Anime director Hayao Miyazaki and other members of his Studio Ghibli have voiced their opposition to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s push to revise Japan’s pacifist Constitution in a July article in the studio’s free booklet.
“It goes without saying that I am against amending the Constitution,” the 72-year-old Miyazaki wrote.
The 5,000 copies of the booklet were distributed at bookstores on July 10 and were gone within days.
The articles have been available as a download on the Internet since July 18.
The booklet, titled “Neppu” (Hot wind), carried a special feature on constitutional revision. It explains that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to change Article 96, a clause that stipulates procedures needed for revisions, to make it easier to achieve his ultimate goal--scrapping the war-renouncing Article 9.
Miyazaki said revising Article 9 may not pose a problem legally if Article 96 is amended.
“But it will amount to a fraud,” he said. “That is something that should never be done.”
In the feature, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki underscored the importance of relaying the spirit of Article 9 to the world, while director Isao Takahata discussed how significant it is for Japan to have maintained peace for more than six decades because of Article 9.
The decision to make the feature available online came after the studio was inundated with requests. It can be downloaded through Aug. 20.
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