【PART 2】 The Mystery of Fukushima: Why Japan Cannot Stop Nuclear Power Plants?


13】 Japan doesn’t have national boundaries


Some may say, “That’s a problem only in terms of bases, or the military. Don’t exaggerate by saying the U.S. occupation still continues or that Japan is not an independent nation.”

A close look at the diagram of Yokota airspace and U.S. military base on PART 1, however, should change this view. Large airspace from the Pacific Ocean to the Tokyo metropolitan area is controlled by U.S. Forces. Japanese aircraft cannot fly through these skies and, lacking information from U.S. military forces, we don’t even know what kind of aircraft are flying there.

Under the controlled airspace lies the capital, Tokyo, surrounded by the Yokota, Atsugi, Zama and Yokosuka bases, which are as large as the bases in Okinawa. Also, it has been confirmed that, because of SOFA, the area within these bases is extraterritorial. The conclusion that can be drawn from these two confirmed facts — controlled airspace and extraterritoriality — is that

“Japan doesn’t have national boundaries.”

In 2013, when the so-called Snowden Case revealed the illegal intelligence-gathering activities by the U.S. government, the term “back door” was frequently used. The U.S. government turned out to have free access to every supposedly secure database in the world through a secret back door.

Japan apparently has several “back doors.” In other words, U.S. military bases across the country, through which U.S. Forces officials freely come and go. They fly through the airspace which they control, land at the bases, and go in and out through the fences. The Japanese government has no idea at all of the number or kind of American people in Japan at this particular moment.

The three elements of a state are said to be the population, territory, and sovereignty. Not having national boundaries is equal to not having territory. There is no sovereignty either, because the skies above the Tokyo metropolitan area are ruled by another country. Therefore, Japan is not an independent state.