February 04, 2015
MP Katsuya Okada of Democratic Party of Japan Criticized Prime Minister’s View of the Constitution
During a press conference on February 6th, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Japan – the country’s second largest political party – criticised Prime Minister Abe’s view on constitutional reform. His comments followed the Prime Minister’s statement that the current constitution was written in eight days, by constitutional amateurs in the General Headquarters (GHQ). Okada claims that such a comment is inappropriate coming from the Prime Minister. In the conference, Okada went on to ask what Abe thought of the fact that, 70 years after its enactment, Japanese citizens continue to hold the constitution dear. Okada suggested that the Prime Minister should concern himself more with what the people think of the Constitution when making such remarks, and not merely his own opinion. He said Abe sees the Constitution as something trivial, and the comments by the Prime Minister demonstrated how Abe’s negative feelings towards the Constitution are out of touch with the general public.