The Japanese government is in a position to amend Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan “to explicitly allow the Japanese Self-Defense Forces(JSDF) to exist.”
As mentioned above, one reason is to provide the JSDF with a solid legal basis to exist.
Furthermore, the author of an article in Metropolis magazine shows his understanding of the situation in which Japan maintains armed forces in order to defend itself from external threats, hostile operations and the activities of China and North Korea for instance.
He also acknowledges the great benefit of JSDF operations in coping with natural disasters.
Over 70 percent of Japanese women were opposed to the constitutional amendment according to a survey conducted by a major Japanese magazine. The majority of the 300 Japanese women asked said they are concerned that Japanese peacetime might be threatened by such amendment.