Noda says LDP making pledges it won't be easy to keep
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Friday criticized the opposition Liberal-Democratic Party’s election manifesto, saying LDP leader Shinzo Abe is taking a simplistic view toward implementing changes.
Speaking during a visit to a solar farm in Kawasaki, Noda said Abe’s pledge to revise the Constitution and change the status of the Self-Defense Forces is not something that can be done simply, TV Asahi reported.
Meanwhile, Abe told reporters that the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) should look at its own manifesto and how many pledges it broke before criticizing other parties.
Abe said his goal is win the Dec 16 lower house election and then secure victory in next summer’s upper house election, which will give the LDP more than the two-third majority needed to revise the Constitution and SDF status.