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We should clearly include the SDF’s existence in the Constitution to put an end to the debate about its constitutionality.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking at the annual convention of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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Q)How about you deal with the vote disparity issue, which for election after election after election, has been declared in a state of unconstitutionality instead?

A) Because Defense of the state comes first.

'Defense' of a 'state' that cannot follow it's own laws and is perpetually in a condition of unconstitutionality is not a 'state' at all. The first duty of the state is to follow its own laws. To ignore the constitution when it is convenient is not a state nor a government.

It's a sham.

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How about you deal with the vote disparity issue, which for election after election after election, has been declared in a state of unconstitutionality instead?

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How about you deal with the vote disparity issue, which for election after election after election, has been declared in a state of unconstitutionality instead?

exactly! Nice one David!

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Japan doesn't need an army. Trump said there is peace with NK and Abe nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize for it. You don't try to play up the need for a military when everything is okay, unless you don't need it but just simply want a return to grandpappy's time.

Better to have it and not need it than to need it but not have it.

By the time you realize you need to be able to defend yourself, it is already to late.

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Japan doesn't need an army. Trump said there is peace with NK and Abe nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize for it. You don't try to play up the need for a military when everything is okay, unless you don't need it but just simply want a return to grandpappy's time.

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alwaysspeakingwisdomToday 12:45 pm JST

A Constitution by the which was written in English by foreigners?

If the Japanese public really had an overwhelming desire to see the Constitution changed then presumably the LDP, with all its power, influence and decades of governing the country, could have made it happen. I think they're scared to put the matter to a referendum because they know whatever they propose will be rejected.

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Japan doesn't need an army. Trump said there is peace with NK and Abe nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize for it. You don't try to play up the need for a military when everything is okay, unless you don't need it but just simply want a return to grandpappy's time.

How come only Japan doesn't need an army when every neighbor else surround Japan with an army and nukes.

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If current borders are confirmed too where is a problem?

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How about you deal with the vote disparity issue, which for election after election after election, has been declared in a state of unconstitutionality instead?

In latter Supreme Court judgements it was no longer considered as such.

The disparity is getting less with efforts being made to reduce it

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The 100year war, around 1400 in European terms, another one on on the Korean not an island.

Starting after JP as a colonial usupurer left in a hurry, being cold during wellbeing on both sides, will it be ended and united as a country by history and forces just human?

Look arte tv a French tv channel...

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The best defense of a state is not its armed forces which can always be used by an authoritarian ruling class to oppress and terrorize the civilian population, but a genuine democracy that respects human rights and sincerely espouses peaceful solutions to international disputes.

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The SDF is not going to go away because of debate. It hasn't yet. On the contrary it is an obviously important part of the Japanese system. So it is clear it is constitutional.

I think Abe would be well aware of that and is only trying to push his policy through, though we are not told of the exact aims yet. Which I think is sneaky.

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Q)How about you deal with the vote disparity issue, which for election after election after election, has been declared in a state of unconstitutionality instead?

A) Because Defense of the state comes first.

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Simon FostonToday  01:00 pm JST

the Constitution changed then presumably the LDP, with all its power, influence and decades of governing the country, could have made it happen. I think they're scared to put the matter to a referendum because they know whatever they propose will be rejected.

No since it had to get 2/3 of the house of representative votes first to even consider a referendum.

That is the first thing that needs to be changed.

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"To ignore the constitution when it is convenient is not a state nor a government."

Pry tell, how and when does Japan ignore the constitution? A Constitution by the which was written in English by foreigners?

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