From the Shōwa Period until now, “fascism” means different things to different people

Statism in Shōwa Japan circa 1940 - has anything changed?

Statism in Shōwa Japan circa 1940 – has anything changed?

Fascism means different things to different people depending on what they know of this concept. For some people, fascism may mean trains that run on time and are dependable, that’s what Italy’s Benito Mussolini suggested in fascist Italy. The trains run on time in Japan so is that fascism, or just an extremely well run complex rail system? In order to stimulate domestic car manufacturing, the Japanese government and Japan’s car manufacturers plan for car manufacturing through a number of ways including taxes that are meant to penalize.  Is this fascism where the individual is penalized for owning a certain type of car depending on personal economic circumstances? For a full definition of fascism we find the following:


1: often capitalized: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control early instances of army fascism and brutality

Japan was considered one of the three vanguard nations that led the Fascist Era with its own unique “organic continuity of Japan’s place in the world and its social-economic evolution.” Out of survival Japan has developed its own unique nation-state model uniting the masses of Japanese people who pretty much accept the way current economic conditions are without much opposition. Under the reign of Emperor Hirohito, this statist movement has dominated Japanese politics and corporations since the first part of the Shōwa period. It was a hybrid mixture of ideas such as “Japanese nationalism and militarism and state capitalism.” This very much is part of the current political and corporate leadership of Japan continuing to this day under the leadership of the LDP.

Fascism and this statist concept carried over to Japan’s car manufacturer’s where in Japan the only two car manufacturers allowed to operate freely were Toyota and Nissan. This is the reason Honda was the first Japanese car manufacturer to open manufacturing facilities in the US. It was extremely difficult from the beginning in Japan when Honda came on the scene competing against Toyota and Nissan. That Toyota and Nissan became so powerful is referred to as the “fruits of fascism”.  If you purchase a new Kei-car in Japan the new car tax is now at ¥10,800 raised from the previous amount of ¥7,200. If you currently own a Kei-car less than 13 years old, the car tax remains the same at ¥7,200.

If you own a Kei-car older than 13 years, the car tax increased around 80 percent from ¥7,200 to ¥12,900. What the statist corporate run Japan is telling Kei-car owners whose cars are older than 13 years, is that you will be required to pay a penalty tax if you own an older Kei-car. This is how the “fascist” corporate government of Japan works to stimulate consumption. Either buy a new Kei-car and pay a higher road tax anyway, or keep your current yet older Kei-car and pay a penalty for owning it. The Japanese having been trained to think “Nippon, Nippon, Nippon…” since birth, instinctively pay the tax without even so as much as a whimper because it’s “good for Japan.”