Japan 's Rights Under International Law Essay

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As President George W. Bush led a march of troops into Afghanistan, one of his strongest allies was notably missing. The Japanese, refrained by their strict interpretation of their constitution, refused to participate in any use of force in the region. Instead Japan’s powerful Self-Defense Forces (SDF), the fourth highest-funded military in the world , went to nonviolent regions of Iraq to participate in humanitarian relief efforts . Additionally, these Japanese troops required foreign troops, mostly Australian, to protect them during these operations and the Japanese were unable to provide the Australians with any protection . The former interpretation of Article 9 in the Japanese Constitution prevented the SDF from engaging in any additional acts of collective self-defense. This self-imposed law restricted Japan’s rights under international law. In fact, Japan has both the right and, potentially, the obligation under domestic and international law to participate in acts of collective self-defense. First, while the Japanese Constitution clearly bans any forms of aggression by any Japanese military force, it does not ban collective self-defense. Second, the United Nations has clearly given Japan the right to participate in acts of collective self-defense. Finally, the Japan-US Security Treaty requires Japan to participate in some acts of collective self-defense.
BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF THE SITUATION During the US occupation of Japan following WWII, the US under…

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