Article 9 of the Constitution is a treasure that was created upon unimaginable sacrifices from war.
The Constitution is facing a crisis, but the Constitution itself has not changed.
We appreciate the fact that, because the Nobel Prize Committee accepted the nomination of “Japanese Citizens”, Article 9 of the Constitution has received attention and people interested in Article 9 have increased.
Additionally, we believe that there is an important meaning in the fact that because of the format of “Japanese citizens” as sovereigns, each citizen accepts that the problem of Article 9 and war and peace is their own, and becomes an impetus to think, discuss, and act, and that the connection expands not only nationally but throughout Asia and even worldwide.
While it is believed that letters of nomination of the same intent have been sent already, but these signatures are intended to support these nominations. Thus, we desire that you accept our hopes regarding these nominations.
Additionally, we appreciate the notice that “it is possible for one nominator recommend multiple candidates.” We have informed the nominators that, and some nominators used their discretion in nominating additional individuals and entities that they believe are worthy of nomination in relation to Article 9, in addition to “Japanese citizens”.
We hope for widespread interest in Article 9 that abandons war, and hope that the possibility of winning the prize increases through multiple nominees.