By Natalie Sambhi and Professor Rikki Kersten on 27 April 2016
North-East Asia | International Relations
Professor Rikki Kersten from Murdoch University talks Japanese politics with Natalie Sambhi
, Research Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre. She explains how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan artfully orchestrated the reinterpretation of Japan's pacifist constitution despite strong public opposition to the change. Rikki explains why the reinterpretation of Article 9 is a policy fiat, not a democratic change to a law of Japan. She also addresses the fallout from Japan losing the bid to build Australia's submarines - a blow to PM Abe's ambitions in defence and security.