Abe Calls for Debate on Constitutional Amendments


Tokyo, July 7 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sunday demanded that parliament discuss his Liberal Democratic Party's proposals for constitutional amendments.

The LDP's proposals include defining the roles of the Self-Defense Forces in the constitution's war-renouncing Article 9.

Political parties should put forward their own proposals for constitutional amendments and discuss them, Abe, also LDP president, said in a televised debate among party leaders. "A final decision (on whether to amend the constitution) will be made by the people," he said.

Leaders from the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Democratic Party for the People, both opposition parties, sought to first discuss tighter regulations on television commercials for national referendums on possible constitutional amendments.

Regulations on TV commercials under the current national referendum law have major flaws, but the ruling coalition has refused to discuss them, CDPJ leader Yukio Edano said. DPFP leader Yuichiro Tamaki said his party's proposals for referendum law revisions should be discussed early.

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