Friday, August 26, 2005

September 11 Election in Japan

September 11 Election in Japan

This year, 2005, September 11 will be a big day in Japan. General election is scheduled on the day. It is a result of September 11 2001’s attacks on America.

Or more directly, it is a result of July 7 2005’s attacks in London.

Japanese prime minister was attending G8 Summit when bombs blasted in the tube underground subway systems in London. The attacks were apparently planned to coincide with the Summit meeting being held in Scotland. They also seemed to be aimed at the prime minister of the U.K. Later the British prime minister made clear that he would not seek another term of office and also eventually resign as a parliament member.

Japanese prime minister observed all these incidents and shocks expressed by other world leaders. The U.S. President looked very alarmed there, too.

Just before the Japanese prime minister left for the G8 summit, bills for privatization of postal service narrowly passed the lower house of the Diet, Japanese national assembly. So he could save his face in the summit. But, when he came back to Japan, his bills were rejected in the upper house of the Diet due to factional insurgence in his party.

Logically, as the bills on which his cause of being a prime minister relies were rejected, he had to resign as prime minister. These bills embody his public promise and take a crucial position in his political career.

There have been some strong politicians in the Liberal Democratic Party who are against the prime minister. They seemed to offer a decisive challenge to the prime minister this time by voting against the bills. So, logically the prime minister should have announced his resignation, since he could not even get parliamentary approval on the bills he committed himself so much on. But, instead, he dissolved the Lower House, partly because no snap election is possible with the Upper House.

I sense something extraordinary behind his determination. Politically he was under attack just like the British prime minister. He must know that he was targeted. There are three choices for him to take: resignation, compromise and continuation of his administration, or election fight. His choice was the last one without hesitation just like the U.S. president in September 2001 having no choice but act as the commander in chief of the U.S. military.

The sequence is like this: 9/11 terror attacks, 7/7 terror attacks, and 9/11 general election.

If the incumbent prime minister of Japan is defeated in the coming election, troops of Japanese Self-Defense Force stationed in Iraq for humanitarian aids will be withdrawn this December. If he wins, the troops will most probably remain until the U.S. government turns down its request for anti-terror cooperation in Iraq.

Four years prior to 2001, that is, September 11, 1997, the government of Iraq at the time submitted to the United Nations documents fully disclosing the details of its past biological weapons program.

In 1997, Usama Bin Laden accepted an interview by CNN, telling that his followers attacked U.S. troops in Somalia in 1993 which is four years prior to 1997.

Everything can be regarded as coincidence including one’s own birth, but there is a kind of undeniable quasi-periodic trait in human activities and movements. Sometimes it can be four years, as is described above.