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Jul 21, 2013 - Common Dreams on Japan's Peace Constitution
Despite general support in Japan for Article 9, political moves are afoot to revise it.
Article 9 of Japan's constitution is the famous peace clause that renounces war as a means of settling international disputes and prohibits the maintenance of armed forces and other war potential. Not just a provision of Japanese law, it also acts as a regional and international peace mechanism that has contributed greatly to the security of the entire Asia Pacific region.

Although Japanese public opinion has largely embraced Japan's status as a peaceful nation, conservatives and nationalists have repeatedly attempted to revise the country's constitution, which they assert is a foreign imposition. To date, without success.Today, several parties, notably Prime Minister Abe Shinzo's Liberal Democratic Party, the Japan Restoration Party founded by former Osaka Mayor Hashimoto Toru, and other nationalist platforms, have made their intention clear to make constitutional revision a priority in 2013 and beyond.

Common Dreams, a non-profit independent newscenter created in 1997 as a new media model, recently published an article by Peace Boat staff members Akira Kawasaki and Celine Nahory about the move underfoot in Japan to undermine Japan's important constitutional peace clause. Titled, "Revision of Japan's Peace Constitution ??" A Matter of Global Concern," the article explains how Article 9 came into existence, the important role it plays, current attempts to revise it, and why this is not just a domestic issue, but one with great regional and international repercussions. It also calls for support for Japan's peace constitution and against the Japanese government's trend of nationalism, historical revisionism and its path to militarism that risk having grave consequences for Japan, the regional context and international peace.

To view the article in its entirety, visit: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/21-2.

For the International Petition: "Prime Minister Abe: Save Japan's Peace Constitution", visit http://www.change.org/petitions/prime-minister-shinzo-abe-save-japan-s-peace-constitution .


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