Japan's Collective Self-Defense
Translated and Introduced by John Junkerman
Japan's Collective Self-Defense and American Strategic Policy:
Everything Starts from the US-Japan Alliance
This article presents an interview with a former top official of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs that was conducted immediately after the adoption of a Cabinet resolution that changed the government's long-standing position: that Article 9 of Japan's Constitution prohibited the country from engaging in collective self-defense (military action in support of an ally that has come under enemy attack).
Der ÖRK wendet sich an die Regierung in Japan
Ökumenischer Rat der Kirchen, Zentralausschuss, 2.-9.7.2014 in Genf
Statement on the Re-interpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution
07 July 2014
If we want to survive, let there be no more war! It destroys people like me; children, youth, women, everybody.
– Ms Gil Won Ok, 87 years old, one of the last surviving representatives of the Korean “Comfort Women”.
The 1947 Japanese Constitution has been hailed around the world for many decades as a “Peace Constitution”. Article 9 is an apology for the military dominance and aggression of Japan in the 20thcentury, and the aspiration for a democratic state striving for lasting peace. Indeed, its Article 9 is a forward-looking pacifist clause that prohibits an act of war by the state. According to Article 9, the state renounces war as a sovereign right, rejects settlement of international disputes through the use of force and does not allow for armed forces to wage war.
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Gesichter des Krieges
Ein Ausstellung in Ulm mit Berichten von Zeitzeugen
Gesichter des Krieges
2014 jährt sich der Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkrieges zum 100. Mal.
Das Stadthaus zeigt drei in sich geschlossene Zyklen
mit Arbeiten der drei Ausnahmefotografen Anja Niedringhaus,
Jan Banning und Bryan Adams,
die extreme Gewalterfahrungen verschiedener Kriegswirklichkeiten portraitieren.
Eröffnung am 28. Juni 2014
Am 22.8.2014, 19:00 Comfort Women - Zeitzeugen berichten"
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Advance Peace on Korea Peninsula
WCC - News, 19. Juni 2014
Church leaders meet and agree to advance peace on Korean Peninsula
In a first meeting since 2009 and since the 2013 appointment of a new leader for the Korea Christian Federation (KCF) of North Korea, an international group of church leaders from 34 countries, including North and South Korea, met near Geneva, Switzerland, to seek ways to advance reconciliation and peace on the peninsula.
The group agreed in a communiqué released at the end of their meeting on Thursday to seek new initiatives to advance peace, such as increasing visits between churches in North and South Korea, inviting younger people around the world to become involved in working for peace on the peninsula and calling for an annual day of prayer for peace on the peninsula.
The group also recommends promoting annual ecumenical meetings and consultations involving Christians from both countries in conjunction with the day of prayer.
Mobilizing Nuclear Bias - Fukushima
Fukushima 2011 - Drei Jahre danach
Mobilizing Nuclear Bias:
The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and the Politics of Uncertainty (Article Updated and Revised May 18, 2014)
The nuclear disaster in Fukushima has given rise to one of the most significant public health crises in modern world history, with profound implications for how nuclear energy is perceived. In a major new interpretation of the crisis, Cleveland shows how the level of risk was assessed by nuclear experts and state-level actors who worked largely out of view of public scrutiny. In addition to examining how the accident progression in the reactors was addressed and conveyed to the general public, the authorshows how the exclusionary zones were determined by Japanese and foreign governments in Japan.
Diplomatic considerations helped to suppress the complex, often fractious relations between Japan and foreign governments - especially the United States - whose collective efforts eventually turned the tide from managing the nuclear meltdowns to ameliorating their long-term consequences. Based on interviews with political officials in both the Japanese government and foreign embassies in Japan, and nuclear experts and military officers who worked the crisis, the article analyzes how technical assessments drove decision making and were translated into political policy.
Kyle Cleveland is Associate Professor of Sociology at Temple University's Japan Campus in Tokyo and the Associate Director of TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies. He is writing a book on the political dimensions of radiation assessment in the Fukushima nuclear crisis, examining how foreign governments in Japan responded to the crisis.
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Prozess gegen ABE's Besuch im Yasukuni-Schrein
Eine Bitte aus Japan
TO ALL who are concerned about the Abe administration's nationalistic policy
Let's together join in a lawsuit against the Abe Shinzo's officially visiting the Yasukuni War Shrine in violation of the Constitution.
The Group Supporting Lawsuit Claiming against Offi cial Visits by Prime Minister Abe; Tokyo
On 26th in December 2013, the Prime Minister ABE Shinzo visited the Yasukuni Shrine as a Japanese Prime Minister and prayed to the war gods who had been the war dead and honored collectively.
The Prime Minister Abe rode on his official car with the formal suite and signed on the visiting book as "The Japanese Prime Minister ABE Shinzo" when he arrived at the Yasukuni Shrine. After that, he walked into the heart of the shrine and prayed to the war gods. This act is clearly identified as officially visiting and breached the rule of secular politics which is stipulated in Article 20 of the Japanese Constitution. We need to raise our voices to criticize against his visiting by way of our specific actions: the lawsuit against Abe's visiting the Yasukuni Shrine. Lesen Sie bitte hier weiter
Erdbeben im japanischen Pazifismus
Erdbeben im japanischen Pazifismus
Japan's prime minister is attempting to revise constitutional pacifism to allow for strengthening of armed forces.
30 May 2014
Akira Kawasaki, Executive Committee member of Peace Boat.
Celine Nahory, Coordinator of Global Article 9 Campaign to Abolish War.
On May 15, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made public his plan to gut the country's peace constitution by allowing its Self-Defence Force (SDF) to use force overseas. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has long sought to amend Article 9, which renounces war and prohibits maintenance of war potential, the economic capability of a nation to wage war, through an overall constitutional revision. However, due to significant public opposition, Abe has changed his strategy and is now trying to revise not the text of the constitution, but its interpretation. Such a move would make the fundamental peace clause a dead letter and signal a sharp departure from Japan's traditionally restrained defence policy.
Abe's plan is to change Article 9's interpretation through a cabinet decision without approval by the Japan's parliament called the National Diet in the coming months.... hier weiterlesen.
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