I participated in a panel discussion on Sunday about Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. In brief the article reads as follows:
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.
The reason that there is an Article 9 group at all is that the Japanese government has turned its attention to items political, and has set its sights on the constitution. It is already editing education policy, but it also looks likely that the government wants to change the constitution so that it can wage war again. It most certainly is not in the best interests of the population in general to head down this slippery slope, and I begged the people in attendance to protect the country from the American web of deception.
A short article appeared in the Chunichi Newspaper.