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INTERVIEW: Japan Communist Party Sees No Need for Constitutional Revision

INTERVIEW: Japan Communist Party Sees No Need for Constitutional Revision

   Tokyo, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japanese lawmakers need to focus on issues other than constitutional amendment, Keiji Kokuta, the Japanese Communist Party's parliamentary affairs chief, said in a recent interview.
   There is no need for parliament to hold discussions on constitutional amendment, Kokuta said. "There's no need for parliament to propose constitutional revisions. Nobody wants it," he said.
   "There are many other issues that need to be addressed," Kokuta said, citing October's consumption tax increase, public pensions, strained ties with South Korea and tensions in the Middle East.
   In July's election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, opposition parties, which are against constitutional revisions, won more than one-third of seats, Kokuta said.
   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party failed to win a majority of seats, and forces in favor of constitutional amendment, including the LDP and others, failed to secure two-thirds, he said.

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