The Japan Syndrome: The Pathology of Japanese Neo-Militarism.
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) In 2012 and even more so after last months land slide election victory of the LPD and prime Minister Abe, Japan has embarked on a militant nationalist path that causes Japan´s neighbors as well as analysts world-wide to raise red flags. Japan seems to have embarked on a path which could be described as narcissistic. It is a path that is dangerous for regional and international stability and security and it is not least dangerous for the people of Japan.
Backed by the very United States which have brought on the yet greatest disaster that has ever been brought upon the people of Japan, the government of Prime Minister Abe has deployed F-15 fighter jets to patrol the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, permitting ”warning shots” with life ammunition to be fired toward Chinese aerial surveillance planes.
There is something about the recent resurgence of Japanese militarism that almost seems pathological or at least very confused. To elicit the point; Just consider the 2012 visit of US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and his visit to the Yasukuni Shrine which houses honorary plates for at least fourteen Japanese war criminals who were responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of civilians. The fact that a Japanese government invites foreign dignitaries to the Yasukuni Shrine is bound to bring up memories about the 1937 massacre in Nanjing, China, where an estimated 200.000 Chinese civilians have been massacred and more than 20.000 Chinese women have been raped by Japanese Imperial Forces.; Thousands of them have been raped to death.
Nanjing, where two of the Generals who are honored at the Yasukuni Shrine entered into a competition about who would be the fastest to behead a row of hundred helpless civilians each; war heroes are commemorated, who restarted the competition after having beheaded dozens because one of the two ”war heroes” complained that the competition was ”unfair because his sword was not properly sharpened”. Inviting the US Secretary of Defense to the Yasukuni Shine caused, to no great surprise, protests and not least gravest concerns in China and among other of Japan´s neighbors.
What has not been discussed however, is the question which deficiency in the psyche of those who are trying to sell a revamp of Japan´s military glory, might and sovereignty it might be, that causes a person like Prime Minister Abe to assume that the rediscovered militarism and national pride is compatible with taking dictates from a purported ”ally” who has murdered tens of thousands of Japanese in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an ally who is now using Japan as a forward base against China, an ally who could not possibly care less about how many millions of Japanese would have to be sacrificed to serve the agenda of US global, full-spectrum dominance.
It may well be that Shinzo Abe is telling the people of Japan that they proudly can sing the Kimigayo in praise of the Emperor. Regardless whether he believes in his own encouragements and policies or not, the operand question is whether he has access to sufficiently skilled Spin Doctors so that the people of Japan don´t recognize that the Kimigayo is now being sung to the tune of the Star-spangled Banner.
If Prime Minister Abe is taking himself and his policy seriously rather than just selling militarist propaganda, the words ”The Emperors New Clothes” and ”Narcissism” come to mind. Its somewhat Dantesque – a Divine Comedy rather than a Divine Wind, although the comparison of Abe´s militant pseudo-nationalism with the Kamikaze pilots of world war two is not too far fetched either.
The downside of the comedy, regardless whether we chose Dante, Kamikaze or both, is that narcissism would make a new Japanese militarism even more dangerous. It would after all be comforting to know that someone sane makes decisions which potentially could trigger a war with China, Taiwan or other neighbors.
Prime Minister Abe and regional peace and stability would be well served if he took on a sailing holiday. A vacation along the coastal villages of the region. Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese fishermen would tell him that they have been fishing together, peacefully, at the Diaoyu or Senkaku Islands for centuries. And that in spite of the fact that the Islands have appeared on Chinese maps as sovereign Chinese territory since the Ming Dynasty.
I would feel much more secure and confident in peace and stability if the people of Japan would elect a fisherman, and a real one, not one who has his ”fishing industry” financed by globalists. Prime Minister Abe´s fishing for votes based on a psycho-pathological and self-conflicting militarism and the illusion of national sovereignty which is based on support from the nation that has incinerated two entire Japanese cities makes me feel much more concerned than contemplating the idea of a fisherman at the helm of the Island Nation.