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


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.


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.


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


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.



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