Japan proposes revision of constitution
Japan’s government on Thursday proposed revising the country’s pacifist constitution to enable Japan extend military support to its allies in case they are attacked.
The proposal that was prepared by a panel of experts on the request of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the first step towards modifying the traditional interpretation of the Japanese constitution.
That document clearly prohibits the use of force in resolving international disputes.
With this modification, Japan seeks to ‘contribute more to global peace and stability’, Abe said in a press conference.
Nonetheless, the prime minister wanted to ‘make it clear’ that he seeks to preserve the pacifist character of the Japanese constitution although he advocated an ‘active pacifism’.
The main objective is that Japan should be able to exercise the ‘right to collective self-defence’ and intervene militarily in order to defend allied countries under attack, the report read.
Talking about the rising tension in the Pacific zone, the document pointed out, in particular, the missile and nuclear tests of North Korea and China’s increasing number of maritime operations.
According to the current interpretation of the constitution, Japan cannot ensure its security nor contribute to global peace and stability, the report said.
Japan’s constitution allows the use of force to defend the country’s territory against a possible attack, a provision that, according to experts, should be extended to allow military aid to its allies.