北朝鮮の挑発 周辺国は対立に陥るな

--The Asahi Shimbun, Aug. 12
EDITORIAL: Rift among neighboring countries only benefits N. Korea
(社説)北朝鮮の挑発 周辺国は対立に陥るな
North Korea has continued firing missiles, including a intermediate-range ballistic missile without warning last week.
The missile, believed to have been a Rodong, landed within Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Fortunately, the missile caused no damage. But it was an extremely dangerous act that cannot be overlooked.

North Korea clearly violates resolutions of the United Nations Security Council whenever it fires a ballistic missile. The Security Council discussed how to respond to the latest in a series of missile launches but failed to issue a statement condemning Pyongyang.

Japan, the United States and South Korea lobbied for a fresh statement that strongly denounces North Korea’s action.

But China effectively blocked the attempt apparently because of the decision by Washington and Seoul in July to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to U.S. forces in South Korea. Beijing has bitterly criticized the move because it fears the high-performance radars for the anti-missile system could be used to gather sensitive information within China.

North Korea has repeatedly ignored warnings from the U.N. Security Council. But it is still important for the international community to clearly show that it will never tolerate Pyongyang’s nuclear or missile programs.

The U.N. Security Council, however, has been unable to issue any statement to condemn North Korea’s missile firings since Washington and Seoul announced the deployment of the THAAD system. This can only be called an abnormal situation.

The relationship between China, under President Xi Jinping, and South Korea, under President Park Geun-hye, was once described as being at its best state in history. But the bilateral ties have since become seriously strained.

The souring of relations has already started hurting economic and cultural exchanges between the two countries. China has stopped issuing business visas to South Koreans, for instance.

South Korean media reports have argued that China is making reprisals for Seoul’s decision to allow the U.S. military to deploy the THAAD system in South Korea.
Despite the shaky state of the relationship between China and North Korea, Beijing is still Pyongyang’s biggest ally.

North Korea is undoubtedly gloating over the end of the China-South Korea honeymoon.

Regarding the responses to North Korea’s reckless actions, a rift is widening not just between China and South Korea but also between two groups of countries: the alliance of Tokyo, Washington and Seoul against China and Russia.

The United States and South Korea think the escalation of North Korea’s actions is forcing them to take necessary countermeasures. But China and Russia believe the two countries are using Pyongyang’s behavior as a pretext to beef up their military capabilities.

If the two groups become increasingly alienated from each other, North Korea would be even more willing to take provocative actions.

All these nations should be committed to preventing Pyongyang and its dangerous acts from destabilizing the entire East Asia.

It is vital for the countries involved to act in a cool-headed manner. In particular, China should realize that North Korea is the country it should put pressure on.

The unpredictable behavior of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is forcing the United States and South Korea to ramp up their missile defense.

Washington and Seoul should seek more dialogue with China and Russia to nip seeds of misunderstandings in the bud.

Discord among the countries concerned would only be a boon to North Korea.


Swimmer Kaneto overcame many setbacks to win Olympic gold

Swimmer Kaneto overcame many setbacks to win Olympic gold

Rie Kaneto smiles as she shows off her gold medal after winning the women's 200-meter breaststroke at the Rio Olympics on Aug. 11, 2016. (Mainichi Photo/Daisuke Wada)

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Rie Kaneto won the gold medal in the women's 200-meter breaststroke at the Rio Olympics on Aug. 11 with a time of 2:20.30.

"I've been able to continue to aim for the top because my fellow swimmers who underwent training with me and my family fully supported me," Kaneto, 27, said after the competition.

A native of Hiroshima Prefecture, Kaneto started swimming when she was a third grader in elementary school.

She performed reasonably well in the 2008 Beijing Games -- the first Olympics she participated in -- coming in seventh in the women's 200-meter breaststroke. However, she failed to win a berth at the 2012 London Olympics. She was unable to leave the swimming pool for a while after failing to advance in a qualifying trial for the London Games and cried.

Kaneto participated in the FINA World Aquatics Championships in August 2013, vowing to regain her competitiveness as an athlete, but failed to win a medal, finishing fourth.

The swimmer then decided to retire after telling herself, "You've done enough."

At a wedding reception for her sister, Yuki, now 31, three months after the championships, a video of Kaneto swimming at the FINA World Aquatics Championships, followed by a message by her coach Tsuyoshi Kato, 50, were shown.

