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    Welcome Japanese Lawyers Delegation The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee and the Washington Peace Center are pleased to welcome a delegation of Japanese
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 30, 2007
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      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-
      2000.


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      Washington Peace Center
      P.O. Box 50032
      Washington DC 20091-0032
      wpc@... / 202-234-2000
      http://washingtonpeacecenter.org
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