INTERVIEW: LDP Open to Debate on Opposition Constitution Proposals


Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)--Liberal Democratic Party Election Strategy Committee Chairman Hakubun Shimomura has indicated that the Japanese ruling party is ready to discuss Constitution-linked topics taken up by opposition forces.

"Opposition parties should bring up what they want in order to promote discussions" because debates at the commissions on the constitution of both chambers of the Diet, Japan's parliament, are "free discussions," Shimomura said in a recent interview with Jiji Press.

On his remark indicating that same-sex marriage could be among the topics to be discussed for constitutional amendments, Shimomura said he made such a comment to facilitate discussions by opposition forces if they want to establish such a right.

He himself is not an enthusiastic promoter of such a right for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, sexual minorities, he said.

Opposition parties should comment confidently at the constitutional panels why they oppose constitutional amendments, he went on to say.

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