It was learned on Dec. 9 that the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Headquarters for the Promotion of Revision to the Constitution will hold a plenary meeting on Dec. 20 where a “concept paper” on the points to be debated in the constitutional revision proposals will be presented. This document will spell out the party’s basic thinking on the four constitutional revision issues and the points that need to be resolved.
Three proposals will be listed together with the issues to be settled with regard to Article 9 of the Constitution, namely: 1) retain Paragraphs 1 and 2 and add a provision on the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) (Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s proposal); 2) delete Paragraph 2 and add a provision on a “national defense force,” which was included in the LDP’s constitutional revision proposals of 2012; and 3) no change.
Senior members of the headquarters have held informal meetings on and off this month, thereby producing this “concept paper.” They will report to Abe on the current state of work on constitutional revision early this week.
This document spells out the party’s basic thinking, along with points of possible disagreement, on four issues: provision on the SDF, provisions on a state of emergency, free and enhanced support for education, and eliminating House of Councillors constituencies straddling two prefectures.
The LDP still plans to present constitutional revision proposals at the regular Diet session next year, but discussions in the party on the wording of the provisions have been delayed. The headquarters hopes to sort out the concepts forming the basis of constitutional interpretation with this “concept paper” in an effort to build consensus in the party. (Slightly abridged)