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FTR #291 From Kennebunkport to Pearl Harbor: Bush, Moon, and The Rising Sun

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1. The focal point of this broad­cast is the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church of Rev­erend Sun Myung Moon. In addi­tion to pro­vid­ing a brief over­look at the his­to­ry and method­ol­o­gy of his orga­ni­za­tion, the broad­cast fur­ther devel­ops the rela­tion­ship between the Bush fam­i­ly and Moon, as well as his­tor­i­cal links and struc­tur­al sim­i­lar­i­ties between the Japan­ese patri­ot­ic and ultra-nation­al­ist soci­eties [4] and the Moon out­fit. (The patri­ot­ic soci­eties paved the way for the rise of fas­cism in Japan through a wave of polit­i­cal assas­si­na­tions.)

2. Repub­li­can die-hard and tel­e­van­ge­list Pat Robert­son expressed reser­va­tions about George W.’s “faith-based char­i­ty” pro­gram because it would pro­vide aid to Moon’s orga­ni­za­tion.

“Robert­son, a for­mer GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and one of Bush’s strongest sup­port­ers on the Chris­t­ian Right, point­ed to plans by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Uni­fi­ca­tion Church to pro­mote its sex­u­al absti­nence pro­grams in pub­lic schools with gov­ern­ment funds.”. . . He said Moon’s church uses ‘brain­wash­ing tech­niques’ on recruits.”

(“Faith-Based Wel­fare Puz­zles Tel­e­van­ge­list’’ by Don Lat­tin; San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle; 2/22/2001; pp. A1-A15.)

3. Robertson’s stance is iron­ic in a cou­ple of respects. Robertson’s tel­e­van­gel­i­cal col­league Jer­ry Fal­well had his Lib­er­ty Uni­ver­si­ty bailed out [5] of finan­cial trou­ble by Moon. More impor­tant­ly, the Bush fam­i­ly has impor­tant and long-stand­ing con­tacts [6] with the Moon orga­ni­za­tion, a fact that failed to dis­suade Robert­son from endors­ing Dubya for pres­i­dent

4. Much of the first half of the pro­gram high­lights the his­to­ry and method­ol­o­gy of the Moon orga­ni­za­tion and fur­ther devel­ops its ongo­ing rela­tion­ship with the Bush fam­i­ly. This dis­cus­sion relies large­ly on a fine arti­cle by Car­la Bin­ion, in the wor­thy on-line mag­a­zine Online Jour­nal.
(“Why is TV News Ignor­ing the Rela­tion­ship between Moon and the Bush Fam­i­ly?” by Car­la Bin­ion; Online Jour­nal; 2/22/2001) [7]

5. After pos­ing ques­tions about the reluc­tance of broad­cast jour­nal­ists to pur­sue the Moon-Bush link, the arti­cle details the anti-Amer­i­can, anti-demo­c­ra­t­ic nature of the Moon orga­ni­za­tion.

” … here is evi­dence that Moon is open­ly anti-Amer­i­can and anti-demo­c­ra­t­ic, with an agen­da that includes under­min­ing Amer­i­can democ­ra­cy and indi­vid­u­al­ism. These are only some of the rea­sons why a deep­er inves­ti­ga­tion into the Moon/Bush alliance is worth­while: (First 1) Fred­er­ick Clark­son (Eter­nal Hos­til­i­ty, Com­mon Courage Press, 1997) reports that Moon has stat­ed his goal is the ‘sub­ju­ga­tion of the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment and pop­u­la­tion’.

(Clarkson’s source: John Jud­is, ‘Rev. Moon’s ris­ing Polit­i­cal Influ­ence: His Empire Is Spend­ing Big Mon­ey To Try To Win Favor With Con­ser­v­a­tives,’ U.S. News and World Report, March 27, 1989.)

6. Accord­ing to the same U.S. News arti­cle, Moon also said, ‘His­to­ry will make the posi­tion of Rev. Moon clear,’ and that ‘his ene­mies, the Amer­i­can peo­ple and gov­ern­ment will bow down before him.’

7. Clark­son reports that Moon has also said, ‘the entire world is our goal. . . Absolute obe­di­ence to the Father [Moon]—that one thing will bring cer­tain vic­to­ry. . . Peo­ple here in Amer­i­ca have to rec­og­nize the abil­i­ty and pow­er of Rev­erend Moon.’
(Excerpt from New Hope News, Novem­ber 25, 1974, Reprint­ed in Fred­er­ick Miller’s ‘Con­fu­sion at the Fronts, Part three,’ True Light Edu­ca­tion­al Min­istry, 1996.)

