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Conservative Japanese want to rewrite the U.S-drafted constitution because they say it does not reflect the realities of the modern world. Would you support a revision of Japan’s constitution?

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Rewrite the constitution and watch Asia descend into war and conflict.....

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

Putting Art 9 to one side...What scares me most are the constitutional amendments the LDP want to make which strip away individual rights. They want to make the family (rather than the individual) the central unit of Japanese society and some say their plan is to solve the collapsing social welfare system by making children legally and financially responsible for the debts and medical care of their parents. It will be like living in a Confucian nightmare.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

It seems that the USA wrote the peace constitution for Japan and its people and it will never let Japan start/make war again whatever. The Japan's constitution must be the best of the best for pacifists had no war for 70 years and ever, hence no single SDF soldier even died over combats after the war. Why not keep it forever? Japan can defend its own country unless the contitution is rewritten for collective forces.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

Anyone with a brain who has children growing up in Japan should have no illusions about an education system that deprives children of their free time to exercise their imagination and expand their human potential. After graduation these bonsai cultural "products" are then ready to become "cogs in the machine, drones, robots etc" to serve bureaucratic and corporate interests until thrown onto the scrapheap of the retired and worn-out. Throughout this typical life-cycle the dignity and integrity of the family is always sacrificed to the needs of the state as if the Japanese government were still fighting WW2 and its citizens mere cannon-fodder expected to offer themselves up as kamikaze suicides. The wretched reality of family relationships in Japan damaged by the demands of the state and industry belies the rightwing's reverence for "the family" exposing their pious expatiatiions as cant. Abe and his ilk are a menace to family happiness. We must resist the codification of their nefarious hypocrisy in a rewritten constitution.

9 ( +15 / -6 )

Throughout this typical life-cycle the dignity and integrity of the family is always sacrificed to the needs of the state as if the Japanese government were still fighting WW2 and its citizens mere cannon-fodder expected to offer themselves up as kamikaze suicides.

Great articulation of the japanese mentality there. Makes me wonder what these conservatives (if they are to rewrite a new one) will put in the front seat and which issues take the back seat.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Only if it removed the stupid genitalia censorship laws and banned child porn.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Japan's been very successful under the current constitution. If the articles I've read about the proposed new one are accurate, it seems very much like an attempt to establish the same kind of nation that led to a need for the current constitution. It seems dumb to dump something successful for something that's already proven to be a catastrophic failure, but you know what? History is nothing more than people, groups and nations repeating the same stupid mistakes over and over.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Can we stop saying "conservative" for the LDP already? There's very little that's 'conservative' about a party that wants to tear up its constitution, debase and devalue its currency, undo long-standing labor and human rights laws, and raise taxes even further. They basically want to remake the country: the radical left in historical terms; there's nothing 'conservative' about that.

I would like to see "real" conservatives -- people who want to maintain the peaceful, prosperous nation that Japan has become since WWII -- in power rather than the dangerous Abe and his minions. Who will stand up to conserve and keep modern human rights advances, keep Article 9 of the Constitution, keep stable consumer prices, and keep the forward progress that Japan has made? Anybody?

2 ( +4 / -2 )

I don't live in Japan and even if I did I wouldn't be able to vote, but I clicked "Yes" on the survey. The requirements for making a Constitutional change are such that the change isn't going to happen unless 3/4ths of the Diet and a simple majority of the voters agree with the change. If those conditions are met, who am I to say they shouldn't do it?

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Glad to see total unanimity here. In any case, Japan is marching in lockstep with the other wealthy countries of the world which are run by similar anti-human rights, militaristic rich twats who are totally out of step with the public.

These LDP people still live in the 1930's.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Absolutely support the re-writing.Japan has as much right as everyone else.The only problem is when you get revisionists with no-one to lose like Abe in power,warrants cause for major concern.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Prime Minister Abe's government needs to give some thought and consider the cultural consequences if there is a change in amending the constitution in any manner they desire and is also very important to recognize that Article 9 is more than rule but is culturally embedded and, as such it is an critical part of the Japanese construction of national identity. In the end the consequences of rewriting Article 9 are difficult to predict and it will contribute to a restructuring of how the Japanese perceive themselves both as a nation and as a player in the international stage.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

As to amendments of the constitution, It seems that the bill would pass in the Diet but the 2/3rd of people still oppose the amendments, escpecially article 9. So LDP could not get agreements of 1/2 of all voters for its change on national referendum.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

If it ain't broke, why fix it?

