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The election to Japan’s upper house on Sunday has acquired added significance because the result would be critical to the ruli
上海419论坛ng Liberal Democratic Party’s attempts to amend the country’s pacifist Constitution.
Constitutional amendment, the amendment to Article 9 in particular, has been a controversial 上海419论坛
issue in Japan since the end of World War II. Article 9 renounces war, and notes that the proh
上海419论坛品茶微信ibition on the use of force by Japan is a clear constitutional rule that the Japanese government has to follow. It also
prohibits the maintenance of armed forces and denies Japan the right of “belligerency”. 上海419论坛
And it is precisely to change Article 9-which would allow Japan to have a regular military and be
come a normal country-that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made constitutional amendment his goal. 上海419论坛
But Abe should realize that amending the Constitution is no small feat beca
上海419论坛品茶微信use for that, the ruling coalition of the LDP and Komeito has to have a two-thirds ma
jority in both houses of parliament, and then win an absolute majority of votes in a ref
erendum. Several attempts have been made to amend the Constitution, but none has been successful. 上海419论坛
Abe should also know that the ruling LDP’s coalition
上海419论坛品茶微信artner Komeito is a conservative party which is skeptical about amending Article 9.
Differences among political parties, even within o
ne party, have made it almost impossible for the LDP to amend the Constitution. 上海419论坛
For example, there are diverse voices on constitutional amendment within the Abe-led LDP. While some support rev
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n Self-Defense Forces, which has constitutional sanction, should be strengthened to the level of a full-fledged military.
上海419论坛品茶微信The LDP and Nippon Ishin no Kai are in favor of a constitutional amendment. But the Constitutional Democratic Party of J
apan, Democratic Party for the People, and the Japanese Communist Party strongly oppose the idea.