INTERVIEW: SDP Vows to Block Constitutional Amendment


Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--The Social Democratic Party aims to prevent parties supporting constitutional amendment from securing a two-thirds majority in the July 21 House of Councillors election, Secretary-General Hajime Yoshikawa has said.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is highly likely to speed up preparations for constitutional reform if the proamendment camp, including the LDP, gains a two-thirds majority in the election for the upper chamber of Japan's parliament, Yoshikawa said in a recent interview.

"The biggest challenge for now is to block the LDP, its coalition partner, Komeito, and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) from winning a combined two-thirds majority," he said. A two-thirds majority is the minimum necessary to propose a constitutional revision.

Although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the LDP's president, is eager to revise war-renouncing Article 9 of the constitution, "very few" people want such a revision, Yoshikawa said.

"If a third provision is added to the article, it would make its second provision, which prohibits Japan from possessing any war potential, a dead letter," Yoshikawa said. "We can't let that happen."

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