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Diet enacts security laws, marking Japan’s departure from pacifism

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Staff Writers

Following boisterous confrontations in the Diet and more than three days of public protest, the Upper House finally enacted two divisive security laws early Saturday that will mark a significant departure from Japan’s postwar pacifism.

Enacting the contentious laws was one of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s long-held ambitions. His goal was to find a way to remove some of the key legal restrictions that the war-renouncing Constitution imposes on the Self-Defense Forces during overseas missions in order to strengthen Japan’s all-important military alliance with the United States.

Given the ruling coalition’s strength in both chambers of the Diet, the opposition camp was essentially powerless to stop him. It was thus reduced to obstructing the voting procedures and tapping public frustration with the legislation in hopes of rallying widespread resistance.

Abe’s team submitted the two bills to the Diet in May. Since then, more than 200 hours have been spent deliberating the legislation.

The Upper House’s final plenary session was called late Friday night as the opposition camp, led by the Democratic Party of Japan, delayed Diet procedures in protest by submitting no-confidence and censure motions against Abe’s Cabinet ministers in both chambers.

According to opinion polls, a majority of the public opposes the legislation and many think the government’s efforts to explain it fell short.

A poll by the daily Asahi Shimbun from Sept. 12 to 13 found that 54 percent of the 1,994 respondents oppose the bills and 29 percent support them.

One of them amends 10 existing security-related laws to lift various SDF restrictions, including Article 9’s long-standing ban on collective self-defense.

The other creates a new permanent law that allows Japan to deploy the SDF overseas to provide logistic support for United Nations-authorized military operations involving a foreign or multinational force.

Lifting the ban on collective self-defense, or the right to defend an ally under armed attack even if Japan itself is not, was long considered banned by war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution. So instead of formally amending the Constitution, which was considered politically unfeasible, Abe simply had the government’s long-standing interpretation of Article 9 altered to allow collective defense.

Abe has argued that the Japan-U.S. alliance would be critically damaged if Tokyo refused to defend the U.S. during operations aimed at protecting Japan.

Under the Japan-U.S. security treaty, the U.S. is obliged to defend Japan in a contingency but Japan does not have to defend the U.S. Instead, Tokyo is obliged to grant Washington routine use of military bases in Japan.

Many voters fear the new laws could see Japan getting dragged into a war involving the U.S., given its traditionally heavy reliance on Washington’s diplomatic and military power.

They also fear the unprecedented move could render the Constitution toothless, since a majority of constitutional scholars believe the new laws violate Article 9.

Many security and diplomacy experts, however, praise the move as a reform, given the growing military might of China and America’s declining presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Under the new laws, Japan will theoretically be allowed to use collective self-defense to come to the aid of an ally — presumably the United States — under three conditions: if Japan’s “survival” is at stake, there is no alternative, and the use of force is kept to the “minimum necessary.”

The United Nations charter bestows this right to all member countries, including postwar Japan. But no major countries attach such strict conditions to its use, government officials have maintained.

  • Bec

    Japan is still restricted by a lot!! They won’t have any nuclear weapons, won’t have the ability to attack any other country, with a military budget at 1 – 2% a year compared to China double digit military spending. Look at what China is doing and saying about Japan or other countries in the South China Sea! They have an anti-japan propaganda machine constantly pumping out movies, TV shows, plays, and museums against Japan! They are raising an entire generation to hate Japanese! To never forget a small part of history in which Japan itself paid a huge price! All the countries in Asia support a stronger more involved Japan! 70 to 80% have a favorable view of Japan! China will never United Asia! They are too afraid of their own Chinese people rising against the CCP like they once did before! They can’t get along even with Vietnam and North Korea! and they share the same communist ideology! Was at war against the same countries!

  • Agent_Koto

    I don’t see this as inherently bad for Japan. In fact, this might be a step toward the eventual removal of US military assets from the country, which I would dare say most Japanese would be in favor of. Japan has the means for force projection, and beyond over arching fears of returning to a militant society (which really, is a non starter unless the people overwhelmingly become in favor of it, which they won’t) there’s really no reason why Japan shouldn’t have a practical military capable of global mobilization. Japan is so desperate to be respected as a part of the global community, well, military strength and contribution is one way of getting there. Maybe not the ideal solution, but in times of economic instability, it’s often the only solution.

