Japanese Media Doesn’t Want You To Say!
Japan is Part of the Neo-Colonialist Clique
By Andre Vltchek
- Write that ‘Japan is part of the neo-colonialist
clique’, and you will never again be invited to
participate in any public debate conducted by
Japanese mass media outlets.
And that is
exactly what I wrote several months ago, after being
approached by an important publication based in
documentary film about the US bases on Okinawan
territory was broadcasted by the South American
television network TeleSUR in both Spanish and
English, there seemed to be at least some appetite
to bring my opinions on the subject to the Japanese
public. At one point I was asked to write a 1,200
words essay, placing Japan in the world context,
whilst also addressing the grievances of Okinawa.
exactly that. And even as I was writing, I knew that
the piece would never get used here, because
Japanese publications and television stations (in
the past I worked for several major media outlets
here) are thoroughly servile to Western interests.
They are cowardly and toothless. But I wrote anyway
for Okinawan people and to see exactly how my essay
would be “killed”.
arrived several months later. There were three major
‘issues’ that the editor was concerned about.
Firstly, the people of Okinawa would surely not like
to be considered “victims, on par with North
Koreans”. Second, “was I really sure that the
Japanese car manufacturers have been corrupting the
Indonesian government, paying it not to build public
transportation networks, so that cities could be
literally flooded with cars and scooters”. Lastly,
my piece was a few words over the acceptable length.
versed in Japanese culture, I knew exactly what I
was expected to do.
exactly the opposite. I insulted the editor,
withdrew the piece, and submitted it to NEO. And
here it is, below:
would bother watching the 9-hours long masterpiece
of Masaki Kobayashi “The Human Condition”, he or she
would have no illusions left about the Japanese
position in the world.
Korea and other Asian nations were occupied and
plundered, people massacred, tortured, experimented
on, and raped.
thing “in defense” of Japan that could be said is
that, unlike its Western allies, it experienced
colonialist amok for a relatively short time,
compared to the centuries and millennia-long
barbarism and horror with which Europe has been
brutalizing the entire Planet.
always impressed by Germany. It was inspired by
Western medicine, arts and technology. Japan’s
“elites” have also been deeply influenced by German
perceptions of superiority and exceptionalism.
Germany was committing its first holocausts, those
in its colonies of Southwest Africa, Japan was
closely watching. In what is now Namibia, the German
army exterminated close to 90% percent of the Herero
tribes’ people, as well as other minorities. German
doctors openly experimented on the local people.
Many were decapitated and their heads shipped to the
University of Freiburg and to several Berlin
hospitals, to prove that African people were
inferior. The same doctors later taught Dr. Mengele
and other butchers who were conducting experiments
on Jews, Roma and other “inferior races” during
World War II.
impressed by Germans more and more, was making its
own plans for Asia. Some time later it began
performing medical experiments on the Chinese
without saying, although it is hardly ever
pronounced in the West or in Japan itself, that
Japanese imperialist slaughters in Asia were
directly influenced and inspired by Western
colonialism and racism.
Japan is a
good student. It loves everything that comes from
abroad; or more precisely, from the West. In many
ways, it became almost identical to its master. So
much so that during the Apartheid era in South
Africa and its colonies, the Japanese people were
“elevated” to the status of “honorary whites”. They
were the only non-white people who were allowed to
attend functions exclusively reserved for the white
minority. They were welcomed to live in housing
reserved for the rulers. They were finally
fought the war alongside its fascist allies. It
committed crimes against humanity and after it lost,
it immediately succumbed to the victors who were,
like Germans, mainly white and of European descent.
Germans and Italians, it now looked up to the Brits,
French, Australians, but above all North Americans.
fascist industrial complex and the governance system
were almost fully preserved by the victorious
powers. The worst war criminals were allowed to once
again manage the system. The Tokyo Trials were just
Japan does, it does well and with legendary
precision. Its collaboration with the West during
the Korean War was complete, and the grateful
colonizers rewarded it. Unlike most of the other
colonies, plundered and humiliated, Japan was
elevated, allowed to become rich.
the country began building its capitalist industrial
might. There was absolutely no doubt where it had
been standing. It joined Western imperialism, first
as a junior partner, and later as an equal member of
the club; it has been doing all it can to be more
Western and more capitalist than its handlers, and
ideologically, more dogmatic and fundamentalist.
