Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Friday, December 31, 2010

The US Killed Hatoyama Administration/Laodicean Politics in Japan-IX/Futemma Airbase-III

Before the Chinese prime minister landed on Chinese soil, the Japanese prime minister announced his resignation on 2 June 2010. In Hatoyama’s speech, two issues were addressed: relocation of Futenma and political funds scandal. Since the first day that Hatoyama replaced the LDP from power last August, the US has not helped Hatoyama at all. Instead, the US killed the Hatoyama Administration.

First, when Hatoyama was inaugurated as the prime minister in September 2009, he launched the idea of an “East Asian Community,” which was viewed with suspicion by the White House. The US repeatedly questioned whether or not the US was part of the “East Asian Community.” Since then, the idea of “East Asian Community” was basically stopped.

Second, the relocation of the Futenma air base in Okinawa has been a problem for Hatoyama. In order to resolve this issue, he needs three parties: the White House, Okinawa people, and people to be relocated in Futenma, to agree with each other. Obama has rejected meeting Hatoyama, even though the Japanese prime minister requested an appointment. During the April security summit in Washington D.C., Hatoyama had tried to meet with the 44th president, but the prime minister never had the opportunity. By using this incident, a naive American journalist with the Washington Postcalled Hatoyama “loopy,” adding fuel to Hatoyama’s plunging domestic approval rating.

Both the White House and American media killed the Hatoyama Administration. Of course, Hatoyama lacked leadership and political skill; there were many things Hotoyama could have done to avoid resigning. Despite this fact, however, there is no question that the US, including the American media indirectly influenced Japanese politics and intervened in Japanese domestic affairs, especially with respect to the Futenma air base. Ironically, the White House press secretary stated on 2 June 2010, “The U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship is very strong and deeply rooted in our common interests and values. Our Alliance has flourished under each Japanese Prime Minister and U.S. President for the past half century and will continue to strengthen in the years to come (Statement from the Press Secretary on Japan).” Well, according to this statement it appears that the US will continue to influence Japanese domestic affairs indirectly, making sure every prime minister will serve American interests only. The US should remember that Japan is a sovereign nation, and Americans should respect Japanese domestic affairs.

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