The obscured ‘middle-way’ in Japanese politics: the transformative power of dialogue – with Anne Mette Fisker-Nielsen

“War” is the political ghost of the Japanese State. Any talk of changing Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution will for many involve a complex set of sentiments, and distrust can easily arise as to the intentions of such talks. As a meta-signaller of ‘Japanese peace’, Article 9 also often intercept with an imagined relationship to the State as a moral one that automatically protects peace when opposing any changes to Article 9. Representations of security issues in relation to Article 9 have often been constructed as if binary, moral choices existed between a ‘pro-peace’ (‘the pacifists’ stance) or ‘pro-war’ (‘the nationalists’ stance). This greatly simplifies and obscures the many contradictions and overlaps in positions that in reality exist.

Date: Monday 19 March 2017 6:45pm
Venue: The Swedenborg Society, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way (Hall entrance on Barter St), London WC1A 2TH

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