October 22, 2017
The “Japanese constitution” was always just a chain placed around its neck by the US government after they lost the war.
The idea of a “pacifist nation” on a planet where other nations are not pacifist is purely nonsensical. So our military has always had to be in Japan in order to ostensibly protect them.
Personally, I think it’s time they took care of themselves.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc was headed for a big win in Sunday’s election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation’s longest serving premier and reenergizing his push to revise the pacifist constitution.
Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition was set to win 311 seats, keeping its two-thirds “super majority” in the 465-member lower house, an exit poll by TBS television showed. Public broadcaster NHK also said the ruling bloc was closing in on a two-thirds majority, although some other broadcasters had the ruling bloc slightly below the two-thirds mark.
A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe, who took office in December 2012, will have a third three-year term as LDP leader next September and go on to become Japan’s longest-serving premier. It also means his “Abenomics” growth strategy centered on the hyper-easy monetary policy will likely continue.
Final official results from the election, which coincided with an approaching typhoon, are expected early on Monday.
The U.S.-drafted constitution’s Article 9, if taken literally, bans the maintenance of armed forces. But Japanese governments have interpreted it to allow a military exclusively for self-defense.
Backers of Abe’s proposal to clarify the military’s ambiguous status say it would codify the status quo. Critics fear it would allow an expanded role overseas for the military.
Abe said he would not stick to a target he had floated of making the changes by 2020. “First, I want to deepen debate and have as many people as possible agree,” he told a TV broadcaster. “We should put priority on that.”
The LDP’s junior partner, the Komeito, is cautious about changing the constitution, drawn up after Japan’s loss in World War Two. Several opposition parties favor changes, but don’t necessarily agree on details.
Abe should just pull the whole thing, declare himself emperor, and be done with it.
The “democratic world order” has failed. Every intellectual on the planet already knows this, government officials who are not women know this, it is plain for everyone to see who wants to take a look.
Abe can do whatever he wants, and there is no moral authority on the planet that can claim he doesn’t have a right to.
The Japanese army is going to be mecha and maximum awesome.
Take the ride, Abe.