My view of "Renunciation of War"

Last month, I got a chance to speak for public about Japanese Constitution "article 9(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.(http://kaigaikiji.com/?p=1521)

Personally opinion about Article 9.

I don't want to attack anyone. 
I don't want to kill anyone, and I don't want to be killed by someone. 
It doesn't make sense killing one to save precious. The one is surely precious to someone.

I will run away from a battle, if I can't avoid the situation, I will fight without weapons like Gandhi. "non-violence and civil disobedience." 

Obviously, our constitution says so. I totally agree with that. However, we have a huge self-defence force. They are sent to Sudan as PKO. The essential part of Article 9 has already killed. 

Our Self-defence forces are unconstitutional.

The experts in the law said "Self-defence forces" are unconstitutional but Japanese governments have recognised it is constitutional for a long time.
We have the constitution "renunciation of war". However, Japan has the force and the right of collective self-defences. The constitutional irregular is awful deception in Japan.

Should Japan change the article 9?

I believe that our exist Constitution is great, but as realistic we have already forces and majority of Japanese accept self-defence forces and many Japanese people support them, so we should change the constitution. Additionally, we should put the world "Japan doesn't have the right of collective self-defence" because the majority don't want to have it. Anyway, I believe this is a referendum matter.

The Draft of the Revision of the Constitution done by the Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrats are Japanese ruling party for a long time after WW2.

Article 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation, and cease the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
2. The provisions in the preceding paragraph shall not prevent from exercising the right to self-defense.
(National Defense Force)
Article 9(2). In order to ensure peace and independence as well as for the safety of Japan and the Japanese people, we shall possess the National Defense Force under the prime minister as commander-in-chief.
2. When carrying out tasks provided under the provisions in the preceding paragraph, National Defense Force shall be subject to Diet approval and other controls as required by law.
3. Besides the activities to perform the duties provided in paragraph 1, the National Defense Force shall conduct internationally cooperative activities in order to ensure peace and safety, as well as maintain public order or protect to the lives and freedom of the Japanese people, as required by law.
4. Besides the provisions defined in the preceding two paragraphs, matters concerning the National Defense Force establishment, regulations and security protection shall be established by law.
5. In order to deal with crimes, pertaining to duty or confidential matters of the National Defense Force, which are committed by National Defense Force service members or other public officials, the military court shall be established in the National Defense Force. In this instance, the defendant's right of appeal to the normal court must be guaranteed. (http://www.asuno-jiyuu.com/2013/11/blog-post.html)

The draft allows to fight against others or other countries to save our sovereign and independence. I don't want to keep anything with attacking someone. We need to change the "article 9", but I don't agree the "Liberal Democrats'" at all.
Therefore I suggest pre-changing constitutional referendum like Newzealand's new flag referendum. At first, we vote which one is the best draft of amending constitutions from few drafts which written by governments or citizens and so on, then, at last, the most popular one is competition on the referendum. It takes a long time, and a bit complicated, but it's the best way to listen to the opinion of Japanese.


I launched new CrowdFanding for our new book.

In 2014, I reported Scottish "Independent" referendum. At that time, I was supported by the people who donated on the crowdfunding site. Thank you very much for all.

Then last 2 years, I researched Irish "Gay Marriage" referendum, and "Brexit" referendum in the U.K in the field.

Last week I launched new crowdfunding for a new book "Referendum around the world for Japanese" I'm a member of the writers. I read many books about referendums these days.

I think the book is critical not only for Japanese but also others because now the days, I'm pretty sure that many people think "I know the truth but others don't know it or just must be lied to." That kind of people doesn't feel sympathy for other sides. Typical examples are "Brexit" and "Trump". Individuals who chose "Brexit" or "Trump" have the reason where they stand on their ground. Democracy is based on the thought "We are all different people, and everyone has the same power for politic. However, people can say easily "Populism". Politicians must not infringe minorities human rights, but they should think for wide range happiness or benefits. Democracy is totally working in U.K and U.S at a minimum. If people may make a mistake, it sometimes happens. This is a human being but don't forget "I respect your opinion, so Please accept my opinion. We live together on the same planet. Let's discuss which is the best way for us."

Anyway, I felt that referendum makes people more powerful for politics. That's I want to do it in Japan.

The book I wrote is written by only Japanese so far. The crowdfunding site is also only in Japanese. Sorry about that. I will absolutely publish it translate to English someday.



Public discussion about the rule of the referendum in nationwide Japan.

Open discussion about the rule of the referendum in nationwide Japan.

On 12th Dec, The public discussion was held in the member's hall of the House of Councilors. I took part in it. Hajime Imai has appealed necessity of improving the raw for a referendum. The journalist, doctors, movie director, professors about of media or law, the member of the House of Councilors discussed how we should improve the referendum law.

