city:tokyo

  • La Corée du Sud liquide un fonds créé avec le Japon pour les femmes de réconfort AFP - 5 Juillet 2019 - Le figaro
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/la-coree-du-sud-liquide-un-fonds-cree-avec-le-japon-pour-les-femmes-de-reco

    La Corée du Sud a liquidé un fonds créé conjointement avec le Japon en 2015 pour indemniser les femmes enrôlées dans les bordels de l’armée nippone durant la guerre, une décision unilatérale que le gouvernement japonais juge inadmissible.

    Le ministère sud-coréen pour l’égalité des genres, chargé d’administrer ce fonds, a confirmé ce vendredi que l’organisme était en liquidation. Le président sud-coréen Moon Jae-in avait prévenu fin 2018 qu’il avait l’intention de dissoudre cette organisation qui avait été mise en place pour répondre aux demandes de dédommagements de victimes des soldats japonais durant la guerre.


    « Nous n’accepterons jamais » une telle décision, a réagi ce vendredi le secrétaire-adjoint du gouvernement japonais, Yasutoshi Nishimura. L’accord signé en 2015, sous la précédente présidence sud-coréenne, était censé régler de façon « définitive et irréversible » le contentieux sur les « femmes de réconfort » grâce à ce fonds conjoint, auquel l’Etat japonais a contribué à hauteur d’un milliard de yens (8,2 millions d’euros).

    Toutefois, le fonds n’a jamais bien fonctionné et une partie de l’opinion sud-coréenne a beaucoup critiqué cette entente jugeant que le Japon s’en tirait à trop bon compte, en payant mais sans assumer une pleine responsabilité juridique. « Nous devons encore décider du sort de l’argent venant du Japon », a précisé un fonctionnaire sud-coréen à l’AFP.

    La question des Sud-Coréennes forcées de se prostituer pour les soldats japonais durant la guerre empoisonne les relations bilatérales depuis des décennies, nombre de Sud-Coréens y voyant le symbole des abus et violences commis par le Japon pendant sa domination coloniale de 1910 à 1945.

    Le Japon et la Corée du Sud entretiennent des relations très houleuses, particulièrement ces derniers mois. Outre ces disputes autour des femmes de réconfort, la décision de tribunaux sud-coréens d’ordonner à des entreprises japonaises de dédommager des ouvriers forcés de travailler dans leurs usines durant le conflit a récemment envenimé la situation.

    Tokyo a répliqué cette semaine en durcissant les conditions d’exportations de produits chimiques aux firmes sud-coréennes et menace d’élargir ces sanctions.

    #japon #armée #Corée #femmes #femmes_de_réconfort #bordels #viols_organisés par l’#armée_japonaise #irresponsable #abus #violence #impérialisme #esclaves #esclaves_sexuelles #crimes_de_guerre #armée

  • Portrait d’un imposteur, charlatan, facho, stipendié par la CIA, belliciste et misogyne (j’en oublie). Théophraste R. - 30 Juin 2019 - LGS
    https://www.legrandsoir.info/portrait-d-un-imposteur-charlatan-facho-stipendie-par-la-cia-bellicist

    Eduqué par un précepteur nazi envoyé au Tibet par Hitler, il a été jusqu’en 1959 le chef d’une théocratie si féroce que « son peuple » martyr, avec une espérance de vie de 37,5 ans, était en danger de disparition.

    En avril 1999, il a lancé un appel au gouvernement britannique afin qu’il libère l’ex-dictateur fasciste chilien Augusto Pinochet, arrêté au cours d’une visite en Angleterre (1).

    Il était l’ami du gourou japonais https://www.legrandsoir.info/le-dalai-lama-vient-de-perdre-un-ami.html de la secte Aum, Shoko Asahara qui le sponsorisait et qui a défrayé la chronique de l’horreur en faisant gazer au sarin des passagers du métro de Tokyo le 20 mars 1995.

    Il est subventionné depuis 1959 par la CIA. En 1998, son représentant à Washington a avoué : «  C’est un secret dévoilé, nous ne le contestons pas.  »

    Le 27 juin 2019, il s’est exprimé à la BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48772175 sur l’immigration en Europe, qu’il souhaite limitée, faute de quoi «  l’Europe pourrait devenir « musulmane ou africaine  ». Elargissant le slogan de nos fascistes («  La France au Français !  ») il a déclaré «  Europe is for Europeans  ».
    Le « chef » si peu spirituel d’une frange minoritaire des bouddhistes envisage de se réincarner en femme, mais «  il faudra qu’elle soit attirante  ». Il n’a pas dit : «  je ne me vois pas en boudin  », mais on l’a entendu.

    Despote, #charlatan, #facho, stipendié par la CIA, belliciste (partisan de la guerre en Irak et en Afghanistan), misogyne, tel est l’individu que notre site dénonce depuis des années dans de nombreux articles (2) quand la classe politico-médiatique se prosterne devant lui.

    Théophraste R. Auteur du pamphlet (que j’hésite à publier) : «  Le dalaï lama est un sale con  ».

    Notes. 
(1) Pendant les 25 années d’emprisonnement de Nelson Mandela, il s’est tu. C’est pourquoi, malgré ses efforts, et contrairement à Raul Castro, il n’a pas été autorisé à assister aux funérailles du leader Sud-Africain en décembre 2013.

    (2) Voir aussi le livre : « Dalaï lama pas si zen », de Maxime Vivas (Editions Max Milo, 2011).

    #dalaï_lama #misogynie #tibet #chine #religion #bouddhisme #femmes #politique #histoire #censure #manipulation #asile #asie #Nelson_Mandela #théocratie #augusto_pinochet #europe #migrations #emmanuel_macron #macron Curieux que #brigitte_macron, ne figure pas sur la photographie, ce devait être une demande de sa #sainteté pour qui les #femmes sont des . . . .

    • J’ai aucune raison de défendre un dirigeant religieux hein, mais on peut pas appeler ça du journalisme quoi. Article débile sans aucune source, qui mélange des trucs vrais et faux exorès (moi j’arrive jamais à avoir confiance à chaque fois que je lis le Grand soir, je pige jamais si c’est un contenu copié d’autre part, un article écrit exprès, et d’où sortent les infos, etc).

      Rien que la première phrase « putaclic » n’a aucun sens « Eduqué par un précepteur nazi envoyé au Tibet par Hitler » : il a jamais été éduqué par un précepteur étranger… il a juste croisé la route de l’alpiniste https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Harrer pendant un moment, aucun rapport avec son éducation.

      Enfin bref, super le journalisme quoi… Si c’est pour critiquer une religion, ou des personnes de pouvoir (très bien !), j’attends plus que ce genre de merde, personnellement…

  • South Korea region seeks to tag Japanese firms as ’war criminals’ - Nikkei Asian Review
    https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/South-Korea-region-seeks-to-tag-Japanese-firms-as-war-criminals


    Il faut apprendre le coréen si on veut appendre des choses sur la participation des entreprises japonaises aux crimes de guerre. Le web de langue anglaise ne contient guère de documents, on a l’impression qu’un énorme balai nippon soit passé pour mettre à la poubelle chaque information nuisible à l’image de marque de son propriétaire.

    SEOUL — South Korea’s largest province is considering whether to stigmatize nearly 300 Japanese companies over their purported actions during World War II, by imposing an ordinance that requires schools to put alert labels on these firms’ products in their schools.

    Twenty-seven members of the Gyeonggi Province council submitted the bill last week in an attempt to give students the “right understanding on history.” If passed, schools will have to place on the items stickers that say: “This product is made by a Japanese war criminal company.”

    The move is likely further deepen a diplomatic spat between Seoul and Tokyo, which are at loggerheads over territorial issues and the legacy of Japan’s 35-year colonization of the Korean Peninsula (1910-1945).

    The list of 299 companies includes Nikon, Panasonic and Yamaha. The rule would apply to items such as projectors, camcorders, cameras and copy machines with a price tag of 200,000 won ($190) or more. Most of the companies on the list do not commonly supply products to schools — they include Tokyo Gas, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

    Both Nikon and Panasonic declined to comment for this story.
    The proposed sticker says: “This product is made by a Japanese war criminal company.” The image was captured from the Gyeonggi Provincial Council website. © Kyodo

    “Consumers have a responsibility to remember Japanese companies committed war crimes, and that they have not apologized [for their past wrongdoings],” Council member Hwang Dae-ho said in a statement. “It is a part of history education to help students remember clearly about war-crime companies who do not take social responsibility.”

    The sensitive historical issues were reopened last October when the South Korean Supreme Court ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal to pay reparations to Koreans who were forced to work in Japan during the period of Japanese colonial rule. This was a reversal of a long-standing diplomatic understanding that reparations issues were settled in a 1965 accord establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    The neighbors have also clashed over Seoul’s decision to disband a fund for wartime “comfort women,” which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former South Korean President Park Geun-hye set up in 2016. The countries also dispute the sovereignty of islands in the Sea of Japan, and in December a South Korean warship locked fire-control radar onto a Japanese patrol plane.

