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Abe renews call for constitutional revision

Monday’s Asahi led with a report on a video message Prime Minister Abe sent to a meeting on Sunday of a group of people seeking constitutional revision as president of the ruling LDP. In the nine-minute video message, Abe stressed the need to revise the Constitution in responding to the coronavirus crisis to allow authorities to enforce requests to the public to refrain from certain actions based on the special measures law. He also mentioned the need to clearly state the constitutionality of the Self-Defense Forces in Article 9. The paper wrote that although Abe has expressed his strong resolve to achieve constitutional revision during his term as LDP chief until the fall of 2021, a senior LDP official said he is afraid that Abe’s remarks will be seen as a move to capitalize on the coronavirus crisis. The paper speculated that Abe is advocating constitutional revision in a bid to prevent his grip on power from weakening. Monday’s Sankei also reported on Abe’s video message.

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