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Commerce group chief says it has no plans to propose constitutional revisions

The head of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) said the business organization has no intention of making any proposals on constitutional revisions to the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"Some clauses in the Constitution should be changed and others shouldn't. I think Japan should consider clearly defining the existence of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the supreme law in view of the international situation, but how to change the relevant clause should be left to discussions from now on," Akio Mimura, chairman of the JCCI, told a news conference on May 11.

In June 2005, the JCCI compiled a report urging that the postwar Constitution be revised saying that "we should understand that Japan possesses the right to collective self-defense."

The JCCI also discussed the Constitution in 2013, but stopped short of announcing the organization's position on the issue after failing to coordinate views on the definition of the SDF among other matters.

Mimura suggested that the JCCI will watch over public opinion on constitutional amendments rather than announcing its own position. "The Constitution can't be revised unless supported by a majority of votes in a referendum. Hurdles for such revisions are high," he said.

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