    Earlier this month, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said tariffs were among measures Japan could take against South Korea should the dispute worsen. He also said steps such as halting remittances or stopping visa issuance could be taken.

    But the head of Gyeonggi Province’s education office said he was concerned about the negative impact the ordinance could have on relations between Seoul and Tokyo.

    “The [central] government should make a decision first because it can hugely affect diplomacy between South Korea and Japan,” Lee Jae-jung said in a news conference. “I think it is natural that students study on this by themselves rather than making it a rule.”

    Gyeonggi province is located in the northwest of the country, and surrounds the capital, Seoul. It has a population of more than 12 million. The council is dominated by President Moon Jae-in’s ruling Democratic Party, with its members accounting for 135 members of the 142 seats.

    #Japon #Corée #censure

  • Les #Gilets_Jaunes face à une justice d’exception

    https://www.franceinter.fr/emissions/comme-un-bruit-qui-court/comme-un-bruit-qui-court-15-juin-2019

    Superbe émission, je recommande chaudement

    Depuis le début du mouvement, près de 2 000 Gilets Jaunes ont été condamnés par la justice et 40% d’entre eux ont écopés de peines de prison ferme. Une sévérité inédite pour des prévenus au casier bien souvent vierge.
    Manifestation Gilet Jaune à Besançon, Bourgogne Franche-Comté.
    Manifestation Gilet Jaune à Besançon, Bourgogne Franche-Comté. © Radio France / Sylvain Prégaldiny

    Qu’elle soit policière, judiciaire ou administrative, la répression qui touche le mouvement des Gilets Jaunes est d’une ampleur inédite. Moins visible que les violences policières, le traitement judiciaire réservé à ceux qui se sont retrouvés, bien souvent pour la première fois, devant les tribunaux marque une volonté affichée de « faire des exemples ».

    Car si les magistrats sont indépendants, les consignes de fermeté du gouvernement ont largement été suivies : 40% des Gilets jaunes déférés devant la justice, la plupart du temps au cours de procédures expéditives de comparutions immédiates, ont écopés de peines de prison ferme (soit 800 personnes, selon les chiffres du parquet communiqués fin mars 2019), et 313 mandats de dépôts ont été prononcés, pour des peines qui, selon les dispositions prévues par le Code pénal, seraient normalement aménagées. Ce qui conduit le Syndicat des Avocats de France (SAF) à dénoncer une justice d’exception, devenue le bras armé du maintien de l’ordre.

    À Besançon, Frédéric Vuillaume et sa famille ont subi un véritable acharnement, multipliant gardes à vue, perquisition, contrôle judiciaire et prison ferme. Militant de longue date, Fréderic est l’un des piliers de la contestation à Besançon et participe au mouvement des Gilets jaunes depuis le début. Jamais il n’avait connu une telle répression auparavant.

    #gj #répression #violence_policière

  • Oman attack: Iran is the immediate, but unlikely, suspect - Iran - Haaretz.com

    Oman attack: Iran is the immediate, but unlikely, suspect
    U.S. officials rushed to point to Tehran, but somehow the world’s leading intelligence services failed to discover who is actually behind the strike. And even if they knew, what could be done without risking all-out war?
    Zvi Bar’el | Jun. 14, 2019 | 8:36 AM | 3
    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/iran/.premium-oman-attack-iran-is-the-immediate-but-unlikely-suspect-1.7368134


    A unnamed senior U.S. Defense Department official was quick to tell CBS that Iran was “apparently” behind the Thursday attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, followed by State Secretary Mike Pompeo who later told reported that it was his government’s assessment. There’s nothing new about that, but neither is it a decisive proof.

    Who, then, struck the tankers? Whom does this strike serve and what can be done against such attacks?

    In all previous attacks in the Gulf in recent weeks Iran was naturally taken to be the immediate suspect. After all, Iran had threatened that if it could now sell its oil in the Gulf, other countries would not be able to ship oil through it; Tehran threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, and in any case it’s in the sights of the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel. But this explanation is too easy.

    The Iranian regime is in the thrones of a major diplomatic struggle to persuade Europe and its allies, Russia and China, not to take the path of pulling out of the 2015 nuclear agreement. At the same time, Iran is sure that the United States is only looking for an excuse to attack it. Any violent initiative on Tehran’s part could only make things worse and bring it close to a military conflict, which it must avoid.

    Iran has announced it would scale back its commitments under the nuclear deal by expanding its low-level uranium enrichment and not transferring the remainder of its enriched uranium and heavy water to another country, as the agreement requires. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s reports reveal that it has indeed stepped up enrichment, but not in a way that could support a military nuclear program.

    It seems that alongside its diplomatic efforts, Iran prefers to threaten to harm the nuclear deal itself, responding to Washington with the same token, rather than escalate the situation to a military clash.

    Other possible suspects are the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, who continue to pound Saudi targets with medium-range missiles, as was the case last week with strikes on the Abha and Jizan airports, near the Yemeni border, which wounded 26 people. The Houthis have also fired missiles at Riyadh and hit targets in the Gulf. In response, Saudi Arabia launched a massive missile strike on Houthi-controlled areas in northern Yemen.

    The strike on the oil tankers may have been a response to the response, but if this is the case, it goes against Iran’s policy, which seeks to neutralize any pretexts for a military clash in the Gulf. The question, therefore, is whether Iran has full control over all the actions the Houthis take, and whether the aid it gives them commits them fully to its policies, or whether they see assaults on Saudi targets as a separate, local battle, cut off from Iran’s considerations.

    The Houthis have claimed responsibility for some of their actions in Saudi territory in the past, and at times even took the trouble of explaining the reasons behind this assault or the other. But not this time.

    Yemen also hosts large Al-Qaida cells and Islamic State outposts, with both groups having a running account with Saudi Arabia and apparently the capabilities to carry out strikes on vessels moving through the Gulf.

    In the absence of confirmed and reliable information on the source of the fire, we may meanwhile discount the possibility of a Saudi or American provocation at which Iran has hinted, but such things have happened before. However, we may also wonder why some of the most sophisticated intelligence services in the world are having so much trouble discovering who actually carried out these attacks.

    Thwarting such attacks with no precise intelligence is an almost impossible task, but even if the identity of those responsible for it is known, the question of how to respond to the threat would still arise.

    If it turns out that Iran initiated or even carried out these attacks, American and Saudi military forces could attack its Revolutionary Guards’ marine bases along the Gulf coast, block Iranian shipping in the Gulf and persuade European countries to withdraw from the nuclear deal, claiming that continuing relations with Iran would mean supporting terrorism in general, and maritime terrorism in particular.

    The concern is that such a military response would lead Iran to escalate its own and openly strike American and Saudi targets in the name of self-defense and protecting its sovereignty. In that case, a large-scale war would be inevitable. But there’s no certainty that U.S. President Donald Trump, who wants to extricate his forces from military involvement in the Middle East, truly seeks such a conflict, which could suck more and more American forces into this sensitive arena.

    An escape route from this scenario would require intensive mediation efforts between Iran and the United States, but therein lies one major difficulty – finding an authoritative mediator that could pressure both parties. Russia or China are not suitable candidates, and ties between Washington and the European Union are acrimonious.

    It seems that all sides would be satisfied if they could place responsibility for the attacks on the Houthis or other terror groups. That is not to say that the United States or Saudi Arabia have any magic solutions when it comes to the Houthis; far from it. The war in Yemen has been going on for five years now with no military resolution, and increased bombardment of concentrations of Houthi forces could only expand their efforts to show their strength. But the United States would pay none of the diplomatic or military price for assaults on the Houthis it would for a forceful violent response against Iran itself.

    If sporadic, small-scale attacks raise such complex dilemmas, one can perhaps dream of an all-out war with Iran, but it is enough to look at the chaos in Iraq and Afghanistan to grow extremely cautious of the trajectory in which such dreams become a nightmare that lasts for decades.❞
    #Oman #Iran
    https://seenthis.net/messages/786937

    • UPDATE 1-"Flying objects" damaged Japanese tanker during attack in Gulf of Oman
      Junko Fujita – June 14, 2019
      (Adds comments from company president)
      By Junko Fujita
      https://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-tanker-japan-damage/update-1-flying-objects-damaged-japanese-tanker-during-attack-in-gulf-of-om

      TOKYO, June 14 (Reuters) - Two “flying objects” damaged a Japanese tanker owned by Kokuka Sangyo Co in an attack on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, but there was no damage to the cargo of methanol, the company president said on Friday.

      The Kokuka Courageous is now sailing toward the port of Khor Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates, with the crew having returned to the ship after evacuating because of the incident, Kokuka President Yutaka Katada told a press conference. It was being escorted by the U.S. Navy, he said.

