Ja­pan split on re­vis­ing paci­fist con­sti­tu­tion

New Straits Times - - World -

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.

Shinzo Abe

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