BY THE WAY, IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, JAPAN MAY CHANGE ITS CONSTITUTION

The American satirist,  Tom Lehrer, was always quick to point out the goofiness of post-World War Two America's domestic and foreign policy, with such musical classics as Wernher von Braun and The MLF Lullaby(for those who can remember, the MLF or "multi-lateral-force" was a scheme of Mad Henry Kissinger[surely a relative of Crazy Ludwig Wittelsbach II] to give nuclear weapons to Germany[which probably really didn't need them anyway, but that's another story]):

Well, all satire and chuckles aside, one wonders what Lehrer would have done with this story, yet another indicator of "successful" postwar social engineering of a former enemy-now-ally:

Japan’s constitutional changes could echo through Asia

Now, I strongly suspect that this is geopolitical reality coming home to roost. Let's consider the American perspective for a moment. As other commentators have noted, America's long term geopolitical and military p0sture is being altered to cope with the growing reality of Chinese economic, political, and military power in the Pacific. The trouble is, America's economy and military is already overstretched.  We need powerful allies in the region, which leaves (gulp) India, and (gulp), Japan. So, from the American point of view, a more muscular Japanese military, one commensurate with its economic power, would be in order. Except as I indicated in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, it appeared that the then Japanese government was trying to mend fences with China, and was making definite noises to the USA that a scaled back American military presence was in order. Then came then US Defense Secretary Robert Gates' threat (and it was little more than that), and then the earthquake and tsunami... and the return of the "pro-America" Liberal Democrats into power in Japan.

... but it may not be the same picture any more. In a world increasingly restive about western financial institutions and the whole western financial system, increasingly wary of American unilateralism and willingness to sponsor all manner of covert activity, and even more wary of western and American intentions, the Japanese have a hard choice: can they really rely, in the long term, on American willingness to defend Japan? or for that matter, even to deal with North Korea? And in the face of growing Chinese economic and military power?

I rather suspect that the answers to those questions, at least for many Japanese, is no, though they would be far too polite ever to voice such concerns too loudly or publicly. This development is one to watch closely folks. If indeed Japan is being pushed into these steps by quiet behind-the-scenes American pressure, then it is a game we've seen before: British admirals to train Japanese ones, British technology to build Japanese battleships, German generals to train the Imperial Army... Krupp, Vickers, Mitsubishi, Port Arthur, Tsushima....  The real goal here, in other words, is an alteration to Article 9, and an open increase of Japanese military power.

Watch these developments, and the Russian, Chinese, Indonesian responses, carefully.

See you on the flip side.

22 thoughts on “BY THE WAY, IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, JAPAN MAY CHANGE ITS CONSTITUTION”

  1. first sentence of linked article should give us pause for thought: “Possible changes to Japan’s constitution may restrict some rights and expand its military”-

    now maybe I’m thinking with a tin foil hat on but wasn’t the Meiji Restoration/Resolution (if read read sources are correct and they always stand to correction) bank-rolled by the Anglosphere in order to industrialize/weaponize Japan as the best logistical solution (large population/Samurai mentality) to eventually take on China (which they did in the 1930’s- went for the gold?- most probably) because (if my read sources are valid) by ca. the yr. 1850 China had amassed ca. 85% of the world’s known gold reserves- and if I recall correctly Catherine Austin Fitts (really cool lady!) once stated that around 1850 the British Empire was practically bankrupt due to China-

    so are we seeing the seeds of history being replanted? (see above under concept of “tin foil hat”)- I hope to God not- any thoughts on this anyone?- if so would interest me greatly-

    stay well all- regards-

    Larry

    1. Interesting point (could you give the source on Meiji backing? – Thanks) – though attributing the “powers that shouldn’t be” with such long-range foresight seems to be stretching the point,

      1. Hi Dana-

        me bad!- I just read/listen to sources but don’t jot the links on paper-

        ” though attributing the “powers that shouldn’t be” with such long-range foresight seems to be stretching the point”- I disagree, Dana- these people are just so evil and seem to have an unknown source (or not) behind their mind-set it just boggles the sane mind- in any case these people seem to be extremely patient; translating from German: “patience is rewarded with roses”- enough for now- take care-

        Larry in Germany

      2. G’day Dana,

        “The Yamato Dynasty” by Peggy and Sterling Seagrave goes into this quite a bit. A very interesting read.

  2. Robert Barricklow

    Anyone looking at the news coming out of the U.S., will see NATO’s “Strategy of Tension”, coming home to roost, as the Empire Feeds off the Republic(whatevers left of it).

  3. Here in Australia there is no love lost on the Japanese following their atrocities during WW2. The Burma Railway, the bombing of Darwin and the mini-sub attack in Sydney.

    There are still plenty of WW2 vets who still refuse to buy Japanese cars. The idea of increasing the military power “numbers” of the Japanese armed forces, is being played out by the Japanese government, AND NOT THE PEOPLE.
    Just where have we heard this before, and yes, you can just imagine the US guberment cronies with their hands up the backs of the subservient members of the Japanese parliament.

