TOKYO, May 2 (Xinhua) -- The majority of Japanese residents opposed C of the Article 9 of the country's post-war constitution, which states unconditional renunciation of war, according to an Asahi Shimbun poll Saturday.
The Article 9 said "Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes" and "land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained."
Sixty-four percent of respondents said the article should not be changed, in contrast with 26 percent saying it "should be amended".
Among the people who supported the amendment, 44 percent believed "Japan's self-defense forces should be the same as armies of other countries", while 50 percent said the constitution should "recognize the existence of the forces".
The current Japanese pacifist constitution was put into force on May 3, 1947. The poll was conducted prior to the commemoration day of the constitution.
Japan's self-defense forces have increased its engagement in the world's hot-spot regions for anti-terrorism, anti-piracy and other missions.