Japan has a “peace clause” article in the constitution that prohibits having armed forces and using war to settle disputes. Given the Nuclear and Missile Threat from North Korea, Should the peace clause be revoked in Japan? Polls show 50% of Japanese support this step. Advice the Prime Minister Abe with three clear reasons for or against. Cite the American position.

Response

Japan is one of the nations in the entire world that is renowned for its industrial products. The presence of peace and harmony is one of the factors that have triggered the growth of the economy of the country. To that end, it is imperative for Japan to employ techniques that are not going to disrupt peace in the nation when dealing with North Korea. To that period, the Prime Minister of Japan should not revoke the peace clause. Instead, the head of the government should employ diplomacy when dealing with North Korea. It involves engaging the government officials of North Korea in a dialogue table. Here, the Japanese Prime Minister can air out his grievances and therefore be able to come to a final solution which may lead to North Korea halting its missile activities. For instance, the Prime Minister of Japan can convince the government of North Korea to stop the missile threat through informing the officials that they are going against the wishes of the international community and that they are also violating human rights.

However, in a situation where North Korea does not give up its missile threat after the diplomacy strategy, Japan should adopt another method that will compel the government of North Korea to halt the nuclear and the missile activities. To accomplish this, the Prime Minister of Japan can revoke the peace clause thereby allowing armed forces and the application of war to settle the dispute. The Japanese army can go to North Korea to wage war. By hitting North Korea so hard and disrupting its economy may force the North Korean government to surrender thus leading to the settlement of the disagreement. Japan can also seek intervention from the international community which may help in the overcoming of the dispute.

Above all, the Prime Minister of Japan may elect not to revoke the peace clause and employ a different tactic that will hit the government of North Korea to the extent of stopping its missile and nuclear activities. The strategy that the head of the state of Japan can use is the imposition of harsh sanctions on all the North Korean firms and individuals. The Japanese legislators may pass a law that increases the penalties against North Korea through coming up with several amendments on the Japanese foreign policy. Therefore, Japan will be in a position to put the North Korean government to abstain from violating the human rights. Moreover, the state of Japan can introduce regulations that prevent North Korea citizens from traveling to Japan. By doing, so the government of North Korea would be hit in a variety of ways. To begin with, there will be enormous losses in trade which lead to a slow economic growth and development of North Korea. The situation will make the government of North Korea to weigh its options and therefore stop the missile activity.

The American position is that there should be peace in the entire world and that there is no country which should go against the wishes of the international community.