Japanese prime minister's drive to change pacifist constitution collides with Buddhist allies

By Robin Harding, 15 July 2016
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (photo credit: Reuters)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (photo credit: Reuters)
<p><span>Slim chance of changing war-renouncing Article 9 during this parliament.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span><span>For a moment on Sunday night, it seemed like the dream of Japanese conservatives was in their grasp, as prime minister Shinzo Abe&nbsp;</span><a data-trackable="link" href="https://next.ft.com/content/d7982268-4668-11e6-8d68-72e9211e86ab">captured the two-thirds of parliament</a><span>&nbsp;needed to revise the country’s pacifist constitution.&nbsp;</span></span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">But there is a proviso: much of that two-thirds is Mr Abe’s coalition partners in Komeito, a party of Buddhist pacifists who may be willing to revise the constitution, but have totally different views about how.</span></p>
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