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Japan's Peace Constitution

Japan's Peace Constitution

In 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II, a conservative Japanese government is pressing ahead with plans to revise the nation's constitution and jettison its famous no-war clause, Article 9. This timely, hard-hitting documentary places the ongoing debate over the constitution in an international context: What will revision mean to Japan's neighbors, Korea and China? How has the US-Japan military alliance warped the constitution and Japan's role in the world? How is the unprecedented involvement of Japan's Self-Defense Force in the occupation of Iraq perceived in the Middle East?

Through interviews conducted with leading thinkers around the world, the film explores the origins of the Constitution in the ashes of war, and the significance of its peace clauses in the conflicted times of the early 21st century.

Key interviews include:

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Dower
  • Paris-based social theorist Hidaka Rokuro
  • Beate Sirota Gordon, drafter of the equal-rights clause of the Constitution
  • Political philosopher and activist Douglas Lummis
  • Political scientist Chalmers Johnson
  • Kang Man-Gil, president of Sangji University, South Korea
  • Shin Heisoo, co-representative, Korean Council for Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan
  • Korean historian Han Hong Koo
  • Chinese filmmaker and writer Ban Zhongyi
  • Syrian writer Michel Kilo
  • Lebanese journalist Josef Samaha Linguist
  • Social critic Noam Chomsky

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