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Japanese Constitutional Reform : Consequences Of Article 9

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Japanese Constitutional Reform: Consequences of Article 9 Abstract: Summarise the original article of the issue or event with full reference and internet address. 100 words After a long campaign and many public protests, the Japanese Diet successfully enacted two new security provisions that will allow the nation to carve a path away from its former post-war pacifism. Yoshida and Aoki (2015), reporters for The Japan Times state that the enactment of these laws has been a key goal of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who wanted to eliminate some of the legal restrictions surrounding Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution which renounces the sovereign right of Japan to participate in war or other armed conflicts. The liberalisation of these laws allows Japanese forces to participate in overseas missions, which will strengthen the alliance between Japan and the United States (Yoshida and Aoki 2015). Background: Provide a historical context for the issue or event. 350 words At the conclusion of the Second World War, the Japanese Imperial Army had left the majority of East and Southeast Asia in smouldering ruins. The nation itself, was still recovering from the devastation of the atomic bomb and the cultural shock of surrender when the American occupation troops arrived in Japan in September of 1945. As a consequence of surrender, Japan was forced to adopt a new constitution with strict limitations including the renunciation of the right to wage war as well as the right to
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