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A treasure to protect

· Japanese bishops on the proposal to amend the Constitution ·

The Japanese Parliament is proposing to amend Article 9 of the Nation’s Constitution which bars the country from exerting military force in international disputes. The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan, Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada of Tokyo, wrote on 23 June that the Constitution — promulgated in 1946 and made law in 1947 — is “a world treasure of which Japan is proud”.

The Constitution was drafted during the military occupation of Japan by the Allies during the Second World War and replaced the previous imperial system with one of liberal democracy. It is a rigid Constitution which has not been amended since its adoption.

The Government currently supports the possibility of revising this fundamental law. According to a statement by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the process will begin with Article 96 which allows for the proposal of amendments to the Constitution.

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