At the Constitutional Review Committee of the House of Representatives, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) proposed the establishment of a body to draft a draft article for constitutional amendment over the extension of the term of office of members of the Diet in the event of an emergency such as a large-scale disaster, while the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan insisted that it was not necessary to specify it in the Constitution at this time.
Former Defense Minister Nakatani of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said, "With regard to the constitutional amendment to extend the term of office of members of the Diet in order to maintain the functions of the Diet in an emergency, I propose that a body be established to draft specific articles at next year's ordinary Diet session and enter the drafting stage."
Mr. Nakagawa, chairman of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, said, "There is no need to enshrine the emergency clause in the Constitution at this time, and what is likely to be able to gather opinions is a review related to the Referendum Act, which can be moved forward, including the establishment of a working group."
Ryohei Iwatani of the Japan Restoration Association said, "I agree with the establishment of a drafting body for drafting articles in order to extend the term of office of lawmakers.
▽ Toru Kunishige of the New Komeito Party said, "It is important to start considering the extension of the term of office of the members of the Diet based on the discussions so far and the drafting of the article that will serve as a starting point."
▽ Tamaki, a representative of the Democratic Party of Japan, said, "Since an agreement has been reached on the extension of the term of office of the lawmakers, I would like to see the establishment of a drafting body for the draft articles and active discussions."
Masataka Akamine of the Communist Party said, "The approach of proceeding from the items that can be done is to impose constitutional reform on the people and is unacceptable."
The House of Representatives' Constitutional Review Committee is expected to hold its last substantive debate on the 7th in the current session of the Diet.