PRESS CONFERENCE: "Opposing the Exercise of Collective Self Defense," by Fukushima, Kondo, Shuhama & Yamamoto
Opposition lawmakers state their case against the administration's plan
Mizuho Fukushima (SDP), Shoichi Kondo(DPJ),
Ryo Shuhama (People’s Life) & Taro Yamamoto(Independent)
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly signaled his desire to revise Japan's Peace Constitution, viewing it as an obstacle to proper national defense policy and as an unwanted legacy of military defeat. But with a formal revision apparently out of practical political reach for the time being, the next best thing is to reinterpret the existing Constitution in ways its drafters would never have thought possible.
The debate is focused on the policy of collective self-defense. The current, rather tortured interpretation of Japanese governments has been that the Constitution provides for the actual right of collective self-defense, but that this right cannot be "exercised." The prime minister has intimated that he and his cabinet have all the authority they need to change the legal interpretation of the Constitution at any time they please.
"Not so!" say a group of opposition lawmakers, who desire to come to the Club and explain their views of why Prime Minister Abe's views of Constitutional change are both wrong and misguided. The speakers are Mizuho Fukushima of the Social Democratic Party, Shoichi Kondo of the Democratic Party of Japan, Ryo Shuhama of the People's Life Party, and the independent lawmaker Taro Yamamoto.
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Mizuho Fukusima Taro Yamamoto