Supporters, opponents hold rallies over Constitution revision drive

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TOKYO —

Supporters and opponents of revising the Constitution, including the war-renouncing Article 9, staged rallies in Tokyo on Thursday in the wake of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to amend Japan’s supreme law.

A group of organizations including the national association of Shinto shrines held an event in Shibuya Ward bringing together some 1,200 people eager to promote the revision drive.

They adopted a resolution saying, “We must rise up for the great business of revising.”

Masahiko Komura, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, was among the participants and told the event, “We will make efforts toward revision, advocating revisions to the Constitution openly and squarely in the House of Councillors election this summer and deepening national debate.”

Opponents held a rally of about 350 people, including history teachers, in Chuo Ward. The participants adopted a resolution condemning the Abe administration for trying to “destroy” Article 9 and called for creating a peaceful Asia and world based on the philosophy of the Constitution.

“Japan has been shifting straight to a country that can wage a war since the security legislation was enacted,” the resolution said.

Thursday was National Foundation Day, an imperial family-related national holiday.

Last week, Abe called for more public debate about amending the Constitution, which he has said will be one of the issues to be highlighted during campaigns for the upper house election.

The supreme law drafted under the U.S. occupation of Japan after World War II has been unaltered since its promulgation in November 1946.

Abe, speaking in parliament, acknowledged he has yet to win public support for his call to revise the second paragraph of the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution.

The second paragraph of the article says, “Land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.”

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CAIR Intertwines With US-based, Terror-Linked Fuqra Group

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its “moderate” image is suffering from a self-inflicted wound now it has become intertwined with the Muslims of the Americas, a radical anti-Semitic front for the Jamaat ul-Fuqra terrorist group.

CAIR’s Massachusetts chapter now shares an official with MOA and two CAIR officials spoke at MOA’s International Islamophobia Conference.

The Massachusetts chapter of CAIR recently chose MOA’s general counsel, Tahirah Amatul Wadud, as a board member. CAIR, a U.S.Muslim Brotherhood entity banned for its own terror links in the UAE, wisely omitted mention of MOA. It described her generically as a “general counsel for a New York Muslim congregation.”

Wadud reportedly posted an article by MOA’s Pakistan-based leader,Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, on her Facebook claiming the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is a puppet of the British government and a Jewish conspiracy perpetrated the attacks on Pearl Harbor and September 11, 2001. The Clarion Project was the first to report on the inflammatory article.

“There was no need for America to go to war against Hitler. Hitler was not the enemy of America or the American people. There was a mutual animosity between Hitler and the Jews. So, the American people paid a very heavy price for fighting someone else’s war,” Gilani wrote.

 

Two CAIR officials spoke at MOA’s InternationalIslamophobia Conference, which included a poster featuring the faces of the “American Taliban” that included Clarion Projectnational security analyst Ryan Mauro. They were CAIR-Michigan Executive Director Dawud Walid and CAIR-ArizonaExecutive Director Imraan Siddiqi. Walid was one of the CAIR officials who have questioned whether Muslims should honor fallen U.S. servicemen on Memorial Day, sparking a backlash from Muslims who appreciate the U.S. military.

Jamaat ul-Fuqra is led by Gilani. It is best known for a series of terrorist attacks and plots in the 1980s and early 1990s and for setting up “Islamic villages” across the country, including at least two that were shut down by the authorities. These “villages” are known to have been used for guerilla warfare training. Fuqra now goes primarily by the name of Muslims of the Americas (MOA), among other names. The group says it has 22 such “villages” in the U.S.

The Clarion Project obtained video of female members receiving basic paramilitary instruction in military fatigue at its “Islamberg” headquarters in New York. The date of the footage is cut off, only stating “Jan. 28 20,” presumably meaning it was made in 2000 or after. The best explanation MOA members have come up with is that it was a “self-defense class.”

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SPEED singer Imai to run in upper house election on LDP ticket

TOKYO —

The Liberal Democratic Party will field Eriko Imai, a singer and member of the female J-pop group SPEED, to run in the House of Councillors election this summer, officials of the ruling party said Monday.

Imai, 32, is a single mother raising a son with impaired hearing. The LDP deems Imai, who is an active promoter of sign language, to fit well with the concept of “promoting dynamic engagement of all citizens,” a slogan of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to the officials.

The singer will be placed on the LDP’s list of proportional representation candidates. She is expected to hold a press conference in the near future to announce her candidacy.

SPEED released their first single “Body & Soul” in 1996 when the four members, who are all from the southern prefecture of Okinawa, were between 12 and 15. The quartet is best known for “White Love,” a 1997 smash hit.

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