- he blocks any sort of legislature that might involve change, and so I hope he loses and Hashimoto wins. While Hashimoto has made some unpopular decisions as Osaka governor, he at least has the stones to make them, which is a refreshing change for politicians here.

hashimoto's "ishin kai" (a name which exploits religious connotations connected to the emperor) is the equivalent of the 'tea party' in japan.
and like the koch brothers funded tea party movement, he is at the beck and call of special interest groups that are trying to disable the governments capacity to serve the interests of the general public.
that is the goal at which the deceptive and nonsensical programs espoused by hashimoto and the ishinkai to de-evolve central governmental authority are aimed.
recent exposes in the japanese press have exposed ties to criminal organizations connected to secret societies of the type with which the koch brothers are likely associated.
he is basically a front man for such shadow organizations and their covert efforts to subvert participatory government and the democratic political process, to divide and conquer open society.
NOV. 14, 2011 - 01:25PM JST

smithinjapanNOV. 14, 2011 - 02:44PM JST
*****: "recent exposes in the japanese press have exposed ties to criminal organizations connected to secret societies of the type with which the koch brothers are likely associated."

*****NOV. 14, 2011 - 03:10PM JST
i don't have the links, but you can read the recent article on the japan times on november 7th,
Stunner: JCP skips Osaka mayor race
which mentions the weeklies, shinsuke shimada, etc.

some14someNOV. 14, 2011 - 03:31PM JST
Toru Hashimoto will be a good choice...let's see how japanese voters decide.

smithinjapanNOV. 14, 2011 - 05:26PM JST
*****: So you claim what you claim based on 'exposes' but have no links? Sounds dodgy to me.

tmarieNOV. 14, 2011 - 05:48PM JST
Hashimoto, cuts finding to community centers, libraries and ALT funding... Wants to fire teachers who refuse to stand and sing the national anthem. Cue the black vans...
Hiramitsu, old, supported by the old boy's network... Rock, hard place.

albaleoNOV. 14, 2011 - 05:55PM JST
smithinjapan: "have no links? Sounds dodgy to me"
Whatever did we do before the internet? ***** provides a date, publication and article name. It took me a few seconds to find the article. Why is his claim any more dodgy than your story of being ignored at the Tenjinbashisuji arcade?

cactusJackNOV. 14, 2011 - 06:12PM JST
"Two men enter, One man leave"

Darren BrannanNOV. 14, 2011 - 08:32PM JST
Hashimoto is not the guy many see him as. He is as dictatorial as they come, makes sweeping decisions without accepting electorate opinion, is a big talker but not a doer and he is just as right wing as the Ishihara that many people on this board are irked by. So what if he is young and has a big family? The guy is a dark horse.He was a lawyer who didn't respect the law and he is a politician who doesn't respect his constituents. He has the young brash star quality that will win him votes and make him PM one day, but I am not sold on his fiction. Other than copy Kobe's Illuminarie and spout big ideas he hasn't done much at all. And does Japan need another shadowy power cult behind it's politics? I think not. Both these guys should dive into Dotonbori. あかんわ。

Goals0NOV. 14, 2011 - 10:39PM JST
The Shimada Shinsuke connection is bad for Hashimoto.
He made his name as a lawyer on Shinsuke's Sunday night TV show.
The weeklies said that Shimada always boasted of getting Hashimoto his governorship.

timtakNOV. 15, 2011 - 06:22AM JST
All over the world goverments are spending too much, because politicians relfect the voices of local communities and all of them want some pork. And all over the world governments are going into massive debt, debt that our children will have to repay, as the politicians reflect the voices of the local communities.

Hide SuzukiNOV. 15, 2011 - 07:38AM JST
I agree with smithinJapan, if anyone can change Osaka or Japan for that matter, it's Hashimoto. Most J politicians try to listen to too many peole and end up not making any major changes. Whatever decisions they make, there will always be someone who complains. He doesn't mind pissing off people, if he believes he is right , and I agree with most of his decisions, if not all. I actually want him to be Japan's prime minister eventually.

