Changing Constitution is harmful, inconsistent with global
May 7 2007
Professor at Nagoya University
Japan Institution of Constitutional Law Visiting Chief Researcher
The move towards the revision of the Japanese Constitution
forms a part of the U.S. version of "globalization"
or their scheme to impose their values on whole the world.
The U.S. forcibly promotes their "globalization"
in order to control the world and to maximize its capitalistic
benefit on which the U.S. government is founded. Therefore,
the U.S. presses Japan to shoulder military burden in Asia
Pacific Region. Such a policy has been maintained for decades.
And it has been fully executed since the end of the Cold War,
and infinitely intensified since the 9.11 tragedy and the
The Japanese government has always been following whatever
the U.S. orders; including rear-area support in the Afghan
War, wholehearted support and dispatch of Self-Defense Forces
in the Iraqi War, privatization of postal service and legalization
of triangle mergers. Why does our government always obey the
U.S. in such a senseless manner? Because, the Japanese government
and business circles always expect to receive some shares
by serving the U.S. They have no long-term plan, no rational
thinking, and no vision for the future of Japanese industry
and economy. They seem to see nothing else but their day-to-day
benefits. If they are pragmatic enough to be real business
leaders, they should see the importance of friendly relations
with other Asian nations who are achieving remarkable economic
growth. They should see that Asian neighbors are indispensable
for the Japanese economy to maintain its stability. Can't
they be wise enough to oppose the revision of the Constitution
because such a change will negatively affect the relations
with the Asian neighbors? How can Japanese business leaders
rationally approve of the government's policy which facilitates
American capital's purchase of Japanese corporations? We may
conclude that the business circles, which control the government,
are interested only in their profits and status of the moment.
They are completely indifferent to the future of Japan.
Japanese politicians, backed up by such business circles,
are not much wiser. They are also incapable of having any
rational long-term policy. Calling loudly for "national
interests" and "patriotism", they carry out
the policy of selling out Japan to the U.S. Ridiculously,
they dare deny the Constitution which has secured their status.
Being unaware of that contradiction, they boldly preach total
revision of the Constitution. Such numbness shows that they
can no longer think logically. Indeed, I have to doubt their
sanity and the conformity of their senses. Only under the
Constitution, Prime Minister and the Diet members legitimately
remain what they are. Is it difficult for anyone to see that
they are shaking their status by trying to undermine the Constitution?
The move towards the change of Constitution is being driven
by instinctive motives. Such a move attracts some people because
it is embellished with some catchy phrases to look cool and
cheering. I would like to ask those who are lured if they
have seriously thought about the possibilities of killing
or being killed in a war. They seem to believe that they are
always guarded in a safe place, and that somebody else will
kill and be killed in wars for them. That must be the common
notion among those advocates and the passionate followers
who "bravely" call for the change of the Constitution.
The idea of "security" is changing from "national
security" to "human security". I think the
latter has become a common perception in the international
society. Security used to be a synonym of "military affairs"
because they only thought of guarding their nations. Therefore,
when "security" was at the top of the agenda, people
were never free from various threats and dreads including;
poverty, starvation, discrimination, deterioration of global
environment and shortages of food, water and energy resources.
There is no military solution to such modern issues. It is
time for us to think about security policy in a pure sense:
how to protect people's daily lives. The international society
is already making efforts to carry out such new security policy.
Japanese politicians should be realistic enough to recognize
this new trend. Security policy no longer means national defense
with military forces.
I often hear stale criticism that the Constitution is outdated
and impractical. On the contrary, the principle in our Constitution
is very modern and practical. In its preface, it proclaims
the pacifism that "all peoples of the world have the
right to live in peace, free from fear and want". The
idea is to make it possible for all the people on the earth
to live without fear and shortages. In other words, the goal
of our Constitution is not limited to the war-renunciation
and demilitarization. It is almost the same as the concept
of "human security". If you see where the international
community has arrived, you may understand that the notion
of our constitution is very realistic. Japan can play more
important roles in the world under this Constitution.
Japan would lose a lot and be left behind in the world, if
it should change the Constitution and reinforce its military.
That would never be a rational choice.