In the lead up to this summer’s parliamentary upper house election, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to make constitutional revision a major feature of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) campaign. The proposed changes would formally remove any barriers to Japan’s ability to wage war to further its strategic and economic interests, as well as deepen the attack on democratic rights at home.
Abe has made explicit calls in recent weeks for the revision of the constitution. On February 3, he stated before a parliamentary budget committee: “There is the view that [Japan should] address the situation in which 70 percent of constitutional scholars suspect the SDF (Self-Defense Forces) is in violation of the Constitution.”
Abe was responding to a question from Tomomi Inada, chairwoman of the LDP’s Policy Research Council and supporter of constitutional change, who claimed that Article 9 of the post-World War II constitution “no longer fits reality at all.” Article 9 declares that “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.”
Successive post-war governments in Japan have tacitly breached Article 9 and built up a large military under the guise of “self defense,” despite the constitution’s declaration that “land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.” Over the past two decades, the Japanese military has been deployed overseas, including in support of the US-led occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.
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It seems to me that George W. Bush and Obama ad-Dajjal have as much to do with this as anyone. They completely squandered the "peace dividend" following the end of the Cold War.
Officially, we have two choices:
1. Continue to bully the world, and possibly go bankrupt in the process; or
2. Treat other nations as equals, and suffer a huge drop in our standard of living.
Realistically, the powers that be want a combination of both of these choices - they wish to continue to bully while sucking all the wealth out of the economy for their own benefit.
By the way, it would be impossible for Japan to defeat China in any large military conflict. They might as well prepare to be assimilated.