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    "In theory, Japan's rearmament is prohibited by Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, which states:

    "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. (2) 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 recognized.""

    Hence: 'technically'

    Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

    by FrankRose on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:27:31 PM PST

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    •  In reality (1+ / 0-)
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      Constitution and Right of Self-Defense

      After World War II, Japan has resolved to ensure that the horrors of war will never be repeated and has ever since made tenacious efforts to establish itself as a pacific nation. The establishment of eternal peace is a sincere wish shared by the Japanese people. The Constitution of Japan, upholding pacifism, sets forth in Article 9 the renunciation of war, non-possession of war potential and denial of the right of belligerency of the state. Since Japan is an independent state, it is recognized beyond doubt that the provision in the article does not deny the inherent right of self-defense that Japan is entitled to maintain as a sovereign nation.

      Thus the self-defense right of Japan is not denied, and therefore, the Government of Japan interprets the Constitution as being allowed to possess and maintain the minimum level of armed strength for self-defense necessary to ensure that Japan exercises the right. On the basis of such understanding, the government has adopted an exclusively defense-oriented policy as its basic policy of national defense, has maintained the Self-Defense Forces as an armed organization and has taken steps to improve their capabilities and conduct their operations under the Constitution.

      "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

      by indycam on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 02:43:32 PM PST

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