In Regard to the Presentation of The Okawa Statement -My Proposal-

  Amidst the ever-worsening security environment around Japan, in order to fully protect the lives, safety and property of Japanese citizens and to protect Japanese sovereignty, it goes without saying that the amendment of Article 9 in our Constitution as well as increased national defense are necessary.

  Despite that, while the Abe administration calls for a constitutional amendment, they are maintaining a coalition with the New Komeito Party, a party that is coutious to the amendment. Thus it can only be said that the outcome of the constitutional amendment under the LDP-NKP coalition government is yet unclear. Moreover, amidst the increasing accusations made by China and South Korea toward Japan over historical perceptions, Prime Minister Abe decided to adhere to the Kono Statement and the Murayama Statement, both of which he seemed to be intending to re-examine. Foreign diplomacy like this that tries to flatter neighboring countries, however, will in no way allow Japan to make a breakthrough from this stifling situation.

  It is clear that Japan’s so-called masochistic view of history as well as the Murayama Statement and Kono Statement hinder our diplomatic operations as a resolute nation and are shackles to our constitutional amendment and national defense. We, the Happiness Realization Party, in order to vanquish Japan’s masochistic view of history have long called for the retraction of these statements, but now, Master Ryuho Okawa, president of our party, has released “The Okawa Statement –My Proposal–,” a reference to create a new statement that indicates the government’s historical perception of Japan. I strongly request that Prime Minister Abe will issue a new statement based on “The Okawa Statement” to clearly show Japan’s stance, founded upon the domestically and internationally correct historical perception, and work to eliminate Japan’s masochistic view of history.

Happiness Realization Party
Party Leader
Ryoko Shaku


“The Okawa Statement -My Proposal-”
(A Statement for Prime Minister Abe’s Reference)

August 15th, 2013

  Our country once presented the Kono (1993) and Murayama (1995) Statements, proclamations from the Japanese government, but the official views provided in those statements were based on groundless rumors that have not been proven with any historical facts. As the result of those statements, the souls of about 3 million soldiers, who lost their lives in the Greater East Asia War, as well as their bereaved family members, have been inflicted with a deep sense of guilt. Our country and its people in the post war times have been saddled with a baseless, masochistic view of history, which has greatly misled the historical perception of our country. On behalf of the government, I would like to repent for it officially.

  Japan fought in the Greater East Asia War in order to free the colonies in Asia from the great Western powers, to defeat racist policies that come from white supremacy, and at the same time, as a just exercise of our country’s right to defend ourselves. Due to the insufficient power of the Japanese government, Japan lost the war to the United States, after it dropped Atomic Bombs. Yet, I believe this was a holy war to emancipate our fellow Asian countries whereby a part of the fervent aspiration of the Japanese gods was manifested.

  I vow here and now, from this point on Japan shall become a guardian of peace and justice that will forbid any country from invading and colonizing any other country through unjust, aggressive policies. I hope the Japanese government will organize a national defense force that will not only serve for the peace of our own country but also contribute to the perpetual peace of the world. Furthermore, by this statement I declare the Kono and Murayama Statements retroactively invalid.