Rie Kaneto raises her fist after winning the women's 200-meter breaststroke at the Rio Olympics on Aug. 11, 2016. (Mainichi Photo/Naotsune Umemura)

"It's a difficult challenge so it's worth trying. I believe I can work with Rie," he said.

Dressed in a red kimono, Kaneto was in tears after the five-minute video message.

Her father, 61-year-old Hiroaki, who was opposed to her retirement, hung a gold medal on her. On the opposite side of the medal was her 58-year-old mother Fujiko's message saying, "Even when you rise up high, there are yet even higher places. Nevertheless, you should look up like a sunflower. I'm always watching over you."

Yuki prepared the video because she "wanted to tell her sister that there're people who are encouraged by Rie's swimming."

Kaneto made up her mind to continue swimming, but was unable to produce good results, partly due to the rise of younger swimmers.

Whenever she mentioned the possibility of retiring, coach Kato tried to encourage her to continue swimming saying, "How can you retire when there are so many people supporting you? People around you are thinking about you. Don't be a person who only thinks about themself."

This past February, Kaneto set a Japanese record in the women's 200-meter breaststroke. In the Japan Swimming Championships in April, she set a world record, becoming the first female swimmer to swim the 200-meter breaststroke in less than 2 minutes and 20 seconds, securing a berth at the Rio Olympics.

"I set a record in front of many people who supported me," Kaneto tearfully said after winning a ticket to Rio.

As the first female captain of a Japanese Olympic swimming team, Kaneto led the team saying, "I want to lead in a way that all members can smile." (By Kosuke Yamamoto, Tadashi Murakami and Sachi Fukushima, Mainichi Shimbun)


Olympics: Uchimura defends gold in men's all-around gymnastics at Rio

Olympics: Uchimura defends gold in men's all-around gymnastics at Rio

Gold medallist Japan's Kohei Uchimura holds his national flag at the end of the artistic gymnastics men's individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

RIO DE JANEIRO (Kyodo) -- Japan's Kohei Uchimura defended his Olympic title in men's all-around gymnastics, coming from behind to defeat Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev in the last rotation of the final at the Rio Games on Wednesday.

The six-time world champion, trailing Verniaiev by 0.901 point with the horizontal bar left to go, pulled off a near-perfect routine on his favorite apparatus before the Ukrainian, last up on the bar, made a small hop on his landing that decided the outcome.

Uchimura claimed his second gold medal in Rio after leading Japan to victory in the men's team final Monday.

Japan's Kohei Uchimura performs on the horizontal bar during the artistic gymnastics men's individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

尖閣領海侵入 中国は示威活動を自制せよ

The Yomiuri Shimbun
China must restrain its activities in waters around the Senkakus
尖閣領海侵入 中国は示威活動を自制せよ

We cannot overlook China’s obvious attempt to change the status quo by force. We strongly demand that China restrain itself.

Around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, Beijing has made demonstrative activities by using a number of government vessels belonging to the China Coast Guard, unilaterally escalating the situation.

Since Friday, Chinese vessels have intruded into Japan’s territorial waters on more than 10 occasions. The number of Chinese government vessels entering Japan’s territorial waters has gradually increased, and on Monday morning, a record 14 vessels simultaneously sailed in the contiguous zone around the Senkakus.

The Senkaku Islands are an inherent territory of Japan both historically and under international law and have consistently been under the effective control of Japan. The intrusion of Chinese vessels into Japan’s territorial waters is obviously an infringement of Japan’s sovereignty.

It is only natural that Shinsuke Sugiyama, vice minister for foreign affairs, has strongly and repeatedly protested to Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua, saying such actions “significantly raises tensions in the area.”

China may have been repulsed by Japan’s call on China to accept the ruling made by the court of arbitration, which dismissed Beijing’s claims that its sovereignty covers almost all of the South China Sea. However, there is no legitimacy to China’s logic, words and deeds.

The Japanese government must respond in a level-headed and resolute manner.

A major problem is that these government vessels seemingly have been cooperating in their intrusive activities with hundreds of Chinese fishing boats. It is a common practice for China to dispatch government vessels to the area under the pretext of “guarding” or “supervising and guiding” fishing boats and intrude into the territorial waters of other countries and expand its control over areas by force, thereby rendering the situation a fait accompli.

