Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reportedly looking at creating a new Cabinet minister post for a person who will be tasked to defend the government’s stance on reworking the Constitution to allow collective self-defense. The new minister is expected to be named in late August, which will probably be the height of deliberations in the Diet about the reinterpretation of Article 9 of the Constitution.
According to the anonymous source, Abe wants to get Cabinet approval in the extraordinary Diet session this fall, paving the way for the major security policy change that will see Japan take a more active role in global security issues. In order to do so, he would need someone to clearly explain and defend the administration’s stand on this matter, a task that currently and unofficially falls on Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. Abe is expected to reshuffle his Cabinet and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party‘s senior officials sometime this fall as well, which will lead to the naming of this new Cabinet minister.
Ahead of the security policy overhaul, Abe has asked the LDP and its junior coalition partner New Komeito, to start discussing whether there is a need to reinterpret the Constitution in order for the Self Defense Forces to be able to practice collective self-defense. The war-renouncing Article 9 has prevented Japan from using force to settle international disputes, after the events of World War II. While LDP lawmakers are seemingly in agreement with Abe, they are having a hard time convincing their junior partner to let go of their pacifist stand on this matter.
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