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Posted in: Japan to dispatch SDF to Strait of Hormuz instead of joining U.S.-led coalition See in context

@zichi

I think Article 9 of the constitution has never been tested in the supreme court.

I think it was three times. The first in 1966, the second in 1973 and the third in 1978. All the sentences were favorable to the government's theses.

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Posted in: Clashes erupt in Barcelona as half a million separatists rally See in context

Catalonia already has a very decentralized autonomic system within Spain.

Article 2 of the Spanish constitution is very clear.

The Constitution is based on the indissoluble unity of the Spanish Nation, the common and indivisible homeland of all Spaniards, and recognizes and guarantees the right to autonomy of the nationalities and regions that make it up and solidarity among them all.

Independence is impossible as long as this article exists.

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Posted in: Japan to dispatch SDF to Strait of Hormuz instead of joining U.S.-led coalition See in context

@Heckleberry

Shinzo is violating the Japanese Constitution. Not many Japanese will care though, as most Japanese are politically passive, even submissive.

Not Shinzo. The whole government including part of the National Diet. This is not about disobeying Article 9 or not. The underlying problem is that this Constitutional Article was written in 1946. And today it is becoming too obsolete. It needs urgent reform now.

If it has not been reformed, it is because the opposition parties have deliberately blocked any attempt to update it. And in the face of this systematic and irrational blockade of these parties in the Diet. The Japanese government has no choice but to systematically disobey the existence of this article. Taking Article 9 to a wet paper.

Whoever believes that Article 9 saves Japan from war. I am sorry to tell you that you are totally wrong.

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Posted in: Japan to dispatch SDF to Strait of Hormuz instead of joining U.S.-led coalition See in context

@Chip Star

Wow, given these aren't Japanese vessels being protected, Abe and his cabinet are really stretching the definition of Article 9. Next, they be doing freedom of navigation patrols through the South China Sea.

The world is changing very rapidly. And unfortunately for the worse. Article 9 is becoming too obsolete. Japan has no alternative but to disobey its application for reasons of force majeure.

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Posted in: Protests erupt as Spain convicts 12 leading Catalan separatists See in context

mizu Today 04:41 pm JST

Excellent explanation. Everything that has been exposed is 100% true.

In Catalonia the only thing that differs from the rest of Spain is that they have a different language. And that's the only argument they have to ask for their right to independence.

I live near Valencia. About 130 kilometers south of Catalan territory. I speak the Valencian language. A linguistic variant of the Catalan language. I know this problem very well.

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Posted in: Protests erupt as Spain convicts 12 leading Catalan separatists See in context

People have to understand that the Catalan pro-independence leaders were convicted by the supreme court, basically for this.

Article 2. Spanish Constitution.

The Constitution is based on the indissoluble unity of the Spanish Nation, the common and indivisible homeland of all Spaniards, and recognizes and guarantees the right to autonomy of the nationalities and regions that make it up and solidarity among them all.

The independence of Catalonia is impossible if this constitutional article is not modified first. And for that, it is necessary the favorable approval of 2/3 or more of the 2 legislative chambers and the celebration of a national referendum that ratifies it. In case the Spanish population agrees with it.

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Posted in: N Korea fires missile, possibly from sub; falls in Japan's exclusive economic zone See in context

A missile fired in North Korea and falls into Japanese territorial waters. It is a very dangerous matter.

Imagine that unfortunately those missiles hit a fishing boat, a merchant ship, or even a passenger ferry. Not only causing material damage, but human lives. Whether they are Japanese or of other nationalities.

I haven't seen any comments so far speaking in this way. It is a very dangerous issue that can destabilise an already unstable area.

Fortunately, as on other occasions, nothing has happened. And the missiles have fallen into the sea without consequences.

But the danger of something happening is still latent. Until some day a real misfortune happens.

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Posted in: Make climate fight 'sexy' and 'fun,' says Japan's new environment minister See in context

Chip Star Sep. 23 04:38 pm JST

His family name. This is just more of the dynastic politics that have kept the offspring of war criminals and the LDP in power since the US forced democracy upon the Japanese.