*****NOV. 15, 2011 - 03:32PM JST
it's the epitome of cynicism to assert that members of local communities are demanding corruption, instead of the self-serving politicians that probably lied to get elected in the first place.
of course, leading the people of unsuspecting "local communities" to expect that they are going to get something for nothing is a typical tactic of deception, and one against which a basic education should effectively inoculate the general public.
local communities without an education can hardly say anything meaningful, as they aren't informed enough to understand the issues. of course, that is what a lot of politicians pushing for cuts in education funding--against the objections of the local communities--are hoping for.

Hashimoto elected Osaka mayor; his ally Matsui wins governor race
POLITICS NOV. 28, 2011 - 07:50AM JST 
Toru Hashimoto, 42, won the Osaka mayoral election Sunday… Meanwhile, Ichiro Matsui, 47, a former prefectural assembly member and close ally of Hashimoto, won the gubernatorial race….
Hashimoto won on his platform to make Osaka a global economic contender. He had resigned as governor on Oct 31, three months before his term expires, to run for mayor. He said he made the decision because he was unable to achieve administrative reform due to continuing opposition from Hiramatsu.
In a press conference Sunday night, Hashimoto once again said that there is too much inefficiency and overlap in the administrative functions of the prefecture and the city, NHK reported.
Hashimoto said that he would like to consolidate the administrative frameworks of the city and the prefecture to create a new Osaka to compete with Tokyo and other major cities around the world, NHK reported. 
Hashimoto is backed by his regional Osaka Ishin No Kai (Restoration Group), which has a majority in the Osaka prefectural assembly and Osaka municipal assembly. 
Japan Today
Elbuda MexicanoNOV. 27, 2011 - 07:06AM JST
HASHIMOTO SAN!! Hashimoto san you da man!! Osaka has to get rid of the old, corrupt, good for nothing politicians and bring in some NEW BLOOD!! GO! Hashimoto san Go!! I love Hashimoto san!!

some14someNOV. 27, 2011 - 07:32AM JST
Holy moment for Osaka, may voters bless Toru Hashimoto !

*****NOV. 27, 2011 - 06:01PM JST
Prostitution and gambling = "global economic contender"?
Fascist party name in the "Ishinkai"...
Sing the fascist era national anthem teacher, or get fired...
Toru Hashimoto for Mayor Osaka???
I certainly hope WRONG

some14someNOV. 27, 2011 - 08:03PM JST
Congratulations New Mayor of Osaka Mr. Toru Hashimoto ! (source NHK radio).

FoxieNOV. 27, 2011 - 09:13PM JST
Congrats to Hashimoto. He should run for PM next, Japan needs young, talented people like him.

smithinjapanNOV. 27, 2011 - 09:51PM JST
While I think some young blood is necessary, the more I've read up on Hashimoto the more I heretofore worry about Osaka's future. I have no doubt of the man's economic savvy, although I've no doubt as with before he more than likely was elected due to obachan thinking how good looking and how much of a star he is, but he is going to have a hard time leading the region to future success if he truly follows his education policies. Hiramatsu was not much better, but Hashimoto has NO clue about the public education system and wants to close any schools that do not perform to certain standards after three years, and wants to fire teachers whose classes do not do well. Sound good? well, let him teach a class of 49 - 60 public school junior highschool kids after he shuts down the nearby school with no contingency plans as to where they will go after.
Anyway, I hope he puts aside his pride to listen to the people, since the people put him in. I do like his aggressiveness as a whole, but I worry that his crony got the governor vote; I was hoping for an end to the old school collusion politics, not a fresh face to the same old thing.

CrickyNOV. 27, 2011 - 10:42PM JST
MMMM a vote for...slap in the face or kick in the crotch. At least the turn out was roughly 50% so half the population cared enough to vote. Either way pucker up, disappointment is the winner. Let's work together for a new tomorrow, heard that before, and before, and before, and before. Wonder what the wage is?

*****NOV. 28, 2011 - 01:00AM JST
this is a scenario that i consider to be a parallel to that in which the "tea party" were to win in the usa.
inefficiency in government is one thing, downsizing the government to the extent that it is incapable of serving the public is not what a well-intended politician or party would be trying to pitch. all this stuff about global contender would have to be premised on eliminating the organized crime presence, which hardly seems to be on the agenda of hashimoto, mr. promote osaka vulgaris...
a lot of people are in dire straits in osaka, and this election proves that.

