LDP Lawmakers Asked to Check Municipal Role on SDF Recruitment

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has asked party lawmakers to check how well municipalities in their home constituencies cooperate on the recruitment of Self-Defense Forces officers, it was learned Friday.

The request, written by Itsunori Onodera, chairman of the LDP Research Commission on National Security, and Tomohiro Yamamoto, director of the National Defense Division, was sent to lawmakers on Thursday.

The move came after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also LDP president, claimed that war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan's constitution needs to be revised to stipulate the existence of the SDF because of insufficient cooperation from municipalities on SDF recruitment.

In the written request, the LDP pointed to the SDF law allowing prefectural governors, cities, towns and villages to conduct part of work to recruit SDF personnel.

The party also claimed that more than 60 pct of municipalities did not submit related information despite demands by the defense minister.

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