What is the Global Article 9 Campaign?
Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution is a strong and clear promise to the world by Japan, particularly to the people of the Asia-Pacific, who suffered terribly under Japanese aggression prior to and during WWII, that “we will never repeat such a tragic mistake.”
Article 9 has helped build confidence in a very unstable region, keep peace for more than 60 years and is of paramount importance for the prevention of conflict.
The philosophy of Article 9 is the logical extension of the UN Charter’s goal to save future generations from the scourge of war. The purpose of our Global Article 9 Campaign is to urge global civil society to adopt the “No War, No Military” message and push for this concept to be included in their own countries’ constitutions.
The Global Article 9 Campaign is now collecting signatures for our petition and solidarity messages through the internet. Click here to sign the online petition.
As part of the campaign, public notices were placed in major newspapers throughout the world on August 15 2005, the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. On November 3, 2006, the anniversary of the promulgation of the Japanese constitution, a similar action was staged via newspapers in each continent – Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe, North and South America:
- Costa Rica
- Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka
- South Africa