      “The crew told us something came flying at the ship, and they found a hole,” Katada said. “Then some crew witnessed the second shot.”

      Katada said there was no possibility that the ship, carrying 25,000 tons of methanol, was hit by a torpedo.

      The United States has blamed Iran for attacking the Kokuka Courageous and another tanker, the Norwegian-owned Front Altair, on Thursday, but Tehran has denied the allegations.

      The ship’s crew saw an Iranian military ship in the vicinity on Thursday night Japan time, Katada said.

      Katada said he did not believe Kokuka Courageous was targetted because it was owned by a Japanese firm. The tanker is registered in Panama and was flying a Panamanian flag, he said.

      “Unless very carefully examined, it would be hard to tell the tanker was operated or owned by Japanese,” he said. (...)

  • Brève | Exceptionnel : une tête de loup préhistorique de 40.000 ans retrouvée en Sibérie
    https://www.futura-sciences.com/planete/breves/paleontologie-exceptionnel-tete-loup-prehistorique-40000-ans-retrou


    Tête incroyablement bien préservée d’un loup du Pléistocène datant de plus de 40.000 ans. Elle a traversé les âges, préservée dans le sous-sol gelé de Sibérie. © NAO Foundation, Cave Lion Research Project.
    Photo by Naoki Suzuki (Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo)

    Une tête de loup préhistorique coupée a été retrouvée en Sibérie, parfaitement préservée dans le pergélisol arctique depuis plus de 40.000 ans, rapporte le Siberian Times. La tête de 40 cm de long appartenait à un adulte âgé de deux à quatre ans. Elle porte encore de la fourrure, des muscles, des crocs et d’autres tissus. Elle contient même encore le cerveau de l’animal. C’est la première fois que la dépouille, certes incomplète, d’un loup du Pléistocène (période précédant l’Holocène) arrivé à maturité nous parvient dans un tel état de conservation, selon Albert Protopopov de l’Académie des sciences de Sakha, située dans le nord-est de la Sibérie.

    La découverte extraordinaire a été faite par hasard en été 2018, au bord d’une rivière, par un habitant de la région. Elle a été dévoilée lors de l’inauguration d’une exposition au National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, à Tokyo, sur les mammouths et autres animaux préhistoriques ayant traversé le temps momifiés dans le sol gelé de Sibérie. Les paléontologues japonais et russes vont comparer ces restes de loup préhistorique aux spécimens modernes pour reconstituer son apparence, son anatomie, son évolution et son mode de vie, tandis que des chercheurs du Muséum d’histoire naturelle suédois analyseront son ADN, d’après le Siberian Times.


    Tête coupée d’un loup du Pléistocène retrouvée sur les rives de la Tirekhtyakh River, dans la République de Sakha, dans le nord-est de la Sibérie.
    © Albert Protopopov

    • En quelques jours, il vient de remettre en cause deux dogmes chers à Washington. D’abord en critiquant assez fortement l’enquête hollandaise sur le #MH17 abattu au-dessus de l’Ukraine : « L’enquête est politisée. Ils accusent la Russie mais où sont les preuves ? Pourquoi nos experts ont-ils été empêchés d’écouter les enregistrements de vol ? »

      Ce n’est pas la première fois que Mahathir met en doute la version occidentale mais ce coup de semonce, devant un panel de journalistes japonais à Tokyo, risque de faire du bruit.

      (...)

      D’autant que le Premier ministre malaisien vient d’en rajouter une couche, en préconisant d’établir pour le commerce de la région une monnaie pan-asiatique gagée sur l’or, c’est-à-dire d’abandonner le dollar.

    • Oué, et je te passe tous les jeux de mots dans le corps de l’article, dont les sinistres « journaloperie » ou « prestituée ». Le gars ne se prétend pas journaliste cependant (et pour cause...) :-) Mais je ne connais pas mieux que ce blog pour avoir des nouvelles sur ces sujets géopolitiques.

  • Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism
    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2019/06/global-wildlife-tourism-social-media-causes-animal-suffering

    I’ve come back to check on a baby. Just after dusk I’m in a car lumbering down a muddy road in the rain, past rows of shackled elephants, their trunks swaying. I was here five hours before, when the sun was high and hot and tourists were on elephants’ backs.

    Walking now, I can barely see the path in the glow of my phone’s flashlight. When the wooden fence post of the stall stops me short, I point my light down and follow a current of rainwater across the concrete floor until it washes up against three large, gray feet. A fourth foot hovers above the surface, tethered tightly by a short chain and choked by a ring of metal spikes. When the elephant tires and puts her foot down, the spikes press deeper into her ankle.

    Meena is four years and two months old, still a toddler as elephants go. Khammon Kongkhaw, her mahout, or caretaker, told me earlier that Meena wears the spiked chain because she tends to kick. Kongkhaw has been responsible for Meena here at Maetaman Elephant Adventure, near Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, since she was 11 months old. He said he keeps her on the spiked shackle only during the day and takes it off at night. But it’s night now.

    I ask Jin Laoshen, the Maetaman staffer accompanying me on this nighttime visit, why her chain is still on. He says he doesn’t know.

    Maetaman is one of many animal attractions in and around tourist-swarmed Chiang Mai. People spill out of tour buses and clamber onto the trunks of elephants that, at the prodding of their mahouts’ bullhooks (long poles with a sharp metal hook), hoist them in the air while cameras snap. Visitors thrust bananas toward elephants’ trunks. They watch as mahouts goad their elephants—some of the most intelligent animals on the planet—to throw darts or kick oversize soccer balls while music blares.

    Meena is one of Maetaman’s 10 show elephants. To be precise, she’s a painter. Twice a day, in front of throngs of chattering tourists, Kongkhaw puts a paintbrush in the tip of her trunk and presses a steel nail to her face to direct her brushstrokes as she drags primary colors across paper. Often he guides her to paint a wild elephant in the savanna. Her paintings are then sold to tourists.

    Meena’s life is set to follow the same trajectory as many of the roughly 3,800 captive elephants in Thailand and thousands more throughout Southeast Asia. She’ll perform in shows until she’s about 10. After that, she’ll become a riding elephant. Tourists will sit on a bench strapped to her back, and she’ll give several rides a day. When Meena is too old or sick to give rides—maybe at 55, maybe at 75—she’ll die. If she’s lucky, she’ll get a few years of retirement. She’ll spend most of her life on a chain in a stall.

    Wildlife attractions such as Maetaman lure people from around the world to be with animals like Meena, and they make up a lucrative segment of the booming global travel industry. Twice as many trips are being taken abroad as 15 years ago, a jump driven partly by Chinese tourists, who spend far more on international travel than any other nationality.

    Wildlife tourism isn’t new, but social media is setting the industry ablaze, turning encounters with exotic animals into photo-driven bucket-list toppers. Activities once publicized mostly in guidebooks now are shared instantly with multitudes of people by selfie-taking backpackers, tour-bus travelers, and social media “influencers” through a tap on their phone screens. Nearly all millennials (23- to 38-year-olds) use social media while traveling. Their selfies—of swims with dolphins, encounters with tigers, rides on elephants, and more—are viral advertising for attractions that tout up-close experiences with animals.

    For all the visibility social media provides, it doesn’t show what happens beyond the view of the camera lens. People who feel joy and exhilaration from getting close to wild animals usually are unaware that many of the animals at such attractions live a lot like Meena, or worse.

    Photographer Kirsten Luce and I set out to look behind the curtain of the thriving wildlife tourism industry, to see how animals at various attractions—including some that emphasize their humane care of animals—are treated once the selfie-taking crowds have gone.

    After leaving Maetaman, we take a five-minute car ride up a winding hill to a property announced by a wooden plaque as “Elephant EcoValley: where elephants are in good hands.” There are no elephant rides here. No paint shows or other performances. Visitors can stroll through an open-air museum and learn about Thailand’s national animal. They can make herbal treats for the elephants and paper from elephant dung. They can watch elephants in a grassy, tree-ringed field.

    EcoValley’s guest book is filled with praise from Australians, Danes, Americans—tourists who often shun elephant camps such as Maetaman because the rides and shows make them uneasy. Here, they can see unchained elephants and leave feeling good about supporting what they believe is an ethical establishment. What many don’t know is that EcoValley’s seemingly carefree elephants are brought here for the day from nearby Maetaman—and that the two attractions are actually a single business.

    Meena was brought here once, but she tried to run into the forest. Another young elephant, Mei, comes sometimes, but today she’s at Maetaman, playing the harmonica in the shows. When she’s not doing that, or spending the day at EcoValley, she’s chained near Meena in one of Maetaman’s elephant stalls.

    Meena Kalamapijit owns Maetaman as well as EcoValley, which she opened in November 2017 to cater to Westerners. She says her 56 elephants are well cared for and that giving rides and performing allow them to have necessary exercise. And, she says, Meena the elephant’s behavior has gotten better since her mahout started using the spiked chain.
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    We sit with Kalamapijit on a balcony outside her office, and she explains that when Westerners, especially Americans, stopped coming to Maetaman, she eliminated one of the daily shows to allot time for visitors to watch elephants bathe in the river that runs through the camp.

