Protests against Japan’s 69th anniversary of constitution

Japan marked the 69th anniversary of its Constitution on Tuesday, while 50,000 people rallied in Tokyo to protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s unwanted attempts to amend the nation’s pacifist Constitution.

Abe has pushed for constitutional changes, including a controversial revision to the war-renouncing Article 9.

He said the current supreme law is a product of the U.S.-led occupation following the end of World War II in 1945 and that it is outdated in some areas.

The Constitution was promulgated on Nov. 3, 1946, and put into effect on May 3, 1947.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition ally Komeito together hold a two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives.

To win a two-thirds majority in the upper house is a high hurdle to achieve by the LDP alone, the party hopes to seek cooperation also from some opposition parties in crafting an amendment proposal.

The issue has triggered a wave of protests among youths and other people who fear such legislation could lead Japan to become embroiled in war again.

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