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Japanese bishops oppose move to amend anti-war article in constitution

Catholic World News - August 23, 2013

The Catholic bishops of Japan have stated their opposition to proposals to alter Article 9 of the country’s constitution, which renounces warfare and forbids the development of a war-fighting military force.

Archbishop Peter Takeo Okada of Tokyo said that the Japanese constitution, drafted after World War II, is “a world treasure of which Japan is proud.” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed amending the document, beginning with the article that controls the amendment process itself.

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