Abe Calls for Constitutional Revision Debates at Diet

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New York, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday expressed hopes for active discussions on constitutional amendments to be held at an extraordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliamentary, set to open on Oct. 4.

"Japanese people think that debates on constitutional revisions should be held," Abe said at a press conference in New York, referring to the ruling bloc's victory in the July election of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, in which Abe, also head of the Liberal Democratic Party, the nucleus of the coalition, called for revising the supreme law of Japan.

"I want both ruling and opposition parties to put forward their own drafts and hold discussions to meet the people's expectations at the constitutional panels (of both chambers of the Diet)," Abe said.

On the consumption tax hike from 8 pct to 10 pct at the beginning of October, Abe stressed, "If risks become evident, we'll take all possible measures (to underpin the economy) flexibly without hesitation."

He ruled out the possibility of dissolving the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, for a snap general election. Such an option is "neither in the corner nor at the center of my mind," Abe said, adding, "I want to fulfill my responsibility to the public by devoting myself to producing results on challenges both at home and abroad one by one."

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