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The news that Japan plans to revise its constitution sparked up my nationalism. I firmly believe that Japan should not yet be allowed to rearm itself. Its army was banned because of its campaigns against neighboring nations during World War II. Even now, Japan has not fully apologized for its actions.
Japan regretting the past is not enough. I believe that the situation will only change when Japan seriously shows contrition and repentance. Japan should look to Germany, which currently enjoys an army and little criticism. Neighboring nations have accepted its sincere apologies. Japan’s neighbors are no less forgiving. It should follow in Germany’s footsteps if it truly wants to become a “normal state” with the military rights that entails.

by Kim, Jisoo

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