Under Article 9 of its post-war pacifist constitution, Japan is blocked from the use of force to resolve conflicts except in the case of self-defence.Japan has a well-trained military.
But Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants a new interpretation of the constitution to be agreed on.
"Terrorism," while not mentioned in the story, is the go-to excuse for military action by any number of nations these days.
And, interestingly, the story says
Correspondents say the move will likely please the US, with whom Japan has a long-standing security treaty.The man sat cross-legged, haranguing whomever would listen through a bullhorn. After an hour or so of criticizing Abe's proposal, suddenly, he was in flames.