Parties Urged to Self-Regulate Constitutional Referendum Ads


Tokyo, May 9 (Jiji Press)--A senior official of the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association on Thursday called on political parties to voluntarily restrict their television commercials for national referendums on possible constitutional amendments.

Shin Nagahara, executive director of the association, made the request during a hearing by the Commission on the Constitution of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament. The hearing was attended by members of all 10 parliamentary factions of ruling and opposition parties in the Lower House.

The national referendum law allows political parties to freely air TV commercials to seek support for their policies on whether to revise the country's constitution, except for during the 14 days before a referendum.

Major opposition parties are calling for stricter rules, worrying that the law may work in favor of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which has abundant funds.

This was the first time that substantive discussions were held at the committee during the ongoing ordinary Diet session.

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