Abe plans to enforce first-ever change to Japanese post-WWII pacifist constitution by 2020

RT – May 3. 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has unveiled a plan to make a first-ever revision to the country’s pacifist constitution which has been in force since Japan’s defeat in WWII. He wants to see the revision take effect in 2020.

The prime minister has stated that the year Japan will host the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo will be the year in which the country will “be born anew” and will move forward “in a solid manner.”

“I strongly desire that 2020 will be the year a new Constitution goes into force,” he said in a video message, aired by Japanese television broadcasters.

“Parliamentarians will soon have to begin concrete discussions in order to present to the people a plan to initiate a constitutional amendment,” Abe added, as cited by Kyodo news agency.

Under the constitution’s Article 9, the Japanese people “forever renounce war,” pledging that “land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.”