Minister Abe Shinzo’s original constitutional amendment plan in the Diet is unclear
due to the mess coming from the Moritomo Gakuen school scandal. The intention
of leadership, however, does not fade away at all. We must take advantage of
this opportunity to the maximum height to overturn the administration. Let’s keep
pressing the government to abandon presentation of an amendment bill for the
Diet debates even after the Abe administration fails.
KEEP STRUGGLING UNTIL GOVERNMENT GIVES UP CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT!
Abe’s hope gets frustrated by two factors; one is a sharp confidence decline in
his cabinet due to the document-tampering over the Moritomo Gakuen’s land deal,
and the other is a prospect of détente in the Korean
Peninsula with a sign of talks between
the United States and
Democratic People’s Republic
of Korea. The
pro-amendment forces in Japan
are well aware of a risk of years of crush if they fail in the referendum.
in the Yomiuri Shinbun Newspaper
the Abe administration, which has lost validity, able to achieve a referendum
on constitution amendment? – The Yomiuri, a leading advocate of the government
initiative, gave an article March 14: the newspaper, which has led social
opinions for years toward accepting revision, put a headline on the day, ‘The
Moritomo case cast a shadow over the amendment plan’. This is symbolic as it is
the first of all the other major newspapers that expressed suspicion on the Abe’s
project. Seemingly, the editor advises Premier Abe not to make haste and give
up the original plan of the year 2018 and that the topic should be entrusted to
the succeeding administration.
Yomiuri has not involved in the debates of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party
(LDP) over the Item 2 of Article Nine. The newspaper was not interested in the
logical consequences of discussion as it was convinced that yes-votes will
overwhelm in the referendum if it is held at a time when the economic performance
is good enough for the cabinet to enjoy a high support rate. Editors believed that
amendment would be successful with full mobilization of forces from industries
and media to local communities. The Yomiuri, however, put a commentary on the
previous day of the LDP congress that emphasized splits inside the party on the
Premier Abe’s faulty proposal to maintain Item 2.
has been agitating ‘national crisis’, using the missile and nuclear issues of ‘the
He advocates intensification of deterrence power and makes the J-Alert system active
as well as propels the construction project of a new military base at Henoko, Okinawa. He has pressed on Republic of Korea
in order to disturb approaching of the North and South governments, accusing
the initiative as ‘dialogue for dialogue’. Mass media, too, covered the PyeongChang
Olympic Games in a cold way, and they joined the government chorus of bashing
President Moon Jae-in. Media report will lose reliance if the crisis in the
region calms down.
is ready for full attack
impasse in the Abe government gives us time for a break. Its surprise attack has
retreated for a while, a tactic it was to wage after paralyzing people’s
be careful. Pro-amendment forces rebuild their posture more elaborately.
the cabinet faces a lower support rate, the Constitutional Democratic Party,
the biggest opposition party, does not enjoy high popularity. Replacement of
Abe with a group of Ishiba Shigeru- Koizumi Shinjiro may come, in which logical
rationale for a constitutional change process should be set better; deletion of
Item 2, which pledges not to possess military potential. The government may
administration will revive a ‘threat from China’
strategy, replacing with the one of ‘threat from the North’: an assertion that China will overcome Japan by military strength. The former
is more convenient to justify construction of aircraft carriers and
introduction of missile defense systems. The Japanese government, as it regards
the Trump administration’s diplomacy as ‘unforeseeable’ and thinks ‘the US is not
reliable’, may step up a posture to have its own nuclear capabilities.
prepare ourselves during this break that mass movements of ‘No! to Abe Politics’
Moon’s efforts in promoting talks expose irrelevancy of the deterrence theory
and prove a fact that military means do not defend peace.
many people rigorously watch the politics which cherishes a small group of the establishment.
It is the best time for us to disclose a fact that Premier Abe’s driving force
of Article Nine amendment aims to use people’s tax money to contribute to