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LDP constitutional revision headquarters accepts members’ proposals on SDF provision

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Headquarters for the Promotion of Revision to the Constitution ended on Feb. 19 its solicitation of proposals from Diet members on the envisioned provision on the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the Constitution. Hiroyuki Hosoda, who chairs the headquarters, plans to reach a consensus on the proposal by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (LDP president) calling for retaining Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 9 by the time the party holds its convention on March 25, but issues still remain on the actual wording of the provision.

 

According to an LDP source, dozens of proposals were received. These proposals and those submitted after the deadline will be discussed at a plenary meeting of the headquarters in late February.

 

The proposals received can be roughly classified into those favoring retaining Paragraph 2, which stipulates that Japan will not maintain war potential, and those advocating the deletion of this paragraph. The focus of debate from now on will be how the actual provision will affect the scope of the use of force allowed under the existing Constitution.

 

Constitutional revision schedule envisioned by the LDP

 

2018

Feb. 16

Constitutional revision headquarters drafts provisions on eliminating joint House of Councillors electoral districts

March 25

Party convention: announcement of LDP’s constitutional revision proposals

After late March

Submission of LDP proposals to Commissions on the Constitution of both houses of the Diet for deliberation

September

LDP presidential election

Case 1: Submission of constitutional revision motions to Diet, holding a referendum 60-180 days after submission

2019

January

Regular Diet session convenes

 

April

Simultaneous local elections

 

April 30

Emperor’s abdication

 

May 1

Crown Prince’s accession to the throne

 

Summer

Upper House election

Case 2: Submission of constitutional revision motions to Diet, holding a referendum 60-180 days after submission (possibly after Upper House election)

 

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