CosNOV. 28, 2011 - 02:44AM JST
I've no doubt as with before he more than likely was elected due to obachan thinking how good looking he is
If that was the case Hiramatsu would be re-elected.

cracaphatNOV. 28, 2011 - 04:29AM JST
Glad to see that Osakans had the common sense for change,in order to be rid of the status quo.UNLIKE their snobbish big city jokers in the capital who were happy to re-elect the governor whose proclamation of a "tembatsu" would have had him flung out of office by any legitimate thinking populace.Lead the way Osaka.

Elbuda MexicanoNOV. 28, 2011 - 06:33AM JST
I also agree with Foxie, now let Mr.Hashimoto fix Osaka, then hopefully he can also move up to Nagatacho and kick out this old corrupt fart oyajis that are just pulling Japan further down and down the economic drain.

DaijobootsNOV. 28, 2011 - 08:07AM JST
Go Hashimoto, your young radical resonates with my struggle as a foreigner in Japan.
I'd hate to be a public servant in Osaka right now.

Darren BrannanNOV. 28, 2011 - 08:16AM JST
I fear my fellow Osakans will soon learn to regret this. Hashimoto is a fascist one man show.

YubaruNOV. 28, 2011 - 08:20AM JST
Most of the attention focused on the mayoral election, in which voter turnout was 60.92% compared to 43.61% for the previous mayoral election.
Voter turnout in the gubernatorial race was 52.88%, NHK said.
If the election was held on the same day, I take it that the turnout is based upon the number of people who actually voted? Seems to me that if 60% turned out for the Mayoral race the same number of people had the opportunity to vote in the Gubernatorial one as well and just chose not to vote.
One would think that the turnout would be the same, it's not like they are voting in two separate locations.

Michael CraigNOV. 28, 2011 - 08:23AM JST
Being elected Mayor of Osaka is easy. Governing Osaka will be no easy cakewalk for Mr. Hashimoto.

Michael CraigNOV. 28, 2011 - 08:28AM JST
I fear my fellow Osakans will soon learn to regret this. Hashimoto is a fascist one man show.
If Hashimoto goes Tojo on Osaka, they will!

smartacusNOV. 28, 2011 - 08:28AM JST
There are many people who may have been interested in the mayoral election and less interested in the governor vote, since it seems the mayor of Osaka has more power than the governor. Also, bear in mind that the gubernatorial election is for all of Osaka Prefecture, not just Osaka city, so many people who voted for governor were doing so in separate locations.

telecasterplayerNOV. 28, 2011 - 08:28AM JST
Governing Osaka will be no easy cakewalk for Mr. Hashimoto.
If he's anything like his American conservative counterparts, "governing" has nothing to do with it. It's all about wielding power.
I see a lot of comments about how great it is to have new blood (without regard to whether the new blood is poisoned), can anyone point to anything great he has done? It seems that the only people pointing to his actual record say that he's messing up schools.

Michael CraigNOV. 28, 2011 - 08:39AM JST
My condolences to Osaka's schoolteachers... :(

NetNinjaNOV. 28, 2011 - 09:42AM JST
When it comes to Japanese politicians I can't keep up with all of them. The only ones I really know are those that open their mouths and spew venom in their words.
I'd like to know more about Hashimoto. Someone said he might be "fascist". That's not a pretty word. What's up with that?

southsakaiNOV. 28, 2011 - 09:43AM JST
This is good news. Used to despise this guy a little bit in the beginning but have lately have switched minds on him. I think many good things will come now for Osaka fingers crossed.
This place is getting worse and worse by the day and turning into a dump. I think we need someone like Hashimoto San who's still young and has the passion for deep change and restructuring.
Resigning from his seat as Osaka Governor and becoming mayor is definitely one heck of a radical move. This guy is game for anything and applaud him for his guts and courage in doing so.
Sure many of his policies may not be what we like or agree with, but looking at the bigger picture, I can see more good things coming out in the end rather than bad things. It's not going to be perfect but I think we will end up better of!
What we need now is to completely restructure local Government, weed out corruption and streamline everything getting rid of bureaucracy and red tape. That is why he ran for Osaka Mayor - because the Mayor was a thorn on his side.
What we urgently need now is to revitalize the economy and get the money machine moving again. Change will take time but i believe his road map is good. We just have to wait and see what happens.
The more this local economy shatters, the more crime and social problems we will see. That is for sure.
Darren Brannan I can understand your concerns when you bring up the topic regarding him being a fascist but please remember out of all Governors, only Governor Hashimoto had proposed to extend usage of Kansai International Airport to accommodate US military exercises at the time. I think that alone speaks a lot for this mans character.

