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海外の日本刀ファンからのお願い


【Database】

(右翼の)街宣を聞いたり、庭で木刀の素振りを
したり、神社で祈ったりすることが「活動」と思われ、
潜在右翼のレッテルを貼られる。
・・・高校の剣道部の人だって、学校で練習する分には
いいが、公園や家の庭で練習したらダメだ。
潜在右翼かもしれないと内偵されてしまう。

『公安警察の手口』 鈴木邦男



公安警察の監視対象者の選定は、活動しやすく、そこで活動が長期に継続できることが第一条件とされる。例えば犯罪には縁のない単身サラリーマンなどで、なるべく弱そうな者が選ばれる。犯罪常習者などは不適。すぐ刑事などに現行犯逮捕されてしまっては、活動がそれで終わってしまう。それでは利権にならない。本物のテロリストや危険人物では、公安自身にも危険が伴うし、仕事がハードになる。しかし、長期に監視対象にし、出来るだけ多くの予算を得る為には、テロなどの特別な危険人物でなければならない。

そこで、平凡な一般人を偽装「第一級危険人物」に祭り上げる工作が行われる訳である。
そう言う理由から、公安の監視対象者の周囲では、公安警察官によるでっち上げ事件や、監視対象者の仕業に見せかけて行なわれる事件が多発する。

Excerpts of "ストーカーの正体は警視庁公安部"



【Case Study】
居合をやっている方や刀剣ファンの皆さんにお聞きしたいのですが、もし突然、これまでのように自分の手が届く価格で刀を手に入れることができなくなったとしたらどうしますか?

今、海外の刀剣ファンたちはそんな危機に瀕しています。刀購入のアドバイス情報を国際的に提供しているSword Buyers Guideという英語圏のウェブサイトによると、これまでは問題なく刀を国際便で発送できた国々が突然「危険な武器」に当たるとして配送を禁止したそうです。これには海外でも人気のある「日本刀」などを安価に製造販売している中国も含まれ、海外の刀ファンや通販ショップは大打撃を受けています。またユーチュブやグーグルでも刀剣の販売広告が禁止されフェイスブックもいずれこの規制に従うだろうと指摘しています。

このままでは刀剣業界ごと消滅してしまうのではないかとの危惧が叫ばれ、同サイトでは当面の対応策をいくつか提示しています。
なかでもユニークなのは刀を「護身用に使う」など「血生臭い」発言は絶対しないよう気を付けてほしいというお願いがありました。実は現在多くの国々の当局がネット掲示板などを監視しており、件のような書き込みは刀剣業界を潰すための口実に使われてしまうためです。そもそも実際の殺傷事件では刀などより包丁のほうが遥かに高い頻度で使用されているのだから危険性を言うなら、まず包丁の売買規制や所持の登録制を先に行うべきであり、刀だけを殊更危険視するのは全く不可解な話ですが…。

同サイトは「私達は皆、刀の奥深い歴史を憧憬し、或いは武道を通じて人格向上を目指し、或いは純粋に愛刀コレクションをしている人たちであるのはお互いよく知っているが、外部の人からはどう見られているかに細心の注意を払ってほしい」と呼びかけています。

かつて我々日本人も明治維新後の廃刀令や戦後GHQによる刀狩りで危うく刀の伝統が消えてしまいかける深刻な危機を経験しています。しかし先人達の涙ぐましい努力のお蔭で危難を乗り越え、今こうして居合を続けることもできる次第です。そこで我々が一肌脱いで海外で刀の歴史を守っているファンの危機を解決するため知恵を貸してあげるのは如何でしょうか。これは我々が何のために居合を続けているのか見つめなおすいい機会にもなると思います。

ともあれ、核搭載可能な弾道ミサイルが頭上を飛び交う時代になっても、なお刀を振っているのは日本刀が「危険な武器」だからではないのはあまりに自明なことでありますゆえ。

何か良いご助言があれば、是非Sword Buyers Guideのほうへ直接メールされるか、当方へご一報をお待ちしております。

連載
News Letter from Sword Buyers Guide, October 2017 issue

One of my responsibilities to the sword community is to do all I can to keep you all informed and do what I can to support both sword makers and collectors..

Unfortunately, the industry - which has been in a steady decline since around 2010, is taking a serious turn for the worst, and seems to be under assault from several different directions all at once..

A perfect storm if you will..

For example, in this post on the SBG forums, we see a Malaysian company selling Parangs is now been unable to ship swords internationally - and more and more carriers are simply refusing to ship them, classifying them as 'dangerous weapons'. But in that post, you can see many other countries have suddenly been rejecting sword imports without rhyme or reason, and in our own case, we have experienced the exact same thing and the number of countries we can ship to has been shrinking quite dramatically..

The recent BCI shipment also was stalled suddenly in the Philippines, after 25 years of shipping swords all over the world, they were suddenly told they needed a permit for these 'dangerous weapons', but were not told what permit they needed or how to get it, and it took nearly 2 months to find a solution.. (and they have sold well at all, so are being liquidated)..

