Japan: Anti-Abe protesters rally in Tokyo against pacifist constitution overhaul

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Scores of people rallied in Tokyo on Sunday to protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held a convention on the revision of the country's post-war pacifist constitution.

At the party convention, the ruling LDP has reportedly adopted a proposal to overhaul the constitution. Last May, the Japanese prime minister proposed to add a reference to the Japanese Self-Defence Forces (SDF), while leaving the first two clauses of Article 9 unchanged. The first two clauses of Article 9 prevent Japan from using force to resolve international disputes and renounce its right to maintain a standing military.

Abe's critics have expressed concern that the revision would allow Japan to expand the role of the SDF overseas.

Amendments in the Japanese constitution require approval by two-thirds of each house of parliament and a majority in a public referendum.

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