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Posted in: Emperor Hirohito stopped by PM Yoshida from expressing remorse over war, documents show See in context

Emperor Hirohito could have stopped the war with just one word from him.

He could have stopped the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

And above all, he could dismiss the government of Hideki Tojo. For disobeying the law in force.

He had the necessary authority and the means at his disposal to stop the entire war. And he didn't.

It is normal for him to have remorse because he was one of the main culprits in the deaths of thousands of people. Military and civilians. In and out of Japan. But the political elite of the time in both Japan and the United States. And the geopolitical situation in the Korean War. China's internal situation and the Soviet Union's reaction. And other countries affected by Japanese domination. Hirohito's words of regret would have provoked a very violent reaction in the region. It would be like whipping up an already unstable hornet's nest. And it would have provoked a diplomatic and commercial instability of great magnitude.

I think Yoshida acted prudently. We remember that this was in 1952. You have to look at the context of the time.

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Posted in: Japan may send ships to patrol off Yemen instead of Strait of Hormuz See in context

But if Yemen is a country in civil war.

There are four sides that control that country right now. Not to mention that ISIS is also present, albeit to a lesser extent.

1). The Houthis rebel part. They control the capital of the country. (Pro-Iran).

2). Those loyal to Hadi. The government recognized by the UN. Established in the city of Aden. (Pro-Saudi Arabia).

3). The independence faction of southern Yemen. Another rebel group at odds with the other groups in conflict. They have a fairly large area of control including the Socotra archipelago.

4). And finally Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula.

With the exception of group 2. The rest usually attack the international forces deployed in the area. Especially the Houthis. It will be a delicate enough area to operate JSDF, with Article 9 of the constitution in force.

Here I put the link of the wikipedia about this war conflict, so that people are well informed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yemeni_CivilWar(2015%E2%80%93present)

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Posted in: 2 lawmakers with serious disabilities attend 1st Diet session See in context

This is a very delicate subject to deal with.

On the one hand I congratulate the two legislators for making history in Japanese politics. 

But on the other hand I think the political party Reiwa Shinsengumi of Taro Yamamoto. It is using the two legislators as an electoral weapon, seeking the sympathy of the public. In a populist atmosphere of easy promises, but difficult to fulfill. They're simply using them as visible propaganda for the party. And that's what bothers me the most. Using two highly disabled people as a claim should be banned. Because it would undermine a person's individual honour for their personal deficiencies. In addition to promoting a denigrating public spectacle towards a collective such as that of disability.

There are other ways of dealing with this issue without publicly exposing disabled people.

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Posted in: Erdogan says Turkey to turn elsewhere if U.S. will not sell F-35s See in context

Turkey needs the F-35 to be able to operate combat fighters, on the aircraft carrier Anadolu (L-408) which is still under construction.

Without them that ship will only be a simple carrier as the current Izumo and Kaga that Japan has. They'll only be able to operate helicopters from it.

And Turkey will no longer be able to dispose of its future embarked wing. As if they have Mediterranean countries like France, Italy or Spain right now.

At the moment. No other fighter plane in the world. It has the V/STOL takeoff capability offered by the F-35.

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Posted in: China says it won't rule out using force to reunify Taiwan See in context

Taiwan is the only Chinese territory where freedom of expression, freedom of the press and freedom of thought are exercised. Without fear of being arrested and imprisoned to prison sentence.

It is also the only place in China where people can freely choose which political party will govern that territory. Having the option of being able to change their rulers if they do not agree on their way of governing.

In mainland China that's not possible.

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Posted in: 56% oppose amending Constitution under Abe gov't: poll See in context

The title says it clearly.

The Japanese refuse to change Article 9, With Abe in the post of Prime Minister.

But if the Prime Minister were someone else who has no connection to Abe. With a non-ultranationalist dialogue profile with a sincere character.

The answer might be different.

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Posted in: LDP set to retain majority in upper house election See in context

Provisional results at 22:39 hours.

LDP: 87. Win 31 seats.

CDP: 23. Win 8 seats.

KP: 20. Win. 6 seats.

DPFP: 17. Win 2 seats.

ISHIN: 10. Win 4 seats.

JCP: 8. Win 2 seat.

SDPJ: 1 

independent: 10. 2 seats won.

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Posted in: LDP set to retain majority in upper house election See in context

Provisional results at 21:48 hours.

