Security legislations are Constitutional


[Photo] One day in France

[Photo] One day in France

On July 16, 2015, security legislations were passed in the House of Representatives and were sent to the House of Councilors for approval. The deliberations started on July 27th however, according to media outlets, it seems that many people feel the government's explanation of the legislations is insufficient.

Subsequently, the approval rating for the Abe Cabinet has declined for the first time since taking office. Many people don't understand why the security legislations are needed and whether they are constitutional or not, and have concerns that Japan might get involved into other countries'wars in the future.

The Abe Cabinet and the ruling party, the LDP and KOMEITO, have planned security legislations through detailed reviews over the last year. Therefore, they are convinced of the necessity and constitutionality of the legislations and have confidence that Japan will be able to deter wars using these security legislations.

In the House of Councilors the ruling coalition has a majority of seats, and in the House of Representatives they have two-thirds, therefore, there is a strong probability that security legislations will be enacted in this Diet.

However, the opposition parties and some media outlets have appealed the security legislations as unconstitutional, and have conducted bitter campaigns to discard these legislations. A specific opposition party seems to be creating a revolutionary actions instead of as a pure policy controversy.

The purpose of the security legislations is to strengthen Japan's defense capability in accordance with the changes to the security environment surrounding Japan, and to contribute the peace and security for the international society.

Security legislations admit the right to collective self-defense for the first time. However, its contents are extremely close to the right to individual self-defense to defend Japan and succeeds the basic logic of article 9 of the Constitution.

To date, the Cabinet Legislation Bureau has interpreted to prohibit Japan from exercising the so-called "Right to collective self-defense", which means that Japan can't use force for a foreign countries defense.

Therefore, security legislations permit Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense in the case that U.S. forces being dispatched for Japan's defense with the SDF were attacked from a third country, and as a result, it threatens Japan's survival and poses a clear danger to fundamentally overturn people's right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. It's a matter of course that the SDF is not permitted to be dispatched abroad under nonaggressive national security policies.

We would like to make a further effort to foster the peoples comprehension of security legislations.

[Photo] One day in France

[Photo] One day in France

[Photo] One day in France

[Photo] One day in France

By Yuzuru Takeuchi