Law pro­fes­sor pro­poses Ja­pan switch to re­pub­li­can­ism to end dis­crim­i­na­tion posed by emperor system

Manila Times - - OPINION - BY TAI KAWABATA © 2017 THE JA­PAN TIMES ( TOKYO) VISIT THE JA­PAN TIMES ( TOKYO) AT WWW. JAPANTIMES.CO.JP/ DIS­TRIB­UTED BY TRI­BUNE CON­TENT AGENCY, LLC.

of feu­dal­ism,” Shimizu said, how­ever.

Shimizu was speak­ing at an event in Yoko­hama mark­ing Na­tional Foun­da­tion Day on Satur­day. The hol­i­day is said to be the day when the

Shimizu said Emperor Ak­i­hito’s rare video mes­sage in Au­gust, in which he hinted at his wish to ab­di­cate, was po­lit­i­cal in na­ture and thus pro­hib­ited by the Con­sti­tu­tion.

While a panel of ex­perts is dis­cussing the Emperor’s ab­di­ca­tion, he said the nation in­stead should dis­cuss whether Ja­pan should con­tinue the emperor system.

The pro­fes­sor also touched on the at­tempt by Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to draft a bill to crim­i­nal­ize con­spir­acy, dis­miss­ing it as un­nec­es­sary when the nation’s crime rate is at record post­war low.

“Be­hind the move is the po­lice’s at­tempt to ex­pand its power and se­cure job po­si­tions for po­lice of

Point­ing out that the con­spir­acy bill won’t be able to com­pletely pre­vent ter­ror­ist at­tacks, Shimizu said that the best way to pre­vent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Ja­pan would be to avoid sup­port­ing U.S. mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions.

He also crit­i­cized the Abe ad­min­is­tra­tion for push­ing to in­tro­duce an “emer­gency clause” in the supreme code that would en­able the gov­ern­ment to de­clare a state of emer­gency in the event of a ma­jor nat­u­ral disaster or other con­tin­gen­cies.

Claim­ing that cur­rent laws can Shimizu said an emer­gency clause would pose se­ri­ous con­sti­tu­tional prob­lems be­cause it would al­low the gov­ern­ment to is­sue de­crees that are the equiv­a­lent of laws, which must be en­acted by the Diet.

Some 120 peo­ple who at­tended the meet­ing adopted an ap­peal crit­i­ciz­ing the Abe ad­min­is­tra­tion for try­ing to build a nation that can en­gage in war with the Emperor as its head.

Mean­while in Shibuya Ward, about 1,200 peo­ple gath­ered at a cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate Na­tional Foun­da­tion Day.

“We will deepen dis­cus­sions on re­vis­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion, which is our party pol­icy,” said Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party Vice Pres­i­dent Masahiko Ko­mura.

In­for­ma­tion from Ky­odo added

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