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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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Japan’s Post WWII Illustrations

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Black rain.

We’ve always been told that Japan lost WWII. However, unlike Germany, Japan has never paid reparations to any nation it looted and destroyed. Japan began WWII as the ninth economy of the world, and emerged as the world’s second economy. In the aftermath of WWII, Japan was awarded a constitution that mirrored that of the U.S., which is the best doctrine ever devised to ensure a nation’s people received due process, fundamental rights, human rights, and human dignity; concepts Japanese officials continue to not grasp.

Today, Abe, and a handful of lunatics he surrounds himself with call the constitution of Japan a doctrine imposed on the nation that had but one intention and that was to humiliate the people of Japan. This illogic would mean that the constitution, which resembles that of the U.S. was intended to humiliate those who today call themselves Americans.

I spent time today at a water park with my son. The enjoyment was overshadowed by the constant interruption of military drills taking place in the air above us. This reminded me of Abe’s push to engage in military actions against regional countries such as China, and Korea.

Japan has been pulling out all the propaganda cards it can muster. Recently, I was able to catch one exhibit that displayed post WWII illustrations created by the survivors of that war. The images depict the crimes perpetrated by the enemies of Japan, America. The images are a rare glimpse into the mindset of the Japanese, then and now. They show the hatred the Japanese have towards the U.S. More concerning is the fact that Japanese official rhetoric continues to take the position that the Japanese were the victims of WWII, and not the perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

This new breed of hate is aimed at creating a distrust of Japanese towards Japan’s  imagined enemies, most notably the U.S.

Japanese people need to be made aware of things that have always been kept from them. This includes the Great Kanto Earthquake genocide of Koreans, the biological warfare facility known as Unit 731, and other atrocities, such as Hiroshima being the city where Kamikaze pilots were trained as suicide bombers. Japanese also need to become aware of the fact that Japan gave the world its first suicide bombers. Hiroshima also imprisoned more than 30,000 Chinese and Koreans who were kidnapped and forced to perform labor to produce weapons for Mitsubishi and other Japanese corporations. Those weapons would be used against the people of China and Korea as well as other regional nations. Many women who were worked to near death by day, were raped and tortured to death by night by Japanese soldiers. Japanese officials call them comfort women.

The Japanese weep every year on this date in August, pining over the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Japanese have never shed a single tear for the 30,000,000 who were murdered by Japan, and whose nations were pillaged of their wealth by Hirohito and his “royal” cousins.

The Japanese were not the victims of WWII. The Japanese were the aggressors who began WWII in a false flag operation that was designed, and instigated by current prime minister Abe’s grandfather. Thereafter, Japan destroyed every nation in the Pacific region. Today, Japan’s regional conduct has resulted in China building seven offshore military bases, which no doubt will eventually store nuclear weapons aimed at Tokyo.

The images below depict the sufferings of the Japanese during the aftermath of WWII. What Japan suffered pales in comparison to what the rest of the world suffered during the time. Abe and the insanity that permeates every one of his cabinet members proves that after more than 70 years, Japan remains an occupied nation for good cause.

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Ric O’Barry: False Arrest And Torture In Japan

Taiji, Wakayama. A Japanese World Heritage!

When I first arrived in Japan nearly a decade ago, I witnessed a disturbing trend that is somehow considered acceptable social behavior. Cruelty to animals! I was working out at a gym when a TV show appeared on the screens positioned in front of the treadmills. The show titled, Waratte Iitomo was until recently one of Japan’s most popular, and was hosted by an elderly man named Tamori, who for some reason is always wearing sunglasses. On that particular episode the crew rigged a camera over a washing machine. The lid was removed. An octopus was placed inside the machine, which was then turned on the wash cycle. The bewildered creature began attaching its limbs, and suction cups to various parts of the machine in an effort to balance itself. Next, the spin cycle was turned on. The octopus was immediately ripped into pieces as the terrorized creature instinctively projected ink as the only way it knew how to fend off danger. The show’s stars appeared at the top right of the screen. They laughed hysterically, and broke out in a cheer, applauding the sickening segment. The people in the gym thought the matter comical as well.

Not only do the Japanese seem to disrespect marine life, but they also seem to have an aversion for birds, including one known as Mukudori (White-cheeked Starling). The first time I came across the Mukudori, I was walking along the shores of Sendai. There were hundreds of these dead creatures scattered along the beach. I later inquired with Japanese officials as to what caused these birds to die in such great numbers. I learned that the Japanese government intentionally poisoned them in an attempt to get rid of them.

The Mukudori are about the size of a small bat. They fly in large numbers, with great precision, and have the ability to turn on a dime, and in unison. It’s quite enjoyable to watch the Mukudori perform aerial acrobats as they frolic in the late evening before taking refuge at the top of tree branches. The excited chatter they engage in as they communicate their final thoughts before bedding down would make anyone smile. The Japanese despise these birds so much that wherever the Mukudori seek shelter in the limbs of trees, the branches are cut back bare, making it impossible for the birds to have a place to rest, nest, and reproduce.

The Japanese also loathe the blue-black, crow-like raven that inhabits the nation. The Japanese call them karasu, and due to the bird’s incredible resilience, and resourcefulness, they’re considered pesky, and malevolent. They’re not! The karasu are incredibly intelligent, and are worthy of whatever niche they have carved out for themselves in an environment that they are entirely incompatible with. Japanese lore call the karasu, a  demon, and a major cause of warmongering.

Tengu.jpgIn Japanese lore, the karasu is depicted as the evil creature Tengu.
Karasu 2.jpgIn reality, the karasu struggles to survive in Japan.

The Japanese immensely fear foxes, which they call kitsune. They even have shrines, which are supposed to protect the nation’s inhabitants from the evils that the fox represents. The fear of foxes is irrational, and based entirely on folklore that the Japanese craned from ancient China. The Japanese held on to all of the negative aspects of the traditional stories, and left behind all of the endearing tales, (nine to be exact). Ironically, the Japanese believe that foxes have the ability to morph into human form, and are capable of deceiving someone into doing acts they otherwise would not, such as allowing themselves to be fleeced of the hard earned money that they horde.

Fox Shrine.jpgA child runs away from a kitsune shrine located in Yonezawa, Japan.

Fishermen on the Nagara River have been given the honorary title of “Cormorant Fishermen of the Imperial Household Agency.” After first capturing cormorants, the fishermen in Gifu, and Seki resort to tying ropes around the necks of these birds, which are then forced to dive into lakes, and rivers for fish. Once a fish is caught, the bird instinctively attempts to swallow it, but as it does, the fishermen yanks the bird by the neck back into the boat, and while choking it, forces the cormorant to regurgitate (vomit) the fish back up. It’s a sickening sight to see, yet the Japanese arrive in throngs as tourist for the opportunity to witness what the Imperial House of Japan sanctions as a national treasure. Matsuo Basho, a famous Japanese poet was so enamored with this activity that he wrote two haiku poems about it.

An illustration of Keisai Eisen’s cormorant fishing on the Nagara River.

Do not proceed further if you don’t want to learn the truth about the Japanese Macaque. National Geographic Magazine seems to publish an article annually on the snow monkeys, but Jigokudani Yaen Koen, the location that the primates inhabit is anything but natural. The snow monkeys are domesticated, and remain at the location solely because the proprietors, who charge an admission fee, feed them rye seed several times a day. The animals lounge around in an artificial pool as they wait for the next handout. Rye seed is not a natural part of the Macaque’s diet, and bathing is not part of the snow monkey’s natural behavior. The photograph below quickly dispels any thoughts that what I have stated is not based in fact.

The only thing wild at Jigokudani Yaen Koen is the behavior of the visitors that push, and shove each other about as they attempt to shoot Japan’s Macaque.

I was in Enoshima recently, walking along the trash-riddled shore, noticing that the Japanese never seem to notice such things. If one took the time, as I have, to draw attention to the massive amount of debris that litters the beaches of Japan, the Japanese are quick to blame it on the Chinese, and the Koreans. How the Chinese, and Koreans manage to pollute the Pacific Ocean side of Japan remains one of the great mysteries regarding the secretive island nation.

Suddenly, the local police began broadcasting over loud speakers. The commotion echoed throughout the entire community, and inundated anyone within range. There was no escaping it! The spokesperson rambled on about a seventy-four year old man who had been missing for a few hours. It wasn’t long before they discovered the senior citizen inebriated, and not too far from a dolphinarium located between Enoshima, and Kugenumakaigankoen. Before the speakers finally fell silent, I was already pondering other falsehoods that have become part of Japanese myth. Concern for the elderly is but one of them. The immense photographic collection I’ve amassed of the aged homeless huddled in blue tarp tents along polluted rivers bares witness to that.

In the not too distant past some of the elderly of Japan were considered an onus to their offspring, who no longer wanted the economic burden of caring for them. Many were taken to the foothills of Mt. Fuji, dumped like so much garbage, and left to their own fate, which was undoubtedly death by exposure, dehydration, starvation, and whatever it was that had already been afflicting them. Historical facts such as the example provided here is not the kind of narrative that the Japanese tourism industry appreciates popularized about its culture. The Japanese would rather the west remain awash in the endless imaginings of Edo glory, of mercenary codes of honor, and of gutting oneself after being humiliated in a trifle. Today it’s mountains of garbage that surrounds the national treasure that UNESCO has endorsed as a World Heritage site. Mountains of discarded debris, and an endless array of decaying corpses that sway at the end of ropes tied about the necks of those who chose suicide over continuing to exist in the perpetual farce the Japanese are forced to endure. In Japan, life in any form has always been cheap. After all, all things are impermanent, according to the Shinto cult rhetoric the country connects itself with.

I could elucidate endlessly about the backward mindset of the nation of Nihon. I could spew vitriol over price fixing schemes where billions were bilked out of hard working Americans who were always bamboozled into believing that Japan is an honest nation. I could fume hysterically about Toyota supplying ISIS, and the Taliban with an endless sea of brand new vehicles, factory equipped with machine gun mounts, and bulletproof siding. Instead, I’ll take this opportunity to focus on a recent incident that took place between Japanese police, and another elderly man. A man who is internationally acclaimed for exposing egregious immorality, while at the same time trying to prolong life in oceans that are fast being drained of it. A man who has a street named after him in the city of South Miami where he resides. I’m referring Ric O’Barry, and his recent false arrest, and subsequent torture in Nachikatsuura, an inconsequential village located in Wakayama Prefecture.

Ric O’Barry is the founder, and director of the Dolphin Project. You’d have to have been held without habeas corpus, and enduring waterboarding, forced rectal feedings, and the threatened rape of your minor child at one of the black sites operated by the U.S., and its allies to not know that Mr. O’Barry was the subject of an Academy Award winning documentary that was more than thirty years in the making.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on August 31st, 2015 Mr. O’Barry was detained by Japanese authorities under the guise of not being in possession of his passport. The government official who staged this ruse goes by the name of Takimoto. He’s employed at the Shigu Police Station In Wakayama. The police charged Mr. O’Barry for being in violation of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (ICRRA). The ICRRA is an antiquated, and racist law that requires foreigners to be in possession of their passport at all times. The problem that arises for the Japanese authorities is that Mr. O’Barry was in possession of his passport, and the police who arrested him knew it all along. Mr. O’Barry was also in possession of an international driver’s license. Under the ICRRA an international driver’s license is an acceptable form of alternative identification. Regardless, Mr. O’Barry was arrested anyway.

Thankfully, the international community acted swiftly on Mr. O’Barry’s behalf. Including U.S. congressmen, respected human rights organizations, and international leaders. The downside is that there are numerous foreigners currently detained in Japanese prisons, and detention centers who have not committed any crime, yet are currently facing criminal proceedings in front of one of the world’s most corrupt, deceitful, and biased judiciaries. Unfortunately, for those victims of state sponsored terror, they don’t have the internationally notoriety that Mr. O’Barry had at his disposal.

Arrival in Japan

Earlier on the same day of the false arrest Mr. O’Barry arrived at Narita Airport. Although Mr. O’Barry has never committed a crime in Japan, he is always taken into custody, detained, and interrogated by petty Ministry of Justice officials who don’t seem to have the mental capacity to recognize the limitations of the power granted to them courtesy of a constitution imposed on them by the United States, after soundly being defeated at the end of World War II. That constitution includes such terms as free speech, freedom of association, and equal protection. It also calls for the right to have access to legal counsel, and two clauses that forbid the use of torture.

After Mr. O’Barry was reluctantly released from Narita Airport, he headed for Taiji. His first stop was a voluntary appearance at the police station where he met with Takimoto, and allowed his passport to be photocopied. Mr. O’Barry also let the police know what his itinerary was to be. It must be noted that there is no legal requirement for Mr. O’Barry to do this. Shortly thereafter Mr. O’Barry was eating dinner at a restaurant with acquaintances from Phuket, Thailand. The fact that there were several witnesses to what transpired that evening is quite significant, as the story they tell is entirely different from that of the police.

