[Updated December 4th]
@Moving 1st Constitution Seminar
@@ The 1st Constitution
Seminar sponsored by the A9A secretariat took place in Tokyo
on November 25th with about 800 people attending.
Kato Shuichi, critic and an A9A founder, addressed the meeting,
and two lecturers also spoke: Sawachi Hisae, writer and an A9A
founder, and Tsujii Takashi, a writer. Their speeches were most
impressive and enlightening. The highlights of their speeches
are given below.
@ I would like to raise a question regarding the defense of Article 9.@ Maintaining the article is closely connected with development of diplomatic relations with other countries. There are four options: (1) gain true independence with the Constitution left intact, (2) leave the Constitution intact while continuing to be subordinate to the U.S., (3) revise the Constitution and strengthen independence, and (4) revise the Constitution and continue to be subordinate to the U.S.@ Those trying to revise the Constitution are aiming for the fourth option, but I believe that the first option is the most realistic for the future of Japan.
@@ The Constitution was established to embody the earnest desire of humanity, to search for peace and elimination of weapons, after World War II. The attempt to revise it will pave the way for going to war abroad as U.S. mercenaries. I wrote some novels showing the miseries of war, and in my research for these novels I visited war victims, and now I keenly feel the importance of conveying stories like these to young people. I hear late critic Maruoka Hideko used to say gdonft throw away your sufferings, make use of them instead.h As for me, Ifd like to say, gDonft throw away our Constitution.h We should not give up our hope to preserve it, and believe our campaign will eventually win.
@@ During the current Diet deliberations on a revision of the Fundamental Law of Education it has been recently revealed that the government organized gstaged speechesh in favor of the government policy. This shows corruption of Japanfs modern politics. The government may be reckoning on the impossibility of constitutional revision in a five year time frame, but think that if they revise the education law and geducateh young people in such a way that their sense of personal identity is under-developed, they can revise the Constitution in about 20 years. We should make it clear that their attempt to make Japan fanatic and ultra-nationalistic is phantasmal. If we seriously @attempt to explain the Constitution to people in detail, the vast majority will surely support our idea of defending the basic law. In this connection, I will make every effort to develop the potentials of young people.@@@@@@@@
Housewife, aged 65
I was extremely moved by Ms. Sawachi, who passionately spoke about war miseries and her academic ideas on the Constitution. Her idea of gdonft give up hope and make use of the lawh inspired and helped me determine to continue our campaign.
2. Woman, aged 66
@@@@@ Mr. Katofs speech was full of suggestions on how to carry out our movement to preserve the Constitution. I noticed the necessity of improving our movement styles and devising and creating new methods.
Woman office worker, aged 42
@@ Mr. Tujii talked about his intriguing ideas on our movement. I thought we should overcome many taboos in our campaign and encircle those forces aiming at constitutional revision.@
4. Housewife aged 63
@@ I attended todayfs seminar on my friendfs advice, and was satisfied with the speeches. I will talk about Article 9 with people around me, especially young people, in the future.
5. Salaried man, aged 52
@@@@@ Mr. Katofs speech about four options of strategies regarding the Constitution and independence sounded very persuasive to me. The speeches by Ms. Sawachi and Mr. Tsujii were very soul-shaking and impressive.@
6. Woman government employee, aged 32
@@ I attentively listened to todayfs speeches, and realized that Article 9 and the education law should never be amended in view of my future life. Ifm thinking of doing what I can for the movement.
7. Woman office worker, aged 24
@@@ During the question and answer time, Ms. Sawachi was asked, ghow should we persuade young people to join our campaign?h She answered by suggesting, gWhy not ask your young people out to movies and talk about your loved ones?h Her speech was humorous and instructive.