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Under current laws, tanks are required to wait at traffic lights and local government approval is needed for any manoeuvres.
If Japan is going to play a full role on the world stage and become a full active participating member of the Security Council, and have the kind of obligations that it would pick up as a member of the Security Council, Article Nine would have to be examined in that light. Whether or not Article Nine should be modified or changed is absolutely and entirely up to the Japanese people to decide.
Intelligence reports say North Korea is preparing to test a ballistic missile over Japan to show off its offensive capability, but Japan's defence forces can only sit and watch.
Originally posted by PistolPete
I can't find any where in this article where Powell or the Bush Administration are telling Japan they have to revise their Constitution. They are saying that to become a permanant member of the UN Security Council they need to give their military more power, which makes a little sense when you read something like this:
ASAHI, July 23:
WASHINGTON-Pacifist Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution is an impediment to the alliance between Japan and the United States, according to U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
He made his comments Wednesday to Hidenao Nakagawa, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's Diet Affairs Committee, who is visiting Washington.
Armitage indicated that the present constitutional interpretation prohibiting the exercise of Japan's right to collective self-defense will have to be revised to further strengthen the military alliance between the two nations.
Armitage said much the same thing in a proposal he helped write four years ago when he was still working in the private sector as part of a bipartisan panel that outlined policy positions.