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INTERVIEW: LDP Official Seeks Diet Debate on Constitution Reform

INTERVIEW: LDP Official Seeks Diet Debate on Constitution Reform

   Tokyo, Aug. 13 (Jiji Press)--Hakubun Shimomura, a senior Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker leading the ruling party's task force promoting constitutional amendments, has shown eagerness to start debate on revisions to the Constitution at an extraordinary parliamentary session to be convened in September.
   "The LDP wants to explain its own four-point reform proposal" at the Diet, Japan's parliament, Shimomura said. "It is desirable to exchange opinions on what parties are willing or unwilling to discuss at the commissions on the Constitution of both chambers of the Diet and narrow down the list of themes for debate," he added.
   Shimomura was speaking to Jiji Press as Prime Minister and LDP President Shinzo Abe, heartened by the ruling coalition winning a majority in the House of Councillors in last month's election, hopes to promote constitutional reform debate at the upcoming session.
   Shimomura said he believes that the fact that forces supporting constitutional reform failed to secure a two-thirds majority in the 245-seat Upper House in the election, the minimum required for the chamber to propose a constitutional revision, may be a good thing from the perspective of promoting debate on the Constitution.
   "The election results came short of what the opposition had been fearful of, making it easier for them to take part in debate," Shimomura said.

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