For those unfamiliar with the term, this was the linguistic window dressing Japan put over the collection of Asian territories it took by force and atrocity over during the Second World War. A co-prosperity heavily weighted in Imperial Japan’s favor.
Thought about this after watching on the NHK (Japan’s version of the BBC) channel here of a special on the U.S. bases in Okinawa a program advertised as also dealing with the U.S. military bases situated on Guam as well.
The last part raised an eyebrow very high. It is one thing and an issue for Japan and the Japanese to discuss the presence of the U.S. military on Japanese soil (though in the case of Okinawa, I would argue only recently- like from the 1600’s was Okinawa “Japanese” and I say that as Okinawa was forcibly conquered by the Satsuma fiefdom in southern Kyushu. Before that, Okinawa considered itself a tributary vassal state of China), but a discussion of U.S. military bases on Guam, which BTW is a U.S. possession (they even have a representative, a non-voting one, in Congress) smacks of putting ones nose in where it is not called for or welcome.
So what is the motive? A comparative look at the experiences of the local populations in having a U.S. military base on their soil? Are there issues with U.S. military personnel and the local inhabitants of Guam? I can’t say as stories here on Guam are very, very few and far between. Or is there a deeper, latent motive? A subtle move by those in the Japanese government to stir up trouble in a U.S. procession as a step towards re-creating the ‘The Greater Asian Co-Propensity Sphere’?