Looking Towards Peace Without Dependence on Force
circle of war and violence is an epidemic in today’s world. This is precisely
why Article 9 has an increasing value to the world.
are continued efforts throughout the world to build peace without the exertion
of force. The abolition of nuclear weapons, the abolition of landmines, regulations
on arms trade, the establishment of an International Criminal Court, peaceful
means to conflict resolution and prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding; are
only examples where citizens and NGOs are actively continuing their efforts.
United Nations has also been calling on decreasing military expenditure, and reallocating
limited resources to solving poverty, epidemics, disasters, and to protecting
humans from war and violence. The Japanese Constitution also serves as a foundation
for human security over national security, with its preamble recognizes that “all
people in the world have the right to live in peace, free from fear and war.”
Article 9 is a symbol for a peace without the exertion of force, a sustainable
society, the realization of the UN Millennium Development Goals, and a support
for efforts by peace aspiring citizens and NGOs of the world. Let us strive to
realize a world, a just and fair world without war or poverty, where all countries
have a constitution renouncing war. If Japan should renounce Article 9, the world
will only take a step back in realizing this vision.
Parliament should adopt a resolution prohibiting their government from going to
war, like the Japanese article number nine."
May 1999, Hague Appeal for Peace, Ten Fundamental Principles
for a Just World Order, Principle One