I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! 集団的自衛権 Individual vs. Collective Self-defense

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a news conference on Thursday, May 15,  regarding whether to exercise the right of collective self-defense in a limited manner by reinterpreting the Constitution.  The right of collective self-defense is a right of last resort to use force in case Japan’s allies are attacked by military forces even when Japan itself is not directly attacked.

安倍総理大臣は、5月15日(木)憲法解釈の変更によって限定的に集団的自衛権の行使を容認できるかどうかについて記者会見を行なった。集団的自衛権は、自国と密接な関係にある他国が武力攻撃を受けた場合、自国が攻撃されていなくても、実力で阻止する権利である。

According to a Jiji Press survey conducted from May 9 through 12, 2014, 50.1 percent of those polled opposed to his proposal of changing the interpretation of Chapter 9 of the Constitution in an attempt to exercise the right of collective self-defense. It was well over the 37.0 percent who agreed with his proposal, of which 50.8% agreed with reinterpreting the Constitution, while 45.3% supported a change in the Constitution itself rather than a reinterpretation.

時事通信が2014年5月9日から12日にかけて実施した世論調査によると、50.1%の人が憲法解釈の変更による集団的自衛権の行使に反対し、賛成の37.0%を上回った。賛成と答えた人のうち、憲法解釈変更で認めてよいは50.8%、解釈変更ではなく、憲法改正すべきだは45.3%だった。

In other words, less than 20 percent of those polled agreed with Mr. Abe’s idea of reinterpreting the Constitution to exercise this right.

言い換えると、安倍首相が目指す憲法解釈変更による行使を容認を支持する人は、全体では20%未満ということになる。

In terms of partisan leanings, 58.8 percent of those who support the ruling Liberal Democratic Party agreed with his proposal, and 32.8 percent disagreed. Meanwhile, 29.7percent of those who support the New Komeito Party agreed with the proposal, while 55.4 percent stand opposed to it. As for non-committed voters, who accounted for approximately 60 percent of those polled, 29.7 percent agreed, and 55.4 percent disagreed. By gender, male voters were split 50-50 percent, whereas 32 percent of female voters agreed, and 54.3 percent disagreed.

支持政党別にみると、自民党支持者は賛成58.8%、反対32.8%。公明党支持者は賛成32.6%、反対54.3%。全体の約6割を 占める 無党派層では、賛成29.7%、反対55.4%だった。男女別では、男性は賛否が拮抗し、女性は反対54.3%、賛成26.3%だった。

The poll was conducted with a total of 2,000 male and female voters across the nation.

調査は全国の男女2000人の有権者を対象に実施された。

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