Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Debuts 2016 Asia Tour in Tokyo, Japan

September 18, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Zheng Yuyan

(Minghui.org) The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra began its 2016 concert tour by presenting its unique blend of East and West to a full-house audience in Tokyo Japan, on the afternoon of September 15.

As part of the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra has toured North America each autumn since 2012. This year it will perform in 13 cities in Japan and Taiwan in addition to the North American stops on the tour.

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The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra debuts its Asia Tour at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall with a matinee performance on September 15, 2016.

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Violinist Fiona Zheng performs a solo piece.

Radio Station Host: “Extraordinarily Touched”

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Radio station host Miyosa Takahashi.

Radio station host Ms. Miyosa Takahashi said, “I felt extraordinarily touched… from the top of my head all the way to my toes.”

“I felt uplifted and embraced by a powerful energy,” Ms. Takahashi said. She said the music was “combined perfectly” and “really wonderful.”

She also commented on the dedication of the performers, “They were so immersed in their performance that they seemed to become part of the musical instruments.”

Stage Producer: “Grand” and “Unique”

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Stage producer Hatsune Miku

Stage producer Hatsune Miku commented, “Very unique… It is hard to find music this good.”

“Very grand and refreshing,” Ms. Miku said. “The entire music seemed to be looking down from above. It is at a high level and flying in the sky.”

She also shared her inspiration, “Classical music and traditional culture must be preserved. It is our responsibility to save something this excellent for future generations.”

“Refreshing” and “Exquisite”

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Takao Toda, director general of Human Development Department at the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA)

Dr. Takao Toda, director general of the Human Development Department of the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA) said of the performance, “The grace of the East was accentuated by the magnificent power of the Western instruments. It is indeed simply exquisite.”

“Never did I imagine that such distinct Eastern and Western melodies could be performed by the same musicians,” Dr. Toda said of Shen Yun’s combination of East and West. “I am truly amazed at their high level of professionalism.”

“It was truly a refreshing experience!” he stressed.

“Magnificent” and “Powerful”

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Isao Yoshikawa, an author and the founder of the Japan Garden Research Association.

Mr. Isao Yoshikawa, the founder of the Japan Garden Research Association, remarked, “The blend of Chinese and Western instruments was very magnificent and powerful.”

He especially enjoyed the piece performed on the erhu instrument, which he thought was “clear,” “powerful,” and “beautiful.”

“It is hard for the Japanese to have the chance to enjoy music like this. Therefore, I would definitely recommend it to my friends,” Mr. Yoshikawa said.

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will next be performing 16 concerts in 12 cities in Taiwan on September 17 through October 3.

Website: ShenYun.com/symphony

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Category: Shen Yun Performing Arts

People in Japan in Favor of Bringing Former Chinese Dictator to Justice

November 28, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Japan

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners’ non-stop peaceful efforts to raise awareness of the 16-year persecution, particularly the recent filing of lawsuits against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin who initiated the persecution in 1999, have received worldwide support, especially in Asia.

In Japan alone, more than 45,000 signatures have been collected since July in support of the Falun Gong practitioners and their families in China who have filed criminal complaints against Jiang. Nearly 770,000 signatures have been collected in Asia as a whole, excluding China.

Signature drives are still being held across Japan. Falun Gong practitioners in Kumamoto recently went to Oita Prefecture, which is more than 200 km away, to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong and collect signatures in support of the lawsuits against Jiang.

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On the busy streets of Oita Prefecture, people sign to support bringing former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin to justice.

Locals and tourists from other prefectures in Japan were quick to sign the petition when they learned how brutally a group of people who live by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are being persecuted.

They encouraged practitioners to keep up their efforts and wanted to help inform more people so that the persecution will end soon.

“Give me one more copy of that information. I’d like to my grandson, his wife, and my great-grandson too read about it,” said a 91-year-old woman after she signed the petition.

One woman was very upset to learn about the Chinese regime’s state-sanctioned harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. “Live organ harvesting? I can hardly believe what I’m hearing,” she said. “How can we allow such an unspeakable human rights’ violation to go on?! Let’s work together to put an end to it!”

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Category: Other Community Events

Japan: Over 4,000 People Sign Criminal Reports Against Jiang Zemin in Kansai

September 06, 2015

(Minghui.org) A two-week-long signature drive in the Kansai area was successfully completed before the end of August, where more than 4,000 people co-signed on a criminal report against Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese dictator who ordered the persecution of Falun Gong.


Japanese people sign the criminal complaint forms against Jiang Zemin.

Many people immediately signed their names when they learned that the criminal report was charging Jiang Zemin, as they wished to bring Jiang to justice as soon as possible.

One lady brought cold drinks for the practitioner volunteers who were working under the summer sun. After learning about the evil deeds of Jiang Zemin, she signed the criminal report without hesitation. She then took a blank form and helped the practitioners to collect more signatures.

A middle-aged woman encouraged practitioners to continue their efforts, saying that the expression of their will was important, and world peace is the people’s will.

By the end of August, more than 4,000 people had signed criminal reports charging Jiang Zemin. All the reports were mailed to the Supreme Procuratorate and the Supreme Court in China.

