Shinzo Abe “confident” of progress in mending Japan’s pacifist constitution

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is “confident” of progress in amending Japan’s pacifist constitution, he said today, in his first policy speech since his landslide election victory.Abe’s conservative coalition held a two-thirds “super majority” in the 465-seat lower house last month, giving him the numbers to realise a long-held dream.”I’m confident that debate on amending the constitution will be able to advance,” he told the newly formed parliament.Abe wants to change the wording of the document to affirm Japan’s right to have a full-fledged military.
The country’s well-equipped and well-trained armed forces are technically known as the “Self-Defense Forces”, and do not have the right to an aggressive strike.The premier said he would keep the constitutional clause that prevents Japan from waging an offensive war.However, North Korea’s recent firing of missiles over the country has focused minds on security.