LDP: 86. Win 30 seats.

CDP: 22. Win 7 seats.

KP: 20. Win 6 seats.

DPFP: 17. Win 2 seats.

ISHIN: 9. Win 3 seats.

JCP: 8. Win 2 seat.

SDPJ: 1 

independent: 10. 2 seats won.

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Posted in: LDP set to retain majority in upper house election See in context

Provisional results at 21:34 hours.

LDP: 84. Win 28 seats.

CDP: 22. Win 7 seats.

DPFP: 17. Win 2 seats.

KP: 20. Win 6 seats.

ISHIN: 9. Win 3 seats.

JCP: 7. Win 1 seat.

SDPJ: 1 

independent: 10. 2 seats won.

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Posted in: Pacifist constitution reform at stake in election See in context

With today's election results. Constitutional reform is possible. The pro-reform Faction obtains 186 seats. Far above the 163 seats that make up the qualified majority of the 2/3.

With these results the consultation process can be activated in referendum.

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Posted in: LDP set to retain majority in upper house election See in context

Provisional results at 21:13 hours.

LDP: 84. Win 28 seats.

CDP: 22. Win 7 seats.

DPFP: 17. Win 2 seats.

KP: 17. Win 3 seats.

ISHIN: 9. Win 3 seats.

JCP: 7. Win 1 seat.

SDPJ: 1 

independent: 10. 2 seats won.

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Posted in: LDP set to retain majority in upper house election See in context

I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm collecting the results from Google Spain. That's why Spanish words have crept in.

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Posted in: LDP set to retain majority in upper house election See in context

Resultados provisionales a las 21:00 horas.

LDP: 84. Win 28 seats.

CDP: 22. Win 7 seats.

DPFP: 17. Win 2 seats.

KP: 17. Win 3 seats.

ISHIN: 9. Win 3 seats.

JCP: 7. Win 1 seat.

SDPJ: 1

independent: 10. 2 seats won.

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Posted in: LDP set to retain majority in upper house election See in context

Provisional results at 20:44 hours.

LDP: 82. Win 26 seats.

CDP: 22. Win 7 seats.

DPFP: 17. Win 2 seats.

KP: 17. Win 3 seats.

ISHIN: 9. Win 3 seats.

JCP: 7. Win 1 seat.

SDPJ: 1

independent: 10. 2 seats won.

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Posted in: Party leaders make last-minute appeals before upper house election See in context

The elections are tomorrow. Let us not speculate on possible outcomes.

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Posted in: LDP support rate edges up ahead of upper house election: poll See in context

Pre-election polls are predicting a good result for the Japan Innovation Party. With 4.4% they are approaching the level that Komeito has. 

We may still get a surprise on election day. And have a higher score than these polls predict. The party chaired by Ichirō Matsui are having very good acceptance on Twitter comments.

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Posted in: LDP support rate edges up ahead of upper house election: poll See in context

Part 2 to Strikebreaker555's Response

The current electoral law comes from the mandate reflected in the current Japanese constitution drafted in 1946.

I remind you that no opposition party intends to amend that constitution. Not even the articles referring to the electoral system. They have nothing to do with the pacifist clause of Article 9. This is one more consequence of having a constitution that is becoming very obsolete. And instead of fixing the problem by recognizing this fact to give a definitive solution. Opposition parties continue to argue that the constitution should never be revised.

That's why the pro-revision parties are increasing the votes in all the elections. And the anti-revision parties are gradually decreasing.

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Posted in: LDP support rate edges up ahead of upper house election: poll See in context

@Strikebreaker555

CDP and other opposition parties should make it a priority to amend the election-system to secure a balance and "pax" in Japanese politics, which at the moment is nowhere to be found!

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Posted in: Japan's ruling bloc eyes solid victory in upper house election: poll See in context

A pre-election poll of vote prediction. That's all it is. A poll. The data that really interest will be the ones that will be produced on July 21. Where everyone will come out of any doubt.

In these elections there are two key points.

It will be the results that Yukio Edano's Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan can obtain. And also Nippon Ishin no Kai from Ichirō Matsui.

They will be the key to future governance in Japan. And the trend towards where the country will go. These elections will be the most important for the next decade.

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Posted in: Party leaders clash over tax, Constitution before upper house election See in context

I saw the results of the survey attached to the debate published in Nicovideo.

