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30% Planning to Vote for LDP in October 22 Election: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—A Jiji Press survey found Friday that 30.7% of voters are planning to vote for Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's Liberal Democratic Party in the proportional representation blocs of the October 22 House of Representatives election. Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko's Party of Hope came second with support from 11.8%, according to the survey, conducted nationwide for four days th…

Dissolving the House of Representatives: A Powerful Political Tool

The Japanese constitution gives the prime minister the authority to dissolve the House of Representatives, the more powerful of Japan’s two Diet chambers. It is among the premier’s greatest political powers, seen as a means of bringing pivotal agenda issues to a public vote.

Election Season Kicks Off: Parties Line Up for October 22 Contest

On October 10, 2017, the campaigning officially kicked off for the House of Representatives election slated for October 22. So far the election has been spun primarily as a referendum on the performance of the administration of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō. The cards seem stacked against Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeitō, in terms of extending their lead in the lower h…

Prime Minister Abe’s Drive to Amend the Constitution: Can He Overcome the Hurdles?Takenaka Harukata

Prime Minister Abe is aiming to amend the Constitution of Japan by 2020. But support for his administration has declined sharply, and if he insists on pushing ahead with the amendment process according to his intended schedule, he runs the risk of failing both at revising the Constitution and at holding on to power.

LDP’s Election Pledges to Contain Proposed Constitutional Amendments (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)—The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is considering including four constitutional amendments proposed by Prime Minister Abe Shinzō in its policy pledges for the imminent election of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Japan's Diet, informed sources said Wednesday. But the LDP will refrain from showing draft amendments with specific wording because some…

The Anomalous Life of the Japanese ConstitutionKenneth Mori McElwain

The Japanese Constitution was drafted in the early postwar years and has never been amended. In this essay, a constitutional history and politics specialist examines Japan’s basic law as compared to its counterparts around the world. Do its brevity and reliance on legislation to alter its impact mean that Prime Minister Abe Shinzō does not need to focus on amending the Constitution to achieve his policy goals?

Beyond Article 9: Broader Considerations for Japanese Constitutional ReformInoue Takeshi

In Japan, debate over constitutional revision tends to focus narrowly on such hot-button issues as Article 9 (Renunciation of War) and the status of the emperor. Constitutional scholar Inoue Takeshi argues for a broader conversation—encompassing such issues as environmental rights, gender parity, and intergenerational equity—to pave the way for reforms needed to strengthen and modernize Japan’s democracy.

No Set Time Frame for Amending Constitution: Abe (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Thursday that there should be no predetermined time frame for his long-cherished goal of amending the country's constitution, which was drawn up during the US occupation that followed the end of World War II. Abe made the remark at a press conference after launching his new cabinet earlier in the day. The cabinet reshuffle was i…

Abe Aims to Submit LDP’s Constitutional Revision Plan by Year-End (News)

Kobe, June 24 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō expressed his hope on Saturday that his ruling Liberal Democratic Party will submit its proposal for constitutional amendments to relevant panels of the National Diet within this year. "I hope that the LDP constitutional revision proposal will be presented to the commissions on the Constitution of both chambers of the Diet before the…

LDP Should Draw Up Constitutional Revision Plan This Year: Abe (News)

Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Sunday underscored the need for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to draw up within this year its proposal on constitutional revisions. "The LDP, the largest political party in Japan, should fulfill its responsibility by coming up with its constitutional revision proposal this year, which marks the seventieth anniversary of the …

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