The Liberal Democratic Party and ally New Komeito vowed Wednesday to carry out monetary easing, speed up reconstruction of the disaster-pounded Tohoku region and pursue other key goals after they again form a ruling coalition on Dec. 26.
In their second round of coalition-preparation talks, the two parties also agreed to let the Diet’s bicameral Commission on the Constitution consider whether to amend the nation’s charter, particularly its war-renouncing Article 9. The dovish, Buddhist-backed New Komeito has opposed the right-leaning LDP’s push, particularly under former-and-again-soon-to-be-reinstalled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to boost the military’s status.
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