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Japan may get "self-defense military"

The Asahi Shimbun reports:

A Liberal Democratic Party commission approved a set of outlines Thursday that include revising pacifist Article 9 of the Constitution to stipulate Japan's right to possess a "self-defense military," lawmakers said.

Article 9 currently states that Japan will never maintain "land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential."
Of course, Article 9 notwithstanding, Japan has long maintained a massively powerful military force in all but name: its jieitai, or Self-Defense Forces.

The proposed constitutional revision, therefore, is largely symbolic. However, it might make it easier for Japan to participate in collective defense with allied nations — for example, to shoot down missiles North Korea fires at America, something Japan had previously said it would not do.


Anonymous said...

This is good news. Keep the sea lanes open and the world free of industrial war. Apply the lessons learned. Article 9 is only a half-application of the hard-bought wisdoms. 

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