The Nobel Prize Committee has officially nominated the war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan’s constitution for the Nobel Peace Prize. While the committee normally doesn’t nominate “constitutions” for the prestigious award, a Japanese housewife and a local association found a work-around this technicality to get the nomination body to accept their proposal.
A local civic organization, the Executive Committee for the Nobel Peace Prize for Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, was established in August last year when the Norwegian Nobel Committee informed Naomi Takasu that her recommendation for the Peace Prize was not eligible for the award since it was not an organization or a person. After collecting more than 1,500 signatures and starting an Internet-based campaign to gain support, it seems that the Nobel Prize Committee has finally paid attention. Their campaign was also supported by 13 advocates who sent recommendations to the Nobel Institute in Norway.
According to Yoshiaki Ishigaki, the 72-year-old co-representative of the group, one of the reasons why they pushed for the nomination is to remind people of the “magnificence” of the Article 9, in light of the recent push for Japan’s right for collective self-defense. “Pacifism faces a huge danger,” he said. The winner of the Peace Prize will be announced on October 10 this year. The only past winner from Japan is former Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, who shared the prize in 1974 with Ireland’s Sean MacBride. He received the award for signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1970 on his country’s behalf and for his attempts to stop the post-war Japanese nationalists.
[ via Global Post ]
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