Politics | As regional tensions rise, Japan again debates its pacifist constitution

As regional tensions rise, Japan again debates its pacifist constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares “the time is ripe” to begin a debate on possible change to the law

May 20, 2017 2:00 PM (UTC+8)
Shinzo Abe has made his clearest statement yet on his ambition to alter the pacifist Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution. Photo: Reuters/Peter Nicholls
Shinzo Abe has made his clearest statement yet on his ambition to alter the pacifist Article 9 of Japan’s Constitution. Photo: Reuters/Peter Nicholls