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 Blueprint of Japanese Militarism to Step Up Arms Expansion and War Preparations

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Blueprint of Japanese Militarism to Step Up Arms Expansion and War Preparations

—Comment on the so-called "Draft of the Fourth Military Defence Build-up Plan" of the reactionary Sato government of Japan

by "Renmin Ribao" Commentator

Source: Peking Review, No. 26, June 25, 1971
Transcribed for www.wengewang.org


    THE reactionary Sato government of Japan recently made public a so-called "Draft of the Fourth Military Defence Build-up Plan” after long and careful premeditation. This is a blueprint of the Japanese reactionaries to step up arms expansion and war preparations. It fully reveals the ambition of the reviving Japanese militarism to carry out aggression and expansion abroad with increased tempo. After the publication of the draft of the arms expansion plan, Japanese military bigwigs Nakasone and his ilk came out to camouflage it in every way and did their utmost to justify the stepped-up revival of Japanese militarism. However, the more they tried to conceal the crime, the more they revealed it.
   The draft of Japan's fourth arms expansion plan stipulates that Japan's direct military expenditure for 1972-76 will total 5,800,000 million yen (equivalent to more than 16,000 million U.S. dollars), more than double the comparable figure in the third arms expansion plan and exceeding the grand total of direct military expenditures of the previous three arms expansion plans by some 5,000 million U.S. dollars. Judging from Japan's actual capacity at present, she needs less than five years to fulfil the targets set forth in the draft of the fourth arms expansion plan. More than once the plan stresses that Japan's military strength "should maintain its flexibility to deal with the change of the situation" and that it should change with the changing of "the international situation, the progress of science and technology and other important factors." This paves the way for the further acceleration of the tempo of the arms expansion in future.
   By putting forth such a huge arms expansion plan and speeding up the tempo of arms expansion by every possible means, the Sato government aims at "killing two birds with one stone.'* That is to make preparations for unleashing a war of aggression so as to lord it over in Asia and at the same time to meet the needs of the Japanese Zaibatsus to stimulate arms production as a way out for the Japanese economy which is plagued by overproduction. The publication of the draft of the fourth arms expansion plan shows once again that the lopsided development and vicious expansion of the Japanese economy will inevitably lead to the militarization of Japan's national economy and expansion abroad, and that economic expansion is bound to lead to military expansion, and an "economic power" will surely become a "military power." The pretension of Sato, Nakasone and their ilk that Japan "will not become a military power" is a confession rather than a denial of their designs.
   The fourth arms expansion plan is obviously aimed at stepping up expansion abroad and preparing for an aggressive war. Sato, Nakasone and their like, however, present it under the label of so-called "purely defence-oriented preparedness," alleging that the purpose of their arms expansion is "to cope with aggression by localized warfare involving conventional weapons." The reason for them to unscrupulously resort to such a trickery is that Japanese militarism has long become notorious and the present revival of Japanese militarism in particular has aroused vigilance and resolute opposition among the people of Japan and other Asian countries. In such circumstances, the cunning Japanese reactionaries are trying their utmost to paint Japan in the image of "a peaceful country" in an attempt to mislead the Japanese people and world opinion so that they may engage in arms expansion and war preparations still more unbridledly.
   What a "purely defence-oriented preparedness"! It is nothing but a refurbishing of the so-called "self-existence, self-defence" advocated by Hideki Tojo in the past. Sato openly clamoured that Korea "was essential to Japan's own security" and that China's Taiwan "was also a most important factor for the security of Japan." Nakasone even flagrantly included China's sacred territory Tiaoyu and other islands in "the scope of Japanese defence," declaring that Japan will use military force to "defend" these islands. They called this place the "life line" of Japan and that place the "sphere of Japanese life." They asserted frenziedly that "the meaning of national boundary in the past no longer exists" and that "the scope of Japanese defence will expand rapidly." In other words, "the scope of Japanese defence" includes not only Korea, China's Taiwan, the Philippines and Indochina, but also the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf in West Asia. The fourth arms expansion plan also brazenly calls for the "maintenance of air supremacy and control of the sea to the necessary degree" in areas around Japan. Turning things upside down, it describes the people of China, Korea, Viet Nam and other countries in Asia as a threat to Japan, while on the other hand, it raises a hue and cry about "preventing aggression before it happens" and "ruling out aggression in its early stage." This trick of a thief crying "stop thief!" clearly shows that the spearhead of aggression of the Japanese reactionaries is directed against the people of Korea, China and other Asian countries. "Defence" on their lips is a synonym of aggression.
