July 12, 2016

Pacifist Japan Tired Of Being Everybody’s Pal

Just like everyone else who has Pokemon Go, Japan is becoming more active. Not long after World War II, Japan’s constitution included a pacifism clause known as Article 9, which outlawed war as a means to settle international disputes. Thanks to Article 9, Japan has been voted “Everybody’s Pal” in the World Yearbook since 1947, but that’s about to change. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has his sights set on changing Article 9, and now his party Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and a few smaller, like-minded parties control two-thirds of the upper house in the government. These MPs now have enough seats to make constitutional changes, but the public is already deeply divided on the issue.

Yes, I want to sound marginally more intelligent: