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Communist Party of Japan opposes to constitutional reform

Communist Party of Japan opposes to constitutional reform

Tokyo, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The Communist Party of Japan (CPJ) strongly rejects the proposal to reform Article 9 of the Constitution that prohibits war, its secretary general Akira Koike said on Tuesday.
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“The attempt to turn Japan into a warmongering country is becoming more and more blatant,” the leader of the political force stated during a speech on the occasion of the Constitution Day in the Asian nation.

Koike pointed out that the politicians are responsible for promoting diplomacy to make East Asia a peaceful and cooperative zone, based on a comprehensive rather than an exclusive approach, such as a military alliance against hypothetical enemies.

Incidentally, he stressed that the CPJ is determined to join forces with those who wish to safeguard the ordinance, in force since 1947, as its elimination would throw away the strictly defensive position, transform the Self-Defense Forces and turn Japan into a warlike nation.

Koike, who is also a Japanese legislator, also objected to the possibility advocated by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of hosting US nuclear weapons as a deterrent.

He also urged the Japanese Government to join to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, based on the tragic experiences of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, targets of the US atomic attack at the end of the last world war.

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