8. On May 1, 1997, Moon told a group of fol­low­ers that ‘the coun­try that rep­re­sents Satan’s har­vest is Amer­i­ca.’
(Uni­fi­ca­tion News, June 1997.)

9. In the 1970’s, Moon was inves­ti­gat­ed by a con­gres­sion­al com­mit­tee head­ed by then‑U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Don­ald Fras­er (D—MN.) Robert Boettch­er was staff direc­tor of the Fras­er com­mit­tee. Boettcher’s inter­views with for­mer Moonies revealed that Moon was ‘appalled’ by Amer­i­can indi­vid­u­al­ism and con­sid­ered mov­ing to Ger­many’ where peo­ple were trained in total­ism.’

(Robert Boettch­er, Gifts of Deceit: Sun Myung Moon, Tong­sun Park and the Kore­an Scan­dal, Holt, Rine­hart and Win­ston, 1980.) [8]

10. Boettch­er writes that accord­ing to for­mer Uni­fi­ca­tion church mem­bers, Moon’s pro­gram to ‘instill dis­ci­pline’ includ­ed show­ing ‘Nazi films on orga­niz­ing Hitler Youth.’” (Ibid.; pp. 1–2.)

11a. The fascis­tic, anti-demo­c­ra­t­ic and anti-Amer­i­can atti­tude of the Moon orga­ni­za­tion is made all the more alarm­ing because of the enor­mous pow­er Moon wields. One of the main areas of Moon influ­ence is in the media.

“In an effort to gain polit­i­cal influ­ence, Moon has worked his ten­ta­cles into the news media. Fred­er­ick Clark­son writes that since its found­ing the news­pa­per the Wash­ing­ton Times ‘has been owned, con­trolled and bankrolled’ by Moon. For­mer Wash­ing­ton Times edi­to­r­i­al page edi­tor William Cheshire resigned because of alleged edi­to­r­i­al inter­fer­ence from Moon’s offi­cials. Accord­ing to Clark­son, Cheshire also said he believes the Wash­ing­ton Times is oper­at­ing in vio­la­tion of the for­eign Agents Reg­is­tra­tion Act. Passed in the 1930’s, the For­eign Agents Reg­is­tra­tion Act ‘requires enti­ties whose activ­i­ties are con­trolled by for­eign gov­ern­ments and cor­po­ra­tions to make finan­cial and oth­er forms of dis­clo­sure to the Jus­tice Depart­ment’. Clark­son says the Act was orig­i­nal­ly passed ‘to expose covert Nazi fund­ing of Ger­man-Amer­i­can news­pa­pers.’”

(Ibid.; pp. 2–3.)

11b. Anoth­er major source of pow­er for the Moon orga­ni­za­tion has been its links with pow­er­ful Repub­li­can politi­cians. George H.W. Bush, in par­tic­u­lar, has been very active on behalf of Moon, speak­ing out on behalf of Moon-owned media voic­es and accept­ing gen­er­ous stipends for these engage­ments.

“George H.W. Bush is one of the most polit­i­cal­ly pow­er­ful defend­ers of Moon and the Wash­ing­ton Times. Bush was CIA direc­tor when the Fras­er com­mit­tee inves­ti­gat­ed Moon, and he is well aware of Moon’s stat­ed agen­da and modus operan­di. At the time of the con­gres­sion­al inves­ti­ga­tion, Bush han­dled sen­si­tive mat­ters on U.S. rela­tions with Korea and the polit­i­cal fig­ures involved. Accord­ing to a Reuters report, (‘Bush Prais­es Moon as ‘Man of Vision,’’’ Novem­ber 25, 19.)”

12.