    “Westerners enjoy bathing because it looks happy and natural,” she says. “But a Chinese tour agency called me and said, ‘Why are you cutting the show? Our customers love to see it, and they don’t care about bathing at all.’ ” Providing separate options is good for business, Kalamapijit says.

    Around the world Kirsten and I watched tourists watching captive animals. In Thailand we also saw American men bear-hug tigers in Chiang Mai and Chinese brides in wedding gowns ride young elephants in the aqua surf on the island of Phuket. We watched polar bears in wire muzzles ballroom dancing across the ice under a big top in Russia and teenage boys on the Amazon River snapping selfies with baby sloths.

    Most tourists who enjoy these encounters don’t know that the adult tigers may be declawed, drugged, or both. Or that there are always cubs for tourists to snuggle with because the cats are speed bred and the cubs are taken from their mothers just days after birth. Or that the elephants give rides and perform tricks without harming people only because they’ve been “broken” as babies and taught to fear the bullhook. Or that the Amazonian sloths taken illegally from the jungle often die within weeks of being put in captivity.

    As we traveled to performance pits and holding pens on three continents and in the Hawaiian Islands, asking questions about how animals are treated and getting answers that didn’t always add up, it became clear how methodically and systematically animal suffering is concealed.

    The wildlife tourism industry caters to people’s love of animals but often seeks to maximize profits by exploiting animals from birth to death. The industry’s economy depends largely on people believing that the animals they’re paying to watch or ride or feed are having fun too.

    It succeeds partly because tourists—in unfamiliar settings and eager to have a positive experience—typically don’t consider the possibility that they’re helping to hurt animals. Social media adds to the confusion: Oblivious endorsements from friends and trendsetters legitimize attractions before a traveler ever gets near an animal.

    There has been some recognition of social media’s role in the problem. In December 2017, after a National Geographic investigative report on harmful wildlife tourism in Amazonian Brazil and Peru, Instagram introduced a feature: Users who click or search one of dozens of hashtags, such as #slothselfie and #tigercubselfie, now get a pop-up warning that the content they’re viewing may be harmful to animals.

    Everyone finds Olga Barantseva on Instagram. “Photographer from Russia. Photographing dreams,” her bio reads. She meets clients for woodland photo shoots with captive wild animals just outside Moscow.

    For her 18th birthday, Sasha Belova treated herself to a session with Barantseva—and a pack of wolves. “It was my dream,” she says as she fidgets with her hair, which had been styled that morning. “Wolves are wild and dangerous.” The wolves are kept in small cages at a petting zoo when not participating in photo shoots.

    The Kravtsov family hired Barantseva to take their first professional family photos—all five family members, shivering and smiling in the birch forest, joined by a bear named Stepan.

    Barantseva has been photographing people and wild animals together for six years. She “woke up as a star,” she says, in 2015, when a couple of international media outlets found her online. Her audience has exploded to more than 80,000 followers worldwide. “I want to show harmony between people and animals,” she says.

    On a raw fall day, under a crown of golden birch leaves on a hill that overlooks a frigid lake, two-and-a-half-year-old Alexander Levin, dressed in a hooded bumblebee sweater, timidly holds Stepan’s paw.

    The bear’s owners, Yury and Svetlana Panteleenko, ply their star with food—tuna fish mixed with oatmeal—to get him to approach the boy. Snap: It looks like a tender friendship. The owners toss grapes to Stepan to get him to open his mouth wide. Snap: The bear looks as if he’s smiling.

    The Panteleenkos constantly move Stepan, adjusting his paws, feeding him, and positioning Alexander as Barantseva, pink-haired, bundled in jeans and a parka, captures each moment. Snap: A photo goes to her Instagram feed. A boy and a bear in golden Russian woods—a picture straight out of a fairy tale. It’s a contemporary twist on a long-standing Russian tradition of exploiting bears for entertainment.

    Another day in the same forest, Kirsten and I join 12 young women who have nearly identical Instagram accounts replete with dreamy photos of models caressing owls and wolves and foxes. Armed with fancy cameras but as yet modest numbers of followers, they all want the audience Barantseva has. Each has paid the Panteleenkos $760 to take identical shots of models with the ultimate prize: a bear in the woods.

    Stepan is 26 years old, elderly for a brown bear, and can hardly walk. The Panteleenkos say they bought him from a small zoo when he was three months old. They say the bear’s work—a constant stream of photo shoots and movies—provides money to keep him fed.

    A video on Svetlana Panteleenko’s Instagram account proclaims: “Love along with some great food can make anyone a teddy :-)”

    And just like that, social media takes a single instance of local animal tourism and broadcasts it to the world.

    When the documentary film Blackfish was released in 2013, it drew a swift and decisive reaction from the American public. Through the story of Tilikum, a distressed killer whale at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, the film detailed the miserable life orcas can face in captivity. Hundreds of thousands of outraged viewers signed petitions. Companies with partnership deals, such as Southwest Airlines, severed ties with SeaWorld. Attendance at SeaWorld’s water parks slipped; its stock nose-dived.

    James Regan says what he saw in Blackfish upset him. Regan, honeymooning in Hawaii with his wife, Katie, is from England, where the country’s last marine mammal park closed permanently in 1993. I meet him at Dolphin Quest Oahu, an upscale swim-with-dolphins business on the grounds of the beachfront Kahala Hotel & Resort, just east of Honolulu. The Regans paid $225 each to swim for 30 minutes in a small group with a bottlenose dolphin. One of two Dolphin Quest locations in Hawaii, the facility houses six dolphins.

    Bottlenose dolphins are the backbone of an industry that spans the globe. Swim-with-dolphins operations rely on captive-bred and wild-caught dolphins that live—and interact with tourists—in pools. The popularity of these photo-friendly attractions reflects the disconnect around dolphin experiences: People in the West increasingly shun shows that feature animals performing tricks, but many see swimming with captive dolphins as a vacation rite of passage.

    Katie Regan has wanted to swim with dolphins since she was a child. Her husband laughs and says of Dolphin Quest, “They paint a lovely picture. When you’re in America, everyone is smiling.” But he appreciates that the facility is at their hotel, so they can watch the dolphins being fed and cared for. He brings up Blackfish again.

    Katie protests: “Stop making my dream a horrible thing!”

    Rae Stone, president of Dolphin Quest and a marine mammal veterinarian, says the company donates money to conservation projects and educates visitors about perils that marine mammals face in the wild. By paying for this entertainment, she says, visitors are helping captive dolphins’ wild cousins.

    Stone notes that Dolphin Quest is certified “humane” by American Humane, an animal welfare nonprofit. (The Walt Disney Company, National Geographic’s majority owner, offers dolphin encounters on some vacation excursions and at an attraction in Epcot, one of its Orlando parks. Disney says it follows the animal welfare standards of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a nonprofit that accredits more than 230 facilities worldwide.)

    It’s a vigorous debate: whether even places with high standards, veterinarians on staff, and features such as pools filled with filtered ocean water can be truly humane for marine mammals.

    Dolphin Quest’s Stone says yes.

    Critics, including the Humane Society of the United States, which does not endorse keeping dolphins in captivity, say no. They argue that these animals have evolved to swim great distances and live in complex social groups—conditions that can’t be replicated in the confines of a pool. This helps explain why the National Aquarium, in Baltimore, announced in 2016 that its dolphins will be retired to a seaside sanctuary by 2020.

    Some U.S. attractions breed their own dolphins because the nation has restricted dolphin catching in the wild since 1972. But elsewhere, dolphins are still being taken from the wild and turned into performers.

    In China, which has no national laws on captive-animal welfare, dolphinariums with wild-caught animals are a booming business: There are now 78 marine mammal parks, and 26 more are under construction.

    To have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see rare Black Sea dolphins, people in the landlocked town of Kaluga, a hundred miles from Moscow, don’t have to leave their city. In the parking lot of the Torgoviy Kvartal shopping mall, next to a hardware store, is a white inflatable pop-up aquarium: the Moscow Traveling Dolphinarium. It looks like a children’s bouncy castle that’s been drained of its color.

    Inside the puffy dome, parents buy their kids dolphin-shaped trinkets: fuzzy dolls and Mylar balloons, paper dolphin hats, and drinks in plastic dolphin tumblers. Families take their seats around a small pool. The venue is so intimate that even the cheapest seats, at nine dollars apiece, are within splashing distance.

    “My kids are jumping for joy,” says a woman named Anya, motioning toward her two giddy boys, bouncing in their seats.

    In the middle of the jubilant atmosphere, in water that seems much too shallow and much too murky, two dolphins swim listlessly in circles.

