IT’S OFFICIAL: JAPAN IS REARMING
As we've been watching US foreign policy spiral ever more dangerously into the unipolarist fantasies of Zbgnw Brzznsk's "grand chessboard," the result has been predictable: growing opposition and "pushback" from the other great powers, and, as American power thins itself out with ever more bases, covert operations, and "nation-building' and "regime change" wars, there has also been pushback of a very different sort. THat pushback has come, I suspect, in the form of the growing realization on the part of America's allies that the empire's days, over the long term, are numbered. Like it or not, they will have to step up to the plate themselves, and secure their own energy supplies, via more sane policies towards Russia, and via a larger military commitment on their own part.
We've been watching the story of Prime Mr. Shinzo Abe's rearmament plans very carefully, and now, in spite of widespread popular opposition to them in Japan, that nation's Diet has made it official, as these stories from some regular readers here attest:
Assertive Japan poised to abandon 70 years of pacifism
Japan approved sending its military abroad for the first time since World War II
The major reasons given publicly for Japanese rearmament and reinterpretation of its pacifist constitution, suggestively and symbolically reinforced in the second article with the picture of Japanese and Australian soldiers - fierce enemies in World War Two - training together, are given in the first article linked above:
Tokyo has faced growing international pressure to expand the role of its military to defend the interests of its key allies, including the United States. America is bound by treaty to defend Japan, an agreement that has been in place since 1960.
"Japan is like the 42-year-old kid still living in the basement of the United States," said longtime Asia strategist Keith Henry.
Henry's Tokyo-based consulting firm, Asia Strategy, provides governmental policy analysis. Henry likens the defense bills to Japan finally "growing up" and moving beyond vague concepts of peace and democracy that are no longer practical given today's rapidly changing geopolitical landscape.
Henry says Japan is assuming a more proactive role in regional security, in part to offset China's growing military might.
"Japan is moving out of the house of the U.S. that was essentially built after World War II," Henry said. "But there are risks involved in protecting one's national self interests."
The move, as both articles note, is clearly unpopular in Japan, for all the expected pacifist reasons. There is however, a subtle tone to some of this, perhaps, as the following statement from the first article suggests:
Opponents of the legislation say seven decades of Japanese postwar pacifism are simply being tossed away without proper public debate or discourse. They worry about the consequences of potentially sending troops into battle without actual combat experience.
This is, of course, a concern, but the reality is, the Japanese military (the Self-Defense Force), like all militaries, would simply not commit untrained soldiers to any combat zone.
So what is going on?
The most obvious reasons for Japanese re-armament have been to offset growing Chinese power, not to mention the North Korean nuclear threat which is, if one is realistic, a nuclear popgun compared to the potential nuclear or thermonuclear arsenal that Japan could create, and create very quickly. The Japanese people are, undoubtedly, fiercly opposed to nuclear weapons for obvious reasons, but nonetheless the potential is there. As the article also makes clear, Mr. Abe's govenment has pushed these changes at the behest of the USA, to take up a greater share of security in the Western Pacific, which is, we must note, a tacit admission that the USA, for all its naval and air power, would be hard pressed to contain China in full scale hostilities.
But there are other, less obvious, and more hidden geopolitical reasons for Mr. Abe and his advisors to embark on the course that they have, and that is what can only be described as a possible, very cold, and calculated, assessment of the long range situation and the respective roles of American, Chinese, Russian, and Japanese military and economic power in the region. I have argued that Russia's growing trade deals with China concerning the building of pipelines in Siberia, and the buildup of Siberian infrastructure with Chinese money, would inject an undue Chinese influence in a region of Russia that is both sparsely populated, and rich in resources. A very real possibility exists that the region could become de facto, if not de jure, a region of China, without some countervailing balance in the region. Enter Japan. It will be noted that in recent months Mr. Abe's and Mr. Putin's governments have quietly expanded their "talking points", All three nations know and remember well what can happen when power vacuums are created in the region. Thus, for Mr. Abe and his advisors, the rearmament could be, and I would argue, is as much about not just China, but China and Russia, as it is satisfying American demands and pressures to assume a greater role in America's "Pacific pivot" plans. And in the eventuality that the American Empire might suddenly collapse from the insanity of its own policies, the Japanese, without a strong military and navy, would be defenseless and unable to secure its energy needs. Is is this, and this alone, which is ultimate driving the Japanese elite's plans, from remarmament today, to building microwave powerplants in orbit and on the Moon(and thus vastly expaning Japanese space assets to support its expanded military). As Japanese military power grows, something else will happen, and we can predict its consequences: Japan;s governments will increasingly, and with increasing vociferousness, dissent from American policies. It will all be very politely phrased, coated in hard-to-decode euphemisms, but it will nonetheless, in the final analysis, be clear. And, like Germany has been quietly doing, Japan will press for a permanent seat, and veto, on the UN Security Council.
