Abe Calls for Diet Debates on Constitutional Revisions

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Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a policy speech on Friday, called on all parties to promote parliamentary debates on the Constitution, while expressing his eagerness to create a social security system benefiting all generations.

The prime minister's first policy speech since Japan's new era of Reiwa began on May 1 was made at plenary meetings of both chambers of the Diet, the country's parliament, during an extraordinary session convened the same day to run for 67 days through Dec. 9.

In the speech, he called for "new nation-building for the era of Reiwa," regarding the Constitution as a "guidepost" for such efforts.

"I think the Commission on the Constitution (of each Diet chamber) is where the ideals Japan will strive to achieve as a country should be discussed," Abe said. "Let us fulfill our responsibility to the people."

Aiming to put a revised Constitution into effect in 2020, Abe appears to be trying to spur Diet talks on constitutional amendment after highlighting the issue in the House of Councillors election in July this year.

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