Asia News reported that when Yamaguchi Hidekazu, Japan’s ambassador to the Holy See, presented his credentials in November, Pope Benedict XVI praised Japan’s commitment to spreading peace and democracy in Asia:
“Since its entry in the organization of the United Nations Japan has always been a major player on the regional and international scene and has contributed significantly to the expansion of peace, democracy and human rights in the Far East and in the rest of the world, particularly in developing countries.”
Remembering the sixty-fifth anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Pope said that “nuclear weapons remain a major concern. The possession and the risk of their possible use has increased tensions and mistrust in many parts of the world.”
He highlighted the efforts made by Japan in nuclear disarmament and in formulating solutions to the ongoing political tensions in the region: “We share this concern with Japan for a world without nuclear weapons. The Holy See encourages all nations to patiently build the peace with economic and political means that have to stand as a bulwark against every attempt to resort to weapons and promote the integral human development of all peoples.”
Civilisation 3000 hopes that Japan will have the strength to resist pressure to redirect its defence forces and will retain Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution:
1. 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 a means of settling international disputes.
2. 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 aggression of the state will not be recognized.