Minister Abe Shinzo paid an official visit to Iran from June 12 to 14, embracing
a request from US President Donald Trump to play an intermediary role between
the two hostile nations, but returned home without success. It is President
Trump, as a rule, who persuades the Iranian officials. Important points for the
United States to begin are
to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), stops threatening
with military strength and lifts sanction measures against the Middle East country.
DIPLOMACY DOES PROTECT PEOPLE AND NATIONAL INTERESTS OF JAPAN
ready for military interference
Iran began its
nuclear development program in 2000s and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
approved a sanction resolution against the country in 2006. It stopped its
uranium enrichment plan in 2013. The five UNSC standing members and Germany reached an agreement on suspension of
nuclear program, which has led to normalizing diplomatic relations among the
Trump, however, decided suddenly to unilaterally withdraw from the international
accord in 2018, referring to the alleged Iran’s
missile development program, and resumed to a sanction regime, blocking Iran’s oil
industry, in particular. Adding to the ongoing economic sanction measures, the United States deployed in the Persian
Gulf region on last May 11 a special force, including a strike
group of the aircraft carrier and B52 strategic bombers and increased the
number of Patriot missile personnel.
US government explains that
the initiative is to cope with ‘potential offensive of Iran against the US military and national interests’.
President Trump used to describe ‘a possibility of military strike’, though he
refers, on the other hand, to dialogues.
by the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001 on the US
mainland, the nation waged a pre-emptive strike over Iraq in March, 2003. As a major
reason for the air-raids the US
authorities mentioned that Iraq
had had weapons of mass destruction (WMD), but that was a lie, fabricated
information. It was to justify a war. No WMD were found.
United States, which had
begun a war in Iraq,
demanded the Japanese government to owe financial responsibilities, which were awfully
big, and to send ground forces of Japan to be incorporated to the
multinational troops. The former urged the latter to follow an idea of ‘boots on
the ground’. For this reason the Japanese government made the parliament pass
the special law on Iraq,
under which the Self Defense Forces (SDF) of Japan air-transported troops,
weapons and ammunitions. The SDF contributed to the war in the logistic terms. Japan indeed joined the US war in Iraq. Under these circumstances the
nation has been completely integrated into the US war machine.
President Trump, who raises a flag of America First, should stage a war against
Iran on the ground to save
the US national interests, Japan should automatically be enforced to put in
totally different since 2015 War Legislation
September 2015 the coalition government of the Liberal Democratic Party and the
Komeito forced to pass the so-called war legislation, which the ruling bloc
calls Laws on National Security. By the series of laws the SDF are allowed to
exercise the right of collective self-defense. Through partial revision of the
SDF Acts, which the government calls a peace and security framework, the
Japanese troopers are authorized to use weapons and defend US ships outside the
2017 the SDF reported that they had fulfilled two missions to defend US ships
and aircraft, and in 2018 the figure surged to 16, eight times more than that
of the previous year.
the end of last year the Abe government compiled the new defense guidelines and
the mid-term defense program in which possession of aircraft carriers and deployment
of US weapons of F35A stealth fighter jets were authorized. Thus the SDF are
armed with more offensive weapon systems.
June 13 two oil tankers, including one operated by a Japanese company, were
attacked in the Bay
of Oman. Military tension
Abe government should not obediently track diplomacy of the Trump
administration. Instead, the Japanese authority should commit in peace
diplomacy, relying on the Constitution’s Preamble and Article Nine. This is the
vital way to protect people and national interests of Japan.