On Sunday, July 10th, Japanese citizens voted for the destruction of their country.
Currently, Japan is a nation crippled by failed policies implemented by feckless leaders determined to take the country over the edge and into the abyss. The outcome of this election, which overwhelmingly supports the status quo, gave the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), led by prime minister Shinzo Abe, a mandate to continue doing what hasn’t worked since Abe was elected PM for the second time in December 2012.
Worse, the LDP victory all but ensures that the Japanese constitution will be revised, transforming Japan from a pacifist nation into a proactive military force. This is certainly a shot in the arm (pun intended) to companies like Mitsubishi, Toshiba and Hitachi, who not only make the electronic gadgets and other consumer durables we know and love, but are also some of Japan’s largest weapons manufacturers.
To be clear, I wholeheartedly support Japan’s right to maintain a military force able to protect the country and its population. This is the right of all sovereign nations. In fact, Japan already has this capability: the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). As the name implies, the JSDF is tasked with the responsibility of defending Japan, and under the constitution as of this writing, is prohibited from engaging in wars of aggression.
Japan is also home to more than two dozen U.S. military bases, over 60,000 troops and all the hardware that goes along with such a massive presence, from nuclear-powered subs and aircraft carriers, to tanks, fighter jets and even nuclear weapons. This begs the question: why does Abe and the LDP seek to expand Japan’s military capabilities?
The short answer is: Because that is exactly what the United States wants.
After Japan lost the war in 1945, the U.S. military occupied the country until 1952 under the leadership of General Douglas MacArthur. But in reality, the U.S. has continued to occupy Japan for more than 70 years. Don’t believe it? Reread the above paragraph. Like Germany and so many other nations, Japan is a vassal of the American empire. The leaders of Japan take their orders from Washington D.C., not the Japanese people.
The Japanese constitution, enacted in 1947, was drawn up under the Allied occupation. MacArthur had two senior Army officers and other staff members draft the constitution. MacArthur himself played a substantial role in creating the document. Then Prime Minister Shidehara was the one who suggested the constitution include an article renouncing war.
That clause, known as Article 9, states “the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. To accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.”
When the overt occupation ended in 1952, Japan had no military capability, save a small domestic police force. Japan was utterly vanquished after WWII and faced threats from no nation. Nevertheless, the Korean War (1950-1953) led the U.S. to encourage Japan to create “National Safety Forces” ostensibly aimed at protecting the island nation, as occupation troops in Japan were being sent to fight in Korea. Without the “protection” of the U.S. troops, Japan was left open and vulnerable.
Thus a mere seven years after the constitution was enacted, the U.S. pressured Japan to violate Article 9.
The real reason the U.S. pushed for this change was so that Japan could support its war effort in Korea. It had little if anything to do with protecting the Japanese people. As always, the U.S. got its way, and the JSDF were created in 1954. Ever since, Japan has represented a strategic forward position for the U.S. to project its military presence in the region. The idea that the U.S. still occupies Japan for the purposes of “protection” is a ruse only believed by the ignorant.
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was created a year later in 1955, backed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who bankrolled the LDP’s establishment. The LDP, the CIA’s party of choice, has dominated Japanese politics almost exclusively ever since.
It is interesting to note that Abe’s grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, who was prime minister from 1957-1960, also wanted to get rid of Article 9. He believed that for Japan to become a “respectable member of the community of nations it would first have to revise its constitution and rearm. If Japan is alone in renouncing war, she will not be able to prevent others from invading her land. If, on the other hand, Japan could defend herself, there would be no further need of keeping United States garrison forces in Japan. Japan should be strong enough to defend herself.”
Flash forward to 2016 and the July 10th election. Having secured an LDP majority in the Upper House (combined with the existing LDP majority in the Lower House), Abe is almost certainly going to push through constitutional reforms and get rid of Article 9. This is virtually the only aspect of the Japanese constitution written by a Japanese person. The Japanese population has, for the most part, taken great pride in the fact that they have renounced war. Despite the outcome of these most recent elections, polls show a majority of the Japanese population are opposed to scrapping Article 9. How do you say cognitive dissonance in Japanese?
With the JSDF and the U.S. military presence in Japan, what need is there for offensive military capabilities? Who benefits? If the protests are any indication, the Japanese people clearly do not see this as a positive move.
Again, I have no problem with Japan being able to defend itself, and if it is going to enhance its military capabilities, there would seem to be little reason for the U.S. to maintain such a large presence in Japan. If Article 9 is out, then the U.S. military should also get out of Japan.
