Jan 6, 2015

LDP sets out how it might revise Constitution

The Liberal Democratic Party will step up efforts this year to revise the Constitution, a long-cherished goal of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. To lay the groundwork, the LDP hopes to start talks with other parties as early as March. This will produce a draft ...

Abe wants to gut public protections: expert

Jun 29, 2013

Abe wants to gut public protections: expert

by Tomoko Otake

If the Liberal Democratic Party succeeds in rewriting the Constitution, it would severely scale back fundamental human rights and strip the public of various civil liberties, a prominent constitutional scholar warns. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, while focusing for now on his economic policies, looks ...

Jun 29, 2013

Upcoming election's critical issue

Before the July 21 election, don't expect the LDP to talk much about the need to revise Article 96 of the Constitution, but it's in the party's campaign platform.