Even the most basic framework of Japan’s approach to gun ownership is almost the polar opposite of America’s. U.S. gun law begins with the second amendment’s affirmation of the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” and narrows it down from there. Japanese law, however, starts with the 1958 act stating that “No person shall possess a firearm or firearms or a sword or swords,” later adding a few exceptions. In other words, American law is designed to enshrine access to guns, while Japan starts with the premise of forbidding it. The history of that is complicated, but it’s worth noting that U.S. gun law has its roots in resistance to British gun restrictions, whereas some academic literature links the Japanese law to the national campaign to forcibly disarm the samurai, which may partially explain why the 1958 mentions firearms and swords side-by-side.
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Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign & STOP MUJI Campaign in Japan
We are members of ‘Palestine Forum Japan’, a Japanese group of citizens calling for peace and justice in Palestine. On 14th November 2010, we held a campaign against the Separation Wall, human rights abuses to Palestinians and Israeli Apartheid policies. As parts of actions, we called Boycott of Israel as a solidarity action with Palestinians and collected signatures to request MUJI not to make a shop in Israel.
MUJI is scheduled to open a branch store in Israel as the first Japanese retail company to do so. As the voice for BDS campaign is increasing from Palestine and from all over the world, we must urge MUJI to halt their plan until Israel stops their apartheid policy. Let MUJI hear your voice!