【PART 3】 The Mystery of the Security Treaty Village (1): The Showa Emperor and the Constitution of Japan

 

Many people might not have thought it’s been such a bad situation.

In the context of the military, Japan hasn’t changed since the era of the U.S. occupation. CIA agents can come into Japan freely. In consultation with the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court since the independence of Japan wrote the verdict that violates the human rights of the Japanese people. The Japan-U.S. Atomic Agreement will be effective even after the Japanese government terminates it….

Even though all these things are proven by the U.S. official documents, no one makes an issue of it in Japan.

As I explained in PART 1, in a normal nation, the government’s intervention in the decision of the Supreme Court would have caused the fall of many cabinets until the truth to be uncovered. In Japan, however, the fact of that impropriety hasn’t been reported except in a few books.

Why on earth does such a thing happen?

There is a very deep-rooted structural cause.

I will cover this in full in PARTS 3 and 4, but first I would like to explain a tangential, technical issue.

That is, how our–the citizens’–voices of protest are suppressed, even though such obviously ridiculous facts have been disclosed one by one. It should be the people’s protest that restores the government to its proper course. But, we are fooled and manipulated, way before our protest can even begin.

 

【1】 Political technique of “six of one, and a half dozen of the other”

 

There are various techniques and tricks for manipulating public opinion, as I discovered during my research on the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty issue. Most of them are very simple, therefore very effective.

To illustrate, there is an old saying from China: “three in the morning, four in the evening.” This refers to being preoccupied with immediate (superficial) differences without realizing that there are no differences in substance. It’s based on a story of an old man trying to feed his monkey fewer acorns. When he feeds the monkey three acorns in the morning and four acorns in the evening, the monkey is upset and complains it’s not enough. So he gives the monkey four in the morning and three in the evening, and the monkey accepts this and is satisfied. It’s a Chinese application of the Western folk-expression “six of one, half dozen of another.”

When I recalled this story, I realized I have found it strange for a long while. Since monkeys can count numbers, they would not have been tricked, would they? They should get more upset when they find only three acorns in the evening. This story cannot be humorous or instructive. It is just a story to make fun of monkeys and disparage them. I don’t know how else to interpret it.

After looking into the Japan-U.S. Security issue, however, I realized I have behaved the same as this monkey. The Chinese story is not just a folk tale of an old man and his monkey; it is instead a frightful parable of the greatest technique used by those in power to govern the people.