Abe Facing Tough Road ahead for Constitutional Revisions

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)--Winning a third consecutive three-year term as president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now ready to boost efforts to revise the nation's Constitution, his long-held ambition, during his term of office through September 2021.

Abe aims to spark discussions on constitutional amendments by presenting the LDP's proposal to an extraordinary Diet session to be convened in the autumn.

But he is expected to face a bumpy road ahead.

A tight schedule is one obstacle for him. A series of major events are scheduled in Japan next year, including Emperor Akihito's abdication and the House of Councillors election.

In May last year, Abe said he aims to put a revised supreme law into effect in 2020, instructing the LDP's Headquarters for the Promotion of Revision of the Constitution to compile amendment ideas.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press LDP Abe Shinzō constitution