Monday, December 17, 2012

Victorious Abe's Priority: Amend Constitution So That Only a Majority Vote Is Needed to Amend It

The LDP president who can fast-eat curry and rice with pork cutlet on top, who can steal a seat from a senior citizen on JR train and pretend he's asleep after scolding him for scolding him, and a third-generation politician whose grandfather, having been arrested as "Class-A war criminal" after the World War II, was somehow escaped execution and later became the prime minister of Japan, wants to change the Japanese Constitution.

Why? Because he wants his cabinet to be the one to break through the crisis. (Whatever that means.)

Why does that have anything to do with changing the Constitution? Who knows. Because he can, probably. With two-third majority in the Lower House, his party can override any objection from the Upper House which is dominated by the opposition.

Specifically, he wants to first change the Article 96 of the Japanese Constitution, which says (in original English, from Prime Minister's Office website; emphasis is mine):

Article 96. Amendments to this Constitution shall be initiated by the Diet, through a concurring vote of two-thirds or more of all the members of each House and shall thereupon be submitted to the people for ratification, which shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of all votes cast thereon, at a special referendum or at such election as the Diet shall specify.
Amendments when so ratified shall immediately be promulgated by the Emperor in the name of the people, as an integral part of this Constitution.

According to Yomiuri Shinbun (12/18/2012), Abe wants to ditch this, and make it so that only a simple majority is needed to amend the Constitution. If he wants, he can ditch the national referendum part with his party's two-third majority in the Lower House.

Good luck, Japan, because it's only the beginning. His pet plan for the Constitution reads like a horror story for those who believe there is something to be said about "fundamental human rights" and "inalienable rights" of citizens.

For a start, the proud ideal expressed in the Foreword that positions Japan to "occupy an honored place in an international society striving for the preservation of peace, and the banishment of tyranny and slavery, oppression and intolerance for all time from the earth" will be ditched in its entirety under Abe's plan.

The rest is too depressing for me to elaborate right now, but suffice to say Abe wants to reduce the Constitution to a mere LDP party manifest. His "amended" constitution reads just like one, an election manifest to be ditched as convenience dictates. More I read, it is not even an election manifest. It is more like an announcement by a municipal government to the residents, telling them their water may stop due to construction.

It may not be long that anyone who insists on adherence to the Constitution will be branded as "terrorists".


Anonymous said...

One important note. If there is a bad earthquake one of the damaged pool or reactor can blow up. We all know this. Chances are there this can happen.
The only thing that Japan will be able to do is to send, in extreme urgency, 2 maybe 3 milion men to the site and manually cool down whatever possible to cool down. These will be suicidal mission for anyone getting there because the radiation level will be incomprehensible. And if nothing is done, no men is send, the site will too radioactive to be taken care of by the 5 tepco blue color who would have already vaporised. Only a suicidal mission can can save the world and avoid the end of human life.

One more thing. Without a milion of person working to save the reactor remains from the next small or large earthquake that will take down pool4 or 3 or whatever, chances are that an earthquake will cause that explosion before the site is of risks.

one chance that an earthquake does not cause an explosion. One chance that it does but suicidal mission limits the damages to only one catastrophic explosion, and one chance that a suicidal mission is not possible and that it is all over. The odds are not very good.

However I hate the return of the fascist in power in Japan, there is a small glimpse of hope if they force to draft 3 milion kids to be ready at any time in any minute because an 8.5 earthquake could just strike later today.

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

If you are referring to reactors in Fukushima, they would be the last thing Abe cares.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like Hideki Tōjō has been reincarnated into Abe's twisted bowels. Maybe this is how he managed to gobble all that pork without blowing a gasket (he's possessed by a demon). The banishment of tyranny and slavery, oppression and intolerance is an anathema to nuclear power. Without an intolerant tyrant to oppress the wage slaves nuclear power wouldn't exist.

Atomfritz said...

I fear this will pave the way to a Japanese kind of "Ermaechtigungsgesetz".

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Atomfritz, many in Japan fear that, too.

Anon at 5:03PM, funny you mention Hideki Tojo. Abe's grandfather was a war criminal, who somehow escaped execution. Just like Yomiuri Shinbun owner Matsutaro Shoriki, his grandpa worked closely with CIA.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like to world has vomited.

Maybe they will be able to invade Paris with a strong army.

Now they will complain the American rice does not take good enough to be imported. Oh! and yes, that it is too rich in dangerous microbes so that it should not be imported to Japan.

US can now allie with China again. Sorry and good bye Japan.

Anonymous said...

Yeah lots of political jerks have interesting family histories.

"George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.

The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.

The debate over Prescott Bush's behaviour has been bubbling under the surface for some time. There has been a steady internet chatter about the "Bush/Nazi" connection, much of it inaccurate and unfair. But the new documents, many of which were only declassified last year, show that even after America had entered the war and when there was already significant information about the Nazis' plans and policies, he worked for and profited from companies closely involved with the very German businesses that financed Hitler's rise to power. It has also been suggested that the money he made from these dealings helped to establish the Bush family fortune and set up its political dynasty."

Anonymous said...

Damn, someone already beat me to complaining about other similar political jerk families.

And people often argue with me that assholes always end up on top. Denial is an ugly thing.

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