Abe is fulfilling his grandfather’s dream, but only sort of. Article 9 will go, but the U.S. will stay. If the CIA backed the rise of the LDP, there is a strong possibility it has been manipulating politics in Japan up to the present day. The U.S. created the Japanese constitution and the political party that has run the government almost exclusively since 1955. Changing the constitution will enable Japan to participate in U.S. offensive military operations, which may soon involve “preemptive” strikes against Russia and China. These two countries loom like slumbering giants just off Japan’s shores, with the potential of utterly annihilating the tiny island nation. In the event of a hot war, even a pacifist Japan would be caught in the middle, as there are so many U.S. military bases and personnel here ripe for the bombing.
Eliminating Article 9 will primarily benefit the United States. This is why the U.S. puppets in the LDP have been trying to get rid of it for 60 years. As already mentioned, the Japanese dealers of death (Mitsubishi, et al) also stand to make substantial profits from weapons sales. War is great for the economy, after all. The next step will likely involve a required “term of service” for all Japanese citizens, as is the law in countries like South Korea and Israel. Judging by the feminized and frail Japanese men of modern Japan, many of whom are more interested in anime women than the real thing, I can’t imagine how this can go in Japan’s favor.
Abe’s slogan for the recent election is literally translated as “moving forward forcefully on this path” (この道を、力強く、前へ). In addition to the constitutional revisions, this also refers to what has been termed “Abenomics” or the economic policies aimed at reviving the Japanese economy. These consist of “three arrows,” namely: fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural reforms. Launched in December 2012, Abenomics has been a tremendous failure. If it weren’t for the false signaling of a shamefully manipulated stock market, Japan would have nothing to show for Abenomics, save a significant increase in domestic debt.
So essentially, Abe asked the Japanese people to vote LDP and stay on the present path, which clearly leads right off a cliff. And like dutiful lemmings, the Japanese electorate gave Abe the mandate he needed to hammer the next (last?) nail in Japan’s coffin.
Japan has two economies: the export economy and the domestic economy. Furthermore, Japan has virtually no natural or energy resources, thus it must import just about everything. The government has always placed a priority on exports, and provides all kinds of tax breaks, subsidies and protections to Japanese exporters. The people, on the other hand, get higher taxes and cost of living, while wages and pensions continue to shrink.
Ironically, Most of those futuristic and innovative technologies created by corporate Japan never seem to find their way into the homes of the average Japanese. Instead, they are sold overseas and the money earned is converted into yen back home. For this reason, the Japanese government and the Bank of Japan have been hell bent on weakening the yen. This is great for corporate bottom lines, but not so good for the average Japanese family, as the weaker yen causes their cost of living to rise. As corporations appear to be achieving the “sustainable growth” they are always banging on about, the employees of those corporation are struggling as their paychecks cover fewer and fewer of their basic expenses.
Alternatively, when the yen is strong, the Japanese people benefit, but corporations languish, resulting in a classic catch-22 situation.
Despite implementing negative interest rates and endless quantitative easing, the yen has strengthened substantially. The Bank of Japan is practically the only buyer of Japanese government bonds (a.k.a. monetizing debt) and now it appears the Bank of Japan is out of ammunition. The Government Pension Investment Fund is buying the Nikkei, despite losses amounting to $100 billion in the past two years.
Furthermore, Abenomics has failed in part because corporations have not held up their end of the deal and increased wages (the “structural reform” arrow), which is an indicator that corporate Japan is also barely treading water and sees no opportunities on the horizon. All their purported growth is actually nothing more than fraudulent financial accounting, government-gifted tax deferments and loads of steaming bullshit.
It should be obvious by now that “staying the course” is the last thing Japan should be doing. Giving the LDP this mandate will likely result in changes to the constitution, which will allow the JSDF to morph into a full-blown military force. This force will deploy alongside U.S. troops in their global wars of aggression, provoking the ire of nuclear powers China and Russia, not to mention attracting Islamic terrorists to the home islands. This will not go well for Japan.
This mandate also extends to Abenomics, which is poised to decimate the Japanese middle class, vaporize savings and imperil the golden years of pensioners, the majority of whom probably foolishly voted for their own demise without even realizing it. Furthermore, the LDP victory all but ensures the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Japan, which in addition to the loss of national sovereignty, will eviscerate the Japanese agricultural industry.
This election points to a deeper problem in Japan: an utter lack of responsible, accountable leadership. Combine this with a pathological resistance to change, an aversion to questioning authority and an inexplicably naïve faith in experts (politicians, economists, professors, scientists and other technocrats), and you have a recipe for unmitigated disaster.