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People march vowing to protect the constitution in Tokyo on Saturday. Japan marked the 67th anniversary of its postwar constitution Saturday with growing debate over whether to revise the war-renouncing charter in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push for an expanded role for the military. The placard second from left reads: "Don't allow Abe Cabinet to revise Constitution."

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Yet another another example of how ordinary Japanese citizens are not afraid to speak out or demonstrate in public against things they agree or do not agree with, contrary to the usual stereotypes of Japanese as mindless sheeple afraid to stand out against the grain.

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Liberty is not lightly won nor easily held. Every citizen has a duty to take an active and intelligent interest in his government.

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Those people might still be living in the Occupation period or foreigners with Jcitizenship too afraid of the fact that the Japanese are beginning to assert defense and its hidden might. Some things just have to move with the time.

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Who is to say these people are really protestors? They could be just payed to be out there on behalf of the government to make it look like people are against it. You would be a pure idiot to uplift that constitution and allow them to go back to how they were. they could perfectly protect themselves and they have the help with global allies... but as they say, history always repeats itself. some people never learn. I am about peace and everyone being happy at the end of the day. but there is a thing called evil out there that doesn't want peace and happiness. And I am strong believer that thing was put there for a reason. To bad they didn't write why.

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Constitution Day or Article 9 Day? Japan needs more of the former and less of the latter.

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Those people might still be living in the Occupation period or foreigners with Jcitizenship too afraid of the fact that the Japanese are beginning to assert defense and its hidden might. Some things just have to move with the time.

Don't call it "defense" when you are talking about military aggression. That's Newspeak a la "US Department of Defense" which does anything but defend.

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Don't call it "defense" when you are talking about military aggression. That's Newspeak a la "US Department of Defense" which does anything but defend.

Right, because clearly Japan is about to wage an aggressive war. Out of all of the uses of that euphemism, Japan probably has the best claim to it.

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The Japan of pre-1945 and the Japan of today are so different in a world that today doesn't even compare to then. In other words, Japan today doesn't have the mindset it did back then and some of it neighbours have become an issue that requires Japan to perhaps do more than have a 'Alsok' or 'Secom' home alarm system that responds once someone has 'entered' their home. Perhaps it's time for Japan to have a 'police' force that patrols the neighbourhood and has a 'riot squad' with the necessary 'tools' to catch the 'bad guys' on their way to breaking into their home. Reacting to a problem after it has happened because you are handcuffed to act before and having your potential enemies knowing this is just an invitation for your enemies to plot and make their first move with almost no fear of losses in the initial attack. China knows this and is fighting to keep Japan on it's heels so China can dictate the terms of the region.

Ironically, China is forcing Japan's hand to change their constitution by continuing their military build up and constant bullying.

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Article 15: The people have the inalienable right to choose their public officials and to dismiss them. All public officials are servants of the whole community and not of any group thereof.

I find many government officials and the public in Japan often forget about Article 15 of the constitution-they are supposed to be following the opinions of the general public -- not their own personal views.

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Same thing each year, they march, they chant, they complain and then go home. But, that's the great thing, even though these people are completely lost in the past they still have the right to complain about it.

Freedom of Speech and Expression are great things........

Now, back to our scheduled reality check...

The biggest opposition to any changes to the Constitution are coming from Japan Communist Party and the Japan Socialist Party. They have a belief that Japan should just do nothing and allow Communist China to do whatever it wishes to do against Japan and it's territories. Luckily for Japan and it's future, the Communist and Socialist aren't in charge and stand a snowballs chance in hell of ever coming to power.

Hell, even the completely irrelevant DPJ is behind the idea to revise Article 9.

Osaka_DougMay. 04, 2014 - 06:44AM JST I find many government officials and the public in Japan often forget about Article 15 of the constitution-they are supposed to be following the opinions of the general public -- not their own personal views.

Correct, and if a majority of the Japanese people believed and supported the JCP and the JSP they would have won the last few election, but they didn't.

Also, let us not remember that in 2012 the DPJ was routed in that election. The people spoke and the LDP came back into power. The let us also not forget the 2013 House of Councilor elect and there too the LDP swept.

So, you are correct, when the politicians don't listen to the wishes of the people the people remove them from office. The DPJ didn't listen to the wishes of the People and they were completely removed by the people.

So, in other words, the LDP is doing exactly what the people want.

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