Relationship with Japan


On my first trip to Japan in the late ’70s, I wasn’t sure what to expect of a small, wealthy, and fully disciplined country. I only had fond memories of my folks’ nostalgic stories of growing up during the Japanese administration of these isles before the war.

I marvel at her achievements and stunned by her wealth—a resource-poor country—yet ranks top three on economies of scale worldwide. Her global economic success has since been lodged in my mind poking the nerves of my curiosity interminably.

The single most vital question: What’s her foundational tool that gradually led to her success reinvading the entire global village in the ’60s with superior goods and services? I have since searched for the answer.

It’s in the education of her people. This was followed by the dedication of funds to rebuild the country after the war. Education was the single foundation used by other successful economies in the Asian region to bring their economic strength to the global level. Recalled reading the Matsushita story and his humble beginnings that turned global success.

More than 60 years was spent sending her people to schools in Europe and the U.S. It’s the wealth and benefits of academic and technical educational expertise secured by her most brilliant people upon which was founded and built the one of the world’s most successful economies.

From seafood, fruits, steak and rice for diabetics Japan rates top 1 percent! I mean I’ve seen it all in official dinner outings. Her prawns are larger than our lobster, not to mention a tomato plant that produced 3,000 fruits. It’s awesome all the advances she’s undertaken on sustainable entrepreneurship designed and refined to last a lifetime.

It’s a country to emulate from A-Z. It must begin with the education of our people. This agenda may be a challenge given that it has to take the form of policy No. 1. But it’s the single pill that would trigger a far more organized development moving toward the middle of this century. Herein lies the real future of paradise! Trust me, Japan has the most experience and expertise on investments outside the country. The other country that succeeded in similar fashion is teeny Cuba.

With vision and leadership this too could be revisited so we explore opportunities to revive the two sectors—farming and fishing—two foundational tradition since time immemorial.

The IT has IT!
The Inos/Torres tandem has soundly secured new political mandate with 57 percent of the total votes cast. The Hofschneider/Yumul team had 43 percent or trails by 1,500 votes. Congratulations to the victors!

Republicans had well-paid off-island political consultants behind its team. It also had a gravy train in the form of a $10 million utility voucher voters turned to cud. No wonder even morally bankrupt mega-billionaires recite scripture. But it’s done and we look forward to IT reworking the deepening economic depression.

The result of this election is itself a tale that we wish to veer off culture and tradition. Insightful intuition brings very troubling visions though. But it’s a future gift-wrapped in parameters defined by Election 2014. Unless other anchor investments provide solid economic footing, tradition is basically history.

Stunning indigenous resiliency succumbing to expediency. Call it political demagoguery. The voucher lure was too tall an order to untangle and the decision by folks to embrace it is a confirmation of dire hardship throughout households.

Someday we would begin seeing bejeweled public officials waving with real flashes from their wrists and faces beaming. Anyway, I’ve said my intuitive piece and feel comfortable being vindicated now and beyond the echo of my grave. Hope the NMI doesn’t turn into the desert land torched by our own indecision. Ask your folks for a 30-year voucher to cushion your needs.

The Obama presidency
The recent national election is a clear repudiation of the Obama presidency. His policies were shot down resoundingly by Americans all over the country. Unfortunately, it’s policies with lies as its foundation, e.g., “If you like your plan…you can keep it.” Millions of displaced Americans found out they can’t “keep it.” Power hails from both ends of the stick: emperor-in-chief and “we the people.”

Obama had a bright future as head of our country. But he dims and trashes it all for failure to live up to his commitment. He instantly forgets promises after leaving the teleprompter. But his playground, the campaign trail, he finds a bit different this year. The huge loss of Democrats is a harsh rebuke of his failed policies. His recent action on immigration is far from the “audacity of hope” but the “tenacity of lawlessness!”

Murder and disappearance
There’s fear how this island has turned into Murder Island 2×2, e.g., the disappearance of the Yamada sisters up north, murder of a couple in San Vicente, the murder of four Chinese farmers in southern Saipan. How convenient for DPS to rule the disappearance of the two girls as “lost at sea.” Really? Is this its quickest exit from doing its job?

What about the murder of the San Vicente couple gone cold? Do we ignore it? What about the murder of Chinese farmers? Do we ignore it too because they happen to be other than our own? The fact that these folks were here legally is sufficient reason to burn the midnight oil to go after the culprits. These heinous crimes should have DPS searching for answers 24/7.

John S. Del Rosario Jr. | Contributing Author
John DelRosario Jr. is a former publisher of the Saipan Tribune and a former secretary of the Department of Public Lands.

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