やしの実通信 by Dr Rieko Hayakawa


Dear Mr Alexander B. Gray - Japan-Anglo alliance 🇯🇵🇬🇧🇺🇸

Dear Mr Alexander B. Gray
It is my sincere pleasure to know that you are expressing your deep interest and positive opinions on the Pacific Island countries where I have been involved for over 30 years.
In particular, your proposal to expand the Free Association Agreement that the U.S. has with the three Micronesian countries to include Tuvalu, Nauru and Kiribati is exactly what I have been advocating for more than a decade.
On the other hand, I have long been curious about the opinions of you regarding China's expansion into the Pacific and its military threats, which overlap with Japan's moves during the war.
I won't go into the intricacies of international relations 100 years ago, but at the very least, there was the expansionism of the U.S. during the Spanish-American War, when the U.S. acquired the Spanish territories of the Philippines and Guam, and at the same time claimed Hawaii.
Japan occupied the Micronesian Islands, which became its own territory, at the request of Britain under the Japan-Anglo Alliance, and defended the Indo-Pacific, including the fleets of Australia and New Zealand. As a result, with the creation of the League of Nations, the former German territories north of the equator became Japan's mandated territories, a fact that should not be forgotten.
While the U.S. was turning Hawaii, Guam, and the Philippines into military bases, Japan was proceeding with civilian rule in accordance with the terms of the mandate. The fact that more than a thousand words of Japanese are still spoken as loanwords in Palau can give you an idea of what Japanese rule was like.
At the Washington Conference in 1921, opposition from the U.S. and Canada led to the breakup of the Japan-Anglo alliance, and 100 years later, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has returned to the Indo-Pacific, which many Japanese see as a revival of this alliance. Although it is not widely known, Japan's colonization of Taiwan was modeled after that of Britain. The Taiwanese people's first favorite country is not the United States, but Japan, as I am sure you know. The grandfather of a Taiwanese friend of mine volunteered to join the Japanese army and fought against the U.S. forces in Rabaul.
The Japanese had the experience of changing the history of our country with the military threats made by Perry's Black Ships. At the Versailles Conference, a proposal to abolish racial discrimination suffered by Japanese immigrants in the U.S. was supported by many countries, but was scrapped by US President Wilson. There was a time when the United States was a threat to the Japanese. In addition, under its open-door liberal economy, Japan has been engaged in economic activities not only in Micronesia, which was a mandate territory, but also in the British and Australian territories of Nauru, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea. On the contrary, there is a story of Isokichi Komine, a merchant who defended the Australian military in Rabaul, who was driven out of Australia and his business was forced into hardship. Okinawans, who accounted for 70% of the Micronesian immigrants, pioneered pelagic fishing in the vast Pacific Ocean, and there is no historical evidence that they were supported by military objectives.
It seems that the propaganda and paranoia of 100 years ago is now unfolding before our eyes. Today, Japan, the United States, Australia, and India are playing a central role in the free and open "Indo-Pacific" to support the prosperity of the region. I believe that the perception of history differs depending on one's position, but I would like you to examine the role and meaning of the Japan-Anglo alliance which was dissolved under pressure from the US and Canada.
親愛なるAlexander B. Gray