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LDP to retain constitutional revision committee head

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) decided on Aug. 23 to retain the head of the party's committee to promote constitutional revisions, a key post in charge of in-house constitutional amendment discussions and debate on the issue among other parties.

Eisuke Mori, who places emphasis on cooperation among ruling and opposition parties over constitutional amendment discussions, has been deemed qualified to continue as the chairman of the LDP's Headquarters for the Promotion of Revision to the Constitution since debate on the issue is expected to move into full swing at the extraordinary Diet session starting this fall.

Mori assumed the position in October 2015 and has since doubled as the ruling coalition's head executive in the House of Representatives Constitution Commission. Meanwhile, the conservative camp within the LDP had called for the replacement of Mori as such a group places weight on LDP-led constitutional revisions.

LDP party executives are set to decide whether to retain lower house Constitution Commission Chairman Okiharu Yasuoka, another key post in the constitutional revision discussions.

In the meantime, the party has decided to appoint former education minister Ryu Shionoya as the chairman of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement Special Committee in the lower house, the working group in charge of deliberation on drafts for the TPP ratification and related bills. Current chairman Koya Nishikawa will be replaced after he was grilled at the previous ordinary Diet session by opposition parties for allegedly including information on TPP negotiations in his book to be published, causing the Diet meeting to be stalled.

In addition, the chairman of the lower house Budget Committee will be assumed by former Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada as current head Wataru Takeshita has been appointed the party's Diet Affairs Committee chairman.

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