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All CDP Leader Hopefuls Vow to Accept Talks on Constitution Reform

All CDP Leader Hopefuls Vow to Accept Talks on Constitution Reform

   Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)--All four candidates in the Nov. 30 leadership election of Japan's main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan said Monday that they will accept discussions on constitutional reform.
   At a debate hosted by the Japan National Press Club, the four candidates also touched on the possibility of reviewing the party's election cooperation with the Japanese Communist Party, ahead of next summer's election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of Japan's parliament.
   With the ruling Liberal Democratic Party requesting talks on constitutional reform, one of the candidates, Seiji Osaka, 62, former special adviser to the prime minister, said that the discussions should be held "in a quiet environment."
   Osaka said that a national referendum to amend the Constitution "would not produce results that earn the trust of the people" unless there are sufficient restrictions on related commercials.
   Junya Ogawa, 50, former parliamentary vice minister for internal affairs and communications, said that he would welcome debate on constitutional amendment "as a practical matter."

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