第185回国会における国民投票法改正の議論と今度の法制上の課題 Arguments as to Legislative Reform of the Law of the Procedure of Amendment to Constitutional Law of Japan at the 185th Extraordinary Session of the Diet, and Its Future Legislative Issues
The law of the procedure of amendment to constitutional law of Japan (National Referendum Law) is enforced, but legally incomplete. Three legislative matters as to the additional rules of NRL have still been unsolved, so the referendum would not have been held under right operation. As this legal obstacle, for example, in case of the proposal for the amendment to the qualified voters by the National Diet, the minimum age of voting cannot be settled administratively at eighteen or twenty. And more, the range of regulation to referendum campaign by the public officials is legally unclear. At the 185th Diet, the reform proposals by Liberal Democratic Party and Japan Restoration Party to solve the legislative matters had been argued, but each proposal was not enacted. I expound about the contents of the reform proposals and the circumstances to be enacted in this article. For the more effective argument to amendment to constitutional law, the reform proposal of NRL shall be enacted as soon as possible, based on the wide consensus between the government parties and the opposition ones.
憲法論叢 20(0), 3-58, 2014