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DP leader Okada criticizes Biden’s remark on Japanese Constitution

Sankei reported online on Aug. 18 on a press conference by Democratic Party President Okada, during which he criticized Vice President Biden’s recent remark that America “wrote Japan’s Constitution.” The opposition leader was quoted as saying: “In the end the Constitution was created after discussions at the Diet. It is extremely inappropriate for the Vice President to say that America wrote the Constitution.” Okada stressed that Japan should not possess nuclear weapons. While pointing out that the nation’s supreme law does not have an article that specifically prohibits Japan’s possession of nuclear weapons, Okada said: “I don’t think the Vice President made the comment with a specific constitutional article in mind…. What is more important than the fact that [the SCAP] drafted the Japanese Constitution is that the Japanese people have nurtured the Constitution over the past 70 years.”

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