to frustrate the progressive Indonesian, President
Ahmed Sukarno, and the most influential Prime
Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir bin Mohamad (who held
the post between 1981 and 2003) who often begged
Japan to “return to Asia”.
not want to return anywhere. It has been cozy with
what it perceived as its membership of the “elite
club”. Just as it learned from the Europeans, it put
its self-interests well above morality, solidarity
pirouettes, Machiavellian manipulation of
information related to its past and present, became
almost identical to the information control and
propaganda practiced in the West.
terrorism suddenly had no boundaries. Just to
illustrate, the Japanese car industry is directly
corrupting the governments of Indonesia, demanding
that no public transportation is built in the fourth
most populous nation on Earth. As a result, hundreds
of millions of people are being paralyzed by traffic
jams, and dying from pollution-related illnesses.
The infrastructure on Java Island has almost totally
collapsed. But as long as people there are forced to
buy Japanese cars and scooters, Japan does not even
also turned itself into an “indoctrination post” for
the young and ambitious students from all corners of
Asia. Countless Japanese universities have been
offering “scholarships”, effectively brainwashing
and “neutralizing” talented men and women from poor
and potentially rebellious nations. Most of them are
taught “communications”, “education” and
“development”; or basically, how to say nothing and
how not to rebel about anything. They are being
patiently instructed on how not to stand up against
the Empire and savage capitalism, or more precisely,
how to behave exactly how Japan does. “Join the
elites, enjoy a good life and keep philosophy and
morals out of this!”
hosting some of the deadliest military bases on
earth – those on Okinawa Island.
filming there, for the South American television
network TeleSUR, I saw, first hand, Japanese
imperialism at work: the great Okinawan culture had
been restrained, social benefits provided in
exchange for obedience, and all ethical and
internationalist messages related to the bases were
Okinawans know, and many are horrified by what is
going on, but unable to change anything.
where World War III may start! This is where the
West is provoking both China (actually an old
historical ally of Okinawa) and North Korea (now
Okinawa’s fellow victim) from.
I was told by a Chinese diplomat: “If the West
attacks us, we will not, most likely, retaliate
against Washington or London. We will retaliate
against Japan, because its territory is where the
attack would come from”. Most likely but
paradoxically, the retaliation would be against the
islands of Okinawa that is actually “hosting” the
Okinawans understand the danger and, of course, they
are totally against the war. But Tokyo ignores their
demands to close down the bases. The current
administration is becoming increasingly bellicose,
anti-Chinese, anti-DPRK and embarrassingly
Minister likes to pose as a Japanese patriot. But
Shinzō Abe is actually a collaborator, not a
patriot. And it is not because he is a
“right-winger” (Mishima, no matter how controversial
his legacy is, was also a right-winger, but without
any doubt a true Japanese patriot). He does not
serve the interests of Japan, but those of the West,
of the Empire that defeated, bombed to the ground,
and occupied Japan some 70 years ago; the Empire
responsible for tens of millions of lost lives, all
changes in the law allowing the deployment of
Japanese troops from the “Self Defense Force”
abroad, is nothing new. Japan has already been
paying for several wars, producing military
technology for the Empire, provoking its neighbors;
it has been doing it for many years and decades.
during WWII, Japan is now once again a greatly
trusted and respected member of the Fascist
alliance. It is arming itself to the teeth, and it
is even considering changing its peaceful
constitution. The players have changed, but the
essence remains the same. It just feels like Japan
is harboring strong and spontaneous dispositions to
always be part of Western imperialist pacts.
all is done in the name of self-defense, and with
some lofty slogans like “freedom”, “democracy” and
“peace” being tossed around. Impulses behind the
deeds are much more sinister: racism towards all
fellow Asian nations, aggressive ‘exceptionalism’
(learned and adopted from Europe and North America),
as well as submissive servitude towards the West.
That is the world in which we are living. To
paraphrase the great Indian thinker Arundhati Roy –
“now black is called white and war is called peace”.
Or at least in the West and in Japan they are!
Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker
and investigative journalist. He covered wars and
conflicts in dozens of countries. His latest books
Lies Of The Empire”
Against Western Imperialism”.Discussion
with Noam Chomsky:
On Western Terrorism. Point
of No Return is
his critically acclaimed political novel. Oceania –
a book on Western imperialism in the South
Pacific. His provocative book about Indonesia: “Indonesia
– The Archipelago of Fear”.
Andre is making films for teleSUR and Press TV.
After living for many years in Latin America and
Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East
Asia and the Middle East. He can be reached through