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Demotion of Iconic Confucius statue-1 [2011年06月22日(Wed)]



Demotion of Iconic Confucius statue
What does it signifyIts significance -1
On the Eve of the 90th anniversary of the establishment of
the Communist Party


This January in a most conspicuous place of the Tiananmen Square in the Capital city of Beijing, no less than the front entrance of the State Museum near Mao Zedong Memorial, a 9.5 meter-high mammoth statue of Confucius appeared. One hundred days later on April 21, the statue was gone as suddenly as it had come. No explanation was given for his sudden appearance or the reason for it to be moved to the backyard of the museum. It was a bizarre happening that invited a great deal of speculation.

The director of the national museum explained that the appearance of Confucius had nothing to do with politics. A sculpture of the historically great man had been temporarily placed at the front of the museum. According to this, the official place for Confucius was in the backyard here he does not have much presence.

The department of state archives excused itself by saying that the Forbidden City and the State Museum were beyond its management. The Tiananmen Gate District Management Committee explained it had received no communication from anywhere and knew nothing about it.
A strange happening, indeed.

This amateur writer volunteers an analysis.
Hu Jintao implemented various policies in line with his vision of building a harmonious society. Confucius represents a moderate authoritarian form of governance which is somewhat close to Hu Jintao’s ideal. It was obvious from the sudden emergence of Confucian Academy throughout the world that Confucius had once again been revalued.
Hu Jintao may have instructed that Confucius be publically displayed to head off, with the Confucian virtues of courtesy and benevolence, the lack of morality, warped sense of values and the worship of money prevalent in Chinese society.
The appearance, and the disappearance of Confucian sculpture may be a message that Hu Jintao’s retirement is now in a countdown stage and that a curtain is now lifting, all be it quietly, on a new power struggle.

A study of Chinese history tells that Confucius is overturned during insurgency and revolutionary times. He reappears when government maintains stability and returns to traditional ways. During the Cultural Revolution of the early 70s, to drive Chou Enlai from his power, Mao criticized Lin Piao and Confucius. Even then, however, there were cultured persons to whom Confucius represented philanthropy, peace and humanity. The removal, then, of the statue of Confucius may mean an attempt to return to Mao’s class struggle in line with the emergence of the left wing leadership.

The Red Song, the revolutionary song was brought back to the scene by Bo Xilai, the CPC Chongging Chongqing Committee Secretary and the son of Bo Yibo, the Communist Party’s top official, who wants to be a standing member of the Party. He has flared up Mao’s philosophy to reach abnormal levels.

On July 1, the Chinese Communist Party will celebrate its 90th anniversary. With growing gap between the rich and the poor in China, corruption of the bureaucrats and the control of the freedom of speech, people’s dissatisfaction agglomerated like the magma. This perhaps accounts for the frequent violence and demonstration against the government taking place in Inner Mongolia, Guangdong, Hubei, Huanan Henan and Hunan provinces.

Hu Jintao’s harmonic society remains an ideal with the present political regime showing its limits. The Communist Party, with its 90th anniversary coming appears to be trying desperately to maintain stability with Mao Zedong type of authoritarian politics and ideology.
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Politicians, straighten up! No.4 [2011年06月22日(Wed)]
Politicians, straighten up! No.4
— Comments and Reactions —


I have received words of encouragement and sympathies to the open letter I wrote, as an amateur writer, hoping that my sincere wish for the good of the country and of the people would be understood even if a little.

I have posted those that I have received from the leaders of municipalities throughout Japan, at my own discretion.

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Mayor Takafumi Yamauchi, Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture
It seems to me that the people at the center of the government are carrying on their discussions without being aware of the real situation in the local municipalities and the conditions the survivors are currently facing.

It is truly shameful that these politicians have more opportunities to be appearing in the media to speak and should inevitably be called wicked critics or journalists.
Chairman Sasakawa has pronounced them as politicians with “self-opinionated attitude”. I also think that an end should be put on to their attitude of arguing while they are doing nothing about what is happening around them yet refute others to silence.

The issues of disaster waste disposal, of temporary housing, of Tokyo Electric Power Company Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, of the recovery of the small and mid-sized companies and employment. These are all the issues that the people want to have addressed immediately yet recovery measures are slow. Moreover there is yet no clear direction shown as to how these issues will be tackled and solved.

We who are entrusted with the local governments, the smallest unit of the administrative organization, do not have any time for indulging in vain theorizing but only to continue to tax our ingenuity as to how we can make rapid progress in the reconstruction of our regions.

Chairman Sasakawa’s contribution to the column truly expresses our feelings.


Mayor Kikuo Hatakeyama, Hachirogata Town, Akita Prefecture
I do not believe that there is a reconstruction scheme that can satisfy everybody. Yet this reconstruction is what must be done immediately now. What is truly needed to make this happen is for the government to regain the lost faith and to give the people hope for the future.

No matter what the policy of reconstruction would be there will always be some dissatisfaction directed at the politicians but the Kan government is beyond words. Politicians must remain trusted even if they are disliked. Once scorned there will be no way for recovery.

The current political situation is the result of a build-up over many years so it will not be easy to change it. However, the important thing is for the government to at least start rebuilding their lost trust. They must be mindful of the shame culture of Japan that Mr. Sasakawa mentions in his article, and govern the country with clean and brave policies. I have been strongly encouraged by Mr. Sasakawa’s words and we too at Hachirogata City will continue to play our part to the best of our abilities.


Mayor Gigyo Takamatsu, Motomiya City, Fukushima Prefecture
The Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11 has brought about unprecedented damages to the Tohoku region, by the earthquake, the resultant tsunami, the nuclear leakage and spread of contamination from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Such a massive disaster taking place needs massive work in restoration and reconstruction, yet there is so much delay on the part of the government in moving forward. I have been greatly impressed by Chairman Sasakawa for publishing his open letter in the Seiron for the public to read.

What we, as leaders, are reminded of is that it is of utmost importance to grasp the needs of the public and to take swift and precise action. We must be united with the public so that we will be able to bring back the life as it was before the disaster. We will also play our part and do our best.


Mayor Morio Someya, Goka Town, Ibaragi Prefecture
I would like to express my sincere condolences and sympathies to those victimized and pray for the speedy recovery of the disaster affected areas.

I have felt a strong sense of morality of the Japanese people as I watched the people in the disaster areas persevering calmly and helping each other in the post-disaster work of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

The importance of human bonding has never been so strongly valued as now while the government is not fulfilling its responsibility of protecting the lives and assets of the citizens. As Chairman Sasakawa so rightly called out “Straighten up, Is this right?” I, too, am filled with fierce anger at the politicians.

We, the mayors of towns and cities are taking a leadership in providing our people with accurate and necessary commands on a daily basis, as we make right decisions and take full responsibility for our actions as heads of local relief assistance headquarters. We are dedicating our lives to our native lands. Our land will definitely be rebuilt despite the unaccountable number of problems that must still be tackled. We are gravely concerned that if the recovery from the disaster is to be delayed any further, it will have a serious impact on our country’s financial situation. Although the central government may be in total confusion we will move forward with what we can and must do.

It is our dire wish that politicians would work united across all political parties. Yet today, the government is totally incompetent and is not able to bring back the lost livelihood of the survivors of the disaster. A government that is indifferent to the wishes and the opinions of the voters is powerless. What we need in order to reconstruct from the damages of the disaster and to rebuild our country is a general election where we will elect politicians who are ready to devote themselves for the good of the citizens.

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