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Globalization, Transnational Corporations and Japanese Fascism

FTR #905

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yamatocoverOver the decades, we have spoken at great length about the Second World War and fascism as outgrowths of globalization, a phenomenon generally thought of as having begun in the post World War II period. Most of the discussion has centered on the relationships between German and American corporations and oligarchs.

With both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders targeting trade agreements and globalization in their campaign rhetoric, we review the cartel relationships between the Japanese Zaibatsu (family trusts) and their American counterparts. As well, we note the central role of Emperor Hirohito in the waging of Japan’s war of aggression and the post-war historical revisionism that has eclipsed his activities.

After discussing the re-investment of the profits from the American industrial boom of the 1920’s in Germany and Japan, we analyze the deliberate frustration of the attempted political and economic reform of Japan. Intent on continuing the profound corporate relationships that had boosted Japan into its position as a dominant industrial power, Wall Street interests and allied political, national security and media elites subverted the attempts at reforming Japanese finance, industry and politics.

A major part of the effort involved whitewashing Emperor Hirohito’s central role in waging World War II in the Pacific and profiting from Japanese military conquests.

Program highlights include: the suspicious deaths of Japanese officers and members of the Imperial family who were forthcoming about the truth concerning Emperor Hirohito; the apparent murder of State Department officer George Atcheson, who attempted to blow the whistle concerning the subversion of the reform of Japan; the role of General William Draper in frustrating the reform of Japan and review of his career as an investment banker with Dillon, Read & Co.; the decisive role of the MacArthur group within the military in the frustration of Japanese reform and the re-institution of the fascists, militarists and zaibatsu in postwar Japan.

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