Abe shows resolve to amend the Constitution while in office


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his resolve to realize constitutional amendments during his term in office before a meeting of the House of Councilors Budget Committee on Wednesday.

“As I campaigned for amending the Constitution in the House of Representatives election (in December 2014), I want to achieve that goal,” Abe told the members.

Abe’s current term of office as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will expire in September 2018.

Also in the meeting, Abe said it will be virtually impossible for the LDP alone to secure the two-thirds support needed in both chambers of the Diet to propose a national referendum on constitutional revisions.

It will be difficult to realize the amendments unless the LDP receives support from its coalition partner, Komeito, and other parties, he said, suggesting he plans to seek cooperation from like-minded lawmakers.