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ANTI-USA/PRO-ACTIVIST JAPANESE WEBSITE OF JAPAN 'HOSTAGE' FOUND/TRANSLATED (IRAQ)
Noriaki Imai Website (in Japanese) ^ | 8 April 2004 | AmericanInTokyo (Freepranslation/Research)

Posted on 04/08/2004 8:48:26 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo

Discovered, just now, on the internet in Japanese, and translated by Freeper “AmericanInTokyo”. This is the last e-mail dispatch (yesterday) in Japanese by Mr. Imai, who is reported to have been taken hostage and threatened with death by terrorists in Iraq, along with (2) other young Japanese.

The writings are on a Japanese language website that gives strong indication that the kidnapped Mr. Noriaki Imai was connected to an anti-American, pro-peace activist group in Japan, with activities centering on "DU" (depleted uranium) and the US mission in Iraq. To readers in Japan, he makes reference to his dangerous travel yesterday from Amman, Jordan, to Baghdad, along with another Japanese who is also listed as a kidnap victim. It is now reported he and the other two Japanese never made it to Baghdad, and have been given three days to live by Islamofascist terrorists.

The Japanese website of the kidnapped Japanese Mr. Imai is: http://www.nodu-hiroshima.org/

Further, he writes in his e mail (yesterday) that he his being accompanied by Miss Nahoko Takahashi (who has also been captured and threatened with death). One can conclude that either the hostages were sympathetic to the enemy but are being used by them, or there is perhaps a conspiracy by the “hostages” to get Japan to withdraw from Iraq (since that was the intent of the political homepage, in Japanese, of Mr. Imai and his associates) URL:

Text:

”E mail from Imai-san, on Wednesday, April 7, at around 3:00 a.m. “This is Imai. I am sending this to various people. I had intended to depart around 6:00 a.m., but now it is 10:00 a.m. and I am leaving. Well, there is a lot of concern about the safety of the situation, but in another sense there are also no concerns about safety, so I am just leaving it up to fate, as it were.

” I met a ‘free cameraman’ at the Cliff (spelling) Hotel, and got along well with that person. He said he is going to Baghdad by chance, both both Ms. Takahashi (note: also a hostage) and he and I will go down there together. I also met, per chance, Ms. Noriko Morisawa at the Cliff Hotel. I talked a lot with her until just now. I also learned that ( also a journalist) Ms. Mizue Furuya is also here in Amman, so I have become a little more happy.

At any rate, tomorrow (it will be near midnight in Japan), I think we will reach Baghdad. After that, we can go with the JVC’s Hara-san to Mansour Hospital as well as Central Hospital. At any rate, it looks like I can move around with Hara in Baghdad for the time being.

Regarding photograph(s), it is difficult to say if I can get photos in Baghdad because of the chaotic situation ,but I did get photos in Amman.

I don’t think I can send another email from Amman, but I should be able to send from Baghdad next time. Of course, I hope it will be easy, but the situation has considerably worsened from yesterday, so I am a bit concerned.

At any rate, I want to pray for the fate of both Takahashi-san and the free cameraman we are with. From, a little nervous Imai.” (Note: Imai is with Ms. Takahashi. And you can access her website from Iraq at http://www.clubwee.com/bbs2/light.cgi


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Mr. Noriaki Imai, Hostage from Japan, now in Iraq, on his anti-US/pro-peace activist Japanese website:


1 posted on 04/08/2004 8:48:27 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
wow, sort of Rachel Corrie types. Could the whole thing be a set up?
2 posted on 04/08/2004 8:50:35 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Does this guy think he is using the captors?
3 posted on 04/08/2004 8:51:03 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Oh great, you're telling me they are with the peaceniks/Sean Penn crowd?
5 posted on 04/08/2004 8:52:13 AM PDT by threat matrix
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Great find and thanks for the hard work and alerting us. Please let us know if the Japanese media reports these "hostages" but not their motives.

Just when you think the left can't go any lower.
6 posted on 04/08/2004 8:53:22 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Proud member of the right wing extremist Neanderthals.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Great find bump! Thanks for your translation.


I wonder if there's any way of spreading the word about this to the news media or some such thing. It could certainly bring up some questions about the whole thing.

7 posted on 04/08/2004 8:57:51 AM PDT by livius
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To: AmericanInTokyo
First...I hope they survive.

Second....how ironic this would be if true

Third...if it is in fact true let's see if the left-leaning media even mentions it.
8 posted on 04/08/2004 8:57:55 AM PDT by God luvs America (Support Our Troops....Don't vote for Kerry!)
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To: OXENinFLA
I was kidnapped as a child, a ransom note was sent to my parents along with one of my fingers.
My father sent a note back requesting more evidence.
9 posted on 04/08/2004 8:58:08 AM PDT by olde north church (Walk softly and nuke indiscriminately --)
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To: olde north church
Are you joking?
10 posted on 04/08/2004 8:59:29 AM PDT by Peter J. Huss
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To: God luvs America
I wonder if this might just change their opinion of who the bad guys are.
11 posted on 04/08/2004 9:01:04 AM PDT by Flightdeck (Death is only a horizon)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I'm lost. Crazy peaceniks...

