TOKYO, June 30 -- The Japanese government sought to get a green light by the Cabinet on Tuesday to a resolution that will allow Japan to exercise collective self-defense rights through reinterpreting the country's pacifist Constitution, according to local report Monday.
"We would like to do so tomorrow (Tuesday) if the ruling parties can make arrangements," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was quoted as saying when he told a press conference.
As a final version of the resolution has been submitted to Japan's ruling bloc, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its small ruling partner the New Komeito party aimed to reach an agreement on it before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government approves the draft of a Cabinet decision.
Exercising the collective self-defense is a dramatic change of Japan's defense stance and has triggered concerns at home and abroad.
A protester on Sunday set himself afire in a move to oppose Abe ' s administration and its efforts to lift the self-imposed ban on collective defense.
According to a latest survey conducted through June 27 to 29 by Japan's Nikkei News, half of Japanese oppose Japan to exercise the collective self-defense as the rights may drag Japan into war.
The survey also showed that 54 percent of the respondents said no to reinterpretation of Japan's anti-war constitution as the prime minister tries to change the interpretation of the Japanese pacifist supreme law to achieve the goal of collective defense, compared with 29 percent who support the move.
Separate polls said the support rate for Abe's Cabinet fell to 45 percent, the lowest since Abe took office in December 2012.