You can read 9 more articles this month
JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed today to use re-election to push through his militarist amendments to the country’s famous “peace constitution.”
Mr Abe was easily re-elected as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, meaning he is in a position to continue as prime minister for another three years.
“It’s time to tackle a constitutional revision,” he told party members in his victory speech. “Now the fight is over.”
Mr Abe has fought a dogged battle since becoming PM to add a clause to the constitution watering down its ban on the use of military force to resolve international disputes, which was adopted following the country’s defeat in the second world war. In 2015, he passed legislation reinterpreting relevant clauses to widen the definition of “self-defence” so as to facilitate the deployment of troops abroad.
But peace campaigners rallied in force in Tokyo yesterday to warn they would defend the constitution.
Japanese Communist Party vice-chair Akira Koike told the 5,000-strong crowd: “Let’s defeat the Abe administration!” He said the immediate priority was to prevent the construction of a new US military base at Henoko on Okinawa.
Overturning the peace constitution has been a goal of the Liberal Democratic Party since the 1950s, when it was described as a “humiliation” by Mr Abe’s grandfather Nobusuke Kishi, prime minister from 1957-60.
Mr Kishi had previously been jailed as a Class A war criminal for his role in governing occupied Manchuria in the 1930s, when the Chinese region was the site for lethal human experimentation by the Japanese military in the infamous Unit 731 chemical and biological warfare project.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.