Back to the Condi thread...



Patriot Paradox

12 posted on 04/08/2004 9:02:40 AM PDT by sonsofliberty2000 (In this springtime of hope, some lights seem eternal; America's is. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Peter J. Huss
I''m sorry, yes, I'm joking. It's an old Rodney Dangerfield.
This "peace pimp", if I may coin a phrase, doesn't deserve any respect while soldiers are under the gun.
13 posted on 04/08/2004 9:05:02 AM PDT by olde north church (Walk softly and nuke indiscriminately --)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
SEND IN THE HUMAN SHIELDS!!!!
14 posted on 04/08/2004 9:05:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: Peter J. Huss
He can type can't he?
15 posted on 04/08/2004 9:05:56 AM PDT by BJClinton ("We want to kill the people inside." ~Lt. Col. Brennan Byrne)
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To: threat matrix
Sean Penn Laden...
16 posted on 04/08/2004 9:06:12 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: AmericanInTokyo; hchutch
Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.

Be drinking buddies with jihadis, get taken hostage.
17 posted on 04/08/2004 9:06:29 AM PDT by Poohbah ("Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?" -- Maj. Vic Deakins, USAF)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
For some reason, that scene from Die Hard where the cheesy guy goes into the head terrorist's office to try to "negotiate" with McClane over the telephone comes to mind...

Shilling for terrorists is dangerous business.
18 posted on 04/08/2004 9:10:19 AM PDT by William Martel
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Setup or a guy just trying out for a Darwin award?
19 posted on 04/08/2004 9:18:23 AM PDT by WOSG (http://freedomstruth.blogspot.com - I salute our brave fallen.)
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To: threat matrix
Dear Mr. Prime Minister: Time to use the stockpiled plutonium byproduct from the nuclear fuel recycling program.
20 posted on 04/08/2004 9:18:59 AM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: William Martel
"Hans! Bubbie! I'm your White Knight!"

21 posted on 04/08/2004 9:20:32 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Wow,if this is true, what a sh-ty bad idea of his to go to Iraq.
22 posted on 04/08/2004 9:21:10 AM PDT by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: finnman69
Dunno. But Japanese Leaders are standing firm on NOT withdrawing troops.
23 posted on 04/08/2004 9:21:54 AM PDT by Alia (California -- It's Groovy! Baby!)
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To: WOSG
Correction. Name is TAKATO not TAKAHASHI. Was going on earlier Japanese news reports. Female's last name is "Takato". At any rate, I am suspicious of motives here.
24 posted on 04/08/2004 9:21:55 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Another vote here for Bush, only IF Congress ends up defeating his illegal immigration amnesty law)
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To: LoudRepublicangirl
VOTES ARE NEEDED NOW
25 posted on 04/08/2004 9:22:13 AM PDT by bmwcyle (<a href="http://www.johnkerry.com/" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: Alia
Top headline from major Japanese newspaper just now: "Japan's Decision to Support US Troops in Iraq Shaken With Adbduction of Japanese". Now they are going to start in with it. Sheesh.
26 posted on 04/08/2004 9:23:09 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Another vote here for Bush, only IF Congress ends up defeating his illegal immigration amnesty law)
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To: finnman69
I was thinking more of Robert Downey JR. in 'Natural Born Killers'.
27 posted on 04/08/2004 9:23:22 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Have you noticed that the Japanese prime minister does not seem to care if Mr. Imai will be made into shi'ite barbeque. He has no intention of pulling Japanese troops out of Iraq and another 1,200 are due to be deployed in a few weeks.
28 posted on 04/08/2004 9:25:32 AM PDT by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: William Martel
That scene came to my mind as well, I just couldn't place it.
29 posted on 04/08/2004 9:25:35 AM PDT by Betis70
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To: Poohbah
Be drinking buddies with jihadis, get taken hostage.

I imagine they will be crying, "But will we were only trying to help" just before their throats are cut.

30 posted on 04/08/2004 9:26:35 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Hmmm.
31 posted on 04/08/2004 9:27:41 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: eddie willers
"But will we were only trying to help"

Yikes...I don't know where that "will" came from.

32 posted on 04/08/2004 9:28:26 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: eddie willers
Wasn't Daniel Pearl also trying to write a positive piece on the terrorists before HIS throat was cut?
33 posted on 04/08/2004 9:31:17 AM PDT by Betis70
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Good work.
34 posted on 04/08/2004 9:32:21 AM PDT by wtc911 (Europe without God plus islam = Eurabia)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Agreed. The first footage I saw was quite suspicious. Looked like this bunch wasn't very upset at all to be "kidnapped" by murderous fanatics. Seemed kind of staged. So, I am not at all surprised by this news. I just hope that the next laser guided bomb can be used to "release" them.
35 posted on 04/08/2004 9:39:28 AM PDT by ishabibble
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To: BJClinton
He could be using one of those pencil things, holding it in his mouth, pecking at the keyboard.... maybe?
36 posted on 04/08/2004 9:39:30 AM PDT by Peter J. Huss
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To: AmericanInTokyo
At any rate, I am suspicious of motives here.

