The Death of Modernity (Vol.480)


I received a message from someone who said that the world has not yet discovered Japan, so I would like to explain it in my own way. In the United States, each party is now choosing its candidate for the presidential election.

The cost of this election alone is more than 700 billion yen, which is the cost of the quadrennial event to elect the leader of the United States. No president can be born without harnessing the power of money. As a result, the U.S. president serves those who control the money.
The secret of American money has already become an easy doorway for those who are willing to look into it, but the path to who the real owners of the money are has been hidden from view. The colonialism that emerged in the Christian civilization of Europe engulfed the world. A group of people who were dissatisfied with the religious system in Europe, especially in England, went to those colonies and created a nation based on their own principles, which was the starting point of the United States. This young country, the United States, violated the Hague Convention on Warfare by revising the Constitution during the occupation with its victory over Japan in 1945, and the result is Japan today.

The United States of America has violated many treaties during the war. These things have been sealed up for 70 years after the war in this country. And the bureaucrats have contributed to an autonomous system of Japanese control, first with GHQ and then with the US military bases in Washington and Yokota, as their superiors, replacing the authority of the Emperor born of the Meiji Restoration. Under this system, elected members of the Diet and the Prime Minister are precluded from playing important roles. The biggest collaborators in this system are the media, many of whom still continue to report the will of Washington and Beijing as if it were the right thing to do.

This is due to the assumption of those who pride themselves on their intellectual class, based on their past education, that Western civilization is more advanced. In the past, many Japanese pursued the vision of a great Chinese civilization and expressed their comradely solidarity with the continent, but the legacy of their predecessors has hardly remained in the current Japan-China relations. This is because they do not realize that the starting point of this country is different from the rest of the world. Similarly, after the defeat of the war, the Japanese accepted the United States of America as a model of material civilization. However, as a result, Japan is still voluntarily under the control of a group of people whose only political choice is to remain a state or nation of the United States.

While the world’s most advanced intellectuals continue to ponder the limits of democracy and the violence of money, there are few intellectuals in the Japanese discourse space to discuss the death of modernity.I am hoping that there will be someone who can use the Japanese language to discuss the limitations of Western modernity, which is translated as 近現代* in Japanese, by overlapping it with our own history, but I also believe that such talent is likely to be blocked in the current educational system.

In addition, I believe that even the Western categorization of Japan as right-wing or left-wing, which is going on in terms of phenomena, is the source of this stoppage in thinking. If Japan is in fact the result of 70 years of postwar reconstruction of the historical problems of modern Europe and the United States, then the real post-modernism should be born in Japan. The future of this country depends on how many people who have hope remain in this country.
Perhaps those people are despairing about the current situation in Japan, but by realizing that they are playing a leading role, they can take the first step toward becoming a part of the world. When we have nothing left to learn from the world, we will start on our own path of creation.This is what the spiritual world means when it says, “The day will come when the world will discover this ability.”



February 4, 2016

Seki Tetsuo




Meanings for each kanji in 近現代*

近 near; early; akin; tantamount

現 present; existing; actual

代 substitute; change; convert; replace; period; age; counter for decades of ages, eras, etc.; generation; charge; rate; fee