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ABE SUFFERS MAJOR SETBACK IN PUSH FOR SUPER-MAJORITY TO REVISE CONSTITUTION|
While the LDP and its sidekick, Komeito Party, together, won 300 out of the 465 seats in the lower house, this fell far short of the 310 needed by Abe to push through legislation to revise the constitution of Japan, enabling it to wage war abroad, more specifically relevant to Japan's ambitions in South China Sea and of course, in the Korean Peninsula, which according to the 1910 Treaty of Annexation of Korea, fell under the sovereignty of Japan, completely and permanently.
That a Buddhist party would be in bed with a militarist party smacks of karmic hypocrisy that Buddha will never accept or forgive. But, as in the days of pre-War Japan, they have gotten used to obeying the emperor, even in matters of conscience and morality, so this is nothing new. It only proves that the Empire-thought-control is alive and well in modern Japan.
What is new is the rise of a true morality, not based on blind obedience and irrational nationalism, but based on the fact that WWII as waged by the empire had caused such great harm to the people of Japan, that its snake oil stories of wealth and power are not only no longer welcome, but positively dangerous to their descendants and survivors, prescribing for them a new path to peace and prosperity, rather than blood-soaked booties, enslaved colonies, and unbridled power at home and the world. This path was created by the Pacifist Constitution as a covenant between the descendants of the villains and the descendants of their victims, to forgive, but never to forget, let alone repeat the war-like behavior of the pre-War generations or believe in their promises of gore and glory.
That this transformation of the mindset of the public has not occurred is a tragedy of historic proportions, a tragedy afflicting the innocent younger generation of Japanese, who no longer know what to believe, when belief and faith in the wisdom of the Pacifist Constitution is essential to their own survival and prosperity.
The reason this transformation has not occurred is because post-War Japan has been used more as a proxy for geopolitical rivalries and conflicts than allowed to be truly independent and able to build its own policies toward its neighbors. But not all the blame can be placed on the modern Japanese government. Many of its elected governments did try to build bridges of trust and friendship with its neighboring countries. Unfortunately, their efforts have been largely negated by their militarist governments that ended up with the likes of Abe, for instance.
Now is the time for a new Japan to emerge from the defeat of the LDP-Komeito super-majority, which is a super-majority no more, short of 10 seats to reach the required two-thirds of the lower house. Now is the time for Komeito's members to think again whether their party has been true to its Buiddhist roots, or whether it is more Buddhist, more moral, and more Japanese to move over to a Party of Life, a party that eschews the Western definitions of right and left, liberal and conservative, but simply believes in the true Asian moral philosophy that we should not do unto others what we do not want others to do unto ourselves. Religion without the morality of reciprocity at its heart is dead.