Shinzo Abe, too, must have felt embarrassed that the Liberal Democratic Party Seiwakai, which his father had served as chairman of, had been a fringe faction since the formation of the Liberal Democratic Party in 1955 when his father Shintaro passed away. Around 1993, when he was first elected, was a time of upheaval in the Japanese political world. While the Keiseikai continued to be dominated by the main conservative Kochikai and Tanaka factions, Ichiro Ozawa and others, who dominated the Liberal Democratic Party as the secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party at the age of 47, jumped out of the Keiseikai and formed a new party, advocating political reform. A non-LDP coalition of eight factions headed by Morihiro Hosokawa, the first resignation since the formation of the LDP, and the birth of the LDP-Society-Sakigake coalition government that collapsed the 1955 system continue.
In the midst of this turmoil, Japan's security and foreign policy changed dramatically after the end of the Cold War. In 1990, during the Gulf War, the United States suddenly demanded Japan to "dispatch the Self-Defense Forces" and "spread blood as well as money." One person who must have been shaken by this was Abe, who said, "Japanese people must bleed to become an equal ally of the United States." After the collapse of the bubble economy, the Japanese economy suffered from the disposal of a huge amount of bad debts, and was eroded by US capital, and continued to stagnate without growth. While mainstream conservative leaders have been eliminated and some have died mysteriously, Seiwakai, the political faction of the Koizumi and Abe Cabinets, has continued to swallow the US directives on Japan in its entirety, ending the dominance of the Keiseikai and solidifying the position of the LDP's mainstream faction.
[Photo] First elected in the July 1993 general election. Abe attends the House of Representatives and gets a member's badge. As a result of this election, the Hosokawa Cabinet, the first non-LDP coalition government, was launched under the leadership of Ichiro Ozawa and others.
■ Keiseikai Exclusion Trap
Along with the end of the Cold War, a series of political scandals, including the Recruit Incident in 1988 and the Sagawa Express Incident in 1992, gradually cracked the Keiseikai rule, which originated from the Tanaka faction. It was an attempt to expel Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, who restored diplomatic relations between Japan and China in 1972, and the pro-China politicians who followed him from the main stage of Nagatacho.
The most hostile person was Ichiro Ozawa, who was a direct descendant of Kakuei Tanaka and who made a clear banner of independence from the United States. His famous 2009 remark that the 7th Fleet was "militarily strategic enough for the United States' presence in the Far East" epitomized his political stance. Washington tried to force the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office to eliminate Ozawa through criminal prosecution, even on minor suspicions of formal crimes such as violation of the Political Funds Control Law.
A trap was also set for Ryutaro Hashimoto, a direct descendant of Kakuei. When he visited the United States in 1997 as a prime minister who advocated self-reliant diplomacy, he said in New York, "I have been tempted to sell a large amount of US Treasuries on several occasions." As a result, stock prices plummeted in the United States at one point, and it was advertised that "remarks are a betrayal of the United States." However, Hashimoto, citing the impact of the US economy on the global economy as a reason, insisted, "I will not give in to this temptation."
Nonetheless, this is deadly. In the criticism of the remarks, "Keiseikai and Hashimoto beaten" were seen. At the same time, a campaign called ``End the old-fashioned LDP politics'' aimed at crushing the blatant Hashimoto faction is taking place in the Japanese press. It was clearly aimed at ``the end of Keiseikai's rule and the rise of Seiwakai''. In 2006, Hashimoto died of mysterious intestinal ischemia, which was thought to be a strange disease, after a mysterious donation incident was discovered even after the Prime Minister resigned.
■ The "hawkish nobleman" chosen by the neoconservatives
While the Keiseikai was being crushed, Shinzo Abe was hailed by the media as a “hawkish nobleman” and came into the spotlight. A highlight was when he accompanied Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on a visit to North Korea in September 2002 as Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, and appealed to the North that he would not make easy compromises. He was highly praised by hardliners against North Korea at home and abroad for preventing the return of abductees who temporarily returned to Japan to North Korea. In his State of the Union address, U.S. President George W. Bush, who had solidified his aides with neoconservatives, named North Korea, Iran, and Iraq as the “axis of evil,” and the following year he launched an attack on “the rogue state of Iraq, which possesses weapons of mass destruction.” January 2002 was the first step. In this context, Koizumi visited North Korea, highlighting Abe's stance of being in line with the neoconservatives.
In May 2002, Abe provoked controversy by stating that ``under the constitution, Japan can possess nuclear weapons'' and ``the possession and use of small tactical nuclear weapons is no problem.'' Although his grandfather Nobusuke Kishi's speeches in the Diet when he was Prime Minister were reworked, he was rather praised by the Liberal Democratic Party's hawkish lawmakers and scholars. American neoconservative Japan handlers reached out to Abe, who was solidifying his reputation as a “hawkish nobleman.”
In 2000, Masamori Sase, Abe's mentor during his university days, who published the book "Right of Collective Self-Defense" in 2001, submitted the first Armitage Report to the Japanese government, an order for Japan, which was based on the acceptance of the exercise of the right of collective self-defense. They and the Japan Handlers agreed to educate the young hawkish lawmakers of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Nye have begun issuing recommendations for Japan. The US think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a den of Japan handlers, has many Japanese diplomats, who have been enrolled on a temporary assignment.
One of them, Hisahiko Okazaki, mediated between Abe and Sase and said, ``If the exercise of the right of collective self-defense is permitted, the Self-Defense Forces will be dispatched overseas and it will be possible to use force together with the US military. We can rule Iraq jointly," which seems to have stimulated Abe's desire to make Japan a military superpower.
■The elimination of Koichi Kato and the reality 78 years after the war
At the end of the article, I briefly touch on the Kato Rebellion of November 2000 by Koichi Kato, who worked with the opposition parties to overthrow the Mori Seiwakai Cabinet through a vote of no confidence in the Cabinet. The mainstream conservative Kochikai, led by Kato, strongly opposed the dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces overseas, the exercise of the right to collective self-defense, and constitutional revisions in the name of international contributions, and strongly sought peace in East Asia through reconciliation with China and South Korea. Hisahiko Okazaki, who is associated with the US Japan Handler, criticized Kato as "a person who endangers the country" during his lifetime. Kato is the opposite of Shinzo Abe. While Seiwakai was prospering, Kochikai was divided, Kato was suffering from poor health, his secretary was accused of tax evasion, and his parents' house in Yamagata was set on fire. Kato, who can be said to be a symbol of post-war liberal conservatives, is one of the leaders who was eliminated.
We don't need to easily advocate conspiracy theories. Without waiting for revelations by WikiLeaks, Snowden and others, the CIA has obliterated political opponents around the world by disguising deaths from diseases such as cancer, stroke, and myocardial infarction. The Japanese police are limbs of the CIA. Japanese society is swallowed up by US intelligence agencies.
July 8th is the first anniversary of Abe's death. Abe has also been politically purged, and suspicions are only growing that the Seiwakai, which is on the verge of dissolution, has been thrown out. The reality of the 78 years since the end of World War II must have terrified many people.