2018: PM Abe’s Constitutional Campaign
Die Verfassung Japans. Hate Speech
Quelle: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 16 | Issue 5 | Number 3 | Feb 19, 2018
Prime Minster Abe’s Constitutional Campaign and the Assault on Individual Rights
While calls for constitutional amendment have frequently recurred since the end of the Allied Occupation of Japan in 1952, the current Abe government’s proposals for constitutional change involve something fundamentally new. Rather than calling for amendment of specific clauses, most notably Article 9, the Abe government’s approach is an attack on the very core of constitutionalism. Central to this attack is a process of undermining of individualism in favour of efforts to enforce morality, tradition, culture and military expansion: a process which is deeply connected to Abe’s historical revisionism. This article explores how Abe’s approach undermines constitutionalism itself, and assesses the political and social implications of this assault on Japan’s constitution.
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