“When Moon held a ban­quet in Buenos Aires cel­e­brat­ing his new ‘Span­ish-lan­guage news­pa­per for the whole of Latin Amer­i­ca,’ his guest at the event, George H.W. Bush, praised Moon’s ‘respect for edi­to­r­i­al inde­pen­dence.’ Bush’s speech ‘was full of praise’ for Moon’s Wash­ing­ton Times, accord­ing to Reuters. The report also says Bush described Moon as ‘the man with the vision.’ Reuters said Bush lat­er trav­eled with Moon to neigh­bor­ing Uruguay ‘to help him inau­gu­rate a sem­i­nary in the cap­i­tal, Mon­te­v­ideo, to train 4,200 young Japan­ese women to spread the word of his Church of Uni­fi­ca­tion across Latin Amer­i­ca.’ ‘I want to salute Rev­erend Moon who is the founder of the Wash­ing­ton Times and of the new paper,’ Bush said. Accord­ing to Reuters, the Wash­ing­ton Post report­ed that Bush was paid $100,000 for his Buenos Aires appear­ance.”

(Ibid.; p. 3.)

13. In addi­tion to speak­ing on behalf of Moon-con­trolled media voic­es, the elder Bush and his wife, Bar­bara, have been active­ly sup­port­ive of a front group found­ed by Moon’s wife.

“Clark­son says Moon has often used George H.W. Bush and Bar­bara Bush as a ‘warm-up act’ at his ‘fam­i­ly val­ues’ ral­lies. When Bush gave a series of speech­es at events spon­sored by Moon’s wife’s orga­ni­za­tion, the World Fed­er­a­tion for World Peace (WFWP), he claimed he did not know Moon was involved. Instead, Bush praised the WFWP for its ‘great empha­sis on fam­i­ly.’ Bush also said, ‘Until I see some­thing about the Women’s Fed­er­a­tion that trou­bles me, I will con­tin­ue to encour­age them.’ (Clarkson’s sources: Peter McGill et al, ‘Ed Schrey­er and the Moonies, MacLean’s, Octo­ber 23, 1995; Andrew Pol­lock, ‘Bush Host in Japan tied to Rev. Moon,’ The New York Times; Sep­tem­ber 4, 1995.)

(Ibid.; pp. 8–9.)

14. In addi­tion to the Elder George Bush, Moon has clout with­in the admin­is­tra­tion of George the Younger.

“Reporter Joe Cona­son said that at a Wash­ing­ton gath­er­ing cel­e­brat­ing the George W. Bush inau­gu­ra­tion, at a ‘prayer lun­cheon’ held in the Hyatt hotel ball­room on Capi­tol Hill on 1/19/2001, Moon received an award for his ‘work in sup­port of tra­di­tion­al fam­i­ly val­ues.’ The fea­tured speak­er was John Ashcroft. (Cona­son, The New York Observ­er, Feb­ru­ary 12, 2001.) Tues­day (2/20/2001), a C‑Span mod­er­a­tor said Rev. Moon plans to pro­mote his absti­nence pro­gram in schools with the help of George W. Bush’s Faith-Based Ini­tia­tive pro­gram. How might that work? Fred­er­ick Clark­son points out that Moon has been try­ing to get his ten­ta­cles into U.S. schools to pro­mote his rightwing views for many years. The World Med­ical Health Foun­da­tion (WMHF) is a Moon front group. WMHF chief, Dr. William Bergman, once-direc­tor of Moon’s Uni­fi­ca­tion Church, pro­duced a slide pro­gram for schools called ‘The Pri­vate Plague: AIDS, Sex­u­al­ly Trans­mit­ted dis­eases & a Strat­e­gy for our Youth at Risk.’ Bergman’s pro­gram teach­es that these dis­eases have roots in the ‘civ­il rights move­ment’ which alleged­ly led to ‘moral rel­a­tivism.’ (Clarkson’s source: The Pri­vate Plague slide pro­gram man­u­al, p. 23.)

(Ibid.; pp. 7–8.)

15. Moon has influ­ence with oth­er key ele­ments of the Repub­li­can estab­lish­ment, as well as the Bush fam­i­ly (and admin­is­tra­tion.)

“Clark­son writes that a 1994 con­gres­sion­al res­o­lu­tion spon­sored by Rep. Dan Bur­ton (R‑In), Sen­a­tor Trent Lott (R‑MI), and Sen­a­tor Orrin Hatch (R‑UT) sup­port­ing Par­ents Day turned out to be a Moon ini­ti­at­ed effort ‘in which the ‘True Par­ents behind the res­o­lu­tion were qui­et­ly cel­e­brat­ed’ a fact pos­si­bly hid­den from the con­gress­men.) Clarkson’s source: Lisa Gray, ‘Hon­or Thy Par­ents,’ Wash­ing­ton City Paper, Sep­tem­ber 1995; and Robert Boston, ‘Unholy Mat­ri­mo­ny,’ Church and State, Octo­ber 1996.”

