Japan: No records kept on discussions to revise pacifist constitution
By 29 September 2015
Japanese lawmakers of the House of Councilors scuffled during a vote of the upper house special committee for the security-related bills in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept. 17. Opponents of the bill have said the law would lead to unwanted Japanese involvement in U.S.-led conflicts around the world, and Japan press reported Monday the details on the landmark decision are missing from government records. [photo credit: Keizo Mori/UPI ]
<p>Japan did not leave a record of discussions regarding its reinterpretation of the country's pacifist constitution, making it harder in the future to verify how the change took place.
</p><p>Tokyo's Cabinet Legislation Bureau said Monday the dialogue that was held before July 1, 2014, was not on record, Kyodo News reported. Instead, on June 30, 2014, the day prior to the Cabinet's reinterpretation, the bureau told Japan's National Security Council that it had "no comment" on the constitution's reinterpretation.
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