Lift its long-standing ban on collective self-defense 集団的自衛権



The Japanese government forced security legislation passed through the Upper House, which can lift its long-standing ban on collective self-defense and directly dispatch Japanese Self-Defense Forces to foreign countries, even if the interdiction against the use of weapons to resolve conflicts has been lingering in Article 9 of the Japanese constitution. This legislation may be unpopular among the citizens, but the current government moved at full speed to enact this bill and realize its new capability. The intention for its attainment concealed to the public may lie behind this legislation. For all reasons, the Diet should be democratic. Majority opinions should be deliberated and also respected, even if those opinions are not on the government side. This principle of democracy is violated in Japan now, though. Defense and foreign ministers had said the legitimacy of collective self-defense, and many of its implications were also deliberated, but it is clear that Japan’s peaceful constitution can’t accept them. Their suggestions in the Diet can be manipulated or misleading. The current administration asserts military confrontation between Japan and some other nation is a distinct possibility. The fact is, though, that the broad majority of Japanese doesn’t view the situation around Japan as one demanding an urgent response. Given this, the violations for democracy, the sovereignty of the people and fundamental human rights seems to occur in Japan, which is surely oppose to the spirit of the Japanese constitution. The current administration has to realize its serious violation, and also reconsider this terrible regulation, as most citizens object to the enactment of this proposal.

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