3 reasons why we must stop loving JapanPosted by Mochizuki on December 10th, 2012 · No Comments
There were some reasons why I left Japan. One of the biggest reasons was the spreading radiation, but another reason was the rising fascism.
I did not talk about that much because nobody expected Japan to become right-wing again. Everyone thought Japan was the most peaceful country. However, I have been warning the rising fascism of Japan since the very day zero.
Next Sunday, Japan is going to have an election, and LDP is thought to come back to power.
Here I’m going to explain 3 terrible changes expected to happen.
1. The Imperial Sovereignty and military
LDP is trying to change the constitution and they made the draft of constitutional amendment on 4/27/2012. [Link]
In article 1, they defined the sovereignty to belong to the emperor though it contradicts the preamble to state the sovereignty of the people. In the current constitution, emperor is supposed to be “the symbol” of the people, not the sovereign.
How does it matter ? It’s “who owns the military”.
LDP is planning to build Japanese military. [Link]
In the old constitution, “Constitution of the Empire of Japan” until WW2, supreme command authority belonged to the emperor, he had the right to order the military.
He actually doesn’t order. It is the government to order from behind the emperor. By shifting the sovereignty from the people to the emperor, the government can control the military however they like.
2. Affirmation of bondage
In article 18 of the current constitution, it is stated below,
Article 18. No person shall be held in bondage of any kind. Involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime, is prohibited.
In the draft of constitutional amendment of LDP, the part of “No person shall be held in bondage of any kind.” is removed. Instead, the replacement of this article18 is very vague and lax.
Article 18. Nobody is physically restricted in the social and economical relationship whether it’s against the person’s will or not.
The definition of “social and economical relationship” is not stated. It suggests the possibility of conscription for military and Fukushima decommissioning. (cf. [Column] What is going to happen for the next stage of Fukushima accident ?)
3. Enabling act
In their draft, a provision in a law that confers on cabinet the power to implement or enforce the law under the declaration of emergency is stated, which reminds us of the Nazis. (Wikipedia. Enabling act of 1933)
In article 98, they define what the “emergency” is.
第九十八条 内閣総理大臣は、我が国に対する外部からの武力攻撃、内乱等による社会秩序の混乱、地震等による大規模な自然災害その他の法律で定める緊急事態において、 特に必要があると認めるときは、法律の定めるところにより、閣議にかけて、緊急事態の宣言を発することができる。
Article 98. in case of armed attack to Japan, confusion of the social order due to civil strife etc, large natural disaster such as earthquake and other emergency stipulated by the law, the prime minister can declare the emergency with a Cabinet meeting when it’s necessary.
and in article 99, they address the enabling clause.
Article 99. Under the declaration of emergency, as it’s stipulated by law, Cabinet can establish cabinet orders, which is as valid as laws, and prime minister can determine necessary expense etc, give orders to municipalities.
They already have an “armed attack” from North Korea. (cf. [Column] Japan expecting a Christmas present from North Korea)
These are also 3 reasons why I left Japan other than radiation.
Fukushima Diary will be the internet resistance. It will fight the fascism until either of them falls down.
Source and full credit: Fukushima Diary.
Update: Fukushima emergency, what can we do? has a lengthy and scary follow-up meditation predicting that under the foreseeable new LDP government, Japanese youths will be conscripted in school, under threat of social and economic ostracism, to go to work and die in Fukushima in a desperate attempt to control the disaster.