As a person who strongly supports the movement to restore pride to Japan, for many months I have been researching and writing in order to publish in May of this year, my new book titled: “The theory of State that no one can State”. In order to regain their pride and confidence, I believe that the Japanese people need to fully and correctly understand the various situations which shaped modern Japan and the true reasons why Japan was drawn into the quagmire of the Sino-Japanese War and the undesirable war against the U.S. and Britain, and also, why that war could not be ended until the atomic bombs were dropped.
In my previous work, “Unreported Modern History,” I started from the bold conjecture that the train blast which happened in Yongcheon, North Korea, in 2004 was a terrorist bombing by a faction of the North Korean military incited by Military Commission Chairman of China, Jiang Zemin, in order to assassinate Kim Jong Il who had refused to abandon nuclear arms development. I further wrote that the keyword “nuclear arms” defines the forces exerted on events which have shaped both the modern and current history of Japan and her surrounding countries, which can be clearly stated as “ The history of the postwar era is a struggle over nuclear weapons”.
Most media ignored “Unreported Modern History”, despite the fact that it contained such a shocking and outspoken topic. This spurred me on to open a prize contest for essays on the topic of “The True Perspective of Modern History” and the chief of staff of the Air Self Defense Force, Toshio Tamogami earned the highest award for his essay “Was Japan an Aggressor?” His essay created an unexpected huge sensation, so much so, that the prize led to his dismissal, and the controversy generated by his essay, rent the nation’s public opinion in two. In the second contest of “the True Perspective of Modern History” held last year, the highest prize was awarded to an excellent essay titled, “Did the Emperor Really Fall to being a Symbol from a Sovereign?” written by Tsuneyasu Takeda, an instructor of Keio University. To break Japan out of the current situation, I will keep holding the contest and release my new book to the public to support that goal. Here, I would like to share some part of the contents.
“The truth of the Zuolin Zhang’s train blast incident” is in the first section of the book. Until now, the 1928 bombing incident has been ascribed to Colonel Koumoto of the Kwantung Army, and that incident by being blamed on Japan, caused Japan’s involvement in Sino-Japanese war, however, Mr. Dmitry Prokhorov a Russian historian, in his book “GRU Empire” stated a new theory which was that a Soviet Union special agent was the real culprit, and this theory was quoted by General Tamogami in his prize winning essay as well. Therefore, I had an interview with Mr. Prokhorov in St. Petersburg, Russia, and invited him to Japan to have a press conference.
My conjecture is that he asserted this theory based on leaked information by Mr. Dmitri Volkogonov, a former secret military agent and Prokhorov’s chief, who had clearance to access the information; which was leaked to the public due to the collapse of the Soviet Union, making it possible to reveal some confidential documents. Prokhorov’s theory was also supported by papers released in 2007 by the Far East Division of the British Army Intelligence which reported twice that “the powder used in the bombing was made in the Soviet Union and that the Soviet Union’s secret agent performed the killing.” So, why have Russia and England both begun to release the truth of the Zuolin Zhang case one after another? That is because they want to restrain China which is growing both economically and militarily, by resolving a “weak point” of Japan, who keeps being blamed by China and Korea about fabricated and distorted historical issues and forced to apologize repeatedly. The world has begun to rapidly develop a deep-seated feeling of caution towards China.
The last part of my new book is devoted to a growing apprehension about the Hatoyama regime and shedding light on the truth of the last World War. Given the growing world tension regarding the rise of China, when we look at Japan’s involvement in the situation, the danger posed by the Hatoyama government is all that can be seen. Frankly speaking, he should never have been allowed to become Prime Minister. He utterly lacks any philosophy or a vision of state which are necessary for a leader of a nation. The East Asian Community connected by a “friendship” concept is the coinage of fancy. How on earth could we ever establish a “community” with China, a nation ruled by communists, and Korea who repeatedly decries Japan.
Moreover, I heard that the Hatoyama regime wants to make an equilateral triangle relationship between Japan, the U.S., and China and become a mediator between the U.S. and China. It is utter nonsense to communicate equidistantly with the U.S., an ally, and China who is pointing its nuclear missiles at all the major cities of Japan. Being a “good person” is not sufficient to govern a nation. Though Prime Minister Hatoyama probably does not understand what the cause of this mess in Japan is, the origin goes back to the last war.
