Japan: What are you doing?
Me: Reading your constitution.
Japan: A good read. Why are you doing that?
Me: Well, I heard that some people want to change it.
Japan: Not exactly. My right wing government wants to reinterpret part of it.
Me: Reinterpret? Which bit?
Japan: Article 9. The Renunciation of War.
Me: Hang on. Let me find it. “The Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes”.
Japan: Yeah, that bit.
Me: There doesn’t appear to be much room in there for reinterpretation.
Japan: I agree that it would take quite a linguistic and cognitive leap to think that bit means “War is OK now” but the right wing fellas keep blowing off steam about helping our allies.
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