The small essay by the Russian writer below is exceptionally perceptive, and what he so accurately perceives, I have lived and experienced as an Asian in Asia.
It is very critical, and in my cowardly state I would have preferred to have 'bent the rules' and in the best traditions of Asia assimilate into conformity in order to make a (i) meaningful long term connection with this important country (ii) Get across my ideas without being so obviously in your face provocative to my potential future audience and friends.
Of course we all have our own rules, morality, luxury of action, limitations and priorities.
Japan for Asia has been good, generally. The country has invested its vast technical resources towards modernizing many Asian countries. It has done so for trade purposes ofcourse, however one thinks that many Tiger economies in Asia owe a good deal of their success to Japanese investment.
The second point is that, one must automatically admire a nation which was completely destroyed by war, occupied by an aggressive racist Western power, and yet without the benefit of any natural resources rises Phoenix like to be a top global economy. Very naturally many Asian nations see Japan has a mentor role model for their state.
Then there is the unique Japanese society with its high levels of social harmony. Crime in Japan is zero....yes, almost very low. The great wealth of the country is distributed more or less evenly. A senior director of a company may be found in certain circumstances in the same area as his workers, and managers. The Japanese Mafia is registered with the police...and everybody knows who they are, BUT, since everybody knows who the Yakuza are, such people will never hold public office. This is not the case in Russia, The UK and in the USA where mafia linked figures with mafia deeds in their policies are often elected to public office time and again, whilst the STATE does its best to cover their tracks and defend them.
Yes Japan is occupied by the USA, who fixed Japanese elections and controlled its security, but despite all this Japan since 1945 generally does not do evil things abroad by itself or under the umbrella of the USA empire. Yes the Japanese military are legally bound and under under contract with the USA, BUT you will still not see Japanese troops in Iraq, or Afghanistan busy standing around, pretending nothing is wrong whilst the USA rapes and destroys such countries.
In the scheme of things, for the sake of regional harmony and for the sake of Asian stability one obviously hopes that Japan's position visa vi China recently is mere faggot posturing to please the existential master in Washington and nothing else.
Japanese Media Doesn’t Want You To Say!
Japan is Part of the Neo-Colonialist Clique
By Andre Vltchek at Information Clearing House.
would bother watching the 9-hours long masterpiece
of Masaki Kobayashi “The Human Condition”, he or she
would have no illusions left about the Japanese
position in the world.
Korea and other Asian nations were occupied and
plundered, people massacred, tortured, experimented
on, and raped.
thing “in defense” of Japan that could be said is
that, unlike its Western allies, it experienced
colonialist amok for a relatively short time,
compared to the centuries and millennia-long
barbarism and horror with which Europe has been
brutalizing the entire Planet.
always impressed by Germany. It was inspired by
Western medicine, arts and technology. Japan’s
“elites” have also been deeply influenced by German
perceptions of superiority and exceptionalism.
Germany was committing its first holocausts, those
in its colonies of Southwest Africa, Japan was
closely watching. In what is now Namibia, the German
army exterminated close to 90% percent of the Herero
tribes’ people, as well as other minorities.
doctors openly experimented on the local people.
Many were decapitated and their heads shipped to the
University of Freiburg and to several Berlin
hospitals, to prove that African people were
inferior. The same doctors later taught Dr. Mengele
and other butchers who were conducting experiments
on Jews, Roma and other “inferior races” during
World War II.
impressed by Germans more and more, was making its
own plans for Asia. Some time later it began
performing medical experiments on the Chinese
without saying, although it is hardly ever
pronounced in the West or in Japan itself, that
Japanese imperialist slaughters in Asia were
directly influenced and inspired by Western
colonialism and racism.
Japan is a
It loves everything that comes from
abroad; or more precisely, from the West. In many
ways, it became almost identical to its master. So
much so that during the Apartheid era in South
Africa and its colonies, the Japanese people were
“elevated” to the status of “honorary whites”.
were the only non-white people who were allowed to
attend functions exclusively reserved for the white
minority. They were welcomed to live in housing
reserved for the rulers. They were finally
fought the war alongside its fascist allies. It
committed crimes against humanity and after it lost,
it immediately succumbed to the victors who were,
like Germans, mainly white and of European descent.
