Background of the birth of “Why Cannot Japan Stop U.S. Military Bases or Nuclear Power Plants?”
Yukio Hatoyama, 93rd Prime Minister of Japan: Good evening. Welcome to Fraternity Channel. This time we have invited a perfect guest for the 80th episode of this channel.
Welcome, Mr. Koji Yabe. Mr. Yabe has published an astounding book, Why Cannot Japan Stop U.S. Military Bases or Nuclear Power Plants? He has been the head of the publisher Shosekijoho-sha since 1987, and also is an outstanding historian.
Koji Yabe, writer and head of publisher: Thank you.
H: I am impressed by your work.
I am impressed by your work. I can’t help wishing it had been published before I became Prime Minister.
Why Cannot Japan Stop U.S. Military Bases or Nuclear Power Plants?
Y: My name is Koji Yabe. It’s a pleasure to meet you.
H: This book already has sold over 50,000 copies. (as of December 15, 2014.) When it sells ten million copies, I think Japan will be quite changed.
Y: Thank you.
H: This video will help you understand the essence of the book even if you haven’t read it. I’m sure you will enjoy it.
Y: I started researching U.S. Military bases in Okinawa four years ago, and wrote this book three years ago.
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Y: After that I produced three volumes for the “Rediscovering Japanese History After World War II” series,
Japanese History after World War II series:
●The Truth of Post-War History
●Introduction to the “Japan-US Status of Forces Agreement,” Which Is Actually More Important than the Constitution
●Verification: the Collapse of a Constitutional State
Y: then wrote this book. A key person behind the scenes in all these books is you, Mr. Hatoyama.
H: Only behind the scenes though (laughs). It begins with how the Hatoyama government lost office.
Y: That event shocked me enough to start researching the issue of U.S. bases. Then I found there were many people researching it as well, and visited Henoko beach, a planned site for a new U.S. base in Okinawa. My project was assisted by those people, and it grew fast.
Since we are only studying on paper, I can’t be more delighted to talk to you two, who were working on the ground: Mr. Hatoyama, you handled the great change of government for the first time after WW2, and Mr. Takano, you supported it theoretically.
Takano: Feel free to ask questions of Mr. Hatoyama.
Y: I have so many things to ask.
H: Let’s begin. What made you work on this issue in the first place?
Y: As I mentioned earlier, the fall of the Hatoyama administration was what made me start working on the issue, but an e-mail was what triggered me to write this book myself. I received it at the time that The Truth of Postwar Japan’s History by Mr. Ukeru Magosaki was becoming a best-seller.
The email said “The Japanese people are on a journey after 3/11 to uncover a great truth.” (Note: On Mar 11, 2011, a massive earthquake occurred in Eastern Japan and caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster) See.
T: Nice phrase.
Y: Those words struck me hard enough to make me want to meet the sender. But seriously, after 3/11, strange things have been happening.
H: I think the sender of the e-mail was an exception, and that most people are not on such a journey but just believe information from the media. They probably consider the answer from the media as their answer.
Y: At any rate, as I started researching this issue [of the earthquake and nuclear disaster], I found out that there are others researching in various fields and questioning what happened. These people share common interests so strongly that they become aware of one another even across distances and can easily become close.