During dinner Mr. O’Barry noticed that he was being stalked, filmed, and conspicuously monitored. Mr. O’Barry noted that he had never seen any of the photographers before, and suspected they were in reality undercover officers. At the end of dinner, Mr. O’Barry, and his companions entered the vehicle he had rented, and headed to the hotel where he had reserved a room. The hotel was a mere 200m (650’) from the restaurant. This means that it would have taken less than one minute to drive from the restaurant to the hotel parking lot. Regardless, by the time Mr. O’Barry arrived at the hotel, the police had already barricaded the entrance. The photographers at the restaurant were already at the hotel, had their equipment set up, and were prepared to shoot what was about to transpire. Nearly a dozen police swarmed the vehicle, and forced Mr. O’Barry out.

What occurred next contradicts the false statements Takimoto reported to the Japanese media, most notably NHK. NHK is a blatant propaganda tool that officials use to keep the Japanese people ill-informed, or not informed at all on just about every important topic under the sun. It’s ironic the Japanese media would even bother making any effort to cover the arrest of Mr. O’Barry, as the media in Japan has blacked out any coverage whatsoever regarding, The Cove documentary. Theaters refused to show the film, and universities nationwide refused any guest appearances, or even free viewings of the film. Yet, as unimportant as the matter seemed to be to the Japanese, somehow Mr. O’Barry’s arrest managed to make headline news.

According to Takimoto, the police claimed they received an “anonymous” call that Mr. O’Barry “may” have been driving under the influence of alcohol. Given the short duration of time, the phone call made by an anonymous source must have been made prior to Mr. O’Barry entering the rented vehicle, and making the short drive to the hotel. The following is a direct translation of a statement Takimoto made to the Japanese media. “We received an anonymous call that he (O’Barry) may have been drinking alcohol and driving, so officers were dispatched to find him, and check his breath.” Takimoto then went on to claim, “He (O’Barry) smelled like alcohol, but the reading (on the breathalyzer) was negative.”

A breathalyzer test is a piece of evidence that must be preserved when a criminal investigation is underway. In Japan it’s actually a criminal offense, punishable by imprisonment, and fine for anyone, including the police, to disclose such matters to the media. See Criminal Procedure 281(4) and (5). Takimoto knew this legal requirement at the time he made his statement to the media. Takimoto should be held criminally responsible for violating these rules. Further, Takimoto knew that Mr. O’Barry passed the breathalyzer test, and made his statement to the media for no other purpose but to defame Mr. O’Barry. As a result, the Shigu Police Department should be held civilly liable under Japan’s strict laws regarding the utterance of statements made to harm another’s reputation. In Japan, liability results when a defaming statement is made. Damage is presumed, regardless if the statement was true or not.

Anonymity of informants, and statements not based on fact

There are two important assertions in Mr. O’Barry’s false arrest. The first being a phone call made to the police by an anonymous source. Second, that the anonymous source made a statement claiming that Mr. O’Barry “may” be driving under the influence of alcohol. An anonymous phone call to the police, alleging facts does not give police probable cause to make a warrantless stop. Further, this phantom caller only stated that Mr. O’Barry may have been driving under the influence of alcohol. Such statements do not give police probably cause to detain someone, or even the lessor reasonable suspicion standard required to make a legal stop.

Japan’s Criminal Code is craned from the U.S. Federal Criminal Code

  • Probable cause: Probable cause is a reasonable belief, based on facts that can be articulated, and which is required before a suspect can be arrested, and prosecuted in a criminal proceeding. Before a suspect can be arrested the police must possess enough facts that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the charge is accurate. In criminal cases there are two aspects of probable cause that are significant. First, police must have probable cause BEFORE they may search a person or a person’s property, and they must possess it BEFORE they may arrest a person. There are some exceptions. Police may briefly detain, and conduct a limited search of a person in a public place if THE POLICE have a reasonable suspicion that the person being detained had committed a crime. A police officer possesses reasonable suspicion if THAT officer has enough knowledge that would lead a reasonably cautious person to believe that criminal activity had, or was occurring at that particular time, and that the person detained played a part in that particular crime. The lack of probable cause means the police never had a reasonable belief, or sufficient evidence to detain Mr. O’Barry. Where police lack probable cause, the person detained (Mr. O’Barry) may file a false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution suit. False arrest, and kidnapping are interchangeable terms. False arrest applies to the law of torts, where kidnapping applies to criminal law. Japanese police acted illegally under color of law, and kidnapped Mr. O’Barry for the sole purpose of questioning him on matters unrelated to what he was arrested for. This is in fact, a kidnapping.
  • Anonymous sources: An anonymous phone call to the police by an unknown source where the caller claims that someone MAY have committed a crime does not give police probable cause to detain, and interrogate someone. Further, the person that must have knowledge that a crime has occurred is the police themselves, NOT a third party “anonymous” source. This raises other legal questions such as, the mental capacity of the anonymous caller, and the veracity of the caller’s statement. Given the information that Takimoto told the media, the police clearly made an illegal detention, and subsequent arrest. Mr. O’Barry should never have been detained. Further, once Mr. O’Barry tested negative for alcohol consumption the police should have released him immediately.

During my interview with Mr. O’Barry he stated that the police were baffled, even disappointed that he had passed the breathalyzer test. Thereafter, Mr. O’Barry sought to be released, however the police refused to let him go. Instead, the police huddled, and conspired as to how to proceed. The initial illegal detention then turned into an absurd allegation that Mr. O’Barry was not in possession of his passport, which Takimoto had personally seen, and photocopied, a mere two hours earlier.

Mr. O’Barry was placed under arrest, restrained with double lock handcuffs, and forced into a police car, and taken into custody. Mr. O’Barry’s rented vehicle was thereafter unnecessarily impounded. I asked Mr. O’Barry if he was served a warrant regarding seizure of the vehicle. He stated that he did not. Japan has strict warrant requirements regarding police seizing someone’s property. The police must obtain a valid search warrant issued by a judge. There must be a showing that the property was used in a criminal capacity. The breathalyzer test exonerated Mr. O’Barry of that, as he was clearly not driving under the influence. Therefore, the vehicle seizure was illegal, as the police could not make a rational connection between the alleged passport violation, and driving a vehicle. Further, Mr. O’Barry was in possession of an international driver’s license, which made it perfectly legal to drive the vehicle. The identification was also a valid form of identification.

Detention in Japan’s Daiyo Kangoku

Japan’s Daiyo Kangoku is a system of police custody condemned by the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations, and Amnesty International. Daiyo Kangoku detention is Japan’s version of black sites. Detainees literally disappear off of the face of the earth. Detainees are not permitted to contact anyone on their behalf, or to obtain legal representation. There is no bail, and detainees are interrogated, threatened, physically, and psychologically tortured, for twenty-three days, and for twenty-four hours a day. Detainees are almost always coerced into signing false confessions. Regardless, 99.99% of indictments result in conviction. This is not the exception; it is the rule, and Japan’s corrupt judiciary will nod, and wink at these illegitimate, and reprehensible proceedings at every turn.

Mr. O’Barry knew none of what is described above at the time of his detention. Further, the interrogations are not audio, or videotape recorded. Such conditions violate international law. Mr. O’Barry was physically, and psychologically tortured the entire time he was detained. Upon arrival at the police station the double lock handcuffs remained on Mr. O’Barry’s wrists. He was tied up with black nylon rope, and led around like a dog on a leash, not unlike the infamous photos that were taken by guards at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Mr. O’Barry was booked, fingerprinted, and had his mug shot taken. Mr. O’Barry was then forced into an isolation chamber, which was stifling hot. He was denied access to an interpreter, or an attorney. Still handcuffed, and tied with rope around his waist, Mr. O’Barry was then tied to a chair. Regardless, of the fact that none of the Japanese officials could communicate with Mr. O’Barry, and that no interpreter, or legal representative was present, Takimoto, and other cops tried to force Mr. O’Barry to sign numerous false confessions, which they had prepared, and were written only in Japanese. Mr. O’Barry could not understand anything the police were saying, nor what information the written confessions contained. Eventually, he would come to learn that none of the questions had anything to do whatsoever about his passport. Every one of the false statements prepared by the police attempted to implicate Mr. O’Barry as an eco-terrorist, and a member of the Sea Shepard Conservation Society (SSCS). The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), a front group for Japan’s state-sponsored whaling program deems the SSCS a terrorist organization. The International Court of Justice however, has ruled the ICR a fraudulent organization, and under the auspices of science, is in reality a commercial whaling enterprise. Japan can no longer enter international waters for whaling purposes. A spokesman for Greenpeace UK, Willie MacKenzie welcomed the ICJ’s decision, “The myth that these hunts were in any way scientific can now be dismissed once and for all.” New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully “made it very clear” that Japanese ships are not welcome in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and has called Japan’s violations into New Zealand’s territorial waters entirely unacceptable, and disrespectful. Australia now sends surveillance plane to the Southern Ocean to monitor Japanese whaling ships.

Japan and false confessions

During the initial twenty-three day period, nearly 95% of detainees succumb to the relentless onslaught of threats, and intimidations. During the police investigation period a detainee is not allowed to gather evidence on their behalf, obtain bail, or have contact with an attorney, or their family. Once indicted detainees are intentionally refused the opportunity to raise a valid defense, or to have a fair hearing in front of an unbiased judiciary. It is under these conditions that Japan obtains a 99.99% conviction rate. The U.S. Department of State, the United Nation, and Amnesty International release annual reports condemning these counterfeit proceedings, yet they continue unabated.

At one point after hours of interrogation, while handcuffed, and tied to a chair, Mr. O’Barry told his interrogators that he was seventy five years old, (two weeks shy of seventy six), and that he had four prescription that were at the hotel, and which he was in need of. The police refused to retrieve them. I asked Mr. O’Barry if there would have been dire health related consequences if he were refused medication for a prolonged period? He stated yes, and disclosed some of those health related issues. Regardless, the police continued to deny Mr. O’Barry his medications, and continued to press him to sign false confessions for matters unrelated to what he was arrested for. Mr. O’Barry was not questioned whatsoever about his passport.

After all night of being dragged in, and out of the interrogation room, Mr. O’Barry became quite ill. He laid his head down on the desk, as the police continued to try, and force him to sign false confessions. When it became obvious that Mr. O’Barry’s health was deteriorating, the police untied him from the interrogation chair, and thereafter, while still in handcuffs, tied him to a wheel chair. Mr. O’Barry was placed in a van under multiple guard watch, and driven to a local hospital. In that state, Mr. O’Barry was wheeled through the front entrance of the hospital as a public spectacle. Mr. O’Barry called the entire proceedings “an exercise in humiliation.” Thereafter, Mr. O’Barry was taken back to the police station, returned to the same blistering hot interrogation room, and subjected to the same abhorrent interrogation proceedings, while handcuffed, and tied to a chair. The police continued to try, and coerce Mr. O’Barry into signing false confessions, in Japanese, a language that he does not communicate in, or understand. The false confession statements continued to implicate Mr. O’Barry as a member of Sea Shepard Conservation Society, and as an eco-terrorist.

Mr. O’Barry finally had enough, and ridiculed the corrupt cops, and asked pointedly, “Do people really sign these statements?” He told the police, again, and again that he wasn’t going to sign anything. When it was apparent that the police were not going to relent until Mr. O’Barry signed one of their prepared statements he said, “I don’t care if you shoot me. I’m too old for this. I’m tired, and I’m going to sleep.” Mr. O’Barry attempted to lie down on the floor while still tied to the chair. The police forced him up, and carried him to a bare cell. Mr. O’Barry was left tied up with black nylon rope, and in handcuffs for nearly twenty-four hours. During my interview with Mr. O’Barry he stated that the conditions the other detainees were held in couldn’t be regarded as anything less than torture. “They (other detainees) were forced to kneel in the center of the bare cells, and to remain silent at all times. No one was allowed to get up, or to go to the bathroom without first seeking approval. The lights were left at all times, which made it impossible to get any sleep.”

International pressure

Word got out rapidly that Mr. O’Barry was being detained under false pretenses. International pressure mounted, and police reluctantly released Mr. O’Barry. Upon release, Takimoto handed Mr. O’Barry his passport, which the police had in their possession the entire time he was detained. I asked Mr. O’Barry if he had realized at that time that the police had somehow come in possession of his passport, and refused to disclose this fact to him? He stated, “I was numb. I was so exhausted from the ordeal that I was unable to think about anything. It didn’t occur to me until much later.”