Ditto...great find, by the way.

37 posted on 04/08/2004 9:40:13 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Gay marriage is for suckers...)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
It's from Yahoo. It's a bodice-ripper headline. Japan and Korea both have had some major "anti-American" protests in the last few weeks. I doubt Japan will withdraw troops. Unless, perhaps, China begins apply their nasty pressure, again. (They aren't having much success in re Taiwan.) Squeeze plays are going on all over. Thank YOU very much for finding the data on the hostages; and posting here. Japan cannot afford to withdraw their troops; given US/Japan trade relations, currently. IMHO. I knew as soon as that idiot mother from Alameda, CA went over to "visit" her son serving in Iraq -- it was just the beginning of "other anti-war" waves. And in re Dems and their polluted air in re "Tet" "Viet Nam" -- obviously they are SOMEHOW aware that squeeze plays were (are) being set IN ADVANCE OF OPERATION VIGILANT RESOLVE.
38 posted on 04/08/2004 9:40:40 AM PDT by Alia (California -- It's Groovy! Baby!)
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To: Betis70
"Wasn't Daniel Pearl also trying to write a positive piece on the terrorists before HIS throat was cut?"

No! No one was writing positive pieces on terrorists then. It was only months after 9-11.

39 posted on 04/08/2004 9:47:20 AM PDT by monday
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To: AmericanInTokyo
I'm sorry but I gotta say, Mr. Noriaki Imai, you have the funniest looking mug I have ever seen. Oh, btw,why would Iraq have depleted uranium?
40 posted on 04/08/2004 9:49:47 AM PDT by bored at work (confidence in certain vistory)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
If the enemy takes some of its snipers hostage is our side required to try to effect their release? They should be treated as all active enemies in the theater are. This Japanese is an active enemy. He made his bed.
41 posted on 04/08/2004 9:52:19 AM PDT by arthurus
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To: monday
Hmm, well maybe 'positive' is the wrong word. Here is what the NYT said at the time: It added, "The terrible irony of Mr. Pearl's murder is that he and other independent journalists have been trying to present a detailed and informed portrait of the mindset, motives and grievances of the Islamic fundamentalists in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and the war in Afghanistan. That work will continue despite the killing, but the kidnappers have only undermined their cause by their acts." [emphasis added]
42 posted on 04/08/2004 9:59:23 AM PDT by Betis70
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To: Peter J. Huss
I'd sure feel like a heel if he was...
43 posted on 04/08/2004 10:09:27 AM PDT by BJClinton ("We want to kill the people inside." ~Lt. Col. Brennan Byrne)
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To: BJClinton
Don't worry. Time wounds all heals.
44 posted on 04/08/2004 10:11:25 AM PDT by Peter J. Huss
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Takahashi's web site brings up a "403 Forbidden" page. Going to the "ClubWee" site, I see a lot of typically adolescent cute smiling Japanes kids waving peace signs and a "What is your dream?" page.

I get the impression of new "koru garu" trend: ditzy Shibuya girl types trying to make a cute spectacle of themselves using the WOT as a vehicle.

My browser can't handle Japanese text, but I the html pages come up OK.

What's your take?

45 posted on 04/08/2004 10:15:55 AM PDT by Mortimer Snavely (Comitas, Firmitas, Gravitas, Humanitas, Industria)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
This is VERY interesting....

Thanx for posting.....
46 posted on 04/08/2004 10:16:36 AM PDT by bellas_sister (" Senator, do you know there's a girl found dead in your car?")
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To: Deb
Check it out....

I wonder if this is all true...

If so, I wonder if the networks will pick it up...

They are talking about the kidnapping on FOX news now..
47 posted on 04/08/2004 10:18:41 AM PDT by bellas_sister (" Senator, do you know there's a girl found dead in your car?")
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Japanese Anti-US, Anti-War Activist Before He Meets His Muslim Friends

Japanese Anti-US, Anti-War Activist After He Meets His Muslim Friends


48 posted on 04/08/2004 10:23:59 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: olde north church
I was kidnapped as a child, a ransom note was sent to my parents along with one of my fingers.

My father sent a note back requesting more evidence.

That's nothing. I was kidnapped as a child too, and when a ransom note was sent to my parents, they sent a note back with $20 that said "keep him and we'll send more".

Which is sort of how I feel about these folks if they were part of a "peace mission".

49 posted on 04/08/2004 10:30:55 AM PDT by Heatseeker
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To: olde north church
"peace pimp"


Good one!
50 posted on 04/08/2004 10:45:37 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never again trust Democrats with national security!)
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