Abe wants to amend constitution to make military easier to operate abroad
Source: CCTV.com | 12-20-2006 09:09
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to amend his country's constitution during his term in office.
He made the remarks in a year-end parliamentary session speech. The US-drafted constitution bars Japan from warfare overseas, and has not been amended since taking effect in 1947.
Abe wants to make it easier for the military to operate abroad, but he faces considerable political resistance. Members of Abe's own Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, the New Komei Party, are strongly opposed to stripping the charter of its pacifist provisions.