Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara has revealed his intentions to summarize the business lobby's recommendations concerning the move toward constitutional reform before the end of this year.
"This year marks the 70th year of our Constitution, and the conditions surrounding Japan are changing," Sakakibara stated during a news conference on May 8. "I would like for the business world to have its own view on the Constitution."
Sakakibara also commented that Japan has enjoyed peace under the current Constitution, and while paying proper respect to Article 9 of the supreme law, he would like to "discuss the role of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and problems in education." Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed that he wishes to firmly maintain Article 9 in its entirety while also clarifying the existence of the SDF.