(photo credit goes to me… I took this photo 🙂 )
Thursday, 15 May, was a great milestone victory for Japan; they are moving forward with collective self defense–which means (among other things) that if an American vessel and Japanese vessel are patrolling together and only the American vessel comes under fire, both vessels would be able to “collectively” defend each other. As it has been in the past, Japan’s interpretation of the American-imposed constitution would have forbidden such action. However, China (mostly) and South Korea are voicing concerns over Japan’s reversion to its militant past. This is just China’s way of stirring up nationalism using hatred of an old enemy through asinine propaganda.
But why is this even an issue? Why was the Empire of Japan treated differently than the Third Reich? Germany who had started two world wars and conducted the mass genocide of the Jewish people with the Holocaust… Japan fought regional wars (China and Russia) but then in 1931 they decided to expand further into China and after criticism, embargoes and threats from the United States eventually convinced Japan they had no other course of action and joined the world war with the attack on Pearl Harbor.
At the end of the war, Germany was seen as an immediate investment as a “speed bump” between the a Soviet Union and the European Nation states; but Japan… The first Asian country to stand toe-to-toe and best many (if not most) of the western countries… With no immediate threat, it appears they “needed to be taught a lesson”. So while both Japan and Germany have “peaceful” constitutions, only Japan was forced to receive the ‘shall not possess war-making capabilities’ that has restricted her military to this day. However, during the Korean War (or also interpreted as the fight against the spread of communism), the US realized having a crippled japan wouldn’t be helpful against the soviets and modified the interpretation if the constitution, giving us the Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF) of today.
As the JSDF regain their original composure, hopefully too they can be re-instated as a full military… Ready to take on any foe that may try to challenge Japan’s freedoms, way of life, or territorial integrity.
Article found here
“Closer Ties” ( The Economist)