Abe’s march to mil­i­tarism

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

The po­lit­i­cal en­ergy dis­played by Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe in send­ing Ja­pan off in the wrong di­rec­tion is be­com­ing a real threat that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity needs to ef­fec­tively guard against, says an opin­ion piece in People’s Daily.

Un­der Abe’s lead­er­ship, Ja­panese right-wing politi­cians have re­dou­bled their ef­forts to glo­rify the coun­try’s mil­i­tarist past. These fre­quent far­ci­cal at­tempts to deny his­tor­i­cal truths with the pur­pose of con­fus­ing right and wrong have a di­rect bear­ing on hu­man con­science and the in­ter­na­tional or­der. Through the shoddy an­tics of a bunch of Ja­panese right-wing politi­cians, the world can see clearly the true col­ors of Abe as a back­stage ma­nip­u­la­tor. Since as­sum­ing of­fice again, Abe’s plan to re­shape Ja­pan and push it to­ward the right in ac­cor­dance with his own will is be­ing im­ple­mented step by step.

The first is to pave the way for rearm­ing Ja­pan. For Abe, the coun­try’s paci­fist Con­sti­tu­tion is the sign of a de­feated Ja­pan and also the main bar­rier to the coun­try em­bark­ing on the road to­ward be­com­ing a mil­i­tary power again. There­fore, he has taken break­ing this re­stric­tion as his duty.

Abe is also at­tempt­ing to “change” Ja­panese people’s his­tor­i­cal mem­ory. Ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren about a coun­try’s his­tory helps forge a na­tional iden­tity and a na­tion’s fu­ture. Abe has paid much at­ten­tion in this field, he has called for a re­view of the school text­book guide­lines to bet­ter re­flect not the his­tor­i­cal records but his re­vi­sion­ist ideas con­tained in the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion law amended dur­ing his first term in of­fice.

Abe is also us­ing a fab­ri­cated se­cu­rity threat as the ex­cuse to in­crease mil­i­tary spend­ing and ex­pand the mil­i­tary. Cries of a China threat and re­peated mil­i­tary ex­er­cises on “seiz­ing is­lands” are more than hy­per­bole.

In or­der to re­make Ja­pan a “pow­er­ful” na­tion, Abe is be­hav­ing reck­lessly while at the same time con­tra­dic­to­rily boast­ing of “proac­tive paci­fism” to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as a cover.

As some Western me­dia have noted, Abe’s ma­nip­u­la­tion of events from ex­pand­ing the mil­i­tary to wor­ship­ing war crim­i­nals in or­der to fur­ther his agenda is dan­ger­ous.

In the past, a pol­icy of ap­pease­ment fi­nally led to a world war. To­day, if Abe is al­lowed to con­tinue along his cho­sen road, the sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity of Asia will be at risk.

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