Communist China's Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Zhang Junsai, has raised some sobering points about the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and this one, coming as it does in the form of articulate and informed criticism of the culture and attitude of postwar Japan and its various governments, and in the context of growing Chinese-Japanese tension over disputed islands, and in the context of rising Japanese defense expenditures and quiet, but definite, rearmament, should give one pause:

Abe’s militarism defies history

China, like Russia, suffered horribly during World War Two at the hands of Axis aggression, and one need only invoke the phrase "The Rape of Nanking" to recall just how horrific it was. In that context, Mr. Junsai's remarks in these two paragraphs should give one pause:

"This is not alarmism. After the Second World War, Japan accepted the verdict of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, also known as the Tokyo Trials, and enacted a pacifist constitution that renounces war as a sovereign right. But since taking office a year ago, Mr. Abe has taken a series of calculated moves to deny the war’s outcome and challenge the postwar international order in the name of building a “normal country.”

"These moves include questioning the legitimacy of the Tokyo Trials, claiming that the “definition of aggression” has yet to be established, strengthening Japan’s military and loosening self-imposed bans on weapons exports. Mr. Abe has even advocated revising the postwar constitution to allow Japan to regain the right to wage war and officially maintain a standing army.

"By choosing to visit the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on the first anniversary of his inauguration, Mr. Abe displayed the depth of this determination to implement this extremist agenda. He is steering his country in a very dangerous direction – Japan’s neighbours and the rest of the international community have every reason to show their concern."

Mr. Junsai is right and justified, both as a Chinese citizen, as an ambassador to a wartime ally, and, apparently, as a moral man to raise such concerns.

But, respectfully, I would suggest that Mr. Abe's Japan is in an extremely difficult position, and under severe internal and external pressure to embark on this course. China is under no direct or immediate threat from Japan, but the latter is from China's erstwhile ally, North Korea, which has done its fair share to destabilize the region with its nuclear and conventional swords.  In a world were American power is waning, no self-respecting Japanese government  can afford to miscalculate by over-reliance on the American umbrella. We'll return to this point presently. For this factor constitutes but one aspect of the external pressure.

There is an internal pressure, and it is directly related to the other external one. I have suggested in blogs that appeared on this site in the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima disaster and tragedy, that the disaster may have been deliberate. After all, the then-Japanese government had formally and politely requested the USA remove its Okinawa base, and there was quiet talk of formal visits of the Japanese head of state to China, in an effort to begin healing old wounds. That was abruptly halted by words from the USA secretary of Defense at the time, Robert Gates, in words to Japan - a US ally - that can be considered to be little more than a direct threat to that nation, words that can have had little other effect in that country other than to remind its elite that it is but a satrapy of the American Empire.

In the wake of the decline of American power and its "pivot to the Pacific," and in the wake of recent revelations by China of its plan to nuke selected American cities in the event of conflict, Japanese rearmament may also be something that has been quietly forced upon Tokyo, as well as something that emerges from its own independent strategic calculations.

Howsoever one parses Tokyo's recent moves, Japanese rearmament was probably inevitable. What amazes is rather how long it took. After all, Germany has been rearmed (and a major exporter of sophisticated armaments), since 1955, and builds submarine launched ICBMs for France, and no one seems to be complaining. Nonetheless, Mr. Junsai's concerns are legitimate, and the story bears careful watching.

See you on the flip side.


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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Robert Barricklow on January 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Of the many scenarios being bantered around, the one that frosts me, is the one where “they” are trying to get ALL the governments on the same page(knowingly, or unknowingly)

  2. marcos toledo on January 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

    On RT days ago there was a story about the Japanese right wingers referring to their Asian continent ancestors the Koreans as cock roach’s. The people of East Asia have a lot to fear from a Japan talking and rearming and returning to pre war mindset. Japan turn to the dark side when it joined the Western Imperialist in raping Asia in more ways than one.

    • Don B on January 22, 2014 at 11:12 am


      I lived and operated in East and South Asia in the early 60s and there was no love lost between either country. A large portion of both societies hated those of the opposite society. Even north Koreans had no love lost for the Japanese people. China may have something to say about the situation before long(not that I am an Chinafile by all means).


  3. Frankie Calcutta on January 22, 2014 at 10:15 am

    We are at least one generation, if not two, of Japanese kids raised on violent video games and anime. These poor stifled kids are chomping on the bit and need some outlet for these violent tendencies society has conditioned them with. And all the japanese girls with their crazy exhibitionist fetishes are only making things worse as male sexual frustration is added to the explosive mix. These boys are ready to erupt like one of Japan’s numerous volcanoes. Not to mention, one of the symptoms of radiation poisoning is irritability. Maybe that explains some of Japan’s recent aggressive posturing.

    This may sound far fetched, but what if the US had the Japanese blackmailed with some technology that that sucks up or eats the Fukishma radiation? If the Japanese don’t do the anglosphere’s bidding, the machine gets turned off and the Japanese are enveloped in a cloud of toxic gas.

    If I were the Japanese, I would make a secret deal with the Chinese and Koreans to lure the US naval fleet into the Sea of Japan under the pretenses of a conflict between the four countries– China and North Korea versus Japan and South Korea. Once the US fleet arrived to uphold treaty obligations and was well and vulnerably placed, the four countries could attempt to pulverize the fleet. And before the US has a chance to retaliate with air power and nukes, the new Asian alliance could make it known to the US government that the Canary Islands fault line has been booby trapped and a massive tsunami is in store for the US’s eastern seaboard if the US resorts to attacking Asian civilian population centers.

    Of course, as an American, I would like to see the US naval fleet come out on top, no matter how wicked our empire may be, and all the Asians ships sent to the bottom of the sea. Mostly because if I wrote otherwise, I might end up like Ezra Pound. Human beings are always looking for a fight so what better way to let off some steam than a naval battle which shouldn’t put civilians in harms way. Americans could finally get a chance to see what those leftover tax dollars, the ones not skimmed off by the breakaways, paid for. And for those idly bored like myself, who no longer enjoy watching professional sports and reality shows, a ferocious sea battle would definitely grab our attention and get us back in front of the tv. My preference would be that human conflicts be settled in outer space (televised on pay-per-view of course). But until then, out at sea will have to do… that is until we remove these pig genes from our DNA that make us act, well, like pigs.

    • jedi on January 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      until then Frankie, you can head on out in scuba gear too Truk Island where most of the Jap fleet was sunk during pig war 2….lots of great sponge bobs in the area as well….personally I like Japanese people. A recent trend of the Japanese cannon fodder has been to become grass eaters and reject the trappings of materialism…..a idiosyncrasy of this group is rejecting the idea of any type of relationships….so that would, or could be a big oink oink for the global walking abortion crowd.

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