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Abe urges LDP lawmakers to intensify push for constitutional reform

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"Let us make a big step toward revising the Constitution, (which is) a huge responsibility for us," Abe said at a gathering of lawmakers at the LDP headquarters.

Abe is right to say that "revising the constitution (is) a huge responsibility for us", but he is wrong to do that because the constitution has provides Japan peace for as far as he lives.

If Abe wants to revise it in a way to doubly secure the peace, then it is OK.

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At the LDP gathering, Abe cited a well-known Japanese proverb that "peaches and chestnuts take three years, persimmons take eight years," comparing the time it takes the trees to bear fruit to his time in office.

I think you planted the wrong tree! Lord knows you tried giving it enough fertilizer!

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Why not put the have a referendum on constitutional revision?

Let the Japanese people decide.

Japan is a democratic country, isn’t it?

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kurisupisu asked "Japan is a democratic country, isn’t it?"

Wrong. If Japan is, then it wouldn't happen.

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Translation: Let's brow beat the public even more and shame them into compliance. Threaten the media with no access to get them to report what we demand. In other words, business as usual for the LDP. Bow to your masters.

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I have a question , if Abe succeeds in his quest to amend article 9 , and gets to recognizes the SDF as the armed forces of Japan, does that not require Japan to go to the assistance of the US in any conflict that the US chooses to get involved in. Also if successful , where will the recruits come from , conscription, Does anyone think it's fair for Japan to help fight US conflicts, especially under present conditions by the incompetence of the US in the Middle East. I find it ironic , that if that is the case Japan will be cutting of the hand that feeds, namely oil.

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"Yeah, ignore our corruption because we want to start a war!"

Such a stupid policy, I hope Japanese people don't fall for this

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Legally recognising reality, that the SDF exists does not mean a change to the renunciation of aggressive war. It is a “Self Defence” force, so long as the first paragraph is unchanged there would still be no legal basis for joining any US war. The situation would remain as is but with a regularisation of the legal standing of the SDF.

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minello7Today  10:15 am JST

I have a question , if Abe succeeds in his quest to amend article 9 , and gets to recognizes the SDF as the armed forces of Japan, does that not require Japan to go to the assistance of the US in any conflict that the US chooses to get involved in.

Japan has already passed legislation that would allow the JSDF to come to the aid of an allied force under "collective defense". And no, that doesn't "require" Japan to do so, it simply allows it. So Abe's efforts to amend the second parargraph of Article 9 so that the JSDF is officially recognized doesn't have anything to do with the issue you raise.

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