[Marxism] Political issues around the Japanese constitution

Lajany Otum lajany_otum at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Jul 18 22:49:24 MDT 2006

There is a long and interesting discussion of Japanese 
constitutional issues on the Japan Focus website. Brief 

A couple of observations. One is, taking the structure 
of the state as a whole, it seems to me that Koizumi is 
trying to fuse neoliberalism and neonationalism, and 
that one requires the other. In other words, as you 
dissolve society, as you dissolve all the intermediate 
organizations that people depend on, then you need 
to reinforce the state, you need patriotism, you need 
nationalism. But it’s not genuine nationalism or 
patriotism, since the key thrust of all of this is to turn 
Japan into what Gotoda Masaharu calls a “zokkoku,” 
a vassal state. The more Koizumi structurally 
subordinates Japan to the United States, the more 
it’s necessary for him to stand up and say, We 
Japanese are glorious and wonderful, and we go to 
Yasukuni. Yasukuni is required by the vassal-state 
status that he’s embracing for Japan.

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