“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. (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.”
So it says officially. But don’t hold on to it.
Because this is happening: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T130315004548.htm
Japan’s ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party and two other parties in the House of Representatives (together controlling a vast majority) have put the unspeakable and impossible on the table: a revision of Article 9, the so called war-renouncing article of the Japanese constitution.
Of course the left wing, which has been slaughtered in the December 16 elections, is screaming, but I doubt anyone will listen. The LDP and Nippon Ishin no Kai won these elections because the people were worried about China becoming more and more aggressive (government agitators there even claimed that Okinawa was Chinese, based on the fact that at one time Okinawa paid tribute to China, but based on that argument all of East Asia, namely Korea and Japan, would be Chinese; China’s “historical rights” sound a lot like Hitler’s “right of self determination”) and North Korea playing around with nuclear bombs.
But that’s not all. Right now Japan is operating some very large helo carriers in the navy (yes, I call the MSDF navy), but they’re building a larger one. One that, if the talk behind the scenes is true, is F35 capable, which would give the MSDF a significant edge over both the Northies and China (they already have one, China’s naval force is utterly ridiculous.)
Another thing is also on the table: the ability for preemptive strikes against threats to Japan and her people, namely North Korean missile bases. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/15/us-japan-defence-idUSBRE91E0DK20130215
And all of this comes in the wake of Obama’s re-election. The same re-election during which, in the final days, China’s aggression against Japan had skyrocketed to unprecedented levels.
It seems that certain people in the government and military in Japan have realized that the US is a paper tiger under Obama and that they can no longer be relied on in case the SHTF.
But fear not!
John Kerry is going to fix it all: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T130315004648.htm