Japan’s Constitution and foreign media’s lies and half truth

Oh man…. why English media outlets are so dumb… They report as if Japan is going “militarism”. Idiots. Those so-called Journalists want to portray Japan as “Evil militaristic Japs empire rose again”…

Let me summarize what is going on.

  1. Japanese constitution forbids to have ANY KIND of Armed forces.
  2. But, we have Self-Defense Forces(SDF) which 90% of Japanese approve.
  3. Many consider it’s existence is unconstitutional.
  4. So, Today, Abe, in a video message to a gathering celebrating the charter’s anniversary, proposed making explicit reference to the existence of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the constitution.
  5. Pacifist clause will be unchanged.

I think it is 100 times more dangerous if we start to disregard the constitution and stop being lawful country.

Here is the Article 9 of the Japanese constitution.

Article 9.

  1. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
  2. In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

So, SDF is pretty much unconstitutional. Japanese Communist party insists that SDF is illegal and unconstitutional therefore Japan should drop SDF (drop self-defense) and should not change the constitution.

nikkei.com – Japan PM unveils plan to amend Constitution, put into force in 2020
May 3, 2017 4:00 pm JST

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday unveiled a plan to seek a first-ever change to the postwar Constitution, bidding to see the revision go into force in 2020, a specific time frame not publicly mentioned before.
In a video message to a gathering celebrating the 70th anniversary of the charter going into force, Abe, who is also head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, proposed making explicit the existence of the Self-Defense Forces in the language of the war-renouncing Constitution, which currently does not make any mention of it.

By making explicit the status of the SDF in the Constitution during our generation’s lifetime, we should leave no room for contending that (the SDF) may be unconstitutional,” Abe said in the video message, delivered to an audience generally supportive of constitutional amendments.

Specifically, Abe proposed referring to the SDF in the Constitution while leaving untouched two paragraphs in Article 9, a controversial change that “deserves popular debate,” he said.

The first paragraph of Article 9 says: “Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.”

It is followed by the paragraph that says: “In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.”

While the provision stipulates that the Japanese people “forever renounce war” and that “land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained,” the government says it does not prohibit the country from maintaining its ability to defend itself, and thus allows Japan to possess defense forces.

Abe said, he did not intend to change it. It suggested to add it.

But, foreign media does not report the fact right.

DailyMail – Japan’s ‘peace constitution’ set for an overhaul after 70 years as nationalists push for military powers to defend against North Korean aggression

By Dave Burke For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 16:52 BST, 2 May 2017

A constitution document which renounces Japan‘s right to wage war should be changed because of Kim Jong-un’s aggression, the country’s prime minister has said.

No, he did not even said a word “North Korea”. or “overhaul” or use of “military powers”. Lies! What “Nationalist”? The article does not mention of an argument that SDF is unconstitutional. Half truth!

Japan Times – Abe calls for ‘historic step’ toward amending Constitution this year

Abe’s main target is Article 9, which limits(<-Wrong) Japan to using force strictly for self-defensive purposes(<-Wrong) and outlaws it from maintaining a formal (<-Wrong) military and waging war(

Wrong! and lies and half truth.

Japan Times is the worst newspaper ever if you want to know about Japan. This paper intentionally distorts facts.

Next, Michael Walsh from ABC Australia is going hysteric.

Japan’s anti-war constitution to be debated as North Korea tensions rise
By Michael Walsh, wires
Updated earlier today at 8:34am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has signalled his intention to reignite a long-running debate over revising the country’s war-renouncing constitution, citing regional security concerns as one reason behind the push.(<-Lie)

While some Japanese think Article 9 should be updated to reflect the challenges the country now faces, including China’s actions in the South China Sea and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, most do not want the pacifist spirit of the text to be altered, and some even fear what that change may bring.

On the more nationalist side, it’s sometimes argued that the post-war constitution is a legacy of Japan’s defeat in World War II, and that it imposed the United States’ world order and values on the country.

The article does not mention of an argument that SDF is unconstitutional. And he goes on to some conspiracy theory about “ultra nationalist lobby” and so on. His article does not worth reading. He obviously has his own agenda and does not report the fact and whole information.

Walter Sim Japan Correspondent In Tokyo of Straits times is equally hysteric and eccentric.

Straits times – Ultra-nationalistic groups want a remilitarised Japan, but critics worry this could lead to a slippery slope

What is wrong with him. This Walter Sim guy must be a paranoia.

