Abe Eager to Make Constitutional Revisions Election Issue

Politics

Tokyo, June 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday expressed his intention to make constitutional revisions a major issue in the election for the House of Councillors on July 21.

"I'd like to ask the public whether the attitude of avoiding discussions on revising the top law is appropriate," Abe told a press conference at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, held to mark the end of this year's regular session of the Diet, the country's parliament, on the day.

"The biggest issue in the Upper House election is whether the public will choose to proceed with reforms under stable political conditions or return to an era of confusion," he said, rapping the three-year rule by the now-defunct Democratic Party of Japan between September 2009 and December 2012. Opposition parties were not cooperative in Diet debates on constitutional amendments, he added.

Noting that his administration will put top priority on spurring economic growth, Abe stressed that the government will "take thorough measures in a timely manner without hesitation if the economy decelerates."

Abe rebutted opposition parties' criticism of a recent Financial Services Agency report that a retired couple would need to amass 20 million yen in life savings, on top of pensions, for survival for 30 years after retirement.

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