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Japan’s governing party favors amending the Constitution

Japan's lower house of parliament, which has the upper hand in decision-making, approved the revised popular referendum law by majority vote, Kyodo news agency reported.

The law passed at the time of Shinzo Abe’s first premiere in 2007 was full of flaws that made it difficult to apply. The lower house on Friday adopted a revised version of the law, which now, in particular, provides for the participation in the voting of persons who have reached 18 years. Until now, the lower age limit was 20 years. The upper house is expected to pass a law during the current parliament session, which expires on June 22. The law will take effect automatically after adoption. The communist and socialist parties voted against adopting the law as one of the steps that opened the way to amending the Constitution.

To amend the country's constitution, a decision by the parliament, adopted by two-thirds of the deputies of both chambers, is required, after which the question is put to a referendum. The ruling coalition also intends to consider submitting to the referendum and other important political issues, not limited to the basic law.

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