Japan: Amending the Constitution

By The Japan Times, 8 December 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe campaigns for votes. KYODO
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe campaigns for votes in Yao, Osaka Prefecture, last Thursday. | KYODO
<p>Constitutional amendments are not high on the agenda of parties campaigning for the Dec. 14 Lower House election. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has advocated revising the Constitution as a key part of his bid for “departure from the postwar regime,” says he does not see rising momentum among the public for altering the supreme code. After his earlier calls for amending Article 96 to make it easier for the Diet to propose a constitutional revision failed to win broad support, the prime minister took the route of changing the government’s interpretation of the war-renouncing Article 9 in July to pave the way for Japan to engage in collective self-defense.</p>
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