The Japan-based credit company JCB (Japan Credit Bureau) can trace its origin back to Japan’s Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (“Asians for Asians”) that began when Germany handed over to Japan its colonies in Korea and the Marshall Islands. Japan then took the lead from European powers particularly the British and embarked on its own economic expansion. Although ostensibly founded in 1961 as Japan Credit Bureau, JCB established dominance over Japan’s credit card market when it purchased Osaka Credit Bureau in 1968. JCB cards are now issued in 20 different countries. Currently, “69.26 million JCB card members worldwide use their cards to purchase over US$62.7 billion of goods and services annually in 190 countries worldwide”.
Recently, Germany’s Angela Merkel offered Japan the opportunity for Japan to join NATO, and Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe said: “No thank you.” Recently, Japan offered Russia access to its Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) clearing system, a system in wide use throughout the western Pacific, “a clearing system that is, in effect, the modern Japanese version of its wartime ‘Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.'” There was a system of credit in place to make payments possible for trade between Japan’s colonies in Korea and China, and back to Japan’s banks when Japan built a railroad system in Manchuria under the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. With Russia always balancing Japan and China, Russia suggested offering Japan a seat on the UN’s Security Council with Russia continually being a willing sponsor for a permanent seat for Japan on the UN Security Council.
What this indicates to me is that Japan will continue building its military to protect itself in the region depending less on the US and moving closer to China and Russia. Japan has made it clear it will invest in infrastructure in eastern Russia. Russia has also made it clear that it will continue working on in its own credit system of clearance to challenge the Anglo-American dominated system of credit clearance. If Germany can persuade Japan to join NATO, that would prevent further economic relations between Japan and its neighbors Russia and China. Good decision, Mr. Abe, joining NATO would bring Japan fully back under total Anglo-American control. And wasn’t it your wife’s father, Mr. Abe, Nobusuke Kishi, who was in Manchuria setting up the infrastructure under the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere?