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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Welcome Instapundit Readers

I hope you enjoy what you read. Please take a moment and read the post on why I started this blog.

Also, this is a polite blog. All rude comments, rude language or other will be deleted.

I hope to post more soon, work has been rather harsh lately, 18 hour days not being unusual as well as 6-7 days a week.

Hopefully, it will settle into a more normal routine soon and I will be able to blog more.

Thanks professor for the link!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Let the fun begin!

Even more corruption is coming to light making former presidents of Korea look even worse. I didn't know it was possible!

Some tidbits:

According to reports, Park Ji-won, disgraced former presidential chief of staff, was aware of the tapes six years ago, and Chun Yong-taek, former National Intelligence Service (NIS) chief and defense minister, had a backdoor deal with Kong Un-yong, former head of the agency’s special wiretapping team, codenamed ``Mirim,’’ to cover up his own corruption scandal.

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The tape reportedly contains a secret discussion between Hong, then president of the Samsung Group-affiliated daily, the JoongAng Ilbo, and Lee Hak-soo, vice chairman of Samsung’s corporate restructuring office.

Park, however, said he did not give a copy of the tape to the former minister, Park. He said he received the tape from Kong and another former NIS agent, who was fired by the agency with Kong, to help get them reinstated.

They allegedly intended to take advantage of the situation. The former minister had uneasy relations with the vernacular daily which continued to criticize Park’s qualifications as a Cabinet minister.

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Another suspicion was raised by a local daily that the tape actually contained Hong’s remarks stating that former President Kim Dae-jung promised to help Samsung take over Kia Motors in return for slush funds, but it was omitted on the agency’s written report of the tape.

Hong allegedly said Kim’s party would help Samsung take over Kia if it announces its merger and acquisition plan, the Hankyoreh Shinmun reported. Kia was then struggling with financial difficulties and was later merged with Hyundai Motors.

In addition, former agents also claimed Kim Hyun-chul, the second son of former President Kim Young-sam, was behind thousands of eavesdropping cases during his father’s administration in the 1990s, reports said.


Gotta love Korean politics!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

KFDA question

Anyone familiar with the KFDA? I have a question about getting products approved.

Drop me a comment if you might be able to help.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Japanese Children Denied Citizenship!

Well, only if they aren't 'pure-blood' Japanese. Another disgusting story follows.

She came here from the Philippines to make and save money, but her dreams of a better life for her family were, she says, "washed away" when her partner, who remained in the Philippines, left her for another woman.

Her first mistake. She came from the Philippines to Japan and actually expected to be treated decently. Now, this article does NOT say if she was there legally or not.
Tapiru now has two daughters, 7-year-old Masami Tapiru and Naomi Sato, 3, both of whom were fathered by a Japanese man.
Okay, her kids father is Japanese. They should at least be safely citizens, right? I mean, the father is Japanese and they were freakin born in Japan!

However, due to a little-known article in the Japanese Nationality Law, while Naomi may claim the rights and privileges of Japanese citizenship and the protection that it affords, Masami cannot.

Article 2 of the Japanese Nationality Law states that a child is entitled to automatic Japanese citizenship if, at the time of birth, it is certain that either the mother or the father is a Japanese national.

Okay, this seems straight forward enough. Born in Japan and the father is Japanese. Ah...but there is more...

In order for the child to obtain Japanese citizenship if the couple is not married, the father must give "ninchi," or recognition, that the child in the mother's womb is his own.

Ninchi may be given after birth and the child registered on the "koseki touhon," or family register, but in such cases, it is almost impossible for the child to obtain citizenship.

Japanese courts have begun to stick to the letter of the law -- in this case stipulating that recognition by a Japanese father must be given before or "at the time of birth."

If ninchi is given after the birth, the court does not recognize that the child had a Japanese father at the time of birth, and therefore rejects the claim for citizenship.

Is this a freakin joke or what? In this story, the mother is allowed to stay on a permanent residence basis to raise her children, which is good, but her children should be recognized as Japanese citizens! Only one is. If she died, one would be cared for in Japan and the other deported!!!!

Come on already, clean this stupid law up!

Yeah, I'm back again...

I've been working nearly 18 hour days of late, 15-16 on the 'easy' days.

Hopefully, I'll be able to cut back some and spend more time with my family. I also want to blog so more as time permits.

Korea's Imperial House Ends

Rather sadly I think. I always felt Korea should bring their royals back in a non-governing, historical type role. According to this article, that will no longer be possible. I thought there were other relatives living in the LA area, guess I was wrong.

Divorced and without children, citizen Yi Gu was found in a guest room at the Akasaka Prince Hotel in Tokyo, the time (Saturday) and cause (heart attack) of his death at present only estimates. On Tuesday morning, Japanese prosecutors performed an autopsy.

But Gu (b. 1931) was Korea’s last imperial prince, the son of Crown Prince Eun (1887-1970) and Princess Bang-ja (1901-1989) and the final heir to the Chosun Dynasty's imperial mantle. His life’s ups and downs closely followed the fortunes of modern Korean history. At his birth in Tokyo, his father was king in name only of a country that no longer existed. Receiving a modern education in Japan, he was 14 when Korea was liberated but could not return home, because the new powers no longer wanted him.

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In November 1996, he made what he hoped would be his permanent return to Korea. "From now on, I'm just Yi Gu, with no connection to the royal family,” he said at the time. But it was not to last. Showing signs of a nervous breakdown, he was unable to adjust to life in the motherland. Restlessly going back and fourth between Japan and Korea, he eventually died abroad. His funeral has been scheduled for July 24.


