Japan is now moving away from the constitution that was drafted in the past and approved modifications to allow the country a larger military role. The biggest modification comes in the change of the interpretation of “military affairs”. This allows Japan to use the armed forces to defend other countries in a “collective self-defense” agreement.
Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, declared that the shift is aimed to protect Japanese people. The modification can allow the military to protect US ships that are fighting to defend the country. He added:
“This is for the happiness of the Japanese people.”
The decision did anger some Japanese citizens. A number of 2,000 people protested and claimed that constitution modifications should be done through public referendums.
The current constitution was written after World War II under the direction of the US. It was crafted to stop a potential Japan invasion following the actions that took place during World War II.
The opponents claim that the changes can now allow Japan to participate in any joint military action. The US now supports the change.