Recently, the Chinese state media, controlled by Chinese dictator and former President Jiang Zemin, have been complaining about the authorities in Tokyo approving the Japanese Falun Dafa Association's application to become a not-for-profit organisation (NPO). The Chinese people are finally coming to learn that people outside of China are also practising Falun Gong, and that Falun Gong is popular and legal in Japan.
The Falun Dafa Association states that its goal is "to improve the health of both mind and body and to cultivate a noble moral standard through promoting Qigong [traditional Chinese exercises for cultivating 'qi' or 'vital energy']," and that it "will never involve any political gathering or religious activity."
Since Jiang started persecuting Falun Gong, the state-controlled media in China has been comparing Falun Gong to a deadly Japanese cult (Aum Shinrikyo) in order to demonize Falun Gong and incite the Chinese people's hatred against Falun Gong. It seems that Jiang believed that associating Falun Gong with the Japanese cult and labelling it with all kinds of evil names could enable him to commit genocide against Falun Gong without any considerations of truth, law, morality, or conscience.
Aum Shinrikyo did a lot of damage to Japan, and the Japanese won't forget the bloody lessons learned. Now, Tokyo's formal approval of the Japanese Falun Dafa Association's application for NPO status shows that the Japanese have a proper understanding of Falun Gong, and know that Falun Gong is beneficial to the people, society, and the nation. If Falun Gong were anything like what Jiang claims, how could the sensitive and careful Japanese government and people give the Falun Dafa Association their stamp of approval?
On the 29th of July, 2002, in order to rescue Yoko Kaneko and bring her back to Japan (she had been illegally sentenced to one and a half year of forced labour in China), twenty-one Japanese Parliament members from four parties established the Multi-Party Coalition to Rescue Yoko Kaneko. As of November 2003, they had collected over a hundred and thirty thousand signatures supporting the rescue, and had received support letters from more than 270 Parliament members in the Japanese Congress and from different cities and towns. The Japanese government expressed on many different occasions that they wanted to rescue Yoko Kaneko and were putting forth their full effort. On the morning of November the 23rd, 2003, Yoko Kaneko returned to Japan after her term at the forced labour camp had expired.
Because it is a high-level cultivation practice for promoting health and upgrading moral standards, Falun Gong is spreading rapidly in Japan and the Japanese people like it very much. Falun Gong is gradually becoming known to the mainstream of society. Recently, Falun Gong practitioners have held the following activities: On May the 16th, 2004, Falun Gong practitioners participated in the Kobe Festival in Kobe, Japan. On May the 3rd, 2004, Japanese Falun Gong practitioners participated in and performed in the Hiroshima Flower Festival Parade for the third time. On the 27th of June, 2004, practitioners held the first Falun Gong anti-torture exhibition in Tokyo. On July the 18th, 2004, Japanese practitioners had an anti-torture parade in Tokyo, and demanded that Jiang Zemin be brought to justice.
In the past, when other countries' governments and organisations condemned the Jiang group's persecution of Falun Gong and demanded that Jiang respect human rights, Jiang always replied angrily, "This is interfering with the internal policy of my country." Now, isn't it interfering with another country's internal policy when Jiang makes irresponsible remarks about Tokyo's approval of the Japanese Falun Dafa Association's NPO qualifications?
Dozens of countries all over the world have legally registered Falun Gong Societies or similar organisations. It would appear that Jiang would like to interfere with the internal policies of all these countries too. Could it possibly be that Japan and the rest of the world are not able to distinguish good from evil, and that only Jiang--who is reviled in his own country--has sufficient wisdom to do this?
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