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Geopolitics: why Japan wants to end military pacifism

  • Angel Bermúdez
  • BBC News World

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It was one of the main political platforms of Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister of Japan who was assassinated this month. And now there is a chance that it could come true.

After a resounding victory in Japan’s legislative elections this week, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced his intention to promote constitutional reform and deepen the debate on the measures needed to “significantly strengthen” the country’s defense in a difficult security environment.

The proposed reform, which for years had been unsuccessfully championed by Abe, would mean the first change to Japan’s constitution since its promulgation in 1947. The government wants to change the symbolic Article 9, the text of which states that ”the Japanese people forever renounces war as the sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as a means of resolving international disputes.

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