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StatementWe Protest against Forcible Enactment of War Laws and Demand Their Abrogation

Mr. ABE Shinzo

Prime Minister

 

We Protest against Forcible Enactment of War Laws and

Demand Their Abrogation

September 20, 2015

The 312nd National Standing Board Meeting,

Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo)

 

Following the violent steamrolling in the House of Councilors Special Committee, the government ruling parties, in the wee hours of September 19, forcibly voted on the “war bills” in the plenary session of the House of Councilors and enacted the laws.

 

The war laws open the way for the exercise of the right to collective self-defense prohibited by Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan.  The laws are unconstitutional in negating the peace principles of the Constitution and constitutionalism.  With strong indignation Gensuikyo strongly protests against this unparalleled outrage and demands that the unconstitutional war laws should be repealed immediately.

 

During the NPT Review Conference in May this year, the government of Japan, following the U.S. and other nuclear-armed states, consistently resisted any initiatives for legally-binding treaty to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons within a defined time-frame, thus totally neglected to play a leading role befitting the A-bombed country in achieving nuclear weapons abolition.  Meanwhile, around the same period, the two governments concluded the new “Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation,” in which Japan would expand its Self-Defense Forces’ support to the U.S. military into a global scale and in turn the U.S. would provide extended deterrence to Japan through all types of capabilities, including its nuclear forces.  The government’s pushing the war laws and turning its back on nuclear abolition while relying on nuclear deterrence are the two sides of the same coin.

 

“If a war breaks out now, it would eventually lead to a nuclear war, which would annihilate the whole human race.” - The Hibakusha strongly warn the danger of the war laws out of their own tragic experiences of the atomic bombing.  Prime Minister Abe and the government ruling parties must accept the voices of the Hibakusha with sincerity.

 

Article 9 of the Constitution stipulates the renunciation of war and prohibits the maintenance of war potentials.  It was established based on both profound remorse for Japan’s war of aggression and colonial rule, and the A-bomb experiences of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  We are firmly determined to do our utmost to get the war laws repealed.