In the past war, Japan fell victim to a ploy of the U.S. and England from the very beginning of the war. England, who at the outset of the war in Europe, had no other choice than to fight alone against Nazi Germany to stop them from dominating Europe, had an intense desire for America’s entry into the war in Europe. However, it was impossible to join the war in the regular manner because the U.S. President – Roosevelt at that time – was elected on a campaign pledge not to enter the war in Europe. Then, he thought of an idea to make use of the Tripartite Pact among Japan, Germany, and Italy, which had been concluded in 1940. If a Japan-America war could be provoked by putting pressure on Japan through economic sanctions and thus provoking Japan’s retaliation, “The U.S. could declare war against Germany right away” based on the Tripartite Pact.
Japan, at that time, did not have any intention to go to war with the U.S. and England, as her potential enemy was always the Soviet Union. However, due to the pressure of an economic blockade called the ABCD (each letter stands for America, Britain, China, and Dutch) encirclement, and the Hull note which was issued as an ultimatum, Japan stepped into the unwished quagmire of a war with America. Pearl Harbor was called a “sneak attack” even though U.S. intelligence had already known the attack was coming, based on intelligence which had been continuously delivered, however, they dared not alert the troops in December of 1941. The result of the attack spurred Americans to rally around the slogan, “Remember Pearl Harbor!,” and America willingly went to war, as Roosevelt had expected.
Although the U.S. and the Soviet Union were originally adversarial due to their ideological difference of communism and democracy, they partnered with each other, considering any enemy of one’s enemy one’s friend, after the war began between Germany and the Soviet Union in 1941, American weapons and military technology were delivered to Soviet Union. Therefore, the Soviet Union gradually increased its military might and developed into a mighty nation.
As the Invasion of Normandy commenced in June of 1944, with each passing day, Germany’s defeat seemed more assured as Germany had to fight with the Soviet Union on the Eastern Front and now England and the U.S. on the Western Front as well. The U.S., however, hurried to produce an atom-bomb, if Germany was able to develop the bomb first, there was still a chance that the tide of war could be turned in Germany’s favor. The U.S. had also begun to think ahead to the postwar period. If things continued as they were, after the defeat of Germany, the now militarily strong Soviet Union could dominate the postwar world. The U.S. decided that whatever it took, they needed to contain the Soviet Union. For that purpose, America prolonged the war against Japan, whose defeat seemed as certain as Germany’s. Japan continued to fight even after Germany’s defeat in May of 1945; America finished the bombs and dropped them on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The biggest crisis for the imperial system was the period from the end of the war through the period of occupation by the Allied forces. Soon after the collapse of the Tojo cabinet in July of 1944, Japan started to seek the termination of the war. The former Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe proposed his Memorial to the Throne where he insisted that lengthening the war would lead to the Soviet Union’s occupation of Japan (Japan Going Red) and that Japan should terminate the war. The so-called “Johannsen Group” including Shigeru Yoshida, Tatsuo Iwabuchi, and Shinkichi Ueda were arrested by provost guards who had taken notice of the political maneuvering. And so, the armed services continued on with the war using the saying “defend national policy.”
In May, they asked a high official of the Nanjing Nationalist Government to act as an intermediary for peace with Chiang Kai-shek’s government and sought a peace move cooperating with the Soviet Union since the Japan-Soviet neutrality Pact was in effect at that time in April. In June, they offered reconciliation, set a conference, and sent Fumimaro Konoe as a special envoy of the Showa Emperor to the Soviet Union using the Soviet ambassador Yakov Malik as an intermediary. Through the diplomatic channels, and with the actions of these events, the Allies knew clearly that Japan wanted to stop the war and that the maintenance of the imperial system was of paramount importance and the main condition for stopping the war. The extinction of the imperial system is tantamount to the death of Japan. The only reason why Japan could not surrender quickly was because it was ambiguous as to whether or not Japan was going to be allowed to maintain the emperor system after the war. However, that was exactly the deceptive ploy the U.S. used and gained the intended outcome.
Truman had almost achieved the completion of the atomic bomb which had taken three years at a cost of 20 billion dollars (when stated in present day value) of confidential funding, of which congressional approval was inevitably needed for the use of such a large amount of secret expenditure. Furthermore, as I wrote above, they needed to show the power of atom bombs in actual warfare in order to have an advantage over the Soviet Union in post WWII and the ensuing Cold War which had already begun to start when Germany’s defeat was becoming evident. That’s why they were determined to drop the bombs even though they knew the bombing would cause terrible tragedy due to the overwhelming destructive power of the bomb. The problem with the plan was that Japan’s surrender was close at hand.
