Japan's PM Shinzo to change post-war constitution Japanâ€™s hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament on Thursday that he intends to change the countryâ€™s post-second world war constitution, lowering the bar for further amendments. â€œI will start with amending Article 96 of the constitution, a move that many factions [inside his Liberal Democratic Party] support â€œ Abe told upper house lawmakers, referring to the clause stipulating amendments require a two-thirds majority in parliament.In the run-up to his landslide election victory in December, Abe said he wanted to study the possibility of altering the definition of Japanâ€™s armed forces contained in the document. The countryâ€™s well-funded and well-equipped military is referred to as the Self-Defence Forces, and barred from taking aggressive action. Its role is limited to defence of the nation.Abe has said he would like to look into making the SDF into a full-fledged military, a plan that sets alarm bells ringing in Asian countries subject to Japanâ€™s sometimes-brutal occupation in the first half of the 20th century. US occupying forces imposed the constitution in the aftermath of the second world war, but its war-renouncing Article Nine is held dear by many Japanese.