Could Japan's new security bill be a double-edged sword pointing at US?

By Zhang Jingwei
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As expected, Japan's new security bill was passed at the upper house of the parliament in Tokyo on Sept. 19. It is an inevitable result of a majority decision of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner, despite of strong opposition from the opposition parties and the Japanese people. At this moment, Japan's democratic constitutional system has lost its significance under the political opportunism strategy.

The new security bill is seemingly the victory of the Shinzo Abe administration. And it is undoubtedly the result of encouragement from the U.S. government, too.

As is well known, postwar Japan's pacifist Constitution set its military role as "purely self-defensive," which was designed and imposed by the United States. The pacifist Constitution really enabled the Japanese people, who had suffered from the war turmoil, to enjoy 70 years of peace and the country to become the world's third strongest economic power. Therefore, whether it is historical justice or real justice, the pacifist Constitution has won popular support in Japan.

The amendment of the Constitution to make Japan become a "normal country" is the political ideal that many Japanese politicians have worked hard to pursue. However, Abe's right-wing ideology could easily make people to associate the Abe doctrine with Japan's militarism during the World War II - the two are in the same strain. This plus Abe's wrong historical perspective, makes it difficult for the public to believe what Japan pursues is really pacifism.

According to the new security bill, Japan is ready to send its troops abroad, so as to provide military support to armies of other countries. It allows the Japan Self Defense Forces to get rid of the shackles with which it was once bounded with by law, meaning it couldn't take any military action beyond its own borders unless their own sovereignty was threatened. The new bill virtually allows them to obtain the right to wage a war.

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