California Scholars Opposed to the Security-related Laws in Japan

Date: August 27, 2015

As scholars deeply concerned about, and care for, Japan’s constitutionalism and its future, we declare our strong opposition to the so-called security-related bills that was passed by Japan’s Lower House on July 16, 2015. Proposed by the Abe government, the so-called security-related bills consist of 1) the International Peace Security Bill, and 2) the omnibus Peace and Security Legislation Consolidation Bill that amends 10 war-related laws. If passed by the Upper House this September, these bills would allow the Japanese government to send Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to cooperate with overseas military operations conducted by other countries. Many scholars of the constitutional law have pointed out that these security-related bills are clearly violating Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. By joining in the efforts of the Association of Scholars Opposed to the Security-related Bills (http://anti-security-related-bill.jp/index_en.html), we not only express our opposition to the Bills, but also urge other concerned scholars in California to voice their views.

Please note that we are a group of scholars based in California who have chosen to express our opposition to the Security-Related Bills in Japan as individuals (See below for the list of signatories). The opinions expressed in this statement are those of the individuals, and they do not represent the views of the organizations and/or institutions of our affiliations.

If you agree to sign this appeal, please fill out the following form and click the "submit" button at the end of this page.

If your name does not appear on the signatory list within 48 hours after your form submission, please email one of the three contact persons listed below.

Contact:
Keiko Yamanaka (keikoyamanaka7@gmail.com)
Byung-Kwang Yoo (yoobk15@gmail.com)
Junko Habu (habujunko@gmail.com)

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Update: September 27, 2015 

Although Japan’s Upper House passed the Security-Related Bills on September 19, 2015, we continue to express our opposition to the security-related laws in Japan. Following this, we changed the name of this group from “California Scholars Opposed to the Security-related Bills in Japan” to “California Scholars Opposed to the Security-related Laws in Japan”.

Residents of North America living outside California are also welcome to sign this statement.

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The following paragraphs are the Japanese version of the statement above.

「安全保障関連法案に反対するカリフォルニアの学者有志の会」(日本語訳:正本は英語版)

2015年8月27日

私たちは、2015年7月16日に衆議院で可決された安全保障関連法案に強い危機感を抱き、日本の立憲主義とその将来を案じる立場からこの法案に反対します。いわゆる安全保障関連法案とは、1.「国際平和支援法」と、2.自衛隊法を含む10本の戦争関連法案を「改正」する「平和安全法制整備法案」の二つから成ります。もしこの法案が参議院で9月に可決されれば、日本国政府が自衛隊を海外に派遣し、他国による海外での軍事行動に参加することが可能になります。多くの憲法研究者が、このような安全保障関連法案は明らかに憲法第九条に違反している、と指摘しています。 私たちは、「安全保障関連法案に反対する学者の会」(http://anti-security-related-bill.jp/index_en.html) の呼びかけに賛同し、ここに、カリフォルニア在住の多くの学者に、安全保障関連法案に反対する意思を示すことを呼びかけます。

なお、私たちは、安全保障関連法案に、個人として反対する意思を表明するカリフォルニア在住の学者のグループです(賛同者のリストは下記に掲載)。上記の声明は、個々人の見解であり、所属する組織や機関の見解を代表するものではありません。

この呼びかけに賛同いただける方は、下記のフォームをご記入頂き、"submit"ボタンを押して、フォームの送信をお願いいたします。

フォームの送信後、48時間以内に賛同者リストにお名前が追加されなければ、お手数ですが上記のメールアドレス(3名のうち1名)までご連絡ください。

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追記(2015年9月27日)

2015年9月19日に参議院で安全保障関連法案が可決されましたが、私たちは、引き続き安全保障関連法に反対します。これに伴い、グループの名称を「安全保障関連法案に反対するカリフォルニアの学者有志の会」から「安全保障関連法に反対するカリフォルニアの学者有志の会」に変更しました。

なお、カリフォルニア州以外の北米在住の方からのご賛同も歓迎いたします。

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Total number of signatories affiliated with university/academic institutions (including anonymous supporters): [28].

Total number of signatories not affiliated with university/academic institution: [2].

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List of Signatories (as of October 22, 2015):
(*Indicates initial signatories)

(Name, Title, Academic Discipline, Department, University)

1. *Keiko Yamanaka, Continuing Lecturer, Sociology, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

2. *Byung-Kwang Yoo, Associate Professor, Health Economics & Policy, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis

3. *Junko Habu, Professor, Anthropology & Archeology, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

4. Michael Omi, Associate Professor, Sociology, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

5. Harvey Dong, Lecturer, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

6. Carlos Munoz, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Chicano/Latino Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

7. Kent G. Lightfoot, Professor, Anthropology & Archeology, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

8. Tetsushi Ogata, Lecturer, Peace and Conflict Studies/Genocide Studies, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley

9. Chika Shibahara, Lecturer, Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

10. Dan O'Neill, Associate Professor, Japanese Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley  

11. Alan Tansman

12. Gregory Levine, Associate Professor Art, Architectural History of Japan, Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

13. Joseph Lavery, Assistant Professor, English, Department of English, University of California, Berkeley

14. Nobuko Koyama, Assistant Professor, Language and Linguistics, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Davis

15. Joseph T. Sorensen, Associate Professor, Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Davis

16. Naoko Sugano McHale, Lecturer, Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Davis

17. Ethan Savage, Lead Academic Advisor, Asian Studies, Department of International & Area Studies, University of California, Berkeley

18. Nicholas Tripcevich, Research Associate, Archaeology/Anthropology, Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley

19. Dana Buntrock

20. Lawrence Cohen, Professor, Anthropology, South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

21. Alisha Eastep, Writer/Editor, Anthropology, Archaeology Lab, University of California, Berkeley

22. Rosemary Joyce, Professor, Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

23. Lisa Maher, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

24. Barbara Rose Johnston, Senior Research Fellow for Environment, Health and Human Rights, Anthropology & Environmental Science, Center for Political Ecology

25. Jun Sunseri, Assistant Professor, Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

26. anonymous supporter.

27. Mark Kaiser, Associate Director, 2nd Language Acquisition, Berkeley Language Center, University of California, Berkeley

28. Yurika Tamura, Visiting Scholar, Women's and Gender Studies, Institute of Research on Women, Rutgers Univeristy

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