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CDP Leader Candidate Izumi Positive on Talks on Constitution

CDP Leader Candidate Izumi Positive on Talks on Constitution

   Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--Kenta Izumi, one of the four candidates in the leadership race at Japan's main opposition party, in a television program Sunday sounded ready to hold active debates on the Constitution at the Diet, Japan's parliament.
   The other three candidates in the Nov. 30 election at the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan indicated their stances of accepting such debates in principle, but stressed the need for preparing an environment enabling careful discussions.
   "The CDP is a political party that puts weight on debating the Constitution, and I'm ready to fully discuss the country's supreme law at the Diet's commissions on the Constitution," Izumi, who now serves as the CDP's policy chief, said.
   Izumi sounded negative on the CDP rejecting parliamentary discussions on the Constitution, saying that he believes many members of the public do not support a strategy of staging "physical resistance" in Diet deliberations.
   Of the other three candidates, Seiji Osaka, former special adviser to the prime minister, said: "We should thoroughly hold discussions on the Constitution. But reckless discussions would be problematic."

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