Opinion – China publishes last of 45 Japanese war criminal confessions – People’s Daily Online – John Gelmini

Japanese Renault tank in Manchuria after Mukde...

Japanese Renault tank in Manchuria after Mukden Incident (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf wonders what Abe’s game is and I think it is fairly clear.

Abe is very right-wing and seeks to curry favor with extreme Japanese nationalists, who want to airbrush wartime atrocities out of the equation and stop paying reparations to China.

We see similar things with ex SS men who attend reunions in Germany to celebrate their nefarious activities even as  antisemitism is on the rise once more throughout Europe.

The Chinese (but not all of them), deep down, have a hatred of Japan which is going to take decades to remove given Abe’s standpoint, lack of remorse and belief that he can ignore what the Chinese think about certain disputed islands and go to war with America’s help.

There are people in the UK and Russia that feel the same way about Germany although memories in the West are much shorter than those of the Chinese who have a tradition of blaming descendants for the sins of ancestors in a manner that would make an elephant appear forgetful.

One hopes that the future belongs to the young and that we all get past these difficulties as those who now remember die off.

That means that the successor to Abe has to be a lot more straightforward in acknowledging what happened without the Chinese or anyone else having to rub salt in the wounds by publishing more confessions about events in Manchuria, Nanjing (where 500,000 people were murdered not 300,000).

In the meantime, tensions have to be reduced and not inflamed, unless those who want World War 3 are to get their way.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Lunch with the FT: Raghuram Rajan – FT.com – John Gelmini


Decision architecture diagram 1

Decision architecture diagram 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf has put his finger on India’s problem, which is that decision making is too slow, too inefficient and too devolved.

Raghuram Rajam may be amongst one of the world’s “top 100 thinkers” but India needs to bring its mental processes vis a vis governance and attitudes to woman into the 21st century and this man is unlikely to get the inward investment the country needs with the levels of corruption and inefficiency which exist.

India needs to learn from Singapore which is now selling its brand of governance to other countries.

Letting its brightest students go to America to work helps Silicon Valley, the US economy and Google but it does not help India. These people need to be induced to return or not leave in the first place.

Above all, the operational tempo of decision-making needs to be upped after the “thinking ” is done.

Elegant thought without action is a useful exercise for arcane philosophical discussion in academia but for a country with gross inequality and an inability to feed all its people India needs to look at China if it wants to learn how to get things done.

John Gelmini