Embracing Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan 9条を抱きしめて ~元米海兵隊員が語る戦争と平和~ 2015

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An ex-US Marine’s philosophy regarding the Japanese Constitution. Article 9, the most iconic and the most controversial article within the Japanese Constitution, defines the renunciation of war. Allen Nelson is a former US Marine who served in the Vietnam War. He has killed countless people on the battlefield and has suffered from PTSD after returning home, but managed to bounce back by coming to terms with his own mistakes. He has continued to advocate for the philosophy of Article 9 as the only non-violent way forward. Article 9 of the Constitution has been the most important philosophy in his lectures, which he has been conducting in Japan since 1996. Through Nelson’s half-a-lifetime and testimony, this documentary questions the role and meaning of Article 9 within Japan and the international community.



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