Japan, with its ruling coalition under Prime Minister Abe, approved the reinterpretation of the constitution to allow broader use of military force to defend an ally in time of armed conflict also known as collective self-defense.
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now given authority to reinterpret Article 9 of the Japanese constitution – which is a formality.
Japanese Constitution will be reinterpreted specifically Article 9 which says,
Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
To accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.
Also, the said article in the Japanese constitution is said to be limiting Japan’s ability to defend itself against military attacks.
According to Abe the reinterpretation is needed amid the deteriorating peace in the region caused by China’s aggressive behavior and North Korean’s war threats.