Japan split on revising pacifist constitution
TOKYO: Voters are deeply divided over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s campaign to revise the country’s 70-year-old pacifist constitution, according to a poll released yesterday against a backdrop of anxiety arising from North Korean tensions.
The Nikkei Inc/TV Tokyo survey, published on the con-stitution’s anniversary, showed growing momentum in support of Abe’s push to revise a body of law written by the United States after Japan’s defeat in World War 2, and never amended.
The poll showed 46 per cent of respondents favoured keeping the constitution as it is, four percentage points lower than a similar poll last year.
A separate survey by Kyodo News on Saturday showed 49 per cent of respondents said the law needed revising, against 47 per cent opposing a change.