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Komeito chief Yamaguchi says “constitutional reform has a low priority”

Komeito, the junior coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), on Sept. 19 officially announced its leadership election due to the expiration of the incumbent president’s present term of office. Current leader Natsuo Yamaguchi has secured his sixth consecutive term as party chief without voting since no one but Yamaguchi applied for candidacy. During a press conference held later that day, Yamaguchi pointed out that opinion polls have given constitutional revisions a low priority and warned against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who underscores his willingness to amend the Constitution during the campaign for the LDP presidential election.

 

At the press conference, Yamaguchi touched on the coalition government with the LDP and stressed, “It’s important to start implementing high-priority policy issues.”  He added; “Trends in various opinion polls show the priorities (of policy issues) and we can’t say that constitutional amendment has high priority. We’d like to consider what we should do by closely assessing the trends.” (Abridged)

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