looking back the world situation in 2018, we can find a fact that history seems
to enter a new stage every 50 years. Social gaps and poverty prevail today throughout
the world, which has changed economies as well as politics completely. Class
conflicts have begun to show a totally different facade from that of previous times.
FORECAST OF A NEW STAGE IN WORLD HISTORY
recent TV news on Paris
where streets were smoked with tear gas has reminded us of the rebellion of
workers and students in the late 1960s when economic growth had disappeared. The
world’s economy ushered in a long declining phase afterwards. Since 1980s the
capitalist world has managed to survive, employing a series of neo-liberal
prescriptions on account of ‘low growth’, creating economic bubbles in the US
and Japan and integrating European countries into the EU in the name of
national cooperation. Neo-liberal economists triumphantly proclaimed of the end
of history, witnessing a collapse of the Soviet-East European bloc.
capitalist world, however, has bogged down again, facing the Lehman Shock,
which was regarded depression as serious as to occur once in a hundred years.
People have been exposed to austerity measures requested by the financial sector
for their own survival. People now begin to revolt once again.
rivalry between the right and the left
the United States
young people are attracted by democratic socialism today. In Europe
new, leftist forces, having in common ‘a code against austerity’, have grown dynamic.
Meanwhile, chauvinism and populism have rapidly spread: in the US the Trump administration is audacious and in Europe ultra-rightist forces emerge in many countries.
History-long political parties representing the capitalist class as well as
social-democratic parties have declined, with an exception of the Labor Party
of the UK
which has taken a leftist direction. Politics of every country has undergone sweeping
changes: the Merkel government in Germany
and the Macron government in France
have been driven to a deadlock. The EU will be rocked amid messes coming from
will unite indignation of people against neo-liberal policies – the leftist
forces rejecting austerity politics or the rightist populists?
the Abe government enjoys long reign of the country, which is exceptional, judging
from the rest of the world. The fact is, solely, however, reflection of
weakness of leftist forces; acute contradictions are not expressed in the incompatible
framework of rightists and leftists, but are afloat in the wholly rightist social
between US and China
major factor that whirls the world is collision of US with China. Behind
the trade row there found are not only regional hegemony but also industrial
security and IT-related military technologies, which means total confrontation
in all the fields. President Trump engages in ‘deals’, but the US national
intention lies far beyond his realm. The Sino-US dispute brings in turn US
pressure on Japan;
further opening of the Japanese market, reduction of trade surplus and sales campaign
of US weaponry.
the Korean Peninsula détente will never withdraw as
long as the Moon Jae-in government stands on. For President Trump, too, it is
more profitable to win in the historic reconciliation with Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea (DPRK). The tense relationship between the US and China may
have worked on a postponed reunion of the second summit meeting of US-DPRK scheduled
in 2018, but people’s determination for peace in the Korean Peninsula remains
parties retard in Japan
Abe government reflects a resolute will of the country’s ruling class to cope
with severe changes occurring in the international arena. It has clung to construction
works of a new military base at Henoko, Okinawa Prefecture,
rejecting appeals of Governor Tamaki Denny. The government intervened in the
legislature impudently as is seen in the revision process of the Immigration
Act; it meddled in rules on the parliamentary procedures. It is insistent in
activating the Constitution Council, determined to be ready for military
solutions and despotic settlements of complications in the world. That is
proven by the recent moves to procure a big amount of US arsenal and
to rebuild Aegis destroyers to be aircraft carriers. Furthermore, the Abe
government stirs up chauvinism and enmity among people toward Republic of Korea,
using the recent top court’s decision on the wartime Korean laborers recruited by
Japanese companies. It fears of peaceful rapprochement of ROK and DPRK.
the Japanese opposition forces ready to drive back the Abe politics? Aren’t
they left behind from the changing world?
need a coalition of all opposition political forces to fight in common for a challenging
banner, learning from experiences in Okinawa
where the all-Okinawan alliance organizes people’s struggles soundly and