politics

Japan enacts revised referendum law in constitutional amendment push

28 Comments

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© KYODO

©2021 GPlusMedia Inc.

28 Comments
Login to comment

Start a war and give the government unlimited emergency powers... what could go wrong?

11 ( +15 / -4 )

A referendum here in Japan. Will we do it the Swiss way, or the Saudi Arabia way? Surely we will hear the government say "we will take note of the results of the referendum" and they'll do as they planned or looked into things while having meetings.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

A referendum with a simple "yes" or "no" as an answer is tricky.

The population has to be well informed ahead about the conditions and the consequences (not like Brexit).

To that regard, i don't trust Kisha club media for providing a impartial point of view.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Extremely promising news. Time to ditch that horrible, outdated Constitution. Every single word was American written.

A new Constitution for an incredibly dangerous time and region, and Japan will finally be permitted to fight on foreign shores, shoulder to shoulder with her allies in the name of freedom.

-20 ( +6 / -26 )

Every single word was American written.

Why? I mean really why? I do not understand why people try to whitewash history with BS!

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Fighto!Today  04:54 pm JST

Extremely promising news. Time to ditch that horrible, outdated Constitution. Every single word was American written.

Wrong. A Canadian and a New Zealander also participated.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

Time to give incompetent lawmakers even more leeway?

I don't think so.

Give the Nippon Kaigi an inch and they will take a mile.

The freedom of Japanese people could be on the line here.

The Japan Conference wants to go back to the 1930s.

Our kids will be on the frontline for the pompous bar stewards of the elite.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

"A referendum here in Japan. Will we do it the Swiss way, or the Saudi Arabia way?

Is that the extent of your knowledge?

"More advanced in everything" Brexit Britain was resolved on a choice between a "yes" or "no".

Japan should do the same.

And piss off a lot here in the process.

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

A limit to citizens rights is always a dangerous statement even if only an emergency is called. People need to oppose those kind of changes. Government needs to be controlled by the constitution and the Supreme Court. Give them an inch and they steal a mile.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

Japanese would be entitled to having their own written constitution if that’s what they want. But would it be any better than the current one. The Japanese constitution is very easy to read and very easy on the mind. Others are complicated and constantly need to be verified by their supreme courts.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Extremely promising news. Time to ditch that horrible, outdated Constitution. Every single word was American written.

Uh yeah, the country was doing so great under the previous Constitution I wonder what happened that made them let the Americans change it on them?

10 ( +14 / -4 )

But, the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan has opposed the bill, citing the need to restrict TV, radio and online commercials, as voting would be influenced by campaigners' funds.

The opposition camp should have initiated constitutional amendment. Some "liberal" agendas such as same sex marriage or devolution of state powers and finances remain unconstitutional. Wild text interpretations are limited in effect.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

At the moment there is a difference between freedom in Japan and freedom in China, Russia and N Korea.

This J gov should not be trusted with more powers

4 ( +5 / -1 )

So Japanese citizens are going to vote whether the government can restrict their freedom of movement (also potentially preventing them from returning to Japan in case of a pandemic) and go war?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

So Japanese citizens are going to vote whether the government can restrict their freedom of movement (also potentially preventing them from returning to Japan in case of a pandemic) and go war?

Sounds like a hard "no" to me but I'll be interested to see how it's being sold in the media.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Sure you got those ‘pronouns’ right @Fighto! 4:54pm?

“Japan will finally be permitted to fight on foreign shores, shoulder to shoulder with her (?) allies in the name of freedom.” -

Is Japan “a “motherland”, a “fatherland” or a “homeland”?

“A new Constitution for an incredibly dangerous time, region, and …” -

… it’s identity?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Let's make Abe's wet dream a reality.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Not good news at all,to a country that never fully comprehend the meaning of democracy and still struggles in grasp itms fundamentals.

With a government backed by a far wing sect like Nippon Kaigi which sees feudalism in a higher ground than real democracy this is a very unwelcoming news.

