Category Archives: Terrorism

Japan’s “Terrorism” Law Aimed at Protesters, and Abe’s Opposition

Japan’s New Terrorism Law Aimed at Article 9 Protesters, and Those Opposed to Abe’s push toward militarism.

Japan’s deceptive “anti-terrorism” bill was steamrolled into law by its parliament, after the ruling coalition ignored standard legislative protocol. The bill is known as the “criminal-conspiracy law, which stipulates 277 crimes that people can be arrested for, including merely discussing criminal acts, or liking a post or tweet.

The bill is designed to target civil liberties. The law includes “terrorist” acts such as “picking wild mushrooms in a national reserve.” This aspect of the bill would be pretty hard to enforce, as Japan is one of the filthiest, and toxic nations on the planet. It is nearly impossible to find a “nature reserve” in Japan, as just about every inch of the land has already been plowed over, and covered in dilapidated concrete, which in turn is covered in some manner of debris.

The real aim of the “act” is to target protesters who descend upon public places, and who rally against everything that Abe, and his lunatic, and racist henchmen stand for. The “terrorist” protesters are most notably the elderly, those who have post WWII memories, and the horrors that followed the fire bombings, atomic bombings, and subsequent occupation. Considering that Shinzo Abe’s grandfather was the “minister of munitions” during WWII, and a convicted war criminal, one can see what is really on the agenda of this current regime.

The “anti-terrorism” bill makes it a terrorist act to stand in front public areas, and protest the LDP, Shinzo Abe, and the “reinterpretation” of Article 9, and Japan’s move toward millenarianism.

Anyone that is familiar with Japan’s corrupt legal system knows that detainees are held without outside contact, tied, and handcuffed to chairs, held in lit rooms 24/7, and forced to confess to imagined crimes. Japan’s 99.97% conviction rate, is based on 94% of those convictions based on nothing more than confessions that are beat out of them, under conditions of torture.

The true motive of this law is to investigate political groups that are seen as a threat to Abe’s administration, Nippon Kaigi, and the LDP. Welcome to the new (old) reality of Japan. Brings to mind the old adage, “Can’t teach an old dog a new trick.”

The vote on the bill, which has been delayed three times amid widespread public opposition, came after a UN expert called the legislation “defective”, which elicited an angry response from Abe himself.

Joseph Cannataci, the UN special rapporteur on the right to privacy, said that the Japanese government used “the psychology of fear” to push through “defective legislation.”

Critics argue that gathering information on perceived plots would require expanded police surveillance. The legislation has been compared to Japan’s “thought police”, who existed throughout the nation’s history, including WWII.

Abe, the LDP, are Nippon Kaigi front men. Nippon Kaigi are a powerful group of cry babies who lost their power in the aftermath of WWII. They are the Shinto Cult group, that spew imperial godlike existence of the emperor, and Japan as the people who are supposed to rule over the barbaric hoards. Generally, that means you and me. The LDP insists the law is necessary to target global organized crime, and to improve Japan’s anti-terrorism measures as it prepares to host the 2000 Olympics.

“It’s only three years until the Tokyo Olympics, so I’d like to ratify the treaty on organized crime as soon as possible so we can cooperate with other nations to prevent terrorism,” Abe told reporters. “That’s why the law was enacted.”

But the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, an impotent, powerless, and useless organization, and other critics point out that offenses covered by the law include those with no connection whatsoever to terrorism or organized crime. They say the law is really aimed at protesters who are critical of Abe, Nippon Kaigi, the LDP, and copyright infringement. Yes, protests, and copyright infringement, are now acts of terrorism in Japan.

The legislation is clearly part of Abe’s broader mission to increase state power, the power of the prime minister, and the return of Japan’s emperor to worship status.

Despite government assurances to the contrary, the target of the law is ordinary citizens, and to stifle decent. Renho Murata, leader of the opposition Democratic party, said Abe’s administration pushed through a “brutal” law that infringes even upon freedom of thought. Critics fear that the law, combined with a widening of legal wiretapping and the reluctance of courts to limit police surveillance powers, would deter grassroots opposition to government policies.

A Kyodo news agency survey last month showed voters are split over the bill, with support at 39.9% and opposition at 41.4%.

Thousands of people demonstrated in front of the parliament building, denouncing the new law as “autocratic” and vowing to prevent Japan from turning into a “surveillance society”. “Peaceful demonstrations is now prohibited, and we that oppose this legislation are now viewed as terrorists.” Miyuki Masuyama, a 54-year-old woman, told Kyodo news. “Our freedom of expression is now threatened.”

At a time when Japan is struggling to keep foreign business operating in the country, no doubt this law will further wreak havoc to the nation’s economy that is already spiraling downward.