    Russia is one of only a few countries (Indonesia is another) where traveling oceanariums exist. Dolphins and beluga whales, which need to be immersed in water to stay alive, are put in tubs on trucks and carted from city to city in a loop that usually ends when they die. These traveling shows are aboveboard: Russia has no laws that regulate how marine mammals should be treated in captivity.

    The shows are the domestic arm of a brisk Russian global trade in dolphins and small whales. Black Sea bottlenose dolphins can’t be caught legally without a permit, but Russian fishermen can catch belugas and orcas under legal quotas in the name of science and education. Some belugas are sold legally to aquariums around the country. Russia now allows only a dozen or so orcas to be caught each year for scientific and educational purposes, and since April 2018, the government has cracked down on exporting them. But government investigators believe that Russian orcas—which can sell for millions—are being caught illegally for export to China.

    Captive orcas, which can grow to 20 feet long and more than 10,000 pounds, are too big for the traveling shows that typically feature dolphins and belugas. When I contacted the owners of the Moscow Traveling Dolphinarium and another operation, the White Whale Show, in separate telephone calls to ask where their dolphins and belugas come from, both men, Sergey Kuznetsov and Oleg Belesikov, hung up on me.

    Russia’s dozen or so traveling oceanariums are touted as a way to bring native wild animals to people who might never see the ocean.

    “Who else if not us?” says Mikhail Olyoshin, a staffer at one traveling oceanarium. And on this day in Kaluga, as the dolphins perform tricks to American pop songs and lie on platforms for several minutes for photo ops, parents and children express the same sentiment: Imagine, dolphins, up close, in my hometown. The ocean on delivery.

    Owners and operators of wildlife tourism attractions, from high-end facilities such as Dolphin Quest in Hawaii to low-end monkey shows in Thailand, say their animals live longer in captivity than wild counterparts because they’re safe from predators and environmental hazards. Show operators proudly emphasize that the animals under their care are with them for life. They’re family.

    Alla Azovtseva, a longtime dolphin trainer in Russia, shakes her head.

    “I don’t see any sense in this work. My conscience bites me. I look at my animals and want to cry,” says Azovtseva, who drives a red van with dolphins airbrushed on the side. At the moment, she’s training pilot whales to perform tricks at Moscow’s Moskvarium, one of Europe’s largest aquariums (not connected to the traveling dolphin shows). On her day off, we meet at a café near Red Square.

    She says she fell in love with dolphins in the late 1980s when she read a book by John Lilly, the American neuroscientist who broke open our understanding of the animals’ intelligence. She has spent 30 years training marine mammals to do tricks. But along the way she’s grown heartsick from forcing highly intelligent, social creatures to live isolated, barren lives in small tanks.

    “I would compare the dolphin situation with making a physicist sweep the street,” she says. “When they’re not engaged in performance or training, they just hang in the water facing down. It’s the deepest depression.”

    What people don’t know about many aquarium shows in Russia, Azovtseva says, is that the animals often die soon after being put in captivity, especially those in traveling shows. And Azovtseva—making clear she’s referring to the industry at large in Russia and not the Moskvarium—says she knows many aquariums quietly and illegally replace their animals with new ones.

    It’s been illegal to catch Black Sea dolphins in the wild for entertainment purposes since 2003, but according to Azovtseva, aquarium owners who want to increase their dolphin numbers quickly and cheaply buy dolphins poached there. Because these dolphins are acquired illegally, they’re missing the microchips that captive cetaceans in Russia are usually tagged with as a form of required identification.

    Some aquariums get around that, she says, by cutting out dead dolphins’ microchips and implanting them into replacement dolphins.

    “People are people,” Azovtseva says. “Once they see an opportunity, they exploit.” She says she can’t go on doing her work in the industry and that she’s decided to speak out because she wants people to know the truth about the origins and treatment of many of the marine mammals they love watching. We exchange a look—we both know what her words likely mean for her livelihood.

    “I don’t care if I’m fired,” she says defiantly. “When a person has nothing to lose, she becomes really brave.”

    I’m sitting on the edge of an infinity pool on the hilly Thai side of Thailand’s border with Myanmar, at a resort where rooms average more than a thousand dollars a night.

    Out past the pool, elephants roam in a lush valley. Sitting next to me is 20-year-old Stephanie van Houten. She’s Dutch and French, Tokyo born and raised, and a student at the University of Michigan. Her cosmopolitan background and pretty face make for a perfect cocktail of aspiration—she’s exactly the kind of Instagrammer who makes it as an influencer. That is, someone who has a large enough following to attract sponsors to underwrite posts and, in turn, travel, wardrobes, and bank accounts. In 2018, brands—fashion, travel, tech, and more—spent an estimated $1.6 billion on social media advertising by influencers.

    Van Houten has been here, at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, before. This time, in a fairly standard influencer-brand arrangement, she’ll have a picnic with elephants and post about it to her growing legion of more than 25,000 Instagram followers. In exchange, she gets hundreds of dollars off the nightly rate.

    At Anantara the fields are green, and during the day at least, many of the resort’s 22 elephants are tethered on ropes more than a hundred feet long so they can move around and socialize. Nevertheless, they’re expected to let guests touch them and do yoga beside them.

    After van Houten’s elephant picnic, I watch her edit the day’s hundreds of photos. She selects an image with her favorite elephant, Bo. She likes it, she says, because she felt a connection with Bo and thinks that will come across. She posts it at 9:30 p.m.—the time she estimates the largest number of her followers will be online. She includes a long caption, summing it up as “my love story with this incredible creature,” and the hashtag #stopelephantriding. Immediately, likes from followers stream in—more than a thousand, as well as comments with heart-eyed emoji.

    Anantara is out of reach for anyone but the wealthy—or prominent influencers. Anyone else seeking a similar experience might do a Google search for, say, “Thailand elephant sanctuary.”

    As tourist demand for ethical experiences with animals has grown, affordable establishments, often calling themselves “sanctuaries,” have cropped up purporting to offer humane, up-close elephant encounters. Bathing with elephants—tourists give them a mud bath, splash them in a river, or both—has become very popular. Many facilities portray baths as a benign alternative to elephant riding and performances. But elephants getting baths, like those that give rides and do tricks, will have been broken to some extent to make them obedient. And as long as bathing remains popular, places that offer it will need obedient elephants to keep their businesses going. 


    In Ban Ta Klang, a tiny town in eastern Thailand, modest homes dot the crimson earth. In front of each is a wide, bamboo platform for sitting, sleeping, and watching television.

    But the first thing I notice is the elephants. Some homes have one, others as many as five. Elephants stand under tarps or sheet metal roofs or trees. Some are together, mothers and babies, but most are alone. Nearly all the elephants wear ankle chains or hobbles—cuffs binding their front legs together. Dogs and chickens weave among the elephants’ legs, sending up puffs of red dust.

    Ban Ta Klang—known as Elephant Village—is ground zero in Thailand for training and trading captive elephants.

    “House elephants,” Sri Somboon says, gesturing as he turns down his TV. Next to his outdoor platform, a two-month-old baby elephant runs around his mother. Somboon points across the road to the third elephant in his charge, a three-year-old male tethered to a tree. He’s wrenching his head back and forth and thrashing his trunk around. It looks as if he’s going out of his mind.

    He’s in the middle of his training, Somboon says, and is getting good at painting. He’s already been sold, and when his training is finished, he’ll start working at a tourist camp down south.

    Ban Ta Klang and the surrounding area, part of Surin Province, claim to be the source of more than half of Thailand’s 3,800 captive elephants. Long before the flood of tourists, it was the center of the elephant trade; the animals were caught in the wild and tamed for use transporting logs. Now, every November, hundreds of elephants from here are displayed, bought, and sold in the province’s main town, Surin.

    One evening I sit with Jakkrawan Homhual and Wanchai Sala-ngam. Both 33, they’ve been best friends since childhood. About half the people in Ban Ta Klang who care for elephants, including Homhual, don’t own them. They’re paid a modest salary by a rich owner to breed and train baby elephants for entertainment. As night falls, thousands of termites swarm us, attracted to the single bulb hanging above the bamboo platform. Our conversation turns to elephant training.

    Phajaan is the traditional—and brutal—days- or weeks-long process of breaking a young elephant’s spirit. It has long been used in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia to tame wild elephants, which still account for many of the country’s captives. Under phajaan, elephants are bound with ropes, confined in tight wooden structures, starved, and beaten repeatedly with bullhooks, nails, and hammers until their will is crushed. The extent to which phajaan persists in its harshest form is unclear. Since 2012, the government has been cracking down on the illegal import of elephants taken from the forests of neighboring Myanmar, Thailand’s main source of wild-caught animals.

    I ask the men how baby elephants born in captivity are broken and trained.

    When a baby is about two years old, they say, mahouts tie its mother to a tree and slowly drag the baby away. Once separated, the baby is confined. Using a bullhook on its ear, they teach the baby to move: left, right, turn, stop. To teach an elephant to sit, Sala-ngam says, “we tie up the front legs. One mahout will use a bullhook at the back. The other will pull a rope on the front legs.” He adds: “To train the elephant, you need to use the bullhook so the elephant will know.”