TorafusuTorasanNOV. 28, 2011 - 10:23AM JST
For us non-Osaka residents, can JT help us out with an in-depth piece explaining what Hashimoto was talking about in his mayoral victory speech, for example the "hyaku nen senso" he mentioned. Is that a struggle between factions within Osaka city and prefecture before his time, is ongoing, or just now beginning? Or an allusion to an actual historical war?

*****NOV. 28, 2011 - 11:54AM JST
hashimoto and the "ishinkai" played on a range of sentiments, including religion and regionalism, to convince
the enlightened masses of osaka that they are going to get
something for nothing!
bend over, osaka!!
prostitution and gambling, and fewer law enforcement personnel!!!
but more black truck patrols blaring the message you've all been waiting for.
up yours!!!
osaka vulgaris, it ain't purrrty...

soldaveNOV. 28, 2011 - 01:01PM JST
Interesting how media can shape people's views on this. Japan Today gives the headline you see above; the BBC announces that, "'Gangster son' wins Osaka ballot"

アメリ フセインNOV. 28, 2011 - 02:13PM JST
Great news for Osaka. Change we can believe in.

TorafusuTorasanNOV. 28, 2011 - 02:17PM JST
@soldave, Thanks for the hint to check out the BBC story. The earlier one from the 24th, "Gangster son takes on conservative Osaka mayor" is the one to read for the wild quotes, and people wondering how the word fascism got used in this race. Apparently, the homonym Hashism was coined by opposition parties to suggest he has a dictatorial side.
My favorite quote (the BBC wouldn't make these up, would they?):
" 'There is no other city as vulgar and obscene as Osaka,' says Mr Hashimoto. 'We should celebrate the image and welcome the development of casinos and red-light districts to attract people.' "
The new mayor's decades in office may turn out to be a lot of fun.

Blair HerronNOV. 28, 2011 - 02:55PM JST
Shincho 45 said Hashimoto's father had connections with the yakuza and he commited suicide because he couldn't pay his debts to the mob. He was raised in "dowa" area. Hashimoto later tweeted, "The article is mostly true. My father commited suicide by putting a gas pipe in his mouth when I was in the 2nd grade. I'm a public figure, so in certain ways, whatever is said about me can't be helped. But a child's rights (he has 7 children) should be taken into consideration." (His children have been receiving threatening notes.) This bashing article partly helped him win the election because he was honest about his family ("dowa" area thing is extremely touchy subject) and some people took sympathetic attitude. If JT put dowa related word on the headline, they would be in huge trouble!!!

soldaveNOV. 28, 2011 - 03:50PM JST
Blair Herron - Why shouldn't they mention anything about "dowa" in the article? Surely if it's related to him winning the election then it's something that should be mentioned in the story. As long as it's legal to do so, the role of news outlets should be to report the news; not choose what news might be touchy for people and omit it.
Just my thoughts anyway.
TorafusuTorasan - I doubt the BBC would make up quotes. Sometimes the editorials can get a little skewed by personal opinions but the stories like this, and especially quotations, are usually on point. Am assuming the red light districts are going to compete against the masses of hostess bars in Osaka. I swear if the rest of the Japanese economy falls on its face, it will be propped up by Osaka's hairspray sales!

