LDP Denies Plan to Railroad National Referendum Bill


Tokyo, Nov. 18 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has no plans to railroad a bill aimed at improving voter convenience in a possible national referendum on revising the Constitution, LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai said Monday.

Asked at a press conference about the possibility of taking a vote on the bill at the House of Representatives Commission on the Constitution without agreement with major opposition parties, Nikai said that the LDP had no such plan.

The bill is the focus of the agenda at the current extraordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament, set to end on Dec. 9.

Nikai said the LDP is facing many challenges and that the party should start what it can. "There is no need to rush," he said, suggesting that the bill does not necessarily have to be passed during the ongoing Diet session.

"It is important to address the critical challenge regarding the Constitution, based on national consensus," he said, suggesting an intention to manage Diet affairs amicably.

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