Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi indicated during a BS-11 TV program on April 4 that if the support rating for the Abe cabinet remains low, constitutional revision, including the revision of Article 9, will be difficult. He pointed out: “Constitutional revision is not a top priority among the people’s issues. There is persistent opposition to revising Article 9 in particular. It will be very difficult to submit amendment motions to the Diet or hold a referendum on challenging issues.”
In connection with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s proposal to add explicit constitutional provisions on the Self-Defense Forces, Yamaguchi cited the existence of the security legislation, stressing that, “It is not necessarily a problem not to amend the constitution.” He also indicated that the revision of Article 9 will require a broad consensus involving the leading opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.