  • wrle

    Whether japan would actually come to military clashes with china or south korea that is probably not likely but the bigger concern would be the impact of having japan getting dragged into international conflicts to support their allies such as the middle east and also increasing the chances of terrorist attacks at home.

  • disqus_Rv1GqOyTeN

    War with China is most unlikely, but war in the middle east is for sure. The War Bill is a good news for the US , bad news for China and a nightmare for the Japanese public when they have to send their sons to fight the US wars in the middle East.

  • Testerty

    I thought democracy is suppose to prevent this type of shot-gun legislation……

  • Yamiko Otokawa

    Do not give up the fight. Japanese voters can fight the security laws by :
    (1) filing lawsuits in different courts to block the implementation of the security “laws” on the ground they violate the Constitution.

    (2) voting for the opposition parties like Democratic Party of Japan, etc. at the next elections. Make sure the opposition parties have enough votes to block any bills introduced by LDP and Komeito.
    Do not vote for LDP, Komeito or Party for Future Generations ( Shintaro Ishihara who inflamed the Senkaku dispute).

    (3) publicly harassing, heckling, pestering, etc, Diet members of LDP, Komeito, etc, at their speeches, meetings, at work, at home, every public place they go to.

    (4) refusing to serve all Diet members of PM Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito if you operate or work in stores, restaurants, shops, bars, medical clinics, schools, etc.
    Refuse to serve their spouses and children. Make photos, names, etc of them available free to businesses.
    Boycott businesses which serve the LDP and Komeito Diet members and their families.

    (5) staging mass protests “demanding” the resignation of PM Abe, Minister Aso, etc and asking voters to vote against LDP and Komeito.

  • Faramith Grey

    Hope this will lead to the Removal of US bases bot nothing more.(No wars, only base removal.)

  • http://sunsetreflector.blogspot.com ObscenelyGreat

    China and Russia will just watch what the little ring of fire country does and retaliate if necessary.

  • Jay

    The Japanese people have only themselves to blame. So many people do not vote in this country, and those that do elected this government. Now if you want change, do something about it. Get out there and vote! Vote Abe and his right-wing mob out of power.

  • timefox

    Security bill was decided in the Upper House .

    By this bill , Japan and Southeast Asia of peace is now more rock-solid .

    After the war 70 years , China has provoked Japan and Southeast Asian countries , it was even aggression .

    In addition , China has held a military parade . And , China has threatened Japan and Southeast Asia and the world .
    Horrible aggressor country is in the world.
    By security bill , Japan together with the Southeast Asian countries and the United States , now confront the invaders .
    If Southeast Asia is invaded by China , Japan and the United States we will fight together .
    If Japan is invaded by China , Southeast Asia and the United States will fight together .
    Everyone of peace we protect everyone .

    From now , we hope that the specific code of conduct is made in preparation for the invasion .

    Safety by security bill , for the countries (like China) that invaded the neighboring countries,
    it will be able to counterattack damage countries unite .
    Therefore , China will be pleasure without invading Japan and Southeast Asia .
    In addition , because the affected countries can share the army to each other , also eliminates the need to compensate for the forces that were missing by forcibly conscripted civilians .
    In other words , conscription of opposition has delusions became more unrealistic .

    Opponents were distorting the security bill . Opponents had called the war bill the security bill .
    Security bill is a mechanism to make it difficult launch a war to Japan .
    However , opponents were distorting the facts and Japan comes to make the war in the security bill .
    And they tried to spread the fake was content to the world .

    We will not forget the despicable behavior of the opponents .

    Let’s protect everyone from the safety of the Chinese invasion of the high seas , such as the East China Sea and the South China Sea in the security bill .
    By protecting all of the sea in all , it our peace is maintained .

    In The trouble is this security bill , and the country that you are trying to invade Japan and Southeast Asia ,
    Only countries that have instructed the country that plotting the invasion .

