US-Japan 1960 Security Treaty, and the Shadows of History

No one, I mean no one, in the United States is paying any attention whatsoever to a very important story with implications for American relations in East Asia.  As recently revealed by the Japanese government, in spring 1960, the United States — in negotiating with then-PM Kishi Nobusuke, a former Class-A war crimes suspect and inmate of Sugamo Prison until 1948, and no friend to Communists anywhere — got the Japanese government to concede rights to transit via or station American nuclear weapons in Japan.

Gee, do you suppose the North Koreans have noticed this story or made sufficient hay?  Or that the Chinese readership is wholly ignorant of this, in favor of utmost fascination with inept would-be bombers rocketing toward the global Mecca of Detroit, city of dead dreams and derailed plans?

The short answer is no.


  1. I believe you are about to trigger an international crisis with this short post. Shush!

    1. JR! It’s almost as if we are inmates in the laogai of contemporary reportage, that is, where everyone is supposed to toil in the same ditch, digging it ever deeper while Rupert Murdoch or the ghost of Hu Qiaomu whips and exhorts. Thus your council is wise: why lengthen one’s sentence anyway?

  2. We might lengthen our sentences while blogging is fun! To me, it’s more like toiling to tear down the fences.

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