Japan Repealing Article 9 and its Subsequent Effects on the Asia Pacific Region

GMA 400 - Senior Seminar Research

After World War Two, Japan was in a state of reformation under the political and military influence of the United States. As a result of their aggression and actions during the war, the United States imposed a new constitution for their government. This new constitution had an article that forbade Japan from having a standing military and denied Japan the right to wage war ever again. Article 9 has been in Japan's constitution for over seventy years and is now up for debate on whether or not the article should be repealed. The population of Japan is split on this decision due to the humiliation of acts during the Second World War. In the modern geopolitical climate, Japan is facing threats such as an aggressive superpower like China who is violating territorial boundaries with Japan. Also, foes such as North Korea, a rogue regime with nuclear weapon capabilities. Many other countries in the Asia Pacific region do not want Japan to have a formal military anymore because of resentment from World War Two. However, there is a multitude of changes going on regarding international relations with Japan's strongest allies. This leads Japan with the necessity to be able to provide their own nation with defense.