"A State Funeral for the United States" comes to the fore. Dulles' curse binds Japan with Abe becoming a great man

Overwhelming voices of opposition were blocked, and the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe was forced on September 27. No major (G7) leaders attended, but that wasn't a big deal. The 12-member US delegation led by Vice President Harris was joined by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Albanese. Japan, the United States, Australia, and India all stepped together, and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was praised as a great man who advocated the Indo-Pacific Initiative, which gave birth to the Quad, a framework for security cooperation consisting of four countries. Japan, which had been the first to say it, was made to once again pledge to contain China and take the lead in defending Taiwan through condolence diplomacy at the national funeral. The United States tied Japan down by disguising Abe's state funeral as "a funeral for a great man." The national funeral highlighted that it was a ceremony "of America, by America, for America."

■ A barrage of "great"

Washington's statement was summed up in a source from the U.S. delegation who said, "I do not intend to comment on Japan's internal affairs (over the state funeral). Mr. Abe is a great friend of the United States and a great leader of Japan." . Indian Prime Minister Modi told Prime Minister Kishida, "Mr. Abe is a great figure in Japan-India relations," and Kishida pledged to "inherit the 'free and open Indo-Pacific' initiative (advocated by Abe)." Australian Prime Minister Albanese  said, "The 'Quad' dialogue could not have started without Mr. Abe's leadership," and confirmed cooperation with Japan toward the realization of the "Indo-Pacific Initiative."

In his condolence address at the state funeral, Kishida said, "When you stood in the Indian parliament, you preached the 'confluence of the two seas' and came up with the concept of the 'Indo-Pacific' for the first time." "Your vision has taken a step further, and you have nurtured it into the framework of a 'Free and Open Indo-Pacific. In addition, he said that you have significantly strengthened relations with the United States, enhanced cooperation with India and Australia, and created the framework of the Quad. "We will build Japan, the region, and the world on the foundation you laid." This oath cannot be taken literally. It becomes a reality only when we rephrase it as "the United States, which has laid the foundation, will build Japan, the region, and the world on top of it."

