In his article "Japan Abandons America", Robert Morely writes of the impending sea change in U.S.-Japan relations:
For over 50 years, one party ruled Japan virtually uninterrupted. During that time, Japan remained a loyal ally and supporter of U.S. policy. This month, a historic event took place.
Japan has new leadership. In a landslide victory, a new party has done the seemingly impossible. A new freshmen class of leaders now governs the Land of the Rising Sun. The effects are already rippling across the Pacific toward America.
Yukio Hatoyama is Japan's new leader. He officially took office last Wednesday, and he is already threatening to split with the United States.
Hatoyama blames America for the global economic crisis and says that the U.S. is responsible for "the destruction of human dignity." He campaigned on protecting traditional Japanese economic activities and reducing U.S.-led globalization.
And that's not all:
More alarming for American policymakers, Hatoyama has authorized a wide-ranging review of the U.S. military presence on Japanese soil. He is reexamining the agreement that permits U.S. warships to dock at Japanese ports, and has said Japan should take a second look at why it is spending billions to house and transfer U.S. troops between its islands. Hatoyama has also moved to quickly end Japan's fueling support for the U.S. naval anti-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
On Wednesday, an even bigger torpedo hit. Both U.S. and Japanese officials confirmed that discussions were underway to remove all U.S. fighter aircraft from Japan.
It was easy for the regime to whip up a war frenzy against Iraq, even before 9-11, but Japan is an entirely different matter. There isn't even a remotely convincing pretext for branding Japan a "rogue state", let alone blockading or bombing her. She is not just another pipsqueak nation to be bullied and beaten up:
Japan is the world's second-largest economy. It is also America's second-most-important creditor. The U.S. government owes Japan over $724 billion! The only nation America owes more money to is China ($800 billion). The U.S. also imports $140 billion worth of goods from Japan each year.
You have to wonder if the American empire is following a similar trajectory to that of its old Soviet rival. With the U.S.S.R., the satellite nations broke away first. Then the internal provinces revolted. How Stage Two plays out for America, we can only guess, but Stage One is beginning.