Abe Aims to Submit LDP's Constitutional Revision Plan by Year-End (News)
Kobe, June 24 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō expressed his hope on Saturday that his ruling Liberal Democratic Party will submit its proposal for constitutional amendments to relevant panels of the National Diet within this year.
"I hope that the LDP constitutional revision proposal will be presented to the commissions on the Constitution of both chambers of the Diet before the end of an upcoming extraordinary Diet session," Abe, also president of the party, said during a speech in Kobe.
It is the first time that Abe has shown his willingness to see the LDP proposal submitted to the extraordinary Diet session, which is likely to open in autumn. He has already expressed his readiness to revise Article 9 of the constitution and put the amended national charter into force in 2020.
Based on Abe's instructions, the LDP plans to produce its constitutional revision proposal within this year. But the party has stopped short of stating that it would be submitted to the Diet commissions by year-end.
Abe is apparently preparing to reshuffle his cabinet and the LDP's executive team in early August.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]