In The Beginning
Part One / From Shogun to Hiroshima
Eastern Fukushima, beautiful beaches and coastal mountains, now gone forever, lost to the sands of time, never to be redeemed or replaced. A rich
history dating back thousands of years has come to an abrupt end, and all it took was five winter days in March.
But the destruction of Fukushima, like Hiroshima, actually began hundreds of years ago, when the European and Oriental cultures first collided.
Similar to the fate of Native Americans, it was a blending of oil and water, as one was an advanced and civilized culture with a clear understanding
of moral values, and the other a warlike and barbaric culture hellbent on oppression.
The Japanese ethos consisted of two distinct mind sets, Samurai warriors and Buddhist monks. That is a broad sweep of the brush, but conveys the image
needed. In the political world, the warriors often dominated. In the social world however, spiritual matters took a much higher ranking, with
foundations based on enlightenment through prayer and introspection, non-violence and respect for all living things. This was a way of interrelating
that had evolved over thousands and thousands of years through teachings that had endured the test of time.
In comparison, the European cultures consisted of one mind set that joined both war and religion into one force, forming an unholy alliance, and
producing a manifest destiny type of arrogance towards all living things. The exact opposite of Oriental wisdom.
They also smelled like swine on a hot summer's day. Not exactly someone you would want to invite over for tea and meditation.
Maybe if better aspects of European society had been the earliest contacts, things would be much different today. But being capitalistic and
self-serving in nature, resource acquisition is what originally brought the Europeans to the Orient. Spices to be exact. The demand for spices in
Europe was overwhelming, and all nations capable of trading with the Orient did so. This brought about a power struggle to control the spice trade,
and this in turn brought about bloodshed and wars between European nations. You know, business as usual.
It also brought Christianity to the Orient, creating a whole different power struggle, one that has plagued the world since Rome first took control of
the teachings of Jesus and turned him into a god of war instead of a god of love.
At first, Oriental traders tolerated European trade for the riches it brought. But little by little the Europeans also began to undermine the social
order by attempting to recreate it in their image, converting the heathen from their Buddhist idolatry. Manifest destiny, the European/Oriental
The Japanese quickly grew tired of the divisions Christianity created, demanding as it does, "my way or the highway", a concept alien to Oriental
thought. In 1641 Japan closed the door to westerners completely, and to make sure we got the point, they had but one law concerning the alien
invaders. If a European or American landed on Japanese soil they were killed instantly, no questions asked. It turned out to be a very effective
policy. For over 200 years the land of the rising sun was free of western influence and experienced a period of unification and prosperity.
You know, like when we don't take control and fug everything up.
That all ended on July 8th, 1853. The population explosion on the west coast of the US due to the gold rush created the need for trade with the
Orient. So the good ol US of A decided to play bully on the block, and sent Matt Perry and the boys over with enough firepower to show the Shogun and
Japan that they would be blown to hell if they didn't let us come in anytime we wanted and do business. And to show our intent, we proceeded to blow
to pieces a sacred forest near the Imperial Palace.
Though stunned, at first the Japanese refused. The Navy, however, returned with an even greater force, an armada, and the Shogun had no alternative
but to relinquish. On March 31 1854 a treaty was signed called the Convention of Kanagawa, and the US began to set up shop throughout Japan. And in
Japanese hearts everywhere, a deep seated hatred of all things American had begun to take root. How could it not.
Something else came from this time period as well. An understanding that the world was changing, and without sufficient firepower, Japan would always
be vulnerable to attack and occupation. This realization eventually led to the Meiji Restoration of 1868. The purpose of this movement was to restore
Japan to a super power status, by first creating a strong economy, that would then create a strong military.
This also led to the ascension of right wing paramilitary groups, and the acquisition of political power by right wing hawks, producing an air of
militarism and nationalism, so much so that Japan now believed that it had a divine mission to unify Asia under Japanese rule, known as hakko ichiu,
and once again close the door to westerners. In their eyes, no one else was capable of this task.
It was for this reason, and because Japan had few natural resources, that they began their own period of imperial conquest around the turn of the
century, fighting and winning wars with both China and Russia. This culminated in WW2 as Japan attempted to drive out all European and American
colonial influence in the Far East once and for evermore. And failed. And this failure was met with profound humiliation.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not need to happen. No nuclear device should have ever been deployed on a civilian populated city. There were small islands
with a military presence that could have been used instead, documented, and presented to the Imperial Command with the warning that without immediate
surrender numerous positions on the main island would then be bombed. Just as the Shogun relinquished in 1854, so would the war have ended then and
there, without another nuclear device being used.
But the US had to show the Russians and the British who was the big dog on the block, now that the Germans had been tamed. So we killed thousands of
innocent people in a Hollywood style production that played in movie newsreels for months. Happy soldiers loading the bomb. Happy generals puffing on
cigars. The ultimate 'fu@k you'.
Matt Perry and the US Navy were now replaced by MacArthur and the US Air force. Different names but the same sick game. Domination. And Japan once
again fell under US control.
Only this time around there was one big difference. Right wing hawks and extreme right wing para military groups were now the dominant force in Japan,
irrespective their defeat in WW2. They had been acquiring power for almost 100 years, dating back to our actions in the 1850s which had created this
dragon in the first place. WW2, Hiroshima and Nagasaki only served to push this dragon underground, forcing it to become a hidden dragon.
Above ground, even though pacifism had become the law of the land, this dragon was still pulling the strings of society. And though it took years to
pull off, Fukushima Daiichi was their baby.
Tomorrow. Chapter One / Part Two: Hiroshima to Fukushima, Restoring the Meiji Restoration
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