    Humans identify suffering in other humans by universal signs: People sob, wince, cry out, put voice to their hurt. Animals have no universal language for pain. Many animals don’t have tear ducts. More creatures still—prey animals, for example—instinctively mask symptoms of pain, lest they appear weak to predators. Recognizing that a nonhuman animal is in pain is difficult, often impossible.

    But we know that animals feel pain. All mammals have a similar neuroanatomy. Birds, reptiles, and amphibians all have pain receptors. As recently as a decade ago, scientists had collected more evidence that fish feel pain than they had for neonatal infants. A four-year-old human child with spikes pressing into his flesh would express pain by screaming. A four-year-old elephant just stands there in the rain, her leg jerking in the air.

    Of all the silently suffering animals I saw in pools and pens around the world, two in particular haunt me: an elephant and a tiger.

    They lived in the same facility, Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo, about 15 miles south of Bangkok. The elephant, Gluay Hom, four years old, was kept under a stadium. The aging tiger, Khai Khem, 22, spent his days on a short chain in a photo studio. Both had irrefutable signs of suffering: The emaciated elephant had a bent, swollen leg hanging in the air and a large, bleeding sore at his temple. His eyes were rolled back in his head. The tiger had a dental abscess so severe that the infection was eating through the bottom of his jaw.

    When I contacted the owner of the facility, Uthen Youngprapakorn, to ask about these animals, he said the fact that they hadn’t died proved that the facility was caring for them properly. He then threatened a lawsuit.

    Six months after Kirsten and I returned from Thailand, we asked Ryn Jirenuwat, our Bangkok-based Thai interpreter, to check on Gluay Hom and Khai Khem. She went to Samut Prakan and watched them for hours, sending photos and video. Gluay Hom was still alive, still standing in the same stall, leg still bent at an unnatural angle. The elephants next to him were skin and bones. Khai Khem was still chained by his neck to a hook in the floor. He just stays in his dark corner, Jirenuwat texted, and when he hears people coming, he twists on his chain and turns his back to them.

    “Like he just wants to be swallowed by the wall.”

    #tourisme #nos_ennemis_les_bêtes

  • Japon : les femmes, potiches impériales - Libération
    https://www.liberation.fr/planete/2019/04/29/japon-les-femmes-potiches-imperiales_1724082

    Elles seront les grandes absentes de la cérémonie d’intronisation de Naruhito. Dans la famille impériale, les femmes ont la vie dure. Les règles d’exclusion à leur égard sont très strictes. Même s’il y avait déjà eu huit impératrices auparavant, la loi de la maison impériale datant de 1947 stipule que seuls les hommes peuvent accéder au trône. Et dès lors qu’une femme épouse un roturier, elle doit quitter la famille. En octobre, la princesse Ayako, 28 ans, fille du cousin de l’empereur, a renoncé à son statut princier pour un employé d’une entreprise de transport maritime. La princesse Mako, petite-fille de l’empereur qui a annoncé ses fiançailles mais reporté son mariage à 2020 en raison du changement d’ère, fera de même.

    D’une union à l’autre, la famille impériale se réduit ainsi comme peau de chagrin. Elle compte 18 membres, dont 13 sont des femmes. Autrement dit, une fois que Naruhito sera monté sur le trône, il n’aura plus que trois héritiers : son frère cadet de 53 ans, le prince Akishino, le fils de celui-ci, le prince Hisahito, âgé de 12 ans, et le prince Hitachi, frère d’Akihito, 83 ans.

    Malgré cette pénurie criante d’héritiers qui menace la dynastie d’extinction, la révision de la loi de la maison impériale se heurte aux réticences des conservateurs. Dès 1997, le gouvernement a secrètement envisagé de permettre aux femmes de monter sur le trône, vient de révéler la presse japonaise. Puis un panel d’experts a fait des propositions en 2005 au Premier ministre d’alors, Junichiro Koizumi. A l’époque, l’empereur n’avait pas de petit-fils. La naissance du prince Hisahito en 2006 a mis un point final au problème de succession et coupé court aux discussions. Ces dernières pourraient reprendre l’an prochain, une fois les festivités terminées. Il est préférable d’éviter les discussions houleuses durant les événements liés à l’abdication et à l’intronisation, qui débuteront ce mardi et s’achèveront le 19 avril 2020, par la désignation du premier successeur, le prince Akishino.

    Le sort des femmes intégrées à la famille impériale n’est guère enviable. Comme les hommes, elles sont soumises aux règles strictes de l’agence de la maison impériale, organisme gouvernemental qui gère les activités de tous. Une sortie du palais doit par exemple être annoncée plusieurs jours à l’avance. « La reine Elizabeth II se verse le thé et sert les sandwiches », s’étonne Naruhito lorsqu’il étudie à Oxford, en Grande-Bretagne…

    Quand elle a épousé le prince, la future impératrice Masako était considérée comme une personnalité capable de briser le moule des traditions. Fille d’un éminent diplomate, diplômée en économie à Harvard à 22 ans, Masako Owada préparait à l’université de Tokyo le concours d’entrée au ministère des Affaires étrangères quand elle a rencontré Naruhito. Celui-ci la courtise pendant cinq ans. Elle décline deux demandes en mariage, accepte la troisième. Mais à sa grande déception, cette femme qui a passé une partie de sa vie à l’étranger, qui parle couramment l’anglais et le français, maîtrise le russe, l’allemand et l’espagnol, n’est pas autorisée à voyager pendant de longues périodes. Intelligente et cultivée, elle n’a le droit de rien faire, si ce n’est de la poésie. En plus, Masako tarde à donner un nouvel héritier. En 1998, elle fait une fausse couche. En 2001, elle donne naissance à une fille, la princesse Aiko. La pression ne cesse d’augmenter. Elle disparaît de la vie publique en 2003, souffrant officiellement d’un « trouble de l’adaptation », et vit recluse dans le palais du Togu, dans le quartier Akasaka à Tokyo.
    Céréales

    La population japonaise la considère désormais comme une victime d’une agence impériale trop conservatrice. « Certaines actions sont allées jusqu’à nier la personnalité de Masako », a osé déclarer le prince Naruhito pour prendre sa défense. Une critique à mots couverts, qui rompt avec une règle fondamentale de la famille impériale japonaise selon laquelle ses membres s’abstiennent de tout commentaire favorable ou défavorable en public. La presse japonaise souligne que les problèmes rencontrés par la princesse héritière sont similaires à ceux auxquels sont confrontées de nombreuses femmes japonaises. « En ce sens, vous pouvez dire que Masako est très symbolique de la société japonaise », confirme Rika Kayama, psychiatre et professeure à l’université Rikkyo. Masako sera la seconde impératrice roturière après sa belle-mère, l’actuelle impératrice Michiko.

    Fille d’un marchand de céréales et titulaire d’un diplôme de littérature et de langues étrangères de l’université Seishin de Tokyo obtenu en 1957, Michiko Shôda croise le prince Akihito sur un terrain de tennis. Leur mariage en 1959 fait sensation. Le couple décide de vivre avec ses trois enfants, une fille et deux garçons, dont le prince héritier Naruhito né en 1960, au lieu de les confier à des gouvernantes. Mais une fausse couche, le stress induit par les dures critiques des plus conservateurs et par les ragots des tabloïds la feront s’éclipser un temps et affecteront sa santé. Elle a toutefois accompagné son époux dans presque toutes ses nombreuses obligations.

  • Carlos Ghosn inculpé une quatrième fois au Japon
    https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2019/04/22/carlos-ghosn-inculpe-une-quatrieme-fois-au-japon_5453404_3234.html


    Carlos Ghosn quitte le bureau de son avocat, le 3 avril, à Tokyo.
    KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP

    La garde à vue de l’ancien PDG de l’alliance automobile Renault-Nissan touchait à sa fin. Nissan a aussi porté plainte au pénal pour abus de confiance aggravé.
    […]
    La mise en examen du 22 avril est la quatrième pour l’homme d’affaires depuis sa première arrestation le 19 novembre 2018. Entre-temps, il a été arrêté les 10 et du 20 décembre et donc le 4 avril. Il a été mis en examen à deux reprises pour infraction à la législation sur les échanges et les instruments financiers, pour avoir minoré ses revenus dans les déclarations faites aux autorités financières. Il l’a aussi été pour abus de confiance aggravé car il aurait fait couvrir, par Nissan, des pertes réalisées sur des placements personnels au moment de la crise de 2008.

