Japan is not an American satellite
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced today he will risign from the post after eight months in coalition power.
He declared in a live broadcast on NHK television, while addressing party members of both the upper and lower houses of the Diet.
Eight months ago, Democratic Party of Japan won a sweeping victory, an outcome hailed by many as a revolutionary change might follow in Japan's politics after the World War II, but it did not happen. Mr Hatoyama had drawn attention by pledging to end Japan’s postwar dependence on the United States but high expectations soon turned into a disappointment and even a despair.
Especially his approval rating took damaging hits over his failed promise to move a major U.S. Marine base off Okinawa, which hosts the massive American military bases and presence in Japan and it is regarded as a symbol of the continuation of the American occupation since the defeat of Japan even after the end of the Cold War. Earlier this month, calling his decision "heartbreaking," he announced that the base would remain on Okinawa, although relocated to a different part of the island under the strong pressure of the American military-industry complex and some high officials with the vested interests of the war machines ,it was a betrayal to the Japanese citizens who cast votes because of the announcement of possible 'equal partnership' with the United States rather than remaining as a subordinate of the Empire. Mr Hatoyama apprently gave in to US pressure and the coalition broke up last week.
Parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place in July.The DPJ will now elect a new leader of the party -- who will be in line to be the next prime minister of Japan.
American high officials in Washington DC seems to be continuing to put pressure on the Japanese side to keep the military bases as they are, but Americans should remember and realize that there is a tidal change and this sudden resignation of Mr Hatoyama clearly shows that the Japanese people are now frustrated to remain as a subordinate of the conqueror or the military empire, and probably voices that the military should leave Japan will be more vociferous and the fake alliance will be on the jeopardy. Koizumi-Takenaka structural reforms under the strong pressure of the former Bush administration and its market fundamentalism or Fool's Gold policies left serious scars over the Japanese economy and politics and American policy inputs almost destroyed the successful accumulation of Japan's success stories after the War for the past five decades.
Japanese majority are now demanding the closure of the Futenma Marine Base in Okinawa and that Okinawa should fully be returned to Japan because it is not the days of Occupation. Japan only seeks its pride and right of a sovereing nation maitaining its independence and resilience.
The laments of the Japanese people and especially agonizing residents of Okinawa should be heard by the rest of the world and American patriots. Japan and US are said to be allies but the truth is only a pretending inequal alliance and the prejudiced relationship should be rectified.
That Japan is only country which maintained independence during the turbulent colonial era and the fact that liberation war in Asia was carried out by the Japan's initiative should be remembered, even though it was regarded as a yellow peril when whitemen's burden was dominat only several decades ago, and criticism will say that Japan behaved as a honorary white since the turn of the twentieth century but only in solitude...