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Abe pushes constitutional reform for better education

  • April 24, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 12:25 p.m.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for constitutional reform to provide better education for all children.

“Education must be truly open for all children, regardless of their families’ economic conditions,” Abe said in a message to a meeting on Tuesday of a group of suprapartisan lawmakers seeking to establish a new constitution.

Abe, also president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, expressed his eagerness again to see the existence of the Self-Defense Forces stipulated clearly in the constitution’s war-renouncing Article 9.

Abe urged stepped-up discussions on constitutional amendments, while referring to Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession to the throne set for May 1.

“It is time for us to have head-on discussions on this country’s future as we stand on the starting line of the new era,” he said.

Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, the head of the lawmaker group, who was absent from the meeting, said in a comment that “we are coming to the end of an era in which (problems) can be covered by the interpretations of the existing constitution.”

“It is time to establish a constitution for the Japanese people, by the hands of the Japanese people,” Nakasone continued.

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