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Resurgence of Fascism and Remilitarization in Japan

Posted by feww on March 29, 2016

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Another Abeshit Day in Japan’s Ignominious History

Despite its pacifist Constitution, Japan’s controversial “security laws” took effect today, enabling its troops to fight overseas for the first time since the nation’s total and utter defeat in World War II.

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution outlaws war as a means to settle international disputes involving the state.

In the Constitution, which came into effect on May 3, 1947, following Japan’s defeat in World War II, the state formally renounces the sovereign right of belligerency and aims at an international peace based on justice and order.

The Article 9 also forbids Japan from maintaining an army, navy or air force. Therefore, the Self Defense Forces are supposed to be extensions of the national police force.

The full text of Article 9 in Japanese is

“ 第九条  日本国民は、正義と秩序を基調とする国際平和を誠実に希求し、国権の発動たる戦争と、武力による威嚇又は武力の行使は、国際紛争を解決する手段としては、永久にこれを放棄する。

二  前項の目的を達するため、陸海空軍その他の戦力は、これを保持しない。国の交戦権は、これを認めない。”

The official English translation of the article is

“ 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. ”

In July 2015, however, Abe’s Cabinet decided to unilaterally reinterpret the clause. The new legislation allows Japan to use force by exercising its right to “collective self-defense.”

“It makes a mockery of constitutional constraints on government power if governments can, through executive decree, reinterpret those constraints away. To permit such a reinterpretation of Article 9 would throw into question the integrity and meaning of all other provisions of the Constitution, and thus undermine the normative power of the entire Constitution,” said Craig Martin is an associate professor at the Washburn University School of Law.

“And of course this particular reinterpretation would gut one of the three pillars of Japan’s constitutional order. In short, it poses a serious risk to the rule of law and principles of democracy in Japan.”

“Prime Minister Abe changed the interpretation of the Constitution by force. Is it OK to change the Constitution’s pacifism so easily?” said Katsuya Okada, head of the main opposition Democratic Party, on Monday.

“We have to stop the ‘reckless driving’ of the Abe administration. This is the last chance to realize the politics in which it is possible to change ruling parties,” Okada said.

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Japan’s Wet Dreams of Re-Militarization Lead to GDP Collapse

Posted by feww on August 14, 2014

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None has harmed Japan more than its outgoing ‘American’ PM, Shinzo Abe (with the exception of the dead emperor)

 To pay for re-militarization and a major armament campaign Japan’s ‘American’ PM, Shinzo Abe, raised the consumption tax from 5 to 8 percent in April.

Abe’s handlers have instructed him to buy even more arms next year, thus he plans an additional tax hike of 2 percent in October 2015.

“Gross domestic product plunged 6.8% on an annualized basis in the second quarter this year, the biggest fall since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami,” said a report.

The average consumer simply couldn’t afford to the additional 3% tax hike.

In reality, most food items have seen a price hike of 8% since April. The greedy Japanese supermarkets have added 8% to the price of their goods, instead of the actual tax rise of 3%,  pocketing the difference in the confusion. They don’t consider the average Japanese consumer smart enough to know the difference.

Japan GDP Collapse -WSJ

Wages dropped 1.8% while the sales tax rose 3% leading to a 5.2% QoQ collapse—the highest on record—in Consumer Spending during the second quarter, thanks to Abenomics.

Abe Makes a Mockery of The Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution

The Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution (日本国憲法第9条 Nihonkokukenpō dai 9-jō?) is a clause in the National Constitution of Japan that prohibits an act of war by the state. The Constitution came into effect on May 3, 1947, immediately following World War II. In its text, the state formally renounces war as a sovereign right and bans settlement of international disputes through the use of force. The article also states that, to accomplish these aims, armed forces with war potential will not be maintained, although Japan maintains de facto armed forces, referred to as the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

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