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How good is your understanding of the new security legislation that took effect in Japan on Tuesday?

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Good enough to know it helps gut the constitution. And that is really all that matters when it comes to protecting the lives and livelihoods of everyone who lives here because, as history shows, the greatest danger to both are peoples' own governments.

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Good enough to know it helps gut the constitution.

Hyperbole much?

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

I think I understand it fairly well, and I support it. But I would say most protesters do not understand it. For one thing, it is not illegal legislation, as some seem to think. It was enacted in the Diet. But most importantly, it is not leading Japan to war. It facilitates Japan's participation in international operations when needed. For example, during the 1990 Gulf War, Japan had to pass a law just to enable SDF ships to help with refueling operations in the Gulf. It was time-consuming. The world has changed and Japan can't live in a cocoon. But I repeat this does not mean Japan will be going to war or bombing Islamic State targets in Syria.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

I don't know and don't really care.

-11 ( +0 / -11 )

it is not illegal legislation, as some seem to think. It was enacted in the Diet.

This is a constitutionally-restricted democracy, Brainiac. The Diet cannot enact any legislation it likes. It could not, say, decide to implement a policy of six votes for the rich, against one for poor, because there is a constitutional safeguard against such things; one person: one vote. But once the constitution is "re-interpreted" for the nefarious ends of power it then becomes possible to do practically anything by the same process. So, Black Sabbath, not hyperbole at all, whatever you might think.

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Japan's constitution still says "No" on what Abe made for war. Abe seems to be against its constitution.

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The problem is the lack of checks and balances to ensure the law isn't abused. If it had those, the law would be ok.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Is it just me, or is it weird that a news site is asking us our subjective opinion of if we understand the news, rather than just giving us information and making us informed? Let's face it, no one with a strong opinion on this security legislation is ever going to admit they don't understand it, but some kind of person-who-does-reports whose willing to put in a little effort could put together a news-thingy that explains the law in detail with expert opinions regarding various scenarios and makes certain that our confident opinions match facts.

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I think I understand it fairly well and have no real objections to it in principle, but in practice I am a little worried. The way the law was pushed through avoiding any and all public consultations/referendums doesn't fill me with confidence about the government's underlying aims with the legislation.

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My understanding is only peripheral. I know it was implemented to address an issue with Japan's ban on maintaining war materials, but other than that... BUPKISS.

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Stranger

Japan has any many (and as few) checks and balances as the UK.

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It's excellent to have this legislation for Japan. some people don't understand the threats from China,This legislation mainly towards China,don't trust any other countries will come to rescue Japan when it needs.

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JT: Give us a good URL listing the exact changes.

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How good is your understanding of the new security legislation that took effect in Japan on Tuesday?

Well, I've watched nice Mr. Abe with the puppet firemen, so I know all I need to.

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