The Japanese pacifist constitution has worked for 70 years.

It's just fruitcakes like Abe who want the "Glories of War," sitting in a safe office in Tokyo.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Considering that Japanese Conservatives don't have a view of 'the practical realities of the modern world', and the extent to which history should inform its politics-I would say they are hardly in a qualified position to make that call to begin with.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Japan is a responsible modern power that deserves a modern military You have my support on the condition that you face up to your past and make a sincere attempt at self-reflection. Putting more military power in the hands of rabid nationalist and historical revisionists? Recipe for disaster, if you ask me.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

yes, i think its time you write what you need, require in a functioning government. You all, after all, know what's best for you. Just don't fight too much over the verbiage.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The Japan's constitution must be the best of the best for pacifists

As Japan has failed to come to terms with its past (teaching the 1931-1945 period properly in schools) then the constitution serves as a check, and prevents the region escalating into an arms race

1 ( +2 / -1 )

If it ain't broke, why fix it? The Japanese pacifist constitution has worked for 70 years.It's just fruitcakes like Abe who want the "Glories of War," sitting in a safe office in Tokyo.

For someone who comes across as hating just about anything in Japan that America has or had it's fingers in it is truly surprising to hear you say this. America pretty much wrote the Japanese constitution.

The Japanese constitution needs some tweaking to not reflect the LDP's views but the people of the country. Before Abe starts playing games with it he should be putting out a national (binding) referendum to find out if the people what it or not.

BUT Abe can't do that for fear of losing, Abe is the parent forcing the child (Japan) to take it's castor oil before bedtime, he comes across as saying to the Japanese people "only I know what is good for you so shut up and take it".

0 ( +2 / -2 )

I didn't know how to write an answer to the question. As a general ideal, amending an old constitution is likely necessary, but rewriting it by conservatives for Abe is misguided. If I felt reason was the driving force behind the changes, it would make sense, but I don't believe a narrative driven cabinet can possibly make for fair and sound decisions.

I worry about the current government narrative because it is very nationalistic. They who refuse to quit revising history, and likely believes many of the changes they crave are of the older school Japan variety believe in narrowing ideals and thought process, while decreasing transparency. It can lead to war, repression and censorship if a government decides to make rules without consulting its people.

In the international view, this is not a context driven matter to make Japan a better country, rather it is narrative driven one. It is dangerous because Abe is using the idea of needing to protect Japan with its own military, by making a unilateral decision. It is like a military state telling its people what their rules are. Since there is no say by the people, it is difficult for me to see how the basis of Abe's dictatorial style can possibly be good, and the soup Japan creates to live in would be the soup that eventually creates war and an unhappy future for Japan, both within her borders and in the world community.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Japan is a responsible modern power that deserves a modern military You have my support on the condition that you face up to your past and make a sincere attempt at self-reflection

No argument there

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I'm not sure if I totally trust such a decision. If the politicians proposing this are being upfront and honest, then I don't really have a problem.

The only thing that doesn't work in the above statement is the international standard of politicians would be in force here, one of the basic premises being that a politician can only be said to be totally truthful when they aren't actually speaking.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Although the US helped with some of the drafting it was finally determined and agreed to freely by Japanese. It also can't be said that it doesn't match the modern world, if anything it better matches the modern world than it did when it was drafted (the world is far more peaceful now than it has ever been.)

What worries me more than potential changes to article 9 would be changes to the civil liberties aspects of it, currently they're the strongest in the world, Japan can't afford to water those down.

If the constitution must be changed it should be voted on line by line, not changed in one fell swoop with an all or nothing vote.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Japanese hate changing things and taking "risks" the majority will keep art. 9. Yet that same majority will be actively protesting base relocation efforts in Tokyo and the Ryuku's.

Voted on line by line, I'd love to see that.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Conservative Japanese have absolutely zero concept of what the real world is.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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