The leader of the Democratic Party of Japan proposed Wednesday to discuss a revision of the Constitution to enable the Self-Defense Forces to take part in overseas peacemaking missions that may involve the use of force.

“I would like to see discussions on whether Japan should take part in peacekeeping operations as their role is shifting from the conventional one centering on monitoring ceasefires to enforcing peace in the world,” Yukio Hatoyama said at a meeting of a group of DPJ lawmakers at the Diet.

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