Following the trend of the AUKUS, high-ranking Nippon Kaigi sect expands the Japanese military budget using China as a pivot. By Luan Medeiros | Voice Worker and Agency Brazil China
Accusing the alleged “growing Chinese militarization”, high-ranking Japanese politicians – linked to the restorationist organization of Japanese imperialism, Nippon Kaigi – promise an additional record for the military budget, 50% higher than the one recorded in the last boom in 2018.
According to Reuters, the additional over 700 billion yen (US$6.12 billion) will be included in the stimulus package announced by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Added to Japan’s military spending of 1% of GDP, this additional allocation will make the budget exceed 6 trillion yen, since the initial for the fiscal year (ending 2022) was 5.34 trillion yen, which corresponds to US$52.7 billion.
With the additional, Japan beats the same value as that recorded in the year 2020 by the French military budget. France, Germany and Japan “compete” for eighth place in the ranking of the largest military spending in the world.
What is Nippon Kaigi?
Despite oscillating between 8th and 9th place in the ranking, Japan has no regular army, but Self-defense Forces. This is due to the post-World War II agreements when Japan’s colonial campaign was halted. According to the new constitution, approved in 1947, Japan renounced “forever the use of war as a sovereign right of the nation”.
The expansionist campaign of Japan, which lasted from the middle of the nineteenth century until 1945, is still the cause of constant polemics and revisionisms of various types. Practices with refinements of cruelty, of envying the Nazis – such as mass extermination, spread of diseases against Chinese cities, sexual enslavement of Korean women (“Comfort Women”) and the tortures in the midst of grotesque human experimentation by Unit 731 – are sometimes hidden, sometimes secondary in the history books.
Much of this is due to the intervention of the Nippon Kaigi sect, an ultranationalist and ultra-conservative organization that works to restore the military capabilities of yesteryear and return full powers to the imperial house.
Established in 1997, the sect currently has about 40,000 members. Despite the low number compared to the total Japanese population (125.8 million), Nippon Kaigi controls about 60% of the 480 seats in the Japanese Parliament, its members being mostly linked to the Liberal Democratic Party.
Members of the sect include prominent figures in high-ranking Japanese politics, such as the last three prime ministers Shinzo Abe, Taro Aso and Yoshihide Suga, as well as current prime minister Fumio Kishida. Abe is a cousin of Nobuo Kishi, the current Minister of Defense of Japan and a member of Nippon Kaigi. The two are the grandsons of former Japanese Prime Minister (and war criminal) Nobusuke Kishi. At the top of the cult’s hierarchy was, until 2015, the former Chief Justice of the Japanese Supreme Court, Toru Miyoshi.
Involved in international controversy – such as the maintenance of the Tsukamoto Kindergarten in Osaka and the worship of over a thousand war criminals at Yasukuni Shrine, 14 of whom are classified as Class-A – Nippon Kaigi has already managed to pass important educational reforms, criticized worldwide for concealing Japan’s imperialist past.
However, his restoration strategy sees difficulties in pursuing, since most of the Japanese population is against revising the pacifist content of the Japanese constitution. Thus, Japan’s military aggression capabilities are still limited. Even so, Japan manages to occupy the select club of the 10 countries that spends most on weapons on the planet.
It is true that the Chinese defence budget has increased over the past decade. However, there has been no percentage increase over GDP. From 2011 to 2020, Chinese spending remained at a ratio of 1.28% of GDP, against 3.19% in the US.
Located more than 10,000 miles away from Washington, the US has greatly increased its presence in the South China Sea. According to the August 2020 report of the Chinese think tank analyzing movements in the South China Sea, SCSPI, since 2009 there has been an increase in US military activities. In the last decade, the “presence of surface ships has increased by more than 60%” and an average of 3-5 incursions of military aviations every day, representing more than 1,500 annually.
SCSPI states that the “real number is higher” since there is no US public data on these incursions and that “small aviations [such as reconnaissance drones] are not included and not all military aviations keep the [radar] ADS-B transponder on all the time”. The report also says that reconnaissance activities, which accompanied the aircraft carriers USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups on July 4 and 17, 2020, remain unknown.
In these last exercises, even the nuclear-capable B-52 bomber was refueled on Guam (the US-occupied island). According to the commander of the US bomb squad, the task force “demonstrates the ability of the US to rapidly deploy to an advanced operational base and carry out long-range attack missions,” as well as demonstrating the ability to “reach a domestic station, fly anywhere in the world and perform these missions quickly”.
According to the US, there are about 28,500 American soldiers stationed in the southern part of Korea, operating 90 combat planes, 40 attack helicopters, and about 60 of the MIM-104 Patriot missile system. In addition to the naval base at Jeju, the US has five other bases on the Korean peninsula (Peyongtaek, Yongsan, Daeugu, Osan and Gunsan). Korea is the third largest military presence outside the US, second only to Japan and Germany.
