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Japan's recent row with China has helped Japan realize that she has been left with two options, one of which is to strengthen military power up to the possible use of nuclear weapons loaded on nuclear-powered submarines, nuclear-powered carriers, etc. and the other to keep dependent upon US nuclear deterent as it has been in the past decades.
Whichever option she may choose, she still has to wake up to see the immediate danger there. What keeps her blindfolded is Article 9 of her constitution.
Article 9 reads:
ARTICLE 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. (2) To accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.
No matter how much China threatens Japan, the article limits how much Japan can do. Diplomatic efforts Japan has exerted in the past to keep up with what article 9 stipulates have produced nothing but downgrading of Japan to the level of the third class nation.
Just forget Article 9 of her constitution which binds Japan to remain the third class nation. That article 9 is only legacy of the defeated Japan back in 1945 or when Japan signed an instrument of surrender on September 2, 1945.
Unless Japan revises the article 9 or just abandon it, Japan and her people will be pushed around by china for years to come.
I believe Japan is capable of defending herself against any aggression with her advanced technology that helps turn Japan into the strong nation not only economically but also militarily and politically.