Japan: Anti-Abe protesters rally in Tokyo against pacifist constitution overhaul

Scores of people rallied in Tokyo on Sunday to protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held a convention on the revision of the country's post-war pacifist constitution. At the party convention, the ruling LDP has reportedly adopted a proposal to overhaul the constitution. Last May, the Japanese prime minister proposed to add a reference... Еще to the Japanese Self-Defence Forces (SDF), while leaving the first two clauses of Article 9 unchanged. The first two clauses of Article 9 prevent Japan from using force to resolve international disputes and renounce its right to maintain a standing military. Abe's critics have expressed concern that the revision would allow Japan to expand the role of the SDF overseas. Amendments in the Japanese constitution require approval by two-thirds of each house of parliament and a majority in a public referendum.

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