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Abe's amendments should raise alarm

By Cai Hong ( China Daily ) Updated: 2013-03-20 07:17:03

It's alarming that revision of Japan's Constitution is back on the agenda for the Abe administration.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared during a Japanese TV program on March 9, that the war-renouncing Article 9 of the constitution should be revised so that Japan can participate in collective military action authorized by the United Nations Charter.

Abe also reaffirmed his intention to prioritize a revision of Article 96 to ease the current requirements for enacting constitutional amendments. This article stipulates that revisions of the constitution must be initiated by at least a two-thirds majority in both chambers of the Diet, Japan's bicameral legislature.

Abe's amendments should raise alarm

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