The Japanese were out on the streets in Tokyo May 3rd being Constitution Day, and probably yesterday, protesting Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the LDP’s move to fundamentally change Japan’s war laws related to its Constitution and Article 9. Article 9 reads: “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 and promises that land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.” The Japanese people yes, but what about the LDP? They must be some type of entity unto themselves. Well, so much for that idea since Article 9 and Japan’s constitution can simply be changed by statute corporate law. Call it the “ace up the LDP’s sleeve”. The Japanese navy have already sent military assets to the Philippines including ships and aircraft. May 3rd during Japan’s Golden Week holidays is celebrated as the current Japanese constitution came into effect on May 3, 1947. Let’s see now, we need a good war here to get us out of our economic mess.
Source RT News
Mass protests in Japan as battle over changes to pacifist constitution looms
May 3, 2016
Tens of thousands poured out onto the streets of Tokyo on Constitution Day to protest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s touted plan to change the country’s fundamental war laws in the coming months.
Adopted on May 3, 1947, with input from the occupying US force, the constitution contains Article 9, which reads 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” and promises that “land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.”
Abe has long proclaimed his desire to overturn Article 9, to give Japan more international influence, fend off China’s growing might, and create closer ties with Washington.
As 50,000 demonstrators – according to organizers – gathered to mark the symbolic date at Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park in Tokyo, they shouted “Safeguard the Constitution! No more wars!” and “Abe out!”
“Prime Minister Abe is trying to revise the Constitution so as to permit Japan’s forces the right to exercise collective self-defense with no restrictions. This is unacceptable,” Katsya Okada, leader of the leading opposition Democratic Party.
Abe has already passed legislation that allows the Japanese Self-Defence Forces a broader range of operations, but needs a two-thirds majority to change the 69-year-old constitution. His Liberal Democratic Party, and coalition partner Komeito, already have the necessary seats in the lower chamber of the Diet, but lacks the necessary votes in the upper one.
With an election this summer, Abe hopes to achieve a super majority in the upper house as well, though his allies disagree over the exact wording of any new amendment, and a new constitutional text will have to be voted on by the public in a referendum. An opinion poll conducted by Kyodo News over the weekend suggested that 57 percent of the population are opposed to constitutional change, and only 33 percent are in favor.
Japan: Thousands of anti-war protesters decry death of pacifist constitution