It was slight overcast morning when those judicial martyrs were ushered into that hot and stuffy court room. I could almost imagine through history's eye; as Mr. Okawa sat there, throat choked up with nervous anxiety. His face showing visible signs of tardive dyskinesia. He flinched as each of the charges were being read out by Judge Webb in front of a packed all white courtroom. Mr.Okawa finally cracked under the sheer enormity of the charges that were being leveled against him and his comrades. He was quickly ushered out of the courtroom, hospitalized, served a short two year stint behind bars and was released into society as a normal citizen and acquitted of all war crimes.
( "If you were any other nationality from any other non-Western country other than Anglo-America and you were in that courtroom that day then you were considered white by default - it was an Anglo Court").
Truman couldn't have anointed and appointed a better class act than Keenan, chief prosecutor during the trial, to find nothing but guilt for the man I'm about to write about. Keenan, who served under two presidents, and a former soldier himself was nothing more than a patriot a puppet and a pen pusher who specialized in budgetary duties for the Truman administration. The verdict was decided before the courts were even convened, as far as the status quo was concerned, and also because Keenan would undoubtedly never disagree with Truman. The American courts had no legal jurisdiction nor precedents to hold a trial on Japanese soil in the first place.
So why is Mr. Okawa being mentioned here on my blog? Not very many Japanese and Westerners alike can understand this conservative, and sometimes flamboyant man. Neither can I, but even his existence had some merit for the Japanese; being the grand architect and brain behind Japan's brutal expansionist policies through-out East Asia. A highly educated man, a man who worked towards a greater vision of Asian unity and greater co- prosperity among his neighbors - this also included Muslim nations in West Asia as well.
This doctrine of unity was called Pan-Asianism which was inherently designed in order to tip the balance of power in favor of Asian nations and to liberate these nations from the sphere of Western influence in the world. Before he died he Mr. Okawa managed to successfully translate the entire Quran into Japanese, the first Japanese to ever accomplish such a feat
Many people claim that he faked his illness in order to not stand trial. It is also widely believed that he thought the Tokyo Trials was a farce After his release he didn't run and hide from his commitment to make Japan better for the Japanese, and for Asia. He made many efforts to repair relations with China regardless if no progress was made. Modern day leaders of Japan today lack a tremendous amount of commitment to the cause of bettering Japan for the Japanese. There's no direction, no pure leadership model. All of the really upstanding Japanese have all died.
The United States had to prosecute hundreds of Japanese soldiers for crimes against humanity and peace on the basis of "international law" that it interpreted to mean justice for all. Were these laws subject to interpretation? Some call it victors justice, while others call it vindication for Japan's brutal expansionist policies through-out China, Burma, and even as far as Australia. If these charges had to be prosecuted, then why couldn't a neutral court have been appointed, like the Hague Court for example.... ? Weren't these international crimes?
I truly believe that the sanctity of the law has to apply evenhandedly to all human beings regardless of race, religion, or creed. The Tokyo Trials was a test of this sanctity and the laws used to govern and judge the acts of human beings. The law that day failed because it was impartial to the West's interpretation of the law, and none other. America answers to nobody, yet they condemn everybody all with the stroke of a pen, Britain was no better with its London Charter at Nuremberg. Hitler and Goering never allowed such a ridiculous Western court to prosecute them, especially after laws were created that didn't even exist prior to crimes committed, then used those same laws to try Japanese soldiers.
Japan of today needs to work together with its neighbors in order to develop a better form of co-prosperity, one that's not influenced and dictated by Western powers. Japan needs to write laws and revise an outdated constitution that have the interest of the Japanese at heart.
Democracy has not yielded any fruit in this country in the last 60 years, and not in the foreseeable future I predict either. Millions of Americans voted for a non-Anglo President, a first in American history. Japan and its neighbors need to respect each others needs and laws, and most of all borders. Of course, some sharing would go along way too.
Shumei Okawa, a man who was fluent in five languages, traveled extensively and learned a great deal about other Asians and cultures before tackling the challenges that faced his own country. He wasn't obsessed with the West like so many of his brothers and sisters are today. Where is the commitment to the cause of Japan and its people today!?