Report: Japan’s Peace Constitution

On Friday, February 16th, Bringing Asian Youths Together organized the event to show the film, Japan’s Peace Constitution, followed by the guest speaker, Dr. Shigenori Matsui from UBC Faculty of Law.

The film covers many issues surrounding the North East Asia, focusing on the issue of Article 9 and its significance on the international community and neighbor countries like China and South Korea. After watching the film, the director of Japanese legal studies at UBC faculty of Law spoke about how Article 9 was made, what was implication behind creating the peace constitution, how the role of Japan’s Self-Defense Force fit in the legal framework of Article 9, etc. Then, the floor was opened up for discussion. About 15 people who gathered at the event were really excited to express and share their opinions with others. A rich diversity of opinion was observed in the discussions: How a role of the Self-Defense Force fits in Article 9; how the issue of comfort women issue is perceived in Japan; is peace and security in Japan under an umbrella of the United States or Article 9?; freedom of speech and its relation to the attitude of the Japanese government towards war crimes, etc.

I was very happy to see the lively discussion. It was very interesting to see the issue of Article 9 from many perspectives. We hope to provide you with more opportunities to discuss freely about a variety of issues in East Asia.

Wakiko Yoneda
Bringing Asian Youths Together

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