[JURIST] In Tokyo, thousands of demonstrators gathered outside a conference held by the Article 9 Association [official website] Saturday to protest proposed changes to Japan's constitution [text] that would eliminate Article 9, otherwise known as the pacifist clause. Article 9, drafted under Allied forces occupation following World War II, provides:
Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. 2) In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.On Thursday, Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party announced the approval of outlines that call for rewriting the pacifist provision [Japan Today report] to stipulate Japan's possession of a "self-defense military". AP has more.