(Ibid.; p. 8.)
16a. As detailed at greater length in RFA#7 and FTR#84, Moon’s pull with the Bush fam­i­ly and the Repub­li­can Par­ty is the prod­uct of a long and con­cert­ed pro­gram to acquire pow­er in the Unit­ed States.

“For exam­ple, when con­ser­v­a­tive direct mail entre­pre­neur Richard Viguerie was hav­ing finan­cial trou­ble in the late 1980’s, ‘Moon direct­ed more busi­ness his way and had a cor­po­ra­tion run by Moon’s Lieu­tenant, Bo Hi Pak, buy one of Viguerie’s prop­er­ties for $10 mil­lion,’ accord­ing to Par­ry. (Orange Coun­ty Reg­is­ter, Decem­ber 21, 1987; Wash­ing­ton Post, Octo­ber 15, 1989.)”

(Ibid.; pp. 3–4.)

16b. Among the cen­ters of Amer­i­can pow­er that Moon has [suc­cess­ful­ly] sought to pen­e­trate are U.S. intel­li­gence and law-enforce­ment agen­cies.

“[Allen Tate] Wood also said Moon told him ‘part of our strat­e­gy in the U.S. must be to make friends in the FBI, the CIA and police forces, the mil­i­tary and busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty . . . as a means of enter­ing the polit­i­cal are­na, influ­enc­ing for­eign pol­i­cy, and ulti­mate­ly estab­lish­ing absolute domin­ion over the Amer­i­can peo­ple.’”

(Ibid. p. 5.)

17. One of the orga­ni­za­tions piv­otal­ly influ­enced by Moon is the for­mer World Anti-Com­mu­nist League [9] or WACL.

“In order to gain pow­er, Moon has also aligned him­self with orga­ni­za­tions fur­ther to the right than the New Right Repub­li­cans, among them the World Anti-Com­mu­nist League (WACL). The WACL, accord­ing to Fred­er­ick Clark­son, is ‘an inter­na­tion­al alliance of con­ser­v­a­tive, fas­cist and Nazi groups, gov­ern­ments and indi­vid­u­als.’ The head of the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church in Japan was a mem­ber of the WACL board of direc­tors. Clark­son says, ‘the Japan­ese sec­tion of WACL, Shokyo Ren­go, was found­ed in 1968 as an alliance between top Uni­fi­ca­tion Church offi­cials and lead­ers of the Yakuza (Japan­ese orga­nized crime), notably Yoshio Kodama.’”

(Ibid.; p. 4.)

18. Kodama and the afore­men­tioned Ryoichi Sasakawa were both deeply involved in the Japan­ese patri­ot­ic soci­eties. Before a dis­cus­sion of both indi­vid­u­als’ involve­ment with the Moon orga­ni­za­tion, WACL and the per­sons and events involved with and lead­ing up to the attack on Pearl Har­bor, the broad­cast high­lights the May 15 inci­dent, the most impor­tant of the assas­si­na­tions per­formed by the patri­ot­ic soci­eties. (As indi­cat­ed above, these assas­si­na­tions paved the way for the rise of fas­cism in Japan, through the elim­i­na­tion of poten­tial oppo­nents of the Japan­ese fas­cists and mil­i­tarists.) On May 15, 1932, the Japan­ese Prime Min­is­ter [Tsuyoshi Inukai] was assas­si­nat­ed by a con­spir­a­cy hatched by the patri­ot­ic soci­eties, act­ing through a group of young mil­i­tary offi­cers called the Blood Broth­er­hood.

“The civil­ian wing of the young offi­cers’ plot was a gang called the Blood Broth­er­hood (Ket­sumei­dan, lit­er­al­ly the Blood Oath Band). Some of them were vicious youths, liv­ing on the bor­der­land where patri­o­tism and crime meet; oth­ers were idle, fanat­i­cal stu­dents. All of them were ide­al­ists, in their way. They were will­ing instru­ments, but they had hyp­no­tized them­selves with slo­gans and they regard­ed them­selves as more than tools. The prospect that the army would become the active force of rev­o­lu­tion had stim­u­lat­ed the patri­ots all along the line, and many cur­rents met in the move­ment which cul­mi­nates on May 15.”

