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On the other hand, given Japan's draconian laws regarding political speech and advertising, it may have a hard time getting its message out.  

What - if anything - would be the effect on those laws if the amendment is passed making the claim of nuclear being an issue of "national security" law?

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Jun 26th, 2012 at 12:53:35 AM EST
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You are not supposed to oppose anything related to national security (which is threatend by China). Indeed, the "Trans Pacific Partnership" (the free trade zone among everyone in the Pacific) was heavily promoted as a national security matter last year.

Another example: most Japanese mass media vocally supported the Iran sanction, in the spirit of supporting the US, who is, they claimed, trying to contain the nuclear DPRK. This logic is in fact a copy of the conservatives' logic to support the Iraq war back in 2003 ("Get Saddam to get Kim"). Now it has belatedly become the only permitted discourse in Tokyo, as most readers easily buy into this logic because of national security concern.

The recent choice of the defense minister (Morimoto) who is a conservative national security academic was widely welcomed by the media and the public. Needless to say, Morimoto supported the Iraq war and Japan's involvement there.

I will become a patissier, God willing.

by tuasfait on Tue Jun 26th, 2012 at 10:40:20 AM EST
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