Japan

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Group.png Japan   Sourcewatch WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Capital cityTokyo
LocationEast Asia, Pacific Ocean
Typenation state
Interest ofGerald Curtis, Michael J. Green, Peggy Seagrave, Tim Shorrock, Ezra Vogel, Karel van Wolferen, Karel von Wolferen
Member ofG-20, Global Counter Terrorism Forum, International Energy Agency, OECD
SubpageJapan/Deep state
Japan/Deputy Prime Minister
Japan/Leader of the Opposition
Japan/Minister of Finance
A populous country in East Asia. People are traditionally extremely law abiding by European standards.

Japan is a group of islands off Asia. It is densely populated. After defeat in World War II, it was demilitarised and occupied by the US. In 2013, it was #7 in the world in terms of military expenditure[1] and has been aggressively re-militarising.

History

The US sent gunboats in 1853/4 to force Japan to open up to its business interests.

Hiroshima after the nuclear bombing

In 1945, Japan became the first nation to have nuclear weapons used against it, as the US dropped bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The OSS had plans to deliver in person a proposal for surrender that would not be as harsh as American propaganda would have people believe, which was calling for unconditional surrender at the time. ("that in fact the terms will be softer than most Japs believe.")[2] After WW2, the country was demilitarized.

Deep state

Full article: Stub class article Japan/Deep state

The Japanese deep state was rebooted in 1945. Since 2001, it has steadily remilitarized.

21st Century

After the events of 9/11, particularly under Shinzo Abe, Japan has been following the global "war on terror" program of increased mass surveillance, and increased penalties for exercising freedom of speech on topics not approved of by government.[3]

September 11, 2001

Hiroshi Hasegawa was a well-known Japanese journalist and "terror expert", who worked for NHK. He was circumspect about the US government's official narrative and encouraged his listeners not to uncritically accept the story of the 19 hijackers. He was found dead on 15 October 2001, a death which was only lightly reported at the time by NHK and other corporate media in Japan. Yukihisa Fujita of the Japan Democratic party on January 11th, 2008 made a 20 minute long statement at the House of Councillors, the upper house of the Diet (parliament) of Japan, where he questioned the official version of 9/11. He asked the current Prime Minister Fukuda, who was the Chief Cabinet Secretary under Koizumi cabinet in 2001: “How could terrorists attacked the Pentagon?”[4] - one of the safest airspaces on the planet.

Mass surveillance

Japan collects foreigners' fingerprints when they enter the country. In 2016, it announced plans to tie fingerprints to credit cards and passports, requiring foreigners to show them in hotels and when making other purchases.[5]

Military

Article 9

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution is a clause in the national Constitution of Japan outlawing war as a means to settle international disputes involving the state. The Constitution came into effect on May 3, 1947, following World War II. In its text, the state formally renounces the sovereign right of belligerency and aims at an international peace based on justice and order.

The article also states that, to accomplish these aims, armed forces with war potential will not be maintained. The Constitution was imposed by the United States in the post-World War II period.[6].

Despite that, Japan maintains the one of the world's top 10 armed forces, Japan Self-Defense Forces, a formally defensive army with strictly offensive weapons like ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons prohibited.

Re-militarization

Women stage a street protest ahead of a Cabinet decision authorizing national security bills, in Tokyo's Ginza district, on May 14, 2015.

In June 2014, Japan's ruling coalition adopted a resolution that — for the first time since World War II — would clear the way to the Japanese armed forces to defend the country’s allies in combat. Shinzo Abe justified this with refernce to the "increasingly severe" security situation, and insisted that this was a defensive measure and that "There is absolutely no chance that Japan becomes a nation that wages war."[7] In May 2015, activists across Japan, including a group of around 500 people in front of the Prime Minister's office protested what they called the destruction of the Constitution's war-renouncing Article 9, as the cabinet was discussing this legislation.[8]

Turnkey Nuclear Weapons Program

Japan has 45,000 kilograms of plutonium stored, one of the world's largest stockpiles, enough to create more than 5000 nuclear weapons. Officially it is there with intention of generating electricity. But given Japan’s technological and scientific expertise, the government could create nukes within a matter of months.[9]

Japan also does not have long-range missiles, but it does have space-launch capabilities. If the government choose, it could probably build and deploy longer-range missiles armed with nuclear weapons in a similar time period.

