• Kyodo


Diet discussions on whether to revise the Constitution began in earnest Thursday, with the Liberal Democratic Party proposing that reigning emperors be referred to as the head of state, rather than “the symbol of the state” as currently stipulated.

During a meeting of the Lower House commission on the Constitution, LDP lawmaker Gen Nakatani said emperors should be called the head of state because they represent Japan in diplomatic affairs.

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