JIN-148 -- America is Burning

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Issue No. 148
Wednesday, September 12, 2001


+++ Viewpoint: America is Burning
+++ Events


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America is Burning

Any sort of analysis of how the still-unfolding tragedy in the US may
affect Japan is, we think, entirely premature. It appears, however,
that Japan has not been unaffected by the turmoil in America. Here are
some of the main points (all times JST):

** The Tokyo markets took a dive (the Jasdaq was down 6.1
percent), with the bellwether Nikkei average falling 5 percent
this morning -- below the key 10,000 level for the first time
in 17 years. The Tokyo Stock Exchange reduced its price limits
by half for the day due to expected volatility.

** At around 10:00 AM today, the Bank of Japan announced it
had started buying JPY2 trillion worth of treasury bills and
established a crisis management headquarters. JP Morgan chief
economist Masaki Kanno was quoted as saying the liquidity move
was intended to provide psychological support for investors in
Japan, whose confidence has been shattered following the
devastating attacks. This should help Japan's banking system
avoid any disruption. A particular concern for Japan will be
any rise in oil prices.

** In moves similar to those last seen during the Gulf War,
companies across Asia started canceling travel plans and
delaying airfreight shipments (the FAA grounded all US flights
on Tuesday, with many inbound flights being diverted to
Canada). Pioneer Japan said it has halted all overseas travel
for 10 days. Shares in Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways
fell more than 10 percent in Tokyo trading.

** Japan Airlines posted a list explaining the location of all
of its US-bound flights on its Web site at 3:00 PM Tuesday.
Several flights returned to Tokyo and Osaka; others went to
Vancouver. JAL said all US departures are cancelled until
further notice. Nearly half of the 354 flights due to arrive
and depart at Narita today have been cancelled.

** This morning, PM Koizumi denounced the terrorist attacks
and pledged to work to prevent the incident from triggering
worldwide economic confusion. The Security Council of Japan
was meeting to discuss ways to deal with the attacks -- this
being the first such meeting since March 1999 (after a North
Korean spy ship charged Japan's coast). The PM also issued
instructions to tighten security at US facilities in Japan.

** At least one 20-year-old Japanese student was confirmed to
have been aboard the United Airlines flight that crashed in
Pennsylvania. TV stations have given a lot of coverage to
listing which Japanese banks and companies had offices in the
World Trade Center, and trying to determine what the casualty
count amongst NYC-based staff might be.

Keeping all this in mind, J@pan Inc Newsletter's weekly coverage of
the rise of innovation, technology, and the New Economy in Japan seems
somewhat, well, inconsequential.

But tossing in the towel is precisely what the bad guys in the world
would like, so perhaps the best thing for those outside the US to do
is simply to carry on with our lives -- mindful, nonetheless, of the
courage, sacrifice, and loss unfolding by the minute in New York and

-- Daniel Scuka


On June 5, 1973, Canadian radio commentator Gordon Sinclair decided
he'd had enough of the unrelenting criticism directed against the
United States from seemingly all quarters -- primarily foreign

Sure, most of the bad press centered on America's (mostly
indefensible) involvement in Vietnam (then recently ended by the Paris
Peace Accords). The war's end had resulted in a worldwide sell-off of
American investments, share prices tumbled, the US economy was in
trouble. At home and abroad, it seemed everyone was lambasting the
United States.

But Sinclair wasn't going to put up with the vitriol any longer.
Arriving at the studios of Toronto radio station CFRB that morning, he
took 20 minutes to dash off a two-page editorial which he delivered in
a defiant, indignant tone during his regular 11:45 AM broadcast.
Selected excerpts from Sinclair's editorial are below; he died in

"The Americans" (Originally broadcast June 5, 1973)

by Canadian radio commentator Gordon Sinclair

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French, and
British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in
West Germany. It has declined there by 41 percent since 1971 and this
Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most
generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the earth.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I
read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtse. Who rushed in with
men and money to help? The Americans did.

Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted
out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of
dollars and forgave other billions in debt. None of those countries is
today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United

When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States
that hurries into help. Managua, Nicaragua is one of the most recent
examples. So far this spring, 59 American communities have been
flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.

The Marshall Plan .. the Truman Policy .. all pumped billions upon
billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now, newspapers in
those countries are writing about the 'decadent, war-mongering

I'd like to see one of those countries that is gloating over the
erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes.

Come on... let's hear it! Does any other country in the world have a
plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet? If so, why don't they fly them?
Why do all international [air]lines except Russia fly American planes?
Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman
on the moon?

When the Americans get out of this bind ... as they will... who could
blame them if they said, 'the hell with the rest of the world'?

Let someone else buy the Israel bonds; Let someone else build or
repair foreign dams or design foreign buildings that won't shake apart
in earthquakes.

Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans
in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San
Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbours have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned
tired of hearing them kicked around. They will come out of this thing
with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb
their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles.


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Written by Daniel Scuka (daniel@japaninc.net)

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Richard Ochero (richard@japaninc.com)

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