Today Japan is a democracy precisely because the United States forced it to do so. And thanks to this, today any Japanese can participate in politics freely. Regardless of their social status. Whether you are rich or poor.

And there are alternative parties to the LDP. They can come to power in the future, as happened in 2009. If there has not been more alternation in power is because of the inconsistencies that often say the leaders of these parties. 

Only that a political party be formed with coherent measures. With common sense. Without ideological biases. And honestly admitting publicly that the Japanese constitution is obsolete. And proposing solutions under a basic consensus, for the good of the country. Above electoral interests. Perhaps the LDP can be defeated.

That's what I think.

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Posted in: Abe says ASDF may evolve into 'Air and Space SDF' See in context

His inclination toward constitutional revision suggested in the speech was later criticized by the opposition forces, which said it was "in breach of (the premier's) legal obligation to respect and uphold the constitution."

Opposition parties are a joke. A constitutional reform respecting the requirement of Article 96 is totally legal and constitutional.

Article 96. Amendments to this Constitution shall be initiated by the Diet, through a concurring vote of two-thirds or more of all the members of each House and shall thereupon be submitted to the people for ratification, which shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of all votes cast thereon, at a special referendum or at such election as the Diet shall specify.

Amendments when so ratified shall immediately be promulgated by the Emperor in the name of the people, as an integral part of this Constitution.

It is things like these that take away the credibility of the political parties that aspire to replace the LDP of power. For saying meaningless things. And then they get upset about their lousy election results.

Only if they started to use simple logic, they would start to have better results. They don't seem to want to learn.

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Posted in: Disputing Koizumi, new industry minister calls no-nuclear power policy 'unrealistic' See in context

Japan is a perfect country to develop renewable energy sources. Eliminating nuclear energy forever. What's more. It is one of the few privileged countries to be able to do that.

On the one hand, it could develop hydrogen fuel cell power plants. This technology cleans pollutants, which only produces water in the atmosphere. A fully-fledged decarbonization.

Another way of producing electricity in a way similar to a nuclear plant is tidal power. With the Pacific Ocean as an ally. Japan could use the trans-oceanic current that runs within its coasts. With a system similar to wind energy, but inside the ocean. Very few countries have that privilege in their favor. And it's a pretty cheap technology.

And without saying geothermal energy. Use the heat energy of volcanoes. Like a natural nuclear plant without radioactive exposure. Japan sits inside the pacific fire belt. And it could drill through the hot zones to make natural use of the heat of the planet earth itself. That system is already in use in Iceland.

And that without adding to the systems we all know. Hydropower, solar photovoltaics and wind power.

Japan's privileged geographical position is unbeatable for developing all these technologies. The vast majority of countries cannot say the same.

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Posted in: Japan to set up police unit to help defend disputed islets: NHK See in context

JCosplay Sep. 3 06:57 am JST

Well with this, hopefully Japan will get one step closer to be able to defend itself, rather than having to rely on the US to defend them. And there’s no need for revisions in the constitution that are necessary in order for them to be able to do this, considering that this is merely a police force. And also the fact that their army is a self-defense force.

It's actually a lot more complicated than that. 

The current Article 9 says:

ARTICLE 9. (1) Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

(2) In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

As you can see. Article 9 is very obsolete today. For several reasons. 

1) The JSDF is among the 10 most powerful conventional armies in the world. Its exact position varies between 6, 7 or 8. Depending each year. And that also includes war potential. Japan is deliberately disobeying compliance with constitutional observance. They simply ignore its existence for reasons of force majeure.

2) A direct confrontation with a foreign army for reasons of self-defense. It would be an international dispute. And it would automatically violate paragraph 1 of that article. No matter how noble that confrontation might be. That in this case the defense of Japanese national sovereignty. If the People's Republic of China invades the Senkaku Islands. And Japan responds militarily to recover them. The article will be violated. Whichever way you look at it.

