[Marxism] Japan, Article 9, and the US-Japan Military Alliance

Yoshie Furuhashi critical.montages at gmail.com
Tue Jul 11 12:13:50 MDT 2006

Here's Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan:

ARTICLE 9. 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.

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

The Right in Japan is perpetually trying to get rid of Article 9
completely, and the Left in Japan is persistently trying to defend it
in its entirety, opposing any attempt to revise it.

It is easy to see why the Right's position makes sense for the Right.
After all, it wants to use Japan's military in America's wars.  The
Right's position is closer to reality than the Left's, too, in that
Japan already has the military and it's been using it more and more,
though far more cautiously than Germany has.

Does the Left's position make sense?  It really doesn't, especially
considering that the Left also wants to terminate the US-Japan
military alliance.  It is clear to any thinking Japanese person that
Japan wouldn't be able to terminate the US-Japan military alliance
without developing its own independent foreign policy (currently, US
foreign policy is more or less Japan's foreign policy) and military to
back it up, and vice versa.

Needless to say, defending the Constitution imposed by the occupier so
uncritically denies the Left an ability to sharply criticize the Right
for tailing Washington, since its own ability to think independently
is not evident either.

Since the Left's position makes no coherent sense at all, the debate
on Article 9 always favors the Right, and the Constitution will
probably be soon revised to align it with the Right's position as well
as the real world.


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