The Asahi Shimbun reports:
A Liberal Democratic Party commission approved a set of outlines Thursday that include revising pacifist Article 9 of the Constitution to stipulate Japan's right to possess a "self-defense military," lawmakers said.Of course, Article 9 notwithstanding, Japan has long maintained a massively powerful military force in all but name: its jieitai, or Self-Defense Forces.
Article 9 currently states that Japan will never maintain "land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential."
The proposed constitutional revision, therefore, is largely symbolic. However, it might make it easier for Japan to participate in collective defense with allied nations for example, to shoot down missiles North Korea fires at America, something Japan had previously said it would not do.