At the same time, China recently banned all domestic shipping of swords within China - effectively decimating the local market, and as 90% of the customers for Jian and Dao in Longquan are Chinese, and the fallout for international collectors of Jian and Dao is now very much up in the air..

In the UK, they have doubled down on swords and blades yet again as seen in this post..

And then there is YouTube - first is/was google adsense that banned advertising for swords, then Facebook (it is probably only a matter of time before they decide that pages dedicated to swords are 'unacceptable') and then this..

And to make matters worse for sword sellers, not only are they now losing the ability to ship swords internationally, but sales overall are pretty much dead in the water. Quite a few good sellers now seem to be on rather shaky ground. Take a look at Kult of Athena for example - almost all the swords in their new products section are sub $100 from Deepeeka..

Why? Well, you would need to ask them, but my guess is because all the usual stuff simply isn't selling anymore..

In our own case, we have never had so many good offers fall flat - indeed, I recall a time when readers of the digest used to support us by taking advantage of the sales and specials we offer..

But this year, I can honestly say that no matter how good the deal is we offer - and despite the digest now having around 16,000 subscribers - we are lucky if we make one sale from our best offer.. (I don't hold out much hope for this months special offer, even below cost does not generate sales).

And all of this, it is simply not sustainable..

In the short term, Christmas sales may keep things going until the end of the year. But if this trend continues, the industry and many sellers will be in some serious trouble by this time next year..

Clearly, there are some nasty rumblings occurring - and who really knows exactly how it will all pan out..

I will do my best to keep you all updated of the developments as they happen.

In the meantime though, here are some temporary workarounds and suggestions for members of the community..

First, for International Sword Buyers - one shipping method that still seems to be working, at least for now, is using the services of a freight forwarding company such as those listed on our site here.

These companies are used to dealing with all kinds of legal but curious shipments, and because of their relative size and clout, can often arrange a shipment where all other methods fail. As a bonus, they are actually often CHEAPER than standard shipping methods due to their bulk buying power. And, assuming the swords are not in violation of any local laws, their agents can often get shipments unstuck by overzealous customs officers (many of whom just ASSUME swords are prohibited, when usually that is not the case).

Secondly, for all sword buyers - now is definitely the time to pick up more 'exotic' swords. Manufacturers are on the whole not really willing to take any risks with 'micro-niche' sword types - and so will tend to fall back on what they know sells (such as Katana and Longswords, single handed medieval swords tend to be outsold by longswords 5 to 1, and anything more unique, seems invisible these days).

In our own case, our recent shipment of swords that I personally wanted to bring to the market has fallen completely flat and basically we will not be re-ordering those models (indeed, we are about to liquidate them, see later in this newsletter for our final below wholesale cost special offer).

Thirdly, at least for now, it is a good idea to support your favorite local sword sellers who contribute to the community as a whole. Buying from eBay sellers based in China often seems like a good deal, but they rarely deliver exactly what was promised as we discuss in this article. Additionally, it is possible that the Chinese government may suddenly decide to ban sending single swords outside of China like they did without warning to the domestic market - and the risk of these sellers going out of business and stalling you until you cannot get a refund is a very real concern.

In our case, we can overcome this with our forge direct line and custom katana, etc that also come direct from China by having them sent to a US warehouse, something that the part time eBayers cannot.

Likewise, while buying second hand swords is a smart move normally, right now with sales for all sellers of new swords at record lows, the secondary sword market is actually really hurting them, and the worst case scenario is that some of them will start to go out of business, and the secondary sword market will be all that is left..


Finally, and this goes for everyone, be careful about what you say with regards to using swords for self defense or 'gory' discussions on the forums, Facebook and other social media. It seems many legislators are just itching for an excuse to wipe out the industry, and while we all know that sword collectors are responsible people who love swords for their rich history, self development from the martial arts and for innocent 'geeky' reasons, we need to be extra careful about how we present ourselves to the outside world. Believe you me, the authorities see what we post, and so we need to be extra vigilant to present ourselves in a positive light.

One last note, while things are bad - the sky is not falling and while a shakeup is in progress - if we all stick together we can overcome it and we will find a way. Yes, some types of swords will probably disappear for a while, and yes, some sword sellers will likely go under (we have noticed a trend of falling customer service levels in the industry because many sellers find it hard to take losses now when before they would).

But if you follow the recommendations above for now, it will at least provide a short term solution while the dust settles.

The responsible ownership of swords is our birthright and an important continuation of centuries old traditions. Let's do our bit to keep it alive, not just for us, but for future generations. As a world without swords, is colorless, grey and oppressive - and we need to do all we can to preserve the hobby that we love.

I will keep you all posted of any further developments.
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The writer of 『拝啓 日本のギャングストーカー犯罪者の皆様』(Dear COINTELPRO Criminals) <集団ストーカーの死> (The Death of COINTELPRO Stalkers), and "Unprecedented Human Rights Violation" Discussion Room / Study Room. Also a co-editor of 「新しいタイプの人権侵害・暴力」(Unprecedented Human Rights Violation)

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