Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party has just won a 2/3 majority in both of its houses of legislature, enabling it to amend its Constitution, which had been imposed by the United States after World War II. The party wants to change the Constitution because it enshrines “the Western European theory of natural human rights,” including the freedom of speech.
Many in the party, including the Prime Minister, belong to a group that believes Japan was in the right during World War II. These lawmakers want to rebuild Japan’s military capacity and to return to worship of the Emperor. [Read more…]