Not a Suicide Pact: The Transformation of Japan’s War-Renouncing Article 9
Leiden Law Blog, 2014
5 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2017
Date Written: July 7, 2014
On July 1, 2014, the Japanese prime minister Abe announced a new defence policy. Part of his plans is a reinterpretation of the famous war renouncing article 9 of the country’s constitution. The announcement has triggered a storm of protest in and outside Japan. I will argue, however, that some sympathy for Japan’s awkward situation is in order.
Keywords: Japan, Article 9, Constitution, defense
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