    Carlos Ghosn a passé 108 jours en prison, entre le 19 novembre et le 6 mars. Il en est sorti contre le versement d’une caution d’un milliard de yens (7,9 millions d’euros). Il a toujours nié les accusations portées contre lui. « Ce n’est pas une histoire de cupidité, de dictature d’un homme. C’est une histoire de complot, de trahison », déclarait-il dans une vidéo rendue publique le 9 avril. Pour l’homme d’affaires, le complot aurait été motivé par la « peur d’aller vers la fusion [de Renault et Nissan], perçue comme une menace pour l’indépendance de Nissan et son autonomie ».
    […]
    De l’avis des experts, les derniers éléments mis en lumière par l’accusation sont les plus graves jusqu’ici reprochés à M. Ghosn.

  • Capitalocène, racisme environnemental et écoféminisme – Agitations
    https://agitationautonome.com/2019/04/07/capitalocene-racisme-environnemental-et-ecofeminisme

    « En dehors du fait que les méthodes d’exploitation ne correspondent pas au niveau de développement social, mais aux conditions accidentelles et fort inégales dans lesquelles les producteurs sont individuellement placés, nous assistons dans ces deux formes [petite et grande culture] à une exploitation gaspilleuse des ressources du sol au lieu d’une culture consciencieuse et rationnelle de la terre, propriété commune et éternelle, condition inaliénable de l’existence et de la reproduction de générations humaines qui se relaient ».
    Karl Marx, Le Capital, Volume II

    « Quand il pleut, quand il y a de faux nuages sur Paris, n’oubliez jamais que c’est la faute du gouvernement. La production industrielle aliénée fait la pluie. La révolution fait le beau temps ».
    Guy Debord, La Planète Malade

    Introduction

    Indéniablement, le désastre est en cours. Les îles Marshall sont progressivement inondées, certaines ont déjà disparu. Les réfugiés climatiques se multiplient, et sont des milliers à demander l’asile climatique : ils seront plusieurs centaines de millions d’ici 30 ans (à noter qu’à ce jour, le statut de « réfugié climatique » n’est pas reconnu juridiquement par les institutions supranationales). Les catastrophes naturelles s’intensifient, l’augmentation de la salinité des eaux menace nombre de terres agricoles, les feux de forêts paraissent dans certaines régions inarrêtables. Des métropoles et mégalopoles phares du capitalisme mondialisé sont menacées d’être invivables d’ici quelques décennies, notamment Miami, New-York, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Singapour ou encore Amsterdam.

    Il serait fastidieux de recenser tous les dégâts du réchauffement climatique, et là n’est pas notre sujet. Nombre de travaux ont déjà été réalisés1 sur ce qui apparaît aujourd’hui comme une menace monstrueuse et imminente : l’effondrement de toute civilisation humaine. Les théories catastrophistes ont désormais le vent en poupe, tout comme les thèses, articles et ouvrages de collapsologie. Le survivalisme devient progressivement un thème sociétal en vogue, surfant au gré des pseudo-solutions individualistes et techno-utopistes prônées par les tenants du capitalisme vert ou par les lobbys assurantiels du risque climatique. Le changement climatique est un marché lucratif.

    Depuis des décennies, l’ampleur du danger est étudiée par des institutions et chercheurs, pour la plupart occidentaux et régulièrement subventionnés par de grands groupes capitalistes. Les plus grandes fortunes mondiales se transforment en philanthropes sauveurs de l’humanité. En 2016, Bill Gates, à travers sa fondation et le fonds Breakthrough Energy Ventures, levait un milliard de dollars afin de développer des technologies de géo-ingénierie illuminées nécessitant l’exploitation de millions de prolétaires pour des résultats plus qu’incertains. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon) ou Richard Branson (Virgin) furent parmi les principaux donateurs. D’autres multi-milliardaires explorent en hélicoptère les savanes africaines et indonésiennes afin de redorer leur image en comptant le nombre d’éléphants disparus chaque année : une façon comme une autre de faire campagne sans nécessité de serrer des mains.

    Les capitalistes profitent de la déqualification du prolétariat à l’ère du Toyotisme2 pour s’arroger toutes les compétences techniques et toutes les solutions au changement climatique : les travailleurs, aliénés, sont dépossédés de toute capacité d’intervention sur la production, entrainant la promotion d’une attitude individualiste et morale sur la crise en cours. Ainsi, les capitalistes font de la crise environnementale un problème « civilisationnel », un « enjeu nouveau pour nos démocraties », se pressent pour parler de « consensus » quant au danger qui nous guette. L’idéologie citoyenniste du « tous-ensemble » ou celle pseudo-radicale de l’éco-populisme sont incapables de mettre fin aux ambitions d’exploitation des ressources naturelles propres au système actuel, précisément parce que ce dernier ne peut fonctionner qu’en accumulant toujours plus de richesses. Ces idéologies s’indignent de l’inaction de l’État, incapable de remettre l’humanité sur de bons rails. Dès lors, l’ État est le nouvel interlocuteur privilégié des acteurs des Marches pour le Climat, marches très majoritairement métropolitaines, blanches et bourgeoises. De son côté, l’économie apparaît pour ces marcheurs, dans un système mondialisé, comme lointaine, sinon secondaire : elle est un « interlocuteur » absent.

    L’indignation citoyenniste est d’un moralisme exacerbé, si bien qu’on entend parler à longueur de temps d’alternatives institutionnelles. C’est l’homme qui est visé dans son individualité, abstraitement, et ce principalement à travers son mode de consommation. La production marchande passe à la trappe au profit du « consom’acteur », le genre humain est aussi bien le fauteur de trouble que le bouc-émissaire, l’universalisme bourgeois hors-sol des Lumières reprend ses droits. Une vision fictionnelle du système-monde l’emporte à l’heure où les sols sont presque partout déjà morts.

    Contre cette lecture caricaturale de la crise en cours, nous effectuerons dans un premier temps une critique radicale du concept d’Anthropocène, en tant qu’il serait cause du réchauffement climatique, et nous lui préférerons le concept de Capitalocène. Dans un second temps, nous verrons comment le système capitaliste produit différentes formes de racisme environnemental. Enfin, nous verrons ce qu’une lecture écoféministe de la crise telle que celle de Maria Mies nous enseigne à propos des liens entre effondrement environnemental et domination masculine, le tout afin de comprendre comment les luttes actuelles (aux prises avec les contradictions du capital, de genre et avec la segmentation raciale du travail comme de l’espace) sont imbriquées et tendent à ralentir la crise.

    #capitalocène #écoféminisme

  • Japan’s Economy Is Getting a Lot of Things Right
    http://onpk.net/index.php/2019/04/12/720-japans-economy-is-getting-a-lot-of-things-right

    Noah Smith dans Bloomberg Opinion : In Tokyo, 1-in-8 young people coming of age in 2018 was foreign-born. That’s a startling increase in diversity for a historically homogeneous nation. But so far, Japan is embracing the change — in a recent Pew poll, Japan was the only country surveyed where...

    #Notes

  • All What Your #Jeans Can (and Do) Hide !

    Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo… These are just some of the world’s most prestigious fashion catwalks. There, and elsewhere, perfectly – and often unrealistically – silhouetted young women and men graciously parade to impress elite guests and TV watchers with surprising, fabulous creativity of the most renowned fashion designers and dressmakers.

    Yet…

    … Yet, regardless of the amazing costs of such shows – and of what you may wonder how eccentric can be some of the displayed clothing – there is a hidden cost that Mother Nature pays (and which is not included in the price tag).

    The environmental price

    2,000 gallons (some 7.570 litres) of water needed to make one pair of jeans;
    93 billion cubic metres of water, enough for 5 million people to survive, is used by the fashion industry every year;
    fashion industry produces 20% of global wastewater;
    clothing and footwear production is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions;
    every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned;
    clothing production doubled between 2000 and 2014.


    http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/04/jeans-can-hide
    #industrie_textile #environnement #eau #effet_de_serre #climat #changement_climatique #déchets

  • A sneak peek into the #blockchain #gaming Market in Japan: Way ahead of the others
    https://hackernoon.com/a-sneak-peek-into-the-blockchain-gaming-market-in-japan-way-ahead-of-the

    Japan is one of the top 3 markets in digital gaming with revenue of over $19.2B in 2018. It is also leading the blockchain gaming market — My Crypto Heros (MCH), since it is launched in Q4 2018, MCH has become the largest blockchain game in the world with over 17,000+ users on the main net. And the local community are also catching up quickly — big gaming companies, game studios, and indie developers have joined the trend.How did Japan become the leader of blockchain gaming? Dapp.com took a deep dive in Tokyo with a mission to find out the secret and meet with the major builders and players for decentralized apps.Identifying the Huge Opportunities of Blockchain Gaming“Ownership and liquidity of virtual items are the current problems,” said Tran Ngoc Son, the CEO of TomoChain Japan. According (...)