    Not only protect their peace , what prevent countries the invasion of Japan and the countries that share the values ​​and Japanese allies ,
    Either would have a real peaceful nation.

    • valheru9

      Please stop your war-mongering. You are either from Philippines, Vietnam or Japan. Judging from your comments you are most likely a Japanese.

      Japan relationship with South East Asia is just only “starting”. The question is why only now? Why not earlier?

      Speak for yourself when you want to defend Japan in any conflict. Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar has problem of our own. If you are so rich then, please go and do it yourself. Don’t drag the rest of us into your war.

      The jury is still out. We shall wait and see whether you are peaceful or not. We suffer once under you. We will not want it to happened again.

    • timefox

      Please see the fact that China provokes Japan and invades Japan in 2015.

      2015/1/5: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/9: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/9: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/10: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/16: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/19: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/19: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/20: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/23: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/24: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/25: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/26: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/27: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/1/27: 2 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/2: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/3: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/6: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/6: 2 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/7: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/10: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/11: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/12: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/13: 6 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/14: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/15: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/15: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/16: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/17: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/18: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/19: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/20: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/21: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/22: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/23: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/24: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/25: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/26: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/27: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/27: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/2/28: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/6: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/7: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/8: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/11: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/12: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/13: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/14: 6 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/15: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/16: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/16: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/17: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/18: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
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      2015/3/20: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/21: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/22: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/22: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/28: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/29: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/30: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/30: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/3/31: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/1: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/4: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/4: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/5: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/9: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/10: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/11: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/12: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/13: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/14: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/15: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/16: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/17: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/17: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/18: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/22: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
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      2015/4/24: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/25: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/26: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/27: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/28: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/29: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/30: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/4/30: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/1: 5 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/2: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/3: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/3: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/4: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/5: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/6: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/7: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/8: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/9: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/10: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/14: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/15: 5 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/15: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/16: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/17: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/18: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/19: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/20: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/21: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/22: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/23: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/24: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/25: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/26: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/5/27: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
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      2015/6/1: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/3: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/3: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/4: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/5: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/6: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/7: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/8: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
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      2015/6/10: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/11: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/12: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
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      2015/6/14: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/15: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/16: 6 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/17: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/17: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/18: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/19: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
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      2015/6/21: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/22: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/23: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/24: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/6/25: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
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      2015/7/3: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/7/3: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/7/4: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/7/5: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/7/6: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/7/17: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
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      2015/7/24: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/7/24: 2 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/7/25: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/7/26: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/7/27: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
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      2015/7/29: 2 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/7/30: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/7/31: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/1: 5 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/2: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/2: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/3: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/4: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/5: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
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      2015/8/14: 2 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/15: 4 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/16: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/17: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/18: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/19: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/26: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/26: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/27: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/28: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/29: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/30: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/8/31: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/1: 6 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/2: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/3: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/4: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/5: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/6: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/7: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/7: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/8: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/9: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/10: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/10: 3 ships of a Chinese government invaded territorial waters in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/11: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/12: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/13: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/14: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/15: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/16: 6 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.
      2015/9/17: 3 ships of a Chinese government entered a connection water area in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto.

    • timefox

      The scramble number of times to the Chinese government belonging airplane is as follows.

      Fiscal year 2011: 156 times (from April, 2011 to March, 2012)
      Fiscal year 2012: 306 times (from April, 2012 to March, 2013)
      Fiscal year 2013: 415 times (from April, 2013 to March, 2014)
      Fiscal year 2014: 464 times (from April, 2014 to March, 2015)
      Fiscal year 2015: 114 times (from April, 2015 to June)

      Fixed-wing aircraft of Chinese state National Ocean Service belonging (Y-12) invaded territorial airspace in Japan territory Senkaku-shoto for the first time as a Chinese government belonging airplane.
      After that, like, a close flight to Japan territory Senkaku-shoto territorial airspace of fixed-wing aircraft continues.It’s checked total of 13 times.

    • timefox

      The history of a Chinese advance in the South China Sea is as follows.

