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Japan's 'War Laws' Provoke Skirmish in Parliament, Protests in Streets


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Japan's 'War Laws' Provoke Skirmish in Parliament, Protests in Streets

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

While protests raged in the streets outside, a scuffle broke out inside Japan's parliament on Thursday when opposition lawmakers sought to physically prevent the ruling Liberal Democratic Party from passing a series of widely unpopular bills derided as "war legislation" that would allow the country's soldiers to participate in the foreign wars of the United States and other allies.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been aggressively pressing for the rapid passage of the 11-bill package, which already sailed through the lower house in July.


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Yup, Japan re-created itself and its economy based on the American model while retaining a titular monarchy and cultural practices. The recent focus on war and war financing comes from what is happening with the islands that both Japan and China hold claim to. To whit, "At the heart of the dispute are eight uninhabited islands and rocks in the East China Sea. They have a total area of about 7 sq km and lie north-east of Taiwan, east of the Chinese mainland and south-west of Japan's southern-most prefecture, Okinawa. The islands are controlled by Japan.
They matter because they are close to important shipping lanes, offer rich fishing grounds and lie near potential oil and gas reserves. They are also in a strategically significant position, amid rising competition between the US and China for military primacy in the Asia-Pacific region."

And what was one of the primary reasons for Japan's entry into WWII? Something about hegemony over all natural resources (oil, lumber, etc.) on the rim of the Pacific Ocean?

Looks like Japan's parliamentary chamber duplicate that of Preston Brooks in May, 1856 when he caned Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts on the Senate floor (slaver vs abolitionist).


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Looks a lot like the scuffle that took place last night between the Repubs. Maybe verbal insults don't equal fisticuffs, but the circus atmosphere is the same... just more clowns.


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Why can't our politicians get into a melee once in awhile? The Koreans do it all the time. The normally polite as can be Japanese do it, so why can't our congress mix it up a bit too.

I know I'd appreciate it and I think the American public would as well... and while they are punching and wrestling and probably making a lot more noise than the whole thing is worth (as they usually do about everything) maybe they could kick a lobbyist or two in the shins just for good measure.

Appreciate it dear legislators... thank you kindly.


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Japan is going to arm itself because china is heading south for oil


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Either Hideki Tojo lives, or his ghost is stalking through the halls of the Diet.
* Seventy years ago, after the two most terrible attacks in history, Japan surrendered, then adopted a constitution which banned war and war-making. The only military was to be a small Home Defense Force.
* With no military eating up their substance, Japan became a prosperous, peaceful nation.
* Now, the nation that was the primary cause of Japan's defeat, and that urged them to adopt a non-violent constitution, the US Fourth Reich is now telling them to scrap that constitution and go on a war footing, which means putting their substance into tanks, planes, guns, missiles, much of which the Reich says it will supply, for a price.
* The people of Japan remember the war, the losses, the hunger. They remember the burning cities, the dying children and they want no part of it.
* But with the ghost of Hideki Tojo hiding in the wings, the war party is pushing its way into war, just as was done in the 1920's and '30s.
* I hope and pray that this time, the will of the people will triumph, but looking at the US Fourth Reich as an example and role model, it is not very reassuring.
;-})


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What I really like about this article is that 70 years after the big bad US imposed a constitution that forbade war or the accumulation of standing military as a policy of the Japanese government, the people still embrace the idea and detest US military presence on their soil.
Perhaps that's what it takes--the imposition of a policy of peace by the force of armed might to convince people to abandon war as an instrument of national policy. Seems contradictory, but what other major nation has done similarly?


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China is certainly on their mind but I think that it is also about No. Korea and Japan's critical need to import oil. Geopolitical forces are in flux. Everybody understands that climate change is happening and in a resource scarce world, Japan is about as vulnerable as you can get among the 'big' industrial economies. Britain has North Sea oil or it wouldn't have been able to recover from that post imperial slump. Japan assumes that as the world's climate hits the fan and the world's economy goes whacko that it would be left very vulnerable indeed.

Cascading dominoes begin to fall in response to threats or perceived threats and will over time make ready the world for a big war.


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Problem is that the level of hate practiced by so many of the members of Congress in the US would be unleashed and lives of the opponents "across the aisle" would be placed in jeopardy. But, on the other hand the repulsive masks of politeness and toxic tone that belies the nice words they exchange would be eliminated. Everyone would know where everyone stood on issues and a lot of the BS would be cut out.


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Well I was speaking tongue in cheek and making a satirical comment on the merit of our legislators. On the other hand, the video of them holding forth in a spirit of bipartisanship mayhem... would certainly be very popular...lol


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US military. Can't live with them. Can't live without them.


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