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The tag 'Yakuza' is associated with 14 posts.

Memorial Day Weekend Broadcast: Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th

On Sun­day 5/26/2019 from 11 a.m. (Pacif­ic Time) until 7pm, and on Mon­day, 5/27/2019 from 10am until 7pm, KFJC-FM will fea­ture hours of pro­gram­ming doc­u­ment­ing the pro­found con­nec­tions of U.S. indus­try and finance to the fas­cist pow­ers of World War II. In the decades since the end of the Sec­ond World War, much has been writ­ten about the war and fas­cism, the dri­ving force behind the aggres­sion that pre­cip­i­tat­ed that con­flict. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, much of what has been said and writ­ten has failed to iden­ti­fy and ana­lyze the caus­es, nature and method­ol­o­gy of fascism—German Nation­al Social­ism or “Nazism” in par­tic­u­lar. A deep­er, more accu­rate analy­sis was pre­sent­ed in pub­lished lit­er­a­ture, par­tic­u­lar­ly vol­umes pub­lished dur­ing, or in the imme­di­ate after­math of, the Sec­ond World War. . . . . Fas­cism (Nazism in par­tic­u­lar) was an out­growth of glob­al­iza­tion and the con­struc­tion of inter­na­tion­al monop­o­lies (car­tels). Key to under­stand­ing this phe­nom­e­non is analy­sis of the Webb-Pomerene act, leg­is­lat­ed near the end of the First World War. A loop­hole in the Anti-trust leg­is­la­tion of 1914, it effec­tive­ly legal­ized the for­ma­tion of cartels—international monopolies—for firms that were barred from domes­tic monop­o­lis­tic prac­tices. Decry­ing what they viewed as exces­sive and restric­tive “reg­u­la­tion” here in the Unit­ed States, U.S.-based transna­tion­al cor­po­ra­tions invest­ed their prof­its from the indus­tri­al boom of the 1920’s abroad, pri­mar­i­ly in Japan and Ger­many. This process might well be viewed as the real begin­ning of what is now known as “glob­al­iza­tion.” This rein­vest­ment of the prof­its of the Amer­i­can indus­tri­al boom of the 1920’s in Japan­ese and Ger­man strate­gic heavy indus­try was the cap­i­tal that drove the engines of con­quest that sub­dued both Europe and Asia dur­ing World War II. On Sun­day, we will high­light the Amer­i­can-Ger­man indus­tri­al axis and its var­i­ous man­i­fes­ta­tions. On Mon­day, we will explore the Amer­i­can-Japan­ese indus­tri­al axis.


Pokemon Banzai!

Devel­op­ing infor­ma­tion pre­sent­ed in FTR #813, we note that Tomo­mi Ina­da is being pro­mot­ed from “Cool Japan Min­is­ter” (a capac­i­ty in which she helped over­see the pro­mo­tion of Poke­mon Go) to Defense Min­is­ter. Ina­da has received con­tri­bu­tions from an anti-Kore­an hate group, been pho­tographed with the leader of a Japan­ese Nazi par­ty and endorsed a book on Hitler’s elec­toral and polit­i­cal strat­e­gy.


FTR #813 Return of the Rising Sun, Part 3

Grand­son of the Japan­ese war crim­i­nal who signed that coun­try’s dec­la­ra­tion of war against the U.S., Shin­zo Abe is fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Nobo­suke Kishi (his grand­fa­ther), as well as those of Kishi’s asso­ciates in Japan’s expan­sion­ist empire. Revis­ing school text­books about World War II, pass­ing a new secre­cy law, insti­tut­ing greater state con­trol of news media, dra­mat­i­cal­ly increas­ing defense spend­ing while mov­ing to alter the con­sti­tu­tion to per­mit a more mil­i­taris­tic agen­da, Abe is turn­ing back the Japan­ese his­tor­i­cal and polit­i­cal clock. Japan­ese gov­ern­ment offi­cials are open­ly sanc­tion­ing anti-Kore­an racism and net­work­ing with orga­ni­za­tions that pro­mote that doc­trine. Sev­er­al mem­bers of Abe’s gov­ern­ment net­work with Japan­ese neo-Nazis. Vice-Prime Min­is­ter Taro Aso is a long­time admir­er of Nazi polit­i­cal strat­e­gy and advo­cates using the Nazi method for seiz­ing pow­er to sneak con­sti­tu­tion­al change past the Japan­ese pub­lic.


Dark Cloud on the Rising Sun

In his sec­ond stint as Prime Min­is­ter of Japan, Shin­zo Abe is reboot­ing the right-wing polit­i­cal agen­da he pur­sued dur­ing his first term in the last decade. The grand­son of promi­nent Japan­ese war crim­i­nal Nobo­suke Kishi, Abe is imple­ment­ing revi­sion­ist pol­i­tics designed to obfus­cate Japan’s actions dur­ing World War II, includ­ing edit­ing text­books to change writ­ten his­to­ry of the war, imple­ment­ing a new secre­cy law, bring the respect­ed NHK tele­vi­sion net­work under gov­ern­ment con­trol and negat­ing accounts of Japan­ese war crimes.


The Yakuza’s Cleanup Crew: It’s Not What You Think But Still Alarming

It has long been known that the yakuza are an impor­tant com­po­nent of Japan’s polit­i­cal pow­er struc­ture. It turns out that Japan’s nuclear pow­er struc­ture has a long his­to­ry with the yakuza too. This became an impor­tant real­i­ty short­ly after the Fukushi­ma cat­a­stro­phe. Seri­ous chal­lenges remain. Yakuza too.


FTR #584 Rewriting History

Lis­ten: MP3 Side 1 | Side 2 REALAUDIO Intro­duc­tion: In Mein Kampf (his auto­bi­og­ra­phy and polit­i­cal man­i­festo), Adolph Hitler spoke of the big lie: “Most peo­ple tell lit­tle lies. They would be ashamed to tell big ones. They would nev­er cred­it oth­ers with such great impu­dence as the com­plete rever­sal of facts. Even expla­na­tions would long […]


FTR #551 Moonlighting

Sushi indus­try dom­i­na­tion in the Unit­ed States by True World Group—a Moon pro­pri­etary


FTR #509 The Death of Iris Chang

At the time of her death, Iris Chang was research­ing a book chron­i­cling the expe­ri­ences of sur­vivors of the Bataan Death March.


FTR #490 3rd Interview with Robert Parry

Record­ed Decem­ber 12, 2004REALAUDIOCon­tin­u­ing our dis­cus­sion with ground-break­ing jour­nal­ist Robert Par­ry, this broad­cast begins with the appar­ent sui­cide of inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Gary Webb, whose career was destroyed after he authored an inves­ti­ga­tion of the CIA’s com­plic­i­ty in the Contra/cocaine con­nec­tion. Par­ry eulo­gizes Gary Webb and dis­cuss­es the main­stream press’s shame­ful treat­ment of Gary and his […]


FTR #446 Funds and Games

Record­ed Feb­ru­ary 14, 2004 Lis­ten: MP3 Side 1 | Side 2 RealAu­dio High­light­ing the post­war use of Axis trea­sure recov­ered by the Allies after World War II, this pro­gram talks about these Funds and the Games that were played with (and because of) them. Par­tic­u­lar empha­sis is on the post­war use of the mas­sive amount […]