Thursday, September 1, 2016

Who are Martin Fackler, Andrew R. Capistrano, Warren Stanislaus, and William H. Saito of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation?

The first two are suspected CIA officers,  the third a suspected MI6 officer, and the fourth either Ko-an-sho (公安省) or CIA. I happened upon Fackler while investigating Adelstein. Both Fackler and Capistrano also went to UC Berkeley, though I didn’t know either of them. Fackler did a stint as head of the Tokyo Bureau of the New York Times. I’ve provided a link to the blog of a Tokyo-based journalist who has convincingly exposed Fackler as CIA in relation to the Twitter account using the moniker “Shogannai” and Adelstein et al. This post will simply examine the appearance of an apparently neoliberal think tank that has at least two suspected CIA officers on its staff, and possibly a third, whom is also connected to John Einarsen and the Japan Times—which has a tie-up with the New York Times—as per the following linked pages and articles. Einarsen featured somewhat prominently in the lawsuit at the D.C. District Court that is soon to be appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court.

First, a brief look at The “Foundation” (“RJIF”), which is populated by corporate and finance sector executives, corporate lawyers, and former media executives. Like the neoliberal think tanks in Washington D.C. populated with former intelligence officers, etc., it basically seems intent on acting as a PR organization for the policy of the so-called conservative political party in power; here, the LDP. There is a noticeable distinction in that it was founded under the Obama administration, but I have left no doubt to the fact that I consider Obama to be a neoliberal wolf in sheep’s clothing, at least with respect to foreign policy, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee be damned.
2. Upholding the liberal international order in the Asia Pacific
Here, “liberal” is code for neo-liberal.

The RJIF has a book coming out this month critically examining the administration of the Democratic Party of Japan. Some may recall that Naoto Kan, former DPJ Prime Minister, was hounded by the CIA influenced mass media for his support of the people of Okinawa in their struggle to reduce the American military footprint there. Neoliberal think tanks are generally policy generating bodies for industries/investors connected to the military industrial complex. A number of books have been published on so-called 'think tanks' in recent years, but see this article, for example:
The following are concrete examples of CIA officials joining think tanks, after retiring, however, not as covert operatives:
There are examples of think-tank members joinging the CIA, and doing think-tank work after leaving government:

Note the high-powered list of corporate/media/finance/legal executives.

One “Director”, listed on the above-linked page, William H. Saito, is a Japanese American who grew up in California.

Martin Fackler, Warren Stanislaus, and Andrew R. Capistrano are all members of the “Why Japan Matters” project of the RJIF:

Note that the politician named Koizumi in the pdf brochure is yet another hereditary LDP politico, whose great grandfather was well-known for his connections to Japanese organized crime groups, earning him the nickname “The tattooed Minister”:

Another notable point is the Goldman Sachs executive featured in the pdf.

Naturally, I’ll be following their publications and critiquing them on this blog.

The expose on Fackler and his probable connection to the Twitter account “Shogannai” (which uses an image of Hunter S. Thompson”) is found here, in an archived webpage from an obsolete blog by Christopher Johnson:

Shogannai is followed by almost every English-language journalist in Japan except — for some mysterious reason — New York Times bureau chief Martin Fackler.
Fackler, who recently authored a book in Japanese about Japan’s media, only tweets his own stories, and almost never replies to anybody on Twitter, under his official name @facklernyt. He only tweets about once per week on average, an incredibly low number for a journalist in high-wired Tokyo who graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in the hotbed of social media and internet technology.
Like Tabuchi, Shogannai seems to have a lot of “free time” (i.e. company time) to spend on social media. Shogannai tweets 59 times per day on average — perhaps an Olympic record. [emphasis added]

The "company" is, of course, a reference to the CIA. 
Johnson’s new blog is found here, with the link being to the search results for “Fackler”:

Note that, aside from defendant Sean Lotman, some noteworthy individuals follow the Shogannai account, former CIA officere turned author Barry Eisler: He is mentioned in this article, for example, on Barry Lancet by Chris Betros of JapanToday fame, who was named in the lawsuit, originally as a defendant and email exchanges with him submitted to the D.C. District Court (I later learned he is probably Australian): This pulp fiction site advertises both their work, with both authors being featured in the February 2016 issue of their online zine, “the big THRILL”:

There is not much that is noteworthy outside of the information given in the profiles about the other two individuals, Warren Stanislaus, and Andrew R. Capistrano , though I may supplement this post later.

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