The Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito Party secure 69 seats in Japan's upper house of parliament. Together with other parties, they will potentially have enough votes to change the “pacifist” article of the constitution
Japan's ruling coalition, which includes the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Komeito Party, is winning the majority in elections to the upper house of parliament (the House of Councilors), NHK writes, citing its own exit polls.
The coalition secures 69 seats in the House of Councilors, a majority needs more than 63.
NHK's exit polls are based on a poll of 200,000 voters in 1,700 polling stations across the country on Election Day July 10. The publication notes that 130 thousand people agreed to give answers.
The Japanese Renaissance Party and the Democratic Party, which, like members of the ruling coalition, support changing the “pacifist” Articles of the Constitution of Japan, gaining 82 seats. As a result, these four political forces will have enough votes to amend the Basic Law, the newspaper notes.
The Liberal Democrats insist on changing Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. She proclaimed the country's renunciation of war and of its own land, sea and air forces. The Basic Law of Japan has not been changed since 1947, but now, said Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Toshimitsu Motegi, there have been major security changes, writes Kyodo.
Japan's elections were held amid an assassination attempt, in which resulted in the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister and former chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party Shizo Abe. He was shot during a campaign event in Nara City. 41-year-old former military man Tetsuya Yamagami is suspected of the murder. He pleaded guilty.
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Abe, who was prime minister twice (in 2006–2007 and 2012–2020), was a supporter of changing Art. 9 of the Constitution. Although it declares the abandonment of the armed forces, Japan has a self-defense force. Their legal status is controversial, so the Liberal Democrats propose to spell out the role and powers of this military structure in the Basic Law.
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