(Gov­ern­ment by Assas­si­na­tion; by Hugh Byas; Copy­right 1942 [HC]; Alfred A. Knopf; p. 53.)

19. The offi­cers of the Blood Broth­er­hood, in turn, were asso­ci­at­ed with the Native-Land-Lov­ing School, run by Kos­aburo Tachibana. This school, like oth­ers of its kind, was a direct out­growth of, and vehi­cle for, the patri­ot­ic soci­eties.

“Kos­aburo Tachibana was haunt­ed by dreams in his boy­hood and could not decide whether to become a states­man or a gen­er­al or (some­times) sim­ply a good man. He had been born in the pre­fec­ture which after­wards became the site of the naval air train­ing base and the home of the Blood Broth­er­hood, and his birth­place fixed his des­tiny . . . . In 1939, his admir­ers enabled him to estab­lish a school. He called it the Native-Land-Lov­ing School (Aiky­o­juku). Every­body in Japan with a mes­sage to deliv­er or an axe to grind opens a school. . . . Those schools in the hands of the patri­ot­ic soci­eties are at once a method of train­ing young men for strong-arm work and a plau­si­ble excuse for extort­ing con­tri­bu­tions from the rich and timid.”

(Ibid.; pp. 63–64.)

20. Two days before the killing of Prime Min­is­ter Inukai, his assas­sins-to-be gath­ered to plan their crime.

“Two days ear­li­er, on Fri­day, May 13, two young naval offi­cers had made a two-hour train jour­ney from Tokyo to a place with which they were famil­iar, the drab coun­try town of Tsuchiu­ra, rail­way sta­tion for the inland naval air base and train­ing school called Kasum­i­gra-ura, the Misty Lagoon. An army cadet and a Tokyo stu­dent accom­pa­nied them. They were met by a teacher of the Native-Land-Lov­ing School, which trained farmer boys in agri­cul­ture and patri­o­tism. They all went to a Japan­ese restau­rant where they were, as usu­al, giv­en a pri­vate room. . . .On Sun­day, the same men met some oth­ers in var­i­ous places in Tokyo and their actions became the May Fif­teenth inci­dent. At five o’clock that Sun­day evening nine naval and mil­i­tary offi­cers of ages between twen­ty-four and twen­ty-eight alight­ed from two taxi­cabs at the side entrance of Yasuku­ni Shrine in Tokyo. The shrine is ded­i­cat­ed to all mem­bers of the fight­ing ser­vices who have died in Japan’s wars. There is no holi­er place in Tokyo.”

(Ibid.; pp. 22–23.)

21. Lat­er that day, the con­spir­a­tors gath­ered at the Prime Minister’s res­i­dence and mur­dered him in front of his daugh­ter-in-law and grand­child.

“They found the Prime Min­is­ter, Mr. Inukai, a diminu­tive alert man of sev­en­ty-five. His first name was Tsuyoshi but his friends knew him as ‘Ki.’. . . He was a very small man, quick and fear­less. His goa­tee beard was of a vague gray col­or which some­how sug­gest­ed, quite erro­neous­ly, that it had once been blond. Late in life he had attained the goal of his ambi­tion and he was intense­ly proud of being the Emperor’s first Min­is­ter. He led the offi­cers into a room. His daugh­ter-in-law, car­ry­ing her baby, was with him, and one of the offi­cers ‘know­ing what would hap­pen in a few minute,’ as he said at the tri­al, told her to go away, but she stayed. The young men were rather con­fused and some were impressed by the old man’s calm demeanor as he asked them to take off their shoes and sit down and talk it over. He had a cig­a­rette in his hand and he lit it. ‘As I observed,’ said one of the offi­cers in his tes­ti­mo­ny, ‘our leader was will­ing to talk with the Prime Min­is­ter. The group that had gone to the back door burst in, head­ed by Lieu­tenant Masayoshi Yam­ag­ishi, a man of action, car­ry­ing a dag­ger. ‘No use talk­ing,’ said Yam­ag­ishi. ‘Fire!’ The word was shout­ed like an order and they all began fir­ing. One shot the Prime Min­is­ter in the neck and anoth­er, delib­er­ate­ly, in the stom­ach. The Prime Min­is­ter sank on the mat­ted floor and nev­er spoke again. ‘Believ­ing the whole affair was over,’ the offi­cers walked out.”

