is 75 years since the day, August 15, 1945, when the most vicious act came to
an end. Unfortunately, the Japanese government still maintains to call it ‘the
anniversary of the end of war’, instead of ‘the day of defeat’. The state power
of the country has never expressed remorse to consequences of the war. The same
stance is reflected today in the series of political steps taken to tackle the pandemic
– that is, human lives are a secondary matter.
PUT AN END TO POLITICS THAT IGNORES HUMAN LIVES!
government even hates Statue of Peace
authorities of the Imperial Japan used a term ‘battles at other fields’ instead
of ‘retreats’. They ordered people to fight against bombings by B29s by using
buckets of water to put fires out in a relay. Only the Imperial Japan led by
the Emperor could imagine that a mental power would overcome the overwhelming disparity
in material terms found between the United States
Germany led by Adolf Hitler draw
back troops ‘reasonably’ in the warfronts, though they were inflicted with heavy
losses in the reckless adventure to defeat the Soviet
Union. Germans were merciless in killing Jews, but they did not
expose their people to the enemies like the Imperial Japan, which sacrificed as
many as 150 thousand residents of Okinawa,
using them as de facto shields.
committed a suicide, while Emperor Hirohito (Showa) was made to be a symbol of
Japanese people. Germany
was divided and suffered tragedies against their will, but she has made the earnest
efforts to seek for war criminals, searching them to the last corner of the
world. Meanwhile Japan, not
only evaded a split of the country, but also made huge money from the division
and the Korean War. The island country obtained funds for its economic growth.
Even today, Japan keeps a
hostile stance towards both Koreas
of the peninsula and never tries to make an apology.
Germany to show the swastika
is illegal, while in Japan
the banner of Imperial Japan, the Hinomaru, is lawful. When school teachers protest
over hoisting, they are punished. Premiers of Germany
knelt down in Auschwitz, while Japanese
premiers even hate a Statue of Peace (literally a Statue of Girl). Has Japan reviewed
the war crimes for the past 75 years? Has it made a progress? Today Prime
Minister Abe Shinzo wants to amend the Constitution to return to the imperial rank.
to change society
can put a lid on democracy. It tries to open a way out to survive by any means.
Without these attempts the Japanese society will collapse. The epidemic has disclosed
illicitness of the Abe government.
people are attacked and imposed on self-responsibility, when they protect human
lives. Meanwhile, tax money is being spent to help big businesses and prepare
for the Olympics as well as to boost military build-up. The government weighs
people’s lives and economy in the balance. People get angry, simmering uncertainties.
People are aspired to make radical changes to beat the neo-liberal policies.
however, are not ready to stage political resistance. Rightist populism takes
advantage of this immaturity. The Abe government, though it shows signs of its
terminal, stirs up chauvinism against both Koreas,
and shows off ‘capabilities to attack enemy bases’.
of globalization, however, have been exposed by the pandemic, which will tell
Japanese political leaders that their delusion will not work in the rest of the
world. People in Europe commit in social
movements to criticize policies to cope with the plague on the basis of repulsion
to bailout of banks and financial institutions during the Lehman Shock. In the United States
people get out to the street to turn down the Trump administration.
wage our struggles in Japan