JapanConstitution PM Shinzo Abe has a long-held belief the ‘American imposed’ Constitution is unfair to Japanese society By Grant Newsham September 20, 2018 6:17 PM (UTC+8) Share Tweet Linkedin Print Email Share 0 Comment 0 Sometimes politics is personal. And for Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who is headed for a third term, revising Japan’s Constitution is just that. Indeed, some might say it’s more an obsession given Abe’s longstanding belief the ‘US-imposed’ Constitution was both unfair and unsuited to Japanese society. As for Abe’s chances of success? He’s got a fair hand, but success is not guaranteed. He’ll first need to obtain two-thirds support from the Diet’s upper and lower houses. And then he must win majority approval in a national public referendum. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia – directly to your inbox While Abe nominally has the support to clear both houses of the Diet given the Liberal Democratic Party’s large majorities – he still needs cooperation from his coalition partner, Komeito, and some small minority parties. A former senior Japanese defense official noted that Abe’s main LDP rival, Shigeru Ishiba and his sizeable faction might resist. Ishiba has been critical of Abe’s specific revisions – though… Read full this story
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