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Constitutional Revision Stalled in Japan Amid Political Scandal

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Japan's Constitutional Revision Debate Remains Stalled, Overshadowed by Political Scandal

The debate over revising Japan's postwar Constitution remains at a standstill, marking 77 years since the top law came into effect. With less than two months left before the current parliamentary session ends on June 23rd, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's promise to deliver reform before his term as Liberal Democratic Party president ends in late September appears increasingly unlikely.

The recent large-scale slush funds scandal involving the LDP has significantly impacted the political landscape. Lawmakers have shifted their focus towards reviewing the political funds control law, aiming to tighten regulations on handling political funds and increase transparency. This review has overshadowed the already stalled constitutional revision efforts, leaving the future of the debate uncertain.

The LDP, the ruling party, has long advocated for revising the Constitution, particularly Article 9, which renounces war and prohibits the maintenance of armed forces. However, the opposition parties remain opposed to any changes, citing concerns about potential militarization and the erosion of pacifism.

Public opinion on the issue remains divided. While some support revising the Constitution to strengthen Japan's self-defense capabilities, others fear a return to militarism and the potential for increased international conflict.

With the current political climate dominated by the slush funds scandal and the upcoming review of the political funds control law, the prospects for constitutional revision appear dim. Prime Minister Kishida faces an uphill battle to fulfill his promise of reform before the end of his term, and the future of the debate remains uncertain.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09