The LDP president who can fast-eat curry and rice with pork cutlet on top, who can steal a seat from a senior citizen on JR train and pretend he's asleep after scolding him for scolding him, and a third-generation politician whose grandfather, having been arrested as "Class-A war criminal" after the World War II, was somehow escaped execution and later became the prime minister of Japan, wants to change the Japanese Constitution.
Why? Because he wants his cabinet to be the one to break through the crisis. (Whatever that means.)
Why does that have anything to do with changing the Constitution? Who knows. Because he can, probably. With two-third majority in the Lower House, his party can override any objection from the Upper House which is dominated by the opposition.
Specifically, he wants to first change the Article 96 of the Japanese Constitution, which says (in original English, from Prime Minister's Office website; emphasis is mine):
Article 96. Amendments to this Constitution shall be initiated by the Diet, through a concurring vote of two-thirds or more of all the members of each House and shall thereupon be submitted to the people for ratification, which shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of all votes cast thereon, at a special referendum or at such election as the Diet shall specify.
Amendments when so ratified shall immediately be promulgated by the Emperor in the name of the people, as an integral part of this Constitution.
According to Yomiuri Shinbun (12/18/2012), Abe wants to ditch this, and make it so that only a simple majority is needed to amend the Constitution. If he wants, he can ditch the national referendum part with his party's two-third majority in the Lower House.
Good luck, Japan, because it's only the beginning. His pet plan for the Constitution reads like a horror story for those who believe there is something to be said about "fundamental human rights" and "inalienable rights" of citizens.
For a start, the proud ideal expressed in the Foreword that positions Japan to "occupy an honored place in an international society striving for the preservation of peace, and the banishment of tyranny and slavery, oppression and intolerance for all time from the earth" will be ditched in its entirety under Abe's plan.
The rest is too depressing for me to elaborate right now, but suffice to say Abe wants to reduce the Constitution to a mere LDP party manifest. His "amended" constitution reads just like one, an election manifest to be ditched as convenience dictates. More I read, it is not even an election manifest. It is more like an announcement by a municipal government to the residents, telling them their water may stop due to construction.
It may not be long that anyone who insists on adherence to the Constitution will be branded as "terrorists".