Japan government panel urges reinterpretation of pacifist constitution
Saturday, February 8, 2014
A Japan government panel met last Tuesday and is drafting a report aimed to urge Japan to loosen restrictions on participation in military combat — restriction of military to self-defense — imposed in its since the end of World War II. They expected to finalize the report after April. North Korea reacted by calling the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, an "Asian Hitler" on Wednesday.
The government panel — fourteen members headed by Shunji Yanai, former ambassador to the US — sought ways to reinterpret the constitution on the grounds there was not enough public support for revising, or rewriting, the constitution itself.
Shinzo Abe said he was motivated to help keep international peace — by protecting other nations' troops, which was beyond the scope currently allowed under the constitution. He interpreted it as a country's right, commenting, "it's about whether we can exercise this right that every country has".
During the Tuesday meeting, Abe also expressed a concern that the country'swas not ready for potential regional conflicts: "Japan's preparation for national security threats in the region is not sufficient. We must cover all the bases to protect the people's lives and safety in any possible scenario". Yousuke Isozaki, a security policy adviser to Mr Abe, said a revised military policy would strengthen Japan's ties with allies, the US in particular.
The North Korea using missiles or nuclear weapons to help justify expanding Japan's military. The Korean Central News Agency were likening Abe to Hitler. The editorial followed a comment by , the ruling party — — newspaper, which described Abe as a "militarist maniac" last month. The reaction was also inspired by Abe's visit to in December., the official news agency of the North Korean government, commented in an , saying Abe was trying to conjure up fears of
CHAPTER II. RENUNCIATION OF WAR
- Article 9
- 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.
- 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.
– Constitution of Japan
Commenters related the move to escalated tensions with China, who had set up an over a part of the , including Japan's , in November last year.
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