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Asia Pacific|Japan Vote Strengthens Shinzo Abe's Goal to Change Constitution

July 11,2016 05:09

TOKYO — Voters helped Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan move closer on Sunday to securing the lawmaker support he needs to revise a pacifist Constitution that has been in place since American occupiers created it in 1947. Although national election ...



TOKYO—In a world rocked by destabilizing political passions, Japan is an island unto itself. In elections Sunday, early results showed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition expanded its control of parliament and might have a big enough majority to try revising the constitution. Already in power for 3½ years, Mr. Abe looks likely to stay on until at least 2018. Japan’s population is shrinking, growth is flat, and more...

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