Japan must heighten guard

China has “maritime militia,” fishermen who are trained and organized. They sometimes serve as vanguards in disputed waters, under the instructions of the Chinese military. Japan should keep its guard up against them.

By spring, the Japan Coast Guard organized a system in which 12 patrol vessels would constantly keep watch over waters around the Senkakus. It is important to build new patrol vessels and further increase and reinforce personnel future.

We also must not overlook the fact that China has installed radar and surveillance camera equipment on a sea-based facility where China is developing a gas field near the Japan-China intermediary line in the East China Sea.

The radar is believed to be used to scan a small area of the sea and does not have the capability of keeping track of aircraft. But there is a possibility the device will become the first step in building a military site. Should the radar’s capabilities be upgraded later on, the activities of the Self-Defense Forces could be monitored, possibly affecting Japan’s security. We should pay close attention to China’s actions down the road.

In order to avoid any untoward incident, it is important for the Japanese and Chinese governments to continue dialogues on various levels. It is also essential for the SDF and China’s military to take confidence-building measures.

China has refused to negotiate with Japan over the joint development of natural gas fields, and there has been no progress in bilateral talks on a “maritime liaison mechanism” aimed at preventing accidental clashes between the aircrafts and ships of the SDF and China.

During a foreign ministerial meeting between Japan and China held in Laos in late July, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is said to have acknowledged the need for talks between the two countries. Easing tensions with its neighboring countries will also benefit China itself. We hope China will agree to hold bilateral talks.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Aug. 9, 2016)


Letter from OFA U.S.A

Kiyoshi --

 Thanks to OFA supporters pushing for lasting change on the local and national level, we've been able to make big strides in tackling some of our country's most important issues. But our work is far from over -- and your feedback matters in determining what's ahead.

 For the past few months, OFA volunteers around the country have been giving their perspectives on the direction of this movement as part of OFA's What's Next tour. What's Next is the opportunity for this movement's biggest supporters to give feedback on where we've been, and input on where we're going. And now it's your turn.

 Today, we're launching the What's Next survey, a short questionnaire that will help us gather information on what people like you -- who have played a critical role in this movement -- want to do going forward. Take a few minutes and share your thoughts on where we've been and where we're going.

 Once you've completed the survey, as a small thank you, you'll receive a discount code to receive 40 percent off any OFA Store products.

Make sure your voice is heard -- fill out the What's Next survey now. It will only take a few minutes.

 I can't stress enough how important your voice is in determining the direction of this movement. Whether you've been a part of this since the beginning or just taken action recently, your input will help inform planning for the future.

 This is, and always has been, about all of us, working to make change -- and believing, in the face of cynicism, that we can do it if we speak up together. We still have a lot of important work to do together. Can we count on you?

Don't pass up this chance to make your voice heard and help shape the path forward. Get started on the What's Next survey now:




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 Organizing for Action


Letter from Hillary Clinton

Kiyoshi --

 This week, we learned that Donald Trump and the Republicans raised more than $82 million in the month of July.

 This is the same man who mocked a disabled reporter and has called women "fat pigs." The same man who took the stage at the Republican National Convention and told the world that his vision is to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, deport millions of immigrants, and repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaving countless Americans without health care.

 He's unqualified and unfit to lead our country -- but the unfortunate reality we must confront is that he still might be able to win if he spends enough to convince voters otherwise.

 This team has what it takes to defeat him -- I know that. But I need to know you're with me right now. Will you chip in $3 or more to help make sure we win in November and build a future for our country that we can be proud of?

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Letter from the Democrats U.S.A.

Kiyoshi --

 I was born in Louisiana at a time when, if you had the wrong skin color and tried to register to vote or cast a ballot, you might be forced to pass a literacy test, pay a poll tax, or even face the threat of physical violence.

 51 years ago today, that changed dramatically when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.

 It was a profound victory for families like mine -- and it's why I celebrate this anniversary every year, and why I hope you'll join with me to commit to exercising this hard-won right on Election Day.

 I've made it my life's work to fight alongside the Democratic Party to protect the right to vote against efforts to erect new barriers.

 I wish it was a fight we weren't still fighting in the year 2016 -- but in the three years since the Supreme Court profoundly weakened the protections of the VRA in Shelby County v. Holder, Republican-led state legislatures across the country have set to work making it harder for the folks the law used to protect to vote.

