Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone reiterated his
support for amending Japan's Constitution before a U.S.
audience, saying Japan is on the path to becoming a
"normal" country as the Liberal Democratic Party has
started drafting the outlines of a new Constitution.
"At long last, Japan is on the path to becoming normal
with constitutional revision on the political agenda in
a couple of years," Nakasone told scholars, experts and
reporters at the John Hopkins University Paul H Nitze
School of Advanced International Studies. More Japanese
are supporting revision of the Constitution because
Japan wants to deal with future matters "from an
independent perspective, autonomous from the influence
of the United States."