warnerbroNOV. 28, 2011 - 04:32PM JST
Initially Hashimoto seemed to have some interesting ideas, but the more I read about his methods, the more worried I become. Ishihara Shintaro's support of him is not a good sign at all. Ishihara's too old to be a threat at the national level, but Hashimoto isn't. I despise the cream puff nationalists like Ishihara who invoke war and support military conscription but have never worn so much as a Boy Scout uniform, much less served in the military. Hashimoto should grab a weapon and go to a war before he spouts on about a 百年戦争. I also am unfamiliar with his rhetoric in that regard, but I hope he's not referring to Russia or China. The national government of Japan launched reform campaigns to unify local governments and Shinto shrines and increase central control a little over 100 years ago, as well.
I wonder if some of the supposed threats against his person are not orchestrated by supporters. Such threats could give him greater license to use the police against his political enemies. Would an average citizen be likely to send a threat to the son of a gangster? Speaking of war and urban reform, Tokyo-fu and Tokyo-shi were unified into Tokyo-to during WWII, to rationalize civil defense measures, among other things.

tmarieNOV. 28, 2011 - 06:44PM JST
Smith, what is even better is that his sibling is a public school teacher. Would love to see them in action about it all.
Well said Ubi.
Lots of praise because it seems a new, young guy is in charge. Hashimoto is right of the line and just a younger version of Ishihara. Roll out the black vans.

tmarieNOV. 28, 2011 - 06:48PM JST
Oh and his yak connection is well known by those in Osaka.

minello7NOV. 28, 2011 - 07:13PM JST
Character assassination by the worlds media is a pastime. Labelling the man a fascist is also a strong word to be using. Not knowing the man on a personal ever, I wouldn't want to pass any judgement. But imagine how hard it must have been at the loss of father and then having to defend those stories now. I personally admire the man for his strength and attitude, as a family man and a father of seven children and knowing how hard it must have been getting the respect the man deserves today. You can't deny his love and commitment for Osaka and its people. Regarding education, I think as a father of seven children,he would be aware of the state of education and ways of improving schools and what they teach and how children are taught. You can't blame him for prostitution or gambling,two of the oldest professions in the world consult your history books. He's now the mayor of Osaka,give him a chance,and if he treads on toes or upsets some people in the process(Olympus comes to mind) by carrying out reforms, but achieves the goals,then judge him.

calm downNOV. 28, 2011 - 08:34PM JST
I dont care where he's come from,its all about where he's headed with the great city of Osaka.He's blesed with a sharp mind and a work ethic a soldier ant would be envious of..Osaka needs fixing and now we've got someone ready to roll up the sleeves and take us out of the red..I have enormous faith in the man..

mountainpearNOV. 28, 2011 - 09:50PM JST
I think *****'s right on the money here!

CosNOV. 28, 2011 - 11:53PM JST
his yak connection is well known by those in Osaka.
Yeah ? For me, he is the only one not suspected. Even if he wanted, even if he had his Dad... Now, the yakuza don't want to give him the time of the day. He already made them lose lots of money by refusing to continue the old system and by firing the rotten apples in public services that were sending them the dough. I wish him a good health as he clearly lives dangerously. What we've seen is the "yak connection" of the politicians that were mayors, governors and others before his election as governor. During decades some huge amounts of public money was embezzled, and the big projects that put Osaka in incredible debts (Kansai Airport's sequel, Osaka port, World Trade Center, all the ghost towns in that zone...). All that was in connection with the yakuza in building business.
Concretely for us living here that was the crappiest public service possible... and increasing taxes due to the debts. That was the same feeling when everybody in Japan got aware of the nenkin scandal. People paid for years and were announced : "we've lost the money, you'll have to pay more from now just to cover the debts of the past" just as the economy was going down. So for the last 10 years, citizens of Osaka have voted against the former "established politicians", many jiminto giins that had been in the position for decades, for generations, have lost too. When people saw who supported Hiramatsu, they could only think : "not them again"... The first time, he was elected as "independent", but this time he was leading all the ousted parties that try to gain back their old power. That said Hashimoto is not the ideal mayor. He was the only possibility to get a change. I don't know personally anybody supporting his drunkard claims to make the city a new Las Vegas. I hope it's provocation and bad jokes.

CosNOV. 28, 2011 - 11:55PM JST
Roll out the black vans.
Ours prefer motorbikes. Preferred. I rarely see them these days. That used to be different.

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