The Uniqueness of Japan

More than 10million people in total gathered to protest against the revision of constitution article 9. Japan, the only nation to have suffered atomic bombs, are now moving on to amend their principals, the renunciation of war. After undergoing the loss of WW2, people of Japan have continued to value the idea of peace for 70 years. This idea has been symbolized by constitution article 9. “The Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation” “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.” These words are said to reflect the belief unique to the Japanese people.

However, this often calls for discussion as the draft of this constitution was made by the US to ensure that Japanese military will not become a threat again following the Atlantic Charter. This fact is treated as a taboo and hardly ever taught officially. The Right wings state that article 9 was forced on them, while the left value this as the icon of peace. Looking at the scene of protest with this in mind, the complex side of this issue is unveiled, and that it is not just about people standing up for peace.