      1950 ‘s: The French troops withdrew from Indochina.
      1950 ‘s: China occupied half of Paracel Islands.
      1973: U.S. forces withdrew from south Vietnam.
      1974: China occupied whole Paracel Islands.
      1980 ‘s: The scale of the Soviet troops in south Vietnam was reduced.
      1980 ‘s: China went into Spratly Islands.
      1988: China occupied 6 island in Spratly Island.
      1992: U.S. forces withdrew from the Philippines.
      1995: China occupied Miscief Reef.
      2000 ‘s: China went into the south in the South China Sea.
      2012: China ruled Scarborough Schoal actually.
      After 2014: China conducts large-scale reclamation in Spratly Islands, and military affairs install available equipment.
      The island China is filling up with the earth is as follows.

      Johson South Reef, Hughes Reef, Cuarteron Reef, Gaven Reefs, Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef, Mischief Reef.

      A coral reef isn’t an island, so a territory, territorial airspace and territorial waters don’t occur.
      But a Chinese government insists on a coral reef with a Chinese territory in recent years.
      I’m going to plunder the world as well as Japan and the Southeast Asian nations of freedom in high seas and the official sky.

  • Stephen Kent

    Oh, well. I suppose this was inevitable really, given the majority the LDP holds in both houses. Personally I wish something had happened to stop the bills getting through as, while I understand some of the arguments their proponents make, this has come after a series of other worrying developments: revision of textbooks, increasing denial of events that took place in WWII, the introduction of a fairly shady secrecy law, and a slump press freedom ranking.

    Also, isn’t one of the “conditions” for use of force not even a condition at all? The third one about the minimum use of force seems to be a policy statement, meaning there are only really two conditions that need to be fulfilled for the use of force to be deemed legitimate (and even then the criteria are vague, I mean when was the last time a major country didn’t ‘survive’?).

    I guess what I’d like to see now is some kind of people to people trust building. With record numbers of Chinese tourists coming to Japan, it might be possible to engage in some kind of discussion with them to demonstrate that people in Japan aren’t exactly the warmongers that CCP propaganda tries to present them as. Obviously it would be difficult to go to China and do the same kind of thing due to the heavy restrictions on political activities, but I think citizen level action is going to be required long-term as tensions will only get worse if everything is left to the LDP and CCP to sort out.

  • boonteetan

    Hawkish, obstinate and arrogant Abe is playing with fire, oblivious to his people’s protest against the security bill. Intoxicated and blinded by power, he will only wake up one day when he is burnt by the fire he created. Just wait.

  • Anil Samal

    Japan is a slave of USA after WWII.
    US protect, support these slave in many ways.
    Now it want these slave to die too. The effect of this decision will visible in 5 to 10 years.

  • Jackson

    The only thing left to do is push for nuclear waste to be stored in Yamaguchi Prefecture–and a reactor to be created in Minato and Chiyoda ward, perhaps between Kasumigaseki and Hibiya Park.

    It`s a losing cause, since direct political action isn`t exactly a tradtion–and the numerous scenarios and thinking is applied from foreign ideals…there`s many ways to look at this issue, but the main thing is that Shinzo Abe and `Liberal` Democratic Party will now have their last banzai in blowing through trillions of yen in taxpayer money to destroy the country, once and for all.

    Seven decades is all it took to unlearn all the lessons of war and experiencing the atomic bomb.

    Good job.

  • The Professor

    Fantastic. This debate provides an excellent weapon of mass distraction from other important social issues.

  • tisho

    This is about weapon sells, another revenue source.

  • Potthai Lang

    Most useless country in the world with most number of cowards.

    Lost in WWII after ate 2 American atom bombs. And became USA’s guarding dog in Asia.

    On top of that, losing kuril islands ( 4 island ) to the Russia. Very very useless people. Still can’t get them back after more than 70 years.

    Luckily I am not Japanese or I will have to perform ‘ harakiri ‘ so I don’t bring shames to my ancestors.

  • CLJF

    Gotta say that Bec et al’s comments reflect reality far more than Nick Liu et al. Abe never would have been able to achieve this without continual Chinese provocation and aggression. China brought this on themselves and have no right to complain about it.