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Liberal Democratic Party won’t present Constitution revision plan to Diet this year

Kyodo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party has given up its plan to present draft amendments to the pacifist Constitution to the ongoing extraordinary Diet session, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.

In a policy speech in the Diet last month, Abe expressed his strong desire to present his party’s constitutional revision plan during the current session through Dec. 10.

The party is now expected to present its proposal during the ordinary Diet session from January.

Abe’s administration is prioritizing a bill to bring more blue-collar workers into the country. The LDP-led coalition bulldozed the controversial bill through the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Deliberation on the bill in the House of Councilors began Wednesday and the ruling coalition hopes to get the bill passed by Dec. 10.

Abe seeks to realize the first-ever revisions to the supreme law by changing its war-renouncing Article 9, which bans the maintenance of war potential, to end academic debate over the constitutionality of the Self-Defense Forces.

The Constitution took effect in 1947 during the U.S.-led postwar Occupation.

The Lower House Commission on the Constitution will be held Thursday for the first time in this Diet session.