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The return of Japanese militarism in Asia Pacific is likely imminent
Author : Hendrajit, Executive Director of Global Future Institute

There has been a surprising development in the last few months. Issui-kai, or the "Wednesday Society" formed in 1970s by fans of novelist Yukio Mishima, has recently held a momentous meeting attended by European and Asian right-wing leaders. It is considerably a clear sign that the emergence of facism and militarism is already imminent. And Japan will likely emerge as a key actor driving the re-emergence of fascism as that during the World War II. Is it true that this trend is part of restrengthening the US-Japan defense alliance in the Asia Pacific region for now and later?

Ahead of the commemoration of the Japan's capitulation during World War II in Asia Pacific on September 2, 1945, the Japanese government and various strategic elements have apparently started undertaking maneuvers aimed at rehabilitating its bad reputation as a fascist government during the World War II era, especially against the nations in the Asia Pacific region for directly experiencing various atrocities of the Japanese colonial government like Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, South Korea and China.

On Sunday, August 15, Japenese Prime Minister explicitly expressed regret for the suffering caused by the atrocities of the Japanese fascist militarism government during World War II. "The suffering" used by the prime minister clearly indicated the Japanese reluctance to admit and openly apologize to the Asia Pacific nations which were directly experiencing the atrocities of the Japanese fascist colonial government like the force laborer system (Romusha), and policies of forcing women in the Japanese colonial countries to become sex workers, or popularly known as Comfort Women (Jugun Ianfu).

In a meeting of European right-wing leaders facilitated by Issui-kai or "the Wednesday Society" which is also well-known as ultra-right fascism, the leader of the movement, Mitsuhiro Kimura, openly doubted the assassination by the Japanese military against the civilians in China and the rape of Nanking in 1937 (known as The Rape of Nanking) which was estimated amounting to hundreds of thousands of casualties, and also denied the application of the policy of sexual enslavement of "woman as a slave to passion" for Japanese soldiers.

Even, the leader of the French right-wing National Front of Jean-Marie Le Pen, also chimed in to support and justify the actions of the fascist government of Japan in the Second World War. In fact, in France instead of the Second World War allied with the British and American alliance against fascism German-Italian-Japanese. In a statement, Le Pen said, "If we talk about war criminals, not those who bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki was also a war criminal," he asked, referring to the United States who have dropped atomic bombs on two cities on 6 and August 9, 1945, which speed Japan's surrender to Allied forces.

The strong indications of the re-emergence of Japanese militarism

Is is really true that Japan is trying to revive its militarism like in the era of the World War II? Let us search back some strong indications of the efforts of Japanese government and some right-wing elements to return its triumpth in military like in the World War II period.

Some mass media publications on July 28, 2010, reported that a panel of experts has recommended to the Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan in order to review the policy pasifisnya Japan. And urged Japan to mobilize more troops to the coastal areas which are now often impassable Chinese navy. Not only that. Panel experts also urged the Japanese Defense Japanese government to loosen policies on the transfer of nuclear weapons in the territory of his country.

This is of course quite serious because the recommendation clearly indicates that efforts to revive Japanese militarism has been the standard-making process and Japanese defense policy formulation and overall fundamentals. So not just a handful of discourse or the desire of former politicians or military officers ultra-right wing Japanese. However, indications of the revival of Japanese military had to be seen in the revised policy framework for the overall Japanese defense policy.

And a panel of experts is even coming to an agreement that Japanese defense guidelines in the era of the Cold War had expired alias obsolete. In the opinion of the expert panel, to face the increasing threat from the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan Straits, Japan was time besiap and alert to face any possibility that might happen. This recommendation could be interpreted as pressure to amend Japan's defense posture was defensive and tend to be pacifist, became an aggressive defense posture, and if necessary, re-expansive as in the Second World War period.

US Oks the re-emergence of Japanese militarism

The existence of a fairly radical shift in outlook that can be read as a trend toward revival of Japanese military power in Asia Pacific, it seems impossible without the support of secretly from the United States, the Japan's main ally in the post World War II.

Since the World War II ended, Japan had practically been an ally of the United States and Pacific countries. Because Japan's Constitution forbids the armed forces in its territory, the United States relies on practical Japanese for defense and nuclear base. No wonder if till now there have been some 47 thousand U.S. troops in Japan.

From here, it is fair if we are cuspicious that the presence of red Kea trend reinforcement of Japanese armed forces quietly support from America. In other words, there is a new threat patterns in the Asia Pacific region, especially with the strengthening power of the Chinese armed forces in the Asia Pacific region in recent years, the U.S. currently has in fact become the key driver to turn back the Japanese armed forces maximally, including permission possession of weapons nukir fully in control of the Japanese armed forces.

During this time, since the end of World War II, Japan implemented a policy prohibiting the manufacture and possession of nuclear weapons in the country. But a panel of experts recommended, again again again urged that Japan be allowed to transfer nuclear weapons through its territory. And is associated with the American-Japanese military alliance since the post-World War II, this sort of thing actually been going on secretly.

Under the strategic agreement, Tokyo, Washington, agreed that U.S. ships carrying nuclear weapons, allowed into Japanese ports. Again, this indicates that the existence of the recommendations the panel of experts to revise Japan's defense policy, in truth only to legalize the American-Japanese alliance which has lasted all these years.

Some other indications that suggest the existence of U.S. support to the idea of Japanese defense policy revision, can be listened through the pretext of a panel of experts submitted. 'Japan should be able to conduct military actions to protect Americans without violating the constitution. From the standpoint of strengthening the Japan-US alliance, there must be political will to allow Japanese troops attacking missiles directed at the United States, "as quoted from the documents cited by the panel as a leading Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun.

From these statements it is clear, indeed true that America is behind the maneuvers of Japan to revive Japan's military strength at an optimal scale, aggressive and expansive. The existence of a growing military threat from North Korea's real and particularly the rise of Chinese naval power, seems to encourage Americans to fuel the revision of Japan's defense policy more aggressive and expansive in the future.

Estimated increasingly evident in our panel of experts recommended that no more Japanese troops stationed in the territory, but shifted to more southern waters near the route of China's navy.

No doubt, this is strong proof that there is a movement to revise Japan's defense policy in the past few months which seems in line with the strategic agenda of the United States to stem the increasingly strong influence from China and North Korea in the Asia Pacific region.

Source :The Global Review
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