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Prime minister says Japan must rewrite constitution, abandon postwar mentality

Prime minister says Japan must rewrite constitution, abandon postwar mentality

Japan must overhaul its pacifist constitution, beef up its role in international security and free itself of the political remnants of World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a major policy speech before Parliament on Friday.
Abe, setting out his administration's objectives for the coming year, put rewriting the constitution, bolstering Japan's security alliance with the United States and implementing classroom reforms that will instill a sense of patriotism in the nation's youth at the top of his agenda.
"Now is the time for us to boldly revise this postwar regime and make a new start," he told Parliament, which opened Thursday for a five-month session.
"It is our mission to create a beautiful Japan that will be able to withstand the challenges of the next 50 or 100 years."


Updated : 2020-12-02 22:09 GMT+08:00