【PART 4】 The Mystery of Security Treaty Village (2): The UN Charter and the Postwar World
【25】 Third place in the world economically, last place in the world under international law
In contrast, Japan did not apologize sincerely to its surrounding countries and “overcome its past” as Germany did. Instead, in the framework of the Cold War shortly after World War II, it provided the U.S. military bases in return for rejoining the international community, entrusting all diplomacy and security responsibilities to the U.S. The peace treaty didn’t clearly specify the wartime responsibilities as such treaties usually do, and Japan was mostly exempted from paying reparation as well. Also, rather than expressing a wish for redemption to surrounding countries that it invaded in the past, such as Korea and China, Japan boasted superiority as an economic power, and it ultimately failed to build a true relationship of mutual trust with them for the past seventy years.
As a result, Japan is now the only country in the world that remains an “enemy state” of the UN, a position at rock bottom in international law. The USFJ that ignores domestic law and flies around over the cities is clear proof of this. In addition to Okinawa, which has been continuously under U.S. military occupation, more proof of this is the U.S. bases that take complete control of the capital cities in Yokota, Atsugi, Zama, and Yokosuka, and the Yokota airspace as well. There is no other country like that in the whole world.
As long as we obey the U.S., we can stay in our pleasant dream of being the third largest economy in the world. If we tried to distance ourselves from the U.S. and stand on our own feet, however, we would have to start from the lowest legal position in the world, and apologize to our surrounding countries to start over again. It is precisely like the difficult path that West Germany took in the postwar period.
No one wants to go through such an ordeal, and besides, no one knows how to do it. That’s why MOFA has willingly asked for the U.S. Forces to stay in Japan, and why they are trying to maintain the fictitious “Cold War structure in Asia.” That is the “true identity of postwar Japan (Security Treaty Village).”