    #blockchain-japan #gaming-japan #blockchain-gaming

  • Ogawa Kazumasa’s Hand-Coloured Photographs of Flowers (1896) – The Public Domain Review
    https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/ogawa-kazumasas-hand-coloured-flower-collotypes-1896

    RP-F-2001-7-1557B-1-edit

    The stunning floral images featured here are the work of Ogawa Kazumasa, a Japanese photographer, printer, and publisher known for his pioneering work in photomechanical printing and photography in the Meiji era. Studying photography from the age of fifteen, Ogawa moved to Tokyo aged twenty to further his study and develop his English skills which he believed necessary to deepen his technical knowledge. After opening his own photography studio and working as an English interpreter for the Yokohama Police Department, Ogawa decided to travel to the United States to learn first hand the advance photographic techniques of the time. Having little money, Ogawa managed to get hired as a sailor on the USS Swatara and six months later landed in Washington. For the next two years, in Boston and Philadelphia, Ogawa studied printing techniques including the complicated collotype process with which he’d make his name on returning to Japan.

    In 1884, Ogawa opened a photographic studio in Tokyo and in 1888 established a dry plate manufacturing company, and the following year, Japan’s first collotype business, the “K. Ogawa printing factory”. He also worked as an editor for various photography magazines, which he printed using the collotype printing process, and was a founding member of the Japan Photographic Society.

    The exquisite hand-coloured flower collotypes shown here were featured in the 1896 book Some Japanese Flowers (of which you can buy a 2013 reprint here), and some were also featured the following year in Japan, Described and Illustrated by the Japanese (1897) edited by Francis Brinkley.

    #Domaine_public

  • Les #déplacés de l’#accident de #Fukushima. : Les conséquences sociales et sanitaires, et les #initiatives_citoyennes.

    La situation des déplacés de Fukushima est complexe et mouvante. Ce projet se focalise sur les sinistrés de l’accident nucléaire hors zones d’#évacuations_forcées, qui sont les moins audibles dans les recherches existantes. La situation locale évoluant extrêmement rapidement, tant au niveau institutionnel qu’aux niveaux familial et individuel, nous avons décidé de recourir à la #recherche-action c’est-à-dire en coopération étroite avec les groupes de citoyens, pour partager leurs connaissances fines et suivies du terrain. Nous avons sélectionné un terrain permettant d’appréhender des régions à la fois lointaines et proches du département de Fukushima, la #distance semblant discriminante a priori des attaches au département et de la conscience du #risque. Des entretiens biographiques réalisés par une équipe franco-japonaise pluridisciplinaire permettront de saisir le parcours des individus, qui se tracerait dans les trames tissées par les cadres institutionnels, leurs liens aux connaissances « scientifique » et « profane » de la #radioactivité, et leurs expériences biographiques. Ces entretiens permettront aussi d’aborder l’individualisation de la gestion du risque, ses aspects psychologiques et juridiques.

    https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00967033
    #santé #nucléaire #catastrophe_nucléaire #IDPs #déplacés_internes #migrations

    Et d’autres publications de #Marie_Augendre :
    https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/search/index/q/*/authFullName_s/Marie+Augendre/sort/producedDate_tdate+desc
    ping @reka

  • La libération sous caution de Carlos Ghosn autorisée après le rejet de l’appel du procureur
    https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/automobile/carlos-ghosn-bientot-libere-sous-caution-809534.html


    Carlos Ghosn est détenu au Japon depuis le 19 novembre pour des accusations de malversations financières.
    Crédits : DR (extrait de la vidéo)

    Carlos Ghosn a recouvré la liberté ce mercredi après le paiement d’une caution de 7,9 millions d’euros. La justice japonaise a rejeté, mardi, l’appel interjeté par le parquet contre la libération sous caution de l’ancien numéro un de Renault, détenu depuis le 19 novembre au Japon pour des accusations de malversations financières.
    […]
    Après plus de 100 jours de détention, Carlos Ghosn entrevoit le bout du tunnel. Pour cause, le patron déchu de Renault vient d’obtenir sa première victoire juridique : la justice japonaise a rejeté, ce mardi 5 février, l’appel interjeté quelques heures plus tôt par le parquet contre sa libération sous caution auquelle le tribunal de Tokyo avait donné une suite favorable ce mardi matin. La caution, estimée à un milliard de yen soit 8 millions d’euros, devrait être payée ce mercredi selon Reuters.
    […]
    Carlos Ghosn devrait prochainement tenir une conférence de presse selon son nouvel avocat Junichiro Hironaka.

    Celui-ci, réputé plus agressif, a multiplié les garanties pour convaincre l’autorité judiciaire de mettre fin à cette détention préventive qui dure depuis le 19 novembre dernier. Il a ainsi proposé de placer Carlos Ghosn dans une résidence équipée de caméras de surveillance, et s’est engagé à limiter les contacts avec l’extérieur. Le tribunal a jugé, qu’en outre, le risque de destruction de preuves et de fuite à l’étranger (le passeport de Carlos Ghosn est toujours confisqué) n’était plus avéré.

  • Do You Take This Robot …
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/19/style/sex-robots.html

    Today we fall in love through our phones. Maybe your phone itself could be just as satisfying ? When Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old school administrator in Tokyo, strolled down the aisle in a white tuxedo in November, his mother was not among the 40 well-wishers in attendance. For her, he said, “it was not something to celebrate.” You might see why. The bride, a songstress with aquamarine twin tails named Hatsune Miku, is not only a world-famous recording artist who fills up arenas throughout (...)

    #robotique #smartphone #solutionnisme

  • « Le Maître du Haut Château. » par Philip K. Dick
    http://enuncombatdouteux.blogspot.com/2019/02/le-maitre-du-haut-chateau-par-philip-k.html

    Les premiers techniciens ! L’homme préhistorique dans sa blouse blanche stérile d’un quelconque laboratoire universitaire de Berlin, testant les différents usages auxquels soumettre la peau, les oreilles, la graisse, le squelette humains. Ja, ja, Herr Doktor. Une nouvelle utilisation du gros orteil ; il est possible d’en adapter l’articulation pour fabriquer un mécanisme de briquet ultra-rapide, vous voyez. Ah, si seulement Herr Krupp pouvait le produire en quantité…


    
Cette pensée horrifia Frink : Le gigantesque cannibale quasi humain d’antan s’est épanoui ; il domine le monde, une fois de plus. On a passé un million d’années à lui échapper, et le voilà de retour. Pas en simple adversaire, non, en maître.

    
« … nous pouvons déplorer », disaient à la radio les petits foies jaunes de Tokyo. « Mon Dieu, songea encore Frink. Quand je pense qu’on les traitait de singes. Des gringalets aux jambes arquées qui n’auraient ni installé de grands fours à gaz ni fait fondre leurs femmes pour obtenir de la cire à cacheter. »

  • Aucun pays au monde ne sait quoi faire de ses déchets radioactifs, constate Greenpeace
    1er février 2019 / Émilie Massemin (Reporterre)
    https://reporterre.net/Aucun-pays-au-monde-ne-sait-quoi-faire-de-ses-dechets-radioactifs-consta

    « Il n’y a pas un pays où la gestion des déchets radioactifs fonctionne. Chacun s’interroge sur comment les traiter. Avec, en France, le cas particulier du retraitement des combustibles nucléaires usés. » Yannick Rousselet, chargé de campagne nucléaire de Greenpeace France, résume ainsi le rapport « La crise mondiale des déchets radioactifs », publié mercredi 30 janvier par l’organisation. En une centaine de pages, six experts indépendants sur le nucléaire — Robert Alvarez (États-Unis), Hideyuki Ban (Tokyo), Miles Goldstick (Suède), Pete Roche (Écosse), Bernard Laponche et Bertrand Thuillier (France) — dressent l’inventaire mondial des déchets radioactifs et passent en revue les stratégies de gestion de sept pays : la Belgique, la France, le Japon, la Suède, la Finlande, le Royaume-Uni et les États-Unis. (...)

  • Indiedrome du 29/1/2018
    http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/indiedrome/indiedrome-du-29-1-2018

    DJ Grazzoppa’s DJ Big Band + Aka Moon:We Said We « S/T » (Cypres)

    Koenjihyakkei: Levhorm « Dhorimviskha » (Skin Graft)

    Mr Vast: Touch & Go « Touch & Go » (Cack)

    Mr Vast: Smudge Cabin « Touch & Go » (Cack)

    Midget!: Les Cérémonies « Ferme tes jolis cieux » (Objet Disque)

    Kuhzunft: Drop-in turbulences placed « Slotmachine » (Gruenrekorder)

    Kuhzunft: Dusty strings materialize « Slotmachine » (Gruenrekorder)

    Kuhzunft: High Tokyo-bridge road « Slotmachine » (Gruenrekorder)

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    Kuhzunft: Weird PTK machines « Slotmachine » (Gruenrekorder)

    The Young Gods: All my skin standing « Data Mirage Tangram » (Two Gentlemen)

    Paal (...)

    http://www.radiopanik.org/media/sounds/indiedrome/indiedrome-du-29-1-2018_06068__1.mp3