Japan

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Type nation state
Location Asia, Pacific Ocean
Interest of Gerald L. Curtis, Karel van Wolferen
Member of Global Counter Terrorism Forum, OECD
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. In 2013, it was #7 in the world in terms of military expenditure.[1]

History

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. After WW2, the country was demilitarized.

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.

21st Century developments

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.[2]

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.[3]

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 reernce 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."[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] In 2017, thousands protested mass surveillance that Shinzo Abe said was needed to fight "terrorism" .[2]

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.[7]

On 24th April, radioactive contamination was discovered in a park in Tokyo.[8]

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

EventDate
Mukden Incident18 September 1931
 

An Office Holder on Wikispooks

NameFromTo
Tomoyuki Yamashita26 September 19442 September 1945
 

Event

EventDate
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster11 March 2011
 

Groups

GroupDate
Capital Partners Securities2003 - Present
Komatsu
 

Citizens of Japan on Wikispooks

TitleBornDiedDescription
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.
Nobusuke Kishi13 November 18967 August 1987
 

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
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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