Sponsored by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Article 9 Comes to America is a film about bringing a version of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution as an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Article 9, written by U.S. occupation forces in 1946 states that Japan will never again make war. Japan has not made war in 68 years. It is a legacy and a template for the world to consider following.
The film consists of discussions and interviews with leading proponents of Article 9, peace activists, academics and a right wing intellectual who challenges their ideas about peace. Thematically its about the struggle between the U.S., the Japanese government and the Japanese people for the soul of Japan. Who wins is currently being debated every day as the Japanese Prime Minister pushes to abolish Article 9 so Japan may become a “normal” military player on the world stage.
We have filmed representatives from Japan, Okinawa and the U.S. including Noam Chomsky, Helen Caldicott, Freeman Dyson, John Dower, Hideki Yoshikawa, Peter Kuznick, Ann Wright and a host of others from the Global Article 9 Conference in Osaka.