About 72 percent of 473 newly elected House of Representative lawmakers support the idea of revising war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution and 78 percent of the legislators say the government should change its constitutional interpretation that currently forbids Japan from exercising the right of collective self-defense, according to a survey conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun.
Based on the survey of candidates running in the Dec. 16 general election, the Mainichi Shimbun found that 342, or 72 percent of the 473 winners in the election, agreed with the idea of revising the pacifist Constitution. The approval of at least two-thirds of members of both houses of the Diet is needed to bring constitutional amendments before the Diet. Therefore the figure found in the survey meets the requirements of the lower chamber to initiate amendments to the Constitution.
The survey also found that 370, or 78 percent of the 473 newly elected legislators, want to change the government’s constitutional interpretation that currently forbids Japan from exercising the right of collective self-defense. Only 17 percent, or 82 of the 473 winners, think there is no need to change the interpretation.