After being released Mr. O’Barry went to Taiji, and witnessed the latest Japanese fishing technology, which includes the use of a device that looks like a large ice pick being forced into a dolphin’s blowhole. The device stabs into the blow hole repeatedly, ripping apart the breathing apparatus. Thereafter, a plug is hammered into the blowhole to prevent the marine mammal’s blood from saturating the cove. The dolphins then drown in their own blood, which fills up inside their head.

On one hand the Taiji fishermen state that there is nothing improper about what they are doing. However, on the other hand, they take enormous measures to try, and cover up what they are doing, and the barbarity of the procedures they engage in.

Release and subsequent harassment

Immediately after being released from police custody, the police followed Mr. O’Barry everywhere he went. They called his hotel room constantly, and pulled him over as he drove the rented car. Mr. O’Barry stated that he believes that his hotel room, and the rented vehicle were bugged. The police continuously pulled the vehicle over, and tried to intimidate him into returning to the police station, and aiding them in their “ongoing investigation about him not being in possession of his passport.” Mr. O’Barry videotape recorded each, and every one of these encounters. Thereafter, Mr. O’Barry hired an attorney to force the police to cease in harassing him. The following text is an email communication that took place between Mr. O’Barry, and attorney T. Takano.

On Sep 8, 2015, at 5:36 PM, T. Takano <EMAIL ADDRESS REDACTED> wrote:

I talked with Mr. Takimoto of Shigu Police Station, who is in charge of your case.

He said: His translator had called you today. He wanted you to make a statement of your personal history for the charge of non-carrying passport. I said everybody knows Mr. O’Barry’s personal history so that he need not make any statement about it, and that my client would not make any statement without his counsel present. As I advised you in our phone conversation, if they (Takimoto) call you again, just respond by telling them you don’t want to be questioned without your counsel present.

Sincerely yours, T. Takano

Japan’s unjustified hatred and fear of foreigners

Mr. O’Barry isn’t the only foreigner to be treated with hate, violent assault, and intimidation by Japanese authorities. In February of 2014, Martyn Stewart, a journalist for the BBC was detained at Osaka airport. Stewart was accused of being a Sea Shepard Conservation Society member, and an eco-terrorist. Sound familiar?

Mr. Stewart was subjected to the same criminality under the color of law as Mr. O’Barry. Mr. Stewart was illegally detained, falsely accused, falsely charged, starved, frozen, mistreated, and interrogated by authorities that couldn’t communicate with him. Police tried to coerce Mr. Stewart into signing false statements that stated he was a member of Sea Shepard Conservation Society, and an eco-terrorist. After going through a futile appeal process in front of a protectionist judiciary, who are equally as corrupt as the Japan’s police, and prosecutors, Mr. Stewart was deported. The following are segments from posts that Mr. Stewart left on social media while held in detention. “I’m freezing cold, it is as though I’ve killed someone, no pillow, no bedding, no towel to dry myself. They look through a hole in the door every 15-30 minutes to see what I’m doing. They claim that I’m Sea Shepherd. I have been spat on. I had a knife held to my chin, yet I’m the terrorist!”

When I inquired into Mr. Stewart’s personal experiences in Japan he responded by saying, “I consider the Japanese extremely racist. I have been spat on. Threatened in front of police, and they did nothing about it. I had a knife held to my throat while a cop filmed, waiting for me to retaliate, so I could be charged with assault!”

Japan’s professed low crime rate

When a nation like Japan brags relentlessly about having a low crime rate, it must be noted that most criminal activity in the nation is in reality perpetrated as hate crimes against foreigners (which the Japanese media does not cover whatsoever), and government malfeasance. Iwao Hakamada spent forty-eight years on death row for a crime the police, prosecutors, and judiciary knew he had not committed. Japan’s death row is internationally rebuked as physical, and psychological torture. Those who find themselves in that precarious situation are held in isolation, and subjected to 24 hour a day lockdown. They are cut off from communicating with the outside world, even with their own family. When the time of execution comes the condemned receives no notice save for a knock on the cell door stating, “It’s time!” Death comes in the form of a hangman’s noose. As in nearly every case on death row, Hakamada finally relented, and signed a false confession that the police, and prosecutors prepared for him. The prosecutors intentionally withheld evidence that they knew would have exonerated the man. Japan’s judiciary was equally culpable as they eagerly accepted whatever the corrupt officials vomited in their laps.

After such a disgrace, one would think Japanese officials had humiliated themselves to the point of self-inflicted disembowelment. No, such luck! Double jeopardy is an alien concept to the Ministry of Justice in Japan. If prosecutors fail to beat a false confession out of someone to aid in obtaining a false conviction the first time around, and somehow the defendant is not convicted amongst the 99.99%, prosecutors are allowed a second go at it.

Intentionally misleading, and wrongful convictions of foreigners in Japan

Govinda Mainali spent sixteen years of a life sentence after being convicted of murdering a Japanese woman. On a retrial Japan’s High Court ruled that prosecutors intentionally withheld crucial DNA evidence that could have exonerated the man. Japan’s Ministry of Justice handled the embarrassment by immediately deporting Mainali for “overstaying his visa by sixteen years.” Even after Mainali was sent back to Nepal, Japanese prosecutors continued to harass the man, threatening to force him to return, and face yet another retrial. Regardless, the Ministry of Justice was required to compensate Mainali to the tune of 68 million yen. Mainali was arrested, accused, and convicted solely because he was the only foreigner that lived in the same building with the woman. What was the evidence the prosecutors intentionally withheld at trial? The woman was gang raped, and had multiple semen samples inside her vagina. None of which was Mainali’s. The woman also had multiple DNA samples under her fingernails where she had clawed at her murderer’s flesh. Again, none of those numerous samples were Mainali’s either.

If a foreigner is convicted of even a petty offense in Japan, they are subjected to immediate deportation. This is true, even if that person has a Japanese spouse, and children. This means Japan’s counterfeit brand of justice not only victimizes those who are falsely accused, and convicted of crimes they have not committed, but also their children, spouses, and families as well. The Japanese call children who have foreign parents “hafus.” This is racist jargon where children with only one Japanese parent are considered inferior. Japanese corporations blacklist these children from ever being hired as employees, solely on grounds they are not “Japanese.”

There are other cases in Japan, which have drawn international consternation. State-sponsored race hate crimes such as that of Abubakar Suraj, whose tortured, mutilated, and murdered body was discovered gagged, hog tied, and slumped over in a seat on a plane bound for Egypt, is but one such example. When passengers noticed the dead man slumped over on the plane, the pilot was notified, and he refused to take off from the airport until Suraj’s body was removed. But for the actions of the pilot, this story would have never seen the light of day.

In a civil proceeding regarding Suraj’s murder, the Tokyo District Court ruled that immigration officials had murdered the man. In a previous hearing, which resulted in gross injustice, and the continuation of Suraj’s detention, a Tokyo Court ruled that Suraj’s wife had a job, and therefore no need of a foreign husband. Their twenty-year marriage was never even a consideration for the discriminatory nitwit who was adorned in a black robe at the time of his ruling. None of the ten cops who tortured, and murdered Suraj were ever brought to justice by the Chiba prosecutors who themselves have a long history of incompetence, and corruption, and who knowingly file fabricated charges to aid in obtaining false convictions. Suraj’s wife wasn’t even told how her husband died, until she sued the Ministry of Justice, and prevailed. “The death of this man is criminal abuse of power,” said Junpei Yamamura, a doctor who visits detainees in prison, and who examined Suraj’s body after his death. The Ghanaian Embassy refused to accept the Japanese government’s letter of apology.

Ministry of Justice officials speak out against Japan’s corrupt criminal justice system

I have reported in the past on the Japanese mindset toward non-Japanese. I personally met with, and interviewed a former Yokohama city prosecutor named, Hiroshi Ichikawa. Ichikawa was fired after making death threats to a detainee in the Saga City Agricultural Co-op case. Ichikawa knowingly filed false charges in that case, and after he had a difficult time obtaining a written confession he put a sharp object to the eye of the detainee, and threatened to pull it out, He stated, “We’ll fucking beat you to death, you bastard!” This was, and still is the kind of behavior that prosecutors in Japan engage in on a regular basis. Ichikawa gave a stunningly candid account of the reality of training that prosecutors receive. He disclosed that, “We (prosecutors) were taught that yakuza, and foreigners have no human rights.” Think about that for a moment. Let that sink in. In Japan, police, and prosecutors lump together all foreigners with gangsters who engage in extortion, racketeering, child pornography, prostitution, and murder. Ichikawa stated that, “Prosecutors are instructed to make up confessions on their own, and then force the suspect to sign it.” He also said, “While being trained in this way, I came to agree that these kinds of things were only natural.”

In a book titled, Desperate Court, retired judge Hiroshi Segi wrote that the entire body of Japan’s judiciary is corrupt, and must be forcefully ejected from office. Segi’s exposé ushered in Supreme Court Chief Justice, Hironobu Takesaki sudden retirement. Takesaki quit as Chief Justice without giving any prior notice. He also left behind a handsome pension that was but a few months away from realization. The following is what Takesaki had to say when he was appointed to the court, “As a judge of the court of last resort, I will strive to make a rational judgment while hearing opinions of the parties from a neutral and fair perspective and taking into consideration the course of history.” I contacted Takesaki to obtain a statement on his thoughts about Segi’s book, and the topic of this article, but he declined to comment. In fact, he didn’t respond at all.

In the past year several other Supreme Court justices have stepped down in disgrace. Consider the massive amount of coerced confessions, and deceptive convictions, and an entirely corrupt judiciary, while Prime Minister Abe has raised the execution rate by more than 15%. According to Amnesty International only a small number of countries carry out the vast majority of senseless state-sponsored executions. Japan is right up there at the forefront with Saudi Arabia, which chooses beheadings, and crucifixions.

The Torture Victims Prevention Act, a legal remedy available in U.S. Federal Court

The Torture Victims Prevention Act (TVPA) is a powerful U.S. federal law that allows anyone to bring action against a foreign government, which uses any form of torture attempting to extract a confession. Under the TVPA, an individual who, under actual or apparent authority, or color of law, of any foreign nation, subjects an individual to torture shall, in a civil action, be liable for damages to that individual. Torture is defined as any act, directed against an individual in the offender’s custody or physical control, by which severe pain or suffering, other than pain or suffering arising only from or inherent in, or incidental to, lawful sanctions, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on that individual for such purposes as obtaining from that individual, information, or a confession, punishing that individual for an act that individual has committed, or is suspected of having committed, intimidating or coercing that individual for any reason based on discrimination of any kind. This includes any mental pain or suffering caused by or resulting from the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering. This act also covers procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality of the detainee.

Torture defined

The most widely accepted definition of torture is that set out under Article 1 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The government of any territory is ultimately responsible for any form of torture that occurs within its boundaries.

Torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as to obtain from them information or a confession, punishing an act they may have committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing them, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.”

Psychological torture, and ill treatment often have long-lasting consequences for victims. Torture includes being placed in isolation, threats, humiliation, and witnessing the torture of others. Mr. O’Barry was subjected to each one of these forms of torture. Japan ratified Article 1 of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Ratification of the convention obligates the Japanese government to assert responsibility for the prevention of torture, and to redress victims.

Who are the perpetrators of torture? By definition, torture is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official acting in an official capacity. Those most likely to be involved in torture include prison officers, detention staff, police, health professionals, prosecutors, and judges.

The White-cheeked Starling.

The O’Barry Interview

Jones. How did the day of your false arrest begin?

O’Barry. I arrived in Japan on Sept. 30th, as this is the day before the annual dolphin hunt begins in Japan. As usual, as soon I exit the plane, I’m taken into custody, put in a room that has no furnishings, just a primitive looking concrete cage. I get grilled like I’m a criminal, and I’m detained for several hours in prison like conditions. Each time, I go through the same routine. I’m asked questions as to where my destination will be, as if they didn’t already know. Basically, the Japanese immigration attempts to trip me up, and find some kind of reason as to not allow me to enter Japan. I get questions such as, are you here on business, when my visa states that I’m here as a tourist.

Jones. What happened when they let you go from Narita airport?

O’Barry. When I finally was allowed to leave, I proceeded to Taiji. The first thing I always do is go to the police station, show them my identification, and let them know what my plans are. After that, I went to a restaurant. In the past, there were never any Japanese media in Taiji. The Japanese aren’t interested in this story whatsoever. But this time, the restaurant was full of photographers. The restaurant is about 200 meters from the hotel where I was staying, and when I left the restaurant, the photographers called police. That is what I’ve been told.

Jones. What happened after exiting the restaurant?