Japan should not be allowed to have a full army to offend.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

For all the “flag waiving”, possibly ‘cos-playing’ ‘residents yet not citizens’ in this thread, how do you feel about Japan’s own legal scholars warning their people about ‘the little clauses’ being added within these revisions:

*- “An emergency clause" gives the cabinet the power to create ‘a secret government’ during ‘an emergency that the cabinet itself would declare," said former Meiji University law professor Lawrence Repeta. "...the very antithesis of the constitutional democracy we have today." -*

If you’re so anti-American, doesn’t all this seem awfully similar to a lot of the post 911 US government “shenanigans”?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

So then the people could decide whether to allow female descent in the Imperial line?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

"Japan’s own legal scholars warning their people about ‘the little clauses’ being added"

"Meiji University law professor Lawrence Repeta."

He's an American.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Yes, @Peeping_Tom 8:00pm *and, Meiji University would be in Tokyo, Japan?

Please continue with your research:

- “Lawrence Repeta has served as a lawyer, business executive, and law professor in Japan and the United States. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, where he studied Japanese law. He is best-known in Japan as the plaintiff in a landmark suit decided by the Supreme Court of Japan in 1989 that opened Japan's courts to note-taking by courtroom spectators. Prof. Repeta has **written widely on Japanese law issuesespecially related to constitutional rights. He has served on the boards of directors of "Information Clearinghouse Japan" , an NGO devoted to promoting open government in Japan, and "the Japan Civil Liberties Union**", an NGO founded in 1947, the same year that Japan’s democratic Constitution took effect.” -

Isn’t that sufficient to qualify him as one of Japan’s legal scholars and often cited in the major Japanese news publications?

Or, would the ultra-right Nationalists prefer Japan’s Constitutional Laws only be evaluated and critiqued by Japanese born, raised, educated and politically-indoctrinated legal professionals?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Japan’s own legal scholars warning their people about ‘the little clauses’ being added"

"Meiji University law professor Lawrence Repeta."

He's an American.

As noted above, Meiji University is a Japanese university. He is pretty famous among Japanese Constitutional law scholars due to that case he litigated, which is taught in law schools here.

He is also by no means alone in voicing concerns about constitutional amendment, loads of ethnically Japanese (since that matters to you, which is stupid BTW) law scholars share the same concerns.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Btw: Shouldn’t PM Suga have been present during such a monumental event? After 3 years of debates, couldn’t this have waited until he and the wife returned from their “all-expenses-paid trip to a British resort” for a G7 summit?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Nice call @rainyday 8:27pm. Please, “Have at it”.

“He [Prof. Repetitive] is also by no means alone in voicing concerns about constitutional amendments, loads of ethnically Japanese (since that matters to you, which is stupid BTW) law scholars share the same concerns.” -

Was going to defend even calling out someone’s possible ‘ignorance’ on an issue but, from reading_mot’s posts, looks like some “equal opportunity offending” going on across all threads, ‘just to see what sticks”.

“Wouldn’t it be terrible if he [Mr. Suga} was knocked over by a... How long before a similar post of mine, addressing Chinese/Korean leaders is deleted?…”

We wish for the Mr. Suga’s safe return and immediate attention to Constitutional matters in the Diet.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

a country that never fully comprehend the meaning of democracy

And so why in all the years I lived in Japan, did it feel generally democratic? I'm thinking of local complaints that generally get a response, probably more so than in my own country. (I'm not sure anyone can define the "meaning of democracy".)

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The Japanese government was never good at anything ever since the war was lost. In the post war era, the government has shown itself as even more useless, dangerously stupid. I think it is better to keep these fools under the current limits of this constitution. Safer for us not to wake up in North Korea...

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

"Isn’t that sufficient to qualify him as one of Japan’s legal scholars and often cited in the major Japanese news publications?:

Scholar in Japan he may well be.

However, he's not qualified as one " warning their people about ‘the little clauses’ being added within these revisions@

"Their people".

He's not Japanese.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites