Grandson of the Japanese war criminal who signed that country’s declaration of war against the U.S., Shinzo Abe is following in the footsteps of Nobosuke Kishi (his grandfather), as well as those of Kishi’s associates in Japan’s expansionist empire. Revising school textbooks about World War II, passing a new secrecy law, instituting greater state control of news media, dramatically increasing defense spending while moving to alter the constitution to permit a more militaristic agenda, Abe is turning back the Japanese historical and political clock. Japanese government officials are openly sanctioning anti-Korean racism and networking with organizations that promote that doctrine. Several members of Abe’s government network with Japanese neo-Nazis. Vice-Prime Minister Taro Aso is a longtime admirer of Nazi political strategy and advocates using the Nazi method for seizing power to sneak constitutional change past the Japanese public.
In his second stint as Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe is rebooting the right-wing political agenda he pursued during his first term in the last decade. The grandson of prominent Japanese war criminal Nobosuke Kishi, Abe is implementing revisionist politics designed to obfuscate Japan’s actions during World War II, including editing textbooks to change written history of the war, implementing a new secrecy law, bring the respected NHK television network under government control and negating accounts of Japanese war crimes.
In numerous broadcasts, we have covered the sad reality that in post World War II Japan, the public perception that the forces of fascism were eradicated is a deliberately cultivated political myth. Japanese prime minister Abe has embarked on a program of militarism, with one of his top defense advisers highlighting a campaign appearance by reading from the diary of a Kamikaze pilot, who died crashing his plane into an American warship. UPDATED ON 8/9/2013.
There has been a significant uptick in real or alleged military confrontations over disputed islands in the North Pacific. Conservative commentator Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has noted the possible drift toward war between Japan and China over uninhibited and disputed Islands. Japan has also accused Russia of fomenting confrontation over the disputed Kuriles.
Reagan, Bush I administrations secretly armed Japan with weapons-grade plutonium. Space exploration projects a cover for Japanese nuclear arms development. How far do these tentacles reach?
Central banks buying, not selling gold. This hasn’t happened in 40 years.
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein worked for the old law firm of OSS chief William Donovan. Are Blankfein, Goldman Sachs involved with the intelligence community?
Comment: For years, we’ve accessed the magnificent work of Sterling and Peggy Seagrave, whose landmark text Gold Warriors is the definitive work on the distribution of recovered World War II gold, Japanese Golden Lily treasure in particular. The focal point of decades of high-level political intrigue on the part of intelligence services, financial institutions and […]
Comment: The social dislocation produced by the economic distress of Japan’s “Lost Decade” has stimulated the rise of far right groups reminiscent both of the patriotic and ultra-nationalist societies that led to the rise of fascism in Japan in the 1920’s and 1930’s and the “Tea Parties” in the U.S., with whom many of them […]
Comment: An international fascist organization–primarily European in character–has visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Commemorating Japanese war dead and counting war criminals among those commemorated there, the shrine is controversial, and Japanese leaders visits to it have stirred hostility in countries victimized by the Japanese in World War II. Visited by Jean-Marie Le Pen […]