May he rest in peace. From earlier articles on him, he was never able to accept his lot in life.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Racism runs deep in Japan

Read this at Coming Anarchy and will pass it along without comment, it speaks for itself.

An independent investigator for the UN says racism in Japan is deep and profound, and the government does not recognise the depth of the problem.

Doudou Diene, a UN special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia, was speaking at the end of a nine-day tour of the country. ...

He said that although the government helped to organise his visit, he felt many officials failed to recognise the seriousness of the racism and discrimination minorities suffered.

He was also concerned that politicians used racist or nationalist themes, as he put it, to whip up popular emotions. He singled out the treatment of ethnic Koreans and Chinese and indigenous tribes. ...

South Korea lights up the North

In the latest proposal, South Korea would supply North Korea with electricity. This time, it wouldn't be building plants, but stringing lines from the South to the North.

An inadequate supply of electricity has left the North Korean economy in shambles. Trains, North Korea's main means of transportation, are electrically powered and seldom run on time. Blackouts are common even in Pyongyang, the North's capital. Unreliable transport hamstrings economic activities.
The South Korean suggestion is an offshoot of President Roh Moo Hyun's policy of helping North Korea rebuild its economy. The South contends that economic development would make the North Korean leaders more confident about their future so that they would open up the North to the outside world, improve the quality of life for its people and eventually consider reunification with the South. Critics have condemned the approach as coddling an untrustworthy regime.
South Korea's initiates are based on the premises that North Korea is willing to negotiate away its nuclear ambitions. But analysts also suspect that the North may stall the six-country talks to buy time to build more bombs to win recognition as a nuclear power, as well as winning quick economic benefits.

The hitch as I see it is that this is based on the North BEGINNING to dismantle their Nuclear program, not as a reward for actually having done something tangible on the road towards disarmament.

I'm sure the North will twist this and mutilate it and we will end up right where we started except that the North will have wrangled more food and other items from us.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Babble-on blathers on

Without saying much, he cracks me up again.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Yasukuni Needed to Win Next War!

Or something like that.
An opposition Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker, Shingo Nishimura, said Thursday Japan is likely to have to wage a war in the near future and should not forget the existence of Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine to win it.

Japan "should not pledge not to fight a war," the House of Representatives member said.

"In the near future, our country may have to accept a war, maybe on the East China Sea or the Taiwan Strait," Nishimura said.

"We have to win that time, and to do so we must not forget about Yasukuni," he said.

First time I've ever heard of a shrine winning a war...

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Korean's Corrupt Kiribati

Another black eye for Korea.
The National Youth Commission charged yesterday that Korean fishermen are largely responsible for the existence of a teen prostitution industry in Kiribati, a small island nation in the South Pacific.

The commission said it conducted an investigation last month in Tarawa, Kiribati's capital, after the United Nations Children's Fund said that Koreans were sexually exploiting children in the South Pacific.

"In Kiribati, tourism has not developed like other countries," said an official at the commission, which is under the authority of Korea's prime minister. "So there hasn't been prostitution there until recently. Prostitution in Kiribati seems to have been started by Korean fishermen."

The commission said its investigators spoke to young Kiribati women and girls who had been involved with Korean fishermen. Investigators said they found dozens of underage prostitutes working in bars that the fishermen frequented.
The commission said that Kiribati teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 told them that fishermen solicited them in the bars. They normally received cash, cigarettes, bottles of alcohol or clothes for sexual services, according to the commission.
Korean's bitch and moan about Japanese coming to Korea to visit brothels when they are just as guilty. Ah, smell the hypocrisy...

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Political Dwarf

I missed this earlier, Curzon didn't.

North Korea's official media on Monday suggested Japan should be excluded from future multilateral talks on the North's nuclear weapons program, which have been stalled since the last round was held in June last year.

"The nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula is not a matter for such an insincere and clumsy political dwarf as Japan to deal with," the Minju Joson daily was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency, monitored in Tokyo.

South Korea's Military takes President at his Word

And in doing so have asked for a massive spending increase.

South Korea's Defense Ministry has requested a 12 percent hike in the defense budget for next year despite economic woes, officials said Tuesday.

Under the budget proposal submitted to the Ministry of Planning and Budget, the military seeks to secure 23.3 trillion won ($22.5 billion) in 2006, up from 20 trillion won this year.

The increase is necessary for a push to promote the cooperative self-reliant defense posture, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry plans to spend 8.3 trillion won, or 35.8 percent of the total defense budget, to build up the military's capacity in 2006, up from 33.9 percent this year, it said.

The plan is aimed at realizing President Roh Moo-hyun's pledge to seek a self-reliant defense posture amid the United States' downsizing of its military presence in South Korea, officials said.

Now we'll find out if the President meant what he said. It is easy to talk, much harder when hands are out for the cash.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Parent's say "NO" to warped textbook

Yeah! Here are some parents putting their collective foot down and telling the right-wing neo-nutjobs to stop messing with history!

A group of residents in Tokyo's Suginami Ward asked a district court Friday to order the local government not to adopt controversial textbooks for history and social studies for junior high school students, saying they justify Japan's past military aggressions.

In a complaint filed with the Tokyo District Court, the plaintiffs said the textbooks, published by Fusosha Publishing Inc., run counter to the ideas of the Japanese Constitution and the Fundamental Law of Education and will have a serious impact on students' minds.

The central government's approval of the textbooks, edited by members of the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform, have stirred anti-Japan sentiment in other Asian countries, who insist they gloss over Japan's wartime atrocities.

A 52-year-old plaintiff said, "We have decided to file the suit as we do not want our children to use them."

Suginami Ward is planning to adopt the textbooks in early August.


Now it is time to get rid of the morons that actually wanted to use the books!