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Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in General News

Historic Outrage to Destroy Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution:

The National Executive Board Meeting of the Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo) was held on July 2, next day when the Abe Cabinet
authorized to change the interpretation of Article 9 of the Constitution to promote the exercise of the right to collective self-defense. The meeting
published a below statement and after the meeting was over, all board members carried out protest action against the decision in front of the
Prime Minister’s Office, showing the poster of the World Conference against A and H Bombs which has the illustration of “Barefoot Gen” (Japanese cartoon story of the Hiroshima A-bombing).

 

July 2, 2014

Mr. ABE Shinzo

Prime Minister of Japan

 

Historic Outrage to Destroy Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution:

We Firmly Protest against the “Cabinet Decision” Approving to Exercise the Right to

Collective Self-Defense and Demand Its Immediate Withdrawal

 

 

In defiance of the opposition of the majority of the people of the nation, the Abe Cabinet has decided to change its interpretation of Japan’s Constitution into approving the right to collective self-defense.  We firmly protest against this act.

 

The use of force in foreign lands itself, whether as an exercise of collective self-defense or in the name of the “collective security,” is an act specifically prohibited by Article 9 of the Constitution, which bans the use of forceas means of settling international disputes and denies the right of belligerency. It is an act which the successive governments have themselves denied for over half a century.  Yesterday’s Cabinet decision is a downright destruction of the very foundation of the Constitution of Japan.

 

For many years, Prime Minister Abe has repeatedly expressed his wish to join in the military operation of the U.S. and its allies against Afghanistan or Iraq, hoping to play a part of U.S. junior partner.  Making the best use of the rising tension in East Asia, he has pressed for the move to destroy the Constitution, whether by its explicit revision or through reinterpretation.

 

However, all attempts to solve the conflicts by force have not only aggravated the situations, but created enormous number of inhuman deaths, including those of young soldiers of the countries that intervened in the conflicts, as seen in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Further, we must remember the danger of the possible use of nuclear weapons in these military interventions.  The U.S. administration itself has repeatedly stated on every occasion when it engaged in military action that no action is excluded from its options.

 

With the 2015 NPT Review Conference and the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki coming less than a year, we are witnessing that the world is moving in earnest toward peaceful settlement of international conflicts, revelation of the catastrophic humanitarian consequence of the use of nuclear weapons, and achieving a total ban on nuclear weapons.

 

Abe Cabinet must immediately reverse its decision, comply with and implement all the provisions of the Constitution of Japan and commit itself to securing international peace and security, peaceful settlement of conflicts and achieving a total ban and elimination of nuclear weapons.  We hereby submit our demand as above.

 

National Executive Board Meeting

Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo)