The “national association for the promulgation of a constitution for a beautiful Japan,” for which the conservative group Nippon Kaigi serves as secretariat, held a meeting at the Parliamentary Museum in Nagata-cho, Tokyo on March 14. The association announced that it has reached its goal of collecting 10 million signatures in favor of constitutional revision.
This group has been collecting signatures since its founding in October 2014. As of the end of February this year, it has collected 10,018,221 signatures. The list of signatures will be used to rally support by making phone calls and sending emails after motions for constitutional revision are submitted to the Diet.
Around 800 people, including 45 Diet members from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Komeito, the Party of Hope, and Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party), participated in the meeting on March 14. Co-leader Yoshiko Sakurai commented on the debate in the LDP on drawing up provisions under Article 9 of the Constitution to serve as the legal basis of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF). She said: “Provisions on the SDF must be added to the Constitution. We hope that consideration will be given to the sentiments of those who signed the petition.”