Japan Lawmakers Discuss Constitutional Reform in Open Talks


Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--Ruling and opposition lawmakers in Japan debated on Thursday whether to speed up deliberations on proposed constitutional revisions, in open talks held at the House of Representatives Commission on the Constitution for the first time in roughly two years.

The free discussion-format talks at the Lower House panel, last conducted in November 2017, followed a report at the opening of the panel's meeting by member lawmakers on their tour of four European countries that have carried out constitutional amendments.

Ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Yoshitaka Shindo called on peers from both sides of the aisle to hasten discussions on the subject, noting that many European countries have successfully amended their constitutions.

"I felt firsthand the importance of discussions on constitutional revisions that reflect the reality of our nation, based on changes in social conditions," he said.

The opposition camp rejected Shindo's calls for speedy talks. Ikuo Yamahana from the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan responded to the point that Germany has revised its Basic Law, the equivalent of a constitution, 63 times, by highlighting differences between the German and Japanese legal systems.

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