■ Japan isolated in Asia
This blog has consistently emphasized the dangers of the Indo-Pacific Initiative, based on the view that Washington has set it up to manipulate and use Japan as a vanguard to contain China. South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have not bowed to US pressure and have drawn a line between the Indo-Pacific Initiative and the Quad. ASEAN, which has come up with its own “Indo-Pacific” concept that is not the Indo-Pacific that is tinged with China's restraint, is deepening disappointment with Japan, which is just following the United States.
At the summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who visited India at the end of 2021, Prime Minister Modi agreed to start negotiations to conclude an agreement to allow Russia to use Indian naval bases to refuel and repair Russian warships. In this way, the two countries strengthened their military and energy ties. Although India has joined the “Quad” framework with Japan, the United States and Australia, it maintains close military ties with Russia since the Soviet era, and this move signifies the hollowing out of the “Quad”.
Japan is completely isolated in Asia at its feet. In his condolence address, Kishida said, "The Indo-Pacific concept encompasses many countries and many people." But this initiative consists not only of "many countries, many people" but of "a very limited number of countries."
■Bound by Dulles' Curse
Washington has taken advantage of this by giving the Japanese the illusion that they are being treated as important members of the world's leading American and British elite clubs. This is the fate of modern Japan after the Meiji Restoration. Abe's state funeral was a major event that took advantage of Japan's distorted feelings for the Anglo-Saxon alliance. After the conclusion of the Japan-US Security Treaty, Japan is bound by the Dulles curse. With this state funeral, the curse has become even stronger.
The Dulles Curse is an outspoken statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles when the San Francisco Peace Treaty and the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty were concluded simultaneously in 1951. I quote again.
"We will use the satisfaction of Japan's longing to join the Western camp, such as the United States and Great Britain, which constitute an elite Anglo-Saxon club against communist nations, to anchor our loyalty to the Western camp. The dilemma of not being able to trust the Japanese was resolved by rearmamenting Japan, incorporating them into the Western camp, and permanently subordinating Japan militarily to the United States through the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty.”
Shinzo Abe became the youngest prime minister after the war at the age of 52 in 2006 after an unprecedented appointment to the position of secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party and chief cabinet secretary without any cabinet experience. One of the educators was the late Fuyuhiko Okazaki, a diplomat. Okazaki's last words to Abe were, "Never go against the Anglo-Saxons (United States and Britain)." Without the backing of Okazaki and others, who were deeply connected to the Center for International Strategies (CSIS), the control tower for Japan and the home of Japan handlers, “Abe Shinzo, a great man for the United States,” would not have been born.
■ Britain's "praise-killing"
At the end of November 2020, shortly after Abe stepped down as prime minister. The Sankei Shimbun, one of Abe's supporters, reported:
"Former Prime Minister Abe contributed to the 'Report on a Free and Open Indo-Pacific' compiled by the influential British think tank 'Policy Exchange,' and appealed, 'I would like to welcome the UK's membership.'
” According to the newspaper, a committee chaired by former Canadian Prime Minister Harper and attended by former Australian Foreign Minister Downer, former British Defense Minister Robert Fallon, former New Zealand Foreign Minister McCurry, and former Ambassador to the United Kingdom Koji Tsuruoka has been appointed to the British government. In their proposed report, they praised former Prime Minister Abe of Japan.
“Mr Abe is a fatherly figure who advocated the Indo-Pacific Initiative, and made historical progress in Japan-UK relations. His endorsement has the ultimate persuasive power with the British government and exerts influence in the international community."
This Abe tribute will soon prove to be a “praise kill”. The “Great Abe Proposal” was scuttled.
Britain, which has become a paramilitary ally with Japan, moved naval power into the Indo-Pacific for the first time since the Suez Crisis in 1956. However, the quadrilateral framework/quad of the United States, Australia, Japan, and India was passed through, and the military alliance AUKUS of the three Anglo-Saxon countries of the United States, Britain, and Australia was launched in September 2021.
Around this time, Japan was ecstatic when Britain whispered that Japan was considering joining the Anglo-Saxon intelligence alliance, Five Eyes, which includes Canada and New Zealand in addition to the United States, Great Britain and Australia. As a result, Japan is criticized for not being allies that fought in World War II together.
Considering the unilateral hegemonic strategy of the United States, which became the sole superpower after the end of the Cold War, the disguise of “the Indo-Pacific concept advocated by Mr. Abe” quickly peels off.
In March 2007, US neoconservatives, aiming to build an Asian version of NATO to contain China and Russia, forced Japan and Australia to conclude a joint security declaration. Then, in August of the same year, the neoconservatives had Abe make a speech at the Indian parliament and advocate the Indo-Pacific Initiative, with an eye on the following year's Japan-India Joint Declaration on Security. However, the US speculation that ``If the prime minister of Japan, a major Asian country, proposes, the ASEAN countries will follow'' is off the mark.
■ How to solve the yoke of defeat
It goes without saying that the core of the postwar policies of the United States and Britain toward Japan lies in "not making Japan a threat again." Dulles's incantation to "keep unreliable Japan in permanent military subordination to the United States" is the most blatant example of this. It can be rephrased as "Make full use of Japan, which cannot stand on its own."
77 years after defeat. How long will Japan continue to cling to the Anglo-Saxons when its road to independence and equal cooperation with Asian countries is blocked? At this rate, the wealth accumulated after the war will be eaten up by the Anglo-Saxons, and the national power will only decline. China's distrust of Japan lies not only in the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, but also in the imperial Japan's Meiji regime. The latter can be said to be the root of South Korea's distrust and hatred of Japan.
We should delve deeper into the depths of Abe's State Funeral and earnestly search for liberation from the yoke of defeat.