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Japan changes constitution and lifts military ban for first time since World War 2

Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida intends to continue work on changing the country's basic law, February 26 reports Kyodo News.

“The current time requires a revision of the constitution,” Kishida said during a speech at the congress of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

The current version of the country's basic law was adopted following the defeat of Japan in World War II and has not changed since then. It contains the ninth, so-called "pacifist" article, which forbids her to conduct military operations and maintain her own army.

However, the idea of ​​revising the constitution has been spreading among the country's political elite for many years. Following the results of the general elections to the lower and upper houses of parliament in 2021 and 2022, supporters of changing the country's basic law received a constitutional majority of mandates, which allows them to do so.

For this purpose, several meetings of inter-party specialized groups were held. They discussed which articles and how they agreed to change.

However, against the backdrop of scandals surrounding the ties of the deputies of the ruling party with the Unification Church sect, the discussion of these issues in the public field has significantly decreased. At this time, there was also a significant decrease

Now Kishida reminded that he is ready to work on changing the constitution and intends to start discussions on this issue in Parliament.

As part of his speech, the prime minister also urged his party to retain as much as possible its parliamentary mandates and seats in local authorities in the upcoming local and by-elections in April. After the scandal over the links of the ruling party deputies with the sect, the rating of the government dropped sharply from 50-65% in July to 30-40% in September and has remained at this level since then.

The assassin, who was detained at the scene of the assassination, told investigators that he committed the crime because of Abe's close ties with this organization, and not because of his political activities. After that, it turned out that almost half of the deputies of the ruling party were somehow connected with this organization.

Founded in 1954 in South Korea, the sect is known for its mass weddings, as well as intimidating its followers into receiving donations and selling items at substantially inflated prices.

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