Secrets of Diplomacy and Secret Diplomacy between Japan and the US

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Feb 18, 2011 14:24 politics
Many of the Japanese people believe that Japan has been enjoying peace for a long time thanks to their incomparable Peace Constitution (another name of the Constitution of Japan), not to US army/navy/air forces/marines. But politicians in power in Japan have been worried about ‘different opinions’ that have been put under their nose by US government for a long time.

Today, many old diplomatic documents of Japan with the US were opened by Japanese government (not by WikiLeaks), in which we can become aware of some of the facts that are contradictory to ‘thanks to their incomparable peace constitution’. For example, US ambassador Reischauer said in 1967 to Japanese government in a secret letter, “Thanks to US effort of defense, Japan is milking free security.” (This is a double translation from Japanese in today’s Nikkei.)

But such harsh arguments have been hidden to citizens of Japan by Japanese government (and US government maybe). They are secrets of diplomacy and also secret diplomacy.

Japanese people have something on their mind against the US. One of the reasons results from the fact that they are not informed of the truth, I think. They cannot laugh at Chinese.

A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. (James Madison)