Putting an End to the Historical Issues (Part 4):
The Japanese Smashed Western Colonial Rule and Defeated Racist Policies
The War Between Japan and America Was a Clash Between Emerging Nations.
Why were Japan and the U.S. forced to fight one another in the last world war? In order to find the answer, we need to look back at the history of both countries as far as the 1860s.
In Japan, a new Meiji government was established in 1868 after the civil hostilities known as the Boshin War ended. After that, in order to stem a military threat from Russia, Japan built a sphere of influence in parts of East Asia such as the Korean Peninsula and Taiwan after winning both the First Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War.
Meanwhile, the race issue had nearly split apart America when the Civil War started in 1861. Afterwards, the Americans sought to establish a frontier to the west, and they occupied Hawaii and Guam. They also put out feelers in Southeast Asia, where they decided to colonize the Philippines.
The location of Japanese-ruled Taiwan in relation to the American-ruled Philippines is important here. In those days, they were apart by one day on a steamer ship, and the advance of Japan and the U.S. into this region preordained the two nations’ later clashes.
It Was Not a “War Between Democracy and Fascism”
Later, America fought on the Allied side in World War I, where the main battlefield was Europe. The Americans used their abundant military strength and resources to bring Germany to bay, and they demonstrated an overwhelming presence. In Asia, meanwhile, Japan had supported the founding of Manchukuo in today’s northeast China, in a move to prevent the expansion of Soviet communism. Japan had made itself a leading power in Asia.
In the latter half of the 19th century, while the glory of the British Empire, which had ruled the seven seas, was beginning to dim, both Japan and America had unified their countries, expanded their national powers, and risen to become the two great powers of the East and the West. The war between Japan and Am
erica was to be the “decisive battle” between two emerging nations.
The British historian David Williams wrote, “An objective view cannot be gained from the orthodox historical perspective of the Allies. America sought hegemony in the Pacific and wanted to wipe out the spheres of influence that Japan and Europe possessed in Asia. This was one reason why the Roosevelt government maneuvered Japan into a war.”
In other words, the “war between democracy and fascism” and the “war between God and the Devil” was nothing more than American wartime propaganda. The war between Japan and America was not simply a “hegemonic war” between emerging nations in the West and Asia. It was a hegemonic war over whether it was acceptable for Western colonialism and racist policies to continue to govern the way people do business on earth.
The Second World War Was a Holy War to Free Our Fellow Asians
How was Western colonial rule in Asia? Before World War II, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and America ruled Southeast Asia. They made the indigenous people work like slaves for a pittance, had them grow crops for export, and pocketed the profits. Since they restricted the local industries and food production lines, poverty and decay were rampant in Asian countries.
The British, who ruled India, made the local people grow crops that could be sold for high prices, such as indigo for dyeing and poppies from which opium could be made. This resulted in a sharp decline in food production in India. The country was repeatedly visited by large-scale famines, and more than 20 million people were said to have starved to death in the 19th century.
America, which was a latecomer to colonial rule, had fought and won the Spanish-American War in 1898, citing the moral cause to liberate the Philippines from Spain. However, America did not hand over sovereignty to the Philippines, which angered revolutionary forces, and a war broke out between the U.S. and them. It resulted in the massacre of about 600,000 Filipinos.
Discrimination against people of color is in the background of Western colonial rule, and the Japanese often fell victim to this prejudice. In the 20th century, movements accelerated in American states and cities to deprive Japanese immigrants of the right to naturalize and to strip them of their citizenship. In 1924, America enacted the firmly anti-Japanese Immigration Act. America, as a country, finally decided to block Japanese immigration. At that time, Japan was feeling the effects of the Great Depression. There was not enough work available within the country, and the Japanese were forced to adopt the approach of moving to a different country, for example, Manchuria.
Japan Was the First to Appeal for an End to Racial Discrimination
Japan issued a challenge to the white dominated world. In 1905, Asians and Africans greeted Japan’s victory in the Russo-Japanese War with joy. The campaigner for India’s independence, Chandra Bhose, reminisced about that time,
“Japan, an oriental nation, fought against the world power that was Russia and inflicted a crushing defeat. This news circulated throughout India and a wave of excitement washed over us. We, children of India, loved and respected Admiral Togo and General Nogi.”
In 1919, when the the Paris Conference met to draw up the protocol for the League of Nations, Japan’s ambassador plenipotentiary Makino Nobuaki put forth a proposal calling for the abolition of racial discrimination. U.S. President Wilson rejected it. He was acting as chairman and said, “Such an important issue must be decided unanimously”, but Japan was clearly the first country to call for “the abolition of racial discrimination” at an international conference. Japan was obviously an advanced country if we consider that 40 years later America, then considered the home of the free, granted civil rights to black people.
When Japan Occupied Territories in World War II, It Established Local Governments in All of Them.
Japan routed the armies of the West while it proclaimed the liberation of Asia. The people of Asia, who witnessed this movement, rose up and one after another gained independence from colonial rule (see the table below).
Around 2,000 Japanese soldiers remained in Indonesia after the war, and they volunteered to fight in their army for their war for independence. They fought alongside local soldiers against the British and the Dutch armies, who were trying to preserve colonial rule. More than 400 Japanese soldiers died in battle, but after four and a half years of fierce struggles, Indonesia gained its independence after 350 years of colonial rule.
