Abe Instructs LDP to Promote Talks on Constitution Revision (News)


Tokyo, May 8 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Monday instructed his ruling party to consider details and promote talks with other parties after he last week sought to amend the Constitution by 2020.

The Liberal Democratic Party "should take a historic step forward this year," Abe told a meeting of LDP executives.

The LDP has responsibility for leading realistic and detailed discussions at parliamentary commissions on the Constitution, he said.

On Wednesday, the seventieth anniversary of the effectuation of Japan's post–World War II basic law, Abe clarified the goal of revising the Constitution by 2020 in a video sent to a meeting of a group calling for amendments.

At a meeting of the House of Representatives Budget Committee on Monday, Abe said he put forward the goal to encourage parliamentary discussions on amending the Constitution.

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