Save Article 9,
the "peace clause" of the Japanese Constitution
The Japanese Catholic Bishops’ Council for Justice and Peace (which affiliated last year
w/Pax Christi International) has asked Pax Christi USA for our support of their efforts to preserve Article 9 (the “peace
clause”) of the Japanese Constitution, which asserts that “the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign
right of the nation.” This rare example of a political commitment to nonviolence is under threat of being dismantled,
in large part due to U.S. plans to engage Japan as a key military partner in the U.S. “war on terror,” which would
have grave consequences for destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region and fueling a new arms race in the region.
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Poster Exhibitions in the USA
2007, the Japanese Prime Minister is due to visit the U.S. The Japanese Bishops' Catholic Council for Justice and Peace is
growing alarmed at their government’s efforts to prohibit dissent in-country over the next several weeks prior to the
Japanese government’s move to call for a national referendum to change the constitution.
Pax Christi USA hosted
members of the Japanese Bishops' Catholic Council for Justice and Peace (see article links below) at our July 2006 conference
in Pittsburgh, PA and again in March 2007 in Washington, DC, when we facilitated several days of meetings with the Archbishop
of Nagasaki, Most Reverend Mitsuaki Takami, and Sister Filo Hirota, MMB, president of the Japanese Leadership Conference of
Women Religious, to build religious and Congressional support.
We ask all Pax Christi members and friends to respond
to their call for our support. Links to an Action Alert, as well as other informational pieces, are available below.
Letter of solidarity to the Japanese people on Japan's Constitution Day, May 3, 2007
April 26 Press Release on action outside the White House during meeting between Japanese Prime Minister
Abe and President Bush
April 26 Organizational Sign-on Letter delivered to Japanese Embassy in DC
Action alert to Save Article 9!
A plea from the Japanese bishops to save Article 9
Press release from the March 9th Event at Georgetown University with the Most Reverend Mitsuaki Takami,
Archbishop of Nagasaki and Sr. Filo Hirota, President of the Japanese Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Speech given at Georgetown University, March 12, 2007 by the Archbishop of Nagasaki, the Most Reverend
Joseph S. Takami, SS
Speech by Bishop Michael Goro Matsuura, Bishop of Hiroshima, Japan, special guest at the Pax Christi USA
National Conference, July 2007
Article from Fr. Jim Kofski, MM, "Article 9 of Japanese constitution at risk"