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Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Article 9 of the Tokyo Judgement at the end of WWII withdrew from the Japanese constitution the state's right of belligerency. Traumatised and guilt ridden for having killed enemy soldiers in war, Bernard has to attempt to coerce his children to continue his life's work, and makes their awaiting inheritance dependent on their abandoning their present careers and dedicating their lives to the promotion of A9.

Article 9 of the Tokyo judgement. 1948:

Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. The right of belligerency of the State will not be recognised.


Though a hugely experienced writer, Helen Cooper is new to Radio Drama.
Three of her plays: Mrs Gauguin(Almeida Theatre) Mrs Vershinin (Riverside Studios) and Three Women and a Piano Tuner (Hampstead Theatre) were nominated for The Susan Smith Blackburn Award. She wrote the screenplay for Miss Julie directed by Mike Figgis, wrote and produced a short film Station, which received two Scottish Bafta nominations and is currently working on Desiderius Ersamus, a new commission from The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan. Show less

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