LDP Should Draw Up Constitutional Revision Plan This Year: Abe (News)


Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Sunday underscored the need for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to draw up within this year its proposal on constitutional revisions.

"The LDP, the largest political party in Japan, should fulfill its responsibility by coming up with its constitutional revision proposal this year, which marks the seventieth anniversary of the effectuation of the top Japanese law," Abe said in the recording of a Nippon Broadcasting System radio program.

It is the first time that Abe, also president of the LDP, has referred to a specific timing for the LDP to work out its proposal for amending the Constitution.

In his capacity as LDP chief,
Abe has recently expressed his hope to see an amended constitution go into force in 2020. He is believed to be aiming to accelerate discussions on overhauling the national charter within the party, apparently keeping in mind the possibility of submitting a draft of a revised constitution to next year's regular session of the Diet, informed sources said.

On articles that he believes should be revised, Abe said, "It is the responsibility of our generation to put an end to the argument on whether the Self-Defense Forces are unconstitutional," stressing that the existence of the SDF should be stipulated in Article 9 of the Constitution.

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