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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Japan vs. The World: The Collective Self-Defense-I/The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XXXVII


On July 1, 2014 thousands of protesters, including both politicians and ordinary people, held a rally near the prime minister’s office in Tokyo. Protesters voiced their opposition holding banners with slogans such as “Against War,” “Don’t send young people to battlefields,” and “Safeguard Article 9 of Constitution (Tokyo Shimbun, July 2, 2014).”



Source: Prime Minister of Japan and his cabinet website (accessing date: July 1, 2014)
Article 9 of Japan’s postwar constitution prohibits the use of force to settle international disputes, such as the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. Three days before the protests, Abe’s writings in Japan Times states:
No country can secure its own peace alone anymore. That is why it is incumbent upon us in Japan to reconstruct the legal basis for collective self-defense and international cooperation, including participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations – a reform that my administration has begun.…

Many generations of Japanese have walked a single path – that of freedom, human rights and role of law – and we will continue to walk this path for generations to come. But, as we revitalize Japan’s economy, we need “new” Japanese who shoulder global responsibilities commensurate with their country’s size and economic resources….
All of this is nothing other than an expression of Japan’s determination to spare no effort for the sake of peace, security, and wider prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. By working with our regional allies and partners, including the United States and ASEAN, we will translate that determination into a rock-solid zone of stability (emphasis added; Japan Times, June 28, 2014).
 
Abe attempts to justify his idea of collective self-defense under the guise of the United Nations. While true that many generations of Japanese followed a path focused on “freedom, human rights and role of law” after WWII, it cannot be forgotten that other Japanese walked a much darker path that included the “killing, raping, stealing, attacking, and invading etc.” of citizens of other nations including the Liuqiu Kingdom, Korean Peninsula, and the Middle Kingdom, prior to 1945. Abe cannot deny these historical facts. July 1, 2014 is historical day for Japan, putting the country at a crossroad; once again Japan is a war-capable nation. Abe Shinzō authorized a “reinterpretation” of war-renouncing Article 9 of the Pacifist Constitution, which prohibits Japan from waging war on foreign soil. This decision by the Japanese cabinet – end Japan’s longstanding ban on exercising collective self-defense or coming to the aid of an ally under attack even if Japan itself is not threatened.
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