O’Barry. I was eating with a group from Phuket, Thailand. They were in Japan to let officials know they don’t want Taiji dolphins sold in Thailand. Before we arrived at the hotel, the photographers were already there. Police vehicles barricaded the hotel parking lot. It was obviously a set up from the start. I was pulled over by a dozen police cars, and forced out of the car I was driving. About ten officers approached me. Immediately the police demanded I give them a Breathalyzer test. I did! In Japan, DUI is 1.5. I blew 0.0. The police didn’t want to let me go, so the officer that I had already shown my passport to just a couple hours earlier, demanded to see my passport. I looked in the vehicle where I knew I had put it, but it wasn’t there. I was immediately arrested for not carrying my passport. I was handcuffed, and taken into custody, and the police towed, and impounded the car, even though it was already at the hotel where I was staying.

Jones. Did they tell you where they were taking you?

O’Barry. No.

Jones. What happened when you arrived at the station?

O’Barry. Throughout the night I was taken in, and out of a cell. Again, and again I was tied up with black nylon ropes around my waist. I was handcuffed, and taken into interrogation. Each time I was tied to a chair. About the third time I said, “Look, I’m 75 years old. I can’t do this any more.” After that I kicked the chair out from under me, and it broke. I fell to the floor. They picked me up, and carried me back to the cell. There was no furniture, or any bedding. Nothing, just an empty cell. The other prisoners had to kneel exactly in the middle of the cell. I was witnessing torture. It can’t be described as anything else. After that, I refused to cooperate.

Jones. When you were being interrogated were they questioning you about your passport?

O’Barry. No, only matters related to the dolphin issues. They tried unsuccessfully to connect me to Sea Shepard, and claims that I’m an eco-terrorist.

Jones. How different was their treatment of you once you were out of the public eye, and behind closed doors?

O’Barry. Pretending to be respectful.

Jones. We have the same birthdate, so I know you were two weeks away from being 76.

O’Barry. I have health issues. I take four medications, and I need those medications. The police refused to get me my prescriptions that were at the hotel. They said we have to take you to the hospital if you have to have any medications. Handcuffed, they tied me to a wheelchair, and took me to a public hospital. We entered in the main area. The entire thing was an exercise in humiliation. At first, I thought this was because I couldn’t locate my passport. But, I also had an international drivers license on me. When I was released I was told that they (the police) found it (the passport) in the glove box. This was entirely suspicious, as it was not where I knew it was.

Jones. What other proceedings did you have to go through?

O’Barry. I was booked, photographed, and fingerprinted. Two guys with a flashlight examined every orifice of my body. Three guys stood over me as I tried to piss.

Jones. Was there an interpreter?

O’Barry. No, not when I needed one. One finally showed up on the next day. But, arrived too late.

Jones. What else did the cops do?

O’Barry. They only spoke Japanese so I don’t know what they were trying to say. All night long they kept writing things in Japanese, and trying to force me to sign whatever it was that they were writing down. Nothing was about the passport. They were trying to force me to sign a statement that I was a member of Sea Shepard.

Jones. You mean the police were intentionally trying to force you to sign a statement, a confession of some kind that was not related to what you were arrested for? And they were communicating to you verbally, and in written form only in Japanese?

O’Barry. Yes.

Jones. Do you speak Japanese?

O’Barry. Of course not.

Jones. Did you have any idea what they were trying to force you to sign?

O’Barry. They were trying to write a statement, about ten times, in Japanese. I had no idea what they were writing, and they wanted me to sign each one of those statements. I said, “Are you are kidding me? Who in the hell would do that?” They kept doing it all night long. Finally, I put my head on the desk, and ignored them, and they carried me back to the cell again.

Jones. How many times did they keep bringing you back to the cell?

O’Barry. I don’t know. Many times. They did it all night long. Finally, I told them I was too tired, and going to sleep. I broke their chair, and laid on the floor.

Jones. Did they tell you they had your passport all along?

O’Barry. They never told me they had my passport.

Jones. How did you learn they had your passport?

O’Barry. Two of my team members told me. My passport somehow magically appeared after the international media picked up on the story.

Jones. Do you think you were guilty of any crime?

O’Barry. I broke no law. But, when the media called, and asked the police, what charges do you have on O’Barry, they created a scenario where they thought they could probably have me deported.

Jones. You’re fortunate the international media got involved, and congressmen took issue with the arrest. A deportation proceeding would have landed you in immigration prison possibly for several months. It’s quite common in Japan for deportation proceedings to take several years.

O’Barry. That’s not what they tell the media. They say it’s an on going thing. Really, the entire thing was torture. This shouldn’t be allowed. I couldn’t take it any longer, and just dropped to the floor, and said, “I don’t care if you shoot me. I’m done.”

Jones. The U.S. Embassy has a deplorable record of helping citizens in Japan. I know of a case where the embassy intentionally destroyed physical evidence that a U.S. citizen was tortured while being detained in Japan. I know this is factual because I have seen the documents, which were released under the Freedom of Information Act.

O’Barry. The American embassy was in touch with me constantly because they were being badgered by people in Washington. The consequence… If they don’t act in cases like mine, that they get exactly what they don’t want, a tsunami of media attention.

Jones. Who were the people that were putting on the most pressure?

O’Barry. A California congressman. Many people got on the horn, hundreds of people, perhaps even thousands.

Jones. What happened after you were released?

O’Barry. Immediately after being released the cops followed me around everywhere I went. They kept telling me to return to the station to aid in their investigation. Each day I was being followed around, and asked to submit to more interrogations. I said, “You got to be kidding me, what makes you think I want you to torture me again?” I videotaped these harassments. The cops didn’t know it though.

Jones. When you were handed your passport upon release, did you think that was strange? Is that when you discovered that they must have entered the car prior to the fraudulent arrest?

O’Barry. No, I hardly remember being released. I was exhausted, sleep deprived, numb. I was not capable of thinking anything. And that’s how they do it. They want you in that condition so you’ll finally sign whatever it is that they put in front of you.

Jones. How often did they follow you around after you were released?

O’Barry. Several times.

Jones. Did they try, and pressure you to go back to the police station, and answer unrelated questions to the passport scam?

O’Barry. Constantly. They were calling my hotel room, and asking me to come to the police station for questioning. They followed my car, and pulled me over to ask if I would come in for more questioning.

Jones. When did all this finally stop?

O’Barry. It stopped when I hired a lawyer, and he called them, and told them I wasn’t going to answer any more questions.

Jones. What circumstances caused you to leave Japan? I know you went to Beijing.

O’Barry. Burnout. I was sick, and tired of the harassment.

Jones. How many days after being released did you leave?

O’Barry. I was scheduled to leave when I did. My departure date is usually arbitrary. I decided not to extend my stay. This time I simply left.

Jones. When did you finally have a chance to speak to an attorney?

O’Barry. The first lawyer I called is suing the museum, where the mayor is running his scam. I then talked to a lawyer named Takano. He contacted the police and demanded they stop harassing me. Understanding that the prosecutor could still files charges, and that those responsible was coming from someplace at the top, I ended up leaving Japan, and going to Beijing.

Jones. I know that for thirty years you’ve been calling for people to not boycott Japan, or assault its citizens. How do you feel now?

O’Barry. I don’t feel the same any longer.

Jones. When The Cove was being made, so long as there was money to throw around Japanese people met you at the airport, assisted you in many ways, and participated in the cause. Do any Japanese meet you at the airport, or assist you in any way any longer?

O’Barry. No. They’ve all been threatened, and scared away. They’re afraid of being ostracized.

Jones. Will you return to Japan?

O’Barry. I’m scheduled to go back in January with a German TV crew, ARD television station. I’ve hired an attorney to make sure that my legal rights are protected when I return to Japan. I’ll have a lawyer with me as well. That should be interesting.

Jones. That should be interesting indeed. I think you should refuse to be detained upon arrival at the airport.

O’Barry. If I do that they have an excuse to not let me into the country. Every time I go to Japan I’m detained upon arrival. I tell them the same thing. I have a right to be in Taiji. I have a right to blog about dolphin slaughter just as they would have a right to go to a slaughterhouse in America if they wanted to. I repeat this every time I’m interrogated. I just want to be treated like any other tourist. We have rights in the states, and with our relationship with Japan. They should know that I’m trained as to what to say. I’m dolphin watching! I’m whale watching! Regardless, they try to trip me up by asking the same questions over, and over again.

Jones. How much longer are you going to keep on doing this?

O’Barry. Well, on my 76th birthday I jumped 15,000’ from a plane.

Jones. You’re hard as nails!

O’Barry. You know what? When they start dropping dead from Minimata disease, that’s when they will stop this. Japan’s Supreme Court covered up that case, and helped the corporation hide the mercury dumping that took place in that city.

Jones. It was W. Eugene Smith that was responsible for bringing that story to light. Smith took the famous photo of Tomoko Uemura In Her Bath. For breaking the story, he was rewarded with practically being beaten to death by gangsters hired by the Chisso Corporation. The company is still in business to this day, and still pollutes the same body of water. Mercury contamination continues to exist even today. Perhaps even worse than when it was first discovered.

O’Barry. The Olympics will be the game changer regarding all the bad media attention they blame on me.

Jones. I wrote an article on why Japan’s Olympics should be boycotted. After all, how many times does a westerner need to hear, “whito pigu, gou homu”, or to be refused housing, or a seat in a restaurant, before the west rejects the repugnance of these small minded people, and stop purchasing their products. Sometimes living in Japan is like being in Alabama late ’52. It really does get that bad.

O’Barry. I was more terrified when I got out of police custody, and researched what could have happened when I was detained. There are thousands of innocent people in Japan’s prisons. People are swallowed up by this!

Jones. I know a Japanese/American, meaning someone who is 100% Japanese, but was raised in the states. He was in Japan on vacation, visiting his relatives. While waiting for a train, it was delayed due to bad weather. Freezing, he went to the police station, and asked if he could sit there until the trains began to run again. The police told him his Japanese sounded strange, and accused him of being a Chinese gangster. He told them he was Japanese, but from American. They didn’t believe him. He was arrested for suspicion of being a Chinese gang member. He was held in prison for 40 days. The prosecutors refused to release him until he signed a false confession written by the prosecutor. The statement was a confession that he was a Chinese gang member. During interrogation sessions he spoke Japanese, but the prosecutor refused to communicate directly with him in Japanese. The guy was forced to speak through an interpreter that he said could barely communicate in English. He ended up speaking Japanese to the interpreter, who then spoke in Japanese to the prosecutor. At issue was that he didn’t speak Japanese like “Japanese” so this somehow led to the absurd conclusion that he was a Chinese gangster, even though the police had in their possession both his Japanese, and U.S. passports, which he had on him at the time of his arrest. The police took his Japanese passport, and stamped a permanent black mark on it, ensuring that he would always be harassed upon entering Japan. This is significant because he has a Japanese wife, two children, owns a house, and has a good job to provide for his family. He fears that at any time the Japanese authorities could deport him. Some claim these officials are merely incompetent. That’s untrue. There are xenophobic, hateful, racists, and entirely dangerous.

Our conversation paused here because both myself, and Mr. O’Barry had prior engagements. We spoke again on the following morning.

Jones. I met with Rabbi Binyomin Edery of the Chabad House in Tokyo at his home to discuss human rights violations that occur in Japan. Rabbi Edery was running late, and his wife prepared me an excellent kosher meal. I really miss kosher food. That meal was excellent! When the Rabbi arrived he told me that he had just returned from Hokkaido, where he was visiting a prisoner who was being mistreated with gross injustice, and indignity. In Japan, prisoners are compelled to do physical labor for Toyota, Nissan, Honda, etc. The man refused to do slave labor for Japan’s auto industry. After the man refused to build component parts for Japan’s auto industry he was frequently beaten. Eventually prison officials stripped him naked, and refused to allow him to wear clothing. Apparently, he had been left naked for several weeks, and was suffering severe frostbite. This is significant because this is Hokkaido, which is the extreme north of Japan, and where temperatures plummet for most of the year. (Japan is notorious for prisoners receiving severe frostbite, and freezing to death.) Prison officials now apparently keep the man tied up on a dog leash, and force him to eat meals on his hands, and knees out of a dog bowl. I’ve asked the U.S. Embassy about this matter, but they remain mute? Why is this story not in the media? How is this any different from Guantanamo?

O’Barry. Honestly, I had no idea what went on in Japan’s prisons. Certainly, the Japanese don’t want to end up there. They’re ostracized, and considered social outcasts, regardless of guilt or innocence.

Jones. As far as I’m concerned some people forfeit their right to life. People that engage in that kind of abuse should be executed. I’m sick to death of watching people play bongos, and carry signs about, somehow thinking that will accomplish anything.

O’Barry. Well, the Japanese activists have abandoned ship, because the government scared the shit out of them. The government invites the media, and tells them that guy is dishonoring our country. We need to stop them!

