Japan Seeks Independence Through Subservience To
Evil US Ends
By Finian Cunningham
September 23, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "Global
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may enjoy a sense
of triumph in having succeeded to push through the country's new
military law. Both chambers of Tokyo's parliament have now cleared
the legislation expanding Japan's military power, despite widespread
public opposition and even scuffles among lawmakers.
For Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the historic
amendment to the constitution allowing for overseas' military
deployment, thus overturning the country's 70-year-old pacifist
commitments, no doubt, in their view, marks the emergence of a
"strong" Japan, asserting its "independence" in the modern world.
Ardent nationalists among Abe's party have been earnestly seeking to
rewrite the country's constitution, going back several years in
their efforts. They argue that Japan must have greater freedom to
use its military forces if the country is to claim equal standing
among modern powers. The postwar constitution forbidding any
overseas' deployment of Japanese troops was seen by the nationalists
as a demeaning constraint on Japan's modern-day esteem.
The nationalistic LDP perceives the pacifist constitution as an
insult to the country's independence, and a humiliating fetter
imposed by the victors of WWII. The constitution was largely written
by the US occupying-army administration following the defeat of
Imperial Japan in August 1945.
The bitter irony is, however, that the expansion of military power
sought by Abe and his government is not a mark of independence, as
they claim. Rather, in truth, it is a sign of Japan's deepening
subservience to the US. The new legislation is heavily conditioned
by US strategic interests, albeit in a modern context where Japanese
military is perceived now by Washington as bestowing an advantage.
The Abe administration claims that the new military options afforded
by the amended constitution will allow Japan to better protect its
people and its national interests.
The paradox is that the new military laws and posture pushed through
the Japanese parliament by Abe will lead to more insecurity for
Japan, and will increase the danger of future conflict.
This is because Japan's adapted military legislation is framed by
the geopolitical perspective of Washington. The deployment of
Japanese troops and other military assets is said to be mandated "in
defense of foreign allies." That means Washington.
In effect, Japan is placing its military forces as hostage to
Washington's capricious geopolitics. That is hardly a hallmark of
"independence" as Abe and his supporters so fervently claim.
The Japanese government supposes that the new military power is to
be strictly enforced with three criteria.
First, it will only be used if Japan or an ally (most probably the
US) is attacked or threatened. Second, the military option can only
be used if diplomacy has been exhausted. And third, any military
force used will be only at a minimum level.
Japan's expanded military power has to be interpreted in the context
of gross historical revisionism under Abe's LDP. The Japanese leader
and his ruling circle have repeatedly sought to absolve Japan from
its horrendous war legacy.
The denial of Japanese aggression against China, costing up to 30
million Chinese lives, or the denial of "sex slavery" of Chinese and
Korean women under Japanese colonial rule, are disturbing indicators
that the present leaders in Tokyo have rekindled a militaristic
Therefore, in the context of malleable criteria for deployment of
military force and under the sway of an increasing US belligerence
in the Asia-Pacific region, the Japanese security laws are cause for
Abe's repeated regurgitation of provocative US allegations against
China, from cyber theft to territorial expansionism, only further
emphasizes the cause for concern.
China's often-stated policy is one of friendly regional dialogues to
resolve disputes. Disputes should primarily be resolved by Asian
neighbors, acting autonomously, independently and free from outside
Japan's newfound militarism is regrettable and does not bode well
for regionally resolved peaceful relations, because Tokyo's agenda
is beset by atavistic nationalist sentiments, and more worryingly,
because it is subordinate to Washington's hegemonic geopolitics.
The people of Japan are right, and they deserve much credit, to be
indignant over Abe's pursuit of expanded military power. His claims
of patriotism and to be serving to defend Japan's interests are in
fact the inverse.
Abe is actually serving the US interests and in so doing he is
militating against the real interests of the Japanese people.
The author is a freelance journalist
writing on international affairs based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.