For about a week from this weekend, we have holiday season in Japan as there are several legal holidays within a week or so.
April 29th, which is date of birth of the Showa Emperor Hirohito, is the SHOWA DAY.
April 30th is a legal holiday as the SHOWA DAY in this year is Sunday. It's due to National Holidays Act.
May 3rd is CONSTITUTION DAY.
May 4th is DAY FOR GREENERY.
May 5th is CHILDREN'S DAY.
Today, April 28th is not a national holiday, but the most meaningful day for the last 60 years to the Japanese people. On this day in 1952, San Francisco Peace Treaty took effect. On the very same day, Security Treaty Between Japan and the U.S. also took effect.
The Japanese people lost all right, title and claim to Chishima(Kurile) Islands and South Karahuto(Sakhalin), abiding by Article 2 (c) of San Francisco Peace Treaty.
This means that the Japanese people had all right, title and claim to Chishima Islands and South Karahuto up to April 27th, 1952.
In the high summer of 1945, Soviet Union(present-day Russia) invaded a part of Japan's territory, including Chishima Islands and South Karahuto. In the modern era, invaders never acquire land which they invade.
However long Russia occupy land they invaded, they never acquire it. That's the basic rule of modern era obeyed by modern nations.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
In 1853, the U.S. steam warship sailed into Uraga inlet in Tokyo Bay. At that time, the mega-city presently called Tokyo was not renamed such yet. The Japanese people there were so upset that they called the warship "Black Ship", which puffed up black smoke. Aboard the warship was Matthew Perry, the U.S. navy commodore.
Uraga is in the city of Yokosuka, which is located at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. At present, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's Self Defense Fleet is headquartered in Funakoshi district in Yokosuka.
"Black Ship Shock" shook Japan completely. Japan opened 5 ports including Yokohama and Kobe, and expedited modernization. Railways, postal service, telegraph, steel manufacturing, constitution, election, Diet, and so on.
The state-owned Yahata Steel Works was privatized. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone was privatized. Japanese National Railways was privatized. But, Japan Post Holdings is owned 100% by Finance Minister and run by private personnel including Mr. SAITO Jiro.
Mr. Saito is the President of Japan Post Holdings, and was a top-ranking official of MOF(Ministry of Finance).
Japan Post Holdings is owned 100% by Finance Minister, and is managed by the board whose chairperson is a former top-ranking official of MOF. Is Japan Post a private company?
At present Diet session, Japan's Diet-persons are passing a bill to stop Japan Post privatization. KOIZUMI Shinjiro, Dietman from Yokosuka and Miura, is one of a few Diet-persons who say no to the bill.