Jones. They scared away Boyd Harnell. He’s the journalist that helped you originally break the Taiji story. When I discussed this with him, he told me the police constantly called, at all hours of the night, and harassed him over his relationship with you. So, it’s not just the Japanese that the officials are trying to scare away. I was interrogated about my “relationship” with you as well. I don’t get intimidated any longer. I just tell them to fuck off. I get loud, and Japanese don’t like anything loud.

O’Barry. The Japanese believe what they’re fed in the media. That’s why Boyd, and others won’t associate with me any longer. They’re afraid! Regardless, our cause is more popular than ever. I’m a bit concerned though about filling in flight documents that ask if I was ever convicted of a crime in Japan.

Jones. In Japan prosecutors have to indict someone being investigated within twenty days. If they don’t, then the investigation must be terminated. The fake passport case can no longer be raised in Japan. I’m also pretty sure no prosecutor would want the headache an action against you would bring. I’m certain, and I’m certain they’re certain that such a case would end their fraudulent career. You haven’t been convicted of any crime in Japan. So, you don’t have to report anything. There’s also no legal obligation for anyone to fill out those documents anyway. They are self-incriminating. You’re being asked to provide evidence against yourself, and then to sign it as well. Under such situations, it’s a violation of due process. I’d do as you did at the Shigu police station. Remain silent! Japanese cops are liars, and the prosecutors are sociopaths anyway.

O’Barry. Why don’t you get the hell out of there? You’re family is in Hawaii. You should take your son there, and teach him to surf, and dive. What a great life for him.

Jones. That’s all in the works my friend. All in the works! Oh, one more thing! When you went to Bali last year, the security guy my buddy hooked you up with was David LaBravah from the TV show, The Son’s Of Anarchy. He played the character Happy who tortured, and executed rival gang members, and exceedingly enjoyed it. I’d like to have a front row seat as to what Happy would do to some of these Japanese officials. One last thing! I heard you moved to Denmark?

O’Barry. Yes, it’s very civilized over here.

Jones. My guess is “civilized” doesn’t extend to the Pilot Whale killings in the Faroe Islands?

O’Barry. It’s one of the reasons we’re here. We live two hours from the Faroe Islands.

Jones. You mean you’re also engaged in exposing the actions of Caucasians who engage in similar activities as those of the Taiji fishermen? But, that flies in the face of the racist card you’ve been dealt by Japanese whackos that support Taiji fishermen, because, after all… they’re Japanese! (Nothing racist about that!)

O’Barry. What they are doing is an anachronistic concept that needs to be abolished. Many Faroe Island locals who never participated in that are trying to stop it through education. We want to support those efforts. Mercury contamination will end it eventually anyway. There’s a link between eating Pilot Whale meat, and Parkinson’s disease. This has been overshadowed by all the high drama.

Jones. OK, I’m on my way out. I’m taking my son for a walk on the beach.

O’Barry. I’m doing the same. I’m taking my daughter for a walk, and then swimming at a water theme park. At least we have our priorities in order!

Jones. One last thing… Japan’s judiciary, and its High Court share the same building in Tokyo as the public prosecutors. Where’s the public defender’s office you ask? There are no public defenders offices in Japan. There are no public defenders!

A cursory inspection of the Internet reveals a large amount of information related to the injustice of Japan’s legal representatives, and the system they continue to wrongfully adhere to. The following are but a few samples of reports regarding Japan’s lack of human rights, Japan’s coerced false confessions, Japan’s use of torture, and Japan’s Daiyo Kangoku system of detention.

Forced Confessions In Japan.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7063316.stm.
Japan: Briefing To The UN Committee On Torture.
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cat/docs/ngos/AI_Japan_CAT50.pdf.
Japan Urged To End False Confessions.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8290767.stm.
Japan’s Substitute Prison Shocks The World.
http://nichibenren.or.jp/library/en/document/data/daiyo_kangoku.pdfhttps://hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/JAPAN953.pdf.
Victims Of A Safe Society.
http://articles.latimes.com/1992-02-27/news/mn-4092_1_criminal-justice-system/3.

Unlike in Japan, terrorists don’t have streets named after them in the U.S.

Update: On December 18th, 2015 Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project held a protest in London in front of the Japanese Embassy. An estimated one thousand supporters showed up for the event. Nearby construction crews hoisted a banner over a balcony of a high tower, which read, We Love Dolphins. During the protest, the Japanese Embassy took down the Japanese flag in an attempt to hide the location of its embassy. Ric spoke openly about his false arrest in Japan, as speakers broadcasted loudly into the embassy. The removal of the Japanese flag marks the first time in history that a nation voluntarily removed its national banner from public viewing. Clearly, the Japanese are ashamed of the international scrutiny that mounts as to its deplorable record for hate crimes, human rights violations, and its corrupt Ministry of Justice that resorts to the use of torture for no other purpose but to extract false confessions that result in a myriad of unjust convictions.

Watch Ric speak about his false arrest at the following link:
https://dolphinproject.net/blog/post/london-loud-and-proud-for-the-dolphins.

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Japan, Child Abduction, The Hague And Sanctions

The above image was provided by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Note: The first image shows a xenophobic Japanese child surrounded by foreign children all with big noses. The image below it shows a foreign man being arrested for committing a crime against a child. The middle image shows a Japanese woman in financial ruin because she married a foreigner, and is unable to provide for her daughter. The top right image shows a foreign male abducting his daughter, with the Japanese mother pleading for her return. The image below that shows a foreign male beating a defenseless child, taken from her mother who remains in Japan. This despicably racist propaganda was designed to aid the Japanese in understanding the implications of Japan ratifying The Hague Convention on Child Abduction. This twisted message exposes the depths of depravity Japanese officials are known for, and the irrational message they desire to portray to their own citizens. In reality, it’s the Japanese that abuse, and abduct children, more than just about any other nation.

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi married Kayoko Miyamoto in 1978. The following year the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on International Child Abduction had its first hearing. Japan was one of the nations of main concern during that hearing. Koizumi’s marriage would end four years later in divorce. However, prior to the termination of the failed marriage, the couple had two sons, Kotaro, and Shinjiro.

It’s often said that in Japan custody of the children always go to the mother. The father almost always voluntarily cut ties with his children, and forever. While those in the west would find this arrangement appalling, Japan continues to pretend that this is perfectly acceptable conduct. In the case of Koizumi, his families political connections, along with Japan’s notoriously corrupt judiciary awarded sole custody of both sons to him, allowing his ex-wife sole custody of the six month, unborn fetus that she was carrying at the time of the marriage dissolution. Yoshinaga Miyamoto was born three months later. He became the third son of man who would be prime minister, and to this day has yet to meet his father, who has never acknowledged him. The divorce terms forbade contact between the mother, and her one, and four-year-old children who in reality were abducted from her by Koizumi. Neither of her abducted sons have ever met with their mother again, even though they live less than an hour away from one another. In an article for the L.A. Times Miyamato said, “I’ve been hoping to be reunited with my sons for nineteen years. All I can do is wait.” It’s been thirteen years since that story was published in 2002. The following is a link to that article: http://articles.latimes.com/2001/oct/02/news/mn-52341.

When Yoshinaga was newly born, Koizumi failed in a planned abduction attempt of his third son. When he was pressed on the issue Koizumi responded with speech characteristic of political jargon, stating, “It’s a matter of privacy, I’d like to refrain from commenting. However, I thank the Japanese public for entrusting the important duty of prime minister to a divorced politician. I feel a change flowing in Japanese society.” Change occurred indeed. Across Japan the rate of divorce skyrocketed. So did the rate of child abductions.

Kotaro, and Shinjiro are now both adults. One is an aspiring politician; the other is a talentless pop star. Although Yoshinaga has never met his famous father, he somehow admires the man, and continues to hope that one day he would be able to meet him. For Kayoko, seeing her abducted son plastered on billboards, advertisements, and performing on TV shows is too much for her to endure. Yoshinaga became a fixture on morning talk shows with his repeated pleas to meet with his father entirely ignored. Silence! That’s how Japan deals with the myriad of social injustices, and morally reprehensible conduct that continues to plague the nation.

The former prime minister is a man who intentionally, and irresponsibly shirked his duty to raise a son, who loved him unconditionally. Regardless, during Koizumi’s televised campaign for the prime minister’s seat, Yoshinaga, who was a young boy at the time, would be heard by his mother shouting, “Come on, Pop, win this one!” Sadly, those shouts would be absorbed by the wind!

 

One thing Koizumi, and Jong-il have in common is that they’re both child abductors.

After Koizumi won the office of prime minister, on September 17th, 2002, he visited North Korea to meet with Kim Jong-il to address the issue of Japan’s claim that North Korean agents had abducted hundreds of Japanese citizens, to train spies so they could communicate in Japanese, and to understand the culture. Unlike Koizumi, and every prime minister that would follow in his footsteps, North Korea would admit culpability to a handful of abductions, apologize, and return five victims. Japan, on the other hand has never acknowledged any of the thousands of kidnappings its responsible for, and has yet to return any of the known victims that have been abducted from nearly every nation on the face of the planet. In the U.S. alone, and ever since congress began holding hearings on child abductions, those kidnappings amount to more than four thousand.

A celebrated history of child abduction

Japan’s first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu whose descendants ruled Japan until the Meiji Restoration, was a victim of numerous abductions. Ieyasu was the son of Matsudaira Hirotada, the daimyo of Mikawa of the Matsudaira clan, and Odai-no-kata, the daughter of a neighboring samurai lord, Mizuno Tadamasa. The majority of Ieyasu’s family had ties with the Imagawa clan. Family feuding over regional pacts resulted in the murder of Ieyasu’s paternal grandfather. Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty, and grandson of Ieyasu ruled from 1623 until 1651. Iemitsu was responsible for shutting off relations between Japan, and the rest of the world for two centuries. In the process, Iemitsu destroyed thousands of families, separating fathers, and mothers from their children by not allowing Japanese citizens who were overseas to return home, under the threat of execution. This decree commonly called the Sakoku Policy did not only affect Japanese families, foreigners caught up in the irrational decree were also forbidden to leave Japan, thereby affectively cutting them off from reunification with their wives, and children as well.

The abductions of Ieyasu

In 1548, when the Oda clan invaded Mikawa, Hirotada, Ieyasu’s father turned to Imagawa Yoshimoto, the head of the Imagawa clan for help to repel the invading forces. Yoshimoto agreed to help under the condition that Hirotada sent Ieyasu to Senpu, where he would be held as a hostage to assure Ieyasu’s father remained loyal to Imagawa. Hirotada agreed to this unconscionable term. Oda Nobuhide, the leader of the Oda clan learned of this arrangement, and had Ieyasu abducted while he was en route to Sunpu. Ieyasu was merely six years old at the time. Nobuhide threatened to execute the child unless his father severed all ties with the Imagawa clan. Hirotada replied that sacrificing his son’s life showed his determination to remain loyal to the Imagawa clan. Despite Hirotada’s refusal, Nobuhide chose not to murder Ieyasu, but instead held him hostage for the next three years at the Manshoji Temple in Nagoya. Ieyasu would never be reunited with his father, or mother ever again.

By 1549, when Ieyasu was seven years old, his father died of natural causes. At about that same time, Oda Nobuhide died during an epidemic outbreak. The death of Nobuhide weakened the Oda clan. Imagawa Sessai sent an army to lay siege on the castle where Nobuhide’s first son now ruled. With the castle about to fall, Sessai offered a deal to Nobuhide’s second son, Nobunaga. He promised to end the siege if Ieyasu was handed over to the Imagawa clan. Nobunaga agreed. Ieyasu was once again abducted, and taken to Sunpu, his original abduction destination. There the boy was held hostage until the age of fifteen when his abductor passed away.

I had a chance to visit Ieyasu’s remains, which are housed in a lavish shrine in Tochigi Prefecture. I had gone to Tochigi to write an article for Tokyo Weekender on Nikko’s National Park in autumn. The following is a link to that article: http://tokyoweekender.com/2012/11/nikko-in-autumn. I shrugged off taking the time out of my schedule to visit Ieyasu’s final resting place. I was not interested in visiting the grave of man who through fraud had faked his own royal lineage to persuade Kyoto’s religious leaders to sanction his appointment to shogunate.

Today, Ieyasu is celebrated as the man who ended Japan’s Warring State Era. In reality, Ieyasu, and his offspring were mass murderers; sociopaths responsible for the destruction, and pillage of an entire nation, as well as the continued policy of abducting children to ensure the Tokugawa’s remained in power. Ieyasu was also responsible for the mass beheadings of those who sought refuge in Osaka Castle when he took siege against a child he had sworn an oath to protect. The Tokugawa’s were also responsible for the genocide of Christians who joined forces with peasant farmers known as the Shimabara Uprising. Both Christians, and peasants were executed en masse because they refused to bow to the Tokugawa’s as deities, and refused to pay excessive taxes, that in reality were causing the peasants, and their children to starve to death.