An American specialist on East Asia, Helen Mears, pointed out the following:
Roosevelt did not say that, when viewed historically, Japan didn’t ‘enslave’ the people of Asia, but European colonial powers did, the ones with whom he formed an alliance. (…) During the great war, in fact, Japan established local ‘independent’ governments in all the territories it occupied.” (Mirror for Americans: JAPAN)
Racism Warped America’s Great Cause
There was a “great cause” on the American side as well. An American victory would herald a post-war “American century”. The countries of the West could achieve economic growth under the American banner of liberty and democracy. Japan is also one of the countries that benefited from the success of America’s mission.
It was a shame that racism warped America’s great cause. In the Great Tokyo Air
Raid of March 1945, America deliberately used incendiary bombs in order to turn the city into a sea of fire, and more than 100,000 citizens lost their lives in the span of one night. In August, America dropped atomic bombs first on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki, killing 110,000 citizens in the former and 70,000 in the latter.
The number of civilians massacred in these three attacks alone reached nearly 300,000, and the figure would become much higher if deaths in the Battle of Okinawa were also to be included.
In order to justify these atrocities, America staged a “ceremony” known as the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, and the U.S. military fabricated things such as the non-existent “Rape of Nanking”, and proclaimed to the world that “Japan, with its fascist system, was a bad country”.
Justice Pal from India, who insisted on the innocence of all the Japanese defendants at the IMTFE.
However, an Indian jurist on the IMTFE Justice Pal, who insisted on the innocence of all defendants, criticized America in a lecture he gave in Hiroshima in 1952 as follows:
What was the pretext for the dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Was there a reason for dropping them on Japan? At that time hadn’t Japan already communicated via the Soviet Union its intention to surrender? Nonetheless, those cruel bombs were dropped on Hiroshima as ‘an experiment’. Not on their fellow whites in Germany, but on the Japanese. Was there not racial prejudice in that? Yet, they still have uttered no words of repentance on this tragedy. Their hands are still sullied. How can they speak of peace in this situation?”
Racial prejudice also led to another big American mistake. The U.S. leadership ignored the communist revolution that the Soviet Union was trying to “export” through the world, and they allowed it to spread.
The Soviet Union was formed in 1922, and under the dictatorial rule of the Communist Party, its people lost their liberty and tens of millions of people were said to have died in a succession of purges. America, with its mighty cause, joined hands with the Soviet Union, attacked Japan from both sides, and ended the war. Afterwards, America occupied Japan.
However, after World War II, the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union began, and China became communist. It was clear from the shift that America erred in its judgement. Before the war, Japan had squared off against the communist forces of the Soviet Union and China, and after the war, America was instead forced to confront them militarily.
Colonial Rule and Racial Discrimination Became No Longer Acceptable Around the World
A panoramic view of the world war shows us that, as a result of the fight between Japan and the U.S., both the Japanese “great cause” of putting an end to Western colonial rule and racist policies and the American “great cause” of prosperity under liberty and democracy were realized.
As a rule, every country has national gods that guide it from the Real World, and the aims of the gods of both Japan and the U.S. were fulfilled. In the case of the Japanese gods of Takama-ga-hara, even though they suffered a stinging blow from defeat, they manifested “a part of their fervent aspirations”.
Since the latter half of the 20th century, colonial rule and racial discrimination have become unacceptable around the world, and this was the result of Japan’s self-sacrificing fight. In that sense, The Greater East Asian War was “a holy war to emancipate Japan’s fellow Asian countries”.
Japan Fought to Liberate Asia
Testimonies From the Spirit World by Japanese and American Leadership of the Day
Japan fought in the Pacific War to liberate Asian colonies from the West.
This was made clear in Happy Science’s spiritual messages as well. Here is an introduction to testimony from the spirit world provided by the Japanese and American leadership that steered their countries at the time.
“Let me tell you this, Japan, the Empire of Japan, was not fascist! What we did was a just cause: to protect our land and liberate Asia. (…) Of course, it might be true to say that I “dragged Japan into the war”, but that was the result, and from the very beginning, I did not start the war to make people suffer.”
“He (Roosevelt) discriminated against the yellow race. (…) I could not forgive his continuation of the mockery of the Japanese people that has existed in some form for more than 10,000 years.”
“At the time, (…) at any rate, our oil supplies were cut off. The country could not manage itself with its energy supplies cut off. That is why we were forced to launch into a war.”
“I probably wouldn’t have used (an atomic bomb on Germany). It wasn’t in the original plan, you see. The target was Japan right from the very start.”
“Japan used the words ‘the Greater East Asian War’ as an act to release the karma that Europe had accumulated in the centuries since the Age of Discovery, and I think in fact that there is some truth in that.
“Of course, it was a hegemonic war between the United States and two countries of Japan and Germany. You see, the country that became the leader of the European would, of course, be positioned as our next rival, and the country that became the leader of Asia would be our rival as well. Therefore, I imagined that a war might someday break out between those two countries.”
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The spiritual messages from the Japanese and American leaders at the time of The Greater East Asian War suggest that Japan fought to defeat racism and liberate the West’s Asian colonies.
Race was very much a key issue in that war, which was also a hegemonic war between Japan and the U.S. In addition to the rejection of Japanese immigrants being an underlying reason for the Japanese start of the war, discrimination against the yellow race was one of the reasons why America dropped the atomic bombs on Japan, which Truman stated in his spiritual message. Meanwhile, as Tojo Hideki declared in his spiritual message, Japan fought the war to liberate Asian colonies from the West, and in fact, after the war, those countries gained their independence.