Abe Urges Opposition Parties to Propose Constitution Reform


Tokyo, Oct. 8 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on opposition parties on Tuesday to come up with proposals on constitutional amendment, in order to reinvigorate parliamentary talks on the matter.

"I hope that the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and other opposition parties will also bring forward their proposals and hold active discussions at the Commission of the Constitution (of each chamber of parliament), in order to meet the people's expectations," Abe said at a plenary meeting of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber.

Abe said the results of the Upper House election this July and recent public opinion polls indicate public support for talks on constitutional amendment.

"I expect discussions on the issue to deepen beyond the division between the ruling and opposition parties," the prime minister said.

In regard to a major power outage in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, caused by a strong typhoon last month, Abe rejected criticism of him for conducting a cabinet reshuffle just after the 15th tropical storm of the year hit the area.

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