No doubt Ieyasu’s childhood trauma played a significant role in his inability to understand the importance of family relations, and his vow to protect an innocent child that was incapable of protecting itself. Ieyasu would write the Buddha’s name ten thousand times in an attempt to absolve himself of the lack of integrity that was a clear part of his character. He could have written the Buddha’s name a million times, it wouldn’t change the fact that he was a liar, and a murderer of children who were incapable of defending themselves. Ieyasu’s lack of integrity remains an inherent aspect of the Japanese mindset, as Japan continues to dishonor international treaties the nation has ratified, including The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Regarding the folklore, and myth known as the Japanese honor code, made famous in books, poetry, and movies, it holds no real position in factual history. There simply is nothing honorable when it comes to the nation’s refusal to address the myriad of child abductions that continue to stain the nation’s xenophobic reputation. Unfortunately, that lack of integrity, and the lack of honor is the true “way” of the Japanese, where the samurai, or “warrior” code has long been exposed as for what it really is, a fallacy.

 

A painting of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japan’s first shogunate, and victim of multiple abductions as a child.

Japan’s irrational ideology on child abduction

U.S. congressional committees on international child abduction have been going on since 1979. With Japan being one of the most egregious violators in bilateral relations regarding this subject matter. H.R. 3212 was passed into law in the U.S. to ensure nations complied with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction by countries with which the U.S. enjoys reciprocal obligations to establish procedures for the prompt return of children abducted to other countries, and to impose stiff sanctions on nations that do not comply with this law. Japan signed this agreement in April of 2014, and is subject to sanctions as a result of being in violation of these terms.

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ) spent five years fighting for the passage of a law known as The Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2014. Smith stated, “Many children, and parents have tragically lost years separated from each other in violation of U.S., and international law,” He added, “They have missed birthdays, holidays, and family time that they can never get back. H.R. 3212 ensures that they will now receive significant help from the U.S. government in their fights to recover their children. Every day a child is separated from his or her rightful parent, and home in the United States brings immense suffering to both parent, and child. The Goldman Act is designed to right the terrible wrong of international child abduction, and heal enormous pain, and suffering, and bring abducted children home.”

More than one thousand international child abductions are reported to the State Department’s Office on Children’s Issues each year. Between 2008, and 2013, at least 8,000 American children were abducted, according to the State Department. Earlier this year, the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children reported that there have been at least 168 international child abductions from New Jersey alone since 1995.

In a March 2015 hearing on Capitol Hill, Congressman Smith stated that, “Japan is breathtakingly unresponsive on U.S. child abductions.” He called for immediate sanctions. Smith stated that unless sanctions are imposed, which are the consequences of The Goldman Act, for non-compliance, the law would be toothless. Smith called on Tokyo to comply with its international obligations.

Despite Japan ratifying the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, it has yet to comply with any aspects of the treaty regarding the return of the more than four hundred known U.S. cases of child abduction. The accord requires the Japanese government to set up processes for legal appeals from foreign parents seeking either visitation or the return of their children to the country where those children were abducted. Ironically, Japan has used the treaty to have five children returned to Japan, yet continues to fail to acknowledge parental rights abroad, even where abductors have been placed on Interpol, and the FBI’s Most Wanted List. This double standard is repugnant, and harmful to international relations, and national security. Further, Japan has received sixty-seven requests for the return of abducted children since ratifying The Hague terms, from the U.S. alone, and has yet to take any action. As of this writing, the FBI Most Wanted List include Japanese child abductors, Ryoko Uchiyama, and Reiko Nakata Greenberg-Collins both have international warrants out for their arrests.

There are currently more than four hundred known cases of children kidnapped to Japan since 1994 from the U.S., a number Smith called “unconscionable.” What is equally unconscionable is during that same hearing on Capitol Hill, Representative Smith requested the actual number of children returned from Japan to the U.S. Susan Jacobs, the Special Advisor for Children’s Issues at the State Department responded by saying, that she didn’t know representative Smith was going to “ask for numbers.” Smith ridiculed Jacobs for not having that information readily available. The truth is that Jacobs knew exactly what those numbers were. None! No child has been returned to the U.S., which proves that Jacobs is entirely inept in handling the responsibilities of the position that she holds, and should be removed from office for gross incompetence, and for failing to take adequate steps to address this with Japanese officials. Ridiculously, Jacobs would also state, “I talked to Ambassador Kennedy yesterday, and she is energized and she is ready to launch.” Kennedy has been the Ambassador to Japan since November 2013. Did it really take this long to get energized on one of the major topics of friction between U.S., and Japanese relations? Jacob’s empty rhetoric has been going on for several years now. Smith was obviously frustrated at Jacob’s inability to understand the gravity of the situation. Jacobs would then tell Smith that she “shared his frustration”, and was planning to visit Japan in June, where she, and Ambassador Kennedy would discuss the annual report with Japanese officials.

In 2013, Representative Cardin (Maryland), of the Foreign Relations Committee spoke to Kennedy on the topic of child kidnapping, and Japan, and the four hundred pending cases of American abductions. Mr. Cardin asked Kennedy if she would use her office to help resolve those open cases. Kennedy stated, “As a parent I certainly understand the emotional aspect of this issue,” and “That everyone at the State Department is really committed to making that happen, and to bring these issues forward, and resolve these cases.” This comment was made nearly two years ago, yet Kennedy has not taken any steps in dealing with this matter. Kennedy did Tweet regarding other inhumane conduct the Japanese engage in, and which is internationally condemned, the Taiji dolphin slaughter.

Cases of child abductions prior to April 2014 fall outside of the scope of The Hague Agreement on child abductions, which Smith blasted as outrageous. Parents in those situations may still apply to Japan for visitation rights, but almost no parent has ever received such rights, and when they do, they are treated as if they are an imprisoned felon, with police, lawyers, Japanese officials, and the other bawling, and objecting parent in a separate adjacent room doing their best to interrupt the reunion, while all view the short visitation through one-way glass. Children who haven’t seen their non-abducting parent in several months, to several years, and probably have been brainwashed with horror stories, and may no longer be unable to communicate in their native tongue, no doubt would cry due to the high level of stress associated with the circumstance. If they appear detached, Japanese officials take that as a sign that the child wants nothing to do with the non-abducting parent. Anyone that has obtained even basic child psychology knowledge would immediately recognize that a child who had been separated from their parent for such a long time, needed an adequate adjustment period, and most likely psychological counseling as well. Thirty minutes or so just doesn’t equate as an adequate parent-child reunion.

Is the State Department assisting parents in the return of their abducted child?

Unfortunately, history has taught us that if anyone wants to get something accomplished, they have to take matters into their own hands. The recent action of the State Department proves that if the U.S. government is not willing to assist citizens whose lives are in peril in Yemen, they certainly aren’t going to aid someone to get their abducted child back, despite laws that are written regarding the scope, and degree of the State Department’s duties in such matters. U.S. citizens stranded in Yemen had to resort to filing a lawsuit against the Department of State for abandoning them. Meanwhile, other countries including, China, Russia, and India, have conducted large-scale evacuations, including aiding in evacuating numerous U.S. citizens.

On August 24th, 2011, 14 year-old Mary Lake, a U.S. citizen, who was kidnapped by her mother, and taken to Japan in 2005, in one of the most high-profile international kidnapping cases in U.S. history, walked into the U.S. consulate in Osaka, and asked to be rescued, after being held captive in Japan for six years. Indifferent, and incompetent consular staff refused to aid in the child’s rescue, and instead sent her back to her kidnapper. Mary’s father, William Lake, would later be informed of his daughter’s attempted rescue by caseworker Virginia Vause from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues. Lake would learn that the consular office attempted to make only one call to him at his residence. They didn’t leave a voice message, nor did they contact him on his cell phone, or send an email. When Lake brought up the issue of why his daughter was turned away, he was told that the consulate would not assist in his daughter’s escape because they needed to have his written authorization to take her into custody. Furthermore, if his daughter were taken into custody the consulate would have to assign a staff member to stay with her until she was returned to the U.S., an inconvenience that the State Department refused to accept. They also required an agreement in advance for Lake to repay any airfare costs. This was the third episode of gross negligence on the part of the Department of State toward Lake, and his daughter. Twice previously they illegally issued passports for his daughter without obtaining his required signature, even after it had been established that her father was the lawful parent, and the mother was wanted for kidnapping. Generally, all cases involve at least one parent who is Japanese. In Lake’s case, neither the victims, nor the abducting mother are Japanese. It’s should be harshly apparent when it comes to the crime of child abduction that the Department of State clearly values the relations with foreign nations over the safety, well-being, and lives of U.S. citizens being held captive in Japan.

Jeffrey Morehouse has spoken on Capitol Hill numerous times regarding child abduction. He was granted sole custody of his son in 2007 due to his former wife’s alcohol abuse, psychological issues, violence, and because she was a flight risk. Restraining orders against the mother traveling with their son were in place when she fraudulently obtained a passport from the Japanese consulate in Portland, after being turned away in Seattle. U.S. consular officials have refused numerous requests to pursue prosecution, and adamantly refuse to aid in the return of Morehouse’s son based on his former spouse’s violation of both Japanese, and U.S. laws regarding child abduction. Since Morehouse’s son was abducted, all communication ceased between them. The boy’s whereabouts, mental, and physical condition remain unknown. In March 2014 Morehouse was granted sole custody by a Japanese court. Yet, he still has no contact with his son, and has no knowledge as to where he is being held. Morehouse operates an organization called BACHome: Bring Abducted Children Home. In the following link, Morehouse testifies before a congressional hearing that took place in March of 2015, regarding child abduction, Japan’s ratification of The Hague Convention on Child Abduction, The Goldman Act, the facts regarding the disappearance of his son, as well as the imposition of sanctions on Japan: https://youtube.com/watch?v=4eHITnrRMFA.

On March 11th, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 125 by a vote of 418-0, condemning Japan for its actions on International Child Abduction. This congressional resolution described Japan as “a United States ally which does not recognize intra-familial child abduction as a crime, and though its family laws do not discriminate by nationality, Japanese courts give no recognition to the parental rights of the non-Japanese parent, fail to enforce U.S. court orders relating to child custody or visitation, and place no effective obligation on the Japanese parent to allow parental visits for their child.”

On May 21st, 2009, the U.S., the UK, France, and Canada released a joint press statement condemning Japan for it’s inaction regarding international child abduction, and called on Japan to sign the Hague Convention. These four nations acting with one voice stated, “left-behind parents of children abducted to or from Japan have little realistic hope of having their children returned, and encounter great difficulties in obtaining access to their children, and exercising their parental rights, and responsibilities.” These countries urged Japan “to identify, and implement measures to enable parents who are separated from their children to maintain contact with them, and to visit them,” and described the “failure to develop tangible solutions to most cases of parental child abduction in Japan particularly troubling.”

On July 13th 2003, Erika Toland was abducted from her home at Negishi Navy Family Housing in Yokohama, Japan. Her mother, the abductor, Etsuko Toland, subsequently died of suicide on October 31st, 2007. Since the death of the child’s mother, her maternal grandmother, Akiko Futagi, has refused Erika any contact with her father. The child’s father is, Commander Paul Toland, a highly decorated U.S. Naval officer. Since his daughter’s abduction he has been trying to see Erika, to no avail. On June 25th, 2009, Congressman Chris Smith discussed Erika’s case on the floor of the House of Representatives. He stated, “The international movement of our service members make them especially vulnerable to the risks of international child abduction. Attorneys familiar with this phenomenon estimate that there are approximately 25 to 30 new cases of international child abductions affecting U.S. service members every year.”

More than a decade later, Erika remains held as a hostage from her father, as government officials tasked with the duty to address these issues remain staggeringly indifferent. Toland has spent his life savings trying to have his daughter returned to him. His Japanese attorney told him via email, “Please understand that your case is not a piece of cake due to the racism, and irrationality of the Japanese legal system. It might be like defending the Taliban in the U.S.” Toland said while speaking at a congressional hearing, “I flew to Japan, and waited on a street corner to greet Erika on her way home from school, because this is the only contact with dignity that is possible. I knew that if I had tried to take Erika to the embassy, and attempted to get a passport, I would likely meet the same fate as Christopher Savoie, when he attempted to retrieve his children from Japan. I would likely be blocked at the gates of the embassy by a state department that was more interested in preserving a relationship with Japan, over the welfare of U.S. citizens. I’d likely end up in a Japanese jail, as Christopher Savoie did.

