Expert: U.S. hegemony accelerates revival of Japanese militarism

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Zhang Tao
2016-01-05 18:01

BEIJING, January 5 (ChinaMil) -- As Japan's new security bills will officially come into force before the end of March this year, we need to make objective strategic judgment of the "revival of Japanese militarism" and make necessary preparations.

This is a topic directly concerning world peace and development. The author believes that the revival of Japanese militarism is the inevitable outcome of America's Cold War mindset. As long as the U.S. doesn't give up its pursuit for world hegemony and the Cold War thinking, the Japanese militarism will always revive and at an ever faster pace.

How can Japanese militarism revive? The old militaristic culture has never been eradicated in Japan and has been carried on by some people. Japan is currently trying to break away from the restriction of the Peace Constitution and make the Article 9 that prohibits Japan from having its own army and engaging in war invalid, and it is close to realizing this goal as it has lifted the ban on the right of collective self-defense and passed the new security bills.

Next, Japan will enter the stage of abolishing the "Peace Constitution" in order to thoroughly shake off its restriction, and it will finally come to the stage of strengthening the military at a faster rate.

While, the U.S. shifted its strategic focus to Asia Pacific and implemented the "rebalancing" strategy in 2010, hoping to maintain its hegemony in the world while containing the development of communism.

Such a typical Cold War thinking in the new era, which clearly targeted China, Russia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), without any doubts provided a rare strategic opportunity for the revival of Japanese militarism.

If we take a look at history, we'd know that the US–Soviet (Russia) confrontation during the Cold War created the best climate and soil for the revival of Japanese militarism, and the end of the Cold War put the revival temporarily on hold.

Abe has been so bold in overcoming one obstacle after another because the U.S. has made it clear that Japan is the "cornerstone" in its "Asia Pacific rebalancing" strategy, making Japan, as the "cornerstone", throwaway all scruples to the wind.

By implementing the "Asia Pacific rebalancing" strategy, the U.S. has created a new and bright prospect for the revival of Japanese militarism, and militaristic forces in Japan are leveraging on America's political and strategic needs to re-establish Japan as a military power, so as to eventually become a political power supported by its strong economy.

As far as the U.S. is concerned, many conditions decide that it still has decisive influence and control over Japan, and the surge of Japanese militarism is nothing to worry about.

Such conditions are reflected in two aspects. On the one hand, the U.S. designed Japan's democratic system, so that it can sway the Japanese political circle when necessary and choose Japan's political leader according to its own needs. On the other hand, the U.S. still holds several trump cards that control Japan's political direction. By playing those cards at the right moment, the U.S. can set up several defense lines against the revival of Japanese militarism, including the Peace Constitution and the American troops stationed in and around Japan.

However, the right of election is in the hands of the Japanese people and the vote is in the hands of senators of different parties. Public opinion reflects democracy, but it's not always authentic due to a number of factors.

During the election, the public and the senators are sometimes deceived and misled, so the election system cannot categorically prevent the revival of militarism, as has been proven by facts, let alone that Japan is breaking the restriction of its current laws step by step.

Therefore, the author holds that seeking powerful military strength through America's "Asia Pacific rebalancing" strategy is an important strategic plan and step adopted by some militarists in Japan. Once their plan becomes reality, the U.S. will eat its own bitter fruit. All parties shall stay highly alert against Japanese militarists and prevent their scheme of revival from succeeding.

The author is Hu Wenlong, executive governor of Chinese Military Culture Society (CMCS) and researcher with the Academy of Military Sciences (AMS). The opinions expressed here don't represent views of China Military Online website.

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