Few people realize that for over half a century, since the end of World War II, primarily because of just 73 words in Japan's Constitution, no person outside of Japan has been killed by Japanese soldiers.
Learning from the disastrous experiences of two world wars, the victors and the vanquished created new principles for international peace and justice, and gave them a home in Japan's Constitution. These principles were embodied in Article 9.
Those of us in The Article 9 Society believe that the principles of Article 9 can be effective in deterring war, and that Article 9 might well be a new model for all nations for the 21st Century and beyond.
Honorable Words for World Peace.
Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution
Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.
Right now, both in Japan, and internationally, Article 9 is under attack. Help us encourage Japan to restore integrity to Article 9 of its Constitution and to demonstrate new paths of international leadership in war prevention and non-violent means of conflict resolution.
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Chuck Overby, Ph.D.,