Abe Hoping to Enforce Revised Constitution in 2020
Tokyo, May 3 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, on Wednesday expressed his hope to see a revised constitution of the country go into force in 2020.
In a video message sent in his capacity as LDP president to a meeting in Tokyo held by a group calling for constitutional revisions, Abe said, "I want to make 2020 the year when a new Japanese constitution will be enforced." Wednesday marked the seventieth anniversary of the effectuation of the current constitution.
It is the first time for Abe to mention a target year for amending the constitution. Abe is apparently looking to the possibility of remaining in office as LDP chief until 2021, after the party leader's maximum tenure has been extended from two to three consecutive three-year terms, for a total of nine years.
But the main opposition Democratic Party opposes a constitutional revision being made under the Abe administration.
In the message, Abe specifically said that a new clause should added to the constitution's Article 9 so that "the existence of the Self-Defense Forces will be clarified in the fundamental law of Japan."[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]