Efforts to amend Japan's Constitution.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a long-stated ambition to amend Japan's Constitution for the first time since its introduction under US occupation after the Second World War. Abe made a speech last month in which he called on his party to draw up proposals by year-end, and set Tokyo's hosting of the Olympic games in 2020 as a deadline for making the amendment.
- The main opposition party will use public opposition to Constitution revision to rally support and differentiate themselves.
- Discussion of amendments related to the military will strain Tokyo's relations with Seoul and Beijing.
- Washington will quietly support amendments that make Japan more useful as a military ally.
- Large public protests are likely and could weaken Abe's apparently unassailable leadership of his party and country.