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LDP election pledges seek to revise Article 9

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Releasing its campaign pledges on Monday for the House of Representatives election on Oct. 22, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party clarified its aim of amending the Constitution, including its pacifist Article 9, for the first time since the supreme law was put into force in May 1947.

In the pledges, the LDP stressed that it aims to change the Constitution by submitting its draft revisions to the Diet, after full-fledged discussions in and outside the party and winning support from two-thirds or more of the members of both chambers of the Diet for proposing the constitutional amendments.

It is the first time for the LDP to set out a policy of seeking constitutional amendments as a centerpiece in its election promises.

In the pledges for the upcoming general election for the all-important lower house, the LDP also called for allocating revenue from the planned consumption tax rate increase to 10 percent from 8 percent in October 2019 for the establishment of a social security system focusing on all generations.

Also underlining the importance of maintaining a tough stance against North Korea, which is escalating its provocations, the LDP apparently highlighted its ability to continue to lead the government in a challenging security environment.

As major pillars, the LDP pledges called for strengthening pressure on North Korea, pulling Japan out of deflation through the acceleration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Abenomics economic policy mix, increasing wages through a productivity revolution, changing the country’s current social welfare system focusing heavily on elderly people to a new system including the promotion of free education, speeding up local revitalization including the reconstruction of disaster-hit areas, and revising the Constitution in four areas including the addition to Article 9 of a sentence to stipulate the rationale for the existence of the Self-Defense Forces.Speech

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