Japan's Peacekeeping Bill Stalls Ruling Party Falters in Bid to Reverse Constitutional Ban on Deploying Armed Forces Abroad. AFTER PEARL HARBOR
Clayton Jones, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
A STATEMENT by President Bush and an embarrassing brawl among Japanese politicians have helped to stall a bill that would authorize the first overseas dispatch of Japan's Army since World War II.
The bill, which would allow the military to join United Nations peacekeeping forces, legally sidesteps a constitutional mandate against Japan ever using force in international conflicts. It requires that Japanese troops serve only when a cease-fire is in place and, in certain cases, outside the UN command.
Despite these restraints, some members of the socialist and communist parties, who oppose any revival of Japanese militarism, triggered a violent melee in a lower-house …
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Publication information: Article title: Japan's Peacekeeping Bill Stalls Ruling Party Falters in Bid to Reverse Constitutional Ban on Deploying Armed Forces Abroad. AFTER PEARL HARBOR. Contributors: Clayton Jones, writer of The Christian Science Monitor - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: December 9, 1991. Page number: 6. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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