Japan's Political and Constitutional Crossroads By John Junkerman, Gavan McCormack, and David McNeill Japan is at a constitutional—and political—crossroads. In the wake of dispatch of GSDF forces to Iraq and the MSDF fleet to the Persian Gulf, the pacifist constitution faces the possibility of revision for the first time since its adoption during the postwar occupation sixty … [Read more...] about The Case for Japanese Constitutional Revision Assessed
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By Nikkan Gendai Translated by Nobuko Adachi http://japanfocus.org/products/details/2293 [The following article presents a critical responses to the proposed changes in national educational policy by Japan’s new prime minister, Abe Shinzo. It is one of many appearing in Japanese newspapers and magazines in the past six weeks. The centerpiece of the Abe administration’s … [Read more...] about Becoming an Ugly and Dangerous Nation!
Please leave your comments here, or use the forum: http://www.tokyoprogressive.org/index/forums/viewthread/4/ … [Read more...] about Dec 19 2006 Comment on the Electronic Intifada articles (see Dec archives)
by Stephen Zunes The election of a Democratic majority in the House and Senate is unlikely to result in any serious challenge to the Bush administration’s support for Israeli attacks against the civilian populations of its Arab neighbors and the Israeli government’s ongoing violations of international humanitarian law. The principal Democratic Party spokesmen on foreign … [Read more...] about Challenging the Democractic Hawks on Israel
by Jay Bookman Jimmy Carter may be right or he may be wrong; in fact, like the rest of us, he's almost certainly some of both. But Carter is not by any stretch of the imagination anti-Semitic. In fact, merely by making that ridiculous accusation, people such as Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, have proved Carter right about some of the … [Read more...] about Anti-Semitism Label Confines Open Debate