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LDP decides not to insist that Constitution was “imposed” on Japan

  • November 18, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo
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All papers reported on yesterday’s resumption of debate on the Constitution at a Lower House commission for the first time in almost 18 months, during which the LDP participants apparently toned down the party’s narrative that the nation’s supreme law was “imposed” on Japan by the U.S. occupation authorities when it was framed right after WWII perhaps with the goal of forging a national consensus for constitutional revision. However, the opposition viewed this approach as an attempt to deceive the public, with most opposition panelists reiterating their views against revising the Constitution by claiming that PM Abe has insisted for years on the need for an amendment on the grounds that it was imposed on Japan by the U.S.

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