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National Security And Freedom Of Expression In Japan

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In 1997, in the aftermath of the Cold War, colonialism and the break-up of blocs, many are trying to reframe questions and answers regarding national security and freedom of expression in law and policy throughout the world. While Japan's constitutional stance may seem to have been impossibly Utopian for many countries in other geopolitical settings of the past decades, we now live in a new post-colonialist and post-Cold War era when rethinking of assumptions is in order. As the foundation for national security, Japan's reliance under Article 9 on unequivocal renunciation of war and dependence on peaceful means of dispute resolution and on the United Nations, a strong system of freedom of expression, increased reliance on economic and technological indispensability to other countries, and heavy investment in cultural interlocking presents a thought-provoking and useful new model. Japan illustrates how a country can get over authoritarianism, militarism, and war.

Keywords: freedom of expression; geopolitical setting; Japan's constitutional stance; national security; post-Cold War era; United Nations



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