23 May 2017

News Story: Abe urges LDP to present Constitution reform plan by year-end

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday urged the ruling Liberal Democratic Party which he leads to present by the end of this year the party's plan on amending the postwar Constitution.

"I want the LDP to discuss (the amendment) thoroughly, compile a plan within this year and present it to the public," Abe said on a radio program.

"I'd like to know whether (the plan) will garner public support," he said. This is the first time that the prime minister has publically set out a time frame for the party to compile a plan on the first-ever amendment to the Constitution.

Abe, in a video message shown at a May 3 gathering of people supportive of constitutional reform, proposed mentioning the existence of the Self-Defense Forces in the war-renouncing Article 9 to provide them with greater legal backing and to seek the enforcement of a revised supreme law in 2020.

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