Abe Resolved on Constitutional Change in 2020; Opposition Head Wary

Politics

Tokyo, May 3 (Jiji Press)--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his goal of revising the Japanese constitution and bringing the amended top law into effect in 2020, in a video message released on Friday, the first Constitution Day of the country since its new era of Reiwa started on Wednesday.

"There is no change in my hope," he said in the message, which was delivered to a meeting of people supporting constitutional amendments, held in Tokyo by a private-sector organization the same day. Abe sent the video message in his capacity as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, Yukio Edano, head of the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, warned that Japan's constitutionalism is "at substantial risk," at a meeting held in the Japanese capital by those opposing a revision of the supreme law.

Friday marked the 72nd anniversary of the constitution's entry into force.

Abe said, "In the first year of the new era, we should start now head-on discussions on how our country should be in the future," urging the Diet, the country's parliament, to hold active debates on constitutional amendments.

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