Japan has very strict law, particularly for the election. For example, under the existing law, people can't visit from door-to-door for the election but, for a referendum, people can do it. That is to say, a referendum law is much better than the election law.

However, the law has still some problems. At first, we should put the limit how much people or political party can use the money for the campaign. Under the existing law, No one can broadcast the campaign commercial on a TV for 14days before the polling day. However, until 15days before, there is no limit spending money or commercial on the TV.

We should preserve freedom of expression, but we should also retain fairness for each side. So we should avoid the result influenced by spending how much money. We require the limits how much people or political parties allow to spend money like the UK. For example, Conservative can spend 7m pounds, labour 5.5m which limits depend on the proportion of last voters polled.

TV commercials are allowed until 15days before the polling day, but advertisements on the internet are no regulation.

Open discussion was held about the rule of the referendum in nationwide Japan. At that time, in 2007, when the referendum law was passed, the politician doesn't care about the internet well. Nowadays, commercial on the internet are even more important than TV. We also require a regulation for it.

Some Japanese think that we need many people's concern to change our constitution. Therefore, they need minimum voting rate. However, the minimum voting rate may cause boycott. We must avoid a boycott at least.

A member of the House of Councillors Mitsuru Sakurai promised us to submit our requirement to the diet with other politicians.


I will talk on the internet site.

I will talk 2 hours for this site,


I'm on from 15minute, but sorry it's only in Japanese.


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I can't believe that it costs only 11 dollars for a month including movie and music streaming, and Free Shipping.

You can choose and watch any titles as you want.
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I quit, apple music, I stop paying for Movie, I don't care for shipping fee anymore.
Amazon Prime also has free unlimited photo storage. Because of Amazon Prime, I can save money around 60 dollars a year.

You can get 30 days free trial from here ↑ 

I should start earlier, but no later, I'm happy to meet "Amazon Prime."
※Sorry the site is for U.S residents.


"Referendum around the world for Japanese"

I research and report about the referendums mainly in Europe countries for 5 years. I came back to Japan last month, now I started publishing project "Referendum around the world for Japanese" We Japanese are facing the first referendum in nationwide in our history. We should learn about world's referendums before taking place it.

I got a chance to write a report for a book which my respectful journalist Hajime Imai's.


We will publish a book of "Referendums around the world for Japanese".

Hello, We are the Member of Publishing "Referendum around the world for Japanese" Committee. Alcohol policy, Nuclear, Conscription, EU, Immigration, Same-sex marriage... There are over 2500 referendums which have already done in the world. However, in Japan, it has never done ever in our history. Therefore Japanese people don't know well about the philosophy, rule or precedents. We will explain for Japanese many real cases of referendums in the world. We publish this book without publishing company.

◆Who we are?

We set up a committee to publish and spread the book "Referendum around the world for Japanese". There are over 30 people who are, lawyer, office worker, professor, theatre owner, artist, designer and so on. We think we should make use of direct democracy such as a referendum for local and even in Nationwide.

◆We want to realise....

Foreign countries have held referendums quite an important theme, for example, about "EU" in UK, France and Netherland, and "Nuclear" in Switzerland, Italy, and Sweden. Especially Switzerland used the referendums for making the decision about "Conscription" and "Immigration" and "Tube baby". These are just some samples. These things are not known well for Japanese. Therefore, we will introduce the list of 500 referendums of 2500 referendums which have already done in the world. We choice about 30 referendums, then introduce it concretely. About 15 cases which Hajime Imai and Kentaro Oshiba did field work are presented specifically with Poster, ballot paper.

◆Why we start the project.

The typical image of a referendum for Japanese is "Populism" or "denial of parliamentary democracy" Japanese don't know how the referendum is used. The knowledge how managed the referendums help Japanese to face the first referendum. We will publish not through any publishing company because we will show and explain about quite a critical opinion for all Japanese. That means the publishing company doesn't want to take the risk of complaints which we want to say. Always publishing company told us, "Please change the word more affable" or "We can't publish the book" like that. We will give our opinion without reserve. So that's why The book will be published by us directly.

◆The book will be released in Jun 2017.

We will publish in the English too but tt this moment in time only in Japanese. Sorry. 


A politician sometimes makes a mistake, we people also make too. The problem of the indirect democracy, the government won't sometimes follow the opinion which majority people expect. Then "the sovereign power resides with the people" remains only in name. An extraordinarily important decision for the country, people should learn and participate in the process of deciding such as a referendum. Many Japanese have forgotten the power to change. There is a referendum which Japanese can use if we know it well. 

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