Forgetting history

Print edition : August 21, 2015

At an anti-government rally in Tokyo on July 24. Opinion polls conducted in July showed that more than 80 per cent of the Japanese public remains opposed to the Shinzo Abe government's tinkering with the country's pacifist Constitution. Photo: Thomas Peter/REUTERS

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the plenary session of the upper House of the parliament in Tokyo on July 27, which started debating controversial security Bills that would expand the remit of the country's armed forces. Photo: Toru YAMANAKA/AFP

January 19, 1960: U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower watches as Japanese Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi signs a security treaty between the two countries at the White House. The protests in Japan against this treaty forced Kishi to leave office. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

USS Kitty Hawk in the Bay of Bengal in September 2007 during a multinational military exercise involving the naval forces of the U.S., Japan, India, Australia and Singapore. Photo: US NAVY/ MCS Stephen W. Rowe/ AFP

Despite the opposition he faces inside and outside the parliament, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems determined to rewrite Japan’s pacifist Constitution and revive its military traditions.
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