Japan last week, dropping off Japanese ground troops and peeling away. The soldiers raced to nearby positions, cutting off an opposing force threatening Marines nearby.
As military maneuvers go, it was fairly basic. But had it been a real-world mission, it might also have been illegal.
Under the current interpretation of Japan’s pacifist constitution, Japan’s armed forces are not permitted to fight on behalf of friends or allies unless the Japanese themselves come under direct attack.
It is a policy that conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to change. An advisory panel is expected to issue a report by year’s end recommending that Abe issue a new interpretation of the 66-year-old constitution.
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Comment: There's a real problem when a politician, or even a judge for that matter, can at a whim decide to reinterpret whatever law they choose just to make it more to their liking. It means that the nation is sliding down the slippery slope and becoming a nation ruled by men instead of a nation ruled by law!
We've seen this phenomenon most recently in America with the so called "Patriot Act" and the National Defense Authorization Act, sometimes referred to as NDAA. As a result of these two laws, there are others but for the sake of simplicity, we'll leave the list with just these two, People's 1st, 4th and a host of other amendments have been taken away.
Don't believe me, just try to get on an airliner without having naked pictures of yourself taken or your wife, girlfriend, mother and oversexed teenaged daughter molested. Need to search a neighborhood in Boston to find a fugitive, no warrant needed.
Japan has a bad habit of copying what they see going on in America. And why not, if something works, there's nothing inherently wring with giving it a try and see if it works for you too. However, while imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, I would just like to tell our Japanese friends to stop copying all of America's bad ideas too.