   The Japanese reactionaries have admitted long ago that through the implementation of the fourth and fifth arms expansion plans they would bring about a "big leap" in Japan's military strength and greatly strengthen Japan's "tactical offensive capability" and "strategic offensive capability." The fourth arms expansion plan stipulates that while raising the "mobility'1 of the army, stress must be laid on increasing the strength of the navy and air force, expanding enormously such equipment as F-4EJ Phantoms, tanker aircraft, amphibian tanks, large-sized frigates carrying helicopters. According to the fourth arms expansion plan, expenditure for the study of military technology will be increased most swiftly for the purpose of reinforcing Japan's military offensive capability. But how can the Japanese reactionaries fool others by describing these military equipment as "defensive" and acting as if they were in "strategic defence"?
   Sato, Nakasone and their ilk spoke of preparing to fight a limited local war involving conventional weapons, but in reality, they are making preparations for launching an aggressive war on a large scale. Since the Japanese reactionaries have a big appetite for expansion abroad, directing their spearhead of aggression against Korea, China, Indochina and other Asian countries, how can the war, once unleashed by them, be a "limited war"? History shows that the Japanese militarists used to camouflage their insatiable ambitions for aggression with the smokescreen of "not enlarging" the war. Forty years ago, when they created the "September 18" incident in aggression on northeast China, they declared that they would "not enlarge the incident" But not long afterwards, they unleashed an all-round aggressive war against China. Furthermore, an all-round war can also be fought with conventional weapons.   Was it not Japanese militarism which provoked a large-scale Pacific war through its naval and air attacks on the Pearl Harbour 30 years ago?
   It must also be pointed out that the Japanese reactionaries have long prepared for nuclear armaments. They have worked with the United States in the production of enriched uranium so that nuclear weapons can be manufactured at any time. The so-called "three-point non-nuclear principle" loudly advertised in the fourth arms expansion plan is nothing but a smokescreen. Once Japanese militarism embarks on the old path of unleashing an aggressive war, it may fight a conventional as well as a nuclear war.
   The difference between today's Japanese militarism and that of pre-war days is that it is lied to the U.S. war chariot. The publication of Japan's draft fourth arms expansion plan is precisely aimed at meeting the needs of the "Nixon doctrine." To retrieve itself from its failure, U.S. imperialism is eager to use Japanese militarism as its shock force in aggression in Asia, while the Japanese reactionaries are trying their utmost to step up the revival of militarism and renew the fond dream of a "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" by relying on the influence of U.S. imperialism. The fourth arms expansion plan calls for "adhering to the Japan-U.S. security system," and Sato and his ilk openly clamoured for "a greater Japanese role in helping to keep world order and solve international conflicts." All this shows that the Japanese reactionaries are continuing to follow the U.S. imperialist policies of aggression and war, and energetically serve the criminal scheme of the "Nixon doctrine" in "using Asians to fight Asians."
   Another vicious aim of the Japanese reactionaries In stepping up arms expansion is to maintain their domestic fascist rule and intensify their bloody suppression of the Japanese people. In the fourth arms expansion plan, the Japanese reactionaries raved about the need to cope with so-called "indirect aggression," and "to control the situation, regain security as soon as possible." This bares their criminal intention to intensify counter-revolutionary violence for stamping out the revolutionary struggle of the Japanese people.
   Our great leader Chairman Mao points out: "Japan is a great nation." "The Japanese people have a bright future." Today, the Japanese people are more awakened than ever before and will never allow the U.S.-Japanese reactionaries to push the Japanese nation into the abyss of disaster once again. At the same time, the Asian situation has undergone a basic change and the Asian people's revolutionary force is stronger than ever before. The criminal plan of the U.S.-Japanese reactionaries to step up the revival of Japanese militarism is being strongly opposed by the people of Japan, Korea, China, the three Indochinese countries and other Asian countries. Should Japanese militarism dare to provoke a new war of aggression in Asia, it will only suffer another defeat — a more disastrous defeat than the previous one.

(June 16)

Source: Peking Review, No. 26, June 25, 1971
Transcribed for www.wengewang.org



  
  
  

 
 
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