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Japan remains committed to the Constitution of the Peace

In recent years, Japan was found in a secure environment with rapid changes. The global balance of power shifted and raised various threats in the region, such as the development of weapons of mass destruction and sophisticated ballistic missile systems.

These changes sparked a deep debate within Japan about the best way to respond to changing security needs of the population and to protect their lives and livelihoods.

Some even suggest that it is necessary to amend Article 9 of the Constitution, in his famous statement that “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 conflicts “to protect ourselves and our national interests.

The historical position of the Japanese government is that while the Constitution recognizes the right to self-defense, this may be exercised only in response to a direct military attack on Japan, and the use of force should be the minimum required to repel.

Others interpret the Japanese constitution does not prohibit forms of self-defense recognized as legitimate by international law, including forms of “collective self-defense” sanctioned, for example, by a resolution of the United Nations.

Carried to its logical conclusion, this could mean that Japanese troops would be in combat roles in places far from their homeland.

This would go against the spirit of the pacifist Constitution and the strong desire of the Japanese people for peace, and could generate serious concerns among our Asian neighbors, who still bear the bitter memories of Japan’s military aggression in the twentieth century.

Since its founding in 1964, the New Komeito party committed to the peaceful way to Japan.

Fundamental is our commitment to “peace constitution” as a willing venture of the Japanese people to refrain from the use of force beyond the minimum requirements of the Constitution autodefensa.Consideramos Japanese Peace is an expression of the high and universal ideals in international relations.

We believe that the Constitution of the Japanese Peace is an expression of the high and universal ideals in international relations, namely, the peaceful resolution of conflict through diplomacy and dialogue.

As members of the ruling coalition also have a responsibility to address the real challenges facing Japan, including security issues, and what is the best way to protect life and peaceful existence of the Japanese.

In May we began discussions with our coalition partner, the Liberal Democrats, on ways to clarify the constitutional limits of self-defense to help deepen mutual trust in the alliance between the U.S. and Japan and stability in East Asia .

We approach these discussions with the determination to protect and preserve the underlying spirit of the Constitution of the peace along with the alliance between the U.S. and Japan, has been fundamental to the prosperity and Japanese security in the decades after the Second World War.

From the beginning we insist that any interpretation should be consistent and logical with previous interpretations of government. This, we argue, is essential for Japan to be recognized as a state of law.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed support for this strategy in the early debates.

On July 1 agreement on a decision of the Council of Ministers which, among other things, limits the use of force to three fundamental conditions are reached.

First, that an armed attack against a foreign country with which Japan has a close relationship produces a clear danger of threat to national survival and the right of its citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Second, there are no other suitable means to protect the population, and third, that the use of force is kept to the minimum necessary.

These strict conditions limit the possible military actions to those that are really necessary for the defense of the country. No way to enable the sending abroad of the Japan Self-Defense Forces in the exercise of military force.

The decision of the Cabinet reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to the three non-nuclear principles of not possessing, not producing and not permitting the introduction of nuclear weapons into Japanese territory.

It also clarifies that Japan has no interest in becoming the kind of military power is a threat to other countries.

Rather, the amended interpretation would allow closer coordination response between Japanese and American forces in situations that arise in the vicinity of the country which seriously affect the peace and security of the nation.

This cabinet decision only provides guidance for future legislation. These laws, which strictly define the limits of the allowable FAJ for action must be debated and approved by Parliament before the new policy goes into effect.

We hope to use the process of legislative deliberation as an opportunity to inform the world public opinion and achieve a greater understanding of the true intent of these changes is Japan.

One of the goals identified in the decision of the Council of Ministers is that “… the government should create a stable and predictable international environment and prevent the emergence of threats by a vibrant defense of diplomacy.”

The decision adopts the policy that Japan should be a country that make active contributions to peace. For the New Komei Party, this means the participation of a multifaceted diplomacy based on the spirit of the constitution of peace.

This diplomacy is extremely important in the case of China, South Korea and other Asian neighbors.

For decades, the New Komei Party actively associated with our Chinese counterparts, trying to maintain and develop the bonds of trust and friendship and as a basis for mutually beneficial relationships.

In January 2013, the leader of New Komeito, Natsuo Yamaguchi, traveled to Beijing to meet with General Secretary Xi Jinping. He handed over a letter from Prime Minister Abe and took the opportunity to urge early conclusion of a summit between China and Japan.

Ultimately, if Japan is to fulfill the promise of our unique and remarkable constitution, must be through the unwavering commitment to the “promotion of a vibrant diplomacy” on many fronts. That must be our active contribution to peace.