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Toyota, Terrorism, And The Bottom Line

Islamic State terrorist parading in brand new Toyotas courtesy of the Japanese auto manufacture.

Japan is selling thousands of military vehicles to the Islamic State, and you won’t find this mentioned anywhere in the Japanese media. The Japanese automaker is reaping huge profits selling vehicles that aid the Islamic State in committing genocide, torture, kidnappings, and the destruction of ancient historical landmarks.

Toyota, the world’s second largest car maker claims it has no idea how its vehicles got into the hands of terrorists. Statements like these are entirely transparent. First, every new vehicle is sold with factory installed machine gun mounts, and bullet proof siding, and well as other features that aid the extremist group. Further, every vehicle is sold with GPS technology, which means Toyota has the technical ability to track each vehicle from the factory where it is manufactured, to the dealer the company has exclusive contracts with regarding the sales of every one of their vehicles. Finally, Toyota has the ability to locate, and track, at all times, each and every movement any of these vehicles make.

Toyota clearly engages in aiding the enemy of the U.S. and its allies with the vehicles the company is providing the extremists as they continue to wage war in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and other regions of the Middle East. Trade with the enemy violates both international agreements, and sanctions, and this makes the executives of Toyota criminally culpable for their illegal conduct.

U.S. counter-terror officials asked Toyota to help them determine how the Islamic State has acquired such a large number of Toyota pick-up trucks, and SUVs which are used prominently in Islamic State propaganda, and enlistment videos.

Toyota claims it doesn’t know how Islamic State has obtained the vehicles and is “supporting” the inquiry led by the Terror Financing unit of the U.S. Treasury Department, which is part of a broad U.S. effort to prevent Western-made goods from ending up in the hands of Islamic State.

We briefed the Treasury Department on Toyota’s supply chains in the Middle East, and the procedures that Toyota uses to protect supply chain integrity,” said Ed Lewis, Toyota’s Washington-based director of public policy and communications. Toyota has a “strict policy to not sell vehicles to potential purchasers who may use or modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities,” Lewis said.

Regardless as to what Toyota’s U.S. mouthpiece has to say, the Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S., Lukman Faily, stated that Islamic State has acquired “hundreds” of “brand new” Toyotas.

The Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux have effectively become almost part of the ISIS brand,” said Mark Wallace, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. “In nearly every Islamic State video, they show a fleet, a convoy of brand new Toyota vehicles, and that’s very concerning to us”, Wallace said.

Questions about the Islamic State using Toyota vehicles have been raised for years with the company taking no action whatsoever to prevent their vehicles from getting into extremist hands. In 2014, a report by the radio broadcaster Public Radio International noted that the U.S. State Department delivered numerous Toyota trucks to Syrian rebels. A recent report in Australia said that more than eight hundred brand new trucks had been reported missing in Sydney between 2014 and 2015, and quoted terror experts speculating that they may have been exported to territories controlled by the Islamic State.

Toyota’s figures show sales of Hilux, and Land Cruisers tripling from 6,000 sold in Iraq in 2011 to 18,000 sold in 2013. Brigadier General Saad Maan, an Iraqi military spokesman said, “We are spending our time fighting those terrorists, we cannot say we are controlling the border between Iraq and Syria,” he conceded. “We are deeply in need of answers.” Toyota distributors in the region said they did not know how the trucks reached the Islamic State.

Sumitomo, a Japanese conglomerate that ships vehicles to the region, responded to claims the company is aiding terrorism, “In terms of how anyone operating outside of the law obtain vehicles for misappropriation, we have no way to know and therefore cannot comment.” A spokesman for former owners of the Toyota dealership in Syria said its sales operation was halted in 2012. This means that the vehicles are not entering the Middle East through Syria.

Wallace, of the Counter Extremism Project, said his organization wrote directly to Toyota earlier this year to urge the company to do more to track the flow of trucks to the Islamic State, and noted that the trucks are stamped with traceable identification numbers. “Toyota’s is on notice that they must do more,” Wallace said. “They should be able to figure out how their trucks are getting into that region. I think they should disclose this, put a stop to it, and put policies and procedures in place that are real, and effective to make sure that we don’t see videos of the Islamic State using Toyota trucks in the future.” Toyota responded to Wallace’s statement by writing that Toyota stopped selling vehicles in Syria several years ago.

Toyota apparently doesn’t get it. It’s not about selling vehicles exclusively to Syria. It’s about supplying vehicles, and parts, which is a large part of its industry to Saudi Arabia, and other nations involved in the conflict, which purchases the vehicles in huge numbers, and thereafter supply them to terrorists to aid in the destruction of Shia controlled territory.

I’m curious as to what Haruna Yukawa, and Kenji Goto’s family, and friend’s thoughts are on this topic? I wonder what they drive?

Toyota. Doing its part to make the world a better place for extremists to thrive.