(Update 2) Abe Forms New Cabinet, Vows to Achieve Constitutional Revision
Tokyo, Sept. 11 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched a new cabinet on Wednesday, renewing his pledge to revise the country's Constitution and promote social security reform.
"I will surely achieve constitutional amendment, although it is a difficult challenge," Abe told a press conference after his new cabinet was inaugurated.
"The ruling Liberal Democratic Party should demonstrate strong leadership in parliament to craft a draft for constitutional amendment suitable for the Reiwa era," Abe said, referring to the name of the country's new Imperial era that began in May.
The prime minister called on opposition parties to join the LDP for active discussions on constitutional reform. Abe is LDP president.
He also said his government will newly establish a council to discuss social security reform. Its first meeting will be held as early as next week, he said.