No Set Time Frame for Amending Constitution: Abe (News)
Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Thursday that there should be no predetermined time frame for his long-cherished goal of amending the country's constitution, which was drawn up during the US occupation that followed the end of World War II.
Abe made the remark at a press conference after launching his new cabinet earlier in the day. The cabinet reshuffle was in response to the recent plunge in his cabinet's approval ratings in the wake of a spate of scandals engulfing his administration.
Since Abe declared in May that he aims to have a revised constitution put into effect in 2020, his ruling Liberal Democratic Party has been working to submit proposals to revise the constitution during an extraordinary session of the Diet, Japan's parliament, later this year.
"I made the proposal, but I don't mean to proceed with a predetermined schedule," Abe said at the press conference. "I hope that the party will take the initiative (for constitutional amendment) and the Diet will have thorough discussions."
Abe also said he has not decided whether to dissolve the House of Representatives, the Diet's lower chamber, for a snap election within the year.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]