The Level Playing Field and Foreign Trade Solution

A gripping novel of foreign intrigue with a real foreign trade solution. A simple formula for our politicians to follow that will at least start negotiations on a Level Playing Field.

The Samurai are not dead, nor is the Emperor an impotent symbol. A secret army using weapons of finance and psychological control, as well as murder, explain Japan’s domination of foreign trade. Their motivation becomes apparent as Scott Maxwell discovers a hidden society, a shakai. Democratic elections uphold the Japanese facade as the shakai manipulates every move in business, foreign trade, the judiciary and the political system.

Tokyo’s secret agenda of deception is soon discovered, and the chase begins. One step away and getting closer, it’s a game where death becomes an acceptable option. Powerful and convincing, the new-ones being trained in the Emperor’s secret army drive the story until the Americans finally beat the Japanese at their own game.

Not only does America win, but we know why. So real you will want our trade negotiators to adopt “The Level Playing Field”.


America continues to make great advancements in the Sciences, Medicine and other technologies because we continue to build on yesterday’s knowledge, but the human factor in politics seems to have remained the same. The longer I live the more I realize that our politicians and trade negotiators are saying the same things to our children that we listened to in our day.  The words are different as times have changed, but our politicians continue to do the same things in the same way, at least as far as foreign trade is concerned.

Japan and China each come from different cultures with different attitudes and different motivators. When they talk about free trade, they talk from a different perspective. Free trade to us means free markets, which also requires free consumers. In America the consumer is king, and anything that ill serves the consumer harms free trade.

We talk about wanting to be on a level playing field, but we’ve never defined what that means. To negotiate anything; we first need to know where we are and if we don’t know where that is, how can we hope to get there? We must define that place right now; and first and foremost, it must be based on the consumer’s freedom.

That means we need to understand that the ability to pursue our goals with diversity of thought and interest, guarantees that most people will not grasp the full spectrum of economic realities that affect us. People come from different walks of life; artists, and engineers, housewives, and business people, all with competing backgrounds and interests; and this characterization includes our elected representatives, our politicians. We also know that most politicians are voted into office because the people believe in what he or she stands for. We can wish our politicians were all-knowing and more informed about such things as economics and trade, but until they are, we must set the standard of measurement for them. We must define the level playing field. Only then can we expect him or her to negotiate around it.

We also need to remember that our politicians often change every four years or so in the United States, or some other timetable in other democratic countries. Things and ideas change with time, and it’s critical when two countries begin to negotiate that they know where they currently stand in the big picture.

I have gone on for too long …so enjoy the novel and come back to give it a review.  We also hope to have more issues on our website on your return that will help …The Level Playing Field.

John Kingston