2016年11月7日月曜日

Background of Shin-Godzilla Chapter 5 : The world without Newclear weapons


 I heard "Shin-Godzilla" was received well at north America, and I feel a sense of relief even if most of audience are Kaijyu otaku or Evangelion otaku.
 It seems that most of them enjoyed point of the movie so I believe I have nothing to add on and would like to continue to talk about background of it.
  
 Until first Godzilla was released in 1954, consistently the big monster which spread radioactivity is a metaphor of a new clear bomb.
 As you likely know, Japan is a only nation in the world to be bombed with atomic weapon (in other words America is a only nation to used atomic weapon).
 The movie "Shin-Godzilla" give it only a mention of 2 black and white photographies of bombed area.
 I think it has 2 points. Firstly, the director Hideaki Anno wanted to describe political drama as fast as possible so he needed to omit sentimental description.
 (In fact he dinied the proposal of the setting read character Yaguchi and Pertterson were once love relationship)
 In the second place, every Japanese have seen pictures of victims of atomic weapon once at least, for example woman who has burned-out skin or a pile of dead civilians like a Holocaust. We remind them when we see the bombed area photographies so he didn't need to describe it.

 Of course I don't mean to say Japanese are only victim in the pacific war. Japanese army killed more people at south-eastern Asia than victims of atomic bomb, and right from the start Japan had no chance to win and had better raise the white flag in surrender much earlier.
 In the movie central character Randou Yaguchi said "In the World War 2, many Japanese were killed by optimistic speculation of the government." In facts leading cause of death of Japanese soldiers at world war 2 is neither atomic bomb nor kamikaze attack but starving...

 But I also heard that some one at oversea had a feeling of strangeness and criticized the movie "WTF! Drop the newclear bomb and kill Godzilla soon!"
 I haven't enough brain to judge who is the justice or not, I just want to say it's just a culture gap matter and it's a same case Japanese have a feeling of strangeness when script writers of Hollywood
didn't background work at all and describe a new clear weapon as just a bit stronger bomb.
 And I half expect people who knows new clear weapons only through Hollywood movies or biased schoolbook must choose a piece of shit who shouldn't have a nuclear button as president someday...
 (I heard recently some of schoolbook put down with different opinions but I'm living in Japan so I don't know the matter of the fact)



 Before the movie released, Barack Obama visited one of the bombed area Hiroshima as incumbent president for the first time. It's a historic and emotional moment but I also know government officials said this visit is not for "apologizing".
 Personally speaking leaving aside right and wrong of the wars, someday American president should apologize about usage of inhumane weapons, now only atomic bomb but also agent orange in the Vietnam war and depleted uranium bomb in the Iraq war (and I think it's no accident that all of them were used to only Asian people)
 But I understand American president has so many political ties with rightish people just like Japanese prime minister has, so if victims of atomic bombs were to urge him to apologize this visit wouldn't happen.
 And I also think it's a hypocrisy if I anger representing the victims despite they definitely say they don't wish him to apologize.

 It seems that America and Japan could break a cycle of hatred, but countries of Asia and middle east still can't. China and South Korea still continue to do anti-Japan propaganda, and now many of Japanese find out it's not a human rights issue but just a political issue so no matter how much we pay money and how many times we lower our head they won't forgive Japan forever.
 I'd like to believe America is a alliance partner but I'm disappointed the Hollywood, who have described Japanese or Russian as enemy for a long time, now describe Chinese as friendly person because China is a big market, despite it's a rogue nation who has a territorial ambition.
 In the movie Randou also said self-deprecating script "Postwar era for Japan last forever". I'm a peace lover and the misery war should never be repeated, and I understand many of Japanese want keep things as they are, but if Japanese want to achieve true self-reliance honestly speaking there's only 2 way, to equip itself with nuclear arms or to join the winning side in next world war.

 This would be the last chapter I write about the movie, maybe I'll write about the relationship between the last scene of the movie and nuclear accident, but it seems that no one read by blog so it depends on my mood... 

