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April 27, 2009

Increasing number of high school students against revising the pacifist article in the constitution

Japanese%20flag.jpeg In a survey carried out by the Japan Senior High School Teachers and Staff Union at 148 high schools in 28 prefectures it was found that 60.9 percent of the students are against a possible revision of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution. In 2004, the figure was 43.9 percent. Only 11.5 percent were in favor of making a revision. 73.2 percent of the students that opposed altering Article 9 gave the reason that a revision 'could open the way to war.'

Other findings of the survey were that 19.3 percent of the students think that the Self-Defence Force violates the constitution, 75.3 percent are against military conscription, and 84.1 percent think it is necessary for Japan to uphold its three nonnuclear principles of not producing, possessing or allowing nuclear weapons on Japanese soil.

Article 9 of the constitution states: 'Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. 2) In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.'

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