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INTERVIEW: SDP Nixes Constitutional Debate under Abe

INTERVIEW: SDP Nixes Constitutional Debate under Abe

   Tokyo, Aug. 20 (Jiji Press)--Mizuho Fukushima, deputy head of the opposition Social Democratic Party, refuses to discuss constitutional revisions under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, blasting what she sees as his disrespect for Japan's top law.
   "The 2015 war laws clearly violate the Constitution," Fukushima said in a recent interview with Jiji Press, referring to the national security legislation enacted that year.
   "Exercising collective self-defense rights cannot be viewed as constitutional under the current Constitution," she said.
   "Discussing constitutional reform after enacting the unconstitutional laws will destroy the normative nature of the Constitution," she said, refusing to take part in constitutional reform debate unless "the illegal laws" are undone.
   Citing Abe's wish to write the Self-Defense Forces into the supreme law's war-renouncing Article 9 and enforce a revised constitution in 2020, the lawyer-turned-politician said the commissions on the Constitution at both chambers of parliament will be used as the venue to create "an alibi" to argue that debate is done.

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