The United States inherited much of the territory conquered by Japan in its fascist campaign. This is the case of the Marshal Islands, where the Kwajalein Atoll, which houses the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site, is located. The base is part of the US space command plan in 1999, called Visions for 2020, which brings the concept of “Total Spectrum Domination” (Full Spectrum Dominance). Also in the Marshal Islands, Bikini Atoll, between 1946 and 1958, the US tested more than 20 nuclear bombs. The local population was used in human testing to test the long-term effects of radiation.
Life in the region has never returned to normal, as the effects of radiation remain present in water, food and fish today. Thyroid cancer and newborn deformities are common. The diet of the residents of the region is based on canned products, imported from the US, since local production is discouraged. Even today, tests are being carried out on the Marshal Islands, with missiles leaving California, in the United States, almost 8,000 kilometers away.
The case of Okinawa is also noteworthy. It is a doubly occupied archipelago, first by Japan that has been trying for centuries to suppress the Luchuu nationality, and after World War II it was occupied by 32 US military installations. Okinawa is located only 800 kilometers from Shanghai, from where it came attacks against Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Other hundreds of military bases and confidential pads are scattered across Asia-Pacific, working to implement the region’s integrated full control, or Total Spectrum Domination – defined by the Pentagon as “persuasive in peace; decisive in war; prominent in any form of conflict”. The anti-china imperialist belt also expands to India and other countries, as shown in the famous documentary map The Coming War on China (John Pilger, 2016).
Currently, the US navy has approximately 3,300 fighters (against 1,900 from China), 550 tank aircraft (18 from China), 675 heavy transport aircraft (88 from China), 157 bombers (against China), 400 ICBM launchers (98 from China) and 11 aircraft carriers (2 from China)and two more aircraft carriers ordered. Adding soldiers stationed in Central Asia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Guam, Korea, and Japan is more than 100,000. Not to mention the armed forces of the occupied countries and the US and NATO satellites.
Japanese military expansion against public opinion
To influence society, Japan’s high political echelon makes use of mechanisms in its softpower industry, such as games and animations, in order to popularize the revisionist narratives of the sect. And while the picture is not reversed, Nippon Kaigi politicians try to circumvent the restrictions imposed by the constitution, associating the country with militaristic adventures in the anti-Chinese chess game of the US.
Along with the announcement of the additional 700 billion yen to the military budget, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recommended a “new level” in cooperation with Australia. But why Australia, huh?
In September of that year, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States announced a military pact called AUKUS, which allows the traffic of nuclear-capacity vessels through their continental waters. Analysts say this will be the world’s first “Global Navy”.
In April 2021, Australia unilaterally broke infrastructure agreements with China under the Belt and Route Initiative (BRI). This breakup came at a time when Australian politicians provoked diplomatic tensions with offenses directed at China, such as about the origin of COVID-19 and assuming an intentionality behind the pandemic.
The fact is that there is a latent anti-hinese climate in Australia, something similar to what we see in the Brazilian government and its automatic alignment to the US. This fact was perceived by Chinese diplomacy, which has already warned Brazil not to “become a new Australia”.
Following this tendency to submit to American hegemony, Japan has expanded its military cooperation with Australia. In 2017, Turnbull and Abe signed an agreement that would allow the two countries to conduct joint military exercises and offer mutual logistical support.
In November 2020, Morrison and Suga expanded their cooperation into joint military operations, an agreement that had been under negotiation for six years. This was the first time since the 1960s that Japan allowed a foreign military presence other than the US on its territory.
In September of that year, US President Joe Biden convened the Quad, an informal military forum composed of India, Australia and Japan, as well as the US itself. According to Australian Strategic Policy Institute senior analyst Malcolm Davis, the Quad is not yet an “Asian NATO” but is moving in a similar direction.
Also in the countries of the Quad and AUKUS, leading figures from Japan and Australia have repeatedly expressed their commitment to the US to interfere in China’s internal affairs, promising retaliation against any decision concerning the sovereign reunification of the Chinese province of Taiwan.
In this anti-Chinese field, Japan expands its range of military alliances. This represents an expansion of its capacity for aggression in a direct and indirect way, circumventing the limits imposed by the pacifist constitution.
To be clear, the US, India, the UK, Japan and Australia have, respectively, the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th and 12th largest military budgets on the planet (data from 2020), and they are in an aggressive expansion for the next period. The five countries account for 49.6% of the world’s defense spending, compared to 13% in China.
In absolute terms, the five countries spent US$944 billion on defense, against US$193.3 from China. For educational purposes, we exclude the US from the equation and add the remaining countries. China, India, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia spend the equivalent of 54.17% (US$ 399.8 billion) of American spending (US$ 738 billion). The US alone accounts for almost 40% of the world’s defence budget.
Despite Chinese relentless efforts to mediate tensions – military and diplomatic – with Japan and Australia, the virtually unshakeable composition of Nippon Kaigi fanatical sectarians in the Japanese parliament, and an Australian plutocracy, the fruit of the British colonial extermination of local populations, prevents any rational negotiation based on the principles of mutual respect and non-aggression. For Japanese racists, it is unacceptable to be overtaken by peoples once subjugated by them.