2016年10月10日月曜日

Background of Shin-Godzilla Chapter 4 : Japan-U.S. Security Arrangements

 In the movie "Shin-Godzilla" it's Nichibei Ampo (Japan-U.S. Security Arrangements) which is the legal basis for request of support to the American army, so I'd like to talk about it as trivia.
 Right from the start, why American army stay in Japan now ? I believe it's a little known fact that it's the marine force stationed in Japan which is good at landing operation.  
 So if you ask the question to specialists of Japan-U.S. relations, I guess other half answer it's to invade Japan when Japan spur militarism again, and another half answer it's for Japanese but not
to fight with invader to Japan, but to invade Korean Peninsula and stop communists at there.
 (Therefore I think Donald Trump is fuckin liar but clever businessman because he may understand because of the end of cold war, demand of US military in Japan has relatively decreased for America so he might think he can squeeze more money.)
  
 I don't mean to say American army has no deterrent power, but it is said that Japan-U.S. Security Arrangements has a fatal loophole so I believe American won't help Japanese when china invade Japan despite of claim of Trump.
 In facts if you see the articles of Japan-U.S. Security Arrangements, you'll find there is no words "use of force" or "defense obligation" (I think this fuzziness is intentional because article 5 of North
Atlantic Treaty definitely says "forthwith" the parties do necessary "including the use of armed force"!)
 In article 9 it declares that the parties "would act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional provisions and processes". So this treaty only guarantee America submit the action to
the Congress for approval, no more and no less. Needless to say if the American Congress were to vote down, Japan would have no future...
 It's a sad but true democracies do war only when people are fascinated with sense of justice and it has a actual advantage for politicians. Iraq has both of them, but Senkaku islands has neither of them.
 Is Japan a important alliance partner for America ? or just a client country ? I believe many of American people might think "WTF? why we must die for the far east island where no one live?" and many of American politicians might be reluctant to alienate China whose GDP overtake Japanese now.

 U.S.-Japan alliance also has so many demerits for Japan. At okinawa islands helicopters make a flights over the residential area everyday (but they keep out from the area where American live because it's a loud and dangerous !). And when marine rape girls Japanese can't bring them into custody if they escape to the military base because it has extraterritorial right !
 (Recently in some cases American army turn suspects over to the Japanese police before indictment by "sympathetic consideration", but it's also true American governments keep a negative attitude to update the U.S-Japan Status of Forces Agreement)
 Though for the moment many of Japanese have a favorable view of America and not really want militarism. But if Japanese were to learn U.S.-Japan alliance is just a fictitious bill and loyalty to America for 70 years is completely meaningless, I can't deny the possibility that a radical right regime would be born in Japan which insist on nuclear armament and independence from America...
 In the next last chapter, I'd like to talk about relation between the movie and atomic weapon.

2016年10月3日月曜日

Background of Shin-Godzilla Chapter 3 : About Japanese army


 In this chapter I'd like to have a run-through of post-war history of Japan. I think it's boring story for you so I try to put it briefly as mush as possible...
 As you likely know, Japan is a defeated country of World War 2. After Japan accepted the surrender of the Allies in 1945, America-centered occupation forces came to Japan.
 Needless to say the purpose of the forces at the time is to prevent Japanese from war again. 
 So it's the Japanese Constitution which was made by Japanese government under the influence of chief commander Douglas MacArthur in 1947.
 In article 9 the constitution said Japanese people renounce war and never maintain forces forever. This is what we call "Pacifist constitution" which is controversial even now.
 In 1950 Korean War has begun. Many of occupation forces went to Korean Peninsula and the purpose of them at the time was to maintain public order of Japan and make it seawall against the communist country
 So Keisatsu Yobitai(National Police Reserve), which become the predecessor of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, was made for the purpose of complementing Police.
 In 1952 Japan won back it's sovereignty by San Francisco Peace Treaty, Occupation forces stopped making an entry but American forces were still there by Japan-U.S. Security Arrangements.
 And 2 years after Jieitai(Japan Self-Defense Forces) of now was born and purpose of the force became to defend Japan from direct or indirect invasion.
 After that Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation has been constantly modified and now Jieitai play a role in logistic support of Amerian forces (in this regard Trump tell a lie again !).

