Abe's Less Conservative Posture Aimed to Spur Talks on Constitution


Tokyo, Sept. 22 (Jiji Press)--With a parliamentary session to start on Oct. 4, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to place less conservative members of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in key party and parliamentary posts related to constitutional amendment, in the hope of luring opposition parties into talks on the issue.

The focal point of the upcoming session of the Diet, the country's parliament, is whether it can kick-start talks on reforming the post-World War II pacifist code, a long-standing political goal of Abe.

"I'm resolved to achieve (constitutional amendment) without fail," Abe stressed at a press conference following a cabinet and LDP leadership reshuffle earlier this month.

In October last year, Abe appointed former education minister Hakubun Shimomura to head the LDP's Headquarters for the Promotion of Revision of the Constitution, expecting him to help accelerate parliamentary efforts to revise the Constitution.

But Shimomura provoked a fierce backlash from opposition parties after criticizing their reluctance to accept talks on the matter as neglect of duty.

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