In the following link, Navy Commander Toland testifies before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. on December 2nd, 2009: https://youtube.com/watch?t=23&v=f9lfTWFX0f8.

The Department of State and Japan’s nuclear debacle

After the third nuclear explosion at the Daiichi Nuclear Facility in Namie, Fukushima, the U.S. consulate finally made the determination that American citizens were in peril. If U.S. citizens wanted to leave the country, they could board planes that were available at Narita airport. At the time I was appearing on MSNBC with Brian Williams, and my photography, and videography was appearing in several media outlets. I contacted the U.S. Embassy, and inquired into the conditions for U.S. citizens to board one of those planes. I stated that April was the beginning of the work year in Japan, and there were thousands of new teachers stranded, and probably unable to pay for flights back home, as they had just arrived, and most likely were recent university graduates. The embassy staff told me that if citizens were unable to pay for the flight back to the U.S., their passports would be confiscated, and unless they paid the State Department back the airfare, plus interest, they would never be allowed to leave the U.S. again. I was shocked, and couldn’t believe what I was hearing. The entire nation was shut down including all forms of transportation, store shelves were empty, and Tokyo’s water spiked with high level of radiation contamination. It was finally disclosed that Daiichi was using MOX Fuel, and high levels of plutonium were released into the atmosphere, as Japanese officials played the silence game, telling everyone to remain calm, and that there was “no immediate threat to life.” Professor Koide from Kyoto University, a nuclear physicist, and long time adversary of the reckless, and grossly negligent energy company, TEPCO stated that the plutonium alone released from those three explosions were the equivalent to 200,000 Hiroshima bombs. I had a friend who had direct contact with Nancy Pelosi. I informed them what was happening, and they immediately notified her as to what the embassy was scheming in Tokyo. The next morning it was one of the top news story that Pelosi had gotten planes on Narita’s tarmac, and they were available for free to any U.S. citizen who wanted to leave the country. The threat of passport confiscation ended, as well as turning U.S. citizens into homeland prisoners due to no fault of their own.

The Department of State’s complicity in kidnapping children

Julian Assange’s trouble began when WikiLeaks released thousands of classified documents that exposed not only U.S. war crimes that were occurring in Iraq, but also diplomatic communications that were taking place at the State Department. I took an interest in the topic as most Americans did. The government’s position was that the release of those documents “placed American overseas in imminent danger.” Some of those documents I read exposed communications between U.S., and foreign diplomats, exposing U.S. involvement in the abduction of third world children, and turning them over to foreign diplomats, who were pedophiles, so those children could be used as sex slaves. In exchange for those “favors”, the foreign diplomats engaged in “international cooperation”, and assisted those U.S. officials who worked for the State Department in business transactions they would benefit from. None of those diplomats have ever been brought to trial, as they enjoy immunity from prosecution. Yet, Assange who exposed these outrageous crimes remains on self-imposed lockdown in the Ecuadorian Embassy of London, which is monitored around the clock by U.S., and UK government agents. Private Manning who turned over those documents to WikiLeaks was convicted for violating the Espionage Act, and sentenced to thirty five years imprisonment, forfeiture of all pay, and dishonorably discharged. Ironically, Assange, who is not a U.S. citizen, and who was guilty of nothing more than what the mass media often does, did exactly what the corporate media would have done with that information if it had been turned over to them, which was to publicly expose that very same information, except they would have profited nicely from it, and continued to enjoy their freedoms. American officials, and media hacks continue to call for Assange to be extradited for “aiding the enemy”, and for “treason”, a crime that is exclusively reserved for citizens of that country, which Assange isn’t.

Prejudicial double standards

Parental child abduction is not a crime when Japanese nationals do it, yet when foreigners attempt to have contact with their children it’s handled as a felony

Chris Savoie, who had custody of his two minor children left them with his former spouse Noriko for visitation purposes. That was the last time he would see them in the U.S. Noriko defied a Tennessee state court order, which barred her from leaving the state, and ordered her to turn over her passport to officials. This order occurred after Savoie received an email from her, which read, “It’s very hard to remain here watching my children lose their Japanese identity.” Savoie filed a restraining order. He subsequently contacted his former father in law, who told him the children were in Japan. Savoie’s only hope to ever see his children again was to go to Japan, and try to get them back in the same manner his former spouse had taken them. As his children were walking to school he placed them in his car, and drove off to the U.S. Embassy. The media would say that the Japanese police arrested Savoie as he was about to enter the American consulate. But, the true facts are the U.S. Embassy officials turned Savoie over to the Japanese police, who treated the case as a kidnapping. Savoie struggled with Japanese police, who literally ripped the terrified, and screaming children from his arms. Savoie was handcuffed in front of his children, and taken into custody at one of Japan’s notorious Daiyo Kangoku detention centers where the use of torture, and coerced confessions are daily matters with corrupt police, prosecutors, and a judiciary that sanctions all of it. Savoie was charged with abduction of a minor, and faced five years in prison for merely attempting to enforce a U.S. custody order. Savoie’s story was the last one that made international headlines regarding Japan, and child abduction. International, legal, and media pressure forced the prosecutors to release Savoie who returned home, and filed a false imprisonment action against his former wife. Savoie was awarded a 6.1M verdict. He said the money was a hollow victory. “Anything about this just reopens a lot of wounds. It’s bittersweet.” Savoie said he hasn’t been allowed to speak to his children in more than a year. That was back in 2011. “At the end of the day, I’d much rather have one afternoon in the park with my kids than one penny of this judgment.”

The return of an abducted child to the U.S.

No thanks to any intervention on the part of the State Department, Caroline Kennedy, or Susan Jacobs, one Japanese abductor got a taste of American style justice.

Emiko Inoue being led into court where she faced 25 years for child abduction.

Emiko Inoue thought she was clever when she abducted Moises Garcia’s daughter Katrina to Japan. After three years, and only one visit with his daughter in Japan, Garcia caught a break. His ex-wife flew from Japan to Hawaii to renew her U.S. green card. Inoue was unaware that her U.S. immigration file had been flagged because of a Wisconsin arrest warrant issued a few months earlier. Inoue was arrested, and extradited to Milwaukee, a city she once called home, where Karina was born, and where she, and Garcia were married. Milwaukee prosecutors ordered Inoue to return Garcia’s daughter to the U.S. within 30 days, or risk spending the next twenty-five years in prison. After eight months in prison she plead no-contest to felony child custody interference by a parent for fleeing America with Garcia’s daughter. Karina, was six at the time, and Inoue’s decision to circumvent U.S. family court set in motion an unprecedented criminal case, making her the first Japanese citizen to be arrested in the U.S. for child custody interference. It’s a felony in most states, but not considered a crime in Japan, unless the parent happens to be non-Japanese. Garcia gained full custody of Karina shortly after Inoue left the country in 2008. Eventually, he would also be granted full custody by a Japanese court, although it would reverse that decision, saying it was in the best interest of the child to remain in Japan.

Garcia successfully convinced the Milwaukee prosecutor’s office that although he had legal custody in both countries, there was no way for him to get his daughter back or even get visitation rights. The Milwaukee police department then issued a warrant for Inoue’s arrest in February of 2011, even though it was unlikely that Japan would agree to extradite her to face felony parental child abduction charges in the U.S. Unlike Japan’s Ministry of Justice, known for its corrupt, and prejudicial determinations against foreign nationals, the prosecutors in Inoue’s case allowed her to remain in the U.S., instead of deporting her for having a felony conviction. Inoue could also travel freely outside of the country with permission from the court, but not with her daughter. Inoue’s attorney in Japan, Haruki Maeda, said that Inoue only “very reluctantly” agreed to the deal. Under the plea bargain Katrina was sent back to her father, who had remarried. Maeda questioned whether, “Separating Katrina from her mother, and forcing her to live with her father, and stepmother, will lead to the well-being of the child?” Unlike in Japan, where a child has no right to make any self determination, in the U.S., when Karina turns twelve, she has the right to tell a U.S. judge what parent she desires to live with.

Garcia arranged for a Japanese tutor for his daughter, and for psychological counseling to help her cope with the transition. On the other hand, foreign parents that haven’t had any contact with their abducted children have noted that, when they do manage to obtain contact, the child can no longer communicate with them, and that no measures were taken to ensure the child smoothly integrated into Japanese society, which in reality calls children with two nationality parents, “hafus”, racist jargon meaning the child is somehow defective because they are not fully Japanese. Another well-known fact about Japan is that Japanese children will almost never associate with hafus, who suffer varying degrees of bullying, and are ostracized by Japanese children who can only learn such level of xenophobia, ignorance, and hatred from the parents who raised them that way.

Are parents of abducted children doing enough to gain custody, or visitation rights with their children?

From The Shadows is a documentary film highlighting several parents who have had their children abducted to Japan, including Paul Toland, and Regan Haight. I’ve contacted the producer, and directors Matt Antell, and David Hearn numerous times attempting to receive a viewer copy of the film for this article. I’ve never received a response from either of them, and the website http://fromtheshadowsfilm.com doesn’t seem to be a valid link. I can’t find this documentary anywhere, and it seems those that took the effort to produce it don’t consider it important enough to promote it. Another film titled, Sayanara Baby, which is an Australian News Special can be found online. The following is a link to the film: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDA2MzE2Nzcy.html.

Regan Haight, a mother of two who’s featured in both documentaries mentioned above was married to Shuta, Japanese national. Haight returned home one day to find her children, and her husband gone. He abducted the children to Japan, and they weren’t ever going to return. Haight soon discovered that Japan, which claims to always award custody to the mother, wasn’t about to here her legal argument. The perverted Japanese family courts are always stacked heavily against those who are not Japanese, and those who are not the abductor. The Japanese officials sided with her former spouse, the abductor of her two children. Haight turned to a former British military special forces operative, Steve Johnson who is known in the business as a child recovery specialist. Johnson told Haight that Japan has the reputation of being impossible to recover children from. Johnson joined Haight in Japan, and Shuta claimed the children had been abducted a second time by their Japanese grandmother who was holding them for ransom. Haight said “At one point she told me that I had to sign over the house, and that I could see the kids. So, I did that. Then she wouldn’t let me see them. Next, we had to pay her fifty thousand dollars to see the kids. I didn’t have that money.”

The legal definition of kidnapping is the unlawful carrying away of a person against their will, usually to hold them for ransom, or in furtherance of another crime. Shuta, and his mother engaged in a conspiracy to extort as much as they could from the grieving mother. Captured on videotape, the children’s father was handed an ultimatum from Johnson, release the children to Haight or the matter would be turned over to the media, the police, and Interpol. Shuta, and his mother, realizing that they could be imprisoned for criminal extortion, and kidnapping, turned the children over to Haight. Today, the children enjoy a safe, and loving relationship with their mother. Haight is the only woman who has ever succeeded in having her children returned from Japan, a nation that would rather protect kidnappers, and extortion conspirators, than to protect abducted children who are in imminent danger, while being held for ransom. Japanese officials never brought charges against the criminal monsters the children had previously called, Otousan (father), and Obaachan (grandmother).

Australian Chayne Inaba, a trauma medical specialist had been battling the system in Japan to gain access to his daughter Ai. He tried to negotiate with his wife, and her family for visitataionrights, but they threatened him with violence if he didn’t stay away from her. One evening upon returning home from work, Chayne was attacked from behind in his own home, and beaten nearly to death with a brick. “I walked inside, closed the door, walking down towards the living room and I was attacked by a brick from the bathroom. I had two black eyes, skull fractures, a lot of damage”. Chayne has strong suspicions about who was responsible, and the message they were trying to send. “There’d be major problems if I went to the house where my daughter is being held. The police would be involved, a lot of nasty things would happen.” “The brick had skin, hair, and blood on it, and (the police) told the Australian consulate that the brick wasn’t the weapon”.

Craig Morrey, a man who defines the word hero perhaps more than any other person in the history of humankind became a single parent, sacrificing everything to care for his profoundly disabled son, after his pregnant wife ran off. She abandoned her disabled son, and abducted the healthy child, with no intention to ever allow Morrey into the child’s life. Morrey first saw his infant daughter in a courtroom when she had already reached six months of age. Morrey was attempting to gain visitation rights to his daughter. Although Morrey’s wife had abandoned her fist child, the Japanese court awarded her sole custody of Morrey’s daughter. The following link provides more information about Dr. Morrey: http://childrenfirst.jp/content/dr-craig-e-morrey. Dr. Morrey also operates a website in honor of his children, and other children that have been abused by Japan’s morally bankrupt judiciary: Forever Your Father. The following link is a CNN article about the life of Dr. Morrey, and the son he cherishes, Spencer: U.S. Father’s Japanese Custody Heartache.

