Thursday, December 10, 2009

MOFA 'Alliance Hands' Express Frustration at DPJ

To investigate the so called “secret agreements” between Japan and America, the Japanese government summoned a group of its diplomats back to Tokyo to participate in the investigation. The government asked for the participation of these officials because they used to manage the alliance between Japan and America. Presumably, they had some knowledge of these “secret agreements” and their input would be valuable.

On December 10, 2009, three of these officials, Yutaka Arima, Ryo Fukahori, and Takashi Ariyoshi, met with a group of American officials. During the meeting, the Japanese officials expressed their displeasure with the DPJ administration, particularly in regards to their desire to investigate the “secret agreements” and their desire to alter the existing plan to relocate Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

According to them, the Hatoyama administration refused to listen to the bureaucrats, meaning, presumably, that the bureaucrats would not be able to make the Hatoyama administration end its investigation or accept the existing relocation plan. However, they believed the administration might change course if the Obama administration were to express its displeasure with the Hatoyama administration publicly. According to Ariyoshi, if the Obama administration failed to express its displeasure publicly, the Hatoyama administration might believe that America was willing to make changes to the relocation agreement. We wouldn’t want that, would we?

The officials did add a caveat, however. They cautioned that although pressuring the Hatoyama administration might work, the strategy could also backfire – it could result in a public backlash that would aid the politicians who wanted to end the alliance between America and Japan.

Fukahori said that individually, each initiative taken up by the Hatoyama administration might not make sense. However, if one were to consider all the initiatives and connect the dots, one could see a trend that was completely contrary to the alliance. This was a concern given that the public did not understand security issues and the importance of moving forward with the existing relocation plan.

Fukahori seems to be implying that – by investigating the “secret agreements” and by re-evaluating the relocation plan – the Hatoyama administration is trying to reveal the truth to the public, namely, that the alliance between America and Japan was only meant to keep Japan and China at odds with each other. Were the public to learn that, obviously, the alliance between Japan and America might forever be altered.

In fact, were an American, in particular a Japanese-American, me, to learn the truth and try to tell the world the truth only to have his government prevent him from doing so by violating his civil liberties and were the American public to discover all this…it would have truly historic consequences.

History ends here.

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