Japan Times, by TAKAHIRO FUKADA staff writer Friday, April 11, 2008:
SWORD SMITH WANTS OUT: LAWMAKER 'Yasukuni' director suspects political meddling Li Ying, the Chinese director of an award-winning documentary on Yasukuni Shrine, said Thursday he was perplexed to hear that a key figure in the film, sword smith Naoji Kariya, has reportedly asked that his appearance be entirely deleted.
Liberal Democratic Party House of Councilors member Haruko Arimura said: "Mr. and Mrs. Kariya do not accept at all that his image will be included in this movie, and are hoping his image will be removed entirely from the film,"
"I cannot believe at all that Mr. Kariya (reportedly) asked that his part be deleted," Li told a Tokyo news conference Thursday afternoon. "I do not want to believe (that), even now," the director said. Li, who said he had not heard from Kariya himself yet, suspects the lawmaker pressured the sword smith to reconsider his appearance. "I wonder what kind of pressure (the Diet member) applied to get him to change (his mind) to that extent," Li said. "I just wonder if (the lawmaker) can do that."
A response from Arimura was not immediately available, but a statement released by her office Wednesday, in response to a Kyodo News interview in which Li also raised the same question, denied that the lawmaker had pressured Kariya and his wife. Li said the movie was not viable without Kariya.
Poor Mr Kiriya, we hope he has learned not to trust any "reporters" , "media manipulators" "chinese loving-Japan-crooks" or "english-teacher-gaijin/gringo-Yasukuni-investigator-activists."
Propably Kiriya san is shocked to see to what extreem grave desecretion and disrespect for other cultures and tradtions these hyenas and vultures are capable of.
If Li Ying would possess a minimum of decency he would respect Mr Kiriya's decission not to appear in the documentary upon understanding the films objective.
Obviously he does not. Instead he accuses:
director suspects political meddling....."I cannot believe at all that Mr. Kariya (reportedly) asked that his part be deleted," Li told a Tokyo news conference Thursday afternoon. "I do not want to believe (that), even now," the director said...... suspects the lawmaker pressured the sword smith to reconsider his appearance....."I wonder what kind of pressure (the Diet member) applied to get him to change (his mind) to that extent," Li said. "I just wonder if (the lawmaker) can do that."..... David McNeill reports a John Junkerman interview with Li Ying: Li rejects claims that he is anti-Japanese and describes his movie as a “love-letter” to the Japanese people.....the shrine symbolizes a “disease of the spirit” in Japan. .....over 1,000 war criminals, including the men who led Japan’s brutal pillage of Asia
t is time that the GRAVE DESECRATION experiments and attempts of Japan's war dead is made punishable. Otherwise the christian and communist GRAVE DESECRATION champions may achieve what the desperate native americans are still not able to stop, If decency is not on guard the too late outcry may be in vain, like in USA:
WE URGE THIS ADMINISTRATION TO ENCOURAGE THE STATES TO ADOPT LAWS MAKING IT A FELONY TO DISTURB OR ROB THE GRAVES OF OUR ANCESTORS. WE URGE THE HALT OF ANY FEDERAL MONIES TO NATIONAL PROJECTS IN WHICH ARCHEOLOGISTS ARE ENGAGED IN DIGGING OPERATIONS, AND WE WANT CURRENT OPERATIONS TO CEASE IMMEDIATELY.
WE URGE THAT NO FURTHER FUNDING BE GRANTED TO SCHOOLS WHOSE DEPARTMENTS OF ARCHEOLOGY AND/OR ANTHROPOLOGY REQUIRE THE HANDLING OF HUMAN REMAINS.
WE URGE THE PASSAGE OF FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATION PROTECTING NATIVE BURIAL GROUNDS EQUAL TO THE LAWS PROTECTING NON-NATIVE GRAVES AND CEMETERIES, AND THE PROTECTION OF BURIAL MOUNDS AND OTHER SACRED SITES FROM LOOTING OR DAMAGE.
WE URGE THE ENACTMENT OF A FREEDOM OF RELIGION PROTECTION ACT TO SAFEGUARD CEREMONIAL AND BURIAL SITES AND PREVENT THE DESTRUCTION OR POLLUTION OF THE SURROUNDING HABITAT.
WE REQUEST THE RETURN OF ALL NATIVE AMERICAN ARTICLES, HUMAN REMAINS, SACRED OBJECTS AND ARTIFACTS NOW IN THE POSSESSION OF ARCHEOLOGICAL INSTITUTIONS AND MUSEUMS TO THEIR RESPECTFUL TRIBES.
WE REQUEST THE REVERSAL OF ANY LAWS RESTRICTING THE RIGHT TO PROPERLY REBURY ANY UNEARTHED OR DISTURBED HUMAN REMAINS AND ARTIFACTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR OWN TRADITIONS.
Non christian/jewish/muslim GRAVE DESECRATION is still not a crime in USA!!!!
Ergo both the monotheistic christian and communist Homo non-sapiens is not capable of comprehension, let alone respect of the ancient tradition of devine forefathers.
Lafcadio Hearn: The real religion of Japan, the religion still professed in one form or other, by the entire nation, is that cult which has been the foundation of all civilized religion, and of all civilized society,--Ancestor-worship. In the course of thousands of years this original cult has undergone modifications, and has assumed various shapes; but everywhere in Japan its fundamental character remains unchanged. Before the advent of Buddhism, there was no idea of a heaven or a hell. The ghosts of the departed were thought of as constant presences, needing propitiation, and able in some way to share the pleasures and the pains of the living. They required food and drink and light; and in return for these; they could confer benefits. Their bodies had melted into earth; but their spirit-power still lingered in the upper world, thrilled its substance, moved in its winds and waters. By death they had acquired mysterious force;--they had become "superior ones," Kami, gods.
That is to say, gods in the oldest Greek and Roman sense. Be it observed that there were no moral distinctions, East or West, in this deification. "All the dead become gods," wrote the great Shinto commentator, Hirata. So likewise, in the thought of the early Greeks and even of the late Romans, all the dead became gods.
"This kind of apotheosis was not the privilege of the great alone. no distinction was made .... It was not even necessary to have been a virtuous man: the wicked man became a god as well as the good man. In Shinto belief: the good man became a beneficent divinity, the bad man an evil deity,--but all alike became Kami. "And since there are bad as well as good gods," wrote Motowori, "it is necessary to propitiate them with offerings of agreeable food, playing the harp, blowing the flute, singing and dancing and whatever is likely to put them in a good humour." The Latins called the maleficent ghosts of the dead, Larvae, and called the beneficent or harmless ghosts, Lares, or Manes, or Genii, according to Apuleius. But all alike were gods,--dii-manes; and Cicero admonished his readers to render to all dii-manes the rightful worship: "They are men," he declared, "who have departed from this life;-consider them divine beings ...."
All divine beings at Yasukuni Jinja should be respected. If one is not capable of that one should relocate to some other country.
Mr Li Ying making a "documentary" about the subject is like young Adolf Hitler in Vienna making a film about the Jewish Synagogues and Rabbies in Europe in 1920.
by Gabor Fabricius
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