【PART 3】 The Mystery of the Security Treaty Village (1): The Showa Emperor and the Constitution of Japan
【8】 “Emperor and U.S. Forces” are the state power structure in post-war Japan
Actually, the Showa Emperor and his aides were the ones who led the building of the nation based on the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty ― or to put it more bluntly, on the slavish obedience to the U.S. in all matters military and diplomatic. I will explain the details of this collusion later, but it was disclosed by official U.S. documents. The Japanese ruling class led by the Showa Emperor (John Foster Dulles called them “topsiders”) proposed to the U.S. that the U.S. “make Okinawa a military base” and that Japan “host bases all across Japan,” which I mentioned in PARTS 1 and 2. They proposed it not through the government, but through the back door. (See PART 5)
Of course, this does not mean that the Showa Emperor betrayed Japan. History is not as simple as that. Japan enjoyed the great fruits of what is called high economic growth in return for its full support of the U.S. in the Cold War structure. Further behind this background is the hard fact that MacArthur forced Japan to renounce any potential to make war as a state.
Amid such different historical backgrounds, the state power structure in post-war Japan was built up on a strong connection between the Emperor system (supported overwhelmingly by the Japanese people) and the U.S. (achieving hegemonic superiority in the post-war world), or more specifically, the U.S. Forces (representing the greatest offensive power in human history). There would not have been such a strong political system in Japan without this alliance. That is why Japan achieved high economic growth, and also why Japan now finds it difficult to overcome inconsistencies in its policies.