 Sorry for boring stentence. I think there are 2 key point.
 Firstly, I don't mean to say Japan has no merit of U.S.-Japan relations but it's also true Japan has been always swayed by national profit of America.
 (After Iraq war has begun in 2003, Japanese politicians were horrified because Deputy state secretary Armitage pressured Japanese government to send troops despite of article 9. Now Shinzo Abe build a stable administration and it seems that condition for constitutional change is right, but the irony is that now chinese GDP overtake Japanese and role of Armitage is to give him a warning "Don't provoke China casually !")
 Secondly, from the standpoint of the law Japan normally can's maitain any bullets and guns. It's a argumentative and complicated legal interpretation issue but it is said that Japan is permitted to have
minimum weapons for self-defense in the constitution, nevertheless it's also true Japan has so many legal and social restrictions for usage of the force. 

 I heard that the scene of "Shin-Godzilla" got a bad name at oversea where prime minister stop attacking because of delay in escape of people. I’d appreciate it if you keep in mind supposedly Jieitai is not 'Army' but 'Self defence force' so even if it were to produce just a one casualty left-leaning party and media, who are allergy to military and believe not American forces but Pacifist constitution keep Japan from war for 70 years, must heavily criticize the government's actions.
 It has no direct relation with the movie but in the next chapter I'm expected to write about American force in Japan.

2016年9月25日日曜日

Background of Shin-Godzilla chapter 2 : Fear of Japanese

What movie become a big hit ? There are so many conditions, but I think one is that whether the movie receives empathy or not, in other words whether it appeals to people's unconscious mind or potential demand and fear or not.
(It's just like "Men in Black" is based on immigration agent and aliens in the movie are metaphor of illegal immigrants.)
In that case, Why "Shin-Godzilla" became a big hit in Japan ? what's the potential fear of Japanese ? We can easily guess the movie is a homage for the people who faced great earthquake and nuclear accident in 2011.
The other is that, I think it's hard to understand without deep knowledge of Japan-U.S. relations, suspicion that America double-cross Japan someday even Japan has remained loyal to America around 70 years.
I think it's timely topic because recently Donald Trump said if someone invade Japan America must protect Japan, but if someone invade America Japan has no obligations to protect America.
I don't know Trump is whether a populist or just a empty head, but I'm fairly convinced when Chinese force attack Senkaku islands which is inherently territories of Japan, American force won't go into action.
(In the movie anchorman said "disturbing trend at Senkaku islands" and this phrase means China try to invade Japan taking advantage of the confusion)
I'd like to think America is a alliance partner which share values of democracy, and I give a special thanks to American soldiers who went to Fukushima at Tomodachi operation despite the risk of radioactivity.
But I want to talk about the suspicion because it seems that Trump got so many supporters and many people are fascinated with his opinion Japan-U.S. relations is unfair and unilateral treaty.
In the next chapter, I'm expected to write about Japanese force.

2016年9月23日金曜日

Background of Shin-Godzilla Chapter 1



Recently I watched the movie "Shin-Godzilla". I was deeply impressed by it and felt close to tears plenty of times.
But I heard that it received so many negative reviews at oversea and was already off the screen at Taiwan (Chinese Taipei).
In fact I guarantee if you go to the theater expecting some kind of disaster movie, you will get bored with so many conference scene.
I understand it because this movie has much to do with social circumstances of Japan (so if you have interest in Japanese culture it must be fun as research object).
Loosely speaking, in the first half of a film the director satirize weakness of Japanese, for example slowness of decision-making, ostrich policy, vertically structured administration, or army which bound with so many laws.
And in the latter half he describe strength of Japanese, always face up to difficulty not as an individual but as a team.
General director Hideaki Anno is my hero in eary life, and his animation movie "The end of Evangelion" is one of the best movie in my life even if now I'm a old man and have little interest in Otaku culture.
I'd like to believe you'll enjoy the conference scene even if you don't know meaning of words, just like the scene of uptight talking at NERV base.
And from perspective of Otaku culture, one of the character Hiromi Bitou got great popularity now because her sulky face remind them famous character of Evangelion Rei Ayanami.
But I also think it will be more fun if you have a background information of it.
I heard the movie is before the premiere at North America and I don't wanna write spoiler review, especially how American force (or UN force) play a role in the story.
So I'd like to write about relationship between America and Japan which has no direct relation with the movie.