"In Japan itself there have all along been attempts by some to obliterate the article about renunciation of war from the Constitution and for this purpose they have taken every opportunity to make use of pressures from abroad"
- Kenzaburo Oe
About this Quote
This quote by Kenzaburo Oe speaks to the efforts by some in Japan to remove the post from the Constitution that renounces war. Oe is suggesting that these individuals have actually made the most of external pressures to enhance their program. This might be interpreted as a warning to those in Japan and abroad that there are those who want to use external pressures to their own advantage. Oe is also implying that these people are not acting in the best interests of the Japanese people, as they are attempting to remove a key article from the Constitution that is indicated to protect the nation from war. Oe's quote is a suggestion that there are those who are willing to use external pressures to advance their own agenda, and that it is important to stay watchful in order to protect the nation from those who would seek to undermine its peace and security.
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