Is Japan’s time of
self-defence only over?
It seems that way now
Moving away from rugby for the moment, where Japan drew such elation yesterday in the feat of their Brave Blossoms, bad news I think for the peace-loving people of Japan who were against the idea of changing Japan’s self-defence role into a full on military role. Shinzo Abe, just recently being re-elected, has passed the very controversial bill allowing Japan’s military to fight overseas for the first time since the end of World War II.
I understand that Japan feels the need to defend itself against the likes of North Korea and possibly China (though I don’t believe China is any real threat to Japan) and probably don’t want to have to rely on the US forever but they can defend themselves just fine from the coasts of Japan. What has that to do with fighting overseas? And what do the US think of this? The same US who imposed the self-defence limit on Japan. It probably suits the US now to have an extra army to fight the evil nuts who go by that 4 letter acronym アイシス.
I doubt this process of removing the self-defence role was very democratic. There should have been a referendum on this perhaps though I don’t know if referenda are common in Japan. Then again, he knew it would be defeated by most Japanese people voting against it. I’m disappointed to see how Abe has been enabled in doing this. Given his revisionist view of Japanese war history, it was probably only a matter of time. They might be calling him Abolf soon.
じえい・自衛 is the word for self-defence.
自衛隊 is じえいたい Japan Self-Defence Forces