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


【7】 What is the Security Treaty Village?


In PART 2, I focused on the issue of nuclear disaster damage at Fukushima. My analysis was based on stacks of studies regarding the issue of U.S. bases in Okinawa. I believed that the 70 years of studies about the U.S. bases and the Security Treaty, accumulated in Okinawa since the war, would be helpful to discover the true nature of the Fukushima issue, which happened only three and a half years ago.

At the same time, the Fukushima Nuclear disaster revealed a clue to an otherwise hidden connection: an analogy between the “Nuclear Power village” and the “Security Treaty village.” After the Fukushima nuclear accident on March 11th, I frequently heard the phrase “the Nuclear Power village.” In short, it is a pro-nuclear “interest community” composed of electronic companies, manufacturers, bureaucrats, professors of the University of Tokyo, mass media, and so on.

For a while after the Fukushima nuclear accident we were in a state of great confusion, because we never thought that top elites in Japan such as professors of the University of Tokyo, bureaucrats, and commentators of mass media, whom we trusted absolutely, would have outright lied about such a significant issue. They said that “the nuclear power plants are perfectly safe” and that “nuclear reactors will never explode,” which are enormous lies.

We found that the facts were very simple once the true situation was revealed. Professors of the University of Tokyo who were famous for being pro-nuclear power turned out to have once worked for the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) or for manufacturers of nuclear power plants. So did the chairperson of the Nuclear Safety Commission. Together, they belong to a massive “pro-nuclear interest” community and receive social status and economic benefit from it. This community has functioned as a speech cartel, accruing ample funds by spreading information in their favor and suppressing opinions of the opposition.

The revelation of the structure of the Nuclear Power village was an important clue to uncover the mystery in post-war Japan, because this entity is a part of the bigger village called the “Japan-U.S. Security Treaty village,” which has the same structure. Therefore, figuring out the structure of the Nuclear Power village will make it possible to estimate the structure of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty village too.

Then what is the “Japan-U.S. Security Treaty village” or the “Security Treaty village”?

To put it simply, it is an interest community that favors the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty. Its basic structure is exactly the same as that of the Nuclear Power village. It too has functioned as a speech cartel, spreading information favorable to them and suppressing opinions of the opposition. The whole business community, bureaucracies, academic societies, and mass media all work together to do so.

The difference between these two villages is only one of scale. The Nuclear Power village has an economic scale of two trillion yen per year, while the Security Treaty village has an economic scale of 530 trillion yen per year, which is the whole GDP of Japan. The reason is that the Security Treaty village is the post-war Japanese society itself, because when Japan regained its independence after the occupation, it created its own nation built on the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty.