Election win could encourage Abe to revise Japan constitution

Election win could encourage Abe to revise Japan constitution

Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:38PM GMT

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he would try to persuade Japan’s public about the need to revise the country’s constitution.

The 60-year-old said Monday that making reforms in the constitution, imposed by the United States after the end of World War II, has always been one of the main priorities of his party since its inception.

Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner achieved a sweeping victory Sunday, winning a two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament.

Experts say the victory gives Abe what he needs as a mandate for better advancing his deep reforms in the Japanese economy, a plan which is known as Abenomics.

Abe’s critics, however, believe the low turnout in the election has damaged Abe’s mandate and he should be more cautious in implementing the reforms.

The new pledges by Abe shows that he is determined to entrench his patriotic agenda although it has triggered criticism both inside Japan and also in the neighboring China.

Nationalists in Japan say the political and economic developments in East Asia and the rise of China have made changes in their pacifist constitution necessary.

The Japanese premier called for snap parliamentary vote in November, saying that he wanted a fresh mandate for his plan to revive the country’s economy and to promote his patriotic agenda.

Abe was elected two years ago on a platform for revitalizing the economy, but he has been unsuccessful so far. The Asian country slipped back into recession after a sales tax rise in April chilled demand among consumers and businesses.

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