Should Japan Rearm? Japan rethinks Article 9 of its Constitution....
- Welcome Japanese Lawyers Delegation
The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee and the Washington Peace
Center are pleased to welcome a delegation of Japanese Lawyers, in DC
this week to attend the National Lawyer's Guild Conference.
Please plan to join us on Saturday, November 3, 2007, at 9:30am
11am, for a Brunch & Forum Discussion about Article 9 of the Japanese
Constitution. The Brunch will be held in the Langston Room of Busboys
and Poets Restaurant, 14th and V St., NW, Washington, DC.
The visiting delegation represents the Japan Lawyers Association for
Freedom (JLAF), and the Japanese Lawyers International Solidarity
Association (JALISA), an affiliate of the International Association
of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) of which the National Lawyers Guild is a
member organization. The delegation is here to discuss attacks on
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. 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 recognized."
The United States has long pressured Japan to revise its
Constitution, specifically Article 9, to allow it to participate more
actively with the U.S. military, but a large portion of the public is
not buying that and opinion polls show the percentage of people
supporting Article 9 is increasing. Despite majority Japanese public
opinion in support of Article 9, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party
(LDP) is proceeding with plans to rescind Article 9, and radically
change the Japan Constitution.
This event is free and open to the public. Food and drink should run
between $5 and $15. For more information contact Jay Marx at 202-234-
Washington Peace Center
P.O. Box 50032
Washington DC 20091-0032
wpc@... / 202-234-2000