Japanese first referendum becomes closer and closer. Then the discussion will be more open to the public.
In this book, the interviewer asked Journalist, Dr, movie director and politicians how do we keep the principle of article 9 not discuss whether to change the constitution.
ARTICLE 9. (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._____________
According to the constitution, Japan should not have anything war potential but, everyone knows we have it named self-defence-forces and Charter of the UN allows to have the right of individual or collective self-defence.
Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.
Japanese need to discuss these Japanese contradictions. There is no right answer, we should construct the discussion and decide what the most important thing for Japan is.
Personally, I think we should not change the article 9. We need dissolve SDF gradually according to article 9. SDF is a violation of the constitution. I agree that if article 9 will be amended to strictly not allowed to fight in foreign countries.
Sorry, the book is written by only in Japanese.