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Category: Prosecuting Jiang Zemin

CCP Bribes Japanese Officials with Chinese Organs, Japanese Media Reports

By Ren Zihui
Epoch Times Staff Dec 04, 2006

Japan’s “Post Weekly” recently published an article titled “The CCP’s Baiting Tactics” (The Epoch Times)

TOKYO—Japan often refers to itself as the kingdom of spies, and according to one of the country’s weekly publications the moniker still holds true. Japan’s Post Weekly recently revealed that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has a new bait to bribe Japanese political circles. Using their citizens’ own organs, the CCP, tempts key Japanese officials suffering from long-term disease with the promise of an organ transplant in China. The article explains that while Chinese spies still use money and beautiful women to entice the Japanese politicians, Chinese organs present an entirely new temptation.

Lure of Organ Transplants
According to the Post Weekly report, employees from a Japanese investment enterprise in China witnessed a high ranking CCP official openly offering organ transplant operations at the firm’s executive round table meeting. This official boasted that China could offer a rich supply of healthy, young organs harvested from executed convicts. He said that such an operation could be arranged immediately, with special consideration paid to higher ranking individuals.

While such a proposal may sound enticing if an organ is desperately needed, agreeing to the offer means indebtedness to the Chinese regime.

The report also revealed an incident last summer where a Chinese man visited a councilor’s office in Yuraku, the heart of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party. The councilor’s secretary was known to have a serious organ disease, yet soon after the visit from this mysterious Chinese individual, the secretary underwent transplant surgery and later recuperated in Tokyo. Many informants say this Chinese man was known to be a go-between for organ transplantation in China. While the councilor was famous for holding a very pro-China stance, as his secretary’s health condition improved, his loyalty to the CCP has continued to grow.

Many claim to have been approached by a Chinese man offering organ transplant surgery. Many Japanese political figures either suffer themselves, or have relatives who endure, serious kidney or liver problems. The promise of organ transplant surgery presents a life saving opportunity for them. Yet for those, like the councilor, who accept this offer, they will be indefinately beholden to CCP demands.

Japanese Officials Pander to Chinese For Organs
Japanese bloggers routinely condemn the work of the CCP, labeling them a terrorist organization that consistently tramples human rights behind a façade of diplomacy. They say that Japanese politicians have become increasingly supportive of the CCP because they covet China’s supply of fresh organs.

These bloggers also mention that Falun Gong practitioners’ organs are certain to be included among China’s vast organ supply. They say that this large collection of harvested organs may also contain specimens that originally belonged to other groups that have historically been a problem for the Chinese Communist Party—such as Tibetans. As the CCP is an organization with a history of utter disregard for life and a strong admiration of violence, this is a case that demands worldwide attention.

The CCP is known to use a variety of tactics to target a man’s desires. For instance, the report found that for individuals who are infatuated with women, the CCP would use beauty to lure them; for individuals with financial problems, the CCP would promise lucrative business opportunities for them in China; and for wealthy, ailing officials, the CCP can offer a rich supply of harvested organs.

Huge Organ Supply, Unknown Source
Recent figures indicate that the number of Japanese patients waiting for an organ transplant is growing steadily—increasing by 1,500 more people each year. Compare this to China, where a large amount of live, fresh organs is always at hand—yet their source is unknown. Disturbingly, the Chinese organ supply outnumbers the quantity of prisoners sentenced to death as revealed by CCP officials.

Attracted to the vast supply with no waiting period, 200 Japanese have undergone organ transplant surgery in China. Working primarily through some 15 brokers of a Sino-Japanese cooperation, close to 40 Chinese hospitals are performing these operations for Japanese patients. Commenting on the price of these procedures, a participating Chinese surgeon revealed that it cost 1,000 million Japanese Yen (about $86,000) to do liver transplant and over 600 million Japanese Yen (about over $50,000) for a kidney transplant.

Matsumoto Iwao, a Japanese Organ Transplant Associate, mentions that China is capitalizing on this disparity in supply between the two countries making every effort to investigate the physical condition of wealthy Japanese officials. As the use of organs from the CCP’s executed prisoners has been condemned by all countries in the world, individuals who receive them do not talk openly about it, and the CCP seizes the opportunity to take advantage of these desperate, and silent, clients.

CCP Spies Excel at Exploiting Small Details
The CCP has been very cunning in collecting intelligence on Japanese officials. A former professor from the Reitaku University explained in a recent report that these Japanese politicians often meet with Chinese embassy officials, journalists and students, but secret agents can be found in these circles as well. These spies pay particular attention to small details that would go unnoticed by other people. Observing the subject’s hobbies, habits, and details like the color of the pills they take after dinner, these Chinese spies even watch for clues on how the subject behaves with women. What may seem to most like useless information proves to be valuable intelligence.

Former Intelligence Minister of the Japanese Public Security Agency said that data collected on a target person is used to set a trap that the victim will never see coming. The CCP has been known to snare Japanese officials in compromising situations that could damage one’s political reputation. Often helpless and ashamed, these Japanese officials are then preyed upon by the Chinese for political gain. Although Japanese officials who do accept CCP enticements are not asked to return the gifts or benefits, neither will they speak out against these tactics. They are often too embarrassed to say anything.

There is substantial evidence that suggests a Japanese consulate official in Shanghai committed suicide due to relations with a woman at a local karaoke bar. The woman was used as bait to blackmail the official into leaking information to the Chinese. Driven into a corner, he was faced with either ruining his reputation or divulging state secrets, so he killed himself. At the same karaoke bar in the summer of 2006, a Japanese Marine was also suspected of leaking intelligence. As early as October of 1997, the late former Japanese Prime, Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, was scandalized for having been used by a Chinese female spy. Extensive interrogation of him by the Japanese Congress sought more details regarding his relationships with these Chinese women to prevent further infiltration of their leaders.

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