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LDP reactivates Constitution revision panel

JIJI

The Liberal Democratic Party has reactivated a panel on constitutional revisions that had been dormant since last year.

The mission of the LDP Headquarters for the Promotion of Revision to the Constitution “is to build a consensus among the public,” Chairman Eisuke Mori said Tuesday during a meeting of the panel. “We’ll play a role in creating a bridgehead for that.”

After the meeting, Mori said the LDP will use its draft as a basis for discussion and seek cooperation from other parties, regardless of whether they are in the ruling or opposition camp.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the LDP’s president, has shown readiness to make revising the Constitution an issue in the Upper House election this summer.

Ahead of the election, the LDP aims to create a favorable atmosphere for changing the Constitution by reactivating the headquarters.

Tuesday’s meeting was the first since the previous chairman was replaced last fall after mounting criticism about his selection of a constitutional scholar as witness to a Diet commission on the Constitution.

Last June, the scholar told the commission that he viewed Abe’s national security bills as unconstitutional. The controversial bills were passed into law in September.

  • Ron Lane

    “Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the LDP’s president, has shown readiness to
    make revising the Constitution an issue in the Upper House election this
    summer.”

    Now how’s that for an understatement? Readiness? In the face of all the troubling issues this nation faces, revising the Constitution — something irrelevant to those issues — has been been an obsession with this man and his cohorts.