Constitution Reformists Lose Upper House Two-Thirds Majority


Tokyo, July 22 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and other forces supporting constitutional reform lost a two-thirds majority in the 245-seat House of Councillors in Sunday's election.

Meanwhile, the LDP and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, together won 71 of the 124 seats contested in the election for the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.

The reformist forces, also including Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), needed to secure 85 seats to maintain their two-thirds majority, the minimum required for the chamber to propose a constitutional revision.

The number of contested seats won by the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan totaled 17, against nine held before the election.

"We were told by nationals to discuss" constitutional reform, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the LDP's president, said on television. "I hope discussions will develop in the Diet."

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