Abe Says to Submit Top Law Amendment Proposal in Autumn

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that as head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party he will aim to submit the party's constitutional amendment proposal to an extraordinary parliamentary session likely to be held in autumn.

Abe, 63, unveiled the plan in a joint press conference with his sole opponent in the Sept. 20 LDP presidential election, Shigeru Ishiba, 61, former secretary-general of the party.

The election's official campaign period started on Friday but the two candidates waited until Monday to deliver policy speeches and meet the press, in the wake of a powerful earthquake that hit Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Thursday.

LDP president is effectively assured of the prime ministership because of the party's comfortable majority in the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of parliament.

Abe, who is aiming to win a third consecutive three-year term as LDP chief, reiterated his determination to clarify the rationale for the existence of the Self-Defense Forces in war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan's constitution.

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