Article 9 is doomed to be ignored in the future. Because it cannot be maintained in the present time. It was written in 1946. And the geopolitical situation is not the same. Everything changes in life and that article should change over time. The article is already unsustainable.

That's why it needs to be modified. I hope I helped you with the explanation.

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Posted in: Japan's Defense Ministry requests record ¥5.32 trillion budget See in context

alwaysspeakingwisdom Today 10:52 pm JST

A good start, but Japan needs to do much more. Japan should get intermediate range missiles, 12 full deck carriers, bombers.

No. That approach would be counterproductive. And it would lead to greater instability throughout the region.

Japan must never take the lead in armaments. Never.

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Posted in: Japan's Defense Ministry requests record ¥5.32 trillion budget See in context

alwaysspeakingwisdom Today 10:52 pm JST

but most important of all, get rid of article 9.

Not necessarily. Although the current Article 9 is too obsolete. The whole article should not be discarded.

Just modify paragraph 2. And create 2 or more paragraphs to limit the range of action of JSDFs, such as the operational and armament capabilities of those combat forces. As long as the Japanese forces respect the UN international war treaties. Respect the law first and foremost.

Paragraph 1 should be kept as it is.

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Posted in: South Korean leader says Japan dishonest over wartime past See in context

This is the direct consequence of so many years of indoctrination in South Korea's education system. Foster hatred of Japan as a country, as its inhabitants.

And Moon is taking advantage of all that indoctrinated breeding ground to use it for purely electoral purposes. For the benefit of his political party.

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Posted in: S Korea summons Japanese ambassador as export trade curbs take effect See in context

This problem between Japan and South Korea is getting completely out of hand. And the worst thing is that both countries are guilty. It's the typical snowball that slides down the mountain getting bigger and bigger.

What began as a purely labor problem between workers enslaved by Mitsubishi and other Japanese companies more than 70 years ago. Whose solution could have been solved by exclusively labor means, within the business environment. Without any political or governmental intervention. This problem would have been solved silently without the need for any kind of scandal.

But as much as Moon and Abe are playing a very dangerous game. That can have catastrophic economic consequences. And more now with the current world situation. Which is the most dangerous in decades. Basically with the arrival of Trump to power.

The worst of all is as you can see. Ultra-nationalism is only being unleashed in South Korea. Where there are massive anti-Japanese demonstrations. Unlike the Japanese side. Where people make normal life without any kind of manifestation. That already indicates that the Japanese people are not ultra-nationalist. And they have a more realistic mentality. In this case, Abe is failing to imitate Moon's attitude when it comes to getting people out on the streets.

This situation will get worse if sanity doesn't arrive in time. And in this case. South Korea is provoking this problem even more. They are promoting an unnecessary hatred of Japan.

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Posted in: Estimates cast doubt over Japan's public pension sustainability See in context

There will be no solution to this problem. With an inverted population pyramid. Where the birth rate does not increase. The only solution is for pensions to be paid via general state budgets. Through the collection of taxes.

What should be done is to reduce the weight of the state by reducing public employment to the minimum necessary. In order to have the maximum money raised available for use in pensions. But only people with few resources and who have not been able to contribute to social security in their personal lives. I am talking about reasons of illness, incapacity or social exclusion.

People who are wealthy or in stable employment. They will have to pay a private pension fund as long as the state does not deduct from their payroll. The attributions and rates of social security. This group of people should be exempt from paying such fees. In exchange for not benefiting from them.

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Posted in: Abe becomes 2nd-longest-serving Japanese prime minister See in context

Meiyouwenti Today 09:59 am JST

I doubt it very much whether Abe will be able to survive the triple blows of a consumption tax hike, a post-Olympics recession and stagnation in world trade caused by the US-China trade war.

Abe is an already amortized Prime Minister. And all that remains is for him to reach the summer of 2020, to be the visible face of that year's Olympic Games in front of world leaders. Right now he's an outgoing leader in office. And he will no longer run for a new term.

All the problems you describe in your comment. It will be the work for the future Prime Minister who will replace Shinzo Abe in office. Name we don't know yet.

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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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