【PART 4】 The Mystery of Security Treaty Village (2): The UN Charter and the Postwar World


【22】 U.S. Forces had been surveying Okinawa 160 years


There is no doubt about what I have been arguing, if you take a look at history.

160 years, ago, Commodore Perry reached Uraga. His fleet subsequently invaded Tokyo Bay (then called Edo Bay), which caused great turmoil and marked the beginning of the Bakumatsu period (closing days of the Tokugawa Shogunate). But actually, Perry had initially come ashore in Naha, Okinawa. Their primary goal was to open Japan to the world, but they had landed in Okinawa (then Ryukyu Kingdom) beforehand and even went inland to make surveys, in case negotiations with Japan did not go well. They went so far as to survey the water source and quality.

It’s been revealed that these survey records were utilized 92 years later, in the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. As I mentioned in PART 1, U.S. forces came ashore first in Kadena, Okinawa in this battle. It’s partly because of the Japanese Forces’ air station in Kadena, but it’s also because they knew that the area had abundant, high quality water from the survey 92 years ago.

Apparently, military forces need more water than we could imagine. They need it not only for drinking water and such, but for washing their aircraft and arms, which constantly become filthy from the oil, with tons of water. That’s why the U.S. Forces have stayed in Kadena and made it their main military headquarters, ever since landing there seventy years ago. I truly think the U.S. is amazing when it comes to military matters.

Now, similar to what I said above, if you argued “they’re making surveys so they can later occupy Okinawa” upon seeing Perry’s actions 160 years ago, it may have been seen as going too far. Other Ryukyu locals may have said you’re imagining things. However, it is a historical fact that “they came ashore and made surveys so that they’d have the option to occupy Okinawa whenever they wanted.”

160 years ago, negotiations with Japan successfully opened up this country to the world, so they did not occupy Okinawa after all. However, they actually used the information that had been gathered back then to occupy it, almost a century later.

We Japanese citizens need to learn such facts in assessing or supporting the politicians and diplomats of our country. Since U.S. Forces conduct low altitude flight training throughout Japan, they have the option to bomb NPPs across the country, and destroy Japan completely. In terms of diplomatic negotiations, it’s as if they’re always negotiating with a machine gun in hand. Of course, they wouldn’t actually shoot. But it’s impossible for the Japanese to negotiate on equal psychological terms with such people.

The existence of a manual for MOFA officials has been disclosed by former MOFA official Naoto Amaki. What it says about the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty is that “it’s disrespectful to the U.S. even to have a doubt.” When I first heard this, I thought it was a ridiculous brain-freeze on the MOFA officials’ part. But now that I know the facts, I understand that it’s inevitable. When the other party is able to kill you anytime, you have no choice but to continue negotiating with a modest attitude, assuming that they would actually never kill you.

The first thing we need to request is, “Please put your gun away.”

In other words, we need to ask the U.S. forces to withdraw from Japan. Otherwise, normal, equal diplomatic negotiation is absolutely impossible.