I feel slightly amused whenever I see an article about secret cults or shadowy organizations running an entire country, and I felt no differently when I saw the following article:
Ignore the hooded figures and religious overtones. Shinzo Abe is not some brainwashed puppet working for some monolithic patriarchal conspiracy. The subject of the article, Nippon Kaigi, is very much a nationalist right wing secret society that has attempted to influence Japanese politics. The question is, why has it been allowed to succeed? And what is Abe doing? The answer, in my analysis, is that he is fundamentally trying to reorient Japan’s foreign policy position in relation to the Western powers of the USA and Britain.
The West’s latest spate of unpopular, globalist policy has caused a backlash among the more nationalistic countries like Russia, Japan, and a good part of continental Europe. That policy being the use of GMO crops, trade deals placing corporate power over national sovereignty, and the issue of Middle Eastern refugees and migrants. The recent Brexit could also be a part of that backlash as well. As the global influence of the West has been shaken recently, some seem to be jumping off the bandwagon of American hegemony, or are at least attempting to hedge their bets. Shinzo Abe has been trying to revive Japanese military power for any potential conflict with the PRC in the South China Sea, and he has worked with Russia to invest Japanese money into Putin’s rising oil industry in Siberia (and Putin’s battle against the dollar reserve currency). It’s clear that the Japanese elite are no longer willing to rely on the West and want some measure of independence, and one of biggest obstacles for this push is the Japanese constitution.
The LDP’s proposed constitution, which has been strongly influenced by Nippon Kaigi alumni, according to reports by the Asahi Shimbun and other media, would scrap Article 9, which forbids Japan from engaging in warfare as a means of settling international disputes. It would also severely curtail freedom of speech, taking away the right to speak out on issues “if it is against the public interest.”
Precepts like human rights and an inability to declare war are a few new aspects that the West incorporated into the Japanese constitution during the Potsdam Conference and the post-WWII occupation. After that war, America, Britain and Russia wanted to weaken the Axis nations for as long as possible, so Germany was split in half and Japan became an unofficial client state under the US. Now that the shoe is on the other foot and the US is disadvantaged, the Japanese Zaibatsu families are attempting to slip out from underneath the Western thumb.