Control of intelligence agencies

In March 2015, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a plan to recreate Japan's intelligence agencies, using the UK's MI6 as a model. The Intelligence agencies were dismantled by the Allies after World War II. The rebuilding announcement follows territorial tensions with China and the be-headings of two Japanese hostages in the Middle East.

Resistance

Japanese culture traditionally emphasises obedience, hindering public protest. However, in May 2015, over 1000 people sued the Japanese government to halt involvement in TPP.[10] In 2017, thousands protested mass surveillance that Shinzo Abe said was needed to fight "terrorism" .[3]

Radioactive incidents

On 22 April 2015, a drone with traces of radiation was landed on top of Abe's office, carrying a camera and a small bottle with the radioactive symbol. Tests found it was carrying a small amount of radioactive caesium, reported. Abe was in Indonesia at the time, attending an Asian-African conference.[11]

On 24th April, radioactive contamination was discovered in a park in Tokyo.[12]

Fukushima Daiichi

Full article: Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

On 11 March 2011, a tsunami hit an already damaged nuclear power station at Ōkuma in Fukushima, Japan. The Guardian observed that the estimated time until the plant could be made safe would be 30 or 40 years.

 

An event carried out

EventDescription
Mukden IncidentA particularly feeble excuse of a false flag used by the Japanese to try to justify their 1931 invasion of Manchuria

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
George Carlin“Now, if you think you do have rights, I have one last assignment for ya. Next time you're at the computer get on the Internet, go to Wikipedia. When you get to Wikipedia, in the search field for Wikipedia, type in "Japanese-Americans 1942" and you'll find out all about your precious fucking rights.”George Carlin
Donald Trump“We owe China $1.3 trillion. We owe Japan more than that. So they come in, they take our jobs, they take our money, and then they loan us back the money, and we pay them in interest, and then the dollar goes up so their deal's even better. How stupid are our leaders? How stupid are these politicians to allow this to happen? How stupid are they?”Donald TrumpJune 2015

 

Ambassadors to Japan

Nation stateStartDescription
Ambassador to Japan
Canada/Ambassador to Japan1929
China/Ambassador to Japan
Sweden/Ambassador to Japan
Turkey/Ambassador to Japan
UK/Ambassador to Japan1905
US/Ambassador to Japan5 November 1859

 

Event

Event
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

 

Groups Headquartered Here

A Group Headquartered HereDescription
Capital Partners Securities
International Christian UniversityJapanese Bilingual university founded during the US occupation.
Japan/Deep stateThe Japanese deep state was reportedly rebooted by the US deep state after the Japanese defeat in WW2.
Komatsu
Meiji UniversityThe school of political science and economics has sent many famous alumni to the Japanese political world
Nagasaki UniversityHome to East Asia Research Institute of Endemics before WW2 (now Tropical Medicine)
University of Tsukuba

 

Job here

EventJobAppointedEnd
Matt Hijs Van BonzelHead of Economic Department20052008

 

Citizens of Japan on Wikispooks

TitleBornDiedDescription
Toyoo Gyohten1931
Hiroshi Hasegawa15 October 2001An "exceptionally erudite" TV commentator who publicly urged caution about the claim that 9/11 was a Muslim led operation. His sudden death the next month was little reported by corporate media.
Yasuchika Hasegawa19 June 1946Pharma executive and leader of Trilateral Commission
Yukio Hatoyama11 February 1947
Nobusuke Kishi13 November 18967 August 1987
Mitsuhiro Shimada2 February 1979Spooky Japanese businessman. Officially, a suicide.
Yoichi ShimatsuHong Kong-based freelance journalist
Yoshihide Suga6 December 1948
Akihiko Tanaka7 August 1954
Nobuo Tanaka3 March 1950Executive Director of the International Energy Agency

 

Event Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
Bandung Conference19551955IndonesiaImportant conference for the global south; participants soon became prime targets for US foreign policy

 

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Japan as an American Client Statearticle28 September 2014Karel van WolferenHow the US secured "Regime-Change" in response to the September 2009 DPJ upset to post WWII Japanese subservience.
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