U. S. and Japan Strengthen Aggressive Military Alliance
November 7, 2005
On October 29, the U.S. and Japan signed a new 14-page military agreement which will strengthen U.S. military presence in Asia, increase the role of the Japanese military in U.S.-led "anti-terrorist" operations, and further integrate the armies of the two countries. The Pentagon called the agreement part of "the biggest overhaul of the Pacific alliance in decades."
Among other things, the U.S. and Japan are planning:
-- Deployment of new U.S. radar installations in Japan as part of the Pentagon's "ballistic missile defense" system which is part of U.S. plans for nuclear war in the Asian theater. The U.S. will also deploy Patriot PAC-3 and SM-3 missiles in Japan "to support U.S. treaty commitments."
On October 27, the U.S. Navy also announced that it will base a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in Japan starting in 2008. This will be the first time such a nuclear ship has been allowed to use Japan as its home port.
-- The use of the Japanese military to provide logistical support for U. S. "counterterrorism" operations as well as "humanitarian and reconstruction" missions. Despite a constitutional ban against the deployment of military forces outside the country, the Japanese government is already assisting in the U.S. occupation of Iraq. One day after the new agreement was signed, on October 30, Prime Minister Koizumi said that Japan must revise its pacifist constitution to "play a more active role in international security."
-- A joint operations center at Yokota Air Base and other joint commands to keep Japanese forces under the thumb of the Pentagon. The agreement also calls for increasing joint military training and exercises, shared intelligence and planning, shared use of military bases and arms, etc. U.S. forces in Japan will also be modernized and streamlined to "create a leaner, more flexible fighting force."
The strengthening of the U.S.-Japanese military alliance is part of the Pentagon's worldwide aggressive military posture. In particular, U.S. officials have repeatedly admitted that this alliance is directed against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as well as China.
The Japanese people are already initiating new struggles against this treaty and the U.S.-Japan alliance. On October 30, at least 5,000 people staged a protest against the new agreement on Japan's southern island of Okinawa. The demonstration called for the withdrawal of the 15,000 U.S. marines stationed there. Anti-U.S. rallies also took place in Yokosuka, just outside Tokyo as well as in western Japan.