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English version of the “Article 9 Association” bulletin and news.
The English version of the “Article 9 Association” bulletin and news (No.76, dated September 29, 2006) is published by Katsuyuki NARA and Sarah BROCK of the New English Teachers Association (http://www.shin-eiken.com/). The translations are all on our own
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[Updated October 3rd]
Familiarizing everyone with A9A

   Local A9A groups around the country are very active! Here are some examples.

1.  Housing complex A9A

   An A9A group was formed on September 2 in a housing complex in Sendai (a city in northeastern Japan). The first meeting was attended by 70 people. A professor emeritus of Tohoku University gave a commemorative speech, and they decided to create a “movement to organize a majority of the residents into opposing unwanted constitutional revision.”   

 

2. Local community A9A

College professors and lawyers helped create a new A9A group in a local area in Fukushima (a city in northeastern Japan) on September 9, with 40 people attending the inaugural meeting. The highlight was when one participant told about his experiences of wartime misery.

 

3.  Prefecture level A9A group

The Aichi Prefecture A9A (central Japan) sponsored its third exchange meeting on September 3 with some 100 people attending. At the meeting, people exchanged news about a variety of activities such as door-to-door distribution of A9A news.

 

4.  A9A Youth movement (1)

An A9A youth group in Shimane (a city in southwestern Japan) held an “A9A festival” on September 9. Some 80 people took part. During the festival, A9A members formed a chorus to sing the only flower in the world. Participants then listened to a participant talking about wartime experiences in China. In a “peace fashion show” they paraded ‘peace T-shirts’ using an Article 9 based design.

 

5.  A9A Youth movement (2)

    An A9A youth group in Akita (a city in northwestern Japan) sponsored a signature-collection campaign, and also a gathering to listen to the wartime experiences of an elderly resident. The 81-year-old man told a terrifying story of his experiences in a kamikaze suicide pilot’s training school.

 

6.  A9A Women’s movement

    Three women’s groups in Niigata (a city in northwestern Japan) sponsored a joint meeting, titled “Toast to Article 9.” Sixty-two participants listened to a lecture by a cooking expert. She said, “We shouldn’t be indifferent to war in our daily life.” She also told about healthy cuisines and how to keep fit. After her lecture, she gave a cooking demonstration.


Public opinion surveys by the newspapers about Abe Cabinet    (Note: Abe Cabinet was started on September 26)

 

1.       The Asahi (on September 28, by telephone interview)

*Approval 63 %,    Disapproval 18 %       

     *Major policies to be tackled by the Cabinet

      1) better pension and welfare services            43 %

      2) to improve economic condition and employment   17%

      3) to reconstruct government finances            15 %

      4) education reform                         11 %

      5) to promote Asian diplomacy                  8 %

      6) constitutional revision                      2 %

 

2.  The Mainichi (on September 22, on Internet)

    *Approval 65 %,  Disapproval 35 %

    *Major policies to expect from the Cabinet

      1) reform social security systems                20 %

      2) improve business conditions                  20 %

      3) reconstruct national finances                 20 %

      4) improve Asian diplomacy                   14 %

      5) correct wealth-gap                        13 %

      6) revise the Constitution                      6 %
     
7) reform education systems                     6 %

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