After nineteen years in Japan, Alex Kahney packed his bags to return to the UK, leaving behind everything he cared for, which were his two beautiful daughters who were abducted by their Japanese mother. “I thought she can’t kidnap my kids, I’ll just go to the police. The first two or three months I was shattered, the first six months I was numb. I’ve been disowned. I might as well be a ghost.” In the documentary, Sayonara Baby, it’s painful to watch Kahney attempt to speak to his two daughters who were clearly being brainwashed to fear their father, and who are seen running away from him as they walk home from school. Two children that once adored their father were being taught by their Japanese mother to hate, and fear the man that spent years trying to regain them into his life, and to be the father that he always wanted to be for them. The following link is a BBC article on the ongoing plight of Mr. Kahney: http://bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-12358440.

Support groups for parents of abducted children

Bruce Gherbetti is the father of three children who were abducted to Japan in 2009. Since that time, he has moved to Japan to maintain contact with his children. He has also helped to form two organizations to fight for children’s rights in Japan, and has lobbied Diet members including former Justice Minister Satsuki Eda. Apparently, his efforts have been fruitless. Regardless, he presses on. The following link is a website Mr. Gherbetti operates in honor of his son: Bring Sean Home Foundation.

John Gomez, chairman of Kizuna Child-Parent Reunion, a group of Japanese, and non-Japanese parents, friends, and supporters advocate for the right of children to have access to both parents. Mr. Gomez understands that Japan simply ratifying the Hague Convention will not solve anything if the nation continues to take a one-sided approach to domestic custodial rights. The Kizuna Child-Parent Reunion website is located at: http://kizuna-cpr.org.

Eric Kalmus helps to operate Children’s Rights Network. The website is a major source of exposing the depths of Japanese injustice, and is located at the following link: http://crnjapan.net. Kalmus’ ceaseless work related to child abduction resulted in his own daughter, who had been abducted to Japan several years ago, discovered his work online, and reunited with him shortly thereafter.

I’m betting you didn’t know that it took thirty two years for Yoko Ono to be reunited with her kidnapped daughter. During the period when Richard Nixon was attempting to have John Lennon deported permanently from the U.S., the famous couple was enduring another legal battle, and that was over the abduction of her daughter, Kyoko. The children’s Rights Network has posted a link to that story here. John, and Yoko discuss the kidnapping on the David Cavett show, and videos of this interview can be found on YouTube.

Applicable U.S. laws

A 1993 U.S. federal law makes it a crime to prevent a person from exercising their parental rights by removing a child from the U.S. or keeping a child outside the country. A federal grand jury in Virginia charged Walter Benda’s former wife with kidnapping, a felony offense that carried with it a penalty of up to three years in prison, or a $250,000 fine. Japan refused to extradite the abductor stating that it does not treat parental child kidnapping as a criminal offense, and is not covered under the U.S.-Japan extradition treaty.

Article 766 of the Civil Law, revised in 2011 specifies that visitation rights, child-support payments, and other matters must take into consideration the welfare of the child first.

Section 19 of The Goldman Act addresses pattern of noncompliance, and defines the term pattern of noncompliance as the persistent failure to inter alia, abide by provisions of the Hague Abduction Convention, and where thirty percent or more of the total abduction cases in such country are unresolved, and where the judicial or administrative branch of the national government of a Convention country or a bilateral procedures country fails to regularly implement, and comply with the provisions of the Hague Abduction Convention or bilateral procedures, and where law enforcement authorities regularly fail to enforce return orders or determinations of the right of access rendered by the judicial or administrative authorities of the government of the country in abduction cases.

Under Title II of The Goldman Act, Subsection, Actions by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of State has an obligation to promote the best interest of the abducted children, and to ensure enforcement for their prompt return. It’s been over a year since Japan joined the rest of the G8 nations regarding The Hague. Japan’s dawdling can no longer be tolerated. Sec. 202 of The Goldman Act addresses nations such as Japan that are in noncompliance with the terms of international child abduction. Actions that must be taken by the State Department include public condemnation, delay or cancellation in bilateral working, official, or state visits, withdrawal, limitation, or suspension of United States development assistance in accordance with section 116 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, withdrawal, limitation, or suspension of United States security assistance in accordance with section 502B of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, a formal request to the foreign country concerned to extradite an individual who is engaged in abduction and who has been formally accused of, charged with, or convicted of an extraditable offense. Currently, Susan Jacobs, and John Kerry are in the position to handle the abduction issues, and both are well aware of them, yet neither has taken any action to aid U.S. citizens to have their children who were kidnapped returned to them. These useless career politicians need to resign, and get out of the way. There is however, one champion in Washington that has the best interest of the abducted children at heart, and that is Representative Chris Smith from New Jersey, who, for years has been a thorn in the side of nations like Japan.

Japan’s racist immigration policies and the deportation of responsible parents

”Dear Walter, please forgive me for leaving you this way,” read the note from Walter Benda’s Japanese wife. Benda’s unsuccessful efforts to get information from his wife’s family, the Japanese police, and his children’s schools, left him feeling as if he was trapped in a Kafka novel. After months of unsuccessfully searching for the whereabouts of his children, his visa expired, and he was forced to return to the U.S. Mr. Benda, and Brian Thomas, a Welshman involved in a similar abduction case, began fighting back. They identified a dozen cases of child abduction by Japanese parents. In most cases, they were Japanese women married to foreigners, but there were also several involving Japanese men, and foreign wives.

Deportation laws are often what former Japanese spouses rely on to get the other parent out of the way, and Japanese authorities are more than willing to accommodate. Deportation proceedings mean the children’s foreign parents may never be allowed to return to Japan. These “legal” measures are criminal, and violate human rights, and the right of parents, and children to be able to continue in their relationship undisturbed by a vindictive former spouse, or racist, segregationist, immigration policies. Just as in the days of the Tokugawa’s, Japan continues to act as a vile, and repugnant isolationist state that seems to enjoy participating in the destruction of families, instead of preserving them, which is another farce the west has become accustomed to believe about the primitive, and world illiterate island nation.

Repugnant terminology

Often the term “spirited away” is used to describe a child that has been kidnapped. Writers, and advocates should stop using this aesthetic jargon, and use the terms kidnapping, or abduction instead, because these are legal terms that don’t trivialize the severity of the unconscionable criminal conduct. “Left behind parent” should also fall by the wayside, because hundreds of responsible, and caring parents were not forgotten, as if this was another release in a serious of “Home Alone” flicks. These grieving parents had their child kidnapped, and their life entirely destroyed as a result, often with the entire contents of the home, accompanied by the pilfering of the family bank account. The criminal perpetrators don’t just “leave behind” an unwilling participant, they ruthlessly destroy that person, and trash the fundamental rights they share with their child. This is a sure sign that the abductor is also engaging in systematic psychological abuse of the kidnapped child, and perhaps even physical violence. Terminology such as those stated above trivializes the harsh realities of child abduction, and they should no longer be associated with this form of criminal conduct.

The Civil Rights movement as the paradigm to address Japan’s unwillingness to end abductions

I’ve viewed numerous documentaries made on this topic. I’ve read countless articles, and interviewed scores of damaged parents who have lost their child due to abduction. I have watched hours of congressional hearings on international child abduction, and met with those at the forefront of the movement to end Japanese officials condoning conduct that violates international law. I have taken juvenile law, and family law courses in law school, and worked in both adult, and juvenile public defenders offices in southern California. I also worked at a family law clinic inside the Pomona Court while attending my final year of law school. Government officials, on either side of the issue are not doing enough, that, or they are not doing anything at all to help grieving parents to be reunited with children who each day grow further apart, due to the loss of communication, and physical closeness. The only recourse a non-abducting parent has is going the route Regan Haight did, hiring professionals to aid in the return of her children. Or is it? My suggestion to those whose children have been abducted is to follow the paradigm set by Martin Luther King. Fill Japan’s prisons with parents who are no longer willing to wait around for a disinterested third party to intervene.

If my child were abducted, I’d join ranks with approximately thirty other parents, and engage in collective civil disobedience. I’d prepare safe houses set up in various communities scattered about Japan where the children are being held. In groups of ten, I’d head for Japan, and I’d go after my child. I’d use whatever force was necessary to take back possession of my abducted child. If anyone failed, and the police got involved, I’d make sure to know enough Japanese language to inform them that this was a family matter, not a criminal matter, and remind the police what they have always claimed, which is that they have no jurisdiction over the matter. If the police arrested any of these individuals anyway, they’d be in good company, as certainly others in the group would be detained as well. I’d have a full statement prepared for the consulate officials, and the media. I’d have lawyers in the home country demanding the release of the children who are being held as hostages, and have those legal advocates demand the release of the parent who are being illegally detained. As soon as that first group’s story hit the media, I’d send a second wave of determined parents in another group of ten, and continue in the same manner. Surely, some would make it to a safe house, while those that were detained, and threatened with criminal prosecution, trained in civil disobedience, refused to participate in any police, or prosecutorial proceedings against them. They should also refuse to wear any prison garb. This would place extreme external pressure on the humiliated Japanese officials, forcing them to finally kowtow, and address the international consternation, and political ramifications for failing to address the matter after signing the child abduction aspects of The Hague. I’d have the arrested parents go on a hunger strike, and refuse to submit to legal proceedings, staunchly claiming the nation had no subject matter jurisdiction. Collectively, these parents would demand Japanese officials release the whereabouts of every child that had been intentionally hidden from their non-abudcting parent. Finally, I’d send the third wave of parents, and initiate the same procedures, crushing Japan’s illegitimate claims of sovereignty over the fundamental rights of non-abducting parents, and their children who remained in hostile conditions of psychological, emotional, and possibly physical abuse by their abducting tormenters.

Japan is no Goliath. Japan is an occupied nation that is nearly always on the wrong side of international disputes. Japan has proven over the past seventy years that it cannot be trusted as an autonomous, and rational behaving nation, and should remain occupied perpetually, as a result.

There is nothing more powerful than the bond between a parent, and a child that relies on both parents for security, love, and assurance. I believe there is nothing more honorable than a parent who is willing to sacrifice their freedom, and go to prison for the right to hold their child in their arms again, and to let them know what they were willing to resort to in order to hear their voice again, to listen to their laughter, and to smell the scent of their hair, and the very breath that they breathed. I believe this is a parent’s ultimate duty. Those who sit overseas, licking their wounds, and endlessly copying, and pasting articles that we’ve all already read, to the few “friends” on Facebook that may, or may not even bother to look at them, will continue to wait as the years pass without any contact with their children who may no longer even have the ability to communicate with them in their native tongue.

Preemptive protection of parental rights

Before marrying, and having children with a Japanese spouse, enter into a prenuptial agreement that include terms where neither parent could seek, or obtain sole custody of the children if the marriage were to be dissolved. Include a clause that states that neither party could abduct the children, nor prevent the other from having access to their children. Include another clause that states, if the children were abducted by one parent, in violation of that agreement, the non-abducting parent would determine, which country had both subject matter, and procedural jurisdiction over the matter. These kinds of agreements are binding in Japan, as well as most western style, civilized nations. Be sure to have two witnesses sign that agreement, and supply both parents with their own copy. Always obtain birth certificates for your children, and ensure they have citizenship in the non-Japanese parent’s country. Also, always have a valid, non-expired passport for your child at all times.

I conclude this article with a conversation that I had with former public prosecutor Hiroshi Ichikawa. Ichikawa became infamous when he was working for the city of Yokohama as a public prosecutor. Ichikawa had threatened a foreigner with death if he did not sign a false confession that Ichikawa had prepared for him to sign. When this matter was exposed, Ichikawa faced criminal charges, and was forced to resign. After that, he found a conscience, and began to publicly speak against the depths of government corruption that exists in Japan’s Ministry of Justice, and the fact that foreigners are not considered human beings by Japan’s prosecutors, and judiciary. When we spoke he admitted that foreigners have no human rights in Japan, and prosecutors are taught this as part of their training. In fact, foreigners are not even considered human beings. Foreigners that have had their children abducted should drink deep from this filthy well of knowledge, and never permit themselves to be subjected to any court proceedings in Japan, due to the prejudicial outcome of the proceedings that is sure to follow. Finally, retired judge Hiroshi Segi who recently released a book exposing the depths of depravity, and corruption in Japan’s judiciary, said the entire Japanese legal system should be scrapped because of its inherent, and systematic flaws. Segi also stated that every prosecutor, and judge in the nation should be removed from office, and that Japan should follow the model of justice as proscribed in the U.S., and the UK. Perhaps then, grieving parents, and their abducted children would finally have their fundamental human rights properly addressed in a court of real law, and their pleas for reunion granted with a binding judicial decree, and the banging of a gavel.

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