TOKYO (AP) — Japan is marking the 67th anniversary of its postwar constitution with growing debate over whether to revise the war-renouncing charter in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for an expanded role for the military.
Abe’s ruling conservative party has long advocated constitutional changes but has been unable to sway public opinion. Now he’s proposing that the government reinterpret the constitution without having to win public approval for revisions.
His push has upset the liberals who see it as undermining the constitution and democratic processes.
Hundreds of people gathered at a Tokyo rally Saturday, vowing to protect the constitution.
Organizer Ken Takada said Japan’s pacifist charter is at stake and Abe must be stopped.