Abe Keen to Spur Discussions on Constitution among Public


Ise, Mie Pref., Jan. 4 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzō expressed on Thursday his eagerness to further promote discussions among the public on amending the country's Constitution.

"This year, we (the ruling Liberal Democratic Party) will show the public the shape of our ideal Constitution, in a bid to further deepen national discussions on constitutional amendment," Abe, also LDP president, said at his New Year's press conference, held in Ise, Mie Prefecture.

Abe stressed that it is "matter of course" to discuss how the nation should respond to changes of the times. But he denied intention to set a deadline on constitutional debate, saying he wants to see a broad, suprapartisan consensus formed on the matter.

Abe met the press after paying a New Year's visit to Ise Jingū, a Shinto shrine complex in the central Japan city earlier in the day, along with nine of his cabinet members, including Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Noda Seiko and Economy, Trade, and Industry Minister Sekō Hiroshige.

The prime minister vowed to put all his administration's efforts into enacting bills related to so-called work style reform during an ordinary session of the Diet to be convened on January 22.

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