Should Japan amend Article 9 of its constitution?
By 25 April 2014
Mounted guard of honour in Tokyo, Credit: Xinhua/Ren Zhenglai
<p><span>In the aftermath of the World War II, the Allied authorities and Japanese legislators created a new constitution for a post-war Japan. Part of the Constitution was Article 9, a section renouncing Japan’s right to wage war and barring Japan from maintaining a military. Regardless, Japan still maintained a self-defense force post-WWII that was, for legal reasons, technically part of the national police. This force was equipped with tanks and warplanes like in any nation’s military. Today the Japanese Self Defense Force is trying to modernize in order to face potential threats from nations such as North Korea and China, but Article 9 makes it difficult for the </span><span>JSDF</span><span> to create a formidable force.
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