Abe aims to rewrite Japan constitution as he seeks 3rd term
A revision to the U.S.-drafted 1947 constitution is a decades-old pledge of the Liberal Democratic Party that none of Abe’s predecessors has been able to achieve. They include Abe’s grandfather, former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, who saw the constitution as a humiliation imposed on Japan following its World War II defeat.
Abe said earlier this week that he hoped his party could submit a draft constitutional revision to a parliamentary session later this year.
He is proposing to add a clause to Article 9, which bans the use of force in settling international disputes. The clause would explicitly permit the existence of Japan’s military, known as the Self-Defense Force.