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Komeito exec urges careful debate over constitutional revision

  • July 14, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 7:14 p.m.
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Tokyo, July 14 (Jiji Press)–Komeito executive Kazuo Kitagawa on Thursday urged careful debate on revising the Constitution of Japan while the party is viewed as being in favor of amending the top law.

 

“It’s not as easy as (many) believe,” Kitagawa, head of the party’s Central Secretariat, said at a press conference. “I don’t think we can revise the Constitution just based on the mood.”

 

Komeito is the coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

 

In Sunday’s election for the House of Councillors, parties positive on constitutional revision, including the LDP and Komeito, maintained their two-thirds Upper House majority, needed to propose a revision to the Constitution.

 

At a press conference Monday, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he aims to have the Diet, Japan’s parliament, propose constitutional amendment swiftly.

 

Citing examples such as that of turmoil in Britain following the 2016 referendum on the country leaving the European Union, however, Kitagawa expressed worry about Japan facing a possible change of government and political instability if a constitutional revision proposal is voted down in a referendum.

 

“We mustn’t stumble on our first referendum (on constitutional revision),” he said, stressing the need to make efforts for the agreement of many political parties and the understanding of the general public.

 

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