The highest percentage of affirmative votes went to Ichiro Matsui. That was 60% of the votes, followed by Yukio Edano who came in 2nd place.

Considering that the Internet does not represent the social reality of a country. The majority of social network users are young people between 18 and 35 years old.

That's not significant.

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Posted in: LDP leads with 28% support in advance of upper house election: poll See in context

The Innovation Party and the Communist Party are very close to a technical draw. Only two tenths of a point separates them in vote estimation.

Maybe the Innovation Party will give us an electoral surprise. And have more real votes than the polls can predict. It will be better to take them into consideration.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S.-Japan security pact has to be changed See in context

zichi Today 03:43 am JST

Komeito Party would never agree to any change of Article 9.

Actually Komeito always said that he would support a change in Article 9. Provided that all major parties in the Diet, reach a broad consensus to change it.

In a nutshell. When left-wing political parties such as: Japan's Constitutional Democratic Party, The Democratic Party and the Communist Party accept that the necessary change.

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Posted in: Trump renews criticism of Japan-U.S. alliance before G20 summit See in context

Jtsnose.

With the current Article 9 in force. That is not possible.

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Posted in: Feminist scholar calls Japan's gender problem 'human disaster' See in context

There are two types of feminism in the world: 

The original feminism. That seeks full equality in rights and obligations between men and women. 

And supremacist feminism. That wants to impose laws that are above men within the social and institutional hierarchy. In short, that women are above men in rights, but not in obligations.

I apologize for these harsh words. It is not intended to belittle anyone.

Unfortunately in Spain the supremacist feminism has managed to create un constitutional laws of positive discrimination in favour of women. It's more. With the current law a woman can falsely denounce a man. There is no need for proof. A woman's word alone is enough legal proof to arrest a man for gender-based violence. This procedure is frequently used in unfriendly divorce proceedings. With a false report, the woman automatically acquires custody of the children. Exclusive use of the family home. And above all, to grant a state subsidy to women ranging from 400 to 800 Euros depending on the case. Not counting the pension that the future ex-husband will have to pay to help feed his child.

The worst thing is the children. Where the judges impose a restraining order on the father towards his children. And he will be forced to go to a supervised family meeting point. In the best of cases because it is normal for the mother to violate the visitation order.

All this continued prevarication into a law that should theoretically protect abused women. But that actually. It is only a law that finances a lobby of associations of left and neo-communist character. As the current vice-president of the Spanish government Carmen Calvo said: Women have to be believed yes or yes. She said that in the parliamentary commission on gender violence.

All this is happening right now in Spain. I don't want these unequal laws to be implemented in Japan. Because they use pro-equality proclamations. But in reality they only create more inequality.

Actually. What is being done is for women to have a higher power than men. And that is not equality.

I'm living it.

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Posted in: Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed islands See in context

Ossan AmericaJune 19 07:09 am JST

Scenario 2 which applies to the above as well, Japan is constitutionally bound to not start any wars. It is not bound to not defend itself.

Actually Article 9 does not allow the existence of Japanese military forces.

The interpretation is only a temporary patch until the Diet proposes a constitutional amendment, to solve this problem definitively.

The problem is that this temporary situation has been going on for more than 70 years. And everything points to the fact that it will still take many years to resolve this problem.

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Posted in: Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed islands See in context

I apologize for the reply to itsonlyrocknroll.

When editing the comment the highlights of the comments have been exchanged.

Moving the answers instead of the questions.

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Posted in: Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed islands See in context

itsonlyrocknroll Today 08:31 am JST

The significance of Article 9 politically, is interpretation.

Because neither the government nor the LDP nor its partners have the legislative capacity in the Diet to modify Article 9. All because of the systematic refusal of the opposition parties to modify it.

Without question, the majority of Family members support keeping Article 9 in its current form.

Even the younger members registered to vote would not support any form of revision. It is the only issue that would persuade young family members into a ballot box.

That will not be known until a national referendum is called to consult it. Until then, it will only be speculation.

I have a suspicion the majority of the electorate feel the same reluctance to support any revision to Japan's pacifist constitution.

If the first paragraph of the renunciation of war is maintained in its entirety. The second paragraph is modified for the exclusive defence. And new ones are created for the limitation of military activities and operations. It is quite possible that young people will support this constitutional change. As long as that change is honest.

