Referendum Law Revision Passage during Current Session Very Unlikely


Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--An amendment to Japan's national referendum law aimed at improving voter convenience in a possible referendum for revising the Constitution is now very unlikely to be passed during the current extraordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament, which ends Dec. 9.

At a meeting on Wednesday, senior officials of major opposition parties, including the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, agreed to oppose the bill being put to a vote during the current session.

Later in the day, Hiroshi Moriyama, Diet affairs chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and his counterpart from the CDPJ, Jun Azumi, met and agreed to not hold a vote Thursday on the bill at the Commission on the Constitution of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet. The LDP and its Komeito ally recently confirmed that they will not ram through a vote.

At a meeting of senior members of the commission Wednesday, the two sides remained in a deadlock as the ruling camp proposed that the commission take a vote on the amendment Thursday while major opposition parties reiterated their call for putting priority on discussions on regulating television commercials regarding a constitutional revision referendum. The two sides decided to cancel a meeting of the commission planned for Thursday.

Moriyama and Azumi agreed to continue discussions on the bill during the current Diet session. The opposition side believes that a vote will not be taken on the bill during the session.

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