Akira Kawasaki is Executive Committee member of Tokyo-based NGO Peace Boat and an initiator of the Global Article 9 Campaign. An expert in nuclear disarmament, he served as a NGO advisor to the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND) in 2009-2010.
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Sunday, July 21, 2013
Revision of Japan’s Peace Constitution – A Matter of Global Concern
Prime Minister Abe seems to govern Japan according to the country’s national slogan during the Meiji Era: Fukoku Kyohei or “Enrich the country; Strengthen the army”. Indeed, since his return to power in December 2012, his two priorities have been to redress the country's economy through his so-called Abenomics, as well as "to reclaim Japanese sovereignty" by getting rid of the current constitution, which, in his opinion, fails “to provide a necessary condition for an independent nation”.