 By rolling back early voting, eliminating same-day registration, implementing new photo ID laws, and more, Republican politicians are systematically targeting women, communities of color, working families, students, first-generation Americans, the elderly -- all people who, it just so happens, tend not to be the ones supporting the GOP on Election Day.

 The good news is, with a string of recent rulings across the nation, our courts are stepping up and striking down these laws one by one by calling them out for what they really are -- partisan ploys to disenfranchise voters inclined to support Democrats.

 Each decision has been a step in the right direction, but we still have our work cut out for us. Democrats believe that we are stronger together, and stronger when every voice can be heard at the ballot box.

Kiyoshi, join me today in committing to vote for leaders who share that belief and will continue fighting alongside us:


 Thanks for being part of this,


 Donna Brazile
 Democratic National Committee


Letter from Amnesty International U.S.A

Cheer on the first-ever refugee Olympic team

Dear kiyoshi,

 Tonight, when millions of people tune into the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, they’ll see a team of ten refugees march into the stadium as a team with no nation and no flag.

 The unprecedented team is a reflection of the global refugee crisis, with more people displaced by violence and persecution than at any time since World War II. It’s also an opportunity to help shape how the public thinks of refugees – and how governments treat them.

 Amnesty International is rallying behind the refugee team. We’re supporting a group of refugees who created a flag and an anthem for the team, and we’re partnering with a coalition of groups, including UNICEF, Sesame Street, and Save the Children, on an initiative called Team Refugees.

 Together, we’re honoring these 10 brave athletes who have overcome tremendous obstacles. We’re showing refugees around the world that they are welcome. We’re galvanizing public support for the safety and dignity of all refugees. And we are demanding that governments do their part to help address the refugee crisis.

 You can help by sharing these Facebook and Twitter posts.

 While we cheer on the refugee Olympians, Amnesty will continue shining a light on human rights abuses in Brazil. We will not allow the human rights of anyone be disregarded—from the refugees struggling to find safety around the world, to the families living in favelas in Rio.

 Join us today to tell the world: human rights have no borders.

 In solidarity,
Eric Ferrero
Deputy Executive Director for Strategic Communications and Digital Initiatives
 Amnesty International USA


Letter from Michelle Obama

Kiyoshi --

 Yesterday was Barack's 55th birthday, his last one as President. And as we celebrated this milestone, I couldn't help but think about how proud I am of who he is and the example he has set as President -- his decency, grace, perseverance, and strength.

 Those are the traits I'm looking for in our next President -- and that's why I'm proud to say: I'm with her.

 Between now and November, we need to get out every vote in order to elect Hillary and Democrats up and down the ballot, Kiyoshi -- and we're counting on your support to help us pull it off.

 So I hope you will step up today by pitching in $3 or whatever you can to help.

If you've saved your payment information, your donation will go through immediately.


 Thank you so, so much.



Emperor likely to issue video message Monday amid reports of desire to abdicate

Japan Times 2016-08-05
Emperor likely to issue video message Monday amid reports of desire to abdicate
Emperor Akihito is likely to express his thoughts on his role in a video message Monday amid growing speculation that he is considering abdication, sources said Thursday.

The Imperial Household Agency is arranging for the 82-year-old Emperor’s message to be made public Monday afternoon, the agency sources said, adding he is expected to read out a statement prepared in consultation with senior agency officials.

It will be only the Emperor’s second video message, following one released five days after the massive earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.

While the Emperor is unlikely to refer directly to abdication, he is expected to share his view about fulfilling his official duties going forward.

The last emperor to abdicate was Emperor Kokaku in 1817.

The Imperial House Law does not contain a provision relating to abdication and the government has set up a special team to study the matter in strict secrecy.

Last month, it was reported that the Emperor wished to hand the throne to his 56-year-old son, Crown Prince Naruhito, due to concerns about his ability to fully perform his duties.

The Emperor has since told close aides that the performance of his duties is inseparable from his status as a symbol of the state, as stipulated in the Constitution, and has expressed his desire to abdicate if he cannot perform them in the future.

Emperor Akihito acceded to the throne at age 55 upon the death of his 87-year-old father, Emperor Hirohito, who is posthumously called Emperor Showa, in 1989.







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