(Ibid.; pp. 24–26.)

22. Most of the sec­ond half of the pro­gram con­sists of an inter­view with Daniel Junas, an expert on the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. The inter­view, con­duct­ed on 12/8/1991 (observ­ing the 50th anniver­sary of the attack on Pearl Har­bor), focus­es on con­nec­tions between Japan­ese fas­cism and the Moonies.

Specif­i­cal­ly, the broad­cast high­lights the close con­nec­tions between the afore­men­tioned Yoshio Kodama, Ryoichi Sasakawa, the Japan­ese patri­ot­ic soci­eties and the attack on Pearl Har­bor. In the inter­view, Mr. Junas affirms the hypoth­e­sis pre­sent­ed in RFA‑7—that the Moon orga­ni­za­tion con­sti­tutes an exten­sion of the Japan­ese patri­ot­ic soci­eties through the years and around the world. (It should be not­ed that, although nom­i­nal­ly Kore­an, the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church is root­ed in Japan­ese fas­cism. Korea had been a Japan­ese colony, and many of the organization’s key ear­ly par­tic­i­pants had been offi­cers in the Impe­r­i­al Japan­ese army. This inter­view devel­ops the Moon/Japan link still fur­ther.)

Both Kodama and Sasakawa were very close to, and involved with, the patri­ot­ic soci­eties. (See FTR-296.) Both were also key oper­a­tives with the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church. Sasakawa was very close to Admi­ral Yamam­a­to, who led the fleet that attacked Pearl Har­bor. Sasakawa was also very close to the Mit­subishi heavy indus­tri­al firm—one of the zaibat­su that was prin­ci­pal­ly involved with ship­build­ing for the Japan­ese navy. Kodama found­ed the Kodama Agency on the day Pearl Har­bor was attacked (its found­ing actu­al­ly took place on 12/8/1941 since Japan is on the oth­er side of the Inter­na­tion­al Date Line.)

The Kodama Agency uti­lized (among oth­er things) the traf­fick­ing of con­tra­band from Japan­ese-occu­pied Manchuria in order to obtain strate­gic mate­ri­als for the Impe­r­i­al Japan­ese Naval Air Arm. As dis­cussed in RFA‑7, Kodama and Gen­er­al Minoru Gen­da were involved in the Lock­heed scan­dal [10] in 1976. (They were con­vict­ed of accept­ing bribes to effect the pur­chase of Lock­heed air­craft for the Japan­ese self-defense forces.) The com­man­der of the air arma­da that attacked Pearl Har­bor, Gen­da was award­ed a medal by the U.S. Air Force for his work on behalf of Lock­heed!

One of the focal points of the inter­view con­cerns the fund­ing for the Moon orga­ni­za­tion. Despite its numer­ous indus­tri­al and fund-rais­ing oper­a­tions, the source of its vast eco­nom­ic resources remains ambigu­ous. Most of the Moon-owned busi­ness­es are mon­ey-losers. Junas advances the hypoth­e­sis, based on his research, that the most prob­a­ble source for the financ­ing of the Moon orga­ni­za­tion is Japan­ese heavy industry—the Mit­subishi firm, in par­tic­u­lar!

The patri­ot­ic soci­eties were also very close to the zaibat­su (the giant fam­i­ly trusts). Mit­subishi was one of the zaibat­su. (For more about the zaibat­su, see also: Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Show M‑26 and FTR #‘s ‑290, 428.)

Junas dis­cuss­es the Japan­ese eco­nom­ic impe­r­i­al orga­ni­za­tion called the Greater East Asia Co-Pros­per­i­ty Sphere. In dis­cussing the sup­port by Sasakawa, Kodama, the Moon orga­ni­za­tion and WACL for the Viet­nam War, Junas under­scores the impor­tance of that war for the Japan­ese econ­o­my. The cap­i­tal inflow Japan expe­ri­enced dur­ing that con­flict had much to do with the rise of the Japan­ese eco­nom­ic jug­ger­naut. As dis­cussed in FTR-290, the foun­da­tion of the post-war Japan­ese econ­o­my was the Kido flight cap­i­tal pro­gram. The close rela­tion­ship between the Repub­li­can Par­ty and the Bush fam­i­ly with such an orga­ni­za­tion should give gen­uine­ly patri­ot­ic Amer­i­cans pause to con­sid­er. (Record­ed on 4/14/2001.)