Japanese PM Abe wants to revise pacifist Constitution

Updated : Oct 26, 2019 in Articles

Japanese PM Abe wants to revise pacifist Constitution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he
wants to put a revised Constitution into force in 2020, when Tokyo will host the Olympics. It’s the first time he has laid out a clear
timetable for a revision to the country’s postwar pacifist Constitution. Ro Aram has the details. The Japanese Prime Minister said acknowledging
the existence of the country’s Self Defense Forces should be done now to finally end all
doubt about its legality. The remarks were made in a video message delivered
at a celebration of the charter’s 70th anniversary on Wednesday. However, a possible revision to Article 9
remains a divisive topic among the Japanese public. It calls for the complete renunciation of
war and cements Japan’s postwar identity. Abe’s wish to amend it has been criticized
by some Japanese people and neighboring South Korea and China, as a revision could allow
Japan to engage in war. The prime minister has previously said he
wants to maintain the philosophy of pacifism and only change Article 9 to mention the SDF’s
existence. He has also pointed to the gravity of tensions
with North Korea. Japan’s military has recently joined U.S.
forces for joint drills and sent its largest warship to escort an American supply ship. Abe’s proposals were met with protests from
Japan’s major opposition parties, who said Abe is threatening the fundamental principles
of the Constitution. In Japan, a Constitutional revision requires
a two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament as well as a majority of public support in
a national referendum. Ro Aram, Arirang News.

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