Question remains will the US Government use military force to counter Government of China seizing the islands and/or the surrounding waterways, trading routes. I suggest the Government of China believes the US Government would hesitate. This is where at present the real political dangers lie.

That's what my previous comment is about. The U.S. is no longer as reliable as it used to be. That's why Japan has to modify Article 9. Simply for a reason of survival.

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Posted in: Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed islands See in context

itsonlyrocknroll June 18 12:56 pm JST

It maybe time to prepare the people of Japan to explore the possibility of a tactical and strategic offshore deterrent. There is no necessity to change current Japan articles of constitution the Government of China is a clear threat to regional peace and stability.

No. Any military action by JSDF will be clearly unconstitutional. With the current Article 9 in force. And it needs to be updated precisely because of the belligerent attitude of the People's Republic of China.

The question remains if present or future governments would be prepared to strike. It is pointless to possess such a deterrent if government is not prepared to use it.

The government is preparing for it. Ignoring the application of Article 9.

Japan faces the following 2 scenarios, if the current Article 9 of the constitution is not modified

Scenario 1: Do nothing and allow China to unilaterally take Senkaku Islands by force. We would abide by Article 9 by not going to war. At the cost of losing Japanese sovereign territory.

Scenario 2: Defend the Senkaku Islands militarily by entering an unconstitutional war with China. Clearly disobeying Article 9 breaking the established constitutional order. Increasing controversy in the current political and legal situation.

The truth is that the current Article 9 is too obsolete. And what the political forces have to do, is to arrive at a

broad consensus to make military use more flexible. So that the country can defend itself more adequately. Unfortunately, this political consensus is currently impossible to achieve.

The present dictatorship of China is preparing for a show of force. Either in Hong Kong or Taiwan. It could be only a question of time before the Chinese Government prevokes conflict in the East sea of Japan

Some analysts are already warning about that. The problem is that many political actors do not want to see reality. Especially the political parties integrated in the pacifist coalition of Japan. They will deny everything until reality opens their eyes. And by then it will be too late.

The Government of Japan must be ready to respond with a clear unequivocal message.

You can't do that with the current Article 9 in effect. Unless the government orders JSDF to disobey its compliance with that article.

The Government of China is the embodiment of Japan Imperial past. President Trumps word cannot always be relied upon. President Trump is first and foremost a businessman of sorts, not meant disparagingly, President Trump is neither a diplomat or a politician.

But for that Japan must first amend Article 9 through a constitutional amendment. Until that happens, Japan will be totally dependent on the United States.

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Posted in: Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan See in context

Patricia Yarrow June 16 07:20 am JST

The Japanese Constitution needs to be updated to include extending equal rights to all who wish to marry. What's downstairs should have nothing to do with it. It's love!

Exactly. The Japanese constitution is too obsolete. It was drafted in 1946. And they used the dogmas of that time.

The most scandalous thing is that precisely the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. It is the one that is proposing to legalize homosexual marriage, with no intention of amending that constitution. Left-wing political parties such as the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party refuse to modernize that constitution. For them it is a document that has to be unalterable. And the worst thing is that they are blatantly lying to LGBT people by saying that they will legalize same-sex marriage, without changing the constitution. That's just not legally possible.

This is one of the reasons why they have such low election results. Because their proposals cannot be fulfilled if they do not modify the constitution first. Something they have already said they have no intention of doing. This is an issue that will have no solution. 

But they will still have the nerve to say that the blame lies with the LDP, and the entire faction of right-wing parties.

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Posted in: Abe, Shanahan agree to bolster Japan-U.S. alliance See in context

rlperez@hotmail.com.au Today 08:44 pm JST

Abe following US orders. The Japanese people must demand their government regain their sovereignty. Japan must stop being Washington lapdogs.

To take that first step Japan must first modify Article 9. Until that article is modified. Japan will be forever forced into the US-Japan "security alliance". The biggest problem in this matter is not Abe, nor the LDP. Not even the US itself to this day.

The main problem lies in the Japanese opposition political parties opposed to amending the constitution. Parties such as the DPCJ (Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan). The JCP (Communist Party of Japan). The Democratic Party for the People) and the Social Democratic Party). They are primarily responsible for Japan's need to increase dependence on the US.

Everything is based on internal politics, within the Chamber of the National Diet. Don't look for external enemies.

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