Abe Keen to Make Top Law Revision Issue in Upper House Poll

Politics

Tokyo, June 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated on Sunday his eagerness to make constitutional revisions one of major issues for the July 21 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament.

"At stake in the Upper House election will be whether constitutional amendments should be discussed thoroughly or not," Abe, also president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said in an online debate among heads of major political parties. The official campaign period for the Upper House election is set to start on Thursday.

This was the first debate session among party heads since this year's ordinary Diet session ended on Wednesday. Besides Abe, chiefs of five parties, including Yukio Edano of the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, attended the online debate.

Abe is known as a strong advocate of constitutional revisions, but Komeito, the coalition partner of the LDP, remains cautious about amending the top law. In the debate, Komeito chief Natsuo Yamaguchi said only, "Both the ruling and opposition parties should make efforts to create an environment enabling calm discussions."

Among opposition party leaders, Edano called for prioritizing discussions on restrictions on television commercials for national referendums. Yuichiro Tamaki, head of the Democratic Party for the People, agreed with Edano.

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