Germans and Italians, it now looked up to the Brits,
French, Australians, but above all North Americans.
fascist industrial complex and the governance system
were almost fully preserved by the victorious
powers. The worst war criminals were allowed to once
again manage the system. The Tokyo Trials were just
Japan does, it does well and with legendary
precision. Its collaboration with the West during
the Korean War was complete, and the grateful
colonizers rewarded it. Unlike most of the other
colonies, plundered and humiliated, Japan was
elevated, allowed to become rich.
the country began building its capitalist industrial
might. There was absolutely no doubt where it had
been standing. It joined Western imperialism, first
as a junior partner, and later as an equal member of
the club; it has been doing all it can to be more
Western and more capitalist than its handlers, and
ideologically, more dogmatic and fundamentalist.
to frustrate the progressive Indonesian, President
Ahmed Sukarno, and the most influential Prime
Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir bin Mohamad (who held
the post between 1981 and 2003) who often begged
Japan to “return to Asia”.
not want to return anywhere. It has been cozy with
what it perceived as its membership of the “elite
club”. Just as it learned from the Europeans, it put
its self-interests well above morality, solidarity
pirouettes, Machiavellian manipulation of
information related to its past and present, became
almost identical to the information control and
propaganda practiced in the West.
terrorism suddenly had no boundaries. Just to
illustrate, the Japanese car industry is directly
corrupting the governments of Indonesia, demanding
that no public transportation is built in the fourth
most populous nation on Earth. As a result, hundreds
of millions of people are being paralyzed by traffic
jams, and dying from pollution-related illnesses.
The infrastructure on Java Island has almost totally
collapsed. But as long as people there are forced to
buy Japanese cars and scooters, Japan does not even
also turned itself into an “indoctrination post” for
the young and ambitious students from all corners of
Asia. Countless Japanese universities have been
offering “scholarships”, effectively brainwashing
and “neutralizing” talented men and women from poor
and potentially rebellious nations. Most of them are
taught “communications”, “education” and
“development”; or basically, how to say nothing and
how not to rebel about anything. They are being
patiently instructed on how not to stand up against
the Empire and savage capitalism, or more precisely,
how to behave exactly how Japan does. “Join the
elites, enjoy a good life and keep philosophy and
morals out of this!”
hosting some of the deadliest military bases on
earth – those on Okinawa Island.
filming there, for the South American television
network TeleSUR, I saw, first hand, Japanese
imperialism at work: the great Okinawan culture had
been restrained, social benefits provided in
exchange for obedience, and all ethical and
internationalist messages related to the bases were
Okinawans know, and many are horrified by what is
going on, but unable to change anything.
where World War III may start! This is where the
West is provoking both China (actually an old
historical ally of Okinawa) and North Korea (now
Okinawa’s fellow victim) from.
I was told by a Chinese diplomat: “If the West
attacks us, we will not, most likely, retaliate
against Washington or London. We will retaliate
against Japan, because its territory is where the
attack would come from”. Most likely but
paradoxically, the retaliation would be against the
islands of Okinawa that is actually “hosting” the
Okinawans understand the danger and, of course, they
are totally against the war. But Tokyo ignores their
demands to close down the bases. The current
administration is becoming increasingly bellicose,
anti-Chinese, anti-DPRK and embarrassingly
Minister likes to pose as a Japanese patriot. But
Shinzō Abe is actually a collaborator, not a
patriot. And it is not because he is a
“right-winger” (Mishima, no matter how controversial
his legacy is, was also a right-winger, but without
any doubt a true Japanese patriot). He does not
serve the interests of Japan, but those of the West,
of the Empire that defeated, bombed to the ground,
and occupied Japan some 70 years ago; the Empire
responsible for tens of millions of lost lives, all
changes in the law allowing the deployment of
Japanese troops from the “Self Defense Force”
abroad, is nothing new. Japan has already been
paying for several wars, producing military
technology for the Empire, provoking its neighbors;
it has been doing it for many years and decades.
during WWII, Japan is now once again a greatly
trusted and respected member of the Fascist
alliance. It is arming itself to the teeth, and it
is even considering changing its peaceful
constitution. The players have changed, but the
essence remains the same. It just feels like Japan
is harboring strong and spontaneous dispositions to
always be part of Western imperialist pacts.
all is done in the name of self-defense, and with
some lofty slogans like “freedom”, “democracy” and
“peace” being tossed around. Impulses behind the
deeds are much more sinister: racism towards all
fellow Asian nations, aggressive ‘exceptionalism’
(learned and adopted from Europe and North America),
as well as submissive servitude towards the West.
Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker
and investigative journalist. He covered wars and
conflicts in dozens of countries. His latest books
Lies Of The Empire”
Against Western Imperialism”.Discussion
with Noam Chomsky:
On Western Terrorism. Point
of No Return is
his critically acclaimed political novel. Oceania –
a book on Western imperialism in the South
Pacific. His provocative book about Indonesia: “Indonesia
– The Archipelago of Fear”.
Andre is making films for teleSUR and Press TV.
After living for many years in Latin America and
Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East
Asia and the Middle East. He can be reached through