If Japan surrendered, the atomic bomb would not be able to be used and tested under actual battle conditions, it would then become difficult to secure congressional approval and additional funding, and the U.S. would be in a much weakened position against the Soviet Union. Hence, they made the biggest issue which was holding back Japan’s surrender, the continuance of the imperial system, ambiguous to gain time and piled up victims of both Japanese and Americans with the battle of Iwo Jima (February to March of 1945), which was a less-needed battle as the Allies already had air and naval supremacy, and the battle for Okinawa (March to June of 1945), as well as carpet bombings which targeted noncombatants in cities (mainly in Tokyo in March of 1945 to the end of war). About 20,000 Japanese soldiers and approximately 29,000 American soldiers died in the battle of Iwo Jima; 188,000 Japanese people were left dead or missing including soldiers and civilians and 12,500 Americans were left dead or missing (85,000 if the wounded are included) in the battle for Okinawa; in addition there were a large number of massacred noncombatants (100,000 in the Great Tokyo Air Raids, 200,000 to 300, 000 across the country).
Therefore, if they fought on the mainland, there would be many more victims, much more than the number above. They created the condition of using the atomic bombs in order to avoid drastically increasing the number of victims. The U.S., finally succeeded in the completion of atomic testing using Uranium which required more advanced technology, and on the16th of July, dropped a Uranium bomb, on Hiroshima and a Plutonium bomb on Nagasaki. The dropping of two different types of bombs, can be interpreted that these were an experimental test by America. In addition to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, other cities including Kyoto, Kokura, and Niigata were potential targets for dropping the bomb. By considering Kyoto as a target, shows that Kyoto’s cultural heritage was not a deterrent and that it did not affect their decision.
he target of the atomic bomb was Japan in May of 1943 but even in the earlier stage of the Manhattan Project starting in August of 1942 to encourage German Jewish scientists defecting to the U.S. in order to escape from persecution by the Nazis to develop atom bomb. Leaders of the U.S. and England agreed to the use of atomic bombs based on the Hyde Park Declaration on the 18th of September, 1944. The atomic bombs were produced on the premise that they would be used on Japan as the U.S. wanted to use them on Japan at any cost in order to dominate the postwar world. In this way, America manipulated the Japanese national feelings towards the emperor, and eventually “dropped atomic bombs” on Japan, which could be considered the worst crime against humanity.
A country which drops atomic bombs on a good country is regarded as a bad one. Japan had to be vilified as a bad country for the justification of America’s behavior. To achieve vilification, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East was held to thrust all the responsibility of the war on Japan and the GHQ brainwashed the Japanese people through censorship of Japanese newspapers and publications. The occupation forces were skillful in the implementation of this by rewriting
inappropriate sentences from scratch not just simply blacking out the sentences as the Japanese government had done before and in the midst of WWII. Therefore, the truth that censorship was being conducted was well hidden.
Five to six thousand Japanese elites were engaged in this rewrite to imprint the image, “Japan was a bad nation.” Huge amounts of money were paid for containing their compunction. Such people, having a hand in brainwashing the Japanese people, did not reveal the truth at all, and went on to become the so-called “liberal intellectuals” such as: journalists, government officials, and scholars, and led Japan’s leftist ideology. The GHQ collected 7,700 different kinds of books which evaluated Japan’s prewar days and during the war – and burned all of them. In these ways, an image where, “The U.S. is a good country and Japan is a bad country,” was gradually fixed in the minds of the Japanese people. This is the root cause of the current situation of not being proud of our own country.
If the U.S. had accepted Japan’s surrender immediately, American soldiers would not have died in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa since the war had mostly finished in the Pacific in 1944 prior to Germany’s defeat. America’s behavior of trying to gain the advantage in the postwar era even with the huge number of sacrifices required was quite natural based on the common sense of the global community, putting their national interest ahead of anything else. After the end of the war, United Nations forces centered around the U.S. armed forces counterattacked an Inchon landing operation against the powerful North Korean troops and pushed them back to border line between China and North Korea in the Korean War starting in 1950.
The People’s Republic of China, only a year since its establishment, joined the Korean War by putting the surrendered soldiers of the Chinese Nationalist Party, losers of the civil war in China, in the frontlines taking the risk of annihilation. With intentionally sweeping dissidents in human wave tactics, they succeeded to press the United Nations forces back to the 38th parallel. According to one theory, about a million Chinese soldiers were allegedly killed in this war. Although many people criticize China from a “humanitarian” point of view, that is only the smallest tip of the iceberg.
Throughout history, every country lies, kills people, and blames others while starting a war for their national benefit. The world continues to fight through an information conspiracy. In front of this truth, Prime Minister Hatoyama’s “friendship” and “triangular relationships” were just the mumblings of one who does not understand history and diplomatic strategy. Japan will be a part of China’s autonomous province in the not-so-distant future if we keep following such a Prime Minister. To avoid that tragedy, even as an entrepreneur, I decided to publish the book, “A Theory of the State that no one can State.” I sincerely want many people to read it and hope they have the same thoughts as I have.