    Knowing that members of all governments REMEMBER the horrific killing machine that was WW2, it is inconceivable that they want to do it all over again.
    This US military machine is totally out of control, and they are talking us down a path of destruction. It is little wonder that the Americans are the most hated people on the planet, and if the American people can’t see it, then I’m afraid this beautiful blue planet of ours is doomed.

    The geopolitical moves taking place is getting very more dangerous by the day, and some day down the track, we will all pay a heavy penalty for our politicians woes.

  4. marcos toledo

    The stupid Anglo-Norman Americans are at it again they never learn from their mistakes The Japanese have not fogotten how they were used as lab rats at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Chinia it;s Opium Wars and the over sixty mess in Korea. The West think they can continue their War Circus forever the idiots.

  5. Frankie Calcutta

    In case you haven’t heard this news:

    “China’s top newspaper on Wednesday published a call for a review of Japan’s sovereignty over the island of Okinawa — home to major US bases — with the Asian powers already embroiled in a territorial row.
    The lengthy article in the People’s Daily, China’s most-circulated newspaper and the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist party, argued that the country may have rights to the Ryukyu chain, which includes Okinawa.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/china-okinawa-too-2013-5

    And in response to Tom Lehrer, and all those who like to dwell on those negative traits of the German people, I think we need to remember that there is another side to the German people as well, best exemplified in this short video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0zHU5mwswQ

    I wouldn’t mind living in a world run by these kind of Germans.

    1. No argument there Frankie. I grew up surrounded by Germans in South Dakota and they are some of the nicest (and tidiest) people I’ve ever met. Being part German myself, no offense was intended. I think Lehrer’s real point was not so much about Germans, but about the nutty people running this country.

      1. Frankie Calcutta

        Sorry Dr. Farrell. I never thought for a second you had an anti-German bias. In fact I attribute you to helping me overcome some of my own biases and understand that we are dealing with a criminal mindset that is not specific to certain ethnicities and tribes.

    2. strangely enough, Frankie, this video is (here in Germany) “not available in your country” due to a violation of GEMA- how sad- you’d think Germans would grasp at the chance as finally being portrayed as decent, loving people- and most are- I consider my German friends to be the salt of the earth-

      just as an aside for anyone reading my commentary: I consider Tom Lehrer to be one of the most underestimated satirists ever; most may already familiar with his brilliant “Vatican Rag” (initially brought him the most attention) but I think most are probably unfamiliar with his song “Generosity”- check it out- it’s a wicked stitch! 🙂

      Larry in Germany

  6. Robert Barricklow

    The influence of capitalism over democracy is a given in empire. The influence of Israel is a given. The hidden agenda, and unseen hand moving all the aforementioned factors, is the “shadow government(s)”.
    Just a the US & Israel move in common circles, shadowing each other in foreign policy; there is a saying that covers both these nation-states(that quaint nomenclature, sheilding a transnational hegemony):

    To be an enemy of the U.S./Israel is dangerous;
    to be a friend is fatal.

    1. Report from Occupied Territory … Israel has successfully invaded Texas. Gov. Perry, recipient of the Defender of Jerusalem award, supports Zionist Israel in all of its illegal hostilities. He has lit the menorah, danced the hora, and sung with the rabbis in his office at the state capitol. [youtube ‘Gov Perry Dancing with Orthodox Jews’ ] And now … the Texas State Legislature has passed resolutions pronouncing May 8th as official Texas-Israel Day, acknowledged that the state of Israel is the literal fulfillment of biblical prophecy, and praised ADL for exposing hatred and bigotry! … Beam me up Scotty!

      1. Robert Barricklow

        Yes Margaret, I’am with you and Scotty!
        I’am telling my stomach,
        “Easy stomach, …eeeaaasy.”
        Just like Ezra Pound said before WWII, “The danger is not that you will be invaded, it is that you have been invaded”(Federal Reserve/of course the internatinal banksters were here long before the Republic[so-called] was established).

        But who can live for long
        In an euphoric dream;
        Out of the mirror they star,
        Imperialism’s face
        And the international wrong.
        – W.H. Auden

        1. Gladly. Sending to your AOL address w/ subject TEXAS-ISRAEL DAY RESOLUTION +more.
          Perhaps you’ll share your impressions after looking it over …

          1. Margaret, would you share that link here please?
            I sent your information on to some friends in the US, one of whom lives in Texas. Thanks, Daphne

          2. And one of the comments after this says:

            “FauxCapitalist
            Good point. Dr. Stan said in an earlier episode that he thinks there were real injuries and deaths, but that actors may have been used in order to get people fighting over whether there were actors or not.

            That’s why I started off with this post, which focuses solely on the unjustifiable things they did after the explosions. http://fauxcapitalist.com/2013/04/21/how-you-were-misled-in-the-aftermath-of-the-boston-marathon-bombings/

            This is possibly true. Still not sure if anyone died or not, but I guess anything to get us to fight is something they like to do.

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