And that will in turn, embolden the mostly-cowardly European leaders break more openly, often, and vocally, with their American "partners."
In other words, and in spite of the surface reassurances from Mr. Abe's government that Japan is only seeking to aid its American partners, the world just became a lot less unipolar. The Japanese Diet just made it official.
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I find it rather amazing that Japan can plan to rearm and move forward after the destruction of Fukishima. Was it a a planned event rather like China, et. al. or did the Japanese screw up and reveal that they had been rearming with nuclear capabilities for a long time? Either way, if the US/CIA and Mossad nailed them or there was a massively destruction event that continues to poison Japan and the Northern hemisphere it still amazes me of their positioning and planning.
Zendog, very interesting observations and analogies.
Watch now as the English(and her colonies ) begin to lick the boots of the rising sun hoping to secure an edge when negotiating with China,quickly forgetting America and all the americans did for the britash in their finest hour,Korea,Vietnam,Iraq,Afganistan,Iraq and every other dog and pony show america was duped into fighting as proxy for the britash empire,securing her ass..ets in all the troubled regions of the world. As the american battleship begins to sink due to the lack of judicial and democratic maintenance which kept her afloat,watch all the rats desert her,moving their businesses oversea’s,cutting political ties with her foreign policies and cutting off her credit……..unless she fights that last conflict she is destined to lose,the trap,the final humiliation to put the sleeping giant once and for all where her mongrel heritage should place her. That old faithful mut that everyone loved but couldn’t let stand beside all the spoiled pedigree’s that took so long to breed and cultivate ,no mut could take the spotlight off of them for long ,,,,they turned ol’Yeller into a mean old junkyard dog.
Ironic day for us to come home and find this post.
We met some new friends at an alpaca farm today. First time I’ve met an alpaca. Unlike sheep, alpaca are not fearful. They are careful and well aware of their abilities to defend. Sheep on the other hand are flighty and primarily afraid. And hence more easily herded. Even though sheep are quicker, stronger and heavier they are wired so tight, their flight instinct can hurt them. They can be worried to death simply by a herding dog who pays too much attention to the herd. On the other hand a herding dog of any stature will find herding cats easier than herding alpaca. If the alpaca can’t easily ignore the dog, they will give the dog a reason to let them ignore him.
So we discussed the uselessness herd dogs with alpaca. Once informed of alpaca weapons and skills, we noticed a parallel with Japanese society. Japanese friends routinely chuckle at our (formerly) naive and indignant rants against our state-side tyrants. These friends are well aware of tyranny all over the planet, including their home. They don’t welcome it. They are several hundred years into George Carlin’s attitude.
They (alpaca and/or Japanese friends) recognize and deal with their own capabilities and the capabilities of those around them (especially their tyrants). It’s a generality. So it’s flawed. Our Japanese friends are probably wealthier and better educated than most of our state-side friends – it takes more resources to get here than to be born here. Just the same, these same Japanese friends were the first to acknowledge that I wasn’t crazy back in late 2001. Everyone else was too afraid to recognize that the U.S. had just been massively false flagged on network tv. This was before I’d learned of Gladio and the likes.
So our Japanese friends have historically been our calmest and most realistically optimistic friends. Thank you Joseph and all. Had not considered the stage of empire collapse nor the details of further resource extraction and new empires rising.
It is interesting that Joseph’s column brought up so many Comments that mentioned Atlantis. The meme of Atlantis certainly resonates in modern culture…
On the esoteric side, I wondered whether, as Edgar Cayce opined, today’s ‘Atlantis’ (America) was populated with reincarnations of the people of ancient Atlantis. That would explain a lot.
