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News Analysis on Japan's Bid for Exercise of "Right to Collective Self-Defense"
Pyongyang, May 23 (KCNA) -- Some days ago, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formally expressed the stand to exercise the "right to collective self-defense" through revised interpretation of the country's Pacifist Constitution.

It meant that Japan will fundamentally change its security policy which has been abided by since its defeat in World War II.

The successive governments in Japan had so far maintained the principle that the "right to collective self-defense" is secured but not exercised under the Article 9 of its Pacifist Constitution, which bans Japan from possession of army and provocation of war.

However, the present government has stuck to the revision of the Constitution since its emergence, asserting that Japan should get rid of "postwar regime."

Such attempt has aroused a strong opposition from among the local people. 58 percent of the Japanese population stood against the revision of Article 9 in June last year and the figure increased to 61 percent in April this year, according to Tokyo Shimbun.

Upset by the rising public opposition, the government produced a counterproposal to exercise the "right to collective self-defense" through revised interpretation of the Constitution, veiling its scheme for military expansion with "positive pacifism".

What can not be overlooked are Japanese media reports that the proposal anticipated Japan's exercise of the said "right" on the Korean Peninsula.

Such attempt deteriorates the tension on the peninsula and the rest of Northeast Asia caused by the U.S.-south Korea reckless war exercises and, accordingly, accusation against the Japanese reactionary government's militarist moves is growing stronger among the local and world people.

Japan's media, including Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun, have bitterly criticized the present ultra-rightist conservative regime's militarist scheme over the exercise of the "right to collective self-defense. Tokyo Shimbun reported on May 18 that most of the respondents to opinion poll opposed the revised interpretation of the Constitution.

Hankuk Ilbo of south Korea and news media of various countries were critical of Japan's attempt, contending that the Abe government started an action to turn Japan, a war criminal, into a state qualified to conduct a war and that militarism revived in Japan.

Japan had better drop such foolish design, mindful that it is as good as a suicidal act.

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