New York Times is often distort facts on Japan.

New York Times – Shinzo Abe Announces Plan to Revise Japan’s Pacifist Constitution
By MOTOKO RICHMAY 3, 2017

As Japan faces continuing security threats from North Korea( Mr. Abe said that there should be no room for arguing that the military, with just over 227,000 active-duty troops, “may be unconstitutional.”

Pacifism is enshrined in the Constitution, with a clause known as Article 9 calling for the complete renunciation of war. That clause represents a cherished part of the country’s postwar identity, and Mr. Abe has long made clear his desire to amend it. Previous calls to revise it have been met with skepticism in Japan and in countries including China and South Korea that object to any signs of Japan’s remilitarization.

..

In remarks to the Yomiuri Shimbun, the largest Japanese daily, Toru Hashimoto, former governor and mayor of Osaka, said that it was “absolutely necessary” to revise the Constitution and clearly make the self-defense forces legal.

It has (almost) nothing to do with North Korea or China’s aggression. And it has nothing to do with remilitarization (Japan already has SDF. It happened long ago) and pacifist clause remains. So if China or Korea objects it, fuck it, Japan has the right to defend. It is a technical matter of constitutional or not.

Financial Times is the one of the few foreign (English) newspapers I found truthful.

FT – Abe sets 2020 target to revise Japan’s pacifist constitution

The amendment, which would mark the first change to Japan’s constitution in 70 years, will focus on Article 9, the so-called peace clause in which Japan renounces the threat or use of force in settling international disputes and vows that land, sea and air forces “will never be maintained”.

Successive interpretations of the clause over the years have provided political cover for Japan to build its Self Defence Forces into what some analysts rank as one of the world’s 10 best-equipped and funded militaries.

While the precise language of any proposed amendment has yet to be made public, a draft was produced in 2012 when Mr Abe’s Liberal Democratic party was still in opposition and he has since repeated his intention to add a clause giving the SDF the official right to exist. 

“In our generation we need to establish the constitutional standing of the Self Defence Forces so that there is no room for debate on whether or not they stand outside the constitution,” he told the symposium. 

FT is giving us good through information.

AFP

In a video message to a gathering marking the commemoration, Abe said he aims to revise the constitution by 2020 when Tokyo will host the summer Olympics.

“I want to make 2020 a year when a new constitution will be enforced,” Abe said without elaborating.

He said the revision should include a new clause acknowledging Japan’s Self-Defence Forces (SDF) as constitutional.

“We should eliminate room for discussions suspecting the SDF is unconstitutional,” Abe said.

Abe, however, denied any plan to revise Article 9, which stipulates that the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right and that land, sea and air forces will never be maintained.

The government says this does not stop the country from maintaining an ability to defend itself, and thus to possess defence forces.

AFP is OK.

Surprisingly, CNN’s article is the clearest and direct. It maybe because of the reporter “Yoko”(Japanese name).

Japanese leader sets 2020 deadline for changing pacifist constitution
By Brad Lendon and Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN

It’s the first time Abe has put a clear time frame on revising the constitution, which contains language that bans Japan from maintaining armed forces.

The Japanese military is known as the Self-Defense Forces, but Abe said there is a contradiction between the constitution and the existence of the SDF.
“I believe that we must establish the status of the SDF explicitly in the constitution during our generation’s lifetime and leave no room for contending the SDF could be unconstitutional,” Abe said in a video message to a Tokyo forum marking the 70th anniversary of the constitution. “I strongly wish to make 2020 the year that the reborn Japan will make a new start.”

Article 9 of the document says that “land, sea and air forces, as well as other war potential will never be maintained.”
Abe’s proposed changes are essentially symbolic, said Corey Wallace, a Japan security expert at Freie University in Berlin.
It would be a cosmetic change in terms of actual implications for Japan’s defense posture,” he said.

 

But, 90% of English newspaper fail to report the facts. Here is the list of the articles that does not report right or enough.

 

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/01/national/abe-calls-historic-step-toward-amending-constitution-year/#.WQnO1dryiZR

Is Japan Moving to Revise Its Pacifist Constitution?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-03/japans-anti-war-constitution-to-be-debated-amid-korea-tensions/8491834

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japans-right-wing-resurgence

http://thediplomat.com/2017/05/abes-new-vision-for-japans-constitution/

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/opinion/2017/05/353_228825.html

and many others.

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