Japanese Prime Minister Hopes to Amend the Constitution

By Nozomu Takeuchi and Akira Murao, 21 January
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TOKYO -- In the House of Councillors election scheduled for this summer, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to see political forces in favor of constitutional amendment maintain a two-thirds majority in the chamber, a prerequisite for initiating such a change in the Diet. Many in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), however, are concerned that the party would lose seats in the summer poll, marking a setback from its landslide victory scored in the upper chamber contest in 2013. While officially setting a goal of simply "maintaining a majority by the ruling coalition," the governing bloc is setting its sights on cementing its foothold in the upcoming race to implement constitutional amendments.
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