The Uncommon Man

September 21, 2005

Renunciation of Family Violence

Recently, in an online discussion group sponsored through Men's Resources International (Interested? Click on MRI's logo above or the link on the right) Ichiro Numazaki, a professor in Japan, posted an intriging idea. He is proposing the taking of article nine of Japan's constitution, which is the renunciation of war, and re-writing as a renunciation of family violence. Here is his posting:

I wonder if you know about the article nine of the Japanese constitution, the renunciation of war article. It reads like this:

Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

I recently realized that the same principle must be applied to peace in the family and rewrote this article as follows:

Aspiring sincerely to a domestic peace based on justice and care, we the Japanese men forever renounce violence as a patriarchal right of men and the threat or use of force as means of settling domestic disputes.

In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, physical, psychological, and economic control, as well as other power for domination, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of men will not be recognized.

Right-leaning politicians (not only ultra-nationalists but also more moderate conservatives and some even not a few neo-liberals) intend to amend the Japanese constitution, especially this article nine, and renounce the renunciation of war!

We are opposing such a backward amendment to the constitution that kept Japan out of any foreign war for sixty years after World War II. I would like to link that anti-war movement to men's movement against all violence towards women and children, so I'm going to use my rewriting of article nine to show that link.

Just a note from Japan

Ichy Numazaki

It was also pointed out on the online discussion group that there is a similar movement happening in the US - though not focused specifically on domestic violence. And, that is the proposal for a Department of Peace.

Posted by Russell at September 21, 2005 07:48 AM

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