British Battle Tanks 1945 to the Present by Simon Dunstan

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Although the policy of unarmed neutrality was not adopted by the Japanese government, the idea of unarmed neutrality was embraced by the socialists and other progressive opposition parties and citizens’ groups— as a goal towards which they could strive as well as a standard by which they could criticize the present order. However, as the idea of unarmed neutrality is rooted in the Constitution as well as in the Danwakai’s thought, the basis for criticizing the present order was an integral part of that order.

This is the 28 DEMILITARIZATION: THE IMPACT OF PEACE THOUGHT sequence for the formation of thought. 11 In his view, ‘peace thought’ must be rooted in an individual’s strong antipathy towards war or his or her hatred of war. The members of the Danwakai, who shared with other Japanese the wartime experience of being placed in the position of either ‘aggressor’ or ‘victim’, shared such antipathy. In contrast, the strong sense of an objectifiable element at the heart of ‘peace idea’ differs fundamentally from the ‘peace thought’ emphasized by Tsurumi.

So far as the individual is concerned, peace is a condition where his or her life is not in danger. For human beings, life itself is a value, so we cannot simply say that peace is a condition for other values. In war, for DEMILITARIZATION: THE IMPACT OF PEACE THOUGHT 35 instance, when people are placed in a life-death situation, there is the problem of whether they would themselves choose to be in that position. 34 Depending on the perception of reality adopted, peace as the ‘supreme value’ or peace as a ‘core value’, as suggested by the Danwakai and Sakamoto, can be accepted or rejected.

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