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Regarding Joseph Jaworski’s Dec. 9 letter, “Responsibility for self-protection“: First, the idea that Japan’s political discourse is on the far left is ludicrous. Japan’s major parties are all right of center, including the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, which is likely to regain power in Sunday’s election.

Next, the implication that Japan can remain a pacifist country only if it has the protection of the United States couldn’t be further from the truth. The U.S. is not in Japan to protect Japan, but rather to exert its influence and power in the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. is in Japan for purely selfish reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with the [war-renouncing] Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution.

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