On the exoteric side, I saw two possibilities on the demise of Atlantis: War and end-of-Ice-Age flooding. War would imply advanced civilizations doing battle a la Sitchin, Alford, Teller, Tsarion, et al.
On the flooding side, I read an excellent book by Firestone, West, and Warwick-Smith on large-fauna extinctions via a comet hit which ended the last Ice Age:
One can get an education by simply reading the numerous long comments. Also, I wrote a long review posted on April 8, 2014:
That’s just great, re-arming, that means more bombs, rockets, tanks, and fighter jets, all the things that KILL people. I don’t care which country is boosting it’s arsenal, it’s all madness. Japan is a small nation, and full of earthquake regions, who would want to tackle this tiny bit of land to further it’s hold on world power, answer….nobody.
The one thing that is never mentioned, and that is that japan is FLAT BROKE. Once again politicians spending taxpayers money on war equipment. Isn’t it about time we stopped these politicians writing cheques that the people can’t afford.
W.D, your somewhat veiled comparison to the modern “Atlantis” going the falling empire way of its antediluvian predecessor got me wondering that you thought its demise was due to war. Consider for a minute that it was instead obliterated thanks to a cataclysm, namely The Younger Dryas event some 12,000 years ago.
Was thinking more along the lines of taking their technology places where it shouldn’t go, as we are today. More than likely, they used a different technology than we use today and may have been even more advanced in many ways.
While they may have had their wars, war wasn’t the final blow, as you say
What Japan should be doing is mending it’s quarrels with neighbors once for all. And stop being a vassal of the Norman-American Barbarian Empire. Becoming a member of the BRICAS would be a welcome start in this process the bratty game of chicken must be put a end to if there is to be hope for peace and justice on this planet.
This would be a wise course, in Japanese there are so many ways of apoligizing but as in much of the region there is the problem of “saving face”, whatever the rights or wrongs…
Thank you, right many colonial types were protestant (with some strange visionary sects–see Peter Levenda on the era from which Joesph Smith came), and the colonies did have dangerous religious tests for office.
Thankfully the organizing principles of governance did away with such things. (Not that some don’t try to claim their god better than the god, or no god, of others.)
Throughout time, history has shown that old empires never go quietly. In its dying, the American empire, will do the same and will seek to embroil the entire world in its inevitable collapse. The new Atlantis will go the way of the old Atlantis of the antediluvian world, more or less, for the very same reasons.
This nation has forsaken its Christian roots and embarked upon a path that will bring about its destruction. The seeds of its destruction were sown in before we became a nation and have quietly spread and flourished to come to fruition in the last century.
Our leadership, along with other nations, is attempting nothing less than the genetic modification of the human species through GMO’s, vaccines, and gene therapy. This is the non hidden side of the equation. The covert side of the equation is the secret space program and the hybridization of the human species with interdimensional beings which have been here since the very beginning. While they are extraterrestrial, they are not “aliens” as most understand the term.
While I don’t believe we are the only nation involved in this, we are the ones leading the way and obviously accelerating the agenda. This has been tried before, possibly more than once, in high antiquity. It is also the reason the true history of the earth is hidden. The end result has always been the same.
That cosmic war, or war in heaven, is still ongoing. It has devastated at least one planet in this solar system and possibly destroyed another. This time around, Earth is the only habitable planet left; when it is gone, so are we.
And the USA does NOT have christian roots, that is a position of the type who wants to bring on an end times–thru mass nuclear war, or with more sophisticated weapons able to induce solar flairs or big shifts in the earth’s crust.
There’s a Japanese (Shinto) version of this theocratic nonesene, there’s a Nazi version of it, and there are other extremist religious variations of it. All are unhelpful and more than potentially very destructive.
Despite the overwhelming preponderance of protestant Christians in New England and the mid Atlantic colonies in the 1700s, the system of governance in the USA is based upon a fundamentally secular document. One that makes zero reference to any deity, or even spiritual lineage.
Well said and I’m not in disagreement with your view. I was referring to the colonies as the root of this nation, which were openly Christian in nature. What came later was carefully put into place covertly.