Abe Not Necessarily Sticking to Top Law Revision in 2020

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested Thursday that he may not necessarily stick to his stated goal of putting a revised constitution into force in 2020.

"The goal is my hope," Abe said at a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament. "As a constitutional amendment must be proposed by the Diet, I don't think at all that a revision will be realized in line with my wish," he said.

On a money scandal involving Kansai Electric Power Co. <9503> executives, Abe said that the power industry builds on customer trust, adding that the company, which has invited public distrust, should take the current situation seriously.

Kansai Electric has been under fire as many of its executives received huge amounts of money and goods from a former deputy mayor of the town of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, home to the firm's Takahama nuclear power plant.

An opposition lawmaker urged the government to take the lead in investigating the high-profile scandal. But industry minister Isshu Sugawara remained noncommittal, saying at the Budge Committee meeting that the government will "firmly supervise (the company)" while sharing information with a third-party probe panel set up by the company.

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