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A nonpartisan group of lawmakers agreed Friday to submit a bill during the current special Diet session proposing the creation of standing committees in both chambers of the Diet to consider revising the Constitution.

The group, consisting of 356 members from both chambers and from all parties except the Social Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party, hopes that the committees will be established during the regular Diet session in January.

If the bill is taken up in the current session, it has a good chance of being enacted because the lawmakers who support it make up a majority in the Diet.

Taro Nakayama, chairman of the group, told a meeting that he would like to submit the bill to the speaker of the Lower House as early as next week. Nakayama said it is necessary to review the Constitution to see if it is appropriate for changing world situations.

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